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Pep Guardiola hails Riyad Mahrez’s performance against Everton

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised the performance of Riyad Mahrez following the club’s 3-1 league triumph over Everton on the road. The Citizens had a tough test of their title credentials against the Toffees but Mahrez scored a vital free-kick in the 71st minute which provided them with the key advantage in the contest.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola said that the African Cup of Nations provided plenty of confidence for Mahrez, considering Algeria went all the way to win the trophy. He added to praise the attacker’s mentality and said that he has something special after delivering when the Citizens needed him the most.

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Everton the perfect club for ‘brave’ Alex Iwobi – Joseph Yobo

Former Everton star Joseph Yobo has said that the Toffees are the perfect club for Alex Iwobi, who is looking to find the consistency with his performances. The Nigeria international had spent his entire career with Arsenal but he made the surprise move to Goodison Park before the Premier League transfer deadline last month.

Iwobi has since made three appearances for the Toffees and he has scored on a couple of occasions.Yobo believes that the Merseyside outfit will provide his compatriot with the perfect platform to become a great player.He told BBC Sport: “Everton is the perfect club for a brave player like Alex Iwobi and I know it’s the right step to becoming a great player. The manager [Marco Silva] is building an amazing team and he believes so much in Alex to add him to his squad. Already he has started well by scoring two headed goals and it’s just the beginning of bigger things to come.”

Iwobi made impressive progress under the guidance of Gunners boss Unai Emery last season and he managed to contribute a career-high tally of six goals and eight assists from 51 appearances. Despite this, he had regularly been the subject of criticism from the Gunners supporters, given he could have fared much better with more composure within the box.

At Goodison Park, the Nigerian won’t come under the same level of pressure and expectation and he has certainly grabbed the fans’ attention during the opening weeks of the new season. Everton are currently on seven points after the opening four league matches and this sees them behind the top four on only goal difference. Following the international break, the Toffees are set to face Bournemouth at home and manager Marco Silva will be hoping for a second league triumph on the bounce.

Allardyce says Richarlison must improve with his performances at Everton

Former Premier League manager Sam Allardyce has said that Richarlison must improve on his performances to command a regular starting role with Everton. The Brazil international had an impressive debut season with the Toffees last term where he contributed 14 goals across all competitions.

Despite this, he has not made a fruitful start to the current campaign with a couple of average performances and one of those came against Watford over the weekend where he was substituted at the hour mark. Speaking after the game, Allardyce said that Richarlison has gone through periods of non-action on the playing field and manager Marco Silva was right to substitute the attacker.

He added that Richarlison needs to improve with the bigger challenge at the Toffees, who are aiming to make the push for the European places, he continued: “He has these spells of non-action or non-impact. Marco Silva’s not happy and I agree, he should demand more. When your spending so much on a player and you’re improving his wages, as a manger you say ‘you must start playing so much better than you used to’. ‘This football club has bought you to make us better and you must improve’.”

Richarlison had three attempts on goal against his former club and two of those were headed attempts, where he should have tested the goalkeeper at the least. Irrespective of this, the Toffees were on the winning side over the weekend after Bernard scored the only goal for the Hornets through a 10th-minute strike.

With the victory, the Merseyside outfit have registered four points from the opening two games and this sees them ninth on the league table. They are scheduled to face Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bournemouth and Sheffield United over the next four gameweeks and a strong run could potentially see them break into the top four.

Gylfi Sigurdsson says Everton wanted to keep Ademola Lookman

Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has said that the Toffees wanted to keep Ademola Lookman but they could not do so as the attacker was determined to secure gametime elsewhere. The England youth international was barely offered a regular starting role under Marco Silva last term and this has eventually seen him part ways with the side to join RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

In a report covered by Goal.com, Sigurdsson said: “He is a very good player. Hopefully got a very bright future ahead of him. He is very talented. He probably felt he was that stage where he wanted to play. Of course it is difficult – the club probably wanted to keep him because of his ability but it is a good deal for the club and everyone here wishes him the best.”

Lookman had an impressive loan stint with Leipzig during the backend of the 2017/18 campaign where he contributed five goals and three assists from just 11 matches. He was thereafter linked with a permanent move to the German giants last summer, but the deal did not go through with Silva wanting the youngster to stay put with the Toffees.

However, the 2018/19 season did not go as planned with the restricted gametime and he ended the campaign with just three league starts. At Leipzig, Lookman has now been offered with another chance to redeem himself and hopefully, he can find the purple patch from the previous stint such that he can knock the doors of the national team.

Meanwhile, the Toffees have made good business for the attacker with around £22m recouped from the sale and it remains to be seen whether they can make the best use of the money gained. Of late, the club have been linked with a £60m swoop for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha whereby Cenk Tosun could be used as a makeweight.

