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07 Jan 2019 16:38:03
I see that Victor has had his contract terminated in China for reportedly standing out against match fixing. He says that he would come and play for nothing. I would like to see the club offer him a contract until the end of the season.
Firstly, in support of one of its own and secondly as a public statement that the club stands squarely against corrupt practices.


1.) 07 Jan 2019 20:53:13
great shout mate, even to be with the 23s like baxter did keep fitness and find new club in summer.



06 Aug 2018 22:41:46
I feel cautiously optimistic. There appears to be a plan in place. I do not expect that it will make it to reality in tact; no plan ever does. I don't expect it to work perfectly; no plan ever does. But we look like we have a plan and right now that makes me happy.




25 Jan 2018 21:05:31
Time to finish the post that my busy fingered daughter sent this morning before I finished it.

I've been thinking (never good news). I want to look at this situation not from an Evertonian but an Allardyce perspective.
Fair to say that there was some oppostion to his appointment. The against camp would argue that he came with a reputation as a "money grabber" and a defensive, hoof it and hope coach.

Allardyce proponents would argue that he was a victim of circumstance. He had cut his coat according to his cloth and at the clubs he hsd managed he'd had only very low grade cloth available. I think the Allardyce camp woild argue that there was evidence at Bolton, Okocha et al, that given the opportunity he was not a one dimensional coach.

They would also argue that this was his chance to alter his legacy. An opportunity with a club that has some resource and would allow him to show that his previous clubs had forced him to stiflehis desire to play a progressive style of football because of their desperate need for results and inability to attract the type of player that he might prefer.

If we accept the pro Allardyce case that he was constrained by circumstance in the past and now he has the opportunity to break free of those shackles and once and for all destroy the image of him as a money grabber (see his England demise) and a negative coach (see West Ham inter alia).

If that is his position, do you think that we are yet in a position to say he has achieved that? If not what do you think are the signs that he might yet?


1.) 25 Jan 2018 22:55:39
It’s very simple Glennk.
Time will tell.

2.) 26 Jan 2018 10:22:58
He came into a mess left by a highly reputable manager and adopted a completely unbalanced team, low on confidence, with a lack of cohesion and who were completely strugglingwith relegation fear rearing its ugly head. i'm mot a SA fan really to be honest, i didn't want him and don't think he is long term (what is these days though? ) But perspective needs to be added whem judging him. Too early yet to say.



14 Jan 2017 04:32:11
Just read the list of clubs for which 24 yr old Belfodil has played. Very nervous. Either he's a twat or his agent is and he's a bit of a numb nuts and trails round wherever his agent points him.


1.) 14 Jan 2017 07:40:04
Sorted himself out a bit at Liege, by the looks of things.

2.) 14 Jan 2017 09:05:39
Mayou be wrong but I heard he previously had problems as he was owned by a third party that caused issues. But either way, he does seem to be doing better

3.) 14 Jan 2017 11:06:27
I think his many moves has been down to his agent. The stalling point on him coming to us is down to the agent. Some of them have far too much influence over players and do not always act with the players best interests at heart.

4.) 14 Jan 2017 19:11:23
If anybody wants to know why every Everton transfer becomes a dog and pony show, the answer is Bill Kenwright, Bill, for god sake step away. Some people think he's wonderful, mr everton, other are (lets be kind) less convinced, but which ever camp you fall into, surely it must be recognised that it is time for him to step away from an active roll.




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23 Sep 2021 11:47:53
I see people calling for Academy players to get a go and contrasting our attitude with that of Liverpool.
I think that you need to bear in mind the contrasting circumstances. When a 16 Yr old comes in for Livetpool, he is coming into a team that works. There is relatively little responsibility on him. Just give and take a few easy passes until he gets comfortable and take it from there.
When we introduce a young player, we need him to perform and perform now.


1.) 23 Sep 2021 12:20:37
Well if there good enough they should be able to.

2.) 23 Sep 2021 13:22:38
I think what posters are eluding to is that our academy players are not developing into first team potentials, not a case of give them a go it appears they just are not good enough!

3.) 23 Sep 2021 16:55:08
There is a huge difference between academy and first team football, physically, technically and especially psychologically. Stepping up what is in effect several levels, a young player needs the help of those around him. As a 17 year old who do want to make your debut alongside James Milner and Jordan Henderson or Mason Holgate and Alex Iwobi.
Of the current crop of Everton players there's only Andros Townsend that I would be happy with guiding a youngster.

4.) 23 Sep 2021 17:51:26
And definitely not Siggy.

5.) 23 Sep 2021 18:18:53
Glennk I’d rather them make their debuts instead of Holgate and iwobi rather than alongside them.

They would then hopefully have Keane, Coleman and digne in the back line with them and doucore, Allan, Townsend alongside them in midfield.

6.) 23 Sep 2021 19:32:16
We go through this debate every season.

