Frank Nouble is looking to convince new boss Sam Allardyce that he doesn't need to be in the market for a new striker this summer.
West Ham look set to lose Carlton Cole in the coming days, with Stoke reportedly close to agreeing a fee with West Ham for the England striker. Nouble has seen this as a perfect opportunity to break in to the Hammers' first XI, and will be hoping to make a big impression in the Npower Championship next term.
The 19-year-old did himself no harm by scoring the first goal under Allardyce's reign in West Ham's 2-1 defeat to Switzerland's Young Boys last night, impressing with his powerful runs and quick pace alongside the goal in a 45 minute stint.
Nouble told West Ham TV: "It was a good game to play in. Most people played a half each and obviously it's pre-season so everyone wants to get around and get fit and impress the new gaffer.
"I knew I was only playing one half, so I got in my mind that I had to give everything.
"I'm hoping that I showed a little bit of what I can do, even when I'm not fully fit. When I'm fitter, hopefully I'll be able to do that for longer periods of the game."
Nouble has found his chances limited at the Boleyn Ground thus far, with a number of short-term loan spells to the likes of Charlton and Barnsley limiting senior opportunities with the Hammers.
With Cole tipped to leave though, Nouble senses his patience may pay off this coming season as West Ham target promotion back to the Barclays Premier League at the first time of asking.
"Last season I went away on loan quite a lot, going away for one month at a time wasn't really too great," he continued.
"This year hopefully I can come back and give everything. I'm 19, going on 20, now and I'm ready to make the next step.
"There are still some strikers here so I've got to keep battling it out and show the manager that he doesn't need to put his hand in his pocket."
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