EVERTON’S young French winger, Magaye Gueye, has set a very specific target for the remaining six games of his debut season in English football.
The 20-year-old, who was denied a first Premier League goal by Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessy’s outstretched boot on Saturday, declared: “I’d like to play in every game, and maybe score three goals and get some assists.”
An Under-21 international, Gueye has had to be patient since his £1.5m switch from Strasbourg last summer.
His only appearances prior to an end of season injury crisis at Goodison were Carling Cup starts against Huddersfield and Brentford and a late substitute run-out at Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup.
But he made a bright impression on his Premier League bow as a 51st minute substitute against Aston Villa a fortnight ago, and was handed a first League start at Wolves last weekend.
“We are without some very important players because of injury, we don’t have Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill, Louis Saha and Marouane Felliani,” Gueye added.
“I would rather these players were not injured because if Mikel wasn’t injured I could learn a lot, but it’s good to have the chance to play.”
“David Moyes is a very good manager, he talks to me sometimes and says that he trusts me and he is confident in me.
“He says I am one for the future, he wants me to learn and watch the other players.”
On his opportunity to mark his full debut with a goal, Gueye added: “I thought I was offside and everything happened so quickly.
“The goalkeeper was very quick off his line and the defender got there quickly too.
“I just pushed the ball forward a bit too much and the keeper just saved it with his feet.
“It was my first game and I was very stressed and nervous but maybe next time I can do better.”
Blues midfielder Marouane Fellaini, meanwhile, has indicated he is ready to sign a new deal if and when Everton open talks with him.
The midfielder, 23, has just over two years to run on his current deal and David Moyes is keen to make the big Belgian international an integral part of his team planning over the next few seasons.
“Everton are a club that really care about me,” said Fellaini, who cost £15m from Standard Liege.
“My relationship with the manager is excellent and I’m delighted that he considers me a key player and wants to extend my contract.
“The discussions have not yet begun, but I don’t suppose they are far off.
“For my part, I’m ready and waiting.”
Fellaini injured his ankle against Sunderland in February – an injury which required an operation and initially looked like ruling him out for the rest of the season.
But the player is now out of plaster and still hopes to play some part before the campaign closes.
“My operation went well,” he added. “The plaster came off on Monday and that’ll allow me to fully begin my rehab.
“If everything goes well I hope to be able to help Everton at the end of the season.
“I’m happy with our recent results.
“We’ve not lost in the league since February 13 and a Europa League place is possible for us.”