Everton’s winless run of matches continued but this time with a defeat against table leaders Leicester City.
Despite playing at home, the club suffered a 3-2 defeat to one of the most surprising teams in the league so far. Leicester were expected to be in a relegation battle at this stage, but they are crowned as the winter champions.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman watched his team salvaged a point at Anfield in the latest league outing.
The 1-1 draw was a deserved result for the team, as they worked extremely hard throughout the 90 minutes to contain the Liverpool team that was trying to get in the first win under manager Jurgen Klopp. The German replaced Brendan Rodgers a fortnight ago, but he is yet to taste his first victory despite having played three matches in all competitions. All three games have finished as a draw and it was the case at Anfield.
Everton recently received an offer from Chelsea for defender John Stones, but they were also surprised to see that the offer had been made public partly due to the opposition manager Jose Mourinho.
It is understood that the bid is valued at around £ 20 million, which has been turned down immediately by Everton. Manager Roberto Martinez has criticised the way the Premier League champions have gone about their business. However, this appears to have been a calculated move from Mourinho and Chelsea, as Stones is keen on talking with Chelsea to learn about their offer.
Roberto Martinez has accepted for the first time that his players may have failed to cope with the immense pressure created after a fantastic first season at the club.
After taking over from David Moyes, Martinez was a breath of fresh at Goodison Park. Not only did he bring in beautiful and flowing football, but it also brought in excellent results that almost gave them Champions League football after more than a decade. It was not to be, but there was optimism ahead of last season due to signings like Romelu Lukaku for club record fees.
Everton enjoyed a much better season in the previous campaign as they finished at the 5th spot and managed to clinch a spot in the Europa League but things have dramatically changed in the current season as the side of Roberto Martinez have experienced a very inconsistent season but Martinez is certain that this underwhelming season will help his squad in becoming a better team for the years to come.
RomeluLukaku is only 21 years old but he has already performed in clubs such as: Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion and Everton which is where the Belgian attacker is currently performing in.
A few weeks ago Lukaku stated that he would like to join a big club in the future and these comments have led to rumors involving Lukaku wanting to move out from Everton and join a club that has better chances on lifting major trophies but according to Roberto Martinez, everything that his player said was taken out of context as Lukaku does not want to leave Everton anytime soon.
Everton had missed the Champions League qualification just by a whisker last season.
This season when they started, their main agenda was to make sure that this time they make their way to Europe, but, the spirit of the last season has seemed to be absent so far in their performances.
Not from any angle are they looking the team which had given the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham a good run for their money just months ago.
Everton was one of the standout clubs of the Premier League in the previous season as the team of Roberto Martinez secured the 5th spot of the top tier English League, finishing with more points than top squads such as: Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United.
It was a remarkable season for Roberto Martinez and his squad of players. The previous season also witnessed Martinez making a record breaking run when Everton was able to win 7 consecutive league matches; it was a feat that the English club had not been able to accomplish since 1987.
Everton secured three points for only the second consecutive time this season after a 3-1 win over Burnley on Saturday. The win was hugely helped by the two goals from Samuel Eto’o, who also came extremely close to getting hat-trick after hitting the post. The former Chelsea man has not been a regular goalscorer, but his contribution has been immense according to Roberto Martinez. The
Everton manager claims that the 33-year-old is a gift from God because he has not only been able to contribute on the pitch, but also off it as well.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez had immense success with loan deals last season after players like Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku, who had been at the club on a temporary basis, impressed and helped the club qualify for the Europa League this season. He has been hoping to take advantage of the loan system once again. Players like Christian Atsu have come to Goodison Park this summer. The 22-year-old Ghanaian winger belongs to Chelsea and this deal is very much similar to the loan deal for Lukaku last summer.