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29 Jun 2020 21:30:25
Whats with this link i'm seeing to the Argentine Tagliafico, plays for Ajax.
It seems he's being linked to Everton on the basis of being a CB which we are obviously in need of, but i was under the impression he is a LB. He wouldn't displace Digne so just seems crazy if true.


1.) 29 Jun 2020 21:58:32
Not happening unless covering bases incase Digne is sold which can't see happening.



21 Jun 2020 15:14:22
Bit of a random question for the Eds or anyone with stronger knowledge.

Everton are linked with Barcelona's Todibo (would love that to happen by the way, makings of a great CB) and some dubious rumours that they would be keen on wage-subsidising a Coutinho loan move to us.

Do we actually have some sort of 'special' relationship with Barcelona? It seems odd that out of all the clubs available, Everton are apparently a club Barcelona like to favourably deal with. Yes Mina's price was high, but we got fantastic deals on Digne and Gomes.


{Ed002's Note - Jean-Clair Todibo (CB) will only be sold with a buy-back clause and €25M - plenty of interest but Barcelona do not see him as good enough - as be available in January and offered around to clubs including Everton, Inter, Manchester United. But Milan have had talks but concerns over injuries saw a lower bid made and rejected. Interest from Wolves, RBL, Roma, Bayer Leverkusen and Southampton has not seen any offer made. His agent has offered him to Napoli as a Kalidou Koulibaly replacement. It is plausible that Everton has made an approach to Barcelona but I cannot confirm it. Inter could want him in a deal for Martinez which would very much suit Barcelona, or Juventus could look to him as part of a deal for Panic for Pjanic.

Certainly Barcelona are not keen to subsidise the wages of Coutinho to move to Everton and just want him gone. Philippe Coutinho (AM/LW) after missing out on Bruno Fernandes and Hakim Ziyech Spurs enquired after Coutinho and were told that a loan fee would €30M for a season with an option to buy at €50M at the end of the season with any loaning club paying half his wages. I would expect any interested side to look for a significant reduction in such a deal. The player is being offered around PL sides. Barcelona will have to keep him if no takers are found although with a small amount of money owed to Liverpool still there may be room for them to negotiate - but I don't expect them to be interested. Leicester might offer a solution to get him off the books - but again there would be a need for some negotiation. Right now Barcelona will likely cut their losses and get the best deal they can as soon as they can - his representative may look to some sort of creative deal with an English side (such as Arsenal) - but that could cause a delay but the overall package might need to be something like a loan at a low fee, the player taking a cut on his €215k pw week wages, with Barcelona contributing nothing, and an obligation to buy at a lower figure at the end of next season.

There is no "special" relationship between the clubs.}

1.) 21 Jun 2020 15:57:55
Yep just what we need another LW. Currently 13th and falling by the way. Anyone going to the match later?

2.) 21 Jun 2020 16:27:41
Wow bill - we haven’t even kicked a ball yet in season part 2 and you’re already complaining we’re falling by the way. Thought this break may have changed some perceptions - good to see people still moaning.



18 Jun 2020 15:35:04
Hi, i have a quick question for Ed02 if i may.
I've been reading that Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser has chosen Everton for his free transfer. Have you heard anyhting about this? - That we've either made an approach or whether he's just trying to entice us to make a move for him?
Also, as an LW, if he does come does this mean we can expect little Bernard to be moving elsewhere?


{Ed002's Note - Ryan Fraser (LW/RW) there is interest from Crystal Palace and Spurs. An enquiry from Arsenal led to them being told that the player has wage demands far higher than they were anticipating. Spurs have financial woes and will have to sell to buy this summer so Fraser being a Free Agent will be attractive to them. I am not aware of any declared interest from Everton and I would doubt another LW is being looked for - although Fraser can play on the right as well. He will not be extending his stay at Bournemouth to complete the season.

I am not aware of plans to sell Bernard, but they need to sell Yannick Bolasie at least.}

1.) 18 Jun 2020 15:56:35
Very quick reply, Thank you!
I completely forgot about Bolasie. Him, Bernard, Iwobi, it certainly would be madness to add another LW. I don't include Richarlison because i see him staying as a forward, but whenever needed he's yet another LW so we're stacked there.
And even his versatility on the right, we have again Richarlison when needed as well as Walcott. And if Sidibe stays another year him too. (Unorthodox but C. A. seemed to like utilizing him there) .
All in all not needed unless a mass clearout is on the cards.

