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08 Jul 2023 20:28:54
Good God, just flashed up on Sky Sports News we are interested in Ashley Young on a free.
Are we trying o bring the age profile of the squad up? With extending Lonegan's contract and looking at another nearly 40 year old, our DO F and manager must think experience comes with age. Bloody delusional!

Fancy Smith

1.) 08 Jul 2023 21:53:43
Tbf he is probably better than mykolenko!

2.) 08 Jul 2023 21:57:09
Maybe Ashley is our new striker? Did he not start there?

3.) 08 Jul 2023 21:59:36
Well if ae have no money then we have no choice, he could do a job as back up, seen we didn't put a 34mill bid in for that striker either , just another made up bit of football bull by the media.

4.) 08 Jul 2023 23:24:26
While BK is in situ nothing will or can change. Should be sitting with his feet up like the rest of us KOS's. Story will come out that we tried and tried to the very last minute etc!

5.) 09 Jul 2023 01:09:44
It will be another ridiculous signing if he comes. He may be on a free but will want a hefty salary package and will only be used as a squad player. Been there, done that before, it just does not work out. If we don't have youngsters who can fill in as squad players we are in serious trouble.

6.) 09 Jul 2023 09:01:56
So Thelwell's plan is to sell our youngsters cheap, and bring in "experienced" older players? Didn't we go down this road before?

7.) 09 Jul 2023 10:49:14
It's not Thelwells plan. The club is having a sell off for whoever gets a bid. Wake up.

8.) 09 Jul 2023 11:58:15
Then why bother employing Thelwell fbs.

9.) 09 Jul 2023 12:20:19
We have no money. Have you been under a rock for the last 36 months?
Throwing your insults at DOF football who generally has never been supported by the regime is desperate and shows your frustration but shows a lack of understanding the big picture. We need money. We need a small robust group like in the Moyes era and so the peripheral talents are all for sale. The only thing that seems to be happening is SD and Thelwell are instructed to clear the decks of anything worth anything. Then maybe a few loans will come in and a cheap transfer or 2 if we are lucky but until the bank balance is boosted, nothing can happen. Not DOF fault. We are a ghost ship until the sale of club or investment is done. It's frustrating but not as frustrating as the ground hog day outbursts from deluded fans. Understand the mess and lower your expectations to zero.

10.) 09 Jul 2023 12:35:08
Well put FBS mate nothing to add, you hit the nail on the head with that post.

11.) 09 Jul 2023 12:53:50
Exactly, FBS, your comment is right on the money.
Apart from lowering expectations for a lot of our fan base, why do some believe every report that links us to a certain player? Every window we are force fed links to players we haven't even been looking at. If we signed every one of these we could field three or four teams each week. No point in getting yourself worked over it, we know we are shopping at the bargain basement for a good few windows to come. Or until the ENTIRE board has been replaced.

12.) 09 Jul 2023 13:12:43
I don't think you understand FBS. Investment won't help us buy players. The club is up against FFP and has a massive cash flow problem.

Lowering the wage bill and balancing the books will help.

No magic investor can throw cash at us.

13.) 09 Jul 2023 13:52:26
Don’t agree FBS, why sell academy players, for effectively peanuts, who haven’t been given a real chance to realise their true potential and are only on relately small wage contracts to hand a big wage contract to a 38 year old who Aston Villa deem surplus to requirements?
I understand we have financial constraints but the ability to manage the situation to the optimum is what the DoF and Manager are paid to do.
It is all easy to always take the easiest line of resistance, but that’s not what management is all about, a balance needs to be made surrounding sacrificing the future by attempting to satisfy the present.
Thelwell, although not totally responsible for the dead wood within the squad although Maupay’s signing hasn’t helped the situation, has been aware for some time of the need to move on players who wouldn’t feature in future plans at the club. I appreciate it won’t be an easy task with the stupid salaries associated with the players in question, but that’s his job and if it was easy we wouldn’t need his services.
So, the simple message is understand clearly what is the best strategy for the club, factoring in the needs of the present and future, and do not in any circumstances succumb, in desperation, once again to signing aged players who have passed their best or players who will not improve the team.

