What The Papers Say – 9 January

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The Liverpool Echo discusses the impressive debut of January signing Vitalii Mykolenko during Everton's win over Hull City last night.

The Ukraine international played from the first whistle till the last, acting as a left wing-back as opposed to his traditional position of left-back.

Reporter Adam Jones believes it was a great start for the 22-year-old, who will continue to improve as the he gets more games under his belt.

"It was a solid performance from the Ukraine international," he wrote.

"The highlight of his display was certainly an important block on the goal-line in the first half with the game poised at 2-1 at that stage.

"What's clear is that he will need time to adapt to his new surroundings.

"He's still a young player and he's moving to a new country and a new system with Everton, and Benitez is right to try and ease the pressure on the new signing in any way he can.

"This was an important first step for Mykolenko and hopefully it is something he will be able to build on in the coming weeks and months."

Despite early business done in the transfer market this month, the Club have been linked with a third defensive recruit.

The Mirror reports that Everton are planning a move for Bournemouth's Lloyd Kelly.

Rafa Benitez's side could face competition for the 23-year-old defender, with Newcastle United and West Ham United also said to be interested.

Kelly joined Bournemouth from boyhood club Bristol City in summer 2019 and has played 20 league games for the Championship leaders this term.

At the opposite end of the field TuttoMercatoWeb have linked the Blues with a move for Juventus forward Dejan Kulusevki.

Their source believes the Italian side are looking to sell the Swede to finance another transfer, with a move to Everton potentially on the cards for the 21-year-old.

Finally, Everton's next match against Leicester City could be postponed, according to Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers.

Quotes published by The Independent after Leicester's FA Cup win over Watford on Saturday saw Rodgers note the lack of senior figures available, with 17 players missing for various reasons.

“We’ve been stretched in terms of numbers and, for the integrity of the competition, we’ll assess where we’re at," said Rodgers.

“You’ve seen for yourself the squad and the team that we have. We need to go in and assess it and see where we’re at in terms of players. We’ll take it from there.”

Rodgers clarified that a request for Tuesday's match at Goodison Park to be postponed had not yet been submitted.