Curtis Main has an important role to play at Doncaster Rovers, says Paul Dickov.
The 22-year-old striker netted ten goals in his first season at the club following his move from Middlesbrough but suffered dips in form.
Dickov has made finding a goalscorer his priority this summer - and has sounded out Port Vale’s Tom Pope - but insists Main is still a big part of his plans.
“I still think Curtis will be a big player for the club, I really do,” Dickov told The Star.
“I think a lot of people forget that game-wise and in terms of starts, as well as age-wise, he’s still relatively young.
“He came out of non-league as a young player and got a big move and didn’t play a lot of football.
“I think we’ve seen encouraging signs from Curtis this year, in terms of what he can do, his work rate and some of the goals he’s scored.
“But like a lot of the team, and I include the management team in that, he’s got to be more consistent.
“I think he’ll be better next year for getting this season under his belt.”
Dickov does admit however that Main, who went on a mid-season run of just one goal in 15 games, still has to ‘loosen up’ more.
“Look, there’s nothing wrong with being self-critical or wanting to better yourself,” Dickov said.
“I’ve never known somebody that wants to better himself all the time as much as Curtis, but there’s got to be a fine line with it as well.
“He beats himself up a little bit too much when things aren’t going for him.
“What he’s got to understand, and I think we’re getting there slowly but surely, is that he’s got a manager who will forgive him if he makes an honest mistake.”
Dickov, ideally, would like to recruit two new strikers this summer to compete with Main and Nathan Tyson.