Mark Robins is backing Joe Lolley to shine alongside Huddersfield Town teammate Murray Wallace for Scunthorpe United.
Forward Lolley is eyeing a first home appearance for the former Town manager’s League I side against Walsall on Tuesday.
Meanwhile former Falkirk centre-back Wallace is in line for a seventh outing for the Iron after extending his loan until October 31.
Lolley, 23, made his debut after joining Scunthorpe on loan until October 24 in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Southend United.
It was his first start of the season after just two outings from the bench for Town.
The former Kidderminster Harriers player lasted only 54 minutes before being replaced by Kevin van Veen.
Robins, Town boss when Lolley was signed for £350,000 in January 2014, said he needs to get up to speed.
“It will take Joe a bit of time before he shows what he is capable of,” said Robins, whose side are 21st.
“He has not played much and has new teammates.
“We lost Darius Henderson with a hamstring tweak on Friday so decided to shuffle the players.
“We started Joe because we know he can get into the key areas.
“However, I felt we didn’t get the ball wide enough and didn’t have the energy to cause them problems in the areas we knew they were vulnerable.”
Both are said to be part of the club’s long-term planning.
Town have a 24-hour recall on Wallace and manager Chris Powell explained: “As things stand, it made perfect sense to extend Murray’s loan.
“He has started every game during his time at Scunthorpe, which is exactly what we wanted. His performances have been good and Mark Robins was keen to keep him at the club.
“I’m happy with the defensive personnel at my disposal but if that situation changes, we now have the ability to recall Murray.”