What The Papers Say - 1 December
Daily round-up of what the papers are saying about the Toffees.
The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.
LIVERPOOL reject Adam Hammill is being lined up for a return to Merseyside – with Everton.
Toffees boss David Moyes is planning a £2m bid for the Barnsley midfielder, 22,when the January transfer window opens.
Moyes has had Hammill watched all season and is convinced he has the talent to make it in the Premier League.
Hammill has blossomed at Oakwell since arriving on a permanent switch from Anfield in August 2009 after a successful loan stint.
In the Championship this term Hammill has impressed and scored seven league goals.
Tykes boss Mark Robins said: “Hopefully, he will stay with us until he is ready to go somewhere that is worthy of his talent.”
And Hammill said: “If a move to the Premier League happens, it’d have to be at the right time.”
DAVID Beckham has insisted that loyalty to Manchester United would prevent him joining Everton on loan – as a bidding war for James Vaughan edges closer.
The former England captain admitted he has huge respect for Blues boss David Moyes, ever since their playing days in the same Preston side in 1995.
Reports had linked LA Galaxy midfielder Beckham, 35, with a loan move to a Premier League team in January.
And Moyes revealed that he would be interested in working with the ex-Manchester United star again, along with his Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan.
But asked yesterday if a move to Everton was on the cards, Beckham said: “No – I’m a Manchester United fan and Everton is too close to home.
“It is always flattering to be linked with big clubs even if that would only be for a few months on loan.
“I have massive respect for David Moyes – I have had ever since we played together at Preston.”
Meanwhile, Leicester City are considering a £500,000 move for striker Vaughan in the new year.
The 22-year-old was on loan at the Walkers Stadium earlier this year and helped the Foxes qualify for the Championship play-offs last season.
Vaughan, who is the Premier League’s youngest-ever goalscorer, is currently on loan at Crystal Palace where he has scored five in 12 games but is set to return to Goodison in January.
Phil Neville has backed the misfiring Jermaine Beckford, claming he is Premier League class.
Beckford came under fire for missing chances in Saturday's shock 4-1 home defeat to West Brom and he has managed just two goals in 13 appearances for the Blues.
But Neville defended the free signing from Leeds, claiming he is still working hard for the team and getting himself in goalscoring positions.
"The one thing I would say is that he's putting himself into that position to miss," said the Everton captain. "Out of all the strikers we've got, he's the one who is consistently getting chances. That tells me that he's brave, he has an eye for goal, and he's hungry to score.
"At the moment, it's not quite going in for him, but it works that way for strikers. They go on runs where they don't score, but it's pleasing that he keeps making the runs.
"He's a Premier League striker. If he wasn't creating the chances, or making the runs maybe you'd question that, but for me a striker is 99 per cent there if he's doing that. The extra one per cent is maybe confidence and that will come when he starts scoring.
"Eventually he'll click and punish someone by banging in three or four. All the lads are behind him. We all realise he's had a difficult start, but he has goal scoring ability and we need to back him up.
"The experienced strikers must shoulder some of that burden too."
PHIL NEVILLE believes that Marouane Fellaini can provide the spark to fire an Everton revival at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Fellaini has been suspended for three matches since incurring a needless red card against Bolton – and in his absence the side has lost home games against Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion and drawn at Sunderland. Prior to that Bolton clash the influential midfielder had missed another four games with a hamstring strain.
Captain Neville, himself missing against West Brom with a knee problem, said: “Marouane has been missed. He came back for one game and he looked brilliant against Bolton. He looked super fit and then he got himself sent off.
“He does need to learn but he is back now.”
Neville hopes to be fit to return himself at Chelsea.
The 33-year-old explained: “The injury is coming on. It has taken longer than I thought to clear up but I should be back for the weekend.
“It was stiff after Sunderland and, having played that game, I probably knew I would miss West Brom but I should be back in full training by the middle of the week and then back in to face Chelsea.”
EVERTON start on the FA Youth Cup trail this evening hoping for an extended run in the competition.
Neil Dewsnip’s under-18s currently to the FA Premier Academy League Group C table and go into the third round clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round of the FA Youth Cup at the Stobart Stadium this evening (kick-off 7pm) in buoyant mood. Although the pitch in Widnes will need to pass an inspection before the match is given the go-ahead.
Last season Everton were beaten in the quarter-finals by Blackburn Rovers.
They will be looking to go a bit further this time, but for now they are just concentrating on tonight’s tie.
Dewsnip said: “Wolves are another academy side in our league who we play regularly. We have beaten Wolves 2-0 this season so we can take confidence from that, but I am not sure it will be the same two 11s taking the field in the Youth Cup. Liverpool played them last year and let’s hope they have a bad time on Merseyside this year. The FA Youth Cup is a tough competition and Wolves are tough competitors, so it will be a tough game. The third round is always very tricky whoever you play, but it helps you get a feel of it if you progress.
“Our Youth Cup team doesn’t play together at any time of the year, so it’s thrown together a bit.
“It’s great for the players as they get quite excited about it, so it would be good to go on a run again. But anything can happen and we won't be taking Wolves lightly that’s for sure.”
Admission prices tonight will be £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.