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Why returning John Stones is a reminder of an era Everton hope to leave behind
Defender one of many young talents to leave Goodison too early
By Ian Doyle
15 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Evertonians face a tricky decision this afternoon over how best to welcome the returning John Stones.
Should he be vilified for the manner in which he agitated for a move to Manchester City? Or is the best course of action to simply ignore him? The smart money is on the Goodison faithful being too busy supporting their current players to overly bother about one that has departed. Mind you, Stones wasn't daft when attempting to mend some bridges with a pre-match interview hugely complimentary towards his former club. The challenge for Everton, though, is to limit such exits in the future. No-one can argue the heads of players, even at elite clubs, can be turned by the prospect of silverware. Almost every top talent moves on at some point. The issue for Everton is that happens far too often with highly-rated youngsters. Wayne Rooney was 18 when he left. Francis Jeffers 20. Jack Rodwell 21. Stones 22.
Only Rodwell had reached 100 appearances for Everton before leaving.
All departed because, even at those relatively tender years, they didn't want to wait to see if the Blues could turn the corner, and Everton were made offers their financial position suggests were too good to refuse. The cash of Farhad Moshiri has changed the money aspect. More difficult, though, will be altering the mindset of youngsters. Ademola Lookman, the teenager signed for £11million this month, may become a huge success at Everton. He may not. But if he does emerge as a key part of the future, the Blues will want him to continue to develop and give his best years while at the club, and not regard Goodison as a stepping stone. The only way they can do that is, of course, by changing such a perception by attracting sufficient quality to transform fortunes on the pitch. And that takes time, the most expensive currency of all. Small wonder, then, that Ronald Koeman last week delivered a not-so-thinly-veiled boot up the backside of the club's hierarchy to get a wriggle on regarding the move for Morgan Schneiderlin. In attempting to catch up with the Premier League's top six, every day, every hour, every minute of every transfer window represents an opportunity to improve. They cannot be wasted. Stones may have only departed last summer. But he's a reminder of an era Everton hope they are consigning to the past. As anybody who encountered him would concur, and as the myriad stories now being told illustrate, he was a top, top man. But if the still-brilliant An Impossible Job documentary proved anything, it's that given the personnel at his disposal, nobody would have succeeded. And as the unrelenting glare of the camera demonstrated, even under such pressure and vilification, he remained as dignified as ever.

Everton team news: New signings in the squad as Blues make one change
Schneiderlin and Lookman start on the bench against Manchester City
By Phil Kirkbride
15 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
New signings Morgan Schneiderlin and Ademola Lookman start on the bench against Manchester City today. Everton boss Ronald Koeman has made just one change from the side that started against Leicester City last weekend with Kevin Mirallas coming in to replace Enner Valencia who is named among the subs. The Blues look as though they will line-up in a 3-5-2 formation with Koeman determined to frustrated Pep Guardiola's side. Koeman's selection means Mason Holgate again starts at the back alongside Ashley Williams and Ramiro Funes Mori. Joel Robles continues in goal despite the return to fitness of Maarten Stekelenburg. Gareth Barry, Tom Davies and Ross Barkley are in midfield with Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman supporting from wing back roles. Mirallas partners Romelu Lukaku upfront There is no place, once again, in the matchday squad for Gerard Deulofeu whose future Goodison looks decidedly uncertain. Aaron Lennon is back among the subs after injury as is James McCarthy. Everton team: Joel, Coleman, Baines, Williams, Mori, Holgate, Barry, Davies, Mirallas, Barkley, Lukaku. Subs: Stekelenburg, Schneiderlin, Jagielka, Lennon, McCarthy, Valencia, Lookman.

Everton transfer rumours - latest on future of Phil Jagielka and James McCarthy
A round-up of transfer rumours and speculation from around the web
By Dan Matthews
15 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
The Blues have been one of the busiest clubs so far in the the January transfer window.
Backed by the financial muscle of Farhad Moshiri, Everton have already brought in young forward Ademola Lookman and midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. And Ronald Koeman's reported desire to add another centre back to his squad means Phil Jagielka's future at the club is increasingly uncertain.
According to MailOnline , the defender is set for crunch talks with the club after a disappointing season in which the defender has been dropped by Koeman on several occasions. The 34-year-old has international pedigree having won 40 caps for England. But his form has taken a dip this season and he could be set to end his stay on Merseyside. The Blues captain was a summer target for former Everton boss David Moyes at Sunderland as Koeman considered a deal for Lamine Kone.
James McCarthy has struggled with injuries in recent years
Another player who could be on his way out of Goodison is James McCarthy.
The Republic of Ireland international has struggled with injury in recent months and could fall further down the pecking order following the arrival of Morgan Schneiderlin.
The Chronicle are reporting that Newcastle United are interested in bringing the midfielder to Tyneside.

Watch Romelu Lukaku introduce cancer-fighting Bradley Lowery to Manchester City players
The five-year-old Sunderland fan was a special mascot during Sunday's visit from Pep Guardiola's City side
By Paul Gorst
15 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
There was a very special mascot at Goodison Park on Sunday after Everton welcomed five-year-old cancer sufferer Bradley Lowery to Merseyside. The Blues invited the Sunderland fanatic, who is suffering from neuroblastoma for a second time, to accompany the players against City on Sunday aftternoon. Bradley, from Blackhall in County Durham, was the Black Cats' mascot before their game with Everton in September. Heartbreaking news for family of young Bradley Lowery The Blues donated £200,000 to a campaign by Bradley's family to help fund life-saving treatment in America for the youngster. However it was discovered the youngster's cancer has continued to grow and is now terminal. Bradley was led on to pitch with the Everton players and was carried across the Goodison Park turf by Romelu Lukaku as he was introduced to City stars Yaya Toure and David Silva amongst others.
A Facebook post by his family, posted earlier this week, read: "We (are) on the last leg of our journey now so soon be home... however we (are) not home for long as Bradley has been invited down to Goodison Park on Sunday. "Bradley is super excited to walk on the pitch with all the Everton Football Club players. "Hope to see use all there to show our appreciation for the support you have shown us."

Everton hammer Manchester City as Pep Guardiola suffers biggest ever league defeat
Everton 4 Manchester City 0: Lukaku, Mirallas, Davies and Lookman all find the net
By Simon Hughes at Goodison Park
The Independent January 14 2017
Indeed, Pep, but can you do it in a tough borough like Walton when vile January winds whoosh up Goodison Road and cold Irish Sea rains soak shirts, potentially dampening spirits? Not on this occasion; not when he is also facing a midfielder with the talent and raw-enthusiasm of Tom Davies, the teenage Everton midfielder who chose this game to propel himself into the nation's spotlight, scoring a goal that only the great 18-year-olds tend to score. Davies hails from the same football family as Alan Whittle, the former Everton forward many describe as a maverick. After leaving Everton, Whittle's career took him to Iran where he played for Persepolis for a year until he was forced to return to Britain after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini led the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Whittle's emigration, at a time very few footballers chose such a path, meant he became a recognisable sporting figure in the country, or as he put it – telling the Evertonian in 2008, "I was big in Iran." Should his nephew Davies continue to perform as he did here, he might gain rather more fame than his uncle in his homeland. Davies's involvement in Everton's opening goal had already been an outstanding feature of the day before he made it 3-0; sprinting down the length of the Bullens Road stand before executing a sublime piece of skill that made Yaya Touré and Gaël Clichy look like yesterday's men. Ross Barkley's pass left him running towards the Gwladys Street end, the famous end in the ground. That didn't bother Davies, though. His lift over Claudio Bravo was cool. This was a terrible afternoon for Pep Guardiola and City; one which exposed where their problems lay, largely due to the youthful magnificence of Everton menfolk like Davies, Mason Holgate and Ademola Lookman, who scored on his Everton debut to make it 4-0. Guardiola's all-conquering teams at Barcelona and Bayern Munich had great players but there was also a platform to build from involving midfielders at their peak condition, able to dominate and control their space on the field. He also had full-backs able to embrace their creative responsibilities.
Look at the age of City's players in those areas: Bacary Sagna will be 34 next month, Clichy is 31, Pablo Zabaleta will be 32 tomorrow and Touré (with strapping on his knee) is 33. Guardiola must know that over the course of a campaign, facts like these will prove to be significant. He is unfortunate that İlkay Gündoğan's injury is season-ending. Though Fernandinho was suspended for this game, he probably needs to replace three or four players to make City better. The sight of Touré trying to stop Davies had been a regular theme. Everton's opening goal was beautiful in its simplicity and a consequence of some sluggish reactions in City's midfield. Clichy was at fault for City, passing straight to Davies; though from there, there remained much to do. The way he glided through the midfield, ignoring the opponents of considerable girth like Touré, suggested there is a calmness to his confidence. Davies was able to hold his release, appreciating the right time to supply Kevin Mirallas with the weight of pass which made it easier for the Belgian make a quick switch, which in turn found Romelu Lukaku on the penalty spot in front of the Park End with an open net in front of him. It was the seventh time this season City had conceded following the first shot from the opposition on their goal. When Everton's second shot of the game came, there was the same outcome: a goal, this time for Mirallas, who shoveled his finish past Bravo, giving the Chilean no chance. John Stones, returning to Goodison for the first time since his £50million move to City, had slipped in the moments before, affording Barkley possession. City had been hopeless in both boxes but they were, perhaps, unfortunate too. In the first half - at 0-0 - a penalty could have been theirs when Joel Robles and Leighton Baines combined to bring down Raheem Sterling. Baines's facial expression suggested a level of guilt but referee Mark Clattenburg concluded, however, there had been no infringement. By the end, Goodison was juddering and shuddering, its old buttresses moving. Lookman was sent on by Koeman, the £11million signing from Charlton Athletic. He needed just two minutes to score after being introduced in injury time. His goal meant it was Everton's biggest victory over City in 31 years.

John Stones' return to Everton was mostly ignored, except when the home fans were enjoying the England defender's mistakes
By Jack Gaughan for Daily Mail
15 January 2017
The boos had subsided for much of what was a return encased in indifference, but John Stones could not mistake them shortly after Everton's second goal. He had hold of the ball in one corner of Goodison Park, just in front of the Gwladys Street, with Romelu Lukaku bearing down. Thousands gesticulated angrily in the direction of Stones, who was busy teeing himself up to volley clear, a decision at odds with how Manchester City's £47.5million central defender would rather play. For the first time in the afternoon he looked nervous, ill at ease in his surroundings. Stones horrendously miscued, slicing across goal. This was not the cool, Rolls Royce figure we had become accustom to. Everton supporters gave the youngster a hostile reception in the opening moments but largely ignored his existence as Ronald Koeman's battling Toffees set about upsetting their lavishly assembled visitors. But the boos came back with a vengeance after the second goal, Stones then mocked for a smattering of mistakes. 'Stonesy, what's the score?' they laughed. The sight of him losing the ball in the final moments for Ademola Lookman to smash past seconds into his debut summed it up. Stones also played his part in Lukaku's opening goal, with eyes on gallivanting into midfield even before Gael Clichy gifted away possession. From there Stones was caught on the hop, out of the game as Everton manoeuvred their way through City's porous backline. His difficulties on occasion can stem from thinking too far ahead, picturing the game's development two or three phases down the line. It is why he is found out of position too often.
And there are problems around him, of course. City's defensive shape has improved in recent weeks but deep-rooted frailties remain. The protection of the two central defenders - in this case Stones and Nicolas Otamendi - is precarious without Fernandinho. Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta were not adequate cover on Merseyside, evidenced during the calamitous second goal shortly after the break.
Stones, as he often does, read the game well, sliding to intercept an incisive throughball, but could only watch as City's midfield failed to react. In the end, Kevin Mirallas slipped in behind Stones, who eventually looked like the culprit. Unfair, really, but it can be no coincidence that City have kept just two Premier League clean sheets when the England international has started. Guardiola will retain faith in him, however, the pair often seen engaging on the turf at City's plush training base, talking at length.
He sees the value of nurturing Stones, taking him aside during gentle warm-ups to deliver his dispatch while others slowly amble out and ping balls between each other. Everything is discussed, from positioning to distribution, to which foot he should control a certain angled pass with. Stones listens intently, often querying and challenging what is being said. It is a conversation rather than a sermon. The player knows he has plenty left to learn. Guardiola and those inside City do too, with an unshakeable belief that he will be the cornerstone of their side in campaigns to come. He is not at the moment, it must be said. The Barnsley academy graduate has been in and out of the team for over a month, on the bench for victories over Watford and Arsenal in December. Back at Everton, he was part of a weak back four struggling for protection and organisation. Maybe the away support should have been the fans booing instead.

Ademola Lookman adds flourish for Everton in defeat of Manchester City
Everton 4 - 0 Man City
Sunday 15 January 2017
The Guardian
Manchester City endured more misery on Merseyside in a 4-0 defeat at Everton, leaving Pep Guardiola's team out of the Champions League positions after the heaviest league defeat of the Spaniard's coaching career. Two weeks after a 1-0 loss at Liverpool, City were beaten across Stanley Park following goals by Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, 18-year-old midfielder Tom Davies and 19-year-old debutant Ademola Lookman. City have now lost three of their past four away matches, with the latest setback for Guardiola coming at the hands of a team managed by his former Barcelona team-mate Ronald Koeman. His team had already dropped out of the top four – into fifth place – following wins for Tottenham and Arsenal on Saturday, and are now 10 points behind first-placed Chelsea. Lukaku sidefooted home a square ball from Mirallas to put Everton ahead in the 34th minute, with the move sparked by Davies intercepting Gaël Clichy's ball forward from left-back. Starting for a second straight game, Davies was everywhere – even clearing Bacary Sagna's header off the line just before half-time as City searched for an equaliser. But just after the restart Ross Barkley slipped in Mirallas to score with an angled shot in the 47th minute before the visitors were finished off by the best goal of the match, Davies dinking the ball over goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and inside the near post to crown an impressive individual display.
Lookman, signed from Charlton this month for £11m and on as a substitute for his Everton debut, completed City's misery four minutes into injury time by shooting through Bravo's legs with his first touch.

Everton 4-0 Manchester City Player Ratings: 'I was there' moment for Davies
Coming force in Blues midfield comes of age
By David Prentice
15 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Joel Robles 7
Was maybe a little fortunate to escape conceding a first half penalty after sliding out at Sterling's feet, but advanced smartly to close down Silva in another crucial first half one v one. Solid and steady. Absolutely no guarantees Stekelenburg will be back any time soon.
Seamus Coleman 7
Usual mix of energy, intelligent running and overhit crosses. But always supplies a penetrating outlet. Also part of a back five which kept a clean sheet.
Ashley Williams 8
Typically took no chances, unlike his defensive partner, and as a result looked a little agricultural at times. But was at the heart of a commanding defensive display.
Ramiro Funes Mori 6
Was over-ambitious with one first half run out of defence which almost led to calamity, but impetuosity aside was an influential figure.
Mason Holgate 6
Operated effectively on the right of a central three where he looks best suited. Struggled at times to keep track of City's attacking outlets, conceded a dangerous free-kick for a nudge on Aguero and was booked. But we are talking the Premier League's most dangerous front line. A very promising talent.
Leighton Baines 7
Typical Baines. Solid, reliable and effective. Not asked to operate as far forward as usual but was reassuringly steady.
Tom Davies 9
Provided one of Goodison's great 'I was there' moments. Did he score? Did Lukaku get a goalline touch? Who cares? His run and dink was thrilling and capped an afternoon when a coming force came of age. Sure there were some misplaced passes and some over-impetuous tackling but he also produced a peach of a pass for Mirallas to create the opener. Then was in the right place to head off the line from Clichy on the stroke of half-time. We don't do half points otherwise young Tom's a nine-and-a-half.
Gareth Barry 7
Captained the side and produced 72 minutes of solid, intelligent and important shielding work. Overhit two early opportunities, a pass through to Lukaku and a cross from the left, which might have rendered his influence even more significant. But still a very important member of the squad.
Kevin Mirallas 8
One ferocious finish and one sublime assist, yet you were still left with the impression that the Belgian could have done even more. Nit-picking maybe, but Koeman clearly thought so, too because he was the first to make way for Morgan Schneiderlin after 63 minutes. But his match-winning work had been done.
Kevin Mirallas of Everton scores his team's second goal against Manchester City
Ross Barkley 8
Grew into the game like a rose blooming, and his outside of the foot pass for Mirallas' goal was almost as delicate and beautiful. Knitted together midfield and front line very, very well until he made way to allow Ademola Lookman enjoy a brief Premier League debut.
Romelu Lukaku 8
Produced some excellent hold up play, important defensive work and unselfish running. And still slammed in his 12 goal of the season. Quite where Everton would be without his presence does not bear thinking about. Last minute reaction to Otamendi was out of character and unwise, but still a massive figure for the Blues.
Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring against Manchester City
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Morgan Schneiderlin (for Mirallas 63 mins) 7
Only brief glimpses of the understated midfield work we can expect from the Frenchman, but they were tantalising glimpses.
James McCarthy (for Barry 72 minutes) 7
His energy and intelligent aggression was just what Everton needed at a pivotal period of the match. Clearly not one of the squad members who has been told his time is up.
Ademola Lookman (89 mins, for Barkley) 7
Sealed a truly stellar day by nutmegging City keeper Claudio Bravo for a goal with his first touch in the Premier League. What a day. What a future!

Everton 4-0 Manchester City: 'Phenomenal!' Fans react as Lookman and Davies score first Blues goals
Ronald Koeman's side recorded an emphatic win over Pep Guardiola's with Davies and Lookman scoring their first for the Blues
By Paul Gorst
15 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
A sensational Everton performance saw Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman score their first goals for the Blues as they hammered Manchester City 4-0 on Sunday. Goals from Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas got the Blues up and running before the two youngsters took centre stage in the best win of Ronald Koeman's Everton tenure so far. In a largely open contest, the visitors huffed and puffed, but it was Koeman's men who were more decisive in the final third and Lukaku side-footed home after Mirallas was sent scampering through from Davies' clever through ball. Mirallas then doubled the lead after the break with a superb finish before Davies truly announced himself in only his third Premier League start.
On a day to remember for the 18-year-old, he skipped inside two challenges with a superb back-heel before he tucked the ball away from Ross Barkley's pass. Ever the poacher, Lukaku tried his best to tap it in on the line, but it was teenager's goal, no doubt. "Definitely my goal," he said after the game. "Rom is trying to claim it, but no chance!". Lookman, who was making his debut following his £11m signing from Charlton earlier this month, rifled in his first goal late on to secure a huge win for the Toffees.
Here's the best reaction from Blues fans on social media.
Is right @1tomdavies - man of the match, tremendous. pic.twitter.com/8Azg0eVc9a
— Peter Guy (@Getintothis) January 15, 2017
Tom Davies. The best ket wig in the world pic.twitter.com/JiA76NXpla
— JustSomeLad. (@SomeEvertonFan) January 15, 2017
Congratulations to @Alookman_ for scoring on his @premierleague debut for @Everton against Man City this afternoon. #MadeInCharlton #cafc
— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) January 15, 2017
Tom Davies the 499th and Ademola Lookman the 500th different League scorers in #EFC's history! (not including own goals)
— Steve Johnson (@stevejohnson95) January 15, 2017
Oh lord pic.twitter.com/RObHhRyq5T
— EFC Stats (@EFCStats) January 15, 2017
FT: Everton 4-0 Man City. pic.twitter.com/f4TInFfYmo
— Uber Football Facts (@UberFootbalI) January 15, 2017
Never leave. @1TomDavies pic.twitter.com/POPVrpp6zr
— EFC Feelin Blue (@EFCFeelinBlue) January 15, 2017
Love this from @MasonHolgateee & @1TomDavies #EFC pic.twitter.com/XljAFgXrD2
— Chipsh & Mayo™ (@Clemo89efc) January 15, 2017
I think I've died and gone to heaven #nsno #efc
— MatthewEFC (@NorthantsEFC) January 15, 2017
90': Ademola Lookman comes on to make Everton debut
94': Ademola Lookman scores to make it 4-0 against Man City
It doesn't get much better pic.twitter.com/HeuUp0oXBd
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) January 15, 2017
This Tom Davies lad is absolutely class. pic.twitter.com/nsT96RevlD
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) January 15, 2017
Tom Davies that was all you lad! What a performance today all round from the young lad! Well done #EFC
— Andrei Kanchelskis (@AAKanchelskis) January 15, 2017
HE'S 18 YEARS OF AGE I CAN'T COPE

Nigerian Teenager Lookman Scores, Iheanacho Struggles As Everton Thrash City
15 Jan 2017 Nigeria Sports
Nigerian teenager Ademola Lookman scored within five minutes of his Everton debut as they defeated Manchester City 4-0 in a Premier League clash on Sunday. Lookman, who joined Everton from Charlton Athletic only last week for around £10m, scored in the fifth minute of added time after coming on in the 90th minute. His goal added to strikes from Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and another teenager Tom Davies. Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho was a second half substitute for City, replacing Pablo Zabaleta, but he could not help as Pep Guardiola's side collapsed and fell 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Before Mirallas scored, he had a goal disallowed after Seamus Coleman was correctly adjudged to have been offside, before City were unfortunate not to win a penalty when Raheem Sterling appeared to be brought down by goalkeeper Joel Robles. The result was Pep Guardiola's worst ever league result in his coaching career. Iheanacho who was making his 15th appearance for the Citizens when he replaced Zabaleta in the 61st minute extended his goal drought to four games in the EPL. Lookman's goal was the icing on the cake in a devastating counter-attacking display by Everton. He latched on to a mistake from former Everton defender John Stones and he made no mistake, in firing the ball between the legs of Claudio Bravo in goal to cap his brilliant Premier League debut. Manchester City could drop to sixth place if Manchester United defeat Liverpool with more than three goals. Everton moved up to seventh in the log with 33 points from 21 games.

Why Tom Davies' goal was good enough to win a European Cup
Davies scored the third goal as Everton beat Manchester City 4-0 at Goodison on Sunday
By Dan Matthews
15 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Tom Davies' first Everton goal was reminiscent of Kenny Daglish's European Cup winning goal against Bruges in 1978, Jamie Carragher has said. Davies capped an excellent all-round performance with a lobbed finish over Claudio Bravo on a famous afternoon at Everton. Davies started the move with a driving run before turning past two Everton defenders with a neat Cruyff turn. He exchanged passes with Ross Barkley before chipping Bravo to score - despite Romelu Lukaku's best efforts to get the final touch. After the game, Carragher compared it to the goal which won Liverpool their second European Cup, claiming: "That was Dalglish [in] '78!" Davies was at the heart of a dominant Everton side, who consigned Pep Guardiola to his heaviest ever defeat in league football. "It's been my dream [to score for Everton] to actually go out and do it is unbelievable," Davies said after the game.

Man City give Guardiola another traumatic afternoon after disaster vs Everton
The Manchester City manager needs a very large shopping basket as he seeks the ingredients to turn this into a title-winning team
By Stuart Brennan
15 JAN 2017 Manchester Evening News
This Manchester City team has so many of the ingredients that go into the making of a champion outfit that it is sometimes easy to forget that they often lack the basics. But when you see that City have not won a Premier League away game after trailing at half time since 1995, you have to wonder about mentality and resilience. And from the moment that Everton went ahead through Romelu Lukaku, it did not feel like the Blues had the reservoir of desire and belief into which you need to dip at such moments. They controlled the game for long periods, played some lovely, slick passes – too often in unthreatening areas – and produced some pretty triangular football. But once Everton applied a little pressure, that delicate construction collapsed, like an iced cake in the Merseyside rain.
City looked at sea by the time Tom Davies added Everton's third It underlines what Pep Guardiola already knew, that this is a work in progress, and that when it comes to strengthening his team, an injection of character and mental fortitude need to go on the shopping list, as well as technical excellence. Even at a goal down at half time, there should have been no need for the travelling Blues to despair – even though this was Goodison Park, so often the graveyard for City hopes, especially since the 2008 takeover. City had, in some ways, been the better team in the first half. Kevin De Bruyne masterminded a bright attacking display by the Blues in that opening 45 minutes, and on two or three occasions they were inches away from scoring. The highlight was the Belgian's scooped pass to David Silva. If only the magical little Spaniard had the same kind of touch in front of goal– and a finish to match – as he shows in other areas of the field. And after looking so bright and inventive, just as they did in the reverse fixture, it was inevitable that it would all go wrong. Gael Clichy gave the ball to Tom Davies, who freed Kevin Mirallas – running free of Yaya Toure's attempt to cover – and Lukaku applied the finish. Bacary Sagna had a header cleared off the line to outline some promise for the second half, but then it all went horribly wrong. The back four was shorn of support and prone to collective and individual errors, and was backed up by a keeper who NEVER seems to stick out a hand and keep out a shot that looked all over a goal. And as City huffed and puffed at one end the goals became a procession at the other. John Stones intercepted, but nobody reacted and Mirallas went clear to thrash his shot past Claudio Bravo. Then the City defence collapsed again for Davies to clip a shot over Bravo, before Stones made a hash of a clearance to give young sub Ademola Lookman a shot at goal – and he fired it through Bravo's legs, with cold inevitability. This IS a work in progress – but boy, is there a lot of work for Guardiola to do.

Tom Davies inspired Everton add to Manchester City's woes
Pep Guardiola's team suffer their latest Premier League setback at Goodison Park
Andy Hunter at Goodison Park
Irish Times
For Ronald Koeman, Tom Davies and teenage debutant Ademola Lookman, this was the high point of their brief Everton careers. For Pep Guardiola, it was the undoubted low of his time in the Premier League as Manchester City were dismantled and destroyed at Goodison Park. "You're getting sacked in the morning" reverberated around the old stadium as one of the most revered coaches in the game suffered a humbling, emphatic defeat. Two teenagers – the outstanding Davies and recent £11m signing Lookman – scored their debut goals for Everton as they recorded their biggest win over City for 31 years. Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas, two outstanding Belgians on the day, were also on the scoresheet as the hosts produced the finest performance of the Koeman era and the heaviest defeat of the Guardiola one. The expensively-assembled visitors toiled badly against a complete second-half display from their hosts. City were bright on the front foot but defensively vulnerable throughout. Lukaku was on his game from the first whistle and with his team-mates pressing quickly and relentlessly, the threat from Koeman's team was greatly improved on last weekend's flat FA Cup exit against Leicester City. Everton's manager changed to a three-man central defence to stifle Sergio Agüero, Raheem Sterling, David Silva and co. Easier said than done. Their movement off the ball was hugely impressive, so too their ability on it, and with Kevin De Bruyne dictating play from deep the visitors prospered in the space behind Seamus Coleman, deployed as a wing-back, and Mason Holgate on the right of the defensive trio. His was a committed presence in the Everton rearguard, however, and the performances of the 20-year-old and 18-year-old Davies bodes well for their future. The speed and intelligence of their opponents made for an educating afternoon. Sterling was infuriated by referee Mark Clattenburg's refusal to award a penalty when City broke down the left for the first time. De Bruyne picked out the former Liverpool forward with a measured cross behind Leighton Baines and his attempt to round Joel Robles was halted by a combination of the goalkeeper's trailing leg and the Everton left-back's sliding intervention. Sterling may have gone to ground too easily but replays suggested contact with Robles and a possible, accidental handball from Baines. Clattenburg was unmoved. Sterling also had the first shot of the game when De Bruyne spotted his run behind Ramiro Funes Mori and delivered an inch-perfect ball that merited more than a tame volley straight at Robles. Silva was also released behind the Everton defence, once again by an immaculate De Bruyne ball, but the keeper was off his line sharpish to smother. A dangerous counter came to nothing when Sterling and Pablo Zabaleta – a roving central midfielder in the absence of Fernandinho, Fernando and Ilkay Gundogan – had only one defender to beat. City's generosity was punished ruthlessly. Mirallas had already seen an early goal correctly disallowed for offside after a neat, incisive move involving Lukaku, Davies and Coleman. The breakthrough arrived from a similar attack down the Everton right, albeit instigated by Gaël Clichy when he gifted possession to Davies. The teenager, the nephew of former Everton title-winner Alan Whittle, pierced the City defence with a superb pass into Mirallas, who cut the ball back invitingly for Lukaku. His compatriot side-footed a precise, powerful shot inside Claudio Bravo's left-hand post. Remarkably, it was the fourth time in their past seven league games that City had conceded the first shot on their goal. Guardiola had switched John Stones, given a harsh reception on his Goodison return, to the left of City's central defence to combat Lukaku's tendency to cut inside on to his favoured foot. There was no City defender near the Belgium international when he converted and the tone for a feeble display at the back had been set.
Lukaku, who had carried Bradley Lowery – the five-year-old Sunderland fan who has neuroblastoma – on to the pitch before kick-off, was involved in Everton's second, moments after the restart. His attempted through ball was intercepted by Stones but the impressive Ross Barkley slipped the rebound into the path of Mirallas, who found Bravo's far corner with an excellent finish, in keeping with the Belgian's overall contribution. Guardiola introduced Kelechi Iheanacho for Zabaleta in an attempt to cajole a fightback but City's response barely flickered into life. Everton's day simply got better and better. Davies, who had cleared a Clichy header off his own goal-line in the first half, put the contest beyond the visitors with an exquisite first goal for the club he joined as a 10-year-old, one that encapsulated the many qualities he has shown since joining the senior ranks. First he outmanoeuvred both Yaya Touré and Clichy with a determined run down the right before playing the ball inside to Lukaku. Barkley took over, spotted that Davies had continued his run, and released the teenager through on goal. Davies clipped a delightful finish over Bravo and beyond Lukaku's attempt to apply the final touch on the line. Koeman brought on his new £20m signing Morgan Schneiderlin and, so comfortable were Everton, January's other recruit, Lookman. The former Charlton Athletic winger had only been on the pitch for a couple of minutes when Coleman's raid broke to him inside the area and, ignoring the right-back's call for a return pass, fired a low finish through the legs of the City goalkeeper. Guardiola's men were routed, well and truly.

