Oviedo: It's a dream to be at Everton

The former Copenhagen man is aware that he faces a struggle for game time with the left side of the Toffees' squad packed with quality, and will need to play well to have a chance
Bryan Oviedo says it was a dream to join Everton and hopes to make his way into the starting line-up sooner rather than later.

The 22-year-old joined the club on transfer deadline day and claims it was always his ambition to play football in England, but is aware that he must acclimatise himself to his new surroundings in order to make an impact.

"It was a dream to play here," he told the Liverpool Echo. "As a young boy I wanted to come to England and play.

"There were other clubs who were interested in me but it's not important now. I'm happy here and it was the best decision for me.

"The people at the club are very friendly. From my first day everyone was great with me.

"I'm feeling good and so grateful with the opportunity.

"The Danish league is a good league. Of course the English Premier League is a higher standard but it will just mean working harder and trying to get better over the next few months."

The Costa Rica international has compared himself to Everton players Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar, but realises getting in the first team will be a long-term challenge.

"The left side for Everton is very good," he added. "Baines and Pienaar play very well and have played together for a long time.

"I can be there also but I'll need to play well to have a chance.
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"It's difficult because English football is the best in the world, and it’s very hard and aggressive. I need to prepare for this when I'm called on.

"Some players are tall and strong but others are small and quick. Baines is still strong even though he is small and he is quick. Pienaar is the same. Of course I'm not tall either and I need to use my speed like them.

"Leighton is a fantastic player. He's a very, very good left-back. I see him in training and it's important for me to learn from him and try to play like him.

"I can play left-back or left-winger but it's up to the manager where he sees me. I'd be ready to play anywhere on the left for Everton."

The former FC Copenhagen man started Everton's third round League Cup tie against Leeds, with the Toffee's losing 2-1 to the Championship side.

"It was a difficult game against Leeds because we did not play well in the first 20 minutes and the first half was not great," he continued. "We needed to be more aggressive and concentrate better

"We were very good at Swansea but against Leeds we lost the ball too much and with the nature of cup games it put more pressure on us. We need to be better.

"It was a new experience. The strength of the players, and the cup but at least the rain was normal. In Denmark it rains all the time!

"I think maybe in a few weeks I can be better because I've only been here a short time and it’s tough to enter the team."