Boss Ray McKinnon believes Dundee United fans are now seeing the best of new defender William Edjenguele.
And the Frenchman’s form at the heart of the Tangerines defence is a big reason why his team have climbed to second in the Championship.
When he made his debut in the Irn Bru Cup win over Peterhead at Tannadice early last month it was the 29-year-old’s first competitive start since a Greek League outing for Veria last December.
That meant he needed a few games to get up to full match sharpness.
Now that he has, his gaffer believes he’s having a massive influence on the team.
“For me big William Edjenguele is getting better and better every week,” McKinnon said.
“He’s doing very well for us. At the start there were a couple of mistakes but now that he’s got going he’s putting in great performances for us.
“He’s very strong, he’s consistent and he knows how to defend.
“I thought he was excellent against Dumbarton on Saturday when we had to deal with a lot of long balls and set-pieces coming into our box.”
Ray also feels the former Coventry City man is having an influence on those around them and both Mark Durnan and Coll Donaldson have impressed recently when they’ve come in to play alongside him.
“Coll came in on Saturday and I think having someone with William’s experience helped.
“People forget he’s still young but he’s 6ft 3in and a strong lad and can be a very good player for us.
“On Saturday I told him to keep things simple and if he had to just send the ball to row Z.
“He did well and so did the whole defence.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s home clash with fellow- promotion contenders Falkirk, United have no fresh injury worries from the weekend.
Lewis Toshney, out since damaging ankle ligaments in the draw at Hibs at the end of last month, is making progress, but looks unlikely to return.
Mark Durnan will be available after serving his one-match ban at the weekend.
The Development squad were in action at tea-time today as they travelled to Edinburgh to face Hibs at Heriot-Watt University.