Player News - Everton

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Bryan Oviedo has withdrawn from the Costa Rica squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Brazil and Uruguay.

Oviedo has just returned to the Everton starting line-up following injuries to Leighton Baines [ankle] and Brendon Galloway [knee]. The left-back made his first start since February at Oakwell [Barnsley] in the Capital One Cup last week but aggravated an existing knee problem as the game went into extra-time. However Oviedo was able to travel – and subsequently play the full 90 minutes – at White Hart Lane last Saturday but the 25 year-old irritated the niggle and will not be risked over the break. Everton remain hopeful that Oviedo will be available to face Chelsea in the early kick off in game week five otherwise the Toffees are struggling. Luke Garbutt is on loan at Fulham - but also injured - while first-choice U21 defender Antonee Robinson has a knee problem. Seventeen-year-old Callum Connolly - who played at left-back for the second string on Monday - is available or Tyias Browning could provide emergency cover.
Sep 2 - 9:49 AM

Aaron Lennon has made his loan move to Everton from the second half of last season permanent as he moves to Goodison Park.

Lennon was fairly effective in both the real world and fantasy in his time at Everton last season. With the move now going permanent, Lennon will be a nice potential second tier waiver wire pick-up for fantasy managers who miss out on big signings like Kevin De Bruyne.
Sep 1 - 3:32 PM

Everton managed to fill a key need on deadline day by securing the transfer of defender Ramiro Funes Mori by way of River Plate for an estimated fee of £9.5m.

Whether or not John Stones were to stay at Goodison Park, the Toffees were desperate to bolster their defensive options and now they have it in Funes Mori. If Stones stays, it may take some time for Funes Mori to earn starts, but if Stones does find his way out, the new signing should start immediately and would be worth a waiver claim if looking for defensive help.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 1 - 8:52 AM

As Roberto Martinez enters his most challenging week yet as Everton manager, he might now have another player to replace as Tom Cleverley leaves the pitch on a stretcher…

The value of John Stones is seemingly increasing by the minute. Not just because Chelsea are intent on lurching from one drama to another – although that doesn’t hurt. But by another immaculate display, this time at the expense of last season’s great white hope Harry Kane. Yes, he was aided and abetted by Seamus Coleman, demonstrating that there is more than one Everton defender that big clubs will pay big money for. And Goalkeeper Tim Howard back to his athletic best. But the loss of Stones would be a crushing blow, no matter the number of zeros added to Everton’s end of year figures or who arrives in his place. Talking of new arrivals, the injury to Tom Cleverley should give an extended run in the team to Kevin Mirallas. But might also prompt the pursuit of another midfield player, in addition to striker Leonardo Rodriguez and defender Ramiro Funes Mori.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 30 - 10:12 AM

Tom Cleverley is set for an extended spell out after the 26 year-old was stretchered off just moments before the break at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

As the clock ticked towards half-time Cleverley made a lung bursting run towards the Tottenham box before a strong Eric Dier challenge halted his progress. The impact of the tackle - and subsequent follow through – caught the Everton midfielder who instantly signalled to the bench for assistance. The medical team were able to confirm at HT that Cleverley had suffered a "serious" ankle injury although the extent was still unknown. However post-match Roberto Martinez did provide an update "[we are a] little more positive now" as it only appears to be ligament damage which is "minor" in comparison. It could take up-to a week for a full diagnosis but Cleverley is expected to miss at least a month in the first instance.
Aug 29 - 7:40 PM

After some suspect goalkeeping last week against Manchester City, Tim Howard deserved Man of the Match for keeping Tottenham out and gifting a dormant Everton attack a point in a 0-0 final.

Everton were bossed by Spurs in possession throughout the day and hardly gave Hugo Lloris much to worry about as Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley looked short on ideas for the second consecutive week. The defending was suspect too, perhaps a result of lack of depth at the position and having played in a midweek cup tie that went to extra time. Lucky for them, Howard had his best performance of the young season, making several crucial saves and showing his reaction time is still sharp. Roberto Martinez has been wondering seemingly forever about the future of his defense with or without John Stones, but he may want to focus some energy on improving the attack as well before the window closes.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 29 - 2:43 PM

John Stones started for Everton today amidst rumors that he might be headed to Chelsea.

Chelsea have reportedly made more than one bid for the defender and many believe Stones will end up in London before the end of the transfer deadline, but he started and played for Everton today in their match against Barnsley. This is just a reminder that not all rumors turn true and Stones could remain an Everton player this season. Follow the story as it develops but feel free to continue using Stones in leagues that award points for defensive stats.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 26 - 4:43 PM

Roberto Martinez targets three new faces after losing another left-back v Man City. But insists his Stones will not be rolling…

Leighton Baines will be joined in the treatment room this week by his replacement Brendon Galloway. The young left-back’s torturous first half at the hands of Messrs Navas, Silva and Sagna will give him nightmares – he looked more dizzy then injured when he left the field. Step forward Tyias Browning for the trip to Tottenham. City seemed to target Everton’s vulnerable left side, with Arouna Kone offering little in the wide midfield role. In general Everton competed well against an outstanding team. In midfield Tom Cleverley and Ross Barkley moved and carried the ball with intent. Romelu Lukaku was a handful and Seamus Coleman and John Stones excellent at the back. Argentine center-back Ramiro Funes Mori is expected to sign this week, but as cover rather than a replacement for John Stones. But Chelsea might have something to say about that…
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 24 - 2:38 PM

Roberto Martinez is waiting to discover the full extent of Brendon Galloways’ knee injury after the youngster limped off just moments before half-time during Sundays’ home defeat to Manchester City.

