After signing a new contract with the Club earlier this year, Buomesca Tue Na Bangna is delighted to have been given a chance to show his skills in pre-season with the First Team.
The winger has been regularly called into action on the tour of Costa Rica and was also brought on for the injured Alexander Kačaniklić against Werder Bremen on Sunday. Now in a training camp in Austria, the youngster is focused on the future.
“It’s been great, we’ve been doing well,” he told the official website. “But we lost the last game [in Bremen] and I was a little bit disappointed. We’ll keep working hard and we’ll improve to make it all good by the start of the season.
“It’s been a good summer so far, I feel really fresh. I didn’t play a lot of football last season, so it’s good to be back with a ball at my feet again. I’ve been working really hard in the gym and out on the training pitch – as a result I feel strong.”
After catching the eye at this point last year, Mesca has played a part in all of Fulham’s pre-season games to date and has impressed with his attacking intent and drive.
“I’m very happy to have been given the opportunity,” he said. “It gives me great confidence and the Manager always wants to push me, to make me work harder and to show what I’ve got.
“I try to do my best to make sure that I impress the Manager and to make it into the First Team. I’m really enjoying getting a chance.”
After impressing in pre-season last summer, the 20-year-old, who was born in Guinea-Bissau and has represented Portugal at youth level, suffered a cruciate ligament injury which ruled him out of much of the campaign.
“I felt like maybe I wouldn’t get the opportunity this year because of the injury and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get back fit to make an impact this season,” he added. “But the Club has been great, they’ve helped me to push on and to get stronger.
“I’m so happy to come back and go straight into the First Team squad for pre-season, and hopefully I’ll get even stronger. It’s important for me to play games again; it was something that I missed. That’s what I want to be doing, it’s my job. My time on the sidelines was tough, but I’m fully recovered and looking forward to showing everyone what I can do.”
Mesca is now focused on making his mark on Martin Jol’s side when the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season rolls around in just a few weeks’ time.
“I’m looking forward to coming home and I want to make sure that I show people what I can do on the Craven Cottage pitch in front of the fans,” he said. “I hope I can play for the team and help us to win and get good results next season.
“I’m 20, so I’m no longer a teenager anymore. Some young players like to go out on loan, but my preference is to prove myself here at Fulham. Of course, that’s not my decision, because the Club may want me to go out loan in order to gain experience.
“But I like to think that if I continue to work hard and make progress, then my chance will come with the First Team. I’m an ambitious player and that’s something that I will try to achieve. It’s up to me.
“It’s a big season for me, and hopefully I can make a breakthrough at some point. It would be a dream come true and a significant moment in my life if I could make my debut. We have a lot of football ahead, so who knows what will happen.”