Dean Windass has backed Hull City striker Abel Hernandez to star against Tottenham Hotspur at the KC Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.
The 24-year-old Uruguay international has been struggling for goals in recent matches following an impressive start to the season.
Hernandez joined Hull from Italian club Palermo in the summer transfer window for a fee of £10 million and looked very bright in the early weeks of the campaign.
However, goals have dried up for the former Penarol star, whose current record reads three goals and four chances created in eight Premier League appearances.
Former Hull attacker Windass, though, believes that Hernandez will rise to the occasion against Tottenham due to the return to full fitness of Nikica Jelavic.
“But I'm not saying Abel Hernandez should make way,” he wrote in The Hull Daily Mail. “Far from it. Instead, I feel he's crying out for a strike partner.
“And with Nikica Jelavic coming back from injury in time for tomorrow and Yannick Sagbo recalled from his ill-fated loan spell at Wolves, there can be no excuses for not providing the Uruguayan with the support he's been craving.”
“I expect the Croatian to partner Hernandez up top for the Tigers, as it was clear the pair worked well together before Jelavic suffered his injury in the warm up at the Emirates,” added Windass.
Jelavic has recovered from his recent injuries and is likely to start for Hull against Tottenham. In seven Premier League appearances so far this campaign, the former Everton striker has scored four goals and created six chances, while having a pass accuracy of 71% and a shot accuracy of 46%.