What The Papers Say - 2 February
Reaction to Saturday's win, plus Barkley tipped for new deal.
The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.
Kevin Mirallas and his moment of magic during yesterday's victory over Aston Villa dominate the Everton coverage in Sunday's newspapers.
Roberto Martinez's claim that the result over Paul Lambert’s side was the "most satisfying win" of his Everton reign also makes the headlines.
Peter Reid has told the Sunday Echo that Bryan Oviedo will return to the squad stronger than ever, comparing the Costa Rican's leg break to a succession of injury setbacks he overcame during his own early career.
The same paper also speak to a doctor of sport psychology at Loughborough University, who believes the Blues boss and his positive attitude will be the perfect tonic to help Oviedo on his road to recovery.
Picking up another theme, Everton legend Reid highlights how Martinez's summer acquisitions in midfield have been the driving force behind the team's success this season, and states his belief that Lacina Traore must hit the ground running to help maintain the challenge for Champions League qualification.
Former Blue Lee Carlsey reflects on the importance of yesterday's victory against Aston Villa in his weekly column - and, like Reid, points out that Traore has the chance to make an instant impression.
The Sunday Mirror take a look back at the glory days of Merseyside football in the 1970s and 1980s, and say fans of Everton and Liverpool should be encouraged by what they’re seeing of late.
Elsewhere, the Sunday People claim that Ross Barkley is on the verge of signing a new contract which will keep him at Goodison Park until 2018.
And the transfer window may be closed, but the rumour mill continues, with the Sunday People reporting that Everton's assistant manager Graeme Jones is Swansea's number one choice to replace Michael Laudrup, should the Dane leaves the Liberty Stadium at the end of the season.
Also, the Toffees are linked to Leeds United’s highly-rated right-back Sam Byram in The Football League Paper, with the Yorkshire club tipped to cash in on the youngster when the window reopens in July.