Phil Jagielka

Jags will be welcomed back at Everton – until kick off

When Phil Jagielka’s name is read out at Goodison Park tomorrow – for the last time as a Premier League player – it will be greeted with cheers from all four corners of the ground.

Evertonians have felt that they didn’t quite get the chance to say a proper goodbye to the man who captained the Blues for much of his 12 years at Goodison Park, but will make up for that tomorrow.

But when the whistle goes, we’ll be hoping there is none of the “rolling back the years” that Sheffield United fans will be desperate to see. Punters backing a home win can use Betfred’s new customer offer, with sentimentality going out of the window as Everton continue to struggle under Silva.

Everton manager Marco Silva says he expects a big reception for Jags, who returned to Sheffield United in the summer after being let go by Silva.

“For sure he will have the reception he deserves, no doubts about that,” said the Everton boss.

“You know how our fans are, the passion for our club, and for the players who give 100 per cent of his commitment for the blue shirt it’s normal they have the reception they deserve.

“Phil Jagielka will have for sure the big reception tomorrow until the moment we kick off and after that we want to win and for sure he will want the same because he’s a professional but it will be nice to see how they will welcome him in our stadium again.”

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