Irregular and substitute Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar has said it is difficult for him struggling for space in the team.
The one-cap Senegal international admits he is fit and capable enough to fight for a place in the Viola team despite the presence of Nikola Kalinic and Federico Bernardeschi who have taken the centre stage in the attack.
The 24-year-old graduate of the Fiorentina youth academy has managed 1349 minutes all season with 19 league and 8 Europa League games, scoring 7 and 4 goals respectively in the process.
Of the 19 Serie A games, Babacar started 9 while he started 5 of the 7 continental games, which was an improvement on the previous season where he made just three starts in 5 appearances in the Europa League plus a total of 11 starts in 18 league games.
“At the moment I have not had many opportunities,” he continued in an interview with the Press.
“At the Franchi we play Fiorentina-Inter, not Babacar against everyone. I’m only interested in Fiorentina scoring three points to keep our tiny European dream alive.
“I need to demonstrate my validity. I’m no longer a kid. It’s time to prove to everyone that I’m ready for a leading role.”
“But it’s certainly not [Nikola] Kalinic’s fault that he is one of the strongest strikers in Europe.
“Now I look for my opportunity. I am confident I can e a striker in a team fighting for the Champions League. I hope Fiorentina will give me this opportunity.
“We are experiencing an unlucky season. Go and read how many times we’ve hit the post, it’s record numbers. Against us, goalkeepers often have made miraculous saves. But it’s not over yet.
“[Mauro] Icardi is a great striker, he can win capocannoniere.
“The rival for Icardi is [Andrea] Belotti. The Toro forward is a star. ”
Fiorentina are currently placed 8th in the Serie A with 52 points from as many games, and will welcome Inter on Sunday.