Alex McLeish has revealed he is hopeful of keeping Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate at Birmingham City.
The 21-year-old, who is on loan until the end of the season from Qatar side Al-Sadd, grabbed a clinical brace to register three goals in the last two games as Blues gave their Premiership survival hopes a massive boost with a 3-1 victory over Manchester City at St Andrew's on Saturday.
Now the Blues boss believes another season in the Premier League - if Blues eventually manage to avoid relegation - will benefit the youngster's long-term career.
"I was delighted with him," McLeish said of Zarate. "It is great to see him settling in. The kid has sat on the sidelines and looked in to see how we play and get used to the system and the other things we like our players to do.
"But I am certainly not going to tell him what to do when he has got a football at his feet. He was absolutely outstanding and it was superb entertainment.
"Hopefully we can retain Premier League status and can talk to Zarate about staying on for another season."
Despite the fact that Zarate scored the winning goal for Argentina in the final of the Under-20 World Cup last year, his arrival in England from the Middle East during the Premier League transfer window hardly caused headlines.
However, his performances in recent weeks have attracted attention and McLeish revealed how he managed to unearth such a rough diamond.
"I used my contacts in the game and I was always on the phone to people who have worked hard and scoured South America for a few years," he said. "They find people like this and it is down to the hard w o r k o f o t h e r people.
"I had only seen him on video. When I was in the Scotland job I watched the Under-20 World Championships on satellite from Canada, and that is when I saw him.
"If Scotland had qualified, I would have went but I watched all the games and I saw Zarate and he looked a fantastic young prospect with great talent.
"I spoke to a player I had at Rangers, Ronald de Boer, a Dutchman, who played in the same league as Zarate in the Middle East, and he said Zarate was undoubtedly a talent. He has got a good future ahead of him."
Despite his reported $20 million move to Qatar, the pressure of playing in the Middle East is hardly comparable to the spotlight that falls on the Premier League, but McLeish believes Zarate has the right temperament to cope with pressure, along with his Blues team-mates.
And the Birmingham manager said Zarate could carry out team instructions to go with his cavalier and maverick attacking qualities.
"I hope they can handle it because we have yo-yoed between the Premier League and the Championship over the past few years and there seems to be a bit of pessimism every time a result goes against you," he said.
"It's my job to try to make sure people are positive about things and I don't think my players are looking nervous.
"The performances, yes, we have made mistakes and missed chances. It comes down to a bit of experience and quality, and there is a young team out there as well and they will make mistakes. But I don't see any signs of nerves.
"Zarate was very disciplined. We did ask him to get back to Dietmar Hamann's area and, if he couldn't do it, Forssell could do it because we have seen Hamann controlling games before from that position.
"He (Hamann) wasn't as effective as he can be and I praise the forwards for that."