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Contributions from our editorial team and featured columnists.

Deulofeu's Welcome Return

Lyndon Lloyd
Gerard Deulofeu may have spent a year away from Goodison but he never really left the hearts of many Blues fans who are delighted to see the mercurial winger back in the fold.

Tough Start Presents Opportunity for Martinez's Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
The newly-announced 2015-16 fixtures have thrown up a daunting first 10 games for Everton but within the challenge lies huge opportunity if Roberto Martinez can get his team primed to hit the ground running.

Conflicted: Thoughts On the Role of the Echo

Lyndon Lloyd
Much ire has been aimed at the Echo in recent weeks, particularly on social media, but the nature of the paper's existential realities and its ownership by Trinity Mirror put it in a Catch-22 situation.

Frustrating Season Ends on a Sour Note

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton lost to a Spurs side that was quicker, slicker and hungrier for three points that ensured it was they who finish in the fifth position occupied by the Blues this time last year.

Goodison Forever

Lyndon Lloyd
In the wake of Robert Elstone's cautionary words over the proposed move to Walton Hall Park, the time has surely come to call off the search for a new home and redevelop the Grand Old Lady.

Mercurial Blues Produce Explosive Finale

Lyndon Lloyd
Romelu Lukaku's 20th goal of the season earned a dramatic late win for the second season running at Upton Park.

Familiar Failings Expose Blues' Deficiencies

Lyndon Lloyd
This defeat to Sunderland may have owed as much to luck as the Blues' own inability to get their act together in the box long enough to win it, but there was an annoying air of inevitability about it.

The Slumbering Giant: Part IV Soul Searching

Lyndon Lloyd
Is finding a faceless billionaire the only way to lift Everton back to the top of the English game – and, if so, at what cost to the soul and traditions of the club? The final part of the series.

Villa's Intensity Overwhelms Dismal Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
Aston Villa ended a flat and uninspired Everton's six-match unbeaten run with a 3-2 win at Villa Park.

The Slumbering Giant: Part 3 - Treading Water

Lyndon Lloyd
With lagging commercial revenue relative to our peers, a new stadium is cited by the Board as the key to Everton's longer-term success. Is it the best option, how long dare we wait and what of the ownership issue in the interim?

Martinez Rediscovers His Mojo

Lyndon Lloyd
The Catalan played Louis van Gaal and his charges like a fiddle in the Merseyside sunshine today as Everton ran out 3-0 winners.

The Slumbering Giant: Part 2 - Twenty-Year Itch

Lyndon Lloyd
As the face of English football is irrevocably changed by capital forces, Everton survives as a club with community ties and a modest long-term business plan. But can we ever compete again on this footing?

Mini-Revival Continues With Unspectacular Win Over Burnley

Lyndon Lloyd
In hindsight, a routine win that brings the Blues' points haul from the last 15 available to 13 and pulls them to within a couple of points of the top half of the table.

The Slumbering Giant: Part I - Another False Dawn

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton's step backwards this season after a decade of incremental progress gives pause and cause for reflection on the future of the club. Part I looks at the playing side as it pertains to the Blues' immediate prospects.

Everton Pass Up Fourth Straight Win

Lyndon Lloyd
A fourth match unbeaten keeps the belated recovery alive and keeps Everton's hopes of a top-half finish alive but it was a largely uninspiring performance.

Everton Is Nothing Without Evertonians

Lyndon Lloyd
A chat with the Toffee Lady, Elizabeth France – the better half of Dr. Everton – about Evertonians, the fine biographical efforts of some of the club's most devoted fans, and the current state of the club.

Everton Mask Euro Hurt with Vital Victory

Lyndon Lloyd
A win that puts nine points worth of daylight between Everton and the bottom three and, with eight games still to play, which should be enough to banish fears of the relegation.

Lukaku Stands Tall As Everton Turn Tables On Dynamo Kyiv

Lyndon Lloyd
The Europa League decor went up at Goodison Park and Everton re-emerged from the hole they've been digging for themselves in the Premier League to win in Europe again.

The Intransigent Mr Martinez

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton's miserable fortunes on the domestic front have exhausted the currency Roberto Martinez earned in his first season at Goodson. Can he break the perplexing intransigence that has paralysed his team this season and prove that he is the man to take the club forward over the long term?

Everton Sleepwalk to Another Away Defeat

Lyndon Lloyd
A second 2-0 defeat in the space of four days, another blank on Everton's side of the scoresheet in the points column, and one more frustratingly inept performance has deepened the gloom among supporters trying to fathom how the magic of last season has turned so black.

Normal Service Resumed At The Emirates

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton seemed resigned to their fate in a match that they controlled for long periods but again failed to do enough to win.

Can We Play You Every Week?

Lyndon Lloyd
Some early unsteadiness aside, a professional and reasonably entertaining performance from Everton that ensures they breeze into the next round.

Late Equaliser Rescues Bungling Howard

Lyndon Lloyd
The struggle goes on... Everton continue to falter where a season that many fans now just want to see the back of lurches from one frustration to the next.

Everton Soar On Belgian Rom's Hat-Trick

Lyndon Lloyd
The Blues planted one foot in the round of 16 with an excellent display in Bern despite playing the last half hour with 10 men following John Stones's red card.

Loose Belgian Lips Expose Everton's Harsh Reality

Lyndon Lloyd
Beyond the semantics of quotes attributed to Romelu Lukaku this week lies a more sobering reality. In order to keep our best players, Everton need to become a "top club" once more.

