Toffees shouldn’t stress – Osman

The Toffees were held 1-1 by Wolves at the weekend after being

beaten by Blackburn on the opening day of the campaign. David

Moyes’ men were guilty of a slow start last term, and it ultimately

cost them a place in the Europa League as they could only manage an

eighth-place finish in the top-flight. Osman, 29, believes everyone

at Goodison Park is desperate for that first victory, and says it

will come in its own time. “Everyone is desperate for that first

win. The fans, ourselves, everyone. We’re all so desperate for

that, but we need to relax and let it come. We’re a good team and

it will come,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “You’d have to say this

will be one of the most competitive seasons ever. Teams like

Blackburn and Wolves, most teams in the league, are going to scrap

their way towards points. “We’ve always said there are no easy

games in the Prem but this season it’s truer than ever. It’ll be

tough. Teams will fight and are capable of getting points.” Tim

Cahill had given Everton the lead on Saturday but Wolves equalised

in the second half and hung on for a valuable point. Osman added:

“I think we started well, the way we wanted to play and the tempo

was spot on and going well. “There were some dubious decisions but

it’s disappointing for us to have had so much control in the first

half and come away without all three points. “It’s very

disappointing. We’ve only got one point from six but the season is

38 games long. There are 36 left and we need to get up and running

as quickly as we can, and once we hit our stride we’ll be a force

to be reckoned with. “We need to work harder in training until we

get going.” Meanwhile, it is understood Victor Anichebe is in talks

with Everton over a new deal. Anichebe, who has come through the

ranks at Everton, has one year left on his current contract at

Goodison Park. Everton are keen to tie down the talented forward to

a new long-term contract to ward off potential suitors with a

number of sides thought to be monitoring his situation The Nigeria

international is highly rated within the corridors of power at

Goodison and they see Anichebe as a key member of the club’s

long-term future. Anichebe has made 76 appearances and scored seven

goals for Everton and the Toffees are hoping to quickly agree a

deal for the striker.