West Brom boss Bryan Robson has praised defender Curtis Davies.
The 20-year-old joined The Baggies from Luton last summer for £3 million, at a time when several other clubs were only prepared to offer £2 million.
Robson believes that Davies is repaying his faith in him with his impressive displays on the pitch, and hopes that he continues his fine form against Birmingham, one of those clubs interested in him last year, this Saturday.
"There were a lot of clubs in for Curtis," Robson recalled.
"The reason we got him is we went in with that extra bit of money. We were the only ones who would.
"Full credit to the chairman as he was prepared to pay £3 million. Birmingham, Spurs, Charlton and Everton were trying to stay around £2 million.
"If Birmingham had gone the extra mile it would have been up to us to try to try to talk him into coming here but it didn't come to that."
Robson added that he thought Davies, who recently became The Premiership's youngest-ever captain, will go from strength to strength.
"If he keeps his feet on the ground he will have a big future," he enthused.