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14 Jul 2018 10:25:36
Looking ahead to start of the season I think we are in a better place now than the beginning of last season even without any new signings. The reason I say this is because last season we had no Tosun, no Coleman, no Walcott then Baines got injured very early and missed a big chunk of the season Sigurdsson wasn't even nearly match fit. Now with Lookman a year older and having gained valuable experience with RB Leipzig we are going to have a much different side for the first game than last year, one with hopefully a bit more steel and attacking threat. That's not to say we don't need anyone else in, a CB and LB are essential in my view and maybe another top class striker to ensure competition . Can't wait for.

1.) 14 Jul 2018 10:39:30
Good post toffeeAl nice and positive. I agree we are in a better place and am not panicking. Add to your comment Dowell who may or may not get a look in, but looks like he has a good left foot.

I was thinking about the CB position and wondered, if we have holgate and jags/ Keane as first choice next season, Williams has 12 months on his contract and earns stupid wages. Would it be worth signing an unknown on half his wages and getting rid of Williams but paying half his wages to get rid of him.
My point being, if the player coming in will take a few months to settle and even then might not dislodge someone we already have, is it worth holding back, having williams as 4th choice? making do, and when Williams goes, go all out for a top quality player knowing we can invest all wages saved on Williams on them.

I'd like him gone but just thought this might be better than paying his new club 50000 a week or whatever it would be.

2.) 14 Jul 2018 13:21:23
Very nice post this mate.

3.) 14 Jul 2018 13:28:57
Williams has to go for me. You can't play that bad and still have a place in the sqaud. CB is a must. Getting a solid back four in front of Jordan Pickford enhances our ability to keep hold of him imo. can't see him staying if he had to put that again this season.



31 May 2018 16:23:13
It has also been reported on the BBC that Big Dunc will be continuing his role as first team coach, hopefully he can bring the best out of Cenk.

1.) 31 May 2018 17:59:56
I don't think anyone is brave enough to tell him to go :)

2.) 31 May 2018 22:47:41
True Lance Link. His last breath will probably be at our new stadium!



22 May 2018 21:39:44
What do you all think of the report Baines is considering switching to the MLS? If this does happen we would be looking at recruiting 2 left backs unless Garbutt finally steps up.

1.) 22 May 2018 23:15:28
If he goes, will be remembered fondly. Past his best now and you could see him wanting to enjoy a couple of years in the sunshine. Let him go by all means, but get a few quid for him.

2.) 22 May 2018 23:34:25
Good luck to him, a true professional, had a few injuries during his career, but his partnership with Pienaar has been one of the few highlights we have enjoyed over the past ten years.

3.) 23 May 2018 06:24:57
I love LB. He's always imo been one of our most consitent players - until that is his last long term injury. Calm down Negs. He's still a great player but age and/ or injuries are catching up with him so if he wants a move maybe we should cash in before it's too late. Whatever he decides to do he will always have a place in my Blue Heart.

4.) 23 May 2018 10:14:15
would be very sad to see bainesy go, think he can still do a job at the very least a squad player. if allowed to leave surely that means we've been impressed with the left back we loaned out to Bolton, robinson.

5.) 23 May 2018 12:39:41
If he does go I hope he comes to the first home game so we can give him a proper send off.

6.) 23 May 2018 14:55:30
Love him to stay one more year as back up to whoever we buy, but if he goes he deserves his pay day in the sun.
Possibly the best player overall of the last 10 years good luck Bainsey, we will allways welcome you back.

7.) 23 May 2018 15:58:31
Been a great servant.
Shame his England career didn't start 2 or 3 years earlier as he was over looked in my opinion.

Time to move on, he is the wrong side of 33 and hasn't been at the races for the last 2 seasons.

Deserves full respect. Also means 2 Lbs required now.



18 May 2018 16:33:35
Is anyone else a bit relieved we didn't finish 7th? I know we would have had a European place but I think our season would have suffered again with the July start and all the newly discovered optimism would have evaporated before the season really began.
I'm actually really looking forward to next season now, there was a moment when I did regret renewing my season ticket and was not looking forward to the 180 mile round trip to watch the drivel we have seen this year. COYB!

1.) 18 May 2018 17:08:19
Seems weird to say it. But yes ToffeeAl. Also getting into Europe would probably mean Allerdyce would be staying. The team isn't his apart from 2 and they've performed better than most. All things considered that's not actually hard to out perform the rest of the team. Tosun yoy can't really moan at because he didn't get the support.

