On Wednesday, Everton’s new director of football laid out his plans for the Merseyside club, emphasising the importance of working with young players.
According to the Telegraph, Brands is set to meet with Ademola Lookman in a bid to convince the promising youngster to stay at Goodison Park; a move that will reassure Everton supporters.
The 20-year-old spent the second half of the season on loan at Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, enjoying a successful spell that was punctuated by three goals and two assists in his final two matches.
Yet, the Englishman’s fine end to his stay in Germany sparked reports in ESPN that the Bundesliga club were interested in purchasing Lookman on a permanent basis, a transfer that would come as a massive blow for Everton.
The talented attacker only signed from Charlton in the summer of 2017, and was tipped to be one for the future at Goodison Park. To lose Lookman after just seven league appearances for Everton would be a tragic misstep.
Luckily, Brands is well known for his development of young players and said he is seeking a forward-thinking coach who shares these beliefs.
As quoted in the Telegraph, Brand is looking for a “modern coach,” preferably someone “who wants to work with young players.”
These comments will surely come as a relief to Toffees supporters who suffered through Sam Allardyce’s reign, a manager who is possibly the polar opposite of a “modern coach.”
Maintaining the services of one of England’s brightest young attacking talents, one who was even tipped for a World Cup call-up, is undoubtedly among Everton’s top priorities this summer.
It is refreshing to see the club’s new director of football shares this view and Marcel Brands will do his best to convince Ademola Lookman to remain at Goodison Park.
Theo Walcott showed what a coup he was for Everton against Southampton
Theo Walcott joined Everton from Arsenal in the January transfer window and has showed moments of promise and sparkle but only now under Marco Silva is he truly beginning to show what a coup he was for the Toffees.
After just a quarter of an hour against his boyhood club Southampton, he showed his composure after a smart set piece routine came to Walcott. Under pressure, his technique kept the ball under control before firing the ball beyond Alex McCarthy and into the back of the net.
Not long later, he turned provider and whipped a pinpoint cross onto Richarlison’s head for the summer signing to double Everton’s lead and all but end the tie in the first half.
“I thought Theo was great. The attacking players linked up brilliantly at times. They were great and very lively in front of goal.”
Walcott was at the heart of everything that Everton did in attack, producing more passes in the attacking third than any other player, taking more shots than any other Everton player and creating more chances than any other Everton player.
No longer simply a pace merchant, Walcott has shown the kind of quality that earned him a move to Arsenal and that he showed at times in Europe’s elite competitions.
Rather than looking to get on the end of chances, he has turned a provider whilst still offering fine finishing and a deadly threat when the ball does fall his way in the danger area.
If Marco Silva can get the 29-year-old to produce performances like that on a weekly basis, then he could prove to be one of the greatest signings that the club has made in many years.
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Middlesbrough are also reportedly keen on the player. His former boss at Palace, Tony Pulis, is currently in the hotseat at Boro and is believed to be keen.
Everton have been linked with a shock move for Italian international Claudio Marchisio this week. The Juventus stalwart became a free agent this week after cancelling his contract with the Old Lady.
Kick Off have reported that Everton could try and tempt him into a Premier League switch.
However, a deal seems unlikely. The Liverpool Echo have made it clear a deal does not appear to be in the offing.
Marchisio is expected to join MLS side Montreal Impact in the days to come.
Former Everton captain and England women’s head coach Phil Neville has been praising the team after their performance against Southampton yesterday.
The former England international was speaking on Match of the Day (18/08/2018) when he stated that he has a ‘sneaky feeling this could be Everton’s year.’
Everton are certainly looking like a more positive outfit then they did last term under Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce.
Mason Holgate display shows Yerry Mina he has a fight on his hands
The Everton defender put in an assured performance v Southampton this weekend.
Everton took on Southampton in the Premier League yesterday, picking up their first win of the Marco Silva era. Goals from Theo Walcott and Richarlison proved enough for the victory, despite Danny Ings grabbing one back.
Everton impressed on a day when they were forced into a change at the back. Phil Jagielka had been red-carded in the opening day 2-2 draw with Wolves. With the club captain absent, a centre-back had to step in alongside Michael Keane.
Silva went with Mason Holgate over loanee Kurt Zouma. The young defender put in an assured display at the back, as he did many times last season in the heart of defence.
It certainly seems the 21-year-old is ahead of Zouma in the pecking order.
But what about Yerry Mina?
Everton have just paid Barcelona £28.5 million to sign the Colombian, after his impressive World Cup in Russia. However, he arrives with a minor foot injury which means he was not able to take to the field.
But Holgate’s performance should demonstrate to Mina that getting in the first-team at Everton will not be a procession.
Holgate, after years of trying to establish himself as a regular first XI player will see this as a perfect opportunity.
Mina will need to be up for a fight. For Everton fans, such strength in competition is only good news for the club.
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