the pitch and a real experience to see how different the games are, and the pace of it. I need to see how I deal with the atmosphere, the pressure and other factors.
Would you still set yourself a target of scoring in that game?
Yes, I probably would! Even in training, if you miss a chance, it matters. It is a lot more demanding with the first team, obviously.
Do you think you can be an inspiration to the younger players who are also hoping to make the breakthrough?
Yes, I think a few of the younger lads in my digs are asking things and, obviously, as a boy, I used to look up to lads when I was their age. The roles are reversed now and I know what it is like to be in that situation.
Your aim must be to get into the squad for this summer’s pre-season tour. Will any international commitments affect that?
I don’t think so. The England Under-19s’ next qualifying round is in May, so it won’t affect it. Hopefully, all being well, I’ll have no injuries and will get on that plane to America. It would be absolutely brilliant. I’ve been to the States before, in the Dallas Cup last year, and that was a great place to go.
How would you assess your season?
I’m definitely pleased. I’ve got through the three age groups and, as a striker, I want to score goals. I’ve done that at each level, but the most important thing is to keep improving – as long as that keeps happening. To get to where I am now, I have obviously improved.