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Everton news and transfers LIVE - Blues 'confident' of striker deal, Gabriel bid claim, Goodison must become a fortress again

Everton comeback and the fear of losing

FourFourTwo magazine have done and article on what Everton’s dramatic, late comeback win at Watford with 10 men tells us about the fear of losing.

In a broader sense, not specific just to Watford, it also documented the challenges created by under-performance. It showed the difficulties that a manager like Pearson has to overcome and also the extent of those various ailments; recovery depends on curing a very deep psychosis and removing a team, player-by-player, from that psychological mire.

Watford sunk right back into theirs on Saturday afternoon and it was grimly compelling.

They were betrayed by their nervous passes and by players who didn’t want the responsibility of rescuing the result.

And, finally, by Theo Walcott’s breakaway goal in stoppage-time. How does that even happen?

How did professional players reason that a single covering defender was enough security against Walcott, Richarlison and Moise Keane?

Instinctively, that should have felt wrong to every Watford player on the pitch.

Everton players celebrate Theo Walcott's winning goal at Watford
Everton players celebrate Theo Walcott's winning goal at Watford (Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Blues confident of new DCL deal claims report

Everton are confident of agreeing a new contract with Dominic Calvert-Lewin after positive preliminary discussions, Football Insider claims.

The striker, 22, was linked with Manchester United last month but the article says that the Blues have no intention of letting him go.

They say that an Everton source has told them that director of football Marcel Brands is working on tying Calvert-Lewis to a new and improved deal.

Early talks have gone well and there is hope at Goodison Park that an agreement can be reached in the coming months.

Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Gibson looks 'the real deal'

So says Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton after the on-loan Everton defender went straight into the side to make his debut on Saturday in their 2-1 win over Doncaster.

Barton, who also praised Gibson’s fellow Blue Callum Connolly, told the Blackpool Gazette:

“We’ve been tracking Lewis Gibson for a large period because we’ve been looking for a left-footed centre-half.

“Callum Connolly came in and did a shift for us on the left and did the basics superbly, but we’ve moved him over to his natural side, which releases Coyley (Lewie Coyle) and Wes Burns and allows us to press with a sort of front three.

“Lewis Gibson looked the real deal and handled it superbly, and he’ll come on so much for that.

“Connolly, flipping over to the right side, I think found another gear and was superb.”

Lewis Gibson before the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at London Stadium on January 18, 2020
Lewis Gibson before the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at London Stadium on January 18, 2020 (Image: Photo by Tony McArdle /Everton FC via Getty Images)

Report claims Blues wanted Gabriel

Everton and Arsenal made offers for Lille defender Gabriel in January, but did not meet his valuation, according to reports in France say Team Talk.

Le10 Sport claim that the Blues and Gunners both made concrete offers for the Brazil Under-20 international, but they did not meet Lille’s valuation.

The French club have since tied him down to a new contract until 2023, but it is suggested they may concede defeat in their efforts to keep him if an acceptable offer comes in the summer – with the Premier League duo set to monitor his progress throughout the remainder of the season.

Gabriel during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Lille OSC at Stamford Bridge
Gabriel during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Lille OSC at Stamford Bridge (Image: Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

Happy 50th birthday Super Kev

Super Kevin Campbell, the man whose goals almost single-handedly saved Everton from relegation in 1999, and who over two decades on remains the Blues last Anfield match-winner at Anfield, celebrates his 50th birthday today.

Many happy returns big man!

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Fans during the Premier League match between Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers
Fans during the Premier League match between Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

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North West fans most dissatisfied with VAR

YouGov have carried out a national survey on fans’ feelings about VAR and supporters in our North West region are the most dissatisfied with the new officiating tool.

The results - delivered by Sky Sports - reveal just one in 25 fans believe VAR has worked ‘very well’ and one in four thinks the technology has ‘worked well’.

Another 26 per cent said VAR has worked ‘very badly’ and 34 per cent ‘fairly badly’, with remaining respondents voting neutrally or unsure.

Across Great Britain, the North West region of England - home to Everton of course - is most dissatisfied with VAR, where 35 per cent voted it has worked ‘very badly’.

Fans in Yorkshire (34 per cent) and the West Midlands (32 per cent) also emerged as leading complainants but anti-VAR sentiments were far less extreme in Scotland (17 per cent) and London (18 per cent).

So why are most fans dissatisfied with VAR? Nearly seven out of 10 felt it made watching games less enjoyable, while the minority, closer to one in 10, believed it had actually made matches more enjoyable.

But, despite the convincing vote of no confidence, 74 per cent of fans would actually keep VAR but implement changes and only 15 per cent want to scrap it entirely.

What changes, though? Well, encouraging on-field referees to use the pitch-side monitor proved most popular with 52 per cent in ‘strong support’.

Fans seeing VAR video footage in real-time also proved popular (49 per cent), followed by hearing conversations between VAR and the on-field referee (43 per cent) and a time limit on VAR decisions (42 per cent).

A VAR check in progress during the Premier League match at Goodison Park
A VAR check in progress during the Premier League match at Goodison Park
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