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GUEYE CAN BE A SECRET WEAPON; Young star set to shine.

Byline: GREG O'KEEFFE

EVERTON prospect Magaye Gueye wants to become David Moyes' secret weapon - as he bids to replicate the impact of Steven Pienaar.

The 20-year-old forward moved to Merseyside in the summer, and made a good impression during the club's pre-season tour of Australia.

Although his chances in the Premier League have been limited so far, the pounds 1m signing from Strasbourg revealed he has been encouraged by chats with Moyes as he settles into life at Goodison Park.

He said: "The coach was following me for six months. He wants me to succeed to play like Steven Pienaar.

"He even said I am his 'secret weapon'. I am always in the group, the coach will feel the right moment to play me."

Gueye, who represents France at U-21 level but has Senegalese parents, was pursued by a host of other clubs before deciding on the Toffees, and is determined to cement a first team place.

The left-sided attacking midfielder said: "I am someone very ambitious, I have always dreamt to play in a great league, it has always been inmy mind," he said.

"I know it will be difficult at Everton, I will have to work hard to get a position in the team, but it is the very best for me."

Gueye had a chance to shine in the Blues ill-fated Carling Cup campaign, and created the Blues first goal in their second round 5-1 victory over Huddersfield Town with a pinpoint cross which was headed home by Marouane Fellaini. Later in the game, Huddersfield's Lee Pelter was sent off after he fouled the French starlet.

Gueye has played for his country in a central midfield role, and earlier in the season Moyes said: "We're not nailing him down in any particular role at present.

"We're still finding the way we think will be best suited to him."

First team coach Jimmy Lumsden was also excited by Gueye's livewire pre-season performance against Moyes' former club Preston North End, said: "Gueye's a good talent.

"He's quick, he's got a great first touch, and I think he's going to be able to play in a few positions."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Oct 12, 2010
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