Fabio pushing forward

Fabio Daprela is eager to make his Barclays Premier League bow with eleven matches of the season remaining and plenty of expectation on his young shoulders.

The 19-year-old left-back has made great strides in his first season at the Boleyn Ground. An established Switzerland Under-19 international, Daprela caught the eye in the FA Cup defeat by Arsenal back in January and has since risen to captain the reserve team.

He was also an unused substitute in last week's Barclays Premier League reverse at Manchester United.

Daprela's hopes have been furthered by the likely absence of Herita Ilunga for much of this month with a tendon injury, although he knows he will have to get past the in-form Jonathan Spector to stake his claim. He did his chances no harm in front of the senior coaching staff with a star turn in last week's 2-1 win against Chelsea reserves.

"I want to play in the Premier League, that is my goal. We will see what the manager decides. I can only show myself on the pitch and in training and then it is up to him. It is very different to go from the first team at Old Trafford to the reserves, but that is what makes football.

Daprela, currently with his national team ahead of a Wednesday friendly against Poland, added: ""You have to take your opportunities when they come. I hope to get more games and show what I can do. I really want to play in the Premier League and will do my best."