Everton youngster Tyias Browning has said that he’s aiming for more regular first team outings after his impressive 17 minute cameo in the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
The 20-year-old replaced veteran Tony Hibbert at right-back and was assured despite the pressure, coping well with the challenge of dealing with Liverpool ace Raheem Sterling.
Browning was also involved in the build-up to Phil Jagielka’s thunderous goal which levelled the score after Steven Gerrard’s opener.
Speaking on Everton’s website, the Englishman said: “It's taken me 10 years to get to this day. Hopefully there'll be many more [games] to come now.
"I was pleased with myself and hopefully I did enough to get selected again.
"I just need to wait for my next opportunity now and hopefully take it when it comes."
Indeed, in light of Everton’s recent defensive struggles – they have conceded 14 goals in six matches – the input of young talent may do more to motivate and reinvigorate the squad.
However, Browning will face far sterner competition than Hibbert for the right-back spot when Seamus Coleman, one of the first names on the team sheet, returns from injury.
Browning went on to speak of the nerves and surprise that he felt when he was told that, with the Toffees 1-0 down, he was going to replace Hibbert.
"When I was told I was going on, it was nerves more than anything. It was a big game to come into but I thought I did well and it was a good result for us in the end,” he revealed.
"Obviously he [Roberto Martinez] knew it was an important game, as do the fans. I was just pleased that he trusted me to come on and do a job.
"He told me to attack and try to score a goal, but to be aware of the counter-attack.
"Sterling is one of the quickest players I've played against but I thought I did okay."
Certainly, Everton manager Roberto Martinez would have been anxious to get a result against their long-time rivals, especially given their poor record at Anfield.
The Toffees’ league form in the run-up to the Liverpool game was poor, with their last league outing resulting in a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace. Martinez’s side were also beaten 3-0 in the Capital One Cup last week.
However, in light of the improved performance against their rivals, fans will be hoping that the squad have finally turned a corner.
The club's next league outing is against Manchester United next Sunday.
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