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16 May 2024 14:53:23
Just an appreciation post to say what a brilliant player Idrissa Gana Gueye is for this football club.

For too long, SOME supporters have dug Idrissa out and slagged his game off to high heaven. I think it is time that those people start appreciating what a player this man is and how important he is to this team.

There are complaints that he "constantly" gives the ball away and can't pass a ball. Personally I think he has been incorrectly judged by the howler he gave away at Leicester and Arsenal and that has stained peoples perception of him because those mistakes ultimately cost us goals.

It is an absolute myth that he can't pass. The lad boasts an 84% pass completion, playing in the centre of the park, not sat knocking it round sideways at the back. He has completed 725 out of 858 passes this season, doesn't sound too shabby to me.

Even if his passing was as bad as some like to make out, what he offers out of possession cannot be replicated by ANYBODY else in this squad. The man is 34 and he is still an absolute animal in intercepting the ball and stealing it away from opponents. The midfield looks completely disjointed without him, evident more than ever in the obliteration by Chelsea this season, not a chance that would have happened had he been on the field.

It is not a coincidence that our two best runs this season are when Idrissa is in the middle of the park.

To top it all off, the lad has put up his best goal scoring season to date and what massive goals they were. A winner against Crystal Palace away, a goal against Forest to get us on our way to 3 points against a relegation rival and another winner against Brentford to move us above them in the table.

Although he didn't come up with a goal in the derby, he was the best player on the pitch by a country mile.

Take a bow Idrissa. I hope you get the extension that you so thoroughly deserve mate!

Up the Ev!


1.) 16 May 2024 15:11:12
Good post mate he is one player I would keep with 2 or 3 others the rest can go we need new blood eh.

2.) 16 May 2024 15:47:59
Player of the year needs to be offered another contract.

3.) 16 May 2024 16:35:58
He has been great for the last 6 or so games.

4.) 16 May 2024 17:53:12
So has the rest of the Team mate.

5.) 16 May 2024 20:02:48
He’s just getting on Bluenose.

6.) 16 May 2024 21:26:26
Undisputed fact BR but he is still comfortably our best midfielder, which I guess says more about this squad, than it does anything else mate.

I think he has definitely shown he can still reach the necessary level to compete in the PL and has earned a year extension. I think it would be prudent for us to keep him on as it would give us one less thing to worry about in terms of incomings.

7.) 17 May 2024 08:24:08
Need to reduce team age and salary. Would help as a squad player, but not on his current salary. Oh and player of the season has to be Branthwaite, the season is more than six games.



03 May 2024 13:24:27
Hopefully what the Esk has tweeted is true. 777 will never end up taking the reins.

Seeing how the fans of clubs they already own receive them is a huge concern and as Ed has already pointed out, avoid them like the plague.


1.) 04 May 2024 09:04:12
Leaves us in much deeper shot though doesn't it. MSP need repaying, 777 will need paying, god knows how many more creditors are out there. This is a CA who has chaired billions worth board's (Russian mate) . Some of the stuff my son explained (tried) to me sort of made sense the rest just dipped my head in a bucket of ice.

2.) 05 May 2024 10:03:08
Simple, tell Moshiri you will buy the debts and the ground, and give him a tenner for cab fare. Job done.



01 May 2024 13:26:33
Afternoon Ed's,

Hope you are all keeping well.

There is a lot of uncertainty hanging over us atm with regards to finances, takeover etc.

I have just read 'The Esk's' tweet and was wondering if you could provide any clarity on it.

"Those "waiting in the wings" continue to be ready to support/ acquire the club at the appropriate time, which is not too far away".

Does this mean that there are other potential buyers out there that are waiting for the 777 deal to fall through and then they will perhaps make Moshiri an offer and would they be prepared to take on the ridiculous amount of debt the club has?

Appreciate the response.


{Ed002's Note - 777 want two of the MSP investors to join their bid and ease some of the debt owed to MSP. They will trade shares in the club, the stadium and will let them have the two seats on the board promised to MSP. They want to trade this against £200M of the £550M owed in total to satisfy Government concerns. RMF are owed more than this (circa £225M) but are not pressing as they are getting 10% interest on the debt and the debt is secured against Goodison Park and other local assets. MSP is the reason for the mid May date when 777 Partners must have the funds in ESCROW to pay the MSP debt, and fund the club to the end of the season. MSP could effectively go back to Moshiri with another offer - but they will look to a controlling interest. I can only assume Esk is referring to MSP. 777 Partners want to slip the mid May deadline until the end of May.}

1.) 01 May 2024 16:38:51
Thank you for the info Ed, much appreciated.

In your opinion, would MSP be a better outfit to take control of the club as opposed to the risk of 777, as you have mentioned previously?

