Bryan Robson's plans to rotate the West Bromwich Albion squad for the next three Premiership matches means that Junichi Inamoto, the Japan international midfield player, is set to make his debut for the club.
Albion, who play away to Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow night, have regained control of their Premiership destiny and are, according to Robson, "probably nine points away from avoiding relegation".
Inamoto has returned to The Hawthorns after a productive three-month loan spell with Cardiff City and Robson has confirmed that the player has a "realistic" chance of being involved in any or all of their trio of matches.
After the match at Tottenham, Albion play at Middlesbrough on Saturday then at home to Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday. Robson's decision to make full use of his squad will also mean that Jason Koumas will come into the equation.
Inamoto, whom Albion signed from Gamba Osaka last summer, has yet ot play for Albion but appeared on the substitutes bench for the match away to Crystal Palace in October.
Even though he was not used, his inclusion in the 16-man squad meant that Albion had to pay £200,000 to Gamba in what proved to be Gary Megson's last match as the manager.
Inamoto made his name as a classy midfield player during the 2002 World Cup. He was regarded as Japan's best player in the tournament as the joint-hosts reached the second round. He has played for Arsenal and Fulham.
Robson is intending to rotate his squad over the next week as they look to build on a run of ten points from their past five matches.
"It is a big week for us in the context of our season," Robson said.
"We have got three games in six days and I have told the lads that more or less all the squad players will get a chance to prove themselves in this period.
"I think nowadays you have got to rotate when you play so many games in a short period, given the pace that the game is played at.
"I have got to try to look at the best balance for each game.
"They will all get the chance somewhere down the line and Inamoto has looked a lot stronger since he came back from Cardiff and the games there on loan have really helped him.
"He is in the squad which will travel to Tottenham and then straight on to Middlesbrough afterwards and he has got a realistic chance of being involved.
"It is tough playing three games so close together and, in the areas where people use a lot of energy, you have got to look at where you can freshen it up."
Robson's immediate problem is finding a replacement for Jonathan Greening, the midfield player, who will start a three-match ban for his sending-off against Aston Villa for violent conduct.
Kieran Richardson, who has been playing in the centre of midfield, could revert to the flank where he has been employed by Manchester United and England Under-21s.
That will leave Inamoto, Riccardo Scimeca and Koumas all vying for a place alongside Ronnie Wallwork.
Jeremy Peace, the Albion chairman, says that the club will increasingly look abroad for new players and has emphasised the need to improve their scouting system if they are to unearth the next Zoltan Gera.
Gera, the Hungary international midfield player, has proved to be a bargain capture after being signed for £1.5 million from Ferencvaros last summer.
However, Peace believes that Albion's approach to scouting has been "hit and miss" for too long.
He revealed that plans are in hand to ensure other budding stars of the future on the continent can be sought out, monitored and brought to The Hawthorns.
"We have had a look at the scouting system," Peace said.
"It has been too scatter-gun in the past and we have to get more systematic about the way we do it.
"We will now look to strengthen the scouting system and I think we need to look more at Europe in terms of our market place at this level. If you were to think of ten players that could cross the divide between the Championship and the Premier League, that might just be about it.
"We do need to look at Europe and do things in such a way so we know about players' characters and how they will integrate into this country. I think you will see us getting that up and running in the summer.
"If we have got people in place that can spot the talent early like Zoltan Gera, who has been superb for us, then so much the better for us."