Ben Foster has dubbed Gareth McAuley West Brom's "Mr Reliable" and admits he has been impressed by his wholehearted displays.
McAuley was unavailable at the start of the season due to illness but has recovered and appears to have instantly recaptured his best form.
In his first outing of the season against Fulham last month he was named Man of the Match and has kept his place in the team despite the Baggies having a wealth of defensive options.
Foster, who is on a season-long loan from Birmingham, has enjoyed playing behind the Northern Ireland international as his brave defending has meant the Baggies keeper has not been called into action as often as he otherwise would have been.
"He's a no-nonsense honest, good hard-working lad," foster told the club's official website.
"That's really what people want from players nowadays.
"They are reliable and I think that is such an important word in football now.
"You know what you're going to get from them at any given time.
"It's nice to have players like that in front of you."