{Ed002's Note - Wacott is getting on now and Everton should be looking at a specialist RW to add to the squad. CA would like Adam Ounas.}

2.) 18 Jun 2020 20:22:31
Iwobi was quoted as saying he wants to play centrally, Bernard can play both flanks, Gylfi was poor last season, Walcott’s never fit. we could do worse than adding Fraser assuming his wages aren’t too daft. Ancelotti will likely have other targets though.

3.) 19 Jun 2020 14:36:14
Is it true Bernard want to return to his home country don’t no weather it’s later or asap.

{Ed002's Note - Perhaps at the end of his career but for now he wants to be doing well with Everton.}



05 Apr 2020 16:23:47
Afternoon all.
I sincerely hope everybody is keeping safe and well in this Covid 19 period.

So I'm unsure if this is allowed on here but I'll give it a try and see if it's posted.

I have been playing a little bit of Fifa 20 Ultimate Team to alleviate the boredom. Does anybody like the idea of/ want to participate in a little tournament?

Depending on amount of players and the console used, I'm sure we can arrange a little event.

I'm an Xbox player personally and pretty mediocre so my aim would be to simply not get knocked out first round.

Prize for the winner perhaps? I can offer half a roll of toilet paper and a feb 1987 issue of The Dandy.


1.) 09 Apr 2020 18:32:47
perhaps you can persuade all those dickheads holding street parties and meeting their mates, to play. May help the selfish idiots with their boredom.



09 Oct 2019 15:28:39
A name I've not seen mentioned as manager if/ when Silva departs, is Gareth Southgate.
I'm sure i read a few months ago that he would like another shot at club management.
Does anybody know if he would be in contention? Thoughts on getting him?
Personally i am concerned by his previous club stints, but he really seems to be blooming since taking over England.


1.) 09 Oct 2019 16:15:06
Decent shout Worcester.

{Ed002's Note - You can put Gareth Southgate out of your thoughts. He won't be joining Everton.}

2.) 09 Oct 2019 16:54:55
Thats a shame, but i guess with a big international tournament on the horizon, it really isn't a surprise. More likely available next summer after the Euros?
I think my other big shout of someone who could do a great job is Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds. High quality manager and really have no idea why he took a job in the Championship.
Let's face facts though, Silva could well stay for the rest of the year. It only takes 3 or 4 good results to turn things around and this team is more than capable of that! I really wouldn't be surprised to see him finish the season with us, a mid table finish but adding a cup, he seems to be going all out for the Carabao judging by starting line-ups.

3.) 09 Oct 2019 17:07:18
We had one ex England manager, that was enough.

4.) 09 Oct 2019 17:22:54
Would not even want him in my thoughts.

5.) 09 Oct 2019 17:36:08
Ok Charlie, never employ another ex England manager again regardless of how amazing they could be. Very intelligent thinking to rule people out because Allardyce was once a manager there.

6.) 09 Oct 2019 17:47:09
Just shows the Logic in some shouts Worcester mate, but hey its a game of opinions lol.

7.) 09 Oct 2019 18:03:49
Steve Gibson had to sack him, Gibson doesn't fire from the hip so to speak, league footy is a bit different methinks .
Not for me anyway.

8.) 09 Oct 2019 21:53:06
He’s not even a good England manager😂.

9.) 09 Oct 2019 23:37:16
Southgate is an awful manager. Best thing he has done is beat Colombia on penalties. Would actually rather have Gary Megson.

10.) 10 Oct 2019 15:52:27
why would you want gareth southgate?

11.) 10 Oct 2019 17:18:06
Gallardo, the Ajax manager or Benitez for me.

12.) 11 Oct 2019 01:47:27
I don’t think Southgate would leave the England job nor would he be sacked easily, as he was coached specifically for that job for years. All from coaching youth England teams to U21’s specifically brought through by the FA to do things how they want going forward (basically a yes man) Working so far!

13.) 11 Oct 2019 01:50:05
Mourinho for me as we can’t risk taking a chance on another unknown or up and coming manager. The excuses need to stop and Mourinho or Benitez are proven at the top.

