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16 Feb 2020 11:15:12
I see this morning that Digne is the latest player to be linked away with Chealsea and Man U said to interested, price being quoted as £36 million, the report says Digne could be tempted by a move if we don't qualify for Europe, I think we have a very good chance of qualifying it will be interesting to see which Teams qualify.


1.) 16 Feb 2020 12:50:29
This is just speculation on some lazy journalists part GB. We will get more of the same the better the team does and obviously the "better" teams will be after our players. If they do go I trust Brands to get over the odds for them.

2.) 16 Feb 2020 13:50:27
I agree mate but he does have a point, all top footballers want to play in Europe.

3.) 16 Feb 2020 15:11:49
We will need to get into Europe or it will be more than Digne being sold if a good offer comes in. We seriously need to improve revenue if we want to keep the players we have and make further improvements to the squad.

4.) 16 Feb 2020 15:34:42
Definitely Toffee Ace mate.

5.) 16 Feb 2020 16:48:58
Don't get the obsession with playing in Europe you could be knocked out in the first round. all this I want champions League football is becoming a bit tedious.

6.) 16 Feb 2020 17:32:42
I don’t get the fascination either as before brexit we played in Europe every game 😂.

7.) 16 Feb 2020 19:00:04
It's where the best players want to play we would have a better chance of keeping the ones we want and the ones we would like, simples.

8.) 16 Feb 2020 19:53:43
That was not me posting on that last post . one of the boys have been winding me up sorry blues.

9.) 16 Feb 2020 21:46:33
Surely the penny will drop on the usual players linked away.

It happens every season when we are due to play the said clubs, Man Utd and Chelsea due up soon.

Seems the press are not happy with Everton challenging and once again we have them spouting rubbish, to unsettle the team.

10.) 17 Feb 2020 11:59:09
I have no issue with players getting sold; even those who are considered to be among the top performers. The proviso is that we get maximum value for them and we have a replacement lined up which is not going to impact the performances.

Football is a business and clubs need to get in to the habit of recycling players and replacing them. There are clubs in Europe where this is the norm, yet they are able to maintain a performance level. I thought one of Brands functions would be this type of buying and selling players to make a profit from player trading.



03 Feb 2020 20:48:22
More reports of Usmanov in Megafon advertising at Goodison, could this be another sign he will be stepping up his investments with us, happy days.


1.) 04 Feb 2020 08:13:13
Lots of Signs. All around Goodison. Do you think he is paying over the odds?

2.) 04 Feb 2020 12:33:49
The Megafon advertising is part of an existing deal and does not involve any more sponsorship funding being put into the club.

3.) 05 Feb 2020 12:27:01
All seems a bit strange to me. Usmanov has a few links to EFC now with sponsorships and naming rights. He’s a businessman and he’s not going to give money to EFC or his friend as owner unless he is getting something in return other than getting his brand advertised.

At the same time there is no point in him joining Moshiri in ownership of the club as this wouldn’t make a difference to FFP as are overheads are more than our income.
I understand the club is trying to offload surplus players and reduce the wages. But really if we could wave a magic wand and move on Stekelenburg, one of our RB (Kenny, Coleman or Sidibe) , Martina and Niasse.

Maybe others ie Schneiderlin, Sigurdson and Walcott too. Would this get us back within the threshold of FFP? Not forgetting even if all these could move on. Our club has ambition to bring in new quality players who will cost a premium which will then put us back to square 1. So what is the answer apart from selling our best players like we have done in the past. Doesn’t seem fair financially to us supporters.

4.) 06 Feb 2020 21:16:22
Ed02, I know this may be a massive over simplification but do you have an idea of a ball park figure of the amount of wages that need to be cut to get us back in line with FFP?

{Ed002's Note - It doesn't work like that Chris. In simple terms, Everton has to maintain losses over a rolling three year period for the Premier League to less than £105M - excluded are youth development and infrastructure costs. Over the past three years the gross loss/profit and loss are +£10M, -£35M and for last season -£112M. For this season Everton must make a significant profit - they won't because 85% of income is spent on wages, then they have spent significantly on players, running the club and are building debt with the club mortgaged against a third party. They are sort of screwed big time and the business simply cannot be sustained as it is.}

5.) 07 Feb 2020 10:17:53
Very worrying to read.

6.) 08 Feb 2020 16:15:54
Hi ed, would it be possible for Everton to liquidate and form a new club similar to Rangers, or is it a case that we are going to be liquidated and they will not allow us to come back. such a shame that mismanagement is going to close our club, just as we were turning the season around, I hope they allow us to recreate a version of us in the lower leagues.

