On-loan Fulham man Lasse Vigen Christensen admits he was surprised to be loaned out to Championship strugglers Burton Albion, despite not having started all season at the Cottage.
The 22-year-old Danish midfielder joined Nigel Clough's side in the January transfer window, along with fellow Fulham man Cauley Woodrow in deals until the end of the season.
Christensen hadn't featured for Slavisa Jokanovic's side since September but has been used regularly in Clough's side and nearly scored in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Blackburn when his 20-yard effort somehow managed to hit both posts and stay out.
He told Burton Albion Player: "To me it was surprising, I expected to be more involved and obviously felt like I had a role like most players do but that is football sometimes.
"This season I’ve done everything I can and have worked as hard as I can to become a better player and I didn’t get a chance to show that at Fulham but now I have the opportunity to come here (Burton) and play every week.
"The gaffer here trusts me to go and play my football and I’m really enjoying that at the moment."
The 22-year-old, who has made six appearances for Burton since signing on loan, is now enjoying his time in the north and believes he can now prove himself to the most important person - himself.
He added: "It was a tough six months at Fulham but that is in the past now so right now I am just focusing on doing everything I can here and and enjoying the support from both the gaffer and the team mates.
"Every day in professional football is about proving yourself to someone, but most importantly yourself I think.
"For me I’ve had a few seasons where I’ve felt like I wanted to do more and for different reasons I haven’t been able to kick on from when I first got into the Fulham team so for me it’s about proving to myself I can still go out and make a difference at this level.
"I’ve always believed I could but showing it and getting an opportunity to do it is a different thing.
"I think for both me and Cauley (Woodrow) we haven’t featured as much and we've been quite mentally strong to keep going and working hard for this opportunity to arise."