Wigan boss Owen Coyle has praised Lee Nicholls for making the most of the opportunity that has come his way as the 21-year-old goalkeeper prepares to face Rubin Kazan on Thursday in only his fifth senior Latics appearance.
Nicholls has had various loan spells away from the Sky Bet Championship club, with the most recent one seeing him spend the whole of the 2012-13 campaign at League Two side Northampton.
He made his senior Wigan debut this term in the Capital One Cup and has featured in their last three Championship matches after Scott Carson picked up an ankle injury.
With Carson still sidelined and fellow Latics stopper Ali Al-Habsi not part of Coyle's Europa League squad - he is also injured - Nicholls is now set to make his European debut at Rubin's Central Stadium.
And Coyle, delighted with the England youth international's performances so far, has been keen to express his confidence in him.
"He's a kid who has the opportunity to have a fantastic career," Coyle said at Wigan's press conference ahead of the Europa League Group D fixture.
"He went on loan last year and benefitted from that, there is no doubt about that.
"He got league football under his belt and it showed in pre-season when he shared duties with Scott Carson.
"There's no doubt he's grasped his chance. It will be a test for him tomorrow but he'll be up for it and look forward to it. It will help in his development as a goalkeeper."
On Nicholls' recent run of matches, which has featured two clean sheets, Coyle - whose other goalkeeper for the game in Russia is Mike Pollitt - added: "Lee has come in and deputised and he's done very well.
"We have tremendous confidence and faith in him. For us it was just a natural progression for Lee Nicholls to play.
"He played very well with two shut-outs and then in the game on Saturday (Wigan's 2-1 win over Huddersfield) he was unfortunate with a shot that went off the post and deflected off a defender."
Wigan's participation in the Europa League alongside their domestic commitments has made for a hectic schedule for the club's fans to keep up with.
And Coyle has emphasised how important he thinks it is that the team put on a decent display on Thursday, particularly bearing in mind Latics supporters who have paid to make the journey out to Russia.
"It (the schedule) is a huge ask of our fans," Coyle said.
"I have been in football many years and it's expensive. They have shelled out both home and away and given vocal encouragement to the team.
"They have come in numbers and to come to Kazan, some of them have taken time off work and done it in a difficult financial climate.
"Our obligation is to make sure when the players cross that white line and pull on that Wigan Athletic shirt they are giving everything they can. We will give it everything in terms of effort."
Wigan are second in Group D after three rounds of matches on five points, two behind leaders Rubin - who they drew 1-1 with at the DW Stadium - and two ahead of third-placed Maribor, with Zulte Waregem lying bottom on one point.
While the Latics are in their debut continental campaign, their Russian opponents are on their fifth in a row and have impressive European pedigree.
They competed in the Champions League group stages in 2009-10 - when they beat Barcelona away - and 2010-11, and were eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the Europa League last season by Chelsea.
Wigan midfielder James McArthur certainly regards this encounter with Rubin as an exotic and testing fixture, but he is relishing the challenge.
McArthur said: "It's not really a place you would think you are going to come and play. To get a draw away in Russia is a great experience.
"We're desperate to create our own history out there on the night.
"You want to play against the best teams in the world and some of the players in the Rubin team are that good.
"We're looking forward to the challenge and we'll be going all-out for the three points."