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Benitez praises Gbamin and says the midfielder's impressed him in training

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Jean Philippe-Gbamin’s Everton career is still yet to get off the ground.

He was signed by Marco Silva and was largely injured for the duration of Carlo Ancelotti’s reign.

Now onto his third Everton manager in Rafa Benitez, the midfielder is getting a pre-season behind him finally.

That should lay the foundations for him to impress and Benitez told the club website he likes what he’s seen so far.

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“Obviously, he has had big injury problems in the past and now he is training well. I can see him challenging for a position and that is good news for us,” said Benitez of Gbamin.

“He is doing well, and he is working hard like the rest of the midfielders. The competition will improve the levels of the players and the team. Pre-season is about improving the fitness and understanding between players.

“We are a little bit away [from having a full squad] because it is a special year, with players coming back after the Copa America and the Euros. 

“We are improving the fitness and hopefully in the next 14 days it will be much better and we can complete at the level we want to in the Premier League.”

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If Gbamin can stay fit, he’d genuinely feel like a new signing to bolster the midfield.

Benitez likes his disciplined anchormen so that might be a role for him, although he can play further forward too.

It’s just about staying fit and trying to put together a run of games for a player who has had rotten luck.

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