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27 Jul 2018 20:58:42
Lookman and Walcott not travelled with the squad to France today due to ‘injuries’ . anyone else smell a rat? This story that came out that we rested Lookman when RB Leipzig has sent a scout to watch against Bury? Anyone else think. you have had the lad for the best part of 5 months, why on Earth are you sending a scout to watch him ‘potentially’ play in a pre-season friendly? Is it just me folks or can anyone male any sense of all this?

{Ed025's Note - sounds a bit fishy to me blu..

1.) 27 Jul 2018 21:21:09
Hi Ed . any thoughts? Or Ideas what could be going on, I’d even listed to conspiracy theories at the moment 🤷🏼‍♂️🤣.

{Ed025's Note - things will become clearer next week blu, we are guessing at the moment mate but the lookman issue does not seem to be going away so that is a concern..

2.) 27 Jul 2018 21:43:46
Just let him go if he wants to, or anybody else for that matter. It was said about Klaassen earlier, Koeman, Unsworth, Allardyce and now Silva and the kid (Lookman) obviously can not get any guarantees. If he came through our youth system he would have been long gone but because we paid a decent fee I think we have false hope for him.

3.) 27 Jul 2018 22:02:19
Part of me agrees with that but given our precarious defending capabilities, I'd have thought we should at least protect the creative capabilities we currently have. which lookman is a very big part of imo. at the moment the squad is actually weaker than last season. Mori gone, Rooney (top scorer) gone. there is still time left and I'm positive we'll sign at least 2 more players, but I'd like to see us bring in players before we consider offloading anyone else.

4.) 27 Jul 2018 22:20:46
Jcl I don't 100% want him to leave I just feel we had so many reported divisions in the squad last season it maybe time to ship out players who have a higher opinion of themselves than is true. The guy scored on his debut when he went to Germany, went about 8 games without scoring and finished the season on fire when other players were knackered/ already on their holidays. People say we underachieved last year, did we? Or have we just got a load of average, overpriced prima donnas? Obvious players excluded from that criticism.

5.) 27 Jul 2018 22:35:51
U make some good observations. on gut alone I think he is going to be class and we've struggled creatively. I'd like this lad to b given a chance with us.

6.) 27 Jul 2018 21:34:11
Agree Ed, if it means we can bring others in that want to play for us and more importantly improve us then ok, I wait with intrigue and hope 🤞 Thanks as always.

{Ed025's Note - no problem mate..



02 Sep 2017 18:52:10
Jiminez, Raul Jiminez, trying to get him on loan at the 11th hour SA90 doesn't not seem like a manager who is happy with his lot, in fact it seems like the complete opposite, ala Valencia last season who is that good that he is not plying his trade in Mexico! Don't make me laugh! As for Drivel GB, I've been to Anfiled and watched us for the last x9 Seasons running and trust me, I know Drivel when I see it, I really do. I want Nil Satis Nisi Optimum to mean something, otherwise take it from our badge. I want more, I expect more and don't want to be sold down the river anymore. Markee Signing my arse!

1.) 02 Sep 2017 19:49:02
Jesus dude, I'm an Arsenal fan. Your team was unbelievably pro active in getting the players you wanted. alright so you missed out on one or two that you wanted. I'd kill to be in your position. honestly I think your team will finish above us!

2.) 02 Sep 2017 21:13:18
I know, I don't want to come across that we have had an awful window but I feel the opportunity was there this time to do something more that's all. As for killing to be in our position, . really? You seem to have finished above us for the past 20 odd yrs and I can barely remember our last Arsenal away win, Kanchelskis I think? Thanks for the nudge for me being a bit over the top, but nudge back "kill to be in Everton's position" come on.

3.) 02 Sep 2017 22:19:16
As a team of young, hungry combative committed footballers? Yes, I would. That crap we had to put up with recently is awful. You guys really seem like a team on the up. I'm envious is all!

