Reading boss Steve Coppell has heaped praise onto winger John Oster.
The former Everton and Sunderland winger replaced Glen Little on the right side of midfield in the weekend's win over Bolton and he excelled.
Coppell is delighted with how the Wales flyer has adapted to life back in the top-flight.
"He is one of those players who is possibly more comfortable at this higher level. There's more thinking time and he can use it," said Coppell.
"He is a really good player for us. Glen Little is important but John Oster can do different things.
"John has capabilities and a lot of ability. He was a £1 million signing many years ago and you don't lose that kind of quality. He just needs a stage.
"In possession we trust him and the higher you go the more you need to have that kind of quality on the ball."
Oster himself is pleased to be getting his chance.
"It was good to get a start. I haven't had too many chances over the last couple of years really due to us doing so well and `Blakey' (Little) doing so well in my position," he said.
"Everyone wants to play but when the team is doing well you don't expect the manager to change it. He normally keeps the players in if they do well but hopefully I have done enough to warrant a start against Newcastle."
Meanwhile, Reading star Stephen Hunt has admitted he is playing through the pain barrier for The Royals.
Hunt broke two ribs playing for Republic of Ireland's B side early last month, but with the aid of pain-killing injections he has played on through four Premiership games.
"I'm having injections and at times it's hard just walking around the house, let alone the pitch," Hunt told The Evening Post.
"The adrenalin and excitement of playing in the Premiership helps you through it.
"I can't walk at times and I will be moaning to my girlfriend about how much it hurts, but the win certainly eases the pain."