Gbamin ready to prove worth

09 April 2021 02:24:37 GMTPlus10

Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Everton's forgotten midfielder, is determined to make up for lost time and prove to Toffees' fans that he can still be a Premier League star.

The Ivory Coast midfielder, injured for almost two years, finally returned to the pitch in Monday night's 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

He was only on the pitch for 11 minutes as a late substitute for James Rodriguez – but he could barely hide his delight at getting back into the action.

Gbamin had endured an incredible 597-day wait between first-team appearances having not been seen in the Everton shirt since a 1-0 win over Watford in August 2019.

The 26-year-old, who had only signed from German side Mainz a few weeks earlier for £25m, initially picked up a thigh injury which was set to rule him out for six weeks.

However, he aggravated that, then required surgery on the injury and in May 2020, just as he was closing in on a return, ruptured his Achilles' tendon in training.

Amazingly, Gbamin revealed this week that despite his ongoing absence from the team he never lost hope and now he is hoping to get some more minutes under his belt between now and the end of the season – and finally show Everton supporters what he can do.

"No it's not easy being out for so long, but now I have three years left on my contract, so I will show why they bought me," Gbamin told the Liverpool Echo. "This is my target, I will work hard in training and show that I can start some of the games."

Gbamin is hoping to be involved at Brighton on Monday and added: "But we have to be a little patient too, because after two years of injury it's never easy."

Everton are 3.50 to win at Brighton, who are a 2.10 chance.

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