Newcastle United boss Glenn Roeder hailed the performance of Antoine Sibierski after the Frenchman scored the equaliser in the Magpies' 2-1 UEFA Cup victory over Celta Vigo.
The veteran midfielder was once again asked to operate as a lone striker for much of the game and his fourth goal for the club - three of which have been in Europe- cancelled out an early Celta opener.
Steven Taylor went on to win the match for the Magpies with a late header which secured their passage into the last 32 of the competition.
"He is a fantastic professional who lives the right way and plays the sort of technical game Newcastle United supporters like to see," said a delighted Roeder.
"I guess with those supporters who did not know too much about him, he started from a point that if he did not cost any money, he would not be too good.
"But I remember Sibierski from when I watched him at Lens when I was at West Ham, and I came very close to buying him then, so I knew what I was taking.
"I felt very fortunate not having to pay any money at all for his services.
"He is proving he is a very valuable member of our squad. He has chipped in with some hugely important goals, especially in Europe."