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Chelsea’s Leading 4 hopes dented after Everton defeat

Maurizio Sarri endured a discouraging afternoon as his Chelsea side’s second half
collapse observed them put up with a 2- EPL League defeat at mid-table
Everton.

Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson, changing right after his very own saved penalty kick, scored the goals at Goodison Park on Sunday that halted Chelsea’s good form and weakened their bid to safe a top-four
finish.

Brazilian Richarlison struck in the 49th minute, right after Sigurdsson’s corner had been met by a potent header from Dominic
Calvert-Lewin which Kepa Arrizabalaga saved well on his goal-line.

But the Everton forward reacted initial to pressure the rebound in excess of the
line from close array, a goal that came mostly against the run of play.

Arrizabalaga experienced saved a great effort from Andre Gomes seconds previously and did likewise in holding out Sigurdsson’s 71st-minute spot kick,
awarded right after Marcos Alonso stood on the foot of Richarlison.

But the Iceland worldwide saved his composure from the rebound,
completing the schedule endeavor of tapping the ball into the open up goal.

It was a main turnaround following a initially 50 % of just about complete Chelsea domination.

Eden Hazard was regrettable not to give the readers an early lead in
a dominant opening 45 minutes against an Everton aspect who have struggled for form and effects in the latest months.

Following 6 minutes, Ross Barkley and Gonzalo Higuain mixed neatly
to set up the prospect which Hazard curled against the right-hand post,
with the ball rebounding to security.

When Higuain was presented
with another glorious possibility just seconds later on, denied by Everton
sweeper Yerry Mina producing a late transfer to place off his opponent,

Chelsea appeared effectively in control.It remained that way for the vast majority of the opening 50 percent with
Barkley, booed lustily by Everton supporters each individual time he touched the ball, clearly relishing a return to his former club.

Barkley’s protracted departure from Merseyside, and his refusal to
sign a new contract as a move to Chelsea neared, has obviously tarnished
the England midfielder’s popularity with Everton fans.

But his influential very first-half show, and Chelsea‘s preliminary superiority, recommended he would love a profitable return, for half the game at the very least.

Hazard experienced presently drawn a good stop from Jordan Pickford inside of the opening handful of times and Higuain and Barkley the two forced the England
goalie into regimen will save prior to Pedro finished the fifty percent by sending a
shot just wide.

The next 50 %, on the other hand, rapidly turned a different story with Chelsea forced to react to the game’s 1st goal and Pedro’s cross shortly buying out Alonso who drove the ball into the facet-netting.

Everton, exhibiting far far more belief than in the opening time period, virtually
scored a 2nd goal when Calvert-Lewin came in inches of assembly
Lucas Digne’s remaining-wing cross but Chelsea still had the firepower to
threaten an equaliser.

David Luiz’s 59th-minute go was cushioned by N’Golo Kante for Higuain whose crisp 25-yard strike pressured Pickford into an fantastic, 1-handed diving save.

Sarri rang the modifications, using off Barkley amongst others – a lot to
the delight of the home supporters – though Everton continue to looked the
extra likely scorers.

Substitute Theo Walcott found himself clear but noticed his angled shot
very well saved after a lot more by Arrizabalaga just before opposite number Pickford continued an fantastic screen by tipping around a effective shot from Chelsea replacement Callum Hudson-Odoi.

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Merseyside derby ends in stalemate

Liverpool were left to regret two large chances by Mohamed Salah as Everton held out for a – draw in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men now trail champions Manchester City by a point at the leading of the EPL League with 9 games remaining.

Salah was denied by Everton goalie Jordan Pickford and a very last-ditch obstacle by Michael Keane possibly side of half-time as
Liverpool dropped points for the fourth time in six league games.

Fabinho was also guilty of losing a major opportunity 21 minutes from
time as Lucas Digne cleared when the Brazilian took an age to control
Virgil van Dijk’s knockdown.

Everton remain without having a win in the Merseyside derby stretching back
to 2010, but may have accomplished ample to halt their neighborhood rivals from
successful the title for the initially time in 29 decades.

Salah has now scored just after in his earlier 6 matches and squandered by a
distance the greatest opportunity for possibly facet from the kind of predicament he completed with simplicity in a 44-goal debut season at Anfield previous 12 months.

Pickford was at fault for Liverpool‘s 96th minute winner when the sides very last fulfilled in December, but the England number one went some way to
producing amends by standing tall to block as Salah bore down on goal
in advance of Seamus Coleman threw himself in the way of a adhere to-up try
from Jordan Henderson.

That was a rare glimpse of goal in a very first-half which created plenty of enjoyment and environment but minimal in the way of goalmouth
incident.

Everton have endured a disappointing season soon after expending major in the
summer season to back again Marco Silva and their deficiency of high-quality on the ball confirmed irrespective of their motivation and want to close Liverpool down.The hosts at minimum opened the second-50 percent with a little bit additional urgency, Dominic Calvert-Lewin growing to meet up with an early Lucas Digne corner, with a header that was saved easily by Alisson Becker.

At the other end, Salah spurned yet another prospect when the ball broke
his way off Kurt Zouma, but the Egyptian took a large contact and permitted
Keane to make a spectacular recovery tackle.

Klopp experienced seen plenty of by just right after the hour mark and introduced on James Milner and Roberto Firmino, recovered from his ankle
damage, in a bid to turn one point into three.

The Brazilian almost made an prompt impression, marauding ahead with
Salah, but his cross proved a small long for Sadio Mane who could only
head again throughout goal harmlessly.

Van Dijk was again peerless in his defensive responsibilities and practically set up the winner experienced Fabinho been sharper to fire home the Dutchman’s knock down.Roared on by an more and more vocal home crowd, Everton also created some late odds with a cross from substitute Richarlison coming within just
inches of obtaining the sliding Bernard.

Nevertheless, for the third time in Liverpool‘s last four matches the game
finished scoreless to hand City the initiative in the title race.

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Everton reject PSG bid for Gueye

Everton have turned down a bid from French champions Paris Saint-Germain for Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye, claimed underneath-tension manager Marco Silva.

According to stories, PSG provided €21 million to bolster their selections in midfield forward of a return to Champions League action against Manchester United next month with Marco Verratti an injury doubt and Adrien Rabiot outcast more than his refusal to indication a new deal.

Nevertheless, Silva is in no mood to lose Gueye just after a operate of just two wins in Everton’s final 10 league games and a FA Cup exit to Championship Millwall on Saturday.

“My impression is the exact same as the club’s, and we turned down the offer you,” claimed Silva. “He is a genuinely crucial player for us.

“He is 1 player we do not consider to lose in this market. Of program just after some moments it can come to be a make a difference of dollars, but from my point of view at he is a genuinely crucial player for us.”

