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27 Jan 2019 10:03:47
I am as frustrated as any supporter after last nights performance and result. The confidence has been sucked out of the team since the derby defeat. I would like to think we would of got over it by now, surely as professionals this can’t be the case.
A lot of posts criticising zonal marking and people just saying the negatives about that way of defending.

Yes, you have players standing defending a zone but you also have other players who are meant to be blockers preventing the opposition from getting space to have a run. We can all have our opinions on this and top coaches have their own beliefs. The fact is whichever way you play it’s the players who need to take responsibility and Silva has said this.

They can train all week on it and players go out on match day and don’t do it who should the finger be pointed at? If we defending man to man and a corner comes in and our player gets blocked out in a crowd or ball watching etc we don’t have anyone questioning it saying that doesn’t work.

Pre derby game and during that game we didn’t have this problem. (maybe at first until the players understood it and Mina with his height was a help) again Silva says about maturity, I think Digne is a quality player but he gave away a cheap free kick when the player wasn’t going anywhere.

Also a few people saying get Rafa in to replace Silva? Rafa defends zonally too. I am not knocking him as he is a top manager and surprised he has stuck with Newcastle.
I am a Moyes fan and I am sure if he came in we would be more solid defensively but could he take us into the top four? Could he go to Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Utd and play in a attacking way as we did this season?

I think we have been unlucky in all those games to come away with only Chelsea point. In those games is when we missed a top striker. I say let’s get behind the manager and players because their confidence is very low and we need to pull together to get out of this. Hopefully this is a kick up the arse the players need to stop feeling sorry for themselves.

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1.) 27 Jan 2019 10:43:50
Yes, the main problem is defence. Attack could be better and when we were playing well it seemed the difference between us and top 6 was a quality striker, otherwise we were going toe to toe with them. But since the Derby we've been unable to defend (set pieces especially. )

All systems have pros and cons and other managers use zonal marking. Yesterday the players just didn't do it properly, mainly not attacking the first ball and not following runners (most zonal systems have someone doing this) so not winning second balls either. Assuming he's telling them this you have to look at the players.

2.) 27 Jan 2019 11:19:45
We haven't got to grips with zonal marking all season not just last night it's clear that the players we have just aren't comfortable in a zonal defence system. I think we should start to ring some changes for the next game at Huddersfield first would be a change of formation to either a 433 or 4411 me personally would go 4411 with jags if fit coming in to partner zouma the full backs remain the same but I would change centre mid I would put McCarthy in midfield as this would give us a bit more tenacity in midfield and partner him with gomes with richarlison on left Walcott in the right and Bernard in number 10 role with tosun upfront.

{Ed025's Note - i want you as our next manager david..

3.) 27 Jan 2019 12:29:54
Problem is season after season we are asked to get behind the team and with the poor signings we seem to make, year on year, sooner or later you become negative posters!

4.) 27 Jan 2019 12:43:13
I don’t think the signings brands/ silva have made are bad. They have a job on their hands still as at least 9 players are surplus at the end of the season.
It will take time to clear them out and bring in players they both want.

5.) 27 Jan 2019 14:35:51
Singing the Blues - can you please stop with the sensible, rational posts! Absolutely pointless sacking Silva. As has been said up to the Derby we looked ok. We were the better team at Anfield. We should easily have had more at Chelsea and Arsenal.
Since the Derby the total lack of guts and leadership amongst the players has shone through.

Millwall were pulling shirts off us in the box. We can’t even block their runs. That is NOT the manager, that is the players. Oviedo apart when did we last go to a top 6 club and win? That Silva fault? NO. There is a whole culture of accepting mediocrity within the club. A whole culture of giving in when it gets tough. That cannot be changed in 6 months.

Brands and Silva have half a squad who they clearly do not rate ( and neither in the main do we) but they are stuck with them until either someone takes them or contracts end. We cannot keep changing managers.

Get rid of the deadwood in the squad - if I’m honest there is about 6 I’d keep. Get rid of the entire coaching staff from the old boys network. They all have this ‘losers’ culture. Bring in some winners both on and off the pitch.

