Leon Osman happy for substitute role

Everton midfielder Leon Osman says that he understands his role as a substitute after the club boosted their midfield options during the summer months.

Everton midfielder Leon Osman has said that he is happy to see the club strengthen the squad, even if it affects the amount of games he starts.

The Blues brought in James McCarthy and Gerard Deulofeu during the summer months, while Ross Barkley has established himself as an important member of squad this season, but Osman has revealed that he is pleased to see manager Roberto Martinez bolster the team.

"For the first time in a long while I found myself on the bench away at Aston Villa last week," Osman told the Daily Mail.

"We've now got a much bigger squad than we have ever had in the past and competition for places in the starting 11 is fierce.

"We are also at a period in football where teams don't win things anymore, squads do, so we're pleased with how the manager has strengthened."

The Blues are currently sixth in the Premier League.

Leon Osman of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park on October 26, 2013
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