Leam Richardson believes Amine Linganzi has the type of quality needed to guide Accrington away from the League Two relegation zone.
The former Blackburn midfielder, 23, is pushing for his first Stanley start having impressed in a half-hour cameo at Rochdale in midweek, during which time all three goals in a 3-0 win were scored.
Richardson said: "He's a player I'd seen a few times and identified and as soon as he became available through circumstances at Blackburn Rovers, geographically and everything else, we were able to do something.
"The lad's still young. He had very, very good potential and he definitely comes into our squad and makes us better.
"It's important, if we are going to add it must be for the better and Amine gives you that."