Ayoze Perez says that playing in the Premier League with Newcastle United has been a dream come true for him.
The young striker was brought in from Tenerife over the summer and was expected to be signed as a player for the future.
However, Alan Pardew has entrusted him to do a job for the first-team and he has already made a handful of appearances upon signing for the Magpies.
It marks a rapid rise up the footballing ladder for Perez, who says that he is loving his football on Tyneside.
"It's very important that I've been called in to play in all the games so far," he said to the club's official site.
"It is rewarding and flattering that the manager has put his trust in me, and I need to work hard to improve and up my game even more.
"I never imagined [playing so much already]. In fact, it's a dream come true for any player my age.
"When I was playing in Tenerife, it was obviously in a low division, so being in a senior team in the Premier League is something that makes me very proud. It's a dream come true."
At 21-years-old, Perez still has a lot of time to improve, but he has impressed in his brief appearances for the side so far.
Although he is yet to find the back of the net, his pace has been a threat and he comes with a reputation as a natural finisher.
If Pardew can get the best of out of him, he may prove the solution for a long-standing problem at the club.
Since Demba Ba left and Papiss Cisse's form dwindled, the Magpies have struggled to find a potent goal-scorer and have lacked a threat up-front, so Perez's emergence as a player who is ready for Premier League football already is a positive sign.
It would be a timely boost for the side if he was to force his way into the team, too. Although the summer signings provided Newcastle with some more attacking impetus than they had last season, Pardew did express a desire to sign another striker over the summer, which he was not able to acquire.
It has left the side looking rather short up front and their start to the season has done little to ease fans' concerns that it could be another year of mediocrity.
Although they put up a good fight against Manchester City on the opening weekend they came up short, while draws with Aston Villa and Crystal Palace can only be considered disappointments.
It means they are still searching for their first victory and Newcastle will be hoping that it can come this weekend.
Pardew's men take on Southampton away after the international break and they will desperate to pick up the three points in what looks a tough test.