Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill says he is prepared to wait for striker Milan Baros to regain full fitness before making a decision about his long-term future at the club.
Baros, 25, has failed to find the net in 11 appearances for Villa this term, as he continues to struggle with a foot injury.
O'Neill commented: "I want another two months of football before I make a genuine judgement on the players here.
"As regards Milan, there's no doubt that if he can get back to his best, he should be a big asset for us. Eventually, it's up to the player.
"We have a new fitness scheme but, no matter what you do, it is down to the player eventually. You can encourage, you can cajole, but eventually the player is going to have to perform on the pitch.
"He's obviously cost the club a sizeable amount of money, come with a biggish reputation and has scored goals in international football.
"Maybe he thought it would be easier for him to adapt, but football is not like that. It's not as difficult if you've got loads of ability, you're fit and fresh and raring to go and have confidence.
"But Milan's confidence isn't as great as he'd want at the moment."
Baros joined Villa for £6.5million from Liverpool in the summer of 2005, but has scored just eight goals in 33 Premiership appearances for the Midlands club.