West Bromwich manager Roy Hodgson has heaped praise on striker Simon Cox.
Cox has made just two substitute appearances in the league for West Brom so far this term.
But due to injury concerns over Peter Odemwingie, the Republic of Ireland international is now in contention to face Wolves in the Black Country derby this weekend.
Cox started for Ireland in their midweek win over Armenia and Hodgson is delighted with how Cox has waited patiently for his chance.
"I've admired Simon's patience," said Hodgson.
"He's done very well for himself. I was probably expecting Shane Long, who was picked in front of Kevin Doyle before his injury, to start for Ireland.
"But I'm sure Giovanni Trappatoni had some tactical reason for using Doyle and Cox together.
"It's very flattering for us that in Long and Cox, one was chosen as first choice in the last Ireland game but missed out through injury and now another one has got in when Robbie Keane is injured.
"It was important for him to take that chance and I think his confidence has improved by being with Ireland and doing well.
"He did well for us at the end of last season, played some good games. He works very hard in training and is a very serious professional.
"So it's great he's been rewarded in this way."