Birmingham manager Alex McLeish says new signing Michel will be given time to settle into life at St Andrews.
The 24-year-old midfielder completed his £3million move from Sporting Gijon on Monday, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Blues.
With Birmingham on an excellent run in the Premier League, McLeish thinks Michel does not need to be thrust into the starting line-up and is happy to give him time to get to know the squad.
"Sometimes it's not easy for a player, especially coming from a foreign country, to come in and hit the ground running," he said.
"He'll need time to get to know his team-mates and see the sort of demands we ask from players in training.
"We can also see if we can add a wee bit to his game and improve him all round as a player.
"But the bonus is that, because we're doing so well, he has got additional time to settle."
Michel will have to work hard if he is going to win a place in City's midfield as Lee Bowyer and Barry Ferguson have formed a formidable partnership in the centre this term.
But McLeish believes the Spaniard will add to the quality of the Birmingham squad and the Scot is delighted to have captured his signature.
"I said I wanted to sign players of quality during January and Michel fits the bill," he added.
"I'm very pleased he's signed as I've been tracking him for over a year. I've added a player who is unfazed in taking the ball in any company.
"He's played at the Bernabeu and the Nou Camp and has acquitted himself well, so he's a technical player who can definitely strengthen the squad.
"He has good quality, is only 24, has got good legs and is a player for now but also the future."
Michel is ineligible for Birmingham's FA Cup replay against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday as he was not registered before the original clash.