Everton midfielder Leon Osman has told the Liverpool Echo of his frustration over the way he has been used by Roberto Martinez so far this season.
Osman is one of the most experienced and versatile members of Everton’s first team squad and he’s suggested that he’s frustrated by not having played more this season.
“I was disappointed not to play in more of the first 10 games this season. I was fit but was only selected in maybe four or five of them,” said the midfielder.
“I was used to playing every minute, as long as I was fit - the manager started using me a bit differently last season, which was a bit frustrating at first because I just wanted to play all the time.”
Martinez obviously had different ideas and theories over how he wanted to develop the side’s midfield, which is one of the reasons Osman has been kept out of action.
He’s also been kept out of the side because of other talented players in Everton’s midfield and attack, who have done a decent job in matches where he could have realistically come into the side.
He may be frustrated, but he simply has to stay professional in big games over the rest of the season.
He offers the Toffees something they don’t have in the majority of other players in the squad and his experience will be key in terms of keeping the side away from being sucked further down the table.
All he can do is go all out to perform well when he’s given a chance and leave a positive impression in the mind of the manager for pre-season and looking ahead to the new campaign.