Luke Young is backing Gabriel Agbonlahor to hit the goal trail again sooner rather than later.
The Aston Villa striker has found the target just once since mid-December, after bursting out of the blocks early on in the campaign.
His ongoing drought has seen him become an easy target for terrace taunts, with certain sections of the Villa Park faithful aiming their anger at recent results towards Agbonlahor.
However, Young believes a man who has forced his way into England reckoning this term is capable of silencing the boo-boys and firing Villa into Europe.
He said: "Early on in the season everything that Gabby touched in front of goal was going in but also you get runs where you can't find the back of the net.
"No matter however hard you try and however hard you work, it sometimes just won't happen for you.
"But it will turn for Gabby. You've just got to keep getting yourself in the right positions and I am sure the goals will come again soon.
"He is a top striker who has forced his way into the England squad this season."
Having gone eight games without a win in all competitions, Villa's dreams of securing a UEFA Champions League spot this season appear to be fading fast.
Young is aware that Villa have allowed their standards to dip of late, but is backing the club to bounce back during the end of season run-in.
He said: "We are not playing as well as we have done and the results are showing that. We've got to regroup a bit.
"There are eight massive games left now and I am sure the manager (Martin O'Neill) will be having a look at some things that haven't gone quite so well."