Nigel Pearson salutes Leicester City midfielder Matty James
Matty James is beginning to show Leicester City fans why he was brought to the King Power Stadium during the summer.
The former Manchester United youth product made a slow start to his new life in blue, but has kicked on over the last weeks.
James has started the last four City games, and manager Nigel Pearson believes his performances have improved with each one.
Pearson believes James is now showing why City were so keen to recruit his services.
"There is no doubt in my mind that we have a very good player in Matty," he said.
"It is a big year for him in the sense that, coming into the season, he hadn't played a lot of football over the past 12 months.
"I am really pleased with how he has progressed this season and certainly he is a team player.
"He is someone who, when he is not in the side and disappointed, is very supportive of his team-mates.
"Now he has the opportunity and he has taken it very well, and I am pleased for him."
James admits he has had to be patient to get his chance, but now it has arrived he is determined to kick on.
"I feel like I am getting better with each game," said the 21-year-old.
"I feel I am starting to show what I can do. I want to show as much as I possibly can in the time I have here.
"It was a slow start but, hopefully, I can cement my place in the side and continue to show what I can do.
"When you are not playing it is hard to keep yourself going but I try to do as much as I can in training, and do extra stuff to keep myself ready for when my chances arrive.
"There is no substitute for playing but it keeps you hungry. It also shows a good attitude to the coaches, that you are not sulking and you still want to be selected."
Pearson said James' attitude is exactly what he is looking for in a player and said the majority of the squad now share that unselfish approach.
"We are very lucky with the players we have in that sense, certainly in the competition in the midfield areas," said Pearson.
"They are competitive but also supportive of each other. Moving forward as a club, to have players like Matty, Andy King and Danny Drinkwater, they have all done exceptionally well so far.
"They are young players and the club has a bright future with those sorts of players around."