Sunderland summer recruit Papy Djilobodji hopes to establish himself as a regular under David Moyes.
The Senegal international, who joined in a reported £8million deal from Chelsea, made his debut against Middlesbrough last weekend and played the full 90 minutes on Wednesday as Sunderland saw off Shrewsbury in the EFL Cup.
Boss Moyes has conceded that ideally he would have waited before bringing Djilobodji into his team but injuries have forced his hand.
However, the defender has stressed he is “ready to play” for Sunderland and kick-start his career in England after failing to force his way into the Chelsea side.
Djilobodji said: “When I came here, I was ready to play and do my best for Sunderland, and I am so happy to work with Sunderland and with the coach. Now I am looking forward to winning a lot of games.
“I want to to my job and if I can do well, it’s going to be good. I feel good and all the lads feel good. We need the players who are injured to come back and help the team, and we will improve.”