Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd has told Ashley Young he needs to become a more consistent performer if he wants to go all the way to the top.
The talented winger has forced his way into the England Under-21 team this season, but has struggled to produce his best form in the Premiership.
He showed glimpses of what he is capable of during the Hornets' 2-1 Carling Cup success against Hull City on Tuesday, and Boothroyd is desperate for him to reproduce that quality of display on a regular basis.
Boothroyd said: "Ashley is doing okay. He has a lot of talent, and now it is about being consistent.
"He will have a few dips in form, but he needs to have fewer than the other young players, because he is a key man for us."
The Watford boss also took a swipe at the supporters who have started to criticise his team's direct style of play.
He added: "I did not see many frustrated people when we won the play-off final in Cardiff last season.
"We do what we do, and, for the time being, we will keep doing it. If people don't want to watch it, they can go home."