The Premier League has seen its fair share of excellent defenders in the past decade. This are players that are excellent in joining up with the attack and also capable of defending opposing wingers. There have been many leftbacks to have graced the league in that period but only a few have been able to take control of their position and light up the league
The Everton left-back was for many years regarded as the best attacking left back in the league. capable of overlapping runs as well as putting in dangerous crosses Baines was a premier left back. In this era of leftbacks having to work as a fullback and also as an emergency wingback the 32-year-old excelled in both roles.
Taking setpieces was like cake to the England International as he regularly delivered dangerous set pieces for the likes of Fellaini and Tim Cahill over the years. He still holds the record for the most freekicks scored by a defender in the past decade. Baines is one of the Premier League all-time greats in the Left-back position
The defender of Everton named Leighton Baines has struggled a lot for appearances in this season at the Goodison Park, with the impressing performance of Lucas Digne. The contract of Baines at the club of Everton is about to come to an end within a few months, and he has barely made any appearances in this season for the club.
The arrival of Lucas Digne at the Goodison Park has resulted in the replacement of Banies in the defense of Everton, and his task of coming back to the team of Silva seems to be a lot difficult. It can be considered as a herculean task for him. Lucas has emerged as the best player so far in this season for the club of Everton, with the signing of summer rapidly adapting to the football’s Premier League.
Marco Silva reckons the reason why Everton has managed to perform consistently in the English top tier this season is because there is a great atmosphere in their camp and everybody is in a great frame of mind, everybody understands his role and everybody is willing to do what’s needed for the team’s success.
According to Silva, the coordination between the players that is there on the ground is very, very important, but what happens off the ground is important too and off the ground, the spirits are really high. To be able to accomplish big things and to be able to land trophies, it’s important that each and every player in the squad puts in the hard yards and prepares himself in the best way possible and he is glad that nobody in the camp is shying away from the hard work.
Everton’s summer signing Richarlison is keen to make a quick impression with the Toffees during the upcoming Premier League season. The Brazilian arrived from Watford earlier last month and he has since been one of the club’s standout performers during pre-season despite the results not going their way.
Speaking to reporters, Richarlison cited that he wants to score his maiden Toffees goal at the earliest possibility in order to show off his pigeon dance. Meanwhile, the attacker refused to speak about the speculation related to close friend Yerry Mina citing that the issue should be dealt with the Colombian’s representatives.
Everton manager Marco Silva seems set for the long haul at the Premier League side. He is the latest manager being brandished at the Merseyside and reportedly ready to be the steady hands through the impending upheavals this summer.
Ronald Koeman joined in the summer of 2016 highly recommended following his work at Southampton. He started well but after poor transfer signings without commensurate results, the Dutchman was axed last October. Firefighting expert Sam Allardyce was ushered in to help until the end of the season. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri then employed Marco Silva to join hands with new director of football Marcel Brands in a modern European club management structure.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has refused to rule out a late move to sign Chelsea contract rebel Diego Costa.
The Spain international is currently in an indefinite strike in Brazil as he looks to plot a potential exit from Stamford Bridge before deadline day. Atletico Madrid have remained hot favourites to land the striker in recent weeks, but their ongoing transfer ban has restricted them from negotiating a sizeable sum for his services.
As a result, the Toffees have emerged as a surprise destination for the Spaniard as they seek to add a world-class striker to their ranks before the close of the transfer window. Following Everton’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, Koeman was asked whether he would consider a potential move for the Blues outcast, for which he refused to comment.
He said: “I don’t know [about Costa]. We are looking at players who are available and if we sign somebody, it is somebody who makes the team better. I don’t speak about names, about players. It is the media who is talking about Costa or other players. But we are looking and we do our job and hopefully, we will arrange it [a striker to arrive] for next week.” Read More
Everton has joined the race for getting the players they want.
Their interest currently lies in Tim Krul. Ronald Koeman is a long term fan of Krul and he wishes to get the player for his goal keeping skills. You might have seen Krul in his goal keeper position as he has been a constant figure for Newcastle United and adhered to the training sessions as was required of him. The transfer market coming alive will certainly see Krul was part of a tug of war. His current team would probably be resisting his transfer while Everton would be looking to place a lucrative bid for the player. Their interest is not without purpose. The new boss of the team, Ronald Koeman would be looking at Krul as he has great admiration for his skills.
When the contract of Samuel Eto’o with Chelsea expired at the end of last season, there were rumors that the player from Cameroon was going to retire as he is 33 years old and his career started to go downhill when he played with Chelsea and made over 20 Premier League appearances but only managed on scoring 9 times.
Despite his drop of form at Stamford Bridge, Everton decided to snatch him up and signed the former star of Barcelona on a 2 year long contract.
Samuel Eto’o is currently performing more in the sidelines of Everton than anything else as the experienced forward spends more time watching Romelu Lukaku and Steven Naismith play in the pitch and has a starting role in the lineup of Everton’s coach Roberto Martinez.
Even though Eto’o is mostly just used as a substitute, he has still managed to make an impact in Everton as well as going on to score a few goals and Leighton Baines believes that signing Samuel Eto’o was a superb transaction for Everton.
“It was a great signing, and for us to pull that off and bring him in is great. He gets the goals that win us games, and who better for Romelu Lukaku to be learning off as well? Obviously we spent big money on Rom. So in terms of finance we put all our eggs in one basket and then to so come up with a free one like Sam is brilliant’’
“He’s such a good player that it was never going to take him too long to settle. He used to be about pace and power and now you see his awareness of how to being other players into the game. But he’s still a great finisher so he’s a really good fit for us.” Leighton Baines said as he praised Samuel Eto’o and what he has done ever since joining the Premier League club.