Wolves boss Ståle Solbakken has backed Björn Sigurdarson to transfer his quality in training to the field of play as he continues to adapt to life in the npower Championship.
The Icelandic striker has found it difficult to nail down a regular spot in the team so far, not helped by picking up some niggling injuries at the start of his Molineux career.
Ahead of today’s trip to Burnley, the manager says they are working on several areas of Sigurdarson’s game but remain confident he will fulfil his undoubted potential.
“Bjorn’s start was difficult,” says Solbakken.
“He came with a small injury and he had two other small injuries which affected his possibilities in the beginning.
“After the international break he scored against Peterborough and followed up with a good 30 minutes in the next game and I thought he was going in the right way.
“But he has struggled a little bit.
“He is a physical powerhouse who out-muscled players in the Norwegian League but that is more difficult here so he has to improve in other areas.
“His movement when we have the ball and awareness of the opposition can be improved but that will happen when he is playing and with reserve games as well.
“Against Charlton he was one of the most intensive in his 45 minute spell and ran more than any other player on the pitch.
“It’s about making that effective because it wasn’t that effective in that game.”
Solbakken acknowledges it was always going to take time to see the best out of Sigurdarson, adapting to life in a new country both on and off the pitch.
He added: “He is 21 with his girlfriend in a new country and has only played 18 months in the Norwegian League.
“Only time will tell if we have seen it right.
“His spirit is still good and I think that is helped that in the last month he has been physically fit.
“He is better in training than in matches and that is something we have to change.”