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26 Sep 2016 20:33:32
Niasse scores again.

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26 Sep 2016 16:00:02
Just want to put in my views in relation to recent weeks.
I hope people read this and see it for what it is, because in the main part, it's about a certain Ross Barkley.

I think Barkley divides opinions massively, he's a bit like marmite, Evertonians either love him or hate him, for me, I think there's no doubting his talent, however last season, and for some of this, he has looked completely off the pace, it's like he lacks confidence, he seems so slow on the ball, the amount of times we've broke and attacked and he just seems to hold the ball instead of making that quick pass, is unbelievable, I find watching him so frustrating sometimes.

I think we, as in Everton, both last season, and this, haven't helped him, by that I mean we should have signed someone to support him, rotate him with, learn from, someone like Mata or Yarmalenko. He needs support.

I look at our last 3 games and RK just seems worried to leave him out. Sunderland 1st half we were dire, RK takes Barkley off at half time and second half we looked better, quicker, more direct. I honestly thought RK would leave him out, then we played Norwich, and I know we rested key players, but we never looked like scoring.

Okay, league cup game, I was as annoyed as anyone else because i'm desperate for silverwear, but it's not the end of the world and by no means am I blaming Barkley for the loss, but it wasn't good was it.

Then we go to Bournemouth, I was convinced Barkley would be left out, he wasn't, we lost, and again I'm not blaming Barkley, but I honestly believe he needs dropping, let Delboy play in the hole, and give Barkley some rest, let him get a fire in his belly again, bring him on for the last 10/ 15 minutes to make an impact and gain some confidence, then start playing him every week again, I think he needs to know he's not untouchable in my opinion!

The boy has talent, but for me he's not forfilling the prospects he once showed and something needs to change in relation to him.

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26 Sep 2016 18:12:32
Best post for a while ASM84 can't argue with any of that.

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26 Sep 2016 18:34:50
He looks a little heavy to me. Some people in particular men, no matter how fit they are still have difficulty controlling their weight. The problem then is exacerbated by the intensity of training needed and the difficulty in sustaining it. With his undoubted talent and if I am right about weight then the solution would be to adapt his play to sustain over 90 minutes or only play him part of a game.

{Ed025's Note - or to shed a few pounds and get incredibly fit...now i will probably be accused of being overweightist or picking on him.. :)

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26 Sep 2016 15:12:46
we play one poor half, (reality check) , reds manage to draw level with us on points, championship contenders. Not saying we are anything like the finish article, but when our manager has been in post for 12 months, we will be a lot nearer that goal than them.

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26 Sep 2016 17:15:36
Yes and we're out of the cup.

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26 Sep 2016 11:41:06
It was a strange game on Saturday. I don't think either team played particularly well in the final third but defensively neither were were poor.

I'd say that was our worst performance but we have to make sure we get the initiative in these games. Score and you tend to get the result.

As soon as we went one nil down we rushed things and stopped playing with our heads. This is an old frustration that we used to get under Martinez. Last season we collected the fewest points when we went a goal down in the EPL.

Anyway, I'm not getting too carried away with the loss as we shouldn't get too carried away with the good start.

One more point though. It's brilliant to have that feeling back when you literally count down every minute to the next game instead of trying to prolong it due to dread.

Keep faith blues.


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26 Sep 2016 11:49:38
''instead of trying to prolong it due to dread. ''

Spot on John. . I just feel it instinctively we are now in far safer hands in terms of fine tuning etc.

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26 Sep 2016 13:14:50
Couldn't agree more with both.

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26 Sep 2016 16:37:47
RK's after match interviews, telling the truth and not trying to candy-coat the performance, are a breath of fresh air. Phenomenally good if you ask me!

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26 Sep 2016 00:16:13
I'm not sure whether, or not, I'm allowed to be blasphemous or profane on this page but I hate to say the Dirty Reds are playing well.

With the exception of Man City (and possibly the Kloppity Klan) I can foresee another strange season with Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal and the Potato Chips all dropping points at some stage.

I do think we'll get better as the season progresses and our play will improve. If we get behind the team there's a real chance we can keep pace with some of the pack leaders.

Another interesting feature that makes the premier league intriguing are the performances of Crystal Palace, Watford, Southampton and the rapid demise of Leicester.

