Patrick Kisnorbo says there is even more to come from Mathew Leckie after he made it five goals in six games to help Melbourne City beat Sydney FC 2-1.
City are once again targeting the A-League grand final to back up last season’s success and are on the way up thanks to another big three points against the Sky Blues on Saturday.
Leckie got off to a slow start after signing for the club ahead of the 2021/22 A-League campaign and he failed to find the back of the net in his first five games.
But now the 31-year-old is on fire and turned out to be the hero again with a 91st-minute winner against Sydney.
Kisnorbo is in no doubt there is even more to come from the Socceroos ace now that he is settled in the A-League following a 12-year stint overseas.
"I think what we get wrong here is just because someone has a name they think it's just going to happen," Kisnorbo said. "He's human and he's had to come home, learn to play a way which has been foreign for him for 12 years.
"He has adapted and keeps continuing to train hard and work hard. There's still a long way to go for him but I'm happy for where he is now. It's been a work in progress and he needs to continue that. I don't just look at the goals but a lot of things; positioning, first touch, runs behind."
One or two eyebrows were raised when starlet Marco Tilio was named on the bench but Kisnorbo says it is important to manage the 20-year-old's workload.
"I think he needed some rest and he's played a lot of games recently," Kisnorbo added.
"My role is to pick the team but also to think of the player's welfare. I thought it was best for him to start on the bench and come on and make an impact."