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04 Dec 2016 10:45:40
I have been going to goodison for as long as I can remember but this season is my son's first season ticket, he's been the odd game here and there in the past but this is his first full year and am embarrassed to bring him to such a silent ground, wer getting out sung by a handful of away fans every week, now I no the team aren't giving us much to sing about but I say let's make her rock today, really get behind the lads from the off let's show my son what it's like under the lights at goodison.

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04 Dec 2016 09:08:58
We are linked today with the Tom daly of manu, Ashley Young please please no can we not move on from goodison being the elephants graveyard for finished mancs we will never move forward if we can't break this inferiority complex we have.

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04 Dec 2016 09:42:26
It looks like we're going to do a raid at utd not only Ashley Young but Rooney and Depay with Keane from burnley as well.

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03 Dec 2016 23:24:51
Sunderland are on the up. Beat champions today.

Degsy, what do you think of this for a plan? Bring Anichebe, Pienaar and Moyes back in from Sunderland. Take Osman out of retirement. We'll be sorted. Throw Defoe in for good measure. He knows where the net is.

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04 Dec 2016 09:25:13
Don't start NBTB 😂.

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04 Dec 2016 09:56:56
I'm serious :-)

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03 Dec 2016 18:17:04
A question for all of the posters:
which three clubs would you most want to see relegated and why? (That's not who you think are most likely to be relegated, but who you would most like to see relegated. )

{Ed025's Note - liverpool...for obvious reasons....spurs...to wipe the smug grin off the face of daniel levy..and sunderland so moyes gets what he deserves..

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03 Dec 2016 18:37:41
Ed025: wanting Liverpool to be relegated is an obvious and understandable choice for many Evertonians, but I'd rather we were both in the Premier League and then winning the derby would be truly sweet
As far as Tottenham and Levy, doesn't the same apply to West Ham and Gold/ Sullivan/ Brady.?
I think that wanting Sunderland releagated as revenge on Moyes is a bit harsh on the club and fans.
The only two clubs I enjoyed seeing relegated were Newcastle United last season and Leeds United in early 1980s - the latter as justice for the cheating years under Revie.

{Ed025's Note - but liverpool in the championship would be fun, i remember their supporters carrying a blue and white coffin when we played wimbledon and nearly got relegated sid..so that would be payback, levy thinks he can usurp everton in the transfer market every time by offering more when we get close to a signing, a smug git who i would love to be bankrupt, moyes is a charlatan the way he acted at the end of his everton tenure, unethical and a miserable sod, though i would feel sorry for their supporters..

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03 Dec 2016 19:41:30
Liverpool all day long. I also want West Ham to go down. A big Stadium handed on a plate doesn't make you a big club.

Finally Hull. I feel sorry for the fans as their owner is pretty much the devil. Hopefully they would sod off and they would get someone decent in who cares about the fans.

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03 Dec 2016 19:42:21
Liverpool, for exactly same reason as Ed025 stated, Palace, or any team managed by that plastic botox faced Pardew. Anyone remember his bigger club quote while with Newcastle? And sunderland nothing at all against them, just the manager for the way he acted not signing a contract in knowing he was going to united at the xmas time leaving us with jack in compo when he did leave. And also for the way he acted in the Baines and Felli transfer situation. Finally Spurs, just because i hate Spurs and always have.

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03 Dec 2016 19:45:49
Liverpool because I would just laugh at every supporter who would dare wear the shirt in public. Man U just to see Sky trying to make a match between them 2 look important and fail. And finally Chelski, just to see what Abramovic would do.

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03 Dec 2016 19:50:00
By the way, cracking question there Sid.

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03 Dec 2016 20:21:39
Liverpool, Liverpool reserves, and Liverpool U21s?

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03 Dec 2016 21:05:10
Liverpool again no need to ask why.
Man U as they have to many plastic supporters who think they know about football because they support Man U.
Arsenal because one eyed Wenger gets my goat.

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03 Dec 2016 23:47:25
I second Skylarks post.