Who is Tom Davies? 5 things you need to know about the Everton academy product
Davies netted the third goal of Everton's rout over Manchester City and picked up the man of the match award on the way
By Greg O'Keeffe
15 JAN 2017 Daily Mirror
Tom Davies was the name on everyone's lips as Everton thumped Manchester City 4-0.
The academy graduate put in a man of the match display and netted his first-ever senior goal with a succulent chip over the onrushing Claudio Bravo. Well, that's if Romelu Lukaku did not get a touch on it as it crossed the line. But just a few weeks ago, Davies was an unknown quantity. So, what do we know about the 18-year-old? Our friends at the Liverpool Echo have the answers...
It runs in the family
Davies is the nephew of former Blues midfielder Alan Whittle, who made 74 appearances and scored 21 goals for the club after he too progressed through the academy ranks. Whittle, now 66, was once called up for the England squad by Sir Alf Ramsey, and spent five years at Goodison between 1967-72.
He won the League with his boyhood club in 1970 and scored in the Anfield derby before being sold to Crystal Palace for £100,000. He went on to play for Sheffield United and Leyton Orient among other clubs, and had a head of bright blond hair just like Tom. What's more, Davies' older brother Liam has been a professional at Tranmere Rovers.
He's got a penchant for the dramatic
Everton u-21s were facing a demoralising defeat in the mini-derby in August 2015 after goals from Harry Wilson, Joao Carlos Teixeira and Sergi Canos left them with an uphill task. They dragged the deficit back down to one goal, but with five minutes remaining the Reds were defending doggedly. Cue Davies, who reacted first to an error from Liverpool's goalkeeper to fire home a late equaliser.
England Expects He was unexpectedly rewarded for his progress with England u-17s by being invited to train with Roy Hodgson's senior squad last October. And, in typical unflappable Davies fashion, he took it all in his stride. After a motivational pep talk from Wayne Rooney, West Derby lad Davies got stuck in.
"The squad were really good with me and Ross Barkley helped me a lot," he said. "He walked out and went through the warm-up with me, so he just generally looked after me, which was really nice.
"I even managed to score twice. I had Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain attacking with me, which was unbelievable as they are both top players." Afterwards there was time for some advice from Hodgson, "Keep listening, keep learning, keep doing what you are doing," was the message, and a perfect end to a schoolboy's dream day.
Dad Tony and mum Diane must be proud.
The only club for me
Davies penned his first pro deal - a two-year contract - in September 2015 following his progression with David Unsworth's Under-21s side. He said: "It's a great honour to sign my first contract, especially with Everton , a club that means so much to me. "I've been here since I was in the Under-11s so that's around seven years now. It's been hard at times, but enjoyable and I'm very glad I'm still here.
"To sign my first contract is all I've ever wanted to be honest. To get it done is really exciting and allows me to push on for the future." He leads by example with the tenacity of his tackling and endless energy.
It was not lost on the England selectors who made him u-17s captain for the 2015 World Cup in Chile.
His leadership qualities were clear for all to see as he controlled the middle of the park during the game against City.

Bolasie tells Lukaku off for trying to steal Davies' dream goal in 4-0 Man City win
The 18-year-old scored his first goal for the Blues in Sunday's 4-0 win over Manchester City - but his goal-bound effort was nearly taken off him
By Paul Gorst
15 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton winger Yannick Bolaise jokingly admonished Romelu Lukaku for trying to steal Tom Davies' goal in Sunday's 4-0 win over Manchester City. The 18-year-old, who was making only his third start for the Blues, netted to make it 3-0 with a deft finish over Claudio Bravo. However, goal-poacher supreme Lukaku tried his best to tap it in on the line and even ran off with arms aloft in celebration before seemingly accepting the goal was Davies'. After the game Davies told Sky Sports that it was "definitely" his goal, and Bolasie told his close pal off on Twitter for trying to steal the thunder of the teenager at Goodison Park.
Bolasie tweeted: "Rom leave him to have that goal davis yessssssss lad
"nah I am buzzing for him".
Former Blues striker Andy Johnson waded in with his own tweet claiming: "That was cheeky from Lukaku" to which Bolasie responded: "You strikers are ruthless". Asked about the goal after the match, Davies told Sky Sports: "Definitely my goal. Rom is trying to claim it, but no chance!". Bolasie, who is out for the season with a knee injury, also reserved a word of praise for debutant Ademola Lookman, who also scored his first Everton goal late on. The £28m winger said: "From Sunday league worked his way up to the @premierleague Alookman_
"What a dream oh my god @Alookman_"

Everton 4-0 Manchester City analysis: Local beating heart led by Davies bravery
Blues buy into Koeman's high-octane press with lesson in attacking precision
By Greg O'Keeffe
15 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Forget for a moment, if possible, that wondrous goal.
There was a period when Everton most definitively dug their finger nails into these three points.
Having taken the lead earlier, they expanded on it and then withstood a late City rally in the first half.
Cool heads, bravery and nous were demanded as some in Blue began to panic, and right at the heart of it all was a teenager who spent most of last season changing in the u-23s dressing room at Finch Farm.
Tom Davies intercepted Gael Clichy's errant pass to help create the opener with wonderful vision. Then he headed off the line with seconds remaining added time in the half. What he did to make it 3-0 will live long in the memory, but on the day when all eyes were waiting to glimpse a £24m midfield newcomer, they were treated to a coming of age performance from an 18-year-old who will take some shifting from this team no matter who else arrives in January. Ronald Koeman has been steadfast in his approach to young players. They will only come into the team when they're ready to stay in. Boy, is Davies ready. His bravery puts others to shame; he is preternaturally at ease in the physicality of a Premier League engine room. Then he has the ability to do that for his goal. But today he could be forgiven for making a point of heartily slapping the back of every one of his players and then going along the line and doing it again. For the first time since his arrival they met his demand for non-stop, aggressive pressing from the opening minute to the last. Do it, and do it properly, and they will be competitive in every fixture. This thrilling display of power can't simply be a one-off tailored solely to unravel a side which plays from the back. If Everton's players invest in this high-octane press every week they will reap the rewards. Seamus Coleman gets it. Witness his relentless pressure in added time when he chased a lost cause as John Stones attempted to clear and turned it into a chance which debutant Ademola Lookman so thrillingly seized. That approach must be replicated in each of the remaining 17 games.
Local beating heart
Sky pitched Sunday as Merseyside versus Manchester; the epic battle of two fiercely proud footballing cities. That's certainly still true in terms of support, but look on the pitch for most of these four rivals and the Premier League's rife globalisation rules. It's a sign of the times. Not so entirely at Goodison Park. Not yet. And there's an undeniable added frisson for Everton supporters from beating one of the world's richest super-clubs with a team that contained three scousers. Tom Davies arm in arm with Leighton Baines in front of a jubilant Gwladys Street was a Kodak moment a few miles apart down the East Lancashire Road. Kids in West Derby and Kirkby, not to mention Ross Barkley's Wavertree, can watch their idols and empathise that little bit extra knowing they played on the same fields and walked the same streets. All three remain in Ronald Koeman's team on their own footballing merits of course, and cover the full spectrum of an average Premier League career. But it is extra special to see a team with such luminous talent as David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero defeated so emphatically by a side with such local DNA in its core.
Bradley humbles
There was so much to admire about Everton's heart and determination today.
But bettering every last bit of it was the spirit of the little mascot carried poignantly onto the pitch by Romelu Lukaku. Bradley Lowery could be forgiven for having a little rest after scampering around on the Goodison pitch before the game with such joy and boundless enthusiasm; that humbling grin never far from his face. Young Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery is brought onto the pitch by Romelu Lukaku before the match between Everton and Manchester City He was smiling again when his new hero opened the scoring, and even though the five-year-old is Sunderland through and through, he and his family will know how much they've been taken into royal blue hearts. Into the hearts of all football fans in truth.
As the banner carried by City fans in the Bullens Road said: Cancer has no colours: One Bradley Lowery.
Lowery's defiance in spite of his terminal neuroblastoma is the ultimate antidote to life's everyday gripes and mundane moans. 'Thankyou Everton' was printed on the back of his Sunderland shirt before the game. It's us who should be thanking him.
Perfectly precise
Four shots on target, four goals. Everton were a lesson in attacking precision.
They still require extra attacking impetus this month, whether or not that will come in the unknown quality of Ishak Belfodil remains to be seen. But Romelu Lukaku's progress remains unstoppable. He has learned to stay focused in a team that under-provides him with quality service. He had learned to maintain concentration and keep defenders busy until he gets his moment, and now so often he doesn't miss. Provide him with a genuine foil and Everton could truly flourish as an attacking unit.

'It will take a long time to forget that goal': Everton fans react to famous win over Manchester City
Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman scored their first Everton goals on an amazing afternoon at Goodison
By Dan Matthews
15 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton fans hailed the performances of Tom Davies, Ross Barkley and the tactics of manager Ronald Koeman after the 4-0 victory over Manchester City. Goals from Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Davies and debutant Ademola Lookman saw the Blues condemn Pep Guardiola to his heaviest ever defeat in league football. After the game Tony Scott caught up with some jubilant Everton fans, with one labelling it : "The best performance for a long time". "Tom Davies will get all the headlines what a game [Mason] Holgate had," he continued. Tom Davies of Everton lifts the ball over goalkeeper Claudio Bravo of Manchester City to score his side's third goal Everton 4-0 Manchester City Player Ratings: 'I was there' moment for Davies Davies scored his first Everton goal following brilliant Blues build up play.
The young midfielder picked up a loose ball and drove into the City half before turning exchanging passes with Ross Barkley just outside the area. Davies ran in on Bravo before lifting it over Claudio Bravo from a tight angle to put Everton 3-0 up. "It will take a long time to forget that goal," another fan claimed.

Everton teenager Tom Davies ensures Pep Guardiola knows his name
The 18-year-old midfielder only made his first start of the season a fortnight ago but played with a maturity beyond his years as his side crushed Manchester City
Paul Wilson at Goodison Park
Sunday 15 January 2017 Guardian
Pep Guardiola knew this fixture was going to be hard but felt his side would show the benefit of a full week off in which to prepare. Manchester City had enjoyed that five-goal romp at West Ham United in the FA Cup on Friday 6 January, whereas Everton had played on the Saturday and been dumped out of the only competition remaining open to them by Leicester City. Cue glumness at Goodison, with complaints that Everton's season had ended in early January and hints from Ronald Koeman that some transfer action in the window may be a good idea if the team was going to be any stronger for the next campaign. Yet it was City, still with everything to play for, who looked stale here. Everton were fresh, inventive, up for it. Their midfield was bolstered by the introduction of £20m Morgan Schneiderlin in the second half but by that point the home side were already two goals to the good. While City's star-studded midfield struggled to find a way through Everton's back three and Sergio Agüero endured an afternoon without the ball, an 18-year-old local product was making a name for himself and delighting his home crowd while dispatching another body blow to Guardiola's hopes of securing a top-four place in his first season in England. Tom Davies only made his first start of the season a fortnight ago but Koeman evidently liked what he saw and against City it was possible to see why. Undaunted by Yaya Touré, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and all the other illustrious names in front of him, Davies played with a confidence and maturity beyond his years. His pass to Kevin Mirallas to allow Romelu Lukaku to open the scoring was simply sublime, perfectly measured and weighted and responsible for taking out two or three City defenders. Right at the end of the first half he stuck a foot in to dispossess Silva and set an attack in motion that could have brought Lukaku a second goal, then to complete a busy 45 minutes he turned up on his own line to prevent an equaliser when Bacary Sagna's header needed to be cleared.
The best was saved until last, however, for in the second half, with the game already won at 2-0 and City beginning to wish they were somewhere else, Davies collected the ball in his own half and set off on a run down the right wing. Taking on Gaël Clichy and Touré and turning inside to beat them both, Davies played in Lukaku, picked up a return pass from Ross Barkley and calmly stroked the ball over Claudio Bravo to register his first goal for the club. That was quite a moment, yet Everton were still not finished. Although the new signing Ademola Lookman was only sent on for the last few minutes of stoppage time, just to introduce the former Charlton player to his new surroundings, the 19-year-old found the visiting defence in such disarray that he helped himself to a debut goal at the Gwladys Street end. That turned a convincing victory into a rout of City and the wild celebrations were fuelled by elements of surprise as well as relief. This was Everton's biggest win over City in three decades and before the game absolutely no one was expecting that. Before the game Everton would have gladly settled for a draw or perhaps a narrow defeat and a mistake or two from John Stones. The City defender was predictably booed on his return to Goodison but was playing well and displaying his usual coolness under pressure until the game got away from the visitors in the second half. Everton's precise passing and enthusiastic support play bypassed Stones for the third goal – and for the fourth the defender was unlucky when his attempted clearance struck Séamus Coleman and rebounded kindly for Lookman to take advantage. For all Everton's unexpected excellence, it remains unlikely that they will crack the top six this season, although on this evidence City could soon be making a place available. Guardiola's side never got their game going. Pablo Zabaleta did not bring much to midfield and Touré and De Bruyne seemed to be playing too deep, moving the ball around quite neatly but usually too far from the Everton goal to cause the home side any alarm. Guardiola argued his side suffered through not taking the chances they created in the first half, which was true up to a point. Better finishing from Raheem Sterling from De Bruyne invitations on two occasions before Everton scored might have put the home side under more pressure and altered the outcome of the game, although City still need to work out why Agüero is not getting on the end of their best chances or why opponents seem to find it so easy to open up their defence so completely.
Guardiola thought the game was a little like the 1-1 draw against Everton at the Etihad Stadium in October, which was odd because on that occasion his side would have won but for missing two penalties. Everton did give notice three months ago that under Koeman they are capable of staying compact in defence and making the most of isolated opportunities to counter but that was not what happened here. Everton's opportunities were far from isolated, as the scoreline suggests. "We punished them," Koeman said. Guardiola, who also expressed dismay at the scoreline, did not disagree. "It might have been different if Sagna had scored at the end of the first half but Davies was in the way," the City manager said. Of Everton's two teenage goalscorers, Davies is the younger by eight months but he can consider himself to have truly arrived if Guardiola knows his name already.

Man City fans HAMMER Bravo and defence after defeat vs Everton
Pep Guardiola suffered his biggest league defeat as Manchester City were beat 4-0 at Goodison Park
By Charlotte Duncker
15 JAN 2017 Manchester Evening News
As Man City fell to their heaviest league defeat this season there were only two things the fans were talking about: the defence and Claudio Bravo. Despite the Blues looking like the livelier side in the first half it was Everton who took the lead in the lead in the 34th minute after a careless pass from Gael Clichy was intercepted by Tom Davies. The youngster then played in Mirallas who passed it to Lukaku to finish. Everton's second came from more slack play from City with Yaya Toure losing the ball to Lukaku in midfield who managed to play in Barkley. John Stones slid in but only managed to pass the ball back to his former team mate. Clichy failed to deal with Davies for Everton's third and things got worse for City when Stones' clearance was closed down by Seamus Coleman. The Irishman set up Ademola Lookman, who slotted it through Bravo's legs for his debut Everton goal for the Toffees' fourth.
There were some less than complimentary things being said about City's 'keeper
He literally can't save a thing. #Rumbled
— Jake (@Everything_City) January 15, 2017
And some of City's former players waded in to have their say
Still can't help thinking the Joe Hart situation/karma is playing a part at City #Bravo
— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) January 15, 2017
This fan thinks there is no excuse
City's defence is a complete shambles. Simply no excuse for it either considering the money that they have spent on defenders. #EVEMCI
— Joe Hodge (@HodgeSAFC) January 15, 2017
Could it be the worst ever, this fan thinks so
This is the worst Man City defence i have ever seen. #mcfc
— Luke Moss (@LukeeeMoss) January 15, 2017
Slightly extreme?
City defence like Sunday league
— Sakib Arain (@SakibArain) January 15, 2017
No title this year according to this fan
We're not gonna win anything with this defence and that clown in net!!#MCFC
— Callum Brown (@CallumBrown15) January 15, 2017
Paul Lake's also given his view
I love Pep's attacking philosophy, but you *cannot* win the PL without a solid defensive strategy. Our vulnerability is unnerving #mcfc
— Paul Lake (@Paul_Lake) January 15, 2017

Everton 4-0 Manchester City: Koeman hails 'perfect afternoon'
Blues boss inflicts the biggest defeat of pal Guardiola's managerial career
By Greg O'Keeffe
15 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Ronald Koeman hailed Everton's "perfect afternoon" after they condemned Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to the heaviest league defeat of his managerial career. The Toffees were ruthless in a thrilling contest which saw them humble a side considered by many as title contenders before the season began.
Goals from Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Tom Davies and £10m new-boy Ademola Lookman secured all three points, and left Koeman full of praise for his players' second half quality following a mixed opening period. Asked whether it had been the best display of his reign to date, the Dutchman said: "Okay, maybe yes, in the total team performance. "Of course it's difficult to say 'no' about this afternoon if you win 4-0 against City but I think the whole team performance was outstanding. The second 45 minutes and the second goal after half time had a big impact on the rest of the game.
Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City reacts as Ronald Koeman, manager of Everton looks on
"How we played in the second half was really outstanding, really perfect. It might have been impossible to play at a higher level in every aspect of football. "The first half was difficult, they caused some problems in midfield, then you know they are really fast, they create some good chances but I think we punished them in the second half and also the first goal, to have the right movements, attacking-wise, to score the goals. "It was a perfect afternoon." Koeman admitted that the challenge for his team will be to replicate this level of performance throughout the rest of the campaign. He said: "That's always difficult. If you have played football you know not every Sunday, or weekend, is the same. "The opponent, the way the opponent is playing, the tactics, what you need to do etc. "But yes, we'd like to continue with that attitude. I think we started to play with that attitude against Arsenal at home and after that we showed it more. "It was not always the final result that we like but the team is changing the personnel is changing, that's a good way and we showed that."

Ronald Koeman - We need every player to show same qualities as Tom Davies
The 18-year-old capped off an impressive performance by scoring his first Everton goal
By Greg O'Keeffe
15 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Ronald Koeman praised Tom Davies' powerhouse display against Manchester City as he welcomed the balance of youth and experience in his evolving team. Everton had two teenage goalscorers with Davies and Ademola Lookman against Pep Guardiola's men today, and a remarkably assured defender in 20-year-old Mason Holgate. Koeman believes that youthful zest is now being complemented by players in their prime, such as the arrival of new £24m midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 27, from Manchester United last week. And the Dutchman said it bodes well for Everton's hopes of progress in the Premier League. Davies has only had a handful of starts for Everton following a string of impressive cameos
"It's not all about young players," he said. "I like to bring in young players but of course you cannot play 11 20-year-old boys this afternoon. They are for the future. "But if like Tom Davies, like Holgate, if they bring the performance and the level then I will be the first to put them on the list. That's what I like.
"We need balance in the team with the young boys, with the signing of Schneiderlin we have better balance in the team and finally a strong team." Davies helped create Romelu Lukaku's opening goal and then scored a sensational third, and Koeman was not short of praise for the academy graduate from West Derby. "He's been playing on a high level from the time when he came into the team," he said. "He has an impact for the team and okay you don't expect Tom will score every weekend but the level he showed, and real composure on the ball, that aggression, we need that. "We need that from every player, if not, we can't win against City because there is a difference in individual and football qualities in ball possession. "Everybody knows it's not always the difference and you have more aspects in football to win the game and we showed everybody that we can do it our way, to have a good final result." The victory means the Blues are unbeaten agant three of the top five at Goodison Park, drawing with Manchester United and triumphing over Arsenal and City so far this term. They drew with Tottenham in August and only lost to a last-minute Liverpool goal in December. "Each Evertonian likes the way we played today and we are on a good run," said Koeman. "Two wins, two clean sheets in the PL, with the exception of last week, that's what we like to expect."

Everton transfer rumours: West Ham and Sunderland to battle it out for Phil Jagielka
16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
Everton are set to receive offers for out-of-favour club captain Phil Jagielka, according to the Daily Mail .Jagielka has fallen behind Ramiro Funes Mori to partner Ashley Williams at the back. But Ronald Koeman has used Mason Holgate as the possible third option in recent weeks and the 34-year-old has had little game time.
Reports suggest West Ham and Sunderland have both expressed an interest in prising the England international away from Goodison Park.The Newcastle Chronicle also say that James McCarthy could be on his way to Sunderland in an attemp to to lure Lamine Kone to Merseyside.The Blues reportedly failed to bring Kone to Goodison in the summer but Koeman has insisted his January dealings are far from over - sparking suggestion the 23-year-old Ivorian could leave the Stadium of Light.
West Bromwich Albion
Tony Pulis is reportedly interested in signing Zamalek striker Basem Morsy. The Baggies will join Stoke City and Aston Villa in the race to bring the Egyptian to The Hawthorns and ass some fire power in the tail end of the season. (Daily Mail)But that's not the only piece of business Pulis could be interested in. Reports suggest that West Brom could join Brighton and Hull City by showing interest in Blackbrun Rovers' Jason Lowe. (Daily Mail)

Everton's Davies showing the signs of being a 'proper player' says Baines
'He's Everton' the Blues full-back also said as he gave the teenager a glowing report
ByPhil Kirkbride
16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
Leighton Baines believes Tom Davies is showing all the hallmarks of being a "proper player".The Everton left-back has been glowing in his praise of 18-year-old Davies after his man-of-the-match display against Manchester City.Davies produced a wonderful chip to bag the Blues' third goal in their impressive 4-0 win over Pep Guardiola's side at Goodison.And though Baines says Everton must resist putting the West Derby lad under too much pressure too soon, he admits that the early signs are exciting. "I was talking to him afterwards and he was 'I scored!' (almost in disbelief)," Baines said."We had a bit of a joke about Rom getting a touch on it."But he's been top drawer, his temperament is unbelievable."With his ability, you know what is there and what he is capable of, but he's excelled when he's got out there."You get some players who train well but flatter to deceive in a game because it can be a bit overwhelming and daunting as a young lad."But Tom is the opposite. He trains well but he finds another level when he gets out on the pitch and that is always the sign of a proper player."Everton's players huddled round a TV in the home dressing room afterwards to try and clear up if Romelu Lukaku had got a touch on Davies' chip.Laughter and cheering could be heard down the tunnel which leads to the Goodison changing rooms and Baines says Davies, who was claiming his first ever Everton goal despite Lukaku's friendly protests, is showing himself to be right at home at senior level."It's relishing your environment and where you're at," he added. "For some, that can be a moment to shrink but for Tom, above everything, I think his temperament has been amazing for such a young player and he carries himself well on the pitch, off the pitch, around the training ground."I see him working hard, I see him doing all the right things, we'll come off the field and he'll be in the gym, he's got good support around him - he knows that - but he deserves all the plaudits. He's a lovely kid, a great player and he's Everton, he's one of the ones we'll all get behind."But there's also a bit of caution there because he's a young lad. He's riding high at the moment but it's tough, there's competition in there and he's got to produce performances like that to give himself a chance of playing but all credit to him at the moment and we hope he plays many more games like that."

Everton ace to discuss future with Ronald Koeman as West Ham and Sunderland consider moves
By David Wright
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 |
The Express
The 34-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Everton this season, making just two appearances since the start of December.He's even been overlooked when Ronald Koeman has played five at the back, with youngster Mason Holgate favoured alongside Ramiro Funes Mori and Ashley Williams in the heart of defence.And, according to the Daily Mail, Jagielka is set to discuss his future at Everton with West Ham and Sunderland said to be lining up January moves.Hammers manager Slaven Bilic appears to be keen on improving his defensive options and is reportedly also interested in Southampton's Jose Fonte and Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho.While Sunderland have apparently been keeping tabs on Jagielka since the summer, when there were reports of a part-exchange deal for Lamine Kone.Toffees manager Koeman is understood to be in the market to replace  Jagielka with a young centre-back either this month or in the summer.Jagielka, who has won 40 cap for England, arrived at Goodison Park in 2007 from Sheffield United in a deal worth around £4million.

Everton FC what the papers say - 'Here was a performance to leave Evertonians dreaming of a bright future'
ByGlen Williams
16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
Everton's emphatic 4-0 win over Manchester City went a long way to Blues fans seeing their team back at their very best.As our very own Phil Kirkbride wrote , it was the closest the Blues played to how Ronald Koeman has wanted since he took over in the summer.The Dutchman's finest hour at Goodison Park which saw his side soak up so much pressure, relinquish even more possession, but deliver their own final blows with devastating effect.Granted, there is another story that evolved from the game - Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, whose heaviest ever league defeat as a manager came yesterday, admitted their title run is over.But the ECHO looks at what today's newspapers wrote about Everton and the manner in which they went about their City thrashing.In The Times, Oliver Kay focused on how Everton's resolve was possibly their most impressive asset. He wrote:According to a shell-shocked Pep Guardiola, this brutally emphatic defeat, the heaviest he has suffered in a league fixture in his managerial career, came in a game his team had "controlled". You could see what he was getting at, given how comfortable Manchester City looked for long periods, but it is alarming — embarrassing, even — when a team claiming to be in "control" end up beaten 4-0.For that, Everton deserve immense credit. They were everything that City were not — focused, organised, tenacious, resilient and extremely clinical. Ronald Koeman's team had only 30 per cent of possession and six shots all afternoon, but goals from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas gave them a different type of "control" to the one Guardiola was talking about before memorable late strikes from two youngsters, Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman — on his debut — inflicted more humiliation on City.In The Telegraph, Chris Bascombe wrote about how Tom Davies tore Guardiola's side to shreds all afternoon. The 18-year-old's stock shot through the roof after his display yesterday, he said:It was Davies, the 18-year-old from Everton's Academy, who had spent the afternoon outrunning and outmanoeuvring Pep Guardiola's side.For all Guardiola's problems, and they are plentiful, even he must have grudgingly admired the splendour and vigour of Davies' technically brilliant display, especially Everton's third goal.It was the kind of finish Guardiola has seen often, but usually at the Nou Camp and the trademark of Lionel Messi.This was a moment of exquisite individual beauty, made all the more memorable that his delicate chip over Claudio Bravo on 80 minutes followed a 70-yard run during which he had taken out the entire Manchester City midfield and defence, back-heeling to escape the attention of Yaya Touré, prior to exchanging passes with Ross Barkley.There was moment's pause inside the stadium to digest what just happened and pandemonium followed.In the Daily Mail, Dominic King focused on the whole team performances and how Lookman and Davies were just the jewel in the crown. He wrote:Koeman and his players deserve every plaudit, from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas, who scored the first two goals, to the teenagers Ademola Lookman and Tom Davies — the game's outstanding performer — whose late strikes completed the rout.Here was a performance to leave Evertonians dreaming of a bright future but here was another game when City folded, showing a startling lack of character and leadership. They were spineless — and do not doubt how much they are in need of major surgery.In The Independent, Simon Hughes writes that the atmosphere at Goodison Park, coupled with the emergence of the young Davies, was too hot , or perhaps cold, for him to handle:Indeed, Pep, but can you do it in a tough borough like Walton when vile January winds whoosh up Goodison Road and cold Irish Sea rains soak shirts, potentially dampening spirits?Not on this occasion; not when he is also facing a midfielder with the talent and raw-enthusiasm of Tom Davies, the teenage Everton midfielder who chose this game to propel himself into the nation's spotlight, scoring a goal that only the great 18-year-olds tend to score.

