Sydney FC marquee Filip Holosko believes it has taken time for Hyundai A-League fans and critics to understand him and his strengths.
Holosko came under fire in the opening two months of this season as he notched just two goals in nine matches, and Sydney were held scoreless in three out of four games in November.
But the Slovakia international reckons he was burdened with unfair expectations.
Holosko's best position is on the right wing - where he has played the majority of games for the Sky Blues - but it seemed everyone in Australia wanted him to be the second coming of former marquee player Marc Janko.
Last season, Janko won the A-League golden boot with 16 goals.
"I think I play well and I've scored four [goals] now but I've played only 10 games," Holosko told Goal Australia.
"I'm not a striker like Janko - last season he scored 16 goals.
"I'm a right winger and he was more in the box. I need to work also for the team."
Fans' frustration with Holosko peaked when the former Besiktas winger wasted four genuine scoring opportunities in Sydney's 1-0 over Newcastle Jets on December 4, with Sky Blues skipper Alex Brosque notching the winner.
But the 31-year-old seems to have turned a corner since that fixture, as he scored in Sydney's next two games to take his season tally to four goals and one assist.
"Maybe the people didn't understand [to begin with]," he said.
"You know, I'm the marquee player, everybody maybe expects from me a lot of goals like Janko. But I try, I do my best for the team."
Already, Holosko's scoring rate is better than most seasons he spent in Turkey.
In 10 seasons in the Turkish Super Lig, Holosko's best haul came in 2007-08 when he struck eight times for Maniaspor before joining Besiktas and adding another seven goals.
That was 15 goals in 32 matches - almost one every second game - while his other more impressive campaigns were in 2008-09 (10 in 30) and 2012-13 (10 in 32).
Last season, on loan at Caykur Rizespor, Holosko managed two goals and an assist in 25 league matches.
The Slovakian insists he has more to give in the A-League - he rates his form so far at 6/10 - and he hopes to take another step forward on Saturday in Sydney's vital match away to Melbourne City.
Holosko is aiming high with the Sky Blues - "I hope to win with Sydney FC the premiership and the grand final" - while he is also banking on good A-League form to earn him a spot in Slovakia's Euro 2016 squad.
"For me, it's important. I'm not a young player anymore, I'm 31 and I think this is my last chance to maybe go to the European Championships," he said.
"I played also in the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa five years ago and this is maybe my last chance to play in a big tournament."
Holosko has played 65 matches for his country but has missed Slovakia's past six fixtures, after coming off the bench against Macedonia in June.
But he hasn't given up hope.
"[If I play a] good game [for Sydney], it's far from the coach, for him to see me," Holosko said.
"But if I play good and I score some goals here then I hope I still have a chance to go to the European Championships.
"I spoke to the assistant coach from the national team and he asked how everything is going, and I said I feel good, I'm not injured, I'm 100 per cent for the national team.
"We have maybe two friendly games in March and we will see if they call me."
Until then, Holosko is focused on lifting Sydney up the A-League table.
Holosko is set to return to Graham Arnold's starting XI for the trip south to play City at AAMI Park after missing last week's 4-1 triumph over Central Coast Mariners due to suspension.
"The guys played very good [against the Mariners]. They won 4-1, an important win for us and this week we have the difficult game against Melbourne City," he said.
"I hope I will be back and I hope we take the three points from Melbourne."