Everton boss David Moyes will 'nurse' Louis Saha along as he looks to get the best out of the striker.
Saha has endured an injury-plagued couple of years and is seeking to put his career back on track at Goodison Park after his move from Manchester United.
He made his Everton debut as a half-time substitute in Sunday's 2-2 draw at Hull City and was involved in Leon Osman's equaliser.
Moyes believes the France international has the potential to be a key player for the Toffees and wants to ensure 30-year-old plays as much as possible.
"He made a difference to the way we played, I'm glad to get him out," said Moyes.
"I think if I had started him he would have been happy, but I felt the best way was to bring him on slowly.
"I said when we signed him if we could get him fit for at least half the games this season, I'm sure he could win us some points - that's what we're hoping for.
"He's gone about his work well and quietly, there's no doubt there is a very talented footballer there.
"Everybody I have spoken to has told me that and there were signs for half a game that he can offer us that.
"He is very conscientious and doesn't want to have a label of being injury prone, he wants to get out and put that to rest.
"I think now he is hoping to get himself fit, but we know the last year or two has been difficult for him.
"We are going to try to nurse him along and get him into really good shape because he could be an asset for us."