What The Papers Say - 17 January
Howard and Distin mentioned in Friday's summary.
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Friday’s newspapers start to look ahead to Everton’s meeting with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns in three days’ time.
Tim Howard, in the Liverpool Echo, has been speaking about the team spirit in the group at present and how the senior players, such as himself, will ensure that the squad remains tight-knit and focused.
The Daily Mirror reports on the news that Sylvain Distin could be set to return to the Everton side on Monday evening. The centre-half has missed the last three games but has trained all week on the Blues’ training camp in Tenerife.
Distin’s fitness boost is also mentioned in the Daily Star.
Since the transfer window opened over a fortnight ago, Everton have been linked with a move for Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi. The Mirror is today claiming that Portuguese giants Benfica are also pursuing the 20-year-old Belgian forward.