Everton loanee Landon Donovan overcomes Premier League culture shock

USA international impresses on debut for the Toffees...
By David Middleton

Everton loanee Landon Donovan allayed any fears that he couldn't cope with the fast-paced world of the Premier League with an impressive debut against Arsenal.

The USA international began his 10-week stint at Goodison Park last week after agreeing to play during the MLS close-season, where he is contracted to LA Galaxy.

There had been some speculation that the 27-year-old would not make the grade after failing to make his mark during his other stints in Europe with Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich,

However, Donovan shone during Everton's 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and told BBC Sport: “It was interesting, and for me a very exciting experience.

“At times it was a little hard to see [because of the snowy conditions], but I'm very proud to be a part of this team [Everton] and it was a lot of fun out there.

“There's more talented players here [in the Premier League compared to the MLS] and it's pretty intense, but the thing I realised today [Saturday] - just like playing in internationals - is that you have to be tuned in for the whole time.

“It's hard because it was my first game in seven weeks, so I was a little off in some ways and I know I'll get better when I get fitter, but I'm satisfied and just wish we could have won the game.”