Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Donovan ready to help Everton

Landon Donovan

Everton loan signing Landon Donovan believes he is a better player now than he was in his first spell with the Toffees.

The United States international has returned for a second two-month spell, having done the same in the early part of 2010.

He played 13 matches and scored twice but the American, who turns 30 in March, is confident he comes back a better player, and said: "I am really excited to get back here and play. Since being here first time I've played in a World Cup and had another couple of years' experience so I feel more prepared this time."

Donovan added: "I know exactly what I am getting into and exactly what is expected of me and hopefully I can fit in. Sometimes I think life is about expectations. Last time there was zero expectations so I can only make up from that.

"I understand there is some level of pressure and expectation but all footballers deal with that. I don't worry about that, I want to enjoy my two months here and the way I play I think I can help the team."

Donovan captained Los Angeles Galaxy to the MLS Cup this year and had only a fortnight's break before returning to light training as he knew a move to England was pending. He also admitted if he could have come back 12 months ago he would have but after playing at the World Cup he felt he needed to use the MLS off-season to recuperate.

"Last year the manager spoke to my agent and asked if I wanted to come back and I really did but my body was pretty beat up and I didn't think it was the right thing to do," he added.

Manager David Moyes wants to get Donovan up to speed as quickly as possible to add some much-needed creativity to the side, saying: "We're pleased to have him back and he looked fine in training.

"He doesn't carry any weight and looks in good shape so hopefully we'll try to give him a good four or five days' training and see how he is for next week.

"It is hard to judge on one morning but we will get him up and running. We have a great set of boys who will make it easy to settle in. Creatively we hope he will make us some goals but he is not a prolific goalscorer."

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