Fulham manager Chris Coleman predicts a bright future for Collins John but insists the Dutch striker must hone his team instincts.
John hit both goals in Monday’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland to take his tally for the season to six, a reasonable return given he has not commanded a regular place in the side and has frequently been used on the wing.
Coleman believes the 20-year-old Holland international can develop into a top marksman but has concerns over his willingness to sacrifice personal ambition for the good of the team.
“Collins is 100% fit at the moment but he doesn’t like playing out on the right. He has to play there for the team. He scored two good goals against Sunderland and I’m delighted for him,” he said.
“But I don’t think his workrate is great and he needs to be doing a bit more for us.
“I’m not being harsh on him because he’s going to be a very, very good player – once he understands that week in week out it’s about the team. That means sometimes you have to play out of position.
“Luis Boa Morte is a classic example – he is a left-sided attacking player who can play up front, but he was in centre midfield for us against Sunderland. He gets on with it and that’s the same for everyone.”