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The Young Guns of Everton are going for it

The youth revolution is underway at Goodison Park A couple of weeks ago in their home game against Southampton, Everton became the first team in the Premier League this season to have two teenagers in the starting lineup (Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin). Though the last time Everton had done that wasn’t that long ago – actually it was the last game of the previous season (Kieran Dowell, Davies) when U-23 manager David Unsworth took over the side with Roberto Martinez having been released – but before that? Who remembers

Why Southampton should avoid this Liverpool deal at all costs

One of the most-covered sagas in the January transfer window so far has concerned Southampton’s centre-backs, with Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk linked with an exit from Claude Puel’s side and the Saints eyeing replacements. While Southampton will understandably fight tooth and nail to keep dominant Dutch defender van Dijk at St Mary’s, an […]

Everton – Pressure Drop

Although Everton reached two domestic cup semi-finals in 2015/16 (something the club had not done since 1984), their performances were disappointing in the Premier League, as they finished 11th for the second successive season. As chairman Bill Kenwright observed, “Ultimately, our final league positions over the last two seasons were not good enough.”This culminated in the decision to sack manager Roberto Martinez, replacing him with former Dutch international Ronald Koeman, who was tempted to leave Southampton for the project at Everton.This was a clear statement of intent by new majority owner, Farhad Moshiri, an Iranian billionaire, who bought a 49.9% stake in the club for a reported £85 million in February 2016 after selling his Arsenal shareholding to business partner Alisher Usmanov.Moshiri explained his managerial choice thus, “For our club to compete in the north-west of England, which is the new Hollywood of football with Guardiola, Mourinho, Klopp, we needed a star to stand on the touchline, so I got Koeman.”The club also brought in a new director of football in the shape of Steve Walsh, who had been responsible for some astute player recruitment at surprise champions Leicester City by scouting the likes of Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kanté and Jamie Vardy.”Rom, if you want to”Everton had been looking to secure new investment for many years, but Kenwright is convinced that he has found the perfect investor: “I’m more positive now about the future of our great club than I’ve been during my time as Chairman. I have absolutely no doubt that in Farhad Moshiri we have found someone not only with the wherewithal – and we all know how important that is these days – but also with a deep understanding of the game and a growing appreciation of all things Everton.”This new investment is key to Everton’s future prospects and should represent a substantial change after years of caution and thrift