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03 Apr 2019 16:05:54
Hey Ed, it's not often that I get snippets of inside info although I try and share what I do receive. Someone who has never failed me in the past with his info has said that the club is very interested in 4/ 5 players from Ligue 1, he wouldn't divulge any further into names but i'm assuming one is Leao, any other names that you know of?


1.) 04 Apr 2019 05:30:36
Meunier probably.

2.) 04 Apr 2019 14:03:07
Wasn’t this a twitter thread from someone who met Brands on a train? He said he saw 2 Portuguese flags under players and another 3 with Porto badges on Brands iPad. He said he thought it was Fekir/ Memphis, Ndombele, Maxwells Cornet, Leao. Which leaves one more Portuguese player from Ligue 1. Personally I don’t believe it but that’s the rumour.

3.) 04 Apr 2019 14:13:27
Not Porto badges. Lyon. Sorry.

4.) 04 Apr 2019 15:41:07
May very well be Efc Jor, I’m not on twitter though so I couldn’t be sure. The same guy told me about Bradley Moore months before it happened and Rooney coming back a good few months before it happened so I’m inclined to believe him.



09 Jan 2019 15:36:19
So it turns out the Gabriel Barbosa link was a load of BS as he has signed for Flamengo for the rest of the season.


{Ed002's Note - That was explained ages ago.}

1.) 09 Jan 2019 15:40:06
We were never going to get him, pure journalistic rubbish mate.

2.) 09 Jan 2019 15:44:52
Cheers Ed, I haven't been on the site in a fair while so hadn't noticed. I can't say i'm too bothered either.

{Ed002's Note - You are right not to be.}



28 Nov 2018 13:23:52
Latest reports are saying we’re linked with 3 players, Eder Militao (RB) , Ndombele (CM) , and Thorgan Hazard (LW) . Is there truth in any of these Ed?


{Ed002's Note - (1) I am not aware of any Everton interest in Eder Militao. Two English sides interested in the summer knew they would need to pay well over the odds if he was to move to England in order to get a work permit. That hasn't changed and I don't see a move to Everton as an option at all. (2) Hot off the press is that Lyon say they have not spoken with Everton about the player at all. They are aware that many clubs including Barcelona, PSG, etc. have been looking at their players including Ndombele but they will only sell one player of note this summer and it would be under theri terms - this is the approach they have used for some years. They have spoken with three sides - PSG who were told they cannot afford him, Spurs and Manchester City. You would need to ask why, even if he were available, he would leave a club doing well and playing in the Champions League for Everton? So it is reasonable to assume Everton has looked at him, but I think any move would be unlikely. (3) I am not aware of any Everton approach for Thorgan Hazard who is playing well in Germany for a side doing well, and also playing in the Champions League. He turned down a move to an English side last year and I can't see what would attract him to leave the Champions League and success in Germany to join Everton. Given all of that, pretty much the last thing Everton need is yet another LW.}

1.) 28 Nov 2018 20:46:52
I think we should be looking for a striker as our no1 and probably a promising right to to bed in to replace Coleman in he coming years.

{Ed002's Note - Everton has been looking for a striker.}

2.) 29 Nov 2018 00:36:08
any forwards you know of interest from everton ed that are not previously mentioned on here.

{Ed002's Note - No Johny - Sala is one they are keen on.}

3.) 29 Nov 2018 15:48:37
Cheers Ed, as you said though, unless we achieve something tangible this season it'd be hard for any of those players to have their heads turned by us given their current situations. The "one player of note" wouldn't be Fekir would it? Seems like they are resigned to losing him.

{Ed002's Note - Any one player of note - Fekir, Ndombele, Aouar, Depay.}

4.) 30 Nov 2018 10:19:57
thanks ed.



07 Aug 2018 12:19:10
Usmanov rumours once again surfaced as he has agreed to sell his 30% stake In Arsenal to Kroenke for £600 mil by 3 p. m. today. Whether he will go on to invest in Everton is another matter. There’s a lot of factors at play with this one, perhaps he is relocating out of the UK with the recent sanctions both him and other Russian oligarchs have been hit with. Interesting to see how this one folds out. I won’t be holding my breath.


1.) 07 Aug 2018 14:31:47
Isn’t he Ukrainian? And I understood it was because he had no say as not a board member. Not dismissing what you’ve said just putting in what I thought it was about.

