Nahki Wells is straining at the leash to make his Premier League debut for Burnley after declaring: “I’m fit and raring to go.”
The Bermuda striker was an unused substitute in Burnley’s 1-0 win at home to Newcastle United on Monday and is hoping to feature away to Southampton on Saturday.
Wells also revealed that he was almost called upon at half-time by Sean Dyche, the Burnley manager, and cannot wait to return to action after three months on the sidelines.
“I’m ready to go and it’s just unfortunate that I didn’t get the call to come on [against Newcastle],” Wells told The Royal Gazette.
“I was close to coming on at half-time, but I didn’t get the shout. It’s just a matter of time until I get called upon.
“I’ve played three under-23 games and I’ve got a few 90 minutes under my belt.”
Wells had minor surgery to remove a screw in his ankle before his £5 million move to Burnley from Huddersfield Town on transfer-deadline day in August — and admits it has been the most frustrating spell of his career.
“It’s been frustrating because I’ve been quite lucky to not have many [injury] setbacks to my professional career and then find out I need a small operation,” he said. “To be out for three months was frustrating, but that time has flown by and I’m back fit now.
“It felt like an eternity three months ago, but I’m excited to be back and excited for the new chapter, which is Premier League football.”
The 27-year-old said Turf Moor is starting to feel like home and that his personality and approach to the game are a good fit for the Burnley dressing room. “I don’t feel completely at home yet, but the lads have welcomed me in and it’s a good group to come into ... no animosity between the players, no big egos,” Wells added.
“It’s just a good, honest group and I think I will fit well into that. I’m doing that as we go on.”
Having joined Huddersfield for a club record of £1.3?million in January 2014, Wells insists he is unfazed by his price tag and that hefty transfer fees are part and parcel of the modern game.
“It’s 2017, it’s modern-day football, there are huge fees being splashed about everywhere nowadays,” he said.
“I try not to focus on what a club has paid for me and just focus on what I’m paid to do — and that’s to help the club move forward and score goals.
“That’s the plan. I’m not really sidetracked. I sometimes forget how much I cost.”