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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.



23 Aug 2018 12:25:41
Any updates on Schneiderlin injury?

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1.) 24 Aug 2018 18:38:38
Think MS said he’d be back training on Monday or Tuesday and could be available next weekend.




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08 Apr 2019 10:48:49
I don’t know why we persist with zonal marking? 3 clean sheets in a row and 5 out of6. 😜.

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1.) 08 Apr 2019 18:58:00
Singing, the defence still gets caught out. The real difference is fitness levels, pressing and doubling up in the tackle, because of it we even came back strong second half against a side that always do that. Impressive.

2.) 08 Apr 2019 23:01:49
Ha ha very good STB.



19 Mar 2019 15:07:47
Sigurdson’s Goal on Sunday would not count next season with the rule changes. Penalties will be like penalty kicks once the keeper saves it the ball is dead.

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1.) 19 Mar 2019 17:37:34
To be fair he shouldn't be taking them anyway he's rubbish at penalty's.

2.) 19 Mar 2019 21:05:13
Who should step up? DCL to increase his goals tally. Richarlison or maybe Digne.

3.) 19 Mar 2019 21:48:46
Got to be Ricky for me.

4.) 19 Mar 2019 21:50:57
How about lookman to get him going now we are safe and have nothing left to play for.

5.) 19 Mar 2019 22:15:37
Never seen anyone take one apart from sigs. Very unlikely lookman will be on the pitch when we next have one though so think that’s a non starter.
Need to have someone who is good at penalties rather than just to get someone’s tally up or to give someone confidence. I don’t fancy Richarlison at penalties - I reckon Digne could be good but I’m sure they are looking at this as we can’t continue with sigs.

I haven’t heard that rule that once it’s saved it’s dead - don’t really get that to be honest. if they foul someone before shooting there is a chance that shot would be saved but chance on rebound - don’t see why teams should not get chance of a rebound with penalty.

6.) 19 Mar 2019 22:22:22
Next season Pickford I bet he'd love that.

7.) 19 Mar 2019 23:26:26
I thought the same with Digni having a go.

8.) 20 Mar 2019 07:10:58
Singing the blues. I think in Siguurdsons case and other similar ones that rule would be challenged. Technically the penalty was not saved because the ball was still live and in play (keeper did not have possession) , a rebound, not a save.

9.) 20 Mar 2019 17:45:35
It’s a ridiculous rule. Why change it anyway? The rebound could go anywhere so could be defended as much as stuck in the net. Just leave it alone.

{Ed025's Note - absolutely ace..

10.) 20 Mar 2019 13:54:54
Singing the blues is right all penalties that are saved or hit the goal frame and come back out will be dead and a goal kick given. This then eradicates encroachment by the players and is seen to level it up in fairness as the team missing the penalty has an advantage as they have a player in the box to hit any rebound. Think its a stupid rule change myself but it will be in force next season.

11.) 20 Mar 2019 22:42:47
With the new change of a player being subbed and leaving by the nearest touch line to avoid time wasting, one other rule which is a big pet hate of mine is the taking of short corners near the end of a match.

Two rules I would change is an attacking team mate also has to retreat the same distance as the defending team as one change, and the second being, the ball has to be inside the semi corner circle, without touching the outer semi circle line.

12.) 21 Mar 2019 07:26:58
Calvert-Lewin for me, he takes them for England U-21 and scores most of them if not all.

13.) 21 Mar 2019 19:03:14
Big dom he takes a lovely penalty and its confidence boosting for him.

14.) 22 Mar 2019 01:10:35
Digna for me.



16 Mar 2019 10:29:51
What is everyone’s thoughts on players out on loan and returning next season?
I would like to see Vlasic, Holgate, Robinson, Banigime and Onyekuru return and in the first team squad. Not sure on Dowell, Connelly and (Joe) Williams. The rest are to be moved on.
Coleman will not play as often next season (Holgate)
Vlasic for Walcott
Robinson for Baines
Banigime for Gana
Onyekuru for Tosun and Niasse.