14.) 11 Oct 2019 04:58:59
Adi Hutter for me.

15.) 11 Oct 2019 07:03:15
Not a good Club Manager and a 'Yes' man, ideal for the FA neanderthals. Still Benitez for me, Gallardo by another poster a good call as well.

16.) 11 Oct 2019 22:36:53
Southgate seriously what has he done in management win a few matches against average opposition, there would be managers I would rather take in the championship than him.

17.) 12 Oct 2019 11:14:33
A huge no. International football is so different to club football. Look at Martinez. People forget how bad of a manager he was at club level because he's more successful in an international set up with Belgium.

{Ed025's Note - i still think if he could have sorted our defence out he would still be with us BT, offensively he was very good and we played attractive stuff but he needed help with the back four which was awful, we have become a graveyard for managers who all get bogged down by the weight of expectation mate and it will need someone very special to buck that trend..

18.) 13 Oct 2019 19:17:54
Martinez was and is an excellent footballing coach, if only as Ed says he (Martinez) had sought a decent defensive coach, he would still be here. Martinez was asked to leave while we were 11th, we are currently 18th yet this guy continues to be teflon coated.




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13 Sep 2020 22:43:55
What a glorious start to a new PL season! I was pleased with our signings but still felt trepidation about our opener - away at Spurs is one of the toughest games you can get.
Bit annoyed by all the comments being sputed now though. Everyone seems to be alluding to the fact that Spurs were utter gash rather than how fantastic we played to make them look that way. The bitterness that we might have finally turned a corner is astounding.
That midfield was as solid as anything you could possibly hope to see. Allan was a rock stopping attacks dead in their tracks. Doucoure was literally everywhere, one moment pressing in the spurs box to try and keep us threatening, and in the blink of an eye back at our area providing incredible defensive support. He was a machine. I thought he should have been declared MOTM.
Rodriguez was sublime, not at his best yet still passing the ball around with more quality than I've seen an Everton player do for a long time. As he settles into the team, i think he will get better and better.
Richarlison looked incredibly confident too. It seemed like he was playing with real joy and it upped his game to be surrounded by a higher quality of players.
CA seems to have instilled a passing/ possession based tactic that worked wonders.
Let's hope we start receiving plaudits a performance like that deserves, rather than constant accusations that opponents were just rubbish.


1.) 14 Sep 2020 07:31:12
great post bud and i am used to pundits refusing to give us any credit you just had to listen to the so called experts talking about us in the build up on soccer saturday with one really showing how little knowledge he has by saying Carlos should of been sacked after last season i hope these kind of performances carry on as you will start to see a whole new kind of hatred from them as we might just upset the top 6.



31 Aug 2020 15:13:57
Hey Ed02,
I understand finances are an iffy subject so understand if you don't wish to get into it, but i was wondering about something if you're happy to help.

I believe funding infrastructure, such as our new stadium, does not impact FFP regulations. But when we finally move, we will sell Goodison Park and it's land (assuming we own it still). The funds from this - are they allowed to be injected into the club to reduce FFP issues or be allocated towards new signings etc as 'money generated' or would it count as an owner simply giving money to the club which is not allowed?

Poorly worded but hopefully you understand the gist of my question.


{Ed002's Note - The infrastructure development costs are exempt of FFP. Selling Goodison will simply be income for the club - but this is all some years away. I would expect income from selling the stadium would be used to start bringing down the huge debts the club will then have.}



20 Jul 2020 14:40:42
A question for anyone to help me out with if you genuinely know rather than guess-timating.

Carlo is happy to work with Brands on future transfers. Of course that's great to hear.

But what happens if they can't agree? Who's choice takes precedence? Say for example we have 30 million left in the transfer budget, each wants to spend it on a different player and each is vehemently against the other persons choice. Would Carlo or Brands be the one who is backed with the funds? (Same applies to any club with a D. O. F and Manager/ Head Coach) .


{Ed002's Note - You are over simplifying it. They will reach agreement. Scouts have a great deal of input - coaches are not watching players at other clubs all of the time.}

1.) 20 Jul 2020 21:42:57
Ed wouldn’t it be like Carlo days for example I need a gk cb striker the. Brands would pick a number of candidates for each position with the help of
The scouts and the would sit down with Carlo and go through the targets and agree on priority then go down the list if they cannot attain the main target.

