Ramiro Funes Mori's rehabilitation from knee surgery has him on track to be fit again in time for pre-season.
The Argentine international had to have an operation to repair a torn meniscus in his knee at the end of March after suffering the injury on international duty but he is back in light training again at Finch Farm.
Funes Mori has spent much of the past six weeks in his native country and has had the welcome distraction of his newborn daughter to keep his mind off the fact that he will be sidelined until next season.
“I was a little frustrated [because] of the injury, so it was good to be back home to clear my head,” the defender told evertonfc.com. “Now I feel good to be back here doing my recovery.
“It's light training at the moment, balancing exercises with my knee and work with the weights. The physios are doing a great job to get me back as soon as possible. After the off-season, I'll be good.”
The 26-year-old has made 16 starts for the Blues this season under Ronald Koeman but, like team-mate Seamus Coleman, had his 2016-17 campaign ended prematurely by injury.
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1 Posted 11/05/2017 at 07:37:49
2 Posted 11/05/2017 at 08:14:51
3 Posted 11/05/2017 at 09:24:31
4 Posted 11/05/2017 at 09:37:46
Whatever the shortcomings of Funes Mori, Mirallas etc are, they are already Everton players, know our systems, set-pieces and the like.
5 Posted 11/05/2017 at 12:01:52
Same old Everton.
6 Posted 11/05/2017 at 13:00:57
I'm really not sure how he gets in the Argentinean first XI from what we see of him in an Everton shirt.
7 Posted 11/05/2017 at 13:39:49
8 Posted 11/05/2017 at 13:44:31
9 Posted 11/05/2017 at 13:56:11
His positioning and decision-making are just...dodgy. He'll have three decent games and then totally lose his man for a crucial goal in a tight contest.
Perhaps we cannot do better but if we want top 4 then I feel we will have to.
10 Posted 11/05/2017 at 13:57:15
He should be first choice for me with Williams and Jagielka rotating with one of the youngsters. Jags has been great this second half of the season but was awful early on. I'm not convinced with Williams at all.
11 Posted 11/05/2017 at 14:01:40
12 Posted 11/05/2017 at 14:03:35
13 Posted 11/05/2017 at 16:02:10
14 Posted 11/05/2017 at 16:10:56
During the dying embers of Martinez's tenure Funes Mori became more calamitous, his decision making was poor and instilled Yobo-esque panic amongst his fellow defenders.
I haven't personally seen any real improvement under Koeman and, if we can command a good fee, I would be for moving him on.
15 Posted 11/05/2017 at 16:17:37
He's relatively inexpensive at £40,000/week (Niasse, Deulofeu, Cleverley, Lennon all make more) and certainly not deadweight when fit.
16 Posted 11/05/2017 at 16:25:27
I can see him staying as backup only but maybe he will want to leave if he loses his international place.
17 Posted 11/05/2017 at 19:05:37
Rare as hens teeth it just might save the lad, given his age and extra games we should we qualify for the group stages of the Europa.
It also raises a long standing question about our scouting from that continent. The cult that is the 'Straq' apart our record in spotting decent South American talent is bollocks.
Time to get someone decent in that neck of the woods finding the right type of player from a traditionally maverick footballing culture.
Anyone fancy a trip to Brazil?!
18 Posted 11/05/2017 at 21:32:02
Before that, our defence was pretty solid with Funes Mori and Williams in place. I'd rather see Williams and Jagielka leave and keep the younger Funes Mori, while adding another experienced under-30 centre-back.
19 Posted 12/05/2017 at 14:29:43
I really don't understand this. Is it something to do with different systems of play and the way Everton are set up just doesn't suit him, under both Martinez and Koeman? Or could it be something about how the game is played in the Premier League?
And yet, as far as I am aware he hasn't been agitating to get away, as you might expect if he wasn't allowed to play to his strengths.
20 Posted 12/05/2017 at 15:18:48
I think you've probably put your finger on it there. The sheer number and variety of attacking threats he comes across every Premier League game, all playing with pace, power and skill is probably completely different to the challenges he faces playing for Argentina.
From Sanchez, Costa, Vardy, Coutinho, Mane, Aguero to Llorente, Carroll, Kane.... And from Chelsea to Sunderland, a different challenge every week.
21 Posted 12/05/2017 at 15:55:45
As poor as he actually is the defensive options at Argentina's disposal are awful. Their current qualification record is questionable, and they've not had a world class center half for some time.
That's how he gets a game, and to reiterate, he is left-footed a rare quality. I live in the US now and get to watch the Comebol qualifying often and saw live in the Copa America last year how poor the back line of the Abli Celeste is. For every goal they score with their truck load of attacking talent, the back line is a circus act.
22 Posted 12/05/2017 at 19:33:18
23 Posted 13/05/2017 at 02:17:03
Funes Mori has a mistake or two in him but so do many defenders who play like him: David Luis, Otimendi, John Stones and so on. All the above make errors because they take a bit longer on the ball, looking for the correct pass, instead of kicking it anywhere.
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