Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka hopes to convince Mauricio Pochettino that he can play a part at Southampton after a season-long loan at French side Sochaux.
The 23-year-old joined the Saints with a big reputation after winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Zambia in 2012, scoring the winner to take them into the final, but he then struggled to make a real impact at Southampton.
Now he has set his sights on a place in Pochettino’s squad for next season, as the manager considers his options.
Mayuka was a regular for Sochaux during his loan stint. Although he scored four goals in 21 appearances , he could not help secure their top-flight survival in France.
Looking ahead, he is keen to pick up up where he left off with the Saints.
“I won’t consider my first season in England as a failure because I didn’t really get enough opportunities,” Mayuka told BBC Sport.
“On a personal note this loan has helped me regain confidence and I can take positives away even though I would have loved for the club to stay up.
“They gave me a chance to enjoy regular football again. I can only thank the club and wish them well for the future.
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