New Birmingham City striker Garry O'Connor has been tipped to find his feet again in English football by his international manager Alex McLeish.
The Scotland boss, a former team-mate for both club and country of Blues No 2 Eric Black, is the man credited with first rejuvenating O'Connor's career by bringing him back from international exile earlier this year.
And McLeish believes that the 24-year-old Edinburgh-born frontman, who yesterday completed his £2.6 million move to Blues, has made a good move by ending his 15-month stay in Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow.
"I think he can make an impact," said McLeish. "He's two-footed, good in the air and mobile. It may depend on where Birmingham play him. A lot of the managers have gone for a 4-5-1 system.
"There are smaller guys in the Premiership like Michael Owen who have shown they can handle it because of their strength."
After upsetting previous Scotland boss Walter Smith by twice failing to report for duty on time, the unreliable O'Connor was told he would never play for his country again.
But his form first in his time under Tony Mowbray at Hibernian and then over in Moscow encouraged McLeish to offer another chance. That triggered a happy end to the season for O'Connor. Not only did he cap his stay in Moscow by scoring the only goal of the game in the Russian Cup final, but he then marked his Scotland recall three days later by scoring the only goal of the game to beat Austria in Vienna.
That set the wheels for Steve Bruce to make his move, which was finally completed yesterday lunchtime when he signed on a three-year deal - a £1 million profit for the Russians on what they paid Hibs last March.
Blues' involvement in the Moscow marketplace may not yet be at an end. Bruce is also reported to have shown an interest in Spartak Moscow's former Arsenal winger Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.
And Blues' bid to sign Juventus midfielder Olivier Kapo has been challenged by Premiership rivals Fulham, who have supposedly matched their £3 million bid.