Isaac Price says Frank Lampard is the ideal manager to keep learning from as the teenage midfielder revealed the key areas where he wants to improve to taste more First-Team football.
The 19-year-old made his first senior Blues start on Sunday, playing the full match as Everton beat Celtic on penalties in the Sydney Super Cup after a goalless draw in front of more than 40,000 fans at Accor Stadium.
Having been told on the morning of the game that he was in the XI to face the Scottish champions, Price took his chance to shine with an impressive display, with Lampard insisting the young talent was ‘the best player on the pitch’ on the day.
Joining Everton Academy at the age of seven, Price progressed through the Club’s age groups before being given his Premier League debut by Lampard when he came off the bench on the final day of last season at Arsenal.
Price is now eager to kick on and believes “the stature” of manager Lampard – one of the Premier League’s greatest midfielders – as well as the vast experience of his teammates can aid his development.
“It was great to start against Celtic,” Price told evertontv. “The atmosphere in the stadium was unbelievable. I thought we played well. We had a few chances and could have scored. Neal [Maupay] had a good opportunity and we have a few in the second half as well. We could have scored on another day. I really enjoyed it.
“I found out I was starting in a team meeting on the morning of the game and I was buzzing. Having senior players around me helped a lot. All the back three behind me were always talking to me and having Abdoulaye [Doucoure] next to me gave me confidence, let me play more, and I thought we played pretty well.
“They had a good side out. I thought I did okay but I’ve still got more to come. I’ve still got things to work on, wanting the ball more, but I’m happy with the way I played.
“The stature of the manager, the way he played when he was a player, he’s someone to learn from, someone to pick things up off every day.
“And the players in the First Team have been around for years, too, so learning from all of them is unbelievable.”
Price will now bid for another start when Everton face Western Sydney Wanderers at CommBank Stadium on Wednesday (kick-off 7.45pm AEDT/8.45am GMT).
The midfielder has been joined on the tour of Australia by a string of his Under-21s teammates, with Tom Cannon and Stan Mills – who both came off the bench against Celtic and took penalties in the 4-2 shootout victory – in the squad alongside goalkeeper Billy Crellin, defenders Reece Welch and Joe Anderson and midfielder Seb Quirk.
Price admitted having those familiar faces has helped Down Under as he outlined how he wants to improve to keep pushing to be involved in Lampard’s squad.
“There are a lot of things I need to improve on,” Price added. “I can be a bit more tidy in possession. I thought out of possession [against Celtic] I was pretty good but I could still get a lot fitter, get around the pitch more and score a few more goals. I would have loved to have scored!
“It’s been good having a few ‘21s teammates out here with me. We’ve all played together for years now in the youth teams and ‘21s so seeing us here is good for the Academy and makes us all smile. It helps having them on tour.
“We’ve got another game against Sydney which will be a good game and one we are looking to win so we’re focusing on that now.”
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