{Ed002's Note - Most certainly - I would not go near 777 Partners.}

2.) 01 May 2024 23:20:50
George downing and Andy Bell, I hear George has shares in 777 and has been trying to off load them for a while now, Downing is trying to put together a group to buy Moshirs shares.



08 Jan 2024 18:24:15
If the rumours about Onana to Arsenal and others are legitimate and we let him go for 50/ 60 million it would be yet more poor business from ourselves.

Every other club seems to push for ridiculous fees. One that sticks out recently are Cucurella for around the 60 mark.

Ed's correct me if I am wrong but I am sure Lille have a very healthy sell-on clause on Onana, which would drag the fee down even more.

We should be pushing for as much as we can and going after young Wharton from Rovers. Whllst he can win the ball back in the middle, he is a different player to Onana and has more ability on the ball with his passes, more often than not, being able to play forward and through the lines.


{Ed002's Note - Lille will get 20% of any profit. Everton are screwed financially already.}

1.) 08 Jan 2024 21:34:44
Is it possible for us to ever get out the financial mess we are in and or run at a profit.

2.) 09 Jan 2024 09:46:20
For Clubs (Media) to say they are in talks with Onana (agent (s) ) , surely he is under contract and would need Evertons' permission. As for we should be insisting on a higher fee. As Ed says, we have already lost a paddle and really need to do all we can to keep the boat upright.

3.) 09 Jan 2024 11:37:13
I'm sure that all our players agents are informed to "sell sell sell" no fear of tapping up at our gaff, it's a flea market.

4.) 09 Jan 2024 13:51:14
See the flat earth believers are out in force.

5.) 09 Jan 2024 21:17:22
Thanks for all the replies but that was a question for ed02.

{Ed025's Note - if you had said that in your post i would have forwarded it to him mate..

6.) 09 Jan 2024 21:35:34
I know it's called old age,
Probably a good that you never asked him, as he doesn't seem to have much good news for us lately ?.

{Ed025's Note - i know it only too well mate..

7.) 10 Jan 2024 12:43:07
El Bobble said yesterday that no discussions have taken place regards Onana and it will have to be too good and offer to refuse to let him leave. As for financially screwed, that's only if the takeover does not happen.



26 Aug 2023 00:28:22
Norberto Beto Betuncal!

Ed's please tell me the there is some substance to the rumours that a deal is maturing.

Wanted this lad for a long long time. Well before we were even linked with him in the winter window.


{Ed002's Note - Yes Everton are keen on Beto.}

1.) 26 Aug 2023 09:14:59
Being reported we have booked a medical for him after our bid was accepted.

2.) 26 Aug 2023 10:04:00
Deal has just been done, it's on you tube, f knows why on you tube ?.




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13 May 2024 12:55:21
I put together a list of players a week or so back that we could realistically target, one of those being AZ Alkmaar RB - Yukinari Sugawara.

I have just read that we are tracking him, along with Inter and Brighton. For the first time in a few years I have read a transfer rumour that I actually wish to be true.

He would sort that RB spot out for us for sure. Rumoured to be available for about 6m, he is exactly the signing that we should be making.

Downside is, if Brighton and Inter are keen, there is no chance he picks us.


1.) 13 May 2024 13:36:21
Why would u pick Brighton over the mighty toffees our fanbase is an appeal to anyone before 5 years ago nobody heard of brighton.

2.) 13 May 2024 13:48:44
Saw that we were interested in him mate that’s the sort of player Sean will be looking at, hope he can get him.

3.) 13 May 2024 14:13:06
Agree Toffeeloyalist but I think we may be a little bias mate haha.

Fingers crossed GB. Signing him would be like getting Seamus back in his prime all over again mate.

4.) 14 May 2024 22:23:28
Watched him last year when was in Holland stag do he was impressive so was lb who ended up at Bournemouth there striker okay aswell.



07 May 2024 14:51:55
I don't think it is at all likely but if were are tearing up the script and going for a young and progressive manager with modern ideas, I would look no further than the reliable and combative CM, Thiago Motta.

Great pedigree having played at Barcelona, Inter under Jose and PSG. He has won a couple of Champions Leagues, multiple league titles in different leagues and team of the season awards in La Liga and Ligue 1,

He then went into management at Genoa, taking over them when they were dead last and couldn't change their fortune.

Moved on and managed Spezia in Serie A, a team under a transfer ban and picked for relegation. After a difficult start, got things going and won manager of the month.

Moved onto Bologna, who whilst they aren't one of the main forces in Italy, have some better players to choose from than the previous e. g. Orsolini, Zirkzee, De Silvestri, Freuler, Ndoye, Saelemaekers and Ferguson. This enabled Motta to implement his style of play and has only seen them go from strength to strength.

He has now managed 73 games, W 34, D 23 and L 16. Goals F 102, Goals A 69, good +33. Not bad numbers at all.

