Striker Benjy Kallman has vowed to do everything he can to get the goals Dundee need to get them out of the relegation mire.
Midway through his loan deal from Inter Turku in his native Finland where he was a prolific goalscorer, Kallman knows he’ll have to start finding the net if he’s to stick around longer than just the one campaign.
With only one goal to his name in dark blue, the Finnish international says he “should have done better” but accepts it’s been hard to adjust to life in a foreign country.
However, almost five months since leaving home for the first time, Kallman is enjoying his time in the city and hopes to be able to hit the ground running when the season gets back under way in a couple of weeks.
He said: “I do think the second half of the season will be better.
“It’s the first time I’ve been away from home, the team is struggling and being a young guy trying to settle into a new country and new team is difficult.
“I think if I can continue playing well, everything will come to me.
“We need to pick ourselves up but you can see in some of the performances we’ve had recently, with that run we had, that we can play and we are better than where we are in the league.
“We just need to convert that into points and, hopefully, then good things will come to me as well.”
It’s all been a learning curve for the 20-year-old as he adapts to life in the Scottish Premiership – a league he says is “end to end” where the pressure never lets up.
He added: “I’ve definitely learned a lot while being here.
“The football is very different here, it’s more physical and you need to run more, it’s end to end all the time.
“I don’t mind that, I enjoy it very much.”
The Finn isn’t afraid of the physical demands and isn’t afraid of hard work but knows it is goals he will be judged on come the end of the campaign.
He might just have the one goal since signing for Dundee but Kallman’s tally for 2018 stood at a very reasonable 18 in total after scoring 17 in 20 matches for Inter Turku.
That tally saw previous manager Neil McCann sanction the move for the youngster.
Since then the team has struggled, however, and with that has come a change in manager.
With all the upheaval and the poor form of the team, Kallman is unsure what to make of his first foray abroad so far.
He said: “It’s hard to say because things haven’t gone as well for the team or myself as I hoped.
“That’s football, the only thing I can do is focus on my own performances and try to do my best for the team.
“I can look at my goals and say I should have done better but there is really nothing I can do at this point any more.
“I just need to keep working the way I have been and the goals will come when they come. I’m putting in a lot of hard work for the team on the pitch and I hope people can see that as well.”
Chances may be more limited in the second half of the season as new boss Jim McIntyre brings in his own men in the January transfer window.
Improving the side’s attacking options will certainly be on the manager’s wish list this month but Kallman doesn’t fear competition.
He added: “I don’t know anything about any new players coming in but I wouldn’t mind it too much.
“Obviously, we need something, the league table says it all, we’re bottom of the league so whatever the manager decides to do is his call.
“Hopefully, it works out but healthy competition is always good.”