Injury has so far thwarted the Dutchman’s progress in the Premiership — he’s suffered a long-term Achilles problem last season before undergoing hip surgery this summer — but he’s fully fit again and on song with seven goals in his last five games for the second string.
Reserve team boss Chris said: “I think Willem of late has looked like he can score goals but I suppose, looking back to last week, his performance was as good but on this occasion we put the ball in the back of the net.
“Willem showed if you give him space what he’s capable of doing. He has the ability but to be fair to the lad he hasn’t put a consistent run of games together.
“He’s had a few injuries this season and last season and we’ve now got to see more of that on a regular basis and then possibly he’ll get the opportunity to do it at first-team level.
“The manager knows what he’s capable of doing but again, it’s about doing it on a regular basis.
“He’s giving himself the opportunity because he’s playing regularly and these are good games in the reserve team. If he keeps doing it hopefully he’ll get the opportunity.”
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Chris Hughton is backing Willem Korsten’s bid to return to the first-team spotlight. Korsten was in magnificent form for the reserves in Tuesday night when he scored four goals and set up another in the 6-0 hammering of Leicester City.