Everton's Davies made Manchester City superstars look average says Shearer
ByChris Beesley
16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
Alan Shearer has declared that 'superb' Tom Davies made Manchester City's superstars look average.The Premier League's all-time leading goalscorer was blown away by the Blues midfielder's display as he ran the show in a 4-0 victory while netting his first goal in senior football.Shearer, who like Davies made his top flight debut aged just 17, said: "He made superstars in that Manchester City midfield look average. For 18 years of age he was superb."Everton finished the game with three players under the age of 21 on the pitch and Shearer was hugely impressed with the trio which also included Mason Holgate and substitute Ademola Lookman – who netted on his Premier League debut following his move from Charlton Athletic.He said: "Everton's youngsters were absolutely brilliant, when you compare who Tom Davies was in midfield against – Yaya Toure, Kevin De Bruyne, Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva."Holgate was too strong for Sergio Aguero and just look how Davies demands the ball."He's got De Bruyne two yards off him but it's touch, turn and see you later."Davies was playing against a very good player in De Bruyne but he was the star of the show."Shearer, who bagged 283 goals in his career, has thrown the gauntlet down to Davies to better his maiden strike against City has he feels the youngster will be hard-pressed to top it.He said: "If this kid plays until he's 35 years of age he probably won't score a better goal."He drives into the City defence, the turn was just unbelievable, he goes past two players and the arrogance, the ability and the cheek of the finish was just sublime."To chip the ball over the goalkeeper after he's ran so far shows incredible ability and I ain't half pleased that Romelu Lukaku didn't touch that ball – I can't believe he actually went for it."Shearer, who was speaking on Match of the Day 2, was also full of praise for the way Holgate shackled City's £49million England international Raheem Sterling and played a part in Lookman's goal.He said: "Holgate was one on one with Sterling and never gave him a kick all game, he had him in his pocket."Davies wins the header, Holgate plays the ball down the side, it's another mistake from John Stones and Lookman comes on and it's a hell of a finish."The keeper should do better but don't take anything away from those three guys. They were absolutely superb, particularly Davies."

How Manchester viewed Everton's thrashing of City: 'That delicate construction collapsed, like an iced cake in the Merseyside rain'
ByGlen Williams
16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
When Ademola Lookman smashed the ball through the hapless Claudio Bravo's legs, he created history.A goal on debut, four minutes after being introduced, shot Everton to the top of the charts for the joint-most goals scored by teenagers in the Premier League.But when the 19-year-old sent Goodison Park into euphoria, he also subjected Pep Guardiola to his biggest ever managerial defeat.The Manchester Evening News ( MEN ) delivered a stark verdict on the Blues rampant victory over the two-time Premier League champions.
Stuart Brennan said:
"From the moment that Everton went ahead through Romelu Lukaku, it did not feel like City had the reservoir of desire and belief into which you need to dip at such moments.They controlled the game for long periods, played some lovely, slick passes – too often in un-threatening areas – and produced some pretty triangular football.But once Everton applied a little pressure, that delicate construction collapsed, like an iced cake in the Merseyside rain."
Player ratings
Brennan was also responsible for player ratings, and former Blue John Stones received a damming four from the Manchester outlet.As did much of the City defence - including the powerless Bravo in goal, who failed to make a save in 90 minutes but saw four goals fly past him.
Bravo
No problem with playing out from the back, and while the fourth goal was awful, it was unfair to point fingers at him for the first three Everton goals. But until he starts making the odd match-saving save, as Hart used to do, the fans will continue to be sceptical. 4
Stones
Booed increasingly as the game wore on, possibly because he had such a solid start. Unfortunately he was nowhere to be seen when Lukaku stroked in the opener, was plain unlucky that no-one reacted to his interception for the second and had a shocker for the fourth. 4
Otamendi
Too often looks like he is labouring, especially against a powerhouse striker like Lukaku or Costa. No questioning his commitment, it's the application that sometimes lacks, and he was also nowhere for the two goals. 4
Consistently gave the ball away - and that was bound to cost City at some point. He actually gifted Everton possession twice in a matter of moments, and the second time Tom Davies created the opening goal. 3

Neville backs Everton ace Davies to power his way through
ByChris Beesley
16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
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Former Everton captain Phil Neville believes Tom Davies shows maturity beyond his years to deal with the tough physical demands of Premier League football.Wayne Rooney, who Neville later played alongside at Manchester United, combined a skilful approach with raw power rare in one so young during his formative years at Goodison and 18-year-old Davies is now bossing more experienced opponents in a similar fashion.Speaking on Match of the Day 2, the ex-Blues skipper said: "I was aware of him when I was at Everton and I worked with him (coaching) for 10 days with England Under-17s."What struck me about him was that he's a man. Even though he's so young at the moment if you look at him he's got a man's body. He's tough, can ride the challenges and can tackle."I think he's got a massive future because Gareth Barry can't keep going on forever and Everton have got a sensational young player."Meanwhile, BBC pundit Garth Crooks included Davies in his Premier League team of the week – which included four players from his former club Tottenham.Speaking of the Blues youngster he said: "This was a massive result for Everton manager Ronald Koeman, particularly after his side's ignominious FA Cup exit."I said a few weeks ago that something wasn't quite right at Goodison Park and it probably needed something from the January transfer window to fix it."In the meantime, Koeman has put his faith in a teenager by the name of Tom Davies. A young, local lad whose performance against Manchester City was way beyond his years. "Everton have a history of unearthing local talent and, although I don't see a Wayne Rooney, I do see a player who has blue blood running through his veins."

Yaya Toure: Everton's 4-0 hammering of Manchester City was 'unlucky'
ByGlen Williams
14:19, 16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
Everton stole the show on Sunday when they smacked four past Manchester City and romped to victory at Goodison Park.The four-goal deficit was City manager Pep Guardiola's biggest margin of defeat in his managerial career.Although Guardiola's side enjoyed much of the possession, Everton's clinical attack coupled with City's inability to convert any of their first half chances allowed Ronald Koeman's side to capitalise.It is fair to say, if a team controls the game and a last-minute goal on the break snatches a defeat - it could be considered against the run of play.At a push, a late double can be argued somewhat unlucky.But is a 4-0 drubbing unlucky?When Everton led for an hour of the game, two-thirds of the match, that may be a stretch, Yaya."For me, it was just unlucky," Toure said."All the bounces of the ball, the crosses just not finished, the defence not being so strong, the midfield not being so strong."I think it was a consequence of bad luck, what came. We have to try to be positive for the next game and look forward."The Ivorian also refused to say City looked a beaten team in terms of the title race.Despite losing four of their last eight matches in the Premier League, Toure insisted it was, yet again, down to plain bad luck."It is always good when you win and you talk and when you lose it is quite difficult," he added."But the guys deserved more than that. We were unlucky and we are going to try to bounce back on Saturday."

Everton's Idrissa Gueye set for extended absence
ByDavid Prentice
16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
Idrissa Gueye is set for an extended stay in Gabon after his Senegal side became the first team to pick up three points at the Africa Cup of Nations.The Everton dynamo played the full 90 minutes as the Lions of Teranga won their opening Group B fixture against highly-rated Tunisia 2-0.
With Algeria surprisingly held 2-2 by Zimbabwe, Senegal are now in pole position to win their group and progress through to the knockout stages of the competition.The victory was the first decisive result of the tournament, following three draws.Senegal face Zimbabwe on Thursday in their next group game, with another three points guaranteeing progress.Senegal took the lead through Liverpool striker Sadio Mane's penalty after Cheikhou Kouyate had been hacked down.Kara Mbodj powerfully headed in a second, and almost scored an own goal when his clearance struck the post.

Everton FC - five Koeman transfer targets and where they're at
ByPeter Guy
15:12, 16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
Everton are in buoyant mood after the 4-0 demolition of Manchester City this weekend.And manager Ronald Koeman will be quick to build on supporters' optimism with more transfer additions in the January window.With the youth of Tom Davies and new signing Ademola Lookman giving a fresh look to the Blues side which battered City at Goodison Park, the Everton boss will be looking for more of the same this window.
Here's five players heavily linked with a move to Everton - and their chances for signing:
Ishak Belfodil
Ishak Belfodil remains on course to join Everton despite last-ditch talks with his agent delaying the deal.Everton have reportedly agreed a £10.5m fee with Standard after Steve Walsh identified him as the man to help support Romelu Lukaku.The 25-year-old only joined Liege in the summer and has had a nomadic career, including spells with Lyon, Bologna, Parma, Inter Milan, Livorno and Baniyas in the United Arab Emirates.
Chances of coming to Goodison? 4/5
Kasper Dolberg
Everton were linked with Ajax's Kasper Dolberg before Christmas.However the teenage striking sensation who has scored 8 goals in 16 appearances this season is unlikely to leave in January.Dolberg, 19, has been attracting interest from a host of Europe's top clubs after his emergence in the Ajax first team including Everton who have sent scouts to assess his progress.The Danish international is seen as one of the biggest prospects in European football and looks set to continue his impressive rate of development at Ajax for the time being.
Chances of coming to Goodison? 2/5
Manolo Gabbiadini
Ronald Koeman wanted the 25-year-old to beef up his forward options but was forced to concede the Serie A club would not sanction the deal despite initially being confident of securing Gabbiadini's services.The Blues pursued the Italian forward in the summer but walked away from the deal on deadline day after becoming frustrated with his club Napoli.West Brom are now the favourites to land him in a bid around £20m but if the deal fails and Everton haven't added to their forward line expect a late sneaky bid.
Chances of coming to Goodison? 2/5
Lamine Kone
Reports last week suggested also say that James McCarthy could be on his way to Sunderland in an attempt to to lure Lamine Kone to Merseyside.The Blues reportedly failed to bring Kone to Goodison in the summer but Koeman has insisted his January dealings are far from over - sparking suggestion the 23-year-old Ivorian could leave the Stadium of Light.
Chances of coming to Goodison? 3/5
Memphis Depay
Everton continue to be linked with Memphis Depay however that deal looks ever increasingly unlikely. Jose Mourinho insists he is happy to keep Memphis Depay in his squad after Manchester United knocked back a bid from Lyon.United rejected a £13m offer for the 22-year-old from the French side last week.
Chances of coming to Goodison? 2/5

Everton must show they're no flash in the pan warns Mirallas
ByGlen Williams
16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
Kevin Mirallas has insisted that Everton's emphatic 4-0 victory must not be a flash in the pan if they are to consider this season a success.The Blues pieced together a nigh on perfect performance in front of the Goodison Park faithful, treating them to a four-goal thriller on Sunday.But the Belgium international said in order to keep the Gwladys Street Stand roaring, the Blues must churn out these performances consistently."The most important thing is we continue like that," Mirallas said."We have to go to Crystal Palace on Saturday. That is a difficult game, but if we play the same we win."It was a warm welcome back to winning ways in Walton. A confidence in the plan and execution of the manager's tactics all came together in a famous afternoon for Ronald Koeman's men.Mirallas, who netted his side's second, thought his goal just after the break knocked the wind out of City's sails and set the tone for the remainder of the game."It was a good moment to score, directly at the start of the second half," he continued."After that we had more confidence and played well on the ball."City had chances to score but the defence played very well, and when we had possibilities to score, we scored."The 29-year-old is in his fifth season on Merseyside and is a regular fixture for the Blues.But he, along with the vast majority of the footballing world, rightly praised the impact of Everton's newcomers."I'm very happy for Tom Davies - he has been very professional - and for Lookman as well. It was a great day for every Evertonian. "When you have new players it refreshes the team."Tom Davies, I know him because he has been training with the team, but Lookman is new."He is very young but he is a very talented player. He had one occasion and he scored."Now one of the more senior players in the side, it is encouraging to see Mirallas fully focused on the team's goal to get back on track.Koeman's willingness to impart faith in the youngsters means the winger could see his role in the squad change and become a mentor for the young Blues.It seems as though the Belgian is already making great strides in that department – not allowing his side to get carried away and certainly not allowing complacency.Instead he is calling for Everton to recreate Sunday's feeling at Goodison, but on a more consistent basis.

Everton's trip to Crystal Palace to be refereed by Anthony Taylor
ByPhil Kirkbride
16:24, 16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
Everton's game with Crystal Palace on Saturday will be refereed by Anthony Taylor.The Cheshire official has taken charge of two Blues games already this season - the win over West Ham and December's defeat to Watford.Taylor has also overseen two Palace fixtures this term - their win over Sunderland and defeat to Burnley.The referee has dished out 87 yellow cards in his 24 games this season, at an average of over three cautions a game.Taylor has issued three reads - two in the heated Manchester City v Chelsea clash - and the other in Stoke and Southampton's December stalemate.He handed out five yellow cards (two for Everton players) in the Blues game with West Ham and four against Watford (Baines and Deulofeu).

Koeman's agent reveals how tough it was for Everton to get him
ByPhil Kirkbride
16:42, 16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
The agent of Ronald Koeman has revealed how tough it was for Everton to prise the Dutch manager from Southampton.Rob Jansen, speaking to VICE Sports Netherlands, became Koeman's representative in the summer after the Blues boss switched from Guido Albers.Jansen said he and Koeman had a series of "serious talks" with Everton's hierarchy before he made the decision to leave the Saints.Everton were forced to pay £5m in compensation to prise Koeman from the final year of his Southampton deal.Jansen told VICE Sports: "It was not an easy transition."Ronald first changed his personal management, which is always tough at this level."He left another agent [Guido Albers] and came to me."After that, we had some serious talks with Everton before Ronald decided to leave Southampton."So it was a lot of work to get the transition done."On the switch of agent, Jansen added: "I have known Guido for a long time."I brought him into the world of football."I have not spoken to Guido about it yet, but when a player or coach changes management, there are always issues between him and the former management. That is irrelevant to me."But, am I happy that Ronald came to me? Yes, of course. And it is also completely logical that Guido is disappointed."I go through that sometimes as well. It happens more often in football these days."Sometimes it feels horrible when a client leaves you, and sometimes you don't care at all."

Has Everton boss Koeman found Barkley's ideal formation?
ByPhil Kirkbride
16:14, 16 JAN 2017
Updated16:28, 16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
Ross Barkley left Goodison with his expensive, designer wash bag in one hand and a memento clutched in the other.He had claimed the shirt of Manchester City's star man Sergio Aguero in the aftermath of Everton's resounding 4-0 win.But after a quietly influential performance, Barkley had already bagged a standing ovation from the home fans.Taken off with a minute of normal time remaining it was only those City fans, stood in the Lower Bullens, who weren't applauding, but even through their misery they would have been able to appreciate Barkley's performance.Evertonians were enthralled by the brilliance of Tom Davies but impressed with Barkley.He knows exactly how Davies will have felt on Sunday, that surge of adrenaline, confidence and freedom that comes with being the fearless young star in the Everton ranks, feeling like it can get no better than this.Barkley has felt that course through his veins, experiencing those same highs but also the lows of struggling to always live up to expectations, of the supporters, of his manager, of the club.He will now feel a different sense of responsibility, one shaped by the tough love of his Ronald Koeman and his indifferent form.His neat pass to set Davies free was almost symbolic of him passing on the torch of the bright young hope at Goodison.Now Barkley is trying to develop into a mature midfielder.On Sunday, he was just that, excelling in a formation which looks to suit him.After three different managers, plenty of tinkering, tweaking, being dropped and then recalled, has Barkley found the position, and formation, to truly unlock his potential?Koeman's 3-4-3 system, with Barkley one of the front three, appears to take away the burden of him being Everton's main creator (though he finished the game with two assists) and give him the space that playing deeper, as a No8 would.When he has the space to run at defenders he is at his best but this formation also means he doesn't carry the defensive responsibilities he would if he played as a No8, knowing there are is a four man midfield behind him as protection.Barkley was Everton's link-man against City, the bridge between the midfield quartet and the forward line, and he looked at home being so.He made more passes than any other Blues outfield player, had a passing accuracy better than anyone outside of their back four and created four chances.Isolated when played out wide in Roberto Martinez's 4-2-3-1 formation, and often crowded out when positioned as the No10, Barkley was able to influence the game in Koeman's 3-4-3, able to use the runs of two forwards (and then the marauding Davies) to hurt City, able to drop deep, free to drift and roam.Still expected to put in a defensive shift but, crucially, free to do what comes naturally.Barkley left Goodison with a souvenir of a fine day for Everton.Everton fans left the ground with hope that Koeman may have cracked the Barkley conundrum.

Is Ademola Lookman Everton's quickest goalscorer?
We put a stopwatch on Everton's fastest ever marksmen
ByConnor Bennett
17:00, 16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
Ademola Lookman needed just two touches to score on his Everton debut against Manchester City on Sunday.And it took the youngster less than four minutes on the field to open his account.Introduced in the 90th minute as a substitute for Ross Barkley, the clock had ticked around to 93:47 when he shot brilliantly past Claudio Bravo.But he's not the first youngster to score on his debut for the Blues. And he's still not the fastest.We take a look back at some of the other quickfire Blues to net on their debuts.
Tony Cottee - 34 seconds
The most whirlwind of the lot.Cottee scored 34 seconds into his Everton debut with a goal against Newcastle United on August 27th 1988. A long ball found its way to Cottee's strike partner on the day, Everton legend Graeme Sharp, but his shot was saved by Dave Beasant and rebounded to a waiting Cottee.The forward powered the ball home from close range and calmed any nerves about his then record transfer fee for a British player.Cottee, 24-years-old at the time, went on to get a hat-trick that day in a famous Everton debut.
Ademola Lookman - 4 minutes
The new signing from Charlton Athletic couldn't have dreamt that his Everton debut would go any better. After being unable to play a role in Everton's FA Cup loss to Leicester City, Lookman was named to the bench against Manchester City.With Everton in control and Goodison Park jubilant, Lookman was sent on to replace the impressive Ross Barkley with little time left to play.The forward anticipated a poor clearance from former Everton defender John Stones and slotted through Claudio Bravo's legs before wheeling away in celebration in front of the Gwladys Street end.
Lacina Traore – 4 minutes
The giant centre-forward joined Everton on-loan from Monaco in January 2014 – and made his debut in an FA Cup tie against Swansea a fortnight later.He scored with a cheeky backheel after only four minutes.It proved a false dawn. It was his only Everton start – but he joins the exclusive ranks of Evertonians to enjoy one game, one goal.
James Vaughan - 11 minutes
In April 2005, James Vaughan entered the fray against Crystal Palace after 73 minutes, with Everton cruising 3-0. It only took the youngster 11 minutes to find the scoresheet, prodding home a ball from Kevin Kilbane.The forward, who is now plying his trade for Bury (he scored four times in 25 minutes on Saturday), broke both an Everton and Premier League record as the youngest ever goalscorer at 16 years and 270 days, beating Wayne Rooney and James Milner respectively. Both records still stand to this day.
Other Everton Young Guns
Wayne Rooney - 2-1 Arsenal
Wayne Rooney's goal will live on in the memory of plenty Evertonians and football fans alike. Coming off the bench against Arsenal, he was able to end the Gunners 30-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.Rooney controlled a clearance from Thomas Gravesen before hitting a curling shot that beat David Seaman.At 16 years and 360 days, Rooney is Everton's second youngest league goal scorer of all time, just behind Vaughan.
Tommy Lawton - 2-7 Wolves
Tommy Lawton was stuck behind the great Dixie Dean and found limited opportunities initially in the Everton side. With Dean being rested against Wolverhampton Wanderers in February 1937, Lawton was able to find the net from the penalty spot.At 17 years and 130 days, Lawton clocks in as Everton's third youngest league scorer behind Vaughan and Rooney.

Michael Ball: Davies' first Everton goal gave me goosebumps
ByMichael Ball
18:45, 16 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
The 4-0 demolition of Manchester City was the best performances by Everton so far under Ronald Koeman.It's a pity it's taken so long for everything to click but the result and the performance must be a huge confidence booster for the players and staff alike.We showed a lot of energy, will and desire which are the kind of attributes everyone has been desperate to see.The fans responded to the performances of the players on the pitch and in turn were in fantastic form to produce a classic Goodison Park atmosphere.It was nice too to see both of the new faces on the pitch which gave all the supporters a great boost.It was a fast start to the game from Everton and we were straight into City's faces which was terrific to see.We haven't done that enough to teams and I'd like to see it a lot more.There have been questions from some over Ronald Koeman's readiness to blood the youngsters but it was nice that he trusted both Tom Davies and Mason Holgate to start against a top side.It's a fantastic education to be given the opportunity to pit your wits against the best like David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne.I also think playing with three centre-backs suits us with our full-backs style of play.Whenever we're the underdog and forced to play a counter-attacking game then we seem to play a lot better and more aggressively.When we have to dictate and have a lots of possession I don't think that helps us.Everton's first goal displayed just what a cool finisher Romelu Lukaku really is.It was a good controlled effort by Rom as a lot of times you see players in those positions get too excited and balloon the chance over the bar.The high pressure on City paid off with Davies' clever inception and a nice through-ball to Kevin Mirallas who did great pick out Rom.For the second goal we played on City's weakness and it was a great finish by Mirallas who the manager is showing a lot faith in and he is now paying that back.As for Davies' goal – Yaya who? He made Toure look very average in the build up.
I was made up for Tom had goosebumps for him as I know how it feels to get your first Everton goal as a lifelong Blue and it was extra special that it came at the Gwladys Street End.It was also great for Ademola Lookman – who looks about 12 by the way - to get on the scoresheet on his debut.Two teenagers scoring in the same game brought back memories of Danny Cadamarteri and myself netting against Arsenal back in 1997 when I was a baby-faced 17-year-old and a few stone lighter!
Schneid deal sent out big signal to everyone
Finally completing the capture of Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United was of huge significance for Everton.We needed to be seen to be able to sign proven big players for a number of reasons.Of course like any side we need to get the right balance of and ensure the next young crop of talent is good but the manager will want players who are able to make an impact straight away.The club needed to show their own fans and the football world that they do mean business and that all the talk about having an increased spending power is becoming something tangible.It's also equally important is to show our bigger players who we've convinced lately to stay on with promises that the future is going to be exciting and successful.Hopefully more will follow in this window.
Our players must crave this feeling and want it more
I just hope now that the Everton players remember this feeling and crave it even more to bring some consistency into their form to keep the feeling going and try as much as possible to bridge the gap with the clubs above us.The timing of the goals really helped us but also huge credit goes to manager Ronald Koeman for the substitutions and changes of formation as the game went on because his tactics worked perfectly for us.
As a former left-back I know how much the defence and goalkeeper will be buzzing over the clean sheet against City.Okay, they aren't in top form but they are a very talented side. We've showed what we can manage to do if you all work together as a team and show some fight and spirit.
Keep focused at Palace
While all Evertonians were delighted to beat Manchester City we can't rest on our laurels ahead of what will undoubtedly be a tough trip to Crystal Palace.Most games at Selhurst Park are a real battle and this one will be no different with Sam Allardyce in charge as we all know how he likes to play.Everton will need to be fully focused again for picking up all the second balls.
Big Sam has his style but Palace also have the kind of players who can catch you on the break so we need to be clued up and try and make it tough for them too.With Palace now only one point of the bottom of the table so they will be under pressure at home to get a result and we need to take advantage of that.

Michael Ball: Davies' first Everton goal gave me goosebumps
The best yet from Blues under Ronald Koeman
By Michael Ball
16 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
The 4-0 demolition of Manchester City was the best performances by Everton so far under Ronald Koeman. It's a pity it's taken so long for everything to click but the result and the performance must be a huge confidence booster for the players and staff alike. We showed a lot of energy, will and desire which are the kind of attributes everyone has been desperate to see. The fans responded to the performances of the players on the pitch and in turn were in fantastic form to produce a classic Goodison Park atmosphere. It was nice too to see both of the new faces on the pitch which gave all the supporters a great boost. It was a fast start to the game from Everton and we were straight into City's faces which was terrific to see. We haven't done that enough to teams and I'd like to see it a lot more.
There have been questions from some over Ronald Koeman's readiness to blood the youngsters but it was nice that he trusted both Tom Davies and Mason Holgate to start against a top side. It's a fantastic education to be given the opportunity to pit your wits against the best like David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne. I also think playing with three centre-backs suits us with our full-backs style of play. Whenever we're the underdog and forced to play a counter-attacking game then we seem to play a lot better and more aggressively. When we have to dictate and have a lots of possession I don't think that helps us. Everton's first goal displayed just what a cool finisher Romelu Lukaku really is.
It was a good controlled effort by Rom as a lot of times you see players in those positions get too excited and balloon the chance over the bar. The high pressure on City paid off with Davies' clever inception and a nice through-ball to Kevin Mirallas who did great pick out Rom. For the second goal we played on City's weakness and it was a great finish by Mirallas who the manager is showing a lot faith in and he is now paying that back. As for Davies' goal – Yaya who? He made Toure look very average in the build up.
I was made up for Tom had goosebumps for him as I know how it feels to get your first Everton goal as a lifelong Blue and it was extra special that it came at the Gwladys Street End. It was also great for Ademola Lookman – who looks about 12 by the way - to get on the scoresheet on his debut.
Two teenagers scoring in the same game brought back memories of Danny Cadamarteri and myself netting against Arsenal back in 1997 when I was a baby-faced 17-year-old and a few stone lighter!
Schneid deal sent out big signal to everyone Finally completing the capture of Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United was of huge significance for Everton. We needed to be seen to be able to sign proven big players for a number of reasons. Of course like any side we need to get the right balance of and ensure the next young crop of talent is good but the manager will want players who are able to make an impact straight away. The club needed to show their own fans and the football world that they do mean business and that all the talk about having an increased spending power is becoming something tangible. It's also equally important is to show our bigger players who we've convinced lately to stay on with promises that the future is going to be exciting and successful.
Hopefully more will follow in this window.
Our players must crave this feeling and want it more
I just hope now that the Everton players remember this feeling and crave it even more to bring some consistency into their form to keep the feeling going and try as much as possible to bridge the gap with the clubs above us. The timing of the goals really helped us but also huge credit goes to manager Ronald Koeman for the substitutions and changes of formation as the game went on because his tactics worked perfectly for us. As a former left-back I know how much the defence and goalkeeper will be buzzing over the clean sheet against City. Okay, they aren't in top form but they are a very talented side. We've showed what we can manage to do if you all work together as a team and show some fight and spirit.
Keep focused at Palace While all Evertonians were delighted to beat Manchester City we can't rest on our laurels ahead of what will undoubtedly be a tough trip to Crystal Palace. Most games at Selhurst Park are a real battle and this one will be no different with Sam Allardyce in charge as we all know how he likes to play. Everton will need to be fully focused again for picking up all the second balls.
Big Sam has his style but Palace also have the kind of players who can catch you on the break so we need to be clued up and try and make it tough for them too. With Palace now only one point of the bottom of the table so they will be under pressure at home to get a result and we need to take advantage of that.

