Newcastle United prospect Kevin Mbabu has told the Chronicle that he is eager for more first-team action, after getting a taste of it earlier in the season.
Mbabu played against Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League back in October, and he was highly impressive against those two heavyweight outfits.
However, the 20-year-old then picked up an injury which has disrupted his chances of earning further recognition, knocking him back down the pecking order.
Mbabu has played just once since, against Bournemouth, but the French defender is keen to prove to Steve McClaren that he is ready to impress again.
“Maybe I will be on the bench in the next few weeks,” he said. "But I am working hard every day.
“I want to show the manager what I can do and I want a chance. I’m ready.”
Mbabu’s chances of breaking into Newcastle’s team have been restricted due to the return to fitness of Paul Dummett.
The Wales international defender was injured for much of the early part of the campaign, but he seems to have established his place in Newcastle’s starting line-up now.
Mbabu will hope to dislodge Dummett in the future, though, as he has already proven he is capable of playing a part for the Magpies, if given an opportunity.