REDS boss Keith Hill is determined to keep helping Ricardo Vaz Te improve in the second half of the Championship campaign.
Portuguese hot-shot Vaz Te, signed on a free transfer from Hibernian in the summer, has netted 10 goals in his last nine appearances.
It’s a record most strikers would kill for but, despite that, Hill continues to express some frustration with the 25-year-old and his tendency to make mistakes both on and off the field.
Vaz Te bagged both the Reds’ goals last weekend as they bowed out of the FA Cup 4-2 against Premier League Swansea, but then dashed off from Oakwell without acknowledging his man-of-the- match award from the club’s match day sponsors.
Hill also pointed the finger at Vaz Te for surrendering possession to the Swans in the build-up to their final, clinching goal, but the manager clearly still has high hopes for his unpredictable striker.
Hill said: “I’m not a social worker, but it’s just education with Ricardo I guess – constant reminders every day.
“We’re continuing to help him and there has clearly been a change between the Ricardo of pre-season to now.
“But when you are playing elite opposition such as Swansea like on Saturday, unfortunately he’s liable to make mistakes. The team can be a lot more vulnerable when you have that type of player in the team. We are trying to help him though, and there’s no doubt he’s trying to help himself.”