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04 Feb 2018 15:47:14
Rumour Utd looking at Pickford if they lose degea. Well if Sam is still here in the summer he will probably sell him.
Allardyce is a Championship manager at best, and is clearly out of his depth with us.
If we are going to spend big in the summer, then we need to do it on a manager. One with a history of winning, and who has a history of winning.
Not one who has a history of keeping teams up, and believes a draw is a good result.


1.) 04 Feb 2018 22:22:00
Who could blame PIckford for moving to a club that wins trophies and regularly plays Champions League football?

2.) 05 Feb 2018 06:41:33
We will probably lose Lookman, Davies and Vlasic as well. Especially if SA stays.

3.) 05 Feb 2018 11:25:07
Vlasic can go along with B.S.
Pair of charlatans.

4.) 05 Feb 2018 19:34:18
Don't get Vlasic know he's young but light years behind lookman and defensively exposes our fullbacks.

5.) 06 Feb 2018 14:59:37
Vlasic exposes the fullbacks because he isn't a winger, he plays central and that is why he drifts inside all the time. The lad has talent but again is being mismanaged.



15 Aug 2017 23:38:02
Sigurdsson, Rooney, Keane, Klassen, Pickford and Ramirez so far. How can anybody complain about any of that. A striker and a centre back now would finish it off nicely. Oh and don't forget we have Coleman and Bolasie coming back. 👍👍.


1.) 16 Aug 2017 07:28:42
It's been a really good window for me WB. Even if we don't get another striker, I think the squad looks good.

2.) 16 Aug 2017 07:35:35
It nicely put there Woburnblue.

3.) 16 Aug 2017 14:32:02
Need a striker without a shadow of doubt, at the moment we can cope with Williams and Keane in the backline, but for me a striker is a must.



15 Aug 2017 20:14:51
Yes Gareth Barry has been a good player for the club. But he is getting too slow now, and in an area of the pitch where you need pace he is getting found out. Hence the bookings. I wish him all the best at West Brom, but him leaving opens the door for someone else.


1.) 15 Aug 2017 21:16:23
You should probably study his career history and realise he was always liable to a bunch of bookings and a suspension most seasons. It was his game to break it up anyway he could. Being slower only made the fouls a bit more obvious ;) Good luck Gareth Barry, I wasnt keen but I remember a Villa fan saying that only fans who see him week in week out, get what he was all about. Now go and smash Giggs and put that yellow card record out of sight.

2.) 15 Aug 2017 21:27:18
Finally we have our man! Sad to see GB go, I would have liked him to stay for another season, quality - but Gyfi is pure class. just need some bolstering up front now and maybe the left sided defender - but all in all a very good transfer window! Happy days.

3.) 15 Aug 2017 21:34:03
An area of the pitch you need pace? For real? His job is, and always was, to break up the flow of opposition midfield, stop their forward breaks and keep our line steady. He's a defensive enforcer in my view, someone who always puts his body on the line to make the defence job a little easier. Yes he gets a lot of bookings but because he is brave in any situation and knows the tactical advantage of when committing a foul is more of a benefit to the team. I think he would have been a real asset for us in the last half hour of any game where we are under pressure and need to stop such attacking threats. I wil miss him and wish him nothing but the best at West Brom.

4.) 15 Aug 2017 21:57:44
Pace is a quality worth having regardless of your position on the pitch. Having pace when trying to beat players to the ball and break up play is certainly worthwhile. I'd like to have kept him - but it was right to let him go and play games. Good luck GB!

5.) 15 Aug 2017 22:23:03
Anyone saying pace isn't important clearly didn't see the Goodison derby last year. We were on top until Jimmy Mc went off but Gareth B couldn't deal with the pace.

Good luck to him and thanks very much.
But time to move on.

6.) 15 Aug 2017 22:57:58
Thanks Dave, it would appear sentiment is ruling people's heads at the minute. As I said good player in his time but time catches up with us all, and now was Gareth's time.

7.) 16 Aug 2017 05:53:00
Agree Woburn.
At the match you constantly hear people having a go at him because of lack of pace. But as soon as he is moving the sentiment starts.

Alex Ferguson - and dare I say the reds teams of the eighties knew when to move people on before their performance dipped.
For me Gaz Baz could have gone 12 months ago.

Model pro, very respectful other two others I could mention - but we are aiming higher now.




11 Aug 2017 23:31:05
Don't be surprised if EFC have a go for Leeds Chris Woods. Big lad who can hold the ball up and is not to shabby in the air.
Just saying is all.


1.) 12 Aug 2017 00:31:37
Height of ambition there.

