Ross Barkley was a huge part in England’s U21 team that recently qualified for the European championships. However, manager Gareth Southgate has left him out of the under 21 squad for the tournament itself.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that he is more concerned by the fact that striker Romelu Lukaku has changed his agent midway through the season.
The Belgian international joined the club in the summer from Chelsea for a club record fee of £ 28 million, but he has struggled to have the same kind of impact that he had last time around. Everton were persuaded into spending this amount of money on the player after he had an excellent loan spell last season. Still just 21 years old, Lukaku is expected to grow into a much better player than he is currently.
The confidence of the Manchester City players is really remarkable. Despite having slipped to no. 4, they are still expecting themselves to go on and deny Chelsea from lifting the Premier League trophy this season.
Jesus Navas, one of the biggest flops for Manchester City in the last couple of years, feels Chelsea will have a slip up somewhere down the line in the remaining weeks and that will open the door for the Sky Blues.
Everton are looking to use the Europa League as a mode of distraction from their poor league form and a way to get into the Champions League next season.
With the January transfer window right on the horizon, certain managers are getting ready to make a huge splash in the transfer market in order to upgrade their teams but Everton’s Roberto Martinez is not one of them as the Spanish manager believes that his squad is already good enough and it can deal with the 2nd half of the season of the Premier League.
Roll up, roll up; it’s that time of year again: the transfer rumour bandwagon is charging into town, bringing all the usual whispers and gossip along with it.
Is it too late to ask for a minor Christmas miracle to come your club’s way? Or will you just have to resign yourself to another month of disappointment as transfer target after transfer target comes and goes?
Unfortunately, for most of us the best we can hope for is the odd loan deal here and there to help steady the ship and finish the season in mid-table mediocrity (again).
Everton secured three points for only the second consecutive time this season after a 3-1 win over Burnley on Saturday. The win was hugely helped by the two goals from Samuel Eto’o, who also came extremely close to getting hat-trick after hitting the post.
The former Chelsea man has not been a regular goalscorer, but his contribution has been immense according to Roberto Martinez. The Everton manager claims that the 33-year-old is a gift from God because he has not only been able to contribute on the pitch, but also off it as well.
New Manchester United signing Radamel Falcao says that he wants to bring goals and victories to his new club. The Colombian international was signed on transfer deadline day on a season long loan. United have had to go to massive lengths even for a loan deal. They had to come up with a £ 6 million loan fee in addition to paying the full wages of Falcao, who will cost £ 18 million per season just in wages. United will also have to come up with several bonuses and image rights during the process.
Everton recently broke their transfer record in order to sign Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea. The Belgian international has joined the club on a permanent basis for £ 28 million. He spent the last season on loan at Goodison Park. Everton wasted no time in concluding the deal after it became clear that Lukaku has no future at Chelsea. Such a deal was promising for the club since they had seen first-hand the impact the 21-year-old can make with regular first-team opportunities. Last season, he scored 16 goals in just 33 matches. This helped Everton qualify for the Europa League.
Everton have a strong representation in the World Cup 2014 with several players from the squad that finished fifth in the table last season being involved in this competition. The large contingent of Everton players play for the England national team. After seeing their performances at this tournament, manager Roberto Martinez stated that he is happy that his team has a strong representation had such a big event. Players like Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines will be seen as the mainstay for the England defence over the next few years.