Everton chasing Bayern attacker

The Toffees are in the market for an attacker, and are keen on the out-of-favour Bayern man, who has fallen out of Hansi Flick’s plans after impressing last season.

The 19-year-old Dutch striker scored four goals in nine games last season as he made a breakthrough into Bayern’s first-team, providing backup to the lethal Robert Lewandowski.

But so far this year, he’s played just four games, and is currently suspended after being sent off playing for Bayern’s second team against 1860 Munich earlier this month.

Since Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s hamstring injury, Everton have looked light in attack and adopted a false nine formation when they beat Wolves in the Premier League earlier this month, a sure sign that they aren’t comfortable with just Cenk Tosun as the Englishman’s backup.

A deal for the striker is reportedly “complicated” as Everton ideally want a purchase option included in a loan deal, but Bayern aren’t entirely comfortable in letting the promising youngster leave permanently.
With 10 days remaining in the transfer window, Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping a deal can be struck ahead of a busy fixture schedule.

Roma after Everton’s Bernard

The Serie A side are eyeing up a move for the Toffees winger, with Carlo Ancelotti believed to be open to letting the Brazilian leave Goodison Park this month.

Everton have a large squad and it has been suggested that the club are keen to trim their numbers if possible.

According to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, Roma are keen on bringing a new winger to the club, with Bernard and Stefan El Shaarawy top of manager Paulo Fonseca’s wish list.

However – as translated by Sport Witness – it is suggested that the Italians also need to trim their squad too before any swoop for Bernard is considered.

Furthermore, Roma believe that Everton’s demands in terms of a transfer fee for Bernard are too high and thus El Shaarawy has become their primary focus.

The Toffees have been doing well in the Premier League this season, but 28-year-old Bernard has barely been involved, featuring just 6 times in the top flight so far this campaign and playing just 10 games in total in all competitions.

There appears to be several obstacles in the way before any move for Bernard can materialise, but with almost two weeks remaining until the transfer window closes there is still time for a deal to be agreed.

Everton edge past Rotherham United in FA Cup Third Round win

The Toffees have a dreadful FA Cup record in recent seasons and they can count themselves lucky to avoid a giant killing in this one.

Forgotten man Cenk Tosun got the ball rolling for Ancelotti inside the first ten minutes as he latched onto Anthony Gordon’s reverse pass to clip home.

However, the Premier League side failed to build on that before the break as Rotherham pair Matthew Olosunde and Daniel Barlaser tested Robin Olsen.

And with Everton unbale to carve out a second goal after the restart the visitors took full advantage as Olosunde slid home following Tom Davies error.

Tosun did have the ball in the net before the end of normal time but the Turkish international was left frustrated by a VAR offside call.

Ancelotti likely gave his players a rollocking ahead extra minutes as his side slowly wrestled back control before Abdoulaye Doucoure sealed the win.

Full Time from Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Rotherham United 1

Premier League Preview: Everton v Manchester City

The Toffees have enjoyed a brilliant run of form so far in December with four successive wins going into this clash.

Carlo Ancelotti has opted to for an alternative defensive unit in recent weeks, and despite the return to fitness of captain Seamus Coleman, he’s set to stick with his current back four.

Allan, Lucas Digne and Richarlison will all miss visit of Pep Guardiola’s side with Bernard, Tom Davies and Andre Gomes in line to rotate in.

Guardiola’s visitors go to Goodison one the back of ten games unbeaten in all competitions, but the Spaniard is still likely to shuffle his pack.

Ruben Dias will continue to cover for Kyle Walker at right back, with Fernandinho replacing the injured Rodri in midfield, and Sergio Aguero returning for his first start since October.

And it’s a late start on Merseyside for this one with 8pm Kick Off at Goodison Park.

Premier League: Sheffield United 0-1 Everton

The blustery conditions at Bramall Lane made things tough for both teams and there were few clear-cut chances in the game.

Former Blade Dominic Calvert-Lewin went close just before the half-hour mark. The striker, with 11 Premier League goals this season, chested Michael Keane’s pass past Jack Robinson before unleashing a fierce volley narrowly wide.

The Blades’ best chance of the first half saw David McGoldrick round goalkeeper Jordan Pickford before his shot was cleared from just in front of the goal line by Godfrey.

The hosts thought they should have had a penalty early in the second half when half-time substitute Oli McBurnie went down after tussling with Keane. There was definitely a slight push by the Everton defender but VAR decided that it was not enough to award a penalty.

Everton had been knocking on the door and made the breakthrough with 10 minutes remaining when Sigurdsson scored to give them the lead, beating Ramsdale with a low shot following some good build-up play involving Abdoulaye Doucoure and Bernard.

Wilder’s side threw all they had at Everton in the closing stages but the visitors seemed confident backing themselves to see out the game with 10 men behind the ball.

