Player News - Everton

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There were a few notable omissions from Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of their international double header in June.

Captain Wayne Rooney has been left out for the upcoming games against Scotland and France because of the "good form" of other players, while contract rebel Ross Barkley, is apparently nursing a minor injury which he picked up on the final day at the Emirates. Burnley centre-back Michael Keane has not recovered from the calf strain which has kept him sidelined since the end of April, however, teammate Tom Heaton retains his place. Surprisingly, Jermain Defoe is one of four named strikers - Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford – join the Bournemouth bound 34-year-old. Southampton duo Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse, who earned their first senior caps in March, have been selected for the Under-21s ahead of the European Championships in June.
Source: The Mirror
May 26 - 4:38 AM

Romelu Lukaku scored from the penalty spot in the 58th minute as Everton lost 3-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates to wrap up the 2016-17 season.

The Belgian forward is widely rumored to be ready to move on to a club in the Champions League with former club Chelsea and former boss Jose Mourinho among those reportedly interested. Lukaku missed out on the Golden Boot after Harry Kane scored six goals over the final two matches but his age and regular contention for that honor means that Everton should recoup a massive fee if Lukaku is sold.
Source: espnfc.com
May 21 - 12:17 PM

Everton has tied down midfielder Kevin Mirallas to a new contract with just a year left on his previous deal.

The Belgian playmaker has recorded four goals and six assists in his first season under Ronald Koeman and has now signed a new three-year contract through the summer of 2020. The 29-year-old has been linked with an exit over the last year, but the 29-year-old opted to remain at Goodison for the near future: "This contract is very important for me and my family. I am very happy here – this is the best club for me. I’ve been here five years and it’s very important for me to win a trophy here. I’ve said before that my dream is to win at least one trophy with Everton and I firmly believe we are heading in the right direction."
May 15 - 2:12 PM

Ross Barkley, perhaps responding to Ronald Koeman's contract ultimatum, scored a long range goal as Everton beat Watford 1-0 to kick off Week 37.

It was a dominant performance from Everton who were significantly better than their guests in every statistical category on the night. The Toffees dominated possession and shots on target. Despite that dominance, it took an impressive long range effort from Ross Barkley to break the deadlock in the 56th minute. The outcome will be a nice boost for the Toffees who have been flagging down the stretch. What it means for Barkley as he tries to determine his fate at Goodison Park beyond this season remains to be seen.
Source: espnfc.com
May 12 - 5:08 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman seemed frustrated with Ross Barkley's contract situation entering a contract year.

Barkley only has one year left on his current contract and has been linked with a move to Arsenal, Manchester City and Spurs among others. But Koeman said he will give the midfielder just one more week to decide whether he wants to accept the club's offer of a new contract or leave in the summer transfer window: "Still one week, time for him to decide. The board is working a long time for Ross to stay for a long period. It's up to the player but we don't wait until August. We need an answer if he will accept the contract or we sign a player. If he leaves it so long you have doubts. I like to work with players who want to stay. I don't know, it's up to the player, he needs to make a decision."
Source: Sky Sports
May 12 - 7:34 AM

Everton has received a major boost in midfield with both Muhamed Besic and Morgan Schneiderlin returning from injury.

Besic has not featured in a single Premier League match this season after suffering a serious knee injury in a testimonial match one week before the start of the season. But manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that Besic will be in the squad to face Watford on Friday: "Mo is on the bench," said Ronald Koeman at USM Finch Farm on Thursday. "He is back. Everyone knows he has already played for the Under-23s and, okay, we have problems, but he is ready to be part of the first team." Besic will be joined by Morgan Schneiderlin, who returns from a thigh injury, but goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg will miss out with a groin problem.
May 12 - 7:23 AM

Everton captain Phil Jagielka said he is hoping to use his current run of form to impress Ronald Koeman ahead of the summer.

Out of favor and on the bench, the 34-year-old looked to be on his way out during the winter transfer window with Sunderland and West Ham interested. But Jagielka has started every game over the past two months following injuries to Ramiro Funes Mori and Seamus Coleman. Now, the defender says he wants to stay at the club for the final year of his contract: "I am delighted to be here. I have been here a long time now. I have got at least one more year on my contract and I feel as though I have got a lot more football in me. It is up to me to come back in pre-season and prove to the manager that I am not too bad and hopefully I can stick around."
Source: Sky Sports
May 11 - 3:10 AM

Everton is now goalless in three-straight league matches following Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Swansea City.

