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Wednesday’s Toffee Bites: Everton take on exciting Anderlecht playmaker

In today’s links: The U18s lose, Rooney’s is not undroppable, and Mathis returns from loan.

RSC Anderlecht v Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

There is one little ounce of me that truly believes Everton have a plan for the summer ahead. That tiny pebble of hope tells me that they have their manager of the future in mind and he already knows three or four players he wants to target as soon as the window opens.

But headlines would beg to differ. Paulo Fonseca rumours have died down. Marcel Brands is keeping the club at arms length. Nothing has come out that would indicate Sam Allardyce or Steve Walsh are anything but secure in their current positions. And all of the transfer murmurs have been laughable.

This next month is going to feel like a decade.

In case you missed it

Everton youngster has loan spell cut short by injury
Joe Williams returns with Barnsley in trouble.

Laurent Blanc linked to Everton manager job
An improvement over Sam Allardyce?

No truth in rumours linking former United midfielder with Everton
Silly season is in full effect.

Wednesday’s Toffee Bites

Everton striker Boris Mathis' loan move cut short at Northampton - Liverpool Echo
Northampton caretaker boss makes swift decision on Blues youngster.

Transfer boost, competition can't afford fee, no problem for Everton - Sport Witness
Everton have been given a boost in their pursuit of Anderlecht forward Mahmoud Hassan after reports his loan club Kasimpasa can’t afford to buy him outright.

Everton decision to wait for George Hirst could cost them, rivals now closing in - HITC
Everton could miss out on Sheffield Wednesday striker George Hirst.

Everton's Wayne Rooney warned he is not undroppable - Mirror Online
Stats tell a sorry tale of the 32-year-old Goodison hero's attempts to play his preferred deep midfield role in recent weeks.

Allardyce Highlights Importance Of Influential Gana -
Sam Allardyce has underlined the value to his Everton team of fit-again midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye.

U18s lose 2-0 to Sunderland -
Everton Under-18s coach Paul Tait believes his side lacked character after they fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Sunderland at USM Finch Farm on Tuesday afternoon.

Chelsea Fixture Dedicated To Zoe Tynan -
Everton Ladies will dedicate their upcoming fixture against Chelsea to the memory of former player Zoe Tynan and ZOnE into Talking.

What and How to Watch

MLS: New York City FC vs Real Salt Lake, 7 p.m. ET, fuboTV
UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich vs Sevilla, 2:45 p.m. ET, FS2
Real Madrid vs Juventus, 2:45 p.m. ET, FS1
Championship: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County, 2:45 p.m. ET, ESPN3
MLB: Astros at Twins, 1:10 p.m. ET, MLBN
Blue Jays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. ET, MLBN
Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET, MLBN
NHL: Wild at Jets, game 1, 7 p.m. ET, CNBC
Flyers at Penguins, game 1, 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Kings at Golden Knights, 10 p.m. ET, NBCSN
NBA: Bucks at 76ers, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Jazz at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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