Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is confident £6million summer signing Nikola Zigic will eventually show his true worth in the Premier League.
The Serbia international has struggled to adapt to the demands of English football so far this campaign after playing in Spain with Valencia.
He has featured primarily off the bench, with McLeish preferring last season's top scorer Cameron Jerome as his main striker.
However, the Blues manager is convinced the 30-year-old will come good in due course.
"Nikola is still adjusting to the English game," said McLeish. "It is hurly burly, 100 miles an hour.
"On the continent he is used to balls being laid up to him and cushioning it and laying it off and keeping the play moving.
"It is a totally different game to the Spanish system and also the Serbian system as well.
"The players tend to get lazy as well when there is a big guy in the team because they just launch it forward.
"But we've got to try to get into the right positions to give him the right service."
He added: "Nikola has still got to find some sharpness in his touch and things like that.
"But I am sure he will make a contribution."