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19 Dec 2016 10:01:40
A question for any of the eds if they are able to clear this up. There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Ross Barkley since the new manager came in. In the last week I have read in the press rumours of other teams, namely Spurs, being interested in him. In one paper today it says we are actively seeking a buyer for him. So can you enlighten me on whether any of you have heard that we are encouraging other teams to put in a bid for the lad or is it just paper talk? Cheers in advance.

spudv

{Ed002's Note - I have already explained about Spurs so I cannot help further there. Barkley is available but the cost may put clubs off. Rob Jansen may well have been informed that he is available immediately if another club can be found. Do not be suprised in interest from Crystal Palace.}


1.) 19 Dec 2016 10:59:39
Cheers for the reply ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


2.) 19 Dec 2016 16:35:17
Does barkley want to leave? or do everton no longer want him or is it a bit of both. I am not his biggest fans but some think he is one of the best young talents in the game so why would we want to get rid? When we could bring players in to improve his game.


3.) 19 Dec 2016 17:23:34
If koeman wants rid of Barkley then I'm sorry but he's a fool imo and it would say to me that he doesn't care about the future of the club and is only interested in the short term. Which going by his previous managerial positions and the time he spends at each club wouldn't surprise me tbh.

{Ed002's Note - As I have explained over and over, in order to add players spaces need to be made in the squad and money needs to be raised.}


4.) 19 Dec 2016 17:55:44
For me it's about improving the team and if we sold Barkley and brought in a siggurdson or a traore type of player I wouldn't think there would be too many complaints. He is no longer up and coming he should be established which unfortunately he isn't.


 

 

26 May 2016 13:50:06
I see Rom has been shouting his mouth off, again, and has confirmed that he wants to leave. He added that he will talk to FM out of courtesy, according to an article (can't remember the source) online.
First of all, I'd rather he stayed as he scores plenty of goals. I'd go as far as saying that, without them goals, we would have been worse off last season. That said, he has a lot of improving to do (first touch springs to mind) . I'd let him go as long as two stipulations are met. The first is to a champions league team, this is what he claimed he wanted if he left us. That will rule out Chelsea and Manchester United but give him his wish of playing in that competition. The second is that we get top whack for him, name a price and don't take a penny less. We need to be as ruthless as Liverpool where when they sold LS and RS.
If he does go, almost a certainty, then I wish him well.

spudv

 

 

20 May 2016 10:02:25
According to the express on-line, Manchester United are reportedly interested in Funis Mori. His agent has been quoted as saying Lazio are also interested but his value is £23m. Here's a snippet of his interview,
"Lazio are a great club, but Everton do not want to sell and the value is more than [£23m], " Followed by
"But football is strange, anything can happen, he is the best left-handed centre-back in the world at the moment. "
The report contradicts itself later on when it states we are willing to listen to offers in the region of 11.5m!
Not sure why his agent seems to think being left handed is a necessity, maybe he has really neat handwriting!

spudv

1.) 20 May 2016 10:34:13
I like Mori but the best left CB in the world ha ha, come on Agent there is bigging them up then there is just a ridiculous statement which makes the agent look daft as a brush.


2.) 20 May 2016 10:38:26
Sick of agents coming out and saying that their player is the best player in europe/ premier league etc. Fair enough if Funes goes, he had a fairly good season, helped us out big time whilst Jags was injured, and hopefully we'll recuperate the money we spent. But seriously Lukaku's dad and agent bigging him up to be the best striker in Europe and all this, i appreciate they're trying to big them up for their own benefit (bit of commission) but they just seem ridiculous. Agents really are what is wrong with the game.


3.) 20 May 2016 11:34:01
they can all frig off if they don't wanna play for the best team in the world - Only one way once u leave everton (rooney aside) haha. let's get a new manager first before we talk about ins and outs, no one is leaving or coming in till this happens fact.


4.) 20 May 2016 12:22:01
Spot on Dazza, why get involved with player trading at a stage when our squad it a draw to any prospective candidate for the managers role.


5.) 20 May 2016 16:44:50
If agents want to bigger there players and give higher values aslong as they ask for a transfer and give up loyalty bonuses then let them gain us more cash.25 million for mori would be well worth a sale.