{Ed002's Note - That is rather too simple - it is a case that in advance they will identify a number of options in each position and then decide on their first and second choice.}

2.) 20 Jul 2020 22:02:09
Cheers Ed We have one big plus you have pointed out Moshiri isn’t using his advisor as much so hopefully we will see the start of brands’s idea of the type of player the club needs.



25 Feb 2020 15:13:20
Hypothetical question, just gauging peoples views on a possible but very unlikely signing.

If Watford are relegated, i imagine Doucoure will be available and there's no reason we couldn't persuade him to join. However, i understand Carlo is/ was interested in signing his Napoli enforcer Allan.

Which would be the better signing for us, that would give us back the steel we lost after selling Gueye?


1.) 25 Feb 2020 16:53:17
If it were possible I would take Doucoure, has prem experience and a good engine. Never seen Allan play, and before Carlo turned up had never heard of him. Even so he has no prem experience so would take time to settle.

2.) 25 Feb 2020 18:15:47
Doucoure for similar reasons as Brass, and isn’t he a lot younger than Allan?

3.) 25 Feb 2020 20:44:24
Agree with above - Doucoure with his premier league experience would trump Allan who is an unknown could be a Bernard or a Sandro scenario.

4.) 26 Feb 2020 07:10:42
The only thing I know about Allen is he's made more tackles than any other player in seria A over the last 3 seasons.

5.) 26 Feb 2020 07:40:44
Doucoure is a fine player. I’d take him any day. If Watford go down it will not just be us sniffing around him.



15 Feb 2020 13:56:43
The Man city appeal over the severity of their ban is going to be interesting.
Chelsea got a very excessive transfer ban compared to other clubs breaching but had this reduced on appeal due to fairness of punishment compared to others. But in Man Citys case, haven't AC Milan served a European ban which means that a precedent has already been set so it can't be ruled as unjust in comparison.
I see a reduction but next seasons spots could be wide open again.


{Ed002's Note - You seem to be very muddled. Chelsea has never breached FFP and Milan did not need to serve a ban.}

1.) 15 Feb 2020 15:30:43
Chelsea's transfer ban was for breach of transfer rules.
City have already had a punishment for breach of FFP which was a squad reduction but was about 5 years ago.

2.) 16 Feb 2020 01:31:37
Milan banned for FFP breach

3.) 16 Feb 2020 01:30:21
Ed. I'm sure Milan had a year out of Europe for some reason. Maybe this year even.

{Ed002's Note - Yes they are out for this season but that was not due to the original problem and ban - it negotiated a deal to be out this year to give the new owners time to get the finances in order - they haven't done that by the way.}




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31 Oct 2020 20:40:44
Wouldn't his wage demands be ridonculous?


{Ed025's Note - i imagine they would be quite high worcester...but i dont know about binoculars mate.. :)



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18 Sep 2020 19:21:08
It's always going to be tough to see where new players will fit in now but i think Zaha replaces Gomes in the team, although i still see Gomes getting quite abit of game time.
If we move out Iwobi, Sig, Walcott, Bernard and Bolasie (i imagine that is the intention anyway where possible) and we bring in Zaha then it looks like a complete midfield with versatility.
LW options of Richarlison, Zaha and Gordon.
RW options of Richarlison, Zaha and Rodrigues.
Forward options of DCL, Richarlison and Zaha.
Attacking CM options of Gordon, Gomes, Zaha, Rodrigues.
It's a smaller group of players but such versatility to play them all across a variety of positions. Carlo has no qualms about changing tactics throughout a game, and the versatile players means he can constantly do that knowing all can move around confidently.
I would imagine Gomes would be used like Sig versus Spurs, coming on later in place of whichever ACM. Plus i don't honestly see Rodrigues staying fit for a full season, likely 25 matches this year out of him.




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18 Sep 2020 17:26:49
I would really like to see Zaha arrive, he is excellent when high on confidence and would be a major improvement on our current RW options. Isn't he also homegrown? There are some interesting names linked to us but it's always a risk when buying from abroad, will they settle into the physicality of the PL? We know Zaha can thrive here so he is a safe option. Much like Doucoure, straight into the team because he already had the experience here so was very low risk.
Bringing in a new RB would be a real kick in the balls for Jonjoe wouldn't it? Arias is an exciting player to have the possibility of signing but i honestly think RB is covered for the year.
A CB and RW is the biggest need, and if we can afford anything further after that then another ST option wouldn't go amiss.




