What The Papers Say – 9 September

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A selection of Monday's publications feature quotes from ex-Everton defender Jospeh Yobo, who has heaped praise on Toffees new boy and Nigerian compatriot Alex Iwobi.

Iwobi, who scored twice in his first two Everton starts, is poised to play for Nigeria against Ukraine on Tuesday.

"Everton is the perfect club for a brave player like Alex Iwobi and I know it's the right step to becoming a great player," Yobo told BBC Sport.

"The manager [Marco Silva] is building an amazing team and he believes so much in Alex to add him to his squad."

Another ex-Everton player, Duncan McKenzie, recalls his time at Goodison Park in a wide-ranging Daily Mail feature.

The same paper includes Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in a band of five players it considers certain to start when England's European Championship finals campaign gets under way next year.

Jonjoe Kenny has revealed he views former Bayern Munich full-back and German World Cup winner Philipp Lahm as a role-model.

Talking to the Bundesliga's official website, Everton defender Kenny reflects on a strong start to his season-long loan with Schalke and notes the similarities between Gelsenkirchen - where his loan club is based - and Liverpool.

"In both cities, people work hard and have the same mentality," said Kenny, whose quotes were picked up by a number of today's dailies.

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has told Argentine outlet Ole he was on the brink of a move to Everton last month.

"I had the possibility of Everton, but by decisions of the club [Manchester United] or the manager [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] it wasn’t possible," claimed Rojo.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is on international duty with Iceland and the Everton midfielder has been speaking to Visir in his homeland about his club's start to the Premier League campaign.

“I wasn’t quite at my best in the first few games, but the last few games have been better," said Sigurdsson.

“I’ve been better and the team is better going forward. We’ve scored seven goals in two games. We knew we were creating opportunities but weren’t sharp enough up front.”

In the Daily Star, Paul Merson says Everton will be in the running for European qualification this term.

"Everton have a chance [of European football] if they can get themselves going," writes former Arsenal and England forward Merson.

"It’s starting to click. They’re a better team now. Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean have to play. If he [Silva] sticks with it [his current line-up] they won’t be miles away."

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