6.) 20 May 2016 18:46:55
People keep talking of knee jerk reactions to the appointment of Martinez and now hus replacement. I'd be amazed if Kenwright knew nothing about Moyes being tapped up from at least the Christmas before he left, hence running his contract down. I'd also be amazed if Martinez's replacement wasn't being shortlisted at least a month ago if not 2. And suddenly De Boer resigns!

De Boer has done a great job developing youth, just look at the 3 Tottenham now have. Clubs also looking at Ajax players now including defender and forward. We would have the money to buy influential players and a mix of developing the great youth we have been crying out to see play. Plus if he managed to bring his backroom staff. even better!

JM would not develop youth in fact he would ruin what we have, Koeman would be gone in 2 years to Arsenal or Barcelona.


7.) 20 May 2016 20:04:59
"best left-handed Center back"

I never knew center backs played with their hands.


8.) 20 May 2016 20:56:14
Jason1878: quite a few CBs use their hands - left and right - but the refs and linesmen just won't award the penalty kicks they should ;-)


9.) 21 May 2016 06:30:19
That's what made me laugh jason1878, I know agents talk up their players but his statement is a bit strange!


 

 

10 Mar 2016 15:21:58
Read an article online the other day, sure it was the echo, but the writer was comparing RM to the days of Mike Walker, showing a few comparisons between both of their stints as manager. Decent read for a change from that rag!
The interesting thing from the entire article was a different comparison with a current Premier league manager and the stats were quite shocking. The other manager was Tony Pulis.
Basically, Roberto's time in the league, with us and Wigan, are on a par with TP's time with Stoke, Palace and the baggies. Take a gander at these:
RM = 80 wins, TP = 84 wins.
RM = 74 draws, TP = 74 draws.
RM = 102 defeats, TP = 102 defeats.
RM = 256 games, TP = 263 games.
RM win % = 31.2%, TP = 31.9%.
What do you make of these lads?

spudv

{Ed025's Note - interesting spud, but it fails to highlight that while at everton he has had a far superior squad to work with so should really be way ahead of pulis mate..


1.) 10 Mar 2016 15:49:07
Without doubt ed, his last three seasons should have been a lot better especially, as you point out, the squad is a lot better than TP has ever had at any of them clubs. Don't know why these stats shocked me, bar one season (his first with us) he hasn't really done anything of note with either us or Wigan. Goes to show that you can be as attacking as you like but you must be solid at the back. Pulis always sets his teams up properly defensively, just hasn't had the best attacking players at his disposal. If he had a Rom in his squads then his stas would blow away RM. Scary stuff!

{Ed025's Note - it is mate..


2.) 10 Mar 2016 17:28:56
interesting comparison, especially to Mike walker who had us playing nice football but poor results, luckily the board acted in time!


3.) 10 Mar 2016 19:01:28
Interesting spudv. One question, there seems to be 3 games not accounted for with TP? Maybe I'm missing something. I know 3 games wouldn't make much differ.

You bring up a good point about Rom playing under TP. Ed025 I mentioned last week about the possibility of TP as manager. You rightly said it would be boring dire stuff that we would be playing like our last manager. Sorry, I try to limit the amount of times I mention him because people think I'm his love child.

My point is and spudv touchs on the subject. With a manager like TP or my true father 😁 the defence would obviously be a lot better like all their teams. Nothing new there but where it would be new is neither manager ever had an attacking side like we have now.

So how do we know what exactly they would do with it when they never had it at their disposal before? I'd love to see what both managers would do if they had our squad.

How do people know if they would lower the goals Rom would score or not play Del boy or Barkley when they never had these type of players before. Just because they had teams in the past who didn't posses the amount of talent that we have in the squad now does not mean they would have them playing the same way.

As I said before goals win games, conceding little wins titles. That's why my number one is Simeone. Newcastle tried the theory we'll score more than you. We all know that didn't work. Did it ever?


4.) 10 Mar 2016 19:06:39
Agreed wakka, Walker had a liking for attacking players much the same as Roberto. The comparison with Pulis is an eye opener though. That should give his supporters something to think about.


