“I will try to increase my fitness to make sure I’m 100 per cent when the team restarts the league against Arsenal,” said the forward.
“I’m going to stay to work hard to do that, and I will do my best to be at 100 per cent after that.”
The comments are encouraging because they show a willingness to settle down quickly and be effective for the side with everything to play for over the rest of an important season.
If he trains intensely during the break, he stands a good chance of getting his fitness levels up to a point where he could maybe be considered from the start in big games for the club.
His debut in the game against Crystal Palace didn’t come under ideal circumstances, but he got stuck in and showed promise up front providing the attack with something different to what they already have.
According to transfermarkt, his deal with the Hammers expires at the end of this season and if he wants to earn a longer deal, he has to show why he deserves it both on and off the pitch.
That starts in training and as he becomes a little bit fitter and sharper, he should give himself a better chance of making the difference in tense games.