McLeish hoping goal brings out the best in Zigic

22 September 2010 05:30
Alex McLeish hopes Nikola Zigic's first goal in Birmingham colours will provide just the tonic for the striker and help him find his goalscoring touch. The Serbia international, a summer signing from Valencia for a fee believed to be in the region of £6million, finally opened his Blues account in last night`s 3-1 Carling Cup third-round triumph over MK Dons at St Andrew`s. McLeish admits the towering frontman is still adapting to life in England and the demands of the Barclays Premier League. But the Scot hopes by opening his account - and getting more crucial match fitness under his belt - he will gain the necessary belief to prove his worth. "Let`s hope that goal will be big for him," said McLeish. "He`s still adjusting to the pace of the game, he has admitted that it`s quite quick and even the aerial stuff is new to him as such. "You wouldn't believe that, I know the big man is 6ft 8in, but he would normally do two or three aerial jousts in the games in Europe and quite often he`s been on the end of those jousts to score vital goals for Racing Santander, Valencia and Serbia. "So he`s been taken a little bit by surprise by how many times it comes up to him in the air, so that`s a little bit different and he`s having to adjust to that. But I hope that (goal) will do him good."

Source: PA