What The Papers Say - 20 January

by Hamish Dufton

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With Everton in action at West Brom tonight, the focus of the Echo is on Romelu Lukaku’s return to the Hawthorns.

The Belgian striker spent last season on loan with the Baggies but will be hoping to fire the Blues to another three vital points this evening, and Roberto Martinez has said his in-form frontman will be looking to show just how much he has improved while taking in a similar move at Everton.

Elsewhere in the paper, Aiden McGeady reveals how the transformation of international team-mate Seamus Coleman was the icing on the cake when it comes to his move to Goodison Park, one he was already excited about making.

Also within the Echo, boss Martinez has told his defenders to savour every moment out on the pitch as competition for places hots up with the return of Sylvain Distin.

A glance at the national papers sees most preview tonight’s match, with a number suggesting new West Brom head coach Pepe Mel will introduce a similar style of play to that of compatriot Martinez.

There are several more lines from McGeady’s interviews, with the Daily Mirror running a story on how the Irishman believes himself to be a better player after his stint in Russia.

The Sun goes with the former Celtic man's inclusion in the match day squad for this evening’s fixture in the Midlands, while the Times follows a similar thread to the Echo, with McGeady impressed by the progress of countryman Coleman.

The Daily Telegraph carries a piece with Gareth Barry, who reveals how Martinez has given him back his self-belief.

Finally, the latest player linked with a move to the club is giant Ivory Coast international striker Lacina Traore, who is rumoured to be closing on a loan deal at Everton from Monaco.

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