Guy Whittingham believes the Fratton faithful are beginning to see Simon Ferry at his best.
The summer arrival turned in his most eye-catching performance yet with a magnificent display against Fleetwood on Saturday.
Pompey still slipped to a 1-0 defeat to the League Two high-fliers – a third home defeat of the campaign.
Regardless, it was a highly-encouraging turn from Ferry during his 10th appearance for the club.
The man-of-the-match award was pretty much unanimously pinned on Ferry by those supporters present at Fratton.
And Whittingham is convinced the central midfielder is beginning to demonstrate the talents which saw him help Swindon to promotion from League Two in 2011-12.
He said: ‘I thought Simon really took the bull by the horns (against Fleetwood) and tried to make us tick.
‘He looked like the one who might get us going.
‘We know we have got a very good player in Simon and I’m sure he’s going to get better and better as he continues to settle in.
‘He is improving all the time and settling in that bit more.
‘It takes time for any player to feel comfortable at a club and we have a lot of them doing that at the same time.
‘But we know what sort of player he can be for us.
‘I felt he was probably our best player on Saturday.
‘He’s not just someone who passes it. He has got a lot more to his game than that.
‘He wins it and gets around the pitch but also adds that bit of creativity.
‘Simon has been at successful clubs and has played his part in that, so he has got a lot about him.
‘I think the fans are starting to see what sort of player he is.
‘And I’m sure he will be a popular figure with them.’