What The Papers Say - 25 January

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Monday’s local and national newspapers reflect on Everton’s convincing 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in Sunday night’s fourth-round FA Cup tie at Goodison Park.

The Daily Mail shines a light on man-of-the-match James Rodriguez, who provided two assists and dazzled throughout the contest.

“It was a treat to watch this one-time World Cup Golden Boot winner go through his passing repertoire, as Everton marched into the last 16,” reports the Mail.

“What a pity Goodison Park remains empty. He would have been cheered to the rafters last night in normal circumstances.”

James’ pinpoint corner delivery set up Richarlison for Everton’s second goal – and the Liverpool Echo believes the Brazilian’s headed effort can reignite his season.

The local read states Richarlison “confidence visibly soared” after his goal, giving him a “spring and surge of energy”.

Sixteen-year-old Thierry Small wrote his name into the Everton history books in the cup tie, becoming the Club’s youngest ever player.

The left-back was substituted on alongside fellow teenage debutant Tyler Onyango with five minutes to play. Small is aged 16 years 176 days, making him 15 days younger than previous record-holder Jose Baxter. 

The Echo features quotes from Everton Assistant Manager Duncan Ferguson, who said: "It's brilliant for Thierry. It is early days for the kid and he has a long way to go but the manager showed a lot of confidence in him and Tyler as well.

"We are delighted with them but there is a long way to go - this is just the start."