Highly rated Everton winger Magaye Gueye reflects positively on his first year in England, but has set himself the target of becoming a first-team regular for David Moyes' side next season.
The 20-year-old Frenchman has shown glimpses of his potential in a number of cameo appearances for the Goodison Park outfit last campaign, and is determined to put that experience to good use in 2011/12.
"It was difficult at first," Gueye told evertonfc.com. "When I first came here I was a little homesick. I did not know many people, did not understand the language and did not know my way around."
Arriving from Strasbourg in a £1million deal, Gueye made an immediate impact in the reserves, and after recovering from an injury that halted his progress, the promising U21 international forced his way into first team reckoning in the final month of the season.
"My first game was against Aston Villa. I think I did quite well for the 20minutes I was on the pitch and we got a draw.
"After that I played at Wolverhampton and I had a chance to score but it didn't happen. Hopefully I will score my first goal soon," he continued.
"My last game was against Blackburn and I had some good moments in that game too. I thought I played better."
With plenty of pace, a trick up his sleeve and an eye for goal, Gueye is the sort of player that will excite Everton’s supporters, while his teammates are also appreciative of his ability.
And with the benefit of 12months experience living in England, having acclimatised to both the change in culture, and the increased level of physicality, he now feels ready to establish himself in the Barclays Premier League.
"It is the biggest difference," he confirmed. "Here you have to be strong and ready to fight for every ball. In France it is not like that. I have had to get stronger and I am ready now."