Everton new-boy Jean-Philippe Gbamin has admitted he isn’t 100 per cent fit yet after his debut as a substitute against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Gbamin has said he found it tough to get up to speed when thrown into the fray having had just one week of training.
He said: “It was hard to come in like that – a great game with high intensity. I tried to give my best on the pitch and it was difficult in some moments.
“The coach gave me the chance to play and I wanted to take it. I am not 100 per cent ready to be at a high level just yet – and I need to be faster. I have had only one week of training with the team, so I will keep going and work very hard.”
TBR’s View – Everton need their new boys up to speed quickly
Everton did plenty of business in the transfer market – and most of it looks good on paper – but a lot of it came late on in the window.
That means that the players are not up to speed with what Marco Silva wants or as fit as their team-mates – and as Gbamin eludes to, a small drop off in physicality makes life very tough in the Premier League.
That’s the challenge for Gbamin, as well as the likes of Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean, to get up to speed as quickly as possible because a side with Everton’s refreshed ambitions cannot afford a slow start.