2.) 12 Aug 2017 07:16:05
Worcester why doesn't it show ambition just because he is from a championship team doesn't mean he wouldn't be a good signing let's have a look Lescott Cahill jags lookman all bought from lower leagues and have turned out ok in my eyes if Walsh and koeman think he can do a job that's fine by me and as for showing ambition I think we are showing more ambition now than at any point since the 80's remember it's not all about fee size or where the player cones from.

3.) 12 Aug 2017 08:20:01
Bluey u forgot Coleman in that.

4.) 12 Aug 2017 08:46:07
Perhaps we are the unknown Premiership club that bid for him 🤷🏻‍♂️.

5.) 12 Aug 2017 09:08:26
He fits the bill but was kinda hoping we'd get kalinic.

6.) 12 Aug 2017 10:23:12
He is a very good player would love Woods he is strong, hard working and know where the goal is.

7.) 12 Aug 2017 11:04:02
shakey good shout with Coleman forgot to add him in.

8.) 12 Aug 2017 11:30:49
Kalinic struggled at Blackburn, Woods would be worth a punt. Big and strong, holds ball up, decent in the air and most importantly, gets the ball in the net.

9.) 12 Aug 2017 12:05:30
Leading goal scorer in the championship last year, hardly see how it lacks ambition signing him.

10.) 13 Aug 2017 00:23:25
He is not premier league quality at all. i'm not surprised you forget this because he was pathetic when he had his chance at both West Brom and Leicester. He is another Jordan Rhodes, great in the Championship but will not succeed in the top division. If anybody honestly wants to say they think he is an adequate replacement for Lukaku then i'm baffled. I think far too many on here just want us to spend for the sake of it, and a select few just like to argue against any point made because you like the drama. I maintain my stance that signing players of the quality of Woods is something that would see us move backwards in the league!

11.) 13 Aug 2017 11:10:17
i think people have to realise that we have apparently been chasing a striker since we sold the belgian and while we have been linked with a few people the season has begun but we are no closer to one. altho we have targeted kalinic who is about to say no according to reports, i mean really no one sounded him out before approaching him, so it is probs the same for welbeck or anyone else we may be attempting to sign, no matter how positive you try to be this is a bad position to be in with less of the window remaining each day. it is kind of going back to the moyes era of transfers he couldn't sign a quality striker either. good defensive start yesterday good in the middle as usual, we need a striker the quality we bring into this position could define our season cause we looked good yesterday, albeit we weren't great in attack. people are right to be negative about a striker coming from the lower league cause one from the prem or europe could propel us higher in the table, imo, we have a striker in the u23 who's better than this guy your talking about, so why buy him. after all the links and all the waiting and hope of good quality strikers he is a bit of an anti climax for sure no matter how good he is or isn't.



07 May 2017 22:51:49
Any great team needs a strong spine. Goalkeeper, centre half, strong number 10 and a striker. This is what we need to target, not 9 or 10. But 4 maybe 5 if you want to replace both centre halves. Get this and you have the base to build around it. We have Baines, Coleman (when recovered) . Gana, Scneiderlin and Davies in midfield. Think Lookman will feature more next season so there's six. Bring in a new spine and we have the makings of a very strong team.


1.) 07 May 2017 23:04:40
More or less what I said in a post on the banter page Woburnblue. Strengthen those 4 positions and we will be a force to be reckoned with.

2.) 08 May 2017 01:30:00
Be nice to see any of Keane, Van Dyke, Koulibaly, Sigurdson, Willan Jose, Butland, Pickford, Trippier and Ghezzal at the club. Not all together, but a couple from that list.

3.) 08 May 2017 07:50:14
If Lukaku and Barkley go, we will need the number 10 and number 9 positions filling. Whilst I agree totally about the spine bit and all the points you make, I would add that if those 2 leave, we will lose our top 2 goalscorers. We will also be losing the 2 players with most assists. So we really need to find out asap what Barkley's plan actually is. We also need to make a decision on Lukaku and let him know that under no circumstances is he leaving the club until a replacement is sorted. Same goes for Barkley if he is not signing a new deal. Then we need to get the replacement in ASAP! All the good work done this season needs to be a foundation for next. My fear is the club may suffer unless plans are in place over the next few weeks. Of course as much as Lukaku wants to leave, he still has 2 years contract and most clubs will only sell a player on with 12 months left. It sometimes causes problems keeping an unhappy player (Berahino for example) but I would guess Barkley will be sold quickly because he only has 1 year left. if he does not sign in the next few weeks. Lukaku may prove to be a more drawn out saga. That's my feelings anyway.

4.) 08 May 2017 08:20:36
Lukaku= willian jose, dolberg, possibly that Villarreal striker.

Barkley=gylfi, klassen

Then a gk=pickford or any of the 100 others linked

2 cb=keane, van dijk


Winger= grey or ghezzel.

