Corey Gameiro has pleaded with Melbourne City fans to remain patient with the club as he is convinced "it's only going to get better".
City were one of the pre-season favourites for the 2015-16 Hyundai A-League title but inconsistency has plagued John van 't Schip's side, with Gameiro just one in the squad working his way back from a long-term injury.
The 22-year-old forward told the Daily Football Show on Wednesday that City need their fans to "stay with us"; while he argued people have conveniently forgotten about the club's injury list and the player turnover since last season.
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City have won just two of their opening seven games.
"With the transition that the club's gone through, with the eight or nine players that have come in, people don't understand [the impact]," Gameiro said.
"For example, I'll use [Ivan] Franjic; he hasn't really played with many players in the team, he hasn't involved in the starting XI build-up and what we're practicing and what we're doing. I've only been involved for three weeks. I've been on the sidelines watching us train.
"So the transition of the players coming in and learning the style... there's a lot of new faces and it's really been swept to the side and not really been taken into account."
Gameiro has been involved in City's past four matches, including a start in last week's 1-1 draw away to leaders Brisbane Roar.
The former Fulham youth player moved south from Sydney FC after last season, with Gameiro having impressed many with two goals and an assist in his opening five games for the Sky Blues in 2014-15 before he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
While Gameiro is back playing, he insists he has yet to reach his best form.
"Coming back after being out for 12 months, it's taken a while for me to find my feet a little bit and I'm still nowhere near where I want to be, and nowhere near where I was [before the injury]," he said.
With Socceroos full-back Ivan Franjic only having made his league debut for City last week, plus Harry Novillo, Michael Zullo, Patrick Kisnorbo and Robbie Koren all at various stages of recovery, Gameiro is bullish about the title chances of Van 't Schip's team.
"Players need to be play together to understand each other... so when we're down the track... then things will start to flow," Gameiro said.
"We are 100 per cent confident that things are only going to get better for us when everyone's fully fit."
City next face Perth Glory at AAMI Park on Friday.