News and gossip from the past week at Goodison Park.
After Everton successfully saw off Oldham Athletic at the second attempt to book an FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan Athletic at Goodison Park goalkeeper Tim Howard spoke of his hope to win the trophy this season. The American admitted he is still haunted by the semi-final defeat to Liverpool last season. He also admitted that the team are currently not firing on all cylinders and will have to improve their performance to reach his goal.
Everton face Reading in the Premier League this weekend hoping to avenge the defeat at the Madejski Stadium earlier in the season. Maraoune Fellaini and Victor Anichebe are both fighting to be fit for the game after their recent injury troubles while Kevin Mirallas may have played his way back into the starting XI with his performance against Oldham in the week.
One player who will be looking forward to the game more than most will be Hope Akpan of Reading. The January signing from Crawley Town will be hoping to show his boyhood club what they are missing after he was released by The Toffees in 2011.
Everton youth team coach Kevin Sheedy says the team may well be in for a big challenge when they face Norwich City in the Youth Cup quarter-finals. The gaffer went to watch The Young Canaries knock out Birmingham on Tuesday night at Carrow Road and says they will be ‘tough’ opposition. Meanwhile the under-18s travel to Reading this Saturday where they will be tasked with stopping striking sensation Uche Ikpeazu at Hogwood Park. It will also act as an opportunity to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat by Southampton.
Maraoune Fellaini will be the subject of bids from four teams this summer; believed to be Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Manchester United. The Belgian has previously indicated he may want to leave the club should they not qualify for the Champions League this season and after defeat to Norwich last weekend it seems his suitors have begun preparing for a summer raid.
It has been claimed that David Moyes will not be offered the Manchester United job during his career despite widespread talk of him being the natural successor to Sir Alex Ferguson. It is believed his lack of European Experience would prevent such an appointment.
Finally, and on the site this week we have had a look at David Moyes’ advice to Maraoune Fellaini about his on-pitch conduct, whether the loss to Norwich effectively seals Moyes’ departure, created a fact-file on Everton target Fernando Amorebieta and also looked at a potential move to the club for Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky.
What are your thoughts on everything going on at Everton FC this week?
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