Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies insists he never lost faith in Radoslaw Majewski.
The Poland international enjoyed a fine first season in England last term after arriving on loan from Polonia Warsaw, making 34 league appearances as Forest reached the Championship play-offs.
The 23-year-old has struggled to reproduce that form having made a permanent move to the City Ground in the summer and has been a peripheral figure this term, starting just seven of Forest's 14 league games so far.
But Davies has explained Majewski merely needed a break and believes Forest have already seen the benefits, with the midfielder having returned to play an integral role in their last three games.
"Because he was a young player coming into a side in a new country, we did not expect him to play that regularly last season as he had to learn all about Championship football," Davies told the Nottingham Evening Post.
"But he has come in and made a great impact early on. He played a bigger part than we had anticipated.
"Young players go through highs and lows and sometimes you have to take them out of the firing line.
"You have to let them take a big breath, look at things from afar. And, when they come back in, they are firing on all cylinders. That is exactly what has happened to Radi."