14.) 09 Jul 2023 19:52:11
No I haven’t been under a rock. Selling young potential for peanuts is not the answer, and if Thelwell doesn’t have any say in this then why do we employ him. Have a think about that before you throw insults out.

15.) 09 Jul 2023 21:37:20
Well said Woburn. There are too many people on here who think they are right about everything and come over as arrogant. If it doesn't agree with their opinion then they ridicule and patronise.

16.) 10 Jul 2023 05:31:20
We need to sell and get rid of 4 or 5 big wage earners before we can buy, and that includes the best youngsters at the end of the day they are club assets that need turning into cash before they can sign a few players for Dyche, basically we can’t move yet in the transfer market, not even a free one! because that will come with big wages that will only make our situation worse.



28 Nov 2020 16:52:04
So despite having a decent young left back who has all the attributes to be a really good player he is overlooked in favour of playing Iwobi at lwb and Davies rwb.
Really concerned with some of Carlo's team selections.
Hope it works out as well as iwobi's switch last week but I have my doubts and feel for the youngster.

Fancy Smith

1.) 28 Nov 2020 18:09:32
Square pegs round holes!
And I’m sure Delph has played right back for city!
Unbalanced and players not looking confident.

2.) 28 Nov 2020 18:21:13
Not even on the bench, is he injured?

3.) 28 Nov 2020 18:29:35
Bluemike he is on the bench.

4.) 28 Nov 2020 19:25:29
CA starting to annoy me playing people out of position. Not sure why he he hasn't brought Bernard on earlier. Obvious we needed more creativity. I thought iwobi was poor on the left today.

5.) 28 Nov 2020 20:16:21
That dross today is on Ancelotti. Playing 2 players as wing backs who shouldn’t be anywhere near the first 11 meant we were playing 5 at the back, at home! I know people say we shouldn’t criticise him because of his pedigree and experience but Leeds pulled our pants down good and proper today. If it wasn’t for short arms it could have been 4 or 5. We just don’t have enough players who can run hard and fast for a whole game to compete. Forget skill, we do have plenty of that. Training needs to be on fitness and closing down. We were lucky against Fulham last week. 4 loses out of 5 now, we’ll be bottom half of the table in the next 2 or 3 games.

{Ed025's Note - selections are baffling to say the least MJB, i dont hold much store by reputations its the now that matters, its early days yet but we do need to see progress mate..

6.) 28 Nov 2020 20:20:49
This was the bench according to Sporting Life
Fabian Delph61'
10Gylfi Sigurdsson
13Yerry Mina
14Cenk Tosun
21André Gomes67'
49Jonas Lössl.

7.) 28 Nov 2020 23:58:38
Not going to get on Ancelotti back but he baffles me at times. Iwobi deserved a shirt today at rwb seeing as he did a good job there last weekend. Why he is then switched to the left when we have nkonku (probably the wrong spelling! ) Is just weird. The lad has looked unbelievable when he has played and is good going forward down the left therefore surely compliments a back 3? Davies and sigurdsson should be training with marine or southport as far as I'm concerned. Where is gordon? He was our best performer end of last season. Can understand why posters are annoyed. what do I know lol.

8.) 29 Nov 2020 12:38:08
Mjb. Leeds probably the fittest side in prem. No surprise that Guardian has City and his previous sides at a similar level (worships the ground Belsay walks) . Make Alan the Team Captain and we will see a difference. (Coleman Club Captain) .

9.) 30 Nov 2020 09:42:40
Interesting selection by Carlo it looks like he has assessed Gordon, Nkunku and Branthwaithe and decided they are not ready for the first team. If you then look at what's left then it really narrows the options back four is basically a non starter so a back three makes more sense. The question then is do you put Iwobi on the right and Delphe on the left or Iwobi on the left and Davies on the right either way its a gamble. I would have gone for the sam e starting line up to be honest as Iwobi has played on the left quite a bit and does look comfortable on the left. Unless Kenny is injured then it looks like he is not in Carlos plans for the future. On the three younger players do you throw them into a side low on confidence not playing well and hope it doesn't destroy their confidence or do you protect them and only play them when the side has hit a more consistent positive form. Either way Carlo has some difficult decisions to make and to be fair the senior players are not making his job any easier with their inconsistent form. One positive from the match is Alan looks to be getting fitter and looks a very good player indeed.

