• Brazil coach heaps praise on Marco Silva for Richarlison’s development

    Brazil assistant manager Xavier Cleber has heaped praise on manager Marco Silva for aiding the development of Richarlison into a top-class prospect for club and country. The attacker first worked under Silva at Watford last term but their association reached an abrupt end after the Portuguese was sacked from the head coach position.

    However, the Brazilian managed to reunite Silva at Everton after the offer came by during the summer and he has since not looked back with six league goals from just 10 appearances. Meanwhile, he has also made the step up to the national side with good effect and Cleber, who has watched him in close quarters happened to heap praise on the Toffees head coach.
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  • Dean Souness predicts Richarlison will move on from Everton

    Former Liverpool star Dean Souness has said that he is a keen admirer of Richarlison but does not believe the Brazilian will stay with Everton for the long-term. The 21-year-old only joined the Toffees from Watford last summer but he has since made genuine progress, which has already earned him his maiden cap with the Brazilian national team.

    In a report covered by The Times, Souness highlighted that the Toffees are finally playing the football to please the supporters after spending intelligently during the previous transfer window. He added to reserve special praise for Richarlison and feels the attacker could join a bigger club, should he find the consistency in his game.
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  • Marco Silva Delighted to Welcome Yerry Mina Back from Injury

    Everton manager Marco Silva has claimed that the fitness position of Yerry Mina does provide him with a lot of issues in terms of selection, but he is glad to have such a selection headache for the time being. After having struggled to name a consistent defensive line so far this season, Silva is now looking forward to a selection headache in this position. Everton have had numerous changes in the defence due to the elements like injuries and suspension. Phil Jagielka has been unavailable for the last three matches after getting a suspension, while Michael Keane was unavailable for up to 4 weeks due to an injury. Kurt Zouma came into the backline as the club’s new signing – on loan from Chelsea.

    In recent matches, however, Keane and Zouma have been able to form a great partnership in the centre of defence and Everton travel to the King Power Stadium looking for three points. Now, Everton also have the availability of Mina, who trained with the squad and is looking to make his comeback just after the international break. Silva claimed that Zouma and Keane have been playing well while the return of Mina and Jagielka makes it a competitive position in the defence. Everton have had an indifferent first few weeks in the 2018-19 campaign.
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  • Everton boss bemoans poor finishing and focus after Watford defeat

    Everton manager Marco Silva has admitted that the club were not fully focused during the Premier League encounter against West Ham United which they eventually lost by a 3-1 scoreline. The Toffees had gone into the clash with an unbeaten record under their new manager but they succumbed to a rather disappointing defeat with the Hammers getting their first points on board for the season.

    Speaking after the game, Silva said: “We didn’t perform in our level to win. In this level you cannot make mistakes like we made. When you create chances you have to score. There is something about our focus that we have to do something about in important moments of the game. We scored to make it 2-1 but in the second-half, even without a good performance and playing more with our heart and mind, they create three or four chances and score three goals and we create four or five clear chances and score just one goal. “We created enough chances to achieve a different result.”
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  • Kurt Zouma invites competition for places at Everton

    Everton’s loan signing Kurt Zouma has admitted that it is essential for every club to have competition for places across the field. The France international joined the Toffees on a season-long loan from Chelsea before the summer transfer deadline but he has since managed just one substitute appearance off the bench.

    Speaking in a news conference, Zouma acknowledged that he had joined the Toffees with the view of securing regular playing time but he would still have to fight for the same, he said: “It’s very important moment for me because I came here to play and I am ready to come here and help the team win games. In every team there is competition, so if one goes out, the other one has to do the same or even better to keep their place, but the attitude and the spirit in the team is very good, so every player in the team will want to win and want to give everything for the team.”
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  • Roberto Martinez updates on Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany injuries

    Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that both Thomas Vermaelen and Vincent Kompany are ruled out for the opening World Cup game against Panama but he remains optimistic that the duo can return before the knockout stages. Vermaelen picked up a hamstring problem at Barcelona last month whilst Kompany sustained a groin injury during the Red Devils’ warm-up game against Portugal.

    Speaking to reporters, he said: “Thomas Vermaelen has improved really well, a little bit like we expected. He’s not going to be involved in the game against Panama and that is going to be a decision to see about using him accordingly depending on his match fitness. Medically I think he could be fit for the next two games. With Kompany we’re going to take through tomorrow to make the final call as we follow through the procedure. We are confident as well with the progress he has made since the Portugal game that he will be available to be involved in the third game of the group phase.”
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  • Everton Favourites To Sign Jack Wilshere Under One Condition

    Everton are reportedly deemed favourites to sign midfielder Jack Wilshere from Arsenal, provided Sam Allardyce remains at the helm beyond the summer. The England international has just two months left on his Gunners contract, and talks over a possible extension have seemingly reached a standstill.

    According to FootballLondon, the Toffees are leading the pursuit of Wilshere ahead of the likes of West Ham United and AC Milan as they plan to offer him a significant signing-on fee. On top of this, Everton are prepared to match his £110,000-a-week wages, unless the Gunners who have asked him to take a 20 per cent pay-cut. (more…)

  • Ashley Williams Gives Honest Verdict On Michael Keane’s Season

    Everton defender Ashley Williams is pleased with the consistency shown by Michael Keane over the past few months. The England international joined the Toffees from Burnley for £25m during the 2017 summer transfer window, and had a slow start to his career due to injuries hampering his progress. However, as the season has gone on, the centre-back has found his feet with the Toffees, and he has managed to start eight of the club’s last 10 matches in the Premier League.

    Speaking on the club’s official website, the ex-Swansea City captain spoke fondly about Keane, who he believes to have learnt from his errors earlier in the season, he said: “I thought Michael did really well against a tough Watford front three. I was really disappointed for him and the whole team that we did not get the clean sheet we wanted so much.Michael has done well. He has had a run in the team – he plays for England and is obviously a top-quality player. I am happy he is doing well.”
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  • Sam Allardyce insists player recruitment is key part of his job

    Everton head coach Sam Allardyce has said that his relationship with Toffees’ director of football Steve Walsh could be instrumental towards bringing in quality players to the club’s ranks. Former boss Ronald Koeman was not entirely comfortable working with Walsh in the summer, but Allardyce has insisted that this is not the case with him.

    Speaking to reporters, Allardyce refused to comment on the transfer proceedings of Koeman, but he talked about his close association with Walsh, whom he has known since his time together with ex-club Newcastle United.
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