Following a summer of weighty expense to back Silva in his debut season, substantially much more was expected from the Portuguese than a return of thirty points from 23 games that leaves Everton languishing down in eleventh.

Nevertheless, Silva refused to label Tuesday’s take a look at to rock base Huddersfield as a have to-win to ensure he retains his occupation.

“I am not pleased with the final month-and-a-50 percent with the final operate, but I am not panicking,” he added.

“We as a club cannot worry. Even if we are not pleased, even if the fans are genuinely dissatisfied with the FA Cup result.

“I am also, but I am not panicking for the reason that we as a club cannot worry if we want to do the ideal factors in the long run.”

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Everton’s Idrissa Gueye inching towards surprise PSG move

A report from French outlet TeleFoot, Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye is close to agreeing private phrases with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Everton’s midfield enforcer

Gueye, a 29-year-old defensive midfielder, has been plying his trade at Goodison Park given that 2016.

The Toffees snapped up the Senegalese international for a price of just £7.1 million, after Aston Villa’s relegation to the Championship triggered a release clause in Gueye’s agreement.

And the previous Lille man has given that gone on to establish himself as a near at any time-present for Everton.

Gueye started out in 32 of the Toffees’ 38 Leading League outings final season and throughout the 2016/17 campaign.

And he has given that gone on to play a pivotal job at the foundation of Marco Silva’s midfield at the time more to this point in the latest season, with Gueye’s capacity to snuff out opposing attacks with either a crunching tackle or perfectly-timed interception generating him 1 of the Merseysiders’ most-critical players.

PSG sure?

Nevertheless, despite his immeasurable value to Everton, Gueye could perfectly be set for a departure from Goodison Park this month.

That is in accordance to French outlet TeleFoot, who report this evening that the African is inching towards a move to Ligue 1 champions PSG.

Gueye is mentioned to be progressively-close to agreeing on the phrases of a agreement with the capital giants.

Nevertheless, TeleFoot increase that PSG and Everton remain some length aside in their respective valuations of the midfield destroyer.

The Premier League outfit, for their part, have slapped a significant 45 million Euro price tag-tag on Gueye’s shoulders.

Gueye’s opportunity replacements

In the case that the two clubs do manage to find an agreement on a price, though, Everton look to have a pair of targets in intellect to substitute the Senegalese star.

The initially is Lille standout Thiago Mendes, who, coincidentally, is considered as an alternate to Gueye by PSG. And the Toffees’ other rumoured midfield goal is Boca Juniors enforcer Wilmar Barrios.

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Liverpool’s Origi sinks Everton with freak late goal

A freak injury-time goal from Liverpool substitute Divock Origi settled the Merseyside derby and held Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten team record on the heels of EPL League pacesetters Manchester City on Sunday.

The 1- victory prolonged Liverpool’s unbeaten sequence in Merseyside derbies in the EPL League to 16 games though the manner of the profitable goal made this a single of the more unforgettable of those games.

In the 96th minute, Virgil van Dijk mishit a hopeful, desperate shot in the way of the Everton goal with the exertion ballooning into the air and the defender turning his back in disgust.

But Everton goalie Jordan Pickford struggled to judge the ball as it dropped from the Anfield night sky.

With the ball searching as if it may strike the cross-bar, the England man pushed the ball upwards and presented Origi with a uncomplicated headed end into an open net.

Liverpool believed they experienced received the game a few minutes earlier when van Dijk headed on a corner and Origi turned a difficult likelihood on to the Everton bar, with home supporters interesting for a place kick soon after Daniel Sturridge’s observe-up shot appeared to strike Gylfi Sigurdsson on the arm.

But how the one hundredth Anfield league derby however stood goalless at that stage was a surprise with the to start with fifty percent, primarily, manufacturing multiple chances for both of those teams.

A set-piece presented Everton with the game’s to start with likelihood with just 4 minutes long gone as Lucas Digne swung in a effectively-labored free-kick and defender Yerry Mina rose from a group of players but noticed his try fly effectively wide.

Everton’s other good to start with fifty percent likelihood owed more to spirited defending than bad ending as Theo Walcott headed across goal and Andre Gomes appeared specific to nod into the Liverpool net from close range.

In some way, goalie Alisson made an amazing reflex block and, soon after the ball rebounded against Gomes’s head and appeared destined to trickle about the goalline, it was Liverpool defender Joe Gomez who made a outstanding previous-ditch clearance to hack the ball to safety.

– Liverpool operate –Nevertheless Liverpool, predictably, appeared in the mood to keep on a report that has seen them unbeaten in this home fixture for 19 decades.

Xherdan Shaqiri squandered his team’s most effective opening, performed clean by by Mo Salah soon after 33 minutes but getting an extra touch that authorized Pickford to block his exertion.

The tempo did not lessen soon after the restart. Salah, searching to score for a third consecutive league game, curled a shot just huge from 20 yards and Sadio Mane chased on to a Firmino by ball that Seamus Coleman failed to offer with, only to slide his shot wide.

Liverpool ended up beginning to dominate even more than experienced been in the scenario in the to start with fifty percent, Salah, yet again, developing an opening as he passed back to the edge of the area for Mane to overlook the target.

But Marco Silva released youthful winger Ademola Lookman off the Everton bench and his side’s attacking danger instantly enhanced.

Shortly, Sigurdsson was forcing Alisson into a regimen save from lengthy assortment in advance of Lookman set up Bernard for a shot which the Brazilian sent flying just wide of the suitable-hand upright from 20 yards.

By the 74th minute, Klopp was desperate for a modify and brought on Sturridge to exchange Salah, who did not look happy at being changed.

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Emery hails Cech as Arsenal keeper frustrates Everton

Unai Emery saluted Petr Cech following the Arsenal goalkeeper’s superb display screen set the phase for Sunday’s 2- win about Everton.

Emery’s side were below the cosh in the initial half at the Emirates Stadium, but Cech came to their rescue with a collection of wonderful saves.

Acquiring survived Everton‘s opening salvo, the Gunners clinched their fourth successive Premier League victory many thanks to 2nd half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Lacazette’s elegant strike will stand the take a look at of time, but Aubameyang’s was much more fortuitous as the Gabon ahead was evidently offside.

Whilst the predatory variety of Arsenal’s strikers was encouraging for Emery, the Gunners boss was much more heartened by his team’s initial clean-sheet of the season.

It was a properly-timed display from Cech following the former Chelsea star was changed by pre-season signing Bernd Leno for Thursday’s Europa League win about Vorskla Poltava.

Emery’s determination sparked claims Cech was on the way out, but the Arsenal captain experienced other concepts as he rolled back the many years with a vintage performance.

“We are very satisfied with the goalkeepers. Petr has big expertise and big top quality. He has began the season very properly,” Emery claimed.