{Ed002's Note - Don’t worry, nothing like that is going to happen}

7.) 09 Feb 2020 12:58:21
Thanks for clearing that up ed, I just hope we can sort ourselves out before it gets too serious, would be a huge blow to get into Europe and then banned/ fined. As you say, the business seems unsustainable and I was just fearing the worst. Hopefully we cam reduce the numbers of the squad, thanks again ed.

8.) 09 Feb 2020 15:19:26
Wow just Wow!



29 Jan 2020 10:52:55
Ronaldo Viera being linked this morning for £14 million.


1.) 29 Jan 2020 14:03:58
Well if he plays half as well as his namesakes then get him.

2.) 29 Jan 2020 14:15:31
EDS is there any truth in it? i'm sure this kid use to play for leeds and was highly rated.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of an approach by Everton for Ronaldo Viera but certainly Milan and West Ham have spoken with Sampdoria who have alreadey resisted a couple of bids - and Burnley and Montpellier have spoken with Trimboli about his availability.}

3.) 29 Jan 2020 16:38:25
Thanks for the info Ed002.



28 Jan 2020 19:39:50
Looks like no Everton Soares for us according to SSN third party ownership issues apparently.


1.) 28 Jan 2020 22:48:44
I for one hope whatever happens close of deadline day is another curve ball. If it is i'll no longer bother with any rumours or whatever sites. Secretly really want whatever business to make a total mockery of the papers etc. Not convinced we are remotely interested in any of the targets doing the rounds. Waste of time all round. What will be will be.

2.) 29 Jan 2020 12:00:45
There won't be any notable incomings. We are in a bad financial situation its been spoken about a lot on here. I haven't even bothered reading the rumours. No one will leave until their contract is up so we won't be getting anyone.



25 Jan 2020 17:17:06
Being reported we have bid £15 million for Vecino and they want £20 million talks ongoing.


1.) 25 Jan 2020 19:15:05
Seems like they need the money to pay for Eriksen.

2.) 25 Jan 2020 19:32:47
Saying they will accept £16-9 so must be close.

3.) 25 Jan 2020 20:44:48
Think you are right cookie as £16.9 is what they are rumoured to have forked out for Eriksen.

4.) 26 Jan 2020 11:15:28
Would we not have preferred Eriksen if they’re the same price?

5.) 26 Jan 2020 12:25:04
I think it would be easier to convince the pope to swap faiths to Hinduism than convince Eriksen to sign for us.

6.) 26 Jan 2020 12:34:54
no chance of us getting eriksen tho is there?

7.) 26 Jan 2020 14:52:12
Agree what you’re saying about Eriksen, he’d probably never join us or for that matter want to.
but let’s put it in to perspective.
Why is he leaving spurs? Already got champions league football, then is it as simple as money?
Not that I want another overpaid star but if money was the only reason hypothetically why couldn’t we convince him?

8.) 26 Jan 2020 16:04:41
It’s probably got something to do with trophies, he’s won nothing at Spurs, yes got champions league football but he’s got to want some winners medals from somewhere. He’s not got a bad shot at the Serie A with Inter.

9.) 26 Jan 2020 20:48:22
Someone getting ahead of themselves and has updated Vecino’s Wikipedia Page to say he’s a midfielder for Everton and the Uruguay international.

10.) 26 Jan 2020 22:10:59
Wages for Eriksen would’ve crippled us even further financially rumoured to be over £300k per week.




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24 Feb 2020 09:20:28
Well here we go again a game yesterday we should have won, so many chances in front of goal we easily could have had scored 5-6 goals with more clinical finishing, our defence and midfield were atrocious, Siggy was as guilty as any with poor passes over and over again, also Morgan not good enough and it carries on with Delph, at the back Sidibi was also very poor, all this poor football will not go amiss with Carlo he will see what an average at best Team and that's being kind we have, hopefully he can sort this mess out in the summer.


1.) 24 Feb 2020 09:51:58
Obviously using the time now to observe and evaluate but push on where we can. With this man's experience and achievements, I for one am confident it will all come good. It beggars belief how incompetent (possibly a bit strong but you get the drift) the Board have been.

2.) 24 Feb 2020 10:29:14
Question time, Sidibe. yes or no. He has great games but then yesterday was in Aubameyangs pocket, at 12m he’s cheap in this day and age but with FFP breathing down our necks should we spend 12m when we could bring Kenny back for free who I have heard has been playing very well this year.