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04 Dec 2016 10:52:14
Man u.

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03 Dec 2016 14:06:57
LUKAKU has run 23 miles less than Fimino and 400 less sprints with similar amount of time on pitch, just as bad against Costa, Sanchez and Aguero .
i always said he's bone idol.
i don't care how many goals he gets its not enough, he needs to do far more.

{Ed033's Note - Is Lukaku idle or an idol?

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03 Dec 2016 14:45:28
I'd say he's more Born Idol than bone idle.

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03 Dec 2016 17:29:24
It's not only that he carnt trap a ball or hold a ball up, half the goals he get are when someone else put it on his head, but who else have we got, we can still get 3pts tomorrow.

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03 Dec 2016 10:05:59
Now then guys and gals

Not been around for a while, life and all that!

Reading down some posts about strikers and using dely etc. Some one who is left out an I for one don't understand why he has not been used much in the striking role is Mirales, pace and likes to go at goal, no one remember that game at GP against Chelsea when he turned Luiz inside out?

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03 Dec 2016 08:33:06
I don't know if a red Christmas tree is that important. or if playing kids is? I also know that the manager is getting a load of **** for certin things. but sometimes football is weird. Leicester City nearly got relegated the season before last if you all remember and now we all know how well they did last season. and how good in the Champions League. So to some extent things like: luck, a game plan, ref decisions, fixture pile ups etc come into play. Remember guys after 5 games we had won 4 and drawn one. We looked a cohesive unit. Not the most entertaining. But we were getting results. The wheels seem to have fallen off. but they could as easily get back on with a couple of signings or a better system of playing. let's hope Father Christmas does bring us some joy and festive spirit eh?

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03 Dec 2016 08:52:17
My god Degsy, I think that's the best post I've ever read by you.

Very good question, are we just going through a bad patch? Imho it is very possible and things may pick up again. Even without signings.

{Ed025's Note - we will get better NBTB but confidence is very low at the moment and it shows all over the pitch and certainly with the supporters, we also need that little bit of luck which we are not getting at at all mate..

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03 Dec 2016 10:05:35
True Ed025. Fingers crossed.

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03 Dec 2016 10:54:14
Degsy's account must have been hacked 😂.

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03 Dec 2016 11:34:55
To be fair Degsys posts have been pretty solid for a while now.
It is a confidence thing and usually something we can only play our way out of. The Leicester reference is pretty good proof of that.
But it's goals that win you games and for the last 6 or 7 games we've just not scored enough. I think January will be very important in regards to providing a boost for confidence, thus we will need one or two quality signings if we haven't improved by then.

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03 Dec 2016 12:31:30
No need to worry about the kids Koeman has said they are not ready. What I want to see from our players is some passion and effort. What we are getting is this uncoordinated ambling around the pitch especially in the first half of games. No passion, no drive, no pride, just noting actually. Chelsea was the game that hit home for me, the gulf was tremendous and who showed the most passion and determination when he came on? Yes young Davies who is not good enough yet to get a place in the team evidently. Can someone tell me what Holgate did wrong when he played at the beginning of the season? Not saying playing these two would make much of a difference to the end result but it may put the more experienced players to shame.

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03 Dec 2016 05:31:05
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, Premier League Match Previews

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02 Dec 2016 22:37:54
Everyone is saying we should play this player and that player. The problem we have at the moment is that we have players that are too similar.

No matter what we can only play with 1 up front and that means we have no suprises up our sleeve. We need two strikers in January to be able to change formation and when needed give us more firepower upfront.

All we can do at the moment is rotate similar players in the same positions. That's why it's going to take probably a couple of windows to get us going. However, if we can grab a striker or two it could at least give us something different for the rest of the season and make us a little unpredictable.

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02 Dec 2016 23:31:23
Agreed BlueJohnUns. I'm not critising RK when I say this, I'm just curious. What happened to Del boy?

If we can cast our mind back to preseason when Lukaku was unavailable Del boy was up front. All the talk was that he could be used as a striker or in a supporting role to Lukaku.