5.) 10 Mar 2016 19:07:01
Doesn't quite add up. Same number of draws. Same number of losses. Pulis won 4 more. Yet pulis has managed 7 more games. What's happened to the other three? Either way it's a shocking stat for Martinez. I'll be honest I like the bloke. And I like what he represents in terms of the football. But there's a massive part of his management missing. I was listening to an interview a short while ago with Danny Simpson. And he was saying Steve McLaren is a fantastic coach, one of the best he's worked with, but not a manager. I wounder is the same applies to Martinez?


6.) 10 Mar 2016 21:45:12
Not sure whether I have copied the stat wrong or if the journalist has misled us with the article! Didn't notice the game discrepancy, cheers for pointing it out to those who did. I'll try and find the article to clear it up when I get chance. Either way, I doubt 3 games will make too much of a difference. It is still not the sort of form he promised when he took over. His management has taken us closer to the championship than to the champions league.


7.) 10 Mar 2016 22:59:25
No doubt spudv. I dread to think what it's like when you leave out the first season. At least TP is steady and consistent. Over time with 3 different clubs he done good work with what he had.

I'd love to see only the last 2 seasons in that statistic. Don't think many if any managers would still be in a job like Martinez is.


8.) 11 Mar 2016 02:23:41
Maybe we should get Moyes back as defensive coach 😚.


9.) 11 Mar 2016 08:25:27
Ha, if only Southern Toffee.


10.) 11 Mar 2016 13:38:58
Moyes was a better manager for Everton than people give him credit for, he over achieved most seasons. Fans often have short memories he turned Everton from a relegation haunted side to a team competing for Europe every year with very little money.
History will reflect he was a very good manager for the blues, who knows he may come back.

{Ed025's Note - i dont think anyone will dispute he did a good job milomj, but the time had come for him to leave and the way he went about that left a sour taste in the mouth mate, would i want him back?...not in a millon..


11.) 11 Mar 2016 16:01:44
Haven't been able to find the article online but I have managed to look at a copy of Wednesdays echo and it is exactly the same as what I posted. Story was compiled by David Prentice. Was actually hoping that I'd made the mistake as his error detracts from his point a little bit, albeit 3 games wouldn't change the outcome a great deal. Just thought I'd try and clear up the discrepancy, to no avail I know!
DM defensive coach? I wouldn't even let him drive the team bus! Nor would I want him back in charge, the reasons are simple really. Firstly, as ed says, the way he left and comments he made, derisory bids for our players etc. He burnt his bridges for me in the lead up to him taking over the mancs. Secondly, although he was defensively sound he stifled his attacking players. Certainly there is a few forwards who he ruined during his time. For all of Roberto's faults, he has given us a taste of how powerful we can be when attacking on the break and I don't want us to lose that. We need to strike a balance between the two.
DM did a good job for us when we needed him to but he is not the right man to take us forward.

{Ed025's Note - i totally agree spud..


 

 

25 Aug 2015 00:53:35
@Truebluemetz79. Have you any further info regarding Yarmolenko? Is the deal dead like the UK press believe? Cheers in advance mate

spudv

1.) 25 Aug 2015 08:33:02
Reports in England say the deal is dead but reports in the Ukraine suggests otherwise, anything on your end Ed's

{Ed025's Note - only that its dead ste..


2.) 25 Aug 2015 09:43:25
Cheers ed not what I wanted to hear but it's the truth hopefully we sign Mori and Rodriguez


3.) 25 Aug 2015 09:53:15
Hi spudv, I still believe the deal is on, you have to remember this lad is showbiz for there country he is loved and like a national treasure, he has lots of sponsors and so you have to understand a deal like this does take time Ukraine will want this to go to the wire and to be honest from there point of view I can understand that media coverage, so don't be put off by our press saying no deal, a famous Ukraine commentator has said he is 99% sure a deal is being done I believe him more than the sun, star or echo


4.) 25 Aug 2015 11:20:19
We can't afford to wait around and then be let down last minute. We need players, sooner the better!


