Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray admits he is gearing up to throw Bartholomew Ogbeche into action.
The 27-year-old Nigerian arrived on a free transfer last month, and has made just one substitute appearance so far.
But Mowbray says he is now getting close to being given a more prominent role in competition with Marvin Emnes and Scott McDonald.
"We wouldn't have signed him if we hadn't seen his talent and what he brings," said Mowbray.
"Marvin continues to score goals and while Scott hasn't scored as many as he would have liked to, he's working extremely hard for the team.
"Scott's someone I keep turning to and asking him to work hard from the front and get back to close down and help the team defending and to break away.
"Bart is a different type of player. He looks more of a footballer around the box and when he gets it into his feet, he can make things happen and create goalscoring chances for himself.
"We'll wait and see. Somewhere along the line he will score, whether after starting or coming off the bench, and he'll be off and running and it will be hard to leave him out.
"He has to be ready to take his chance because that's what football's all about. And that chance might not be too far way for him. "