Nigel Worthington has urged Chris Brunt to bring his club form onto the international stage.
Brunt has earned rave reviews for his performances with West Brom this season and he was linked with a move to Liverpool over the weekend.
Northern Ireland manager Worthington believes the 25-year-old has all the attributes needed to enjoy a hugely successful career.
However, he has challenged Brunt to play to a similar level in Wednesday's friendly against Morocco even though the demands of a wide role are slightly different for Northern Ireland.
Worthington has therefore decided to experiment with the former Middlesbrough trainee in a more advanced position.
He explained: "Chris has got the world at his feet. He is big, he has got two great feet and a powerful left foot.
"If he gets his head down and keeps working hard at his game, he can be at the top for however long he wants.
"He's frustrated me and probably frustrated himself sometimes - when you're playing for Northern Ireland in wide areas you've got to work up and down and that's maybe not one of Chris' strengths.
"Tomorrow night we'll get the chance to look at something different, him playing in that hole between the striker and midfield, getting on the ball, passing and getting shots off, being a real pest from the opposition's point of view.
"That is part of the reason for friendlies, we can look at this."
Worthington will hand a first cap to Preston midfielder Adam Barton as he attempts to lure the player away from England.
The 19-year-old, who is eligible for both countries, rejected a competitive call-up last month in order to keep open the option of representing England.
Playing in a friendly, however, would not prevent him changing allegiance at a later date and, after he agreed to join up, Worthington is determined to make him feel welcome.
He said: "We have got to have respect for the young lad and his decision.
"We invited him in a month ago and somebody talked to him to say don't go. But we do what we do best, we keep chipping away, encouraging.
"All we can do is make him feel welcome, show him what we have got, sell ourselves in the best light.
"If that is good enough at the end of the day, great. If for whatever reason he or anybody should go elsewhere, good luck to them.
"We are doing our work to unearth young players - that is the way it has got to be.
"We have got to look at every possible opportunity to see who is available."