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N'Guessan Developing At Latics

15 February 2020

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The midfielder was the first one through the door in the January transfer window and Burnley's bright spark is enjoying and learning lots from his first experience in first team football.

Making his EFL debut at Macclesfield, the 21-year-old has had to adapt quickly to the style in League Two but admits although it's an experience he's determined to learn from it quickly to make a bigger impact to the team.

"I've really enjoyed it so far, I've settled in quite well after all the lads here have made me feel welcome and it's been a good start.

"It is what I expected but it's different knowing what is going to come and then actually adapting to it, playing in it and dealing with it everybody.

"I feel like I've done ok but I've realised you've got to adapt to it quickly."

He added: "I've also learnt that the game is a lot quicker. Sometimes when you're watching it doesn't look as quick as when you get onto the pitch playing in this league.

"Everyone is a lot stronger, bigger obviously as they're older and you've got to think a lot quicker as well rather than just moving, you've got to act faster on the pitch as well."

One role model he is able to learn off in more ways than one is Chris McCann. Both not only share a similar position but after his time at Burnley it's a natural fit for Christian to look up to.

"Before I came here a few people at Burnley mentioned that'll it be good to learn off Chris and even though he was injured at the start of my time here, just training with him each day has really helped quite a lot.

"He's had a great career and you can see everyday in training that he's got that something quite special, which eventually I'd like to be able to copy."

Another factor in his development whilst on loan from Turf Moor is the support from his family down South as well as the Head Coach who rates him highly.

"My parents and family since I was little have always supported everything I've done. It was nice for them to see my first start and speak to them everyday about everything that happens from my time here from training to matches.

"I've been away from them for a number of years now so I've got used to it but it's always nice to see the family and be around them and make them proud."

He continued: "For a lot of managers it's difficult to trust younger players that have not played in the league before but he's shown a lot of faith and trust in me, even before I came here and he's just always trying to get the best out of me and wants me to become the best that I can be.

"I've come here to play as many games as I can and get as much experience as I can and to finish the season as strongly as possible with Oldham, a club that I'm starting to build a close bond with."

Level headed and focused, he knows what needs doing in the next few months.

"I see myself as a traditional box-to-box midfielder, I'll always be running back, I'll always work hard, I'll be defending but at the same time I like to get on the ball, drive forward and run with it, try and get into the box. I like to see myself as someone that can do a little bit of everything - an all-rounder really.

"I've got to make sure I don't get ahead of myself with my academy background, it doesn't mean anything. I've got to go out there and perform week-in, week-out in the Football League, playing mens football is a lot more difficult than academy football so I've got to go out there and prove I can do it at that level as well."


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