Arnaut Danjuma speaks out on Everton transfer plan and sets fan challenge
Exclusive chat with Arnaut Danjuma from Connor O’Neill as new Everton recruit speaks out on start to life at Goodison Park
Arnaut Danjuma believes Beto is determined to move Everton forward and has called on his team-mates to relish the pressure of delivering for supporters.
Everton first targeted Beto in January, but a bid was rejected and they would not pay his release clause of about £30million. However, the Blues finally landed their man earlier this week.
The 25-year-old Portuguese striker, who has signed a four-year contract, officially moved to Goodison Park from Udinese Calcio on Tuesday after arriving on Merseyside last weekend to undergo a medical.
And then, to cap off a memorable couple of days for the forward, he came off the bench against Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night to score his first goal for the Blues as they came from behind to claim a 2-1 win.
“I think we are all very happy that he is here,” Danjuma told the ECHO when asked about the forward. “Big, strong, quick, and I think we needed a target man as well.
“His English can improve a bit, but I will speak to him. We are all delighted that he is here. I think the rumours were that it was a bit difficult to get the players in, but I was the first one that came after Ashley Young.
“So just for me, as the first one in the attacking line, I knew what was coming, and I committed myself to the process.
“For Beto to come and commit himself to the process as well is only beautiful. I have been speaking to him, and he is very determined and motivated, just like me. Hopefully I can make as many goals as possible for him.”
Everton’s goal-scoring problems from last season have been laid bare in their opening three Premier League games of this season. However, as well as Beto getting off the mark against Grant McCann’s side, Danjuma also netted his first goal for the club.
But the Netherlands international refused to accept that the strike was a weight lifted off his shoulders and believes his team-mates should build on the expectation that supporters place on them to perform.
He said: “I’d argue against that [a weight lifted]. To be honest with you, I think the beauty of this club is the fans. You notice straight away that it is the people’s club.
“I think the pressure from the fans is what keeps the club going. I think it is something to build upon as well.
“A club as big as Everton Football Club, if you don’t perform, the fans have got a right to kick off, and that makes you perform.”
Everton return to Premier League action against fellow strugglers Sheffield United. Both sides are without a point to their name, but Danjuma is hoping that his side’s victory at the Eco-Power Stadium will give them confidence of picking up their first three points of the season.
He said: “I think that is one of the biggest things in football. When you win, it just moves you a bit over the edge.
“Whether we like it or not, that will build the confidence for the squad. It was not the most beautiful performance today, but nevertheless, I was really happy to get the win.
“I think there is a huge misconception anyway that these games are typically easy anyway. If you win, you should have won; if you lose, you shouldn’t have lost.
“So for us, there was only one thing that mattered, and that was to win. It doesn’t matter how you do it; you just need to make sure you win, and especially for us to build upon that confidence.”