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13 Jan 2019 17:27:51
Ed, do you think Chelsea would do business on a permanent Zouma deal, or are they just loaning him until the time is right to use him?

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{Ed002's Note - At the moment it is a straight loan and given they are in the process of making changes at CB by next season he would likely end up as cover. If he were to ask to leave and decide on Everton as his next destination, then Everton need to make a proposal to Chelsea about buying him at the end of his loan in the summer. If the player wants to leave and the proposed deal satisfies all parties, then it may be an option - but there is some interest from elsewhere.}

1.) 13 Jan 2019 19:52:52
Great info. Thanks Ed002.

2.) 13 Jan 2019 21:43:43
Pity about interest from elsewhere but I have to say not surprising. I knew the lad was a good player having watched him and then for us. I particularly like his runs out of defence. Seems to me our loans (apart from Digne) are were our best business.



07 Aug 2018 13:04:38
Ed002, you mentioned yesterday that Chelsea had pulled out of pursuing Bernard because he was a bit light weight for the league. Reports today are saying they could still come back in. Do you know if there is any truth to these reports? Or has their stance not changed.

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{Ed002's Note - I explained what I know.}

1.) 07 Aug 2018 14:16:57
Lightweight? Never understood this term. If that’s the case surely when the likes of Silva and Coutinho come to the Prem they were also “lightweight”? Players adapt.

2.) 07 Aug 2018 15:20:23
I agree BitterBlue. Was it Joninhio who played for Middlesbrough years ago who was about 6 stone soaking wet? There are plenty of examples of small players that made it in the premier league.

3.) 07 Aug 2018 17:07:30
They get more protection these days too. It’s more whether they can adapt to the culture and the climate - living in Ukraine should mean Liverpool will be cosmopolitan by comparison.



11 Jun 2018 16:33:44
Ed, Do we get anything from the Deulofeu sale from Barcelona to Watford? Not sure if we had a sell on clause.

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{Ed001's Note - I don't believe so.}

1.) 11 Jun 2018 17:35:15
Thanks Ed.

2.) 11 Jun 2018 20:52:37
We DO indeed get something from Deulofeu's sale. It was in the original agreement that should Barcelona buy him back he had to be in the 1st team squad for a year. If he was subsequently sold AFTER that season Everton receive a percentage of the sell on fee. That was from Martinez at the time of the initial deal.

3.) 13 Jun 2018 01:41:45
We get to laugh at Watford.



06 Dec 2017 13:20:04
Question for Ed 002. You mentioned that SA and CS were the choice of Walsh, so he's had his way on that one. Has this caused a shift in transfer priority as we've been led to believe from Koemans time that we needed a striker and a left sided defender? And do you know of any players in particular that we are pursuing as all we seem to see are random names in the media.

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{Ed002's Note - It won't change anything - the club need to get out of where they are now. January may well see Sandro Ramirez return to Spain with Valencia or Espanyol and could see Ross Barkley depart as well. The club are looking at trying to get a deal for Theo Walcott (F) - he is wanted by Sam Allardyce and his time at Arsenal is drawing to a close as he is doing no more than stagnating now, so it makes sense. Whether it will to him or not I don't know. Richmond Boakye (S) is a player Walsh is keen on and I assume he would have discussed him with SA by now - so an approach is not out of the question. Ezri Konsa (CB) is a youngster who thinks he can walk in to any EPL first team - we will see if Everton maintain that interest or if SA would prefer a more humble addition. Everton will be looking for a new lift back and if they want a slight risk then I expect Luke Shaw will be available. Steve Walsh had sent a scout to watch Marcel Halstenberg but it is hard to see him being available in January nor being interested in a move to a club without Champions League prospects. Sam Allardyce will no doubt have some ideas as well.}

1.) 06 Dec 2017 15:25:52
Great reply ed002.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks.}

2.) 06 Dec 2017 15:40:56
Thank you Ed002. Interesting read.

3.) 06 Dec 2017 15:45:02
Would Sandro be a loan or permanent to your knowledge, Ed?

{Ed002's Note - They would look for a loan to buy I would think.}

4.) 06 Dec 2017 15:50:07
hi ed what are the chances of Shaw on a loan? I suspect ManU would want to get a permanent transfer if possible just wondering if a loan with reasonably fee would be considered.

