What The Papers Say - 21 February

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

Quotes from Idrissa Gana Gueye feature in the Daily Star, with the Senegalese midfielder revealing he and, by extension, his Paris Saint-Germain teammates would regularly keep tabs on Everton during his time with the French giants.

"I remember Draxler, every time we lose, he would go, 'You see your team, they are not good!' and I would say, 'We will survive', recalled the 34-year-old. "So the day we survived against Crystal Palace, he said, 'You were lucky' and I said, 'I told you'. I told him to come to Everton but he hasn't listened!"

Discussing which of his colleagues he would watch the Blues with - and how his return to Goodison came to fruition, he continued: "Mbappe, yeah he would watch. He liked to watch every game. Messi, no. It was difficult for me because we were losing a lot and he would say, 'Bro, come on, you see your team is losing and playing like this?' But it was funny.

"I used to send Seamus Coleman, Mason Holgate and Jordan Pickford messages saying, 'Bro, please do it!'. It was important for me to support and show I was there for him."

"Everton called me because they needed me and I said I will come and help. It would be easy if they were up at the top or even in the middle of the table, but if you love the club then you have to come in the bad moments."

Elsewhere, in the Liverpool Echo, Lewis Warrington's return to action is covered, after the young midfielder played an hour on his return to action from a knee injury that cut short his loan spell at Plymouth Argyle.

The 21-year-old played an hour for Everton Under-21s in a narrow defeat to Nottingham Forest on Monday night.

Finally, several national newspapers, including The Independent, cover the vile racist abuse sent to Mason Holgate following his dismissal in Sheffield United's home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

The on-loan Everton defender wrote on his Instagram account: “I can only apologise for letting my team-mates, club + fans down on the weekend & have done so this week personally.

“However, the last 48 hours have been difficult to take… the constant racist abuse across my social media… here are some of the messages!

“As a sport + society we need to do more and there needs to be consequences for Racism!”

Both Everton and loan club Sheffield United have condemned the abuse in the strongest possible terms and are supporting Holgate.