What The Papers Say - 28 September

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

There is plenty of build-up to Everton's Europa League clash with Apollon Limassol in Thursday's newspapers.

The Daily Mail
is one of a number of publications to report on Ronald Koeman urging his team to react positively to their opening group stage defeat by Atalanta when they take on Cypriot team Apollon at Goodison Park.

It is suggested Mason Holgate will continue in the middle of the Toffees' defence tonight, with both Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane likely to miss out through injury.

The Daily Mirror says manager Koeman has impressed upon his players the importance of starting the match aggressively after being undone by slow starts in previous encounters this term.

And the Liverpool Echo carries quotes from Koeman insisting Everton's playmaking trio of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen can thrive as part of the same team.

Apollon Limassol forward Andre Schembri's comment about believing his side has the potential to "surprise" Everton is picked up in plenty of papers.

Koeman's verdict on midfielder James McCarthy's Republic of Ireland call up is covered in the Irish Independent.

There are further reports on Idrissa Gana Gueye potentially penning a new Everton deal.

And the Yorkshire Post contains an article with Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen singling out Everton loanee defender Matthew Pennington for praise, after the Toffees' Academy graduate returned from injury to deliver a sterling performance in the Whites' Championship game at Cardiff City on Tuesday.

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