Birmingham City have extended the loan deal of St Etienne midfielder Guirane N'Daw until the end of the season.
N'Daw has made 12 appearances for Blues since moving to St Andrew's last summer, although he is heading off to the African Cup of Nations to represent Senegal.
He has impressed alongside Keith Fahey in midfield in recent weeks and Blues boss Chris Hughton has been delighted by the combination.
"I think both Keith and Guirane have done very well for us in there," said Hughton in the Birmingham Mail.
"With Keith, he has always been a player capable of high energy and distance. Guirane has tended to play a little deeper in recent years but he can also drive on.
"It is always just finding the right balance and right formula.
"At the moment they have given us a solidity in the middle of the park and they can both pass a ball and, in Guirane's case, he has given us a physical presence as well."