Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish says he will be patient with Spanish midfielder Michel.
Before his transfer, Michel had not had much match action because of injury and La Ligaâ€™s winter break.
â€śEven Xabi Alonso took time,â€ť said McLeish. â€śMichel has to realise and have a look at that, see the others ones who havenâ€™t come right in and made the position their own.
â€śHeâ€™s got competition ahead of him and itâ€™s up to him.
â€śI hope this experience does benefit him. For nowâ€™s a bit of an educational period for him. I have tried to tell him, I have tried to tell his advisors that.
â€śI did plan to play him more after we had reached the 40 points, but every human being is entitled to change their mind and I felt Michel wasnâ€™t ready in terms of the physical, even the tactical, and mental side.
â€śHeâ€™s just been lacking a little on the fitness side and sharpness side of things, the things that are required for this league.
â€śNow, one thing I do know is that he can play. But there are so many other facets to the game of football, to being a top-class player.â€ť