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28 Jan 2017 13:52:36
Unable to watch the other side today due to work commitments, so if any posters are having a look, keep an eye on Costa for Wolves as we have been linked with him.

Don't know if there still is any interest or if it is just paper talk but I always like to have an opinion of a player to see why we are linked and if they could offer us something that we lack. Cheers in advance.


1.) 28 Jan 2017 14:44:50
Costa played a blinsee. 2 assists and a run the nearly ended in a goal of the season contender. I'd love him at efc

{Ed025's Note - he did very well fanatic..

2.) 28 Jan 2017 16:25:31
Don't get carried away he played okay, there were other Wolves players on show that were much better. Liverpool as we suspected were static at the back but as usual good going forward. Next time we play them, Koeman will have worked this out.

3.) 29 Jan 2017 11:37:19
He was ok, but no better than what we already have.

4.) 29 Jan 2017 12:06:45
Hope so BDM because it's about time we beat them. I would actually like to see us set up to win against them for a change rather than the negative set up not to lose and play for a draw.



25 Jan 2017 11:14:06
Papers linking Sunderland with both Gibson and Oviedo.
If true then hopefully it comes off as we could do with clearing out players that seem surplus to requirements.


1.) 25 Jan 2017 12:55:04
We do need cover for Baines for the rest of the season so Oviedo should be kept until the next window then sold.

2.) 25 Jan 2017 13:37:04
Sorry but Oviedo is just not good enough anymore to cover for Baines.

3.) 25 Jan 2017 14:09:37
Hi Woburn agree with you there mate, while he seems to be a very decent guy he is definitely not to good enough cover for Leighton far too inconsistent, GuernseyBlue

4.) 25 Jan 2017 14:17:57
If we are playing 3 at the back then Bryan is capable enough to cover for Baines if its a back 4 then not so much.

5.) 25 Jan 2017 14:58:05
If Oviedo did go there are other options, Barry could do a stint if Baines got a knock or bring in Robinson perhaps

6.) 25 Jan 2017 15:42:48
Barry covering for Baines would be suicide

7.) 25 Jan 2017 16:29:35
Even Bolasie would outpace Barry in his current state lol.

8.) 25 Jan 2017 16:31:59
Think that might be the first time in a while I have seen someone bring up Robinson. Personally I think he's a quality player. definitely need a replacement for baines within the next 12-18 months at the most and he fits the bill for me

9.) 25 Jan 2017 17:28:00
Saw Galloway play there against Stoke when they beat us. Up until that day, I thought perhaps he had the makings, but he was given a right roasting. He disappeared off the scene pretty quickly.

10.) 25 Jan 2017 21:52:08
He obviously lacks the dedication to make it so we need to invest in a left back, If he had something he would have become a regular at West Brom



15 Jan 2017 18:39:51
What a performance what a result.
City will never win the league again IMO with Pep 'one dimensional' Guardiola in charge.
I would much rather have RK at the helm rebuilding our club than this fella.
Had it easy at his last 2 jobs with no real competition and he now knows what we knew after 3 years with our Spanish fraud, possession doesn't win matches goals do.
Never been a fan of Pep and always thought he would falter in the EPL and its looking like I may be right.
Anyways onwards and upwards blues and the shape RK wants, looks like it is taking shape nicely.


1.) 15 Jan 2017 19:14:52
The Premier League sorts them out.

2.) 15 Jan 2017 19:29:34
Don't write him off just yet boys he is a world class manager I'm sure he will turn it around

3.) 15 Jan 2017 19:47:35
I agree he is a class manager however it does also show that in the Premiership there isn't such a huge void between the top two clubs and the rest of the league, here there are 6 teams currently all vying for the title and there are the other 14 teams who can take points of you!

It's a tough job in the Prem!

4.) 15 Jan 2017 19:52:29
He is still one of the best managers in the world regardless of this loss, to compare him to Martinez is not realistic, if you don't see that then you need watch more of his teams and what he has done before he came to the premier league.

5.) 15 Jan 2017 21:56:59
I see man who cannot adapt his philosophy in real time during games.
When they went 2 down he did nothing to address the way his defence was set up.

I'm not Mourinhos biggest fan but today his United side were creating chances yet were getting closed down by lpools pressing, so what does he do? He changes it so they play more direct to counter the pressing style. That to me is how to manage a game.

City continued to try and walk the ball in against us and didn't change at all.
Some say he is great, I say the Barcelona side was set for him by Rijkaard and by an influx of talented players coming through at once and then at Bayern, well he didn't really have much competition in that league.

