Leon Osman is relishing his role as the new playmaker at Everton following Mikel Arteta's summer exit from Goddison Park.
The 30-year-old came to the fore for the Toffees at the back-end of last season, adding to his industrious style of play with some important goals and assists for manager David Moyes.
With the deadline day exit of Arteta leaving an apparent hole in midfield, Osman is confident he can be the man to pull the strings that will help make Everton tick this season.
“I was playing a similar role at the back end of last season and I have found it comfortable to get back up and going again, so I am looking to carry that on and help the team pick up a few results," Osman told Everton TV online.
“I have found myself playing a bit more centrally which has been good for me and hopefully I can continue to do so.
"The more I can get on the ball the better but I am sure any footballer will tell you they want to be on the ball and I like to get on it and make things happen.”
Osman was forced to admit that the loss of the Spaniard was a blow to the Merseysiders, but that the squad moved on quickly following his switch to Arsenal.
Instead of dwelling on the past, Osman is simply focused on picking up results in the Barclays Premier League, and insists that talk of him playing his best football is only relevant if the side are winning matches.
"It is a loss that Mikel moved on but we are not going to mope about it. We have got a good squad in place here and good players so we are looking forward,” he continued.
“It is nice for people to say that (I'm playing my best football), but as long as the team is getting results then I am happy.”