Manchester City striker Rolando Bianchi has won the backing of manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, despite making a slow start to his career in England.
The 24-year-old Italian, an £8.8million summer recruit from Reggina, marked his Citizens debut with a goal in the 2-0 win at West Ham United, but has since gone six league games without a goal.
However, Eriksson is content that Bianchi will prove to be a big hit with City.
He said: "Bianchi had some problems to settle in, but I hope he will get over that and show us that he is the goalscorer we wanted to have.
"I'm sure he will succeed, he works very hard in training and he is happy here.
"It is even more difficult for a striker when they come here from another culture, another way of playing football.
"If you are a striker in the Premier League, you have to be really into it because the pace is so quick. In all the European leagues, you have more time than you have here. I think it takes a little time to get that.
"It is a little bit my fault because I play only one striker, so I have to see who is the best.
"I'm not worried for Bianchi, he is a hard, hard fighter. He is physically very strong."