He told the Portsmouth News: “You don’t become more consistent on your own. You become more consistent because you are playing with better players.
“You become more consistent because you are working harder, and you become more consistent because your mates are helping you out. But also when you bring in better players you kick on another level.
“You have to or you will be left behind. Linvoy Primus has shown that, Gary O’Neil has shown that and hopefully, to a certain extent, I have shown that. Sol Campbell, David James, Andy Cole and Kanu. The names roll off the tongue.
“It has been a motivation. It should be for anybody.”