'Up there with the best I’ve seen' - Everton stalwart Tony Hibbert hails Leon Osman

Everton's Tony Hibbert was delighted with the impact that Leon Osman made on his 400th appearance for the club.

Everton's Tony Hibbert believes that Leon Osman is one of the best players to have represented the club during his time as a player.

Hibbert and Osman have both spent their entire careers at Goodison Park after graduating from the youth team in the same year, and the right-back has paid tribute to his teammate's ability today. 

Osman made his 400th appearance for Everton at the weekend and he capped off the momentous occasion by grabbing the winner against West Ham United. 

It was a vital goal for the Toffees and Hibbert feels the strike fully encapsulated all that Osman offers to the team. 

“For me he’s up there with the best players I’ve seen at the club over the years," Hibbert told the Liverpool Echo. "You can class him as a legend.

“Everything about him is different class, on the pitch and on the training ground.

"That’s [the goal was] Ossie all over. He scores so many important goals for us and to get 400 appearances was a credit to him and his family."

Osman has been used sparingly by Roberto Martinez so far this season, as he has been beginning to show signs of age.

However, the 33-year-old was at his very best on Saturday and proved that he still has a part to play for the side.

Everton started the season slowly, but they are clicking into gear now and have remained unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions. 

It is a run of form which has lifted them to within touching distance of the top four and optimism is growing around Goodison Park.

The Toffees face a struggling Tottenham Hotspur side next weekend and they will be looking to continue to close the gap on the Champions League qualification places by collecting the three points. 

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