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THE PATIENT PRINCE

Posted on 12 October 2007  - 12:00

Kevin-Prince Boateng is more than prepared to be patient in waiting for First Team opportunities having realised his immediate aim last week against Anorthosis Famagusta.

Kevin-Prince Boateng is more than prepared to be patient in waiting for First Team opportunities having realised his immediate aim last week against Anorthosis Famagusta.

The German Under-21 international, who joined from Hertha Berlin in the summer, made his senior debut in the UEFA Cup return in Cyprus in what was not the easiest encounter to make an impression in with the home side set on damage limitation after suffering a 6-1 reverse in the first leg at the Lane.

For Kevin though, it was a crucial breakthrough, the chance to sample the First Team environment at his new club.

"It was good for me to get my first game," he considered. "I have such a good feeling about this club and being in London, I am now married and we also have a baby on the the way.

"The only feeling that was missing was being involved in a First Team game and now that feeling is there - everything is perfect.

"It was a difficult game because most of their team stayed back, they had nine men behind the ball nearly all the time and it is always hard to play against a team that plays like that.

"It was just important for me to get involved, I train hard and try to do my best for the Reserve Team. I will get my reward one day."

Kevin has clearly taken to life in the south of England and, from looking on, he has assessed a key element of what is required to succeed in Premier League football when opportunity eventually knocks.

"It is very fast and you have to be fast yourself in mind and body. You have to make the right decisions and make them quickly on the pitch.

"Settling in over here has been easy, I've got a nice house and my wife and I are very happy.

"The main thing is to get playing and that is a big challenge because we've got a lot of top midfield players. I think if I train hard I will get my chance, I am a patient boy and you will see that."

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