Everton Under-23s extend lead at top of Premier League 2 with 3-0 win over Reading
Goals from Nathan Broadhead, Kieran Dowell and Harry Charsley ensured the young Blues took three points
By Phil Kirkbride
16 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton extended their lead at the top of the Premier League 2 table with a comfortable win over Reading at Goodison tonight. Goals from Nathan Broadhead, Kieran Dowell and Harry Charsley ensured the young Blues took the chance to open up a four point gap on second-placed Manchester City.
Broadhead gave Everton a 10th minute lead when he nodded home Jonjoe Kenny's excellent cross to the back post but David Unsworth's side had to wait until the second-half to double their lead as Reading proved stubborn after going behind. Seven minutes after the re-start Dowell added another goal to his growing highlight reel as he ran 40 yards, starting in his own half, before firing low past Reading goalkeeper Jonathon Bond from the edge of the area. Three minutes later and the excellent Harry Charsley made it 3-0, following up on his blocked shot to stab the ball home from deep inside the Reading area. Everton faces Wolves in the Premier League International Cup next Monday before returning to league action two weeks today with a trip to Manchester United.

How close is Kieran Dowell to another Everton call-up?
Dowell and Tom Davies came as a pair last season, but one is emerging this season, while the other remains with the Under-23s
By Phil Kirkbride
16 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Last season, when they were the thread of hope that Everton fans were hanging onto, it was as if Tom Davies and Kieran Dowell came as a pair. They're good friends, talented but grounded young men and they even went on holiday together in the summer. The calls from weary supporters were for both to get their chance, not one or the other. But at Goodison this evening, as the Blues' under-23s defeated Reading to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League 2 table, one watched the other from the stands. And so for Dowell, he will be asking himself how he makes the leap as Davies has done so in recent weeks. How does he build on his Premier League debut last season, first as a late sub against Bournemouth in April, before he started against Norwich City on the final day? Like Davies, Dowell has a first-team squad number, but how does he win a first-team place? Games such as tonight's will help him, and others, find the answers. Much of the 19-year-old's play last season was silkily sublime as he effortlessly cut a swathe through Academy defences up and down the country. This term it has arrived in bursts, flashes of inspiration rather than sustained spells of magic when it had felt as though he could shoot from anywhere and score. Some of the time he did. Now, almost nine months on from his league breakthrough, can he feel any closer to the first-team?
In many ways, and evident here, as he continues to work at the defensive duties, the pressing, his off-the-ball positioning and hunting as a pack with his team-mates, the stuff that does not come naturally to him, Dowell has work to do in order to convince Ronald Koeman. It is why David Unsworth, with his booming voice reverberating around a near empty Goodison, was constantly trying to encourage, coax and cajole him into doing it. But what does come naturally, the stuff that flows and what makes him such an exciting talent, is the 40 yard charge, slalom and swerve that tore through Reading's defence, finished off with a low drive from outside the area, that made it 2-0. Those moments will undoubtedly have caught the eye of the watching Erwin Koeman but he too will have heard every word from the touchline. The dilemma for Dowell, for Unsworth and for Everton is whether the Ormskirk playmaker would benefit from a loan. He is enthused by the idea of undertaking something he sees as a rite of passage but by staying at Everton for the rest of the season he keeps himself right under the nose of Koeman. The u-23s, having extended their lead at the top of the table to four points with this 3-0 win and edging that bit closer to the title with just eight games left, are also in need of as many attacking talents as they can keep hold of in order to maintain their charge. They need Dowell. But they also want him to make that next step. Just as Davies has done.

Tom Davies won't forget his first Everton goal - despite not remembering other parts of the Manchester City win
Davies forgot clearing Bacary Sagna's header off the line
By Simon Hughes
It is reflective of the impact made by Tom Davies during Everton's destruction of Manchester City that by the end of the afternoon, he needed to be reminded about one of his key contributions towards the outcome. Everton were 1-0 ahead at the time, with City hunting for an equaliser. Kevin De Bruyne's cross was met by Bacary Sagna and City would have been level. But Davies was there on post duty and he was able to make the clearance. "I forgot about the header off the line actually!" Davies replied after it was suggested to him that Sunday, January 15 is a date he won't forget, considering he'd also played a crucial role in Everton's opener before scoring his first professional goal – a wonder-goal, in fact.
On the night Davies was born, England were eliminated from the 1998 World Cup on penalties by Argentina – the game where David Beckham was infamously red carded for kicking Diego Simeone. Now, eighteen years later, Davies wasn't sure how he'd mark the occasion. "I'll just see what my mum and dad and my brother are up to…" He could explain, though, what his performance meant on a personal level. His opponent in midfield had been Yaya Touré. "Coming into the game, it was a test for me to see where I was as a player, coming up against him," Davies said. "What it has shown me is that if I keep working hard I can reach the level they are at. To beat Manchester City 4-0 is unbelievable, really. I would never have dreamed I would be in a game or in a team where Manchester City have been beaten 4-0." Ronald Koeman's faith in Davies was marked by the fact others were taken off ahead of him, even with Morgan Schneiderlin's introduction – someone who plays in a similar position. "It was a great boost, of course. You see the substitutes getting ready to come on and you think it could be you. But he left me on and I am thankful for that. It's good to have the new players in and the lads back around because it is great competition for the squad and that is what you need. Hopefully I can keep performing as I have done and keep my place." "He told me to be aware of players running in behind me," Davies revealed. "With the players they have got, like Sterling, Aguero, Silva and De Bruyne, they are always on your shoulder. It was something that I had to be aware of and something I am working on. City could have really put us to the sword but as a whole, the shape we kept as a team was very good and it showed by keeping a clean sheet." David Unsworth, Everton's Under-23 manager, had described Davies as a "cool dude," albeit someone with "a terrible music taste." Davies, indeed, is distinctive-looking, with his blond hair swept back; his socks down and shin pads showing. His playing style appears unhurried, though what he does well is move the ball quickly – and forward. He was asked about his manner. Is it a conscious decision to dress and appear differently? "No, it's just me. It's just how I have always played," he reasoned. "I don't know how to describe it but it is just the way I feel comfortable playing. I think that is the best way to be. If you feel comfortable and relaxed, then your game is going to be as good as it can be."

Everton's Tom Davies confirms Leighton Baines' view of a proper player
How 18-year-old Davies has handled first-team life at Goodison Park, especially his role in the rout of Manchester City, has impressed Baines, who has seen other young players be overwhelmed early in their careers
By Andy Hunter
Monday 16 January 2017 Guardian
It reflects Tom Davies's character and confidence that he viewed Yaya Touré not as a more powerful, experienced opponent on Sunday but as a barometer of his own progress on his third Premier League start. The sight of the 18-year-old sending the Manchester City midfielder off course with a flick of the instep and evading his attempted recovery tackle to score a first Everton goal was therefore a significant step. It also underpinned Leighton Baines's theory of what makes "a proper player". Baines was among the first to congratulate Davies and the debutant Ademola Lookman after the teenagers opened their Everton accounts in the 4-0 defeat of Pep Guardiola's side. The England international has been a mentor to his fellow Liverpool-born Evertonian since Davies graduated to the senior squad late last season and was unsurprised by the midfielder's impact against City. "You get some players who train well but flatter to deceive in a game because it can be a bit overwhelming and daunting as a young lad," Baines said. "But Tom is the opposite. He trains well but he finds another level when he gets out on the pitch and that is always the sign of a proper player. He's a lovely kid, a great player and he's Everton – he's one of the ones we'll all get behind." Davies's Everton credentials are well-established. A nephew of the 1970 title winner Alan Whittle, the teenager has told how he has taken inspiration from the championship medal he admires on visits to the former Everton forward's home. The same may apply to Whittle's haircut from his playing days, judging by the similarity. Davies joined Everton's under-11s from Tranmere Rovers – where his older brother Liam turned professional before being released last summer – and captained England under-17s at the 2015 World Cup in Chile, where his temperament and talent were noted by the Football Association's coaches. He was invited to train with the senior England squad in October of that year by Roy Hodgson, scoring twice in one session, and made his full Everton debut on the final day of last season when the caretaker manager David Unsworth deployed several of his under-23 charges against Norwich City. There was concern opportunities would be limited under Ronald Koeman, not least when the Everton manager said in early December that Davies, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Kieran Dowell and Jonjoe Kenny were "not ready" for a consistent run at Premier League level. Impressive substitute appearances at Leicester City and Hull City over the festive period prompted a U-turn and starting roles in the 3-0 defeat of Southampton and the FA Cup exit against Claudio Ranieri's champions. City, and Touré, were undoubtedly the biggest test so far of a player who signed a new five-year contract with Everton this season. Davies said: "Going into the game it was a test for me to see where I was as a player, coming up against him [Touré]. What it has shown me is that if I keep working hard I can reach the level they are at. To beat Manchester City 4-0 is unbelievable, really. I would never have dreamed I would be in a game or in a team where Manchester City have been beaten 4-0.
"It was a great boost to start. Then you see the substitutes getting ready to come on and you think it could be you but the manager left me on and I am thankful for that. It's good to have the new players in and the lads back around because it is great competition for the squad and that is what you need. Hopefully I can keep performing as I have done and keep my place." The Everton midfielder insists Koeman – who has also handed a full debut to Calvert-Lewin since expressing those doubts – has been instrumental in his development this season. "He speaks with me a lot, as does Erwin [Koeman, the assistant manager]," Davies said. "Together they have helped me a lot and I think my game is improving because of them. Hopefully that continues and I can keep improving as a player. The first pass [that led to Romelu Lukaku's opener] is something I have been working on with my positioning, trying to be in the right position to make the passes. I can always improve and I will do that. "The manager told me to be aware of players running in behind me. With the players they have got, like Sterling, Agüero, Silva and De Bruyne, they are always on your shoulder. It was something I had to be aware of and something I am working on. City could have really put us to the sword but, as a whole, the shape we kept as a team was very good and it showed by keeping a clean sheet. Afterwards the manager came into the dressing room and congratulated us as a team and he congratulated myself. He is always professional and he'd want us to celebrate the result but then focus on the next game, which I think is key for us to keep the momentum going in the league." The grounded Davies planned to celebrate on Sunday by "seeing what my mum and dad and my brother are up to" and has no plans to roll his socks up, not in the sartorial sense at least. "That's just me. It's just how I have always played," he said. "I don't know how to describe it but it is just the way I feel comfortable playing. I think that is the best way to be. If you feel comfortable and relaxed, then your game is going to be as good as it can be."

Moyes chases Phil Jagielka: Transfer update
Former Everton manager targets Blues skipper
By David Prentice
17 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
David Moyes wants a reunion with Phil Jagielka, the centre-back he took to Everton for a bargain £4m in the summer of 2007. The Sunderland boss is keen for Jagielka, 34, to rejoin him in the North-east, six months before the England centre-back qualifies for an Everton testimonial. Jagielka, still the Blues club captain, has seen Gareth Barry and Leighton Baines wear the armband in recent weeks as he has started only two of the Blues last nine games. He is reported to be seeking talks with manager Ronald Koeman about his long term future, with Moyes keen to take him north to shore up the Black Cats' leaky defence - only two Premier League clubs have conceded more this season. Moyes is without an entire team of first-team players thanks to injuries and absences caused by the Africa Cup of Nations, but is expected to resist the temptation to pack his side with youth players in tonight's FA Cup replay at Burnley.
West Ham have also inquired about Jagielka's potential availability, and Moyes could struggle to meet Everton's asking price with very limited funds at his disposal. Everton have shown interest in Black Cats defender Lamine Kone, but Moyes would be keen to avoid any swap deal, wanting to add to his squad numbers rather than deplete them. Jagielka has entered the final 18 months of his current deal.
He has been a superb servant for the Blues, making 337 appearances despite suffering a long-term knee injury which kept him out of the 2009 FA Cup final. But he has seen Mason Holgate, 20, Ramiro Funes Mori and Ashley Williams all move ahead of him in Ronald Koeman's selection plans in recent weeks.

AC Milan confirm transfer talks with Everton over Gerard Deulofeu
Milan want to tie up a loan move for the winger in the coming days
By Joe Rimmer
17 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Italian giants AC Milan have confirmed their interest in Gerard Deulofeu, with the Serie A giants set to hold talks with Everton about a move. AC Milan have been linked with the Everton winger all January, and Middlesbrough were also said to be admirers yesterday. Deulofeu has been left out of recent matchday squads by Koeman, and Milan are now keen to secure a loan deal for the Spaniard's services.
"I don't like to make predictions on what Milan could achieve this season, as I don't know the future, but what happened so far is very good," AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani told Mediaset Premium.
"We are talking for Deulofeu, but there is no agreement yet. Everton know full well we can only do loans or with option to buy. Plus there are these pro-Barcelona clauses. "Tomorrow we will discuss it and try to find a solution, otherwise we'll remain with the squad as we are. "I made a pledge, that as long as I am the CEO of Milan, I will think about this club 24 hours a day. I am absolutely concentrated on the Rossoneri. I'll only think about my future after the closing."

Moyes chases Phil Jagielka: Transfer update
Former Everton manager targets Blues skipper
By David Prentice
17 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
David Moyes wants a reunion with Phil Jagielka, the centre-back he took to Everton for a bargain £4m in the summer of 2007. The Sunderland boss is keen for Jagielka, 34, to rejoin him in the North-east, six months before the England centre-back qualifies for an Everton testimonial. Jagielka, still the Blues club captain, has seen Gareth Barry and Leighton Baines wear the armband in recent weeks as he has started only two of the Blues last nine games. He is reported to be seeking talks with manager Ronald Koeman about his long term future, with Moyes keen to take him north to shore up the Black Cats' leaky defence - only two Premier League clubs have conceded more this season. Moyes is without an entire team of first-team players thanks to injuries and absences caused by the Africa Cup of Nations, but is expected to resist the temptation to pack his side with youth players in tonight's FA Cup replay at Burnley.
West Ham have also inquired about Jagielka's potential availability, and Moyes could struggle to meet Everton's asking price with very limited funds at his disposal. Everton have shown interest in Black Cats defender Lamine Kone, but Moyes would be keen to avoid any swap deal, wanting to add to his squad numbers rather than deplete them. Jagielka has entered the final 18 months of his current deal. He has been a superb servant for the Blues, making 337 appearances despite suffering a long-term knee injury which kept him out of the 2009 FA Cup final. But he has seen Mason Holgate, 20, Ramiro Funes Mori and Ashley Williams all move ahead of him in Ronald Koeman's selection plans in recent weeks.

Everton youngster David Henen is for sale - but club yet to receive firm bid
Everton forward Henen, 20, will be allowed to leave this month
By Phil Kirkbride
17 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton have not received any bids for Belgian youngster David Henen.
The 20-year-old forward has been strongly linked with a January move to either Marseille or Lille but the Blues have had no approaches. However, Henen has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison this season and it is believed that Everton would be prepared to listen to any offers this month. It marks a softening in the club's stance after they had initially rejected the idea of cashing in on him in January.
Henen was left out of Everton under-23s squad on Monday night as they saw off Reading 3-0 to extend their lead at the top of the table. The Belgium youth international joined Everton in the summer of 2014 on loan from Olympiakos before signing a three-year-deal in the summer of 2015 for an initial fee of around £200,000. Roberto Martinez earmarked Henen as a future first-team player but he has struggled to kick-on and is currently out of the picture at u-23 level. Henen did play in a behind-closed-doors game with Rochdale at Finch Farm last week but didn't do enough to force his way into David Unsworth's thinking for last night's game.

How Lukaku and Ademola landed Everton fan with nearly £1,500
Ademola's late fourth against Manchester City sealed an unlikely bet
By Kristian Walsh
17 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Ademola Lookman's goal caused wild celebrations at Goodison Park on Sunday – but one Evertonian had more reason than most to enjoy the moment. The teenager's goal deep into stoppage time sealed the Blues' 4-0 win over Manchester City, earning Ronald Koeman's side a famous victory.
And it also earned one Everton fan nearly £1,500. Shortly after the game, Michael Dahl took to Twitter to share his stroke of luck.
Placing £2 on Romelu Lukaku to score first at 11/2 netted him £11.
Up the toffees! pic.twitter.com/NWUa3PEvCu
— Michael Dahl (@mdahl91) January 15, 2017
A further £2 went on the Blues to beat City 4-0 at mammoth odds of 150/1, returning £300.
But in a real flash of genius, the Blues supporter doubled the two – Lukaku to score first, Everton to win 4-0 – at odds of 550/1, bringing back £1,100, and winning him a total of £1,411 overall. We'd say he owes Ademola a beer, but we're not sure the striker looks old enough to get served...

Everton fans vote on who they'd like to see sold - and three players are clearly unloved!
We polled thousands of Blues fans last week - here's who they voted for
By Peter Guy
17 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton are entering crunch time in the January window .
With an air of optimism around Goodison thanks to the vitality of Tom Davies and new acquisition Ademola Lookman, The Blues will be looking to build on their recent progress. And with investor Farhad Moshiri promising to deliver off the pitch, Evertonians have a new spring in their step. However, in the interests of balance, some Blues would consider the squad has several players that need to be sold.
We asked Blues fans last week, and after thousands of votes here's the results. Unsurprisingly Blues fans were almost unanimous in voting to keep Idrissa Gueye, Mason Holgate and Tom Davies ... with the 2.4% who want Davies sold surely Reds fans trying to hijack the poll! Brendan Galloway also figures highly, despite featuring on loan at West Brom all season, attracting slightly more 'Keep' votes than Ross Barkley. There's also plenty of love for Gerard Deulofeu, wanted by AC Milan. But of the players unloved and unwanted, only 35% see a long-term future for Aaron Lennon, while a miserly TWO per cent see a future for Arouna Kone, even less than Tom Cleverley (3.3%) and Darron Gibson (4.6%).
If there's one over-riding feature of the poll it's that Blues consider the squad so thin that selling is far lower down their priorities than recruiting new players.
Over to you Mr Moshiri...

Former Everton youngster Francisco Junior appears at AFCON
Ex Everton midfielder Junior in Afcon action
By Connor Bennett
17 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
The curious career of Francisco Junior, known as Cisco to some Everton fans, has taken another twist after he pitched up at the African Cup of Nations. Junior, who had represented Portugal at Under-19's and Under-21's levels, made his debut for Guinea-Bissau against the host nation, Gabon in a 1-1 draw on Saturday. The midfielder caught the eye with an impressive performance thanks to his ability to break up play in the midfield. He had a chance at goal just before half-time but unable to hit the target and was replaced after 74 minutes. Bissau-born Junior joined the Blues on a free transfer in 2012 after being released by Manchester City, following a legal battle with agents and Benfica. He made his Everton debut shortly after joining, during a 2-1 loss to Leeds United in the Capital One Cup third round.
Francisco Junior
After an early challenge on Argentinian forward Luciano Becchio, Junior was unable to impose himself on the game and was replaced at half-time by Phil Neville. Speaking to Phil Kirkbride last March, the 24-year-old revealed he was injured at the time and never really ready to make his Everton bow.
"I had been injured for four months but a week after coming back I was still injured but (David) Moyes asked me if I was ready to play," he said. "I told him I wasn't. He asked the physio to press me to go and play so when I was in the game, I was still having pain and playing with it.
"It didn't help me. I had a problem with my ankle."
During his time at Goodison Park, Junior had loan spells with Vitesse Arnhem and Strømsgodset. He also trained with Celtic before further loans spells with Wigan Athletic and Port Vale. Junior was unable to establish himself with the Everton first team despite good performances while out on loan and with the Everton reserves. "It didn't work out that well. When I was fit, I was playing well in the second team and was waiting for my chance but it never came" Junior said.
Francisco Junior had a better time at Wigan
"I don't have to blame Moyes, I don't have to blame (Roberto) Martinez, I don't have to blame anyone, I just have to blame myself. "Because if I was professional 100%, it would've worked out better."
He joined Strømsgodset on a two-year deal in February 2016 and has since made 27 appearances for the Norwegian side. Junior's Guinea-Bissau side will now prepare to face Cameroon on Wednesday, before taking on Bukina Faso next Sunday in their final group game. He would have been playing for Guinea-Bissau sooner after being called into the squad for qualification for the 2013 Afcon but his notification arrived too late for him to be registered.

Revealed - Everton's Joel Robles one of Premier League's best stoppers
Robles is second only to De Gea on recent form
By Kristian Walsh
17 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Joel Robles has been the second-best goalkeeper in the Premier League since returning to the Everton side. The Spaniard was displaced as the club's number one when Ronald Koeman signed Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham. The Dutch boss also targeted a further signing between the sticks, throwing Robles' Goodison career into doubt, but potential moves failed to materialise. The 26-year-old was called into action unexpectedly off the bench in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool, however, to replace the injured Stekelenburg. And although he was partly to blame for Sadio Mane's late winner that night, he has since emerged as one of the league's most reliable goalkeepers. Robles' form has seen him retain his place in Koeman's starting line-up, even with Stekelenburg back to full fitness.
In fact, since reestablishing himself in goal, he has conceded just three goals, and kept three clean sheets in his past four games. Only compatriot David De Gea at Manchester United has a better save ratio than Robles since December 1, with the Everton man managing to save 80% of shots faced, marginally worse than 80.8% of De Gea. It is also considerably better than Claudio Bravo. The Manchester City stopper, who conceded four at Goodison at the weekend, has saved just 36.4% of shots faced since the turn of December. Stekelenburg, it seems, has a fight on his hands to regain the gloves at Everton.

Confirmed: Everton winger joins Championship club on loan
The 21-year-old will play at the Tykes until the end of the season
By Phil Kirkbride
17 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Gethin Jones has joined Championship side Barnsley on loan until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old played for Everton's under-23s last night against Reading at Goodison but has today sealed his move to Oakwell. Jones is one of a number of u-23 players who are out of contract at the end of the campaign, but it is understood that a permanent switch to Barnsley is not currently on the table.
David Unsworth had confirmed that he expected to see plenty of movement in and out of his squad this month and Jones joins Conor Grant and Callum Connolly in securing loan moves away from the Blues.
Gethin Jones and Calvin Miller of Celtic clash during the Super Cup NI under 21 final at Ballymena Showgrounds last July The spell in the Football League will be Jones' second of his Everton career after a brief stint with Plymouth Argyle in 2015 where he made eight appearances as the Pilgrims reached the League Two play-off semi-final. Barnsley are 10 in the Championship and in the hunt for promotion this season. The Tykes' play tonight in an FA Cup replay against Blackpool before facing Leeds United on Saturday.

Everton transfer rumours: Blues lead the chase for young Manchester City ace
Adarabioyo's contract talks have stalled at the Etihad
By Chris Beesley
17 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton are set to pounce for Manchester City starlet Tosin Adarabioyo after his talks over a new deal stalled claim the Daily Mail. At a club where a galaxy of stars have been enticed from around the world thanks to the incredible wealth of owner Sheikh Mansour's incredible wealth, the 19-year-old centre-back is regarded as one of the brightest home-grown talents. The native Mancunian joined City's youth ranks at the age of just five and made his debut for the Under-18s aged 14.
A towering defender, standing at 6ft 5in, Adarabioyo has yet to play at Premier League match but after making his senior debut in an FA Cup tie against Chelsea in February 2016, he has gone on to play four first team games – two in the Champions League and one in the EFL Cup. However, with just six months remaining on his current deal, talks over a fresh contract have hit an impasse and fresh from stunning City with a 4-0 win at Goodison on Sunday, the Blues are leading the chase to snap him up.
Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City plus Scottish champions Celtic are also keen on signing the youngster but Everton's interest is believed to be more advanced.
If City are unable to convince Adarabioyo to pen a new deal then they will be powerless to keep him at the Etihad this summer although because of his age they will be entitled to a compensation fee.

Explained: Who is Tom Davies' famous uncle?
All you need to know about young Everton star Davies' strikingly similar uncle
By David Prentice
17 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
The shock of floppy flaxen hair is identical, the explosion onto the Goodison scene similar - but there are poignant lessons which Everton's latest starlet, Tom Davies, can learn from the experience of his famous Evertonian uncle Alan. In the winter of 1969 Alan Whittle exploded onto the First Division firmament like a shooting star. And was instantly saddled with an onerous burden. Following a Mersey derby debut which ended in a 3-0 defeat and the ignominy of Sandy Brown's famous own goal, he scored three goals in his next four starts - two of them vital winners. Another staggering scoring burst in six successive games - including an Anfield derby strike and the goal which clinched the 1969-70 league title, saw Whittle christened "the new Denis Law." Manchester United's Law-man was a goalscoring legend and the title was hideously unfair. Yet manager Harry Catterick, in a rare and misguided attempt at justifying the hype, described Whittle as "Everton's greatest discovery of all-time."
Whittle was undeniably good.
He was quick, powerful, had two good feet and was an instinctive finisher - but he lacked one crucial ingredient which would have turned his rich promise into enduring excellence ... consistency.
Like many of his team-mates he struggled to live up to the mantle of champions in 1970/71, scoring seven times in his 24 starts. He failed to find the net at all in 19 appearances the following campaign, and in late 1972 - ironically after belatedly rediscovering his scoring zest with three goals in three successive October appearances - he was allowed to move to Crystal Palace for £100,000.
Tom Davies of Everton is congratulated by team-mate Leighton Baines
He enjoyed a solid career in London, moving onto Leyton Orient in 1976, before the brave and unsual step of moving first to Iran to play football and then finally Australia. He has long since been back on Merseyside, but has resisted invitations to talk about his promising nephew. Maybe he wants to avoid adding to the hype which accompanied his own career. Davies, however, does not seem like a young man to have his head turned easily. At the end of a celebratory meal on Sunday night with his mother Diane, father Tony and elder brother Liam, Tom declared: "It's back to work and Crystal Palace next Saturday." Former Everton Youth Academy coach Neil Dewsnip, who has worked with Davies in the England set up where he now coaches, added: "He is such a level-headed young lad and a joy to work with." There will be pitfalls ahead for Everton's latest starlet, but he has the family backing to guide him through it - and the experiences of his famous uncle Alan.

Davies' first Everton goal almost reduced team-mate to tears
Dowell admits he was emotional sitting with Tom's family for wonder-strike
By Liverpool Echo
17 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
By Connor Bennett
Tom Davies' first goal for Everton almost reduced one of his Blues team-mates to tears.
Kieran Dowell was overcome with joy for his mate Davies, following the midfielder's wonder striker against Manchester City on Sunday. Dowell told how he and fellow youth prospect Harry Charsley sat with Davies' family as he lit up Goodison Park with his impressive display. The pair watched on as their pal capped off his man of the match performance with one of the goals of the season, and what could prove to be one of the goals of his career. Davies showed his emotion by celebrating with fans in the Gwladys Street but Dowell was also emotional. "I felt like crying when he scored" Dowell told evertonfc.com. "It was so emotional because we've been through so much together since we were kids. It was brilliant." Kieran Dowell chases after the ball in the Under-23s game between Everton and Reading. Photo by Ian Cooper. "Me and Harry Charsley were sat in the stands against Manchester City with Tom's mum, dad, brother and brother's girlfriend and it was just unbelievable." The pair watched as Davies picked the ball up in his own half and drove fearlessly at the City midfield alone. With the imposing Yaya Toure and clever Gael Clichy bearing down on him, Davies pulled off a ridiculous ball chop between his feet to continue his run. Laying it off to Romelu Lukaku, Davies waited before receiving a return ball from Ross Barkley. The 18-year-old lifted the ball over a beaten Claudio Bravo to score a goal that he may not better in his career. Dowell also revealed that Everton Under-23s boss David Unsworth used Davies' performance and goal as a team talk prior to the win over Reading on Monday night.
He said: "That was the sort of team talk we had from Unsy. "He was saying follow suit from what the first team had done the day before and we did that really well." The 19-year-old midfielder was pivotal to the 3-0 win over the Royals and scored another superb goal, following what his pal did just 24 hours earlier. Dowell also gave a nod to another youth player who got his name on the scoresheet this weekend. Callum Connolly scored twice to give Wigan Athletic a 2-0 win over Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon. He added: "Callum Connolly has just gone to Wigan as well and scored two on his debut, so it shows the experience you can get. "I was watching Soccer Saturday and it was great to see. I was made up for him."

