West Brom defender Craig Dawson believes he is ready to establish himself in the Premier League next season.
The England under-21 centre-half has spent time on loan at English Championship side Bolton Wanderers this season, and made his first top-flight appearance of the season in the narrow 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday.
With games against Norwich and Manchester United to come before the season closes, Dawson is hoping to play a part as the season reaches it’s climax.
“I feel ready for the Premier League,” he told West Brom’s official website.
“I’ve got some games under my belt now and hopefully I can play the next couple of games and put a marker down for next season.
“It was always something we talked about
, to go away and play some games, come back and really push in the last few games of the season.
“Hopefully that’s what I can do. I’ll be working hard over the summer.”
Dawson put in an accomplished display against the 2012 Premier League champions and is relishing the test of marking some of the world’s best strikers.
“It was nice to get a start,” he added.
“I think we played well as a team, dug deep and really, really put some pressure on them at the end. I found out a few days before I’d be starting.
“In training we worked on the shape and the patterns of play. It was a nice chance to play 90 minutes. It was a great challenge and a great game to come into.
“They were champions last season and I knew it was going to be a tough game. I enjoyed it and I think we played really well.
“They’re a team of quality players and it was good to cope up against them and really test myself.”