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play 90 minutes, then I don’t
see why not.
“He didn’t play one pre-
season match. Even with his
former club, he didn’t play a
pre-season game, only some
training sessions with the
Under-23s and then full
sessions with the first team
“He looks fit to play more
time if I decide he’s able to
do so.”
The manager says Kean’s
English is decent and has told
Brazilian striker Richarlison
he needs to improve his, as
does Colombian Yerry Mina.
Silva, whose side can go
top of the league for the first
time in 12 years if they beat
Villa, says Richarlison will
be better as a player
if he can brush up
his English because
he will have a
greater tactical
understanding of
his team-mates.
“With Mina
and Richarlison, we
would like more from
them,” said Silva.
“Their levels are a little bit
better, but not like we would
“This is something we
demand from them because
this is one of the keys for
them to adapt faster and to
understand everything that’s
happening around them.
“Not just on the pitch but
at Finch Farm and during a
normal day in Richarlison’s
life, it would help, for sure.
“That’s what we demand
from them and it’s up to
them to keep working on this
because in my opinion it will
be one of the keys for them
to perform better.
“For Richarlison, even
more because the position he
plays is really important.”
ASTON VILLA (probable): Heaton;
Elmohamady, Engels, Mings, Taylor; McGinn, Luiz,
Grealish; Trezeguet, Wesley, El Ghaz.
EVERTON (probable): Pickford; Coleman,
Keane, Mina, Digne; Gbamin, Gomes; Richarlison,
Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin.

By David Anderson


blamed for United’s
failure to win
silverware or secure a
top-four finish.
But Lukaku believes
he was unfairly singled
out for criticism – and
that the same
goes for
duo Paul Pogba
and Alexis
He said: “I
don’t think I
was the only
one playing
bad – a lot of
people were.
“They [fans] have to
find a culprit. They
have to find somebody.
It is [Paul] Pogba or me
or Alexis [Sanchez] –
it’s the three of us
all the time.”

postponed. And Jevans
says the crisis cannot
continue much longer
as the EFL try to
facilitate a takeover.
The league are
willing to grant
an extension to
deadline if a
deal for a new
owner is close.
Jevans said:
“We’ve been
approached by
some people
who are
interested in purchasing
the club. There are
conversations ongoing
but ultimately he has
got to want to sell the
club. That is within his
gift. Does he want to?
I don’t know.”

By Jeremy Cross

By James Nursey

has laid into
Manchester United
fans and accused them
of making him a
scapegoat for last
season’s failings.
Lukaku quit United
in acrimonious
this month to
join Inter Milan
in a £73million
The striker
went to train in
Belgium with
Anderlecht last
month – and
refused to
return to Carrington
until his move to Inter
had been sealed.
He scored 15 goals
last season but found
himself axed from the
side towards the end of
the campaign and was

Romelu: United fans

really get my goat


EFL chief Debbie
Jevans admits she is
unsure if Bury’s
controversial owner
Steve Dale really wants
to sell up.
Dale, who bought the
Shakers for £1
in December,
has been given
until midnight
to prove he has
£2.7million in
the bank to get
the club
through the
season and pay
off creditors.
If not, a club formed
134 years ago face
expulsion from the
Football League unless
Dale sells.
Bury are yet to play
a game this term after
having their first five

Deadline looms for

Dale to sell Bury

DALE: Hot seat

●FORMER Nottingham Forest and Bristol Rovers
striker Junior Agogo has died aged 40. Agogo, who
represented Ghana 27 times and finished his club
career at Hibernian in 2012, suffered a stroke in 2015.

EVERTON fans should not
hail Moise Kean as the new
Romelu Lukaku.
So says manager Marco
Silva, despite Evertonians’
increasing desperation for
a goalscoring No9 since
Lukaku left two years ago.
Kean, who is only 19,
energised the Goodison Park
crowd with his cameo
performance off the bench
against Watford last Saturday
and has scored twice in his
first three games for Italy.
The striker, who cost
around £27million from
Juventus, has huge potential
and also netted seven times
in his 16 Serie A appearances
for the Italian champions last
season, despite coming off
the bench in 11 of them.
But Silva has urged
supporters not to
put pressure on
the youngster by
likening him to
The Everton
manager said:
“You have to be
calm and don’t
start making these
comparisons. Moise Kean
is Moise Kean and Lukaku
is Lukaku. Cenk [Tosun] is
Cenk, Dominic [Calvert-
Lewin] is Dominic and
Richarlison is Richarlison.
“It doesn’t make sense to
make these comparisons. We
are happy he’s here with us
and the boy is also happy to
be in our football club.
“Now it’s up to him to
keep working hard and do
the things I expect from him
and our fans expect from
him. The comparisons are not
fair on him. He’s 19 years old
and it’s unfair to put this
pressure on him.”
Kean is pushing to make
his first start for the Toffees
at Aston Villa tonight. Silva
says his young charge is
ready after undergoing an
intensive fitness programme
at Finch Farm.
The Portuguese said: “If
you’re asking me if he’s fit to

fans have
high hopes
for Moise



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but he played in the Champions
League last season, he’s not too
shabby. He’s settled straight away,
he’ll get better and better as the
season goes by.”
Smith knows Villa have a
tough job unlocking an Everton
defence yet to concede.
“Their defensive record
is very good,” he said.
“That is a tactical
equation we’ve to come
up with. I believe
we have the quality
to do that and
hopefully we can.”
Smith, whose side host Everton
tonight still searching for their first
Premier League point, has warned
Wesley’s critics to back off.
He said: “We have played two
games. He showed me enough in
pre-season to show me he’s going to
be a top player.
“He’s one goal behind Mo Salah –
what are we coming to when we’re
making judgements on players after
two matches?
There have been questions about
him playing in the Premier League
By Brendan McLoughlin
Smith backing Wesley to go like Mo
DEAN SMITH has hit back at critics
of Aston Villa’s £22 million record
signing Wesley, saying he has scored
one goal fewer than Mo Salah.
The Brazilian striker, a summer
arrival from Bruges, is yet to get off
the mark for newly-promoted Villa.
And last weekend on TV, he came
in for flak from former Manchester
United midfielder Paul Ince.
Speaking on BT Sport Score during
Villa’s defeat to Bournemouth, Ince
said: “He didn’t do anything but
moan and fall on the floor. He needs
to start doing a lot more and start
playing football.” But Villa manager
Wesley is
yet to net
for Villa

is ready to make up for lost time
after signing a contract extension at
The 26-year-old midfielder, right,
who made just two appearances
last season after a knee injury,
has agreed a deal taking him up
to 2023. He said: “I am really
excited to be able to extend
my time here.”

poised to sign a new five-year
deal at West Ham with an option
for a further year.
The Argentina forward, left, has
a two-year option on his contract
that expires at the end of the
season but wanted better terms.
He said: “Of course I want to
stay. It is like my home. I love the
fans, the fans love me.”
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