Is Cottee's Everton debut goal even quicker?
Striker's maiden effort for Blues may be four seconds faster than previously timed
By Liverpool Echo
18 JAN 2017
By Connor Bennett
Is Tony Cottee's Everton debut goal actually quicker than everyone thought? History may be written by the victors, but rewriting history is for goalscorers. Tony Cottee's place in Everton history is secure with the fastest ever goal by a debutant but it could be even quicker than first thought. Originally clocking in at 34 seconds, Cottee's close range finish against Newcastle United in August 1988 is easily the quickest goal on an Everton debut but in a YouTube video posted with the title "Everton v Newcastle, 27th August 1988 - Away fan highlights", it could be even quicker.
The video, shot by fans in the Main Stand on the day, has match day commentary placed over the top but remains without an official match clock. As a long ball forward finds its way to Graeme Sharp, his effort is saved by Dave Beasant but falls to Cottee. The commentator can't finish reading the Newcastle team-sheet before exclaiming, "It's a goal! Scored by Tony Cottee." Our statistical guru Gavin Buckland has clocked it at 30 seconds from kick-off to goal instead of the original 34 seconds but check it out for yourself: The Blues have had a number of quick debutant goal scorers in recent years, with Ademola Lookman being the most recent one against Manchester City on Sunday. He clocked in at around four minutes, and so too did Lacina Traore with his back heeled effort against Swansea City in the 2014 FA Cup fifth-round. Neither come close to Cottee and without a huge slice of luck, it's unlikely that anybody will.

Everton star Kieran Dowell eyes loan - which Championship clubs could he join?
The Everton teenager is open to a move, and there's plenty of clubs who would be a good fit
By Kristian Walsh
18 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Focus is on Finch Farm right now, after Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman thrusted Everton's hard work at the Academy into the spotlight. Davies has been a long-held secret at the club, while Lookman's quick impact would not have surprised those who decided to part with £11million to sign him from Charlton. But for those on the outside, one question persists: Who could be next?
The name of Kieran Dowell is one that continues to be mentioned, and with good reason. The playmaker continues to star for David Unsworth's Under-23s, and scored a fantastic goal in Monday night's win over Reading. His close friend and team-mate Davies watched on in the Goodison stands; the midfielder has now fully graduated into the first team, his goal against Manchester City ensuring he did so with distinction. Dowell, still just 19, made two Premier League appearances late last season – including a start on the final day against Norwich – but has not been given a first-team opportunity by Ronald Koeman just yet. What, then, is next for the talented teenager? A loan deal would seem an obvious option, with the midfielder admitting it would be something he is open to. "I'd love to go out on loan," Dowell said. "Speaking to the first-team players, the majority of them have come from a lower team, for example Bainsey has come to Everton from Wigan and you see Ross going on loan and Seamus as well.
"They have all recommended that it's the right thing to do if you're not in the first-team at the moment.
"I think it would make me a man, so to speak. If I went on loan I think I'd realise that it matters a lot more because people are playing to play their mortgages and bonuses so you have to be counted on."
Not all loans work out for Everton, of course. Luke Garbutt's two loan spells, at Fulham and Wigan, have not proven fruitful; Brendan Galloway, so touted when signed from MK Dons, cannot force his way into Tony Pulis' plans at West Brom. But after flourishing at youth level all season, perhaps the Blues should take the risk and send Dowell to the Championship. The benefits of refining a craft in the lower leagues are obvious. Just ask Seamus Coleman, once of Blackpool, or Leighton Baines, who helped Wigan gain promotion from the Championship. But if Dowell is to pursue a temporary move, where would be ideal for him to continue his development? Here's a few clubs who could help Dowell kick on and edge nearer towards the first team. Who is their manager? Paul Heckingbottom. The 39-year-old has been a revelation in South Yorkshire, guiding the Tykes into the top half of the Championship. He was previously manager of the club's development squad, and is regarded highly for his work with youngsters. Why would it be a good move? Barnsley are riding high in the division, sitting in 10th, thanks to some free-flowing football. They're the third highest scorers in the league, having notched 43 goals in 26 games. It is the sort of system Dowell could thrive in. Would Dowell fit in? Heckingbottom has played 4-4-2 mainly in recent weeks, meaning Dowell could feature out wide. Liverpool teenager Ryan Kent is one of those who takes up that position at the moment, so the manager would entrust Dowell with a similar responsibility. Who is their manager? David Wagner. The Terriers' boss came to England from the Bundesliga, as a youth coach under Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund. He has been responsible for working with some of the club's emerging stars, and has taken that experience into Huddersfield, where he has guided his side into the playoff picture. Why would it be a good move? Wagner plays the sort of pressing game Koeman likes, and it would be a real test of Dowell's fitness playing in a system that demands so much energy for 90 minutes. Their success so far has been founded on a real work ethic, and Dowell could sprinkle a little bit of stardust into the set-up.
Would Dowell fit in? Wagner plays a rigid 4-2-3-1 which, in theory, would give Dowell one of three positions to play in under the German. Although the likes of Rajiv van La Parra, Kasey Palmer and Elias Kachunga have established themselves in those three positions, Dowell could supplement them.
Bristol City Who is their manager? Lee Johnson. At just 35, he is one of the youngest managers in the Football League. After spells at Oldham and Barnsley, he has looked to consolidation the Robins' place in the Championship with an adventurous style of play. Why would it be a good move? Take a look at Tammy Abraham. The on-loan Chelsea man, the same age as Dowell, has bagged 15 goals in 26 games this season and has flourished at Ashton Gate. It is a squad that has the right mix of youth and experience, with the likes of Gary O'Neil and Aaron Wilbraham at the club, so advice would not be in short supply. Would Dowell fit in? Johnson likes to tweak and tinker with his formation – perhaps in reaction to his side's recent slump in form over the past few weeks – but Dowell would, surely, find a place behind the striker in one of his formations. With the team struggling at the moment, the 19-year-old would add an injection of ingenuity into the line-up. Who is their manager? Warren Joyce. Formerly Manchester United Under-23s manager, he is another with a resumé focused on player development. He only took charge of Wigan in November and is struggling to reverse their fortunes just yet, however.
Why would it be a good move? Just ask Callum Connolly. The full back, who was named in the same side as Dowell and Davies against Norwich last season, has moved to the DW Stadium on loan. On his debut, just hours after confirming the move, he bagged two goals at Burton Albion. It could be an environment young Blues enjoy. Would Dowell fit in? Connolly's presence at the club will certainly help. On the pitch, Joyce options between a three-man and four-man midfield, meaning Dowell would be given opportunities, whether out wide or in the hole, to help the club's fight for survival.
Burton Albion
Who is their manager? Nigel Clough. Having guided Burton from the seventh tier of English football into the cusp of the Football League, he departed for Derby, and then Sheffield United. He returned to a Burton side established as a league side, and sent them up last season. A good, honest manager who gets the best out of his players. Why would it be a good move? Burton is a tight-knit club playing in front of a small, loyal crowd. Though the standard remains high, it would also give Dowell a real taste of life in the lower reaches of English football. Would Dowell fit in? Clough is a keen proponent of playing three at the back – something Koeman has shown himself, both throughout his career and at Everton recently. That could be ideal preparation for Dowell, who would also add a little bit of guile and goalscoring threat alongside Jackson Irvine in midfield.

Everton transfer rumours: D-Day for Deulofeu's AC Milan switch
Blues set to make call over winger's potential exit
By Chris Beesley
18 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Today is D-Day over Gerard Deulofeu's Everton future claims Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Italian Sky Sport journalist reckons the Blues will make their minds up in the next 24 hours as to whether the winger will be allowed to join AC Milan on loan for the remainder of the season.
Any potential deal is complicated by the Spaniard's former club Barcelona having first refusal on him and various buy-back clauses having been inserted in his contract after he completed his switch to Goodison Park in 2015. Fallen giants Milan who have been European champions on seven occasions do not have the funds available to sanction a permanent move for the 22-year-old in the current window.
Former Barca wonder-kid Deulofeu was once considered the number one talent of his generation in his homeland but he has failed to live up to expectations. After an initial loan spell at Everton during fellow Catalan Roberto Martinez's first season in 2013/14 he returned to La Liga for another temporary deal with Sevilla but fell out of favour with coach Unai Emery. His form back at the Blues last season was encouraging but he lost his way somewhat in the second half of the campaign and having not appeared in a Premier League fixture since the 3-2 defeat at Watford on December 10 it appears that new boss Ronald Koeman's patience has been exhausted with the mercurial wide man who is also attracting interest from Middlesbrough.

Pace, goalscoring, swagger - What Everton still need in January transfer window
Forget players and positions, what attributes do the Blues need?
By Kristian Walsh
18 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
The January transfer window is at its midway point, and already Everton's business is paying dividends.
Their two signings so far, Ademola Lookman and Morgan Schneiderlin, have already begun repaying their lofty fees; Lookman, in particular. Two touches brought the Blues' fourth against Manchester City, and a moment to savour. But more is still needed, undoubtedly. Specific players are being monitored, linked; so, too, potential positions needing to be strengthened. Memphis Depay, Ishak Belfodil; centre backs, wingers, strikers. Often ignored during these times of transfer tittle-tattle, however, are what attributes Everton need to bring to the club. If they need a striker, when what sort of striker?
If it is a defender they require, then what type do they covet?
Schneiderlin boosted their midfield, but he also brings leadership, experience, control.
Lookman gives an extra option in attack, but he also offers a dynamism and exuberance that was otherwise lacking. Ronald Koeman continues to create the squad he believes will push Everton towards the upper echelons of the Premier League. There will be signings he will want to make, positions he will want to fill. But there will also be holes in his squad he will want to fill to make it a more rounded one.
PACE – AND USING IT WELL
The record signing of Yannick Bolasie injected some much needed pace into Everton's side, but he is out indefinitely with a serious knee injury. Kevin Mirallas and Gerard Deulofeu are quick, but the former does not make the most of it, while the latter is out of favour with the manager. Romelu Lukaku is quick but the service he receives rarely gives him the opportunity to demonstrate it. There is also something needed at the club more than pace, and that's using it intelligently. Players can be quick, but there needs to be movement to create chances, and punish opposition defences. Most of Everton's pace is also situated at the top end of the pitch. That bit of thrust and penetration from deeper positions would be welcome.
Yannick Bolasie's stats have been much more impressive than Sissoko's.
CLINICAL IN FRONT OF GOAL
An odd request after putting four past Pep Guardiola's side, but the fact still remains Everton need to find the back of the net with more regularity. Lukaku is the club's top goalscorer this season with 12 goals; after that, Mirallas, Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman sit on three apiece. Their recent reversal of fortunes in the league have seen them notch 11 goals in the past four games, putting them sixth-highest in the league this season. But they still need options to ease the goalscoring burden on Lukaku, both up front and in midfield.
INGENUITY AND SWAGGER
Tom Davies' goal against City will go down as one of Goodison Park's greatest in the past few years. It was a strike that had it all – including a bamboozling bit of skill in the build-up, before a deft chip over Claudio Bravo, making the goalkeeper look foolish. It had a little bit of everything, but most notable was something Everton have lacked in recent times: that swagger, that outlandishness, that ingenuity.
Under Roberto Martinez, particularly in the final stages of his stewardship, Everton's play was too safe and steady. Under Koeman, as he wrangles with imparting his philosophy upon the side, the structure is rigid and unforgiving. As Davies showed, there is room for that little spark, that little moment of unexpectedness. More of it is needed.
RESILIENCE
At times this season, Everton have struggled early in games, finding themselves on the back foot on the pitch – and often behind on the scoreboard, too. When the Blues are performing well, there is a flow to their play, a real sense of momentum as they head towards goal. But the opposite is also true. When Everton are trying to resist against mounting pressure, they can sometimes crumble and capitulate – much like they did against Chelsea. Watford, Southampton and Burnley are other such examples.
More resilience is needed in the side. Schneiderlin will bring some of that, but a team can never have too much experience, nous and game-management, all across the pitch.
A SAFE PAIR OF HANDS
It has recently been revealed Joel Robles has been one of the Premier League's best goalkeepers – in terms of saving shots, at least – since his return to the starting line-up. With four clean sheets in his previous four starts, his form cannot be argued with. Maarten Stekelenburg brings competition to the Spaniard, but Koeman wanted a fresh 'keeper last summer – and that, surely, won't have changed in the space of six months.

Everton transfer rumours: Blues handed Sigurdsson blow
It looks like the Iceman does not cometh to Goodison Park
By Chris Beesley
18 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton are going to be thwarted in their attempts to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson after the player handed Swansea City's Premier League survival hopes a big boost by deciding to stay in Wales says the Mirror.
Blues boss Ronald Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh are both big fans of the Icelandic international midfielder who was linked to a move to Goodison Park last summer.
With the Swans struggling at the foot of the table, Sigurdsson was again touted for a move away from the Liberty Stadium in the current transfer window but the £25million-rated ace is now set to snub interest from both Everton and perennial talent-circling vultures West Ham United in a decision which should prove a massive fillip for new manager Paul Clement. The 27-year-old, who is in his second spell at Swansea having previously impressed during a loan period from Hoffenheim in 2012 before his move to Tottenham Hotspur, penned a four-year contract with the club in 2016. Sigurdsson netted 11 times last season and is their top scorer so far this term with six goals – including a penalty in their 1-1 draw at Goodison Park back in November.

Everton lay down specific loan requirements to clubs wanting Kieran Dowell
Blues would consider loaning out Dowell but only to the 'right club'
By Phil Kirkbride
18 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton will only allow Kieran Dowell to leave on loan if a club meet their specific requirements.
The under-23s playmaker says he would relish the chance to test himself in the Football League in order to boost his first-team chances at Goodison. Everton remain open to the idea of sending the talented 19-year-old out on loan but insist that they would only sanction a deal if it was the 'right club'.
The Blues have already allowed Conor Grant, Callum Connolly, Gethin Jones and Antony Evans leave on loan this month and would give consideration to Dowell joining them. "If a good enough loan offer comes in then myself, Joe Royle and Ronald Koeman will look at it," David Unsworth said.
"It has to be the right loan and the right club because of the way Kieran plays, so we have to be careful.
"There is no point him sitting on the bench or a top Championship side, he has got to be able to play.
Kieran Dowell gets a great reception from Caretaker Manager David Unsworth as he was substituted in the final game of last season "He is training with the first-team everyday and is still getting the opportunity in front of Ronald Koeman." Dowell scored a fine solo goal in Monday night's 3-0 win over Reading, which extended the young Blues lead at the top of the Premier League 2 table to four points.
Unsworth says the Ormskirk lad is getting back to the form he showed last term. "Kieran has come back to form and has worked really hard to get there, he is going to be a top player, no doubt," Unsworth said. "What people will not know, because we do all the testing, is that he's grown a couple of inches since last season and has filled out as well. "You have to take that into account because these lads are growing, sometimes performances drop. Kieran has grown considerably since last season."

Rate how much Everton's players are worth - the attack
How much d'you reckon Lukaku is worth?
By Peter Guy
18 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton's forward line is an intriguing proposition.
On the one hand you've got goal-machine Goliath Romelu Lukaku who at times looks simply unstoppable. And on the other, you've Oumar Niasse who can't even get a locker let alone a goal.
And while the poor lad's been put out of his misery by being sent to Hull (no sarcasm intended there Capital of Culture fans) it would be interesting to see how much the club could recoup of their £13.5m spend. With that in mind, we're asking Blues fans to set the value of the current attacking players at Goodison Park. Everton January transfer window - who would you buy and sell? From the youngsters Dominic Calvert-Lewin and recent signing Ademola Lookman to fringe players Aiden McGeady and Arouna Koné through to fan favourite Gerard Deulofeu who seemingly isn't wanted by manager Ronald Koeman - we want your input into how much they're all worth. Just use the sliders below for each player to give them what you think is the right price.

Explained: How Everton's interest in Memphis Depay suddenly cooled
Everton's pursuit of Netherlands international has quickly waned
By Greg O'KeeffePhil Kirkbride
18 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton have withdrawn from the race to sign Memphis Depay as the winger edges closer to joining Lyon. The ECHO has learned that the Blues have suddenly pulled their interest in a permanent deal for the Manchester United winger, despite Ronald Koeman publicly courting him before Christmas.
In November the Blues boss took the rare step of speaking about his interest in the Netherlands international, with the 22-year-old keen on reviving his Premier league fortunes with a switch to Goodison. The belief was that Everton wanted to sign Depay permanently, with the forward also set on that option, but talks never progressed despite the manager's comments. Koeman said: "I would like to have him, I think he is an interesting player. "He has great individual qualities. He just needs to play games." Roma were also interested as were two sides in France's Ligue One, and it is now Lyon who are set to sign him in a £14.7m deal. Everton had already down-graded their interest last week to merely being open to the chance of loaning Depay but that was never going to happen. It is understood that sixth-placed Manchester United were completely unwilling to sanction loaning a player they paid £25m for in summer 2015 to a club only seven points behind them in the Premier League. Everton still want to boost their forward ranks this month, but are reluctant to let Gerard Deulofeu - subject of interest from Ajax and AC Milan - leave on loan until they have replaced him.

Everton's Belfodil deal hangs by thread as negotiations stall
But Everton refusing to give up hope on striker hunt
By Phil Kirkbride
18 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton's stalled deal for Ishak Belfodil is not yet dead in the water despite facing serious problems.
The Blues looked to be pressing ahead with the £10.4m transfer last week but negotiations with Standard Liege have hit a snag. It is believed the 25-year-old Algerian's move has been caught up in financial issues, while reports in Belgium also claim Ronald Koeman has doubts over the signing of the journeyman striker. The ECHO also understands that late wrangling with Belfodil's representative has also caused a delay. And so a potential deal to bring the forward to Goodison is in danger of collapse, but insiders insist the transfer has yet to be shelved; with Christophe Henrotay - the respected Belgian agent who represents Kevin Mirallas and is a friend of Blues Chairman Bill Kenwright - becoming involved. Everton's director of football Steve Walsh has identified the former Inter Milan forward has the man who could provide support and competition to top scorer Romelu Lukaku. Belfodil has enjoyed a nomadic career, including spells with Lyon, Bologna, Parma, Inter, Livorno and Baniyas in the United Arab Emirates. He joined Liege this season on a free transfer.

Preston North End u-18s v Everton u-18s: FA Youth Cup preview
Blues face Preston in FA Youth Cup fourth round tonight
By Connor Bennett
18 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton Under-18 take on Preston North End in the FA Youth Cup fourth round at Deepdale tonight in a 7pm kick-off. Kevin Sheedy's side travel up the M6 looking to get back to winning ways after having their 13 game unbeaten run halted by Liverpool last Saturday. Despite the weekend's defeat by their bitter rivals, Sheedy's side sit fifth in the 12-team U18 Premier League North with 26 points from 16 games and will be targeting cup glory in a competition the club last won in 1998. The Blues last reached the final in 2002 while their opponents have never lifted the trophy nor have they reached that stage of the competition since 1960. Sheedy's team will also be weakened by the loss of midfielder Antony Evans, who joined Morecambe on loan on Tuesday. To get to this stage of the competition, the young Blues defeated Tranmere Rovers 2-0 in the previous round while the hosts beat Sheffield United 1-0.
The Lilywhites come into the game off the back of Saturday's 3-2 away defeat against Morecambe but fielded a rotated lineup and should provide a tough test for Sheedy's side.
Nick Harrison's squad have performed well in cup competitions this season, winning five out of their seven matches. Waiting for the winner in the fifth-round is a tie with AFC Wimbledon in early February, with a proper date and kick-off time to be finalised.
Likely teams:
Everton: Pierce, Moore, Harrington, Denny, Lees, Collins, Bramall, Kiersey, Lavery, Hornby, Gordon.
Subs: Jones, Duke-McKenna, Ball, Mampala and Scully.
Preston: Lenton, Creech , Stead, Burgoyne, Campbell, Smart, Meulensteen, Wood, Barry, Howard, Garstang.
Subs: Cottam,Tait, Mason, Baxter and Kwateng

Everton transfer rumours - Leon Bailey eyed by Blues, Ajax register Deulofeu interest
An evening round-up of the latest Everton transfer gossip from around the web
By Kristian Walsh
18 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Genk forward Leon Bailey is thought to be one of the most in-demand teenagers in Europe - and now Everton's name have been thrown into the mix. The Daily Mail claim the Blues have registered an interest in the 19-year-old, although it was expected they would wait until the summer to make their move. However, with interest high in the Jamaican, the newspaper suggests Everton may be forced to act early to sign him. A whole host of other clubs have also been linked including *deep breath* Chelsea, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Lyon, Nice, Roma and Bayer Leverkusen.
Phew.
And it's Roma and Leverkusen who have supposedly intimated they will launch £20million bids this month, potentially moving others into action. Elsewhere, the Gerard Deulofeu gossip continues.
The Everton winger has been subject to conflicting reports over his future, with AC Milan heavily linked with another bid, while other outlets suggest the Blues are awaiting a fresh bid. But now the Guardian claim Ajax have joined the race for the Spanish winger.

Everton out of FA Youth Cup after penalty shootout woe in Preston
Young Blues beaten after dramatic shootout following goalless draw at Deepdale
By Glen Williams
18 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton narrowly missed out on the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup after losing 7-6 on penalties to Preston North End. Kevin Sheedy's side looked the better of the two in all aspects at Deepdale, but were unlucky to miss out through a hard-fought shootout. Everton's communication and defensive shape was perhaps the most impressive part of their game in normal time. Melle Meulensteen, son of former Manchester United assistant Rene, created an early chance for the home side when he cut in from the right wing and unleashed a left footed effort wide of the post. Once Everton settled in however, they made it hard work for the Lilywhites and enjoyed the lion's share of possession and control. But for all their hard work at the back, they were by and large wasteful up top. Danny Bramall and Nathan Moore offered useful outlets on the Everton flanks and their trickery, confidence and pace were highlights for the Blues. Chances were few and far between for the visitors in the first half. Skipper Jack Kiersey' sliced half-volley which faded wide of the upright was the young Blues' only chance of the first period.
Captain Jack Kiersey- seen here in action against Liverpool - had Everton's only chance of the first half
On the stroke of half-time, Preston's Cameron Day leapt above the Everton defence to latch on to a Meulensteen free kick before it crashed into the post. For all Everton's possession, their efforts in attack were in vain during a frustrating first 45. A real highlight for the young Blues was Alex Denny in midfield, who marshalled the middle of the park with a tireless work rate – stopping all of Preston's advances.
Everton came out the much stronger team after the break. Fraser Hornby beat 'keeper Callum Roberts to a long ball in but could only manage to head over. The Blues enjoyed sustained pressure in the second-half, subjecting the Lilywhites' defence to numerous balls into the box, which Hornby and others couldn't quite convert. Right-back Liam Morris unleashed a tremendous 30-yard effort which Roberts couldn't handle, but the rebound again didn't fall to the foot of Hornby and the 'keeper gathered.
The closing 10 minutes of normal time turned into something of a siege.
Fraser Hornby - seen here in action against Tranmere - had chances, but couldn't find a way through
Preston couldn't leave their half and chances for Bramall, Hornby and skipper Jack Kiersey failed to find the net. In extra time, some tired young legs saw a first-half without chances, with long balls being the order of the day. Hornby once again climbed to meet Kiersey's corner in the second-half, only for it to be cleared off the line, arguably the Blues best chance of the game – certainly the closest they came to scoring.
But after 120 exhausting minutes, it ended goalless.
Onto penalties.
Ben Pierce did well to save two penalties but misses from Ryan Harrington, Manasse Mampala and, ultimately, Michael Collins meant the young Blues went down 7-6 at the end of a gruelling shootout.
Match facts
Everton (4-4-2): Ben Pierce, Liam Morris, Ryan Harrington, Alex Denny, Callum Lees, Morgan Feeney, Danny Bramall (Collins 105'), Jack Kiersey (c), Shayne Lavery (Baningime 35'), Fraser Hornby, Nathan Moore (Mampala 97')
Subs: Joseph Hilton, Beni Baningime, Michael Collins, Thomas Scully, Manasse Mampala
Preston North End (4-4-2): Callum Roberts, Leon Creech, Kamol Campbell, Kian Smart (Garstang 73'), Cameron Day (Stead 80'), Jack Burgoyne, Alex Wood, Oscar O'Neil, Dylan Davidson (Howard 111'), Melle Meulensteen (c), Joshua Earl
Subs: Tom Stead, James Cottam, Harry Garstang, Michael Howard, Myles Mason
Referee: Mr R Wootton
Penalties
Everton scorers – Fraser Hornby, Liam Morris, Alex Denny, Morgan Feeney, Beni Baningime, Jack Kiersey
Everton misses – Ryan Harrington, Manasse Mampala, Michael Collins
PNE scorers – Callum Roberts, Jack Burgoyne, Oscar O'Neil, Melle Meulensteen, Joshua Earl, Harry Garstang, Michael Howard
PNE misses – Alex Wood, Tom Stead

Everton drop out of Deloitte Money League top 20
Everton overtaken by West Ham and Leicester
By Phil Kirkbride
19 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton have dropped out of the Deloitte Money League top 20.
The Blues had been back among the game's biggest earning clubs during the past two seasons but have dropped to 23rd for the latest edition. Deloitte's 20th Money League covers the 2015/16 season and sees Everton overtaken by sides including Leicester City and West Ham United. According to the results, the Blues revenue for last season was 162.5m Euros which fell from 165.1m Euros 12 months earlier.
Robert Elstone speaks during the Everton General Meeting on January 4, 2017
Last season, Everton didn't play in Europe (as they had done in 2014/15) and they had fewer games shown live on television. Newcastle United (168.2m euros) and Southampton (163.3m euros) have also leapt above the Blues in the latest table.

Everton transfer rumours: Deulofeu's AC Milan switch still on
Reports from Italy claim that Serie A club will now insert an option to buy Blues winger
By Chris Beesley
19 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Gerard Deulofeu's proposed loan move from Everton to AC Milan is not dead according to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia. The Blues have reportedly rejected a straight loan switch for the out-of-favour winger from the Serie A club but Di Marzio insists they have opened the door to a temporary switch that includes an option to buy. Deulofeu's situation is further complicated by the various buy-back clauses inserted into his Everton contract following his £4.2million return to Goodison Park in the summer of 2015. Former club Barcelona retain an option to re-sign the player who spent 12 years at the Camp Nou at the end of the season but given the frustrations of how the 22-year-old has failed to sufficiently kick on during his second spell at the Blues the Catalan giants could now waive their interest, allowing a potential move elsewhere to take place. The next issue seems to be agreeing a potential price for Deulofeu – who is also wanted by compatriot Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough. Milan's domestic rivals Roma are also believed to be back in the race for the player because Memphis Depay, a player courted by both themselves and Everton in recent weeks is set to join Lyon instead. However, Deulofeu's preferred destination is believed to be the San Siro as he hopes to revive both his personal fortunes and those of the seven-times European Cup winners.

