Benayoun eyes Blues start

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Yossi Benayoun insists he is happy to wait for his first Chelsea start following a hat-trick of substitute appearances for his new club.

Israel midfielder Benayoun, 30, has yet to make his full debut for the Blues after joining them from Liverpool this summer. But he staked a claim for a starting berth by scoring his first Chelsea goal after coming on in Saturday's 6-0 Barclays Premier League drubbing of Wigan.

He said in the Evening Standard: "I know I can do it; I did it before in my career. When I arrived at Liverpool, I knew I had to wait on the bench and try to change games and now I'm also doing it for Chelsea."

He added: "When you come to a big club you need to be patient, there are a lot of quality players, but I just want to prove that I deserve to be here every chance that I get.

"I enjoy playing anywhere and every minute I am on the pitch. I can play anywhere in the three in midfield or the three up front."

Benayoun has played barely an hour of first-team football for his new club and scored just 11 minutes after coming on at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

"It's always a good feeling to get your first goal for a new club, but the most important thing was the win," said Benayoun. "To win 6-0 has lifted the confidence of the team.

"It was very difficult at first. We know what to expect from the Premier League and knew after Wigan lost 4-0 to Blackpool, they would be ready to fight.

"But we are a strong team with a lot of character and quality. We will win a lot of games."

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