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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.

Win on 'top six' turf proves elusive but Everton finish campaign in optimistic mood

Lyndon Lloyd

The Blues recovered from a poor start and probably should have won which represents progress on the last two clashes with Tottenham.

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?

Everton end home campaign having restored Fortress Goodison

Lyndon Lloyd

Goodison Park has indeed become a fortress again and this was a pleasingly routine win even if it left you feeling a little unfulfilled at the way Everton eased off the pedal in the second half.

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.

Blues held to disappointing but hugely instructive draw

Lyndon Lloyd

While the dominance of the contest was there in combination with another impressive defensive performance, the requisite quality in the final third was not and in that sense, if nothing else, this game was instructive of what Everton still need in terms of additions to the squad if they are to achieve their aims over the next couple of seasons.

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?

Magnificent Everton serve up Easter misery for United

Lyndon Lloyd

Just like the Chelsea and Arsenal results before them, this brilliant victory and the performance that underpinned it should form another piece of the roadmap forward under Marco Silva.

Truly 'Everton, that'

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton really are beyond parody at times. Against the second-worst team in the Premier League who had lost nine on the spin and only kept one clean sheet all season, they lost in miserable fashion

Silva has Everton back on track with fourth win in six

Lyndon Lloyd

The Blues saw off a third London team in the space of 14 days to register their fourth win in six games with a 1-0 victory over Champions League-chasing Arsenal

Benchmark performance points to a brighter future under Silva

Lyndon Lloyd

With the pressure on their collective shoulders easing, Everton are starting to express themselves once again and Silva appears to have found a settled formula that will underpin the push to finish seventh over the remaining six games

A result to savour despite Everton's continuingly split personality

Lyndon Lloyd

Another game of two halves, this time with Everton putting on the show in the second period to record a handsome 2-0 win over Chelsea

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.

Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde and the Pantomime Villain

Lyndon Lloyd

A quintessential game of two halves; wondering where this imaginative and purposeful Everton has been the past three months in the first to cursing the mental fragility and abysmal game management that this Blues team exhibits in the second.

Another 'morale victory'

Lyndon Lloyd

The Goodison derby ended goalless for the second season running thanks to some sterling work from the likes of Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane and Everton's shortcomings at the other end

Blues sweep Cardiff aside for welcome win

Lyndon Lloyd

Gylfi Sigurdsson enjoyed his first return to South Wales since leaving Swansea for Everton, emerging the victor with two goals and a man-of-the-match display to his credit

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.

One more “L” in the results column

Lyndon Lloyd

Nine defeats in 14 Premier League matches is relegation form. With 33 points already on the board, only a complete collapse could see Everton under threat of going down this season but when it’s hard to see where the next win is going to come from, it doesn’t bode well for the manager’s continued employment

Continuing set-piece failings undermine improved Everton display against City

Lyndon Lloyd

Marco Silva got the beginnings of a reaction to Everton's poor recent form but his side remains largely toothless and is still leaking soft goals

“Well, It's Groundhog Day... Again!”

Lyndon Lloyd

This is all starting to look horribly familiar.

Blues show stomach for the fight

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton dragged themselves off the mat with a slender but hard-fought victory at Huddersfield

Silva's first season in tatters as shambolic Blues are dumped out by Millwall

Lyndon Lloyd

Two wins from ten in the Premier League has seen the Blues fall irretrievably away from top-six contention and now the 2018-19 season is effectively over before the end of January after an embarrassing FA Cup defeat to Millwall in front of a national audience

Questions at every turn as brittle Blues succumb to spirited Saints

Lyndon Lloyd

If you didn’t know better, you would have said on this evidence that it was Everton who were the ones haunted by the threat of the drop and had just been through a 120-minute cup tie in midweek

Lookman impresses as Everton battle to much-needed victory

Lyndon Lloyd

An ugly victory that masked some continuing issues but a victory nonetheless which will hopefully inject some confidence into the Blues’ veins

Everton make hard work of despatching League Two Imps

Lyndon Lloyd

In the cup, the final score is always paramount but in view of the calibre of the opposition, this should have been a lot more convincing than it was

New Year, Same Old Problems

Lyndon Lloyd

If 2019 is to be the year where the latest Everton project begins to bear fruit, there was precious little evidence of it during this dire New Year’s Day lunchtime kick-off.

