Fulham striker Mladen Petric has set his sights on a regular place in manager Martin Jol’s starting XI.
The Croatian arrived over the summer on a free transfer from Hamburg, making an instant impact with two goals in the club’s season opening win over Norwich.
However, the form of Dimitar Berbatov has limited the 32-year-old’s first-team chances, seeing him forced onto the bench.
But, Petric is frustrated at being a bit-part player, and wants to become a regular starter in West London:
“From the beginning of the season I was hoping to play more but I didn’t so we will see,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
“I always try to give my best when I come in and in the end the gaffer is the man who decides so we will see what happens.
“I’m very happy to be here and everything is fine, it is just the fact I’m on the bench and I would like to play more.”
Jol appears to prefer playing Berbatov as a lone striker freeing up another man to play in midfield, which has contributed to Petric’s lack of action.
The pair have lined up together once this term, but were on the wrong end of a 3-0 score line against Tottenham.
Petric believes that both he and Berbatov can form a deadly strike partnership, urging Jol to give them to the opportunity:
“Of course I think we can play together,
“We played together against Tottenham and for me that was one of the best performances in the first 60 minutes so we showed that we can do that.”