Premier League is goal for Chopra

Michael Chopra for Blackpool

Michael Chopra for Blackpool

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Michael Chopra wants to fire Blackpool back to the Premier League this season.

He made his debut for the Seasiders on Sunday in the final pre-season game of the summer against Newcastle.

Many Pool’s fans are expecting a tough season after so many summer departures from Bloomfield Road.

But the former Newcastle and Sunderland striker is convinced promotion in the aim.

“When you look at the players who are coming in here everyone is starting to have a different mentality,” Chopra told The Gazette.

“When you bring good players in you start to think you want to get promoted.

“We have the teams spirit and the fans, so why not go for it.

“They’ve done it here before, so why not go for it again.”

Chopra arrives at Bloomfield Road with a point to prove after a difficult 12 months, on and off the field, at Ipswich.

He’s one of the most talked about Championship players in the national press and has plenty of movitation to succeed.

He said: “I’d love to succeed here and shut alot of people up. That’s the aim. I’ll work as hard for Blackpool Football Club as I can, and hopefully with the players we have to create chance that I’ll score goals.

“You don’t lose the ability to score goals.

“Obviously things have been said about me in the press, but I take it day-by-by.

“But this is a fresh start and I believe I can succeed at this football club.”

Pool boss Paul Ince is continuing his search in the transfer market ahead of Saturday’s season opener at Doncaster.

They are in advanced talks with a number of stars and hope to have two in before the weekend.

But even if they don’t Chopra thinks there’s plenty in the squad.

“There are some great players in this team, especially in attack,” said the striker.

“Obviously Tom Ince and Matt Phillips are quality and the manager is looking to bring in a couple more players.

“If we can get it right then hopefully this club is going places again.

“The fans are bouyant about the players coming in, they are desperate to see people sign for this club.

“I’m told the owner is desperate to do that, they want this club back in the Premier League.”