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25 Jul 2016 09:44:19
Hey guys quite new to site just haven't posed much I know these transfers take time but man it's frustrating I like witsel an I want him any more news on him.

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25 Jul 2016 10:14:21
Nothing yet mate but hoping something very soon as we all need it, I think Witsel is coming now mate.

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25 Jul 2016 03:34:14
I was thinking about how attractive Everton are to a player.
We are not in Europe.
We are not in London.
We don't have unlimited money like City.
We don't have a new stadium like West Ham
We have been mid-table for two years.
We don't have world recognized players like Rooney.
We don't have a global presence like United and others.
We now have a Manager who is recognized world wide.
We do have money to spend.
We have a great Academy.
We do have history if anyone can remember it.
Players coming in probably will have a better chance of playing than with the so called big teams.

We have a big disadvantage at present in trying to attract the best players. This whole process will take time and Steve Walsh is going to be key. Hopefully he and Koeman can persuade a few players to join this summer but I would think that paying over the odds both for the transfer and wages is the only way we will get the talent we need.

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25 Jul 2016 09:40:39
I agree in total with your post mate. I know I get accused of being negative but would add that we Blues look at the club we love through blue tinted glasses and sometimes you have to take a step back and look at things objectively. Some facts. We were top 8 for the previous manager's reign in all but 1 season. Don't bite blues I am quoting facts. We have been bottom half last 2 seasons (only just I know. but that's what a player sees when he looks at the table) . so we appear to be a club in decline rather than on the way up. We have however made a very astute signing in Steve Walsh in my humble opinion. but his involveement will take 3 or so years to take any effect. The money for signing players has gone stupid. Niasse for 13 million is a bit of a gamble. He may come good. but when you consider Stones and Lukaku at over 50 million. are these complete players? No way. I believe Stones will one day be as good as Bobby Moore. Lukaku looks brilliant and unstoppable one game. The nexxt he can't get involved no matter how much he tries to shake off his marker. Yes football has gone quite mad. and our fans expectations may be a little too optimistic in my humble view. I personally believe we will do well to get top half this season. I will of course be delighted if we do. Now. did that come over as negative?

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25 Jul 2016 10:37:00
Not negative Degsy. And your expectations are entirely realistic to your post. I personally think that we can attract better than you expect, I just think it's early days yet so there's a lot of stick or twist going on.

To be fair I think that We can attract a better player than 11th in the league dictates due to a combination of the player knowing that Martinez was not good enough, that our Club as a brand is associated with Europa league status and of course the higher wages we can now offer.

I'm not saying that we will get what ever player we go for, but I am saying we can improve our quality of signings enough to get higher up the table this season than we have over the last 2 years. Just my opinion mate.

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25 Jul 2016 10:50:51
Good post Degs

Id cash in on Stones myself mate, some cracking players out there that are the finished article that we could spend the 50 million on, seems too much of a gamble for me hoping that he will turn out good especially for the 50 million price tag

Lukaku - you are right, unstoppable one minute then useless the next, I don't think Koeman will give him praise if he doesn't put a shift in like Bobby did, we will see a different Lukaku this season i'm sure of that, bit different when you have a legend as a manager who will not suffer fools lightly.

personally I think that even if we bought no one we would finish top 8 just with the new man in charge, you can see the players are happier and we have some great kids waiting on the sidelines, Ross won't be allowed to not track back and tackle, Mirallas will be quality again too.

Great times ahead mate you just got to keep the faith and remember, "its only a game"

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24 Jul 2016 22:12:28
I was watching highlights of Georginio Wijnaldum's time at Newcastle and what jumped out at me was that on nearly every one of Wijnaldum's goals was on the end of a Moussa Sissoko pass. If I recall correctly even one of his penalty shots was from a foul on Sissoko in the box. This is the guy. Forget Witsel or Carvalho. Sissoko gets my vote. He does it all. I know he's been inconsistent, but I think even Messi would have some downs if he had to play on that Newcastle team. Thoughts? Who should they bring in as a 'Barry replacement'?

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25 Jul 2016 09:43:34
Newcastle looked dreadful in the 1st haalf of last season but in some games later on, they started to come together and nearly avoided relegation. They have some good players. The Premier League has never been tighter and top to bottom is a whiskers difference. Sometimes one player on form eg Hazzard at Chelsea can make all the difference. get 2 going well or 3 then you win the league. Vardy, Mahrez and Kante for example.

