Toffees ace: I feel Vaughan again

The Toffees striker netted his first senior goal for two years in

Monday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Burnley. The 21-year-old came

off the bench to strike an 83rd-minute opener and Steven Pienaar

grabbed a stoppage-time second as David Moyes’ men beat the

Clarets, who had Stephen Jordan sent off for two bookable offences.

“It was a great feeling, not only because we got three points but

the fact that I came on and scored my first goal for a long, long

while,” said Vaughan, whose last goal came in a UEFA Cup tie

against AZ Alkmaar in December 2007. “In all the time that I have

been out injured, I never once thought that it wouldn’t happen for

me in football. “I have had great people around me, family,

coaches, giving me confidence that I could get back out onto the

pitch to do what I know I am good at.” Vaughan has endured a torrid

time with two serious knee injuries, a dislocated shoulder and a

severed artery in his foot impacting on a career which began with

so much promise when he became Everton’s youngest player as a

16-year-old in April 2005. It is a record now held by Jose Baxter,

but Vaughan remains the youngest goalscorer in club and Premier

League history after taking the honours from Wayne Rooney and James

Milner, respectively. Almost five years on from his debut, Vaughan

has made just 10 starts for the Goodison Park club, but, after

netting against Burnley as Everton ended a run of four straight

draws with their fifth win of the season, he insisted he never

doubted his ability to continue playing at the highest level.

“These past few years have been very frustrating,” added Vaughan,

who picked up a knee problem while on loan with Derby earlier this

season. “Injuries happen in football and I tell myself that mine

have all happened early in my career and now they are behind me.

“Now I believe I can kick on in my career. I know what I can do on

the pitch, I will always give 100 per cent and what happens will

happen for me.” Vaughan is now determined to resume his battle for

a first-team spot. “I am just happy to be back, I want to start

doing my bit for the team after so many problems,” he added. “I was

even injured while on loan at Derby this season, and there has been

talk that I may go back there on loan again, but that is all up to

the gaffer (Moyes). “It is out of my hands, but I will do

everything I can to get back into Everton’s first team and if that

means going out on loan again, I’ll be glad to do that.”