On-loan Carlisle United midfielder Brandon Comley believes that his new team-mates have what it takes to cause an upset against Everton on Sunday.
The 20-year-0ld, who travelled from North London to train with the Blues last Friday, says that he has seen enough already to sense that United can trouble their Merseyside visitors.
And the QPR man has already had a taste of what to expect too, after making his debut against Leicester City during Rangers’ penultimate Premier League fixture last season.
He said: “Since I arrived here [Brunton Park], I have been made to feel very welcome. The Club has a real community feel about it, and everyone is upbeat about the FA Cup fixture this weekend.
“The people of Carlisle have clearly had to deal with a lot in recent time. I’m sure that no one could have predicted the disruption the floodwater has caused to people’s daily lives, even a month on.
“As a young footballer growing up, I always viewed the local football club as the beacon for helping to bring people together, and Carlisle is no different.
“This weekend, there is a real opportunity to give the people of Carlisle something back and something to cheer about, which will unite the town,” he added.
Comley’s words are likely to harness newfound belief for the 6,000 United fans that watched their side take Liverpool to a dramatic penalty shoot-out in the third round of the Carling Cup in September (2015).
And the Rs’ man has been quick to share personal experiences with fellow Londoner Alexander McQueen, who joined the Blues in the summer from Spurs.
“Alexander has been great since I’ve been up here,” said Comley. He knows what it’s like to be far from home, but make it your home.
“He’s successfully made the jump from Under-21s’ football to playing regularly in the Football League, so he’s been a good sounding board in just the short time I’ve been here.
“Like me, Alexander has come from a club that likes to get the ball down and play possession football, and it’s great to see that Keith [Curle] expects the same of his players at Carlisle.
“I am really looking forward to my month’s loan spell at Carlisle, and it would be great to be involved against Everton on Sunday,” he reaffirmed.