Aston Villa's top scorer Milan Baros has yet to reach top gear following his arrival from Liverpool last August.
Despite seeing his most expensive signing reach double figures for the season by scoring the game's only goal against Portsmouth last Saturday, manager David O'Leary says the best will come from the Czech Republic player once he has established a rapport with a regular strike partner.
But, for that to happen, O'Leary needs to decide who is the best partner for Baros, who cost £6.5 million, now that all four strikers are fit.
O'Leary said: "I still think there is more to come from the boy. What we've got to do is have a regular partner for him to get used to. So far it's been a case of mixing and matching a little bit."
Injuries to Baros and Kevin Phillips, the player seen as his most effective foil, have had a significant effect.
Baros, after scoring on his debut against Blackburn Rovers in August, suffered a stop-start first four months at Villa Park.
An injury to his Achilles tendon meant he missed all of October, a problem compounded by his obvious priority of staying fit for his country's World Cup qualifying programme.
That did not appear such a problem once the Czechs had booked their place for this summer's finals in Germany. But Baros had only three games with Phillips before the former England international was sidelined.
As a result, O'Leary has been able to start Baros and Phillips together only seven times. Villa won four of those games.
Baros has the demeanour of a strolling player, one who is merely biding his time until something better comes along after the World Cup.
Part of the reason for his move from Liverpool to Villa was to ensure him first-team football in a World Cup year - something not guaranteed at Anfield. Baros was the top scorer at Euro 2004 so no-one would be surprised if another bumper tournament for the Czechs this summer attracted the attention of Europe's best. He is not yet a Holte
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The failure of Baros to acknowledge the crowd when he was substituted against Portsmouth after an hour following a painful "knee in the back" was a definite 'own goal'.
For the moment, he is concentrating on keeping up the strike ratio that, following his move in the summer of 2001 from Banik Ostrava, resulted in him scoring 27 times in 66 starts for Liverpool.
O'Leary says that the return by Baros, despite having suffered several other injury niggles, is pretty decent - six goals in 18 games in the Premiership - which looks better when his cup tally is added on.
"If you look at his goals for us, ten goals in 22 games is quite good," O'Leary said. "If he continues that for the rest of his Villa career I'd settle for one every two.
"There are regular partners that will suit certain games for him.
"And, as for the rest of his game, I know he can do better and he knows better himself. As time goes on, you'll see a better player.
"But he is a striker who can score goals and that's what he'll be judged on. And, as far as his actual goal-scoring is concerned, I'm quite delighted."
Saturday's latest effort to beat Pompey was, admittedly, a free header. But, as his team-mate Gareth Barry said, they still have to be scored.
Barry said: "Milan found himself in a lot of space. But sometimes those are the hardest ones and he kept his cool and put it away nicely."
"It was a well worked set-piece," O'Leary's No 2 Roy Aitken said.
"A great ball over from James Milner and the movement was good in the box. Milan pulled away from their defenders and his header was clinical.
"He came off with a heavy knock at the start of the second half. But he's fine.
"He'd had a hard week. He played Wednesday for the Czechs in Turkey and did not get back until first thing Friday. And it was nice to have that quality on the bench."