Dwight Yorke today challenged Kenwyne Jones to show the Premier League he can be one of the best in the business.
Sunderland's leading scorer is tipped for the very top, but Yorke demanded more from his countryman as the Black Cats battle to stay in the elite.
The Trinidad & Tobago veteran admitted the Wearsiders' next two home games – against Birmingham tonight and Wigan on Saturday week – could have a huge impact on their survival chances and urged Jones to show the hype surrounding him is well founded.
Yorke said: "The guy has got all the features and all the ingredients to be a top player. I still feel there is a lot for him to learn, but he has come here and he has done a fantastic job for us so far.
"But it is all right doing it for a certain time, you have to do it week in, week out.
"This has been half a season for Kenwyne in the Premier League, and yet people are ranting and raving. You judge someone not on just a season, you judge people over season upon season.
"When people know a little more about you, that's when you will be tested. He has done well for himself, but he needs to continue to do well for Sunderland Football Club.
"I am sure everyone in the dressing room knows that he is a big player for us. But we need more from him as well. We need him to probably get more goals for us.
"He has been great, but there is a little bit more to come from Kenwyne."
Yorke played 13 Premier League games in his single campaign with Birmingham during 2004-05 before moving to Sydney. His Sunderland side pipped the Blues to the Championship title last season and the stakes are even higher this time round.
The 36-year-old said: "The important thing is that we don't lose faith, we stick together and we show a lot of courage and character between ourselves. Hopefully the spirit we play with will get us across the finishing line."There's no doubting that Birmingham and Wigan at home are massive games. They're the teams around us.
"We should not rule out that we can get positive results away from home, even though we have not managed to do so yet. But these are the games that will turn our season without a doubt.
"We need a massive result tonight and hopefully we can overcome that and look forward to Saturday at Liverpool."