“He is doing like we want and nowadays he confirmed us he is very properly.

“I am astonished there are a good deal of concerns about Cech, for the reason that in the pre-season and in the initial matches with us he played properly.

“Leno is serene. He understands he is performing properly but Petr Cech is doing properly.

“Leno will boost and master with us. He has a big long run.”

Cech, 36, included: “Everton developed a good deal of possibilities in the initial half and we experienced to adhere with each other.

“I am delighted with the overall performance and the clean sheet. I experienced a good deal to do nowadays and I experienced to aid the team continue to be in the game.

“As an skilled player, you have to do your portion.”

Cech’s heroics laid the foundation for Arsenal‘s burst of two goals in a few minutes, but it could have been unique if Emery experienced been faster with a prepared substitution.

He was about to take off Lacazette just before the French striker notched his superb 2nd goal of the season in the 56th minute.

“It is not important, maybe yes!,” Emery claimed with a grin when questioned if he was set to substitute Lacazette.

Arsenal are up to sixth place in the Premier League, a welcome sight following the gloom that followed their two-game losing streak at the start of Emery’s reign.

Even so, Emery acknowledged there is nonetheless plenty of home for improvement.

“We want to handle much more. Above all in the initial half, we give them the ball. We conceded two or a few important possibilities,” he claimed.

“But we spoke at half-time about how to quit them and we experienced far better positions when Everton attacked.

“Also we experienced to aid each other and drive much more. I believe we only conceded a single possibility following that.”

Everton’s 2nd successive defeat still left them without having a win at Arsenal because 1996.

Their manager Marco Silva was disappointed with his side’s failure to take their possibilities and similarly offended about Aubameyang’s offside goal.

“It is really a disappointing result. We deserved much more. It didn’t reflect what happened on the pitch,” Silva claimed.

“We experienced a few or 4 clear possibilities. It began in the initial minute with a a single v a single against Petr Cech.

“It is really clear the 2nd goal is offside. It is really really discouraging.

“It is really clear in which the player who scored the goal is. He is offside.”

Cenk Tosun finally showing his great talent and class

Cenk Tosun finally showing his great talent and class – Walcott

Cenk Tosun, Everton

Cenk Tosun

Everton forward, Theo Walcott has revealed that newly-signed striker, Cenk Tosun is finally showing why Manager, Sam Allardyce kept faith in him.
The former Besiktas forward joined the Toffees in a £27m transfer in January but he has to wait for two months to get himself used to the pace and technicality of the Premier League.
He was finally given a chance in the starting line-up in the first week of this month and he has gone on to score four goals in three matches, which includes a brace in their last 2-1 victory over Stoke City last weekend.
Walcott, who equally joined last January from Arsenal was the provider of two of his goals. The England International now believes that the Turkish forward is finally showing his great talent and class after a difficult start.
While speaking with Evertontv, he said: “I put in a few good ones at Stoke and Cenk showed his class, we see it every day in training. It always takes time to get used to the Premier League and a different culture and to get to know your team-mates.

“But he has settled in really well. He is a great finisher and a great man, as well. I am really pleased for him.”
“Without a doubt, when you have a big man up front and you put it into an area and he attacks it, that is all you want as a winger,” said Walcott. “That is all I want and [the service is] what he is going to want.
“I fancy him to beat a lot of centre-halves. Stoke’s centre-backs are known for being physically strong and the way he dominated showed in the second half. Everyone won their battles.
“Stoke is a very physical team and they showed that. We dug in and showed good character to come back, especially with it being a disappointing goal we conceded. But I was pleased with the win overall.”

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I’m ready for a return, Funes Mori urges Allardyce

I’m ready for a return, Funes Mori urges Allardyce

Everton defender, Ramiro Funes Mori has urged Manager, Sam Allardyce to trust him with a first-team appearance that will be his first game in almost a year after recently returning from a serious knee injury.
The Argentine admits that the first two months of the injury when he had to use crutches were the most difficult part of his rehabilitation and he insists that he is fully ready now.
He was involved for 90 minutes in a u-23 game on Monday as the Toffees u-23 defeated Swansea u-23 2-0 at Goodison Park. The 26-year old defender claimed that the game provided a good opportunity for him to have a long run on the pitch again as he now craves for first-team action.
“He knows,” Funes Mori said of Allardyce.

“I’ve been training well in Dubai and these past weeks, so I want to be in the team, I want to be part of it and, of course, it was good to play at Goodison and feel the stadium again. Hopefully, I can play this weekend.
“Monday was a good game to play in because I needed the rhythm and tempo of the game.
“And even though it was an under-23s game and the intensity is a lot lower it is still good to get 90 minutes.
“I’m ready to play for the first-team.”
He got injured in an international fixture last March, and his knee was operated twice in Barcelona before he was deemed to begin his long recovery.
“It’s been tough, it’s a serious injury, and so I am enjoying this moment,” he said.
“I’ve been through that now, and I am feeling good, I’m feeling sharp and better every day, and I am 100% fit to play.
“At the end of it, I knew I was going to win. It is tough to be injured, but I knew I was going to win. I’m mentally very strong, and I knew that one day, sooner or later, I would be playing again.
“I had to be on crutches for two months; I couldn’t stop and had to keep the quad strong and, to be honest, that was the hardest part. After that, it was going to be a lot easier.”

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Vlasic will flourish next season – Allardyce

Vlasic will flourish next season – Allardyce

Everton Manager, Sam Allardyce has stated that he is aware that summer signing Nikola Vlasic has struggled since he completed his move from Hajduk Split to Everton for £10 million.
The Croatian forward made an impressive start to life at Goodison Park but has since then fizzled out after a couple of indifferent showings.
He featured in eight games during Ronald Koeman’s time in charge, but since the former Southampton Manager left, things have gone bad for him as he played in only eight games since then.
The 20-year old has been omitted in Allardyce’s previous five matchday squad which has led many to believe that the youngster might have to move elsewhere for more playing time.
Allardyce has however explained that he still believes in the striker and he expects him to have a brilliant season next term.
While speaking with Liverpool Echo, the former England Boss said: “It’s been a difficult season for him. We’ve had so many young players – and this is also a forgotten chapter of this season – and yet we hear people say we don’t play young players.”

“But this season, for one reason or another but particularly injuries and a loss of form, more young players have played in Everton’s team than anybody else in the entire Premier League.
“Those players have come out with an awful lot of credit this season for what they have achieved and what they have actually done.
“Unfortunately, some of the more senior players haven’t hit the heights that, certainly, I would have expected on a consistent basis.
“So, when you talk about Vlasic, it’s another young player and their confidence may suffer so it’s his first season here and next season we would like to see more of those young talents flourish.”

