Stoke captain Andy Griffin insists record signing Dave Kitson will come good.
The Potters paid a club-record £5.5million to bring in Kitson from Reading over the summer.
But as yet the 28-year-old is yet to find the back of the net amid reports that he is unsettled in the Potteries.
However, Griffin is confident that Kitson will prove his worth at the Britannia Stadium.
"He is from the South and sometimes you don't settle in straight away," Griffin told Sky Sports News.
"But he is a decent lad and works his socks off, it is going to be tough for everyone but he is alright."
Despite a solid start to their debut Premier League campaign, Griffin feels Stoke could and should have had more from their opening seven games.
"We have held our own and earned a reputation for being a tough resilient team but we are not picking up the points we would like to," he said.
Second-bottom Stoke face basement club Tottenham at the weekend - a match you can see live on Sky Sports 1 this Sunday - but Griffin feels the North London giants are in false position.
"They are a fantastic, big club, they have individual talent - they are going through a ropey patch as every club does but I am sure by the end of the season they will be in the top-ten," he concluded.