Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has revealed he plans to keep Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate as a secret weapon and bring him on as a "super-sub" or impact player.
The youngster - who is on loan at St Andrew's until the end of the season from Qatari side Al-Sadd is already being compared to former Blues' favourite Jose Dominguez who played with a similar style.
Dominguez, played for Blues in the mid 1990s but is best remembered for the impact he used to make when coming on from the bench rather than for the games he started.
McLeish has now revealed he has plans to use Zarate, nicknamed the "Zarate Kid" on the terraces in a similar way.
The former Scotland international manager believes those experiences will give Zarate time to settle into the team as it prepares to stave off a relegation dog fight over the coming weeks.
McLeish said: "It's not easy for Zarate to come right into the team. As a 20-year-old he's a player we hope will make an impact rather than be a starter.
"It would be nice to think we could throw him right in and we'd get a brilliant return. He can beat people easily but the main thing we're looking for from Zarate is when he does beat people that we get an end product from him.
"So I will go with experience, the tried and trusted, but Zarate is very much in the plans and he will be involved on the bench at least."
Zarate is now being considered as a possible substitute for Blues' big Barclays Premier League clash with league leaders Arsenal at St Andrew's a week on Saturday although McLeish is expecting to have a fully fit squad.
Franck Queudrue is back in full training this week and with Blues without a game this weekend due to their FA Cup exit, McLeish believes the French defender has recovered from the hamstring injury he picked up in training a fortnight ago.
Blues also have striker Garry O'Connor back after he missed last Saturday's 1-1 draw at West Ham due to a tooth abscess.
Both have been told battle to get back in the side however after David Murphy impressed at left back in the game against the Hammers following his move from Scottish Premier League side Hibernian last month.
Fellow new boy James McFadden - who moved to St Andrew's from Everton - has also begun to settle and is relishing playing alongside Mikael Forssell.
The Blues boss said: "Murphy has come in and I think he has acquitted himself really well in his opening two games. Against a top quality player at the weekend in Freddie Ljungberg, Murphy eventually stifled him with his resilience and it showed he's got a great character.
"It is great however to know that Franck is back and there for cover if I need to put him in."
McLeish added: "Garry O'Connor is now back training with us which gives us a clean bill of health which is nice. It also gives me a problem in terms of selection but it's a happy problem to have."
The Blues manager continued: "Only time will tell if James McFadden and Mikael Fors-sell are the two players who can be the driving force to ensure Blues stay up this season but they could be a partnership in the making. The thing is we don't have a lot of time in the Premier League. You tend to look at a player over a couple of games.
"If they make mistakes three or four games in a row you're really looking to change things.
"The strikers haven't really made mistakes because they've all worked very hard and we need that work ethic throughout the team or somebody to make the difference in front of goal."
McLeish added: "McFadden has shown signs that he's going to be a great player for this club.
"We know Mikael has got Premier League goals in him going by his past record but it is now up to him to emulate those feats of recent years."