Henry Onyekuru admits he may never play for Everton amid work permit concern

Nigerian footballer Henry Onyekuru has admitted that he would be open to the prospect of signing for Galatasaray on a permanent basis, should an opportunity arise. The striker joined Everton from KAS Eupen during the summer of 2017 after he enjoyed a fruitful season with 24 goals in all competitions.

However, he has since failed to make his Toffees bow due to work permit concerns and this has restricted him to loan spells – initially with Anderlecht and presently with Galatasaray. Speaking to Kralspor, Onyekuru has acknowledged that he is very pleased with his proceedings at the Turkish champions but he still envisages the dream of playing in the Premier League.

Everton boss keen on the Toffees’ returning to winning ways in the Premier League

Everton manager Marco Silva has emphasised the need to return to winning ways in the Premier League in order to build up the confidence within the squad. The Merseyside outfit were within striking distance off the top six in November but they have since dropped off the pace with a difficult run of results during the festive period.

Speaking to Everton TV, Silva indicated that winning games is the best formula to build up confidence and he is hoping that the club can erase a two-match losing streak in the league this weekend, he said:“Winning matches is the best way to win confidence and to start playing again at our best level. We have already shown that this season.

Everton boss explains reason behind Richarlison not starting at Burnley

Everton manager Marco Silva has highlighted that Richarlison was afforded a rest from the starting lineup at Burnley after being almost ever-present through the club’s Premier League campaign. Before the Clarets game, the Brazilian had started in all but two matches for the Toffees and those came out from a suspension.

Speaking after the game, Silva highlighted that Richarlison is not a machine and he has to take care of the player physically with the congested schedule heading into the New Year, he said:“Like you know, it is a busy December. They are humans, they are not machines. It is hard for them to play all the matches and a game every three days. We have to manage their physical condition and Richarlison has been playing almost every minute of every game and we have different solutions so we can manage this situation. I know how important he is for us but the others are working hard as well.”

Neil Warnock: Richarlison could be worth £90m for Everton

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has suggested that Richarlison could be worth twice the £45m Everton paid for his signature during the summer transfer window. The attacker has been the standout performer for the Toffees during the first half of the ongoing campaign after contributing six league goals and this has already made him a regular feature with the Brazilian national team.

Speaking in a press conference, Warnock highlighted that the Toffees are currently the hardest working side in terms of the statistics and happened to heap praise on the qualities of Richarlison by saying that he could be worth double the sum paid for his signature earlier in the summer, he said: “You look at stats and they’re the hardest working side in the Premier League at the moment. Look at Richarlison up front he’s probably worth double that £45million.

Silva pleased with Michael Keane's progress


Marco Silva reckons Michael Keane’s state of mind at this present moment is very different from what it was ahead of the start of the season.

According to Silva, there are many different factors which were responsible for Keane not playing up to his potential last season. It was his debut season at Everton and he had to play under as many as three head coaches.

Former Arsenal star heaps praise on compatriot Richarlison


Former Arsenal star Gilberto Silva has praised compatriot Richarlison following Everton’s goalless draw against Chelsea on the road. The 21-year-old only arrived in the Premier League from Fluminense last year but he has since shown immense progress which has made him a regular for club and country.

Speaking to Everton TV, Silva was pleased with the progress of the former America Mineiro graduate and believes the forward offers something different to the national side than other players within the squad, he said: “Now Richarlison has played for the national team as well and it is great for a young player to be in the squad - it will raise his confidence.

Marco Silva Happy with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s Winner against Leicester


Gylfi Sigurdsson was able to provide a stunning conclusion to the trip to King Power Stadium as Everton won 2-1 against Leicester City. Marco Silva was delighted with the victory, which was extremely crucial for Everton considering that they were playing against 10 men for the last 30 minutes of the match. Everton had taken the lead through Richarlison after just seven minutes but Ricardo Pereira came up with an equaliser in the 40th minute. Wes Morgan was sent off just after the hour mark to make a sizable shift in dynamic to the game and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s long-range strike was able to hand a winner to the visitors.

Marco Silva claimed after the match that it was an extremely important moment for Sigurdsson since he was scoring his fifth goal of the campaign already. It took the midfielder a long time to settle at Everton but the £ 45 million transfer finally seems to be working for the blues. Silva claimed that Sigurdsson was a player of immense quality and that his performances were of paramount importance to the club. Silva admitted that he has changed the role of Sigurdsson compared to last season and this has made a difference in terms of his statistics.

Andy Gray critical about Cenk Tosun after Everton’s first league defeat of the season


Former Everton star Andy Gray was not pleased with the showing of Cenk Tosun who was guilty of missing a number of goalscoring opportunities during the weekend loss to West Ham United. The Toffees had made an unbeaten start to the campaign with three draws and one win from their opening four matches but they could not sustain the streak against the Hammers, who beat them by a 3-1 scoreline.

Following the game, Gray was particularly critical about Tosun, who has failed to open his goal tally since the start of the season. The Turkey international has indeed contributed a couple of assists in the five league games to date but Gray was still not been impressed by the striker, who he reckons should only be a squad player.

Kurt Zouma reacts after completing Everton transfer


France international Kurt Zouma is looking forward to securing regular game-time with Everton after sealing a deadline-day loan move from Chelsea. The centre-back had failed to receive assurances of regular first-team football under Blues boss Maurizio Sarri and this urged him to make the move to Goodison Park before the transfer deadline.

In an exclusive interview with Everton TV, Zouma admitted that he was impressed by the ongoing project under Marco Silva and he is looking forward to making a notable impression with the Toffees during the ongoing campaign, he said: “I spoke to the manager for the first time about two weeks ago and I was interested in the project.

Marco Silva wants more quality players in the squad


Everton manager Marco Silva has highlighted that he is on the search for quality players before the transfer window concludes next month. The Toffees have remained relatively quiet with no signings yet for the summer but that should soon change with Richarlison expected to arrive from Watford for a reported fee of around £45m.

In a report covered by Liverpool Echo, Silva admitted that he would want to sign more players during the transfer window but the emphasis is rather than quality than quantity for the summer, he said: “The most important thing is not the number. For us to sign players, we must be sure about [their] quality. We must be sure they can improve our squad. In some positions, we are clearly looking to improve because we have to. [I]t is not the most important thing to talk about what are the positions because I need to be fair to our players, but I can tell you four or five or maybe one more, six, players we have to sign.”


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