Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso is remaining patient as he bids to become a first-team regular for Martin O'Neill's side.
The 18-year-old has scored three times in 16 appearances for Villa to date, but accepts that his chances will be limited for the time being due to the presence of Gabriel Agbonlahor, John Carew and Emile Heskey at the club.
Delfouneso told the Birmingham Mail: "We have three top-quality international strikers here, so it's bound to be hard.
"I know I have to be patient, work hard and prove to the gaffer that I'm worth a chance.
"I'm making decent progress and looking to improve more and more. I'm learning every day and I want to fulfil my potential.
"With a lot of hard work and maybe a bit of luck, hopefully I will be playing more over the next couple of years.
"Now I've made a few appearances I want to try to cement a place. From now on my aim is to be in the team as often as possible. I have faith and I have confidence in my ability. I believe I can do it.
"Whatever appearances I make I have to try to impress the gaffer. I'm very thankful that he has given me an opportunity and I want to show I'm worthy of that faith."