Gibson makes Toffees impression

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He only joined on Friday, but new signing Darron Gibson has already impressed Everton as he made his debut this weekend away at Aston Villa.

The Republic of Ireland international started in the centre of midfield alongside Marouane Fellaini, and the new number 4 didn't take long to adjust to his new surroundings.

Striker and team-mate Victor Anichebe said of Gibson's debut: "I think he's a great signing and I'm sure he'll push on to keep doing well with us."

The move could have significance for Gibson at international level, with the 24-year-old hoping to earn a place in Giovanni Trapattoni's final Euro 2012 squad this summer. He had only appeared twice for Manchester United this season, and needed first-team football to boost his chances of a trip to Poland & Ukraine.

Gibson, whose trademarks include long-range shooting, faces a fight to remain in the Everton first-team however, as David Moyes has Jack Rodwell, Phil Neville, Tim Cahill, Leon Osman and Fellaini to choose from for a starting berth in the centre of the park at Goodison.

Gibson will be looking to get his second appearance and home debut this weekend as the Toffees face Steve Kean's struggling Blackburn Rovers.

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