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13 Jan 2019 17:27:51
Ed, do you think Chelsea would do business on a permanent Zouma deal, or are they just loaning him until the time is right to use him?

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{Ed002's Note - At the moment it is a straight loan and given they are in the process of making changes at CB by next season he would likely end up as cover. If he were to ask to leave and decide on Everton as his next destination, then Everton need to make a proposal to Chelsea about buying him at the end of his loan in the summer. If the player wants to leave and the proposed deal satisfies all parties, then it may be an option - but there is some interest from elsewhere.}

1.) 13 Jan 2019 19:52:52
Great info. Thanks Ed002.

2.) 13 Jan 2019 21:43:43
Pity about interest from elsewhere but I have to say not surprising. I knew the lad was a good player having watched him and then for us. I particularly like his runs out of defence. Seems to me our loans (apart from Digne) are were our best business.



07 Aug 2018 13:04:38
Ed002, you mentioned yesterday that Chelsea had pulled out of pursuing Bernard because he was a bit light weight for the league. Reports today are saying they could still come back in. Do you know if there is any truth to these reports? Or has their stance not changed.

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{Ed002's Note - I explained what I know.}

1.) 07 Aug 2018 14:16:57
Lightweight? Never understood this term. If that’s the case surely when the likes of Silva and Coutinho come to the Prem they were also “lightweight”? Players adapt.

2.) 07 Aug 2018 15:20:23
I agree BitterBlue. Was it Joninhio who played for Middlesbrough years ago who was about 6 stone soaking wet? There are plenty of examples of small players that made it in the premier league.

3.) 07 Aug 2018 17:07:30
They get more protection these days too. It’s more whether they can adapt to the culture and the climate - living in Ukraine should mean Liverpool will be cosmopolitan by comparison.



11 Jun 2018 16:33:44
Ed, Do we get anything from the Deulofeu sale from Barcelona to Watford? Not sure if we had a sell on clause.

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{Ed001's Note - I don't believe so.}

1.) 11 Jun 2018 17:35:15
Thanks Ed.

2.) 11 Jun 2018 20:52:37
We DO indeed get something from Deulofeu's sale. It was in the original agreement that should Barcelona buy him back he had to be in the 1st team squad for a year. If he was subsequently sold AFTER that season Everton receive a percentage of the sell on fee. That was from Martinez at the time of the initial deal.

3.) 13 Jun 2018 01:41:45
We get to laugh at Watford.



06 Dec 2017 13:20:04
Question for Ed 002. You mentioned that SA and CS were the choice of Walsh, so he's had his way on that one. Has this caused a shift in transfer priority as we've been led to believe from Koemans time that we needed a striker and a left sided defender? And do you know of any players in particular that we are pursuing as all we seem to see are random names in the media.

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{Ed002's Note - It won't change anything - the club need to get out of where they are now. January may well see Sandro Ramirez return to Spain with Valencia or Espanyol and could see Ross Barkley depart as well. The club are looking at trying to get a deal for Theo Walcott (F) - he is wanted by Sam Allardyce and his time at Arsenal is drawing to a close as he is doing no more than stagnating now, so it makes sense. Whether it will to him or not I don't know. Richmond Boakye (S) is a player Walsh is keen on and I assume he would have discussed him with SA by now - so an approach is not out of the question. Ezri Konsa (CB) is a youngster who thinks he can walk in to any EPL first team - we will see if Everton maintain that interest or if SA would prefer a more humble addition. Everton will be looking for a new lift back and if they want a slight risk then I expect Luke Shaw will be available. Steve Walsh had sent a scout to watch Marcel Halstenberg but it is hard to see him being available in January nor being interested in a move to a club without Champions League prospects. Sam Allardyce will no doubt have some ideas as well.}

1.) 06 Dec 2017 15:25:52
Great reply ed002.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks.}

2.) 06 Dec 2017 15:40:56
Thank you Ed002. Interesting read.

3.) 06 Dec 2017 15:45:02
Would Sandro be a loan or permanent to your knowledge, Ed?

{Ed002's Note - They would look for a loan to buy I would think.}

4.) 06 Dec 2017 15:50:07
hi ed what are the chances of Shaw on a loan? I suspect ManU would want to get a permanent transfer if possible just wondering if a loan with reasonably fee would be considered.

{Ed002's Note - They will look to sell if they can - I think a loan less likely. There will be flurry of left-backs moving in the coming months and they won't want to end up stuck.}

5.) 06 Dec 2017 16:39:50
Could you see mirallas leave ed? Cheers mate.

{Ed002's Note - I suspect in the summer.}

6.) 06 Dec 2017 18:05:00
Wow. Cracking info Ed 002. Much appreciated.

