Blues role suits Benayoun
Yossi Benayoun is content to wait for his first Chelsea start after making three substitute appearances.
Last Updated: 23/08/10 5:20pm
Chelsea new boy Yossi Benayoun is content to wait for his starting debut after making a hat-trick of substitute appearances.
The Israel midfielder, who arrived at Stamford Bridge from Liverpool this summer, has only featured for the Blues off the bench so far this season.
However, a starting berth could be on the horizon after the 30-year-old scored his first Chelsea goal in Saturday's 6-0 Premier League rout of Wigan.
Benayoun says he played a similar bit-part role during his early Liverpool career and has no problem with proving himself at the London club as he did at Anfield.
"I know I can do it; I did it before in my career," Benayoun told the Evening Standard.
"When I arrived at Liverpool, I knew I had to wait on the bench and try to change games and now I'm also doing it for Chelsea.
"When you come to a big club you need to be patient, there are a lot of quality players, but I just want to prove that I deserve to be here every chance that I get.
"I enjoy playing anywhere and every minute I am on the pitch. I can play anywhere in the three in midfield or the three up front."
Benayoun was pleased to open his scoring account for the Blues just 11 minutes after coming on at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
"It's always a good feeling to get your first goal for a new club, but the most important thing was the win," said Benayoun.
"To win 6-0 has lifted the confidence of the team.
"It was very difficult at first. We know what to expect from the Premier League and knew after Wigan lost 4-0 to Blackpool, they would be ready to fight.
"But we are a strong team with a lot of character and quality. We will win a lot of games."