Tyias Browning has admitted to Everton's official website that he wasn't expecting to see so much game time this season.
The 21-year-old defender has made five appearances in the Premier League already this campaign, after Seamus Coleman picked up an untimely injury.
It has been a steep learning curve for the youngster, but Browning has coped admirably with playing regularly at a first-team level.
And he said: "It’s been eventful. I wasn’t expecting to play as much as I have so early on, but hopefully I can get some more games.
"Injuries have given me a chance to get in the team. I’ve had a few minutes and games.
"We’ve had a couple of good wins and should have had a couple more - like against Liverpool, but it’s been a good start for the team overall."
Coleman is expected to be back in action after the international break, and it is likely that he will come straight back into the Toffees' line-up.
However, Browning's displays have done him no harm, as the youngster has impressed whenever he has been given an opportunity.
Browning has attacked with pace and power, but he has also shown his defensive ability - and added a solidity to the Toffees' backline.
His good form has helped Roberto Martinez's side to piece together an encouraging start to the season, where they have climbed into seventh place in the Premier League table.