Youssouf Mulumba says he is a better player for working with West Brom boss Roberto di Matteo.
With the aid of assistant head coach Eddie Newton, Mulumbu feels his game is on an upward spiral under the tutelage of the former Chelsea midfield duo.
"The gaffer didn't know me and I had to show him what I could do," the £175,000 signing from PSG told the Baggies website.
"I had to find my place in the squad. He is a good coach and I'm lucky because he used to play in the same position as me. We have spoken a lot and he helped me a lot. He has been very good for me and the team.
"He has the Italian style. He likes good defence and not conceding. If we do what he wants next season we won't concede too many goals. If we have that base, we have good players like Dozza, Brunty and JT who can score goals.
"Eddie Newton also played in the same position as me and I talk to him a lot. They help me with my body positioning, my passing forward and every position they want me to do.
"It's very, very good for me. I will work hard after training again to get better."