Marko Futacs knows he must maintain his recent improvement as he chases his Pompey dream.
The 21-year-old Hungarian was a surprise choice from boss Michael Appleton as he was sent on to try to rescue the south coast derby last weekend.
But while the powerful 6ft 5in striker is determined to win a first start in Pompey colours, he knows he must be patient and continue impressing the manager on the training ground – as he clearly has done in recent weeks.
Futacs said: ‘It’s my dream to be in the first 11 players.
‘But I’m still young and I start with playing a few minutes and then we will see what happens in the future.
‘If I do more, I will get a chance.
‘I think I just need some experience.
‘Every day after training I stay to do more and more.
‘I need to play a game and to get the feeling when you start a game and play all of it. I think that’s very important.
‘I haven’t spoken to the manager that much but I’m very happy he’s said he doesn’t want to send me out on loan.
‘We’ve talked sometimes about how I have to play and he has given me some opinions.
‘But I’m very happy he thinks I am part of the plans and I will keep working like that.
‘I hope I will get my chance soon.
‘It’s just the first part. It means I have done well but now I need to do the same.’
Since signing from Werder Bremen in the summer, Futacs has had to bide his time to get a look-in, but has done enough to show Michael Appleton he has some serious potential.
And Futacs is keen to watch more experienced players to help him improve.
He said: ‘I’m learning very much from the other players that are here already.
‘In training, I look at players like King (Kanu) and Liam all the time.
‘Dave Kitson shows how you have to hold the ball up. It’s good to learn.’