"He has definitely got what it takes to score a lot of goals away from home," Neville told the Liverpool Echo.
"From the moment he walked in here on day one, I have taken a shine to him. I thought he was top draw before he signed for Manchester City and you could see the first time that he trained with us in February that he had an awful lot of ability.
"I remember the gaffer saying to me last year that he had been to see a young Brazilian kid for CSKA Moscow who had the lot and that stuck in my mind. Maybe moving to City was the wrong thing for him to do at the wrong time.
"But he has been a total revelation in his time here. When I watch him in training, he reminds me of Ole, the way that he can finish. He hits everything so low and with such power that it is so hard for a keeper top deal with.
"Every time he gets a chance, you expect him to score. He's physically fit, has been working really hard and maybe he's just needed to come to this type of environment to show his best.
"I think he is quality; you would never have thought that a lad from Bury would strike up a rapport with a lad from Brazil but he's been a breath of fresh air around the place and there's no doubt in my mind he can help us get to where we want to go before the end of the season."