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02 Sep 2020 14:11:49
I can't say i pay any attention to MLS. Do the teams there have much in the way of transfer funds or will they be looking to take him at an incredibly knocked down price? I have a feeling we'd be lucky to get even £10 million from someone like DC United.


{Ed002's Note - It works differently in the US to Europe so it is not easy to compare.}



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01 Sep 2020 12:16:50
Wasn't that the same arrangement we had when we signed Gareth Barry? If i remember right people couldn't understand why we paid a fee when his contract expired. I'm happy with it, if we only get a loan there will be a lot more competition to sign him when his contract expires.





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07 Nov 2020 12:25:37
Really disappointed, i know Carlo sees them in trainimg so knows best but to not even make the bench must be a kick in the balls.




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06 Nov 2020 20:39:15
Something different yes Ed025, and i can definitely see that point, but my heart sinks at the thought of Tosun being our best option left to use. The guy is only useful for an aerial route one threat but DCL easily utilizes that option anyway, i think he's up there as one of the very best attackers in the league for outjumping a defender for a headed chance.
If we are to take anything against Man Utd, we either need to bring back more wide pace to get crosses into the box or someone in the number 10 role who will drag the defenders out of position all game long to free up DCL. Sadly that's an option we are missing right now.
Of course it's all about personal opinions and we all have differing ones, but i just can't get the slightest bit excited by the inclusion of Tosun. If we go 2 strikers then why not try the young lad who was on the bench last week instead. Simms was it?


{Ed025's Note - simms looks a great prospect worcester and hopefully he will get a chance soon enough, but its the same old problemwith us mate lack of creativity to make chances for the forwards, maybe if we get isco or someone like that things will change but for now it looks like its a grind for the next couple of months mate..



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06 Nov 2020 20:15:17
What's with the love for Tosun lately and the clamour for him to be included in the team? We discovered long ago that he simply isn't good enough. Taking out our wide play options to play Tosun as a 2nd striker is an awful idea in my opinion.
One wild option could be to try Gordon as the number 10 and give Nkounkou a try as wide left - Carlo tried it last year with Sidibe on the right when we were short on men so it's not out of the realms of possibility.


{Ed025's Note - i think supporters were just happy to see a new face worcester, they are fed up with the same dross being paraded every week when we have a couple out, siggy, iwobi, bernard and delph being rotated and none of them worth a carrot hardly gives your adrenalin flow a boost mate, i agree he is not good enough but at least it was something different..



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06 Nov 2020 14:27:44
The problem is that the rule is a farce. Wilson actually came out and said that in training, he had actively been practicing moving into the path of a player when they start the motion of trying to kick the ball. That means that it was impossible for Gomes to avoid contact. It was not a foul, it was Wilson deliberately initiating the contact. How can it ever be a fair game now if a player tries to kick a ball and a player can jump into the path from behind with intent to be touched.
Salah on the other hand, that wasn't even being clever or using a sneaky tactic, it was just a blatent dive. - Mane has been just as bad this year too, diving and rolling around like a full rugby team trampled him after the slightest touch.
Liverpool fans comments make this more pathetic, vitriolic hatred if it goes against them but full justification and plaudits if a shirt sleeve brushed the arm of their player and the momentum sends them pirouetting like a circus acrobat, 100% foul and absolutely a penalty.




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04 Nov 2020 20:07:42
Id have Gordon playing, i think he shows real desire to perform as best as he can. I think he is by far our best wide left option with Richarlison missing. Based on his limited appearances for us he looks like an extremely potent attacking threat, and as he gains experience he looks like he has a very bright future.
The number 10 role really needs sorting too because Gomes and Sig just aren't cutting it, although as it stands i just don't see what choice we have but to play one of them.
I'd say we have a fighting chance of a win, but no doubt a penalty or 2 will be given to united. Also, those long range shots from Pogba and Bruno are so nervewracking with Goalkeepersaurus Rex back, it's like he doesn't know how to save a shot from distance.


{Ed025's Note - i cant argue with any of that worcester mate..