Second String Start?

by Mark Rowan

David Moyes has revealed Alex Nyarko will begin the new campaign some way down the midfield pecking order.

The £4.5m signing from Lens returned to Goodison last month after two years on loan at Monaco and Paris Saint Germain, after vowing never to play for the club again in April 2001.

He still has two years left on his Everton contract and played for 45 minutes in Tuesday night's friendly victory at Rochdale and is not expected to travel to Scotland with the first team squad.

"We don't really know anything about Alex," he said.

"We have a lot of players here who have worked really hard and they will be given the nod ahead of Alex because he has only just returned.

"He wasn't keen to stay at the club when he went out on loan two years ago but he is back now and we are giving him every chance to prove himself. But as a player, we know very little about him."

Nyarko must now convince the manager of his ability and commitment during the remaining pre-season fixtures and for the reserves.

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