Player News - Everton

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Ross Barkley was immediately reinserted into Roberto Martinez's starting XI after recovering from a knee injury, and the prized midfielder provided an assist Everton's 3-0 thumping of Aston Villa.

The Toffees have arguably the most appealing schedule over the next six weeks, and with the lofty price tags of Seamus Coleman, Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku, Barkley may provide the best bang for your buck if you are looking for a multiple week investment. With all four healthy and on the pitch together for the first time this season, Everton are shaping up to deliver positive results no matter which of their players you choose.

Leighton Baines assisted two of Everton's three goals and the Toffees got back to their winning ways with a tidy 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Roberto Martinez made a few changes to his typical XI, most notably with Ross Barkley handed a start immediately upon his return from injury. The team selection paid off. Baines sent one of his signature crosses into the box which Phil Jagielka headed home to give the Toffees all the scoring they would need. Romelu Lukaku grabbed his third league goal of the season shortly after the second half started and Seamus Coleman put the game to bed after being teed up by Baines to notch his second of the season. The usual fantasy giants of Goodison Park were the ones to own today, and with a kind schedule ahead, may be worth holding onto.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 18 - 12:08 PM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has tipped winger Christian Atsu to impress in the later parts of the season.

Everton acquired Atsu from Chelsea on a season long loan and rumor had it that Martinez had persuaded Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho that Atsu will get plenty of playing time. That hasn't been the case so far but Everton have struggled and they may need the spark sooner rather than later. Martinez claims he is giving the winger time to adapt to the Premier League level of physicality and only time will tell whether the Chelsea man will be a viable option for the Toffees.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 15 - 8:15 PM

Ross Barkley is on the cusp of returning to full training for Everton after the midfielder had been recovering all season from a knee injury.

It will be interesting to see how Martinez shapes his XI with Barkley's return. Steven Naismith has been everything the manager could have asked for, playing behind the striker in what would normally be Barkley's role. Barkley is surely the better option for the Toffee's long term plans, but it would not surprise to see Martinez reward Naismith by easing Barkley back into the mix through substitute appearances. Long story short, Barkley carries risk for those who look to invest immediately upon his return.
Oct 9 - 12:30 PM

Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Everton defender John Stones will undergo surgery after suffering ankle ligament damage during the closing stages of Sundays defeat at Old Trafford.

The loss of Stones is a bitter blow for Everton who are waiting for their season to kick into gear having secured only one win during their opening seven fixtures. Despite the Toffees leading the division in the number of goals conceded [16] the England defender has looked assured and composed. Roberto Martinez is once again counting the cost of another unfortunate injury having already seen Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman succumb to various problems although the trio are closing in on a return. Sylvan Distin is ready to fill void over the coming weeks after his recent spell out of the squad.
Oct 9 - 11:43 AM

Everton defender John Stones has been withdrawn from the upcoming England Euro qualifying matches after Roberto Martinez confirmed the centre-back injured his ankle ligaments deep into injury time at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The unfortunate Stones was starting his fourth successive Premier League game and was thriving despite the Toffees suffering an indifferent start to this season’s campaign. In the absence of Sylvain Distin the youngster had been hoping to cement his place within the first team alongside England teammate Phil Jagielka but this latest setback could rule him out for a number of weeks – a clearer understanding of the injury should be known within the next 48 hours. Calum Chambers has been called up from Arsenal to replace John Stones in the England squad.
Source: Daily Mail
Oct 5 - 5:47 PM

Steven Naismith scored a consolation goal as Everton lost 2-1 to Manchester United.

It's also worth noting that Leighton Baines missed a penalty right before the break that would have equalized the match. This is very concerning for Everton now as they find themselves with only six points after seven matches and just a point outside of the relegation zone. The good news for The Toffees is that the schedule gets easier, with them scheduled to face Aston Villa, Burnley, Swansea and Sunderland next.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 5 - 10:00 AM

With Kevin Mirallas set to miss extended time due to a hamstring injury, Aiden McGeady looks set to continue as a regular in Roberto Martinez's XI.

McGeady started the season occupying what would normally be Steven Pienaar's spot, but the South African is nearing fitness and McGeady had served Martinez well in the opening weeks, which would normally create a selection dilemma. However, now that the Toffees are short of another wide man, McGeady can fill in for Mirallas and continue being an intriguing budget option in the Yahoo game. He can currently be had for 4.51m.
Oct 2 - 12:59 PM

A thunderbolt deep into stoppage time from Everton defender Phil Jagielka was enough to share the spoils at Anfield but post-match celebrations were muted by the news that Kevin Mirallas is facing an extended period out due to a thigh injury.

