Blue Weekly – Everton end the international break with three precious points

It was a mixed international week for Everton, with the positivity generated by a record number of Blues progressing to the summers World Cup Finals, dampened by the news that Darron Gibson had suffered a devastating knee ligament injury that will in all likelihood keep him out of the Everton team for the rest of the season.

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As the news of Darron Gibson’s injury broke, Everton were left facing up to the prospect of losing a vital player for the foreseeable future. Although it will fail to compensate fully for the loss, Everton will be relieved that FIFA have agreed a compensation system that covers the salary of players who suffer significant injury while representing their national teams.

One ex-Blue who continues to be overlooked by the Spanish national team is Mikel Arteta. With England training at the Arsenal training ground in London ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier with Poland, Arteta dropped in to catch up with his former Everton team mates, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines. 

One player to impress in England’s victorious qualifying campaign is Leighton Baines and with him now finally appearing to win the battle for the left back spot with Ashley Cole, the Everton player is continuing to grab column inches in the national newspapers. Unfortunately for Evertonians, that means the constant links to a move from Goodison to Manchester United refuse to go away.

Away from the international fixtures we used the quiet time between Premier League games to reflect on the impact the summer transfer arrivals had made on the club. At this early stage of the season it would certainly appear that the deadline day signings have made the biggest impact with all three establishing themselves in the starting eleven.

Gerard Deulofeu who arrived at Everton from Barcelona on loan this summer has spoken of his surprise at how similar life is at the two clubs. Although he would have liked to play on a more regular basis, he is content with the progress he has made and is looking forward to the rest of the season.

At St Domingo’s we like to look at all things Everton related and we were disappointed to hear that David Weir had been sacked by Sheffield United. The Blades have endured a difficult start to the season, but we expected Weir to be given more time to turn the fortunes of the club around. Following his sacking, we reflected on why ex-Everton players have struggled to forge a career in management.

This week also saw the launch of our individual player pages which include statistics on the career’s and current playing season for each member of the Everton first team squad. Statistics currently include games played, minutes on the pitch, goals scored, clean sheets, passes completed, assists, chances created and many more. If there is something you would like to see covered let us know and we will do our best to incorporate this moving forward.

As the week drew to a close, attention turned towards the weekend visit of Hull City. Our match preview also included video footage of that famous Wayne Rooney goal against Arsenal which all inside Goodison celebrated ecstatically exactly 11 years ago on Saturday.

It is always nice to end the week with match day, especially when the game ends in a deserved win. Hull certainly pushed Everton close, but goals from Kevin Mirallas and Steven Pienaar lifted Everton to victory and a precious three Premier League points. Our regular after match columns reflected on the game and unsurprisingly were unanimous in awarding James McCarthy as the Everton man of the match.

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