Burnley boss Sean Dyche is confident that summer signing Lukas Jutkiewicz will add goals to his game in the Premier League.
The nomadic 25-year-old bears resemblance to fellow striker Sam Vokes having never settled properly at a single club.
Turf Moor is the former Southampton youth player’s ninth career home, while the Clarets are Vokes’s eighth club.
The Welshman had only hit double figures once before his 47-goal partnership with Danny Ings last term, netting 12 for Bournemouth during the 2007/08 campaign.
Jutkiewicz, who made a single appearance in England’s top tier for Everton under David Moyes, notched 12 for Motherwell in the SPL in 2009/10, repeated that feat over the course of the 2011/12 term in spells for Coventry City and Boro, before hitting 10 during another season at the Riverside in 2012/13.
After scoring six in pre-season, Dyche is backing his man to come of age: “He’s been excellent, absolutely outstanding. He’s a player that doesn’t do disappointments and we like that in him. He gets on with his job for the team and he is maturing as a player.
“He’s been around for a bit but he’s not that old and people forget that. He’s still learning and I thought he was absolutely top drawer against Sunderland. He was a real handful and when I was a centre-half I wouldn’t have enjoyed playing against him that’s for sure. A goal would cap it off. One will come for him. He got six in pre-season so they are there.”
Meanwhile, Dyche is happy with the strength of his striker’s union at the club despite a severe lack of goals so far.
While Ings and Vokes are being nursed back to full fitness, Marvin Sordell was handed his first Premier League start against Sunderland while Ashley Barnes made his fourth league appearance of the campaign.
“I’m happy with the business we’ve done and I’m really enjoying working with the players,” said Dyche. “We know what Barnes has got, Marvin is under the radar and is still developing, learning and re-igniting himself.
“Ings and Vokes will come back fit so there’s a good base. We have a belief in everyone that’s on our squad sheet, not just the XI, and we encourage our substitutes to tune in to the game so they know what can affect it.”