Garner: I don't want to just make up numbers at Everton

Everton midfielder James Garner is not afraid of the challenges being laid out to him at the club.

The midfielder arrived on transfer deadline day from Manchester United in a deal that could go up to £15 million with add-ons.

Speaking to The Times earlier this week, Garner stated that he will do everything to become a first team regular at the club, despite only playing a bit part role so far this season.

“I don’t want to be just another player who is there for numbers in training. I want to be a main part of the team whether that is a starter or coming off the bench,” he said.

Then he added: “I like to win. I would say I am a winner. I hate losing. In terms of attributes, I am a midfielder that can play in all three of the positions – six, eight or ten – whatever the game needs or whatever the manager needs in a specific game.

“I feel like I have good attributes going forward in terms of my deliveries and shots. I need to score more goals which I demand of myself every day in training and I feel I can do the defensive duties as well. I feel like my overall game is ready.

“I don’t want to make any excuses for myself, ‘Oh, I need time to adapt.’ I want to come in now and hit the ground running.

“I have more than 100 appearances. I am not as experienced as some of the lads in the team and I am a young kid in terms of age at 21, but I have played high level games like a play-off final and Europa League games. I feel I can handle the pressure.”