Aston Villa striker Carlton Cole wants to prove himself to both David O'Leary and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during Villa's remaining eight games this season.
The 21-year-old, on loan from Chelsea, has not scored in the Premiership since August, but Cole is determined to finish a frustrating season on a positive note after finally shaking-off a knee injury.
Cole, who made a substitute appearance in the 2-0 derby defeat at Birmingham City 11 days ago, is expected to be on the bench again at Newcastle United for Saturday's match and even though hiss erratic form means he is unlikely to return to Villa Park next season, the striker still knows he must still impress.
He said: "Hopefully over the next few years, you will see me blossom into a good player - I'm just desperate to put the work in.
"I haven't done too well on the goals front and my form hasn't been particularly outstanding, but I know I'm capable of scoring goals." n Northampton have terminated the contract of midfielder Ryan Amoo, who made a total of six appearances since joining the League Two club from Villa last March.