Dennis Adeniran intends to kick off a “big 2018” with victory over Barnsley in the Premier League Cup.
The 19-year-old midfielder signed from Fulham in the summer and has been a regular in the young Blues’ engine room so far this season.
The Toffees have three points from two games in their Cup campaign so far, after a win over Portsmouth followed by a defeat to Leicester City, and Adeniran is eager to begin the New Year in style.
But with a little break over the festive period under their belts, he insists they are ready to go and, personally, he hopes to begin kicking on after using the first half of the season to bed in at his new club.
“Hopefully all the lads were professional over Christmas - I would like to think so anyway!” he joked. “I had a good break myself and managed to spend some time with my family back home in London.
“I have enjoyed my time here a lot. It’s been a much different environment for me but I’d like to think I have adapted to it.
“But I believe there is more of that to come and more for me to show the coaches. This year I am looking to give my all and do as well as I can. It’s a big 2018 for me.”
The Under-23s ended 2017 in indifferent form, without a win in their last seven games of the calendar year.
Adeniran says the squad have been working hard since their return to USM Finch Farm in order to turn that around in their opening game of 2018.
“It’s a new year and a new start, “ he added. “Hopefully we can face Barnsley and get the three points. We want to start 2018 on a high and we’re very confident. We have all been working hard since we’ve come back from our little break over Christmas.
“We are all fit and raring to go, and we want to get back to winning ways because we ended 2017 quite badly. We want to pick up a win, start the year off right and take that into a big game against Manchester City on Monday.”