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Coleman speaks to calm fans’ frustration

Coleman speaks to calm fans’ frustration

Club veteran, Seamus Coleman has pleaded with the Toffees fans to pull their weight behind the team in this difficult time as the players hope to salvage something from their discouraging season.
The fans are showing their dissatisfaction loudly after the team suffered another loss to Burnley despite scoring first and Coleman who has only played his third game of the season having only returned from a knock provided the assist for January signing, Cenk Tosun to head home the opener as the team went completely quiet and lifeless for the remainder of the game.
While speaking with the club’s official website after the game, the Irishman understood with the fans’ pains as they travel the length and breadth of the country in friendly and unfriendly conditions to cheer up their team. Thus, they are right to be fed up with the bad patches the club is going through.

He said: “The fans travel all around the country supporting us and we know what it means to them. They are paying good money and it’s up to us to put in a performance for our home fans and then kick on and try to win away. The important thing is to win games.
“We understand their frustration but we need their support between now and the end of the season. I have no doubts we’ll get it because they’ve been fantastic and it’s up to us as players to make sure we perform.
“It’s difficult to understand. Obviously, I’m just back in the team myself, this is my first away game since returning from injury but I don’t think any of the lads were thinking anything other than three points.
“You need a positive mindset but when they got their first maybe that’s when we need to stand up and be counted and get the second ourselves but that didn’t happen.”

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Tosun is finding it difficult to adapt to the pace of English Football – Allardyce

Tosun is finding it difficult to adapt to the pace of English Football – Allardyce

Everton Manager, Sam Allardyce has recently spoken about the difficulty that January new recruit, Cenk Tosun who was signed from the Turkish side, Besiktas is facing in adapting himself with the pace and system of English Football. The former England Boss explained in obvious defence of his player that he is confident about Tosun’s ability and sooner rather than later, the forward will be in his best form again.
Though there is little doubt that the veteran manager would have expected more from a striker who is believed to be in his prime after the amount of money the club invested in him. Truly, Tosun was clearly one of the most-sought-after forward in Europe after his brilliant displays with his former club in the Turkish League and most especially in the UEFA Champions League.
Besiktas, thanks to an attack that consist of Cenk Tosun, Ricardo Quaresma, Anderson Talisca and former Liverpool prodigy, Ryan Babel bossed their group in the group stages of the Champions League, a group that contain last season’s wonder, Monaco as well as Bundesliga phenomenon, RB Leipzig and Portuguese side, FC Porto.
As a result of Tosun’s little contribution to the club at this stage of the season alongside a host of other signings in recent transfer windows that have been questionably below standard, Everton’s director of football, Steve Walsh is at a risk of losing his job as the club fans are getting increasingly angered by how poorly their new signings have done in direct comparison with the club’s ambition.

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We will treat Palace the way we were treated at the Emirates – Allardyce

We will treat Palace the way we were treated at the Emirates – Allardyce

Everton Manager, Sam Allardyce has declared that the club is ready to pick a positive side from their last week 5-1 thrashing at the Emirates as they are keen on making Palace go through the same pain when they visit the Goodison Park today.
Roy Hodgson’s Palace had witnessed a sudden resurgence having gone the first ten games of the season without a win. They travel to the Merseyside today to face the Toffees who are still licking their wounds from the battering they suffered last week.
Allardyce described his side’s performance against the Gunners as Pathetic but he is confident that his team will follow in Wenger’s men footsteps to punish their visitors today as they hold on to their fine home record.
He said: “Focusing on our home form, we have won three, drawn two and lost one since I have been here,”
“Our home form is very good and it is our best way of staying in the top half and first of all, avoiding the threat of relegation – and it has to be continued, starting with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
“Yes, away results are not so good, but our home form is pretty good at this moment in time and it is only Manchester United who has beaten us at Goodison in our last six games, which is a positive for us to look at.
“Like Arsenal who went to Swansea and lost pretty comfortably, they come back and play really, really well and beat us comfortably.
“We want to repeat that if we can against my old club Crystal Palace.”

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Everton welcomes back Funes Mori

Everton welcomes back Funes Mori

Everton FC has welcomed back defender, Ramiro Funes Mori from a long-term injury lay-off after recovering from an awful knee injury he suffered last season.

The Argentina International, who tore his meniscus during an international break with his country has been out of action since April last year. However, it was a jubilating atmosphere around the Goodison Park as the club fans were glad to see the defender play for 45 minutes in Everton’s U23 4-0 loss to Arsenal this week.

At the post-match conference where he spoke with Liverpool Echo, he stated that he is really happy to be back on the pitch after a long absence, he feels good and he looks forward to returning into the first team as soon as possible.

The Toffees’ Premier League game against Crystal Palace this weekend may be too early for him, but just in the same way fellow-defender, Seamus Coleman who recently returned from a similar long injury lay-off featured for the U23 side for only 58 minutes and made an appearance the following Premier League matchday in Everton’s 2-1 victory over Leicester, Mori can only be hopeful of a possible return this weekend too.

He continued that he would stay motivated as a result of what he saw Coleman do and will only keep working hard to get back into a great shape although he acknowledged that the decision to get some first-team football action soon enough lies exclusively with the Manager, Sam Allardyce.

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Coleman is an amazing player; his return is exceptional – Allardyce

Everton Boss, Sam Allardyce has showered praise on Republic of Ireland International, Seamus Coleman as he stated that the right-back is an amazing player for the Toffees and his return from injury to first-team football is simply exceptional. He is hopeful of an impressive partnership between him [Coleman] and the club’s new signing, Theo Walcott.

The 29-year old Coleman returned to Premier League action after a long setback in Everton’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Goodison Park to a loud reception from the club faithful who are clearly happy to see their veteran in action again. He went on to play the entire 90 minutes.

Former Arsenal Player, Walcott stole the show with his matchday brace but Allardyce was keen to praise Walcott’s excellent link-up play with returnee, Coleman.

While speaking with the club’s official website, the former England Manager said: “There’s a new partnership flourishing that’s come together for the very first time, Séamus and Theo,”

“Everybody could see what an impact those two had today playing together. The performance was good and that partnership down the right was excellent.

“For [Coleman] to finish 90 minutes, and in the 92nd-minute run 80 yards with the ball was exceptional for me.

“Theo could have scored a hat-trick. Oumar Niasse could have also scored a hat-trick, that’s to show the number of good chances we created.”

