Bit of a mixed bag with the Everton news today, we'll start off with a piece that goes a long way to explaining why Apostolos Vellios has not seen much playing time.
While we always thought David Moyes was limiting his playing time, news has now broken that Vellios has refused to go out on loan to gain more playing time. That's a shame, as fans can see how players like Ross Barkley have benefited from stints at other clubs.
England have already booked their place in the World Cup, and Barkley could be handed starts in the friendlies against Chile and Germany to show Roy Hodgson what he's really made of.
While the international break is a good time for a break for the players, it only serves to heighten the suspense in the buildup to Roberto Martinez's first Merseyside derby.
Leighton Baines, meanwhile, has seen quite a few derbies and would rather not hear about it. Going away with England is for him the best way to stay away from all the chatter and hype.
Speaking of Baines, the January transfer window is fast-approaching and rumours of his movement are gathering volume, yet again.
Swansea City left back Ben Davies is apparently the man Martinez has earmarked.
We end with some news about a couple of Everton old boys making a name for themselves.
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