Seamus Coleman has spelled out his determination to keep his place in David Moyes’ team.
The Irishman has started Everton’s last three games and produced his best display of the season so far against Southampton last week.
Coleman is pleased to be getting a chance at right-back – the position he has played for most of his career – after featuring predominantly as a wide midfielder.
Now he wants more opportunities to show what he can do – starting at Wigan on Saturday.
He told evertontv: “I am really enjoying getting a few games – all footballers want to play every week.
“Sometimes you have to be patient and bide your time.
“But you know there will be injuries or lack of form and when you get in you have to do well and that is what I am trying to do.
“Nobody is happy not to be playing. I had a good summer and got back for pre-season ready to go so hopefully I can have a good season.
“I know Tony [Hibbert] will be back from injury soon and will be itching to get back in but I can only do well, hopefully get another chance to play well again at Wigan on Saturday and give the manager a bit of a headache.”
Should he get the nod to start at the DW Stadium on Saturday, Coleman will most likely reprise his right-sided partnership with Kevin Mirallas.
While the Blues’ left-hand combination of Baines and Pienaar is a reliable hub of creativity, it was the opposite flank that provided the crucial breakthroughs against Saints.
Mirallas created the first two goals, with Coleman expertly laying on the third.
The 23-year-old added: “First and foremost it was great to be playing and the way the game opened up it allowed me to get forward. It was nice to play a part in one of the goals and more importantly we won the game.
“Kevin is a great player, he is a tricky winger and I can get the ball out of my feet and pass the ball to him. He can go on the inside or the outside and I can get up and give him an option and he can use me if he wants or go by himself.
“The two boys on the left are fantastic with the relationship they have. They have been playing together for a number of years.
“It would be nice if myself and Kevin could – and there is also Tony Hibbert and Steven Naismith to come in – could strike up a relationship and do something similar to the boys on the left, although it will be hard to match what they are doing.”