What The Papers Say - August 19

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

Reaction to Marco Silva’s first win as Blues boss dominates the Everton coverage in Sunday’s newspapers. 

Analysing Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Southampton, the Liverpool Echo says “What Everton served up in the first half, and in moments after the break, is modern football.”

They add that the Blues showed “invention in the opening 45 minutes, had pressed as well as anyone [at Goodison] has seen in a long time, defended high up the pitch and played through the lines quickly.”

The same paper highlights the performances of goalscorers Theo Walcott and Richarlison, with the former earning a nine out of 10 rating and the latter an eight. Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is also awarded an eight having demonstrated his “class” behind striker Cenk Tosun. 

The Sunday Mirror says Walcott and Richarlison made “the difference” against Mark Hughes’ side, with the Sunday Telegraph commenting that Silva's men "look like a new team from last season".

The Mail on Sunday and the Observer are among the papers to also carry a report and reaction. 

Finally, the Echo points to former Toffees skipper Phil Neville’s assertion on Match of the Day that it “could be Everton’s year” to land silverware. 


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