Jean-Philippe Gbamin has spoken of how well he is settling into his new surroundings following his £23m transfer from FSV Mainz 05 that was completed on Friday.
Along with striker Moise Kean, the 23-year-old sat down for his first official press conference as a Blues player at Finch Farm earlier today and he was asked what attracted him to leave the Bundesliga for Everton.
“First and foremost, they really wanted me, and they wanted me to play in a position I really love in playing in as well. They followed me for a really long time and showed real, genuine interest.
“Everton are a big club and when a big club comes in for you, you don't hesitate for one second.
“I'd like to see what we can do this season,” the 23-year-old said when asked about the Toffees' prospects of qualifying for Europe in his first campaign at the club. “I think we might be able to grab one of the European places and maybe pick up a trophy along the way with a win in one of the cups.
“Obviously, it's the objective of any professional player, when you start a season you don't start negatively, you want to go right to the end of the season involved in as many competitions as you can be.”
While he feels as though he has been settling in well, Gbamin doesn't anticipate featuring in the season opener against Crystal Palace this weekend which comes a little over a week after his arrival.
He explained that he is just focusing on getting himself right so that he can be ready when called upon.
“I feel really good. I've had a great welcome from everyone which is very nice. Everyone has been helpful both to myself and Moise who joined at the same time.
“First and foremost, I've come here to play in midfield as a ‘six', a defensive midfielder, if you like,” Gbamin explained in terms of his own role in Marco Silva's side. “But if there are situations where the manager asked me to do so, I'm more than happy to play in a number of different positions. Obviously, central defence is one of those, and I'd be happy to help out.
“I think that maybe this week might be a little bit soon,” the Ivorian said. “I've only done two training sessions [so] maybe it's a case of thinking about the next game the following week as a more realistic option.”
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1 Posted 06/08/2019 at 18:45:59
2 Posted 06/08/2019 at 18:46:37
Yeah, I know, not quite what he meant.
3 Posted 06/08/2019 at 19:29:50
4 Posted 06/08/2019 at 20:10:42
5 Posted 06/08/2019 at 21:04:33
6 Posted 06/08/2019 at 21:11:18
You're correct. I can't see any of these new signings starting. Cameos off the bench? Probably.
I think the important thing is for the first 2-3 games is to win. Any old way, any how. The start to the season is favorable. We need to grab points early, or it will bite us in the backside come May.
The squad we will be starting, without Kean, Gbamin, et al, should be more than strong enough to get points in our first 2-3 games.
Welcome JP. Go get 'em.
7 Posted 06/08/2019 at 21:47:01
Palace looked awful pre season... unlike us! Im sure the signings have given the whole squad a lift and we start with fire. Niasse hat trick
8 Posted 06/08/2019 at 22:03:25
If you look at the clubs who were interested too, don't think he will let us down at all.
9 Posted 06/08/2019 at 22:09:53
I expect him to really blossom in second half of the season.
10 Posted 06/08/2019 at 22:22:07
Both spoke through translators, although Gbamin has already spoken in English on his first day. He clearly understands most of the questions asked, but responded in French for the translator to do his job.
Kean had a good Italian translator alongside him and he must have repeated 4-5-6 times he is grateful of the support Blues fans have shown him already, but the best place to repay them is on the park with 100% effort.
I'm guessing he already understands/speaks a little English from this presser and the following footage of their 1st day of training with the squad. You can see him jogging lightly alongside Seamus who is chatting away to him and the youngster appears to reply.
Fleeting as this second video is, you can see him skin the likes of Davies and Gomes a couple of times with a simple shimmy.
Both softly spoken, emitting a serene confident air.
They look and sound good lads.
11 Posted 06/08/2019 at 22:41:22
But I do like Kean and Gbamin. Optimistic they will both prove excellent purchases.
12 Posted 07/08/2019 at 06:24:28
13 Posted 07/08/2019 at 10:10:19
I am delighted with them, and I think in today's market reasonable prices. I think they will prove to be great buys.
14 Posted 07/08/2019 at 23:27:26
He really stood out in that game despite that not being his natural position and from his interview I'm guessing that is what he meant by us playing him in his proper role.
What I took from that game is how composed he was on the ball with both his left and right and he didn't strike me as aggressive as Gueye. Would be interested in any more detail you can share as I'm excited by him despite the massive shoes to fill
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