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24 Jul 2016 21:35:45
In your opinion Eds, what chance as a percentage would you's say we have of getting:


{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer such questions.}

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24 Jul 2016 21:00:01
How exactly do these negotiations between clubs to buy a player work? Do we have a dedicated negotiating team talking to a number of clubs or is it a director? Are the talks done via skype or on a face to face basis? Also how much autonomy do the negotiators have? Do they have the clearance to say yes or no if they are close to a deal? Lastly how many negotiators does a typical team have or is it done via agencies?

{Ed002's Note - It varies club by club. Typically one person, cometimes with a lawyer will be responsible for most discussions. Some clubs have more than one person who gets involved. Some clubs it is a director and otehrs not - and sometimes a third party does critical negotiations or negotiations with specific clubs.+

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24 Jul 2016 22:23:34
Many thanks Ed 002. Are you one of Evertons negotiators by any chance?

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25 Jul 2016 03:00:30
From what Kenwrigh has said in the past I think he had a lot of involvement in negotiations for transfers in and out for Everton. I believe that Moshiri identified this as one area which needed improvement which is why Steve Walsh was brought in.

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25 Jul 2016 09:58:05
So will it be up to Steve Walsh to conduct the negotiations from here on in? if so surely it must all be done over the phone as we may be in contact with a number of clubs.

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24 Jul 2016 21:26:00
Was at freshfield pub havin me roast, big dunc was there aswell, havin a meal with his family, so i went over after he finished and was getting off, got a photo which he was brill over, asked him what's its like training alongside rk, saud brill and i asked him over any signing, he said min a week as he wants to check out all players, i said what about jesper ( ajax gk) he smirked and said, looks class, wait and see but with a little grin. so looks like it be a while yet.

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24 Jul 2016 22:51:18
I love these types of stories. While coach feedback will obviously feed into management on terms of player analysis. There is not a chance that there is a big conference between the manager, scouting teams, all of the coaches, the cleaners and the staff over the road every time a potential player is identified.

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25 Jul 2016 07:10:51
I am sure Big Dunc enjoyed that while out with his family having some personal time.

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24 Jul 2016 20:18:20
Early days but this manager looks like a real boss and appears to have gained the respect and response from the players.
He'll stand for no messing around.

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24 Jul 2016 21:31:28
Not sure what you are basing that view on Mushy. I hope you are right - but I was there yesterday and saw some of the old failings. We were lucky not to concede 2/ 3 tbh. But this is only pre season. Long way to go yet. Get Rom back in and a couple of significant signings and we make make an impression this season.

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24 Jul 2016 21:53:29
To be fair bb4, the 2 cbs were hardly our first choice. I fully believe that he will have our defence working hard to improve. He was a top quality defender himself and showed that he can organise a defense.

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24 Jul 2016 19:41:23
This is going to be a big week for signings.

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24 Jul 2016 20:06:41
I get the feeling your quite right.

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24 Jul 2016 20:18:49
I agree boys, at least 2 in by weekend⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️.

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24 Jul 2016 21:54:50
Being honest, I don't think there will be much movement. I think he will be looking to move people on first whilst looking at the team over the 4 games. Think the only position he will be sure on recruiting for at the minute is keeper as he didn't look happy with robles.

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24 Jul 2016 14:53:32
Let's not hit any panic buttons yet the window has Weeley over a month to go and has only been open 4 weeks so let's stay calm fellow blues I am sure Steve walsh is on the hunt for a couple of gems after receiving instructions from Ronald so let's be patient what do you think ed's.

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24 Jul 2016 19:55:43
I agree if you go by what the press said 12-18 months ago we have got the strongest squad in our premier league history so with that let's add the perfect missing links to our already very good squad.

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24 Jul 2016 12:53:33
I feel we need to strengthen our core of the team. I would be happy if we bought Witsel and Carvalho for about £50m and sold McCarthy. Then sell Stones and include Bony in that deal, so we have a very good back up striker for Rom or we could have the option to go 2 up front. We should then look to buy a quality expensive CB like Koulibaly or Rugani, one of these 2 to fill the void left by Stones. For me jags, mori and one of those 2 would be strong enough and it could allow opportunities for the likes of Pennington who looked strong in the last few games at the back end of last season, Holagte, Galloway, Browning etc, to get some game time under there belts if called upon. I think Goalie wise we should be looking to buy Forster from Southampton as he's quality and Ron trusts him but surely Joel would then be moved on which I feel is unfair as he's done a good job in between the sticks, so I for one would not be surprised if no other goalie was brought in. This would then Improve the core of our team and make us a very strong outfit and teams would strugle to break us down next season. If I'm being greedy, I'd love another wide player who gives us a bit of an excitement going forward, Mata, depay, Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Yarmelenko spring to mind. We should also be looking to sell players like Kone, Niasse, McGeady, Oviedo to create squad space for the new signings. This could all be done within budget and with that kinda quality added to our already fairly strong squad, we could start dreaming of champo league football. Views?

