Coventry City forward Gervane Kastaneer is looking to restore his reputation after making his debut for Hearts.
The Sky Blues forward, who joined the Jambos on loan on January deadline day, went on in the 66th minute against Ayr United at the weekend, doubling his match minutes for the season.
Having previously managed just 13 against Blackburn and seven against Sheffield Wednesday, the 24-year-old felt he did well in the 24 minutes he got in the 1-0 away win that extended his new club’s lead at the top of the Scottish Championship to 12 points.
Speaking after the game, Kastaneer admitted that he “could have done more,” during his time with the Sky Blues but how he is now hoping to prove himself north of the border.
“I am very blessed that they brought me here,” he told EdinbughLive, who described the winger as showing ‘glimpses of power and pace’ in his cameo display.
“I don’t know how much they saw of me but I know it’s not a lot. They still gave me a chance
“There were a lot of long balls but we won and that’s the most important thing. It was not a game that made me scared. I like to be physical and this was a very physical team. In my head, I thought: ‘I need to step up, win the duels and show my power.’ It went well.”
He added: “I knew Dutch players who played here, Mark de Vries and Genero Zeefuik. I don’t know the Scottish competition so well but I know Celtic, Rangers and Hearts are the biggest clubs.
“My father knew them better than me. He told me about the club. He said: ‘It’s massive, it’s a great opportunity for you and you need to be very proud. You are very blessed that they are giving you a chance at this club.”
As for his ambitions in the next few months, the player who doesn’t figure in Mark Robins’s plans hinted that he hoped to get something more permanent sorted at Tynecastle.
“I want to show myself again because I didn’t play for a long time,” he said.
“I want to get minutes and help the team. Hopefully at the end something nice happens. First of all I want to play as much as possible.”
He added: “Winning the title is 100 per cent what we have to do. Hopefully something nice happens for me as well, like with my reputation: ‘He’s still a good player, he’s still got it,’ instead of ‘comme ci comme ca’.”
Explaining why things haven’t worked out at Coventry, he said: “A lot of things happened there.
“I came there to a new country and I had to adapt to the country, the playing style and everything. Very quickly I scored a goal after 30 seconds. That brings pressure on you directly. People are like: ‘He is the guy.’ So they were talking about me.
“In the next few games I got a red card. Then it went so fast. I don’t know, maybe it’s me. I could have done more, 100 per cent. It went like that and I have to accept it but I have to come back and show I can do it.”