Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel admits the club have failed to live up to expectations so far this season but insists they are now ready to launch a promotion bid.
Backed by their wealthy Thai owners the Foxes embarked on an expensive spending spree last summer, bringing in the likes of Schmeichel, Jermaine Beckford, David Nugent, Sean St Ledger and Gelson Fernandes.
They understandably began the season as one of the favourites for the Championship title but made a stuttering start, resulting in boss Sven Goran Eriksson being sacked in October with the club down in 13th place.
Nigel Pearson has since returned to the King Power Stadium for a second spell as manager, winning three and drawing four of his first nine league games in charge.
Schmeichel feels the sheer number of new faces contributed to the inconsistent start to the season but believes they are now ready to move up the table.
"We haven't quite lived up to our own expectations yet," Schmeichel told Sky Sports News Radio.
"But it is coming towards the part of the season where you have to start delivering and start building up a run and that's what I hope we can do.
"We're only halfway through now, we have a busy month coming up and this is where, if you can build up a run, you can really shoot on.
"We're a new team, a lot of new players, a completely new set-up, so things do sometimes take a bit of time.
"Man City are an example, it took them a couple of seasons and now they're flying and that's a little bit of the case here.
"There's a lot of new things going on and players need time to settle."
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