Michael Keane says the understanding with his new teammates is growing with every minute on the pitch after impressing in Everton’s 3-0 victory over FC Twente.
The 24-year-old, who sealed a switch worth a potential £30m from Burnley earlier this month, made his first start for the Club as the Blues made it back-to-back pre-season wins.
Keane set the tone in the opening seconds when, from the kick-off, he powerfully headed away a long ball and set up an Everton attack.
And while, as planned, he was withdrawn at half-time, there was time for supporters to catch a glimpse of things to come as the England international dominated in the heart of defence - and went close to breaking the deadlock from a Kevin Mirallas corner.
It was Mirallas who eventually opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time with a sublime 20-yard effort, before a well-taken goal by Aaron Lennon and another stunner from Kieran Dowell secured a convincing win at the Stock Sportpark De Akkerthe.
“It was a good result and a good performance from the lads in both halves,” Keane told evertonfc.com. “Obviously, the most important thing is fitness and to come through it without any injuries - which we have done - but it’s always good to win as well.
"I love defending, first and foremost. It’s what I like to do. I’m happy that I got to show that a bit today. I had a shot in the first half where I maybe should have passed it, but I thought I was unlucky with the one from the corner where I swung my left foot at it. I think goals will come in time.”
Partnered with Wales captain Ashley Williams on the night, Keane says he is enjoying getting to know all of his new defensive partners and their styles of play.
“It’s going well,” he said. “We play together in training and I’ve only been here a few weeks but it’s good and it’s only going to get stronger and stronger. The more we play together on the pitch, the more the understanding grows.
“I’m really enjoying being an Everton player. It’s a massive club and it’s great to be here.
“I feel like I’ve settled in nicely now, I feel comfortable around the lads and I just can’t wait for the [competitive] games to begin.”
The Toffees now face a short trip to Belgium and another friendly against KRC Genk on Saturday, before the UEFA Europa League third round qualifier against either Ružomberok of Slovakia or SK Brann of Norway at Goodison Park on Thursday 27 July.
“It’s next week and it’s going to come around quick,” added Keane. “We haven’t had long to prepare like you do in most pre-seasons, so it feels a bit crammed in - but you’ve got to get everything out of it.
“You can’t play 90 minutes straight away - you have to work your way up slowly, but I think all the lads are looking good.”