Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold has leapt to the defence of under-fire marquee Filip Holosko, confident the goals will soon flow for the misfiring Slovakian.
Brought in as the prolific Marc Janko’s replacement for this season, Holosko has yet to produce his best for the Sky Blues.
The 31-year-old had a disappointing outing against the Jets last weekend, squandering at least four excellent goal-scoring opportunities in the first-half alone.
But Arnold isn’t concerned but Holosko’s woes in front of goal, believing his best form is just around the corner.
"If you're getting chances, that means his runs are good, he's getting in the right spot at the right time," Arnold said told reporters on Thursday.
“It's just a matter of him putting one away. I'm very happy with Filip.
He's working hard, he's getting stronger, (and) he's adapting more to the hard fields, the climate, the travel, all those type of things that are underestimated in the A-League.
"He's doing exceptionally well for us."
Arnold will be hoping Holosko can start delivering immediately, with the Sky Blues facing a tricky trip to Adelaide United on Friday night.
The Reds got their season off life-support with a breakthrough win over Perth Glory last weekend and enjoy a strong recent record against Sydney.
Not helping the Sky Blues’ cause is a hamstring injury to skipper Alex Brosque, who won’t travel with the squad.
“I don't think it's worth the risk," Arnold said of Brosque’s injury.
"He's been our best player until now. In the attacking side of it, he's done exceptionally well,” the Sky Blues boss added.
"But he's an experienced player. He knows his body. He knows what he needs, what he wants.
“We're not going to put him in any type of risk situation where it could damage us long-term."
Veteran striker Shane Smeltz is the man most likely to get a start up-front in Brosque’s absence, although Matt Simon is another option.
Asked about the Reds, Arnold said: “It’s hard to judge and hard to speak from here, but watching them play there is a difference [from last season] and I think maybe people underestimate the loss of Josep [Gombau].
“Everyone is different, you can’t replicate the same coaches. You’re working with humans, and they have different personalities, characters, different ways of doing things, and Amor has come in and he’s building."