SHANE DUFFY has set himself the target of saving Everton manager David Moyles a fortune in the transfer market after his Premier League debut last Wednesday was quickly followed by his first league start against Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Derry man and Republic of Ireland U-21 international was on loan at League One side Scunthorpe until the start of January but returned when injuries to Phil Jagielka and Tony Hibbert left the ‘Toffees’ decimated at the back.
The Galliagh man was thrust into the limelight against Spurs last Wednesday when Sylvain Distin became the latest casualty before Duffy started his first Premier League game for the weekend 1-1 draw at Villa Park, a game that saw him line up alongside fellow Derry man Darron Gibson and facing Lifford born Shay Given.
The 20-year-old had a steady afternoon at Villa Park, and impressed former central defender Moyles. Now he wants to convince his manager he can be a long-term addition to the first-team set-up at Goodison.
“Hopefully I have tried to save Everton money and we will see what he (Moyes) says,” said Shane after the game, “I will just try and do my best for the club. It is up to him and if it is not what he is thinking I will just have to work harder.
“It is a good squad. We just have a few injuries but the manager believes. He trusts me and he gives me confidence. You can’t ask for a better manager to be honest and I am glad I have got the chance.”
Duffy admits his chance has been quick and somewhat unexpected, but he was able to shrug off nerves to ease himself into the action
Meanwhile the Everton manager said he was pleased with the debut Gobson made following his £2,000,000 move from Manchester United last week.
The Derry man produced a tidy performance in the centre of the park, before being substituted late on in what was only his second league appearance of the season.
“I thought Gibson played well,” said Moyes. “I thought he passed the ball well. Hopefully he’ll help us and give us something we’ve lacked a little bit. He gave us a bit of composure at times and passed it nicely.
“He’ll benefit from some regular games, you could see he just ran out of steam midway through the second half.”
“The boys that have come from Manchester United tend to do quite well for us. Anyone who saw the game would think he did a decent job for us. I think nine or 10 Premier League clubs would like to have signed Darron Gibson.”