Daniel Johnson hopes a successful loan spell at Yeovil Town will earn enough trust from his Aston Villa manager to be rewarded with a Premier League debut.
The dynamic midfielder joined the Glovers just hours before their 3-1 midweek triumph at Shrewsbury Town, entering the fray as a second half substitute.
A regular for Villa’s reserves and under-21 teams, Johnson was an unused substitute for the first team on six occasions last season.
Now with his senior bow to his name and a month of npower League One action ahead, the Jamaican-born 20-year-old wants to impress both Glovers’ boss Gary Johnson and Villa counterpart Paul Lambert.
Daniel Johnson said: “One hundred per cent, the aim is to play for Villa’s first team. I am here to get some experience and hopefully the manager can see and have trust in me.
“There are a lot of experienced players at Villa but hopefully the manager will be able to trust me from how I do at Yeovil.
“I have been trying to get out on loan for about two years now but because of the injuries I haven’t been able to go anywhere. I have been on the bench a lot so I am just happy that this chance is finally happening. I just want to play and do my best.
“You have got to aim for the Premier League as that is where the best footballers are. If you are in it for the money then that is something different. It is all about the football and that is what I want to do – play football.
“All I want to do is play football and if the manager puts me in the side – which hopefully he does – then I will try my hardest to help the team get three points.
Johnson admitted that he knew little about the Glovers before his switch, but was keen to allow his football to do the talking.
He endured a tough debut as a second half replacement at the Greenhaus Meadow, adjudged to have fouled an opponent for the penalty that led to the hosts’ only goal. Despite the testing opening, Johnson said he had enjoyed the start to life in the West Country.
“It has been good and I am settling in well,” he said. “I am getting to know the lads but already knew some of them here from before. I really enjoyed my debut but was disappointed to give away the penalty, which I didn’t think was a penalty. Overall I was really pleased.
“I know what I can do so I really hope I can add something to the team. I didn’t really know much about the team but Luke Ayling is a mate from back home.
“I am here to get some experience and hopefully I can go back and get into Villa’s first team. They haven’t really told me much about what they expect from the loan spell, I just want to come here and play football. I will just get my head down and graft.”