Gareth Southgate is hoping that summer signing Tuncay Sanli is finally starting to find his feet in the Premier League.
The Turkey international opened his account for the struggling Riverside outfit at the 13th time of asking to secure a point in the 1-1 draw with Reading.
Southgate accepts that the former Fenerbahce man has found it hard to come to terms with life in England, but is in no doubt he has the quality to succeed.
King of Fenerbahce
The Boro boss said: "In Turkey, probably his best positions have been coming in from wide areas in either a front three or a midfield four.
"We have been using him more as a second striker in recent weeks, which he can do, but obviously before he has done it in a different league in different styles.
"He has got to adapt to the league and it is going to take time.
"He was the king of Fenerbahce and to come here and not hit the ground straight away scoring, it has been a knock back for him.
"But we have got to work with him. He has to keep working hard and things will turn because he has got quality."
Despite the club's current position in the Premier League drop zone, and their increasing injury list, Southgate will not be altering his spending plans for the January transfer window.
Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is facing three weeks out with a broken thumb and striker Mido will not be back in action until next year due to a persistent groin injury.
Southgate added: "It hasn't changed our thinking because I know where the squad needs strengthening, which areas.
"I do not really think the position we are in now changes too much.
"It is always difficult to attract players in January to any club because the availability of the ones you want is not always clear.
"We always deal in players who are not going to the top four or five, some just want to go to London, so we are always up against it in those respects.
"But we have certain targets we will look towards. We know the positions we want and we want to attract players who are hungry to come and play for this club.
"If we can play well over the next few weeks and make our league position a bit healthier, it will be a more attractive proposition for people."