Schlupp bang on target to take on one of his heroes
Leicester City's Jeff Schlupp is hoping his goal against Birmingham City on Tuesday night will give him the chance to face one of his idols at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The 19-year-old Ghana international has yet to team up with Chelsea's Michael Essien for his country but he said to face him in City's massive FA Cup quarter-final would be a fantastic achievement in his fledgling career.
Essien has returned to action after a knee-ligament injury he picked up in pre-season.
And Schlupp, whose emergence at City this season has been rewarded with a full international cap, said he was looking forward to meeting his hero.
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"To be playing against Essien, who also plays for Ghana, would be great," he said.
"I look up to him and I look forward to playing against him, hopefully.
"He is a well-respected player, the captain of Ghana and an idol.
"To be playing against him would be an achievement.
"He may have been a big miss for them when he was injured earlier in the season but they have cover because they have so many good players.
"He was injured when I was chosen for the Ghana national team so I am yet to meet him, but I hope to do so on Sunday. I maybe will ask for his shirt.
"Chelsea have always been one of the best teams in the country, they have great players so, to be involved in a game like that at my age, I would be chuffed.
"To be involved in a game like that would be one of my biggest games and I think we could beat them."
Schlupp went on off the bench to score the vital second goal as City beat Birmingham City 3-1 on Tuesday night.
He said that, although he feels ready to start more games, he is happy to make an impact as a substitute.
"The gaffer just said to go on, work and run around as much as I could and that is what I tried to do," he said.
"To get the goal, I am delighted with that, to repay the fans and all the staff who put faith in me like that.
"I feel ready to start but he is the boss and, whatever he says, goes. I have faith in him so, if he thinks it is right to keep bringing me off the bench, that is what is right.
"I feel confident because the manager puts confidence in me. He says to do what I am best at, getting behind the defence and that is what I try to do.
"I feel 100 per-cent. I feel I am getting better every game and I just want to be involved."