Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, who has been linked with a number of clubs including Liverpool and Tottenham, has reiterated his desire to play as a central striker should he remain at Stamford Bridge.
Sturridge has in recent months become increasingly frustrated at Chelsea. After being played in a wide role last season under Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked as Blues boss at the start of March, he fell completely out of favour in the closing stages of the season under Roberto Di Matteo.
The forward, who is currently part of the Great Britain Olympic squad, contributed with 13 goals in all competitions last season, and is hoping to be able to do even more should he remain at the club when the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
"I've been waiting for the opportunity as a striker since I joined Chelsea and hopefully this season will be the one where I can show what I can do there," Sturridge told talkSPORT.
"Hopefully the manager will give me a chance."
The former Manchester City player, who in recent weeks has also been linked with a move back to the Etihad Stadium, faces more competition in attack following the recent signings of summer additions of Marko Marin, Eden Hazard and younger brother Thorgan, and Oscar.
And Sturridge believes the new signings may take time to settle.
"The club has bought very well. It's important that we have players like [Eden] Hazard who can make something happen out of nothing," he added.
"It's important that we play together on a regular basis so we gain an understanding. When it's a player's first season it is difficult to get into the speed of the Premier League game, so it is going to be a difficult season for them.
"But I'm sure they are good enough individuals and, with the help of the senior players, they will be fine."
Sturridge has also been linked with Arsenal.