But for Tuesday?

6.) 27 Jan 2019 16:13:18
DaveW not sure if that was criticism or praise? Lol I’ve never been called sensible or rational in my life 🤣
Frustration brings mixed emotions, look at Gomes a few weeks ago he was fond of the season controlling midfield and everyone wanted us to sign him straight away for £xxm. Now he’s a Barcelona reserve who’s too slow and can’t header a ball.
Come on guys let’s be rational and sensible about this.

7.) 27 Jan 2019 16:17:27
Ed025 and I would love the mangers pay check I think we need to give brands and Silva time and few transfer windows to sort out the mess of previous regimes. But please Marco ditch the zonal marking until we have the players able to implement this system properly.

{Ed025's Note - i would love that david, but just like maggie the witch...i dont think hes for turning mate..

8.) 27 Jan 2019 18:06:42
I called this weeks ago when people were saying Jags is finished, get Jags in that defence and the fire of McCarthy in midfield and watch results improve.

Two other things I would sort out is scrap the zonal marking, we tried it but just not working.

The other thing I would do is bring Neville Southall in short term, and get him to coach Pickford and how to command his area and make the crosses his, he is still young and can think of no better person to tweak his weaknesses.

9.) 27 Jan 2019 17:57:29
we don't have a defender that can turn they are all rubbish.

10.) 27 Jan 2019 23:40:08
Could you imagine if Southall could give Pickford half his command of a box.



02 Jan 2019 14:21:56
Ed’s what are our chances of buying Callum Wilson?

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{Ed002's Note - Around zip I would think.}

1.) 02 Jan 2019 15:42:13
Thanks. (Sort of 😏)

2.) 04 Jan 2019 13:43:03
Same reason as we would not like to sell or loan a player to any Club around us, applies in reverse I would have thought, so agree with Ed on Calum Wilson. Mind you we appear to be a Club that will pay a premium, so you never know.

{Ed002's Note - That is not the reason.}



27 Dec 2018 13:32:19
Ed’s if Gueye leaves to PSG is it likely we sign Doucoure from Watford?

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{Ed002's Note - Abdoulaye Doucoure is the other player PSG are considering but Watford would want a very significant fee for him and already have a replacement in mind who will cost far less and will give them a good profit. Everton, or in particular Silva, like Doucoure but I have no doubts that Watford would be reluctant to sell to Everton unless there is a significant premium paid.}

1.) 28 Dec 2018 12:08:08
As long as better replacement is found for Gana, then I wouldn't worry, he always has his best games when we play against the top six teams and we have significantly less possession of the ball, however when we play a team we are expected to beat, moves tend to break down when he's asked to do a little more than chase down runners, and get knocks on the ball to break play up, he struggles when he has too much time on the ball.



16 Dec 2018 23:11:58
Morata from Chelsea?
Lukaku from Utd?
Ed’s? Any chance you think?

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{Ed002's Note - They won’t be joining Everton.}

1.) 17 Dec 2018 01:25:28
I know not Everton related but what’s happened to Morata when he first arrived he looked really good. Reminded me of a young Fernando Torres.

2.) 17 Dec 2018 10:33:50
Morata - From what I've seen of him he's not - imo - much better than what we already have. Lukaku - I think he would consider it a step backwards.



23 Aug 2018 12:25:41
Any updates on Schneiderlin injury?

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1.) 24 Aug 2018 18:38:38
Think MS said he’d be back training on Monday or Tuesday and could be available next weekend.




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08 Aug 2019 22:24:40
I haven’t seen enough of Ewobi to judge home to be honest. The clips I have seen of him sees him playing mostly on the left although right footed.
It will be interesting to see if he plays on the left and Richarlison remains on the right?
Interesting to see Marco say about the model of a player.
All our signings seem to be physically very stronger. Similar to Mourinho philosophy having fullbacks and mc more physical.
I think we all got excited with Zaha and naturally feel a bit disappointed as it’s players of his calibre that we need to take us to the next level.
We have still made progress this window and still need to offload players but this will take time.
One thing is for sure is the money is there for players if we are going for players like Zouma, Doucoure and Zaha.
The best thing we can do is have a good season and try to attract these players again in the coming windows.
Exciting times and feel optimistic that in a couple of years all of Marco and Marcels work will pay off and see us realistically challenging the big boys.

