All the latest news and gossip from Goodison Park.
Everton of course went out of the Capital One Cup this week, despite taking the lead at Craven Cottage after goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent. The players were devastated according to Sylvain Distin:
"It's difficult to think of any positives at the moment. We're just feeling disappointment right now. I feel like it was a game we could and should have won.’’
Johnny Heitinga has said he is loving life under the stewardship of Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park.
Heitinga, who was also praising of former boss David Moyes, suggested he preferred the new tactics employed by Roberto Martinez - and that he is happy to be using the ball more in training:
"The first team now has a completely new coaching staff and many new players. During training we do everything with the ball, much is being done with playmaking. Martinez's Spanish influences are seen immediately. He is a fan of the way Barcelona play and the Dutch School. ‘’
Leighton Baines has been told to wait for a new contract. The England international scored two sublime goals against West Ham last weekend - which highlighted the reasons why Manchester United were so interested in his services in the summer.
But in regards to extending his current deal the club believe he must wait for an extension.
Everton’s Under-21’s staged an excellent comeback against Chelsea at Goodison Park this week. Chelsea took a 2-0 lead but a double from Hallam Hope and a long range strike from Chris Long late in the game secured a remarkable 3-2 victory.
Gareth Barry was speaking about Baines this week, suggesting that the player is world class and a complete left-back:
"You can put him in the world-class bracket when he's doing things like that. Two free-kicks in exactly the same spot in different sides of the goal - there's not too many players in the world who can do that.’’
Finally, and Everton fans will be pleased to know that loan signing Romelu Lukaku takes things seriously - the Belgian watches the full 90 minutes of EVERY Premier League game in a weekend - to get an edge on his defensive rivals:
''It’s true that I watch every single game in the league – 90 minutes. I take my time to study and to learn other strikers’ movements and to learn about other defenders. I take my time.''Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
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