Pussetto: “I Want To Show My Skills”
By Kevin Affleck
Ignacio Pussetto returns to the scenes of his remarkable goal-line clearance tomorrow determined to show what he also has to offer at the other end of the field.
The Argentine made an instant impact after signing from Udinese by hooking a goal-bound effort from Erik Lamela off the line in the dying minutes of the game with Tottenham Hotspur. It was a remarkable piece of defensive play and preserved what could turn out to be a vital point for the Hornets.
“I didn't expect that, especially for a striker,” said Pussetto. “I was happy to help the team. No-one could believe it because it was so close to a goal so everyone was happy. During the game I didn't realise the importance of what I did, but after the game I did and I'm glad I was able to help the team.”
His defensive work would come as no surprise to Udinese fans. During a season and a half in Serie A, no forward won more defensive duels than Pussetto. Now, though, the forward, who can play on either flank or through the middle, is keen to show what he can do at the other end.
“I want to show my skills,” he said. “I'm very happy to be here. I've always liked the Premier League and I hope to adapt as quickly as possible and adapt to the club. I've always watched the league – it's amazing. I didn't know anyone here, but I've played against players in the Premier League so I know some of them. I want to keep playing even more. It's difficult as I have to adapt, but I want to show my skills.”
Pussetto, 24, has joined a team on an upward trajectory and looking to move away from danger. The process started with a sequence of four wins from five games and an unbeaten home run of five matches.
“We need to stay in the league and escape from this difficult situation,” he said. “It's a difficult challenge, but we have a good squad and we are ready to face this challenge. We just need to keep going. When I first got here I wanted to help the team away from the relegation zone. In the next years we want to aim for Europe, I think we have the squad to achieve that. The club and the team has done well over the last five games. We just need to keep going. The players have a good mentality to get through this situation. All together we are going to get through this.”
That is Nigel Pearson's mantra, one where the collective is more important that any individual. The Head Coach has only lost two of his eight Premier League games, winning four and transforming the feel around the place.
“He's a great manager,” said Pussetto. “He asked me a lot and all the coaching staff are really helpful. I have a good relationship with the Spanish speaking players. I hope to adapt to the language as soon as possible so I can speak to everyone.”
Pussetto will, if necessary, be able to converse with Carlo Ancelotti, Everton's new Italian manager.
“I know Ancelotti,” said Pussetto. “I have played against his teams two or three times. His teams like keeping possession of the ball. Everton are the same as us and come from a good period and good results, but we are playing at home and we just need to show our skills and get a good result. We need to do what we have been preparing for. It's going to be a difficult game for us. We'll see who is the best.”