The Moroccan international bagged his first senior goal for the club in Sunday’s 4-0 friendly win against Aldershot.
Mounir has featured as a substitute throughout pre-season — only missing out in the Peace Cup Final — and marked his first start by opening the scoring at the Recreation Ground.
The 21-year-old netted twice in six reserve games last term and would love to make the next step — but that means breaking through Jermain Defoe, Mido, Robbie Keane and Fredi Kanoute.
“I want to be part of the first team squad and hope I can play a little, that would be great,” said Mounir. “It’s down to me.
“It’s very difficult with four such good strikers at the club but I’ll do my best in training and try to make the most of the minutes I have on the pitch.”
Mounir has also been deployed wide left in a couple of his appearances and started in that position at Aldershot.
“I’m very happy because the coach has trusted me and let me play in pre-season,” he added. “The left side isn’t my best position, I’ve played there before in a 4-3-3 formation but I was just happy to be involved.
“It was my first start and I managed to score as well and that meant a lot to me.
“I remember the goal well. Fredi Kanoute did well down the right, crossed it and it was an easy header for me in the end.
“I’m very happy here, very settled, I enjoy the life and I’m looking forward to the season.”
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Mounir El Hamdaoui is after a taste of Premiership action this season - but knows he faces a tough challenge.