US ace Donovan ready to help Everton
Everton loan signing Landon Donovan believes he is a better player now than he was in his first spell with the Toffees.
The USA international has returned for a second two-month spell, having done the same in the early part of 2010. He played 13 matches and scored twice but the American, who turns 30 in March, is confident he comes back to the English Premier League a better player.
"I am really excited to get back here and play," he said. "Since being here the first time I've played in a World Cup and had another couple of years' experience so I feel more prepared this time.
"I know exactly what I am getting into and exactly what is expected of me and hopefully I can fit in," said Donovan, the USA's all-time top scorer and playmaker. "Sometimes I think life is about expectations. Last time there was zero expectations so I can only make up from that.
"I understand there is some level of pressure and expectation but all footballers deal with that," added Donovan, who has been named US Soccer's top player on seven occasions. "I don't worry about that, I want to enjoy my two months here and the way I play I think I can help the team."