Everton loanee hoping to 'show what I can do'

Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, at night

John Lundstram has yet to hit top form for Blackpool, and he knows it.

The Everton based midfielder has been an almost ever-present in Jose Riga’s side since completing his season-long loan switch to Bloomfield Road a few days before the season began.

Arriving to a squad bereft of both confidence and first-team squad members, the 20-year-old was thrust in the starting line-up and has looked solid, if not impressive, for the Seasiders as they endured a torrid start to the season.

Without a win until the last game before the international break, Riga led Blackpool to a 1-0 victory over Cardiff, and the Belgian coach will be hoping to see the Tangerines continue their run with a victory at co-strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Lundstram is likely to continue his run of appearing in every game this season, by starting for Riga at the John Smith’s Stadium, and he told the Blackpool Gazette that he has a long way to improve before he puts in top class performances on a weekly basis.

The England Under-20 international said: “I don’t think I’ve been anywhere near as good as I should have been so far. I’ve not been happy with my performances at all.

“Cardiff was probably a little glimpse of what I can do. I’m hoping to go on a good run now and show what I can do.”

Despite his failure to impress this season, Lundstram is confident that with off-pitch madness settling, he can finally start to prove his worth - with a spot at parent club Everton his for the taking.

“I don’t think I could have had a much more difficult start to life at a new club than I did here,” continued the midfielder, who has made two Premier League appearances for the Toffees.

“I had a really good feeling about coming to Blackpool. I thought we’d surprise everyone and really hit the ground running.

“It wasn’t to be but I think we are starting to gel now and things are much better. It’s not been easy for any of the lads to come into a brand new team.

“But I think we can all do a lot better, individually and as a team. We haven’t kept the ball as much as we’d have liked in a lot of the games but I’m sure that will come.

“The last two games were a real confidence-booster for us all. We have some points on the board now.

“Hopefully we can keep this little unbeaten run going now. Things are much better than they were during the last international break here, and this little break have been nice.”

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