Good morning, Everton fans. Here are your morning headlines for Monday, July 13.
Everton legend Neville Southall has called on fans to give manager Carlo Ancelotti time after the Toffees’ 3-0 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.
Top-six chasing Wolves comfortably dispatched Everton at Molineux to leave Ancelotti’s side in 11th place after their 14th defeat of the season.
But Southall, writing on Twitter, insists it is important for people to trust Ancelotti as the three-time Champions League winner attempts to transform Everton’s fortunes.
“It’s a time for the manager to give game time to people who may or may not earn his trust,” he said. “Each player is going through that, now is a good time to do it. They will show him they want to be here or not, up 2 [sic] them now. He knows what to do.
"The manager will see the same game we did. We can moan all we like, but it’s time to trust the guy and let him decide who he wants and who he doesn’t. Getting rid is 10 times harder than signing players. He can only use what he’s got now.”
Cause for concern
An error-strewn display against Wolves sums up why confidence in Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has plummeted, according to the ECHO’s Everton reporter Adam Jones.
The England number one allowed Diogo Jota’s shot to beat him at his near post after having almost gifted Wolves a goal when he allowed Daniel Podence’s shot to squirm underneath him.
These mistakes are evidence of how Pickford needs to improve after a season in which the 26-year-old has failed to inspire confidence in his defenders.
“ Pickford has so many attributes which should make him a top quality goalkeeper,” writes Jones. “He's generally a good shot-stopper, his distribution is regularly great.
“But these errors need to be chopped out of his game, and they need to be taken very seriously - which is where the reaction to the errors comes into play.
“Pickford desperately needs to improve. He needs to start showing a level of consistency which can take the Blues to where they want to be.”
Toffees join chase
Everton are ready to battle Manchester United in the race to sign Aston Villa centre-back Tyrone Mings, according to The Mirror.
Mings is tipped to leave Villa this summer if the club are relegated and will not be short of potential suitors.
The 27-year-old, who has made 30 Premier League appearances for Dean Smith’s side this season, has also been linked with Arsenal and is valued by Villa at around £30m.
Mings joined Villa last summer from Bournemouth for £20m after helping the club’s promotion push during a loan spell in the second half of the 2018/19 season.