Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is confident he has unearthed another South American gem in Cristian Riveros.
The Black Cats swooped for the Paraguayan midfielder ahead of this summer's World Cup, having been impressed by scouting reports.
A number of assured displays by the 27-year-old in South Africa helped to convince Bruce that he had made the right decision.
He is now set to hand Riveros a full Premier League debut in Sunderland's meeting with West Brom on Saturday, with Lee Cattermole set to serve a suspension following his dismissal against Birmingham City on the opening day.
Bruce believes the former Cruz Azul ace will be a hit in England and has backed him to make the same kind of impression as Wilson Palacios and Antonio Valencia had at Wigan - two of his success stories from the recent past.
"Cristian has a great pedigree and had a fantastic World Cup. I was glad we signed him before South Africa," said Bruce.
"He is something different to the other guys we had last season. He is a passer who wants to get in the box and score a goal or two.
"He had heard all about the Premier League and he thought 'wow'.
"It was difficult for him because we only had 10 men on the pitch last weekend.
"I sincerely hope he has the same impact as Valencia and Palacios. That is why we have brought him here."