3.) 24 Feb 2020 11:22:43
At the end of the day you can't expect to win a game if you give away 3 goals. It could have been 6-5 or 7-6 to either side as both defenses has an element of Keystone Cops about them, probably not acceptable to either manager but Arteta came away with the points because their strikers were more clinical with the chances given to them by our midfield/ defence.

To me there was a case that 3 of our midfielders shouldn't have been playing, especially not all together. Siggy, Schids and Delph have lost the pace and with it, the confidence to compete at the top level in the Premiership. I could understand picking Iwobi against his old side but he did nothing to make Arsenal fans rue the day he was sold. We need to find some speed, some bite in midfield and it's a risk but it's time to blood one of the U23's and get a reaction out of them

To answer the question on Sidibe. He's a defender but he can't defend - he gets dragged out of position too much. We can do better

It wasn't a disaster but it showed the work that Carlo still needs to do.

4.) 24 Feb 2020 11:25:58
Sidibe gives so much offensively but he's clearly a bang average defender. And will have days where his best defensive displays are below average. I think maybe if the guy has a decent RW in front of him to form a partnership with, we could see an improvement. Also to give the guy credit, he is in his 1st season in the Prem and often players need a season to adjust. 12 m? I think I'd approve us buying him.

Sig is clearly trying really hard but it's just not his game to be a hardworking CM. He enjoys the freedom of being a 10 and that's just not possible anymore in our setup. He's holding us back financially and on the pitch. Must be moved in in Summer.

Baines deserves another 12 months but in truth, he's very slow now and maybe he needs to get involved in the coaching setup, be a shame to lose such a talented servant but we really need to address LB as losing Digne was a shame for us yesterday. Also when Digne has a poor spell, he doesn't really have a threat to his position and maybe sometimes he coasts through games?

And the elephant in the room since Lukaku. Regardless of how well DCL has done, we need a serious top striker with a track record. Yesterday we should have won. That's 2nd half (other than first 5 mins) we absolutely dominated Arsenal. Leno played very well. It was fine fine margins but a striker should have walked off with the match ball yesterday.

Gomes was unbelievable and Bernard is tidy if sometimes not quite at it.
So its the classic shopping list. A CB a RW and a CF. So much of an improvement and I'm very positive about the coming seasons. We deserved to win yesterday. No doubt the better team.

5.) 24 Feb 2020 11:27:40
Agree with both your replies, i think we now have one of if not the best Managers in the Premier League who I am sure can finally sort our Team out, he will see in all the games he has managed for us what a mediocre side we are at times with all of the mistakes that is going on week in and week out, and Mr Moshiri will have offered him plenty funds to him to improve it when he was given the job.

6.) 24 Feb 2020 11:42:00
Even my 2 good friends who are gooners both texted stating we should have won. A first probably since the 80s.

7.) 24 Feb 2020 12:51:23
Yes we should have won but we didn't. The problem is the midfield, no threat going forward and no help in defense for 75% of the game. I would bring Kenny back and if we sign Sidibe play him in midfield. The major problem for the summer is that we will not have much money to spend on new players.

8.) 24 Feb 2020 20:25:44
Midfield needs addressing and needs more pace both in running and recycling the ball, it’s far to pedestrian at times. Gueye is still a huge miss in the middle of the pitch, or all over the pitch as he did cover every blade of grass!
If the rumours of Allan from Napoli pan out he could be that immediate impact but price needs to be right. Similarly Morgan Samson is rumoured again. I think Brands will already be working on Ancelotti’s midfield upgrades. If and when Gbamin is fit we can see what he offers where.
Move on Schneiderlin Siggurdson Delph Besic Bolassie Sandro Tosun and Michael Keane to raise some funds.
Allegedly interest in Lozano again, he’s hardly played at Napoli since Carlo left. If not then I suspect there will be a couple or other interesting options
Up top I just don’t know if there are any options around for us, not within our financial restraints, I could see Ancelotti running with what he has. Would love a big name striker just think we don’t have the funds.



22 Feb 2020 14:37:03
5th place is so tight now with so many teams there or thereabouts, no reason we can't be up there, with so many points left available, what an achievement for Carlo and the Team.


1.) 23 Feb 2020 08:59:02
We are currently 10th but really chuffed to have Ancelloti (at last a proven achiever) at our Club. However after constant errors of judgement in coaching/ managerial recruitment, the most inexplicable and destructive was Silva. That single appointment means we really have to temper our expectations for a couple of seasons at least and let Carlo do his job.

2.) 23 Feb 2020 13:12:28
constant errors of judgement in coaching/ managerial recruitment, yes and the link to all our bad errors is KenWrong,



20 Feb 2020 17:47:17
Lang O'Rourke has been named as our new stadium contractor, looks like it's gathering pace, exciting times ahead.