10.) 30 Nov 2020 16:15:10
The question is what is the better option, a player that is natural in the position or arguably playing a better player out of their natural position hoping they can adapt.
Nkounku is for me the best option at left back, he can only get better with game time as is Kenny at right back which was a position they new needed cover before the season started but did not resolve as it looked like Kenny was leaving!



28 Jul 2020 18:44:51
I hope the latest rumour surrounding signing ex Chelsea 36 year old is fake news.
We need players with energy, pace and skill not brawn, little pace and past their sell by date.

Fancy Smith

1.) 28 Jul 2020 19:04:23
Agree, guy was slowing down in his final year at Chelsea. Need pace and skill.



02 Jan 2019 13:55:06
Whilst i'm not calling for Marco's head, when we are paying over £10m for a manager and coaching staff I expect clear signs of an improvement plan to take us forward.

What is not acceptable is the inconsistency surrounding tactics and team selection.
If you get your tactics right against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea and then get them woefully wrong against Spurs, Brighton and Leicester, then questions need to be asked of both Marco and his coaching team.
We already have a pool of players capable of finishing 7th in the table but we cannot afford to carry 4 players, against any team in the EPL, as has been the case over the last four or five games.

Siguardsson, Richiarlison and Walcott have turned in very poor performances, whilst Gomes after a really good start, when not fully match fit, has actually gone backwards and lacks a yard of pace.
This results in a very weak and ineffective midfield that leaves us vulnerable to teams on the break.

If would be futile trying to enter the transfer market for a striker simply because we don't have the creativity from midfield to provide the service and the telling pass necessary to open up defences. The best striker in football would struggle to score as a lone striker up against 3 or 4 defenders in our present set up
I accept players won't turn in 10/ 10 performances every game but I do expect them to put in 100% effort and at least make it difficult for the opposition to play.
I would certainly give DCL and Lookman regular game time and also play Bernard, who is skilful and has a change of pace but just needs to improve his final ball.

Fancy Smith

1.) 02 Jan 2019 16:12:57
DCL got a full game and had no real influence leading the line. Although opportunities were limited due to a lack of service, Bernard’s most effective run delivering a driven cross through the 6 yard box a natural striker would have gambled and hit that box but he and Tosun were nowhere near.
For me he is off the bench at this time, however I agree about the poor performances from senior players.

2.) 02 Jan 2019 19:02:19
Sat right by that cross Wakka, after all the floating ineffective crosses DCL had all game a combination of inexperience and naivety meant he was just not ready or expecting it, Tosun was still on his heels having just come on. As to Tosun, delivery had been so bad all game that when he came on they carried on the same. The bloke tried to make things happen, even coming out of the area for the ball, which was exasperating. Even so he had the two best chances and one if we had been quicker to react could have been the equaliser. As some others have said, I would persevere with him for a few games, the goals will come.




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19 Feb 2024 22:48:28
I'm really struggling to understand why Sean and his coaching team would even consider selecting Young before Onana, absolute no brainer but even after an absolute abysmal first half performance, he waits until after the hour mark before making the substitutions.
If there is a criticism it's a lack of the technical ability to read the game in real time and ring the changes to change the game in our favour.
McNeill is slow and never once went past the back on the outside to pull Palaces defence out of position and put in dangerous crosses. He needs resting and Dobbin given a run of games.
He has more pace and is far more direct.
As previously posted earlier, at half time, relying on having a lucky break by playing route one football is betting on chance. We need to play constructive controlled football through the midfield, moving the ball a lot quicker.
It's not rocket science but blindingly obvious, so Sean, Ian and Steve need to get their brains in gear!