5.) 08 May 2017 09:02:34
Berkshireblue2, if we were to buy the cheapest options from your list, circa £25 million each that would be £150 million. Add to that you want VVD also so that's £200 million. Naturally it would mean replacing Lukaku and Ross who would get us £100 million at least. So realistically we would still have to spen £100 million. I can't see that happening despite our new spending power. I have to say though, your list is very exciting and what a summer that would be.

6.) 08 May 2017 11:58:23
Dont forget we already have a small squad compared to others around the top 7 (forget 6 now) . We will also likely lose McCarthy, McGeady, Kone and Valencia plus obviously Lennon for some time. wouldn't be surprised to see Jags move on, Mirallas and maybe even Barry.

So an already small squad needs 8 replacements just to stand still. Add to that losing Rom and Barkley and at least one of our keepers and its 11 to stand still with squad size.

For me, Butland, Keane, VVD, Tielamns, Gylfi, Klaasen, and 3 strikers - don't know enough about them to say who. Would also love Redmond to give us some width / pace and a couple more youngsters.

I think the cash is there - we had some spare last year - its just how much we can spend with FFP. Exciting and interesting times regardless.




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11 Aug 2018 20:00:38
Can we get off Keanes back. I personally think he had a good game, and you could hardly blame him for the second. The guy had all day to make the cross and Keane was marking two in the middle. If you want to blame anyone then blame the midfielders for not blocking the cross in the first place.


1.) 11 Aug 2018 20:03:57
Schneiderlin should have done more so that goal was also on him. I lost count of the number of times Keane played the ball straight out for a throw though. Thought Holgate looked far more assured than Keane.



09 Aug 2018 08:10:39
Here in the South of France the weather is gorgeous and have just had a lovely breakfast. Am heading out to do a bit of early morning fishing, but will be back after lunch to celebrate our signings even if no more come in. We get Bernard with the lads we have currently signed and we have quality and pace all over the pitch.
Think we will also be saying goodbye to a few but hey this is the new EVERTON, and Nil Satis is on oats way back.


1.) 09 Aug 2018 08:19:01
I'm in Brittany, it's raining and it's my birthday. BOOHOO!
Hoping the weather gets better and we can bring a couple of players in.
perfect present from Brands, Zouma, Bernard, Dembele and Mina in, Schneiderlin, Bolasie and Besic out.

2.) 09 Aug 2018 08:50:27
Happy Birthday Smit!

3.) 09 Aug 2018 09:11:10
Good player Besic.

4.) 09 Aug 2018 10:03:27
Happy Birthday Smitt
Hope you like you presents.

5.) 09 Aug 2018 10:05:42
Happy birthday Smit. Don’t worry good weather and good times on there way. 🌞🎂.



05 Aug 2018 23:12:24
Just need Pique and Barbuda now. 😂😂.




02 Aug 2018 20:22:57
Don't understand the outcry about Silva not fancying Vlasic. We have been crying out for a strong manager who will make the hard decisions. Now we have one, and if he believes he is not good enough then he's not good enough.
Silva sees these guys every training session, he knows what he is looking for and if they don't fit then they don't fit.
Let me ask you this, would Vlasic get in a top four side? No. But that's what we aspire to, so I fully support what Silva is trying to do. And about bloody time.


{Ed025's Note - i like his style as well woburn..

1.) 02 Aug 2018 20:35:25
Totally agree I think a lack of seeing him play clouds people's judgement i can't remember anything he's done to suggest he should be starting or playing regularly he didn't exactly take the sparse opportunities he got it is the same with bolasie he was awfull before his bad injury yet whilst he was out he's quite good on social media and he was som3how transformed into being a world beater without playing he comes back from injury and his performances have been on par with what they were before.

2.) 02 Aug 2018 20:57:36
I wanted Silva over a year ago, like how he gets involved with the training, if Silva sees nothing in Vlasic then that’s good enough with me.

He works with the players and gets involved with the training so I will take Silva word for it.

He has already sussed Cuca, Williams and Miralles out.

Schnids must be showing something for him not to be in the mix with players training alone.

3.) 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..

4.) 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..

5.) 03 Aug 2018 00:38:25
Cheers Blue1, just about finished doing the highland fling with offloading Williams, only for you to remind me about Sandro.

6.) 03 Aug 2018 09:21:02
Tom Davies is only just 20 years old. He broke into a team doing ok but then the team went through a very poor spell and had changes of manager etc. I see him as the box to box midfielder we all crave. To say he has no pace is wrong. Remember the goal against Man City when he 1st broke through? He had pace then. I think it was just too much for a young boy and he suffered 2nd season syndrome last season. He will bounce back. He has quality but not yet experience. That will come.

7.) 03 Aug 2018 11:45:06
Age and confidence brings composure. That's what he needs. He's going to be a great player because of his work rate and attitude but not for 2 or 3 years yet.



