Everton left back Bryan Oviedo is convinced he is at a stage where he should be a regular starter in the Blues' side.
The Costa Rican, who featured in their pre-season games against Hearts, Dundee and Leeds United, wants to secure a regular first team position at Goodison Park.
And with Leighton Baines injured, the 25-year-old has a chance to cement the left back position.
“I think it’s a good moment for me to start playing games,” he said. “I’m working towards this every day but at the moment I need to concentrate and focus on staying 100 per cent fit.
“My foot and my fitness are 100 per cent now, so I’m training with the team normally and working hard to get a place in the first team.
“I need to train hard and do everything well to show the manager that I am ready to play.”
Oviedo is looking ahead of their away clash against Southampton at the St. Mary’s where he believes they’ll be thoroughly tested.
“It’s a tough game,” he said. “Southampton had a good season last year so we need to take a good mentality and most importantly start well.
“Last game we didn’t and we need to if we want to progress. We have some big games in the next two months and we need to be ready to fight to get into the top places.
“Last season Southampton played some very good football and we need to go there and do ourselves justice because we have a very good team too.
“It’s important to win to get everyone motivated. It’s very important.”