Romelu Lukaku is desperate to show Jose Mourinho that he can make the cut at Chelsea by starring for Everton this season.
The young Belgian signed for the Toffees on a season-long loan deal after struggling to make an impression under Mourinho in the early stages of the season.
And now, Lukaku is hoping to build upon his impressive season at West Brom last season, where he scored 17 league goals for the Baggies.
Speaking to reporters, the 20-year-old said: “I think after last year I deserved a chance, just a chance, just like I did the year before, before I went to West Brom.
“Then I thought I deserved a chance, I went to West Brom on loan and I did well.
“So this year I have a point to prove, first to myself — to do it again — and to Chelsea as well, to show that I belong there.”
Lukaku believes Everton are the right club to help him further develop and he believes he can make an impact at Goodison Park this season.
“I think it’s the last step that I needed, as a young player you want to perform week in week out and for me the best solution was to come to Everton.
“It’s a good footballing team and I felt a lot of confidence of the manager. It’s also that little step bigger than West Brom.
“At West Brom I could show myself and I had the opportunity to play but now I can do it for a bigger club.”
The 20-year-old also hinted that the fact it’s a World Cup summer impacted on his decision to leave Stamford Bridge for the time being.
“I had a few talks with [Mourinho] about playing regularly and the importance of it.
“I couldn’t afford another season on the bench at my age, playing maybe one out of every three games, especially with the World Cup coming up.
“I talk to him a few times and see his vision and at a certain point I thought going on loan was the best thing to do again.”
The Belgian believes he still has a future at Chelsea and has targeted an improvement on last season’s performances.
“I think now if I can do the same that I did last year but for a club like Everton and with better statistics, then why not? We’ll see at the end of the season.
“It was always my main ambition to go back to Chelsea as a better player but the end of the season is when you can make a report and have a balance on how stuff goes.”