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What The Papers Say - 14 September

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Everton coverage in Saturday’s newspapers concentrates on the home Premier League meeting with Chelsea later this evening.

James McCarthy, who could make his Blues debut against Jose Mourinho’s men, has been speaking to a selection of the day’s tabloids and broadsheets about his transfer to Goodison and the game against the West London club.

The Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Daily Express and The Guardian all include quotes from the midfielder on how he turned down a move to Liverpool earlier in his career in favour of remaining at Hamilton to continue his development.

In The Liverpool Echo, Roberto Martinez has been praising Sylvain Distin and how his physical condition has allowed him to continue performing at the best of his ability in the Premier League. The Spaniard also says ‘leaders like him are important in the dressing room’.

The Echo also reports on Luke Garbutt’s loan switch to Colchester United, while columnist Barry Horne writes that Everton may need to add a little bit of ‘aggression’ to their game when the take to the field against Chelsea.

Elsewhere, Martin Keown has been talking about John Stones in his ‘bootroom’ column in the Daily Mail. The former Toffees defender says he looks forward to watching the 19-year-old’s progress at Everton after he impressed for England Under-21s last week. Keown also predicts that Stones’ attributes will eventually see him play as a central defender rather than at right-back.

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