Is he faring better than his predecessor? So far I think not and with a defence set up like the way he likes it then City won't keep many clean sheets.
I just don't buy the great manager hype around him.

6.) 15 Jan 2017 22:23:22
Pep has a touch of Martinez . Catalan, possession based football and stubborn

7.) 15 Jan 2017 22:24:44
Should we be bothered about other managers, no let's be excited about the young talent we have and keeping them grounded . Who cares about pep? Not me

8.) 15 Jan 2017 22:51:51
Everton should remember though one great game doesn't mean we are back to being great

9.) 16 Jan 2017 09:33:45
I agree King, what is the point in having a go at other Managers or Teams. Concentrate on our own. Great result yesterday but one game does not make us a great side suddenly.

What it does look like is that Koeman is getting us and to me he looks ahead of schedule, but two years he said and two years it will take. Best game I have seen us put together this season, unlike others I think that system suits Koemans style of play as well.



17 Dec 2016 11:51:36
With the Depay rumours not going away does that signal the end of Delboy/ Kevs Everton career? If i had to choose one to lose i would have to go with Del as i just can't see him flourishing. don't get me wrong he has talent and ability but he just doesn't seem to have the mentality and commitment to match it.


1.) 17 Dec 2016 15:09:37
Yeah an kev does hahaha there has never been a player who has had so much talent like kev has an has simply done nothing with it. At when geri does play he does create chan.

2.) 17 Dec 2016 17:00:59
Geri is also 5 or 6 years younger.

3.) 17 Dec 2016 17:06:22
Does more when on the field by way of tracking back and offering the lone front man support so yes again i would keep Kev.

4.) 17 Dec 2016 18:11:09
He is 5 or 6 years younger but has the stamina of a man 10 to 15 years older.
I feel this season he has not done enough to convince the manager he is a player worth keeping and that is maybe down to his attitude.
This was questioned and highlighted when he was at Sevilla and could possibly be the same here.

5.) 17 Dec 2016 22:46:43
Yes bluegray his attitude is in question but for me that is pretty much his only downfall.

He is still very young with huge potential. I would rather keep him purely because he may still make it. His attitude could and can change. If that does happen then all else would more than likely fall into place.

This argument of his stamina was brought up before. But only a few games ago he played a whole game and was skipping by players at the end of it. Which signals to me that his attitude is more of an issue than his stamina.

I will agree Mirallas is better at tracking back but he is getting on. Couple more years left. Where as Del has around 10.



13 Dec 2016 23:28:54
Great performance and the lads battled all over the field.
One thing i noticed at the end was Rom walking off alone whilst all the other lads celebrated at the other end.
He showed some fight today Rom and won a few headers but the celebrations at the end to me showed unity and clear team spirit to which he was not involved in or even interested in.

Sorry to come across negative lads after a great win but just thought that with a few of us mentioning that maybe something wasnt right behind the scenes with our recent run of results, that the ego could be causing the unrest.

Not for the first time this season he was arguing with Seamus after Seamus tried to take a quick throw that he wasnt alert to.
Yes he scores goals and that we will miss when he goes but i for one won't miss the standing in offside positions constantly after losing the ball.
Anyways tonight was immense, my throat is raw and Clattenberg is still a biased redside.


1.) 14 Dec 2016 11:58:48
Also noticed Rom walking off alone with virtually no acknowledgement to fans.
We saw the best and worst of him tonight. Finally chasing the ball down on a few occasions, won a few headers (though still not enough considering his size) and when he knocked it past Koscelny and just ran him was Rom at his awesome best.
However, his first touch yet again was poor and there were numerous occasions when he spent more energy on blaming those around him than fighting for the cause.
He is a great finisher when through on goal but average in other ways and clearly doesn't help with the team spirit.
Whether he goes in January or the summer (and he will) i just hope we replace him with someone who plays for the team rather than himself.
But that said and done it was a superb team performance and showed just what they are capable of. COYB.

2.) 14 Dec 2016 12:01:07
Or he could have just been shattered.

3.) 14 Dec 2016 15:02:23
Shattered is no excuse to not acknowledge supporters or join in with your team mates not buying that as an excuse the whole team put in a hard shift yet still managed it.

4.) 14 Dec 2016 17:10:30
I thoughts he clap the crowd. Is this a witch hunt. Some people eyes he can't do right whether he scored or not always looking for the negative. I believed you should just back anyone in a blue shirt who Koeman select. Replaced him with who? I think it a underlining agenda with certain people it must hurt you when he scored. I definitely know why you don't like him?

