Isaac Nehemie is using a mouthwatering Fifth Round tie at home to Arsenal as motivation to overcome Charlton Athletic in The FA Youth Cup on Wednesday evening.
The youngster was keen to stress that he was solely focused on the clash with the Addicks at St Mary’s first but is eager to set up what he believes would be a memorable occasion against the Gunners.
Nehemie cherished a starting berth in the seven-nil rout of Portsmouth and is desperate to make Wednesday’s line-up for another atmospheric experience.
“I’ll be buzzing if we get to play Arsenal at St Mary’s,” the full-back enthused when speaking to Saints Player. “I think it’ll be a great opportunity for the lads, for the fans to come down and support us. We’ve just got to do the job against Charlton first.
“I thought we played well against Portsmouth. That’s the type of game that I want to be playing in, that I’d hope to be starting in, in fact. I want to do my best to get into the starting line-up.
“We’ve had a couple of games since we’ve been back after New Year. I’ve obviously played left wing so I’ve got to keep carrying on what I’m doing and who knows if I’ll start or not.”
Recently, Nehemie has been deployed in the more advanced position of left-winger, a role he has found slightly unusual compared to the left-back position that he is accustomed to.
Despite that – and the undoubted and understandable pressure he admits he’d feel if played in that position against Charlton – the 18-year-old maintains he’s been performing adequately there and has been boosted by left-flank competition provided by the likes of Will Wood.
“I’ve found it different to left-back,” he continued. “They (the coaches) just told me to do a job there which I don’t mind doing. I’m doing well there, so I’m enjoying it.
“There will be a lot of pressure. I’m still learning, still trying to get on the ball as much as I can there.
“It’s great to have that competition. I feel that he (Wood) has a great opportunity to get into the starting line-up as well as me.”