Buomesca Tue Na Bangna is hoping to build on his Fulham debut by nailing down a regular spot in Martin Jol’s squad this season.
The 20-year-old was handed a baptism of fire on Saturday as he made his Whites bow against former club Chelsea, but it was an unhappy ending for Mesca as his current side slipped to a 2-0 defeat.
“The team’s a little bit disappointed because we did well in the first half but we didn’t use the ball as well in the second half,” he told fulhamfc.com. “Then we conceded the goal and it was hard to come back from that, so we’re disappointed.
“We lost, but we showed some good stuff in the game I think. It’s not an easy game to play away from home. It was hard and the team we were playing is not a small team, they are so big.”
After enjoying an 18-minute cameo having come on as a substitute for Alexander Kačaniklić, Na Bangna is now craving more minutes on the pitch to really show the fans what he’s capable of.
“The Manager said to me that I was coming on and then he told me to be confident and play on the ball,” he said. “I think it was a very big game for me to make my Premier League debut in. It wasn’t an easy game to play as well as I can.
“With more time, hopefully I can show my qualities but I’m happy to make my debut and I’m looking forward to playing more games. I want to play in every game, just like everyone else, and prove that I deserve to play. I hope Saturday was the first of many appearances this season.
“I felt great to come on at Stamford Bridge. It felt normal to come on as I’ve been training with the First Team players, although I think I need more time to get confidence but then everything will be fine. I felt so happy when I saw the fans singing the Fulham songs so I feel like I want to do more to make them feel happier.”
The defeat saw the Whites slipped into the relegation zone as we enter an important week of the season. Two home matches, against Everton in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and Cardiff City in the league on Saturday, provide the perfect opportunity for Fulham to kick-start the season.
They’re matches that Mesca insists his side will be going all out to win, with the Portugal youth international pinpointing the home supporters as the catalyst for victory.
“We have to keep our heads up and we’ll be looking to win both of our games this week – I hope we can do that,” he said. “They’re both at Craven Cottage so of course we’ll have the crowd behind us.
“I’m sure that will help us win because the crowd will stay with us and that will give us confidence, so I think we’re going to win.”