New Super Eagles' recruit, Ola Aina played just for 24 minutes as Chelsea won the Premier League last season.

Though he still got a medal for his effort, the defender says he is keen to prove his mettle and that informed his decision to accept a loan move to Championship side, Hull City.

Speaking with the Hull Daily Mail, Aina said he had to leave his comfort zone in Chelsea.

“I knew I’d be going out on loan this season,” said Aina. “After last season, when I didn’t get that much playing time, I knew I had to go out and gain some experience.

 “It’s almost the model at Chelsea, you can’t sugar coat it. You’ve got to go out and prove yourself to the best of your ability and hopefully come back ready to challenge for a spot.

“Under-23s football doesn’t give you the competitiveness you need at my age. You get to 19 and 20 and under-23s football is not quite the same as the level you’re aspiring to get to.

Success with Hull City is Aina’s only focus this season but there is a bigger picture for a boyhood Chelsea fan who has just switched his allegiance to play for the Super Eagles instead of the Three Lions of England.