Osman: Finish With A Flourish
Midfielder targets a fifth straight Goodison win over Man City.
Leon Osman says a repeat of last year’s 2-0 home victory over Manchester City would be the perfect way to sign off from duties at Goodison Park for 2013/14.
Osman scored a stunning 30-yard volley when the Blues downed this weekend’s opponents last March.
Manchester City have been beaten on their last four trips to Goodison and the midfielder is targeting another stylish performance to seal European qualification for next term.
“It will be nice to repeat the result from last season, especially if I manage to score again,” Osman said. “But, as we have shown this season, we are a team and it is going to take a team performance to get that win.
“It is always special, that last home game at Goodison. You always want to put on a final show for the fans, hopefully get a win and then walk round and celebrate at the end of it.
“It’s a game that we will certainly be going into wanting to win.”
Osman, 32, has featured in every Premier League fixture for Everton this season, though he has been utilised in a number of different roles by manager Roberto Martinez.
He has started 25 matches and appeared as a substitute on 11 occasions.
Oman’s last three outings have been from the bench, but he could earn a recall this Saturday with fellow midfielder Gareth Barry ineligible to play against his parent club.
Martinez recently stated that Osman’s ever-present record this season was because he has been kept ‘fresh’ and that such an approach could prolong his career at the top level for another ‘three or four’ years.
And Osman himself can understand the reasoning behind his manager's thinking.
He continued: “I am very proud to have played in every game this season. Not only did I manage to play in every game, but the manager has selected me and put me on. I am thankful for that, but I have to keep working hard to make sure that keeps happening.
“I have been speaking to the manager a little bit about when to use me. He knows that, like every other player, I want to play every minute of every game. From the top level right down to Sunday league, that’s what you want.
“But to get the best out of players, sometimes you need to adapt and use them where he thinks best, and that’s what the manager has done this season.”