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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

As our expert Nik Argiropoulos predicted in his player picks, Romelu Lukaku scored his first goal of the season this week.

Lukaku struck a beautiful curler right inside the post when the ball bounced to him on the end of the area. The Everton man has looked good this season despite not scoring in his first three matches and will hope to continue this form as the season progresses. Everton face Crystal Palace next and Lukaku will once again be a solid fantasy choice. Make sure to check out our Player Picks again next week for more valuable advice.
Sep 13 - 12:16 PM

Kevin Mirallas has made a good start to the season and is being tipped to perform again against West Brom in Week 4.

In seasons gone by we could rarely recommend Mirallas because he was essentially playing as a right-winger for Everton despite being classified as a striker in the Yahoo game, but his reclassification has made him a very interesting option for the season ahead. The Belgian gave Chelsea a torrid time as his side attempted a brave fight-back in Week 3 and he has the pace and quality to cause West Brom a whole host of problems this weekend.
Sep 11 - 9:15 AM

Blackburn Rovers have signed Republic of Ireland international defender Shane Duffy from Premier League Everton for an undisclosed fee.

Duffy was tipped for big things at Everton, but he has never been able to break in to the first team and spent all of last season on loan at Yeovil. The emergence last season of John Stones means Roberto Martinez has now allowed Duffy to move to Blackburn on a permanent deal, with the defender signing a three year contract at Ewood Park.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 1 - 8:07 AM

The Everton defense made several mistakes, first early, then later on often, as they would concede six goals to Chelsea in a wild 3-6 final.

The officiating of today's match wasn't top notch by any means but it does not excuse today's defensive showing. Several times, Toffee defenders would try to play their marked man into an offside position and several times it cost them. They would rally after the early deficit but as the 2nd half played out, the back was breached time and again. Coleman got the worst of it from a fantasy perspective. Though he provided an assist to one of Everton's three scores, that was negated by an own goal he was credited with after deflecting an Eden Hazard shot home. Though the idea of keeping a clean sheet against Chelsea wasn't necessarily a realistic one, coughing up a half dozen on your own ground is a jarring reflection of the state of the Toffee defense.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 30 - 3:10 PM

Roberto Martinez will not have Christian Atsu available to him when the Toffees host Chelsea on Saturday, due to the loan arrangement with the Blues.

That does not mean that recent departee from Stamford Bridge, Samuel Eto'o won't lace up his boots however. Between he and Romelu Lukaku, there will be plenty of intrigue at Goodison Park as two former Chelsea property will be looking to find the net while a Diego Costa injury scare, one whose severity is yet unknown, leaves the Blues with issues up top.
Aug 28 - 9:41 AM

The groin injury Steven Pienaar picked up during Everton's match last weekend with Arsenal has ruled him out of this weekend's bout with Chelsea.

Pienaar was only on the pitch for nine minutes before being forced off with the dreaded groin injury. According to Roberto Martinez, the injury "will take a little time" to heal, so with the international break coming after this weekend's match, Pienaar could be back in contention for Week 4. Aiden McGeady will likely get another start as he has benefited from time missed by Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas in the early going.
Aug 28 - 9:29 AM

Everton have announced the signing of veteran striker Samuel Eto'o to a two-year deal on a free transfer after his contract with Chelsea expired at the end of last season.

Looking for depth at the forward position with Arouna Kone returning from injury slowly, Roberto Martinez announced the signing of Samuel Eto'o as a deputy to Romelu Lukaku. In a vacuum, the signing of Eto'o is a solid piece of business as Everton are very thin behind Lukaku. The only concern is that Eto'o is old and expensive and, presumably, resources are limited at Goodison Park. With Sylvain Distin, Gareth Barry and Eto'o there is a lot of money tied up in aging expensive players. It may not happen this season but next season comes with the risk of a high wage bill being spent on players who are declining rapidly.
Source: @everton
Aug 26 - 4:03 PM

For the second consecutive match to open their season, Everton let a lead slip away and had to settle for a draw, the one today with Arsenal being particularly heartbreaking as the two sides finish 2-2.

