Post by Everton News. on Oct 13, 2020 13:00:40 GMT
Midfield revelation Abdoulaye Doucoure stars in Everton’s matchday programme for Saturday’s behind-closed-doors Merseyside derby encounter.
The Frenchman is poised for his first derby following a transfer from Watford last month and in an exclusive feature interview relives the journey which brought him to Goodison Park.
Carlo Ancelotti writes to Evertonians in advance of his team returning to action after a fortnight off for the ongoing international break.
Captain Seamus Coleman could be in line for a 16th derby appearance and his notes will set the tone for the 237th renewal of the fixture this weekend.
Leon Osman is the subject of our in-depth former player interview and talks candidly about his 25 years with the Club, from a difficult start, through a time he felt "Everton would win every game", to retiring on 433 appearances, level with the incomparable Dixie Dean.
Doucoure left his family home aged 14 to pursue his professional football ambitions with Rennes.
He details the factors which drove him to succeed from childhood, opens up on his background off the field and charts a career which brought him to England via Spain and survived a trio of significant early setbacks.
Ancelotti addresses a range of issues as he prepares Everton's bid to win an eighth straight game from the start of a season for the second time in the Club's history.
Right-back Coleman is understandably excited over the prospect of this season's first derby encounter but characteristically measured in his thoughts on Everton's express beginning to the campaign.
Osman, meanwhile, is striking out in the world of media. He talks honestly about his second career and recalls the outset of his time in football when on one night Osman crashed from "the top of the world to a state of devastation".
The ex-Everton midfielder reveals how a gruesome eye injury checked his progress, discloses which teammate he sought out for coaching tips and explains the two key episodes which enabled him to win over manager David Moyes.
Additionally, there is news from the high-flying Everton Women team and we check in with the Club's Under-23 and Under-18 sides.
Post by Everton News. on Oct 13, 2020 13:15:02 GMT
Tom Davies pored over footage of expert holding midfielder Allan before seamlessly stepping in for the Brazilian when Everton beat Brighton & Hove Albion prior to the international break.
Englishman Davies conceded it was vital to impress on his first Premier League start of the season after Everton’s high-end summer recruitment heightened competition for places – the Academy graduate also welcoming the “great addition” of international Under-21 teammate Ben Godfrey on transfer deadline day.
Allan joined from Napoli in August and instantly lent Everton’s engine room renewed bite and purpose.
He was hurt in his team’s Carabao Cup win over West Ham United, ruling him out of Brighton’s league visit three days later.
And Davies prepared to take over from the South American by studying him in action, focusing specifically on Allan’s consummate display when Everton won at Crystal Palace last month.
“He is brilliant in that position and has been top-quality since he’s come in,” Davies told evertonfc.com.
“I’ve been looking at what he does while he’s been playing and watched a few of the games back.
“I watched the Palace game again to get some ideas of the things he was doing and what was working well for him, so I could do the same against Brighton.
“To learn and pick up things from a player like Allan is an opportunity for me and I want to take those things onto the pitch.
“Your job in that position is to win the ball back, screen the defence and get on the ball when we have it to play forward.
“I’ll see what he’s doing to pick up the ball – then try to play similarly to how he has been.
“I think it is a normal thing for any of us; looking at what has been working when you come into a team that is doing well.
“It is a role I enjoy, so I was made up to be in there.
“I believe I read the game well and you are in the middle of the pitch and get to see the whole game.
“You have a responsibility to win the ball for the team and make tackles, then get on the ball to play into the front three – and they are playing so well.
“I just had to pass it to the lads around me and they did the rest.
Davies had been limited to two fleeting appearances from the bench in Everton’s previous three Premier League matches – his only other start this term coming in the Carabao Cup second-round win over Salford City.
Carlo Ancelotti named the same team for Everton’s opening trio of top-flight games but was forced into two changes for the Brighton match, Allan joined on the sidelines by Andre Gomes.
Richarlison exited with an ankle problem midway through the first half, paving the way for Alex Iwobi to join Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson in having a chance to stake his playing claim to manager Ancelotti.
All three players were influential in Everton maintaining their 100-per-cent-winning start.