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Sam Allardyce left frustrated after another Everton lackadaisical display

Everton Manager, Sam Allardyce has lashed out at his players after another lackadaisical display. He admitted that the fans were right for booing the team and confirmed that he had to bottle his frustration in.
The Toffees were able to get a point from their lifeless showing at home to a West Bromwich Albion side that gave their all to secure much needed three points away from home to put them in a better position on the Premier League table.
Jay Rodriquez had scored an early opener for the Baggies before substitute, Oumar Niasse came off the bench to score an equalizer for Everton from new signing, Theo Walcott’s header. Salomon Rondon, however, hit the crossbar in stoppage time to spare a point for Allardyce’s resurgent Everton.
“It was difficult to watch it today,” Allardyce admitted. “I think every fan in the ground is probably wondering what they were watching compared to what they saw just a couple of weeks ago when we were beating Swansea and put in a very resilient performance against Chelsea.
“I have no problem with them booing us, as they deserved booing. The players should listen to that, as I do. Our defending was that bad for their goal an under 11 side could have scored it.
“I see a lack of confidence in the side and it’s my job to keep going and keep pushing the players about making the right decisions and playing in the right areas, defending properly when needed.
“There were a lot of nerves out there today and that caused a lot of misplaced passes and, of course, even the goal we gave away came off our goal kick.
“I’m just pleased that we got a point in the end from our substitute making an impact and popping in an equalizer for us. But some of the decisions we made today obviously weren’t the right ones so it’s our job to try and sort that out for the players in their minds.
“We’ve got to try and get them back to [making the right decisions which] clearly comes from the last results not being very positive. At least this was a positive result because we didn’t deserve any more than a point, that’s for sure.
“I think frustration is an understatement!” the manager continued when queried if he shared the feelings of the Goodison spectators, many of whom booed their team off at the final whistle. “I’m holding it in!
“The players know they didn’t perform today. They are well aware of the lack of performance they gave today in an Everton shirt at Goodison. They didn’t pass the ball today very well to anybody.
“We have to pick ourselves up and make sure that we work hard and be more determined mentally — it’s a mental problem they’re suffering [from] at the moment and we’ve to overcome that to bring out the ability that I’ve seen when I first arrived here.
“We (the management staff, the backroom staff and the players on the pitch) can be the only ones to make the change and can get it better and that’s what we must work very hard to do.
“But in the end, it’s been a very precious point for us today.”

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Walcott completes move to Everton in a three-and-a-half-year deal after 12 years at Arsenal.

England forward, Theo Walcott has completed his transfer from the Gunners to join former England Manager, Sam Allardyce at Everton. The 28-year old insisted that his move was triggered by his interest in reigniting his career and to win trophies with the Toffees.

Walcott signed a three-and-a-half-year deal that will keep him at the Goodison Park till 2021 after having his medicals on Tuesday. He has struggled to make the Premier League matchday squad for Arsenal this season but Allardyce is resolute on helping the England man reignite his once blistering career as he aims to make him the focal point of his Everton attack.

While explaining why he decided to choose Everton instead of his boyhood club, Southampton who also came knocking, Walcott said: “I’m very ambitious and I’ve come here because I want the club to push to the next level,”

“With the players that have come in, I feel like the next level can be reached. I’m very excited to be starting a new chapter and I felt this was the right place for me to be.”

“The manager is very ambitious and I feel like the Club is going in the right direction. Everton is a club with a great history. The fans are always passionate, they’re great and I always used to find it very tough playing here. The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now.”

“The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me. I need that and I wanted that. I want to be part of something.”

In a bid to end the season on a high note after a dismal start, Allardyce having previously signed forward, Cenk Tosun from Besiktas and now with Theo Walcott, Everton has spent over £45million this transfer window. They are now looking at boosting their left-side of the defence as they are considering the move for Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw and Wup fronts Aaron Cresswell.

While speaking about his new likely partner upfront for Everton, new signing, Tosun said: “He will bring a lot to the team, we need that kind of input upfront and I hope he will give that to us. Theo is a great player, proven in the Premier League – he has done well at Arsenal for many years. I would say that he will be a massive signing for us. I think I will link up well with him.”

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Everton targets Cenk Tosun

Everton Manager, Sam Allardyce is keen on bringing Besiktas forward, Cenk Tosun to the Goodison Park.
The former England tactician, who has turned around the Toffees’ run of results following a dismal start to the season is ready to make Cenk Tosun his first signing for Everton. Allardyce has been outspoken about Everton’s need for a striker since he joined the Merseyside club and the signing of Tosun wouldn’t be a surprise to the fans.
The Turkey International has been courted by a host of premier league clubs such as Crystal Palace, Tottenham, and Newcastle for the past two seasons. He has enjoyed a spectacular start to the season having notched 14 goals in 26 appearances for club and country.
According to reports, it is believed that the German-born Besiktas forward has already undergone a medical at the Toffees’ training ground as they have agreed on a £20M deal with Besiktas which will include a further £5M in add-ons and he is only waiting to join the club officially in January.
Everton has failed to score in their last two games although they are unbeaten in six games since Allardyce became Manager.

Everton Manager, Sam Allardyce is keen on bringing Besiktas forward, Cenk Tosun to the Goodison Park.
The former England tactician, who has turned around the Toffees’ run of results following a dismal start to the season is ready to make Cenk Tosun his first signing for Everton. Allardyce has been outspoken about Everton’s need for a striker since he joined the Merseyside club and the signing of Tosun wouldn’t be a surprise to the fans.
The Turkey International has been courted by a host of premier league clubs such as Crystal Palace, Tottenham, and Newcastle for the past two seasons. He has enjoyed a spectacular start to the season having notched 14 goals in 26 appearances for club and country.
According to reports, it is believed that the German-born Besiktas forward has already undergone a medical at the Toffees’ training ground as they have agreed on a £20M deal with Besiktas which will include a further £5M in add-ons and he is only waiting to join the club officially in January.
Everton has failed to score in their last two games although they are unbeaten in six games since Allardyce became Manager.

Barkley, one of the most gifted I have seen – Rooney

Former England Captain, Wayne Rooney has great words for Everton teammate, Ross Barkley as he described him to be one of the most gifted he has seen in his career.

He said this while speaking with talkSPORT although the 24-year-old Everton academy graduate hasn’t kicked a ball for the Toffees this season as a result of a persistent hamstring injury.

New manager Sam Allardyce mentioned last week that the offensive midfielder is almost back in action in an announcement which should thrill Toffees fans.

Barkley, albeit inconsistent and wasteful, has been one of Everton‘s most important players in recent seasons and he might be the finest product of their well-known academy system since Rooney emerged as a prodigy as far back as 2002.

Now, Rooney himself has reiterated that he looks forward to Barkley’s return, claiming that former England Manager, Allardyce – who was appointed after Ronald Koeman was fired last month – can help him realize his undisputable potential.

“Ross is a fantastic player, really gifted, and under Sam [Allardyce], with the players, we have in the squad now, it can help him,” he told talkSPORT

“If we can get him fit, get him back playing, he is a massive player for us. Ability-wise he is one of the best I’ve seen. It is just about showing that on match day.

“I feel he has the right coaches to show that and the right players on the pitch.”

