Stubbs On Hitzlsperger
Everton U21s coach Alan Stubbs pleased with German's display.
Alan Stubbs admits he was pleased with Thomas Hitzlsperger's performance for Everton’s Under-21 side on Monday evening.
The German midfielder has been training with the Blues in the past few weeks and was handed the chance to impress during the 2-0 victory at Carrow Road.
Hitzlsperger ultimately managed a full 90 minutes in what was his first outing since March and Stubbs believes the former Aston Villa, West Ham and Wolfsburg star can be content with his display.
“I thought Thomas did well and you could see that he's experienced and has a calmness about him when he has the ball,” said Stubbs. "It was his first game coming back (from injury), so it would have been a great boost to him coming through without a problem.
"He probably played longer than what we expected him to but because of injuries we ended up using all of our subs. I'm really pleased for Thomas because his attitude has been fantastic.”
Last month first-team manager David Moyes confirmed Hitzlsperger had been invited to train with the Club but hinted the free agent would need to bide his time in any quest to earn a permanent deal.
Speaking ahead of the game against Southampton, the Blues boss said: “It is going to be a while before we are able to make a decision on him as he is not really fit.
“He is enjoying doing the football work and we can maybe look at stepping his work up next week. There will be no quick news or signing on this.”