Everton have not beaten Tottenham on any of the last nine attempts, but they will have to if they are to finally kick start their season when two former Southampton managers meet on Saturday afternoon. Tottenham too will be looking to revive their season and continue their strong away form.
Everton are without a win since the opening day when they beat Stoke in the Premier League. Of their four wins in all competitions to date this season, three have come at Goodison Park, also picking up a valuable point away against Manchester City. They fell apart against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out.
Spurs too were disappointing against Chelsea, though it has been their away form which has provided three of their four points. Their opening day win over Newcastle provided those, with a draw against Burnley after Chris Wood’s injury time equaliser having the potential to cause a hangover this weekend.
Everton are likely to drop Wayne Rooney after events off the field during the international break, with Morgan Schneiderlin likely to come in after suspension. Koeman could go for a more attacking line-up at home with Dominic Calvert-Lewin at wing-back rather than Mason Holgate.
Pochettino is likely to give a debut to Serge Aurier at the first opportunity due to injury concerns, whilst Davinson Sanchez could also make his first start in place of Son Heung Min with Eric Dier moving into midfield.
Everton’s major concern will be goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who dropped out of the England squad with a thigh injury. He is expected to win his race to be fit, but it could be close. Davy Klaassen is less likely to win his battle against a foot issue. Long term absentees include the likes of Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Ramiro Funes Mori and Yannick Bolasie.
Tottenham are unlikely to risk Kieran Trippier due to his ankle injury, giving a debut to Serge Aurier instead. Victor Wanyama is also unlikely to feature with a knee concern, whilst Fernando Llorente will have to wait for his debut due to a broken arm. Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou are out long term.
Match prediction: Everton 1-1 Tottenham
This will be a tight clash which could be decided by whether or not Harry Kane finds form for Tottenham. Neither side have looked particularly impressive going forwards, and they may well cancel each other out at Goodison Park.
Everton round-up: Juanpe wanted, Schneiderlin exit route and Carvalho blow
All the latest news and gossip from Premier League side Everton.
Juanpe a target
Everton are looking at Juanpe of Girona as a potential transfer target this summer. The defender was first targeted by Steve Walsh and has been in fine form for the La Liga side.
The Toffees, according to RAC Sports 1, made a bid for the player under the guidance of former director of football Walsh. That was said to be a deal in the region of £4.4 million. The player has a release clause of £8.8 million, so double will be needed for Everton to get their hands on the player.
Everton are on the hunt for new defenders this summer as they look to reshape their weak back-line.
Unpopular with fans, Morgan Schneiderlin is set to get another chance at Everton next season.
However, Marseille are said to be keen on his signature. The French giants are looking at potential replacements should they lose one of Morgan Sanson or Zambo Anguissa this summer.
One name that has come up is Schneiderlin, a boyhood Marseille fan. According to France Football, as reported by Sport Witness, he is one of the names Marseille are considering.
Schneiderlin joined Everton in a £22 million deal in January 2017.
Everton may have missed out on William Carvalho, according to reports in Italy. Corriere dello Sport are suggesting Inter Milan may have won the race for the Portugal international.
The report suggests a €2.5m-a-year (£2.2 million) deal is in place to take Carvalho to the San Siro.
The midfielder has rescinded his contract at Sporting Lisbon after an incident involving a mob of fans and has been tracked by Everton for some time.
Everton remain keen on Steve Walsh target Juanpe and he’d be an £8.8m bargain
Everton need new centre-backs this summer.
Everton are reportedly interested in Girona defender Juanpe, according to reports in Spain this week. Fichajes relays the information that Everton, along with German side Freiburg, are keen on signing the talented central defender. The report claims the 27-year-old star has a release clause in the region of €10 million (£8.8 million). A report from RAC Sports 1 has stated that Everton offered €5 million (£4.4 million) for the player when Steve Walsh was at Goodison Park and maintain their interest.
Juanpe has had an excellent season with Girona. He played 35 games for the club last season and excelled at the back for the side, who finished 10th in La Liga last season. Not only is he a brilliant defender, but he is also a threat going forward, scoring five goals last season. For many La Liga fans, he is one of the most underrated defenders in the Spanish top flight.
Everton need a new defender in the summer and have been linked with big money moves for the likes of Jamaal Lascelles and Matthijs De Ligt. So bringing in Juanpe may seem like a lack of ambition from Everton.
However, he would be an absolute bargain at £8.8 million.
Everton, in reality, could do with bringing in more than one new central defender and therefore a cheaper option needs to be brought in.
Juanpe fits that role perfectly and Everton would be wise to bring him in.
Matthijs De Ligt signing would be huge Everton coup and Mino Raiola makes it possible
The Ajax teenager is wanted by Everton and his new agent could play a key role.
It appears Everton are the latest team hoping to bring Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt to the Premier League. The Telegraph reported yesterday that the Toffees are hoping to bring the Dutch teenager to the Premier League to help in their centre-back revamp.
De Ligt has been linked with the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City and even Barcelona this summer, so is clearly a highly-rated talent. With good reason as well. The Ajax star is already a full international at just 18 and has been favourably compared to Dutch legend and former Everton manager Ronald Koeman in playing style.
Valued at £50 million his arrival would be a game changer for Everton. Better than former player John Stones at this age, he would represent one of the biggest but boldest investments in the club’s history.
Is it possible?
The thing is, the deal could actually have legs.
De Ligt is now represented by Italian agent Mino Raiola. More famous for representing the likes of Mario Balotelli and Paul Pogba, the superstar agent actually has huge links with Dutch football.
One of those links is with new Everton director of football Marcel Brands. The pair have a strong working relationship and Sky Sports reported that the pair may work together to bring in some of the best talent at Goodison Park.
Raiola has a good relationship with Everton, appreciating the way they handled his client Romelu Lukaku’s career.
Meanwhile, despite City and Tottenham being keen on De Ligt the agent has a strained relationship with Pep Guardiola and reports suggest the same about Daniel Levy.
Sure enough if Everton did sign De Ligt the agent will be actively looking to take him elsewhere at a huge profit but it is in his best interests if the teenager makes his first move to a team like Everton.
As for De Ligt, it also makes sense, alleviating the pressure of immediately joining a Champions League side.
His signing would be a game changer and, the more you look at it, the more likely it becomes a possibility.
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