 

 

 

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19 Mar 2017 11:51:34
Rom has certainly divided supporters this week with yet more comments, we can't get away from that fact, but does he really deserve some of the criticism levelled at him?
I wasn't too bothered by the initial report, where he just said 'no' three times with a smile. But his follow up interview left himself wide open for the boo boys to stick the knife in. Many of us have given the club and board a bit of leeway due to the timing of RK and SW being brought in, it left little time to judge the squad as well as bring in new players to improve the squad. For that reason, I was annoyed with Rom for running his mouth. If he knows of targets that we could have bought but never then he should be naming them, not hiding behind anonymity. I can only think of 3 targets, the forward that has joined the saints but his club wanted a silly fee in the summer. Perez (think that's his name) who wanted champs league so went to Arsenal and the fella that agreed to join but then turned his phone off and joined spurs with hours to go. Only two of them look good enough, one can't even get in the spurs team! So one window was wasted. The likes of Schneiderlin and Lookman have improved the squad and it is no secret that FM wants to bring in more talent over the next few windows. In truth, Rom should not be talking about such things, he knows things will improve but it takes time when there is no European football on offer. He has been spoken to by RK so hopefully he will learn from the experience.
But let's get things straight, some fans have come out and slated him for being lazy, for not showing interest etc etc. The lad is only 23 and is the leagues top goal scorer, the first player to hit 20 league goals for us in the prem plus a host of other records. We have cried out for such a player for decades yet there are still those out there that want to rip him to shreds. The things that he gets abuse for can be improved with time, again he is still relatively young, and he will get better as he gets older. He has consistently scored goals in a top division so he has got the talent, despite what his detractors say.
We can't blame him for wanting to play in the champions league, he has proven himself in one of the best leagues and that is the natural progression. As a club, we have to try and get into those competitions if the owners vision is to be realised. It's obvious really.
I say just enjoy him whilst he is still wearing the royal blue, we are lucky to have a player who knows where the net is, just as he is lucky that he is at a club who have helped him improve and give him a platform to perform. In my mind he will be one of the top strikers in the game in the next few years, embrace the fact that he has donned our shirt rather than look for the slightest weakness he may have. If, and when, he leaves wish him well don't hate on him.

spudv

1.) 19 Mar 2017 12:14:59
I've been the one guilty of being critical spud, I have let my emotions get the better of me because of Roms statement about the lack of respect so I have been highlighting his faults to justify why he should stay.
On reflection and looking at our record since 1st January, we would be top of the league, we have momentum now and I just hope we turn up at Anfield and lose the inferiority complex, we are better than them and the players need to believe it, Swansea went there and beat them by exposing there weaknesses. We have 9 games left and I seriously believe that it's only Chelsea out of who we have to play that we should be concerned about, so my optimism is back and my criticism is gone. We are Everton and we can get Champions League football and a top 4 finish and show Rom that not only are we an ambitious club on the up, we are a big club ready to compete again.


2.) 19 Mar 2017 12:42:32
It's an emotive game bluegray, we are all guilty of getting carried away at times. I think there is a balance needed though when we become too critical, a good player doesn't become bad because of things done off the pitch. As fans we seem to get hurt far too easy and it can breed contempt!
I hope you're right about the derby, it's about time we showed up at their place. Let's hope RK can keep them calm, it may also help that we have a few young local lads too.
I think 4th is beyond us but I will be happy to be proven wrong. More investment in the squad in the summer could help push us on, although that depends on who we could lose as well. But, like you, I'm optimistic about the immediate future and beyond. It's the best position we've been in since the late 80's for me.


 

 

19 Mar 2017 11:19:08
Only watched the 20 minutes highlights on everton tv yesterday, as I was flying back from holiday in the afternoon, so didn't see too much to judge the performance.
From the bits I seen we never really looked in any danger, Hull didn't look like scoring despite a couple of decent chances. Made up for DCL on his first prem goal, great play between Davis and Ross to set him up. We needed that second goal to kill the game, doesn't matter to me how many the opposition had on the pitch we still had to put the ball in the net regardless. Seen a few comments along the lines of 'if we play like that against better teams we will get punished. ' That maybe right but let's just enjoy the moment. We weren't playing one of the better teams and we got the job done. Nobody looks back at a victory and says we only won 4 nil because they had 10 men! You can only beat what's in front of you and we did. As Degsy mentioned, that's 23 goals for and 3 against (all in the one game) at home in last 7 or so matches so there is more positives than negatives, let's enjoy them boys instead of nit picking!
I'd also add that Valencia and Rom linked up well together in the last 15 mins or so, be good to see them up front together in a few of the remaining games.

