Chirewa revels in first Premier League start for Wolves 

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Tawanda Chirewa impressed on his first start for Wolves during their English Premier League match against Arsenal on Saturday

England-born Zimbabwean rising star Tawanda Chirewa has described his full Wolves debut during his side’s Premier League encounter against Arsenal on Saturday as a “decent start” and is now ready to kick on and continue improving.

The gifted midfielder had come on as a substitute for Gary O’Neil’s side on seven occasions, but Saturday was his first opportunity from the start in a high profile encounter against the title-chasing Gunners.

Chirewa responded in style by producing a lively performance which hinted at an exciting future for the youngster.

He was one of the top performers in the Wolves side which put up a good fight against Arsenal, before conceding in injury time of both halves, and while the result affected his full debut, it was an occasion Chirewa will forever cherish.

“It’s a proud moment for my family and one I’ll always remember in my career. Obviously, the result kind of puts a bit of sadness to it, but we move on,” Chirewa said afterwards on making his full debut

“I found out on Friday, so I had 24 hours to get myself in the right mindset, but even when I’m on the bench, I try to bring the right mindset to play. It was a little surprising, but I was more focused on trying to do what I can do and support the team to try and get a result.”

Chirewa said he relished the challenge of showcasing his ability against some of the top players in the Premier League.

“I loved it, I loved every moment of being out there. Playing against the best players in the world is where I want to be, and I’m trying to reach those levels. It’s a good start for me to play against them and see a lot of things to improve on. I’m nowhere near that level, but I’m working on it every day, I’m trying to get as good as them, so it was good to see them in the flesh against me,” he said.

“I was trying to stay compact with the team defensively and trying to stay in the pocket, make runs and get on the ball and create stuff attacking wise. I’d say I’ve still got a lot to show, to work on, but it was a good start I’d say.”

After realising his goal of making his full debut for his club, Chirewa says his next target is to continue improving.

“It’s a lot of different stuff. It’s obviously a big jump from 21s to first-team, but I felt I was ready in my mind. It was about me going on the pitch and showing everyone that I was ready. There’s a lot of things I can work on, when I watch it back tonight, and see what I can really improve on, but I think it was a decent start.

“It’s little margins and I look back and see if I could have been quicker or done more stuff. I’m 100 per cent going to improve, I’ll keep working and keep watching the game back over.”

On the team’s upcoming encounter Chirewa says his is ready to contribute in any role he will be assigned by the team’s coaching staff.

“I’m ready for whatever the gaffer wants from me. If he wants me on the side cheering them on, I’ll do it, if it’s five or ten minutes or a start, I’m ready for whatever.”

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