What The Papers Say - 16 September
A look at Everton's coverage across today's papers
The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.
EVERYONE now accepts that Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites are here to stay. It seems incredible the amount of trouble footballers and sports people have found themselves in since their advent.
James McLean at Sunderland this week put his club and international career in jeopardy by breaking club rules.
Whilst it is incredible that players still get themselves into trouble with the new forms of media, it is probably more ridiculous that footballers fall foul of the old media.
All the excuses, of foreign players in particular, which come out with when they go away on international duty.
They give interviews to their home press and don’t expect the comments to make their way back to the clubs, is just unbelievable.
Marouane Fellaini is the latest to fall foul of this problem and it will not wash with too many people, any excuse of the interview being lost in translation or that he has been misquoted.
It is a real shame what has happened this week.
A player has been given the opportunity to come and play in the Premier League, showcase his talent but also improve as a player and improve his standing in world football.
If he wants to move on, then in this day and age there is no need to go about it in that way. If he wants to move on, then fine, but there is a right way and wrong way to ask for it.
I would imagine that the lucrative, long-term contract Fellaini signed last November, includes a buy-out clause in it and so if a big bid comes in, Everton may find it difficult to refuse.
Having said that, David Moyes has done fantastically well in the transfer market of late and has come out on top in all of his deals. Fellaini is becoming a real cult figure, a pivotal figure in the team. Not only is he receiving acclaim from the fans but from a wider football audience.
To me, the comments seem ungrateful.
Alan Pardew's demand that certain players "get their arses into gear,'' reflects a slightly stodgy start to the season on Tyneside but Newcastle United's manager knows things could have been much worse without Hatem Ben Arfa's game-changing presence.
"Hatem is our best player at the moment," said Pardew before Monday's trip to Everton. By coincidence it was a spectacular 25-yard goal that the France international scored at Goodison Park in September 2010 that alerted him to Ben Arfa's potential.
"One of the first things I did when I came here was to end Hatem's loan from Marseille by signing him," said Pardew, who succeeded Chris Hughton in December 2010. "One of the reasons I did so was because of that goal against Everton. It was special and I was keen to work with Hatem."
He was forced to wait the best part of a year to do so. Two weeks after his goal at Goodison, a tackle from Manchester City's Nigel de Jong left Ben Arfa with a badly broken leg. Pardew, though, gambled happily on a forward or attacking midfielder who some said would never be quite the same again. "People underestimate what footballers do in terms of putting their limbs on the line," he said.
"Big joint operations and things like knee replacements are the penalties players face in later life and that injury Hatem suffered will probably affect him in some way in the future but he stills goes out there fearlessly and takes people on.
"You have to take into account that he's liable for those type of bad injuries because people lunge at him. But Hatem's very focused about being a professional footballer. A lot of players could learn from him in terms of that – although he's still a maverick. You never know quite what he's going to do. He gives the team an X-factor, which is important."
At Marseille and within the France camp Ben Arfa gained a reputation as something of a troublemaker known for rarely smiling and brooding about a difficult relationship with his father, a former Tunisia international.
Pardew though has got the 25-year-old laughing and joking. "You have to manage every player slightly differently and the experience of having worked with people like Carlos Tevez [at West Ham] helps me with Hatem," Pardew said. "I'm not sure I'd have coped with him quite so well when I first came into management. But I don't think there are many players like Hatem. When things are going against us he can get us out of trouble."
At a time when Papiss Cissé, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye are underachieving and Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and Cheik Tioté are injured, Pardew and Newcastle are increasingly dependent on the maverick.
NEVILLE SOUTHALL has tipped Everton’s Nikica Jelavic to smash through the 20-goal barrier this season.
And the Goodison Park legend reckons the Croatian striker, 27, will be able to fire David Moyes’ men into the Champions League.
Only Peter Beardsley and Yakubu have netted that number of goals in a single season for the Toffees during the past 20 years.