7.) 06 Dec 2017 19:02:34
Fantastic reply ed, could you see Schneiderlin or Klassen leaving too in January or the summer? Seem neither Klassen or Sandro are rated highly at the club.

{Ed002's Note - The summer would be more likely.}

8.) 06 Dec 2017 20:06:09
Thanks for the reply ed.

{Ed002's Note - you are welcome.}

9.) 06 Dec 2017 21:08:06
Hi ed I never heard of richmond boakye is this lad any good seen YouTube videos of him but they can make average players look world beaters.

{Ed002's Note - a lot of clubs have taken a look but nobody is biting which may say a bit.}

10.) 07 Dec 2017 07:25:40
Boakye could be an amazing signing if he can adapt to the Premier League, which is always the million dollar question!
Could be a pacy combination up front with Bolasie which definitely wouldn’t allow teams to settle when we break!

Let’s see what happens.

11.) 08 Dec 2017 07:51:36
Think we need to see what will be. My immediate concern is Sunday and the fear we may need to wait a while for another 3 bus's.



05 Jan 2017 13:48:52
Look an confirmed. 4.5 year deal.

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03 Feb 2019 07:34:29
I was watching the France Wales rugby on Friday. Wales (who are an excellent team) were rank awful in the first half and you could see on their faces that they needed their halftime inspiration (albeit a complete bollocking) from the coaching staff. Which evidently worked because they came out, with a plan and won the match.

My point is this. Players need coaching even during the game. So half time team talk when you are having a bad time of it is priceless. So what was said to our players half time yesterday? Because they came out worse! And didn't get any better. Our coaching staff failed to inspire and that for me is the most damning indictment for the manager. If he wants to save his job then he needs to make changes to his back room staff and find some motivators. Perhaps a simple "Dunc, the floor is yours" at halftime might help.

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27 Jan 2019 17:51:25
Ok. What's everyone's opinion on a return for Moyes? I was very vocal on the manner in which he left and that I wouldn't give him a chance again. But seeing how we have wasted every season since. And the fact he didn't have the kind of money that the others had, I'm softening to the possibility. I'm sick of conceding (yeah I know Degsy) , I would like the Goodison atmosphere that hasn't been there since he left back. He will have no excuses Of being under funded. Genuinely I'm torn and I know it's not on the table but what about you guys? What's your opinion?

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{Ed025's Note - not in a million years for me ace..

1.) 27 Jan 2019 18:09:28
No way, ten more years of nothing, said it 3 managers ago,

Rafael Benítez.

2.) 27 Jan 2019 18:18:11
Haha. I knew you’d say that Ed. I was with you all the way, but I’m being worn down.

{Ed025's Note - im being worn down as well ace...but not to that level yet mate..

3.) 27 Jan 2019 18:19:09
Not for me Stig. But I asked for opinions.

4.) 27 Jan 2019 18:25:42
I just love deferent opinions mate, makes it more interesting.

5.) 27 Jan 2019 18:27:58
No. He would actually have no excuses to fall back on, and it never works second time around.

6.) 27 Jan 2019 20:24:01
For god sake let’s look forward!

7.) 27 Jan 2019 20:36:38
Arteta for me. Club in his blood and has worked for Pep for the last few years.

8.) 27 Jan 2019 20:55:45
I would like to see Arteta manage a club before coming to us. Too risky. We need a proven manager if we are to challenge the top 6.

9.) 27 Jan 2019 22:10:29
I'm of the opinion that there are unique matches between clubs and managers. Eddie Howe being a current example.
A Moyes return would be seen a backwards step for probably 95% of supporters and forgiving the way he departed I would happily see him return in an interim role to get the team back to basics.
Silva is another example of the desire to have a foreign manager playing nice football but unfortunately for us he was the best we could attract.
We are a laughing stock with our irresponsible spending and appointment. Silva is not our future nor will he ever be.
Moyes may be spent as a Premier manager force but at least he has (had) a passion for our club. we could do worse!

{Ed0333's Note - you could do worse than Moyes, in fact you did with Alladyce. I agree with you’re irresponsible spending remark, for two seasons in a row you have bought badly (besides Richardson & Digne) and have spent a lot of money in the process. If I were brands I would revolutionize you’re scouting network, invest heavily in the academy oh and get rid of Silva pronto.

10.) 27 Jan 2019 23:39:01
Great post 0333.

11.) 28 Jan 2019 09:52:37
I believe despite the obvious inabilities of Mr Silva, that he is here for the duration. At the moment there are other Clubs cushioning us from relegation, that is one reason for my belief. That team on paper against Millwall should have been strong enough but there is just no urgency or motivation about them and that has to be down to the Manager and coaching staff. The fact that our hierarchy show no signs of recognising these failings has to be deeply worrying.

