Sonny Blu Lo-Everton is hoping that his friendly match involvement with Watford is not the end of his first team involvement this season.

The youngster has been regularly utilised by Xisco Munoz during pre-season matches, with the head coach assessing all available options before the campaign officially begins in just over two weeks' time.

While the standard has been a step up compared to what he is normally used to, Lo-Everton hopes he made enough of an impact with his appearances to suggest he is up to the challenge.

“It’s been tough to be honest, getting up to their speed and their quality, but it’s going well,” he said in a club interview.

“I can’t wait for it to get started and hopefully get some more minutes with the first team.

“It’s a great experience getting any sort of minutes with the first team. The group of players we have, the quality is a joke so it’s a really good experience."

Lo-Everton has not been the only youth player to get regular game time during this pre-season, with the likes of Henry Wise, Kane Crichlow and trialist James Morris all featuring among a host of others on several occasions.

The attacking midfielder said it was good for him to share the experience with his youth teammates and that the role he had been playing under Munoz had helped him develop new aspects of his game.

“Me and Wisey, we’ve got a good connection going because we play together with the Under-23s, so it’s good to play alongside him in a special game like this," he said.

“It’s different because normally I play in a number ten role closer to the goal, but now I can drop deeper and have everything in front of me, so that’s a lot easier for me."