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1.) 16 Mar 2019 12:20:13
Not sure about Vlasic as players that have done well in Russia not done so well here.
I here that Onyekuru does not want to come to Everton and we are being offered £20mill plus, so might be best to cash in. By selling him and Toson frees up cash for a more experienced striker maybe.

2.) 16 Mar 2019 14:40:56
Who told u Henry doesn't want to come DC? Where u hear that I mean.

3.) 16 Mar 2019 18:56:37
And you will not get £20 million from Galatasary either. We will need to get him with us for a season and then decide on his future.

4.) 16 Mar 2019 20:39:31
All Henry has said is that he's enjoying his football at galatasary.

5.) 21 Mar 2019 15:47:14
Don't really know how he's been doing on loan but I thought Baningime was a decent prospect.



13 Mar 2019 21:55:48
With Jags and Baines not in our starting 11 and Coleman hasn’t played all the time and probably won’t start next season.
We have lost leaders on the pitch. Previous managers have brought in leaders into the team when maybe they haven’t been the best players ie Neville and Barry. It’s obvious to see the impact Van Dijk has made at Liverpool.
I’m not sure who is available for us but think a signing of a leader is critical now. The loss v Newcastle would never happen with a leader on the pitch. Has anyone got any suggestions of players who maybe a available with this attribute?

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1.) 13 Mar 2019 22:18:37
They are a dying breed but any of. Lascelles, mooy, doucoure, vardy, noble, mee, boly, schmeicel,
Preferably Lascelles, doucoure and vardy.

2.) 13 Mar 2019 22:38:35
I am amazed we are not developing our own leaders. Something must be wrong if players are not prepared to stand up on the pitch and be leaders. Is it this zonal marking that is causing a problem? Are players waiting for someone else to lead? Is Marco expecting them all to lead instead of designating a leader? If they had pride when wearing the shirt they would lead. The only decent leaders I can think of are in teams above us.

3.) 14 Mar 2019 06:59:01
Holgate looks like he might turn out to be a leader. Let's hope he comes back.

4.) 14 Mar 2019 09:15:38
NB57 Its takes time to develop leaders so you need to be looking at players that are likely to be in the squad / team for a considerable amount of time but more importantly the player needs to have the characteristics to lead. Tom D has being given the chance and is looking like a good option DCL would be another to work with. We may find that once some of the newer signings settle they may well start taking on more of a leadership role, also you need to consider language difficulties which do cause issues when snap decisions are being made at crucial times.

5.) 14 Mar 2019 09:23:48
John Stones has the leadership qualities who could have taken over from Jags, but too late now as he’s gone. Others may disagree.

6.) 14 Mar 2019 10:09:42
Well we need a striker so let's get Stones back. After all he spent more time in the oppositions box than he did in ours.

7.) 14 Mar 2019 14:31:33
Feeney got a voice on him, constantly talking his defence thru the game. He is surely close to having his big breakthrough.

8.) 14 Mar 2019 15:27:05
I don’t think there is a need to develop a strong leader. Just a need to have one. None of the top six have a stand out home grown leader in their teams. VVD, Kompany, Matic etc have all been brought in to lead so no reason why we can bring one in either.

But one things for sure, we are missing a Peter Reid or a Dave Watson and a Big Nev. I want to have a captain who comes off the pitch sounding like Sean Dyche with throat infection.

9.) 15 Mar 2019 21:14:16
Spot on dentie lad feeney is the future mate so good him Gibson Gordon hornby broardhead the futures bright.

10.) 16 Mar 2019 10:16:15
Smit it does seem that way that they are a dying breed.
Maybe the likes of Keane or Schneiderlin may step up and be the voice on the pitch.
For all the criticism Silva has had he can’t be blamed if there are no leaders on the pitch.
I remember when Moyes was Manager and the strong team we had then when Neville didn’t play the team didn’t click the same. It’s hard to explain but the team only plays at 80/ 90%.