4.) 03 Sep 2017 09:59:26
I think the whole having money to spend was smoke and mirrors. Our net spend was down there with teams like Huddersfield and Bournemouth. We are putting to much depency on Rooney who's ability to last the season is up for debate. That said I like the post above about our potential future line up which could have Josh Bowler, Sambou, Foulds, Anton Donker and I'm sure we have more coming through.

5.) 03 Sep 2017 15:30:08
The usual post transfer embarrassing posts.

6.) 03 Sep 2017 15:58:28
Hi Smit666, i'm not embarrassed about our transfer activity, more personal frustration as I had bought into the (media led) Markee signing and step change mentality. Yet again our best player has left and on paper and we have gone for what I see as development players and not a proven replacement. Hope you understand. Love the blues jus frustrated which is strange as I should be so immune to it by now. P. s - I am a big Lukaku and Barkley fan so that doesn't help either!

7.) 03 Sep 2017 17:28:51
We have had a sniff of marquee over the last couple of Windows like Mata and witsel non of which were signed or even targets. Siggurdson is enough of a statement signing. I don't want to go back to reliance of a big man like we did with Lukaku. City, liverpool and Arsenal have had good success in this league without that type of player I'm sure we can.

8.) 04 Sep 2017 11:41:42
At then end of the day am sure we were trying our hardest to get a "Marquee" signing, Its not the RK's fault or Bill's or Moshiri's or Walsh' if the big name player couldn't be convinced to join us. I for one am happy we didn't panic like we did last year and sign drivel. I am glad they looked at the very best and then when they couldn't get them they stuck with what we have. I also think DCL will get us goals bewteen now and January. If we are in and around the top 4 by then, we might be able to attract a top top striker. Heads up Blues! This is the best position I have seen us in (I am only 23)

9.) 04 Sep 2017 12:23:00
Hey zck I'm 27 and it's the best position I have seen us in. I'm excited for the season and the next few after that. I trust the staff/ owners at Everton and I believe they will produce, it will just take some time.




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28 Jul 2018 21:04:04
All, I’m going to ask this for a bit of fun - Whilst being rather pertinent at the present time. Can you give me names of x2 CB’s that we could ‘realistically’ bring into the club over the next 13-14 days. Ones with ‘Pace’ please too.

1.) 28 Jul 2018 21:08:36
Alfie Mawson is available and would, IMO, be an upgrade on what we have currently.

2.) 28 Jul 2018 21:23:16
Smalling and we already have a nifty enough CB in Holgate,

3.) 28 Jul 2018 22:31:43
Currently injured but Kurt Zouma?

4.) 29 Jul 2018 01:10:04
Decide if Mina is a definite by no later than Tuesday if not go all out for Lascelles or Mawson certainly not Gibson who is no better than Keane I. e. lacking in pace and mobility.

Same applies to Digny (apologies for spelling) , though I suspect he is a done deal if Robinson has been loaned out to Bolton, if not for the difference of £5m sign Tierney from Celtic.
Also definitely need a creative midfielder.



28 Jul 2018 20:13:05
Another painful watch that all. Another validation of my opinion that far to many of this team are either not good enough / anymore whichever spin you want to put on it. I would have loved us to try x2 CF rather than x2 DM’s but that’s up to MS and I lay no, zilch nada blame at his door for what we have seen so far. It took Valencia 4 Seasons to recover from Koeman I hope it takes us less!

{Ed025's Note - i think it will blu, but we do need some new faces which will hopefully be addressed shortly mate..

1.) 28 Jul 2018 20:42:03
With all your connections Ed025 - do you have by vague ideas which positions are imminently being bolstered?

{Ed025's Note - i dont really have connections per se reason, i get stuff from time to time but its a new regime now and its getting harder to glean information, defence is the main priority i would think and they will be looking to bring in one or tho before the deadline mate..

