James McCarthy, the young midfielder who moved with new manager Roberto Martinez from Wigan in the summer, believes he must keep improving if he is to hold down a regular first team spot at Everton.
"I still need to keep my head down and keep working hard. It still comes down to a day-to-day basis," said McCarthy.
In part reference to fellow new signing Gareth Barry, the player said, "with Gareth (Barry) alongside and Ross (Barkley) in front I really enjoyed it."
Martinez praised the performances of McCarthy and Barry, by saying: "I thought James McCarthy had a terrific partnership with Gareth Barry and that pleases you a lot."
McCarthy, who was born in Scotland, flourished under Martinez at previous club Wigan.
The Republic of Ireland international made 38 league appearances for the Latics last season, but was unable to prevent them from being relegated from the Premier League.
The club's relegation undoubtedly had a lot to do with the decisions of both Martinez and McCarthy to make the move to the blue side of Liverpool.
McCarthy has enjoyed a very good relationship with his Spanish manager. Quoted in RTE Sport, the Republic of Ireland player hailed Martinez as a "tactical genius" after Wigan's infamous victory over Manchester City in the 2013 FA Cup Final.
If Martinez can continue to get the best out of the ever-improving McCarthy, there is little doubt that he will have a huge role to play in Everton's current and future Premier League campaigns.
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