2.) 18 May 2018 21:15:57
Relieved we did not finish higher, of course not. I support Everton Football Club and wish them to do the best they can every season. Forgive me but by saying relieved we did not finish 7th is surely akin to saying we have no ambition to conquer the top six and finish consistently in the top 4.

3.) 18 May 2018 22:25:56
Totally agree TL, said this last year Watch Burnley struggle next season because like us not a strong enough squad.

4.) 19 May 2018 08:32:22
Spot on TA we struggled last year and the second year under RM. Europa league is a joke of a competition if you have to start mid July and don't have a massive squad.

5.) 19 May 2018 10:19:09
I’d love to finish higher, BUT missing out on the UEL next season might be a blessing in disguise while the club settles into its new structure.



16 May 2018 15:00:37
Do Watford have a legitimate reason to now report us to F.A 6 months after the alleged tapping up regarding Silva or are they just trying to make things as difficult as they can for us and Silva?

1.) 16 May 2018 15:49:39
I don't think so Toffeeal I think we will pay the compo fee and that's it to me it's making Watford look very petty I was talking a a journalist on Twitter who accused Everton of tapping Silva up I asked him 2 questions 1 does he know what tapping up actually means and 2 has he any proof he refused to answer both questions which tells me a lot they are very angry that we offered them 12 million which they refused and will now get nothing.

2.) 16 May 2018 16:25:32
Well that's clearly just it.
Watford aren't happy with our offers (been a few I've been told) and officially he's on gardening leave so isn't a free agent.

Watford obviously have lost their patience and are now making official complaints.
It's all a squeeze. A few will be agreed just before it seems to get messy and all will be fine.

3.) 16 May 2018 17:33:30
When I heard Watford were taking us to the FA, I thought it was because we sold them Tom Cleverley . if that was the case I'd pay up under Trade Descriptions Act.

4.) 16 May 2018 18:47:28
Well if the Watford problem cannot be resolved in one week I would move on. The last thing we want is it to drag on and on and end up with a manager coming in with one week to go before the start of a new season. We want whoever they choose in asap to give them plenty of time to review what needs doing with Brands.




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10 Aug 2018 22:57:33
Does anyone know if Rui Patricio is allowed to play tomorrow? I'm sure I read that his previous side have reported Wolves for the way they signed the player and I was wondering who owns his registration.

1.) 10 Aug 2018 23:20:31
I’m sure that would have been mentioned in the build up. They’ll have a lot of debutants. Let’s hope it takes them a while to gel!

2.) 11 Aug 2018 08:28:34
Make no bones about it, Wolves are a very good side. Watched them a few times last Season and they reminded me a little of our 80's side.

{Ed025's Note - they are not a bad side DFS but that was the championship and this is the big time, they like us have brought in a lot of players and it will depend on how and when they integrate them into their side, two teams in transition i would say and my prediction is 1-1 mate..

3.) 11 Aug 2018 08:56:50
Wouldn't like to predict the score Ed. I am on the side of those that think/ say it will be 5 or 6 games before we see a Silva side emerging.

{Ed025's Note - maybe a bit more than that even DFS..



20 Apr 2018 19:47:01
Just realized we are actually now mathematically safe from relegation with Southampton's draw the other night so Now Allardyce has no excuse for any negative tactics, let's see what we get on Monday night.

1.) 20 Apr 2018 23:15:06
I don't think they'll be any changes if there's no injuries Al same team same tactics not looking forward to Monday night.

2.) 21 Apr 2018 07:31:53
his first thought will be don't lose so Newcastle don't go ahead of us i really feel for Tosun he has gone from beskitas who play attacking football to the crap Sam has us playing just what he is meant to to up top on his own baffles me the sooner Sam is shown the door the better.

3.) 21 Apr 2018 09:59:40
I'd be happy to play it safe, get this season out of the way in a ok ish position, those few places we could drop is probably worth a few million. pay sam off with it and start again.

4.) 21 Apr 2018 10:43:19
I see the rest of the season as something of a watershed. On truth our season is done. We will play nobody who would remotely justify negativity. It is time for Allardyce to show that he is capable of setting up as side which is at least attempting to play and not just stop.

5.) 21 Apr 2018 12:26:10
Never going to happen. He doesn't understand anything but 'avoid defeat'



20 Apr 2018 19:41:24
I bet Walcott is bricking it, he left Arsenal primarily because Wenger wouldn't play him although I guess there's not too many better options than Theo at present.

