Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri believes Ahmed Musa is finally getting to grips with English football and expects the forward to continue to grow in confidence.
The Nigeria international arrived from CSKA Moscow over the summer for a club-record £16.6million fee, but he struggled to adapt quickly to Premier League football.
The 24-year-old undoubtedly possesses an abundance of talent and was a proven goalscorer during his time in the Russian Premier League.
However, he has found it hard to convince Ranieri that he deserves a regular starting spot with the Foxes in the first half of the campaign.
The forward was provided with the opportunity to impress on Saturday when his manager gave him the nod to start for Leicester, who are priced at 17.00 to be relegated, in the FA Cup third round against Everton.
Musa took full advantage of his chance and bagged a brace in the 2-1 triumph at Goodison Park to see the defending Premier League champions through to round four.
Ranieri, who boasts a wealth of experience with three decades in management, insists not every player can immediately settle and feels that Musa is now starting to grow in confidence.
“There are players who immediately do well and others need to understand,” Ranieri said. “Musa has a lot of qualities.
He scored a lot of goals in Russia. Now, it’s important for him to keep going and maintain this momentum. In the last month I saw him in training sessions and he did very well.
He scored two goals and I hope now he’s getting better and getting more confident.”