Everton: Onyekuru In Liverpool Amidst Rumors Of Recall From Loan

Everton forward Henry Onyekuru has been spotted in Liverpool in the height of talks about a possible return to his parent owners Everton in January.

Onyekuru was signed by Everton from Belgium side Eupen after scoring 24 goals last season, which was his first top-flight experience since moving to Europe from Nigeria two years ago.

He was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht, where after a period of bedding in, he has recaptured the form that made him the beautiful bride of most European team during the summer transfer window.

Everton is struggling to get goals since the start of the English Premier League season ‎, and Onyekuru who has five goals in seven games has been tipped for a return to the team in January.

The 20-year-old gave credence to ‎the story with a picture of himself with Liverpool as his location on his Snap Chat account earlier today.

FIFA Break: Koeman’s Opportunity For Players To Recover

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has welcomed the international break as an opportunity for his players to shake off the disappointment of their poor Premier League run.

Everton was beaten 1-0 at home by Burnley on Sunday and are languishing in 16th place in the standings. They have won twice in seven games with the pressure on Koeman mounting.

The Dutch manager, who spent 140 million pounds in the close season on new recruits, said not being able to train immediately after a defeat was frustrating, but he had no complaints considering the club’s situation.

“It is all about the situation the team is in. Maybe, sometimes, it is good for everyone to freshen up,” Koeman told the club’s website.

“Sometimes if you have a defeat and don’t have the players to train it is more frustrating. It is all about the result at the weekend.

“Of course, you like to work with the players every day to improve the team, but maybe in this situation, it is good to have the break.”

Koeman is looking forward to the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on 15 October, when Everton will look to inject life into their season before games against Arsenal and Leicester City.

“It is all about the game in two weeks now and that is what we need to prepare for,” the manager said.

Cavani, Only For A Set Price – PSG

PSG are prepared to sell Edinson Cavani in January – but only for a set price.

In Madrid, claims that management and senior players have smoothed tension between Cavani and Neymar have been denied.

The Uruguay striker’s departure could still happen, particularly with PSG facing pressure from financial fair play regulations.

Rai Sport says AC Milan have expressed interest and been informed Cavani can be signed to €70m. It’s also been revealed Everton is targeting the striker as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, now of Manchester United.

Cavani, meanwhile, is demanding €12m-a-year to leave Paris in January.

 

 

 

Everton Striker Ban From Drinking And Driving

Former England captain Wayne Rooney was Monday banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to drink driving.

The Everton forward was stopped by police when driving a woman’s black Volkswagen Beetle at 2:00 am (0100 GMT) on September 1, while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday.

Rooney apologised for his “unforgivable lack of judgement” after his guilty plea at Stockport Magistrates’ Court in the northwest of England.

“Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgement in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong,” he said in a statement.

“I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career.

“Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.”

Earlier, Rooney, 31, made no comment as he was confronted by a media scrum outside the court.

Wearing a blue suit with his hands in his pockets, he walked into the court building accompanied by a small entourage.

He has been married to his high-school sweetheart Coleen since 2008 and they are expecting their fourth child.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman said earlier this month the matter would be dealt with “internally”.

Rooney was given a warm welcome at Old Trafford on his return to former club Manchester United on Sunday but it ended in disappointment with a 4-0 defeat at Everton.

Rooney made a successful start to his second Everton spell following his return to the club from United, scoring on his first two Premier League appearances.

His form moved England manager Gareth Southgate to offer him an international recall, but he decided to call time on his England career.

Everton is currently 18th in the Premier League after three successive defeats.

Rooney Given A Chance For Redemption

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed striker Wayne Rooney will play against Tottenham on Saturday despite a drink drive charge hanging over the striker.

Rooney has arrested a week ago and has a court hearing on September 18th after being released on bail over the incident.

The 31-year-old has scored twice in three Premier League games for Everton having rejoined his boyhood club from Manchester United in the summer.

Koeman was unable to bring in another top striker before the transfer window closed and will, therefore, keep faith with Rooney despite his troubles off the pitch.

The Dutchman read out a prepared statement concerning Rooney at his press conference on Thursday and revealed the former England captain may yet be subjected to further disciplinary action by the club.

“Obviously I am very disappointed by the situation regarding Wayne Rooney,” Koeman said.

“We have spoken last Tuesday and the chairman spoke to Wayne about this situation.

“Any disciplinary matter will be dealt with internally by the club at the appropriate time and that’s all I have to say. That’s all we have to say in the case of Wane Rooney.”

Koeman said ‘yes’ when asked if Rooney would feature against Spurs at Goodison Park and does not think the incident will have an impact on his mindset.

“If I see Wayne is not in a position physically or mentally to play he will not play,” he added.

Koeman also acknowledged Ross Barkley’s Everton career may not be over after a move to Chelsea collapsed on transfer deadline day.

Barkley is absent with a hamstring injury which will keep him out until mid-November.

“Ross came and saw me and told me why he turned down to go to Chelsea,” said Koeman.