He hasn't got much of a chance so far. He does offer something different. I'm just curious as to why he wasn't tried out. I had high hopes for Del boy. His skill is unreal at times and he can change games. He puts in crosses and runs at defenders as good if not better than anyone.

I'm aware he has his faults but if he's not played these can't be worked on. I'm expecting him to get his fair chances in the next few games.

If he doesn't I can't see the point in keeping him.

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02 Dec 2016 23:55:16
GD has the talent but I question his application and desire, just because he started his professional career at Barcelona shouldn't make him think he has made it. Sometimes I think he believes he is better than his team mates, the hand on the hips or petulantly raising his hands when a pass doesn't go to his feet. If he sorts his attitude out then he will be one hell of a player, fortunately he has the time to do that. But I agree, if he's not getting time on the pitch, and is not improving, then maybe he should be moved on. That could actually apply to a few members of this squad I suppose.

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03 Dec 2016 08:23:51
Look at the stats and BlueJohnUns is 100% correct. Whilst I know I repeat myself, where is the creativity? Deulofeu has played 77 games for us (ok some as sub or subbed within those games) and scored a grand total of 6 goals. Even if he is played further forward and central, he is not going to set the world alight banging them in. I also am beginning to think that Lukaku needs to be replaced with 2 or 3 players that contribute with assists AND hold up play. We seem to win the ball in defence, then pass it around a bit and as soon as one of our players tries to launch it to Lukaku, we lose possession. Then it is back to defending and trying to win possession again. It is so easy for the opposition to stop us because aside from Barkley and Lukaku, we have very little goal threat. I have listed our midfielders time and time again with their goals contribution and it is very poor. Kone was brought in and his is also poor. Aside from Lukaku and Eto'o, Martinez's signings have no goals. Kone has 6 in his career for us! 3 of them in 1 game, so he has scored in 4 games in 3 years. yes yes he was injured a while. Add in Barry, Cleverly, Besic, McCarthy who all score no more than 2 a year. Someone said that scoring was not our problem but defending was. whilst there is some truth in that, it doesn't matter if you win one nil or ten nine. As long as you score more than the opposition. Well we have Lukaku's 20 a season and Barkley's 8 a season and then no one who scores more than 5. If I was an opposition manager, I would tell my team, "Stop Lukaku and Barkley scoring and you will probably beat Everton. " I have gone on and on again and I apologise for it. But I am a passionate Evertonian and this was obvious to me 3 years ago. Deulofeu might do ok as a support striker, but with our new aspirations of Europe etc, he is clearly not the answer. I hope Mr Walsh in his new role with us has 3 or 4 creative attacking midfielders who have goals in them. That is one reason I would welcome the Scweinsteiger guy in. At least he has the ability to shoot from distance and make a penetrating pass. But he would only be part of the answer and for maybe 1 season.

{Ed025's Note - good post that degsy and its hard to argue with those stats, now this might just be me but i think we are awful to watch, there is a dire lack of creativity and we seem to be on telly all the time which accentuates the problem as it highlights our problems to the general public, i will never stop watching of course but at times i have my head in my hands and get embarrassed at how weak we are....oh and i swear at the telly a lot..

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03 Dec 2016 09:09:51
For the record Degsy, Del boy has started 35 games and came on as a sub for 36. Scored 8 goals. How many games has he played the full 90mins? Very few, if he starts games he is more than likely took off too.

Your missing my point about him. I never said he was the answer or that he would start banging in goals. The point is why isn't he being tried? He is an option and I'm just curious as why it is not being explored.

As I said at the beginning of the season he was used in various roles. As far as I can remember Koeman praised him a lot and said we may see him being used in different ways this season. As of yet he's hardly been used.

I'm not sticking up for Del boy as a player. Just wondering what happened to Koemans intentions. Maybe he may still use him. At the moment I think we need changes. It is one that makes sense seeing what Koeman has said about him and how he used him in preseason. He was full of praise for him then.