5.) 14 Dec 2016 22:55:36
Not a witch hunt at all. Its clear he doesn't want to be here and he makes no secret of that.
And whilst he is an Everton player yes i do support him, alls i was highlighting was the fact all the players including the ones that were subbed were celebrating and showing togetherness and yet he strolled off alone and no he didn't acknowledge the fans either.

Replace him with who you ask? Well that is not my decision but it will be a decision that will have to be made in the summer as he will be leaving that i can be sure of, and no I'm not claiming to be ITK i am just a realist.
Other than his goals which he needs putting on a plate for him he is not and never has been a team player and the Everton i have known and loved was always about unity and togetherness from front to back battling together, not standing with your finger on your lips telling your team mate to shush because he played a quick throw to initiate an attack.

So to sum it up yes i support him as an Everton player and cheer his goals but don't think much of him as a professional and whoever and wherever he ends up he will probably think he is to good for them too.

6.) 14 Dec 2016 22:59:25
Agree with you blue1959. Wish they would Stop witch hunting on players or we will only fuel a desire to leave. its a team game and he put in a fair shift like all the others. Mccarthy played great aswell and his hard in tackle aroused the fans and changed the game.

7.) 15 Dec 2016 09:37:15
Not sure it 'aroused' the fans always blue but it certainly got me excited!

And its not a witch hunt. How many times has Lukaku or his father come out and talked about how good he is, moving on etc.? He is a decent player but certainly not the world star he would have you believe. It was nice to see the effort he put in on Monday but surely that is the least we should expect every game. Unfortunately he often uses more energy pointing and complaining than actually chasing - though maybe you don't see that on the telly!

8.) 15 Dec 2016 23:17:32
Agree his father and agent are a pain in the arse but he's still our player and from were i sit he will get my support and not the crap that those around me give him. yep he's lazy at time but with support up front let's reap the benifitd before he probably does go. don't think anyone can assess a player on motd highlights.

9.) 16 Dec 2016 11:01:56
I made this assessment from a very nice viewpoint in the upper bullens so could see both ends of the field very clearly, and never rely on motd highlights be it home or away.

I don't give stick out at the game i was merely pointing out the unity shown by the lads at the end of a very hard fought win to which a certain player isolated himself from.

I have never questioned his goalscoring record, but his commitment and its clear by his body language he ain't part of a team its him and 10 others.
That was the point i was making about unrest in the dressing room attitudes like this have caused in the past.




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28 Mar 2017 21:53:16
Just returned from Camp and Furnace season ticket event.
Baines, Robles, Sharp, Sheedy, Snods Andy Stuart.
Once again our club puts on a decent event in appreciation of the fans.




25 Mar 2017 08:38:24
To Marco Silva and Danny Murphy, last week Tom Huddlestone was sent off for a tackle that was exactly the same as Neil Taylor's last night, just because he didn't cause a serious injury doesn't mean it doesn't warrant a straight red card. If you go in over the ball with your studs showing on an opponents standing leg you can end a career and that is why these sort of tackles need a more serious punishment than the customary 3 game ban. If it was one of our players who committed a foul like that I would still say the same. Rojos at Goodison on Gueye is still one of the worst unpunished offences I have seen this season. In the Chinese Super League a player has received a fine and a 6 month ban for a stamp, we need to follow suit to cut out possible career ending injuries. I don't care what excuse Taylor comes out with he went in to that challenge to cause damage simple as that, he left the floor high and over the ball studs showing straight through Seamus leg, no excuse just dirty horrible foul play.


1.) 25 Mar 2017 09:21:38
Good point bluegray. Roy Keane broke a lads leg on purpose so these players know what damage they can do by not tackling correctly.
If it was a mistimed 'proper' tackle then ya can say fair enough but that was high, over the ball and studs up.
Don't wanna make it a non-contact sport but this type of tackle needs more severe punishment. As I said last night, Taylor should be out for the same time as Seamus.

2.) 25 Mar 2017 12:38:35
Plus the way he went through coleman If there was 4 players standing skin tight behind coleman they would have snapped legs as well. If that's not pure intent then intent does not exist. Absolute scum bag tackle. Very good point bluegray.



25 Mar 2017 02:42:28
So Lukaku tells press Everton future decision made? Well how about making it public or at least letting the board know so we can prepare for next season without him.
That being said, personally after reading his recent comments I do feel he wants to stay and see how we progress. He states his comments about ambition were taken out of concept and that he wants to help Everton progress, that to me is a staying signal.


1.) 25 Mar 2017 07:02:53
I read that bluegray and kinda thought the same. Let's hope he signs.



