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St Mirren boss Lennon urges Hasselbaink to show consistency

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has implored Nigel Hasselbaink to work harder in order to become a more consistent player.

The 21-year old Dutch winger, who is the nephew of ex-Chelsea star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, has an abundance of talent according to Lennon but is seldom able to put in a number of impressive performances in a row.

After a few solid showings, Buddies boss Lennon wants the former PSV Eindhoven and Hamilton Academical man to step up his output for the Paisley club.

"Youngsters are inconsistent. But that is three games in a row now he has made an impact," said Lennon of the 2-2 Scottish Cup draw with Heart of Midlothian in which Hasselbaink forced the equalizing own-goal from Marius Zaliukas.

"But I have to ask - why is it only the last three games?

"I can't put my finger on that because the thing is, he has shown he can do it.

"I want Nigel to work just as hard as everyone else on the pitch - if not even harder.

Why is just sometimes and not all the time? If you look at the great players, they do it all the time. Always.

"I am not going to make Nigel Hasselbaink the footballer he can be. Nigel has to do that himself.

"I would be delighted to see him go on to do great things in the game and have had a small part in that development.

"But if he really wants something then it is up to him to make himself a football player.

"Nigel did give us that spark at the start of the season but then dipped like all youngsters.

"Now he has bounced back and is in a very good place. I am hoping he cashes in."

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Andrew Slevison
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