Paul Dickov says he is not concerned whether Andy Williams scores in friendlies – because he is convinced the striker will net at least 20 goals this season.
New signing Williams has cut a frustrated figure in Rovers’ friendly matches so far this summer and was forced off with a slight knock against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Boss Dickov admits he can see the striker’s determination to score his first goal in Rovers colours, after he netted 22 times last term.
But he insists the scoring touch will not evade Williams when the season begins.
“I think he just wants to get off the mark but it means nothing scoring in pre-season,” Dickov said. “It’s when the season starts that it counts.
“If he doesn’t score in pre-season I won’t be bothered, because I know he’ll get us 20 goals this year.”
Dickov says the former Swindon Town man could not hide his frustration at having to come off injured.
He said: “He actually walked off the pitch and said ‘I’m getting like Darren Anderton! But he’ll be fine.
“He’s just getting a little bit frustrated at the minute.”
While Williams has struggled for clear cut chances so far this summer, his running off the ball has caught the eye.
On numerous occasions, his runs have not been spotted by team mates and Dickov concedes his squad must adapt to playing with Williams as much as he must adapt to playing with them.
Dickov said: “His movement is outstanding off the ball. I think we all saw that again on Saturday.
“The more he plays with the team, and these players, he’ll be fine. The more he plays with the Wellenses, the Coppingers and the Forresters and they realise what good movement he has got, he’ll fit in fantastically well.”