Everton 'production line' will continue to deliver first-team players
Under-23 boss David Unsworth confident in the next generation of Academy stars
By Phil Kirkbride
19 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton are confident their 'production line' will carry on delivering players for the first-team.
The Blues have given more appearances to teenagers than any other Premier League side and boast the equal highest number of teenager scores in the league's history. Tom Davies, having made his senior debut last season, announced himself on the top flight stage on Sunday with a goal-scoring man-of-the-match performance. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mason Holgate have also graduated from Everton's under-23s this season and coach David Unsworth there are youngsters coming through the system at Goodison ready to replicate their success. Unsworth fielded a changed side on Monday night as the u-23s comfortably saw off Reading 3-0 to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League 2 table.
Nathan Broadhead, Kieran Dowell and Harry Charsley scored at Goodison.
"I thought it was comfortable," Unsworth said.
"From all the possession they had, they didn't go anywhere.
"We looked really lively and looked like we'd score goals everytime we went forward.
"We got our goals at good times and it's great when you can replace players, who have gone out on loan or who are injured, and still win the game well. "Nathan Broadhead came in, scored a goal and played well. "The production line continues."
Everton now hold a four point lead over Manchester City with eight games left.
Unsworth's side are in Premier League Cup action at Wolves on Monday night before facing Manchester United a week later in the league. "We spoke about that before the game, we knew City had drawn the other day and that it meant we could extend our lead," Unsworth added.
"Our goal difference is like another point as well and so I said to the lads that it was a really important game to win." Everton's second string continue to shake-up their squad this month with Gethin Jones and Antony Evans the latest players to be sent out on loan. But Unsworth says the club's strength in depth means they will not be depleted. "We've got a cup game next week which gives us a bit of breathing space before a big game with Man United," he said. "Liam Walsh is coming back to full fitness, Joe Williams is not far away, Bassala Sambou came back in on Monday night and Sam Byrne has been back in training for a couple of weeks."

Everton old boy in Afcon Cup heartache
Idrissa Gueye can clinch place in knockout stages of tournament tonight
By Connor Bennett
19 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Former Everton midfielder Francisco Junior suffered African Cup of Nations heartache last night.
The 24-year-old, who made a solitary Everton appearance in a League Cup defeat at Leeds in 2012, played the full 90 minutes as his Guinea-Bissau side come close to a shocking upset of Cameroon.
Guinea-Bissau led for 48 minutes following a goal from Piqueti but fell victim to second half goals from Sebastien Siani and Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui. Junior's team now sit bottom of Group A with one point from two games. They face Burkina Faso on Sunday evening with qualification to the knockout stages still mathematically possible, should they pick up three points. Elsewhere in the tournament, Idrissa Gana Gueye's Senegal will take on Zimbabwe at 7pm tonight (Live on Eurosport and ITV 4).
The Senegalese side are one of the tournament favourites and will be looking for three points to all but secure their progress to the next round against a Zimbabwe team that came close to pulling off an upset of their own against Algeria. Zimbabwe, who were predicted to be the whipping boys of Group B, battled back from a early Riyad Mahrez goal to lead 2-1 for the majority of their first group game.
The Warriors were unable to hold on to their lead as Leicester City's Mahrez found the net again late in the game to grab a vital point for his side.

Everton boss Koeman says Gerard Deulofeu can leave this month
Everton boss also admits skipper Phil Jagielka is unhappy at lack of minutes
By Greg O'Keeffe
19 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton manager Ronald Koeman will allow Gerard Deulofeu to seek first team football elsewhere this month. The Blues boss responded to speculation linking the 22-year-old winger with a loan to AC Milan by admitting he is willing to let him leave. Koeman, who also revealed that captain Phi Jagielka is unhappy at his lack of playing time recently, said the final decision on Deulofeu's future will be made by the board. He said: "I spoke to Geri and it's a difficult situation for the player. If he finds a solution to go and to get game time then Okay it's no problem. "But the final decision is by the board of the club to accept an agreement or not. "I did not have any call from the chairman that he has agreed anything for Deulofeu. It's always tough for a player when he's not really part of the team and doesn't get a lot of mintes.

Koeman confirms Everton have abandoned Ishak Belfodil deal
Everton manager says Blues have made u-turn on Algerian
By Phil Kirkbride
19 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Everton have pulled out of a deal to sign Ishak Belfodil.
The Blues looked on course to sign the Standard Liege player at the end of last week but the transfer became mired in complications. And Koeman has today revealed that Everton decided to step away from the proposed £10.4m deal and pursue other targets on their list. "I don't speak about players individually," Koeman said. "It was one of the players on the list but we took the final decision to not sign the player." Belfodil had been identified by director of football Steve Walsh as the player to add support and competition to top scorer Romelu Lukaku. But Koeman has today confirmed that the club have now decided against pressing ahead with a move for the 25-year-old journeyman forward.

Everton lose interest in Ishak Belfodil as Ronald Koeman has reservations
• Manager unsure Standard Liège striker would improve the team
• Koeman confirms Phil Jagielka and Gerard Deulofeu will be allowed to leave
Paul Wilson and Ed Aarons
Thursday 19 January 2017 Guardian
Everton have confirmed they will not be signing the Algeria striker Ishak Belfodil in this transfer window. The 24‑year‑old Standard Liège player was a target identified by the Everton director of football, Steve Walsh, the man who spotted Belfodil's compatriot Riyad Mahrez for Leicester City.
Discussions took place between the two clubs over a £10.4m move but Ronald Koeman was not convinced. "Belfodil was one of the players on our list and we had the opportunity to buy him but we took the decision not to sign him," the Everton manager said. Koeman would not go into details, although it is understood there were financial complications that put off Everton in addition to the manager's reservations about whether Belfodil would improve the team. "We are still hopeful of bringing more players in but only if they make the team stronger," Koeman said. "We do not need to sign anyone to add to the numbers, because that is not what I like. It is sometimes difficult to sign players at this stage of the season but maybe there is a situation where we can't sign the player we want now but we can in the summer." Everton have an interest in Lille's Martin Terrier. The 19-year-old forward made his first Ligue 1 start last week against Saint-Étienne and is highly regarded by the French club, who were bought by the Luxembourg businessman Gérard Lopez last week. West Ham have also watched Terrier in recent weeks, although it is expected it would take a sizeable offer to persuade Lille to part with one of their rising stars. Koeman also confirmed Phil Jagielka and Gerard Deulofeu, two players who have lost their places in the team in recent weeks, would be allowed to leave if suitable bids are received. Milan have been in negotiations over a loan move for Deulofeu but the terms of the deal have been a sticking point and no agreement has been reached. The Spaniard has started only four Premier League games this season, two of which were in August, and has not been in the squad for the last three league matches. The emergence of 18-year-old Tom Davies and the signing of fellow teenager Ademola Lookman, both of whom starred in the 4-0 win against Manchester City last weekend, has pushed Deulofeu further down the pecking order. Koeman said: "I spoke to Gerry and it's a difficult situation for the player. If he finds a solution to go and to play and to get game-time then it's not a problem. But the final decision is by the board of the club and I did not have any call from the chairman that they agree something for Deulofeu. "It's always tough because you're not really part of the team, you don't get a lot of game minutes, but that's the competition we have in the team. You have to always look for first what's the best for the club and second what is the best for the player, and for Gerry the best is that he gets game-time somewhere." Jagielka is in his 10th season at Goodison Park but has also found himself out of the team, with Ashley Williams and Ramiro Funes Mori preferred in the centre of defence. Sunderland have been linked with a move for Jagielka, which would reunite him with the former Everton manager David Moyes. Asked if Jagielka might leave, Koeman said: "I don't know, it's all about if there is interest for Jag. Of course the last few weeks he did not start. He is important, he is the captain of the team. He is not happy because he is not starting and that's a good signal. What you need to do as a player is fight and make it difficult for the manager."

Yannick Bolasie admits his surprise by emergence of Tom Davies at Everton
Davies scored his first goal for his boyhood club in Sunday's 4-0 demolition of Manchester City
By Paul Gorst
19 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
The 18-year-old midfielder scored his first goal for his boyhood club during Sunday's 4-0 demolition of Manchester City at Goodison Park. The teenager also played a part in Romelu Lukaku's opener by sending Kevin Mirallas clear of the City defence with a clever through ball, and Davies has been on the receiving end of widespread praise since Sunday's game. Bolasie, who joined the club in the summer from Crystal Palace, has said that he has been slightly taken aback by Davies' impressive start to life in the first team. Speaking to talkSPORT, the winger said: "Obviously Ive played with him in training, and he has been in and around the first team since I stepped in the door. "It good to see he's eventually got his chance and he's taken it. It looks like he is ready, he's come on a lot more than I thought he would have to be honest with you. "In training it is different, you don't see tackles flying like that and in the game it's a totally different story and I'm really impressed with Tom." Davies' goal was almost taken off him on the line by goal-poacher Romelu Lukaku, and Bolasie jokingly admonished his teammate for trying to steal the effort on Sunday.
Bolasie tweeted: "Rom leave him to have that goal davis yessssssss lad
"nah I am buzzing for him".

Everton's Joel Robles reveals he fumed at Koeman's decision to make him No2
Keeper stuck it out in hope of being Blues' long-term No1
By Phil Kirkbride
19 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Joel Robles has revealed he was angry with Ronald Koeman after the Everton manager told him he would be second choice this season. And the Spanish goalkeeper feared he would have to leave Goodison for the sake of his career. But Robles decided to stick it out with the Blues and fight for his place in the side with summer signing Maarten Stekelenburg, insisting that he wants to Everton's first-choice for many years to come. The 26-year-old has made five consecutive starts since coming on to replace the injured Stekelenburg in the second-half of last month's derby at Goodison and though the Dutchman is now fully fit, Robles is hoping to keep his place in goal. Asked what Koeman has said to him in the summer when Stekelenburg arrived as No1, Robles said: "Nothing. "He told me that I was the No2 and that Maarten was going to be No1. "Obviously, I am angry in this moment with him but this is football, I respect the situation and that I needed to change my mind and work hard."
He added: "In one moment, I did think about leaving because I like to play but when you go home you need to think about everything and I want to play for Everton for many years. "I had reason to leave the club but I said no because I want to play for Everton for many years." Robles, who signed from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2013, will make only his 50th appearance for Everton if he keeps his place for Saturday's game at Crystal Palace. He now says the time is right in his career to become a permanent No1. "After four years at Everton and too many times being on the bench, playing and then being back on the bench, I think this is a good period for me, I have good experience," he said.

Everton boss Koeman insists he didn't change his mind on Memphis Depay
Manchester United winger was a January target but set to join Lyon
By Phil Kirkbride
19 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Ronald Koeman insists he didn't change his mind on signing Memphis Depay - but says the Manchester United forward had "different options". Koeman went public in his interest in signing the 22-year-old ahead of the opening of the January transfer window and appeared to make him a priority transfer.
But Depay is on the verge of sealing a £14.75m move to Lyon after Everton failed to register a bid with United. It is believed the Blues decided against trying to sign Depay on a permanent deal and wanted to wait until late in the window to see if they could take him on loan. But United were insistent throughout the month that they would not entertain loan offers for a player they paid PSV Eindhoven £25m for in the summer of 2015. Asked if he had changed his mind on signing Depay, Koeman said: "No, it was one of our options to bring in but the business is not done between Everton and Manchester United, but the player had different options and that is what happened.
Memphis Depay seems set to join French club Lyon
"It is not fair to speak about him because he is not an Everton player and, from what I hear, he will sign in France." Everton have added Ademola Lookman to their forward options but look set to lose Gerard Deulofeu, who has been told he can leave. So is Koeman still looking to bolster the squad in wide areas?
"We are looking defensively and we know we have some players who maybe they will go out for loan and we have some young players who may go out for loan," he said.

Everton boss Koeman content 'good boy' Tom Davies will keep feet on the ground
Koeman believes teenager Davies will avoid thinking he's the 'big man at Everton' after wonder goal
By Phil Kirkbride
19 JAN 2017 LiverpoolEcho
Ronald Koeman is confident Everton youngster Tom Davies will remain grounded despite his rapid rise - and avoid becoming a "big man". The 18-year-old produced a man-of-the-match performance against Manchester City last weekend which he capped off by scoring the Blues' third goal. Davies has shot to nationwide prominence on the back of the display yet Koeman believes the West Derby lad - a player he describes as a "good boy" - can cope with the huge increase in attention. "We can't control everything," Koeman said. "I don't know what he is doing when he leaves Finch Farm. I don't know. "I don't know if the family or friends take him every day on their shoulders and that he is the big man then we get a problem because finally he will think that he is really that. "He is a good boy and what we can control we do. The rest is up to the player. "If we think in sessions and in his work every day he is starting to get sloppy then we do something but I don't think that is question for him because he is a hard-working boy and player. "I don't have any problem with that." And Koeman insists he would not look to build a network of 'spies' like former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson did to keep an eye on his young guns . "Normally with all the social media if somebody is doing something wrong we will know it," he said. "It's freedom, what we expect and what I expect as a manager is that everyone is really professional. "It is life, enjoy your life but every day to be ready for training to improve and develop. That is the most important thing. "We don't control our players."

Everton Rumours: Who is Blues-linked powerhouse Franck Kessie?
All you need to know about Ivorian midfielder linked with Everton
By Connor Bennett
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton are still interested in making a few moves during this transfer window and could unearth another gem with Franck Kessie. The Ivorian, who plays his football in Italy, is an unknown to some so we've got some background for you.
Who is Everton target Franck Kessie?
A 20-year-old Ivorian midfielder, Franck Kessie is attracting interest from across Europe with many clubs being linked to him. Kessie is widely tipped as one of the best young talents in Europe and possibly the most talented African player in some years. With the midfielder coming from the Ivory Coast, instant comparisons can be made to Manchester City's Yaya Toure, a bruising midfielder who can do just as much in attack as he can do in defence. He nearly made a move to Sunderland last summer but had not made enough international appearances to be able to be registered under Premier League rules.
Kessie is a powerhouse, plain and simple.
He started life as a centre back but was moved further forward due to his abilities in attack. He is similar to Victor Wanyama, who also started life as a centre-back at Celtic but had moved further forward prior to his move to Southampton. The 20-year-old can sit in front of the defence and even control the tempo of the midfield with his energy. During his time in Serie B with A.C. Cesena, he was coached by Massimo Drago who described him as a "very intelligent player who can play many roles."
Franck Kessie of Atalanta BC walks during the Serie a match between Atalanta BC and FC Torino
On a more personal level, Drago said Kessie is "a great guy, a funny guy" who also has a "very strong temperament." Imagine a bigger, more attacking Idrissa Gana Gueye and it seems like you have Franck Kessie. What's his background/who has he played for? The midfielder started his career with Stella Club d'Adjamé on the Ivory Coast. In the summer of 2015, Kessie joined Atalanta of the Italian Serie A but upon arrival, he was immediately loaned to A.C. Cesena in Serie B where he made his move into midfield under Drago. He scored four goals in 38 appearances for the black and whites before returning to Atalanta. In 14 games for his parent club, he's found the net five times. Everton are looking for more goals from midfield and Kessie could be just the man for the job. How much would he cost and who else is interested? According to reports, it would take around £30 million to pry him away from Italy. Chelsea have already had a 25 million Euros bid rejected but they don't seem too far away in their bidding.
Ivory Coast's Franck Kessie holds off Sweden's Pa Konate
With Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all interested in making a move for him, it would have to be a pretty convincing pitch on Everton's part to bring him to Goodison Park.
What else?
Kessie is currently taking part in the African Cup of Nations for his country so you could take a look at him in his next few games. The Elephants are back in action on Friday against the Congo before taking on Morocco next Tuesday. With the Ivorians likely to progress into the knockout stages, Kessie will see further action on the following weekend. And plus, watching him in a televised game is better than a three minutes long YouTube video of cherry picked highlights.

Pressure, scrutiny, hopes and dreams - not the US presidency, it's the Everton job
As Donald Trump becomes US president - we compare American leaders to Blues bosses
By Chris Beesley
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
It's a high-profile but tough role with the hopes and dreams of a demanding populace scrutinising your every move but if you get it right you'll be immortalised. We're talking about the hallowed office of being Everton manager rather than President of the United States but on the day that Donald Trump is inaugurated as our American cousins' 45th chief executive, the parallels between some of the White House incumbents and those who have warmed the Goodison Park hot seat are intriguing. Here we take a light-hearted look at the Blues various bosses and ask 'Which US President would they be?'
Ronald Koeman = Ronald Reagan
Big Ronald, it had to be!
A commanding presence who was a towering force in the 1980s.
Both men came into the top job having enjoying glittering careers beforehand: Koeman as free-scoring defender and Reagan as a Hollywood actor with neither afraid to be frank on difficult subjects when required.
Roberto Martinez = Barack Obama
A silky smooth talker who possessed charm and charisma.
U.S. President Barack Obama
He just wanted to make the world a better place but in many respects he ultimately failed to live up to all his early great promise.
David Moyes = Dwight Eisenhower
"He had the clearest blue eyes. He would fix them on you. In my every interview with him, he would lock his eyes on to mine and keep them there."
David Moyes
That's American historian Stephen Ambrose on 'Ike' but could also have been anyone in the Goodison media room with Moyesy.
Walter Smith = Gerald Ford
Tried to deal with the messy situation he inherited through a sensible, steady approach.
Everton Manager Walter Smith in 1998
Not one of the greats, but well-respected for his decency and behind a seemingly serious exterior there lied a dry wit.
Joe Royle = John F Kennedy
A glorious but all-too-brief romantic period of 'a new Camelot' that ended abruptly leaving everyone in great shock.
President John F Kennedy
Called upon to deal with lots of serious issues but often did so with a smile on his face.
Mike Walker = George W Bush
Regarded as a figure of fun with many as his detractors deride him for supposedly spending too much leisure time when there were more pressing matters at hand.
Colin Harvey = Jimmy Carter
Time in the top job could have gone better but both before and after has a terrific reputation for being an effective performer and thoroughly good egg.
Howard Kendall = Franklin D Roosevelt
Sir Winston Churchill meeting with American President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard USS Augusta in 1941 Centre is Captain Elliott Roosevelt.
Sir Winston Churchill meeting with American President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard USS Augusta in 1941 A great leader of men who swept in a brave new era in his early years in charge. Steered his troops to their finest hour and loved the role so much he kept coming back for more, ensuring that he was the longest-serving man in the position.

Everton transfer rumours: Blues interested in Lille forward Martin Terrier and Young Boys playmaker Yoric Ravet
All the latest transfer talk for the Blues
By Glen Williams
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has not been shy about publicising his desire to bolster his squad this window. The latest man reportedly on Koeman's radar is Lille forward Martin Terrier . According to the Guardian's Ed Aarons, the Blues are in a battle with West Ham to land the 19-year-old. He has only made nine senior appearances for the Ligue A club, scoring once, but his potential has not gone unnoticed and the Blues could be set to make a bid this month. Another player which may be unfamiliar to some is Yoric Ravet , a playmaker for Swiss side Young Boys. The Frenchman could be attracting interest from the Toffees, according to L'Equipe . The 27-year-old has netted seven goals in 31 Super League appearances and the attacking-midfielder, who made three appearances for France U20s, could be on the verge of coming to Goodison Park. Ravet is enjoying a successful season, scoring six times and creating 14 more has pricked the ears of club looking to add to their squad this window.
And finally, more on Gerard Deulofeu . According to Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol, AC Milan have made a fresh approach for the Spaniard. The sum of £430,000 for the loan, with an option to buy in the summer could be attractive for Koeman, having already suggested he would allow the 22-year-old to leave if the right offer is tabled.

David Prentice: 'Geri's light burned so very brightly- but has long been extinguished'
The ECHO's Sport Editor reflects on Deulofeu being told he can leave Everton
By David Prentice
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Gerard Deulofeu has been told he can find a new club in the January transfer window.
It is a decision which effectively confirms the unwritten Everton wingers protocol: loan star, permanent dud. That protocol is a blueprint which has been followed ever since a flamboyant but fitful winger called Terry Curran lit up Goodison Park in the 1982 winter of discontent. With flowing locks like a footballing cavalier, he dribbled, he nutmegged and he even scored a goal in a sparkling loan spell which had the Gwladys Street demanding "Sign him up!" Eventually Everton did, more than seven months later, but Curran couldn't recreate the magic of his original spell. The same fate befell the archetypal blue-assed fly winger which was Peter Beagrie. Occasionally productive, during an original five season spell at Everton, he was hapless when he returned at the end of the appalling 97/98 campaign.
So, too, was James McFadden, when he returned in 2011 after four fertile years from 2003. The wingers' protocol kicking in again. Deulofeu has not been hapless. His thrilling run and "miss that if you dare" cross against Leicester harked back to the excitement of his original loan spell, when Evertonians were giddy with excitement at signing a forward from Barca's famed La Masia Academy. Goals against Stevenage and Stoke offered tantalising insights of his talent, but it was a thrilling equaliser at The Emirates, a stadium where Everton rarely enjoy good fortunes, which seemed to offer confirmation that Deulofeu was indeed "magic, you know."
He was also fragile.
A hamstring injury in his very next match ripped a huge chunk out of his season.
He scored one more goal, a matchwinner against Cardiff, and returned to Barcelona.
When he next pitched up back at Everton it was as a permanent signing, with Blues fans initially concerned by the buy back clauses Barca insisted on inserting. They needn't have worried.
The Everton wingers' protocol kicked in. He didn't start a league match until the end of September, when he created two goals at The Hawthorns for Romelu Lukaku with the kind of crosses centre-forwards relish. But he was gripped by inconsistency. A turning point in his Blues career came when, clean through in a Capital One Cup semi-final at Manchester City with Everton leading 3-2 on aggregate, he missed. Hauled off shortly after he started just three more matches. The zippy run and cross which tempted Chris Smalling into a Wembley own goal in another semi-final, after coming on as a substitute, was a nostalgic reminder of what might have been. At the same time Terry Curran was tearing up the Goodison turf, classic SciFi movie Bladerunner told us: "The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long." And, like Terry, Gerry did burn so very, very brightly. But that light has long since been extinguished ... like tears in rain. Time to say goodbye.

Kevin Ratcliffe: Ronald Koeman's brave young-guns selection paid dividends
The manager's selection shows us signs of what the future holds at Goodison Park
By Kevin Ratcliffe
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Ronald Koeman's team selection on Saturday was a bit of a surprise.
Starting with Tom Davies in midfield and Mason Holgate instead of Phil Jagielka, that's brave. Inexperience, a lot of pressure. And it was a big game. And didn't they do well? Holgate was outstanding, Tom got a lot of credit but Holgate's composure on the ball, the pace that he showed up against an England international was more than pleasing. But we had younger legs in midfield, getting about them and worrying City. What Koeman is trying to implement is that blend of experience and youth, and it's coming together now. You look at Tom Davies in the last 10 minutes of the game and the way he took that ball forward. Somebody 30-plus years of age would maybe not be able to do that.
Up against David Silva and Yaya Toure in midfield for them, our freshness and liveliness really upset them. The system the manager wants to play needs younger legs than what he has got.
Morgan Schneiderlin not starting was a big call. There is big expectation on a £22m player to start him in a game as big as City. But he was vindicated by Davies's performance. He's now left with a very healthy dilemma of choosing any three between Schneiderlin, Davies, Gareth Barry and Ross Barkley for those central midfield slots. It could have been easy for Koeman to opt for Schneiderlin and make way for Barkley. Another combative midfielder, who is strong in the tackle and perhaps a little more defensive.
Morgan Schneiderlin adds to the midfield options But the inclusion We effectively played three up front with four in midfield, which is a brave tactic. What is for certain is that it is a headache which any manager would be grateful for. Jags has big part to play Phil Jagielka still has a huge part to play for Everton. If you take him away, what are we down to? You have Ashley Williams with Ramiro Funes Mori and Holgate the other side of him and he has the experience to see them through. But if anything happens to Williams then Jagielka must come into the fold – especially if Koeman wants to play three at the back. If he wants to go to a flat back four and push Seamus Coleman further forward, with Holgate at right-back – he has so many options now. We have been complaining for years that there is no 'Plan B'. But there's just a feeling now that there is an alternative getting installed into the team. If something isn't working then there is an option to go to a different system, which wasn't happening before. It doesn't really happen at other clubs. They play safe and can't change anything or don't have the personnel to do so. Everton have the players now. Leighton Baines can play left-back or left-wing back.
But if you want to change it you must have the centre backs to do so.
Funes Mori and Holgate need experience alongside them and Jagielka has a part to play
Lookman a step ahead of the game
Ademola Lookman probably could not believe his luck on Saturday.
But what was most impressive was his movement. Before John Stones blocked Coleman's cross, Lookman anticipated and thought 'I'm going to get something here'. He's not reacting. That's the difference between getting the chance and letting a defender stifle the attack. If he doesn't anticipate, then he doesn't get that extra yard or two and the opposition will close him down.
If you ask any professional footballer, there is a massive difference in anticipating and reacting.
He's got the chance, he's taken it – what a great start to his career at the club.
And hopefully the start of things to come.

Everton transfers - Swansea boss Clement refuses to rule out Kone move
Arouna Kone is expected to leave Everton and strugglers Swansea have been linked
By Joe Rimmer
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Arouna Kone could soon leave Everton with Swansea City said to be interested in the Ivorian's services.
The 33-year-old, who hasn't started a game since Ronald Koeman took charge of Everton, has been linked with a move to Premier League strugglers Swansea. And new Swans boss Paul Clement yesterday refused to rule out a move for the former Wigan forward. Clement was asked about the striker in his press conference ahead of their trip to Merseyside to take on Liverpool, and would only admit that the club are continuing to look to sign players. He said: "It is a difficult period now. We are not close [to announcing more signings], but we have targets and we are monitoring that on a daily basis because there is a lot of other things that can affect whether you do those deals or not. It is possible some of those things may run right to the very last days of the window. "I am using all networks I have built up here and in France, Spain and Germany. You establish lots of relationships in football and the staff I work with here bring their expertise to the table to try and improve."

Everton midfielder Gueye on why he might kill Liverpool rival Sadio Mane
Both men are set for extended stays in Gabon after goals from Mane and Newcastle's Henri Saivet secured progress to the next round
By David Prentice
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Idrissa Gueye has joked he will kill Sadio Mane if Senegal don't win the Africa Cup of Nations - because his Mersey rival won't track back! The Everton midfielder is close friends with Liverpool striker Sadio Mane, whose second goal of the tournament ensured a 2-0 victory over Zimbabwe last night and guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages. But the Senegalese stars weren't entirely happy.
"We know how good they are," said Gueye about Mane and Lazio winger Balde Keita, who were the best players on the pitch. "But sometimes it's difficult because they don't defend. "If they score and we win the game, it's not a problem, but if we lose, we will kill them!" Both men are set for extended stays in Gabon after goals from Mane and Newcastle's Henri Saivet secured progress to the next round of the winter tournament. Senegal top Group B with two wins from two and have one more group game against Algeria on Monday, where a draw will secure them the top spot. Senegal will face the runners up of Group A, which could be anyone from three teams: Burkina Faso, Gabon and Guinea Bissau.
With the Senegalese side one of the favourites to win the tournament, it's likely that Gueye will not finish up his national duty until the first week of February. Gueye will definitely miss Premier League games against Stoke City and Bournemouth. If the midfielder is allowed a week or two for recovery, he could also miss the away trip to Middlesbrough. Following that, Everton will have a week off due to the FA Cup fourth-round meaning Gueye may not return for the Blues until February 25th against Sunderland. Mane will miss Premier League games against Chelsea and Hull City while also missing a FA Cup fourth round tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers. He will also miss the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against his former club Southampton. It's likely that Mane will not finish up his national duty until the beginning of February.

Everton striker Oumar Niasse said he had to leave for Hull City to "prove a point"
Senegal forward on loan with Tigers until end of season
By Phil Kirkbride
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton striker Oumar Niasse says he is determined to "prove a point" while on loan at Hull City.
The £13.5m signing has joined the Tigers until the end of the season with a view to making the move permanent. Niasse became an outcast under Ronald Koeman, who banished him to the under-23s and told him to find another club. The Senegal international failed to find a club in the summer but relegation threatened Hull moved for him last week. And Niasse wants to repay their fatih in him while, at the same time, showing Koeman he is not a Premier League flop. "I have an opportunity here at Hull now and it's one that I'm determined to take," Niasse said. "I came here to prove a point. The Premier League is the best league in the world, and I want to prove myself here at Hull. "I'm here to help the team and give my all. If I'm fully fit, I know what I can do." Hull are third bottom of the table but Niasse says he is confident they can drag themselves out of the mire. "We have a big challenge ahead of us," he added. "We don't have a big squad, but we have some big players. "We are confident after getting a win against Bournemouth last time out. I think if we manage it, we can do it." "Sometimes you need to learn and playing under different types of pressure is a good way to learn how to be a better player."

