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06 Mar 2020 11:28:22
We have been linked with Koulibaly and Lozano and the other position we need to strengthen is central midfield. I would imagine Lozano wouldn’t be to expensive but Koulibaly would surely be out of our price range with the state of our finances. We need to offload a number of players and that would maybe give us the money to get Lozano and maybe a midfielder. If we managed to pull off Koulibaly the guy is a solid Ed’s think it’s possible?

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{Ed002's Note - Koulibaly is going to be available but €100M for a player approaching 30 is going to make it a tough sell. I would guess the link is simply because of Carlo Ancelotti. More realistically you might want to take a look at Gabriel Magalhaes (CB) - Everton have scouted the player since the new year. Hirving Lozano (RW/F) is available, but goals have dried up. There are far better options available but CA may be tempted if he thinks he can get more out of him.}

1.) 06 Mar 2020 14:14:17
think the lozano link is always going to be there, even before we had carlo due to the fact brands thinks of him so highly and signed him for psg.

2.) 06 Mar 2020 17:06:52
Ed02 thanks for the info. 👍🏼.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

3.) 06 Mar 2020 23:52:55
Could Lozano be the new Riquelme?

4.) 08 Mar 2020 16:18:33
Carlo is stuck with players that were average when we got them and on long very well paid contracts and the Club potentially falling foul of FFP. What a catch 22.



27 Jan 2019 10:03:47
I am as frustrated as any supporter after last nights performance and result. The confidence has been sucked out of the team since the derby defeat. I would like to think we would of got over it by now, surely as professionals this can’t be the case.
A lot of posts criticising zonal marking and people just saying the negatives about that way of defending.

Yes, you have players standing defending a zone but you also have other players who are meant to be blockers preventing the opposition from getting space to have a run. We can all have our opinions on this and top coaches have their own beliefs. The fact is whichever way you play it’s the players who need to take responsibility and Silva has said this.

They can train all week on it and players go out on match day and don’t do it who should the finger be pointed at? If we defending man to man and a corner comes in and our player gets blocked out in a crowd or ball watching etc we don’t have anyone questioning it saying that doesn’t work.

Pre derby game and during that game we didn’t have this problem. (maybe at first until the players understood it and Mina with his height was a help) again Silva says about maturity, I think Digne is a quality player but he gave away a cheap free kick when the player wasn’t going anywhere.

Also a few people saying get Rafa in to replace Silva? Rafa defends zonally too. I am not knocking him as he is a top manager and surprised he has stuck with Newcastle.
I am a Moyes fan and I am sure if he came in we would be more solid defensively but could he take us into the top four? Could he go to Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Utd and play in a attacking way as we did this season?

I think we have been unlucky in all those games to come away with only Chelsea point. In those games is when we missed a top striker. I say let’s get behind the manager and players because their confidence is very low and we need to pull together to get out of this. Hopefully this is a kick up the arse the players need to stop feeling sorry for themselves.

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1.) 27 Jan 2019 10:43:50
Yes, the main problem is defence. Attack could be better and when we were playing well it seemed the difference between us and top 6 was a quality striker, otherwise we were going toe to toe with them. But since the Derby we've been unable to defend (set pieces especially. )

All systems have pros and cons and other managers use zonal marking. Yesterday the players just didn't do it properly, mainly not attacking the first ball and not following runners (most zonal systems have someone doing this) so not winning second balls either. Assuming he's telling them this you have to look at the players.

2.) 27 Jan 2019 11:19:45
We haven't got to grips with zonal marking all season not just last night it's clear that the players we have just aren't comfortable in a zonal defence system. I think we should start to ring some changes for the next game at Huddersfield first would be a change of formation to either a 433 or 4411 me personally would go 4411 with jags if fit coming in to partner zouma the full backs remain the same but I would change centre mid I would put McCarthy in midfield as this would give us a bit more tenacity in midfield and partner him with gomes with richarlison on left Walcott in the right and Bernard in number 10 role with tosun upfront.

{Ed025's Note - i want you as our next manager david..

3.) 27 Jan 2019 12:29:54
Problem is season after season we are asked to get behind the team and with the poor signings we seem to make, year on year, sooner or later you become negative posters!

