Cape Town - Former Orlando Pirates playmaker Steve Lekoelea believes that Kaizer Chiefs number 10 Hendrick Ekstein needs to assert his dominance if he is to be a success.
Ekstein, who has enjoyed more regular playing time under coach Steve Komphela this season, has struggled to consistently live up to expectations as a top-class creative midfielder.
As such, Lekoelea says the 26-year-old needs to show more authority in matches.
He told KickOff: "Ekstein is a good player, but Chiefs is a big club, maybe too big for him. There is a totally different mentality than at a small team like Maritzburg United or Bloemfontein Celtic.
"It is not good enough to have three good games and then a bad performance. The supporters will be on to you. And someone like Ekstein cannot have three good games and think he has 'made it'."
The Bekkersdal-born star has made 12 appearances for Komphela's side this season and has scored just one goal.
He featured less after a report emerged that he wanted an improved contract at Naturena shortly before the mid-season break.