Chris Wilder’s side have lost 13 of their 15 Premier League matches and are only the third club in top-flight history to be without a win on Boxing Day, after Burnley in 1889-90 and Bolton in 1902-03.

Everton deepen Arsenal’s Premier League woes with 2-1 Goodison Park win

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.

On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.

And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.

Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.

The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.

Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.

But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered
Everton ahead again before the break.

Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.

Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 1

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.
On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.
And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.
Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.
The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.
Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.
But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered Everton ahead again before the break.
Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.
Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.
Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 1

Everton returning to winning ways with 1-0 victory over Chelsea

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s early penalty proved the difference between the two sides as Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees picked up their first win this month.

Neither side created anything resembling an opportunity in opening quarter of an hour before Sigurdsson buried the game’s first meaningful chance.

Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy fumbled a long ball from Jordan Pickford and in his rash attempts to reclaim possession he barged Dominic Calvert-Lewin over inside the box.

Referee Jon Moss had no hesitation pointing to the spot and Sigurdsson casually tucked home.

Lampard’s side did look to sting themselves back into action before the break as Pickford superbly tipped Reece James free kick against the post and Mason Mount curled over.

Ancelotti’s side did edge back into it after the restart as Richarlison forced a smart stop from Mendy.

But the hosts were to be left incensed on 64 minutes as VAR denied them a second spot kick.

Moss again pointed to the spot as Ben Chilwell dragged down Calvert-Lewin but our friends at Stockley Park dragged it all the back for offside against the England striker.

That meant Chelsea still had a chance to preserve their unbeaten run late on but Lampard knew his luck was out on Merseyside as Mount’s whipped free kick bounced back off the upright.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Premier League Preview: Everton v Chelsea

Lampard’s team arrive at Goodison on the back of a nine-game unbeaten Premier League run and a strong result on Merseyside will keep the pressure up on Spurs and Liverpool.

Hakim Ziyech is the only new injury doubt for Lampard ahead of the weekend after the Moroccan was forced off against Leeds last time out.

Christian Pulisic looks the most likely to fill in for him on the wing with Olivier Giroud and Kai Havertz set to hold on to their starting spots.

The injury situation is more complex for Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti as he looks to pick up their first home points since October.

Injuries to full back pair Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman gives the Italian a headache in defence but the absence of playmaker James Rodriguez will be an even bigger concern for Ancelotti.

Ben Godfrey is expected to cover for Coleman again with promising youngster Niels Nkounkou stepping in for Digne.

Rodriguez’s is irreplaceable in this Everton team but Ancelotti is set to call on Gylfi Sigurdsson to bridge the creativity gap.

Kick off will be a late on tomorrow night on the Blue half of Merseyside with an 8pm start at Goodison Park.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin brace seals 3-2 Everton win at Fulham

The Blues headed into the international break on the back of a four game winless streak, but first half goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure secured a timely three points.

Ancelotti’s side have been quick starters this season, and their opener came inside just 50 seconds at Craven Cottage.

Richarlison seized on a loose ball inside the Fulham and his square ball was scrambled home by Calvert-Lewin.

But despite being an absolute disaster in defence, Fulham proved they can still carry a threat on the counter, as Bobby Reid hauled them level on 13 minutes.

Michael Keane was caught out of position by Tom Cairney clever boss and Reid’s snapshot deflected past Jordan Pickford.

However, that spark of positivity was short lived for the hosts, as Calvert-Lewin netted his 10th league of goal of the season.

Alex Iwobi’s mazy run beat three Fulham defenders out wide and Calvert-Lewin arrived on cue to bury his cross.

And with their tails up, Everton stretched their lead to 3-1 just before the break as Doucoure powered home Lucas Digne’s fine cross.

Fulham continued their plan to abandon defending after the break, as Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin could and should have made it four.

But with the Toffees unable to see the game out, Fulham were handed an unexpected way back in, as Ben Godfrey fouled Ruben Loftus-Cheek inside the box.

However, Fulham’s poor luck from the spot continued as Ivan Cavaleiro slipped and ballooned his effort over the bar.

Fulham did manage to edge themselves back into as Loftus-Cheek scuffed home with 20 to go.

The hosts worked hard to force an equaliser in the closing minutes, but Everton clung on as Fulham’s misery continues.

Full Time at a goal filled Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 2 Everton 3

Premier League: Fulham vs Everton

Scott Parker’s side face Leicester City, Manchester City and Liverpool after the Toffees visit the capital, so taking points against Carlo Ancelotti’s side would be hugely welcomed.

The Cottagers have had a long time to reflect on missed chances against West Ham last time out, with Ademola Lookman’s injury-time penalty shambles hard to shake from memory as they slipped to a narrow defeat.

