After breaking into the Aston Villa line-up in recent weeks, summer signing Carlos Sanchez insists there’s much more to come from him.
Signed from Spanish side Elche in mid-August for a reported £4.7 million, the Colombia international’s impressive World Cup performances in Brazil lead to high expectations upon his arrival at Villa Park, but a slow start saw him forced to wait for his breakthrough.
However, having made the holding midfield role his own over four consecutive starts, Sanchez now believes that he is up to speed with the frantic pace of Premier League football.
"I watched the Premier League from afar when I was a young, small boy and always thought 'one day I will play in England.' So to be playing here now is a dream come true,” he told the club’s official website.
"It's been a good challenge for me because obviously football over here is very quick - much quicker than I'm used to in the other countries I have played in.
“In England, it's box to box all the time - every moment in the game. It's 100 miles per hour. It's 100% all of the time. It's high tempo.
"In Spain, you have more time on the ball. In Spain if you're winning the game, your goalkeeper holds on to the ball and you have a little time to get your breath but here he distributes the ball straight away, regardless of how the game is going.
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"I have no doubt that there's much, much more to come from me,” he continued. “I know where I can get to as a player. I know the level. I will get better - I know that.
"I would like to ask the fans to have a little patience with me. It's still a little new for me. But I will get better.
"I am training very, very hard and I am improving all the time."
Nicknamed “The Rock” due to his defensive prowess, Sanchez earned comparisons to Chelsea legend Claude Makelele during his six seasons with French outfit Valenciennes, before moving to Elche in August 2013, and the claret and blue faithful will hope to see that likeliness over the coming months.