4.) 27 Jan 2019 12:43:13
I don’t think the signings brands/ silva have made are bad. They have a job on their hands still as at least 9 players are surplus at the end of the season.
It will take time to clear them out and bring in players they both want.

5.) 27 Jan 2019 14:35:51
Singing the Blues - can you please stop with the sensible, rational posts! Absolutely pointless sacking Silva. As has been said up to the Derby we looked ok. We were the better team at Anfield. We should easily have had more at Chelsea and Arsenal.
Since the Derby the total lack of guts and leadership amongst the players has shone through.

Millwall were pulling shirts off us in the box. We can’t even block their runs. That is NOT the manager, that is the players. Oviedo apart when did we last go to a top 6 club and win? That Silva fault? NO. There is a whole culture of accepting mediocrity within the club. A whole culture of giving in when it gets tough. That cannot be changed in 6 months.

Brands and Silva have half a squad who they clearly do not rate ( and neither in the main do we) but they are stuck with them until either someone takes them or contracts end. We cannot keep changing managers.

Get rid of the deadwood in the squad - if I’m honest there is about 6 I’d keep. Get rid of the entire coaching staff from the old boys network. They all have this ‘losers’ culture. Bring in some winners both on and off the pitch.

But for Tuesday?

6.) 27 Jan 2019 16:13:18
DaveW not sure if that was criticism or praise? Lol I’ve never been called sensible or rational in my life 🤣
Frustration brings mixed emotions, look at Gomes a few weeks ago he was fond of the season controlling midfield and everyone wanted us to sign him straight away for £xxm. Now he’s a Barcelona reserve who’s too slow and can’t header a ball.
Come on guys let’s be rational and sensible about this.

7.) 27 Jan 2019 16:17:27
Ed025 and I would love the mangers pay check I think we need to give brands and Silva time and few transfer windows to sort out the mess of previous regimes. But please Marco ditch the zonal marking until we have the players able to implement this system properly.

{Ed025's Note - i would love that david, but just like maggie the witch...i dont think hes for turning mate..

8.) 27 Jan 2019 18:06:42
I called this weeks ago when people were saying Jags is finished, get Jags in that defence and the fire of McCarthy in midfield and watch results improve.

Two other things I would sort out is scrap the zonal marking, we tried it but just not working.

The other thing I would do is bring Neville Southall in short term, and get him to coach Pickford and how to command his area and make the crosses his, he is still young and can think of no better person to tweak his weaknesses.

9.) 27 Jan 2019 17:57:29
we don't have a defender that can turn they are all rubbish.

10.) 27 Jan 2019 23:40:08
Could you imagine if Southall could give Pickford half his command of a box.



02 Jan 2019 14:21:56
Ed’s what are our chances of buying Callum Wilson?

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{Ed002's Note - Around zip I would think.}

1.) 02 Jan 2019 15:42:13
Thanks. (Sort of 😏)

2.) 04 Jan 2019 13:43:03
Same reason as we would not like to sell or loan a player to any Club around us, applies in reverse I would have thought, so agree with Ed on Calum Wilson. Mind you we appear to be a Club that will pay a premium, so you never know.

{Ed002's Note - That is not the reason.}



27 Dec 2018 13:32:19
Ed’s if Gueye leaves to PSG is it likely we sign Doucoure from Watford?

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{Ed002's Note - Abdoulaye Doucoure is the other player PSG are considering but Watford would want a very significant fee for him and already have a replacement in mind who will cost far less and will give them a good profit. Everton, or in particular Silva, like Doucoure but I have no doubts that Watford would be reluctant to sell to Everton unless there is a significant premium paid.}

1.) 28 Dec 2018 12:08:08
As long as better replacement is found for Gana, then I wouldn't worry, he always has his best games when we play against the top six teams and we have significantly less possession of the ball, however when we play a team we are expected to beat, moves tend to break down when he's asked to do a little more than chase down runners, and get knocks on the ball to break play up, he struggles when he has too much time on the ball.



16 Dec 2018 23:11:58
Morata from Chelsea?
Lukaku from Utd?
Ed’s? Any chance you think?

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{Ed002's Note - They won’t be joining Everton.}

1.) 17 Dec 2018 01:25:28
I know not Everton related but what’s happened to Morata when he first arrived he looked really good. Reminded me of a young Fernando Torres.

