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Contributions from our editorial team and featured columnists.

Alex The Great

Lyndon Lloyd
In order to share the 60-minute film with other Blues, Dr David France has made ‘Alex the Great’ available on YouTube. It is required viewing for football fans of all persuasions and all ages.

The Skipper

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton's decision not to award a new contract to Phil Jagielka brings to an end a 12-year career characterised by consistency and exemplary leadership by example, one that was deserving of more success but which will nonetheless be remembered for a long time to come.

The Priority

Lyndon Lloyd
While André Gomes has long been regarded as the "must-buy" of the summer, there is a strong case for saying that it is Everton's other loan star who is more important to the Blues’ immediate future

The Misfit?

Lyndon Lloyd
Sometimes things just don’t work out in particular circumstances and it could be that Ademola Lookman and Everton were never meant to be. If so, it would be a massive shame.

The Renaissance

Lyndon Lloyd
Had Morgan Schneiderlin left Goodison last summer, few would have been surprised or, it’s fair to say, even been that concerned. Fast forward a year and the Frenchman has undergone quite the revival in form and favour.

The Machine

Lyndon Lloyd
Idrissa Gueye has been the ideal foil for the high pressing game that Marco Silva has instituted at Everton this season; a key factor in what has been a remarkable run of defensive form since early February, especially at Goodison Park, and a platform from which the manager can build for next season. But can the club keep him?

Delay to European tour should be a blessing in disguise

Lyndon Lloyd
A seventh-place finish looks beyond us this season but while we all agree the Toffees belong in Europe, there’s a case to made that, in the context of their longer-term goals, missing out this time might not be a bad thing.

You can beat them but you can't join them... yet

Lyndon Lloyd
In the context of the media's obsession with the top six, none of the biased coverage since Sunday has been surprising and it has begged the question among Everton fans this week: does it matter?

Pickford must find focus or risk losing Everton's faith

Lyndon Lloyd
The 25-year-old's cocksure attitude has been lauded as one of his strengths but it has bordered on misplaced arrogance at times this season and it's a trait that is becoming a liability.

99 Problems

Lyndon Lloyd
For all the acknowledged mitigating circumstances surrounding what Marco Silva inherited, there is little question that Everton have regressed under his leadership. The Blues have a multitude of issues which the manager has time to fix. Now he has to prove he can.

Stick or Twist? Silva’s Selection Dilemmas

Lyndon Lloyd
Marcel Brands and Marco Silva were successful in not only pruning a bloated squad but also in then adding genuine quality to the Everton team. It means that the manager has some tough decisions to make when everybody is fit.

Silva secures a hat-trick of wins with Pickford save and timely substitutions

Lyndon Lloyd
With the help of his star goalkeeper, Marco Silva engineered victory when it seemed as though Everton were destined to be shut out by a typically obstinate Crystal Palace

Can Everton be André Gomes's new lease on life?

Lyndon Lloyd
The 25-year-old has come a long way already in his career but has yet to truly find his place.

Doomed to Repeat the Errors of the Past

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton’s infuriating dance of despair with the League Cup continues amid a slew of changes to a winning line-up that doomed the Blues to another exit in the early rounds of the competition

That Old Cliché About Rome...

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton have missed a few tricks in the opening weeks of Marco Silva’a first campaign in charge but time is needed for important players to become available and for things to gel as a whole

Let's Make Everton Great Again

Lyndon Lloyd
A chat with Elizabeth France, wife of the good Dr Everton, on renewed hope for the stop-start Farhad Moshiri era, reminiscences of the great Ray Wilson, and what may lie ahead under Marcel Brands and Marco Silva

Richarlison's massive fee is matched by his potential

Lyndon Lloyd
Whether its £35m or £40m, it’s a jaw-dropping amount of money but it's the price of trying to remain competitive at the top end of the Premier League, and in Richarlison, Everton have invested heavily in some excitingly raw potential.

Pickford earns his England stripes and, hopefully, some respect from his doubters

Lyndon Lloyd
The criticism of Jordan Pickford by some pundits, commentators and journalists came quickly at this World Cup but he answered them brilliantly against Colombia

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