Sigurdsson and Iwobi created one goal apiece and Davies filled Allan's boots with a mature and intelligent contribution.
“Standards are increasing throughout the squad,” said Davies.
“Training every day is intense.
“When the full squad is together, you have to be on it.
“If you’re not, you don’t get a kick in training.
“The lads who haven’t been starting in the league, or have been playing more in the cup, know we have to be right on it in training and the games we play.
“When the chances come, we have to take them.
“The whole squad this season has been fantastic, the lads who’ve started have shown their qualities and been unbelievable for us.
“But all the squad will be needed.
“Coming into a team playing well is always easier than going into a side that’s not doing so well.
“Everyone was fantastic in that last game [against Brighton] and I was made up for all of them.
“The lads around me made it a lot easier for me to play and I was pleased to be able to slot in and help them continue the form they’ve been in.
“I want to play as much as I can and it was great to be back out there.”
Davies joined up with England Under-21s immediately after helping Everton to their 4-2 success against Brighton – the fourth time in five games in all competitions Ancelotti’s side scored at least four goals.
The young Lions will bank qualification for March’s European Under-21 Championship group stages with victory over Turkey on Tuesday.
Davies scored and was captain in last week’s 3-3 draw in Andorra, where new Everton colleague and fellow 22-year-old Godfrey was rested.
The former Norwich defender made his Under-21 bow in the reverse fixture with the Turks last year and has counted Davies as a teammate in all five appearances for manager Aidy Boothroyd’s team.
“Ben is a good player and a good lad,” said Davies.
“He is a leader in the Under-21s.
“He speaks a lot.
“He is quick at the back, a strong tackler and good in the air.
“He is young and has that determination to want to improve and do well for the team.
Post by Everton News. on Oct 14, 2020 11:09:29 GMT
Early team news
Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Allan, Andre Gomes and Seamus Coleman have returned to training and are expected to be available for Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park (12.30pm).
The Blues have also been boosted by Richarlison’s fitness after the attacker played 90 minutes for Brazil against Peru on Tuesday night – the 23-year-old scored in a 4-2 victory for the five-time world champions.
Yerry Mina sat out Colombia’s 2-2 draw with Chile on Tuesday as a precaution after feeling discomfort in his thigh and his availability for the Liverpool clash will be assessed by Everton medical staff upon his return to USM Finch Farm.
Centre-back pair Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite remain sidelined but are progressing well in their recoveries.
Ancelotti added Jean-Philippe Gbamin could be ready to return to action by late-November, while Cenk Tosun is training individually at the Blues’ training complex.
Speaking to evertontv, Ancelotti said: “Andre Gomes is available for Saturday, no problem.
“Allan started to train with the team this week. If nothing happens in the next few days he will be available to play against Liverpool.
“I think Seamus is going to be good, too, because he started to train with us on Monday.
"Holgate and Branthwaite are working individually. Branthwaite is closer [to returning].
“They have no problems [in their recovery programmes] but we have to wait a little bit.
“Gbamin is working individually, he is not here [at USM Finch Farm] yet.
“I think he is going to be here in 15 days and start to work apart from the team in the beginning, and then with the team.
“At the end of the November, I think he can be fit to play.”
Ancelotti added new signing Ben Godfrey could make his Everton debut in Saturday’s derby showdown.
The Blues head into the game with a perfect record so far in 2020/21, having recorded seven successive victories.
Godfrey joined Everton from Norwich City on transfer deadline day and Ancelotti explained how his range of attributes will complement the talented defenders in his squad.
The centre-back will train with his new teammates for the first time this week having been away with England Under-21s on international duty – Godfrey played the full game as the young Lions beat Turkey 2-1 on Tuesday to secure a spot at next year’s European U21 Championship.
“Godfrey is a a really talented player,” Ancelotti said.
“He is really fast, very quick. He has different characteristics from the centre-backs we have in this moment.
“He is a complete defender, fast, good with his head and good with the ball. He has all the quality to be a really good centre-back.
"He has experience in the Premier League. He was really happy to come here.
“I think he will be a good signing, not only for the present because I think he is ready to play in the Premier League, but also for the future of the Club.
“If he is fit, he is going to be in competition with the others [for the game against Liverpool].”