Confidence and consistency would hardly be qualities you would expect to find lacking in a centre forward who had just found the net with a hat-trick in his last game.
But Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill believes John Carew Villa's three-goal hero in the 4-1 demolition of Newcastle United at the weekend can still build on these to his advantage if he is to try to achieve double figures in terms of the number of goals scored this season.
Carew regularly contributed 15 or 16 goals a season whilst at Spanish club Valencia and is currently Villa's top target-man with nine goals so far in this campaign.
The giant Norwegian, who joined Villa 13 months ago in a swap deal with Milan Baros from French side Lyon, has scored hat-tricks before but that was his first in a claret-and-blue shirt.
Now, his manager wants more of the same on a regular basis. It is not that the Villa boss expects an average of three goals per game but he believes the confidence Carew has now found should be built upon while he hopes consistency will then follow.
O'Neill said: "People might have questioned John's self-belief but of course he has that after all,he has played in a Champions League final and he even scored a penalty in one.
"He is an affable lad and very popular in the dressing room but I do believe performances like that against Newcastle are what he should be capable of on a more consistent basis.
"I'm not saying he should end up with a hat-trick every week but I mean consistency with those performances where he can turn players, get into feet, hold people off with his great strength and the ability to turn and get shots on goal. That is where he is excellent and we would like to see more of that."
O'Neill continued: "Sometimes I think John could be a wee bit more selfish trying to find people in better positions when he should go on himself but if he performs like he did against Newcastle United, then there is little for me to say."
The Villa boss, who flew his side out to Spain for a winter training camp on Monday as they have no fixture this weekend due to their FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester United last month, added: "We have seen this performance in him before. If the goals are not coming, you should still have the confidence that you are playing a big role for the team and, to be honest, I think he does that.
"Some of the games where he might feel it has not gone so well for him, actually I have been really pleased. He is magnificent."
Carew himself said he did not feel confidence was a problem but agreed with his manager that consistency was key.
He said: "I don't feel confidence is lacking in my game. As long as everybody is completely confident on the pitch and having the belief in what they do together, then we can all play well.
"All 11 players have to be confident to work together because, if only one or two have confidence and the rest don't, then it won't work out.
"As soon as everyone is comfortable and has a good belief in themselves, as we did in the second-half against Newcastle, then we play well.
"I am really enjoying my football here at Villa and it was a fantastic moment to get a hat-trick in front of the Holte End."