2.) 28 Jul 2018 21:26:53
Defence a priority is an understatement. Who knows the Everton hierarchy thinking but if it is obvious to the 30 odd thousand that defence is our weakness, why would our Board deem it a priority to make our first signing a forward. It beggars belief that a guy who cost 11 mill and had an appalling second half of season at Watford is now sold to Everton for an eventual 50 mill.

3.) 28 Jul 2018 22:01:01
Hopefully after last seasons debacle we will take things easy in this pre-season transfer market. Brands is not a run away type manager and did, 5,6,8 years respectively at his last clubs. They seemed happy with his work so I expect us to be the same. He knows what is required and will be calling the shots. Silva working the coal face with the troops. If we get of to a bad start so be it. I just hope the board give them the time required.

We were never in danger of going down last year and they panicked. We are at a slight disadvantage in that we need to trim the squad to get others in, and that those we do not want, might not be wanted by other clubs either. I think we need to see at least 15 league games under our belt before we can start making judgement. I am sure after 15 games we will be in a good position. To many negative posts already writing us off. I am more concerned about what is happening off the pitch than on it to be honest.

4.) 29 Jul 2018 07:03:53
I agree totally with NickB57. My posts at the moment are negative up to a point, I am only typing my opinion as do others. I do not wish to be confused with Boo boys, plane flying element of our support.



26 Jul 2018 23:28:02
Just got back from the match folks and that was tough, I stayed until the end unlike a large amount that filed out when the 3rd went in! Our 2nd half team played much much better than the 1st half one. Some of the 1st half players such as Davies, Niasse, Sig, we know can do better but unless they deliver this on a ‘real’ match day they going to struggle to start games (Sig maybe exception due to WC) . It’s not looking good, it’s going to take time and players me thinks I remain positive, but I have done for the last 6 years 🤷🏼‍♂️.

1.) 27 Jul 2018 17:11:58
We all love Niasse he is a trier but is he a premier league player? Like a lot of our players brought in recently he is just not good enough. Davies I think could be a good player but maybe needs to go out on loan, to play at Everton last year must have been tough for a youngster.
Siggy just needs the right manager I reckon he is very talented as he has proved in the world cup.
A lot of players are injured but Calvert Lewin I do not think will ever be more than a championship player sadly.
I was not there last night as do not go to away games anymore but it must have been a tough watch.
Nobody has yet mentioned the goalkeeper, is he good enough to be a number 2?



19 Jul 2018 20:47:30
The Liverpool Echo are reporting that Oumar Niasse is in MS plans for this season, I hope to high heaven this is not the case, quite simply not good enough and on far to much money given our ‘clear the decks’ policy we have heard from the club. What people think?

1.) 19 Jul 2018 21:52:32
What do you suggest? Sell or loan and buy a 3rd choice striker? We are not too good for Niasse to be brutally honest.

2.) 19 Jul 2018 22:13:31
I’d go with the sell (depending on price) I’d like us to be looking for a 1st choice Striker tbh or at least someone to Chalenge CT, to be honest MB from Chelsea, JV Leicester, someone who can at least cover 60 yards in under 6 seconds. Offer us something different maybe. We’ve got DCL for the longer run and I’d happy see back of SR tbh aswell. Nowt personally against Niasse, just not for me.

3.) 19 Jul 2018 22:42:12
Blu1, be interesting to see where Everton would have finished without some of Niasses goals in important games when he came on and pulled us out of the mire on more than one occasion.

He is not blessed with skill but he has a knack of hitting the back of the net, definitely worth keeping for the squad rotation.

4.) 19 Jul 2018 22:48:04
give 10000% and scores goals, what more do u want for a squad player?!?!?! some people think wer better than we actually are.

5.) 19 Jul 2018 23:18:16
From the brief quote attributed to Silva. He sees Niasse clearly as a random impact sub and to be fair to the wild man, he does run his socks off.
I totally understand the thinking. i'm not a fan to be honest, I like to think we're better than him. However, he has a great attitude (probably his biggest asset) and is happy to play when given the chance. Perfect squad player.