2.) 17 Dec 2018 10:33:50
Morata - From what I've seen of him he's not - imo - much better than what we already have. Lukaku - I think he would consider it a step backwards.




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26 Mar 2020 10:29:46
I was looking back at the archives of previous players. Wow some names there who we forget. Some real underachievers. What players do everyone think should have done better in their Everton careers. Tony Grant, John Oster. Also not that he underachieved but wish he didn’t get injured, Joe Parkinson I believe could have been the next Peter Reid. Always remember him putting Vinny Jones on his backside lol.

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1.) 26 Mar 2020 21:19:10
Big Joe Parkinson 💪💪💪.

2.) 26 Mar 2020 21:21:34
Parkinson, Ebbrell and Horne the midfield trio and Dogs of War.

3.) 26 Mar 2020 21:41:58
parky was great his injuries started royles decline and departure : (.

4.) 27 Mar 2020 11:49:35
Loved Parkinson. Thought John Oster was going to be a bigger star and also Warzycha, he wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I liked the little polish wizard.

5.) 28 Mar 2020 12:33:09
The biggest mystery for me is what happened to jelavic. the best natural finisher I have witnessed since lineker and yet 1 full pre season with moyes and he forgot where the goal was.

6.) 28 Mar 2020 15:31:08
It’s no mystery Pauly. Moyes surely knows how to ruin a goal scorer.

7.) 28 Mar 2020 18:03:21
Couldn't agree more toffee.



26 Mar 2020 10:23:19
So we need a CB, CM and a RW in the next transfer window I think we would all agree. What players would you sign in those positions from past Everton players?
Slaven Bilić, Peter Reid and Andrei Kanchelskis. CB was a tough one Ratcliffe was the initial choice but thought in today’s football his height would let him down and only have vague memories of watching him.
Peter Reid box to box and a leader in centre.
Tricky Trev just misses out, he was my first idol to watch but Kanchelskis was just unstoppable pace and direct who could win a game on his own. There are certain players I would pay to go and watch them alone and Kanchelskis is one. It’s all opinions and sure everyone has there own favourites.

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1.) 26 Mar 2020 17:15:43
I would choose Richard Gough, Paul Bracewell and totally agree Andrei Kanchelskis.

2.) 26 Mar 2020 22:22:20
I would choose Kanchelskis for his pace and goals, Distin was underrated pace to galore, big and strong. Finally midfield difficult as I loved Peter Reid for his leadership, how aggressive he was and that he would die for us on the pitch and Bracewell was sheer class with his eye for a pass and what he did with the ball. In all honesty I want them both so CM is Reid and Bracewell.

3.) 27 Mar 2020 05:18:34
Would bring Tim Cahill back into midfield. even at his age now couldn't be any worse. We got Gomes and gbamin (when fit) . imagine him in the 10 instead of siggy

Cb quite tough one. Watson, jags, gough, mountfield, labone. depends how far back we want to go. I would go for davey weir. We got silk in holgate and weir would be the get stuck cb.

Winger. always had a soft spot for robert warzycha dunno why and obviously trev but can't see many arguing with kanchelskis. pace. goals. if only he wasn't controlled by the Russian mafia.

4.) 27 Mar 2020 12:52:44
CB for me would be Lescott, CM is tricky as there has been a few but probably would go with Dacourt. RW is Andrei by a landslide I think.

5.) 27 Mar 2020 18:25:21
Wow. no tricky Trev? I couldn't imagine an Everton best 11 without him!

6.) 28 Mar 2020 16:40:43
Lescott also a good LB.

7.) 28 Mar 2020 18:04:07
I think baines is untouchable for the LB spot.



08 Mar 2020 16:48:39
Pickford did ok today I guess that’s the only positive to take from today. Holgate, Digne, Richarlison probably a six at best the rest a below performance and 3 and 4’s. Starting midfield had no pace and as one poster said a revamp of midfield is needed. Gomes plus three.

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1.) 08 Mar 2020 17:32:19
Gomes lovers aren't going to like this but he slows the game down and he is one of our best.

