What The Papers Say - 13 December

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 the Toffees' Premier League clash with Newcastle United in today's papers.

The Liverpool Echo mentions the disciplinary tightrope being walked by Ashley Williams and Tom Davies at St James' Park tonight, with the pair both on four bookings and, consequently, one caution away from incurring a one-match ban.

The Echo also says right-back Jonjoe Kenny is close to agreeing a new deal which would keep the 20-year-old at Goodison Park until summer 2020 and analyses the players tipped by bookmakers for a new-year switch to Everton.

The Daily Mirror reports on Liverpool midfielder James Milner and boss Jurgen Klopp both being captured on camera in the immediate aftermath of Sunday's Merseyside derby expressing their frustration at the penalty awarded to Everton late in the match.

A number of publications carry the story of Sam Allardyce putting plans for a Toffees team Christmas party on hold – and promising his players he will pay them back "when they come out of Christmas and into January in a better position".

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez tells the Northern Echo his Magpies side are preparing to face an Everton team containing quality players and brimming with confidence.

And the Daily Mail includes a piece on Ross Barkley's social media post yesterday, when the Toffees attacker captioned a picture of his formerly troublesome hamstring with the message 'not long now'.

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