2.) 07 Aug 2018 18:33:35
I’m not entirely sure Big C. He may well be Ukrainian, and has sold his shares due to the factor that you mentioned. I’ll be crossing my fingers and toes that gets on board with our project.

3.) 08 Aug 2018 00:23:28
He’s an Uzbekistan Russian, whatever that implies
My bad . His business partner and financial advisor however is Mr Moshiri . I’m sure we’ll all just have to wait and see and perhaps keep everything crossed.



23 Jul 2018 11:19:43
Hi Ed, was just wondering, with Silva recently coming out and saying “We lost one or two targets to major clubs”, do you have any insight into who these targets where?


{Ed025's Note - i dont to be honest BB but one of them i guess would be malcom i would suspect mate..

1.) 23 Jul 2018 19:16:47
Malcolm - Roma . Shaquiri - Liverpool

From what I’ve heard.

2.) 23 Jul 2018 22:20:44
I don't think we were in for Shaquiri myself.

3.) 23 Jul 2018 22:52:25
Ronaldo? 😂😂😂.

4.) 24 Jul 2018 07:36:14
I think last season shows a total lack of planning / care from Koeman / Walsh with regards to planning. I remember walking to the first game thinking I was made up with the signings ( how little I know) but could not work out what our formation / first 11 would be.
They were like kids who hadn’t eaten for a month and suddenly presented with a banquet.

We should have been suing them for neglect, not giving them a wad of cash to get out the club.

I see things very differently under Marcel and Marco. They DO seem to have a plan.
Let’s hope I’m right this season eh.




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10 Apr 2019 21:35:05
Brands spotted at Old Trafford tonight. Perhaps meeting with Barcelona representatives to negotiate a deal for Gomes? Get us Malcom while you're there please Marcel ;)


1.) 11 Apr 2019 13:12:21
Rom is coming back.

2.) 11 Apr 2019 14:37:52
Probably just there to watch the footy lol.



10 Apr 2019 18:38:25
Just a thought as there has been a lot of talk about whether DCL can lead the line next season etc. Personally, I love the lad. He is a proper CF who loves a battle and puts the sh*ts up defenders with his aggression, aerial prowess and speed. His style of play is exactly what Everton fans have come to expect from their CF's down the years, lots of energy and 110% commitment. He allows other players around him the freedom to express themselves and his performances as of late have been very selfless. Having said that, he is our striker and at some point he needs to start banging the goals in himself.

I don't think there's any doubts he'll be our starting striker for the remainder of the season so let's see how the lad progresses. Even if DCL does continue with his development, I think we HAVE to sign a quality striker in the summer. A name i'm going to throw in the hat is Wissam Ben Yedder. I know he doesn't fit the age criteria laid out by Brands but Silva has came out today and said that for certain targets, this number is flexible. He's a proven goalscorer both domestically and in european competitions. From what i've seen he has all the minerals to succeed in the Prem and could be a much safer option than other names we have been linked with. Thoughts?


1.) 10 Apr 2019 20:07:49
Any player who has not played in the premier league is a risk, some will flourish others won’t. Until you actually sign a player and they face the challenges of the premier league you don’t know. Our last striker bought from Spain prime example of not flourishing even though came highly regarded.
Personally I’d like to see us sign the guy Che Evans we’ve been linked with, scoring well in a challenging league, young with room for development and knows what it’s like to play on a cold wet night in winter, something a lot of the foreign imports don’t.

2.) 10 Apr 2019 21:34:49
I am like ben yedder aswell bitter blue but i think he properly have bettwr options then us if he wanted tp leave. Che adams is very talented youngster liked him since seen him break on scence with Sheffield utd.

3.) 10 Apr 2019 21:40:59
That's very true Gingerdan but Ben Yedder is tried and tested against some Premier League teams. Out of the 4 games he's faced English opposition in Europe, he's scored 5 times. Not a bad record ey.



25 Mar 2019 14:25:05
Saw today the lastest player we’re being linked to is Lille and Portugal u21 player Rafael Leao. Could you shed any light on this please Ed? He looks an exciting prospect.


{Ed025's Note - we have been looking at him BB but so are some other massive teams like barca and city, this kid looks very good and is not only very quick but scores goals as well mate, but even though i would be delighted if we got him im not holding my breath..

