Frank Nouble heads back to first club Chelsea tonight keen to try and force his way into Ståle Solbakken’s plans and grateful for the start he enjoyed at Stamford Bridge.
Nouble, who turned 21 yesterday, is in the 18-man squad for the Capital One cup tie against the club he joined as a 12-year-old and remained until deciding to sign professional terms at West Ham in pursuit of more regular football.
And if given the opportunity he is keen to take the chance to put pressure on the likes of Kevin Doyle, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Björn Sigurdarson in the battle for a first team place.
“I’m really looking forward to going back to Chelsea and seeing a lot of people who helped me out when I was younger,” says Nouble.
“I was very thankful for that and there are some good memories.
“It would be great to get a result and hopefully I will be involved.
“Playing against Chelsea at their stadium is a big game for anyone whether you are 30 or 19 or 20.
“Everyone in the squad wants to play and show what they can do, especially on that stage.
“I was pleased with how it went at Chelsea.
“They offered me an extension to carry on there but it was about my eagerness for first team football that I didn’t take it.
“Going back there is just about showing the stuff which I learned at Chelsea and how I’ve developed since.”
Nouble has so far found opportunities limited this season, making three appearances to date, but is keen to make an impression and build on the goal scored on his only start, the last round of the cup at Northampton.
“When I have played I think I have done well and got a few goals including the friendlies,” he says.
“I am keen to try and get more chances but I have to keep working hard.
“I just have to keep doing what I am doing and knocking on the door and take my chance.
“I want to pay back the fans who have been supporting me.
“I think the manager is trying to play the right way which is good for the fans who want to see good football.
“You can see from the last three wins it is starting to come along nicely.”
Nouble continues: “I have settled in well here, there is a good group of players.
“There are a few clubs interested in the summer and I really liked the look of Wolves and everything about it.
“I’m hungry to succeed here.
“I’ve been on loan at a lot of clubs but I just want to play and show my potential.
“I’ll keep my head down and keep working.”