Michael Keane insists Everton need to prove their quality

Everton defender Michael Keane has said that the Toffees should be performing consistently at a higher level with the players in the current squad. The Merseyside outfit were in the top six in November after a seven-match unbeaten run but things have since gone downhill with victories hard to come by under Marco Silva.

As such, they have already dropped a massive 18 points behind the top six and the deficit could extend further this weekend, where they do not have a fixture scheduled. Speaking to the club’s official website, Keane has spoken about the disappointing run of form for the Toffees and believes such things should not happen with a team possessing quality throughout the squad.
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TalkSPORT pundit believes Everton have been a bit of an enigma

TalkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino believes Everton have been an enigma this term with their inconsistent form. The Toffees recently secured a comfortable 2-0 triumph in the top-flight but before that, they were on the losing side in the FA Cup fourth round after Millwall secured a 3-2 triumph over them.

In a report covered by TalkSPORT, Cascarino highlighted that the Toffees have lacked the leadership in their ranks barring Seamus Coleman and this has hampered them despite the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison impressing in the attack front, he said: “Everton have been a bit of an enigma. Watching them last week at Millwall I thought they were disappointing. You talk about leadership in the team, they didn’t look like they had any of that apart from Seamus Coleman. I just don’t know why Everton have not been better because they’ve got some – Richarlison is a handful. Sigurdsson is another player who can create a moment – just haven’t done it enough.”
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Marco Silva wants more from Ademola Lookman after FA Cup win

Everton manager Marco Silva wants more from Ademola Lookman after the youngster found the scoresheet during the recent 2-1 win over Lincoln City in the FA Cup third round. The 21-year-old opened the scoring for the Toffees on Saturday afternoon and the strike was his first for the club in over 12 months.

Speaking after the game, Silva highlighted that he was impressed with the performance of Lookman after his comeback from an injury. He added that he would like both Lookman and Bernard to score more often for the club in order to reduce the burden on the regulars finding the net, he said: “He did well. When Lookman got injured he was in a good moment and doing very well.”
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Everton favourite backs Richarlison to become a top striker

Everton favourite Yakubu has backed Richarlison to become a top striker at the Mersey side outfit after adjusting quickly to the new surroundings. The Brazilian only joined the Toffees from Watford during the previous transfer window but he has since made a huge impression with eight goals from just 15 Premier League appearances.

Amidst this, he has already become a regular with the Brazilian national team and speaking to the club’s official website, Yakubu has backed the young marksman to reach to the top, the loved Nigerian said: “Richarlison is smart and clever. I have watched him since he was at Watford. If he continues to do what he is doing, you will see the improvement. He is going to be a top striker. I think he can be right up there in the goal scoring charts.”
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Willian surprised by the performance of Richarlison at Everton

Chelsea attacker Willian has admitted that he has been surprised with the impact from compatriot Richarlison at Everton this term. The Brazilian only made the switch to the Toffees from Watford during the summer but he has since quickly adapted to the new surroundings to contribute six goals from just 10 Premier League appearances.

As such, he has managed to become a regular with the Brazilian national side and Willian is surprised by the progress of the former America Mineiro graduate, he told Sportsbeat: “Richarlison is doing very well with Everton. He is one of the greatest surprises of the Premier League at the beginning of the season. Scoring goals, being a key player for his club.And in his first call up with Seleção he scored twice and did a great job. He has a lot of quality, knows how to score goals and has a lot of potential to help the Seleção.”
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Everton manager hails the fan support following Manchester United defeat

Everton manager Marco Silva has hailed the support from the fans in the aftermath of the 2-1 Premier League defeat at Manchester United. The Toffees had come into the game with three league wins on the bounce but they could not prolong the run at Old Trafford where they missed a number of key chances to find the scoresheet.

As such, they had to succumb to their first defeat of the month but the supporters were appreciative of the efforts of the team throughout the game. Speaking to Everton TV, Silva was pleased with the performance of his side on the road and feels were satisfied despite their failure to pick up three points on the day.
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Lucas Digne credits Everton for his France recall

Everton defender Lucas Digne has said that his move to Goodison Park has played a huge role in him making a comeback with the France national side. The 25-year-old was only on the standby list for Didier Deschamps during the summer World Cup where they were crowned the new champions after beating Croatia in the final.

Speaking to Everton TV, Digne admitted that the switch to Merseyside may have enhanced his return to the national side after he previously failed to make the squad for the global tournament in Russia, he said: “I think it (moving to Everton) is so important to my recall. When I came here I wanted to play every week, to enjoy it and discover a new country, a new league, and then see what happens (with France), but now I am so happy. I want to say thank you to my team-mates, the coach and the staff and the fans too because they helped me a lot to get the recall.”
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Richarlison admits he nearly gave up on becoming a professional footballer

Everton’s summer signing Richarlison has admitted that he nearly gave up on the dream of becoming a professional career. In an interview with AS, the Toffees frontman discussed the hardships faced during the initial stages of his career and admitted that he would have not made to the big stage, had he failed with his ultimate trial with America Mineiro.

Speaking to the Spanish publication, he said: “I haven’t got enough fingers to count the number of clubs who rejected me. I was ready to give up football, but I lifted my head and I went to Belo Horizonte with just the money for an outward ticket for the last trial I had, with America MG. If I didn’t make it, I had no money to get home to Espiritu Santo, 600 kilometres away. I gave my all that morning and I passed. If I had given up after the first no I would never have made it where I am today.”
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