Does confirm the end for Sandro. And if a new striker is added, what becomes of DCL?

6.) 19 Jul 2018 23:31:47
Exactly my point Johny. Blu: If we bought another striker we would need to loan out DCL as he needs more game time. Which would leave Niasse as 3rd choice. Unless you would buy two strikers. We need reinforcements in other areas much more and we only need quality so would be large outlays. I respect your opinion mate but personally see this as a no brainer mate.

7.) 20 Jul 2018 00:12:12
Niasse is a keeper for me - tries his best, runs all day - no great skill levels but for me he is a poacher - always seems to be in the right place at the right time.

If he scores 10-15 goals this season he is an absolute bargain at 13 mill - just have to look at some of the prices of strikers these days. Sandro reminds me of a one hit wonder - at 5 mill worth a punt . sure we will recoup the majority of that, even a small profit if sold.

8.) 20 Jul 2018 06:49:59
He made things happen when he came off the bench last season so seems sensible to keep him.

Plus the guy has not had an easy time settling in yet has been the constant professional - surely a good influence on the dressing room and for youth players (we hope) . Prefer that to getting someone like Et’o in.

9.) 20 Jul 2018 07:37:31
Niasse will long be remembered as a cult hero for us. What he went through under Koeman was awful yet he still seems delighted to be here, which doesn’t surprise me given he isn’t very good. But as others have said, he does seem to have a knack or getting goals when we need them, which seems to surprise him as much as it does the rest of us. Would rather have him than Bendtner.

I reckon the dislike of him is jealousy. Tell me you’re not all thinking “I deserve a shot in the team if Niasse can get £55k a week for simply being a nice guy and running his arse off. ”.

10.) 20 Jul 2018 08:52:46
Anyone think Silva is playing mind games with anyone that is interested in Niasse? I'm not saying he is just think its a possibility, especially with the new approach the club has with buying players. Maybe they intend to be hard sellers too.

11.) 20 Jul 2018 08:55:19
Can anyone let me know what happened with the reports at the start of the summer. Problems at the club between players with Niasse being the problem and Tom Davies being very unhappy?
Would keeping Niasse be a problem for other players or was it all BS?

12.) 20 Jul 2018 09:36:08
Controversial but I think niasse does challenge tosun, like it or not he scores goals, he's an absolute nuisance and for now he'll do in our squad, sure wed like better but for all this love of dcl niasse scores more?

13.) 20 Jul 2018 10:22:02
blu1 I can't believe you don't think Niasse offers something different. He has got to be one of the most unorthdox strikers in the PL. I can't think of any other like him.

14.) 20 Jul 2018 11:31:05
Bloody hell is that post from SA that i agree with (cleans glasses) haha Absolutely spot on their mate, very unique player and person as it seems.

15.) 20 Jul 2018 13:08:35
Hi all, I do see what he offers and I do get that he is different etc. credit where it’s due. I’m probably still reeling from travelling all the way down to WH last game of the season like I say and watching him have a stinker, and I repeat woeful. - Only as good as your last competitive game etc. 3rd Chice Striker, impact player yeah. I can live with that.

16.) 20 Jul 2018 13:46:38
Look at how much Niasse has improved since we first seen him, if he keeps it up we will see Messi quality from him this season.



22 Jun 2018 22:52:37
Just throwing this out there folks but what are people’s opinion on Tom Davies?, I personally thought he had a shocking season and is becoming a bit of a myth in terms of the plaudits he gets. For me if he wasn’t a ‘local’ and home grown, he doesn’t get in our team at all, but I know others who rave about him? I wonder if this is because of the poor way we treated Barkley who imo was a better player at the same age? Thoughts folks .