1.) 25 Mar 2019 14:55:38
Cheers Ed. You’d be daft to think we can offer something as attractive to the lad as Barcelona and City but hopefully the prospect of playing more regular football and working under a Portuguese manager will have some sway.

{Ed025's Note - i would like to think so BB but these agents they have are all about the money mate..



23 Jan 2019 10:21:17
Ed why do you think our recruitment/ business plan has been so catastrophic over the past 5 years? I think everyone thought we’d really kick on post Moyes but we have completely regressed. Is there any one person to blame for this? The players we’ve bought and managers we’ve hired just haven’t been good enough (I’m excluding this season as it’s too early to call) . Has it just been a case of “the squeaky wheel gets the oil” type of attitude from our board which has led them to make quick, ill informed decisions? Sorry for all the questions, but I just find it staggering how a group of professional businessman who have been in and around the game for some time can just continuously make terrible decisions.


{Ed025's Note - its a mixture of things BB, bad recruitment of players and managers from a board who have been looking for a quick fix, add to that the pressure put on the team by the supporters who are looking for the glory days to come back and its a cocktail of disaster, poor decisions on manager choice and players has meant that we are no further down the line than when moyes left, and to be honest things wont improve until we get some stability and back the manager and DOF to get things right and are given time to do so mate..

1.) 23 Jan 2019 12:26:03
I know some will try to lay the blame solely and fully at the feet of Mr Kenwright BB, but those around him, and there are a lot of people, are imo more culpable than him. I agree with Ed025 that what's needed now is stability and everyone, fan and board member alike, pulling in the same direction. We can get out of this mess. We can. And we will. But, as said again and again, it's going to take time.

2.) 23 Jan 2019 17:12:47
Yes you are right BigH its Kenwrong LOL.

3.) 23 Jan 2019 18:29:30
A pathetic attempt at humour there by Lee boys n girls. Yawn!



29 Nov 2018 15:42:21
I really think we can get something from the game on Sunday but I can't seem to shake this impending sense of doom. Had butterflies in my stomach all week thinking about it haha.


1.) 29 Nov 2018 17:32:16
Anything can happen in a Derby, the big positive this time is a manager who has stated we will not hear the word fear in the dressing room.

In the past, we have been beaten mentally before even stepping onto the pitch.

This squad of players are capable of giving a good account of themselves, it is all-on the Day, regardless of how well our neighbours are playing, we have a fully fit squad who are starting to gel as a team so fingers crossed.

2.) 29 Nov 2018 18:30:57
You'll never have a better chance than Sunday, we're not really at it at the minute and have been a little in and out all season and I've been told your playing very well, so you may have something to shout about for once come Sunday night.

3.) 29 Nov 2018 18:43:13
Excited as first time in a long time going to a least try and win. Always wondered why we have tried to park the bus against higher ranked teams.

4.) 30 Nov 2018 19:04:53
A few reds fans have said that to me Waro but you are unbeaten in the league and your strikers are scoring goals. I haven’t seen much of you this season in the league but you can’t be playing too badly with the results you’ve had.

5.) 01 Dec 2018 12:00:43
Defence like a wall! Everyone talks about them going forward. 13 league games played. 5 goals conceded. that's title winning stuff believe me. Van Dijk is a mountain like Mina but also nifty with his feet. I said at the time he was all they needed. Last season they scored but they also conceded. 5 in 13 is almost as low as 1 in 5 games. Any team will win a lot of games with those stats. especially if they can score a few too. They have only scored 6 more than us. so you can see why they have won so many more points than us. we were conceding every game prior to Mina coming in.

6.) 01 Dec 2018 16:42:29
I support Everton, love football. For me if you love football then you have to recognise quality in other sides and even though we are rivals (in this City more than others I would say we have families split red and blue down the middle) with Liverpool, have to admit they are quality, that front 3 has to be the best in Europe at the moment. Their manager has also tightened up their defence (always a weakness prior to this season) . One thing I will say, I and my brother have never been to Anfield in a league game, silliness I know but we will not give them our money.




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04 Apr 2019 15:41:07
May very well be Efc Jor, I’m not on twitter though so I couldn’t be sure. The same guy told me about Bradley Moore months before it happened and Rooney coming back a good few months before it happened so I’m inclined to believe him.




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02 Mar 2019 10:59:25
Every top club in the world will be after him, it'd be a miracle if we could get him through the door.