16 Feb 2020 19:27:26
Great news to hear Gomes came through a game at Finch Farm with no issues, be great to have him back in the Team.


1.) 16 Feb 2020 20:24:22
Absolutely. Love to see him getting even better under Ancelotti.

On another note, the club have just announced the termination of its association with SportPesa. Looks like they’re finding a more lucrative deal.

2.) 16 Feb 2020 21:56:38
Usmanov by any chance.



10 Feb 2020 04:58:58
Regards Tom at times he runs around with too many missed passes and the amount of fouls he gives just outside the penalty are far too many, while I agree he gives 110% I really like the lad and you can't take it away from him he gives his all, I just reckon we have better and a spell in under 23s would help him become a better player, but hey it's only my option.


1.) 10 Feb 2020 07:10:43
Fair enough guernsey - just out of interest sake with our midfield currently decimated with injuries who would you say is better than Tom, currently available and could/ should take his place?

2.) 10 Feb 2020 08:05:33
Gingerdan - a couple of people have suggested Holgate as defensive midfield which would mean relying on Keane and Mina in defense - not a bad option in my opinion.

The other option is to bring in one of the U23's such as Baningime, Gordon or Adenirons who a/ all deserve a chance and b/ if they don't it calls our whole strategy at U23 level into question

At the end of the day though it is CA's decision. He sees them all day in and day out and knows what he is trying to do, If he sees more in TD than I do then there is probably more to TD than I am seeing.

3.) 10 Feb 2020 09:20:35
Cheers Bw - I don’t know much about the under 23s but have heard those names mentioned previously. Maybe one of them can hopefully make the step up to take some pressure/ criticism off Tom.

As for the Holgate suggestion - is that not going back to the square pegs round holes issue we’ve previously been in? Holgate has stepped in that defensive midfield role previously but he’s more a centre back - personally think we should be playing him in his strongest position and letting him and MINA develop in to a good pairing.

Keane still worries me and the fact our keeper is prone to the odd mistake or two and doesn't really command his box would make me less likely to rely on Keane.

4.) 10 Feb 2020 10:24:39
Holgate has done very well sitting as DM but as we only have 3 CBs surely it's unwise to play all 3 on the pitch week in week out in case 1 of them being injured?
It's a massive feather in Holgate cap but I agree. Mina and Holgate should be 1st choice and Keane comes on to close out games either as a replacement for one of Mina or Holgate or as a tactical change pushing Holgate up to DM because one of our midfielders takes a knock or the game requires the change. We've been fortunate to have had all 3 available but it's a risk not having 4 CBs with a 5th from the u23s sniffing around the match day squad.

Think it's one of the brilliant things about us this season, the way they've been used is perfect. We would be in serious trouble if 1 goes down for a few weeks or worse.

5.) 10 Feb 2020 11:33:05
Another is Morgan he has been outstanding lately with great tackles and pinpoint passes, I just think mate even though Tom gives all every match he can be so hotheaded and just needs time in the under 23s and Carlo will then get the best out of him.

6.) 10 Feb 2020 11:53:55
I think Tom would benefit going on loan next season. He’s still very young and let him make his mistakes elsewhere. He’s got quality but still has a lot to learn also one of his best attributes is his personality and mentality for such a young guy I think everyone thinks he’s older than he is. The loan last year done Holgate a world of good and look at Kenny now too.

7.) 10 Feb 2020 13:52:13
Toffee Apple/ GingerDan - we've started all 3 (Keane, Mina, Holgate) before this season. We've also started games with Coleman and Sidibe both playing and might well see it again depending on Walcott's injury.

None might be considered ideal but this is caused by our weakness on the right side, not enough CH -compounded by allowing both Feeney and Gibson out on loan and the injuries we have suffered in midfield

CA will use the squad as he sees fit but I wouldn't be worried about Keane, Holgate and Mina starting with Holgate DM and seeing one substituted off later in the game, whether it's injury or tweaking the formation. If it's Holgate and Mina starting with Keane on the bench and coming on later with Holgate moving up to DM or trying out one of the U23 I'd be just as comfortable. It's up to CA. He might think Tom is the more flexible option and I'm not going to second guess what he is thinking.

8.) 10 Feb 2020 14:37:18
In the match programme last Saturday on the questions and answers page, Anthony Gordon was asked who was his toughest opponent in training, his reply was Leighton Baines who Gordon said he still had so much energy.

I know a few have suggested in the past about trying Baines out there so that could be worth a shout.

