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Thursday’s Toffee Bites: Everton beat Villa, new Gordon contract, Calvert-Lewin injury status, Souttar linked

Recapping all the Everton news from yesterday

Everton and Liverpool Players Visit Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to Deliver Gifts Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

Your daily dose of Everton news and rumours

Everton beat Aston Villa 2-0 in a friendly behind closed doors at Goodison. [EFC]

The Everton Stadium continues to rise from the banks of the Mersey. Everton are looking to get fans to provide input for their preferences on what you want at the matchday experience. [EFC]

Premier League injury expert Ben Dinnery has revealed that Dominic Calvert Lewin is in jeopardy of missing the Boxing Day match with Wolves as he has still not joined the team in training. [YouTube]

An interesting spin on the transfer situation at the club from Forbes:

The way Everton act in the upcoming transfer window will give us an idea of how they plan to go forward tactically, and how well their recruitment overhaul is working under director of football, Kevin Thelwell, who has been in the role since February 2022. [Forbes]

Yerry Mina looks like he will be allowed to leave for free according to this source. He has been with Everton since the 2018 when he signed a contract for 5 years with a salary of £31,200,000. He was signed for 30 million euros, playing 80 Premier League games and missing 87 as a result of injury!

Everton have been linked with Harry Souttar who was one of the standout defenders for Australia at the World Cup. He had been on Everton’s radar before he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in 2021. [Daily Mail]

Amadou Onana has spoken to Sky Sports about his growing connection to the city as he visits Alder Hey Hospital to spread some holiday cheer.

“I can’t really describe what it’s like living in Liverpool. It just feels right. The way people talk to you, the way people support you and the way people at the club look after you… everything is built so you can just focus on the football and nothing else. Do you know what I mean? It just feels kind of special. It just feels right - I don’t really know how to explain it. This just feels like home for me.” [Sky Sports]

Everton will be unveiling a new banner that was created by an Evertonian.

Everton will confirm a new long-term contract for Anthony Gordon this week. [iNews]

Noel Whelan has an interesting perspective on the new deal:

“I would like to think there is a buyout clause in there. That would cover his back and allow him to get that move a lot easier when teams come calling again.

Everton could use it to get the fee they want, as well. No one’s going to come in during the January window. But if Everton are struggling still by the start of next season, this contract is going to mean very little.

The raise in pay will keep him happy for now, but it’s now down to the player to go out and put in the performances which really impress big sides like Chelsea and Tottenham.” []

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