Stoke boss Mark Hughes is set to give record signing Giannelli Imbula one more chance before deciding whether to sell him in the summer.
Imbula joined the Potters for £18.3m from Porto, but has struggled to make an impact and last started a Premier League game in December.
Despite reports the club are prepared to take a significant loss and off-load him at the end of the current campaign, Hughes says he has not yet given up hope that the Belgian-born player could be a success.
“It’s fair to say he has struggled this year in terms of having an impact and that’s unfortunate,” he said. “But any decision on any player will not be made during the season.
“He had a bright start when he first came in, but it’s about a consistent level of performance and he has struggled to maintain that to be honest.
“We feel there is more to come from him from a football point of view and we will try and bring that out of him.
“I would really have liked him to have grabbed his opportunity to stay in the team and that hasn’t happened. But he has still got time between now and the end of the season to get more games and hopefully impress.”