1.) 22 Jun 2018 23:15:44
I think he had a great first season but dipped last year as often happens with youngsters. He was also mucked about by the different managers playing him in different positions and being in and out of the side.
I am sure he will make the grade just give him time, he needs to learn to play a certain role I think.
How can you say Barclay was treated badly, he rubbish on us treated Everton like dirt, and for his own financial interest stalled on his Chelsea move so we got less money and he lined his own pockets.
His career will be a failure and he will be a rich man, he is all that is wrong with the modern game, Barclay is scum in my eyes, a discrace to Everton our great city and the game of football.

2.) 23 Jun 2018 01:13:36
Can't blame Tom for being poor last season. Our whole squad, barring Pickford, was crap. To pick on an individual is wrong imo. Think he needs a settled, stable squad, who know what they are asked of them. Seen a lot of posts saying Davies runs round like a headless chicken, well at least he ran and tried to get the ball back. The kid will come good in the end.

3.) 23 Jun 2018 07:06:11
Second season syndrome for me which happens to all players you have to remember he turned 19 last season so still very young add to the mix two manager's who struggled and one thing that always impressed me was he never hid he always wanted the ball I feel he will of learnt a lot and will have a very good season under marco.
The thing that annoys me is does he get a free pass because he is local well I disagree with that Blu1 where I sit in the lower Gladys I argue with fans who do nothing but give that kid abuse it's like they wait for him to miss control or misplace a pass it's one thing that pisses me off how quick our fans are to get on the local lads back whereas they should get our full support more than other player as they are one of our own.

4.) 23 Jun 2018 07:47:06
Davies wasn’t given much of a chance last season compared to the season before, when Koeman was in charge he played most of our games but we made a couple of signings last summer and he has dropped to the bench so hasn’t really had time to blossom.

5.) 23 Jun 2018 08:52:45
He gives the ball away a lot and I’m not sure what his best position is, but then Allardyce and Koeman’s constant changes wouldn’t have helped that. I really don’t know what all the hype is about because I don’t see him as a top six player in the long run, but happy to be proved wrong if he has a good season.

6.) 23 Jun 2018 10:48:53
I echo a lot of what others have said positively about him here. He is very young at 19 and won't get to his best for another 8 years!

If I can point out one example of what he offers no other does it was the Derby at Anfield. He came on and won the ball in midfield, passed to a centre back to get better position, asked for the ball back then moved it forward quickly, passed it to the right touchline when by the centre circle, continued his run into the box where the ball was crossed in by the man he passed to and went for the header, on the 90th minute!

We don't have other players who do that.

He try's his best but at his age his composure and inexperience gets him into trouble. The more he plays the better he'll get. I think a stint on loan at a lower team might make him grow a bit and get a bit of arrogance about him. However, we don't have another no8 who is as good as him.

It's a bit unfair on him on such an important area but Silva's formation might suit him.

7.) 23 Jun 2018 11:05:24
He is 19. 19 years of age. He has done well to get to this level at this age. He is hugely talented. Last season he played in a mismanaged, disjointed, unbalanced shambles with no creativity, cohesiveness and no fluidity to gameplay. Expecting a 19 year old kid to flourish in those conditions is absurd to me lads. Plus there is second season condition. Bottom line is we have a great prospect in tom davies. Look what happened with dier and mustafi, club didn't have the patiennce with them. Suares wasnt exactly a world class player at that age.

8.) 23 Jun 2018 15:31:41
Think he is a great young talent who needs game time and like all players a settled system. We have not had that since moyes say what you want about the guy but he had a settled team. I think all our youngsters are our future names on next 3 seasons team sheets.