Galloway was handed his chance to shine after England international Leighton Baines suffered a training ground injury just days before the start of the new season. The left-back underwent ankle surgery and will miss up-to 3 months. Galloway got the nod over Costa Rican Bryan Oviedo – who is still working his way back to full fitness following a fractured metatarsal – and the 19 year-old had performed well during the opening three games. However it now like the defender is set a spell on the sidelines after Martinez confirmed "He picked up a patella tendon problem that we’ll assess in the next 24 to 48 hours. It’s probably more to do with his age and the fact he’s still growing rather than a structural injury." Tyias Browning provided cover at Goodison for yesterdays' game but the former trainee is ideally suited to a role on the right.
Aug 24 - 10:31 AM

Everton's confidence from a very positive Week 2 showing took a hit after losing 0-2 at home to a tough Manchester City side.

The Toffees played to a goalless first half with Manchester City and provided the Sky Blues with their toughest competition thus far in the early going. A Romelu Lukaku goal that would have given them the advantage was waived off by a very close offside call. They seemed to tire as a team down the stretch though as City would score twice in the final half hour, with at least of the goal arguably needing to be stopped by Tim Howard. Howard is coming off a poor season and the Toffees can ill-afford to witness his demise if indeed his form has hit a career wall. If John Stones is lured away without an adequate and Leighton Baines' spot isn't given attention, the defense could be a right mess for some time.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 23 - 1:32 PM

A surprise but very welcome win for Everton boss Roberto Martinez. And evidence that Ross Barkley might have arrived in the Premier League…

With all the talk about John Stones it is easy to forget there is another £multi-million rated youngster at Everton. Ross Barkley has been on the verge of ‘blowing up’ for a couple of seasons now, but not really done it. Some were starting to think he was more of a ‘blow out’ – his FL price dropped (from £6.6 to £6.5) this season and only 8.2% of the FL universe paid up. But kicking off the season with two double-figure weeks, we can expect that figure to also be double figures by next week. Tougher assignments lay ahead – Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea in the next three – but if Stones, Barkley and two-goal Romelu Lukaku keep performing, skies will brighten significantly for Martinez. Although Chelsea might feel better about paying £30+ million after their defensive shambles on Sunday…
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 17 - 3:35 PM

Romelu Lukaku scored twice and Ross Barkley added his second goal in as many weeks as Everton looked very sharp in their 0-3 win at Southampton.

Everton gave Roberto Martinez some breathing room today with a solid showing, getting the goals from his best attacking weapons and keeping a tidy defense without the services of Leighton Baines. They were able to cut through with pace as Lukak split the defense first with a header from an Arouna Kone corner, and then with his foot after being fed with a low cross by Ross Barkley. Barkley may have been the best player on the pitch today and with two good showings in the opening two games, it appears we are witnessing a bounce-back season for the young English star, much to the Toffees delight.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 15 - 9:42 AM

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is still reeling from the ‘disastrous’ (his words) loss of left-back Leighton Baines to a long-term injury. And now is sweating on the fitness of winger Kevin Mirallas ahead of their trip to Southampton…

Roberto Martinez has more headaches ahead of Everton’s trip to Southampton at the weekend. Leighton Baines is likely to be out for months rather than weeks, following an injury to the ankle which required surgery at the end of last season. Youngster Brenden Galloway replaced Baines v Watford, with Bryan Oviedo a more experienced option. Winger Kevin Mirallas also picked up a knock in the opening day draw with Watford and is rated as doubtful to make it for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at St Marys. Summer (re)signing Gerard Deufoleu stands by to be drafted in to make his second Everton debut, despite not being 100% match fit. Everton now commence a punishing run of fixtures that includes Man City, Chelsea and trips to Tottenham and Swansea. Only the bravest FL managers will be trusting Everton defenders in the next month…
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 12 - 7:34 AM

Ross Barkley and Arouna Kone both scored but the Toffees allowed goals to Miguel Layun and Odion Ighalo for the final 2-2 scoreline at Goodison Park.

Ross Barkley couldn't prevent Everton from dropping two points at home to newly promoted Watford but he could have announced himself as a fantasy bargain in draft/auction leagues. The Toffees won't be happy with dropping two points against Watford at home but managers who picked up Barkley on the back of a couple of disappointing seasons when he was supposed to be the "next big thing" could be in for a bargain if this is the season when he finally "gets it".
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 8 - 1:34 PM

Everton have been dealt a massive blow with the news that full-back Leighton Baines is set for an extended spell on the sidelines following injury.

Baines looks to have damaged ankle ligaments after attempting a routine block challenge in training which left the defender in agony. Martinez confirmed the 30 year-old will be assessed further to help determine the full extent of the damage although initial tests indicate the injury is similar to a previous problem which did require surgery. Brendan Galloway was given the nod against Watford but Bryan Oviedo will be hoping to force his way into the eleven with Baines sidelined. John Stones, Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku also started at Goodison although the Toffees struggled during the opening 45 minutes and went into the break a goal behind.
Aug 8 - 11:09 AM


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