Fancy Smith

1.) 20 Feb 2024 08:13:33
They don’t have a football brain between them . They are so poor at this level. I don’t even think that we practice dead ball situations because we are crap at them.

2.) 20 Feb 2024 11:13:35
It's not set pieces that are the problem. We have scored 52% of our goals from dead ball situations, the average is 19% I think they said on ssn just now. Our problem is we don't create enough and we do t score enough from open play.



19 Feb 2024 20:52:37
Sub both Young and McNeil, both are too slow and not contributing enough, bring on Onana and Dobbin and stop playing route one football and play through midfield.

Fancy Smith

1.) 19 Feb 2024 21:01:39
We’re getting worse by the game need to get young off asap he’s offering nothing and surely dobbin will be up for it more than this tripe anyway.

{Ed025's Note - that was bloody awful Fj. No movement or skill from anyone. It’s like bad kids football mate and I would sooner us pass and move even if we go down doing it..

2.) 19 Feb 2024 21:31:44
We're going down even if we get all 10 points back.

3.) 19 Feb 2024 21:45:07
It's horrible to watch an Everton side play so defensive, dyche is not the answer.

4.) 19 Feb 2024 22:24:29
Assuming we don’t lose any more points, I think we’ll stay up, just. Then it’d be time for a fresh approach.

5.) 19 Feb 2024 22:38:54
Can we take the motto off our badge please. It’s embarrassing now.

6.) 19 Feb 2024 22:46:41
He may not be the answer but too late now. JBtoffee are we better than Luton?

7.) 19 Feb 2024 23:32:09
Not necessarily, but I think we’ll be better than one of the teams above us.

8.) 19 Feb 2024 23:35:43
Tarkowski our best player tonight.

Forward play was very poor, McNeill looks knackered and yard off the pace, made a few good crosses but otherwise seemed very negative and slow with his play - understand has a lot going on off the field and feel he would benefit from some time out of the team.

Starting Young spoke volumes of how Dyche wanted to play tonight and it must be so disappointing for the youngsters like Dobbin and Chermitti to see him starting over them.

9.) 20 Feb 2024 07:06:01
We look like relegation fodder. Playing like I'd expect a bottom of the league team plays, like we've given up and going thru the motions b4 we're put out of our misery. Where has that spark gone that we had earlier in the season? . At least we looked like we're going to score! Very very poor!



09 Feb 2024 19:41:20
I haven't so far subscribed to the theory that the EPM has a vendetta against Everton, but after the recent Premier Leagues annual report, published last week, there may well be cause to believe there may well be some bias towards our club.
The 92 page document goes into detail about the work carried out by PL clubs last season, including community, charity and public health projects and various other developments but fail to mention Everton, who have not only won the top award for EITC work, presented last year by Prince William, President of the Football Association, over the last five years, but also have undertaken one of the biggest infrastructure projects taking place in any industry at present in the UK, which again has significant benefits to the city.
Certainly reason for concern.

Fancy Smith

1.) 10 Feb 2024 08:12:27
Wonder if anyone has bothered to challenge the EPL on this. Masters it seems to me has the ambition and possibly contacts to meet them, so why bother having ability.

2.) 10 Feb 2024 09:46:13
I also do not subscribe to the thinking that we are being singled out, after all we did break the rules.

What I do believe is the punishment itself was not justified and was used for the wrong reasons which is now coming back to bite the premiership big time.

What I do not understand is how have the premier league managing to arrange independent committee hearings and appeals for us and Nottingham Forest when it is apparently taking 2 years to organise the same for City.
As they and others have said this is not a legal court of law, then why? If it is purely down to the fact that city will not cooperate then both Everton and forest should do similar and delay any defence they may have.
If the premier league then go ahead regardless without any defence, then I will be doubting the legitimacy of anything they do.

3.) 11 Feb 2024 07:44:43
Apparently some Prem Clubs are unhappy with Masters leadership. Well there's a surprise.

4.) 11 Feb 2024 15:54:02
Guy has the type of face you just want to slap.



