Beattie: Last Everton season a nightmare

James Beattie has described last season at Everton as a "nightmare".

He told the Daily Star: "I have never doubted my ability and although the football didn't go too well last season, I was Everton's top scorer 12 months ago and was getting touted to go to the World Cup.

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"Last season was a bit of a nightmare. If the manager doesn't fancy you any more you get frozen out and that's what happened to me.

"I was disappointed but life goes on and I am very excited and looking forward to a fresh challenge."

Eyebrows were raised at Beattie's decision to take a step down to the second tier as he completed his club-record £4million move to Bramall Lane, but the 29-year-old sees his stay in the Championship as more of a short-term measure.

"It is a step down in leagues, but Sheffield United is a massive club with great support and hopefully I can help us get back up there," he continued.

"I have 81 Premiership goals, so hopefully I can add a few Championship goals."

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