The Crystal Palace Game isn't going to be easy but if we can take all 3 points we'll be in good stead for the derby.

I can understand spectator's apprehensions regarding our recent performances but we have to remember the Martinez way is still in the muscle memory of most players (with fractions of a second to make a decision the unconscious brain relies on muscle memory to react) . The players have had three years of pointless tactics and new ideas will require time for adaption, appreciation and new muscle memory.

However, familiarity with RK's methods and fitness regimes' will produce quick, sharp snappy passing and hopefully plenty of goals.

We just need a little patience and to get off the backs of the players and stop the abuse.

Our present situation reminds me so much of the 1982 and 1983 seasons (where we finished 7th on both occasions) I can almost see history repeating itself.

When you want to climb a ladder it's safer to take one step at a time and not expect to get to the top in one stride.

I do believe happy days are on the way.

Keoman the mighty Blues.

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26 Sep 2016 03:23:19
Pains me to say it Blue, but the reds are playing some incredible football! Difficult to admit it but Klopp is a manager I cannot help but admire.

What I have to say is how much of a fan I am of the offensive pressing game. The three teams dominating this premier league (Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham) are sides who play a high tempo, high fitness and high press 4-1-4-1.

This is a tactic, not only I feel we could adopt but is a tactic Ronald Koeman is striving for! Unfortunately as it stands Idrissa and Mirallas (if you watch the games you see it! ) are the only 2 players willing to press from the front.

Thankfully I have absolute faith in Koeman to work his quality in to the side to pull this out, and I genuinely believe we could be a top 6 side this season!

I've been on the beers so feel free to ignore my optimism.

We lost to Bournemouth, yes, but United lost to Watford, and the red shite lost to Burnley.

Have faith blues, believe me, we are back.

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26 Sep 2016 11:26:47
''We lost to Bournemouth, yes, but United lost to Watford, and the reds lost to Burnley.

Here endeth the lesson for today brethren
Amen. 🙏.

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26 Sep 2016 11:42:34
I second Blue!

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26 Sep 2016 13:57:22
Wise words slowly slowly catch a monkey.

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25 Sep 2016 23:25:51
It was blatantly obvious last season that the manager had lost most if not all players and fans, this season we had to loose at some point. Didn't get chance to catch the game unfortunately so not best judged to say why we played bad, only know what I've read here.

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25 Sep 2016 21:31:13
Why is it that when we played bad last year it was the managers fault but when we play bad now it's the players fault?

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25 Sep 2016 23:49:46
When we played bad last year it was the managers fault is your first point. Yes it was his fault pretty much. Why? Because he was s*ite basically.

I can only speak for myself but never wanted RM and his bad management came to a head last season. Put my neck out and said I wanted Koeman even when he was denying he had any interest. I said I thought he was the best manager we could possibly get. I still think that.

He has to deal with the bad management that affected 80% of the squad. He's doing a good job so far imho. I may be proved wrong with Koeman yet but his start is very good imho.

That's why I don't get your second point when we play bad this season its the players fault? We've lost 2 games out of 8? Isn't much to compare to last season really where there was 38 plus games.

Of course at times the players were at fault last season. But in the main the problem was at the top. Shaking off the cobwebs now will take time and patience. Players will play bad. We will be beaten and supporters will be p*ssed off.

But imho we will be far better off come the end of the season. My opinions, but hey, what the hell do I know.

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25 Sep 2016 23:54:37
What a great question, I would be interested to see how people answer this as when I suggested last season that the players were as much to blame as the manager I got slated for it!

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26 Sep 2016 09:25:59
Omg, guess we were far too hasty with our dear old Bobby and those posters who wanted him to stay as our manager. well... what can we say? 'Oops sorry you did warn us didn't you! '

BS Martinez esq. v Mr Koeman? Are you kidding 😕.

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26 Sep 2016 15:41:58
Blue 247, I never for one minute said I wanted RM to stay on as manager I was just throwing some words into the hat. but must admit I was one who never wanted RK as our manager, but will back him as long as I can. I just thought we could have done better.

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26 Sep 2016 18:28:40
Sky I didn't think for one minute you wanted RM to stay mate and wasn't really replying to your OP specifically as such .