28 Jul 2018 11:01:42
Hyperthetical question. If we sold Pickford to Chelsea and gol RLC and Batshuayi plus cash. Then went out and bought Butland.
Do any of you think that would be an improvement?


1.) 28 Jul 2018 11:08:21
Woburn that's kind of my feelings as well I'd certainly only entertain the idea if rlc and batshuyi were part of it I was even considering in my mind and even before I type it I know the stick it will get but hart is also available it's just balancing up which gives us the best chance of progression as a team yes pickford is better than any alternative we can get as gk but I can't help but feel with the state of the squad is he someone we can sacrifice to actually result in the overall first team being stronger it kind of reminds me when Rooney left for man Utd we had a poor season with him he was the star player he left but the team did better the season after.

2.) 28 Jul 2018 11:17:34
I'd have those 3 in a second for Pickford.

It wouldn't ever work out like that though.
I don't think Pickford will go but Chelsea are a massive pull and he has to feel some interest? A club who regularly win the league and contest the champions league? London too?
I hope they go elsewhere but they are more than capable of taking him from us.

3.) 28 Jul 2018 11:30:40
Chelsea would value both highly. But, on paper, Butland, RLC and Batshuayi would improve the squad instead of just having Pickford. Can only see it going through if the player makes a fuss and asks to leave.

4.) 28 Jul 2018 11:51:48
Or keep Pickford and buy the two Chelsea players. Why settle for England’s #2?

5.) 28 Jul 2018 12:44:57
Agree with toffeeace. Batshuayi hasn't shown anymore in the prem than Tosun has.
I'd have RLC but on loan or buy outright.
If Silva is going to play out from the back then Hart or Butland won't improve us at all.

6.) 28 Jul 2018 12:53:25
Would not sell him at all. trying to build a team. he was the one positive from last year.

7.) 28 Jul 2018 13:59:22
Not going to happen and don’t underestimate lucky we are to have a top goalkeeper any deal for pickford would need to be 100m to even get us to the table.
But Loftus-Cheek is a signing I want, he can become a world class midfielder, just what we need.

{Ed002's Note - £100M eh.}

8.) 28 Jul 2018 14:18:13
Thanks for the chuckle Truebluemetz

Sides hurt now 100 mil struth, I'll have some of what you're on please.

9.) 28 Jul 2018 14:13:10
The midfield and forward options would be slightly stronger but the Keeper would be much worse, and unless Butland has a release clause Stoke would have our pants down over the fee as they would know with the windows fast approaching we would be quite desperate.

10.) 28 Jul 2018 15:58:37
Pickford simply shouldn't be sold. It took us many years to find a dependable GK and he has the potential to get even better. Butland is good but not as good as what we've already got.

11.) 28 Jul 2018 18:57:48
No it wouldnt. Not in any sense. If we sold Pickford, we would be weaker. don't understand why people can't grasp that.




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04 Aug 2018 11:16:00
Maybe Silva just didn’t fancy him Ed.




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27 Jul 2018 17:35:27
Hope so mate.




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27 Jul 2018 15:40:17
David what happens if Digne deal goes sour? We have to have a plan b, otherwise we will have to keep poor old Bainsey going till new year bless him.




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27 Jul 2018 13:27:13
If Digne doesn’t want to come then go back in for Tierney. Young quality footballer who is only going to improve. As for centre back, always a little uncomfortable when we are looking at bringing players in based on what they did in the World Cup.
On another point, can we stop looking for wingers we have ample already. We need a midfielder who knows how to move the ball forward with pace and energy.
Well that’s my two bobs worth, back to the fishing. Don’t catch much, but there’s worse places to be I guess.




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25 Jul 2018 08:50:36
Call me old fashioned, but I would still prefer a full back who knows how to defend first. Stability at the back is key to any successful team.


{Ed025's Note - im with you woburn..




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14 Aug 2018 17:26:10
I believe he would be as interested in developing the land around the proposed stadium, hotels casinos, housing etc. As much as developing the club.




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14 Aug 2018 13:04:53
I would just like to see us keep a clean sheet. Do that and you will always have a chance of winning.




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12 Aug 2018 16:54:51
Agree Smit, play one or the other. They just don’t work as a pair.




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12 Aug 2018 16:52:13
If you give a quality player time to pick his pass then he will. Had Keane gone to the back post then he would have played it to there man on the front post. Then you would have been blaming him for not marking him. Fact is the midfield at the moment are just not good enough. But hey let’s look to the future and not dwell in the past, as hopefully that is about to be addressed.




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12 Aug 2018 16:44:19
Keane ball watching?
Look at the build up to the goal, and stop just jumping on the Keane bandwagon. It wasn’t his fault he was left with two to mark, and it wasn’t his fault the cross wasn’t blocked.