The attacking Belgium is no stranger to muscular related problems but following his well-documented issues during the early part of his Everton career the winger was beginning to allay concerns of any serious long-term problems. Kevin Mirallas played over 2300 minutes of league football during the 2013/14 season - a run which included 32 appearances [28 starts]. However this latest setback did not look good – from the way Mirallas instantly pulled up and signalled to the bench to his departure in obvious discomfort. With Ross Barkley "progressing" but still a few weeks away Martinez will be hoping the likes of Steven Pienaar and Arouna Kone are available soon as their quality and experience will be essential as Everton try to cope with a hectic fixture schedule.
Source: HITC Sport
Sep 27 - 7:51 PM

Everton looked to be on the losing end of the derby with their fierce rivals, Liverpool, but a late strike by club captain Phil Jagielka in stoppage time rescues a point for the Toffees in a 1-1 draw.

Another Merseyside classic is in the books. Liverpool had more chances in the match and were given the go-ahead goal in the 65th minute. However, they squandered opportunities to add to their score, as Tim Howard came up with a couple of big saves. There probably weren't too many investors in Jags this week, but there probably wasn't much investment in the Liverpool defense either. Kevin Mirallas left this game a half hour in with a hamstring issue and will likely miss some time.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 27 - 9:47 AM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez will make a late decision regarding the involvement of Steven Pienaar and Seamus Coleman ahead of this weekend’s Merseyside Derby against Liverpool.

The Toffees will be hoping that at least one of the pair can return in time for the early kick-off at Anfield although full-back Coleman [minor head injury] is the player most likely to be given the green light. Steven Pienaar [thigh] has been sidelined for over a month and his involvement – certainly from the start – would be a risk with little more than a few days on the training ground. Everton will be hoping to avoid defeat for the third time in a week although the team that lost to Swansea on Tuesday did contain a number of players returning from long-term absence – Tony Hibbert, Bryan Oviedo and Antolin Alcaraz with James McCarthy and Arouna Kone on the bench.
Sep 25 - 7:46 AM

Everton scored first and last but couldn't put away struggling Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.

One of the keys to Everyone's success last season was ruthlessly beating the teams they were supposed to beat. Already this season they had dropped points to Leicester City but this weekend's result was even worse with the Toffees dropping three points at home to a previously winless Crystal Palace team.
Sep 21 - 2:50 PM

The blow to the head Seamus Coleman suffered during Thursday's Europa clash with VL Wolfsburg is not expected to keep him out of Sunday's clash with Crystal Palace.

Roberto Martinez was quoted as saying "there is nothing to be too worried about" and thinks the dynamic right back will be fine for Sunday. It is a plus matchup for the Toffees, so this comes as comforting news for those expecting big things from Coleman.
Sep 19 - 7:17 PM

John Stones was handed a start as Sylvain Distin was kept out with a leg injury and Everton kept their first clean sheet in the process in the 0-2 win at West Brom.

Is it a coincidence that in Everton's first match where Stones partnered Phil Jagielka instead of Distin that the Toffees managed their first clean sheet? After a strong showing last season, Roberto Martinez may be on the verge of granting Stones regular starts going forward. He currently provides the cheapest route to Everton's defense and his energy level is something Martinez cannot ignore. With Crystal Palace paying a visit to Goodison Park next, Stones could make for a good play as soon as this weekend.
Sep 16 - 8:32 AM

Roberto Martinez confirms Everton will be near full strength for the visit of Wolfsburg on Thursday at Goodison Park in their opening Europa League match.

No fresh injury concerns for Everton who expect Samuel Eto’o and Sylvain Distin to return to the squad this week after minor problems ruled the duo out of the win over West Brom at The Hawthorns. The former Cameroon striker had a groin complaint while the unfortunate Distin suffered a dead leg during Friday’s final training session and neither were risked after further assessment. Tony Hibbert is also closing in on full fitness; the full-back was last seen against SC Paderborn back in August but the defender has been pencilled in to return at The Liberty for the Capital One Cup next Tuesday.
Sep 15 - 9:47 AM

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