Nathan Delfouneso has said he is determined to step up to the plate this season after never really building on the early promise he showed.
Speaking to the Official Site after finding the winner against Philadelphia Union, the striker promised to give this season ‘everything (he’s) got’ in terms of impressing Paul Lambert and proving he is good enough to play an important part at the club as we look to rebuild under the new gaffer:
‘For whatever reason, it didn’t happen for me last season. It was frustrating but I’m forgetting about that now, it’s a fresh start and I’m looking to the future and hoping to impress the gaffer.’
His early record when called on in cup games under O’Neill was pretty good to be fair, and he certainly seemed to have that knack of being in the right place at the right time, but under the recent two managers when he has been given a chance in the team, he hasn’t shown much improvement in terms of offering anything else to the front line, often looking obviously bereft of confidence, but also ideas and the desire to really go at the defence.
To his credit I think this pre season he actually looks like he has bulked up compared to previous years, so hopefully this will help him to run a front line and be more of a pain to centre halves in the future.
Pre season wise with finding the net he’s definitely made a good start, but now he really does have to kick on and show that he is as good an alternative as Andreas Weimann when it comes to options upfront.
‘I want to get myself in the team this season and impress with performances and goals. I am looking to push on, stay concentrated, get my head down and go out there and give it all I have got, and hopefully it will pay off this season.’
If Delfouneso does impress Lambert enough to keep him on board, he does have to make an impact now. He’s been in and around the first team long enough to know that if it doesn’t come off this year, it’s probably time for him to drop a level so he can start progressing.
His loan spell at Burnley wasn’t a roaring success, but you do wonder if he’d benefit by going out until Xmas so he can get a good run of games and hopefully play himself into some form.
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