Football has long been a game of the people and since the advent of Twitter fans have never been closer to their footballing idols. Take a look at the Week in Tweet below for a round up of what Everton’s stars have been saying on Twitter
It has no doubt been a frustrating week for Ross. Receiving national adulation mid-week after his solo goal gave us a tantalising glimpse of his potential, the Wavertree-born midfielder’s weekend ended in a limp 45 minutes at Craven Cottage before being withdrawn with a knock- suddenly, according to Metro , Jordan Mutch should be in England’s World Cup squad instead.
But Evertonians are under no illusion as to Barkley’s talents, which, while they are admittedly still raw, are sure to help Ross develop into a top player on the domestic and international stages.
Nike certainly seem assured of his seat on the plane to Brazil after choosing Ross as one of the models to launch their new England away strip.
— Nike UK (@NikeUK) March 31, 2014
So long as Ross stays injury free (Roberto Martinez hopes he will shake off the calf injury that cut short his afternoon at Craven Cottage, a game Everton went on to win 3-1) and continues to put in the kind of performances we saw at St James’ Park last week, we’ll be seeing him sporting the far from flattering red jersey this summer. He doesn’t look too happy in red does he? We’ll let you off on international duty Ross, but stick to the royal blue in future, yeah?
Lukaku didn’t get his name on the score-sheet on Sunday, but the big man played his part. We know he’s nowhere near the finished article and we forget sometimes, such has been his goal-scoring prowess in his two seasons in the Premier League, how young he is and how far he still has to go.
The Belgian has netted 4 times in the six games he has featured in since returning from an ankle injury, adding to the 9 already accumulated for the Toffees. The Blues may be getting goals from all over the place, with 9 of March’s goal haul of 13 scored by midfielders and defenders, but Lukaku’s presence as the focal point of Everton’s attacks will be crucial in the hunt to pip Arsenal to the last Champions League spot.
After a busy week it seemed ‘The Beast’ was enjoying a well earned rest back in his home country.
So hot in brussels woow
— R.Lukaku Bolingoli10 (@RomeluLukaku9) March 31, 2014
A simple tweet: factual, informative, news-worthy…but I couldn’t help but be reminded of Will Ferrell’s Mugatu in Zoolander
He’s clearly a fan of his nation’s capital, and it’s hotness. Well, in honour of Everton’s current No 17 and leading goalscorer, here is my own Mugatu-style tribute:
I’m sure you’ll agree Blues, that if one man has the fire-power in the current ranks to shoot down the Gunners and fire us into the Champions League, it’s Hansel…I mean, Lukaku. So hot right now.
Bryan has been fairly quiet on Twitter, which can only be good for Evertonians. Rather than hammering furiously at his iPhone, bed-ridden, it would seem Bryan is stepping up his recovery after a horrific leg break during Everton’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Stevenage Borough.
That means more time spent in the gym and less time taking selfies (Vellios, take note please). Hopefully it isn’t an April fools, but his latest tweet announces the Costa-Rican’s return to England.
De vuelta en Inglaterra // Back in England pic.twitter.com/RSBLTjUHqh
— Bryan Oviedo (@Bryan_Oviedo) April 1, 2014
Bryan’s is the sort of case that Martinez had in mind when he revealed ambitions for the club to expand their Finch Farm training complex to include accommodation. Martinez insisted the already state-of-the-art facilities need to be improved, citing bedrooms as essential in players’ recovery:
The moment you lose a player to injury and he has to go home to recover and come back, it makes it impossible to get two sessions in. You have to have that base to work if you want to invest in youngsters.
“The 10,000 hours rule [the supposed time required to become expert in any field] is impossible but if you can get a player doing double of what they do the benefits are incredible. Even before games you have to go to a hotel. You don’t create that environment of feeling at home. It is now a must to have bedrooms. Every first-team player should have a bedroom.”
Source: Andy Hunter, The Guardian, 27/03/14
Oviedo tweeted last week that he’s “getting strong now” and the speed in which he has recovered has surprised everyone. Here’s hoping he can do enough to give himself a chance of playing a part in Costa Rica’s World Cup campaign this summer.
La recuperación va muy bien trabajando fuerte! // I'm getting strong, now I'm pretty fine. Thanks for all support!
— Bryan Oviedo (@Bryan_Oviedo) March 27, 2014
Geri took to Twitter after Sunday’s vital 3-1 win against Fulham to celebrate the three points in typical fashion: a photo of the opening goal’s celebrations with non-other than Geri in the middle. I wonder how many he went through before finding the perfect snap?
Yeeessss!! 3 more points Everton! Very difficult game against Fulham! Thank you for the support! Come on.. pic.twitter.com/KpvZ9Fab16
— Gerard Deulofeu (@gerardeulofeu) March 30, 2014
In seriousness though, it’s great for Toffees to see players (even loan players, which is a third of our team if certain bitter Gerodies are to be listened to) engage with fans and celebrate winning in royal blue.
Fresh doubt has been cast over whether the Spaniard will stick around for a second season at Goodison after his parent club Barcelona were hit with a two-window transfer restriction after breaching FIFA rules. Still, the more we see of you and the team celebrating victory, the better. Also the less we see of these mirror-selfies, the better.
Recovery day! Have a nice day. pic.twitter.com/HJIGnsR7xc
— Gerard Deulofeu (@gerardeulofeu) April 1, 2014
C’mon Geri, that one’s worse than Vellios’ collection put together.