Andre Gomes says he felt “very comfortable” on his full Everton debut during which he featured for 80-plus minutes after recovering from a hamstring injury.
The Portuguese made his long-awaited first start in Sunday's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace and now he is eyeing more minutes as the Blues prepare for their trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United next Sunday.
Gomes arrived on a season-long loan from Barcelona in August but the muscle tear that he sustained in pre-season, together with the relapse he suffered in his recovery last month, kept him sidelined until last weekend.
An accomplished performance against Palace has got Blues fans purring over what he will be able to bring the team when he is fully fit while also giving manager Marco Silva another option in central midfield.
“It was good feeling to make my debut,” Gomes told evertontv. “I was waiting for this moment for a long time.
“It was a good game. It was good for me to feel comfortable and confident. I want to keep improving day by day.
“I am really happy to win, I think that is the most important thing. I enjoyed it a lot. It was my first minutes and I want to keep improving, getting better and getting fitter.
“I think the Premier League is more intense [than La Liga]. That is the biggest difference and I am really happy to be here.
“I felt very comfortable — the supporters were with me all the time and with the team, so I am really grateful to be here. It was impressive how the fans support us here. It felt really good.
“I am working to help the team. I will try to have more minutes, to feel better — and to keep winning!”
Marco Silva said that he expects his compatriot to only get better as he regains full fitness and further adjusts to life in England.
“I know he will improve," the manager said. "He has to improve his physical condition and get to know his team-mates better.
“It is a case now of looking forward with him and the other players in that position. We have to improve our build-up and play a little bit faster and Andre will help us with that.”