Everton’s Premier League campaign got off to an underwhelming start on Saturday as they recorded a goalless draw against Crystal Palace. Marco Silva will have been further frustrated to see Morgan Schneiderlin sent off following two bookable offences.
However, fans of the Merseyside club will have been excited to catch their first glimpse of new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin. The midfielder was introduced from the bench before half time following an injury to Andre Gomes.
The Toffees signed Gbamin in the summer from Bundesliga outfit Mainz for £25 million. The 23-year-old arrived at Goodison Park as a replacement for the departed Idrissa Gana Gueye. As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Gbamin is feeling good about his new challenge and stated, “I think the transition and the settling in period will be positive…the fact that people at the top of the club…have shown that kind of interest in me and the confidence they’ve put in me is something that makes me determined to pay that back…That, in turn, gives me an inner confidence – the fact that they’ve shown such positivity towards me”.
Gbamin clearly feels confident that he has what it takes to rise to the challenge of the Premier League. This will please Silva, who will hoping that Gbamin’s presence can make his midfield unit more competitive.
Gbamin clearly relishes this completion for starting places, saying “I think when you’ve got competition in a squad, it’s always a positive thing. You can only learn and improve gradually through training sessions and a season when you’ve got different people vying for positions across certain parts of the field”.
Gbamin is showing with these comments that he has arrived at Everton with the perfect attitude. If he is going to secure game time ahead of the likes of Gomes, Tom Davies and Fabian Delph then he will need his confidence levels to be high.
Silva will be looking to cultivate a competitive environment in the Everton dressing room. The signing of Gbamin looks like a smart addition in terms of achieving that goal.