Yerry Mina’s representative speaks on the defender’s future at Everton

The agent of Yerry Mina has said that he has no idea regarding the speculation of the defender leaving Everton this summer. The Colombia international joined the Toffees from Barcelona last summer but he happened to struggle with multiple niggles which restricted him to just 15 appearances for the club across all competitions.

Speaking to Gol Caracol, Mina’s representative said that he has no clue regarding the speculation over the centre-back’s future with the Toffees. He added that the player has a lengthy contract with the Merseyside outfit, thereby hinting that the Colombia won’t be going anywhere soon, he quipped: “We do not know anything about that. The only thing is that Yerry has a contract with Everton, it’s five years, and he has only completed the first seven months of the same contract.”
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Richarlison urges David Neres to make the move to Everton

Everton forward Richarlison has said that he has talked the prospect of compatriot David Neres joining him at the Toffees next season. The Brazilian winger has come through a promising season with Ajax where he contributed 11 goals and two assists and this has caught the eye of some of Europe’s top sides.

Speaking exclusively to The Liverpool ECHO, Richarlison acknowledged that he is aware of the speculation linking the attacker with a potential move to the Premier League. He added that he has spoken about the prospect of playing together with the Toffees after having already done so at the international level.
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Everton ace says Brazilian striker wants to play for Everton again

Everton attacker Bernard has revealed that his compatriot Jo is keen on returning to the Premier League with the Toffees. Bernard joined the Merseyside outfit on a free transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer and he thereafter managed 34 appearances through the league campaign while contributing one goal and three assists.

Speaking to The ECHO, Bernard said that his Brazilian teammate Jo has been keeping a close watch on his progress at Goodison Park and has the ambition of making a comeback with the club, he said: “Jo watched my first game against Leicester and sent me a message saying he was really happy with my performance. He told me the club was an excellent and great club with an extra-ordinary structure. He also said he would like to play here again. With the mindset he has, he is a lot more mature and a totally different person, a changed guy, really focused.”
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Marco Silva speaks about importance of signing Portuguese midfielder

Everton manager Marco Silva has said that the club must do everything within their reach to acquire the signature of Andre Gomes from Barcelona this summer. The Portuguese midfielder spent the entirety of the 2018/19 season on loan with the Toffees and he was one of their most consistent performers with 27 appearances in the Premier League.

Speaking to reporters, Silva acknowledged that Gomes remains a key part of the club’s plans for the future and the midfielder has to make a decision over his future this summer. He added that the hierarchy are likewise aware of the impression made by the Portuguese, and they must do their best to lure him from the Camp Nou.
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Marco Silva defends Phil Jagielka after Fulham disaster

Marco Silva was very quick to defend Phil Jagielka after a disappointing display from the former England international against Fulham during the weekend. Everton fell to a 2-0 defeat against Fulham during the weekend, as the club lost a golden opportunity to make way into the top seven places of the league table. Everton were struggling in the midway point of the campaign, but they have now been able to find the winning touch once again. The recent wins over Chelsea and Arsenal have put Everton back in the frame for a Europa League spot along with the likes of Wolves and Leicester City.

Jagielka has not been featuring very often in the Everton team this season. The 36-year-old is towards the tail-end of his career and he has only featured in five games in the league this season. There have been just three starts for Jagielka prior to the appearance against Fulham. This is in comparison with the 2017-18 campaign when Jagielka featured in a respectable 23 starts. The lack of game time appeared to show, as Jagielka was constantly bullied by Fulham’s attackers, who eventually got the better in the second half with two goals. Jagielka’s performance received a lot of criticism on social media but the manager was quick to defend the veteran centre back.
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Marco Silva disappointed with away loss against Fulham

Everton manager Marco Silva watched his team fall to a 2-0 loss against Fulham during the weekend. This was a major blow to Everton’s objectives of at least trying to reach the Europa League places by the end of the season. The Blues had a major wobble midway through the campaign, but there were plenty of hopes raised when the team put together a string of three successive victories – including games against Chelsea and Arsenal. Just when Everton were aiming for a fourth successive victory in the league in order to keep up with the likes of Leicester City and Wolves, the team has received a major blow in the form of the loss against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

After a goalless first half, the hosts were able to get goals from Tom Cairney and Ryan Babel in the second half. It should be noted that Fulham have already been relegated from the Premier League and they are only playing for pride in the remainder of the campaign. Silva admitted after the match that Everton did not do enough in order to get three points at Craven Cottage. The defeat was a missed opportunity for Everton, who also watched Leicester City and Wolves lose during the weekend. There is still hope of Everton finishing in the top seven with four matches left.
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