He has since won manager of the month 4 times at one of the 'Italian minnows' and has a really interesting style of football, which is incredibly attacking but equally as aggressive and defensive when his teams do not have the ball.

I imagine he will be going to a top top club soon but if he is available, we should be going all out for him.


1.) 07 May 2024 17:16:39
We have no chance of getting Motta BlueNose, he is as you rightly say doing exceptional well, but absolutely no chance he leaves CL football to come to us and his achievements ain't going unnoticed by the top top teams, only chance we would have of enticing is a lucrative contract and a warchest to build. None of which we have unfortunately nor a squad he could walk in and implement his ideas. Certainly be interesting seeing where he does end up tho.

2.) 07 May 2024 17:53:27
Definitely Mocker. It is a shame we weren't in the same position as 5 or so seasons ago and then he may have been within our reach.

I think he is going to be up there with the best managers around soon enough.

3.) 07 May 2024 18:11:25
It is definitely the right type of coach we should be going in for when we are a normal stable club.

Any manager worth his salt wouldn't touch everton with a barge pole, because unfortunately we are a basketcase on the cúsp of financial ruin.

We should have been in for these types years ago, unfortunately we have to ride out the next few seasons in survival mode, hoping we will get on more stable ground and go from there. For now any attractive type is a pipe dream in my humble opinion.

4.) 07 May 2024 19:03:12
Yep BlueNose and Scottish. Timing as a lot to do with it, we've missed/ messed our time. Bang on Scottish the next few seasons is very much about survival and wether we like it or not Dyche is the ideal manager to get us through this, ain't going to be pretty and am with you in the belief that a lot of people's opinions are pipe dreams but guess it beats the reality of our club.

Not sure how when or where or who but think the financial side will get sorted in a positive manner, wishful thinking and blind faith maybe but just have a feeling we will ride this out and someone will come in in a positive manner and get us on a even keel and move forward as a club.

5.) 07 May 2024 21:18:42
I think/ know that we can come out the otherside of this IF we sort out our recruitment. For too long we haven't made profits on our players amd signed absolute dross for mega bucks.

I don't know what are scouting set up is but that is where I would invest some money into, because we don't seem to be aware of any other
markets offering value and quality.

Why we couldn't have signed Brightons recent recruits or Moyes's cheaper recruits at West Ham I don't know.

Getting depressed thinking about it, off to read some shipe about 777 to cheer me up.

6.) 07 May 2024 22:18:09
5 years ago we’d have tried to buy him, stick him on 200k a week and play him in midfield.

7.) 07 May 2024 23:32:19
Hahaha love it JB!



07 May 2024 14:00:58
Don't know if there is any substance but I am happy to see us linked with young Mengi at Luton. Have been very impressed with him this season, whenever I have watched him against the top sides.

Very good CB.


1.) 07 May 2024 15:06:47
Their two forwards are also good BlueNose, sort of players we will after, be a breath of fresh air after watching pitching our lot this season mate.

2.) 07 May 2024 17:20:20
Morris for Luton has been having a very good season. Can play up top but looks more than assured in the no10 role.

3.) 07 May 2024 17:54:34
Agree Gents. I would take both Morris and Adebayo. Industrious as well, which is what we like but more importantly, what we need.

4.) 07 May 2024 19:10:56
Throw in Alfie Doughty too. Very versatile on left side or centre mid right age at 24 and got the graft and craft.



Sean Dyche is doing his job at Everton

05 May 2024 07:39:06
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1.) 06 May 2024 18:16:04
Fair assessment BlueNose.



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1.) 04 May 2024 23:09:22
Good read BN but I must disagree about DCL, I think he will score 15 goals a season if and a big if FIT. You gave Beto an excuse off feeding off scraps couldn’t you judge DCL in the same way? Opinions if course mate but he’s a must keep in my opinion.

2.) 05 May 2024 10:10:23
I meant that Beto was feeding off the scraps of games mate. As in 10 minute cameos when games were mostly away from us.

As I say DCL is a good player and think he belongs in a 2 to get the best out of him. I just don’t think he is a natural goal scorer mate. Wouldn’t necessarily get rid of him but he cost us 1.5 million and I think if fitness is more proven we could get a decent fee for him.




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17 May 2024 14:24:06
There is a considerable sell on fee that is owed to Lille.




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17 May 2024 12:05:52
It is a shame that we cannot keep hold of him until after the tournament, where he will no doubt feature for Belgium and shine around better players.




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16 May 2024 21:26:26
Undisputed fact BR but he is still comfortably our best midfielder, which I guess says more about this squad, than it does anything else mate.

I think he has definitely shown he can still reach the necessary level to compete in the PL and has earned a year extension. I think it would be prudent for us to keep him on as it would give us one less thing to worry about in terms of incomings.