24 Mar 2017 23:35:39
Just seen the video of Shane Long with Seamus, just goes over and gives him a hug. FairPlay to him as that's a footballer showing real emotion to a team mate who is obviously in a lot of pain and shock.


1.) 25 Mar 2017 05:13:44
Who the hell would disagree with that!



22 Mar 2017 19:42:11
Be interesting to watch Ross return to the International stage against Germany tonight. oh wait he isn't starting as apparently Jake Livermore is a better option, same old England, different manager same old shite team selections, form players should be starting.


1.) 22 Mar 2017 21:46:36
Exactly bluegray. Jake Livermore, what's the point? He wouldn't get a kick in a stampede.

2.) 22 Mar 2017 21:41:31
The form players are starting bluegray. Hart is on and he's let in 15 goals in his last few matches. Now that's good form.

3.) 22 Mar 2017 22:46:12
He does not see Ross at a cm . He would have to fight it out in them number 10s pos . So Lallana Alli sterling Barkley is he going to play ahead of them 3 . England look a balance team tonight to the subs come on.

4.) 23 Mar 2017 01:58:20
Ok, but, if your right, why take him? He's in the form of his life, if that's not good enough to get a starting roll, then it's Southgates loss, mind you, whoever gave mr potato head the England managers job, never told him he was only joking.

5.) 23 Mar 2017 06:16:27
Thing is Matip, Ross can play as a deeper lying midfielder and has done before and it would still have been a balanced midfield.
It doesn't hide the fact that you are not selected on form.
If you intend to win a football match you select your best available players and especially when the team had some little time to prepare, you get your first 11 on from the off so they have time to gel and then mess about second half, the caps at international level are given away now not earned.

{Ed025's Note - your right gray...jake livermore??....JAKE BLOODY LIVERMORE!!!! im all for giving players a chance in a friendly but...JAKE LIVERMORE??? come on gareth you have lost all credibility with this one..

6.) 23 Mar 2017 08:14:09
To be fair to Jake Livermore Ed and gray, he is pretty good at. well maybe he is ok at. actually I remember one game where he. no I am sure that once he. forget it, I am with you guys. Jake who?

7.) 23 Mar 2017 13:54:39
Would imagine he was being kept back for the qualifier and I for one am delighted if he only plays one out of the two games.

Re Southgate, I personally don't think it was a bad appointment. No 'big name' manager would want the job because it's a lose-lose with the English press, plus he seems a lot more open-minded than his predecessors, e. g. 3 at the back, giving Keane and Livermore a go etc. Nobody will agree with all the decisions he makes, but at least he's experimenting a bit. The telling decisions will come when Henderson, Rooney, Kane etc are fit - will he revert to the same old?

8.) 23 Mar 2017 19:20:45
Last nights game was a testimonial all said and done, I expect Ross to play in the qualifier, a game that really means something!

9.) 23 Mar 2017 20:05:59
I expect hendo and Kane to come back I did expect stones to play main CB . But I was happy with the chance he's giving a look at players like jake Livermore and defore it's about time a manger looks at players to fit a system rather than names and clubs fit a system.

10.) 23 Mar 2017 06:40:59
Ed. I would have had tom davies in the squad before Livermore. Didn't do a great deal last night. It just seemed a step too far for him.

{Ed025's Note - i would have niasse in before livermore geoff and hes not even english!, some of the players that have been picked are a joke mate..




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18 Mar 2017 00:57:25
Man City situation doesn't guarantee success. For all the money they have spent this will be the third season since they last won the league, and for a team who has spent ridiculous amounts of money that isn't success. In this same time they have won the league cup twice, which is the lesser of the domestic trophies. Now don't get me wrong I would love us to win the league cup just to break our drought, but considering what they have spent and the players and managers they have had this should be the least of the trophies they are expected to win. This season again they fall short in the champions league and the likelihood of winning the league is slim to none. Lukaku can mention what Kompany says about City all he wants but in all fairness they have underachieved for the outlay in recent seasons and this should be a warning to Rom that money doesn't guarantee success, just ask Leicester.
The Champions league statement to me again is not ambition just an excuse as he feels that we won't ever compete for that so it's an easy out, yet his agent has apparently been speaking to Ed Woodward about a move to United! Now unless they win the Europa they won't have Champions league and if as expected Ibrahimovic signs an extension then Rom will find himself on the bench again playing second fiddle to a player who is a much better all round striker.
Let's move onto Chelsea, will he get game time there if Costa stays? No chance as again Costa has a lot of attributes that Rom lacks in his all round play.
So Mr Lukaku were do you go for your Champions League platform? PSG and a poor French league and the chance to participate in the champions league but never actually compete to win it? Bayern Munich are a step to far at this time in your career as they have a striker in Lewandowski who not only scores goals but has a great first touch and can play with his back to goal and has great ariel ability, all of which at the moment Roms game lacks, not to mention Thomas Muller who is also a great striker who can play the flanks as well as the lone roll due to his ability.
Madrid? No chance, Barcelona? No chance.
Italy and Juventus? Maybe, but again it's a piss poor league and the chances of winning the Champions League and not just being a number are again a stumbling block, might as well go to Arsenal.
I feel after evaluating the options he craves and the actual chances he has of playing for these teams that he will remain at Everton to progress as he has done, the only way I see him going is to Chelsea IF they get rid of Costa.




