The time is now for Mitchell Moses to stand up.
Not just to save Parramatta's NRL season against the Warriors on Friday night, but also to press his own apparently resurgent State of Origin debut hopes.
By all money, Moses' Origin prospects and the Eels' season looked dead when they fell to a 2-8 win-loss record against Canterbury last week.
But those at the Eels still see some light. Driven by Moses' arrival, the Eels won 10 of their last 13 last year, proving they can put on a mighty run when they find their mojo.
Moses himself was electric in their run to the finals, and his performances there and in the World Cup with Brad Fittler-coached Lebanon made him a serious contender for a Blues jersey.
He has suddenly been thrust back into the spotlight after new NSW coach Fittler spoke glowingly of him on Wednesday night, suggesting his form at the Eels may not be a deciding selection factor.
Not since Mitchell Pearce in 2011 have Blues selectors opted to pick a half who'd spearheaded their NRL club to just two wins from their opening 10 games of the season.
But with Nathan Cleary fighting for fitness and his veteran Penrith halves partner James Maloney reportedly not the certainty many assumed to retain his spot, Moses has plenty to play for on Friday night.
"He's doing a lot of good things and there's still some things he's got to continue to work on," said Parramatta coach Brad Arthur.
"Freddie picks the team and if he thinks Mitchell is the man then that's his call.
"Mitch is a level-headed kid. He knows if he does his job for us it's better for him long term."
Before Thursday night's clash with the Wests Tigers, Maloney had taken Penrith to second on the NRL ladder with the fourth-best attack in the league.
By contrast, the Eels are dead last. Both on the NRL ladder and in terms of attacking records.
Maloney also has more try assists and line-break assists than Moses.
But it's the fact the Panther has missed the most tackles in the NRL - with 62 compared to Moses' 33 - that Fittler is said to be most worried by.
And despite their horror start, Arthur said Moses' confidence in his game remained.
"He bounced back really well last week on the back of a missed conversion against Cronulla and he had kicked two from the sideline (against Canterbury)," Arthur said.
"You don't kick goals from the sideline if your confidence is down.
"I thought he played well last week, he did a lot of good things. It's just as a team there was a couple of things that let us down."
STATS THAT MATTER:
* The Warriors have won four of their last six over Parramatta.
* Parramatta have finished with the spoon 11 of the 18 times they have started at 2-8.
* Parramatta have had the second-most tackles in the opposition red zone, but average the least tries per game.
*Stats: Fox Sports Stats.