Enner Valencia feels close to Everton breakthrough


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Enner Valencia feels he is starting to understand what Everton boss Ronald Koeman wants from him after three months at the club.

The Ecuador international has appeared just five times in the Premier League since making a loan switch to Goodison Park on transfer deadline day, totalling just 48 minutes playing time.

Valencia says playing under the Dutchman has been ‘different’ to what he has encountered so far in his career, but he does now feel he is settling into the challenge.

With a busy programme of games coming up through December and into the New Year, Valencia is hoping that he will get his chance to shine. “Hopefully I can play more games in this busy time over Christmas,” he told the club website.

“I really want to be a part of the team and hopefully there will be a lot of rotation with players coming in and out.”

Romelu Lukaku is Everton’s number one striker but goals have dried up for the Belgian and the Toffees as a whole recently, with just six goals in their last eight Premier League matches.

Valencia scored eight goals in 54 Premier League appearance for West Ham. The 27-year-old is yet to open his account for Everton but he feels he is now making progress.

“It is always the same when you go to a new club: you have to learn how they want you to operate. It has been different to what I have done previously,” he added.

“But when you start to understand what the manager wants from you then it becomes easier and that is how it is going at the moment.”

Everton are 3.60 to beat Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday. The Red Devils are 2.10 while the draw is 3.40.

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