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27 May 2017 20:38:02
I know he played for Everton but I'm sorry I'm not with all the happy birthdays Gazza got, I know he has a illness but the man got a second chance at life and gave everybody the two fingers, there are thousands of people that through no fault of there own deserved that treatment and never got it. Gary lineker wishing him a happy birthday and saying stay healthy? Really I have no sympathy for people like that when your warned your warned sorry rant over.

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27 May 2017 11:14:59
Seeing links to Niang not seen much of him only one game he played for Watford on tv so wondering if there is any truth in the rumour and what others thoughts are on the player.

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27 May 2017 15:08:54
from what I have seen he could be a very good player but I'm not sure if he has the right attitude to play under Koeman I think this could be the ever reliable journalists having space to fill.

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27 May 2017 07:24:19
Morning all,

Just a little fun if the Eds will allow this.

We all think of ourselves as scouting experts on players linked with the club, so let's put it to the test. Maybe any Eds can say if its a good choice or utter nonsense?

Tell us about a player who you would love at the club, a little about his position, and why he would be a good signing. No absurd suggestions like Neymar, its lazy and wholly unrealistic.

I'll get the ball rolling.

I recommend Ruben Neves from Porto of the Portuguese league. Only 20 years old so in terms of development i believe there is huge potential for him to develop into a global star. He is a Midfielder, defensive i believe, and with Gareth Barry getting way to old, he would be an excellent replacement.
Despite being 20, he could be ready to jump straight into the first team, assuming he adapts quickly to the EPL and climate change.
Already a senior international with Portugal, a nation with an excellent crop of players, gives an insight that he is rated highly as a player, likely he would have made more appearances except his competition is in the form of Joao Mario, William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho etc, it's easy to see why the breakthrough to International regular is difficult.
As a defensive minded midfielder, goals are not going to come often, but his real strengths lie in his excellent passing and vision, seemingly always looking to create strong attacking play for the team. Positional awareness is fantastic, so unlikely he will be caught ball watching and gifting the opposition space to break. A natural leader at such a young age only bodes well for the future.

Tough to sign, seems very committed to Porto. Many clubs have reportedly shown interest such as Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool. Wouldn't be surprised to see a fee of 40 million, maybe higher.

{Ed025's Note - mine would be arnautovic who plays for stoke, he is what i would call an old fashioned centre forward and i believe in a better side would thrive, hes good in the air, holds the ball up well and certainly knows where the goal is, great leader of the line as well and brings the midfield into the game, im not sure what price he would be but it would be less than what we will get for rom and i see him as the perfect replacement myself,....good exercise that worcester mate..

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27 May 2017 08:05:31
Thank you Ed025.
I really do like Arnautovic aswell. Weren't we linked with him last summer? No disrespect at all to Stoke, but i completely agree that he could step up even more at a bigger club. And yes, what great value he would be as a replacement for Rom, nice healthy profit with a proven EPL scorer. Your shout beats mine!

{Ed025's Note - i have liked him for a few years worcester and their was talk last year of us sounding him out, he ticks all the boxes for me but of course i dont do the recruitment for everton...maybe you and i should apply for the job mate.. :)

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27 May 2017 08:29:27
If only Ed, a job like that really would be living the dream!
I know it boils down to personal preference on a player so i can see why managers bring in their own staff, you've got to be in sync right.
But i do enjoy hearing valid reasons and info on players, there's just so many that it's difficult to know about who they all are and what they're like. I imagine this to be a virtual scenario of what scouts are like when they network with each other.

{Ed025's Note - i think your right mate..

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27 May 2017 11:52:55
I posted on here a couple of years ago we should go for Paulo Dybala what a good move that would have been!

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27 May 2017 15:06:31
Great post idea Worcester
I would like to see Loftus-Cheek and Ake as part of a deal from Chelsea for Lukaku.
Think Loftus-Cheek is wasted in their reserves and is an age now when he needs to fulfill the potential. Watched him in the England U21s and was very impressed. Tall, powerful, can play holding as well as an eye for goal.
Ake came on leaps and bounds at Bournemouth and I feel is going to be a great defender. Good intelligent brain, reads the game and not afraid of a challenge.
I'd also try and get Bembele from Celtic by using McCarthy as bait.
Might cost a few bob but we should have got him when he was at Fulham. Eye for goal, good pace and a good goal scoring return even for up in Scotland.

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27 May 2017 15:47:38
Assuming he recovers from injury. and I know this will wind some up. Sakho seems a giant of a defender to me and although at times looks dodgy, his record at Palace was 2nd to none. He also looked good for the Red side and guess he must have a problem with attitude or something?

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27 May 2017 02:05:38
I understand the difference of opinion on Rooney, but I think we should sign him. If we lose Rom and Ross then he is at least a high profile player coming into the club after losing two . Plus another much needed leader on the pitch and I think he'd have a new lease of life with us. I think it might be difficult to get our main targets so I think Rooney would at least be a solid start, go all out to get Sigurdson as well and we'll have some tidy attacking players who can string passes together in the final third of the pitch.

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26 May 2017 17:29:04
Just saw Dowells goal, very good combo from England sorry mean Everton, I really hope he breaks through, serious talent plays with a swagger.

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26 May 2017 17:01:17
Can't quite work out some of our fans they want a statement signing but then say they don't want Rooney, not being funny but we sit going to get anyone bigger that him, I would take him all day long as I feel short time he improves us and long term his knowledge he can give youth players can't be bought, so can do his coaching badges with us, our club will go to next level when stadium gets built I know it's 3 years down the line but everything about a Rooney return makes sense for both parties, I'm not stupid enough to think we're getting the Rooney of old back, but he's perfect to help us bridge the gap.
Would love to know what the realistic fans think.

