On-loan striker Wellington Paulista is working hard towards earning a call up to the first-team and insists he is enjoying his stay in East London.
The 28-year-old signed in January on a six-month loan spell from Cruzeiro and has scored five goals in 10 starts for the Development Squad, but is yet to be given the opportunity to prove himself with the first-team in the Premier League.
But the Brazilian is enjoying life at West Ham and insists he will keep on trying his best to impress Sam Allardyce and hopes to finally get a chance between now and the end of the season.
He told whufc.com: “I’m taking it day by day, trying to get better every day and hoping to break into the first team.
“Whether I score or not, I’m confident either way. I’m always trying to bring other players into the game and trying to be more versatile in that sense. I’m doing a lot in training, just to get in the manager’s eye and hopefully to get into the team.
“Ever since I was a kid, it was always just natural to enjoy scoring, whether it’s for the first team or for the reserves, a goal’s a goal and I enjoy it either way.”
And Paulista believes that he has seen enough of the club in the few months he has been here to want to stay permanently, likening the supporters to those he has played in front of in Brazil and praising the array of talent the club has waiting in the wings.
“It’s good [being with the Development Squad], but obviously playing with younger players is a different experience to what I’m used to,” he said.
There’s a lot of talent at this club, but of course that have a lot to learn. It’s a bit like Brazil, in that the fans are so passionate and are crazy about the football club. I love that it’s full and so noisy and that’s the sort of crowd I like to play in front of.
“I am very happy. I’ll be working hard right until the end of my six-month deal and i’d like to stay here if I can.”