Everton have been very impressed with James Garner this summer.

That’s according to journalist Paul Brown, who has told GIVEMESPORT that he has heard ‘good things’ about the midfielder.

Garner joined Everton in an initial £9 million deal from Manchester United last season, however his debut campaign at Goodison Park was plagued with injury.

The 22-year-old was eventually handed his opportunity at right-back, though he did a brilliant job out of position and played a key role in saving Everton’s Premier League status.

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However, Garner is expected to return to midfield this time round and Brown is confident that he will get plenty of minutes in the top flight after impressing the coaches at Finch Farm.

“I do think he will get a lot of minutes because I think Amadou Onana’s form dips in and out quite a lot,” Brown said.

“I don’t think you can expect Idrissa Gueye to play every game of the season. Abdoulaye Doucoure got injured last year too.

“So, I think there will be chances for Garner and when he does get one in midfield, he’s just really got to take it and prove that he can stick in that position, because that’s where I see him playing for Everton in the long-term.

“He’s got the talent, he’s got the commitment, he’s got the mentality. I hear good things about him from the coaching staff there, so I think he’s got a real chance this season and I would like to see him be the one that breaks through.”

James Garner could be part of a new-look midfield by the end of the season

James Garner is likely to be an important part of Everton’s midfield this season, while fans could well see Dele Alli force his way alongside him too.

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The former Tottenham Hotspur man is unlikely to get many chances in the early stages of the campaign, however I fully expect him to find his feet after Christmas and play a huge part in the Toffees’ creeping up the table.

The pair could be two of Everton’s best players, while the likes of Amadou Onana, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Idrissa Gana Gueye will compete to for a start.

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