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What The Papers Say - 23 October

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Roberto Martinez discusses the start Arouna Kone has made to his Everton career in Wednesday’s Liverpool Echo .

The 29-year-old has yet to score since completing his summer transfer from Wigan Athletic but Martinez says ‘the goals will come’ for the Ivory Coast international.

In the same paper, Gareth Barry has been speaking about settling into life at Goodison Park and how he believes it will take him 10 matches to feel at peak fitness after enduring a stop-start first couple of months of the season.

Everton Under-21s played out a scoreless draw with Manchester United on Monday evening and quotes from coach Alan Stubbs also feature in the Echo. The former Blues defender says his players put in a performance to be proud of in front over 6,000 supporters at Goodison Park.

Coverage in the national papers is slim, though the Daily Mirror carries a short story on how Blues boss Martinez feels Steven Pienaar’s return to fitness could bring even more out of Leighton Baines’ performances. Martinez explains that the pair have as ‘good a chemistry as you’re going to find in football’.

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