West Ham management were delighted to give Kieron Dyer a comeback in their FA Cup victory over Barnsley.
Gianfranco Zola has no money available for new players but the return to action of England international Dyer 17 months after suffering a broken leg is like a new signing for the Hammers.
Dyer, who underwent three operations, came off the bench for the last 20 minutes to make only his fourth appearance since signing for the Hammers in the summer of 2007.
"It was good to have him back because he's had a dreadful time with injury," Hammers No2 Steve Clarke said.
"We all feel for him and he's been working ever so hard just to get back on the pitch again.
"He showed some good touches but he's also not near full match fitness but we can work on that and he really could be like a new signing."