Gabriel Agbonlahor is hoping he can fill the considerable void vacated by the injured Darren Bent for Aston Villa and England.
Alex McLeish will be without his star striker for what could be the rest of the season after Bent damaged ankle ligaments at Wigan.
Agbonlahor is set to move up top from his more usual wide position and he is relishing the prospect of leading the line.
The 25-year-old accepts he was always going to have to play second fiddle to Bent, however, he never complained to McLeish.
"It will affect the team, losing a striker like Darren. But it helps me being put back in a position I enjoy playing in [and] which I can play better than my other positions," he told the Daily Mirror.
"It is good for me to be back up there and hopefully that can be good for the team too.
"I spoke to the gaffer about it, but it is hard when you have a £24m striker - you can't really knock on the door and moan about not playing where you want to play.
"A lot of teams now are playing that formation with one behind - where Robbie Keane has been playing and now Stevie Ireland.
"It was never going to be that easy to get up there. But at least I had the trust of the manager to play in different positions to get into the team.
"If I moaned about that then I wouldn't have been playing in the side. I just got on with it and I am happy to get this chance now to play the rest of the season up front."
Bent's injury means England could be on the lookout for another striker for Euro 2012 and Agbonlahor sees no reason why he cannot add to his three caps for the Three Lions.
"Hopefully if I can push on in these last 11 games and we have the right performances, then I will also get into that England squad," he continued.
"It would be a big goal to go and play for England. I have to do what I do for club level and if I get the call I get the call otherwise you know you have to work harder next season.
"It will be tough because he will be without regular games when it comes to the squad being named."