Everton traveled the Liberty Stadium looking to shake off last weekend's 3-0 defeat by Chelsea but found Swansea unbreakable. The Toffees got off to quick start when Romelu Lukaku headed straight at Lukasz Fabianski inside the opening 45 seconds. However, it was the home side that made their first chance count as Fernando Llorente headed home at the far post in the 29th minute. The goal shifted the momentum in favor of the Swans, who came close to adding to their lead through Andre Ayew and later Leroy Far. While Everton did turn up the offensive pressure throughout the final 20 minutes, Paul Clement's side held firm to earn all three points. The results leaves Everton in 7th on 58 points.
Source: NBC Sports
May 6 - 3:55 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman said the club hopes to have a trio of midfielders back from injury before the end of the season.

Morgan Schneiderlin looks like the closest to returning from a thigh injury but will miss the weekend match with Swansea City, another missed outing in an injury-plagued 2017. "Morgan is improving," Koeman said in his pre-match press conference. "But he will not be fit for the weekend. But I believe he can be fit for next Friday [against Watford]." But Muhamed Besic looks could be set for a return in the near future after comingng through a series of U23 matches as he eyes his first appearance of the year. And James McCarthy is expected to return before the end of the season with speculation that he will leave in the summer after falling down the depth chart under Koeman.
May 5 - 11:53 PM

Everton officially announced defender Seamus Coleman has signed a new five-year contract through the 2022 season.

The 28-year-old was originally due to sign the deal after returning from the international break in March, but the Republic of Ireland international suffered a broken leg that will likely see him miss the rest of the year. However, the club had no reservations about issuing a five-year contract given his track record. Coleman becomes the second Everton player after Dominic Calvert-Lewis to sign a new contract this week. Said Coleman: "I’m really excited by the way things are going and the players we have signed. This season has been good and we’ve got Europa League football next season to look forward to. It’s exciting and it’s all about pushing ourselves. I’m really happy that I am going to be here for the foreseeable future."
May 5 - 11:34 PM

Aaron Lennon is being detained by the police under the Mental Health Act over fears for his welfare.

Information released by Greater Manchester Police confirm that they were called to a property on Sunday afternoon, and a 30-year-old man, now known to be Lennon, was held under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital for further assessment. Everton released this statement earlier today: "Aaron Lennon is receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness. The club is supporting him through this and his family has appealed for privacy at this time." Lennon joined the club on a permanent basis in the summer of 2015 following a successful loan spell, but after a bright first season at Goodison, he has struggled, and his last Premier League start came on January 02. Sports personalities from around the globe have taken to social media to show their support for the Everton winger.
Source: Sky News
May 3 - 11:34 AM

Everton failed to score a goal for the second consecutive match following a 3-0 loss to Chelsea at Goodison Park.

It was the club's first loss at home in 2017, but the 3-0 scoreline may not truly represent how close the match was for the first hour. The Toffees had a clear defensive strategy to limit Eden Hazard's freedom down the wing, also putting a strong body on Diego Costa anytime he got near the ball. But the Toffees' wall slowly broke down until the 66th minute, when Pedro opened the scoring. With Chelsea holding a 1-0 lead, Everton threw its efforts into attack with Enner Valencia and Romelu Lukaku looking for an equalizer, but it soon got away from the Toffees who look certain to miss European qualification.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 11:54 AM

There wasn't anything for the vaunted Everton attack to brag about following a dull scoreless draw against West Ham.

Everton hasn't been held scoreless in two months (since a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough in Gameweek 25), but to be held without a shot on target is a new low for a side that boasts the Premier League's top goalscorer in Romelu Lukaku. The Toffees entered Saturday afternoon with 21 goals in their last seven Premier League matches, only to put together a sluggish showing against a second-rate West Ham side plagued by injuries. The only news of any value was the return of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who has not featured for the club since Gameweek 17.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 22 - 12:14 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is resigned to losing James McCarthy for the rest of the season following an injury setback.

The midfielder has missed the last month with a hamstring injury that worsened while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland. And with only four weeks left in the season, Koeman said he doesn't believe there is enough time for McCarthy to regain full fitness: "James McCarthy is still separate from the group," said the Toffees boss. "I don’t know if he will be available until the end of the season. We have four weeks to go and I don’t know if we will reach a good level physically to play. We will wait because it's not the first time he is out. We need to wait to see at what time in the season he will be back available."
Apr 21 - 1:38 AM

Phil Jagielka sure is making the most of his return to the starting lineup with another goal in a 3-1 win against Burnley.

The Everton captain, who dropped out of Ronald Koeman's favor and starting lineup for more than a month, has proven himself with his second chance as a starter due to injuries to Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori. At one point in January he heavily considered a move to Sunderland and West Ham, but now Jagielka has scored three goals in his last three games for the Toffees. He started the scoring in the 49th minute with a header following a corner kick, before Burnley equalized shortly after. But Everton benefitted from a Ben Mee own goal off a Ross Barkley shot in the 71st before Romelu Lukaku added his requisite goal-a-game after turning in Leighton Baines' pass in the 74th.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 15 - 11:58 AM


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