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Zarate's Birmingham time will come

Zarate's Birmingham time will come

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has explained how young Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate is being eased into the team following his January loan move from Qatari-side Al-Sadd.

The 20-year-old has made two substitute appearances since making the move last month, but the reputation he has in Argentina suggests he is capable of far more than the occasional cameo appearance from the bench - as does the winning goal he scored in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup last summer.

McLeish told the Birmingham Mail: "We're trying to ease him in gently. If you look back to Tevez's time at West Ham, it took him 13, 14 games. I know we don't have that time, we have to get him into action a lot sooner.

"It's just letting him get a feel for things, a feel for the pace and for him to see for himself and also motivate himself to believe he can make a difference when he gets out there.

"It would be nice to think we could throw him straight in and we'd get a brilliant return. But it isn't as simple as that."

More than a few eyebrows were raised in South American when Zarate left Velez Sarsfield for Qatar in the summer. However, by his own admission the move had more to do with creating financial security than anything else.

And even if Al-Sadd are not the biggest name in world football, they did still pay around £10million to secure the player - so he clearly has something, although the leagues in the Middle East are nowhere near the standard of the Premier League.

Writer:Jasper's Parrot
Date:Saturday February 16 2008
Time: 1:21PM

Comments

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As long as his time comes before the end of the season, then it'll be good. Convinced he can do well at this level, just don't know if he has the ability to adapt as quickly as a loan signing in January needs to. We'll see.
The Blues Brother
16/02/2008 21:33:00
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someone described him as a fizzy bottle of pop, and after seeing him come on in that game on Saturday the analogy is a good one.
hazzagooner
29/02/2008 17:32:00
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yep all players say that qpr's ones did and we are still waiting but at least you are having prem footie to watch
ozanne park rangers
02/03/2008 01:30:00
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He is CLASS! Given the chance he could be a real star. What has happened to De Ridder?
Adilson
06/03/2008 10:46:00
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Apparently you'll need to cough up £20million to keep this boy!! must be good!! lol! What has happened to De Ridder? He is CLASS!
oranje_emu
25/03/2008 23:52:00
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Another two goals this week... I think you guys might have a gem on your hands here...
The_Legend_Of_Zola
30/03/2008 00:03:00
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Looks like his time came against Man City ..... but you're site has all gone quiet !
Chix
30/03/2008 10:10:00
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