Leicester's new golden boy Jeffrey Schlupp got off to a flying start on his debut against Rotherham on Tuesday, scoring a hat-trick to seal the Foxes' 4-1 win against the League Two under-dogs.
The emerging German spent last season on loan at Brentford, and is hoping that his bright start in the Carling Cup will lead to a positive season in the East Midlands.
"Obviously it's a great achievement to get a hat-trick at this level," he said. "I've been playing left-back and centre-midfield on the [pre-season] tour. Now I played in my actual position, I think I've proved I can score and play at this level."
"With the first game of the season coming up I'd love to be involved in that - hopefully I've done enough to be picked for the game."
Schlupp's performance impressed boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, who watched him in the final stages of growth with Leicester's youth team. The 18-year-old will compete with some big signings that have arrived this summer thanks to a finance boost from owners King Power, including former England striker David Nugent.
Eriksson said: "I saw him in training and last season in the youth team - this season he is even stronger and more confident.
"He will play games for us this season. As the situation is now we don't want to let him go out on loan. This season he's even stronger, more confident and scored three goals which is very good.
"He has a little bit of everything because he is strong. He has very good technique and a good left foot. He can fight in the air, has pace and can beat people."
But ever the perfectionist, the Swede wasn't completely happy with Tuesday's victory, although heartened by the rejuvenated team's composure.
"We gave away the goal a little bit too easily," he concluded. "But in the second half I think we were a different class, we dominated everything, we were rather confident even at 1-0 down, we didn't panic."
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