Nick Chadwick is ready to take advantage of Wayne Rooney's
misfortune and in the process play himself into the future plans of
The 20-year-old has been a peripheral figure at Goodison Park
ever since Rooney burst on to the scene last season and he has been
forced to make do with reserve team football.
Emerging perhaps as Everton's forgotten man, many forget
that he scored three times in three consecutive home games when
Moyes first arrived and that was before his young team-mate had
even pulled on a first team jersey.
But injury prevented him from carrying on where he left off when
the 2002/03 campaign kicked-off and he has spent the last 12 months
switching between the treatment room and the reserves.
Chadwick, however, has now put a very difficult season behind
him and is totally focused on securing a first team role, knowing
that with Rooney sidelined and Duncan Ferguson suspended for the
opening three games; he has a chance even if Moyes is tempted to
enter the transfer market.
But he says he wants his opportunity to come on merit as opposed
to being the only other striker at the disposal of the Blues
"I would like to think I put forward more of a claim than
being the only fit forward," Chaddy told evertonfc.com.
"It is obviously disappointing for Wayne and everybody at
the club because nobody likes to see anyone injured, but that's
"I was injured last season, Wayne is now and Duncan is
suspended for the first couple of games, so perhaps there is a
little opening there.
"I will have to wait and see. I don't know what the
manager has planned for the start of the season and all I can do is
work hard and play football."
Disappointed at not being included in the original squad that
travelled to St Andrews, Chaddy was all set for an appearance at
Rhyl for the reserves on Wednesday.
Instead he may get a small run-out, along with Leon Osman, at
Tannadice when the Blues complete their mini-pre-season tour with a
game against Dundee United.
"The gaffer pulled me and Ossie to one side and told us
that we wouldn't be going to Scotland," he continued.
"He thought it would be more beneficial if we stayed behind
and got 90 minutes under our belts but there was a chance we could
get called -up if there were any injuries.
"With Wayne getting injured I suppose that has opened the
door for us both and it is up to us now."
Chadwick, who scored a hat-trick against Bad Goisern in Austria,
is unsure though if he would rather be back on Merseyside getting
necessary games under his belt with the second string or up hre in
Scotland gaining invaluable experience with the first team.
He added: "It is difficult. At this stage of the season it
is obviously important to get 90 minutes under your belt but it is
difficult to go to places like Leigh, especially when there is only
a couple of you who have first team experience.
"It was disappointing not to come up in the first place but
now I am here, I hope I can get a chance on Wednesday and press my
claims for a place.
"I have done well in the pre-season games so far and I am
looking to build on that and I am sure I can do a job.
"I will always work hard but you have to take your chances
when they come along. If it does come at the very start then I
have to make sure that I am ready."