Wayne Rooney's testimonial raised £1.2m for children's charities
Ex Everton starlet's big night will be a big boost to regional kids' charities
By Greg O'Keeffe
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton's part in Wayne Rooney's testimonial match with Manchester United at Old Trafford helped the England captain raise £1.2million for children's charities. The sum was the overall total from the sell-out match played in August between Rooney's only two Premier League clubs. Rooney set up the foundation to improve the lives of children faced with serious health issues, abuse and educational challenges. Proceeds from the match, which celebrated Rooney's 12 years with Manchester United against his boyhood Blues, will be distributed through the foundation to four chosen charities and used to fund legacy projects. Those benefiting are the NSPCC, Claire House Children's Hospice, Alder Hey Children's Charity and the Manchester United Foundation. Rooney, who came through the Toffees' youth academy before going on to make 67 first-team appearances, said: "I'd like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. "They've raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives."

David Moyes wants to buy British but admits it will be tough with Phil Jagielka swoop unlikely for Sunderland Jagielka could leave Everton this month Jagielka could leave Everton this month Phil Smith January 20 2017 Sunderland Echo
David Moyes wants to buy British but admits it will be tough with Phil Jagielka swoop unlikely for Sunderland Jagielka could leave Everton this month Jagielka could leave Everton this month Phil Smith Email David Moyes has admitted that he would like to add British players to his Sunderland squad, but said the club's precarious position makes it difficult to convince players to come to the region. Sunderland have been linked with moves for Ireland international Robbie Brady, as well as 40-time England capped Phil Jagielka. Both are likely to have a variety of suitors should they be available for transfer, with teams higher up the table taking an interest. Jagielka and Moyes enjoyed great success together at Everton and the centre-half's experience and leadership would be a major boost for the Black Cats. Ronald Koeman admitted yesterday that he could leave the club this month, and while he would no doubt appeal to the Black Cats, it remains to be seen whether the 34-year-old would be tempted to move to Wearside. Moyes said Sunderland have a better chance with players from abroad, who are more likely to be tempted by the chance of a break in Premier League football. He said: "We're trying, we're looking around to see what we can get. "There are some that we are trying but not quite getting there, and there are others where we're hopeful. "I'm hoping that we'll get a couple of players in, but we also have to be careful. "Obviously, I hope the players we get in can make a big difference, but more than likely the ones we are trying to get will be added to the squad to help us with numbers. "I think that's fundamental. Players want you to be towards the right end of the table before they choose. "But we can go into the foreign market and bring people in, a bit like we did last year [when Lamine Kone, Jan Kirchhoff, and Wahbi Khazri joined] which worked really well. "That's something we will have to look at, although ideally I have said for a while that I would like to add a few more British players to the club – that's not as easy as it sounds, though."

Everton Snapchat: How to turn your face Royal Blue
Guide to showing your Toffees love on Snapchat
By Greg O'Keeffe
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton have teamed up with Snapchat to offer a cool new Royal Blue filter and fans are loving it.
In a football world joint-first, a new Evertonised Lens allows supporters to paint their face blue, featuring the club crest, and head an Everton branded ball. Snapchat Lenses are visual effects that appear over your face in real-time, with popular ones turning you into a dog, an angel, and now a proud Evertonian.
How to do it
All you have to do is press and hold on your face to activate the Lenses. Snaps can be sent as a picture or video message and shared publicly in your Story or just with friends. The new Everton Lens will be available nationally until midnight on Sunday January 22 and then only at Goodison Park and the Blues' training-ground, Finch Farm, for the remainder of the season. All fans are being encouraged to use the new Lens over the weekend, not just if you are heading to Selhurst Park for the Premier League fixture but wherever you're supporting the team from. To check the new Lens out you can download Snapchat from your app store.

Rate how much Everton's players are worth - the midfield
So how much for Barkley then?
By Peter Guy
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Fantasy football time again.
Earlier in the week we asked you to tell us how much you thought Everton's forward line was worth .
This time round, we're moving on to the midfield. Which it'd be fair to say, is starting to look in rude health. With the likes of Ross Barkley , Morgan Schneiderlin , Idrissa Gana Gueye and of course Tom Davies - there's suddenly a strong look to Everton's midfield ranks. Everton January transfer window - who would you buy and sell? All we're asking you to do is use the sliders below for each player to give them what you think is the right price.

Koeman has bought well in the transfer window, says Sam Allardyce
Everton face Allardyce's Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday
By Phil Kirkbride
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Sam Allardyce reckons Everton boss Ronald Koeman has bought "wisely" in the past two transfer windows. And the Crystal Palace boss believes last weekend's impressive win over Manchester City was a sign that the Blues squad are starting to buy into the way the Dutchman wants to play. Everton made five senior signings in the summer, including taking Yannick Bolasie from Selhurst Park, and have already added two more players to their ranks this month.
"Everton have been a massively stable club in the Premier League for years," Allardyce said.
"Moyesy rebuilt them from nothing, they made the odd cup final and got into Europe on a limited budget. "Ronald's spent wisely and had a good squad to add to. His work is paying off [after City win]. The players bought into his ideas." Everton signed Charlton Athletic teenager Ademola Lookman earlier this month in a deal worth in excess of £10m and Allardyce says there is a premium on buying young British players. "It's the price of young talent," he said. "Young, homegrown talent is rare and that makes it expensive. "Man United paid £33m for (Luke) Shaw. If a Premier League club wants them, the owner of a lower league club starts rubbing his hands.
"If you want him you'll pay it."
Allardyce has warned his struggling Palace players they cannot afford to make the same defensive mistakes as Man City did at Goodison, when Everton roll into town this weekend. "We've got to do much better than City last week and block the likes of Mirallas, McCarthy and Barkley," he said.

Everton's Baines on why a late text from Cleverley highlighted the club's pace of change
Baines talks in depth on the signings, Koeman's impact and their upturn in form
By Phil Kirkbride
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
As Everton's players drove away from the training ground on the Thursday afternoon, little did they know they wouldn't be seeing Tom Cleverley again for the rest of the season. That evening, the Blues squad were sent a group message from the midfielder who informed them that he'd travelled to Watford ahead of a medical the next day in the hope of completing a loan move. For Leighton Baines it was another example as to the new found pace of change at his football club. Everton's January spending has already reached record levels after the signings of Ademola Lookman and Morgan
Gerard Deulofeu and Arouna Kone look like they will soon follow. Others too.
Baines insists those players who remain in the squad can only focus on themselves and not worry about the ins and outs, the speculation and rumour or what Ronald Koeman is thinking. All he knows is that by the start of next season, the Everton manager will have formed a team, and a squad, in his own image.
"Honestly, you just do your job," he said. "You're always aware of it in the background that it's going to happen. "And you always know in football that things can change really quickly. An example would be when Tom went down to Watford on loan.
Tom Cleverley has joined Watford until the end of the season
"He text us that evening to say he'd gone down to Watford. Things are happening in the background but all we can do is do our work, come in and train because we're not always privy to the information of what's going on behind the scenes. "So for every individual player to make sure you're doing to best you can to make sure they're pleased with you and not looking to replace you. "But that's inevitable in football, everyone is always going to be looking for the next best thing and you accept that but that is what should make you push yourself." "Of course, every manager is going to want time not only to implement their philosophy and ideas but to shape the squad, the personnel and get what they want," he added. "You'd probably say they'd want a couple of windows and some managers don't like doing business in January - we've obviously done a bit of business - so we'll look to perform between now and the end of the season and I'm sure the manager will be at the forefront and willing to take responsibility for wherever we are. "But, at the same time, he would probably say 'give me another transfer window' and another summer to get the players in the physical condition he expects and not to have to do that in season. "All in all, he will probably say come to the start of next season 'this is my team' and his stamp will be fully on it." Everton offered a window into that future last weekend with a 4-0 unpicking of Manchester City at Goodison. Baines says it was a victory for "mucking in" and believes, in terms of the result, it has to be considered their best performance of the season. The Blues have now suffered just one defeat in their last six league games having endured a run of one win in 10, stretching from September into December. But Baines insists their upturn in form is down to belief in the methods of the manager, rather than any drastic changes. "It wasn't free-flowing in a football sense but it was knowing your job, knowing what you were up against an all mucking in, sticking together, doing the job and being a bit clinical," he said of the City win. Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley celebrate their team's second goal against Manchester City at Goodison Park "There were some really good performances but as a collective we were good and did the right things at the right times. We defended well when we had to and got the goals at good times. "The second one, as soon as you come out for the second-half is a big one and the one after that puts the game to bed. It was a good day." He added: "That is just football, we're doing all the same things. Yeah, you have a few bad results, you're a little bit more reflective, we had one or two meetings but it wasn't like they were huge meetings where we were changing everything we did, it was just little things. "It's football, you lose a few games and you lose a bit of confidence but you win a few games and things go your way, there were no drastic changes, there's an upturn in our fortune, the results are better and long may it continue." Struggling Crystal Palace are next up and though they are locked in a fight for survival, Baines is too experienced in the competitive nature of the league to expect anything other than a tough game at Selhurst Park.
"It's the Premier League - every game is different," Everton's left-back said.
"Man City was a tactical game where the manager set us out in a certain way and knew, roughly, what to expect from City. "Going to Palace, you know what to expect and we'll make sure we're prepared for that but we'll also be looking to cause them problems and how - and where - we might be able to do that." "Sam's a great manager, they're in a bit of a fight at the moment, and it was no surprise they moved as quickly as they did," he offered. "Not saying that Alan Pardew isn't capable but it seemed as though the first team to go out and get Allardyce has got the best chance of staying up. "They've got different types of threat in different areas of the pitch. They've got good players wide, they can play direct, there are different things they can do. That's the Premier League, it's horses for courses, you face different things each week and whoever you face it's always competitive."

Everton Royal Blue: Homesick, unused, forgotten - Rodriguez was never good enough but flawed regime to blame
Phil Kirkbride on the case of a young striker and a failing recruitment system
By Phil Kirkbride
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Whaddon Road, an hour-and-a-half before kick-off ahead of a game that was struggling to capture the imagination, felt a lonely place. The majority of the thousand or so supporters who ended up paying to watch the match on a night that cooled quickly, arrived only 10 minutes before the start. There was no big match atmosphere to savour. For Leandro Rodriguez, he had perhaps never felt more isolated than at any other point in his short Everton career. As the rest of the Blues under-23 squad killed time by walking around the centre of Cheltenham Town's pitch, Rodriguez had drifted away from the pack.
Alone with his thoughts, he stood in front of an empty stand, waiting for the call to get changed into his kit and warm-up, yet knowing all the while that he had next to no chance of actually getting on.
He didn't.
Rodriguez, one can imagine, will have been thinking: 'What the hell happened?'.
Leandro Rodriguez during the U21 Lancashire Senior Cup match between Everton and Preston North End in September 2015 Signed with a sense of intrigue and mystery late in the 2015 summer window, a goal on his debut for Everton's second string and early suggestions of a poacher's instinct offered hope of the club having plucked a diamond from the South American rough for around half a million quid.
He needed to be fitter, bigger, stronger and faster to be able to cope with the Premier League but Roberto Martinez insisted all he needed was time. But then came the injuries, the recovery, a brief cameo in the FA Cup and then the set-backs and a loan move cut short, so much so that the season was not even over and Martinez was now cautiously talking about the summer and the next campaign.
Rodriguez travelled to Austria as part of the first-team pre-season training camp but Ronald Koeman had seen enough and didn't call on him again. And so back to Everton's under-23s he went, making the odd appearance in the Lancashire and Liverpool Senior Cups as the second string built up their pre-season, but try as he might he failed to make an impression. A rare call-up came that Tuesday night in Cheltenham, when the u-23s lost 2-1 to the League Two side in their second Checkadtrade Trophy game. Conor McAleny, Bassala Sambou and Delial Brewster were the preferred attacking changes from the bench that night. Rodriguez showered, got back on the bus, having barely broken sweat, and travelled through the night back to Merseyside.
He's not been involved in an u-23s squad since.
Currently on his way back from injury, he's not even properly trained with them of late either, but the message in the summer was clear: 'You're free to find a new club.'
Nothing has changed.
And so, 18 months after leaving his life in Uruguay in the hope of realising his Premier League dream, the 24-year-old is marooned in football purgatory. Finch Farm, with all of its state-of-the-art facilities, will feel like no man's land to the forgotten victim of the previous regime's flawed transfer policy.
For the sake of his career he needs to leave, maybe a club in the Football League will take a chance on him, but he currently appears no closer to being put out of his misery.
Footballers, even at Rodriguez's level, earn the type of money that means sympathy can be in short supply but the sight of the young striker that night in Cheltenham, the homesickness he suffered when he left Uruguay and the fact his job prospects are extremely poor will perhaps soften some people's stance. And, as with the case of another outcast - Oumar Niasse - that initial sense of ridicule for his shortcomings has now been transferred to anger at the people who mistakenly deemed him good enough. He has just become yet another poster boy for a forgetful period in Everton's transfer history.

Everton insist no deal has yet been agreed with AC Milan over Gerard Deulofeu
Italians have said Spain under-21 international will spend rest of the season at the San Siro
By Ian Doyle
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton insist no deal has yet been agreed for Gerard Deulofeu - despite AC Milan announcing they had signed the winger on loan until the end of the season. Milan declared this evening on their official Twitter account that the Spanish winger would spend the rest of the campaign at the San Siro.
However, Blues officials are understood to be furious at the announcement and are adamant they are yet to reach an agreement with the Serie A side.
Milan later deleted the tweet indicating Deulofeu had signed.
Negotiations have been ongoing for the past 10 days between the two clubs, with Everton having already rejected one loan bid by Milan. A deal, though, is still likely with Milan keen on the 22-year-old, who has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison. Speaking earlier this week, Ronald Koeman had said he would allow Deulofeu to depart during this month's transfer window. "I spoke to Gerard and it's a difficult situation for the player," said Koeman. "If he finds a solution to go and get game-time then it's no problem.
"But the final decision will be down to the board."
Deulofeu impressed at Everton during a season on loan from Barcelona in 2013-14 before arriving on a permanent deal for £4.3million in the summer of 2015 after a year at Sevilla. However, the Catalan has made only five starts under Koeman this season and played just one half of first-team football since the 3-2 defeat at Watford on December 10.

Everton insist no deal has yet been agreed with AC Milan over Gerard Deulofeu
Italians have said Spain under-21 international will spend rest of the season at the San Siro
By Ian Doyle
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Everton insist no deal has yet been agreed for Gerard Deulofeu - despite AC Milan announcing they had signed the winger on loan until the end of the season. Milan declared this evening on their official Twitter account that the Spanish winger would spend the rest of the campaign at the San Siro.
However, Blues officials are understood to be furious at the announcement and are adamant they are yet to reach an agreement with the Serie A side. Milan later deleted the tweet indicating Deulofeu had signed. Negotiations have been ongoing for the past 10 days between the two clubs, with Everton having already rejected one loan bid by Milan. A deal, though, is still likely with Milan keen on the 22-year-old, who has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison. Speaking earlier this week, Ronald Koeman had said he would allow Deulofeu to depart during this month's transfer window. "I spoke to Gerard and it's a difficult situation for the player," said Koeman. "If he finds a solution to go and get game-time then it's no problem.
"But the final decision will be down to the board."
Deulofeu impressed at Everton during a season on loan from Barcelona in 2013-14 before arriving on a permanent deal for £4.3million in the summer of 2015 after a year at Sevilla. However, the Catalan has made only five starts under Koeman this season and played just one half of first-team football since the 3-2 defeat at Watford on December 10.

Everton teenager Tom Davies goes back to school as Goodison hero prepares for steep learning curve
By Chris Bascombe
20 January 2017 Telegraph
With an exquisite chip over Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, Tom Davies's life changed.
Not since Wayne Rooney introduced himself to the world against Arsenal in 2002 has a goal – and performance – by an Everton youngster been celebrated so enthusiastically beyond blue boundaries.
Now Davies must adjust to being a young man in demand. On this occasion, he is meeting reporters at the Everton Free School opposite Goodison Park, where questions from the students are as lively as any from journalists. "Did Lukaku try to steal that goal from you?" asks one youngster. "Are you going to move out of your mum and dad's house now?" is a more cheeky inquiry. It is a snapshot of Davies's experience since last Sunday, but you also see how engaging and intelligent this 18-year-old is.
"Everyone you see, even on the Liverpool side, is coming up and telling me how proud they are of me," says Davies. "That's what it is like in this city. I've been getting lots of texts and messages from everyone. I've been thrilled by the reaction. I like talking to people. "I think everyone in Liverpool likes it when someone from the city does well. I think that's just how it is in general. "I still feel 10ft tall. It was a great feeling walking off the pitch [last Sunday]. I'm not sure I wanted to. I just wanted to stay out there. It was an unbelievable feeling doing that for your home club, something I always dreamed of and wanted to do. I can't put into words how proud I am of myself and thankful to everyone who helped me."
Tom Davies - Everton teenager Tom Davies goes back to school as Goodison hero prepares for steep learning curve In an era of huge sponsorship deals, transfer rumours stalking players after one decent game and choreographed PR, there is a virtuous charm to Davies. He epitomises the innocent formative stage where it really is about wearing the shirt, scoring in front of 40,000 fans and going home to his mum and dad's house to watch it back on Match of the Day. "The rewards for me are playing for Everton, and scoring. There hasn't been anything else I have thought about it," he says. "I have always just wanted to play football and have days like Sunday. "It's about being comfortable in your own skin. Not being influenced by other people. Just be good at what you do and be the person you want to be"
"It's a privilege for me to play in front of those fans. They really want you to do well. That's why when I slid on my knees, I was thinking I need to get into the crowd. "It might sound strange when you've just been playing in front of all those people and then you come home and you're watching the television with your mum and dad, but it was just a normal day." Tom Davies - Everton teenager Tom Davies goes back to school as Goodison hero prepares for steep learning curve Davies captures the imagination because of our craving for free-spirited young players. Many consider him atypical because of his unshaven chin, long locks and determination to tuck socks into shin pads. His image may be partially influenced by his favourite band, the Kings of Leon. "I started growing the hair a few years back, then got rid of it all and I missed it, so I've grown it back," he says, acknowledging the irony that his mother, Diane, is a hairdresser. "David Unsworth [Everton Under-23s coach] used to give me loads of stick for my music and my hair, always telling me to get it cut. It's all a good laugh really. It's about being comfortable in your own skin. Not being influenced by other people. Just be good at what you do and be the person you want to be. I would not change that for anything. That's how I like to play so I'm thankful people have taken to that." What if sponsors say smarten up? "No chance," he says.
An emoji? "No."
"The manager spoke to me the day after the game when we were in for our recovery session. He said well done but now it's gone and you have to focus on the next game" Last summer he and team-mates Kieran Dowell and Harry Charsley snubbed the traditional footballer summer holiday of Dubai's beaches and toured Italy. "We just wanted to see the culture– it's part of the world I've never been to," he explains. "We started on the Amalfi coast, Capri, and then got the train to Rome. We saw the Pope, the Colosseum, then we went on to Lake Como. "Maybe I'm not your average footballer, but that's just who I am and what I'm like." Davies would be studying for a maths or science degree if he was not a Premier League footballer. When he is reminded many ex-players consider the new generation of players get too much, too soon, he is inclined to agree. That is why he stayed in schoolboy football as long as possible. "The way the academies are now you do get looked after a lot. It's good for your development but it might be a bit too much at times," he says. "The facilities have been great for me, helping me to develop to where I am now. "There is a difference when you are playing for the [Liverpool] schoolboy teams. You are in competitions and the aim is to win. You were playing in semi-finals and you need to win even though the game might not always go the way you wanted to go. That definitely helped me."
This is no overnight success. Davies captains England at youth level and was invited to train with the senior side last year. "It was an eye-opener. These are the best England have got and you are going to train with them," he says. "It was unusual but after the start of the session, I was fine with it and it felt natural. That gave me confidence." Unsworth used his opportunity as caretaker manager to gave Davies a senior debut against Norwich City last May. That was the real career-changer.
"That game showed me that I can get there and just have to keep going," Davies recalls.
"The goal last week was great but I got man of the match against Norwich and I came away thinking, 'I can actually do this'. "Coming back for pre-season there were a lot of nerves, with a new manager and having to make an impression on him, but being with the first team full-time was good for me and my development. If it wasn't for that, I don't think I would be where I am now. "Everyone from the academy was always wanting me to play, but obviously the new manager comes in and has his thoughts. He brought new players in so for me it was a case of waiting for my opportunity. We said that if I was nowhere near it after Christmas, we might look at a loan. But I was getting in the squads and on the bench, so it was just a case of being ready for the opportunity when it came. Then with us getting a few injuries and Idrissa Gueye going to the Africa Cup of Nations, I've managed to get my chance. I'm just grateful that I've managed to take it. If it comes, grasp it." Manager Ronald Koeman spoke of the need to keep expectations, and egos, in check following the impact of Davies and new signing from Charlton Ademola Lookman, who also scored against City. Those closest to Davies know the Dutchman need not be concerned. "If anything this has made me want it more," says the midfielder. "The manager spoke to me the day after the game when we were in for our recovery session. He said, 'Well done but now it's gone and you have to focus on the next game'. The most important game is Crystal Palace [Saturday].
"I hope I am in the side, can put in another good performance and keep the momentum going. There are parts of my game I am good at but I don't think I'm fantastic at any one thing – just good at most things. I feel I have to keep on improving. I don't want to think too much about what has been happening, I just want to keep playing. I don't want that goal to be a one-off." Tom Davies was speaking during a visit to Everton Free School. The £4.2 million building opened in 2012, catering for 120 young people aged 14-16, offering an alternative education pathway where traditional methods in mainstream schools have failed.

Everton boss Koeman considers giving Ademola Lookman full Premier League debut
Blues manager has been hugely impressed with teenage forward
By Phil Kirkbride
20 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Ronald Koeman insists he is "not afraid" to hand Ademola Lookman his full Everton debut at Crystal Palace. The Blues boss has been incredibly impressed with the 19-year-old since he joined the Blues from Charlton Athletic earlier this month. Everton agreed a deal worth in excess of £10m with the League One club, paying an initial £7.5m up front, for the teeange forward. Lookman came off the bench against Manchester City to score on his debut and Koeman now says he would not think twice about playing him from the start at Selhurst Park. Indeed Koeman - not known for hyperbole - has offered Lookman a ringing endorsement by saying that he can become a "really top player".
Kevin Mirallas and Ademola Lookman in training Asked if the England youth international was now ready to start a game, Koeman replied: I'm not afraid to give him a start, no. "I'm really impressed by the young boy and what he is showing us. "Not just in the last two minutes last weekend, of course. It was a big moment for the boy and everybody because it made the result more special than it was but I'm really impressed in his attitude but also in his quality in the training session. He can be a really top player." Koeman says that his belief in Lookman's potential was reinforced by the reaction of the Everton squad. "I'm impressed with him because he came from a lower league, a lower football team and with all due respect, you come in with a Premier League team, good players, with high intensity and you see the reaction of the rest of the players and football players know exactly after two days if a new signing is that signing or is just (shrugs shoulders)," he said. "He brought that quality. Even with his age and without any experience of the intensity of the Premier League. We like to have that intensity in training. Koeman has bought well in the transfer window, says Sam Allardyce "OK, if I see his level during the whole week that is what I'm impressed with. I don't say that he doesn't need to learn but we know what. It was already a big compliment for him that he was part of the squad of last weekend and not several other players with more name or experience."

Everton's Galloway looks set to remain on loan at West Brom
Baggies want to keep defender as back-up
By Phil Kirkbride
21 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
West Bromwich Albion are refusing to cut Brendan Galloway's loan short.
The Everton defender is on a season-long deal at the Hawthorns but has struggled badly for game time.
Galloway has made just five appearances this season, the last of which was in the FA Cup earlier this month, and the Blues have enquired about ending the loan early.
Brendan Galloway in action for West Bromwich Albion in September
Derby County have registered their interest in taking Galloway for the remainder of the season and are believed to have agreed a deal in principle with Everton, whilst it is understood that other clubs are also interested in the 20-year-old. But West Brom boss Tony Pulis wants to keep Galloway as defensive back-up for the rest of the campaign - but there are no guarantees his chances will improve.

Carragher: Tom Davies needs to buck the Everton academy trend
'No club has been better at bringing youngsters through in the last 20 years'
By Glen Williams
21 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Jamie Carragher's latest column for the Daily Mail has included the man all Blues cannot get enough of, Tom Davies. A week has passed since the midfielder announced himself on the footballing world and the Sky Sports pundit has urged the youngster to follow up his outstanding performance against Manchester City. The former Liverpool defender pondered whether Davies could be the next hero at Goodison Park or if he could fall by the wayside. Carragher wrote: "Davies has at least shown to Ronald Koeman he can be trusted in a big game and he is one of a group of youngsters, which includes Kieran Dowell, Jonjoe Kenny and Callum Connolly, that highlights the fantastic work being done at Everton's academy. "No club has been better at bringing youngsters through in the last 20 years but Davies — and Ross Barkley — need to be the ones to buck a trend. For all the players who have emerged from the academy, none have made the final important step. "Wayne Rooney, of course, would have done so had he stayed at Goodison Park. "But I think about players such as Francis Jeffers — who scored on his England debut — and Michael Ball, Danny Cadamarteri, Richard Dunne and, more recently, Jack Rodwell. "They were all regarded as stars in the making but none of them ended up doing it in a royal blue shirt." He adds that Davies, and Barkley, will have their work cut out for them with the arrival of Morgan Schneiderlin and the inevitable return to the starting line up for Idrissa Gana Gueye after he returns from the Africa Cup of Nations. In an ideal world, he argues, both Davies and Barkley will become heroes at Goodison Park and pave a new path for future Blues academy products at USM Finch Farm.

Crystal Palce v Everton Team News: Koeman picks same team that hammered City
ByPhil Kirkbride
21 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
Ronald Koeman has named an unchanged side for today's game at Crystal Palace. Leighton Baines has shaken off a rib injury to take his place in Everton's side at Selhurst Park.Ademola Lookman remains on the bench despite Koeman saying he is "not afraid" to play him from the start.Morgan Schneidlerin is also named among the substitutes as is James McCarthy who has returned from injury.Tom Davies keeps his place in midfield alongside Gareth Barry with Baines and Seamus Coleman playing on the flanks.Everton's back three - in front of Joel Robles who retains his place in goal - consists of Ramiro Funes Mori, Ashley Williams and Mason Holgate.Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas, excellent in the win over Manchester City, support Romelu Lukaku upfront.Once again, there is no place in the matchday squad for Gerard Deulofeu who looks to be closing in on a loan move to AC Milan.
Bryan Oviedo is on the bench.
Everton: Joel, Holgate, Williams, Funes Mori, Coleman, Barry, Davies, Baines, Barkley, Lukaku, Mirallas. Subs: Stekelenburg, Jagielka, McCarthy, Oviedo, Lookman.
Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Tomkins, Schlupp; Cabaye, McArthur; Puncheon, Benteke, Remy.

Crystal Palace 0 Everton 1: Sam Allardyce's Eagles remain in relegation zone after late Seamus Coleman winner
The London Evening Standard
21/01/2017
Richard Parry
Crystal Palace succumbed to another costly defeat as Seamus Coleman's late strike ensured Sam Allardyce's side would remain in the drop zone.Swansea City's shock triumph away to Liverpool in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off saw the Swans leapfrog Palace in the table, and add extra pressure on Allardyce's side.The first half was a relatively even affair in terms of possession, with Koeman's side shading it with a 55 per cent share – but Wayne Hennessey was certainly the busiest goalkeeper.Having been at fault for West Ham's all-important opening goal last weekend, the Wales international was on hand to keep out Ross Barkley, Funes Mori and Lukaku, with the latter having struck the post moments before.Loic Remy was by far Palace's biggest threat in the first half. The Frenchman still looks rusty at times as he continues to build his match fitness. But their best chance of the half was created on the left, as good movement from Jeffrey Schlupp allowed James McArthur the opportunity to whip in a delivery. Benteke jumped highest, but his header rattled off the crossbar.But Remy was unable to last the distance, and he was replaced on the hour mark with Palace still searching for their first shot on target in the match.Former Charlton forward Ademola Lookman was introduced by Koeman after 72 minutes, and with Palace still to test Joel it took the teenager just seconds to call Hennessey into action.Palace finally tested the Everton goalkeeper in the 89th minute, but the Spaniard reacted brilliantly to keep Scott Dann's downward header out.llardyce's last top flight victory was a thumping 3-0 win over Everton back in May with Sunderland. He still awaits his first with Palace, and what would have been a first clean sheet in the league after any hopes of that were eradicated when Coleman struck in the dying moments.

