Valencia admits to 'harder' training

Valencia admits to 'harder' training

Deadline-day signing Enner Valencia says training is "a little bit harder" at Everton compared to old club West Ham.

The Blues signed the Ecuador international on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal after they missed out on Moussa Sissoko, who joined Spurs from Newcastle instead of making the move to Goodison.

Valencia says he's already feeling settled on Merseyside and is looking forward to making his debut for Ronald Koeman's side after being impressed with what he's seen from his new colleagues in training.

"I am very happy to be here," he told the Liverpool Echo. "This is a great club with excellent fans and I want to be on pitch with my new team-mates.

"I have enjoyed training with my new team-mates, it's different to my last team - it is a little bit harder."

Valencia hopes to be used as a centre-forward by Everton, which he feels is his best position, after often being asked to play out wide by Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.

He added: "The best performances of my career have come as a striker. Last year at West Ham I was used to playing as a winger which was difficult for me because it is not the position I feel well in."