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"We need to be at 100%" says Everton boss Brian Sorensen

Brian Sorensen predicts a tough 90 minutes as the Toffess take on Reading this weekend


The Athletic

13 January 2023

Ahead of the WSL’s return, Everton’s Brian Sorensen has spoken of the need “to keep that consistency” as they prepare to face struggling Reading on Sunday.

A month since their last WSL outing, a 3-0 win over Spurs, the Toffee’s boss is under no illusion that Reading will provide a tough test as he prepares to face them for the first time in charge of Everton.

“They’re a good team who work really really hard and have had good displays against Chelsea and Tottenham. We will certainly need to be at 100% because it’s going to be a tough game.”

Focusing on the availability for the clash with the Royals, Sorensen eluded that Danish defender, Katrine Veje is not likely to feature having picked up an injury in a friendly which Sorensen described as “frustrating”. Sorensen also added that “it’ll take some weeks” and that he isn’t sure on the defenders return date. 

With the month of January, the transfer window comes around and Everton have managed to tie down Australian Clare Wheeler to a two and a half year deal as she made her loan switch permanent during the week.

“We have Clare for the next two and a half years and we’re very happy about that, although she has been unlucky with injuries I am aware of her potential having worked with her at Fortuna, I’m happy she’s an Everton player.”

On the other side of the fence, Everton had also announced that Brazilian winger Gio had been recalled by parent club Arsenal having made eleven appearances, scoring once and notching one assist. On her departure, Sorensen added “we want to work with Arsenal on further loans in the future. They had decided they wanted her back and we sent her back!” 

Finally, Sorensen said he is ‘really happy with the squad we have, of course we let Gio go and while we are looking at targets, we are really happy with the players we have available”.


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