As for wanting RK, well I did from the get go if not before that even LOL . . and always had a sneaky suspicion Saints would do their usual shortsighted negotiations fiasco re transfer kitty and selling off the family jewels etc. even though he pulled them out of a massive hole that they dug for themselves!
So the very fact FM wanted him here with us too means I will give pass after pass so to speak, the truth is I believe in him 100%.

{Ed025's Note - me too 247..

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25 Sep 2016 16:57:07
Austin scored again maybe he was worth a punt.

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25 Sep 2016 18:30:22
Ballotelli doing good also. Hope he keeps it up. He has the talent. It would be a shame to see it go to waste.

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25 Sep 2016 13:46:26
If Wenger were to leave Arsenal at the end of the season do you think we would lose Koeman?

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25 Sep 2016 14:27:14
Why would we?

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25 Sep 2016 15:26:56
Possible. He left Southampton for us. Can't see why we could completely rule out him leaving. Stranger things have happened.

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25 Sep 2016 19:37:56
Why would Arsanel want Koeman? He has proved nothing yet.

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25 Sep 2016 21:38:07
I can't disagree with you much on that milomj. But you can also look at it that why wouldn't they want him? Who else would they go for?

Imho apart from not winning much or anything really outside Holland, Koeman fits the bill perfectly at Arsenal. Everything about him is suited to a club like Arsenal imo.

He oozes class. That's just my opinion. Very grounded, real and does what's needed to be done. A lot like Wenger in a lot of ways.

Not saying its going to happen but I would not be one bit surprised if it does. Obviously I'd hope he does well at Everton and remains here for many seasons to come.

My guess is Wenger wants to win one last trophy before he goes.

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25 Sep 2016 06:53:29
We have a full squad of 25 aged-over-21 players registered for the Premier League.
If we want to bring in players in January, some of the current 25 will have to be moved out.
Assuming that RK's signings - Stek, Williams, Gueye, Bolasie and Valencia - all remain, which of the other 20 would you say must NOT be moved out?
Most fans/ posters can say who they definitely want moved out - and who they would like brought in - but who would you NOT want to see leave in January to create room for incomings?

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25 Sep 2016 11:02:30
I'd say lukaku, Barry, jags, baines, colmean, mirallas, mori, lennon, robles as a reserve keeper and adviously keep the koeman signings.
Holgate is a keeper but not sure on his age.
Ross and geri I'm unsure of as they can be dire or awesome in equal measure.

The rest can go for me if we can for me if we can get suitable replacements.

Need to strengthen in every department.

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25 Sep 2016 11:08:05
The thing is Sid, the only players that will be moved out are any of Gibson, Kone, Niasse, Lennon, Cleverly, Oviedo and Robles. I can't see anyone shedding any tears for any of those players (providing we replace a few of them) . The only one on the chopping block who I would like to see stay is McCarthy. He still has a lot to offer the squad, even if he isn't a shoo in for the first team.

{Ed025's Note - im on the same wavelength tommy..

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25 Sep 2016 13:32:29
Fully agree with you Blue Tommy but let me throw this one into the mix regards McCarthy. What if he has already peaked? what if the only improvement we ( or any other team ) are likely to see from him is negligible, is he good enough for us not to look for a replacement in the January window or even in the summer? I'm not denying he is a good player but is his potential good enough?

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25 Sep 2016 14:56:42
I think we've got more pressing issues than replacing McCarthy. Good backup striker, competition for Barkley, and reliable cover for Baines is more important in my opinion.

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25 Sep 2016 16:18:36
I agree Blue Tommy. Although left back would be down the pecking order in my books. Between Garbutt, Galloway and Oviedo one of them would have to come up thrumps as back up. Right back needs strengthening even though we have Holgate. More of a centre back imo. Goalkeeper wouldn't go astray either.

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25 Sep 2016 19:56:16
I know what you mean about the left back NBTB, but with Garbutt and Galloway on season long loans, for me if Baines gets injured then Oviedo is unreliable both form and fitness wise. You're right about the goalkeeper. If RK has made his mind up and thinks Joel isn't good enough, then ship him out and sign a new no.1, even if Stekelenburg has to make way despite his promising start.

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25 Sep 2016 21:41:23
Very happy with Stek. Koeman and Stek himself probably not getting as much credit as they should for that signing. Still would rather another keeper signed. Koeman must not think much of Joel. He's not giving him a sniff. Would love a young proper Goalkeeper. Not sure who though.

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