Dean Smith today backed Milan Lalkovic to come through his indifferent form but admitted the striker must learn to control his emotions.
The 20-year-old Chelsea loanee is back with the Saddlers having been away on international duty with Slovakia under-21s for the past week and will hope to be involved in Saturday’s home clash with Stevenage.
Lalkovic has not scored since the opening day win over Tranmere Rovers and has been substituted in his last two appearances, against Leyton Orient and Bradford.
At Orient the forward was withdrawn after becoming visibly frustrated when decisions did not go his way.
Smith revealed he has spoken to striker about keeping his cool but believes the player’s age and inexperience should also be taken into account.
“Milan started the season like a house on fire and did really well,” said Smith. “But what we have to remember is it’s his first full season playing league football and he is the youngest player in our team.
“What we have to do is nurse him through and we are working certainly on emotional control, trying to stop him getting too het up in games.
“Young players do have ups and downs but he is confident enough to come through it.”