Bryan Oviedo has shed light on how Ronald Koeman has adapted the full-back roles since taking over at Everton.
There has been a noticeable improvement in the Blues’ defensive play this term but that’s not to say the likes of Oviedo, Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman have had their licence to get forward revoked.
Indeed, the popular Costa Rican explains that a lot of work has gone in on the training ground at Finch Farm to ensure players have the tactical knowledge to pick their moments to attack.
“It is very important for the team,” he said. “When we have possession and are on the attack you have to be a very clever full-back because we create the balance of the team.
“Yes, I like to play going forward but there are moments when I need to be more controlled. If we are attacking on the right then we need balance on the left and we need to work together as a team.
“Maybe I am not expected to play that differently. It is the same aspects but maybe I have to be more concentrated on the defensive side because the manager and his staff like us to be very good on the defensive balance.”
Oviedo has been a regular in the side over the last four league games, covering for the injured Baines, and he is enjoying the chance to prove his worth on the pitch.
He has had to be patient for opportunities since arriving from FC Copenhagen in 2012, but insists he remains committed to helping the team however he can.
“It is not easy because you want to play every time,” added Oviedo. “But you need to know that you are an important part of the team and you need to be working hard all the time because in the moment you don’t expect, you have a chance and you need to be ready for that.
“Sometimes, if you are not ready you can’t say anything afterwards.
“I am so happy at the moment because I have a chance to play and I am trying to do the best for myself and for the team. I hope to continue playing and I will always be ready for the next game.”