ALEX McLEISH reckons Obafemi Martins is the man to excite Birmingham’s fans after his loan switch from Rubin Kazan.
Ex-Newcastle striker Martins proved surplus to requirements in Russia’s top flight.
But Blues boss McLeish was quick to compare his new arrival to fellow frontman Christian Benitez, who left St Andrew’s last summer.
Big Eck said: “Obafemi is an explosive type of player and is similar to Chucho but with much more experience.
“He has great pace, is two-footed, very good in the air for his size and I’m sure he will excite the fans.”
Nigeria star Martins, 26, could go straight into the squad as Birmingham entertain Manchester City tomorrow and is in line for a Wembley run-out in the Carling Cup final against Arsenal on February 27.
He said: “I’m very excited to be here. The Premier League is one of the best in the world and about 150million people in Nigeria want me to be back here as they watch the league.
“I can’t wait to score my first goal for the club.”