What The Papers Say - 12 May

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

Reaction features across Thursday's media following Everton's goalless draw with Watford at Vicarage Road.

The Daily Mail discusses the fact that the Blues' fate "remains in their own hands" and highlights the impact of the support from Evertonians in recent weeks.

"[When] news filtered through of Mason Mount's goal at Leeds and it only added to the relentless positivity that was being shown in the away end, with those who had travelled down from Merseyside providing a soundtrack of encouragement," Dominic King wrote.

"It is amazing what a cause to pursue and unity can do for a fan base; such was the passion on show, it's difficult to imagine the Evertonians would have been any noisier had their team being pursuing a trophy.

"Through the most challenging times, their support has been unfailing."

The Liverpool Echo, meanwhile, describes Wednesday draw as a tense affair but believes progress has been made as attentions now switch to making Goodison Park a "fortress" for their final two home games the season.

"Hopes were raised so high by the win at the King Power Stadium - and against Chelsea the week before - shows how far Everton have come in recent weeks," said Joe Thomas.

"Once again attention will now turn to what they can achieve at Goodison Park. Hopes rest on their L4 fortress, where they will have chances to strengthen their position against both Brentford and Crystal Palace before travelling to Arsenal on the final day of the campaign."

In transfer news, The Irish Independent speculates Everton are "eyeing up" a move for goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.

The Manchester City goalkeeper has spent the season on loan with Portsmouth in League One, where he secured 17 clean sheets across all competitions.

According to their sources, the Republic of Ireland international is in talks over his future, with Everton believed to have watched the 20-year-old in action across the 2021/22 season and keen to bring him to Goodison Park.

The Blues may face competition from Southampton, Bournemouth and Sheffield United who are also mentioned in the report.