Everton boss David Moyes has heaped praise on Tim Cahill, dubbing him a 'great ambassador' for the club.
Cahill, 30, has been a pillar of strength in midfield for the Toffees in what has been an injury-plagued season to date.
Although his scoring tally of four goals does not quite match up to previous seasons, he has been one of the club's strongest and most reliable players.
Delighted with his stand-in skipper's performance's so far, Moyes has thanked Cahill for his determined displays in the Toffees' now six-match unbeaten League run.
"He came from Millwall, who were in the Championship at the time, and we paid £1.5million for him," said the Everton boss.
"He has been really good value for money, not because of the price but because of what he has given us on the field.
"A lot of our resurgence over this period has a lot to do with Tim Cahill so we have a lot to thank him for.
"And he is very good off the field, he has been a great ambassador for us."
Moyes may be forced to start on-loan LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan against Arsenal on Saturday as he struggles to make do with an injury-hit attacking line.
Although admitting such a high-profile game is far from ideal preparation, he concedes he may not have a choice with so many first-team players out.
"He (Donovan) has had a month's holiday off the back-end of their season and to put him back in after five days' training is not really the right thing to do, but the needs are at this present time that we might need to do that," he said.
"It will be very difficult for any player coming from another country to deliver straight away but hopefully he can help us in some of the cups and the league.
"If it doesn't work for him then at least we've given it a go and tried it."
He added: "I've seen players returning to the training ground in the last day or two and that in itself is starting to give everyone a boost.
"Victor Anichebe has done a little bit of training with us, Mikel Arteta joined in yesterday - albeit with no contact - Phil Jagielka is out running, Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell have started their running again and Sylvan Distin is not far away.
"We are just, for the first time, seeing green shoots of recovery and hopefully we will see them in the not too distant future.