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24 Jul 2016 13:45:21
Is it just me or does anyone else think all this criticism of James McCarthy, and wanting to sell him, is completely unwarranted? The lad is everywhere on the pitch, every game he plays he gives 100%, even last season when he was injured he still wanted to play. Granted he didn't have a great season last term (who else did apart from Rom and Barry? ) but he worked his socks off whilst carrying injuries. He showed us what he was capable of in his first season when he was free of injury, and for me he was our player of the season behind Barry that year. He embodies everything that is Everton. His work rate, professionalism and honesty is something that all footballers should aspire to.

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24 Jul 2016 14:56:40
Couldn't agree more jd an spot on with the player's your proposing. I like Jimmy Mac but think there are better out there in that position. Think if we had witsel and carvalho either side of barkley we would also see a better player in ross as well.

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24 Jul 2016 15:07:34
Yes he works hard, gives 100% but is he good enough to be in a team trying to get into Europe and more? In my view he is just not top grade.

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24 Jul 2016 16:09:38
Isn't there some statistic that we have lost a ridiculous low amount of games with McCarthy in the team. Coincidence or is he not getting the praise he should?

We'll find out this season IMHO.

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24 Jul 2016 16:18:15
Well we were trying to get into Europe the year we come 5th milomj and not only was he a regular, but the stand out player in most of his games. If you get rid of players like him, who will give their all for the club it's a recipe for disaster. I agree he hasn't got bags of ability but you don't know how he will fare under Koeman, as with many other players. I'm more than willing to give any of the players in this squad a chance under new management, especially the ones who want to be here and play for the badge. COYB!

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24 Jul 2016 16:51:30
Totally agree Blueskies. He's still improving also. His best years are ahead of him and under a different manager he may improve even more.

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24 Jul 2016 17:15:57
I like McCarthy but he is limited. Everybody remembers his last ditch tackles but this is usually him not marking people properly in the first place.

His passing is very limited and one dimensional and he deosnt offer anything other than a good tackle. We can't have two of this type of player on the pitch and would rather us get a more cultured midfielder that offer more going forward.

As an example Stones in this role would offer the tackle but also a driving force going forward. Its that type of player that clubs pay top dollar for, not a McCarthy.

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24 Jul 2016 19:09:04
BlueJohn every good team has a McCarthy type player. And anyone that has played football at a decent level will tell you how invaluable thay are.
McCarthy does a lot more than last ditch tackles to cover his non marking. He had a very poor season because of the high standards he has set since joining. But then the whole squad were poor last season.
I have no idea how or why you think Stones could do a better job, his positional play last season was nothing short of atrocious. So imagine how bad it would be if he was played out of pisition.
If McCarthy plays as well as we all know he can then he would be an automatic starter in most EPL teams.

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24 Jul 2016 22:30:42
Joe i'm not saying put Stones in his position. I'm saying someone who puts a tackle in but is also comfortable on the ball is a better player.

You show me one player in top football that has someone that only tackles but can't play as well.

Anyone who has played football will tell you that if you want to play at the top you can't be a one trick pony.

He has moments but if you can tell me a game he grabbed by the scruff of the neck, made a quality pass, a marauding run, a generals performance then I'll jump on your ship. I want a Xavi not a vinny jones.

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24 Jul 2016 23:36:16
He is not the one at fault in marking its the system that was the problem he was having to mark 2 men most of the time. The guy was been looked at by arsenal and Spurs so anyone that thinks he's not good enough for our team needs to stop talking crap. I am sick of hearing he tackles but then passes 5 yards sideways I'm sorry should he tackle and run 70-80 yards beat 7 players and lob the keeper get a grip. The game of football has many different positions he is great at doing the things nobody cares about. That is not to say that they are unimportant it just means he ain't taking the ball down from 70 yards with one flick of the boot and then rifling in to the top corner. To you wannabe managers Stick to football manager.

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25 Jul 2016 08:33:48
Only RK can decide, he may well be a McCarthy admirer at his time at Soton and may feel he is one of two holding midfielders in his plans.

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