Magaye Gueye admits he is loving the opportunity to play alongside and learn from Steven Pienaar.
The Frenchman scored his first goal for the Club in Monday’s emphatic 4-0 win over Sunderland. Pienaar was also on target as the diminutive playmaker capped a mesmeric individual display with a wonderful goal.
And Gueye says he is benefitting all the time from watching the South African international in action.
“Steven is a great player and every day I am learning from him,” Gueye said. “He is a big player while I am young and I know I have to work hard to try and get to the same level as Pienaar, but having him round is very good for me.”
Gueye was very proud to score his first goal in front of the Everton fans at Goodison and said that he hoped he had done enough to keep his place for next Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final.
And with the Blues flying after their 4-0 rout of Martin O’Neill’s side, he said belief was strong that a good result will follow at Wembley.
“I was very, very happy to score,” he added. “I am working hard every day. It was difficult at first when I came here but today I felt I played well and I think the goal is reward for my hard work.
“I hope (I have done enough to keep my place). I am repeating myself but every day I am working hard. Everyone played well against Sunderland so we will see.
“It was important to play well this week because of the Liverpool game. It was a good performance and everyone is happy, a good atmosphere, and now we look forward to the cup.
“Against Sunderland in the cup we did well, and also in the Premier League. Everyone feels we are playing well and are capable of doing well on Saturday. The win today was good for our mentality.”