Brad Guzan claims facing the likes of Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor in training has readied him for his big break in the Premier League.
The Aston Villa goalkeeper has just 80 minutes of top flight experience to date, picked up during meetings with Liverpool and Manchester United.
He was thrust into action against the Red Devils on Saturday after first-choice shot-stopper Shay Given suffered a hamstring injury.
Guzan is now set to enjoy a regular run in the side, with it expected that Given will be sidelined throughout the busy festive period.
He insists he is looking forward to the challenge, with it his intention to make the most of an opportunity that has fortuitously fallen his way.
"People will talk about me not having played much Premier League football but there's no better preparation than facing the likes of Benty and Gabby every day," Guzan told Villa's official website.
"To be able to train with these guys, these are world-class strikers. It's tremendous for me and my development.
"When you train with these guys every day, it prepares you really well. They have loads of experience and they're great finishers.
"To now be able to step on to the Premier League stage and have them on your team, rather than facing them in training, is really nice.
"When you train with these guys day in and day out, it makes it a lot easier to step into action, which I'll be doing.
"It will be good. It's the best league in the world and a lot of people agree with me.
"To have the chance to play in the Premier League at a club like Aston Villa is fantastic. I can't wait for the challenge. For me, I just have to step in now and do a job."