Anthony Gardner insists there is no doubting the talent of our former striker Helder Postiga, who could well be back at the Lane with Porto on Saturday.
The Portuguese international joined us from Porto ahead of the 2003-04 season and made 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals. A poor start to the season by the team saw caretaker manager David Pleat opt mostly for the experience of Robbie Keane and Fredi Kanoute before the arrival of Jermain Defoe in January 2004.
It made for a frustrating campaign for the soon-to-be 23-year-old and he departed at the beginning of last season, but not before scoring against England in the finals of Euro 2004 in his homeland.
"It didn't quite work out for him here, but he has got a lot of quality," stated Anthony. "I trained with him every day and he is a top player.
"Maybe it was difficult for him to settle, or perhaps our game didn't really suit his style of play. He is a very good player though and can create something out of nothing.
"I don't know if he will be playing or not on Saturday, but it would be nice to see him.
"I expect it was difficult for him in a new country being so young, even though everybody tried to help him settle as much as possible. I just hope he plays a lot of games for Porto and does well."