The 19 year-old has progressed through Everton's ranks to become an established member of the U21 side and was also a member of England's U20 World Cup squad last year. Now he is targeting first-team action with the Blues after getting a taste of it playing for MK Dons on loan last season.
"One of my wishes is to make my debut this season," Long told evertontv. "It's a long shot but I've got to keep working hard, impressing the manager and hopefully I can be in and around the first-team."
The Huyton-born player faces competition from his U21s teammate Conor McAleny who is also on the threshold of Martinez's first team after signing a three-year contract with the Blues but Long is just focusing on working hard and waiting for his chance.
"I aspire to [emulate McAleny] and get a three-year contract, maybe even a five-year one!" he continued.
"I need to let the manager see what I can do and hopefully I will be rewarded with something like that.
"I'm feeling good now. I'm glad to be back playing football, especially scoring goals in training."
Quotes sourced from evertontv
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1 Posted 15/07/2014 at 18:56:51
Again, if memory serves he was subbed for Harry Kane ( Spurs ) who I have never really rated by the way, but maybe I am biased !
Harry Kane was used in the first team by Tim Sherwood on several occasions, so I see no reason why Chris can't do likewise.
Hopefully, (which wouldn't be that difficult) to totally surpass Harry Kane !
Fingers crossed for the lad !
2 Posted 15/07/2014 at 19:01:04
3 Posted 15/07/2014 at 19:52:45
My personal view is that Mcaleny is my favourite to get into the first team based on his Arsenal game.
However it is mostly about form and being able to build on that form.
I have been very depressed by OFM refusing to give youth chances.
The key will be for one of our youngsters to hit the ground running come pre-season games.
I am sad to see the stagnation of Green, he was on fire when Moyes first got him, but he has kept him firmly away from the first team regardless of form, just as he did with Vellios.
This is the season where our youngsters will be given a REAL chance so they have to grab it with both hands.
I am very excited about Martinez and his focus on youth, I have complete faith in Martinez, where Moyes truly failed.
4 Posted 15/07/2014 at 21:43:50
5 Posted 15/07/2014 at 22:14:58
6 Posted 15/07/2014 at 22:47:35
Garbutt was a big surprise for me last season despite the positive Doddy reports. I never thought he'd ever make it but the lad has come on a ton.
Long I don't know much about but he's always looked a natural. Stubbsy certainly rated him and the World Cup proved that you don't have to be big to be good. I wish him well and hope he manages to make an impression.
Talking about wishing. I wish we could find a Ramsey. I can't even describe what that lad does but he knows how to get on the end of things.
7 Posted 15/07/2014 at 23:51:16
If we do eventually make a signing this window, surely a striker is of primary importance; if young Mr Long can step up to the plate, it will be good back up for that position. Besides, like me, he is from Huyton, so can't be that bad!!
8 Posted 16/07/2014 at 00:39:45
9 Posted 16/07/2014 at 21:09:18
From my seat in the USA I was stunned that the Spurs hadn’t played Kane more.
It’s obvious we aren’t going to overspend for a striker so if we an get a kid like Long 10 + goals and a bit more out of Kone we could challenge. I sure hope the rumors of Besic are true because he certainly looks like one to supplement the front line.
10 Posted 16/07/2014 at 22:42:56
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