Daniel de Ridder has delighted the Birmingham City fans over the last two weekends with the quality of his attacking football.
Blues' flying Dutchman also insists that he has a defensive side to his game for those moments when jostling and jockeying are more called for than fancy footwork.
He insists that his already extensive football education, learning to play the beautiful game in Holland before two seasons in Spain, will be of benefit for games like tomorrow's trip to Everton, as well as the physical scrap that can be expected when Aston Villa come to St Andrew's eight days later.
"When Birmingham play against the bigger teams, we should also know how to defend and I think I've also got that in my package," said de Ridder. "I was a midfielder in attacking positions at Ajax, where I learnt to technically play football.
"The Ajax academy is known throughout the world for its football, for the ways of passing the ball and attacking football and that is a lot to do with the player I am today. But I also learnt a lot from Spain where I played for Celta Vigo, who were a very defensive team.
"The way we pass the ball suits me. We have some footballing players with quality to get at the opposition and work through the defence, like Olivier Kapo and Garry O'Connor. They are attributes that can really help a team to score and we could do well but we have to get it right defensively, first of all."
With Kapo operating on one flank and De Ridder on the other, it gives Blues more of an exciting look going forward, at a time when the more workmanlike Damien Johnson is still out injured and Gary McSheffrey is so badly out of form.
Yet if Sebastian Larsson had not returned feeling unwell from international duty with Sweden a fortnight ago, De Ridder might still be waiting for his chance.
"I've always said it's a squad game," said Blues manager Steve Bruce. "Larsson can feel hard done by being sick last week but that gave De Ridder a chance. We knew what he could do, now he is fully fit. Making decisions like that is part of football management."
Instead, having previously appeared only as a late first-day substitute at Chelsea (when he picked up an ankle injury) and then in the 3-0 Carling Cup defeat at Blackburn Rovers last month, de Ridder got another chance when he came on for McSheffrey.
The 23-year-old man from Amsterdam has so far taken his opportunity. "It is frustrating when you get injured on the first day of the season," he said. "But I knew it wasn't that difficult to recover from it.
"I think Frank Lampard kicked me from behind. I don't know if it was on purpose but my ankle made a very strange move and I felt it was wrong.
"But there are worse things in life than an injury. You have to deal with it and look forward. It has been a matter of patience. It can be frustrating but I know in football that you just have to wait for your chance and I've done that.
"I am fit now, I am 100 per cent fit and it was really nice to finally start a game. That is what football is about sometimes, just waiting for your chance and now my chance has come."
The short-term aim for de Ridder is simply to keep making the amount of chances he has so far created for his team-mates. And, although the former Holland Under-21 international played a part in his team's European Championships triumph this summer his feet remain firmly on the floor.
"I'm trying not to look to far away," said de Ridder, as to his chances of a full international call, now that he is fit and well and playing so nicely for Blues. "I just want to stay fit and contribute for Birmingham."
Displaced Birmingham City centre-half Martin Taylor has made a temporary escape from his Premier League frustration at St Andrew's by being allowed to go out on loan to Coca-Cola Championship strugglers Norwich City.
This time last season, Taylor was in possession of the armband at St Andrew's as stand-in skipper in place of the injured Damien Johnson and Matthew Upson - and he proved a big player in Blues' march to promotion.
But, despite signing a new contract late last season, an untimely hamstring injury which hampered his start to the current campaign has left Taylor at the back of the queue.
Summer signings Liam Ridgewell, Blues' new stand-in skipper, Johan Djourou and Rafael Schmitz, are all ahead of last season's preferred partnership of Taylor and Radhi Jaidi. Having so far made just one start this season, Taylor has now been allowed out to stay match-fit, initially for a one-month loan.
Having become new Norwich manager Glenn Roeder's first signing, he faces a daunting debut at Carrow Road on Sunday in the East Anglian derby against high-riding Ipswich Town.
* Two Blues games in January have been chosen as live television dates.
The scheduled meeting with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on January 19 will now be shown two nights later on Setanta (8pm). However, if Chelsea are involved in the Carling Cup semi-finals that week, the match will revert to the original date. Also affected is the following week's trip to Sunderland on January 29, which will now be shown live (8pm).