David Nugent admits it has been "horrible" watching from the Portsmouth bench this season, but intends to prove he can cut it in the Barclays Premier League.
The 22-year-old has been only a bit-part player this season following a £6million summer transfer from Preston.
However with John Utaka and Kanu all away at the African Cup of Nations, Nugent looks set for a run in the side.
With Pompey having slipped down the table, it could be just the time for Nugent to make his mark, with whipping boys Derby coming to Fratton Park on Saturday.
"I am not going to lie, it is horrible when you are not playing, but hopefully now I will get the opportunity to show people just what I can do," said Nugent.
"I have had to be patient, hopefully that patience will now start to pay off.
"I have heard comments that I am not good enough to play in the Premier League, but I haven't really had the chance to prove myself yet.
"A few players will be coming into the team now that some guys have left for the African Nations and I am hoping to be one of them.
"I have been working hard in training and coming in early to work with the fitness coach, so when the chances do come I will be ready to take them.
"I just want to score goals and keep Pompey high up in the Premier League table. I give 110 per cent every time I play."