“That’s a private talk with Ross and I am not the right man to explain his decision or the reason for his decision.

“Is his Everton career over? No, he is still an Everton player. He still at this time has his contract until the end of the season.

“He is still injured and not available for another two or two and half months. We can wait for a decision.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has a disciplinary matter on his mind as well after Dele Alli returned from international duty with the threat of punishment from the world governing body FIFA.

The attacking midfielder was caught on camera making a middle finger gesture during England’s victory over Slovakia on Monday, claiming afterward it was aimed in jest at Kyle Walker, his former team-mate at club level.

FIFA is ‘gathering evidence’ however amid claims referee Clement Turpin was the actual target.

“It’s true it’s not a fantastic gesture but it’s not a big issue,” Pochettino said. “It was a joke in a moment with his teammate.

“I remember when I was a player, worse things happened on the pitch but today there’s a lot of cameras, maybe 50, and we’re so focused on the players.

“He doesn’t deserve to be banned by FIFA. It’s important to move on.”

Pochettino has also had words with new signing Serge Aurier, who cost £23million ($29.6 million, 25 million euros) from Paris Saint-Germain.

The transfer almost fell through because the Ivory Coast international has a criminal record, having previously been in trouble with his club for homophobic remarks directed at then-boss Laurent Blanc.

“I spoke with him about different things,” he said. “But I’m a person that likes to move on.

“We had a long chat. He knows very well what we expect from him. I trust him, I am confident that he can succeed here and help the team to achieve the things we want.

 

Rooney Returns In Underwhelming Everton Win

Wayne Rooney made his second competitive ‘debut’ for his boyhood club Everton on Thursday, as Leighton Baines grabbed a 1-0 Europa League third-round qualifying victory over Slovakian side MFK Ruzomberok.

The former Manchester United and England captain had revealed in the build-up to the match at Goodison Park that it had been a lifelong ambition to play for Everton in Europe.

Thirteen years after leaving Merseyside for Old Trafford, Rooney finally fulfilled that ambition although it was a frustrating evening for manager Ronald Koeman and his new-look Everton side.

“It’s something I’ve been looking forward to for the last few weeks,” said 31-year-old Rooney.

“It’s obviously great to be at Goodison wearing the blue shirt, it was a great feeling.

“But it was an important game for us so I had to put my emotions to one side. I’ve done that now and can get down to focusing more on the football.”

The £75-million ($98m) sale of Romelu Lukaku to United has funded a close-season of big expenditure by the club and Rooney joined England defender Michael Keane, former Ajax captain Davy Klaassen and ex-Southampton full-back Cuco Martina in making debuts.

And while Rooney’s return was greeted with the expected enthusiasm by a sold-out, if reduced-capacity, Goodison Park crowd, last season’s third-placed Slovakian team provided dogged opposition.

It was not until the 65th minute, when a Kevin Mirallas corner was headed out to Baines 25 yards from goal, that Evertonians could finally relax in this first leg tie.

Baines struck a magnificent shot but it still required a kind deflection off Erik Daniel to wrong foot goalkeeper Matus Macik and fly into the visitors’ goal.

Early signs had been promising for Everton when Ruzomberok captain Dominik Kruzliak sliced the ball horribly as Klaassen surged into the area and almost put the ball into his own goal before the keeper cleared.

Then, on 19 minutes, Rooney spied his first sight of goal back in an Everton shirt after another flowing attack, which ended with Klaassen sweeping the ball wide for Baines to pick out the striker who spun and sent a powerful shot wide.

Just before the half-hour, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the hero of England’s Underw-20 World Cup win this summer, showed great skill to win a tackle on his way into the box and his short cross found Rooney who slipped as he shot goalwards.

Calvert-Lewin has involved again a minute later, this time setting up Klaassen with an intelligent pass, but the Dutchman shot into the side-netting with the goal seemingly at his mercy.

It was looking an increasing danger that those misses might prove costly and before the break Daniel was given acres of room to deliver a 22-yard shot which Maarten Stekelenburg kept out, diving sharply to his right.

Everton’s concerns continued after the restart when uncertain defending allowed Daniel a shot which, fortunately for the home side, he miskicked wide.

Yet Rooney, and Everton’s, the big occasion might have been spoiled just before the hour when Dalibor Takac’s free-kick picked out Jan Maslo, whose powerful header was tipped onto the bar by Stekelenburg although replays showed the defender was clearly offside.

That was a scare that prompted Koeman into bringing on another new signing, Spanish striker Sandro Ramirez, and his pace and energy enlivened his team with the goal coming soon afterwards.

Mirallas might have claimed the second goal Koeman would have wished for, ahead of next week’s second leg, but Macik made a superb reflex stop before Ruzomberok substitute Milos Lacny wasted a glorious late chance to equalise.

Elsewhere in qualifying on Thursday, AC Milan began their new era under Chinese ownership with a scrappy 1-0 over Universitatea Craiova in Romania, as Swiss full-back Ricardo Rodriguez scored the winner on his debut.