12.) 28 Jan 2019 11:20:32
you know what, if they do decide silva is not the man and sack before season end, I really wouldn't mind seeing moves until the end of the season, but further than that? you've got noooo chance.

13.) 28 Jan 2019 06:57:06
ed0333 r academy already has good players who need to be tested in the first team between now and summer. Hornby, Feeney, Beni, Evans, Astley, Ouzounidis, gibso, markelo, Bowler all deserve a chance and probably missed a few.

{Ed0333's Note - honestly mate I’d blood a few now. That’s gonna be more beneficial than a place or two up the table. If I was Silva I would seek assurances about my job and play some youngsters and build for the future.

14.) 28 Jan 2019 09:46:25
Not Moyes for me I think it would be a backwards step. Ed0333 out of interest why do you seem to dislike Silva so much? I'm currently on the fence about his appointment as he hasn't really had time to do much. He seems to be looking for answers but not getting results. After a bright start playing reasonably attractive football it seems we are in a slump. Not unusual for us over the last few seasons. We usually pick back up the second half of the season so I expect the same from the boys under Silva's management.

{Ed0333's Note - Silva has a managerial blueprint he has a decent start than loses lots of games. Oh and coupled with the fact his teams can’t defend. It’s not that I dislike him but he’s not the caliber of manager Everton need.



26 Jan 2019 19:36:10
For all you who didn't want Silva and shot him down. Whilst I disagreed and called you all negative. It's fair to say you were right. And I was positive but wrong. If they sack him tomorrow then I wouldn't complain. But as we have had too many managerial changes over the past two seasons I doubt that will happen. So here we are at almost the same point as last season with nothing but 7th to play for. What a waist of yet another season. Ultimately that man is under serious pressure now and rightfully so.

Toffee ace

1.) 26 Jan 2019 19:47:52
Same here Toffee Ace. I was all for him and kept saying he’d come good, but it’s time to add another name to the list of sacked managers we’re still paying.

2.) 26 Jan 2019 19:53:13
Agree fully.

3.) 26 Jan 2019 19:53:49
Eddie Howe pls.

4.) 26 Jan 2019 20:09:55
No thanks.



13 Jan 2019 20:17:04
It's funny that the two smallest players on the pitch today (Lookman and Bernard) were the most technically effective ones. I really like Bernard, his touch is so good. But He's Brazilian, Standard. Whereas Lookmans touch is amazing for a very youthful Brit. We must keep this guy and develope him, he's going to be one of the best players in the league. Left foot, right foot, first touch, two touch. The kid has it all.

Toffee ace

{Ed025's Note - i agree on ademola ace but bernard does not fill me with confidence though i must say, he loses the ball too easily and though he certainly has the talent i think he is struggling with the physicality of this league, hopefully that will change the longer he stays and im certainly not giving up on him just yet mate..

1.) 13 Jan 2019 20:38:07
Got to agree with Ed25, Lookman showing what he can do today, always knew what he could do, watched him in Germany and had good reports from family. Bernard better off as an AM if we need to play him. Much rather have Richarlison where he is most effective in my view and Lookman on the other flank. Little bit worried about Gomez to be honest, does not look anything like the player that started his season. Mina as well for me, in my humble not worth the money we laid out. Maybe better alongside Keane with Zouma in front of them (if you can envisage what I am getting at) . Poor very poor first half, started slow but unlike Leicester game, gained in confidence and held it for long periods until the panic for a result kicked in toward the final minutes. DCL, an enigma, should we give him a few games, I mean we have 16 games to go and now have 30 points.

2.) 13 Jan 2019 20:51:57
I see your point Ed. And I think it’s evident that he needs to improve physically as Silva never plays him beyond 70 mins. I do think he is technically very good though. DFS, I just think Gomez needs a rest. He is used to having a mid season break. He hasn’t had a proper pre season. He hit the ground running like nothing I have seen before. So taking your point about where we are points wise with games remaining, I would likely give him two weeks off so as to get the most out of him for the remainder after that of the campaign. DCL is a bit inconsistent for me, although he is young and my goodness he took his goal well. If we don’t sell Tosun in the TW then I’d give him a run. I just don’t thing we have given him the run he needs to get into the grove of scoring.

3.) 13 Jan 2019 21:01:01
Think Digne was excellent as well mate.



12 Jan 2019 19:20:47
I actually think that Tosun is a good striker that hasn't had a truly good run in the first team since Silva has taken charge. We could end up selling him and getting someone not as good. Also if a Turkish club comes in for him, you can bet your bottom dollar that it'll be a loan request that will eventually go pair shape.

I say keep him and do business in the summer. And play the guy, he will score, just give him time.