9.) 23 Jun 2018 22:50:17
Thanks all, good to get a feel for Opinions etc. where I sit you can’t say a bad word against the lad which is fair enough. I agree he had awful conditions last year, that can’t be argued against and the ‘2nd year’ syndrome which we all talk about but don’t really understand why it happens too! . In terms of Barkley, I just felt the lad got so much stick when he played, even after all the matches on phone ins etc. I thought it was so over the top and I wondered if some of our fans have learned from that and are giving Davies a ‘fairer’ deal shall we say. The way he left the club I have not one problem with, on not one occasion did he A) Lie to the fans, B) make false promises c) have one bad word to say, in fact unlike most pro’s in the modern game he stayed silent whilst the club gave deadlines that came and went, stayed silent under abuse from fans and we also made about 14,85mill profit on him. No loyalty from clubs nowadays so why do we expect if from players? I certainly don’t, !




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02 Aug 2018 22:24:21
Got it now! It’s the EFL, and they can still loan players until the 31st, got there eventually 👍.



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02 Aug 2018 22:08:23
Thanks Ed, I know it’s different for the EPL as there registration has remained the 31st Aug. all very confusing after a days work! Thanks again.

{Ed002's Note - The EPL is August 9.}



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02 Aug 2018 21:58:34
Hi Ed / James 21345, Ed I know you answered yes to James question but to further query / clarify . we can sign him but he would NOT be able to play would he? . My understanding was that the registration also closes on the 9th?

{Ed002's Note - He can sign and play if he was a free agent during the preceding window.}



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31 Jul 2018 19:33:30
Tell you what Dark Clouds . whilst my assessment is slightly differently to yours I totally agree, Butland and 50mill would do me right down to the ground!



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27 Jul 2018 21:34:11
Agree Ed, if it means we can bring others in that want to play for us and more importantly improve us then ok, I wait with intrigue and hope 🤞 Thanks as always.

{Ed025's Note - no problem mate..




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05 Aug 2018 14:05:35
Here’s hoping BW come Friday! 👍. P. S. Richarlison is Right footed, LD is a leftie throw!



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04 Aug 2018 21:55:31
Yep, I’m all over it degs, it took me some getting use to also. I was in despair last Summer and fuming when the TW ended only to be met with messages of my negativity. In all fairness there is a thin line sometimes with blind faith - negativity and realism. I Echo Ed’s comments and is like to add that I still believe that we also lack a CM and an injection of pace in the midfield and back! Up the blues and keep the opinions coming mate!



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02 Aug 2018 22:45:08
I know Ed, it’s such a shame with SR, I’m beginning to think our No 9 shirt is cursed! (Don’t mention Voodoo) . The TD is a strange one as he isn’t a holding midfielder, he doesn’t support the attack, hasn’t got a ‘dig’ on him, doesn’t run with the ball and doesn’t have a turn of pace. Does anyone actually know where he fits and what position? I’ve watched Dowell and ability aside I get his ‘position’ What you think Ed?

{Ed025's Note - i happen to like tom blu, can frustrate the hell out of me at times but i feel there is a player there mate..



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02 Aug 2018 22:29:42
I agree folks but I’m going to be honest I’ve watched all but one of pre-season and went to Bury and Blackburn. NV has done no less than Sandro Ramirez or Tom Davies in pre-season. Factor in his age and the fact he is foreign . then Why on Earth has TD survived the cull along with SR?
Don’t get me wrong I want them all to succeed!

{Ed025's Note - basically blu pre season is more of a fitness test than a gauge of how good you are, tom has shown that the ability is there but he needs to toughen up a bit for me but he has certainly shown more than NV thats for sure, sandro is an enigma and even though i was desperate for him to do well he never fails to disappoint mate..



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31 Jul 2018 20:59:38
Ed do you think we might get a ‘left field’ surprise next Thursday in our Transfers? I know MB seems to be doing very private business which I for one embrace so at the moment they are all pretty much ‘left field’ but I’m talking a Zaha / Batshuayi / Werner (swap him for Lookman all day) type of transfer? Even a left feild out? Wallcot / Baines etc. your thoughts!

{Ed025's Note - it would certainly not surprise me blu, the next week or so could be very interesting and im sure there will be a couple of big names coming in, hopefully of the defensive kind mate..