27 Jan 2024 17:30:59
For all those who thought playing DCL and Beto up front need to think again and that includes Dyche and his coaching team.
Whoever scouted Beto and thought he could cut it in the PL needs showing the door. His stride pattern is that of a marathon runner and hasn't got the change of pace to make any form of impact, apart from that he couldn't trap a bag of cement.
Danjuma should have started or at the very least started the second half supporting DCL.
Despite scoring Jack Harrison doesn't do enough to warrant spending money to sign him, despite a lot of running around his closing down is ineffective. I would have hooked him off and given Dobbin a chance.
Luton are a poor side but today they were better than us which says it all.
Whilst Dyche has done a good job, I wish he and his team could assess the game in real time and make the necessary tactical changes.
Once again Luton had made 4 or 5 substitutions before we decided to make a couple of changes and then imo he took off the wrong players.

Fancy Smith

1.) 27 Jan 2024 17:49:40
I like Beto’s attitude, but he needs to have balls flung at him for weeks straight until he can control a ball.

2.) 27 Jan 2024 17:53:08
If football management was easy eh. Don’t think any formation would suit this lot. Though I agree with your assessment of Harrison and Beto (are we really paying 25m for him) ?

3.) 27 Jan 2024 18:07:56
Fans were crying out for two up top and Dyche resisted up to today. Now we know why. With a game midweek, I can’t understand why Dobbin didn’t get any minutes.

{Ed025's Note - well if he’s not better than Beto JB then he may as well pack in mate..

4.) 27 Jan 2024 18:33:49
If Leeds come up then surely his preference is to go back. Get out of the toxicity. Definitely not worth much north of £10m and not very good. Though he does ok considering we've not had a real RW for eons.
Will a transfer ban mean no loans too? I just can't believe the state of the squad and the lack of u23s anywhere near. Possibly the worst game I've seen since I played Sunday league 25 years ago. Maidenhead would have smashed us both.

5.) 28 Jan 2024 10:27:26
He's not a right winger, he constantly cuts back on to his left foot, and I can't remember him ever taking a player on.

6.) 28 Jan 2024 10:49:35
Beto is definitely not up to it, but DCL isn’t much better. People have talked about him like he’s top drawer for years because of a couple of short purple patches. Hasn’t scored in 15 games and looks like he won’t score for another 15 years.

7.) 28 Jan 2024 11:42:04
True WB. The commentators keep saying he’s in a bad patch but maybe this is simply his patch.

8.) 28 Jan 2024 17:57:00
Not so much Beto Fancy but 4 4 2, I liked. Dobbin should be given a chance in 4 4 2.



31 Dec 2023 17:54:07
Disappointing performance is an understatement and like many posters cannot understand why Sean decides to change from a selection formation that has made us difficult to breakdown and enables us to be dangerous on the break.
There was no understanding of the role's and positioning and we were all over place. Our movement of the ball was nonexistent making us slow and ponderous, allowing Wolves time to easily defend against.
Wolves movement, In finding space, by moving the ball quickly resulted in us chasing shadows and cutting through our midfield which offered little resistance.
The team look tired and leggy and Onana, who has ability, doesn't offer enough in both attacking or defensive situations, he reminds me of Paul Pogba and he's ended up a wasted talent.
Doucoure is sorely missed and hopefully he will be available soon but although finances are more than stretched we need to sign, on loan, the likes of Kalvin Phillips especially if a decent offer comes in for Onana.
My New Year message to Sean is if a system is effectively working don't change it and to all the loyal posters and the Eds that support the forum all the very best for a happy, contented and stress free 2024.

Fancy Smith

1.) 31 Dec 2023 21:21:30
I can understand fans frustrations but dyche chopping changing formations and leaving substitutions to late has only himself to blame me personally i would keep him but he needs stop picking keane and stop playing mcneil an harrison in wingback an wing mode i wasnt expecting points against city an spurs but to loose in that manner against wolves was frustrating all we do is hoof the ball up to dcl or beto or crossing it and yes it does work but when it doesn't surly pass the ball to feet make something happen but hoping everyone has good new years tonight and hopefully 2024 we can get back in the groove against crystal palace.