But former goalkeeper Southall reckons Jelavic can light up this campaign – and even compared the former Rangers man to Wales and Liverpool great Ian Rush.
Southall said: “Everton lacked goals but they have addressed that with Jelavic. It’s been a while since someone scored twenty goals in a season – but he could be the man to do that.
“He’s a striker where you can defend well all game and then he’ll score a goal. He reminds me a lot of Ian Rush.
“He only needs one chance and he will score.
“He scored on his debut and he looked like an instinctive finisher from the start.
“You’re never surprised when he scores. When other players go through on goal you are never sure and it could end up being a miss.
“But if the ball falls to Jelavic, it’s a goal.”
Moyes’ side started the season well with wins over Manchester United and Aston Villa, before falling to a shock 2-0 defeat at West Brom.
But Southall reckons a top-four finish is on the cards.
He added: “I expect Everton to finish fourth.
“It will still be City, United, Chelsea, then I think there is a place for Everton. It’s up for grabs.”
DAVID Moyes has revealed how Newcastle striker Demba Ba was a major summer target last year.
But Ba, 27, chose to join Alan Pardew at St James’ Park after his release from relegated West Ham to leave the Everton boss frustrated at not being able to add to the Toffees’ firepower.
Moyes said: “He was close to coming here. He was somebody I was really interested in and for different reasons it just didn’t come off.
“I have had plenty of ‘what-might-have- beens’, don’t worry about that. We needed a centre-forward and we were struggling for goalscorers. We couldn’t get that formula to get us goals.”
Moyes is on the hunt for even more players after midfield star Darron Gibson, 24, was ruled out for three weeks with a thigh injury.
He has targeted former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, 30, who is out of contract and ex-Manchester United and Manchester City star Owen Hargreaves, 31, could also be an option.
Meanwhile, left-back Leighton Baines has praised Everton for not selling their souls this summer.
Jack Rodwell and Tim Cahill raised £13million for transfer funds with Steven Pienaar returning and Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas moving in.
But the club’s heart is intact and that stability, in the England star’s eyes, has given the club hope of a top-four spot.
Baines, 27, said: “We think there is a certain charm to Everton and that inspires the loyalty. This is probably the first summer we haven’t lost a big player.
“We have a group of players who have been playing together for nine or ten years.
“There is a core group of players who do know what the club is all about and in the last couple of transfer windows the manager has added real quality with the likes of Darron Gibson and Nikica Jelavic.
“There’s competition now and I wouldn’t say it is beyond us to challenge for the top four.”
MAROUANE Fellaini has been told to focus on turning in dazzling displays for Everton – rather than talking about his plans to quit.
Fellaini stunned the Goodison faithful when he revealed he wanted to leave David Moyes’ outfit and said he could head for the exit as early as the January transfer window.
The Belgian midfielder, 24, dropped the bombshell when he said: “I am just starting my fifth season at Everton, it will be one of my last. In January, or at the end of the season, I will turn to another club or championship.”
Toffees legend Peter Reid says Fellaini must concentrate on keeping up his form – starting at home to Newcastle tomorrow night. “There is always going to be speculation about good players,” Reid told the Daily Star Sunday.
“The lad has since said he is happy at Everton but now the speculation has started and I just hope that it doesn’t affect his form.”
Reid, who made 157 appearances for Everton in a seven-year spell, said: “Fellaini has grown as a player with Everton and he knows the club have helped make him the player he is today.
“So he needs to think about what he says next time and maybe show a bit more respect for the club.”
Manchester United are keeping tabs on Marouane Fellaini’s situation at Everton.
But David Moyes has warned the Belgian that the Blues are in a position of power when it comes to the player’s future.
Toffees boss Moyes tore into Fellaini on his return from international duty after the powerful midfielder was quoted as saying that he would spend just another year at Goodison.
Sir Alex Ferguson is a big admirer after seeing the 24-year-old follow up an influential performance in April with a match-winning display against United last month.
But Moyes said: “I have got no problem if other clubs start circling for my players. None at all.