{Ed002's Note - They will look to sell if they can - I think a loan less likely. There will be flurry of left-backs moving in the coming months and they won't want to end up stuck.}

5.) 06 Dec 2017 16:39:50
Could you see mirallas leave ed? Cheers mate.

{Ed002's Note - I suspect in the summer.}

6.) 06 Dec 2017 18:05:00
Wow. Cracking info Ed 002. Much appreciated.

7.) 06 Dec 2017 19:02:34
Fantastic reply ed, could you see Schneiderlin or Klassen leaving too in January or the summer? Seem neither Klassen or Sandro are rated highly at the club.

{Ed002's Note - The summer would be more likely.}

8.) 06 Dec 2017 20:06:09
Thanks for the reply ed.

{Ed002's Note - you are welcome.}

9.) 06 Dec 2017 21:08:06
Hi ed I never heard of richmond boakye is this lad any good seen YouTube videos of him but they can make average players look world beaters.

{Ed002's Note - a lot of clubs have taken a look but nobody is biting which may say a bit.}

10.) 07 Dec 2017 07:25:40
Boakye could be an amazing signing if he can adapt to the Premier League, which is always the million dollar question!
Could be a pacy combination up front with Bolasie which definitely wouldn’t allow teams to settle when we break!

Let’s see what happens.

11.) 08 Dec 2017 07:51:36
Think we need to see what will be. My immediate concern is Sunday and the fear we may need to wait a while for another 3 bus's.



05 Jan 2017 13:48:52
Look an confirmed. 4.5 year deal.

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13 Jan 2019 20:17:04
It's funny that the two smallest players on the pitch today (Lookman and Bernard) were the most technically effective ones. I really like Bernard, his touch is so good. But He's Brazilian, Standard. Whereas Lookmans touch is amazing for a very youthful Brit. We must keep this guy and develope him, he's going to be one of the best players in the league. Left foot, right foot, first touch, two touch. The kid has it all.

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{Ed025's Note - i agree on ademola ace but bernard does not fill me with confidence though i must say, he loses the ball too easily and though he certainly has the talent i think he is struggling with the physicality of this league, hopefully that will change the longer he stays and im certainly not giving up on him just yet mate..

1.) 13 Jan 2019 20:38:07
Got to agree with Ed25, Lookman showing what he can do today, always knew what he could do, watched him in Germany and had good reports from family. Bernard better off as an AM if we need to play him. Much rather have Richarlison where he is most effective in my view and Lookman on the other flank. Little bit worried about Gomez to be honest, does not look anything like the player that started his season. Mina as well for me, in my humble not worth the money we laid out. Maybe better alongside Keane with Zouma in front of them (if you can envisage what I am getting at) . Poor very poor first half, started slow but unlike Leicester game, gained in confidence and held it for long periods until the panic for a result kicked in toward the final minutes. DCL, an enigma, should we give him a few games, I mean we have 16 games to go and now have 30 points.

2.) 13 Jan 2019 20:51:57
I see your point Ed. And I think it’s evident that he needs to improve physically as Silva never plays him beyond 70 mins. I do think he is technically very good though. DFS, I just think Gomez needs a rest. He is used to having a mid season break. He hasn’t had a proper pre season. He hit the ground running like nothing I have seen before. So taking your point about where we are points wise with games remaining, I would likely give him two weeks off so as to get the most out of him for the remainder after that of the campaign. DCL is a bit inconsistent for me, although he is young and my goodness he took his goal well. If we don’t sell Tosun in the TW then I’d give him a run. I just don’t thing we have given him the run he needs to get into the grove of scoring.

3.) 13 Jan 2019 21:01:01
Think Digne was excellent as well mate.



12 Jan 2019 19:20:47
I actually think that Tosun is a good striker that hasn't had a truly good run in the first team since Silva has taken charge. We could end up selling him and getting someone not as good. Also if a Turkish club comes in for him, you can bet your bottom dollar that it'll be a loan request that will eventually go pair shape.

I say keep him and do business in the summer. And play the guy, he will score, just give him time.

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1.) 12 Jan 2019 19:30:06
I agree with you, need the bloke, constantly has to come looking for the ball, so far.

2.) 12 Jan 2019 20:17:21
Agree with both of you. Always said he is our most clinical finisher at the club. Just has no confidence, but how do you get any with daft 5 minute cameos here and there. Play him and gave faith, he will start banging them in.

