Kouyate Reveals Why First Everton Goal Is Crucial

Katia Kouyate says he feels more motivated to succeed than ever after scoring his maiden senior goal in Everton's 2-1 friendly win over Stade Nyonnais in Switzerland.

The 19-year-old forward, who joined the Blues' Academy aged eight, was a regular in Paul Tait's Under-21s side last term - and was one of several of the Club's youngsters included in the senior squad's pre-season camp in the Lake Geneva area.

Coming on as a half-time substitute in Friday evening's game, Kouyate opened the scoring with a fine left-footed finish, having been played in by Alex Iwobi.

"It's a massive moment for me and my family," Kouyate told "It feels like all the years of hard work - my mum taking me to training week after week and things like that... It feels like a bit of a reward for all of that and hopefully I've made her proud.

"It's been a good feeling to be out here and have the opportunity. I had a good season last season, particularly towards the end, and I stayed injury-free throughout it. 

"I have really enjoyed the opportunity to impress this week and I've just tried to take it all in, take each day as it comes and I knew I had to take this chance."

A youthful Everton side finished the match in Nyon, with only Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dwight McNeil the regular senior starters left on the pitch.

Speaking to evertontv after the match, manager Sean Dyche explained it had been a week's worth of tough but invaluable work for the Club's youngsters. 

Agreeing with that sentiment, Kouyate continued: "It's been a tough week. I'm not used to the amount of work. 

"The gaffer sat us young lads down on Tuesday and told us what the requirements were - and I really felt like I took it onboard. 

"Every day I got to work and tried to do my thing.

"I'm really motivated. I want more opportunities to impress and I know I need to be patient, but when they come around I'll be ready to take them."