Royston Drenthe wants to 'shut people up' after moving to Sheffield Wednesday.
Drenthe's ability has never been in question but, after his career has steadily gone downhill following a move to Real Madrid as a youngster, his attitude has been criticised.
As a result, the powerful Dutch winger has a stigma attached to him as a temperamental character and a potential divisive figure in the dressing room, but Drenthe is hoping to prove people wrong at Hillsborough.
“The people who really know me know how I think about things. Some people thing they know me, so they speak about me. But they don’t know me.
“The only way I can prove myself to people is let my feet on the field speak for me. As long as I am a footballer I will think this way.
“Then I think I can shut people up.”
Drenthe joined Wednesday on deadline day after falling out of favour at Reading and he now needs to make an impact in England.
The 27-year-old has shown flashes of ability at the Royals and previously at Everton, but he has never held down a first-team place and Stuart Gray has to show he can motivate a player who is famously hard to manage… if he can, Drenthe could develop into an astute replacement for the departed Michail Antonio, who left to join Nottingham Forest earlier in the window.
Antonio used to provide skill and power to Wednesday, but Drenthe has the ability to compensate for the loss if he does manage to find his optimum form.
He should have every chance to do so, too, as the Owls are in fine form. Gray's side have climbed into the upper echelons of the early Championship table after a great start and they will be hoping to build upon their momentum after the international break.
Their first game back, which could be Drenthe's debut, is against Bolton Wanderers and it presents another good opportunity to collect three points, with the side full of confidence.