What The Papers Say – 21 October

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Monday's papers are filled with praise for Everton's performance in Saturday's 2-0 Premier League victory over West Ham United.

The Daily Mail says Everton played with "energy, aggression, invention and determination", as Goodison Park "roared from the first whistle".

Theo Walcott and Jordan Pickford are both included in the same paper's team of the weekend.

Former Arsenal player Walcott, who was excellent on his second Premier League start this season, tells The Guardian: "The pressure we have been under is sort of a good thing because it shows just how big this club is and where we should be... this is the level we need to be every week."

The Daily Telegraph is one of a number of publications to feature quotes from Marco Silva.

The Everton manager reveals he did not feel any additional pressure heading into the clash with West Ham, saying: "Every day I go home with my conscience really clear because I did my best.

“Why would I be nervous? I am not. Because in my life, everything I have comes from football. I have my career behind me and in the future as well.”

The Telegraph picks out English duo Walcott and Tom Davies's contributions as key to Everton's win, which saw the Blues close within four points of sixth position in a concertinaed Premier League table.

Silva is also broadly quoted praising that pair. "The competition for their positions is tough but when you are a football player you have to take your chance when it comes and it's good for me to see them doing that," he said. "Tom is something special for me because he loves the Club, he is a lad from our club and he is special."

Gylfi Sigurdsson came off the bench to crash home a brilliant second goal for Everton and the midfielder told a host of outlets: "The main aim is [for the team] to do the same thing next week. We really played on the front foot. We caused West Ham many problems. That is the way we should play. We have players with a lot of energy and that is the kind of performance we want to see."

Former Everton midfielder Thomas Gravesen features in the Liverpool Echo detailing his confidence in the current Goodison Park regime.

"We have a good manager and I’m sure he’ll get it right," says Gravesen. "It doesn’t always come together overnight.

“There are a lot of very talented players at the Club right now – an awful lot, it’s just about getting the balance right."

The Lancashire Post, meanwhile, reckons Everton are keen on Wigan Athletic's teenage forward Joe Gelhardt.

And the Daily Star features Rangers manager Steven Gerrard playing down suggestions he is interested in Everton centre-half Lewis Gibson.

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