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Nathan Patterson has reflected on his first year in the English top flight and how he is relishing the challenge with Everton.
In an interview with daily mailthe young Scot talks about how he has grown as a player but also as a person since his move to Goodison from Rangers in January.
“The Premier League is a different level, even from playing at Rangers,” Patterson said. “There’s at least 50,000 in the different stadiums every week so it’s great to have that pressure on you. Playing against the best players every week will only benefit me.
“It’s great because at a young age I’m challenging myself on a regular basis. What a league this is. Everyone down here is top quality.
“I work with the sports scientists at Everton on what I need to improve on. We’re getting closer and closer to where I want to be. I definitely feel like I’ve improved even since I left Rangers and I’ve also matured living here on my own .
“My family came down for the home games, but it’s helped a lot that I have to do everything for myself. It’s given me more ownership and independence, rather than relying on other people in Glasgow.”
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Another player who says he has settled in well as a Toffee is Amadou Onana.
The Belgium international has returned to training at Finch Farm following the World Cup and reflected on his personal development so far in an interview with the Liverpool Echo.
“I feel good because I have just settled in. Everyone here has helped me settle in as quickly as possible. My first few months here have been great. The performances of the team right now are not so great , but we will try to improve it. But the atmosphere – everything suits me.
“One of my biggest dreams was to play for Belgium in a World Cup and I did that last month. It’s a great feeling to know that all the hard work I’ve put in is paying off.
“I’ve been doing well in the Premier League so I’m happy but I know there’s a lot more to do to get where I want to be and for us as a team to get where we want to be. It’s a lot of work to do.
“The season has been tough for us as a team, but we still think we have a great team with great people. I think great people, but also great footballers. The last results were a bit tough, but everyone at the club is trying turn around. that’s because we know we’re capable of it.”