Burkina Faso defender Edmond Tapsoba says he needs to make more consistent performances to have a successful career.
The 23-year-old center-back has been playing for German side Bayer Leverkusen since January 2020 but has been linked with a move to the Premier League.
“The hardest thing for a football player is to stay consistent,” he told BBC Sport Africa.
“You can play a good game, but you have to be on top every day and that’s what I’m trying to do.
“It’s just putting pressure on me, and the people of Burkina Faso are also supporting me very well. I always try to make them proud of me.”
Aston Villa forward Bertrand Traore He is the only Burkina Faso player to play in the Premier League, but Tapsoba has been suggested to join him in England by those in the West African country.
“I think Edmond Tapsoba is going in the right direction.” reporter Moussavou Billa said.
“He has shown all the qualities necessary to play in any big club. He has done well with Bayer Leverkusen in both the Europa League and the Bundesliga.
“He was also a key player with the national team. He could play for Liverpool, Manchester United or Chelsea, or any Premier League club. Edmond can become Burkinabe’s next big star in the Premier League.”
Aim for success with stallions
Tapsoba was part of the Burkina Faso squad that impressed when they reached the semi-finals of this year’s Africa Cup in Cameroon.
However, the Stallions lost the play-off for third place against the hosts and Kamou Malo was then replaced as coach by Hubert Velud.
With qualifiers for the 2023 Nations Cup starting in the international window on May 30, Tapsoba is hoping to make its mark internationally.
“For every African player playing in Europe, his first dream is to play the African Cup and then the World Cup,” he said.
“I think I can carry on the dream again, try to win something.
“I would like to play for one of the five great clubs in the world not for one day, but to stay there for the rest of my career and win something for Burkina Faso too.”
Meanwhile, Tapsoba is eager to give back to the people in his homeland.
“I know where I come from. I can’t say that I grew up in a difficult situation, as I grew up in a normal situation,” he said.
“I was with people who had nothing to eat, nowhere to sleep, so when I have what I have today, it is important for me to share with them because they also give me advice.
“For my part, I should give them what I can.
“Any young African can do what I am doing now but you have to believe in yourself. Don’t let anyone try to disorganize you. Follow your dream, work hard and with these two I think everything will happen.”