Another Cruel, Late Twist At The Bridge

Lyndon Lloyd
Just two minutes, plus stoppage time, were all that lay between Everton and a hugely creditable point at Stamford Bridge.

Caution Prevails in Lifeless Mersey Derby

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton spared their fans the agony of a Liverpool win in Steven Gerrard's last all-Merseyside clash but that was ultimately all they gave them in a torpid encounter at Goodison Park.

Defensive Strength Underpins First Win of the Year

Lyndon Lloyd
Sometimes you just need to grind out a win and Everton successfully did that on a notoriously difficult ground. Full report on the win over Palace.

In the Grip of Fear

Lyndon Lloyd
If the alarm bells weren't ringing before, they certainly are now.

Roller-Coaster Replay Ends In Penalty Agony

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton played with 10 men for over an hour as this FA Cu0 replay went to extra time only for their spirited display to end in the agony of defeat in a penalty shootout

Blues Rediscover Their Fight

Lyndon Lloyd
The Blues displayed defensive resilience and revived impetus to earn a deserved draw with City

Lukaku's Rescue Act Provides Potential Pivot for Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
Romelu Lukaku's injury-time strike kept Everton alive in the FA Cup and came as a massive relief to a beleagured Roberto Martinez.

New Year, Same Problems

Lyndon Lloyd
A 2-0 defeat at Hull City, a team struggling for confidence themselves who hadn't won at home since October, made it four defeats on the spin and five straight losses away from Goodison Park in the League.

Blues In the Grip of a Crisis of Confidence

Lyndon Lloyd
Roberto Martinez's positive tenure is unravelling as Everton's slide continues.

Alius Falsus Matutinus

Lyndon Lloyd
The Martinez regime may yet prove to be the one that leads us back to the promised land but in the aftermath of another wretched defeat, it just feels like another false dawn.

Everton's Mojo Still Missing Despite Vital Win

Lyndon Lloyd
Though far from their best, Everton won when they were expected to, seeing off QPR 3-1.

Plenty to Learn From Europa Experiment

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton narrowly lost the game that ended the Blues' unbeaten run in the competition but the boss will hopefully have gleaned plenty from what he saw.

Everton Struggle With the Burden of Expectation

Lyndon Lloyd
Echoing the draw against Swansea and some of the similar games from last season, this was an encapsulation of Martinez's lingering challenge at Everton – how to break down entrenched, well-drilled opposition

Woe in the Capital for Ponderous Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
A sluggish Everton are undone by individual errors and a general lack of tempo against a below-par Spurs side

Lukaku Shines As Blues Tame Die Wölfe

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton prove that they were the team to beat in a strong Group H by completing a deserved double over Wolfsburg.

Osman Delivers the Knockout Blow In Goodison Scrap

Lyndon Lloyd
The Blues came through a physical test despite two key absentees, found a way to retake the lead and then withstand a late Allardyce bombardment

Stylish Blues Dismantle Lille

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton retained their position on top of Group H and now need just a point to guarantee their passage to the next phase

Blues Draw a Frustrating Blank

Lyndon Lloyd
A chance to make strides towards the top four goes begging as Everton struggle to break down Swansea who finished with 10 men

Eto'o Turns On the Style In Important Blues Win

Lyndon Lloyd
A victory under-pinned by solid defensive work and secured by superior quality in the final third.

An Unspectacular Job Done

Lyndon Lloyd
An instantly forgettable affair but one which leaves Roberto Martinez's side unbeaten and top of Group H

Much More Like It

Lyndon Lloyd
This was much more akin to what we became accustomed to last season – calm and unflappable in possession, potent from the fullbacks and with Lukaku feeding off Barkley up front.

Faltering Blues Still Searching For Their Lost Mojo

Lyndon Lloyd
A four-game road trip ends disappointingly with two draws and two defeats and a real flat feeling heading into the international break.

A Point Plundered Keeps Blues on Course

Lyndon Lloyd
Samuel Eto'o's late goal salvaged a point that was more important than the iffy performance it was built on

Bolt From the Blue Masks Flat Derby Display

Lyndon Lloyd
Phil Jagielka's stunning equaliser lit up an otherwise wretched attacking performance but avoiding defeat is the real win.

Everton, That...

Lyndon Lloyd
Having won so handsomely on Thursday in Europe and then seen Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea all drop points, you just knew we were going to lose today.

Clinical Blues Tame the German Wolves

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton marked their return to European football with a superb result against Bundesliga side Wolfsburg

Positive Signs As Everton Pick Up First Win

Lyndon Lloyd
A clean sheet, a first goal for Romelu Lukaku and a return to better form of the McCarthy-Barry axis in this 2-0 win at the Hawthorns augurs well for the immediate future.

Defensive Frailties Leave Martinez Searching for Answers

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton's defensive frailties were ruthlessly exposed in a mesmerising game of football at Goodison Park that yielded nine goals.

Another Draw Snatched From the Jaws of Victory

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton let a priceless two-goal advantage slip as Arsenal equalise at the death.

Blues Still Searching For That Vital Killer Instinct

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton, as clearly the superior team should have won this match comfortably but eased off too quickly and for too long, paying the price by conceding a late equaliser.

2014-15 Season Preview

Lyndon Lloyd
The curtain will soon be raised on Roberto Martinez's second season in charge at Goodison Park, the latest page in a new chapter of the club's history waiting to be written.

Is the End Nigh for a Patient Courtship?

Lyndon Lloyd
Are the various noises coming out of Goodison Park from manager, players and recruitment staff alike a signal that the chase for Lukaku is approaching a successful conclusion?

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