January signing Theo Walcott is the cover star of February’s edition of the Everton magazine.
The jet-heeled forward has proven a hit with Evertonians since swapping Arsenal for the Blues last month and he explains why he felt the Toffees presented the right kind of challenge at this stage of his career.
We also hear from Walcott’s closest friend, Jake Thomson, who grew up with the wideman at Southampton. Thomson helps chart the rise of the now 28-year-old from gifted teenager juggling first-team appearances with his studies, to dazzling for club and country.
Joining Walcott in February’s issue is fellow new recruit Eliaquim Mangala. The France international speaks about why he is inspired to play as well as he can by his brother, who was left paralysed as a seven-year-old in a tragic accident. The towering defender also recounts how his career spans across spells in Belgium, Portugal and England, and insists he is focused on helping push Everton up the table.
We also hear from popular full-back Seamus Coleman, who gives his thanks to those packed inside Goodison Park to help welcome him back after 10 months out injured against Leicester City last month.
Two former Everton stars also feature in this month’s magazine. Adrian Heath reflects on his first season in charge of expansion club Minnesota United in Major League Soccer, while Yakubu looks back over a goal-laden career now that he has hung up his boots.
Under-23s midfielder Dennis Adeniran recalls the early set-backs that have shaped him as a footballer, we hear from two new faces within the Everton Ladies ranks, and Under-18s coach Paul Tait reveals why this season has been a strong one for the Academy.
Veteran journalist, broadcaster, author and playwright John Keith regales us with a plethora of tales from following the Blues and former Republic of Ireland international Sean St Ledger talks Coleman’s return, working with Toffees coach Craig Shakespeare at Leicester, and teaming up with Tim Howard at the Colorado Rapids across the pond.
It’s another jam-packed edition of the Everton magazine, available for just £3.95. Don’t forget you can also purchase a digital version of each monthly issue or a subscription. Click here for details.