Oumar Niasse has revealed how his teammates played a key role in helping him settle in at Everton.
The striker admits he feels fully at home at the Club after enduring a difficult start to his time with the Blues, but explained that he always remained convinced he would do so.
And it was teammates like Aaron Lennon that played a big role in helping Niasse feel a part of things on Merseyside.
“I remember when I arrived, Aaron was always every day asking ‘If there’s anything you need, call me,” Niasse recalls. “At Everton when you arrive you can feel, before you’ve even been on this kind of project, that there are always people to help you settle and asking you about everything you need.
“It’s not difficult when you arrive at Everton, it was much more difficult when I left to go to Russia and Turkey.
“In the future anything could happen to you and you always think this Club can help you. I think the most important thing is to be ready and I have been every time. The first three or four months here were difficult but after that I’ve kept my mind, I’ve tried to settle and I think I’m settling very, very well now.”
Niasse this week dropped in on an Imagine Your Goals session run by Everton in the Community, a programme specifically designed to help those who live with mental health issues.
The 27-year-old admitted after that he took plenty away with him from the visit and was pleased to see the participants so positive about the programme and their own futures.
“I will not say I’m lucky, I’m blessed,” he added. “I always take things in a positive way in my life because some things can be negative, but if you look more forward you’re going to see that you have a lot more positive things in your life.
“Every time anything bad happens, I say that good things will happen soon. That helps me to always believe in myself and believe in what I’m doing.”