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09 Jan 2019 15:44:52
Cheers Ed, I haven't been on the site in a fair while so hadn't noticed. I can't say i'm too bothered either.


{Ed002's Note - You are right not to be.}



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29 Nov 2018 15:48:37
Cheers Ed, as you said though, unless we achieve something tangible this season it'd be hard for any of those players to have their heads turned by us given their current situations. The "one player of note" wouldn't be Fekir would it? Seems like they are resigned to losing him.


{Ed002's Note - Any one player of note - Fekir, Ndombele, Aouar, Depay.}



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29 Nov 2018 15:44:41
Would be good for the lad, has plenty to offer a bottom half of the table team, he has little chance of game time with us at the moment, even more so if we are in the market for a striker.





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12 Apr 2019 18:45:55
To name just a few Southern Toffee; Lloris, Rakitic, Robertson, Moutinho, David Luiz, Hulk, Dele Alli.




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11 Apr 2019 15:20:29
If you don't like my opinion on Ozil, you'd probably hate to hear who else I think is overrated ;)




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11 Apr 2019 11:51:56
I think we’ll leave it there Ed. As I said, it’s a matter of opinion. What I will say is if he was so underrated as you proclaim, I don’t believe there would even be an argument there to say he’s overrated. You don’t hear this argument with De Bruyne, Silva etc.


{Ed001's Note - that is the stupidest comment of all. I give up, if that is the extent of your arguments then you are clearly just wasting everyone's time.}



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11 Apr 2019 11:22:26
Clearly this is something you feel very passionate about Ed. I think you're completely wrong about him creating chances when he's put under the kosh, as shown by his display against us on the weekend. 0 chances created, 0 key passes, 0 take ons, 0 dribbles completed. This isn't just a one off either. Can you not be a fantastic football player and still not live up to the hype? You literally said Pogba has "so much ability" in your piece yet he's overrated (I agree with you on that by the way) ? If you wan't to judge a player based on their stats then it's my opinion that it's very naive of you.


{Ed001's Note - I never said Pogba was a fantastic football player, I said he had ability, there is a huge difference. A fantastic football player lives up to their ability. As for judging a player based on their stats, I am not doing so, nor would I ever, unlike you who have pulled out one game's stats to try and prove a point that you cannot prove as it is simply not true. And your stats are wrong anyway, as he did make 1 successful dribble according to WyScout's stats.

It is not about being passionate, it is about people not understanding the game and believing a player has to be exactly what they decide a player should be or they are not a great player. No one criticised Bergkamp for not tracking back, just praised him for what he did on the ball. Ozil plays the same role in a team, but he is criticised for not tracking back, even when he does. I have heard commentators complain about how he never puts in defensive work while he is chasing back into the right back position to win the ball back. That same commentator then called him lazy as he played a succession of one-twos that took him from the edge of his own box to the edge of the opposition box before creating a simple chance for Iwobi to miss badly.

It is not me that is naïve. I don't judge based on one game and pull out stats from one game to base an argument on.}



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11 Apr 2019 10:48:36
It's a matter of opinion Ed but I don't think he has the ability to adapt on the pitch. Don't get me wrong he's a fantastic football player but he is utterly useless when he's isn't given time and freedom. Not only that but he's marked out as a 'leader', what leadership qualities does he possess? Certainly not the type to inspire fight in his team mates. Also, you have to wonder why every manager he has worked with (people who know a lot more about the game than we do) has continually dropped him from the starting 11. That does not scream "underrated" to me.


{Ed001's Note - erm that's not true. For one, he has never claimed to be a leader. Anyone talking like that is just proving they do not understand football. For two Mourinho never dropped him, he loved him, nor did a number of other managers before him. As for being utterly useless when not given time and freedom, he creates more chances than any other player in Europe, even when his team around him is playing terrible and he is given no time and space, such as in the World Cup in the summer, so you are just making up nonsense. I am sorry but you said it yourself: "he's a fantastic football player", so why do you have to make up crap to drag him down with that are nothing to do with his game? Next you will be saying he must be rubbish because he is not dominating in the air.

The man is the most creative player in Europe, but you want to criticise him for not being a Peter Reid-type leader. Do you know how ridiculous you sound? Did you criticise Neville Southall for not scoring enough goals? Or perhaps you think Dave Watson was no good because he never went on mazy dribbles? It is just so ludicrous the sticks people use to beat Ozil with, simply because he is not a media darling.}