It’s been quite an up-and-down calendar year for Everton Football Club. But in the grand scheme of things, it still feels like the Toffees are headed in the right direction. The first team is talented albeit underwhelming. The club is building a solid defensive identity. And the youth system appears to be filled to the brim with talent. As always, the boys could be just a few key transfers away from making the big jump they have been hoping to take for years. Fingers crossed that it happens in 2018!
In case you missed it
Everton Review of the Year 2017 - Roundtable Part One
The RBM team look at the best - and worst - of the Toffees in 2017.
Everton renew interest in Sevilla midfielder
Ex-Stoke and Blackburn man wants to reunite with Sam Allardyce.
Onyekuru’s Everton future at risk after knee injury
Timing of knee injury very unfortunate for Onyekuru.
Friday’s Toffee Bites
Keane: My Season Has Been Kick-Started - EvertonFC.com
Michael Keane says he feels like his season has been kick-started as he bids to make it a hat-trick of clean sheets against Bournemouth.
Bournemouth vs Everton: Match Preview - EvertonFC.com
Everton are once again likely to be without Idrissa Gana Gueye after the midfielder was forced off in the goalless draw with Chelsea.
Rooney setting no targets as he edges towards Alan Shearer goal record - Goal.com
Wayne Rooney’s efforts for Everton and Manchester United have taken him past 200 Premier League goals, but he is not targeting the all-time record.
Everton remove T-shirt using Kop image from online store - Daily Mail Online
Everton have removed a T-shirt from their online store after eagle-eyed supporters noticed that the main image was in fact of Liverpool's Kop. The 'Everton Royal Crowd T-Shirt' was taken off sale.
Sam Allardyce is taking one step at a time at Everton - Liverpool Echo
Everton's most successful captain on Big Sam, grinding out results and those Dowell/Sheedy comparisons.
EFC shouldn't give up on Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen just yet - Daily Post
The Blues Jury give their verdict on the upcoming January transfer window.
What and How to Watch
Serie A: Crotone vs Napoli, 2:45 p.m. ET, beIN Sports
Championship: Cardiff City vs Preston North End, 2:45 p.m. ET, ESPN3
NBA: Rockets at Wizards, 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV
NHL: Predators at Wild, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN