Pilkington ready to fill a variety of roles for Norwich City
Norwich City winger Anthony Pilkington is hoping to be the Canaries' wide boy this season after getting his first taste of Premier League action against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
The 23-year-old came off the bench in Norwich's 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium despite being robbed of much of the club's pre-season campaign due to an ankle injury picked up before his move from Huddersfield.
Pilkington was charged with the task of providing his side with some width down the left hand side and it is a role he is only happy to fulfil after making his name there at the Galpharm Stadium.
However, the former Terrier is happy to turn out wherever asked by manager Paul Lambert and just wants to play his part in the club's main ambition of maintaining their Premier League status come May.
'At Huddersfield I played out wide left of a four or on the right,' he said. 'But I'm happy to play anywhere and I'm just happy being on the pitch.'
Pilkington's path to becoming the winger that convinced City to part with a reported �2m this summer, has not been a straight forward one however.
He started out as a striker when he was a youngster and, being a Blackburn Rovers fan, grew up idolising Alan Shearer. But he was then converted into a full-back before a coach realised what a threat he was in the attacking third and decided to push him further forward to the position he prefers today.
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'I was a striker growing up and Alan Shearer was my hero,' said Pilkington.
'I used to like Chris Sutton as well who played down here. They were the days that I had a season ticket at Blackburn and that's who I looked up to. But then I became a full back before finally ending up a winger. I've played a few positions but I like to attack and get forward.'
Pilkington knows the leap from League One football to the Premier League is a big one but can't wait to attain full match fitness and play his part in City's campaign.
'There is a massive buzz around the place at the minute coming off two promotions,' said the new boy, who got another 67 minutes under his belt in Tuesday's night's Premier Reserve League clash with his home town club at Carrow Road.
'It's really good to be a part of and hopefully I can fit in well.'
As demonstrated by City's strategy at the weekend, manager Lambert has no intention of changing his attacking philosophy and Pilkington said an inner belief has been instilled into the squad that they can get three points anywhere in the top-flight.
'We're in the Premier League now and we've just got to go to win every game that we can,' he added. 'We can't go into games thinking that we'll try to nick a draw. We've got to think we're going to win every game otherwise you'll start dropping points.'
Despite trips to the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers later in the season, Pilkington couldn't pick out a particular fixture he is relishing the most.
'I'm looking forward to them all,' he said. 'Every team you play in this league you play at great stadiums with great fans. This is the best league in the world and it's where I want to be.'