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Everton fans revel in Thibaut Courtois woe before Belgian has last laugh

The Chelsea keeper recently made incendiary comments about Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.

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After Belgium defeated England in their final group game last week the Red Devils goalkeeper made some unwarranted incendiary comments toward England and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

He suggested that Belgium’s goal from Adnan Januzaj would have been a catchable attempt for him. As reported by Metro, the Belgian stated:

“The goalkeeper is 10cm smaller than me. I would have caught it. He was too busy throwing his legs in the air.”

 

Considering the goalkeeper’s union it was an uncalled for and rather arrogant smear from the Belgian, who received plenty of criticism after his comments.

So when Belgium took on Japan yesterday and went 2-0 down to goals Courtois was within inches of saving, the obvious happened.

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Everton fans went on to have a field day. Many were suggesting that the extra weight being carried due to Courtois’ extra height slowed him down. Pickford, they claimed, would have sprung across and saved both goals. Others just made it clear that Courtois was wrong to publicly slate another professional in such a childish manner.

Whilst Everton fans did enjoy Courtois’s moment of peril, the Belgian did have the last laugh. Former Everton manager Roberto Martinez rung the changes, including former Toffee Marouane Fellaini. He scored to make it 2-2 after Jan Vertonghen’s earlier effort. Then a counter-attack launched buy good goalkeeping from Courtois saw Nacer Chadli win Belgium the tie in stoppage time.

But Everton fans have long memories. It will be interesting to see what reception Chelsea get when they visit Everton next year…

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Everton round-up: Silva targets, Lopez wanted and Shaw says no

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Silva’s targets

Marco Silva has identified his transfer targets for the summer with director of football Marcel Brands. He has told the Liverpool Echo that the club are now pursuing the names put forward.

The Portuguese says Everton ‘have’ to make the signings they have targeted.

Everton are also set to begin their cull of the first-team squad. Several players are set to be moved on as Silva and Brands reshape the squad.

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Lopez wanted

Everton are reportedly interested in the signing of David Lopez from Espanyol. Mundo Deportivo claim that Everton, Valencia and Real Betis are all said to be keen on the player.

However, Everton are not willing to meet the €40 million (£35.4 million) release clause for the player. Instead, they hope to wait and see if it comes down to around €30 million (£26.5 million).

The Spanish defender, who can also play in midfield, was previously linked with Everton back in January.

Shaw not sure

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has rejected a move to Everton, according to The Times. They claim he had a chance to resurrect his career at Goodison Park but decided he wants to remain at Old Trafford and fight for his place at the club.

He has struggled to regain his place in Jose Mourinho’s side since suffering an awful leg break.

Everton are looking for a new left-back, with Leighton Baines approaching the end of his career and no first-team back-up.

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After five-goal salvo can Everton count on Kevin Mirallas this season?

Kevin Mirallas scored five goals as Everton won 22-0 in Marco Silva’s first game.

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Marco Silva certainly enjoyed his first game as manager of Everton. The Portuguese watched his new side secure a 22-0 win against fourth-division Austrian opposition in rampant fashion. He also saw a player who looked on his way out of the club net five goals. Kevin Mirallas led the scoring charts in the game and his future is clearly a talking point at Goodison Park.

The Belgian spent the second half of last season on loan at former club Olympiakos. But it did not go well. He was eventually told to no longer attend training as the club’s owner decided to move him and many others on amid the Greek side’s struggles.

Things did not end well at Everton before the loan move either. Mirallas’ last game was the 4-1 loss to Southampton in November, one of the low points of Everton’s season.

Mirallas however, as Everton fans know, is an exceptional talent. He was only handed a new contract until 2020 last summer, so he has value to Everton.

(xxxx during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Everton at Amex Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Brighton, England.

On his day he is an exceptional winger or secondary striker. His finishing exemplary, his passing and crossing brilliant, Mirallas is a player Everton could use.

With others in his position, such as Ademola Lookman and Kieran Dowell, young and promising, having the experienced Mirallas around could make sense.

Scoring five goals in yesterday’s friendly won’t have any bearing on such a decision, given the opposition. But it is a reminder that Mirallas is still around and capable of providing something to this Everton team.

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Everton want Jamaal Lascelles again, four years after being fined for approach

Everton were fined £45k for an approach for Lascelles in 2010.

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Everton are currently being linked with a move for Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles. At the start of June, Everton were first linked with a £30 million move for the player. The Northern Echo reported last week  that Everton were ready to step up their interest in the player, in the wake of West Ham’s apparent interest.

It would, of course, be a fantastic signing. Everton need a new central defender with Barcelona’s World Cup star Yerry Mina also linked.

But Lascelles has been one of the Premier League’s most underrated defenders and it would be a brilliant swoop.

Newcastle, however, are adamant the player is not for sale. Everton should, therefore, be careful because when it comes to Lascelles, they have previous.

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Back in January 2014, Everton were fined £45,000, as reported by the BBC. The fine was due to an unauthorised approach for a player. The player in question was Lascelles.

The fine related to a matter from four years earlier. Everton had seemingly made an approach for Lascelles, then on a scholarship deal at Forest, without going through the proper channels.

Lascelles’ agent at the time was also fined and the player himself was ‘severely warned as to his future conduct.’

So Everton’s interest in Lascelles dates back eight years to the David Moyes era.

Hopefully, for Everton fans at least, they can secure a deal for the player on this occasion.

 

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