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26 May 2017 17:21:59
Already a big thread on the rumour's page on this. A lot it seems wants him back.

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26 May 2017 17:25:51
Not sure if Rooney would expect to be a regular starter if he joined us, which may be an issue. I know he has sat on the bench at ManU but can't see him wanting to do that with us. He is not the player he used to be by any stretch of the imagination so I personally would not buy him. I think we need to be looking for young hungry players that we can build around not Stars in their twilight years. I am sure RK and SW are actively looking to improve the squad and am looking forward to see who we actually get.

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26 May 2017 18:21:29
150 grand a week to sit on the bench? Would much rather pay Sigurdssen that and have him on the pitch.

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26 May 2017 21:45:06
Rooney is no longer a statement signing.

{Ed025's Note - im with you john..

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27 May 2017 11:20:55
You can bet your bottom dollar there is plenty of premiership teams who would take him in a heart beat. Who knows how he would play if he came back? Plenty of players looked past it before and got reborn again. Why can't Rooney do the same? Quite capable of doing so.

{Ed025's Note - i just think hes past his best NBTB, with all the money and fame he has im worried that he might lack a bit of motivation mate...but i could be wrong..

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27 May 2017 13:18:42
Plenty of lower standard teams would take him NBTB. However, none of the teams above us would. Which group would you like to be in?

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27 May 2017 13:50:53
Ed025 and BlueJohnUns I understand where you both are coming from. I agree it is a gamble. It could turn out a terrible end to Rooney's career. Imho it is well worth the risk for Everton. If it doesn't work Everton don't really lose anything. Very little. Same as any other signing not developing into a good signing. So what is the worst that can happen for Everton?

Yes it will be high wages and a space taken up in the squad. He is past hos best, no doubbt. What other disadvantages are there? I can't really see any. On the other hand there are plenty of potential good things that can happen.

Imho it is definitely worth the risk. He comes with a lot of positives in so many ways that I think its very much beneficial for club. Shirt sales, commercial side of things, he still is a high profile player. He will bring media attention to Everton. Something I have no doubt Moshiri will be trying to develop. Also his knowledge and experience at the very top is invaluable. Hopefully he would start a coaching or behind the scenes role also.

These are all before even taking his performances on the field into consideration. He could get a fire in is belly and play out of his skin for Everton. It is possible. Like I said the positives outweigh the negatives for me. I respect anyone's opinion that don't want him as I'm very much aware it could turn out bad.

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27 May 2017 14:06:07
In direct response to your comments Ed025 and BlueJohnUns. Ed025 if he chooses to come to Everton his motivation cannot be questioned imho. Simply because he could go to China, USA or anywhere for bigger money than Everton.

I believe if he comes to Everton it will be to prove he can still play at the very top. I also believe he yearns to play for Everton. I believe he desires to play for Everton more than anyone else. Motivation enough for me.

BlueJohnUns I hear what your saying in relation to teams that want him. There is a lot in it. Another way of looking at it is no one was interested in Gana last summer. Now supposedly Arsenal want him. Lukaku was let go by Chelsea a couple of years ago now they want him back. Pogba the same with Utd.

Rooney is only 31 but imho that doesn't stand as argument for him to play on. He played like no other which took a lot out of him. Also started at a very young age in a hard position for so long. Not many attacking players play at the very top for more than 16 years. In general sense I believe Rooney's age to be older than 31. He is probably the equivalent to a 33 or 34 year old. I know that goes against me wanting him back but I'm pointing out I'm not oblivious to some of the reasons not to sign him. I understand why people say they don't want him.

For me there are more positives than negatives. NSNO.

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26 May 2017 14:55:40
Hi Eds,

May be a long shot, but do you know of any interest in ..

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - This is the Everton page.}

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26 May 2017 14:45:49
Looks like young Kenny is causing a bit of a stir for under 21s surly better we give this lad ago then bringing in some joke from Southampton.

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26 May 2017 07:45:33
Who's r centre back targets and will jagielka Williams and funes Mori go.

{Ed025's Note - i dont think williams will go soph and i expect jags to become a bit part player or move on, our targets have included koulibaly and VVD but they will be very costly and are much sought after by CL teams so i dont hold out much hope there, keane of burnley and mcguire at hull are decent alternatives which we have looked at but who we will get is anyones guess at the moment mate..

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26 May 2017 08:59:57
Hi eds wat about Martina from Southampton where does he play because the papers say we got him on a free. He never played much last year.

{Ed001's Note - he is a right back.}

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26 May 2017 13:20:36
And not a very good one either Ed01. Reports suggest we are taking him on a free as cover for Coleman. I'm not very sure about him tbh free or not.

{Ed001's Note - a lot of Saints fans liked him, but I have never seen enough of him to judge him myself.}

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26 May 2017 15:46:57
Koeman was manager of him so must see something in him he likes.

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26 May 2017 07:25:13
I agree i don't think rooney is not the player we need but him alone is name the player he is an uster be wil attract players i think that's why we r un for him plus is experiance and not a bad sub to bring on when holdin a lead :/.

{Ed025's Note - hes been a very good player for a long time callum, but now he is past his best and will be blocking a squad place for me, he says he loves the club so we should ask him to sign and play for nothing to prove it and see how that works, he has had his time and been very sucessful so put your feet up wazza and retire gracefully, well thats my view mate..

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26 May 2017 09:42:36
I can understand were your coming from but when we have the likes on kone an naisee bk froma loan i'd take rooney back in a heart beat as a squad player its better than what we have plus is playing time will finish with us an get him involved in the coaching an so on Be great for the club don't forget the shirt sales ;)

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26 May 2017 15:49:24
I can see the point he would be filling a squad space and he isn't long term however I do think a run in the team and the wealth of experience for Europe and we could all be singing his name with tears of joy!

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