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Blues summer signing Jack Harrison has been part of the discussion at his parent club, Leeds United. The Whites CEO Angus Kinnear has expressed his surprise at the winger's move to Goodison Park.
England captain Harry Kane, meanwhile, has backed Everton midfielder Dele to return to the top of his game. The former Tottenham Hotspur star spoke openly about his battle with addiction and depression, in an interview with Gary Neville.
As it stands, the former Three Lions international is recovering from injury after undergoing hip surgery which cut-short his loan spell with Turkish outfit Besiktas.
Despite the window shutting, it has been reported that ex-Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes could still be a departure at Goodison Park. According to reports, Everton are pushing for a move for the Portugal midfielder which would see another big-earner off their books.
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Amadou Onana completed 90 minutes this afternoon as Belgium beat Azerbaijan 1-0 on away soil in Euro 2024 qualifying.
Whoscored handed the Everton man a 7.27 match rating as he won four aerial duels and had 71 touches in the middle of the park.
Yannick Carrasco scored what turned out to be the winning goal shortly before half-time, leaving the Belgians joint-top of Group F with four matches played.
One of the owners of an investment firm eyeing up a stake in Everton has elected to the board of the organisation that represents the interests of European football’s top professional clubs.
Josh Wander, co-founder of US firm 777 Partners, has joined the board of the European Clubs Association following the organisation’s elective general assembly in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, where Wander was standing as a representative of of Belgian Pro League side Standard Liege, one of the numerous clubs in the Miami-based firm’s sports investment portfolio.
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According to Leeds United reporter Phil Hay, there are still questions over the status of Jack Harrison's exit clause at the Yorkshire club.
Upon their relegation, a number of Leeds players flocked towards the exit door for cut-price fees or year-long loans, as was the case with Harrison and his summer move to Everton.
Speaking on the Square Ball Podcast, Hay has now claimed that Leeds would not have the same problems next summer should they fail to rejoin the Premier League at the first attempt as most of these clauses will not be in place for returning loan players, meaning the players in question could be forced to remain at Elland Road in the second tier.
However in Harrison's case, the journalist is unsure.
"Most of these clauses, the vast number of them, will now not be an issue next summer, either will not be valid or not present," Hay stated.
"Someone suggested to me, I don’t know if this is strictly accurate, Harrison’s might be an issue again next summer if Leeds are not promoted and they’re still in the Championship. As I say I’m not sure if that’s 100% right.
"But I think the number that they have an issue with, if they have any, would be very small in comparison to this summer."
Former striker Jay Bothroyd has likened Everton summer signing Beto to West Ham's Michail Antonio.
The Hammers man was linked with a switch to Goodison Park early in the summer before the Blues eventually made their move for Beto from Udinese.
Speaking on Sky Sports' Saturday Social, he said: "He’s a good target man, he holds the ball up really well.
"At the moment he’s reminding me a bit of Michail Antonio, as in he does a lot of the unselfish things. He holds the ball up and brings other players into play which is great in itself."
However despite thinking highly of Beto's footballing ability, he was not so convinced he will be the goalscorer Everton are in need of.
Tasked with ranking the Portuguese on an A to E tier list – A being the best and E being the worst – he handed out the rank of D.
Tom Davies has admitted he is searching for stability at Sheffield United after a turbulent few years at Everton.
The midfielder left the Blues at the end of last season upon the expiration of his contract, having gradually fallen out of favour at Goodison Park.
His summer move to Sheffield United represents a fresh start for the 25-year-old, having failed to make his mark at Everton amid constant change and uncertainty.
Opening up on his decision to leave Everton, Davies told Stadium Astro: "I think it’s hard for a footballer to reach their potential when they’re constantly being changed around and there’s people coming and going.
“You’re trying to make connections with different teammates, different managers, different formations. So for me, yeah I think that [stability] is a big thing that I need.
“Just knowing that I fit into a team and they want me to be here for the player who I am, I think that then gives you that confidence and that stability to then go and express yourself on the pitch.”
Beto might feel like a throwback to Everton centre-forwards of yesteryear but the man who helped him take the first steps on his rapid rise from amateur football to the Premier League believes the player is “unique.”