Marseille forward Valere Germain scored a debut hat-trick after joining from French champions Monaco, as his new team beat Ostend 4-2, while PSV Eindhoven suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home by Croatians Osijek.

 

 

Source: SuperSport

 

Henry Onyekuru Still Has Eye For Arsenal

Henry Onyekuru has opened up that he has “always dreamt of playing for Arsenal” despite opting to join Everton.

The 20-year-old, however, explained that he took the time to evaluate offers before him before narrowing down his decision to The Toffees.

The former KAS Eupen man revealed that he wanted to move to a club where his development as a young football player will continue uninhibited despite pressure to move to the north London club.

He then talked of his love for the Gunners as “a little boy” and his admiration for Arsenal legend Thierry Henry who he hopes to tailor his style after.

“I’ve always dreamt of playing for Arsenal and a lot of pressure was put on me,” he told Belgian news outlet Sporza this week in Austria where he is in camp with RSC Anderlecht.

“After the last game for Eupen, I went to the (Nigeria) national team camp and I was always thinking to find the best solution for my career next season.

“I have been an Arsenal fan since I was a little boy. I loved watching Thierry Henry, not just the name. Up till now I still go back to YouTube to watch his videos. Most times before games at Eupen I go through his videos to watch and learn and do it on the pitch.

“It’s a good experience for me to be among the champions of last season. Anderlecht brought me to Austria, it is a good experience to be in the camp here for preparation for the new season. Everyone, the coaches, staff and players, have welcomed me,” said Onyekuru.

Onyekuru also revealed that former Nigeria international Peter Odemwingie helped in making a decision with his advice.

He added that it was difficult to reach a decision on which club to join as Arsenal, West Ham, Birmingham City and Celtic as well as French giants Paris Saint-Germain were all linked with interests in him.

“I don’t know (the number of clubs that wanted me) but it wasn’t easy for me to make a decision. The most important thing was to join a club where I will play because as a young player I need to play. It took me so long to decide and with the help from ex-Nigeria player Peter Odemwingie and my parents and some of my friends who played football before me. They gave advice. So I chose Everton, then came to Anderlecht to play for a year,” he said.

The attacking winger is excited about the prospect of appearing for the Belgian champions Anderlecht in the Uefa Champions League as well as returning to a top division where he hogged headlines last season after Everton sent him out on loan to continue his development.

It is good for me to get Champions League experience and play in a league that I know well too,” he said.

Last season, Onyekuru netted 24 goals in all competitions for Eupen.

Rooney Eager to Glory In Everton

Everton forward Wayne Rooney is eager to revive his England career after losing his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad earlier this year due to a lack of playing time at Manchester United.

Former captain Rooney is England’s top scorer with 53 goals but last played for the Lions in the World Cup qualifier against Scotland in November with Southgate omitting him in favour of in-form strikers.

Rooney scored eight goals in 39 matches for United last season as he struggled to beat out the club’s new signings and younger players for a regular starting spot.

The 31-year-old is hopeful of a different scenario after re-joining his boyhood club after 13 years at Old Trafford.

“I love playing for England,” Rooney told reporters during his first press conference for Everton on Monday.

“Of course Gareth had to make a decision… I wasn’t playing the football that I like and I don’t think you should play for your country if you are not playing for your club.

“He told me that, if I get back playing every week, then the door is still open. I want to play for England. I am focused on Everton, getting back playing and doing well and, if I do well, Gareth Southgate will have a decision to make.”

Rooney, who has 119 caps for England, also said that he would be forced to retire from international football if he had moved to a Chinese club.

“If I had gone to China, which was an option, then I would have called it a day. It’s the time difference, the difference in the standard of the league,” Rooney added.

Manchester United Record Breaker Reunite With Everton

Manchester United’s former England soccer captain, and a record breaker Wayne Rooney on Sunday join together with his boyhood club Everton on a two-year deal after 13 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford.

So often a divisive figure, Rooney’s value to the club cause was a hot topic right down to the last, but in all truth, Jose Mourinho handed the skipper’s gradual demise to perfection. Having given him an early opportunity to stake a claim at the start of the 2016-17 campaign he quickly sidelined him but continued to keep him involved. It was an approach which allowed the England captain to bow out gracefully.

Rooney arrived at Old Trafford with a bang. His hat-trick on debut against Fenerbahce in 2004 will never be forgotten by United fans, and he quickly became a key part of the first-team setup. He formed an electric partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side evolved into a team capable of winning a third European Cup triumph.

He feels great to have returned to where it all started from and gives a little talk and says “(Winning trophies with Everton) would be the pinnacle, “I really feel now the club is moving in the right direction, bringing the right calibre of players in. I want to be part of it and hopefully part of a successful Everton team.

“It’s a great feeling to be back. I’m excited, I cannot wait to meet the lads, get on the training pitch and then get on the pitch to play. I’m ecstatic – I just cannot wait to get back playing.”

He returns to Goodison Park destined to be remembered as one of the greatest strikers in Manchester United history. He will return to Old Trafford in Everton blue on September 17, but will always, but always, be a part of the Reds’ history.