Everton defender on the pain of relegation with Burnley, his plans to contain Darwin Núñez and why he signed for the Toffees
Thanks to a Dominic Calvert-Lewin diving header in May, James Tarkowski gets to experience the passion and ferocity of a Merseyside derby four months on. It was a goal that preserved Everton’s top-flight status for a 69th year and, ultimately, inflicted a wound on their first summer signing that will not heal.
“It will never leave me. Never,” says the defender of Burnley’s relegation last season. “I was super proud to play for that club and I wanted to leave on a high – and staying in the league would have been a high. It was so disappointing that I couldn’t.