Everton expectations have grown, says Donovan

London: Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan believes expectation levels have risen ahead of his second loan spell with English Premier League Everton.

The United States international also had a stint with David Moyes`s squad two seasons ago and said he was excited to be back at Goodison Park.

"Last time there was zero expectation," Donovan told the club`s website on Friday.

"Now I know there is some level of expectation but that`s something all footballers deal with, it`s part of the job.”

"I don`t worry about that, I just want to enjoy my two months here. I think I can help the team."

Donovan`s last stint with Everton was a success after he played in 13 games, including 11 starts, and won the player of the month accolade for his performances in January 2010.

"I feel I`ve improved as a player since my time here before. Since then I`ve played in the 2010 World Cup and had another couple of years` experience," said the 29-year-old who won the MLS (Major League Soccer) championship with the Galaxy last month.

Donovan, who is unlikely to feature in 10th-placed Everton`s league game at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, said the club treated him well in his previous spell at Goodison.

"The minute I stepped off the plane two years ago and watched Everton`s FA Cup game with Carlisle United I felt wanted, I felt respected and that resonates and stays with you," he explained.

"It feels like coming home and it feels like family. It`s an easy place to come to.”

"From the kit man to the media people everyone is friendly and happy and they`re excited to be a part of this club. It`s infectious. I almost feel like a kid."

Bureau Report

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