Maraoune Fellaini and Leighton Baines have once again been linked with a move away from Goodison Park but there is plenty more niche storylines emanating from Merseyside this week; including Jan Mucha's costly inability to read his mail.
The Metro reports today what many Everton fans fear for the summer in regards to the futures of Maraoune Fellaini and Leighton Baines. They report that Fellaini will be on his way to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea while Baines will reportedly be the subject of a bid from Manchester United.
Everton now look unlikely to be playing in Europe next season after poor league form in 2013 and a shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Wigan Athletic last weekend.
Everton’s youth team held out for a good draw with Manchester United this week. Kevin Sheedy’s side drew 1-1 with The Toffees scoring through George Wareing’s first-half tap-in but that was not enough to see them through to victory as a long-range strike in the second half saw United draw things level. Their next game is at Cobham against Chelsea on Saturday.
The Liverpool Daily Post has asked the question ‘Why would David Moyes stay at Everton?’ today. They point out the parallels between a 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough in the quarter-final of the FA Cup 11 years ago when he took over and the humbling at Goodison last weekend as watershed moments.
With Everton struggling to keep up with those above them in the league financially they believe a potential move to Schalke 04 is on the cards for the Scot.
The Irishman was not sent out on loan in January and it is believed Moyes is keen to use him in the senior squad. Duffy, in typically humble fashion, stated he was happy to wait for his opportunity when it comes. He has been in sensational form for Alan Stubbs’ under-21 side this season.
Everton face Manchester City at the weekend and a former player for both clubs Peter Reid believes City will be victorious at Goodison. The 56-year-old believes that Everton’s recent good form against the Premier League champions means nothing and that Mancini’s men are ‘clear favourites’.
However City may well be without Sergio Aguero for the tie who has reportedly flown back to Argentina for treatment on his knee injury.
And finally stand-in goalkeeper Jan Mucha is in hot water with the law after being ordered to do 250 hours community service for driving while banned. His excuse; he doesn’t read his mail.
As I write on my laptop beside a pile of unopened bank statements I can fully understand where the Slovakian is coming from as can Everton’s chief football writer for the Liverpool Echo Greg O’Keefe according to his Twitter account.
I won't laugh about Mucha's driving ban. A bus lane fine once went unopened in my kitchen until after date to get a reduced penalty elapsed— Greg O'Keeffe (@GregOK) March 14, 2013
Take a look at some of our stories from the site this week including:
- Denis Stracqualursi's hopes of divine intervention in Argentina
- January target Alvaro Negredo speaking about his future in Spain
- Finally, whether Everton would be able to shift Fellaini this summer and if Joleon Lescott could come back to Goodison as part of a deal with City?
What are your thoughts on everything Everton this week?
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