3.) 12 Jan 2019 21:06:12
Any striker will struggle the way we are playing at the moment.

{Ed025's Note - your right sa, we huff and puff around the area but dont actually create many clear cut chances imo mate..

4.) 13 Jan 2019 12:24:46
Could not agree more with the OP, I think Tosun is a great player and a clinical one at that - simply short on confidence and unfortunately a square peg to a round hole in Marco Silva's style of play / regime.

I've kept to myself the past few months, observing the general consensus of opinion from the fans on this site and there's one very common occurrence (which expands beyond this website and into most news and social media). People forge opinions. Often taken from a headline, story, decorated sports broadcast and twisted spectacularly in their own format believed to be their own (Corbyn taking Britain back to the 1970's; for example?).

Last season, people could not sing the praises of Tosun anymore. Hard worker, creates space, makes all the right runs, clinical finisher, brings others into the attack with his efficient hold-up play. There were so many positives.

Fast forward to this season and of all the Tosun related posts I would say 90% have the same format - forged from the person before. Too slow, not good enough, lacking quality, lazy, needs to look hungrier, not taken his chances (baring in mind the chances given to him have been drab in regards to both playing time and service on the pitch - consistency is required).

Yes, I admit, he is not world class. He is not going to score 20+ goals every season until his retirement. However, I absolutely guarantee he is the only person in this team (with the exclusion of Richarlison) who is capable of coming remotely close to that number. Quality and technical ability does not disappear over night (it rarely ever disappears). We have all seen his ability and we have all been incredibly impressed by it before.

The man has been absolutely starved of game time, service, love and appreciation and its laughable how the majority of our fan base can jump onto his flaws so tenaciously.

It's clear that Marco Silva does doesn't rate him under his regime and style of play, however his decision to exclude him as often as highlighted - does not not mean he has turned into a drab player over night.

If it were my choice as a manager - given the current crop of talent we have, Cenk Tosun would play every minute of every game. If any one individual can provide the goals to push us up the table - it is this man.

Unfortunately, with a combination of low self-confidence and no faith from the manager, we are compelled to losing him at a cut price, I just hope wherever he ends up he can be the great players he deserves to be at this club.

I hope he proves all the naysayers of Everton Football Club wrong.



06 Jan 2019 11:07:11
I take my hat off to Leighton Baines. What a professional. His performance yesterday was excellent. Yet despite this he knows that he's is now second choice. He never sulks, he stays out of the media circus and always gives an honest display.

His work in the community is there for all to see, but not "look at me" at the same time.

Put all that together and you have possibly the best example of a professional footballer in his generation.

Toffee ace

1.) 06 Jan 2019 12:51:07
Agreed. It was amazing watching him bombing down the wing and whipping in crosses again. And his link up play was just as good as always. Nothing but praise for the guy and as you say a fine example of how a Pro should be.

2.) 06 Jan 2019 19:28:52
All true but he is also probably doing his very best to give the manager a headache re left back selection!

3.) 06 Jan 2019 23:13:24
I know it’s late in his career but I have wondered if Baines could do a job in front of the back four like Philip Lahm did in the latter stages of his career.

4.) 07 Jan 2019 17:54:48
I have been watching Everton since the 60's and for me Baines is the best left back the club has had, I include greats like Ray Wilson in that. If we had 5 or 6 players with his attitude and ability what a team we might have, sad his time is coming to an end.

{Ed025's Note - it really is DC, hes been a great servant to the club but like every player before him time catches up with you, still a great option as back up though mate..

5.) 07 Jan 2019 16:51:15
ST. How about Zouma in the front of Keane and Mina, he had a couple of games for Chelsea in that position and certainly capable of bringing the ball out. The added advantage being his ability to step in if one or other of Keane or Mina step out.



01 Jan 2019 15:25:27
The biggest problem we have is that we are completely impotent on the right. Which means that the opposition don't have to work hard there to defend which makes it easier for them to stifle Richarlison.

The minute they had allbrighton and chilwell on each wing we had problems.

The sooner we have some quality on the right the sooner we we will start looking dangerous which currently we are not. Walcott just doesn't cut it and the premier league had him sussed about 10 years ago.

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1.) 01 Jan 2019 16:04:38
Marco will sort this out about Theo and a striker I am sure.

