Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Derrick Spencer has advised young starlet Hendrick Ekstein to focus more on attacking if he wants to establish himself amongst the likes of ex-Amakhosi favourites such as Thabo Mooki and Stanton Fredericks.
Ekstein has shown fine individual brilliance in the last three matches he started, leading to many fans tipping him for big things in the future.
The 24-year-old caught the eye last season in the inaugural MultiChoice Diski Challenge and was slowly introduced by then first-team head coach Stuart Baxter as the Soweto side ran away with the league honours.
"He just needs to stay level-headed, work hard and mostly it mustn't get to him that he has arrived," said Spencer.
"To be in the level of Stanton Fredericks and Thabo Mooki it is big shoes to fill, but he has a good potential and is a very good player. Time will tell, but we just have to wait and see."
Spencer has advised Ekstein to focus more on his offensive game and emphasised the issue of working hard to win the heart of Steve Komphela.
"He's an offensive player, so he's main focus must be to attack more," he added.
"He just needs to work on playing as a team man and try to help out whether he's playing on the left or right. Other than that he's a very good player. There is a bright future ahead of him and he just needs to work hard."
Ekstein will be hoping for a fourth start in all competitions when Amakhosi battled Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout final on December 16.