Burkina Faso defender Edmond Tapsoba says he needs to put in more consistent performances to have a successful career.
The 23-year-old centre-back has played for German side Bayer Leverkusen since January 2020 but has been linked with a move to the Premier League.
“For a football player, the hardest thing is to stay consistent,” he told BBC Sport Africa.
“You can play a good game, but you have to be at the top every day and that’s what I’m trying to do.
“It just puts pressure on me, and also the people of Burkina Faso are supporting me very well. I always try to make them proud of me.”
Aston Villa forward Bertrand Traore he is the only player from Burkina Faso to play in the Premier League, but those from the West African country have suggested Tapsoba join him in England.
“I think Edmond Tapsoba is going in the right direction.” said journalist Moussavou Billa.
He has shown all the qualities necessary to play for any big club. He met Bayer Leverkusen in either the Europa League or the Bundesliga.
“Even with the national team he has been a key player. He could play for Liverpool, Manchester United or Chelsea, or any club in the Premier League. Edmond can become Burkina Faso’s next big star in the Premier League.”
Aiming for success with the Stallions
Tapsoba was part of the Burkina Faso team that impressed by reaching the semi-finals at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
However, the Stallions lost the third place play-off to the hosts, and Kamou Malo was then replaced as coach by Hubert Velud.
With the 2023 Nations Cup qualifiers set to begin in the international window from May 30, Tapsoba hopes to make a mark internationally.
“For every African player who plays in Europe, their first dream is to play in the African Cup of Nations and then the World Cup,” he said.
“I think I can get the dream going again, try to win something.
“I would like to play for one of the top five clubs in the world not for one day, but stay there for the rest of my career and also win something for Burkina Faso.”
Meanwhile, Tapsoba wishes to give back to the people of his homeland.
“I know where I come from. I can’t say that I grew up in a difficult situation, like 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.
“Every young African player can do what I’m 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.”