Orient striker Tehoue insists the best is yet to come

The fans will see another Jonathan when I am fit says French forward

ORIENT striker Jonathan Tehoue believes that his injury worries are almost behind him and he is set to terrorise League One defences again.

The 26-year-old French striker has yet to start a league game this season after being sidelined with injuries, but after coming on as a second-half substitute against Hartlepool last weekend and firing home a last-gasp winner, the much-travelled hitman insists he is one his way back.

“I am getting there with my fitness. I’ll keep working hard with the technical staff and hopefully I’ll be able to play a full game soon,” he said.

Since his arrival at Brisbane Road, Tehoue has made just seven starts and acknowledges the fans have not seen the best of him yet.

Saturday’s strike was only his third in Orient colours, but Tehoue believes his injury problems have held him back.

“When I will be fit the fans will see another Jonathan,” said Tehoue.

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“I am working hard and I’m getting there, but the best is yet to come.”

The striker has struggled since he picked up a hamstring injury at Southampton last April and was then sidelined with an ankle problem after fighting his way back to fitness.

Tehoue was delighted to open his goal account for the season against Hartlepool and said: “It’s good for me to get off the mark, but the most important thing was to get the win and the points we needed.

“I have been waiting for that goal for many weeks. I think that I have been unlucky with injuries, but feel my season started on Saturday.”

Although O’s came under pressure at the start of the second half, Tehoue believed Orient fully deserved their win against Hartlepool.

“We had the ball and played well and were in control of the game without creating too many chances,” he said.

“The victory was deserved and now we’ll look forward to the next game.”

Fellow striker Scott McGleish hopes that Tehoue will soon be firing on all cylinders and will add to the competition for places up front.

“We’re just hoping he (Tehoue) can stay fit,” admitted McGleish after Saturday’s game.

“He’s powerful and he has great strength and finished the chance well. But you could see he’s still got a little way to go.”