Tottenham Hotspur's Ben Davies may have had to wait longer than he was expecting for his first Premier League start for the club, but he is determined to push on now.
The Welshman was handed his full league debut by Mauricio Pochettino during Spurs's match against Hull City this weekend and he is hoping he has done enough to hold down the position.
Davies played in the place of the injured Danny Rose, largely impressing during the 2-1 triumph for his team, and he admits that it was a vital game for him.
"It’s important for me,” Davies told Tottenham's official site. “I’ve waited a while and I’m delighted to have got there. Hopefully it’s the first of many. I want to kick on from here.”
Davies joined Spurs from Swansea City for £10 million this summer, but his only appearances up until Sunday's match had come in cup competition and European action.
The 21-year-old has been identified by Pochettino as a long-term prospect for the side, but Davies had regularly expressed his frustrations at not being in the starting line-up.
The Welsh international was a regular choice at Swansea and taking a backseat role has been hard for him after breaking through.
It does not seem beyond the realms of possibilities that he will be able to dislodge Rose in the team, though, if he keeps performing to a high standard.
Rose may have more pace than Davies, but he isn't as capable defensively and, given the porous nature of the Spurs defence so far, it may be that Pochettino has to reconsider who is first choice is in the left-back position.
Tottenham have made a poor start to the season, but they are only two points away from the top-four after their win at the weekend and Davies will be hoping to continue to have an impact as the side chase a Champions League spot.