“What I do know is that they can’t come in and take any of my players until January and we are only in September.
“Whatever happens now, whatever Fellaini says, he is here for at least the next four months.
“He might be here even longer than that, I don’t know.
“What I do know for certain, though, is that Fellaini has got a five-year contract here.
“So clubs can circle, but the window has just shut, and we’re in a strong position as far as his contract is concerned.”
David Moyes has revealed that Demba Ba could have joined Everton as he plots to halt the Newcastle striker tomorrow night.
The Toffees were one of a number of clubs angling to sign the Senegal star when he quit West Ham following relegation last year.
But the deal was derailed by Ba’s financial demands, including his insistence that a £5million buy-out clause was inserted into his contract.
The 27-year-old duly helped fire Newcastle to fifth place and was voted signing of the season by Premier League managers.
Moyes said: “Ba was someone I was really interested in last year, but for a number of reasons the deal just didn’t come off.
“He’s just another one of those who got away – and I’ve had plenty of them down the years.
“We needed a centre-forward and that became clear when we started the season because we were really short of goals.
“We couldn’t get Ba in and he did very well at Newcastle, but other options opened up for us in January and we were happy with what we got.”
Everton paid for a sluggish start last season but Moyes believes his men can emulate Newcastle by putting pressure on the top four after a start which has seen them pick up six points from three games. He said: “We can be as good as we were last year and if the new boys bed in quickly, we can be better.
“We saw what Newcastle achieved last season and we’re capable of making the same kind of impact.
“Our squad is still light on numbers, but we are in a far better state now than we were this time last year.
“Twelve months ago we weren’t in good shape. But we are relatively pleased this time.”
Chelsea are set to test Everton's resolve about hanging on to Marouane Fellaini, with a £30million bid for the Belgian.
Fellaini has been chastised by David Moyes for comments made last week about the possibility of him leaving Goodison Park before the start of next season.
But significantly, the Everton manager admitted the player could be vulnerable if the right offer came along.
'I won't say there's no chance in the next window because everybody is available throughout the world if the offer is right,' Moyes said.
'But one thing I know is the transfer window is closed so he's not going anywhere right now.'
Leighton Baines has set Everton a top-four target, citing Monday's visitors Newcastle as an example of what can be achieved in the Premier League.
Everton made it into the Champions League places in 2005 and England full-back Baines insists they can go at least one better than the two fifth places they have managed since.
He said: 'We have to have that belief and have something to strive for. We can use teams like Newcastle as inspiration to do that.
'Tottenham did it a couple of seasons ago. We look at those sides and realise it isn't beyond you.
'There is a core group of players who do know what the club is all about and in the last couple of windows especially, the manager has added some real quality.
'There's competition now and that will improve us.'
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, who starts a two-match touchline ban for pushing an assistant referee, is looking for something special from Hatem Ben Arfa.
'He is probably our best player at the moment,' he said.
Alan Pardew is convinced there is more to come from his Newcastle side as they attempt to rediscover their best form.
The Magpies have endured a less than spectacular start to the new campaign in comparison with their heroics last season, and head for Everton on Monday evening with some fans bemoaning their failure to significantly strengthen the first-team squad with Europa League football exerting further pressure on their resources.
However, despite an injury crisis which seems certain to rob him of four of his strongest starting XI at Goodison Park, Pardew is confident that they will once again scale the heights which propelled them into the upper reaches of the Barclays Premier League last time around.
He said: 'Yes, of course I think our team can play better - and I think we will.
'I think our results have been solid. The performances have not been as good as I would have liked at this stage.
'But all the teams at the start of the season, you are feeling your way and hopefully in the coming weeks, we have got some games where I think we can pick up points, and we have to start on Monday night.'
Newcastle lost 3-1 at Everton on the final day of last season as their feint hopes of Champions League qualification were comprehensively ended.
But they will arrive on Monday without several key men and in particular, with three members of Pardew's first-choice back five missing.