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09 Feb 2017 00:52:47
Just like to add lads no contract extension has been signed, his agent came out and stated it was 99.9% done but it has never been confirmed by either Rom, his agent or our club for that matter.

At the end of this season he will have 2 years remaining on his current contract so the summer will be the last chance we have to demand big bucks if we decide to sell.




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30 Jan 2017 23:40:31
Keane coming in with Jags going the other way.
That's my guess. Happy with the business we have done in and out and wouldn't be fazed by a quiet deadline day.




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29 Jan 2017 12:06:45
Hope so BDM because it's about time we beat them. I would actually like to see us set up to win against them for a change rather than the negative set up not to lose and play for a draw.




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18 Jan 2017 13:56:52
This kid is highly thought of by City supporters who believe he should have been given a chance by now due to there defensive woes.

Apparently we would be getting a very talented young defender if we pull this off.
My personal opinion is city will give him a new deal and loan him out to get valuable experience rather than sell due to the talent he has.





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25 Mar 2017 02:45:03
Still feel Lennon is the sensible option especially with the next 3 games being in 8 days, we need experience to get through the 2 away games imo.




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24 Mar 2017 22:59:36
To add to my post earlier, gutted that Seamus' injury is as bad as I first thought, he has been one of our stand out performers this season and has really flourished under Koemans guidance.
The wing back roll he has been playing has allowed him to really show how good an attacker he is when attacking the byline, add to that he has chipped in with goals, the biggest disappointment is that he would have been up against Milner who is not a left back by any stretch of the imagination and has no pace either, I felt this was a serious weakness that we could have exploited with what Seamus and Tom Davies offered us down that right hand side.
Do we go with Mason Holgate now who earlier in the season was solid up until Stoke away were he struggled positionally against Arnautovic or do we go with Aaron Lennon at RWB? He may not offer the height at set plays but he has the pace and experience to play RWB as he has played this roll before. Personally as it's such a big high profile game I think I go with Lennon. 3-4-3 for me, Jags, Williams, Mori. Baines, Gueye, Davies, Lennon. Calvert-Lewin, Lukaku, Barkley. If Schneiderlen is fit, scrap the 3 at the back and drop Mori and go 4-3-3.




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24 Mar 2017 21:44:07
Tackle was absolutely disgusting and Taylor should be banned for 6 months just like the player in the Chinese league has been.
The tackle by Bale on O'Shea was also a bad one but this Is a leg breaker without a shadow of a doubt.
So that's McCarthy and Coleman both injured on international duty with Ireland, Colemans is different to McCarthys but Keane and O Neill are a pair of disrespectful tools when it comes to Jimmy Mac! He was clearly not 100% as he hadn't featured for us, you know the team who actually pay his wages, yet he is called up and then was going to start until he pulled out with, wait for it, an injury! Well that was obvious you clowns! They selected him purely out of spite due to the fallout with Koeman earlier in the season. Anyways rant over, get well soon Seamus, hope it's not as bad as it looks.




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24 Mar 2017 08:05:34
Were swansea expected to win at Anfield or Wolves for that matter? It's a game that Liverpool should be worried about as we are the form team of 2017 and as long as we play without fear and play the way we have been lately it's a game I feel we are more than capable of winning.




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23 Mar 2017 06:16:27
Thing is Matip, Ross can play as a deeper lying midfielder and has done before and it would still have been a balanced midfield.
It doesn't hide the fact that you are not selected on form.
If you intend to win a football match you select your best available players and especially when the team had some little time to prepare, you get your first 11 on from the off so they have time to gel and then mess about second half, the caps at international level are given away now not earned.


{Ed025's Note - your right gray...jake livermore??....JAKE BLOODY LIVERMORE!!!! im all for giving players a chance in a friendly but...JAKE LIVERMORE??? come on gareth you have lost all credibility with this one..