Chelsea host Hull City in the FA Cup tonight, but Chelsea loanee Ola Aina who joined the Tigers during the summer won’t be able to feature against his parent club.
However, the 21-year-old has admitted that his loan season with the club is going on fine, and having featured 31 times already for Hull this season, the Chelsea academy product is happy with the stride he has made.
He told the official Chelsea website: “I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. It’s been harder than I expected – I was always told by other players who have played in the Championship that I would be able to cope with it, but coming here and actually doing it are two different things.
“Every team is very hard-working, the pace of the game is very quick and teams press all the time. It’s physical, too. It’s all I need to get used to playing senior football regularly. I’m just enjoying my football right now, I’m relishing the opportunity and it is serving me well.”
Aina admitted that he has been used on both flanks and interestingly, he has preferred playing as a left-back.
He added: “At the beginning of the season I was playing right-back, obviously a position I am used to. In the second half of the season I have been playing predominantly at left-back. I have probably enjoyed it there a bit more funnily enough, because I can drive on the inside or go down the outside and create more chances.”
He also revealed that he’s following Chelsea’s progress as he said: “Of course! I am a Chelsea supporter through and through. I watch all the games and if I have to miss them, I catch them on Match of the Day. I’m keeping up with everything.”
When asked where he’d watch the game tonight, Aina responded: “I’m coming down to the Bridge, most definitely! I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”