Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has hit out at criticism of team-mate David Silva.
Spaniard Silva scored his first goal for his new club during the Europa League win over Salzburg on Thursday night, following a big-money move from Valencia during the summer.
However, the 24-year-old has received criticism from certain quarters since his arrival at Eastlands, after failing to set the Premier League alight during his short time in Manchester.
Barry has slammed Silva's critics, and insists it takes time for a foreign player to adapt to the English game.
"Any criticism of David is unfair because we all know the quality he has," said Barry.
"He was always going to take time to settle because he has come into the Premier League from a completely different type of football.
"Against Salzburg he only showed small glimpses of what he can do. We know he will get better.
"The more he plays the more he will improve. We know his qualities from training with him every day.
"But he is still adapting. The more time he spends in England and around our players, the better he will become.
"Sometimes it takes a player a season to settle before you see the best of them, but in the end I am confident his ability will be obvious to everyone."
City take on Wigan in the league on Sunday afternoon and Barry hopes his side can take all three points at the DW Stadium following on from their European triumph.
"These are the games you need to win," the England midfielder added.
"It is another tough away game but after the disappointment at those results against Sunderland and Blackburn it is important we bounce back.
"Overall, things are starting to settle, as we showed against Salzburg, and the longer we spend together, the easier it will become.
"The manager said after the Blackburn game that we now have a run of playing two matches a week before the next international break.
"If we can get a run together it will set us up nicely for the remainder of the season."