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Thursday’s Toffee Bites: Sandro and Klaassen to stay at Everton

In today’s news: Everton honors Alfie Evans, Rooney’s pay cut and behind the scenes of the kit launch.

Everton FC v Atalanta - UEFA Europa League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

The current Everton squad, including players on loan, is too crowded. This team will, in all likelihood, not be playing in Europe next season. There are too many players and not enough minutes to go around. While there are sure to be plenty of new faces coming in the door this summer, even more need to head out of town in order to give the Toffees coaching staff, whomever that may consist of, a clearer picture of who is the best team.

Kieran Dowell and Beni Baningime are knocking down the door to the first team. Nikola Vlasic and Ademola Lookman deserve a chance. Many of the older players are still quality footballers, but they won’t take Everton to the next level. This summer will be full of some difficult decisions. It could be time for a new era on Merseyside, and that may mean a lot of familiar faces should head for the exit.

In case you missed it

Pickford deservedly scoops awards hat-trick
England goalkeeper the stand out winner at The Dixies

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Also: The Dixies, Bramley Moore dock and Rooney touts Big Sam.

Thursday’s Toffee Bites

Gallery: Blues Model New 18/19 Umbro Strip
Check out our gallery of images from behind the scenes at that shoot from the Grand Old Lady.

Is there a new twist in the Jack Wilshere Everton FC saga? - Daily Post
Plus the latest on the Blues’ interest in Paulo Fonseca.

Everton say Klaassen and Sandro will stay - Liverpool Echo
Chairman Bill Kenwright vows summer signings will be given time.

Everton confirm extent of Wayne Rooney pay cut - Liverpool Echo
Wayne Rooney had to accept a 50% wage cut to push through a return to the club.

Everton chairman’s emotional tribute to Alfie Evans “dedicated” dad - Mirror
Club chairman Bill Kenwright presented the late toddler’s dad Tom Evans, 21, from Liverpool, with the ‘Blue Blood’ award as he embraced him on stage.

Chelsea tipped to beat Everton and Tottenham in race for Brazil international - Daily Star
The Londoners have been hotly tipped to snap up Spartak Moscow star Fernando.

What and How to Watch

UEFA Europa League: Salzburg vs Marseille, 3:05 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal, 3:05 p.m. ET, FS1
NBA: Cavaliers at Raptors, game 2, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN
76ers at Celtics, game 2, 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT
NHL: Capitals at Penguins, game 4, 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Predators at Jets, game 4, 9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN

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