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1.) 08 Aug 2019 22:53:52
Some good signings but see no or very little improvement on last season, other clubs have spent well to.

2.) 08 Aug 2019 23:29:06



05 Aug 2019 12:48:16
Ed’s we do seem to be spending more this window with bids for Doucoure and Zaha.
Also Aston Villa have spent £144m how is this the case with FFP? Is it because some deals are paid over a period of time? ie the period of the players contract.
If this is the case then I would think the next few windows would be quiet and both clubs trying to do all their business now.

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{Ed002's Note - Clubs are still constrained by FFP - they are effectively spending money from the next couple of years.}

1.) 05 Aug 2019 13:04:13
Thanks. Did you get email?

{Ed002's Note - I did - but I have to slip away for a couple of days. I am off now to grab a flight.}

2.) 05 Aug 2019 13:20:55
I thought it was only a European law not premier league?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

3.) 05 Aug 2019 15:10:01
I must say I too thought that FFP applied particularly to Clubs as European Qualifiers.

{Ed002's Note - This is why you should perhaps ignore finances.}



05 Aug 2019 12:35:10
I’ve just seen we have had a bid rejected for Doucoure.
If we can go back in and get him Zaha and Zouma. Also think we may get a RB in on loan as don’t think it worth buying someone with Kenny returning next season with experience. Delph and Holgate can also cover.
Offload Martina, Schniederlin, McCarthy, Mirallas, Tosun, Bolasie and Niasse.

If that happens I will run from Goodison Park to BMD in my birthday suit.

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1.) 05 Aug 2019 14:58:52
Why isn't it worth buying a rb, as seamus will be 32 next October and kenny might not succeed on loan/ get sold next summer. I get that it'll be an expensive option than a loan deal. Other than that, great post stb.

2.) 05 Aug 2019 15:38:23
I thought with our budget we couldn’t make all signings permanent and maybe look next season to find Seamus’s replacement. It looks like we may be signing one. Ow anyway. Maybe the CB will be a loan or free then Zouma or Cahill.

3.) 05 Aug 2019 17:33:38
I agree that we could sign cover as a loan, i juthink that the club will want as many perms as possible with the loans coming through on deadline day, just like last summer.



08 Apr 2019 10:48:49
I don’t know why we persist with zonal marking? 3 clean sheets in a row and 5 out of6. 😜.

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1.) 08 Apr 2019 18:58:00
Singing, the defence still gets caught out. The real difference is fitness levels, pressing and doubling up in the tackle, because of it we even came back strong second half against a side that always do that. Impressive.

2.) 08 Apr 2019 23:01:49
Ha ha very good STB.



19 Mar 2019 15:07:47
Sigurdson’s Goal on Sunday would not count next season with the rule changes. Penalties will be like penalty kicks once the keeper saves it the ball is dead.

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1.) 19 Mar 2019 17:37:34
To be fair he shouldn't be taking them anyway he's rubbish at penalty's.

2.) 19 Mar 2019 21:05:13
Who should step up? DCL to increase his goals tally. Richarlison or maybe Digne.

3.) 19 Mar 2019 21:48:46
Got to be Ricky for me.

4.) 19 Mar 2019 21:50:57
How about lookman to get him going now we are safe and have nothing left to play for.

5.) 19 Mar 2019 22:15:37
Never seen anyone take one apart from sigs. Very unlikely lookman will be on the pitch when we next have one though so think that’s a non starter.
Need to have someone who is good at penalties rather than just to get someone’s tally up or to give someone confidence. I don’t fancy Richarlison at penalties - I reckon Digne could be good but I’m sure they are looking at this as we can’t continue with sigs.

I haven’t heard that rule that once it’s saved it’s dead - don’t really get that to be honest. if they foul someone before shooting there is a chance that shot would be saved but chance on rebound - don’t see why teams should not get chance of a rebound with penalty.

