Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has heaped praise on rejuvenated midfielder Andy Reid.
After shedding more than a stone in the summer, Reid has proved one of the club's most influential figures during a promising start to the campaign.
A delighted Bruce said: "He has been arguably our best player for a month.
"He has not missed a day's training since pre-season. The penny had dropped with him that you have to be in some physical condition to play in the Premier League, it's as simple as that. If you are not physically capable, it does not matter how much ability you have.
"Andy has to take the pat on the back - I am not taking any responsibility for that at all. He thought to himself in the summer, `Right, I am going to go away and do something about it and not be ridiculed anymore', and to be fair to him, he has done extremely well since.
"I can only say well done to him."