Lukebakio | “I'll Learn Here”
Three Saturdays ago, Dodi Lukebakio was putting a shift in on the wing for Sporting Charleroi against Royal Antwerp in the Belgian top-flight.
You wonder if he might have pinched himself when he got the shout from Javi Gracia to get warm at the weekend in front of 50,000 people at West Ham.
There wasn't much room for fairytales, though. The Hornets were struggling and it was a slog for both sides, not a particularly great advert for Premier League football.
It certainly wasn't the type of game for a young winger to easily put his mark on. While neither set of fans will wax lyrical about the match in years to come, it will always be a memorable day for Lukebakio.
“It was the first time for me, it was beautiful to make my debut in England,” he said in the tunnel after full-time.
“It was difficult for me, I came in and it was 1-0. The situation wasn't easy for me and I hope to do better for the next game. Everybody was disappointed, but we will carry on. We must look forward.
“I wish we could get the three points but now I look forward to coming home to the stadium for the next match.”
The graft needed to make it in this league isn't lost on Lukebakio. He knows what he's signed up for and says he's willing to be patient.
“I want to play more and more, but I'm young, I'll get more experience to do better. I'll learn here at Watford.
“The Premier League has a high intensity and I'm ready. I hope to score many goals and help the team.”