What The Papers Say - 21 June

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

Ex-Everton forward Pat Nevin is confident his fellow Scot Nathan Patterson is ready to kick on for the Blues next season.

An ankle injury cut Patterson season short, but Nevin says the acquisition of the Scotland international will offer long-term success for the Club.

"Nathan's the real deal," he told Football Scotland. "It's not about anything other than he had an injury, that happens sometimes.

"[Seamus] Coleman was phenomenal in that position for a long time, but it's coming to that time where he will need replacing and they have made a really good decision in signing Nathan.

"You look at the quality of players that are playing in full-back positions, and their importance to the team.

"These positions are vital in the modern game. It's an important scoring position now.

"And Nathan is one, that's his style."

Following the Club's announcement on new appointments within Everton's Academy, the Liverpool Echo believes the Blues have chose the "ideal" candidate in Leighton Baines to lead the Under-18s.

Reporter Chris Beesley writes: "This is only a step onto the first rung of the ladder in terms of potential aspirations down that road but like Colin Harvey, who rose from being a hugely-respected Everton player, then youth coach, reserve team boss, first-team coach and eventually manager, those working under Baines will realise that he’s very much one of their own.

"Here was a Merseysider who got to pull on the royal blue jersey and serve the club with distinction for well over a decade.

"Now he’s embarking on a position that will try and ensure others find a clearer pathway to the Everton first team than himself.

"Baines is living proof that footballers at the highest level don’t have to conform to a narrow stereotypical typecast and hopefully such a fresh approach will strike a chord with the next generation."

In transfer news, the Daily Mail speculates Everton would demand a fee in the region of £70million if Richarlison were to leave this summer.

The newspaper reports that Chelsea have joined the race to sign Brazilian, with Tottenham Hotspur also linked with a move for the Blues forward.

A report linking Richarlison with Chelsea also appears in the Liverpool Echo, however, their source believes that former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku will have to move on from Stamford Bridge before an approach is made.