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09 May 2024 18:20:40
Thank you for the insight Ed.




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09 May 2024 13:06:45
Ed's, do you know much about MSP? Would they be "decent" owners or do they come with their problems as well. I only ask as you were so vocal from the start to avoid 777 like the plague. Cheers.


{Ed002's Note - I think that MSP would be fine owners, or at least investors. Originally they only wanted 25%. There is a chance that they could take shares in the stadium but the problem previously was the debt owed to Rights and Media Funding Limited (again over £200M) who blocked the move as they wanted the protection to be allowed to sell the stadium to a third party if the debt was not serviced. They would need persuading if MSP are back involved. And theu there is another £200M owed to 777 Partners now.}




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16 May 2024 15:06:51
By no means do I think he has delivered for us Ed. I think he has been a disappointment but I do think there is an awful lot of context to that disappointment.

It is strange, due to his build and presence, but holding the ball up is not his game. He is slow off the mark but once he gets going he is a hard man to stop.

I think the chances he has missed this season are poor but I think his confidence was decimated from the introduction to life at us. I think he has been criminally mis-managed by Dyche and any chance of him getting going has been non-existent.

I know it is only Doncaster but fans were excited by what he showed in that game. It is extremely unfortunate that Dom decided to be fit for the first time in what felt like forever, which then limited him to a few 5/ 10 minute spells off the bench, where ultimately his confidence eroded by the week.

Personally I think the lad would work best with a partner. It seems absolutely baffling to me that we have one of the best strikers in the league for winning the ball in the air and winning knockdowns or flick ons and then we have Beto, who thrives off being played in behind. How many times has Dyche tried them together, I think I can recall once!

The way I think about new signings has taken a different view now Ed. I will gladly admit that I thought Mykolenko and McNeil were absolutely garbage, even though, like Beto, they both worked their bollocks off. There is no question that they have improved since getting that first stint under their belt. Don't get me wrong they are both still very limited players but they have been important players for us this season for sure. I just feel that Beto could turn out that way for us to, if he was actually given the opportunity.

We shelled out 26 million on him and after this season, I doubt we would get anywhere near that back. Taking that into account, we may as well either give him a chance to prove his worth and/ or increase his value or loan him out back to an Italian club to do the same. I think selling him, is terrible business given our situation.


{Ed025's Note - if we could get our money back i would take him to his new club by wheelbarrow BN, not a fan at all mate but respect your opinion..



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16 May 2024 14:21:17

Minutes played - 2092
Games completing 60 minutes or more - 24
Goals scored - 7 (2 Penalties)
Big chances created - 4
Big chances missed - 15
Offsides - 23


Minutes played - 942
Games completing 60 minutes or more - 9
Goals scored - 3
Big chances created - 3
Big chances missed - 8
Offsides - 10

The lad has never gotten a chance to build up even a slither of confidence and we all know that is what strikers thrive off. He has come to a new league and country, in probably the most high-pressured environment possible, considering all the circus with this club.

In noway shape or form do we play to his strengths. The one time we put the ball into him (lovely ball from Garner) he buries it. The occasional times we put him in behind (Doncaster and Newcastle) and he bursts through, using his power and finishes.

Its absolutely baffling how Dom gets given the benefit of the doubt (rightly so btw) about how terrible we are, how little chances we create for him and how he is up there fighting on his own but then those same benefits are not gifted to Beto.

Is Dom a better player, undisputedly so. However, Dom went 19 games without scoring a goal and it was everyone else's fault but his. He has played more than double the game time, got more consistent runs in the team and only scored double the goals Beto has with penalties.

Yes, it was the Italian league but go and look at the goals Beto was scoring for Udinese. He doesn't look like a player who can't score goals to me. Give him time, build his confidence and ultimately, actually give him minutes and he could easily be a 10+ goals striker a season.

The rubbish this man gets is criminal when you can clearly see he tries his best for the shirt, especially when the same cannot be said about others that actually play.


{Ed025's Note - i suppose its how you view things BN, for me Beto is useless mate, very strong and powerful but hes in the wrong sport for me, cant lead the line and is very poor in the air for me, no composure in front of goal and deceptively slow, just my opinion of course..



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13 May 2024 14:13:06
Agree Toffeeloyalist but I think we may be a little bias mate haha.

Fingers crossed GB. Signing him would be like getting Seamus back in his prime all over again mate.




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08 May 2024 16:33:37
Mocker, just to be clear, including Modric was 100% in jest. Hence the Young comment that followed. I am under no illusions that he is out of our reach, even at 38.

That being said, he would still absolutely boss the PL, which is absolute madness and as you say he is playing in a CL semi tonight. The way he gets overlooked in the mention for best midfielders of all time is criminal.




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07 May 2024 23:32:19
Hahaha love it JB!




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