What can Everton expect from Mina and Gomes?

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Here we are in the middle of October, and still Everton supporters are yet to see either Yerry Mina or Andre Gomes pull on the shirt.

Injury problems have dogged the two players signed from Barcelona, but the current international break appears to be a blessing.

With the pair almost back to match fitness and having taken part in a behind-closed-doors friendly, the fortnight without a league game is being used wisely in order that they’ll be available for selection for the match against Crystal Palace. Continue reading

Assessing Everton’s start to the season

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As the second international break of the season brings domestic football to a halt, the Premier League sides will be taking stock. For Everton, the assessment is a mixed one.

With a new manager and Director of Football arriving this summer to oversee a summer overhaul this season was always going to be a transitional one. The early days of Marco Silva’s reign have borne that out.

Sitting 11th in the table with three wins, three draws and two defeats the Toffees have been very middle of the road. The fact they sit six points outside the top six and nine from the relegation zone will mean they are feeling more positive than negative. Indeed, there have been plenty of plus points for Silva and his team. Chief among them is the manner in which the Portuguese boss has his side playing. Continue reading

Fulham win provides Everton with welcome momentum

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Sometimes it takes one performance for a new manager to get going at a club. For Marco Silva and Everton, it may prove to be the win over Fulham.

Describing Silva’s first few weeks in charge at Goodison Park as frustrating would be accurate. His desire to attack regardless of opponents is a welcome change for fans who were bored into submission by Sam Allardyce’s football. His attitude towards the club is another point in the plus column.

Whereas Allardyce had little regard for the fourth most successful club in England, Silva has made it clear he knows this is a big job. He has also made it clear that existing is not enough. Everton have to compete. Continue reading