Steve Clarke believes Nicolas Anelka's desire to impress in English football's top flight will help him fill the big hole left by Romelu Lukaku at West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies had competition in bringing the much-travelled forward, who Clarke believes is misrepresented by his 'Le Sulk' image.
"He had other offers, probably more lucrative than the one we gave him," said the Hawthorns head coach. "I know he had some from abroad.
"He wants to prove he can still do it in the Premier League. This is a good league to play in and he wanted to come back to England.
"He went to Bolton as well when they were a little less fashionable. He did very well there and was intelligent enough to realise he had to go there to get to one of the bigger clubs afterwards. Whether he is using us for that, I don't know.
"I don't think he needs to disprove anything to anyone. His team-mates will always say he's a really good guy. He has always been recognised as a good player. They loved him at Liverpool, the players and supporters."
Anelka is in line to make his Albion debut in Saturday's Premier League home game against Southampton but the issue of who he plays alongside is unsure.
Like the Frenchman, Markus Rosenberg has been among the goals in pre-season and Shane Long, used as a substitute by the Republic of Ireland in midweek, was often used as a lone striker by Clarke in 2012-13.
With Matej Vydra and Zoltan Gera signed this week, albeit the latter with an injury that will rule him out for the next few weeks, Clarke has options.
"Nicolas and Shane have linked up well and both of those two have linked up well with Markus when I've used two up front," he added. "The three of them were great when I played them together as well.
"Now we have also brought in Vydra. I used three strikers on occasions last season and it worked well, especially at Southampton. It's a system I like. It can be very exciting.
"I would love to think one of the strikers can score 15-20 goals. That would be fantastic. If not, we have to share them around. Last season, the goals from midfield probably weren't enough.
"We scored a lot through our forwards and from set-plays but not many from midfield. James Morrison, Chris Brunt and Graham Dorrans have more goals in them.
"We have signed Nicolas to improve the quality - that is what we need. He is different to the young Nicolas Anelka but it has been a gradual evolution. We need him to create for others but also to score goals and he is capable of doing both jobs. We run with a very small squad, so we can't afford just to sign a 'name.'"
Clarke has pointed out that Southampton, who his side beat emphatically home and away last season, have spent £20m on two players this summer.
Norwich are reported to have splashed out even more but the Scot is not complaining as he chases the minimum two further players, one of whom is Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair, who he would like before the transfer window shuts on September 2.
"There are clubs who have invested a lot of money," he acknowledged. "The model and criteria here is not to work that way. I think signing the captain of Uruguay (Diego Lugano) is shrewd business.
"You try to be clever. Vydra has young legs and has a proven record but we believe he can bring goals to this level as well."Lugano wasn't due back from Japan until Thursday after international duty, so he is less likely to figure at the weekend.