2.) 01 Jan 2019 18:10:16
He has had 21 games to find his best formation and setup. Walcott has been woeful for a long time, yet he seems to be one of the first ones on the Team sheet. Coleman has not been the same since he came back from horrific injury and Kenny now in most views the better choice, yet Silva does not see it. That score today could have been 2-0 and both down to Keanes mistakes, we need leadership on the pitch because right now there is none.

3.) 01 Jan 2019 19:21:40
You had better get used to these ups and downs mate because its going to take time, we still have players like Tosun Walcott etc to name two that our famous other managers brought in, patience is the key this is not a quick fix by any means, i am sure these issues will be addressed.

{Ed0333's Note - Absolutely GB not a quick fix. I feel you and Arsenal are in the same boat. It will take at least two SUCCESSFULL transfer windows for both clubs to see you guys challenging for top 4 places. The positive is that both clubs seem to have quality Administrators at the helm now which is massive for cohesion and stability.

4.) 01 Jan 2019 19:39:16
Its all been said many times mate but some of these posters think it will be done in 5mins, it just goes to show how massive this is going to be and how bad things were, but we have to give them time Marco, Marcel and Mr Moshiri with the board will get it right.

5.) 01 Jan 2019 19:36:18
Hmm it needs a lot more than a couple of transfare windows the whole set at the club is poor and decaying.

6.) 01 Jan 2019 20:00:57
Don't agree darkclouds mate that the whole set up is poor by any means, just see what is going on at Everton we now have a new owner Mr Moshiri and Marcel and Marco not to mention the New Stadium we have funds now and we are starting to compete in the transfer market, as for the team its going to take time, so my friend patience is the key it will come good, its comes to those who wait.

7.) 01 Jan 2019 23:44:25
Liverpool fan in peace

I saw the game and that was utter dire! You have spent close to £250 mill and it needs to be shown! Unfortunately it does not. Playing attacking football is not a progress, if it were, Liverpool wouldn’t have changed their approach this season. Silva got both hull and Watford relegated playing attacking football! Never rated Silva myself.
No offense intended guys.



01 Dec 2018 20:07:11
Can we please just win tomorrow. Don't care how, just please please please. Win!

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16 Jan 2019 17:22:30
“To all the goals I've saved before”. Sorry.

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14 Jan 2019 15:13:58
Agree with all that mate.

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14 Jan 2019 04:40:01
That would be great Johny although I’d be happy with a modest 15-20 goals a season return in years to come. Although your original point about the connection between DCL and Lookman is a good one. I would like to see more of that now that Silva looks happy to use the two players more.

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13 Jan 2019 20:59:29
I like DCL but as we all saw in the Spurs thrashing there is a massive gulf between what we had up top and what Spurs had. If we want to bridge the gap we need better than DCL, whilst not giving up on him. He is the future but not the here and now that will make us as competitive as the top six. Lookman on the other hand is class. Every non EFC fan that I know says the same.

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13 Jan 2019 19:52:52
Great info. Thanks Ed002.

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16 Jan 2019 16:30:57
Prob right sa90, looks good so far though.

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15 Jan 2019 20:51:24
There will be no panic buys whilst MB is DoF. No paying over the odds and no more Niasse’s either.

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14 Jan 2019 17:18:31
Yes, keep playing him. Even if he has a few quiet ones he still needs to play regular. Can’t have more quiet ones than Walcott does so what’s to lose?

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13 Jan 2019 20:51:57
I see your point Ed. And I think it’s evident that he needs to improve physically as Silva never plays him beyond 70 mins. I do think he is technically very good though. DFS, I just think Gomez needs a rest. He is used to having a mid season break. He hasn’t had a proper pre season. He hit the ground running like nothing I have seen before. So taking your point about where we are points wise with games remaining, I would likely give him two weeks off so as to get the most out of him for the remainder after that of the campaign. DCL is a bit inconsistent for me, although he is young and my goodness he took his goal well. If we don’t sell Tosun in the TW then I’d give him a run. I just don’t thing we have given him the run he needs to get into the grove of scoring.

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13 Jan 2019 20:11:33
DC, it’s one of those performances that almost resets the team from being in a rut. Not pretty but enough to set us up for better performances. Pleased that Lookman has had two very good performances in a row.

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