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Toffees Mailbag: International Break Recap and Live Mailbag Rewind

A recap (with updated commentary) of last Friday’s Live Twitter Mailbag

Netherlands v Scotland - UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2019 Qualifying
Fraser Hornby celebrates a goal for Scotland
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The international break has mercifully come to an end.

Heading into the two week break, Toffees were excited to come out the other end with key players coming off the injury list and the squad starting to look like the team Marco SIlva envisioned when he made signings this summer.

As it would be, things went completely in the other direction and Silva now has even more players in the physio’s office than he did before the break.

First, Seamus Coleman got hurt.

Like, hurt hurt.

Now let me say my first thoughts are about the Irishman as a person.

We all know how competitive he is and how much he loves to play for Everton, and having sat out such an extensive stretch with his leg break that he returned from earlier this year this injury must be eating him up inside.

We are here for you Seamus!

As for the impact on our team, all I can say is COME ON!

Just like much of the last 18 months, the Toffees just can’t seem to catch a break.

It’s September 14th and how many games have Everton summer signings, Richarlison excluded, played so far??

2 1⁄18 (Zouma 2 games, Bernard 5 minutes)

Basically, we are playing with the same team as last season.

Which is a weird statement, because it’s both a negative (see above) and a positive (Marco Silva has improved the squad with things like “training” and “tactics” that were missing in the previous regimes).

I can hear you now under your breath:

Is he really blaming Sam Allardyce?

Yes. Yes I am.

Speaking of injuries, the list has gotten SO long that the injured XI is actually quite impressive.

Marco Silva must be pulling out his beautiful hair at the thought of anymore injuries.

Luckily for him, there was ONE notable standout performer who also returned to Merseyside in one piece:

I can’t hear you, but I’m sure you got it right:

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Toss in drawing a penalty for the opening goal and Richarlison’s first start for Brazil can be labeled nothing short of a rousing success.

(Shout out to on-loan Antonee Robinson for his match-winning assist in a 35 minute substitution appearance for the US against arch rival Mexico.)

I am sure after watching the last round of friendlies wrap up, Marco Silva had a few ideas for keeping his players safe.

The next eight weeks will set the Toffees up to head into a busy December with either hopes of seriously entering into the conversation for Top Six or settling in for another mid-table finish or worse.

If Silva and Co. can keep things going in the right direction as he slowly gets reinforcements from off the injury list there is a great chance that the excitement of the trickle of incoming talent can push them into uncharted territory.

We can only hope so!

In case you missed it, the last week has been a busy one in Toffees Mailbag Land.

First, I made an appearance on the outstanding SOS Radio Podcast.

If you haven’t already started listening, make sure to subscribe via your favorite music/ podcast app.

Secondly, I did a live mailbag that covered a lot of topics. If you missed it, I round it all up into an article below.

After Sunday’s match be on the lookout as the Mailbag is going to be looking for your questions after the first run out for the side after the break.

Until then:



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