Davide Zappacosta burst on to the scene at Chelsea after scoring a stunning goal in his home debut in the 6-0 win over Qarabag.
However, since then the 25-year-old has had to bide his time to really make an impact. He made one substitute appearance in the Premier League before his Champions League bow, before starting the Carabao Cup clash against Nottingham Forest.
With Cesar Azpilicueta starting the game at right wing-back against Manchester City on Saturday, Zappacosta was left on the bench and he is still waiting for his second league appearance.
But Zappacosta is sure that he can make an impact for the Blues this season and that he can prove he can be a hit at Stamford Bridge.
In Saturday’s matchday programme, Zappacosta said: “I am convinced that I am well suited to the style of football in England, probably even more so than Italian football. There is more space because the intensity is higher and the game is much quicker, so I can look to exploit that.
“I believe this is one of the best places to play football in the world, and I want to be involved in it for as long as possible.”
Conte brought in the Italian on transfer deadline day in a slightly surprising move. However, the Chelsea boss has always seems to be impressed by him, having called him up for the player’s first Italian squad.
“He has shown a lot of faith in me,” Zappacosta added. “Firstly with the call-up to the Italy squad in 2016 and also now by signing me for Chelsea.
“I really admire him, I owe him a lot and because he has shown so much faith in me, I want to repay that and do my best.