Martin Samuelson has told West Ham United's official site that he wasn't expecting to make his debut for the club so early into his time at Upton Park.
Samuelson joined West Ham from Manchester City in the summer transfer window, and he was expected to be one for the future.
However, the Swedish midfielder was given his first-team debut soon after joining, as he played in the Europa League against Birkirkara.
And he said: “It was great to get that experience so early in my time here. It was great for future motivation and I enjoyed every second of it.
“When I signed, I didn’t expect that, but I started training with the first team in Ireland, did well, and it went on from there.
“I would love to get a few more games this season, but if it doesn’t come I won’t be disappointed. “I know I am on the right track. I am doing well in training and it is just a matter of being patient.”
Samuelson has been one of the Hammers stars for their development squads so far this term, with his performances standing out.
The creative midfielder had an impressive pre-season, and he has continued to take that form into the new campaign.
Although breaking into West Ham's team for a Premier League fixture in the near future will be tough, given their excellent form, there are still high hopes developing over Samuelson's future.
The 18-year-old will now be hoping to continue to impress, and force his way into Slaven Bilic's first-team set-up over the coming years.