Boss Paul Jewell says striker Nathan Ellington has got over the "difficult" start to his Ipswich Town career.
The 30-year-old has yet to start a league game since joining from Watford in the summer.
"He's a very streaky player, he's found it difficult since he's come in because he's trying so hard," Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk.
"But he is in great nick, he is as fit as I have seen him and he has got a part to play."
Ellington, who played under Jewell at Wigan, had a 30-minute run-out in Saturday's 3-1 win over Brighton, replacing Jason Scotland.
"Jason's been really good, I thought he was a bit tired, he looked jaded," the Town boss explained.
"I put the Duke (Ellington) on and he ran in behind, got hold of it, won headers and you can see the confidence in him."
Former Derby manager Jewell was able to name the same starting line-up for the fourth consecutive game at the weekend.
But he made a point of praising the members of his side who have found their first-team opportunities limited.
"Our squad's strong, it's not about the 11 that have been involved in the the last four games, it's about the squad," he said
"They're working hard, they don't like it because they want to be playing, but we're only as good as our squad.
"If you've got dissenters who don't want to be here that's no good, we want positive energy, not just in the team but around the team."