Gerard Deulofeu believes his injury problems are now behind him and he’s desperate to catch the eye of new Everton boss Ronaldo Koeman.
The former Barcelona graduate has been impressed by the workings of the new Goodison Park chief during pre-season so far.
The Toffees – currently 7/2 with Titanbet to finish in the top six – take on Spanish side Real Betis at lunchtime today in the Dresden Cup, just 24 hours after losing 2-1 to their German hosts.
And Deulofeu believes the intense friendly programme will stand both him and his Everton team-mates in good stead.
The 22-year-old, who was plagued by a persistent knee problem last term, said: “I am ready for this season and I hope it is much better than the last one.
“I had a good summer because I was still doing some training because I couldn’t play the last two weeks of last season because of my knee problem.
“I was in Spain where the weather was very good but I wanted to come back to England and start training.
“The manager has created a good impression and told us that he expects us to work hard in this pre-season. He wants us to work with a lot of intensity and concentration.”
He added to Everton magazine: “I want to show my best football to the new manager, the new staff, my teammates and the fans.
“I will be training hard and I am confident in my football. I am a young man but I need to show that I am a good professional. I am ready. I have trained hard to recover completely from my injury.”