Toffee ace

1.) 12 Jan 2019 19:30:06
I agree with you, need the bloke, constantly has to come looking for the ball, so far.

2.) 12 Jan 2019 20:17:21
Agree with both of you. Always said he is our most clinical finisher at the club. Just has no confidence, but how do you get any with daft 5 minute cameos here and there. Play him and gave faith, he will start banging them in.

3.) 12 Jan 2019 21:06:12
Any striker will struggle the way we are playing at the moment.

{Ed025's Note - your right sa, we huff and puff around the area but dont actually create many clear cut chances imo mate..

4.) 13 Jan 2019 12:24:46
Could not agree more with the OP, I think Tosun is a great player and a clinical one at that - simply short on confidence and unfortunately a square peg to a round hole in Marco Silva's style of play / regime.

I've kept to myself the past few months, observing the general consensus of opinion from the fans on this site and there's one very common occurrence (which expands beyond this website and into most news and social media). People forge opinions. Often taken from a headline, story, decorated sports broadcast and twisted spectacularly in their own format believed to be their own (Corbyn taking Britain back to the 1970's; for example?).

Last season, people could not sing the praises of Tosun anymore. Hard worker, creates space, makes all the right runs, clinical finisher, brings others into the attack with his efficient hold-up play. There were so many positives.

Fast forward to this season and of all the Tosun related posts I would say 90% have the same format - forged from the person before. Too slow, not good enough, lacking quality, lazy, needs to look hungrier, not taken his chances (baring in mind the chances given to him have been drab in regards to both playing time and service on the pitch - consistency is required).

Yes, I admit, he is not world class. He is not going to score 20+ goals every season until his retirement. However, I absolutely guarantee he is the only person in this team (with the exclusion of Richarlison) who is capable of coming remotely close to that number. Quality and technical ability does not disappear over night (it rarely ever disappears). We have all seen his ability and we have all been incredibly impressed by it before.

The man has been absolutely starved of game time, service, love and appreciation and its laughable how the majority of our fan base can jump onto his flaws so tenaciously.

It's clear that Marco Silva does doesn't rate him under his regime and style of play, however his decision to exclude him as often as highlighted - does not not mean he has turned into a drab player over night.

If it were my choice as a manager - given the current crop of talent we have, Cenk Tosun would play every minute of every game. If any one individual can provide the goals to push us up the table - it is this man.

Unfortunately, with a combination of low self-confidence and no faith from the manager, we are compelled to losing him at a cut price, I just hope wherever he ends up he can be the great players he deserves to be at this club.

I hope he proves all the naysayers of Everton Football Club wrong.




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10 Feb 2019 10:06:55
Inviting the media around to look at his spreadsheet was a bit cringe too.

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10 Feb 2019 10:05:15
How do you know he isn’t earning his money? I can’t see what he does daily, maybe you can, I don’t know. But he is a proven DoF who can’t bring success in 1 season.

Maybe he is working his socks off but finding it difficult due to the manager not delivering? Sometimes the long processes that require our patience are the ones that bring richer rewards.

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10 Feb 2019 09:55:51
He would crawl over broken glass to work at the club again given the financial support the club now offers in comparison to how it was for most of gis tenure. Not saying I would or wouldn’t have him though. I’m torn on the idea.

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06 Feb 2019 09:29:51
Spot on Smit.

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05 Feb 2019 19:23:03
I think mike Ashley said something along those lines once. It didn’t go down well of course.

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21 Feb 2019 15:55:06
Striker definitely, then a number 10. We might not look to replace Sigurdson but he needs to know that if he plays like he has this season in the main then he will be dropped. He is the player we rely on for a bit of craft, but he’s not shown it nearly enough for me.

I would love to see Dacorae come in if we lose Gueye to PSG.

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20 Feb 2019 09:13:34
Smit 😂.

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19 Feb 2019 18:00:17
Nick, as apathetic I feel about the team right now, I completely agree with you. I would like us to spend the rest of this season solely focusing on nailing this zonal marking so that next season we can get on with improving our attack with hopefully a few quality forwards signed too.

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{Ed025's Note - sounds like a plan guys..



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19 Feb 2019 15:48:53
If Moyes came back (not for me) then we will quickly be reminded of how well we can defend set pieces and how quick the ball comes back at us because all 11 players are in the box with no one anywhere else to pick up the clearance.

His football is probably outdated now.

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19 Feb 2019 15:42:23
Usually when there’s a break for internationals or cups we’re not in we get the usual rumours of our players leaving for other clubs (which is then blamed on poor translation) . But then now that we have no Belgian players all that seems to have gone away.

Which is why half of me would have Lukaku back because of his goals whilst the other half of me is currently not stressing that he wants to leave every time a mic is thrust in front of him.

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