There was more penalty woe in the international break for them as well, as Aleksandar Mitrovic fluffed a decisive penalty for Serbia in their shootout defeat to Scotland, which sent the Tartan Army to the European Championships.

It’ll be interesting to see who takes the spot kick if they get one against Everton.

Fulham could be boosted by the return of Mario Lemina to the squad, after the midfielder missed the defeat to West Ham through injury, but Parker says a late decision will be made on him after he returned negative COVID tests and trained all this week.

Full-back Kenny Tete has missed the last five games since joining from Lyon, and is still doubtful as a calf injury continues to trouble him.

Terence Kongolo has yet to make a second debut for Fulham since signing from Huddersfield and this game is another that will come too soon as he recovers from a foot injury, while Aboubakar Kamara serves the final game of a three match suspension.

Everton are set to welcome back some key names as they look to stop a run of two straight defeats. Richarlison returns from suspension and will start after scoring for Brazil in the international break, while fellow Brazilian Allan is also available after a muscular problem.

Fabian Delph is also fit for selection after a knock, but Seamus Coleman’s hamstring injury rules him out. Ben Godfrey or Mason Holgate could deputise for the Irishman, with Yerry Mina available to cover at centre back if needed.

Ancelotti also provided an update on Jean-Philippe Gbamin’s injury, confirming the midfielder is in the final phase of his recovery from a serious Achilles injury, but not available to play against Fulham.

James Rodriguez is though, after a disastrous international break with Colombia, which included 3-0 and 6-1 defeats to Uruguay and Ecuador, and resulted in him releasing a statement denying Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez and Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma were involved in a dressing room fight.

A win for Everton could take them back into the top four, while Fulham are hoping to put daylight between themselves and the bottom three, with the winless trio of West Brom, Burnley and Sheffield United all struggling to pick up points.

Fulham take on Everton on Sunday, November 22nd, kick-off is at 12pm.

Manchester United secure vital 3-1 Premier League win at Everton

The Norwegian’s position at Old Trafford has come under real pressure in recent weeks, but a first half brace from Fernandes set them on the way to three important points.

Both sides looked right up for this high-stakes clash on Merseyside as Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed an early chance wide and man of the moment Marcus Rashford tested the returning Jordan Pickford.

And with the Toffees just about edging it early on, Brazilian winger Bernard found a breakthrough.

Pickford’s long punt forward was flicked on Calvert-Lewin and the former Shakhtar man drilled past David De Gea on 20 minutes.

But despite squeezing themselves in front, Everton’s poor defending was to United allow back into it just five minutes later.

Luke Shaw’s floated cross dropped in between Michael Keane and Mason Holgate and Fernandes arrived on cue to nod past Pickford.

Fernandes then took control of the game for United, testing Pickford with a fine free kick, before grabbing his second of the game before the break.

Rashford clipped a delightful ball into the box and once again Fernandes ghosted in unmarked to head home.

Everton struggled to force their way back into it after the break, and Pickford almost gifted United a goa as he slipped a corner, but Harry Maguire skewed his effort over.

The game did begin to see saw in the closing stages as Pickford denied Rashford and Maguire headed Alex Iwobi’s cross off the line.

Everton almost mustered up an equaliser in added time as Abdoulaye Doucoure miscued Seamus Coleman’s pass wide, but Fernandes was to have the final say with seconds left.

The Portuguese international led a United counter attack in the closing seconds and he laid it on a plate for substitute Edinson Cavani to tuck home his first United goal.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 1 Manchester United 3

Newcastle seal 2-1 Premier League win at home to Everton

His decision to drop Jordan Pickford dominated the pre match talk, but it will be his misfiring attackers that will be causing him sleepless nights as two goals for Callum Wilson secured three points for the hosts.

Neither side were able to create anything that resembled a goal scoring opportunity in a drab opening half hour on Tyneside.

The only real chance of the first half fell to Magpies talisman Allan Saint-Maximin, after he was sent clear by Wilson, but Toffees debutant Robin Olsen made a brave strop.

But, if the first half failed to catch fire, the second period kicked off with a huge moment of controversy.

Wilson was clipped by Andre Gomes inside the box, and despite any contact appearing accidental, the former Bournemouth man picked himself up and tucked home.

That breakthrough edged Newcastle into the ascendency at St. James’, as Sean Longstaff forced Olsen into another sprawling save.

And with the Blues unable to make any inroads in the closing minutes Bournemouth old boys Wilson and Ryan Fraser linked up inside the box as the England international slid home his eighth of the season.

Everton did conjour up a late consolation as Dominic Calvert-Lewin poked home past Karl Darlow but
Steve Bruce’s side had enough to hold on.

Full Time at St. James’ Park it’s Newcastle 2 Everton 1