1.) 20 Apr 2018 21:11:18
Why would Walcott be bricking it. Wenger isn't coming to us. If he joined any club especially in the Premiership he instantly loses all respect and legend status from Arsenal. Wenger is nearly 70. Surely he's wanting some down time playing golf or whatever he enjoys and surely the stress of it all is something he can do without.

I bet Arsenal have offered him a brilliant package to retire now and sit on the board.
If I was Wegner and they didn't. I think I would actually cry. He's given his life to Arsenal. If I'm right the Arsenal should have the decency to announce him and stop any stupid rag publishing utter shite about him considering, in talks or anything linking him to another club. Just isn't happening.

2.) 21 Apr 2018 00:01:19
it was meant as a joke with all the Wenger to Everton talk. Jeez.



15 Jan 2018 05:09:15
Personally I think we need to forget about the style of play we have at the moment points are more important that style of play unless people would be happy with an attacking style and relegation I would rather get the points to safeguard our prem status and start again next year and I would rather finish 8th than 7th even if it were possible as I don't think starting so early again next season would do us any favours.

{Ed001's Note - do you not think you would have more points if you had actually tried venturing out of your own half? You have lost the last 4 games in a row, how would making an attempt to win them have been any worse than rolling over meekly for Spurs to give you a kicking, for instance?}

1.) 15 Jan 2018 05:39:19
Correct ed best form of defence is attack.

2.) 15 Jan 2018 07:36:40
Yesterday a team with a not so good defence beat the run away league leaders by attacking them, this team conceded 3 goals and won the game because they scored 4, don't mean to sound patronising but its simple, if you score more than your opponent you win the game, we can't win games by sitting deeper than the cutlery on the titanic, we need to start with a midfield of attacking players and actually play 2 up top and go at teams, if we concede so be it, we are conceding now anyways and offering nothing at the other end, so what have we got to lose?

{Ed001's Note - I like that comparison to the cutlery mate, made me chuckle that one.}

3.) 15 Jan 2018 07:42:10
Have to agree with Ed001 and Eddy. You can't win games if you don't try. We need to grow some and at least have a go at teams instead of sitting back and hoping we don't concede. Sam needs to pick the best players and play them in their correct positions. He can't moan about a lack of pace when he leaves players with that pace on the bench. No other team in the league fears playing us at the moment and I don't blame them. We are clueless toothless and quite honestly it's embarrassing to watch.

4.) 15 Jan 2018 08:09:56
Got to have a sense of humour Ed001 especially as I'm an Evertonian.

{Ed001's Note - good point. Though I think a few months more of Allardyce will be enough to test that to breaking point, if he doesn't stop being so negative. I really thought he would see this as an opportunity to show he can play pretty football too.}

5.) 15 Jan 2018 08:11:13
Conventional wisdom says 40 pts is safe. On that basis we have 15 games to garner 13 pts. That's 4 wins and a draw or 3 wins and 4 draws or even 2 wins and 7 draws. I would be anxious about the 2 wins option as it smacks of a defensive set up and the ability of those tactics to return something from 9/ 15 games worries me. The least nerve wracking route is 4 wins 1 draw. For that you need a positive result from only 5/ 15 games. Surely not too much to ask if we actually try to win.

6.) 15 Jan 2018 10:40:32
Everyone can see it. Most could foresee it. Ed01 is spot on. And was spot on when B. S. was in talks to take the helm. This is a knee jerk reaction.
Yes the club were naive in the summer. First ever time being able to afford to play with the big agents and get on sky sports daily.
I know the diehards hated RK for his love of Barcelona and they didn't like his arrogance. But he wouldn't stand for this tripe were getting served up at the moment.
I think Moshiri must be looking at the back of Bills head and contemplating pushing him down one of the stands. Bill compromised the club as too SW by pushing for B. S. Moshiri la, go get us a modern manager in the summer pal.
Hopefully a few of the G's who post here in the B. S. appreciation club can stop their embarrassing support of this dinosaur. #givemebackmyclub.

7.) 15 Jan 2018 13:07:08
Bluegray87 what you say is true but tell me what team ever won with the philosophy we'll score more than you?

No one that I can think of. One game you single out there. Liverpool won the battle but are going to lose the war. Before that game Man City had 14 goals against this season!

That's why they are going to win the premiership. That game was a blip for Man City. One which they can well afford because they are defensively sound. Despite losing that one game. No one else can afford to have that blip like Man City can.

They are defensively sound which will mean they will win competitions. Just like any other team that wins trophies. Main reason Mourinho won so much is because his teams know how to defend.

