Player News - Everton

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Everton were forced into a defensive reshuffle and a slight change in formation after Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane were ruled out of the clash with Swansea City.

There was no report from Ronald Koeman prior to Saturdays game but news quickly spread that Keane would miss out in game week six after he was spotted arriving at Goodison Park on crutches. Fortunately, his injury is not thought to be too serious although the centre-back will miss the Europa League tie versus Apollon Limassol: "Maybe you remember the tackle of last Wednesday? His foot was a little bit open," revealed Koeman. "The doctor said he will maybe reach next Sunday but he will be doubtful for Thursday. I think he cannot start [in Europe] but maybe yes [against Burnley]." Jagielka on the other hand will not be risked ahead of the international break: "He has a slight hamstring problem and will be one week to 10 days out."
Sep 24 - 10:28 AM

Oumar Niasse, who almost left Everton in the summer, came in from the cold to score twice as Everton got their second league win of the season.

The teams went in level at the interval after the first half featured no attacking event of note. That said, Simon Francis will be grateful that he was not reprimanded by the referee for elbowing Wayne Rooney in the face. Rooney underwent length treatment and emerged for the second half stitched up. Josh King put the visitors ahead just after the break with a fine finish from 20 yards and Everton were fortunate not to concede again instantly when Pickford saved from Defoe. The Toffees' lack of focal point up front was clear but Niasse provided it when he came off the bench after the hour mark, notching up his first PL goal for Everton with a powerful finish. He grabbed his second 5 minutes later, finishing on the second attempt after Begovic parried his header. A huge win for Ronald Koeman's side.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 23 - 12:07 PM

Everton will have to wait a little bit longer than expected for the return of Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie.

The duo has missed much of the past year recovering from long-term injuries, and while the club is reluctant to put a timeframe on their respective returns, manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that they are not expected back until November. "I think it will be November, instead of October. They are both working hard, going in the right direction but it's long-term injuries. Seamus is out a long time, but they are doing well, going well on their schedule to come back but it's not up to me, we expect them back in full training in November."
Sep 21 - 6:01 PM

It's certainly not the start manager Ronald Koeman envisioned entering this season, and now the whispers are circulating about his future.

Following a debilitating 4-0 loss to Manchester United, Koeman will have some serious soul-searching to do in order to turn things around for Everton. The club has not won since a single match in any competition since the opening week of the season; and this week may have been the worst of all following three successive defeats (3-0 to Tottenham, 3-0 to Atalanta, 4-0 to United) while the Toffees have yet to score a goal in their last four matches. However, Everton can look at the positives from Sunday as it held off United from the first goal in the fourth minute until the second in the 83rd.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 17 - 1:12 PM

Everton couldn't stand much of a chance against Tottenham and Harry Kane in a 3-0 loss at Goodison Park.

Despite Everton's high-pressing tactics, Spurs were ruthless from the get-go. The Toffees became the unfortunate side to concede Kane's first goal of the season, which was only a matter of time for the young striker as he added two on either side of half-time, including the final dagger to give Spurs a 3-0 lead in the first minute of the second half. The Toffees meanwhile could only muster a single shot on goal against a stringent Tottenham defense. The only real news for Everton came in the debut of 19-year-old attacker Nikola Vlasic in the 80th minute.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 9 - 12:25 PM

After seeing him turn down a move to Chelsea, Everton will have to wait until November for Ross Barkley's return.

The England international was expected to leave on Deadline Day with a move to Chelsea agreed upon before he pulled out before taking a medical. The 23-year-old has not played this season due to a hamstring injury and is not expected to return until November, when manager Ronald Koeman said he would re-evaluate the attacking midfielder's status in the side. "No (his Everton career is not over) because he is still an Everton player. To the end of this season he has his contract Of course the player, at this time, is injured and it will take another two or two-and-a-half months before he is available. So I don't need to take that decision now and I can wait and see what will happen. Then we will see what the decision will be at that time."
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 7 - 5:41 PM

Everton fans could see the club's latest signing in Nikola Vlasic in action on Saturday against Tottenham.

Manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that the 19-year-old signing from Hajduk Split is in the 18-man squad to face Spurs while forward Oumar Niasse is also back from injury and with the first team. Said Koeman: "Vlasic will be in the squad for Saturday and is in contention to play. He was on our (transfer) list because he's one of the biggest talents in Europe, in my opinion. He also impressed us in the two games. Niasse is back with the first team and gives us another option. His attitude has been perfect and he needs to fight like all of the other players."
Sep 7 - 5:37 PM

Ross Barkley will now remain at Everton for the remainder of 2017 after a failed move to Chelsea on Deadline Day.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri confirmed that a £35 million move to Chelsea had been agreed to and personal terms finalized before Barkley turned down the move during his medical, which some sources say never happened. The Telegraph report Barkley was hoping to complete a move to Tottenham, but the Toffees refused to negotiate with Spurs. So now the England international will remain on Merseyside with loads of competition at this position with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney all arriving this summer.
Sep 1 - 7:36 AM

Despite a blowup with manager Ronald Koeman, Everton has rejected a loan bid for Kevin Mirallas.