2.) 01 Jan 2024 01:49:18
The bloke was binned by Burnley.




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01 Feb 2024 16:29:22
In a heartbeat, Nunez carries a threat with his pace and skill, which brings other players into play, and yes he may have missed a lot of chances but remind me has he scored more goals than Beto, Harrison, McNeill and DCL combined this season?

Fancy Smith

{Ed025's Note - he is a very dangerous player Fancy, (especially if your in the stands behind the goal lol), frightens the life out of the defenders he faces mate and i would take him in a heartbeat..



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01 Feb 2024 16:21:59
I appreciate no striker, whatever their ability, will score everything time but, as I said FBS each to their own but I formed my opinion early doors, with regard to Beto, and I’ve seen nothing to change my mind. There are much better players available for £25m.

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01 Feb 2024 11:38:59
Each to their own opinion but unless you have a change of pace, can control a ball, head a ball, especially from 2 yards out, unchallenged with an open goal begging, you will never cut it in the EPL.

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02 Dec 2023 21:26:29
Ed, if a player has anything about him it is obvious in his balance and movement, I haven’t seen anything that would suggest Beto could be a force in the EPL.
Chermiti, although raw, shows signs of developing into a player and for me should have been introduced earlier today.
Also, why Sean continues to select Young against wingers with pace and ball skill is beyond me.

Fancy Smith

{Ed025's Note - i agree on Young Fancy and cant believe he is a regular starter myself, but im giving Beto the benefit of the doubt at the minute mate, we might just need him more than we think..



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02 Dec 2023 21:00:19
Previous posted concerns about Beto and from what I’ve seen he will never cut it in the premiership.
Very little pace, not very good in the air and poor ball control skills.
If we can shift him in January it will save us having to fork out the transfer fee the end of next year because the guy is worse than Tosan.

Fancy Smith

{Ed025's Note - a bit harsh that Fancy imo, he was poor today i agree but he has not had a run in the side yet and it seems a pit premature to write him off just yet mate..




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20 Feb 2024 21:56:14
Unless Lee it was in a professional capacity then it’s meaningless.

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20 Feb 2024 21:54:09
Simple answer, under Ancelotti he had a world class creative midfield player who had the ability to retain the ball when surrounded by two or three opposition players, whilst having the ability to switch play, at a stroke, stretching the defenders and creating space for both Richarlison and DCL.
He could also find the killer pass which opened up the opposition.
Of course I’m referring to James Rodriguez and you may recall, we won the derby game at Anfield and Ancelotti shouting goal at Goodison before the cross from the left reached DCL.
Oh for James or his like was part of our present squad and before the comments that he was injury prone, look at his stats for goals scored and assists.

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20 Feb 2024 17:59:34
Guess you haven’t played lone striker, with 3 big defenders trying to kick lumps out of you, while you try to control ball lumped up field waiting for team mates to support you.
Ok he’s missing chances which normally he would put away but remember form is temporary, class is permanent.
The amount of good work he got through last night was commendable.
Give the guy some slack please.

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01 Feb 2024 12:08:28
Coming from the left side perhaps Keane would be a better alternative than Beto. At least he can control and head a ball with a half decent shot.

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01 Feb 2024 12:02:51
I agree BB except for DCL and to a degree Dobbin.
The way Dyche sets out his team it must be a nightmare for a forward to play the lone striker role. With the exception of Doucoure there is no one with the energy or pace to break quickly to support DCL. He’s currently getting a lot of stick but what he’s not getting, despite making runs into space, is any form of decent service.
I see ratings given to players, following games, which quite honestly display a total lack of real football understanding.
As far a Dobbin is concerned, he really hasn’t had a fair chance to display his ability. I look over the park and see a number of youngsters being introduced, not for 10- 15 minutes when it doesn’t really give the players a chance to get to the pace of the game let alone make an impact, but for a run of games. Unfortunately, our manager and coaching staff seem to be of the opinion that you need to be at least 23 years of age before you can possibly be considered for selection- absolutely ridiculous, if you’re good enough you’re old enough.

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