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Thursday’s Toffee Bites: Benitez’s tactical mind, Longstaff pricetag, Hoppe latest

Recapping all the Everton news from yesterday

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Your daily dose of Everton news and rumours

“Growing up, if someone mentioned Everton I’d think, ‘Yeah, big club, good club, when Goodison is bouncing it is really bouncing’. Coming here was an easy decision.”
Demarai Gray opens up on the challenges he faced growing up, moving to Germany and choosing to return to England with the Toffees. [Echo]

“This season, we have to compete in each game. Even if we are losing, we have to work hard. This season, we will have this mentality.”
Abdoulaye Doucoure on the team spirit that drove the Blues to a comeback win on Saturday. [EFC]

Everton’s Top Ten headed goals from the Premier League era!

“Rafa was very good at reading games, finding where the opponent was weakest and attacking him. He is a specialist in preparing the gameplan and in analysing the rival.
“He devoted many hours to the tactical order, especially in the 4-4-2 system. How to press, how to direct the pressure.”
Expect a lot of tactical tinkering this season from Rafa Benitez, says Miguel Angel Angulo. one of the stars of the Valencia team that was made famous by the new Everton manager. [EFC]

With both Everton and Southampton interested in Sean Longstaff who is in the last year of his contract, Newcastle United want £10million for the defensive midfielder. [Daily Mail]

Another one Everton were linked with is gone -

Barcelona are desperate to offload wages off their bill, and Samuel Umtiti could see his contract nullified with the Toffees once again linked. [Sport]

Everton face competition from three Dutch sides - Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven & AZ Alkmaar - plus an unnamed Russian side for Matthew Hoppe. [BILD]

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