West Ham is reportedly looking to add another attacking midfielder after allowing Robert Snodgrass to join Aston Villa on loan this week, and made a move to prize Mirallas away from Merseyside in a loan move before Thursday's deadline. However, Koeman confirmed that the Belgian's omission from the Chelsea loss wasn't due to a potential transfer, but his attitude: "Mirallas was out because he is struggling to deal with moments in the season and with disappointments. Everybody can be disappointed but I expect from everybody to be part of the team and if somebody is showing that his attitude is not the same, I make decisions."
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 31 - 5:39 AM

Jordan Pickford has withdrawn from the England squad after suffering an unspecified muscular injury during the 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Football Association confirmed today that the in-form goalkeeper has now left the England camp: "Having reported to St. George’s Park on Sunday evening, the 23-year-old underwent an assessment on a muscle injury sustained playing for his club. After discussions between England and Everton medics, it was decided it was in the player’s best interests to return to Finch Farm for further treatment." Pickford arrived at Goodison Park for an initial fee of £25 million during the summer, and kick started his career on Merseyside with a club-record 352 minutes without conceding a goal after making his competitive debut in the Europa League last month. The 23-year-old has kept four clean sheets in his seven games and helped seal Everton’s passage into the Europa League group stage with a crucial penalty save from Hajduk Split striker Ahmed. The full extent of the problem is not yet known.
Aug 29 - 3:37 PM

Davy Klaassen will miss this weekend’s trip to Stamford Bridge through injury.

Ronald Koeman was speaking ahead of his sides Europa League play-off tie against Hadjuk Split and confirmed the summer signing from Ajax "got a knock on his foot" during the 1-1 draw at the Etihad: "Davy will be out for at least one week but he will be fit after the international break." The Everton boss also confirmed Sandro Ramirez "is a doubt" for Sunday as his recovery from a heel injury is taking a lot longer than initially thought. James McCarthy "has a knock on his knee and, also, normally after the international duty, he will be available." Koeman will now consider Gylfi Sigurdsson’s involvement in Europe with one eye on the Chelsea match: "He got game time on Monday and now the decision is whether he starts tomorrow or comes on during the game. We have one more session [on Wednesday evening], then I will make that decision on Thursday morning."
Aug 24 - 5:10 AM

On a night that saw Wayne Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal and Everton deserve all three points, the Toffees had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Rooney joined Alan Shearer as just the second player to score 200 Premier League goals when he put Everton ahead after 35 minutes. Dominic Calvert-Lewin provided the assist as the former Manchester United striker slotted the youngster's pass through the legs of Manchester City keeper Ederson from eight yards. Things looked even bright for the visitors just before the half as City were reduced to 10 men after Kyle Walker was booked twice in rapid succession. However, the numerical advantage was not enough to hold off the Citizens who found the equalizer when Raheem Sterling volleyed home a weak defensive header by Mason Holgate on 82 minutes. Everton would also finish the match with 10 men as Morgan Schneiderlin sent off in the 88th for a second yellow, capping off an unlucky night for Ronald Koeman's side at the Etihad.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 21 - 5:27 PM

Sandro has emerged as a doubt for Everton’s Europa League playoff clash with Hadjuk Spilt.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, Ronald Koeman revealed his summer signing from Malaga could miss the European game after picking up a heel injury in the win over Stoke, although his involvement at the Etihad this weekend is not in doubt: "He did not train on Wednesday and if it is not better, he will not play. It is not really serious, the question is more yes or no for tomorrow - but, normally, there will be no question for Monday’s game against Manchester City." However, the news wasn’t so good regarding teammate Ross Barkley with some reports now suggesting that the wantaway star could go under the knife after suffering a serious hamstring injury. It could mean up-to 3 months on the sidelines and scupper any potential move during this transfer window. Koeman wouldn’t be drawn on speculation revealing the player would undergo further tests to determine the extent of the problem.
Aug 17 - 5:52 AM

After months of rumors and negotiations, Everton got its man in a move for Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The 27-year-old joins the Toffees on a five-year contract in a club-record £45 million move after seeing their original bid of £40 million rejected. The move for Sigurdsson brings the club's summer spending total to £145 million, much of it funded by the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United. The Icelandic playmaker is coming off one of the best seasons of his career after recording nine goals and 13 assists for the Swans. Said Sigurdsson: "Hopefully I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we’re seeking at the Club. This is an ambitious club and it is clear we are moving in a really good direction. The most important thing is that this team keeps winning games and climbing the table - and does that throughout the season. For myself, I would like to score as many goals as possible and create as many goals for my teammates as I can."
Aug 17 - 3:41 AM

The Gylfi Sigurdsson transfer saga finally appears to be over with Everton set to land one of its top summer targets.

Swansea City accepted a £45 million bid from Everton after the two clubs met in the middle of their valuations. The Swans were originally holding out for £50 million after rejected bids of £40 million from Leicester City and Everton earlier this summer. But with cash to splash following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, the Toffees upped their offer that will now see Sigurdsson take a medical on Merseyside on Wednesday. Swansea is set to make a hefty profit on the Icelandic international after buying him just £6.8 million in 2014.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 16 - 4:54 AM



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