Royston Drenthe has warned Newcastle he is eager to take out his red card frustration on them this Saturday.
The Dutchman was given his marching orders – the first dismissal of his career – in the League Cup defeat to Chelsea and was restricted to a watching brief against Manchester United last week.
The 24-year-old accepts a portion of the blame for crashing out of the cup – Chelsea grabbed a winner in the aftermath of his exit – and says he is desperate to make up for it against high-flying Toon having now served his one-match suspension.
“These things can happen in football,” Drenthe told evertontv. “It was the first red card of my career. I blame myself a little bit (for losing to Chelsea), because after the red card it was 10 against 10 again and that was the reason they got the chance to score the goal.
“But I can’t change it and I have to look forward to the Newcastle game and hope that I can put in a good performance for my team.
“It was a bad feeling and I missed playing against Manchester United. That was a good game for me to play in and would have been a good opportunity as United were not at their best. Everton did a good job. My team played well, but we just did not take our chances.
“I was not there so I have to look forward to Newcastle and I hope I can be important for my team. The gaffer has to make his choices as to who is going to start that game and from there I can start to think about what I can do that day.
“Of course I want to play and be important for the team, have a great game and show my qualities but it is all about the gaffer and what his plan is.”
Newcastle have emerged as the surprise package of the Premier League season, remaining unbeaten throughout their opening 10 games and climbing to third place in the table.
The Blues, meanwhile, could do with a morale-boosting result following a run of tough games against the section’s eminent sides.
Drenthe believes they are more than capable of collecting just that – particularly given the character in the dressing room.
“I know they are very high in the Premier League and are doing well and that means it is going to be a difficult game for us,” he added. “I don’t know about the club or the players or anything like that but that is not important for me – I need to worry about Everton.
“We are going there to win – we are not going there to lose.”
Drenthe arrived at Goodison ostensibly a left-sided player so there was some surprise to see him line up on the right away to Fulham last month.
He, however, says that is nothing new and that he actually prefers coming from the right flank.
“I always played on both sides for the Dutch Under-21s and also for Real Madrid. I actually prefer playing on the right because you can go both ways and I think it is harder for defenders against me.”
Two months has gone by now since the former Feyenoord man arrived in a deadline day loan switch from Real Madrid and he says he has felt at home since first stepping foot inside Finch Farm.
“I am really settled here,” he said. “I like it and said to everyone from the first week it feels like that. I am really happy that I didn’t need much time. I went to Real Madrid and it was quite hard for the first three or four months, I did not get that here at Everton. I settled straight away. Maybe it is the country also – England and Holland are very similar.”