Scot Gemmill's desire to succeed for Everton next season is
being driven by David Moyes' continued search for midfield
With just over two weeks until the Premiership curtain raiser,
the Blues star, like Evertonians everywhere, continues to wonder
whether or not there will be any new faces at the club before the
start of the season.
Speculation is rife in the newspapers everyday linking another
name with Moyes and for many that could have an unsettling effect
as the pre-season preparations begin to gather real pace.
Gemmill doesn't feel unsettled as such, though he does admit
to taking things personally even though he knows new arrivals will
ultimately benefit the team.
"I can only speak for myself and being unsettled is
probably not the right word, but it is certainly not nice to read a
club is trying to fill your position," he told
"I can't help but take that personally, though in a way
it should drive you on to try and do better."
Gemmill made 12 starts for the Blues last term due mainly to the
strong competition for places that has emerged under Moyes and his
Without the addition of new players he still faces an immense
struggle to be picked week in, week out and knows only he can
affect any decision the manager may make.
"I knew before I signed for Everton it would be tough to
play on a regular basis," he added.
"You can't expect to go to a big club with a strong
tradition and not have that sort of competition.
"It is only the players who suffer, everybody else
benefits, the club, the supporters and hopefully in the end the
"I think all you can ask for is a level playing field. The
manager seems to be honest with everybody and picks his team
"It is basically up to the individual to see what you can
do to try and get into the team."
After last year's massively improved campaign Gemmill is
chomping at the bit to be back involved and is concentrating on
being part of a side that can move on to the next level.
"The season is only a couple of weeks away and everyone is
starting to feel excited," Gemmill continued.
"I only played a dozen games last year but it's a fresh
start and I am determined to get into the team.
"I think everybody knows the expectation levels have gone
up since doing very well last year.
"We wouldn't be being fair to ourselves if we
didn't raise the bar this time around.
"Last year we tentatively spoke about Europe, this time
it's a real possibility."