Ever since the club’s record goalscorer Dixie Dean became the game’s first number nine, generations of Evertonians have loved having an aerially-dominant big man spearheading their frontline. Dean’s successor Tommy Lawton was followed by the likes of Dave Hickson, Joe Royle, Bob Latchford, Graeme Sharp and more latterly Duncan Ferguson, who at 6ft 4in the Portuguese striker matches in height.
But it’s not just when he’s attacking crosses – his header which rattled the post on his debut at Doncaster Rovers showed a taste of things to come – that Beto demonstrates his ability to make spectacular leaps. In little over a year between 2018-19, he skyrocketed from regional competition to the top flight in his native Portugal and now he finds himself turning out in the leading domestic club competition in the world.
When he started his career with Uniao Tires, a team located in an unassuming village a dozen miles west of the capital who play in the Lisbon FA’s League, to make ends meet, Beto worked for the fast food restaurant chain KFC but while their Boneless Banquet meal typically retails for £9:79, the 25-year-old striker cost EFC a cool £25.8million. Given such humble beginnings, Fernando Lopes, Uniao Tires’ president who has known Beto since he was a boy, is delighted to see where his former protégée has ended up.
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Richarlison was left in tears on the bench after being taken off during Brazil's 5-1 win over Bolivia yesterday evening.
The former Everton forward could be seen with his hands on his head on the pitch before crying on the sidelines after the decision was taken for him to depart.
Richarlison is still in search of his first league goal of the current season.
Louis Saha has made clear Everton must begin taking their chances if they are to avoid being dragged into a third relegation battle in succession.
The Blues earned a point at Sheffield United in their final fixture before the international break, ending a run of three straight defeats in the Premier League.
Sean Dyche has maintained he has been pleased with threee of the four performances from his side in the top division this term, while recognising there is major room for improvement.
Offering his view on Everton's current state, Saha told Paddy Power: “It’s very difficult for Everton right now because there is a now a bunch of players who play together and understand the mistakes they made last year, whether that was lack of energy or individual mistakes. The commitment is there but still, when [Abdoulaye] Doucouré is having to save you each week, it’s kind of a bad sign, it should be more a striker doing that.
“The players really need to take their chances. Yes, it's away from home so could say that it’s a good point but it's not enough to be outside the relegation zone. This relegation zone is very dangerous and the quicker you get out of it, the better. They need to maintain a level of difficulty for their opponents to concede less chances and to obviously to convert the chances they get. Even in the scrappy games Everton don’t seem to do well because they don’t create enough chances.”
Everton are reportedly keen to move Andre Gomes on before the remaining transfer windows around the world close.
The Blues sold a number of first-team stars this summer, significantly reducing the wage bill in the process, though Gomes is one well-paid member of the squad who remains.
Football Insider have stated Sean Dyche is looking for that to change, with the club 'pushing' for the Portuguese midfielder to seal a switch elsewhere.
Harry Kane has praised the bravery of Dele after the Everton's midfielder open interview on his life to date in July.
Dele spoke at length of the complex challenges faced in his life to date, as well as opening up on his mental health and how this has affected his profession.
Sharing his thoughts on the Blues' No.20 speaking out, Kane said:
I think it was extremely brave of Dele to come out and give the interview the gave, we have known each other for a period of time but I didn't know the extent of what he had been through in his life for sure. It was eye-opening for me to hear that.
I text him after and said how much I think what he did will help a lot of other people share their feelings as well. I caught up with Dele in the summer, before the interview, and he seems to be on a good track, been working hard to get fit and so I can't wait to hopefully see him back out and playing football again.
I think he is in a better place now and he has a lot of time left in his career and I really hope he can get back on track and play week in and week out."
Leeds United CEO Angus Kinnear has admitted his surprise at Jack Harrison's decision to move to Everton loan from the relegated club, in part due to the framework being in place for the winger to stay.
"From my perspective going on loan to Everton with the predicament Everton are in, versus staying at Leeds and getting them promoted, there is a valid choice to make there, and we were surprised,” Kinnear told the Square Ball Podcast.
“At the time, to secure Jack Harrison on a new contract with a wage reduction if we went down, those were the types of things that were in place.”
The 26-year-old is yet to make an appearance under Sean Dyche this season as he works through the final stages of injury recovery.
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