Defender Carlos Cuellar's bravery reminds Gerard Houllier of Liverpool veteran Jamie Carragher and has caused the Aston Villa manager a headache.
Cuellar impressed in Sunday's derby win over Wolves and the Spaniard's form has now led to a selection dilemma for his boss.
Richard Dunne is close to returning from a knee problem and will be competing for a place in the Villa team for Saturday's trip to Tottenham.
Houllier therefore has decisions to make, but he welcomes the problem, telling the Birmingham Mail: "That headache I can take. A bad headache is when you've not got enough players.
"Carlos Cuellar looked strong and solid. He reminded me of Jamie Carragher. He goes for everything in the air - brave, that's the word."
Centre-back Cuellar could again be shifted to the right-back position that he occupied at times under former boss Martin O'Neill.
"I haven't seen him play at right-back, but if one day he has to play right-back he'll play right-back," said Houllier.
"The team reaches the level and wins things when a player understands that sometimes he has to play different positions. Sometimes he has to sacrifice himself for the rest of the team."