Barkley, who had traveled to Chelsea’s training ground for a medical suddenly halted a deadline-day transfer to the London club in the summer transfer window, and if he returns to his best before the January transfer window, the Blues and even Spurs could be back to snap up the young talent.

His current contract with Everton will expire in the summer, so they might consider their option of either letting him go in January or tie him down with another contract quickly or risk losing him for free in the summer.

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Allardyce absent from Everton trip to Cyprus

Newly appointed Everton Manager, Swam Allardyce will not be in Everton’s dugout in the club’s final Europa league game in Cyprus tomorrow as a result of an “important” medical appointment.

Press Association Sports gathered that the former England Boss has stayed back in England to make an appointment, which now leaves the sideline role in Cyprus to first-team coaches, Craig Shakespeare and Duncan Ferguson.

The Toffees are already out of the competition and the game against Apollon Limassol on Thursday is of less importance to the Merseysiders’ ambition this season. With their upcoming Merseyside derby clash with Liverpool on Sunday, assistant manager Sammy Lee has also opted to stay back and work with the remaining of the squad that has not traveled.

Shakespeare and Ferguson are set to be in charge of an inexperienced Everton side on Thursday in Lee and Allardyce absence.

Everton’s host, Apollon has just 3 points in 5 games and it’s been a frustrating Europa league campaign for Everton as well as they have managed to pick only a point in their previous 5 games, against Apollon at Goodison Park in September which makes the game a mere formality for either side as neither of the two teams can qualify for the last 32.

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Sam Allardyce most underrated British manager


Everton owner Farhad Moshiri believes his club have recruited England’s most underrated manager in Sam Allardyce.

The 63-year-old signed an 18-month contract to manage the Toffees on Thursday and will take charge of the side for the first time in Saturday’s clash with Huddersfield at Goodison Park.

The appointment has not been met with much enthusiasm on Merseyside and Allardyce’s first job looks like it will be trying to win round the doubters.

But Moshiri is confident he has got the right man and believes Allardyce’s reputation for pragmatic football does him a disservice.

“He’s a strong leader, great track record and he will be able to stabilise Everton’s position in the top half of the table and give us a platform to move on,” said Moshiri on evertontv.

“I think in many ways he’s the most underrated British manager. A lot of people have forgotten his work at Bolton, where they played very good football.

“He uses the players he has, very effective and a great leader. That’s what we need. I’ve followed him for many years and I’ve been a great fan of him. This is the biggest stage for him and I’m sure he will rise up to this.”

Allardyce has returned to management six months after leaving his most recent post at Crystal Palace.

He guided the Eagles to Premier League safety before intimating he was retiring, saying he had no ambition to take another job.

But the opportunity to turn around Everton’s fortunes, and the deep pockets of Moshiri, have tempted him back.

Moshiri no doubt did not expect to be turning to a manager renowned for getting teams out of trouble when he bought the club in February as they chased European football.

But, after a summer of big spending, things quickly turned soured and Ronald Koeman paid the price.

Allardyce will certainly hope Wednesday’s 4-0 win over West Ham, which he watched from the Goodison Park stands, can set the tone for the weeks and months to come.

He said: “I’ve always thought Everton was a great club. It is a great club. Obviously, the club has gone through a difficult spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again.

“Ultimately, it’s the ambition of the club, the ambition of the owner and the board, allied to the fact that it’s Everton and all the fantastic history, which have proved to be key for me.

“Last season showed what the club is trying to build and we need to demonstrate that level of ambition and assuredness again. We can. It’s a question now of putting in the work to do that and I’m really enthused by the prospect.”

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Sam Allardyce confirmed as Everton boss on 18-month deal


Sam Allardyce has been confirmed as Everton’s new manager after signing an 18-month deal at Goodison Park.

The former England, Newcastle and Sunderland boss will take charge of the Toffees for the first time time in Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Huddersfield.

Allardyce said: “I’ve always thought Everton was a great club. It is a great club. Obviously, the club has gone through a difficult spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again.”

Everton announced on Wednesday afternoon that they were finalising a deal to secure the services of Allardyce more than a month after sacking Ronald Koeman.

The 63-year-old had a watching brief as the Toffees put on their best display of the season to beat West Ham 4-0 at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

That was the final game of an eight-match spell in caretaker charge for under-23s boss David Unsworth and an uplifting way to finish what had been a difficult run.

Defeat against the Hammers would have seen Everton drop into the relegation zone but instead Allardyce takes over with the side having climbed to 13th, five points clear of the bottom three.

“The attraction of the club itself, the people I’ve known at the club – Peter Reid is one of my best mates, so are Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell, whom I worked with at Sunderland – these people have always made me aware of just how special and unique a club Everton is and I feel really enthused and energised to come in as manager,” said Allardyce.

“Ultimately, it’s the ambition of the club, the ambition of the owner and the board, allied to the fact that it’s Everton and all the fantastic history, which have proved to be key for me.

“Ambition is important for any manager or coach, owner or director. It’s what you need to have and hopefully we can deliver to the fans to get this club high up the league. That’s what we’re aiming for.

“Let’s try to get a healthy spirit around the club. That’s difficult when you’re losing but the win last night over West Ham and the magnificent atmosphere around Goodison, which was just brilliant, well that’s lifted everybody around the club.

“Last season showed what the club is trying to build and we need to demonstrate that level of ambition and assuredness again. We can. It’s a question now of putting in the work to do that and I’m really enthused by the prospect.”

Allardyce returns to management six months after leaving his most recent post at Crystal Palace.

He guided the Eagles to Premier League safety before intimating he was retiring, saying he had no ambition to take another job in management.

But the opportunity to turn around Everton’s fortunes, and the deep pockets of owner Farhad Moshiri, have tempted Allardyce back.

Moshiri no doubt did not expect to be turning to a manager renowned for getting teams out of trouble when he bought the club in February as they chased European football.

But things quickly turned sour under Koeman this season and the Dutchman was shown the door after 16 months in charge.

Moshiri said: “I’m delighted to confirm Sam as our new manager. His strong leadership will bring great motivation and get the best out of players.

“Sam understands the long-term ambitions we have for this great club and I know he is a man who gives it his all and is focused 24 hours a day on the club.

“Evertonians are the most passionate and best fans in the world and when the club does badly we all suffer. But in football everything changes very quickly, so I hope this will help to propel us to where we should be.

“I would like to put on record our thanks as a club to David Unsworth for stepping up when we needed him over the last few weeks. He is a real Evertonian, embodying the commitment, pride and passion we all feel for the club.”

Unsworth will return to his role with the under-23s while there was no immediate confirmation of Allardyce’s backroom staff.

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Wayne Rooney hails best ever goal in Everton’s win over West Ham


Wayne Rooney felt he had never scored a better goal than the incredible strike that completed his hat-trick in Everton’s 4-0 thrashing of West Ham.