Top sides youth players are surrounded by world class players. They are developed in a culture of winning, and as mentioned above are able to be eased into the team without too much pressure on their shoulders. Often in matches that are already won.

For us, every time a youth shows any promise the fan base goes into a frenzy that is often impossible to live up to. Made worse by our disillusionment with the first team

We are very rarely winning games comfortably enough to risk playing youngsters. Bringing them in and losing would not help them at all. So we get stuck in a status quo.

We call for them to be played, because we'd rather see them than than over paid show ponies, yet when they do get given a chance they get more stick than anyone else - Tom Davies for example. It's just no win for anyone.

7.) 23 Sep 2021 20:54:32
Sorry EFCone do you not think Tom Davies deserves stick for his performances?
He made his debut at 17 and is now 23 he has not improved and I don’t think that is down to the fans.

8.) 23 Sep 2021 21:03:15
I can see both sides to the argument but look at the top young talent Southampton bring through all the time. they don't have world class players round them. Shaw, Walcott, mane, etc.

Leeds bring players through too, arsenal recently, Chelsea too (although they stockpile the best kids. that's another argument)

Like in any job, it takes time to learn and perfect your art. kids show promise in youth and reserve set up so deserve a chance at the top level.

Then they need patience from staff and fans alike to make mistakes and learn from them.

That is the ultimate phrase, learn from your mistakes. become a better player.

Davies has not kicked on since he started with the 1st team, which is why he is getting so much stick. Barkley was exactly the same. spent years making the wrong decision in final third and now can't even get a loan move.

Look at other young players who are developing out on loan. Gallagher at Palace for example.

We need to get these younger players out onload to lower prem clubs or top championship. not league 1 and 2.

Then when they come back support them and give them time.

9.) 23 Sep 2021 21:28:27
He has had stick since pretty much since his second season. On current performance fair enough, but it's he has been bashed season after season. If they aren't world beaters within a season we turn on them.

DCL may not have come through the academy, but even he is a case in point. Was getting flack off our fans last season for no good reason at all other than not being able to finish 100% of his chances.

10.) 23 Sep 2021 23:13:28
Davies has had more than enough chances prove his worth, and sadly hasn’t kicked on. That can happen. But at least he has been given the opportunity.

11.) 24 Sep 2021 01:28:06
Tom davies has been getting stick for the simple reason he is not good enough how many chances does the lad need to impress every manager does the same thing with him use him as a bench player. He is a waste of space offers the team nothing can't do the simple things.

12.) 24 Sep 2021 01:38:28
There playing football not doing open heart surgery why do they need someone to hold there, hand if you good enough your good enough.



20 Sep 2021 11:17:31
James flying to Qatar to discuss a move. Isn't he sitting on the plane thinking, "How has it come to this? "


{Ed025's Note - i suspect he already knows glennk..

1.) 20 Sep 2021 16:11:51
No he’s thinking another nice little earner?.

2.) 20 Sep 2021 23:02:53
If he goes it would indicate his main motivation for playing is more financial than reward. That may just be my opinion but if he goes, good luck to him and hopefully it will free up some money for January transfers (not that it will be much given the FFFP situation)

3.) 21 Sep 2021 18:36:12
Does James just like flying around in private planes?



12 Sep 2021 19:14:20
Best wishes to Harvey Elliott.


{Ed025's Note - yeah mate i feel for the kid..

1.) 12 Sep 2021 22:39:48
It looked like another Gomez break. Players lunging in from the back is always a worry to see. Hope the lad can recover fully from it.

2.) 12 Sep 2021 23:23:45
Horrible injury mate. Looked extremely similar to Gomes’s. The only positive is players who get them type of injury’s when really young seem to have a better chance of a full recovery/ career with the standard of sports science now.



29 Aug 2021 08:41:00
I let all these rumours go by me. I remember the Harry Catterick days when a guy had played for us four times and Harry was still denying we had any interest.




28 Aug 2021 23:29:38
This team in the black with the red diagonal, that is Everton. I have got that right haven't I?





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01 Oct 2021 18:53:03
If we signed Ramsey I suspect we would do so believing we were signing the guy that played for Arsenal and not the guy who hadn't played that much for Juve.




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25 Sep 2021 18:21:38
How dare you miss Bernie Wright off that list. An absolute outrage.




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23 Sep 2021 16:55:08
There is a huge difference between academy and first team football, physically, technically and especially psychologically. Stepping up what is in effect several levels, a young player needs the help of those around him. As a 17 year old who do want to make your debut alongside James Milner and Jordan Henderson or Mason Holgate and Alex Iwobi.
Of the current crop of Everton players there's only Andros Townsend that I would be happy with guiding a youngster.




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23 Sep 2021 11:36:43
And it includes the intro.




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22 Sep 2021 21:09:07
Must admit that I'm sorry that it didn't work out. I was really excited at what he might bring to the club. Having said all that, I've just been on the BBC website and watched his highlights in the Premier League. 38 seconds including intro.