What The Papers Say - 19 October

by Adam Clark

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.
The reappearance of Ross Barkley dominates Sunday's newspaper pages, with many editions saying the England midfielder inspired Everton's return to form against Aston Villa.

The Daily Star Sunday, Sunday Express and Sunday Mirror all carry quotes from Roberto Martinez, who says the fit-again 20-year-old was "born to play football."

The Sunday Independent focus on another Blues player, analysing the way Romelu Lukaku netted to win the 'Battle of the Belgians' against Christian Benteke.

Meanwhile, the People have interviewed skipper Phil Jagielka, scorer of the opening goal, who says Martinez's men can now start looking up the table after a stuttering start to the season.

Credit also goes to Seamus Coleman in the Sunday Echo after his fine performance on his comeback from injury, while their take on Barkley's return is that it gave Everton's campaign the "kiss of life".

Meanwhile, in the same newspaper, Lee Carsley reflects on Saturday's win and says the expected hordes of travelling Toffees will make Thursday's trip to Lille seem more like a home game.


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