Adams expects more from Niko
Tony Adams expects more from Niko Kranjcar and has urged the player to rediscover last season's form.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 13/01/09 10:02am
Portsmouth manager Tony Adams has stated that he expects more from midfielder Niko Kranjcar and has urged the player to rediscover his form of last season.
Kranjcar impressed down the flanks last term, scoring five goals after becoming a virtual ever present as Pompey went on to lift the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Cardiff.
The 24-year-old's season was put on hold this time around. After playing in the Community Shield against Manchester United and the opening day defeat by Chelsea he picked up an ankle injury while on international duty with Croatia.
The midfielder was ruled out for to two months before returning to action in October and his own dip in form has coincided with Pompey's alarming slide down the table since his return.
Since his comeback the Croatian international has featured 12 times in all competitions, scoring just the once with Adams' men winning twice and losing seven.
"Niko can do better. He knocked in a few last season but has not scored since he was a super-sub a couple of months ago," Adams said.
"I expect more from my great players and Niko is certainly one of them. I want to stretch my players, always push them, I think he is someone who needs that.
"He is a tremendous player, fantastic with the ball at his feet and great to watch, but he needs to keep delivering."
Despite his form not yet hitting the heights of the last campaign Kranjcar has been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham this season and Pompey will look to sign him to a new deal in the near future to keep him at the club.