With incoming boss Sam Allardyce watching on from the stands at Goodison Park, Rooney scored from inside his own half in the 66th minute as he met Joe Hart’s clearance inside the centre circle and sent the ball straight in.

Asked if he had ever netted a goal better than that, the 32-year-old told BT Sport: “I don’t think so.

“It’s one of, if not, the best goal I’ve scored. I hit it as well as I’ve ever kicked a football. To make it my first hat-trick for Everton, I’m delighted.”

Captain for the night Rooney’s first goal came in the 18th minute as he headed in on the follow-up after his penalty was saved by Hart, and he slotted home his second 10 minutes later.

Jordan Pickford then saved Manuel Lanzini’s spot-kick just before the hour mark, and after Rooney’s outrageous effort from distance, Ashley Williams added a 78th-minute header.

The win, which moved Everton up from 17th to 13th in the Premier League, was only their second in eight matches since David Unsworth stepped up from the under-23s to take caretaker charge following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.

Allardyce, sat alongside Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright at the game, will surely have taken great encouragement from what he saw hours after the club had announced he was to finalise terms on becoming their new manager.

Rooney said of Allardyce: “Of course he’ll be pleased, but for us as a team, as a club, it was important for us to show some pride. As David Unsworth said, we’ve been hurting.”

He added: “We’ve got to give thanks to David Unsworth. He’s stepped in at a difficult time for the football club, he’s a true Everton person.

“I’m delighted for him we’ve got this victory because it’s an important win for the club but also for David Unsworth.”

Unsworth hailed Rooney’s “wonder goal” and said the former England captain was “probably the only guy on the pitch” who could score such an effort.

And regarding Allardyce, he said: “I had 10 minutes with him this afternoon at Finch Farm. He came in with (Everton’s director of football) Steve Walsh and had a look around.

“I’m sure I’ll have a more in-depth conversation with him in the next few days.

“I’m going to have a couple of days off and resume my role with the under-23s. That’s important to me.”

He added: “The board have made a decision and like any manager he needs to be afforded time and patience and given the chance and the backing from the whole football club. He certainly has my backing.

“We must back him and stick together as a club. We need to stick together and give Sam the time to get us up the league.”

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Everton seal Allardyce deal – report


Everton have finally completed their search for a new manager with the appointment of Sam Allardyce, according to reports.

The Daily Mail reported Allardyce has signed an 18-month deal and quoted owner Farhad Moshiri saying: “We need a strong leader, he gives us that.”

The former England boss ruled himself out of the running earlier this month, claiming he did not feel the Toffees were convinced he was the right man.

But, after Everton’s pursuit of Watford boss Marco Silva was met with a firm rebuttal from Vicarage Road, the club returned to Allardyce.

This will be the 10th English club managerial position of the 63-year-old’s career, with Allardyce most recently having guided Crystal Palace to safety last season.

When he left Selhurst Park in May, Allardyce said he had “no ambitions” to take another managerial job.

But the chance to turn around Everton‘s faltering ship has lured him back, and Allardyce is expected to have a watching brief at Goodison Park on Wednesday night for the club’s crucial Premier League clash with West Ham.

Everton are currently sitting 17th in the table, two points ahead of the Hammers.

David Unsworth has been in temporary charge since Ronald Koeman was sacked on October 23 and the under-23s boss had made clear his desire to take on the job permanently.

But his seven-game tenure has been little short of disastrous, with Everton losing five games and winning just one.

That victory, when the Toffees came from two down late on to secure a 3-2 victory over Watford, looked like it might be a turning point.

But they have lost their last two matches 5-1 to Atalanta and 4-1 against Southampton, taking the tally of goals Everton have conceded this season in all competitions to 46.

The club’s prospects had appeared so different at the beginning of the season with Everton having invested heavily following last season’s impressive seventh-place finish.

After years of being unable to come close to matching the financial clout of the Premier League’s big guns, Everton finally had significant backing thanks to Moshiri.

But, after taking four points from their first two games, Everton managed the same tally from their next seven fixtures and Koeman was sacked.

Everton’s chief problem is clear to see. They have conceded more than twice as many goals as they have scored.

The Toffees hierarchy will feel they have gone for a safe pair of hands, with Allardyce having taken over both Palace and Sunderland in graver situations and led them to safety.

His achievements at the Stadium of Light – which look all the more impressive given what has happened since – earned him his dream job with England.

But that turned sour after only one match, with Allardyce stepping down in September 2016 following a newspaper sting.

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UEFA Europa League – Apollon-Everton – Apollon v Everton background


Apollon and Everton will close their European campaigns with this UEFA Europa League Group E meeting in Nicosia.

• Neither team has managed a win in the section, with Everton, who are visiting Cyprus for the first time, needing to end that record to avoid taking the group’s wooden spoon.

Previous meetings
• The sides drew 2-2 at Goodison Park on matchday two, a late header from Apollon’s Spanish defender Héctor Yuste denying Everton victory after they had recovered from Adrián Sardinero’s early goal to lead through new signings Wayne Rooney and Nikola Vlašić.

• Apollon lost 8-2 on aggregate to Everton’s arch-rivals Liverpool in a 1992/93 European Cup Winners’ Cup first-round tie – their only other encounters with English opposition.

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• Apollon’s 4-0 defeat at Lyon on matchday five halted a run of 12 European fixtures in which they had scored at least one goal. They are nine home games unbeaten in Europe (W5 D4).

• Everton are without a victory in six European games (D2 L4) and have lost each of their last three away matches in the UEFA Europa League proper – group stage to final – by a three-goal margin.

• Everton’s 5-1 defeat by Atalanta on matchday five was their heaviest at home in Europe; it was also the third time they had conceded five goals in the UEFA Europa League, group stage to final. Only Gent (four times) have done so more often.

• Apollon competed in back-to-back UEFA Europa League group stages in 2013/14 and 2014/15, but have never made it to the round of 32. They finished third in Cyprus last season, beating champions APOEL in the domestic cup final.

• Seventh in the 2016/17 Premier League, Everton’s perfect record of UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League group stage qualifications is now over, the Merseysiders having made further progress on each of their three previous participations.


Highlights: Everton 2-2 Apollon

Links and trivia
• The journey from Liverpool to Nicosia, where Apollon are playing their European home games, is around 3,500km.

• Apollon’s Brazilian midfielder Allan is on loan from Everton’s neighbours Liverpool.

• Apollon’s French defender Valentin Roberge and Everton’s Jordan Pickford were both on the books at Sunderland (2013–16) but never played a senior game together.

• Roberge became the first player to be sent off in this season’s group stage when he was dismissed at Everton on matchday two.

• Rooney was a UEFA Europa League winner with Manchester United last season.

• Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin is available after a one-game ban.

