Lucas Digne reveals he is enjoying his life at Everton
The 25-year-old Frenchman has been a revelation in the Premier League this season with his consistently impressive displays since making a move from Barcelona in the summer for a fee of £18 million.
“I’m enjoying my football,” he said. “I’m enjoying having more responsibility and confidence from the manager. I focus on marking, positioning, winning my duels on the ground and in the air. But nowadays being a left-back is also about attacking, and I am happy to contribute to the team in this way too.
“I enjoy having good personal stats and it’s nice to hear those because I try to give my best every time.
“In football and in life it is always important to develop – never stand still – and the feeling of developing together as a team where we all have the same ambitions and dreams for the club is amazing.
“What really counts is how the whole team performs. And we must improve in the last part of the season. We are building a new team with a new style under a new manager, and we always want to progress. We have shown good things, but we will get better and more consistent.
“I like the way we play with crosses, which have quickly become part of my game. In Barca, I never crossed the ball like here – it’s not their style to play that way because there are no tall players in the box!”
Digne didn’t get the chance to take free-kicks at Camp Nou due to the presence of Lionel Messi but the Frenchman has shown his talent from set-pieces this season, scoring twice.
“I didn’t take any direct free kicks in my two years at Barca so I’m enjoying taking them now, and of course it’s been a pleasure to score two of them in the last month,” he added. “When you have Messi on the pitch, it is natural that no one else should get near the ball on a direct free kick. He is in a class of his own – also in that discipline.
“For me, Messi is without any competition the best player in the world. The best I have played with – and the best I have seen.”