Jack Rodwell insists he’s seeing big improvements in his form this season, with the Everton starlet starting to establish himself as a starter in David Moyes' squad.
Rodwell suffered injury problems last season, particularly with his ankle, and as a result he missed a fair part of the season.
And while the 20-year-old is still finding top form for the Toffees, he feels he’s getting better every day, and is stepping up to be counted alongside the senior players.
"I feel like I've been stepping up all season," Rodwell told the Daily Post.
"Last season I couldn't get a good run of form and a lot of games under my belt, so it's good to get more back-to-back games.
"I feel more confident on the pitch and [am] becoming more of a man. At 20 years old, I feel I am getting stronger now.”
David Moyes made some comments as the season began challenging Rodwell to shake off his youngster tag, and the England Under 21 international said that he feels even more motivated to do so as a result.
"The boss expects more of everyone, so I think his comments were fair,” he explained.
"He's always seen me as a young player, but I think what he's saying is that I need to become one of the senior players now and show everyone I am in the team every week and can cement that position.”
Rodwell has received maximum game time this season for Everton, and scored his first goal of the season last weekend against Fulham. And the midfielder says that the more he’s selected, the more he feels a part of the team.
He added: "I feel like a senior player. I've made more than 100 appearances now, although not all of them were starts. I've been in the squad for the last three seasons."