Everton Boost as Players Return

By on October 24, 2014

Currently sitting at a 13th place on the English Premier League table, Everton are sure having it tough. Their deplorable condition is mainly as a result of the serious injury crisis that the club has had to deal with, but injury scares is no more than a household name now that several other EPL sides like Arsenal and Manchester United have almost been grounded with many first team regulars out for a various periods.

After a whole month without the single win, The Toffees mauled Aston Villa 3-0 at home last weekend thanks to Ross Barkley’s return for his first appearance this season. The player had been nursing a serious knee ligament. Manchester United’s target Seamus Coleman also made a come-back after been side-lined with a hamstring injury for about a month. The full-back marked his return with a sublime strike which was actually Everton’s third after he received a cross from Leighton Baines.

Gareth Barry who tidied up behind the more attack-minded midfielders allowed even the full-backs more time to charge down the flanks such that one of them (Baines) had enough resolve to set his fellow full-back up for a goal. Barry, whose efforts it was that repelled the attacking onslaught of the opposition is however glad that Barkley is now available as Everton will be facing Burnley, a team that is yet to register a win this term. Barry stated that:

‘There are not so many players around like Ross, who can get in the space, turn and drive at times, if you are defending against Ross Barkley, you are in for a tough time.’

The Toffees will be hoping to compound Burnley’s woes while they seek their first consecutive victory since the magnificent winning streak they achieved between March and early April last season. Barry further pointed out that the strong form that Everton had at the Goodison Park where they secured an admirable 13 victories from 19 matches was largely responsible for their 5th place finish last term. Barry explained further that:

‘Strong home form is the basis of a successful season. It was important we got back to winning ways here. It was great to put in a good performance. We know it has been an indifferent start. But at the same time, we have played well and we haven’t panicked. When we get positive results like we did against Villa, we know we have a strong enough squad to kick on. Hopefully, this is the start of a good run’

Having narrowly lost to Manchester United recently, The Toffees will be hoping that a win over Burnley will prop them for at least a first 6 challenge.

By Tomilayo Alapinni

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