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Rafa Benitez talks about Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin fitness

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Everton started this season’s EPL campaign flying high as they took seven points out of a possible nine from their opening three games. 

Strikers Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin were a huge part of those three games, the latter scoring in all. But the Toffees run hasn’t been as smooth since the two went out with injury, seeing the side get only seven other points from fifteen.

Though they have won some, Everton’s position isn’t steady, with their latest 1-0 loss at home against West Ham pushing them out of a European spot.

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The performances indicate clearly how much Benitez’s side’s strike force is lacking, and he has come out to shed light on Richarlison’s and Calvert-Lewin’s condition.

“I think Richarlison is closer, Dominic will take longer…” Benitez disclosed to reporters after his side’s controversial defeat against West Ham. 

Benitez further admitted that playing against a good team, you need to take whatever chances appear or “move on”, something that his side couldn’t do, perhaps due to lacking the best people who could do it.

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Benitez relies on three summer signings (Rondon, Townsend, and Gray) who have been doing a good job, but it’s clearly not enough and Richarlison’s return will greatly boost the Blues’ winning chances.

Also Read: Moyes and Benitez’s differing opinions about match officiating

If the 24-year-old Brazilian could make it back for Saturday’s game against Watford at home, perhaps Rafa’s side could overturn their season’s first home defeat with a convincing home win.

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Two Everton midfielders out for minimum of four weeks

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After suffering injuries in the last week, Everton midfielders Abdoulaye Doucoure and Fabian Delph will both be out for at least four weeks.

The injury to Doucoure occurred in the second half of Everton’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday, while the injury to Delph occurred in training.

Duncan Ferguson, the interim manager, suddenly has a scarcity of fit midfield players, with Tom Davies also sidelined for a prolonged period.

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Allan, Andre Gomes, and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, as well as Tyler Onyango, are available.

An Everton statement read: “Everton midfielders Abdoulaye Doucoure and Fabian Delph are expected to be out for a minimum of four weeks after sustaining injuries.

“Frenchman Doucoure was forced off in the 65th minute of Saturday’s Premier League match against Aston Villa at Goodison Park due to a groin problem.

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“Subsequent tests have revealed the 29-year-old requires a period of rehabilitation under the care of Everton’s medical staff at USM Finch Farm.

“Meanwhile, Delph sustained a thigh injury during a training session this week and is now undergoing treatment with the club’s medical team.”

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Everton now considering talks with two managers as Moshiri urged to consider U-turn

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In their search for a new boss to replace Rafael Benitez, Everton will invite both Niko Kovac and Rudi Garcia to offer their ideas.

Everton fired Benitez earlier this month, but Farhad Moshiri has failed to identify a suitable replacement.

Duncan Ferguson is in charge until further notice, and Everton’s managerial search appears to be sending contradictory signals.

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Vitor Pereira has recently become a hot name, but according to The Mirror, Moshiri has been tempted to make a hasty decision.

Everton are currently considering other managers after Moshiri was urged not to hurry into a potentially hazardous appointment.

According to reports, Kovac and Garcia have emerged as ‘strong candidates’ for the Everton position and would be invited to ‘present themselves.’

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Everton wants to hear what both coaches have to say, and such discussions might happen shortly, with an appointment required.

Monaco fired Kovac at the start of January, despite the fact that he had won three of his previous four races.

Last season, the Croatian led Monaco to third place in Ligue 1 and left the club with a solid record, winning about 57% of his matches.

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Kovac appears to be an incredible option for Everton. In 2018, he won the DFB-Pokal with Eintracht Frankfurt, followed by the Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich the following year.

His clubs have performed well in cup tournaments, and he has gotten the best out of several young players – all of which should pique Everton’s interest.

Garcia, who departed Lyon at the end of last campaign, is another out-of-work manager.

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Garcia’s biggest managerial achievement was winning the Ligue 1 trophy with Lille in 2011.

Garcia has been quite steady in his last four roles. Lille, Roma, Marseille, and Lyon had respective victory rates of 50.39 percent, 51.69 percent, 48.59 percent, and 53.85 percent.

They’re all in the same ballpark, with him winning roughly half of his matches – and Everton might be interested in that.

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco

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According to the Daily Star, senior Everton officials are furious with Farhad Moshiri over his weekend meetings with Vitor Pereira.

Moshiri met with the contender for talks in Monaco, according to the newspaper’s print copy (25/01).

Given how disastrous the move to appoint Rafa Benitez was, board members at Goodison Park are thought to have strong opposition.

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“Board and on the senior executive, especially given the disastrous appointment of Rafa Benitez,” the piece concluded.

Moshiri appeared to be going in headfirst and making the decision without engaging anyone.

This just goes to show that, while he may be a terrific businessman, his football brain is still lagging behind and causing serious problems at Goodison Park.

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The owner is in desperate need of advice because some of his recent actions have been comical.

The fans are grateful to those senior board members who opted to stand up and be counted on this occasion, preventing a catastrophe.

Pereira may have won awards during his career, but he did so in nations like China, Greece, and Portugal, where it is expected.

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Hopefully, Moshiri will listen to his board members more often, and they will assist him in making the best decision possible to move the Toffees ahead rather than backward.

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