Hull manager Marco Silva has demanded more from loanee Lazar Markovic as his side bid to survive in the Premier League.
Markovic, who joined the Tigers on loan from Liverpool in January, has scored just two goals in 12 appearances so far but has shown recent signs of improvement.
He has produced only fleeting glimpses of his undoubted potential since moving to England in the summer of 2014, but after netting in the 2-0 win over Watford last weekend, Silva is aware there is a lot more to come from the winger.
“I know him very well,” said the Hull boss, whose side are just two points clear of the bottom three going into the final four games of the campaign.
“He is a big talent and players need to work hard every day to be fit and play at his level.
“Of course he improved his performance last game, but I want more because I know he can do better.
“He is one player I know, and he knows too, who is possible he can improve his performance because he is a big talent and he needs to give more for us.
“Of course I am happy because he improved but he can give more to us. I want more.”
The two first came across each other in Portugal when Markovic was at Benfica and Silva just making his way in management, and the Portuguese suggested he needs regular game-time to get back to his best.
He said: “No he is not lost. He is a very good professional. It is confidence.
“If you look at the last year-and-a-half; Fenerbahce he didn’t play much, the last six months (Sporting Lisbon) he didn’t play as well.
“Playing 90 minutes every week is important for a player. He needs 90 minutes in his legs to win confidence and good fitness.
“At the moment he is in better condition and of course his game is better as well.”
He added: “First he needs to play and for a coach to believe in him.
“We need players like him and of course he needs time to get confidence, but we don’t have time to lose results.
“At first it was not the best performances from him but we change something in him and show him what we want and now he is a good fit, but it is possible he gives more for us.”
Markovic’s future at Liverpool is unclear having been shipped out on loan after his only full season at the club, and it is unlikely he will return to Anfield soon after the departure of Brendan Rodgers, the man who signed him from Benfica.
The Serbian international admitted he was a little disappointed at his treatment at Liverpool.
He said: “They did spend money (on me), but I believe they (club and manager) should believe more in my ability. I haven’t been there under the change of manager.”