Anyone that reads my post will know I'm not getting at Koeman as I wanted him in the first place. Even when he was denying leaving Southampton. I thought he was the best man we could realistically get. I stick by that now. I'm not questioning him. Just curious as to why one player is not being used. Although he might still yet.

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03 Dec 2016 13:52:16
Personally I find it when I'm a tv watcher as live in cornwall, seems to be a lack of ideas, when I watch other teams, there seems to be plenty of movement up front, Lakaku seems to be a statue and unless it's played to his feet we have had no real threat on goal, you would think the size of him he'd be able to boss defences, but it seems to be the other way around a lot of the time, midfield we are a one trick pony, barkely tries and gives a lot, but obviously as we can all see sometimes over does it, this I think is the lack of someone else to help him in the creative department, a lot of pressure is on a young shoulders and he should be praised more and less criticism, if we could a player to bring out the best in him then the team in a whole would benifit, but who is the 50 million dollar question, we will come threw this and hopefully a better team, we are still finding out feet, next season we will see a different team with more players that RK wants .

{Ed025's Note - i hope your right mate..

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03 Dec 2016 14:00:09
Got to question Del boys attitude. It was a problem highlighted when he was at Sevilla and maybe looking the same with us under a new manager.
I also question his fitness as he looks knackered after 10 minutes, maybe this is what Koeman is seeing daily and does not like.

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03 Dec 2016 20:05:51
Good points bluegray. It has crossed my mind there must be some reason Koeman leaves him out. As your post says he does see him daily.

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03 Dec 2016 20:07:07
You're looking at my post from the wrong point of view Degsy. My point is that the options for the midfielders are limited with one striker and as a team we are one dimensional.

I've already put up the stats before showing you that in fact we scored more goals from midfield over the last three years than they did with Moyes.

My point is that we can only change personel and not tactics. Imagine our wingers and attacking midfielders having more than one target. Or the oppositions defence having more than tame statue to look after.

As for Del Boy i think Koeman wants rid because he can't run for any period of time. You have to replace him every game because he's knackered warming up on the sidelines never mind during a match.

Personally I want Lukaku gone and three in his place. Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, united, City even Spurs have more strikers to change tactics.

Come on Santa make my wish come true.

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03 Dec 2016 21:32:50
I agree with that BlueJohnUns. That comes with having no plan b for a couple of years. As you say I'd expect it to improve over time.

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03 Dec 2016 22:27:08
I was not disagreeing with you Blue John Uns. sort of looking at it at a slightly different angle.

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02 Dec 2016 21:04:49
Football fans are a fickle bunch, I don't think many could deny that. When things are going well, as a collective, we seem to take things in our stride and not sweat the little stuff. But when things are not as we would like, or expect, tiny details seem to make even the meekest of men/ women transform into crazed blood thirsty hounds.
Take our own manager, he has come under a bit of scrutiny over the last month or so but not really for what has happened on the pitch. His Lukaku comments in the Belgian press caused much consternation among the fan base with many believing he had disrespected the club who pays him a very decent wage. Was his remarks taken out of context? Did the journalist take a few liberties and miss out, possibly even add, things that he shouldn't? We probably won't get to the bottom of this one but, for what it's worth, I'd take anything printed in the press with a pinch of salt. Foreign or domestic.
He also courted controversy by answering a question about our red neighbours. I posted at the time that he was just giving an honest assessment of how they were fairing in the league at the time. They were top, if memory serves me right, and scoring for fun. What people seemed to overlook was the fact that, at the time, only about 11 games had been played in the league. Nobody has ever been crowned champions after that many games.
Today I have seen the furore over his Christmas tree, I mean wtf! One thing I've noticed about seasonal decorations over the years is that, predominantly, most of them are red. Saint Nick himself is emblazoned in that colour, the stockings hung up by the kids are much the same. With all the things that are being disclosed about football, I find it hard to believe that such a non-story has got people so riled. Chill out people!

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02 Dec 2016 23:33:57
Agree spudv. Its the social media world we live in today. Fickle is putting it very mildly indeed.

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