spudv

 

 

18 Feb 2017 19:28:56
Caught up with the last couple of episodes of 'the Everton show' on youtube, worth a watch if you have a spare half our or so. David Unsworth was a guest, along with Snods, giving his thoughts on his U23 squad as well as the first team. What struck me most was the level of professionalism that is drilled into the kids, they get involved in all things Everton not just playing and training. Football has come a long way from the YTS days, where the youngsters had to clean boots, the dressing room and the ground after a home game! We have a few gems in Rhino's squad, let's hope they can make the grade and that we see a few more coming through the ranks. All those involved in coaching these lads deserve a big pat on the back, we definitely have one of the best youth structures in the league which is reflected in their position right now. Finally, I've not noticed Cowpat Sid posting on these pages of late, he usually gives us his take on the squad numbers etc after a transfer window. Hope all is well with him.

spudv

 

 

05 Feb 2017 13:15:10
We are coming to the end of the first year under FM's investment. During this 12 months we have seen a lot of change, both on and off the pitch, which has certainly lifted the fan base. It seems a million miles away from the RM days when we were struggling to hit the heights of the top ten, when the manager lost his dressing room and the onus on scoring more than the other team often left us conceding more than we scored. We seemed to be in free fall with no plan B to get us out of trouble. Their was no, or little, discipline. Players knew they would be selected despite being out of form.
FM seen this and forced the board into a change of manager and, ultimately, direction. Koeman was brought in and had a great start, despite not being able to assess his squad in time to sign players to improve the first team. The players took a while to settle into the new mans style, even the bright start was punctuated with individual mistakes as they tried to escape the 'Martinez philosophy. ' The derby defeat just before Xmas was a turning point for the team, something seemed to click with the players and they bought into what RK wants to see from them on the pitch.
We bought well in the last window and got rid of fringe players who were not good enough, in the managers opinion, to move us forward. In one fell swoop he has jettisoned those who are taking a monthly wage for doing very little work, some from the Moyes era and some from Roberto's tenure. There are a few who will leave next window, with thanks for their service, but we have to believe that their replacements will strengthen the squad even more and help push us on to tackling the top four in the league. It is refreshing to have a manager who is not afraid to make changes to the formation during the game, to make a sub at HT when things are not going too well.
We have a man on the board who has bought into the club values and wants to deliver success to the fans. A man who's vision includes a new, shiny stadium on the water front. A man who has the balls, and cash, to make that dream become reality.
In a nutshell, Moshiri has changed the landscape for EFC in the short time he has been with us. He has given us hope when we could only see despair, he has given us belief when a few had lost faith. FM has given us back our beloved Everton FC, a club which belongs at the top. A club with a proud history but, more importantly, a club which now has hope and a bright future. We are no longer a sleeping giant of the English league, FM has stopped us hitting the snooze button and got us back on our feet. It's been a good 12 months :)

spudv

{Ed025's Note - great post spud..


1.) 05 Feb 2017 19:11:24
Very well said mate, excellent post. Never been so optimistic in my 30 years as a supporter.

A lot of credit for this has to go to BK who could have sold the club years earlier to the wrong person / people and we could have gone the way of Leeds, Birmingham and Portsmouth. Instead he held out to find someone I never thought he would - a rich investor who shared his passion, morals and, seemingly now, his love of the club.

{Ed025's Note - im with you there windsor..


2.) 05 Feb 2017 19:12:26
cheers ed.

{Ed025's Note - well deserved spud mate..


3.) 05 Feb 2017 21:45:36
Cheers WB, I'm definitely grateful to BK for everything he has done to keep the club afloat and get the right investor in to move us forward. I know he gets a bit of stick off sections of the fans but he really has put his neck on the line for EFC over the years. I wouldn't fancy being in his position, damned if he does and damned if he doesn't it seems!
Things are coming together slowly but, like you, I don't remember being this optimistic about the future of the club since the 80's!


