Ahmed Elmohamady has cited former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce as the man behind his impressive form while on loan at Hull City this season.
The 25-year-old was signed for the Black Cats by Bruce from ENPPI back in 2010. Afforded the chance to reunite with his former boss in August at the KC Stadium, he agreed a loan deal before returning to Wearside in January.
Voted the fans' player of the season after returning for a second spell on loan in January, Elmohamady believes it is the influence of his manager that has cultivated his fine form for the Tigers.
"It was a big decision for me to come here," Elmohamady told the club's official website. "But I have to thank the manager for bringing me here. He was also the one that brought me over from Egypt to play in England.
"It has been a big season here. I have to say thank you to my team-mates for helping me to win the award at the weekend and of course to the fans of Hull City for the support they have given me. I just hope that we can go on and get promoted at the weekend now."
The Tigers are currently chasing promotion and find themselves four points above third-placed Watford with two games to go.
Cardiff City, seven points clear at the top of the table, have already been confirmed as champions.