James Collins has hailed Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey as "a players' player" who has not received the credit he deserves during his career.
Heskey has often been maligned by supporters at international and club level and he has taken time to win over the Villa fans.
But Collins insists his contribution is always recognised by his team-mates and he has made a flying start to Gerard Houllier's term as Villa manager.
Heskey scored once and set up two goals in the Carling Cup win over Blackburn and headed a superb winner in Sunday's Barclays Premier League triumph over Wolves at Molineux.
Collins told Press Association Sport: "Emile was brilliant at Wolves. Whenever he has been called upon to play, either starting or playing, he has always made an impact. I thought he was superb and that goal topped off a first class performance.
"He gets a lot of stick off fans but you ask any player who has played with him or trains in the same team as him what they think of him. They have got nothing but good things to say about him. He is a superb professional and a superb footballer and good to have on your team."