6.) 19 Mar 2019 22:22:22
Next season Pickford I bet he'd love that.

7.) 19 Mar 2019 23:26:26
I thought the same with Digni having a go.

8.) 20 Mar 2019 07:10:58
Singing the blues. I think in Siguurdsons case and other similar ones that rule would be challenged. Technically the penalty was not saved because the ball was still live and in play (keeper did not have possession) , a rebound, not a save.

9.) 20 Mar 2019 17:45:35
It’s a ridiculous rule. Why change it anyway? The rebound could go anywhere so could be defended as much as stuck in the net. Just leave it alone.

{Ed025's Note - absolutely ace..

10.) 20 Mar 2019 13:54:54
Singing the blues is right all penalties that are saved or hit the goal frame and come back out will be dead and a goal kick given. This then eradicates encroachment by the players and is seen to level it up in fairness as the team missing the penalty has an advantage as they have a player in the box to hit any rebound. Think its a stupid rule change myself but it will be in force next season.

11.) 20 Mar 2019 22:42:47
With the new change of a player being subbed and leaving by the nearest touch line to avoid time wasting, one other rule which is a big pet hate of mine is the taking of short corners near the end of a match.

Two rules I would change is an attacking team mate also has to retreat the same distance as the defending team as one change, and the second being, the ball has to be inside the semi corner circle, without touching the outer semi circle line.

12.) 21 Mar 2019 07:26:58
Calvert-Lewin for me, he takes them for England U-21 and scores most of them if not all.

13.) 21 Mar 2019 19:03:14
Big dom he takes a lovely penalty and its confidence boosting for him.

14.) 22 Mar 2019 01:10:35
Digna for me.




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30 Aug 2019 10:01:54
His attacking threat is what makes him the best in the league. Robertson doesn’t do enough going forward.
I still think Digne can improve his defensive side and gives away some cheap free kicks in our defensive third. That is being hypercritical to a top player though.

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24 Mar 2019 17:39:00
Ok thanks Ed.

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24 Mar 2019 15:44:46
DCL is coming on great and will hopefully step it up further next season. I would like someone else in to take pressure off him. Ed’s any chance of Callum Wilson being an option in the summer?

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16 Mar 2019 10:08:22
COYB that’s probably the best and most sensible post I have seen on here for a long time.
Yes there are faults with a young group of players and a massive transitional season.
We have shown in flashes what some of the players can achieve. Pickford will be a top keeper but is still young for a keeper and needs to mature.
Holgate will come back more experienced.
Kenny, DCL have had more games and looking more comfortable. I would like to see Davies and Lookman getting more game time and be ready for next season.
There will be a lot of the squad moving on in the summer transfer window.
I don’t think we need to sign a drastic amount of players, more the right players. A leader somewhere on the team and a more experienced proven goalscorer up front, maybe Gana to be replaced, Gomes and Zouma signed. Always said a right back, Kenny is steady but maybe Holgate could solve the problem as he is doing so well playing there for West Brom.

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02 Feb 2019 12:23:19
I do think DCL could have done with a loan to get more experience but once Niasse went it would leave us short.
Good posts above as January is not the time to do business unless desperate. Hopefully a few results for us over the next few weeks. What better way for Marco and the team to get over the Anfield game to beat them at Goodison.

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18 Aug 2019 22:34:07
If a player from the big four made that pass what Digne played through for Bernard’s goal everyone would be going on about it as world class.

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09 Aug 2019 01:06:07
I don’t think we went for Cahill as I think Marco wants a CB with pace to compliment Keane.
When is Chelsea transfer ban until? Maybe try for Zouma again and hope he doesn’t have to good a season in the meantime.

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05 Aug 2019 15:38:23
I thought with our budget we couldn’t make all signings permanent and maybe look next season to find Seamus’s replacement. It looks like we may be signing one. Ow anyway. Maybe the CB will be a loan or free then Zouma or Cahill.

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05 Aug 2019 13:04:13
Thanks. Did you get email?

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02 Aug 2019 13:11:02
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