Carlton Cole is ready to utilise his all-action style to prove to Jose Mourinho he can help Chelsea overcome the loss of Didier Drogba during the next month.
The England Under-21 international could be handed his first start of the season against League One side Huddersfield in Saturday's FA Cup third round tie at Stamford Bridge.
Cole has made just four substitute appearances in the Barclays Premiership so far this season plus another two in the Champions League and he is desperate to make an impact when Drogba joins up with the Ivory Coast in the African Nations Cup.
Chelsea's other first-choice striker, Hernan Crespo, is doubtful with a hamstring strain and that could leave the door open for Cole to seize his chance at last.
While he has been a success at under-21 level, the youngster has found it hard to come off the bench and deliver the goals for Chelsea. But that has not stopped him setting his sights on becoming the club's number one striker in the next few years.
'I've done all right at international level but now I need the next level up,' admitted Cole. 'What I need is games for my club now, to show what I can do here, to score a lot of goals.
'It's hard to make an impact coming off the bench. It's hard to do that when you're not playing regularly. I'm at my peak training-wise. I feel I'm fit. All I lack is match sharpness. Hopefully I'll make an impact next time I get my chance.
'It's all down to confidence. When you're young you're not scared of anything. I'm 22 now and I know opponents find it hard to handle me when I go at them, as I've found out with the England Under-21s. I want to be the number on striker here one day.'
Cole spent season-long loan spells with Charlton and Aston Villa and while he gained invaluable experience at both clubs, he agrees with Mourinho that now is the time for him to stay at Chelsea and make his mark.
'Obviously (Mourinho) knows what he's doing, he doesn't think that loaning me out again after two years is going to help my progress.
'Jose showed faith in keeping me and I want to push on and play some games now, and show why I want to be here.'
Chelsea are currently 13 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premiership courtesy of a winning mentality instilled into his squad by the Portuguese coach.
After six months being part of the first-team squad, Cole now understands what it is all about.
'I've learned a lot about the winning mentality,' he says. 'No disrespect to the clubs I've been to, but they didn't have the winning mentality that we've got here.
'Everyone can cope with pressure situations. Everyone is training so hard - 100 per cent.'
Cole has used his time on the fringe of the first team in a positive fashion by watching the work of Drogba and Crespo on the training pitch.
'I'm watching Didier using his strength, watching Crespo and how he runs,' he says. 'I'm their apprentice at the moment, learning the trade. I think I can play like both of them.
'Hopefully my technique can get better this season. My shooting can be a bit wayward. I know I need to hit the target more often.'
While Cole hopes to get a chance against the Terriers, Mourinho is set to rest a number of established stars including skipper John Terry and England midfielder Frank Lampard.
New loan signing Maniche from Dynamo Moscow could also be in the squad.