Everton players facing worst stage

When you are going well as a team and getting the results that you desire, all seems good. People talk about the way you play the game together and how the whole group enjoys the success of any individual, but, a few losses and everything can change quickly.

All of a sudden, it starts falling apart for you. Players tend to focus more on personal performances and try and make sure that they don’t come under the scrutiny of the critics.

You can also lose your confidence in each other. Read More

Leighton Baines delighted with Team Progress in Europa League

Everton defender Leighton Baines has expressed his delight at the club being able to progress to the next stage of the Europa League with relative ease.

Everton returned to this Premier competition in Roberto Martinez’ first season in charge. They almost qualified for the Champions League after a spectacular run of form towards the end of the season. This season, they may be struggling much more than expected, but Everton’s performances in the Europa League have been impressive nonetheless. From this season onwards, winners of the Europa League will get a place in the next season’s Champions League.

This is a huge bonus and incentive for Everton to try and win the competition, which will feature the likes of Liverpool going into the knockout stages. Everton’s league form may not be consistent, but Baines says that the club are already looking forward to playing in the knockout stages of the European competition. The Merseyside outfit will be coming up against Young Boys of Switzerland. Their opposition have not been doing well in the Swiss league and currently trail leaders FC Basel by a whopping eight points. A big advantage for the Swiss team will be the winter break, which will provide them some much needed time to get the squad together.

“We’ve qualified for Europe and done well thus far.We’re excited to go into next year and do as well as we can in the Europa League. It’s a competition that we have embraced. I’ve got three children and we still have a great time. When you’re sitting around the dinner table and your parents and partner are having drink, you sort of have to draw the line there. But it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. We come in, train for a few hours on Christmas morning and go back to our families,” said Baines about the Europa league and Christmas schedule in England.

Eto’o still makes impact regardless of age

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.