 

 

27 Jan 2017 07:06:28
Looks like we have offered Jose Baxter a 12 month contract and he will be playing with the U23's squad for the remainder of the season. I know the lad has done a lot of work with the EIC, some turn around after his off the field problems. Even if he doesn't make it to the first team I hope the club have given him a route back into football. We all did stupid things when we were young, I just hope he has learnt his lesson.

spudv

{Ed025's Note - it looks like the last chance saloon for him spud, i hope he is very grateful and realizes how lucky he is that this club has a heart of gold mate..


1.) 27 Jan 2017 07:32:37
I don't see him doing anything with first team but I do hope we put the right people round him to sort his head out and focused on football so he can play again for championship club. Great gesture by the club to look after one of our own.


2.) 27 Jan 2017 07:35:54
very true ed and I hope for his sake that he heeds the warnings and keeps his nose clean (pun intended! ) even if it is eventually with another club. Rhino will sort him out


3.) 27 Jan 2017 10:20:27
I personally think it's not the best thing to do and sends the wrong message out to the young players. how does this lad deserve a 12 month contract with us again. He has been banned more than once now for drugs. Not as if it was a 1 time thing.

Sends a message to say the young lads don't worry if u do drugs there is a way back. Not for me I think it's a bad move.

I see your point about giving the lad a way back into football. But does he deserve it after the chances he has had

When they are lads on the fringes trying the hardest to get signed an being professional.

Not for me.


4.) 27 Jan 2017 12:05:33
Only the club and the lad himself know the reason why the club have offered him this opportunity. I for one don't see anything wrong with it, and as for how it will look to the younger players. Well I have heard that part of this deal is that he will be talking to the younger players about what happened to him, and how easy it is to fail.


5.) 27 Jan 2017 13:13:37
Jimbochaddy, I could see your point if he had committed a more serious crime. But he's only taken drugs. I/ lots of us used to sniff when I/ we were younger it doeesn't make us bad/ unreliable people who should be disguarded or written off because of one part of our lives.

How many of us can say having as much money as a football player even a young one we wouldn't have acted idiots and spent that money on things we shouldn't have.

You have heard about one part of his life and assume he is a bad person and bad influence. He may be the best person for the young players to learn from having made mistakes and come back from it.

There's more to to being a good role model than being able to kick a ball.


6.) 27 Jan 2017 16:29:30
If anything, his story can be an example to the younger kids of how too much money too young can be a bad thing. If he steers one youth player away from drugs then it will be a successful venture. He would have served his ban come July, we, as a society, can't keep punishing people for their mistakes once they have paid their dues. He has been stupid but never hurt anyone but himself. He has been working for EITC during his ban so those in the back ground have seen him doing good things and believe he is worthy of another chance. It doesn't mean he will be performing for the 1st team any time soon and, as I stated in the OP, it could just be a leg up for the lad to get back in the game at a decent level. Live and let leave I say.
It's funny how supporters have a go at Bill when a not so positive story is in the press yet the good stuff is always attributed to Moshiri. For me, it shows that the club/ board look after their own in the good and the bad times. Not a bad thing really


 

 

 

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27 Jan 2017 08:14:55
Cheers ed, for a minute I thought you had something concrete for us. I expect him to move on sooner rather than later. Let's hope we can secure a replacement who can score

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27 Jan 2017 07:00:18
ed002, you say 'until' Lukaku leaves in the summer, is that the word behind the scenes that he is definitely off?

spudv

{Ed002's Note - There remains every likelihood that he will leave as he wants to play at the highest level.}


 

 

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03 Jan 2017 20:21:58
To be fair, the red supporters put a lot of pressure on SG when it came out he had decided to join Chelsea. Do you not remember the death threats or the burning of replica Gerrard shirts? The lad was forced to stay. With that in mind, and the fact that none of our supporters really care what SG has to say, why should anyone listen to his advice? Advice he never took himself during his career. Nobody at Everton gives a flying you-know-what about anything that comes out of this mans mouth.

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30 Dec 2016 23:59:56
Agree with NB, think his game is more suited to Spain or Italy. His stamina is questionable and he doesn't like the defensive side, no big loss if he goes but will wish him well.