Liverpool are a very good attacking team. No doubt about it but they won't win anything until they sort their defense out. If they do that they will be a force to be reckoned with.

8.) 15 Jan 2018 13:25:34
Suggesting Farhad murder poor old Bill is a bit OTT MyTeam, especially in such a public arena 😂😂.

9.) 15 Jan 2018 14:22:31
Pains me to say NBTB but Liverpool are only probably a decent keeper away from being serious title contenders and yesterday was not a one blip they have been scoring for fun and pressured the city back line into mistakes, we could never do that as we don't have men in the opposition half!
I want to see us attack and if we concede so be it at least go out on your sword.
City are not as good defensively as they are made out to be and have shown that the last 3 games.

10.) 15 Jan 2018 15:18:04
Ok he needs to fiddle a few more quid from his Russian mate and buy Bill out.

11.) 15 Jan 2018 21:11:26
Hey Bluegray87. Fair enough. It was City I was referring with the blip. 14 goals conceded before the game. They are sound defensively.



12 Jan 2018 02:40:16
I have a question that ed002 could possibly answer. I have read today an article about Chelsea's new stadium which is estimated to be 60,000 seater and it is claimed will cost around 1 Billion to build looking at it from outside with little to no real understanding of how the costing works how is their stadium going to cost 500 mil more than ours will cost considering ours should be a similar sort of build in regards to capacity and transport links.

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea's planned stadium will not linkely be ready until 2024 but it is a far more complex situation than Everton's as the old stadium needs to be removed, there is land to be recovered that is currently part of the railway system and needs relocating and all of that adds up. I am not aware of the club saysing what the costs will be but a figure discussed wilth a third party was rather less than £1B. The stadium will also be very high end and again that costs money to do. Whether or not the re-instate the very nice music venue under the stadium or not is unclear, but I suspect not.}

1.) 12 Jan 2018 11:27:46
As well as what ed has said, I would imagine that building in London (especially large structures) would cost a lot more than to build it up north anyway.

2.) 12 Jan 2018 13:44:43
Try buying a three bedroom house. I rented a flat for three months, cost me £320 a week.

3.) 13 Jan 2018 02:05:06
Thanks for that ed002 I got the 1 Billion from BBC article I'm glad there's other reasons for the extra cost other than quality of the stadium as I'm hoping we will have one of the best in the country if not Europe.

{Ed002's Note - The Spurs stadium is beginning to look impressive and thei plans for the movable pitch are innovative.}




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09 Aug 2018 10:06:38
We could have Jef Bezos on the board and it would not make any difference we still have to stick to FFP.



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05 Jun 2018 13:27:36
I'd take City in first game to be honest Ed most of their squad is away at the world cup while we have all our squad bar 3 at home.



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24 May 2018 12:37:58
BLUEY79, the way I read the story is that everyone was behind Tom Davies not Niasse so I haven't seen anyone calling for Tom to be kicked out.
Now I do love Niasse for his attitude on the pitch but if he is causing that much unrest it could point to a reason for some of the poor form some of then have been showing.

Obviously the fact its in the S*n is more than enough reason to treat this as BS, another reason is that for all of Big Sam's faults he never struck me as a man who would tolerate someone disrupting the dressing room to that extent.
as in all things at this time of year its probably better to wait and see before getting upset with any rumours that might appear.



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24 May 2018 12:34:11
I would love to play unfortunately my bloody legs don't work but I will go an donate what I can on the Just Giving page.



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23 May 2018 12:39:41
If he does go I hope he comes to the first home game so we can give him a proper send off.




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15 Aug 2018 11:59:08
Only one real contender for captain for me and that's Seamus Coleman I think he has more of a presence in the team than than any other, I would maybe consider Leighton Baines.



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10 Aug 2018 19:14:16
Are these the same pundits who said Everton ruined the transfer window by slightly overpaying for Richarlison ignoring the fact that 2 teams wildly overpaid for goalkeepers?



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10 Aug 2018 09:03:01
Osmanov? has Leon taken on Russian citizenship?



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10 Aug 2018 09:02:46
Im not sure where this leaves Vlasic, Sandro will probaly be one of 4 Strikers all though there is a real possibility he will go back to Spain again on loan, as I think Silva does rate him. for some reason. but my God what a day it's been. Welcome Mr Mina, Gomes, Bernard ( I keep calling him Bernardo for some reason) and Hopefully Mr Zouma. That defence looks 10times more solid now :)



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09 Aug 2018 10:01:08
with the obvious exception we haven't signed mina smalling or bernard yet.