Our forward spoke to the press ahead of the South Yorkshire derby on Sunday.
ON MAKING DEBUT
“It was a great feeling; I was feeling like a child. It’s been 10 months for me, so the adrenaline before the game during the warm-up, that matchday feeling, I really missed it. So, I was really happy to be back there.
“My last official game was December 2020, so almost a year. My body needs to adapt – it’s been a while. If I had to decide, I would say to the gaffer I want to play straight away all the games, but I need to listen to the medical staff, as well, and to my body.
“My head is ready to go; I don’t know about my body – we’ll see in the coming weeks. But I’m working on it and everyone at the club is helping me, so let’s hope I’ll be fit enough really soon to play.”
ON RECENT FORM
“I think it’s a tough one because the club did very well last year. Now, we have a new gaffer and a new way of playing with the youngest team in the league, so it needs time to adapt.
“It’s always the same everywhere at every club when a new gaffer comes in with new tactics and new style, you have to adapt and sometimes it gets easier. Sometimes it’s a bit tough in the beginning, but we’re only in October – we’ve got to keep on believing.
“In my opinion, I’ve been pro now for a couple of years, I think Sunday is the perfect game; it’s a derby and I hope the fans will be there to help us. In such a game, we won’t be thinking too much about it because we know this game can change everything for us.”
ON PLAYERS RETURNING
“Everyone wants to be involved and helping the team, especially in the moments where we are struggling a bit. We were a bit unlucky in the last couple of games because I think our game is improving and we are getting better, but we don’t score at the moment, so it’s tough.
“But, definitely, with me, Carlton, Josh and Mads coming back, I think it will help everyone.”
ON SHEFFIELD UNITED GAME
“It’s a special game and you want to play these games, but definitely you want to win them – especially in our situation because this can be the changing point of the season; taking the three points and having the fans behind us, getting some positivity because the last weeks have been really tough for us.”
ON SQUAD NUMBER
“My dad used to play football and, during his spell at KRC Genk in Belgium, he scored 58 goals for them and when I signed my first contract for Club Brugge in Belgium, they gave me that number and no one knew.
“So, for me, it’s like a lucky number; it’s a sign. I used to take that number when I could and this was a good opportunity for me to take it.”