Paul Dickov hopes the partnership of Dean Furman and James Wesolowski in the centre of midfield can propel Oldham Athletic up the League One table.
A hamstring injury kept Wesolowski out of action for more than a month, but he has returned to play a part in Oldham's last three league matches.
"We know what the two of them can do," boss Dickov told BBC Radio Manchester.
"With James in the team, it gives Dean a bit more of a licence to play a bit further forward."
When Wesolowski signed a new two-year contract in June, Dickov said he and captain Furman had the potential to be the best midfield pairing in League One.
"James has played three games in a week so he was going to be leggy," added Dickov.
"It was always in my mind to give Jose 35-40 minutes. He's had three games in a week under his belt coming on as a sub and he's really pushing for a start next week."