What The Papers Say - 20 September

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

Following Everton's first league win of the season on Sunday, several members of the Blues squad have received praise across the media.

One of those is Nathan Patterson who produced another outstanding performance at Goodison Park in the 1-0 victory over West Ham United.

The Scotland international helped to maintain a clean sheet for the second time in the league this campaign, and Jamie Carragher was left impressed by the full-back.

Speaking on commentary during Sky Sports' televised coverage, the former Premier League defender reacted to the Scot's crucial late challenge on Maxwel Cornet to stop the Ivorian from equalising.

"It’s Patterson coming across, he puts the challenge in to put Cornet off," said Carragher.

"He gets a touch and it’s brilliant from Patterson."

Another man who looks to be rewarded for his incredible performances this year is Alex Iwobi.

The Liverpool Echo reports the in-form Blues midfielder has opened talks with the Club over a new contract.

Negotiations are believed to be at an early stage but the local tabloid claims Everton are keen to tie down the 26-year-old who has become a key player for Frank Lampard's side.

The Nigerian international's current deal runs until the summer of 2024.

Finally, Andros Townsend says he's progressing well with his rehabilitation from an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury, but doesn't expect to be available for selection until after the World Cup.

The Everton winger has been on the sidelines since March as he continues to work his way back to full fitness.

Speaking on talkSPORT this morning, the 31-year-old said: "The minimum I’ve got is a month left and obviously the World Cup is in the middle of November, so obviously if I am being smart, I’ll wait until after the World Cup to make sure I’m right.

"Let’s see how things progress because if I am feeling right I could rejoin just before the World Cup but I’d like to think worst case I’ll be back after the World Cup.

"Every day for five months I’ve been trying to push boundaries and the physio has been pushing back against me and play by the rules, it’s been a constant battle the whole time and I am sure it will continue for a bit longer."