Everton boss David Moyes has hailed Diniyar Bilyaletdinov for winning his place back in the side.
The Russian winger recently admitted he might be forced to leave Goodison Park if he is not playing regularly as he fears missing out on Euro 2012 with Russia.
A number of clubs are thought to be waiting in the wings to sign Bilyaletdinov in January, but Moyes has challenged him to prove he deserves a long run in the side after impressing in the weekend win over Bolton.
"Bilyaletdinov sometimes he doesn't get enough credit," Moyes told the Liverpool Post.
"He's actually a boy who is desperate to do well, a really conscientious worker.
"He did quite well early in the season, but then I decided to make some changes and he missed out, and he was really unlucky in that sense.
"It's been a difficult time for him, and we hope he can continue like this.
"What he wants is to be given an opportunity, he wants a chance like all players do, but I have to say, he's never complained for a minute, he's got on with his work, he's been a pleasure every day in training, he really is, and his effort he puts in, if people aren't aware of that then they should realise he's a top, top professional.
"There's bits of it where the game could at times be a little bit quick for him, but we've talked about it, and we've wondered, do we miss his goals when he's not playing?"