Tom Davies is not the complete package yet, but the Everton teenager already looks comfortable in the Premier League
By Kieran Gill
21 January 2017 Daily Mail
With a delicate chip of the ball, and a bit of luck that Romelu Lukaku didn't get a touch to it, Tom Davies made Pep Guardiola's Manchester City look mediocre last week. It was an introduction as inspiring as Wayne Rooney's against Arsenal in 2002. Like Rooney back then, Davies is a kid still learning his craft, and Crystal Palace was his latest lesson. Davies looks old school, with his blond hair swept back and his socks lower than the rest. He works hard, gets well involved, and it is easy to see why Evertonians have taken a liking to him. Tom Davies provided the late assist for Seamus Coleman as Everton beat Crystal Palace It was his assist that led to Seamus Coleman's winner too. This is not overnight success, though. Davies is the skipper for England's Under-19s and was even asked to train with Roy Hodgson's senior side at St George's Park in 2015, when he was 17. Here on his third successive start in the Premier League, Davies didn't look out of place. Quite the contrary, the teenager looked comfortable.
It wasn't his greatest performance but it was professional enough for Ronald Koeman, who knows he should not expect too much of the 18-year-old at such an early stage in his career. Davies and Gareth Barry, who turns 36 in February, were a midfield double act in front of Everton's three-man defence.
They patrolled together, with the younger of the two often joining in attacks whenever able to.
Saturday's lunch-time kick-off saw Swansea City win at Anfield.
Palace's players knew that put them in the relegation zone and it added to the pressure. Sam Allardyce asked for nothing short of a win. Davies, though, was not afraid to get stuck in.
It took him less than ten minutes to send James McArthur tumbling to the deck, drawing complaints from the crowd. He wanted McArthur to know he was there and did so early doors. Davies, for someone so young, constantly searched for the ball. Whereas some might shy away – so as to avoid making a mistake and upset their manager – he didn't. The kid who still lives with mum and dad showed his maturity here in a hard-earned three points for Everton against a team fighting for their lives.
Everton's supporters adore him and it is only a matter of time before his own song will be echoing from the stands at Goodison Park.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton: Seamus Coleman piles misery on Sam Allardyce - 5 things we learned
Despite coming up against the side that slaughtered Manchester City 4-0 last weekend, Palace held firm until Coleman's last-gasp strike
By Darren Lewis
21 JAN 2017 Daily Mirror
Sam Allardyce saw his Crystal Palace players slip to yet another defeat after Seamus Coleman's late winner for Everton. Swansea's shock win at Liverpool earlier today meant the Eagles slipped into the bottom three. But despite coming up against the side that slaughtered Manchester City 4-0 last weekend, Palace held firm until Coleman's last-gasp strike. Palace could even have snatched all three points themselves before the goal, but Everton keeper Joel Robles pulled off a stunning late save from defender Scott Dann's header. Eagles striker Christian Benteke had earlier hit the crossbar after eight minutes from James McArthur's cross. Everton striker Romelu Lukaku responded by hitting the post late in the first half.
Here are five things we learned...
1. A case for the defence
It is easy to see why Palace are targeting defensive reinforcements. The Eagles are still waiting for the bounce that Sam Allardyce was supposed to give them after the sacking of Alan Pardew just before Christmas. The trouble is, their back line is not good enough. Palace have kept just two clean sheets in their last 22 league games. Allardyce, the man who took talented Lamine Kone to Sunderland, is keen on the Montpelier central defender William Remy. If the 25-year-old is able to give Palace the kind of leadership that they were crying out for then he can't come quickly enough. They also need more protection for their back four. Everton had far too much in midfield here and if moneybags Marseille are ready to give in to Palace's demand for Yohan Cabaye then the south Londoners should bite their hands off to bring in younger and more capable reinforcements.
2. Everton are here to stay
That stunning win for Everton over Manchester City last week really was no flash in the pan. Everton appear to be turning a corner with Ronald Koeman's players reacting to his threat to rip up the team.
Tom Davies, impressive at Goodison last week was once again easy on the eye. Ross Barkley doesn't half get some stick but he was involved in most of Everton's most dangerous moves. It was his diagonal effort, minutes after half time, which flew narrowly wide of the far post. Romelu Lukaku had earlier hit the post and forced a fine save out of Wayne Hennessey. When they needed him late on, Joel Robles pulled off a wonderful save to deny Scott Dann.
3. Allardyce under pressure
It is easy to spout the cliche that these are not the kind of games on which Allardyce will be judged - but they are. It is not now a case simply of taking points off the teams around you. Palace need to make Selhurst Park a fortress and right now they are not doing so. If Paul Clement's Swansea can go to Liverpool and pull off a shock victory then Palace need to be doing better in front of their own fans.
Their next five home games are against Manchester City, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Spurs and Watford. Also in that clutch of fixtures are trips to Bournemouth, Stoke and West Brom.
Allardyce will have to get busy over the next week in the transfer window to find the quality needed to cope. Palace's Premier League lives depend on it.
4. Lukaku vs Benteke
On balance you'd have to say Lukaku came out on top in the Battle of the Belgium strikers.
Christian Benteke looked to have drawn first blood early on when he connected with James McArthur's cross, only for his header to hit the crossbar. Lukaku responded by hitting the post and by linking up with Ross Barkley to cause all sorts of problems for the Palace defence. The Everton man uses his strength better, his pace better and has a greater awareness of his team-mates around him.
5. Lookman one for the present as well as the future?
He is obviously one for the future but £11million Ademola Lookman is clearly determined to make himself Mr Right Now. Shortly after his introduction, in place of Kevin Mirallas in the 71st minute, the former Charlton youngster sent a frisson of excitement through the away support when he scampered past the Palace defence as though they were not there. In the next few minutes the boy who netted that wonderful fourth against City last week expressed himself further with some nice touches and a willingness to shoot at every opportunity. What is it about Everton and exciting youngsters? They have clearly found another one.

Crystal Palace 0–1 Everton: Eagles downed by late Seamus Coleman strike
January 21, 2017 Croydon Advertiser
By Mark Ritson
Crystal Palace have dropped into the relegation zone tonight following a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Everton. Seamus Coleman grabbed the winner at the end with a shot which found the top corner from close range. Palace started brightly with intent against the Toffees and hit the crossbar after eight minutes when Christian Benteke rose superbly from James McArthur's cross. Everton went close through Ross Barkley and then Kevin Mirallas, who forced Wayne Hennessey into a good stop to his right. The goalkeeper tipped over from Barkley soon after, as Palace's momentum came crashing down, allowing the visitors to get a grip on the contest. The visitors found the back of the net just past the half-hour when Romelu Lukaku's shot came back off the post and fell to Barkley, but as he finished he was flagged for offside. Hennessey pulled off another great save to deny Ramiro Funes Mori from ten yards as Everton stepped it up heading into the break. Barkley was a yard out from breaking the deadlock in the opening two minutes of the second half, shooting across goal after he was played in on the left side of the box. The midfielder went close soon after from the opposite side, shooting just past the target. Palace were camped inside their half and unable to get going at all, why Chung-yong Lee came on to replace Loic Remy. Everton continued to dominate the game heading into the final 20 minutes, and any attack from the home side was easily dealt with. Palace's first major chance of the second half came with ten minutes or so remaining, when Benteke got above everyone around him from a Puncheon free-kick, but his powerful header was brilliantly palmed away by Joel Robles.
But with three minutes to go, Palace conceded after a thunderous effort from Seamus Coleman found the top corner, while they felt aggrieved that Schlupp had been down with an injury in the build-up.
Four minutes were added on at the end and Palace pumped men forward, and Scott Dann had a header tipped over at the death but that proved to be the final chance. Next up is an FA Cup fourth round game against Manchester City next weekend, before Premier League matches against AFC Bournemouth and Sunderland. And there's a transfer window to get signings done, too. Fast.
Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Dann ©, Delaney, Schlupp (Townsend 88), McArthur, Cabaye (Ledley 72), Puncheon, Remy (Lee 61), Benteke.
Subs Not Used: Speroni, Kelly, Flamini, Kaikai. Referee: Anthony Taylor

Seamus Coleman strikes for Everton to keep Crystal Palace in drop zone
C Palace 0 - 1 Everton
Ed Aarons at Selhurst Park
Saturday 21 January 2017 Guardian
Last modified on Saturday 21 January 2017 17.17 GMT
A controversial winner from Seamus Coleman ensured Sam Allardyce's wait for a first league win as Crystal Palace manager goes on as his new side dropped into the bottom three for the first time this season. Much to the chagrin of Allardyce and the home supporters, Jeffrey Schlupp was at the other end waiting for treatment when Coleman latched onto a pass from Tom Davies six minutes from time to finish high into the net past Wayne Hennessey and give Everton a second successive victory. Referee Anthony Taylor had refused to stop the game in the buildup but Palace's protests fell on deaf ears and the official left the field to boos. But on an afternoon that witnessed a sparkling display from Ross Barkley, Allardyce will be glad of the distraction after another disappointing performance from his own side. Swansea's win at Liverpool in the early kick off meant Palace had finally plunged into the relegation zone after months of flirting on its fringes. Allardyce responded by handing a debut to new signing Jeffrey Schlupp at left wing-back, while there was also a first Premier League start for Loic Remy since he joined on loan from Chelsea last summer. Unsurprisingly after their superb 4-0 victory over Manchester City, Ronald Koeman selected the same side as Morgan Schneiderlin had to content himself with a place on the bench alongside one of last week's heroes, former Charlton winger Ademola Lookman. Palace certainly began with more purpose, with Remy looking dangerous playing off Christian Benteke. A deep cross after eight minutes from James McArthur picked out Benteke and the Belgian was unlucky to see his header come back off the crossbar. Everton employed a similar system, with the speedy Mirallas acting as a foil to Romelu Lukaku to present a constant threat on the break. A brilliant volley in the 16th minute from Mirallas was well saved by Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal and the Wales international also denied Barkley from distance soon after. A scuffed shot from Lukaku that struck the post and was the put into the net by Barkley then had the hosts' hearts in their mouths, only for the goal to be correctly chalked off for offside. Much criticised in these parts of south London with club legend Julian Speroni confined to the bench, Hennessey was a major reason the teams went in goalless at the break as he produced a sharp reaction save from Ramiro Funes Mori following a corner.
Palace went into this encounter having lost 13 of their last 19 matches at Selhurst Park – a run that stretches back to last January. A positive response at the half time whistle at least suggested that some optimism remains intact after the damaging defeat to Swansea at the start of the month.
As the second half progressed, however, it was Everton who looked the more likely to find a breakthrough as Barkley constantly found space in between the lines. Having failed to pick anyone out from his cross from the byline three minutes in, a marauding run from deep in the Palace half ended with a shot that went just wide of the post. Remy was withdrawn on the hour mark and replaced by Chung-Yong Lee, with Schneiderlin brought on to replace Gareth Barry in his second appearance since joining from Manchester United for £20m. Brought up just down the road in Camberwell and once a transfer target for Palace, Lookman joined him soon after and almost immediately tested Hennessey with an effort from outside the area. An excellent run from Lookman allowed fellow teenager Davies to tee up Coleman for a header at the far post but Palace managed to scramble it away. A set piece always seemed the most likely route for the hosts to score and Scott Dann's powerful header from Jason Puncheon's free kick forced the best out of Joel Robles 10 minutes from time. Four minutes later came the sucker punch, and Allardyce will know he has plenty of work to do in the next few days.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton Player Ratings: 'Joel justifies faith as sharpshooter Seamus bags the points'
Ross Barkley and Tom Davies also score highly at Selhurst Park
By Neil Jones
21 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Joel Robles 8
Making his 50 Everton appearance, he claimed everything he needed to and then, when required, pulled a fantastic save out of the bag to deny Scott Dann. That was worth a goal. Benefitting from a run of games and should not be dislodged from the side any time soon.
Mason Holgate 7
Booked for a foul on Cabaye in the first half, he reacted well and was on top of things thereafter. Good to see him relishing the physical side against the likes of Benteke. He is in the team on merit ahead of Jagielka.
Ashley Williams 7
Plenty of clearances as Palace looked to pepper the penalty area with crosses. Handled Benteke well save for one occasion early on, and took no risks which is what is required on a day like today. Led a backline which got better as the game progressed and deserves his clean sheet bonus.
Ramiro Funes Mori 7
Good knock down for a Mirallas chance and great skill to force a save from Hennessey after a corner dropped to him in the first half. Defensively he did OK, though his passing is still very hit and miss.
Ross Barkley and Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace battle for possession (Photo: 2017 Getty Images)
Seamus Coleman 8
Excellent throughout, carrying a constant threat down the right without neglecting his defensive duties. And when the big chance came his way, how cool did he stay? A deserving match winner.
Gareth Barry 6
Some good, and vital, defensive headers and recycled possession with his usual unfussy manner – apart from a sloppy spell just before half time. Replaced by Schneiderlin early in the second half, which looked the right call at the time.
Tom Davies 8
This lad belongs. He can mix it – he wasn't afraid to take on Benteke in a shoulder-to-shoulder in the first half – and he can play too. Glorious pass for Barkley, plenty of neat work in the middle and then, in the dying stages, the assist for Coleman's winning goal.
Leighton Baines 6
Let a few too many crosses in early on, and looked a tad troubled by his rib injury for a spell. Not as prominent as Coleman getting forward, which may concern Koeman slightly.
Ross Barkley 8
There was purpose in all he did and he carried a regular threat, whether carrying the ball or shooting from outside the box. Decision-making was good, which is encouraging. He can be pleased with his day's work though he will maybe regretting not grabbing a goal – and it was clear that he was running on empty by the finish.
Kevin Mirallas 6
Forced Hennessey into action with a sharply-taken volleyed effort in the first half, but his influence waned after the break. Replaced as the game reached the final 20 minutes.
Romelu Lukaku 6
Everton need to get him into shooting positions more. His hold-up play was good and he connected with Barkley well. But Lukaku is about numbers, and he had precious few sights of goal today. The first one he had, he smashed an effort against the post.
Ronald Koeman speaks to Romelu Lukaku at Selhurst Park
Subs
Morgan Schneiderlin (on for Barry '59) 7
Neat, tidy and reassuringly solid. And he's got a song already.
Ademola Lookman (on for Mirallas '72) 7
Immediately into the action, and looked as bright as a button. Dribbling, a crossfield ball, tenacity and the confidence to get a shot away immediately. Promise.
Phil Jagielka (on for Barkley '90) N/A
Brought on for the late bombardment.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton: Coleman's late heroics win all three points for the Blues
Wayne Hennessey had made a string of fine saves to keep Koeman's side at bay at Selhurst Park
By Phil Kirkbride
21 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Seamus Coleman's late goal earned Everton a deserved win at struggling Crystal Palace today.
The Everton defender ran on to Tom Davies' precise through ball and showed composure to fire high into the net past Wayne Hennessey. Ronald Koeman's side dominated the game and were rewarded with Coleman's late strike which secures the Blues back-to-back league wins for the first time since September. Palace were furious with referee Anthony Taylor for allowing play to carry on in the build-up to Everton's winner as Jeffrey Schlupp was down and waiting for treatment. But the official was right to let play go on as the Palace new-boy was only suffering with cramp. The home side staged a late fightback in hope of grabbing an equaliser but Everton stood firm to earn the three points. Palace had made the better start and inside the opening 10 minutes with Christian Benteke hitting the bar when he met James McArthur's cross with a fine header. Joel Robles was rooted to his spot and watched on with relief as it clattered back off the woodwork. But the near miss stirred the Blues and they fashioned a series of good chances as the half wore on. Ross Barkley saw a shot deflected just over before Kevin Mirallas' volley was brilliantly saved by Hennessey. The Palace keeper would then tip over another Barkley effort whilst doing the same to Ramiro Funes Mori's drive inside the area. Everton thought they had opened the scoring mid-way through the half when Barkley fired home after Romelu Lukaku's shot struck the inside of the post, but he was ruled offside. The Blues started the second-half well and created further chances for Barkley, Lukaku and Seamus Coleman but Hennessey was either equal to it or watched as the efforts missed the target. Palace had been subdued for long spells of the second-half but Robles was forced into a brilliant save as Scott Dann rose highest from a free-kick into the area and headed on target. Koeman had brought on Ademola Lookman on by this stage but it was his wing-back Coleman who turned match-winner, firing home with three minutes left.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton analysis: Barkley back to his best, Robles marks milestone in style and why Davies impressed again
Seamus Coleman's late strike earned Everton back-to-back wins for the first time since September
By Neil Jones
21 JAN 2017 Liverpool Echo
Has Barkley remembered who he is?
It has been easy to forget, amid the criticism and the questions and the hand-wringing this season.
But Ross Barkley is a pretty good footballer. And when he plays in this manner, we are all reminded why so many people are prepared to cut him so much slack when his levels dip. After a difficult autumn, there have been encouraging signs of a revival in recent weeks – and they continued here. Barkley was at the centre of everything good that Everton did. His touch was assured, his head was always up and his demeanour screamed 'confidence'. Remember those lung-busting breaks from deep? They were back. Remember that crisp passing and the connection with Romelu Lukaku? It was back. How good it was to watch. Barkley fairly peppered Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal. Right foot, left foot, 20 yards, 30 yards. He faded towards the end, sure, and he may well feel he should have decorated his performance with a goal. But there will be no questions about Ross' place in the side this week. This was a bit of the old Barkley. Robles reaches 50 in style It's taken three-and-a-half years for Joel Robles to reach 50 games for Everton. But when the landmark finally arrived, the Spaniard marked it in style.
This was an outstanding goalkeeping performance. Not a great deal to do, if we're being honest, but everything that was done was done with authority. He claimed crosses, he was swift off his line on the rare occasions that Palace threatened to get in behind an Everton defence that got better as the game progressed. And when Scott Dann's header made its way towards the bottom corner, Robles was there, flying across to his right to make a quite superb save. Seamus Coleman will be labelled Everton's 'matchwinner' in tomorrow's papers, but don't underestimate the importance of the man between the sticks. No.1 on his shirt, he's Everton's undisputed No.1 now.
Davies follows up his big day with a solid one
Getting there isn't the hard part. Staying there is.
And after a performance like last Sunday's, the spotlight is bound the shine a little brighter.
How, then, would Tom Davies handle the extra scrutiny?

Crystal Palace 0 Everton 1: Seamus Coleman winner piles misery on Sam Allardyce
HAS Sam Allardyce lost his magic?
By Tony Stenson at Selhurst Park
January 21 2017 Daily Star
The manager who boasts of never being relegated might now need to write another CV.
It's now five league games without a win and just two points since he took over as Palace manager and you can't see the picture changing that much in the weeks ahead. Palace are in free-fall and it needs something special to lift hearts and spirits. Booing fans at the end spelt out their story. Some will say it was directed at the referee but it goes deeper than that. Can Allardyce pull more rabbits from the hat after fire- fighting son long with other less glamorous clubs. Time will tell. You wonder also if Allardyce is up for the fight after being brutally booted out by England. There didn't seem to be the same swagger in his shoulders, the touchline menace that once was his trademark. Seamus Coleman scored Everton's winner in the 87th minute with Palace's debut-make Jeffrey Schlupp down and out at the other end of the pitch. Schlupp went down and after a raid and crawled back on, leaving referee Anthony Taylor no other avenue but to carry on the game. Palace fans booed but in reality it was the right decision. Drowning men cling to any raft. They were probably more upset another game had slipped them by and now it's danger signs looming. Palace are all throttle, giving all but lack quality in areas it matters and their fans are rightfully getting restless. Everton didn't hit the heights of thrashing Manchester City last week but they were still a class above Palace. If it wasn't for the heroics of Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey this game would have long been put to bed. Everton had the likes of Ross Barkley always foraging, gradually establishing himself as the star many thought he might be. He pressed, won tackles and fired in shots others keepers might not been able to save. Everton also had a defence that had all the answers to the likes of Christian Benteke and Loic Remy, one of the rare games Allardyce has ever played a two-man attack. Everton played the quality football, Palace gave it all. It wasn't good enough.
Allardyce knows this transfer window is vital to both him and the club because they have lost 13 of their 19 games since start of last year. Swansea beating Liverpool at Anfield also put extra press on Allardyce, who hasn't won a league game since arriving before Christmas. It meant Palace started the game in the bottom three of the league and they needed salvation. It almost came in the 9th minute when Christian Benteke headed James's McCarthy's cross header on a crossbar. Sadly, Palace fans had to wait until the 74th minute for the next one, a header from Scott Dan turned away by Everton keeper Joel Robles diving to his right. Allardyce, like Tony Pullis at Albion, has built his sides on defence and he certainly packed it today.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton The Verdict: 'Blues pass test of nerve as Koeman steel filters into team'
BYPHIL KIRKBRIDE
21 JAN 2017
Liverpool Echo
Into an examination of temperament, bottle and whether Everton could show a steady hand when it really counted. When the game's key moments arrived, Seamus Coleman showed it, Everton's defence too. Joel Robles was another to keep his head. Ronald Koeman also had clarity of thinking when it came to the crunch in this fixture, and the referee was also required to show a thick skin. Everton weren't winning a game they should have been, having failed to capitalise on their superiority over Crystal Palace and being unable to beat a stubborn Wayne Hennessey. But their hands were steady, their nerves calm and their bottle intact. With around 10 minutes to go, Palace were beginning to believe they may have weathered the storm and began gathering the courage to mount a final charge in the hope of finding an undeserved winner. Scott Dann rose highest from a free-kick into the area to plant a header on goal but Robles, a spectator for long spells, sprang to his right to deny him. Then came Everton's chance to attack. Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp sits with an injury late in the game

They did so amid a cacophony of cat-calls, whistles, boos and jeers as the home fans fumed at referee Anthony Taylor's decision to not stop play for Jeff Schlupp, who required treatment for cramp. Correctly, Taylor ignored the baying mob. And so did Everton as they patiently pass the ball around Palace's 10 men, waiting for the moment, recycling possession, thinking and probing for the perfect moment to pounce. Through an atmosphere of anger, Tom Davies spotted the run of Coleman who showed split-second composure to take an extra touch, take himself out of reach of Damien Delaney before he fired high into the net beyond Hennessey. They were now in the position they ought to be. Yet three minutes of normal time, and four of added, remained as Palace circled the wagons for one last attempt at salvaging something. Seamus Coleman finally finds a way past Wayne HennesseyThe game began to be squeezed, legs were tiring and home fans crossed their fingers tightly. For Everton, the situation intensified and it was as if Selhurst Park, a wonderfully antiquated Premier League ground, closed in on them. But they took a deep breath and came through it. No soft centres, no trembling nerves, no questions about bottle and temperament, just the right decisions in the heat of the moment. At that stage, it wasn't just three points at stake; it felt more significant than that. There was momentum to protect, having swept Man City aside last week, there was the prospect of consecutive wins since September to cling onto. There too, however much of a long shot, the chance to close the gap on sixth place, there was also the chance to improve their away form. Everton have started rebuilding Goodison but on the road they have been infuriatingly inconsistent. Ahead of this game with Palace, they'd won just one of their eight league games away from the Old Lady. But this victory offers hope that as Koeman tightens his grip on the squad and begins to shape it more in his image, they'll become as hard to beat away from home as they have been on Merseyside. The manager's decisions also deserve credit here. Joel Robles makes a save during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park. He was vindicated in keeping faith with Robles while his substitutions were timely. First Morgan Schneiderlin re-established quality control in the midfield, after Gareth Barry had began to tire, Ademola Lookman was a livewire who unsettled a Palace defence that had started to breathe out, while Phil Jagielka shored things up in time added on. Koeman said he was "proud" of his side afterwards and even if they had not managed to find the breakthrough then he still would have had reason for encouragement, even if he had felt frustrated. Everton regrouped after an early wobble in which Christian Benteke clattered a header off the crossbar and finished the first-half having brought the best out of Hennessey, whilst also hitting the woodwork themselves through Romelu Lukaku's effort. They started the second-half in the same manner, pressuring Palace, taking it to them, playing aggressively and on the front foot. But chances, for Barkley, Lukaku, Coleman and others, came and went. Hennessey saved some, others went wide or over, but they were doing everything but score. Player Ratings: 'Joel justifies faith as sharpshooter Seamus bags the points' Sides made up of flimsier stuff, Everton of last season perhaps, would not have dealt with it well but Koeman's steely resolve is filtering into his team. They finished the game having registered 16 attempts, eight of which were on target, and having held 56% of possession and won countless headers, tackles and interceptions. Everton earned this win and reaped the rewards for their labour. Not as thrillingly as last weekend or to as much fanfare, but significantly so nontheless. They held their nerve.

Sam Allardyce bemoans Seamus Coleman's 'offside' winner for Everton as Crystal Palace stay in relegation zone
DECLAN WARRINGTON
The London Evening Standard
Sam Allardyce claimed Seamus Coleman's goal should have been disallowed for offside after Everton's 1-0 win at Selhurst Park left Crystal Palace in the Premier League relegation zone. The Eagles' resilience was overcome when, with debutant Jeffrey Schlupp down suffering cramp, Coleman capitalised on the space left by his absence to collect Tom Davies' through-ball and shoot powerfully into the top-right corner. The 87th-minute finish strengthened Everton's grip on seventh place and came after the impressive Wayne Hennessey had prevented the visitors building a commanding lead with several saves. Replays suggest the full-back may have strayed narrowly offside when Davies played the ball, and Allardyce - who has won only one of seven games since being appointed Palace boss - feels his side were hard done by. "He was offside, which was my suspicion when I looked at it in the dressing room," Allardyce said. "It's two-fold: having a blip in not being able to get a sub on, playing with 10 men, and then the offside decision that could have been given by the assistant, which was an easy one. "It's right down his side, right in front of him, but it wasn't to be. We're very disappointed we haven't got that 0-0 and clean sheet scenario we need to start building on. We'd have been delighted with a 0-0. It's difficult to take we didn't get that. "When Jeffrey Schlupp had done a great job on Coleman, he wasn't there to do it when he scored. If Jeffrey had stayed on, I don't think Coleman would have stayed in that position." Schlupp was on the floor and off the pitch but edged himself back on despite not being in a position to compete. Asked if he felt referee Anthony Taylor should have allowed him to make a substitution, Allardyce said: "Yes. No doubt about it. "But if you ask them they'll probably say it's not within the rules or something of that nature. It was a disadvantage through no fault of our own and he lets it go on a long time when he could have blown up and let us get a sub on. "I don't think Everton have any responsibility to kick the ball out, by the way - it's up to the referee. But the big issue is the offside." Allardyce was also asked if Schlupp contributed to Taylor's decision by returning to the pitch, and responded: "What do you expect him to do? He's lying on the floor with cramp. "The referee would have no idea whether he did because he's right at the bottom end. The fourth official's there; knows exactly what the situation is." The victory was Everton's third from their past four games, and came after last week's impressive 4-0 defeat of Manchester City. Toffees boss Ronald Koeman said: "We played really well, (had) good ball possession between the lines, with good movement, and enough shots on target. "The Crystal Palace goalkeeper was outstanding. It was difficult to stop Seamus' goal - good movement, from first to the last second he's always on the run, and it's difficult to defend that. "Schlupp was not in that position, because he was first out of the pitch, and brought himself in the pitch. The referee took the right decision to go on, and we scored.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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