Is Conor McAleny making a case for Premier League minutes? - Mark Runnacles
Midweek doldrums got you down? Here are some fresh ToffeeLinks to enjoy.
Happy Wikipedia Day, everyone! On this date twelve years ago, the free encyclopedia went online for the first time. Like it or hate it, Wikipedia has changed the way we look up information on the internet, especially in the world of sports. On to the links...
For those of you who have been hoping for Everton to acquire Norwegian defender Vegard Forren, it doesn't look like it's going to happen. First, The Guardian reported that Forren was brought in for a trial with the lot across the park, while Southampton had apparently already made a firm offer for the player. Now, the Daily Mail claims that Southampton's bid has already been accepted by Molde. Last week we profiled Forren and how he might have fit into the Everton team, but it appears that the search for defensive depth will go on.
The Everton youngsters have been in the news recently as well. Alan Stubbs was extremely pleased with the performance of the Under-21s in their 3-0 demolition of Blackburn Rovers, as Conor McAleny and Francisco Junior got onto the score sheet for the Blues. Meanwhile, the Under-18s had their FA Youth Cup fourth round match with Port Vale postponed until next week due to a frozen pitch.
Another note on the Everton youth setup: highly regarded prospect George Green was named in the England Under-17 team that will take on the Netherlands, Germany, and Portugal next month. I'm really excited about this kid. He's still a loooooong way away from making an impact in the Premier League, but he's got all of the makings of a future star.
Fellow SB Nation blog The Lion of Vienna Suite has a match report of Bolton's surprise win over Sunderland in the FA Cup yesterday. Good reading if you're looking for a scouting report of Everton's fourth round opponents.
Ian Snodin has a short column in the Liverpool Echo that praises the progress being made by Seamus Coleman, pointing to Coleman's animated reaction to Phil Neville stealing the ball off his feet in the Swansea match as proof that he is maturing.
Finally, for today's random link here is Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2012. I'm a huge music guy but even I haven't heard a lot of these bands, so I've been doing my best to catch up. For my money, the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men put out the best album last year. Here's a taste: