BOSS Andoni Iraola feels Tyler Adams performed “really well” on his first start for Cherries.

The USA international has had a wretched time with injury since joining from Leeds United last summer, for a fee of around £23million.

But he has been building up his fitness in recent weeks, notably scoring to help his country win the CONCACAF Nations League final against Mexico last week.

With Ryan Christie nursing a knee problem, Adams was handed a start alongside Lewis Cook in midfield against Everton and went on to play a full 90 minutes for the first time in more than a year.

A late Seamus Coleman own goal, combined with Dominic Solanke’s earlier header, earned a 2-1 win for Cherries.

Discussing the performance of Adams, Iraola said: “I think he did really well.

“I think it was a game that suited him really well. He is very good at putting on pressure, reading second balls, being physical in the duels and calm on the ball.

“It was not the plan to play all the game with him.

“But we were talking during the second half and he was feeling well.

“Physically I think he has finished the game well.

“We decided, considering how the game was going and the importance of the three points, to finish with him.”‘

Adams himself told afcbTV: “It’s been a long time, but the progressions that we’ve had over the past 20-something weeks has been slow and steady.

“We have done it in a really progressive and smart way. Playing the full 90, I felt great.

“We will see how Tuesday goes now, but we have been smart throughout the whole process.”

Cherries have a quick turnaround in fixtures, hosting Crystal Palace on Tuesday, before a trip to Luton Town on Saturday.