Keeper Tim Krul is expected to miss up to three games having damaged and elbow injury on international duty with Holland, while skipper Fabricio Coloccini returned from Argentina with a hamstring problem to join Danny Simpson, who has a similar injury, on the sidelines.
In addition, midfielder Cheick Tiote's calf problem, which has kept him out since the opening day of the season, shows little sign of healing any time soon.
Steve Harper and the fit-again Rob Elliot will fight it out for Krul's place with Pardew admitting the former has come to terms with losing his number one spot to the Dutchman last season and is raring to go once again.
He said: 'Harps last year suffered from injury and I think the disappointment, actually, of not starting as number one.
'I think he is over that now and he has got his game back together, and he looks a much better presence in the goal this year.
'Robbie has been injured and has only just come back. Luckily for us, Robbie is available, so we have got two good goalkeepers.”
Pardew has a decision to make too at the back, where James Perch is available after recovering from a neck injury.
Midfielder Vurnon Anita filled in at right-back after Simpson limped off during the first half of the Magpies' 1-1 draw with Aston Villa last time out, and could be asked to start there if Perch joins Steven Taylor in the middle.
However, the manager could also turn to Mike Williamson to partner Taylor and ask Perch to play at full-back.
Former England Under-21 skipper Taylor has returned to top form after injury, and Coloccini's absence means he is an increasingly important figure.
Pardew said: 'Yes, he is, and Williamson as well because Williamson has started the season strongly and obviously ended last season strongly.
'He is in good shape, so I have got no worries about him filling in.
'But Steven's form has been good considering he has been out such a while, and I think we have got two really good players there.'
Everton manager David Moyes admits the Barclays Premier League is a difficult place for up-and-coming footballers but he believes the club do more than most to promote young talent.
The Toffees' academy has produced a number of players for the first team over the years and Moyes, sometimes out of necessity, has given youngsters opportunities to prove themselves.
Everton's latest highly-regarded prospect Ross Barkley has been loaned out to npower Championship club Sheffield Wednesday for a month in order to give him the chance of more regular football.
It was a difficult decision for Moyes, considering his squad is not the biggest, but he admitted the 18-year-old was not quite ready to play a big part for the first team although probably deserved more than being left in the Under 21s.
'It is tough to put young players in the first team because Premier League games are so valuable and even league positions where you finish are worth a lot of money,' said the Scot.
'And if I lost, the media wouldn't be 'It was great I played Ross Barkley', you'd be asking me about a defeat. I think that is part of the Premier League now, it makes it difficult.
'But I do think we have been one of the better clubs at introducing young players and trying to give them opportunities and we will continue to do so.
'Ross is ready to go play at a senior level, but not quite here yet.
'I remember the likes of Leon Osman going out on loan to Carlisle and Derby before he played and, from my playing career, David Beckham came and played for us at Preston.
'You have to remember he is only 18 years old and he missed a lot of football (having sustained a triple-break of his leg in 2011).
'He came on the scene last year and we tried to get him lots of games with the youth team and reserve team.
'But the chance to get him some regular football is more important for his long-term development because he is not ready to play regularly for us now.
'It will be good for him to have the chance to go and make some mistakes and learn at Sheffield Wednesday, a big club with a big support.'
Moyes has not ruled out the prospect of sending other young players out on loan but for the moment he will keep hold of Shane Duffy, who was loaned out to Scunthorpe last season before returning to make a handful of first-team appearances.
The 20-year-old signed a new three-year contract this week and Moyes believes he has shown the benefit of regular football elsewhere, although the Northern Irishman may have to wait a bit longer to get it again.
'We might look at sending Shane Duffy out on loan but we have to field a team in the new Under 21 league,' said Moyes. 'It looks like everyone is taking that a little bit more seriously and we'd like to be as strong as we can be.
'We'd like to see the players come on but Ross, and maybe Shane, are in a different situation.
'My idea is to keep Shane here. He went out to Scunthorpe on loan last season and came back and played a couple of games - I thought it made a big difference.
