What The Papers Say - 5 June

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James Tarkowski has praised the "incredible" Seamus Coleman for his captaincy efforts, while also suggesting Everton need more leaders in the dressing room.

Speaking after the Blues’ final game of the Premier League season, and quoted by the Liverpool ECHO, Tarkowski spoke about the changes needed ahead of next season, explaining: "We do need more leaders in there [the dressing room]. There has been a lot of pressure on Seamus through the years.

"He is an incredible captain, but it can’t all be on Seamus, so myself, Jordan, there are so many people who need to start standing up and being counted.

"That is over the next few seasons, and as I say, into next season, things need to improve because we haven’t been good enough this season."

Tarkowski, who was the only outfield player to complete every minute of the Premier League 2022/23 campaign, is keen to see improvements for next season.

He added: "This club can’t be in this position again, and we said it before this season, but it really can’t. The Club is too big, and we have got too good a team and too big a fanbase.

"My thank you is more to the fans. It is easy for them to not get behind us, but to be in the position we were in and for them to turn out the way they do, I think is incredible.”

In transfer news, Everton have been linked with a loan move for Manchester United winger Amad Diallo.

According to the Northern ECHO, the Blues have joined West Ham and Sunderland in the race to sign the 20-year-old.

Diallo, an Ivorian international, enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Sunderland during the 2022/23 campaign, recording 14 goals and three assists in the Championship.

However, as reported by the Northern ECHO: “Erik ten Hag intends to give Diallo a chance to force himself into the reckoning for a senior spot at Old Trafford next season, but will consider another loan move for the 20-year-old if he feels he is not ready for regular action with Manchester United.”