Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has praised Serbia midfielder Nenad Milijas for his recent performances against Chelsea and Manchester City.
The 27-year-old struggled in his first season in England following his switch from Crvena Zvezda, but is now starting to show the sort of form which first attracted McCarthy.
He told the Express & Star:"He's earned his place in the team because he's got himself fitter and I think he's grasped what it's all about.
"I don't think he did grasp how difficult it was going to be at first to settle in and get used to the tempo and fitness of the Premier League.
"He knew last season that he was left out because he didn't play well enough. And then we played well and he couldn't get back into the side.
"The World Cup disrupted him, but he came back and he's worked ever so hard and, having got back into the team, he's played well.
"When Terry Connor and myself went out and watched him, the way he's playing now is what I thought I was buying. That's what I need to see every week.
"I didn't see it last season and that's why he didn't play. If he'd have performed like that, he would have played more often. So it's down to Nenad, but he knows that and he understands that.
"He wasn't knocking on my door and wanting to come into my office – he knew it and he wanted to play."