Erratic Everton continue to infuriate

Lyndon Lloyd

This trip to Brighton was every bit as difficult as it promised to be beforehand but too many players aren’t producing where it counts and as long as that continues, the more frustrating this season will continue to be

Determined Blues hit Burnley with a bunch of fives at Turf Moor

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton came off the mat swinging after getting floored by Spurs to thrash Burnley and recover some self respect.

Spurs deliver savage dose of reality for Silva and Everton

Lyndon Lloyd

A miserable reality check that left any notion that Marco Silva’s nascent Everton revolution was at the point where it could challenge the top six in tatters for the time being

Mission Impossible?

Lyndon Lloyd

Manchester City had too much for them in the end but, with better finishing, Everton could have made much more of a contest of this one than they eventually did

Two steps forward, one step back

Lyndon Lloyd

Lucas Digne scored a stunner but it failed to gloss over a sub-standard Everton performance that points to more work ahead for Marco Silva

Fifth straight home win eludes flat and uninspired Everton

Lyndon Lloyd

As it was, the spoils were shared and there’s no way to look at it from the Everton point of view other than as two points lost in the context of their recent home form and their top-six aspirations.

Another day of derby misery but our time will come

Lyndon Lloyd

The tragedy of the final result was that Klopps’s side were there for the taking if Everton had just been able to get their act together long enough going forward after the interval

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.

Everton grind out another important win with Sigurdsson's timely strike

Lyndon Lloyd

No match is easy in England’s top flight anymore but once again Everton got the job done without really getting into anything like top gear

Chelsea point represents another step forward for Everton under Silva

Lyndon Lloyd

Though things didn’t quite come together in the attacking third as the manager would have hoped or the impressively vocal travelling fans might have dreamed this result and the display that underpinned it are evidence of further progress in the Portuguese’s nascent tenure

Richarlison dazzles again as Everton cruise to victory over Brighton

Lyndon Lloyd

A handsome win and yet you feel there is still quite a bit of unfulfilled potential in this team which is pretty exciting for the future under Marco Silva

Not your run-of-the-mill Old Trafford defeat

Lyndon Lloyd

Ultimately, it was another dispiriting loss at Old Trafford but with enough to keep alive the hope and belief that Everton are moving in the right direction under Silva

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.

Silva's stars begin to align as Everton top Leicester

Lyndon Lloyd

It may have taken a world-class goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson but Everton were full value for their first away win under Marco Silva

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

Everton make their quality tell to put paid to Fulham

Lyndon Lloyd

While far from fully convincing, this was an important result that can provide a catalyst from which to get some forward momentum on the season

Signs of progress amid the gloom of another Emirates defeat

Lyndon Lloyd

Ultimately, this was a routine result for this particular fixture in scoreline only and 2-0 was harsh on an Everton team that had done more than enough to earn at least a point

Question marks all over the shop

Lyndon Lloyd

This was very much a story of contrasting individual stories and it throws up a slew of talking points about just how strong Marco Silva’s team actually is and whether the system favoured up to this point — not to mention the personnel within it — has any future

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

An opportunity missed but some harsh lessons hopefully learned

Lyndon Lloyd

Rome wasn’t built in a day and Everton won’t be rebuilt over the course of a summer, a couple of transfer windows or even a season but this felt like another big missed opportunity nonetheless

Encouraging signs as Everton earn first win under Silva

Lyndon Lloyd

What’s really exciting for Evertonians is that, really like the team’s performance as a whole, you get the sense there is much, much more to come from Richarlison who already has three goals to his name.

Richarlison thrills as 10-man Blues are denied victory by Wolves

Lyndon Lloyd

It may not have ended up that way in this game but it looks like Everton have a bona fide match-winner in Richarlison. Even better, four of Silva’s signings have yet to make their first appearances. It feels like things are just getting started…

A New Hope

Lyndon Lloyd

Having been handed the reins, Marco Silva gets to prove he is worthy of the Everton hierarchy’s faith but the outlook is already considerably brighter after one of the best transfer windows the club has seen

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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