Alex McLeish believes striker Mikael Forssell could be the man to fire Birmingham City to safety in the Barclays Premier League, starting against Arsenal tomorrow.
The Blues manageer has admitted he has chosen to protect the 26-year-old Finland international, who has been blighted by injury in recent seasons, but as the rest of his strikers continue to misfire McLeish said he would turn to the St Andrew's crowd favourite to score the goals to turn promising performances into much-needed points.
Forssell and Scottish forward James McFadden showed glimpses of a promising strike partnership at West Ham United two weeks ago and McLeish is likely to stick with that combination.
"We haven't taken the points at home I believe we should have done, or deserved, but we have only ourselves to blame because we haven't applied the finishing touch," McLeish said.
"That has been the key for me and that is why I have juggled so many centre forwards. No one has said I can't leave them out because they are scoring goals every week, or been a threat every week. That is why I have brought Mikael back in because he has looked sharp in training recently.
"He is a definitely a finisher, one of the best I have seen. A couple of years ago he rattled in 17 goals in the Premier League and I have no doubts about his finishing qualities.
"He is totally fit but obviously he had a bad injury a few years ago and he couldn't play 42 games in a season. We have tried to be careful with Mikael. It was my intention to play him mostly in home games but the fact that we haven't been taking the chances we have created has meant I have had to bring him back in.
"We will be careful with him and to be honest he hasn't played that many games in the last six weeks so there is an element of freshness about him.
"Sometimes we take him out of training, although he likes to train. He is on a weight exercise programme to strengthen the muscles that protect the knee he damaged a few years ago and he is a hard worker.
"Mikael is still doing all the training and extra, and I know he is bursting to play in every single game but I have to rely on my experience and the advice from the medical team.
"If Mikael is the one to light the touchpaper then I will probably flog him to death. He believes in himself and that he can be the man who will get the goals. I believe in him too."
But the former Scottish national team coach will not place the goalscoring burden squarely on the shoulders of Forssell and has called on all his attacking players, especially Cameron Jerome, Gary McSheffrey, McFadden and Olivier Kapo, who returns tomorrow after suspension, to start delivering the goods in the final third of the field.
"I can change it in attack. I have options and Cameron has done really well in most of the away games," McLeish said.
"He has worked really hard in the home games as well but it has been difficult for him to get goalscoring opportunities. Visiting defences sit a little deeper, therefore he hasn't had a lot of room, and a lot of his goals have come on the counter-attack but he is still a threat.
"He has played a lot of games. He is still only 21 and is in his first season in the Premier League but I would like to think he is still learning.
"McSheffrey did well at West Ham and he caused them problems in the first half but I have Kapo to consider.
"We are craving for him to produce the final product, whether it is him getting on the scoresheet or setting someone else up. There have been flashes of brilliance from him in recent games.
"McFadden has got off the mark now and I believe that Mikael, Kapo and Jerome can start scoring again if they get the chance.
"All strikers go through barren spells. The thing about the Premier League is you don't get too many chances and if you get a glimpse of making an impact on a game, even as a sub, you have to take it."