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Enthusiasm of excitable Nsiala is a real tonic.


IN AN age when many young club players already speak like jaded internationals, comes refreshing words from Everton teenager Aristote Nsiala.

The 19-year-old, who signed a new one-year deal on Tuesday which will see him remain at Goodison until summer 2012, seems the excitable sort.

He may be a 6ft 4in powerhouse, but the big defender was happy to admit he was almost reduced to an excited toddler last season when named on the first-team bench for April's Goodison clash with Aston Villa.

He said: "At first I didn't believe it (when I was named as a sub for the Villa game).

"Being on the bench felt unbelievable, I can't explain it. And the last few minutes when I was told to get stripped off, I actually nearly wet myself!

"I remember Steve Round saying 'if you get a chance, make sure you enjoy it, and just do your best'. You'd have to do it to know how it feels, it's unbelievable.

It makes you feel like it was all worth the wait. All the training and all the hard work you've put in - it's worth it.

"I spoke to James (Wallace) and his main aims are the same as mine, to do well during pre-season, and get on the bench as many times as he can. You never know what's going to happen, what with the likes of Seamus Coleman - you never know what can happen."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 4, 2011
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