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19 Dec 2016 10:59:39
Cheers for the reply ed002.

spudv

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


 

 

 

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19 Mar 2017 12:42:32
It's an emotive game bluegray, we are all guilty of getting carried away at times. I think there is a balance needed though when we become too critical, a good player doesn't become bad because of things done off the pitch. As fans we seem to get hurt far too easy and it can breed contempt!
I hope you're right about the derby, it's about time we showed up at their place. Let's hope RK can keep them calm, it may also help that we have a few young local lads too.
I think 4th is beyond us but I will be happy to be proven wrong. More investment in the squad in the summer could help push us on, although that depends on who we could lose as well. But, like you, I'm optimistic about the immediate future and beyond. It's the best position we've been in since the late 80's for me.

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15 Mar 2017 00:41:56
No worries ed004. You're right, he isn't at the level of the players that you mention but, in comparison to them, he does have time on his side. Easy to forget that the lad is only 23 but I would expect him to hit similar heights when he reaches the same age as the likes of Lewandowski or Benzema. As fans of EFC, we still have to be realistic and admit that this improvement may not be with us but we will get a hefty fee if he does leave.
I honestly think they will compromise the clause, if that is what is really holding up the deal, and it will be around 70/ 75m. Either way, it's still a pretty profit on what we paid out for him. Let's just hope the fans don't start jumping all over him if he does go, he's been as good for us as we've been for him. Everton will still go on and so will Rom.

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{Ed004's Note - I think best case scenario for Everton is that they can agree to keep him for one more season and build a team around him next year that can compete with the top 6. I don't think you are currently far of it either. You've a very strong midfield but your defence and lack of a top winger is letting you down slightly and you will also of had koeman for a year so players will be used to him.}


 

 

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14 Mar 2017 23:47:02
ed004, you have pretty much summed the lad up. I'm not too sure which champions league team would come in for him, I suppose it depends on the price. He has been lethal in games over the last few years and is certainly progressing as a player, bit of work on his touch and his aerial ability is where he could improve. I want to keep him as long as possible as forwards who score 20+ goals per season are hard to come by and quite expensive. But if he wants to go then we need to get the best possible deal that suits us, we have shown in the past that we don't sell too cheaply. As for your question, I'm not too bothered about the way this is dragging out, it was always going to be a complicated and protracted deal. We only hear snippets from media outlets such as sky sports news and other unreliable net based sites, so it is hard to comment. If it's true that the club want some sort of 90m buy out clause but his people want it nearer 70m then I would expect some negotiation and him to sign. Even if he did sign a new contract, I would still expect him to go in the next 12 months. If that happens then I hope we get in a decent replacement first.

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{Ed004's Note - Thanks for the reply. He has certainly been improving but he still lacks the hold up play that I think teams require now at the top stage. The likes of Lewandowski, Benzema and Suarez etc are all excellent on the ball and Lukaku has only really shown that in glimpses and his record vs the top teams is concerning.
I agree wth you that I think a compromise will be found but anything near or over 70 million and that is some business by Everton}


 

 

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14 Mar 2017 23:36:36
If, and when, he goes we will get a big fee for the lad. There is no questioning that. But I think some fans are reading too much into this. They are still negotiating, as far as I'm aware, and the stumbling block is the release fee (we want 90m, his camp wants closer to 70m) so I'm sure they will all sit down and either agree to sign on different terms or agree he will be shipped out. Don't see JCW's point of dropping him because of this stalemate, should we drop Ross as well since his contract hasn't been sorted? Yes the crowd should let him know how they feel, that is get behind him and let him know he is wanted at our club. It's just a sticking point, things will progress either way in the coming months. Until they/ he says that he is no longer an Everton player then we should continue supporting him.

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08 Mar 2017 20:32:07
With GB on this one. The first goal was a combination, Barry not closing down and Robles positioning wasn't too great. Take nothing away from Kane though, it was still a great finish. The second was definitely down to the keeper, silly to throw the ball to a player when they are being closed down. I didn't think MS had asked for it, he didn't seem alert as to what was around him. Maybe he should have passed it straight back but he should never have received the ball in that area or situation. Robles was never a favourite of mine under the last regime but he has, bar the last game, been pretty decent since he came in. Had a fair few clean sheets n his latest run so we shouldn't get on his case too much. Still think we need a new keeper come the summer but I hope Robles gives them a run for their money and makes it hard for RK to drop him.

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