Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze: “I did not expect to play so soon”

Villarreal forward Samuel Chukwueze has admitted his surprise at his fast rise to prominence after netting in each of his last La Liga appearances.

The Nigerian netted in Sunday’s victory over Real Betis after scoring in the previous draw at Rayo Vallecano – making it three goals in just five starts in all competitions.

“It has been an impressive month for me,” Chukwueze is cited as telling reporters by Plaza Deportiva.

“I did not expect to play so soon with the first team but I do not feel pressure or particularly significance, I am only thinking about working hard and continuing to improve.

“It is important to make sure the Coach retains his trust and confidence in me but it is exciting to be playing and doing things that are right.

“Barcelona next week? It is a game that we can win and that is what we are focused on now.”

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