What The Papers Say - 18 August

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.  

Reaction to Everton’s 2-0 victory over Hajduk Split last night accounts for the majority of Blues talk in today’s papers.

The Daily Mirror says Everton’s first 45 minutes against the Croats bore “faint echoes of the days when this famous club was a genuine force on the European stage,” – and the same publication praises Ronald Koeman’s “brutal honesty” after the manager expressed his disappointment at Everton not capitalising on their dominance by adding to their two first-half goals.

The Liverpool Echo highlights the performances of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, right-back Cuco Martina and Ademola Lookman, a winger who will hand Koeman another “potent” option on the wing, according to the paper.

The local read also picks up on Koeman’s suggestion that Gylfi Sigurdsson could be poised for an Everton debut at Manchester City on Monday, five days after the midfielder joined the Blues from Swansea in a Club-record deal.

The Daily Mail reports that Gareth Southgate will attend the Blues’ game with City next week, so giving the England boss a second opportunity inside four days to study the respective form of Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Wayne Rooney and Tom Davies, after Southgate watched from Goodison’s Main Stand as Everton beat Hajduk Split.

The Telegraph and Guardian both link Everton with a loan bid for Chelsea striker Diego Costa, while the Telegraph claims Ross Barkley’s hamstring injury will not deter Chelsea and Tottenham from moving for the Blues midfielder before the end of this month.

And in the Yorkshire Post, Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson says Everton loanee Matthew Pennington reminds him of Victor Lindelof, the Swedish international centre-back who cost Manchester United £31million this summer.

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