ON-LOAN Manchester City striker John Guidetti says his first taste of action at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday evening has whetted his appetite for more over the course of the coming weeks and months.
The Swedish international stepped off the bench for the final 30 minutes of the midweek draw against Swansea City, having previously been restricted to cameo appearances in recent away fixtures at Crystal Palace and Southampton.
Guidetti was disappointed at not being able to influence Wednesday’s game in the manner he would have liked, but said the experience of featuring on home turf for the first time has left him with a lasting impression.
“I enjoyed it a lot, it was a moment that I have been waiting for to come on and play in front of those incredible supporters for the first time,” the 21-year-old told stokecityfc.com.
“I've been working hard in training since I came here and if I continue to work hard and play well when I am given the opportunity to do, so then hopefully I can play more minutes.
“I have absolutely 100 percent trust in the manager and in the team, and I know that whatever the manager’s decision is, it is always going to be in the best interests of the Club.
“If he puts me in to play from the start then I will give 100 percent, if he puts me on to play just the final five minutes then I'll also give 100 percent in that time too.”
He added: “I'm desperate to do well here and to help the Club win as many matches as possible. I'm blessed to be here, I'm very happy, what can I say!”
The highly-regarded striker enjoyed a rapid rise to stardom during a hugely successful spell with Feyenoord 18 months ago, netting 20 goals in just 23 appearances as the side secured a spot in the Champions League places.
A major injury scare set his progression back somewhat prior to his switch the Potteries in January, but despite that he remains optimistic of rediscovering his goal-scoring credentials during his spell at the Britannia Stadium.
“If you ask me if I want to come on and score the winning goal in a game, then yes of course I do,” he smiled.
“But if the ball doesn't drop what do you do? You can go back to the training pitch, you work hard and then hopefully next game it will drop.
“I am confident enough in my own ability to feel that when the chances do come my way, I will be able to put them into the back of the net.
“The manager has lots of experience of being a top striker, and I am learning a lot from him, just as I am from the other guys here too. I can only improve from being alongside the players and staff that are here.”