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Tuesday’s Toffee Bites: Can Funes Mori save Everton’s defense?

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In today’s links: Everton’s summer ahead, the Ladies win in the FA Cup and Rooney warns his teammates.

Arsenal v Everton - Premier League 2 Photo by James Chance/Getty Images

Everton have had three managers this season. A common thread through all three: the defense has been terrible. It makes no sense! Ronald Koeman, David Unsworth and Sam Allardyce were all defenders during their playing careers, and yet it seems none of that ability has transferred to their coaching in 2017/18.

The only remaining possible addition to the backline is Ramiro Funes Mori. Oh boy! Funes Mori is a solid player. He’s got athleticism for days, and he is naturally left-footed. But he’s also a disaster waiting to happen and is not a clear upgrade over even Ashley Williams.

For some reason, I’m still excited to see him back in the team. Don’t take this from me. After this season from the underworld, I need to cling to any shred of hope that I can muster.

In case you missed it

Everton Loans Recap: Lookman the star of the show
How did Everton’s on-loan contingent do this weekend?

Everton defender returns from long injury absence
The Argentinian is back.

Everton Ladies march on in FA Cup
And they pretty much showed them who’s boss

Tuesday’s Toffee Bites

Gerard Deulofeu inspires Watford to runaway win over Chelsea - The Guardian
A chaotic final 10 minutes saw Eden Hazard equalise for Chelsea before Watford scored three more goals, including Gerard Deulofeu’s fine strike, to win 4-1.

Are big-spending Everton now facing yet another major overhaul? - Liverpool Echo
Current Blues squad cost a fortune to assemble but they continue to fall short.

The reason Everton FC's Theo Walcott was brought off on Arsenal return - Daily Post
The Blues boss was trying to protect him, apparently.

Rooney warns Everton can't let Allardyce go the way of Koeman - Liverpool Echo
Blues underachieving players must take responsibility, warns Prodigal Son.

Everton new boy Eliaquim Mangala sets target after defeat by Arsenal - Mirror Online
Mangala admits Sam Allardyce's men now have to be realistic about their targets for the campaign.

Funes Mori Returns To Action In Under-23s Defeat - EvertonFC.com
Ramiro Funes Mori played his first 45 minutes of competitive football since March 2017, as Everton Under-23s went down to a 4-0 Premier League 2 defeat at Arsenal.

What and How to Watch

FA Cup: Swansea City vs Notts County, 3:05 p.m. ET, FS2
DFB Pokal: Paderborn vs Bayern Munich, 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen, 2:45 p.m. ET, ESPN3
UEFA Futsal Euro Quarter Final: Portugal vs Azerbaijan, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Ukraine vs Spain, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Coupe de France: Sochaux vs Paris St. Germain, 3:05 p.m. ET, beIN Sports
NBA: Wizards at 76ers, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Thunder at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
NHL: Wild at Blues, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN

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