Nahki Wells admits his return to action at Burnley was “never going to be a fairytale” as he awaits his Premier League debut.
It has been more than two months since Wells — fit again after ankle surgery — joined the Lancashire side for £5 million from Huddersfield Town on transfer deadline day in August.
He did his chances of selection no harm with a hat-trick for the Burnley under-23 side last week, but concedes he was hoping to have featured for the first team by now.
Asked if his time at Turf Moor had been a bit frustrating so far, the Bermuda striker told the Lancashire Telegraph: “A little bit. I obviously had a lot of optimism it would have been sooner but, at the same time, this is the Premier League and I’m coming into a level I’m unfamiliar with.
“I was never going to jump in and just come off the bench after training for three days and score a hat-trick.
“It was never going to be a fairytale like that. It’s always difficult to take a step up.
“I feel like I’m bonding more and more with the lads and starting to get sharper and sharper and show myself.
“Hopefully, the management staff are happy with my progression and it’s only a matter of time.”
Wells, who was an unused substitute in his team’s 1-0 win at home to Newcastle United nine days ago, hopes to be involved when Burnley return to action after the international break at home to Swansea City on November 18.
The 27-year-old, who has featured in two games for the Professional Development League side and in a behind-closed-doors friendly, believes he offers something different from the club’s other strikers.
“I always believe that I can be something different to what we’ve got and, hopefully, I can show that sooner rather than later,” Wells added.
Although he has had to be patient, the Bermudian said he was enjoying his time at Burnley.
“So far, it’s fantastic,” Wells said. “It’s a good club and a well-run club with a good group of honest lads.
“[Sean Dyche, the manager] doesn’t lie when he says he has a good, honest bunch of lads that are well grounded and want to do well for the football club and that’s what we’re doing.
“I’m buying into that each week. I feel like I came from a similar set-up, a smaller club in the grander scheme of things, and I’ve just fit in and it’s been a smooth transition. I’m loving life at the minute.”