For about the first 75-80 minutes of this one, everything was going swimmingly for the Toffees. Seamus Coleman picked up where he left off last season, opening his account for Everton's first goal when he collected a lovely lob pass into the area from Gareth Barry and finished easily. Then, just before halftime, the Toffees were on the break with loads of space. It was Steven Naismith, the beneficiary of a blown offsides call, who split the defense and scored his second goal in as many games. With Ross Barkley reportedly at least a month away from returning, Naismith appears to have secured himself a spot in the XI and is beginning to raise a few eyebrows in the fantasy community. His classification as a forward makes it hard to prefer him to others at his position, but with a current (and I mean current as of this very second) price of 7.59m, he at least needs to enter one's thinking in plus matchups.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 23 - 3:08 PM

Everton got all they could handle from a resilient Leicester City side who matched the Toffees goal-for-goal in a very entertaining 2-2 draw at King Power Stadium.

With Kevin Mirallas on the bench, Aiden McGeady was given a deserved start and built on a productive preseason when Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel was caught way out of net in an effort to block a Sylvain Distin shot. The deflection landed at McGeady's feet and he scooped a brilliant shot perfectly into the far corner for a certain "goal of the week" nomination. Leicester would equalize moments later. Everton were most effective down the left and that would bear fruit for their second goal but Leicester once again matched it late on to split the result. Everton shook off their "slow start" reputation last season under Roberto Martinez, but with Arsenal and Chelsea the next two opponents, the trend may be back.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 16 - 12:15 PM

Ross Barkley has suffered a leg injury in training just before Everton open their season with early reports suggesting he could miss up to six weeks.

Just when you thought it was safe to leave your fantasy teams alone. Barkley is one of the nicer prospects in the Yahoo game due to a very kind price tag, but it may be a while before we get to see him in action. A bargain option last season as well, there were several frustrating injury-related issues with him at the midnight hour of deadlines. Some weeks where he looked certainly out but played, other weeks where he seemed fit to go and sat out. It may be a blessing in disguise. With Seamus Coleman, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas all doubts as well, the Toffees may be forced to field a much weaker than normal side, affording Leicester a chance to perhaps pull an upset. Leon Osman would seem the natural choice to deputize at the CAM position assuming Roberto Martinez sticks to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Everton have now finalized a loan agreement with Chelsea for the services of Christian Atsu for one year.

Sound the bargain alarm. It remains to be seen how much pitch time Roberto Martinez will afford Atsu, but he offers a potential upgrade over the likes of Steven Pienaar, whose best days appear to be behind him. At just 4m in the Yahoo game, he has massive upside when/if he establishes himself as a regular in the Toffee XI. It should happen eventually and Everton are beginning to garner a reputation for plucking away Chelsea talent and turning them into fantasy gold.
Aug 13 - 6:34 PM

Everton and Chelsea have agreed in principle to a loan deal that will send Christian Atsu to Everton for a year.

Chelsea's forward and attacking midfielder spots are filled with superstars from start to finish at the moment and Atsu would have had trouble finding playing time. The situation at Everton is better and Roberto Martinez has persuaded Jose Mourinho that Atsu will have enough playing time. This deal looks to be as good as done but I would not invest in Atsu until it is made official.
Aug 12 - 8:45 PM

Roberto Martinez is hoping the dynamic trio of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, and Seamus Coleman will be fit for selection on Saturday when Everton open away to Leicester City.

There have been several questions surrounding the availability of the three leading up to Week 1 for most of the preseason, Coleman because of a hamstring tweak and the Belgian duo of Lukaku and Mirallas because of World Cup fatigue. All three are training now and it sounds like as long as there are no setbacks heading into Week 1, they should make the XI. All three are usually in the conversation for fantasy XI's week in and week out, but managers may want to bypass in the opening round and play it safe by fielding players with no shred of doubt. Mirallas is perhaps the riskiest of the three, as he rarely can go 90 minutes when fit.
Aug 12 - 4:16 PM


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