2.) 08 Mar 2020 18:47:50
Gomes is a class player and needs time to get match fit. He has a lot of qualities pace is but one that is why you need the other players alongside him to have pace. Gana was the perfect partner we now need another. It’s like the back four Keane and Mina are no good as a partnership as they lack pace but when Keane played with Zouma he done well as they complemented each other. It’s all about balance and at the moment we have poor balance in the team.



06 Mar 2020 11:31:13
Is it just me when watching Carlo Ancelotti interviews being mesmerised by his eye brow! A whole new meaning to Everton Brow lol.

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29 Feb 2020 13:39:39
I see we have a new deal in place with Davanti. I think we need to tread carefully with FFP.
We need all the income we can get with the inflated price in the transfer market.

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1.) 29 Feb 2020 19:55:21
I got it :-)

2.) 29 Feb 2020 20:48:06
That post is so tyresome. Yawn.

3.) 29 Feb 2020 21:18:10
Took me about 10 minutes and 2 Stella’s. But I got it in the end.

4.) 01 Mar 2020 05:49:39
Just got to roll with it.

5.) 01 Mar 2020 09:51:47
This deal will help a little to stop the wheels falling off with FFP!




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06 Mar 2020 17:06:52
Ed02 thanks for the info. 👍🏼.

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05 Feb 2020 12:27:01
All seems a bit strange to me. Usmanov has a few links to EFC now with sponsorships and naming rights. He’s a businessman and he’s not going to give money to EFC or his friend as owner unless he is getting something in return other than getting his brand advertised.

At the same time there is no point in him joining Moshiri in ownership of the club as this wouldn’t make a difference to FFP as are overheads are more than our income.
I understand the club is trying to offload surplus players and reduce the wages. But really if we could wave a magic wand and move on Stekelenburg, one of our RB (Kenny, Coleman or Sidibe) , Martina and Niasse.

Maybe others ie Schneiderlin, Sigurdson and Walcott too. Would this get us back within the threshold of FFP? Not forgetting even if all these could move on. Our club has ambition to bring in new quality players who will cost a premium which will then put us back to square 1. So what is the answer apart from selling our best players like we have done in the past. Doesn’t seem fair financially to us supporters.

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06 Dec 2019 21:01:36
Eds25 in fairness marcel brands has had a lot of deadwood to clear and we have been unfortunate with injuries with new signings. It will take time to get the squad sorted.

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{Ed025's Note - i get that STB but as a renowned director of football you would have thought that he would have brought in a top class striker, a bloody millwall fan could have told him that, and what about our centre backs?...surely he knows they are the pitts so why are they stilll here and why have we not invested in better?, on his report card i would be saying "could do a hell of a lot better 4/10"..



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24 Nov 2019 12:16:21
Let’s hope we do our business like spurs did. Not sack him then wait for interviews. Let’s be one step ahead and get the replacement in.

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30 Aug 2019 10:01:54
His attacking threat is what makes him the best in the league. Robertson doesn’t do enough going forward.
I still think Digne can improve his defensive side and gives away some cheap free kicks in our defensive third. That is being hypercritical to a top player though.

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08 Mar 2020 18:47:50
Gomes is a class player and needs time to get match fit. He has a lot of qualities pace is but one that is why you need the other players alongside him to have pace. Gana was the perfect partner we now need another. It’s like the back four Keane and Mina are no good as a partnership as they lack pace but when Keane played with Zouma he done well as they complemented each other. It’s all about balance and at the moment we have poor balance in the team.

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01 Mar 2020 13:37:05
Ed’s could Sigurdsson have a agreement in his contract that he must be in starting XI? Regardless of formation and players available he starts every game 😏.

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{Ed002's Note - No, I very much doubt it.}



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10 Feb 2020 11:53:55
I think Tom would benefit going on loan next season. He’s still very young and let him make his mistakes elsewhere. He’s got quality but still has a lot to learn also one of his best attributes is his personality and mentality for such a young guy I think everyone thinks he’s older than he is. The loan last year done Holgate a world of good and look at Kenny now too.

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14 Jan 2020 12:54:06
Toffee apple read the post. Would you have Stones and Barkley back?

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11 Jan 2020 18:37:06
Unsworth thought he was and then I know he got injured last month in u23’s game. That’s why I asked about him if anyone had an update.

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