£15 million Everton player acknowledges that this season, Sean Dyche has been playing him outside of his natural position.

, an Everton player, has recently revealed which position he actually wants to play for the Toffees.

The £15m man has played in multiple roles for Everton since joining the club from Manchester United in the summer of 2022.

Indeed, perhaps a victim of his own versatility, the 22-year-old has featured at right-back and on the right-wing, though insists that playing in central midfield is ‘ultimately’ his preferred role.

Speaking with the Liverpool Echo ahead of tonight’s League Cup tie at Aston Villa, Garner said: “Ultimately, I want to be playing in the middle of the park.

That is my natural position, that is where I have always played. That is the position they signed me for.

But at the moment I am happy playing and if I am going to be playing, whether at right-back, right wing, hopefully midfield, I am not too fussed as long I am playing.

James Garner looks set to be an integral cog in the Everton machine

Sean Dyche has generally preferred a midfield trio of Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gana Gueye and Abdoulaye Doucoure since his January appointment, and Everton’s precarious position last season left little room to experiment.

However, Garner’s technical attributes and wide range of passing make him an ideal candidate to play centrally for the Toffees longer-term.

Indeed, the Birkenhead-born star exemplified his quality last weekend during Everton’s 3-1 win at Brentford, setting up Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s strike with 20 minutes remaining.

Due to his perseverance, the 22-year-old was able to gain control deep in Brentford’s half and then promptly play a pass through to Calvert-Lewin, who calmly put the game away for the Toffees.

James Garner might provide the Blues with a long-term fix for their central midfield passing problems, which Everton has been lacking for a few years.

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