'He had confidence and he understood playing on a Saturday was serious, meaning an awful lot to supporters and managers.'
LEIGHTON BAINES believes Everton can use Newcastle as their model in their bid to gatecrash the Premier League establishment.
The Geordies finished fifth last season and at times looked a good bet to end up even higher – something Everton’s bright start to the campaign, which includes victory over Manchester United, promises.
Baines, who has started in England’s last three matches and was on Manchester United’s transfer radar in the summer, feels contented with life under David Moyes at Goodison Park. The fact that three of England’s back four comprised himself, Everton team-mate Phil Jagielka and ex-Goodison star Joleon Lescott proved that Moyes must be doing something right.
It gives Baines hope that the club, who entertain Newcastle tomorrow, can surpass their best season under Moyes, finishing fourth in 2005. He said: “It’s not beyond us to challenge for the top four. We’ve got to have that belief but there’s a lot of work to do.
We can use teams like Newcastle as inspiration. Spurs did it a couple of seasons ago. We look at those sides and realise it isn’t beyond us
“We can use teams like Newcastle as inspiration. Spurs did it a couple of seasons ago. We look at those sides and realise it isn’t beyond us, especially if we can start well because we tend to finish the season stronger.
“What we’ve got is a group of players who have been together for a long time, lads who have been here for eight, nine or ten years. Myself and Jags have been there for six years now too. Steve Pienaar too, although he left and came back.
“In the last couple of transfer windows the manager has added real quality with the likes of Darron Gibson and Nikica Jelavic. Then we’ve brought Pienaar back and brought in Kevin Mirallas.”
Two straight wins were followed by a surprise defeat at West Brom, which Everton are looking to atone for in front of their fans tomorrow.
“We got off to two really good wins, the Manchester United one but we played a lot better against Aston Villa.” he said. “It was disappointing to have the West Brom setback but that maybe ensures we don’t get too ahead of ourselves.” Baines is confident that the Everton squad is now equipped to deal with injuries and suspensions.
“There’s real quality and strength in depth. There are two players for every position. I think I’d been the only left-back for four seasons and been lucky in terms of staying fit. There’s competition now.
“There is a certain charm to the club and that’s what inspires loyalty.”
It was also a summer when only the players Everton wanted to leave departed, Moyes allowing Jack Rodwell – who hadn’t earned a regular place – to leave for Manchester City for £12 million and Tim Cahill to New York Red Bulls – money that was reinvested.
“This is probably the first summer that we haven’t lost a big player,” Baines said. “There was speculation about me but that’s the first time that’s happened. That says something about the way the club’s going.”
Baines is now challenging Ashley Cole for the England left-back slot. He added: “I’ve started the last three England games so that’s nice, but Ashley’s been fantastic down the years and will hopefully get back soon.”
EVERTON boss David Moyes has revealed he missed out on signing Demba Ba last summer.
The Senegal frontman was earmarked as the man to solve the Blues’ goalscoring problems.
But Everton failed to meet his pay demands and Ba — who was available on a free after quitting West Ham — became a Newcastle sensation.
Moyes said: “He was close to coming here. He was somebody I was really interested in and it just didn’t come off.
“We were struggling for scorers. But we signed Jelavic and Darron Gibson and we got Steven Pienaar back on loan and suddenly it changed.”
MANCHESTER UNITED and Everton are on the trail of Italy international defender Angelo Ogbonna.
The Torino centre-back, 24, has shone over the past two seasons, helping his club win promotion back to Serie A.
Ogbonna, born in Italy to Nigerian parents, is under contract until 2016 and rated at around £16million.
The defender who can also play at left-back, was called up by Italy while still a Serie B player.
Rival bosses Alex Ferguson and David Moyes now plan to have Ogbonna watched in Torino’s clash with Inter Milan today — with views to a January move.
Moyes is a long-time fan of the 6ft 2in powerhouse, having followed his progress for three seasons.
And a Torino club source said: “Ogbonna would not have any problems in adapting to English football.”