West Ham United striker Freddie Sears has described his one-month loan at Colchester United as the ideal move.
The 22-year-old debuted for the U’s in Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Yeovil, playing 86 minutes, after making just four Hammers starts all season.
“I wanted to come out and play,” he told BBC Essex. “I needed to get games.
“The way I look at it, for the month I’m a Colchester player, I’ll forget about West Ham”
“Colchester is perfect. It’s a good little club. I spoke to the manager who said he wants to play football and he’ll get me games.”
Sears arrived on the professional scene four years ago, scoring a debut goal in a 2-1 Premier League victory over Blackburn Rovers aged 18.
He went on to earn three England Under-21 caps, scoring once at that level, but has yet to fulfil his early promise, finding the net just two more times for the Hammers.
“It’s a learning curve,” he said of his switch to the League One side. “You come down to Colchester and you have to do everything properly.
“At West Ham everything’s done for you. But the way I look at it, for the month I’m a Colchester player, I’ll forget about West Ham.”
And he is keen to impress scouts who may be watching his progress in Essex, whether they are from his parent club or further afield.
He said: “Even if it’s not West Ham watching you there will be loads of people watching you. You go out, play games and express yourself.”