03 Mar 2019 20:09:01
It would be nice to see some of the posters who have criticised the manager and team over the last few weeks. Some criticism justified too but credit for the desire of both manager and players to beat Cardiff and put the performance in today. No issues with set pieces today either!

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1.) 03 Mar 2019 20:52:22
I've done my bit, always do.

2.) 03 Mar 2019 20:57:26
They will be on here soon STB.
They won't want to be seen as not posting when things are going well.
They will be congratulatorily but reserved as well.

3.) 03 Mar 2019 21:14:04
Usual nonense from them lol.

4.) 04 Mar 2019 07:18:26
Bit of politeness would not go amiss.




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24 Mar 2019 17:39:00
Ok thanks Ed.

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24 Mar 2019 15:44:46
DCL is coming on great and will hopefully step it up further next season. I would like someone else in to take pressure off him. Ed’s any chance of Callum Wilson being an option in the summer?

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16 Mar 2019 10:08:22
COYB that’s probably the best and most sensible post I have seen on here for a long time.
Yes there are faults with a young group of players and a massive transitional season.
We have shown in flashes what some of the players can achieve. Pickford will be a top keeper but is still young for a keeper and needs to mature.
Holgate will come back more experienced.
Kenny, DCL have had more games and looking more comfortable. I would like to see Davies and Lookman getting more game time and be ready for next season.
There will be a lot of the squad moving on in the summer transfer window.
I don’t think we need to sign a drastic amount of players, more the right players. A leader somewhere on the team and a more experienced proven goalscorer up front, maybe Gana to be replaced, Gomes and Zouma signed. Always said a right back, Kenny is steady but maybe Holgate could solve the problem as he is doing so well playing there for West Brom.

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02 Feb 2019 12:23:19
I do think DCL could have done with a loan to get more experience but once Niasse went it would leave us short.
Good posts above as January is not the time to do business unless desperate. Hopefully a few results for us over the next few weeks. What better way for Marco and the team to get over the Anfield game to beat them at Goodison.

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28 Jan 2019 08:06:17
I can see the logic Southern the problem I can see what striker? Nobody stands out and as we all know January’s not the best time. We don’t want to go out and buy a £20m striker and be same as Tosun. We need top striker and need to pay £60/ 70m. That type of player won’t be available until the summer then we need to convince them we are going somewhere! Easier said than done at the moment.

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31 Mar 2019 09:09:45
DCL coming of age. Gomes absolutely class act. The best the for me was the work rate from every player.
I must admit a few weeks back I started to have a doubt the players were not playing for the manager. This display has proved that they are and given us all a taster of what’s to come from this young but maturing team. I suppose there was always going to be ups and downs. Hopefully through the worst now and kick on with the younger players being more experienced, new players settling and a few more additions in the summer. COYB.

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{Ed025's Note - we looked very impressive STB, some were saying how awful west ham were but we made them look that way and thats the same side that drew with liverpool a few weeks back, of course one swallow does not make a summer but there was enough out there to give us real hope that we are moving in the right direction mate..



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19 Mar 2019 21:05:13
Who should step up? DCL to increase his goals tally. Richarlison or maybe Digne.

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16 Mar 2019 10:16:15
Smit it does seem that way that they are a dying breed.
Maybe the likes of Keane or Schneiderlin may step up and be the voice on the pitch.
For all the criticism Silva has had he can’t be blamed if there are no leaders on the pitch.
I remember when Moyes was Manager and the strong team we had then when Neville didn’t play the team didn’t click the same. It’s hard to explain but the team only plays at 80/ 90%.

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03 Mar 2019 21:25:58
We will all guess on a striker but Marcel and Marco’s business so far with transfers has been great. So trust them to find the focal point of the team.
Mina will come good and shows Marco not afraid to drop him if he’s not ready.

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24 Feb 2019 12:11:38
Only briefly though. 1 season.

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