Chelsea forward Islam Feruz is aiming to put his troubling 2014-15 season behind him and send a message to Jose Mourinho that he is ready to make an impact in the Stamford Bridge first team. The Scotland Under-21 international will spend the season with Championship club Hibernian after several aborted loan spells last term.
Feruz joined OFI Crete, Blackpool and Russian Second Division club Krylia Sovetov in three separate spells last season but failed to settle as he made just a handful of appearances at each of the sides. Having missed the opportunity to make an impression with a full campaign playing senior football, Feruz is now hoping the 2015-16 campaign can be second time lucky.
However, Feruz arrives in Scotland with a damaged reputation following his harrowing season last year but will working under coach Alan Stubbs this season; the respected coach who represented Celtic and Everton during his career. As well as making an impression for Hibs, the ambition for Feruz remains impressing onlookers at Chelsea.
"I have always believed in myself and my ability as a footballer, even in the past couple of years," Feruz said according to the Edinburgh Evening News. "I know that I can do a job with Chelsea. I have a long-term contract with Chelsea and it's up to me to do well with my loan spells and help me get back on that path. I got a phone call from my agent and he told me how good this move would be to get my football up and running again.
"Before I went out on loan I was told it would be difficult not to expect to play in every game because I came from Chelsea. I didn't know that then but I learned a few things as I went along and got more experienced. It's difficult and, as a young player, you do not know how to handle most things. There's more to it than just playing first-team football. My target here is to help the team and score as many goals as I can. That's my main priority as a striker."