Burnley boss Brian Laws says Kevin McDonald can be a pivotal part in the side's Premier League survival if he believes in himself more.
Laws says the 21-year-old has to start being more confident in his own ability but has been more than impressed with what he had seen so far.
The Scotland Under 21 international has started 11 of the last 13 games, and five of six under the new manager.
"Kevin's a good player, he's just got to believe in himself a little bit more," Laws told the Burnley Express.
"He lacks a little bit of confidence sometimes in his own ability, he's a bit negative on himself.
"But he's a good player, he's got stature, strength, good ability on the ball, and I know he can get a goal as well, so I'm looking for him to chip in.
"I think the Premier League suits him, and it's a great opportunity for him.
"I like what I've seen so far, he's been performing to a good standard, and if he continues in that same vein, he's got a great chance of cementing that place.
"How good he becomes is down to him, he's still very young, which is another element he's got on his side."
McDonald has one goal to his name this season, a vital late equaliser at Manchester City which earned the side their only away point so far.
Laws feels that with more work from McDonald to improve his off-the-ball qualities, such as tracking back, the promising midfielder can be a huge part of Burnley's league survival bid.
"Some players mature very early in a footballing sense, and I think he's a late one, he's still very young in that sense, his understanding of the game is still a bit ropey, but the more he plays and listens, he'll understand the game more, because he is very good with the ball, but sometimes switches off off the ball," said the former Sheffield Wednesday boss.
"If that improves, which it is doing, he's got all the attributes, and the world's his oyster."