9.) 10 Feb 2020 17:32:30
GB Schneiderlin has been playing well. My criticism of his to often crab football, however remains. For instance what percentage of those pinpoint passes are sideways or indeed backwards. His defensive duties have indeed improved.

10.) 10 Feb 2020 19:19:20
Agree to some instances dfs but las Saturday his football was excellent, hopefully he will carry on from this game mate.

11.) 10 Feb 2020 19:20:42
DFS you only have to look at Sneids last 3-4 games to realise the difference he has made to the midfield.
His ability to break up play and hit pin point cross field balls has been a feature of his play, add to that he covered more ground than any other player against Crystal Palace.
Credit where it’s due because frankly it has been earned and deserved.

12.) 10 Feb 2020 19:57:07
Forgive us for being sceltical about Schneids performances but we've seen these glimpses of quality before. It was only a few weeks ago he was letting the opposition run around him and score.
He owes this club a lot more than a few decent performances.

13.) 10 Feb 2020 20:18:19
Exactly Smit. A couple of good games doesn't make up for a season of trash. He and the team need to be consistent. Definitely looking up though. I thought when we went 4141 with Holgate at DM we played really well, his passing and closing down and aggression is great.

14.) 11 Feb 2020 01:19:22
For every 1 good game Schids has there are 5 bad games and, with the bad games, comes a bad attitude in failing to tackle or track back and cover

Sorry but one good game doesn't make up for all the bad ones. We can do better in the summer. Until then let's hope he improves his good to bad game ratio.

15.) 11 Feb 2020 10:01:08
I think we will see a totally different Team come the summer, Carlo will be wanting to to bring in a few new faces, will be very interesting in the Transfer market.

16.) 13 Feb 2020 07:22:04
I don't think that will happen Guernsey. If you read what he's said today he wants to bring through the youth and make very subtle changes in personnel. I prefer that as we seem to spend 5 months every season bedding in 5 or 6 players and it messes up the start of the season.

As for Tom. I'm happy with him. 22 year old dealing with unrealistic expectations of his home fans wanting Zidane. Not many out there at his age doing it in the top flight of any league in his position.

Not to worry though he'll be sold next year like most of the kids that get battered by our own.

Luckily DCL started scoring because most on here were saying he should be dropped and flogged.

17.) 13 Feb 2020 21:33:19
Different scenario under Carlo mate.

18.) 14 Feb 2020 01:40:36
I have a lot of respect for you BJU but why is it an unrealistic expectation for TD to be able to pass the ball less often to the opposition, to stop being caught in possession or give away fouls in dangerous situations?
As for others of about the same age
Guendouzi 20
Brooks 22
Loftus Cheek 23
Mount 20
James 20
Tielemans 22
Maddison 23
Barnes 22
Foden 19
Longstaff 20 and 22
Cantwell 22
Alli 23
Rice 20
Neves 22

He's fallen behind most of these imo

I want him to succeed but where exactly is his best position as I honestly don't see him as a defensive midfielder and I'm not sure if he is really creative/ fast enough to play further upfront? He needs a year on loan as maybe that, like Kenny/ Holgate, will be the making of him.
I love the fact he is a scouser, I love his commitment when he is on the pitch. Maybe he is trying to do too much with his passing/ tackling and hopefully CA can get him better focussed like he has with DCL but, at the moment he is making too many mistakes for me but I'd be ecstatic to be proved wrong.




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16 Feb 2020 20:47:16
Think you could be right matey.




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16 Feb 2020 19:00:04
It's where the best players want to play we would have a better chance of keeping the ones we want and the ones we would like, simples.




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16 Feb 2020 15:34:42
Definitely Toffee Ace mate.




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16 Feb 2020 13:50:27
I agree mate but he does have a point, all top footballers want to play in Europe.




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25 Jan 2020 19:32:47
Saying they will accept £16-9 so must be close.





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24 Feb 2020 11:27:40
Agree with both your replies, i think we now have one of if not the best Managers in the Premier League who I am sure can finally sort our Team out, he will see in all the games he has managed for us what a mediocre side we are at times with all of the mistakes that is going on week in and week out, and Mr Moshiri will have offered him plenty funds to him to improve it when he was given the job.




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23 Feb 2020 21:53:19
Give em away.




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23 Feb 2020 21:51:54
Agree mate Siggy was awful lots to do on. the training ground.




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23 Feb 2020 19:54:49
That's allot of cash mate.




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23 Feb 2020 19:09:18
Yep mate and DCL had so many chances, don't think I have even seen a player fall from grace as Siggy poor poor passing, Carlo will sort this out Mr Moshiri must to have offered him a golden goose to get him.