Everton players return for pre-season training

04/07/2022 11comments  |  Jump to last

Most of the senior Everton players have returned to Finch Farm to begin pre-season training.

Abdoulaye Doucouré, Demarai Gray, Tom Davies, Ben Godfrey, Dele Alli, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Vitalii Mykolenko are all pictured back in the gym at Everton's training ground, along with new recruit James Tarkowski.

A handful of players who were on international duty after last season ended have been given additional time off. Jordan Pickford, Anthony Gordon, Alex Iwobi and Seamus Coleman are among this group but Jean-Philippe Gbamin returns with his future very much in the realm of the unknown after spending the second half of last season at CSKA Moscow.

 

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Mike Keating
1 Posted 04/07/2022 at
Gylfi obviously not one of them - now reported in the Daily Star as being offered £1.7m per year to revamp his career in Turkey. I wonder if he intends repaying any of the £5.2m we forked out last season for him to stay away from Finch Farm.
Brian Williams
2 Posted 04/07/2022 at
Why should he, Mike? He stayed away at the club's behest, didn't have a choice.
Mike Gaynes
20 Posted 04/07/2022 at
Among those appearing for training today, one Joao Virginia, returning after a loan to Sporting in which he made just eight appearances. He has never even spoken to or met Lampard before now, according to an interesting article about the young man on Goal.com entitled, 'I know I'm at Pickford's level'.

Excerpts:

“I've been working my bollocks off,” he smiles. “I only had a week off after the season, then I was back to it. I'm looking forward to it.”

He knows, deep down, that it is unlikely that he will dislodge Jordan Pickford as No.1 at Goodison Park, and that the likeliest scenario will see him leave in this window – either permanently or on loan.

“Things will be resolved in pre-season,” he says. “Everton is like a family to me, so whatever they want me to do, I will do.

“Whatever happens I will be there fighting to be that No.1. I know that I am ready to play games and I think I have shown that, especially in the last two years.”

On the challenge of competing with Pickford – England's No.1, no less – he adds: “I have to believe in my own ability first and foremost, and I do.

“I see it every day in training, I feel I am at the same level and I don't see any reason to believe otherwise. I work hard, I dedicate myself and I know I'm more than capable of doing it."

“I'm still young and I still have a lot of time, but I will always be eager to play because that's who I am. I'll always give my best, every single day, to be a starter for whichever team.”

Jay Harris
23 Posted 04/07/2022 at
Anyone know whether Townsend is fit to start training again? Him and Gray will be important in the absense of Richy and any suitable aquisition.
Mike Gaynes
25 Posted 04/07/2022 at
Jay #23, Townsend has said he hopes to be training by the end of the summer, but given the seriousness of his injury, I'd be astonished if he plays before the New Year.

Tony Everan
29 Posted 04/07/2022 at
Formal enquiry gone in to Chelsea about Armando Broja. He plays centrally so where does he fit in? Or are we going to get him in then sell Calvert-Lewin to the barcodes for a (Saudi) King's Ransom? Scratching my head a bit trying to work it out.
Gary Jones
30 Posted 04/07/2022 at
Tony #31,

I'd love the formation plan too, but I reckon it'll be 3-4-1-2 with one of Gordon, Gray or Dele sitting behind two strikers.

Brian Hennessy
32 Posted 04/07/2022 at
Mykolenko straight back to training despite playing probably more international minutes at the end of the season than any of our other players. Great attitude from the lad.
Tony Everan
33 Posted 04/07/2022 at
Gary, I think you are on to something there with that formation, especially with Frank often going for a back-three option. Also, it gives us options throughout the season to rest one or the other when necessary and cover for injury.

If the system can work, and it will largely depend on the success of the likes of Dele or Gordon in that free-role creative position, along with a more combative midfield. If it does click, not many defences will enjoy lining up against Broja and Calvert-Lewin working together.

Steavey Buckley
34 Posted 04/07/2022 at
Everton back for pre-season training on YouTube:

Blues return for Pre-Season

Tony Everan
35 Posted 05/07/2022 at
Steavey, thanks for the link. Mina is a great character, it's an absolute crying shame he can't stay fit and be a long-term fixture.

I thought Tom Davies's Tom-foolery had put Calvert-Lewin out for the season there …looked like his leg was trapped under the weight bench. Someone have a word!


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