The coaches
• Sofronis Avgousti has coached home-town team Apollon since 2016, having previously served the club in three separate spells as a goalkeeper. The 11-times capped international was also on the books at AEK Larnaca, Aris Limassol and APOEL.

• Everton appointed experienced former England boss Sam Allardyce as their new manager on 29 November, over five weeks after sacking Ronald Koeman. Club stalwart David Unsworth had been in caretaker charge in the intervening period.



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Ghana’s Daniel Opare wanted by Stoke, Everton & Watford – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Nov 26, 2017. 12:00


The Premier League trio of Stoke City, Watford and Everton are reportedly keen on signing Augsburg’s Ghanaian defender Daniel Opare.

The Sun claims that Opare has a host of clubs hoping to sign him for a cut-price fee of £2.5million, given that his contract will expire at the end of the current season.

The Ghanaian’s fan club includes Stoke, Watford and Everton – who are all in need of quality full-backs – but they face stiff competition from across the continent.

The likes of AC Milan, Sevilla and Olympique Marseille are also tracking Opare, who has enjoyed a fine season for Bundesliga side Augsburg so far in 2017/18.

The German club wants Opare to sign a new deal to keep him at the WWKArena, but have so far been unable to reach any kind of agreement over terms.

Opare can play on either flank has also been on the books of Standard Liege, Porto, Besiktas and Lens in his senior club career.



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Everton coach David Unsworth: Oumar Niasse’s charge sets a dangerous precedent – Premier League 2017/2018


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 11:00


Everton interim manager David Unsworth believes the charge on striker Oumar Niasse could set a dangerous precedent.

This comes after the Senegalese forward was found guilty of diving and banned for two games following a punishment under the new English Football Association laws that were introduced in May.

Niasse becomes the first Premier League player to be charged after he won a penalty, under pressure from Scott Dann, in a league draw at Crystal Palace last weekend.

“I think these people [the FA] will be very busy,” said Unsworth to the BBC.

“It’s a dangerous precedent that could be set if decisions are given against you which are debatable.

“I think anywhere on the field it’s a foul. He [Niasse] was shocked and I was shocked [by the charge].”

The Lions of Teranga attacker denied he had committed an act of simulation that led to the penalty being awarded in the fifth minute of the game.

However, the EFA’s Independent Regulatory Commission has found him guilty.



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Oumar Niasse: I am happy at Everton – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 17:00


Senegalese striker Oumar Niasse has explained that he is happy at Everton and fully committed to the club’s cause.

The 27-year-old earned a penalty (converted by Leighton Baines) and scored a goal of his own to help the Toffees earn a 2-2 draw away to Crystal Palace this past weekend.

Niasse was strongly linked with a move to Palace in the last transfer window, but insists he is happy at Goodison Park.

“I was about to come here [Crystal Palace] and at the end it did not happen because they know exactly what happened,” Niasse said in the wake of the match at Selhurst Park.

“I am not going to go deep inside of what exactly happened. They know.

“I am happy at Everton. That is it. I moved to come to Palace with the medical check and everything and if that didn’t happen you have to understand.”



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Yannick Bolasie itching to boost struggling Everton – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Everton winger Yannick Bolasie

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Friday Nov 03, 2017. 17:30


Everton winger Yannick Bolasie is nearing a return to action, 11 months after sustaining a cruciate ligament knee injury against Manchester United.

The Democratic Republic of Congo international’s return is not yet confirmed, but he is hoping that when he takes to the field once again he will be able to help the Toffees climb the log standings.

Everton currently occupy a relegation spot on the English Premier League table and were unceremoniously dumped out of the Europa League on Thursday evening following a 3-0 defeat away to Lyon.

The Merseyside outfit also currently find themselves without a head coach following the sacking of Ronald Koeman and in dire straights as they prepare to welcome Watford.

Bolasie, 28, is hoping to turn all that around once he makes a return to action at Goodison Park.

“I tend to distance myself [when I’m injured] but now that I am getting there, I am starting to watch and go to games again and I feel like I am close, and that is the main thing,” he told his club’s website.

“It’s been almost a year but I don’t think of it like that because in that year I have been given the chance to develop myself and develop things I would have taken for granted before.

“That has taken up my time and the whole package has come together, so I’m buzzing, really, and happy with where I am at.

“I want to come back feeling refreshed and hungry.

He continued: “With everything that is going on, hopefully, I can come in and give a boost to the team and I am confident that they will be confident when I come in.

“If the team is confident, then that helps you even more, and that makes it better for me to come back and slot in that little bit easier,” Bolasie conclud



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DRC-born and Everton teenager Beni Baningime wants to play for England


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 02, 2017. 11:00


Although he was born in Kinshasa, Everton teenager Beni Baningime has revealed that he is yet to decide on his international future.

He is yet to decide on whether to play for England or the Democratic Republic of Congo at international level.

The 19-year-old midfielder has impressed after making his first-team debut against Chelsea in the League Cup last week before making his English Premier League bow last Sunday against Leicester City.

“I haven’t thought about that yet really,” he said to the BBC.

“My dad and I will have to speak about it. We’re focusing on the club first.

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“Hopefully when we start winning – I need to get that bit done – then I will have to think about where I am going to go.”

Baningime has been at Everton‘s academy since he was nine and has emerged into the spotlight at Stamford Bridge after Morgan Schneiderlin fell ill prior to kick-off.

Caretaker coach, David Unsworth was forced to make changes and introduced him again at half-time of Sunday’s 2-0 loss at the King Power Stadium to Leicester.

“It’s just great that David Unsworth has given me the opportunity to play,” adds the player.

“He said ‘just do what you normally do with the ball’ and that gave me confidence. It was great. I would have wanted to win the game but that didn’t happen.”



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: The ever-reliable Idrissa Gueye close to signing 5-year deal at Everton – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Nov 02, 2017. 10:00


The English Premier League (EPL) outfit have confirmed that the Senegalese international is poised to sign a new five-year contract with the club.

The 28-year-old has established himself as one of the key players for the Toffees since he joined club for £7.2m from English side Aston Villa in August 2016.

Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth confirmed the club are close to finalising a fresh deal for Gueye.

“I believe we are very close which is fantastic news for Everton,” Unsworth said on Express.

“We are very close and that’s great news for Idrissa and great news for me.

“He’s been great over the period of time. I have seen his performances,” he continued.

“At Aston Villa he was a top player as well and a humble guy.

“So to tie him down for a number of years is great.”

Last season, Gueye made 33 league appearances in the EPL for Everton and the defensive midfielder netted once in the process.

The former LOSC Lille midfielder has made 10 league appearances for the Toffees in the current 2017/18 campaign.

Gueye and his Everton team-mates will take on Watford FC in a league match at the Goodison Park on Sunday.



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