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31 Jan 2021 17:22:00
Ed - why would Everton let 3 strikers leave on loan and leave us with only one who has just come back from injury and is going through a little drought

I could understand if we were 10th-14th say but for years we have heard board say they have aspirations of Europe - well surely this is the chance we were waiting for

There surely must be something we are not hearing lined up - it's not like we are free scoring from midfield either.


{Ed025's Note - i would hope we have somone lined up sobs, otherwise its a very strange state of affairs mate..

1.) 31 Jan 2021 19:20:45
Surely we have someone lined up?! It's been very clear that carlo doesn't want to play youngsters/ they're nowhere near good enough so essentially we have no attack minded subs if tosun and Bernard go. Yesterday was a good example of that. Utterly devoid of ideas going forward and the only attacking player on the bench, Gordon, remained on the bench for the entire match. Looking as though we'll only attract players through ancelottis name this summer because European qualification seems pretty unlikely. Does make you wonder about the ffp situation though because surely we won't be able to spend loads again and it's not like any of our unwanted players are particularly saleable.

2.) 31 Jan 2021 20:31:09
Last day syndrome yet again while I understand the need to reduce overheads can it really be considered at the expense of any ambitions the manager has?

3.) 31 Jan 2021 20:45:54
Ed025 leaving it all to late I think! It’s like the clear out has clouded issues with squad players performance and form.

{Ed025's Note - it is late wakka and thats certainly a worry, but it looks like the main strategy was to get as many fringe players off the books as they could, i can see the point but its a concern when we see 2 keepers on the bench and the lack of attacking strength we have mate..



22 Jan 2021 14:21:38
Vardy out for EFC game.


1.) 22 Jan 2021 20:33:26
And with DeBruyne out for 4-6 weeks it would be good to reschedule that in during that time.

2.) 22 Jan 2021 22:07:31
IF we are going to go anywhere in this league, we need to stop worrying about opposition players and concentrate more on strengthening our team. TOP 6 for me is a minimum.

3.) 22 Jan 2021 22:43:30
You need an element of luck to win a trophy and good fortune to win a league.
Maybe the above is luck turning in our favour. don't dismiss it.

4.) 23 Jan 2021 14:17:10
I’d much rather play city without debruyne than with him as I’m sure they’d rather face us without James etc you’ve got to take advantages when they present themselves that’s all I was saying stay well stay safe blues UTFT.

5.) 24 Jan 2021 14:04:55
We do have injuries too you know.

6.) 27 Jan 2021 13:18:55
Not sure if Teams would rather face us without James. Him playing on the right gives Teams a free run down their left. Play him through the middle with Iwobi as RWB and that is a more solid option.



26 Jan 2019 23:11:20
Summer hols can't come quick enough. This is turning into a disaster. Season is over for me. Would you give silva anymore millions if it was your money?
Trouble is, we are still paying Sam and Ronald and would be paying 4 managers if we sack Silva.

it's embarrassing and no real solution - giving people time is fine if showing signs of improvement but we look awful / no balance at all. I have no idea how to solve this - surely can't go back to drawing board again.


1.) 27 Jan 2019 08:33:58
Random question not everton related but seen as your names Newcastle if the eds allow I'll ask. Never been out in Newcastle before and going there with the missus in 2 weeks where would u recommend for food.

{Ed025's Note - not sure about the food johny but i have been there a few times and the big market or quay side are the best drinking haunts mate..

2.) 27 Jan 2019 13:02:41
Quayside mate - don’t take your misses anywhere else. Loads of bars and restaurants so just have a walk about and you will find loads. Aim for just below Tyne Bridge - that’s the best area.
Whatever you do - don’t end up in Sunderland;)



12 Jul 2017 23:32:37
The cherry (s) on top of the cream on top of the cake:

Luke Shaw (difficult one as he needs game time and this would push Baines out - but 6 million - great price)

Dzeko / Benteke / Girioud - personally I'd rather Dembele - but its a 45 million gamble but we have Rooney / ramirez. Dzeko and Giroud would only be around for 2 seasons.

Sigurtson - love it if we got him in exchange for Barkley. I think given its World Cup year Barkley has to be playing / I think we will get sigurtson and Swansea need to replace him. Good deal all round (he won't play at spurs and will always be under Ali's shadow.

I'd be happy with left back, sigurtson and benteke/ dembele.

Be dreaming if we got gray on top of that.


1.) 13 Jul 2017 07:27:52
wont get Luke Shaw for 6 million in todays market, maybe 15, Giroud all day long, 98 goals in five seasons and not a regular starter, doesn't rely on pace so age is irrelevant as you would get 4 years not 2, Ross wouldn't go to swansea if that's what you were on about mate, i'm not arsed if we pay 50 million for Sig as would improve us hugely.



05 Jul 2017 22:25:39
Lakaku reported to be in talks with Man Utd since 9pm today.

I would rather he went to Chelsea as I think Man U are one of the teams we could overtake -.


1.) 05 Jul 2017 22:50:21
him and pogba are very good friends tho, on hols together, maybe he wants to prove mourinho wrong as well

personally i don't give a toss where he goes, we are emerging as a very strong team / squad.

2.) 05 Jul 2017 23:02:51
Bang on Dixie.

3.) 05 Jul 2017 23:15:33
90th minute next season lukaku misses a sitter we hit them on the break sandro puts rooney 1 on 1 an the mighty blues take all 3 points 😂😅😂.

4.) 06 Jul 2017 06:17:23
there is a guy who walks his dog in the local park where i walk mine (sefton park) he works for efc altho i don't recognise him or his initials he told me in feb that lukaku was going to move to manu only probs is rom himself he wants chelsea so now all the talk is rom is going to manu and they are going to add wayne to the deal as long as we are prepared to pay his 250 aweek wages if you say it out loud it doesn't make sense first off we would not pay that much for rooney secondly why would we swap or deal only to get the short end of the stick i have no doubt that manu want rom they might even get him but the rest is just crap i don't see him getting more than 100-120 a week at efc and that's a stretch is kind of odd that it is the sun that broke this crap i mean story yesterday can't imagine where they are getting there headline grabbing storys from this is rumour mongering at its worst their is no way any newspapers actually no what's going on during any negotiations and if rooney is going to be an efc player its because its what wayne wants not because of rom or how much efc will pay him.

5.) 06 Jul 2017 07:24:53
Lukaku wants Champions League football. Well as I see it, seven teams will be vying for the four spots next season and none of them are a shoe in. I include Everton in the seven. If he doesn't want to be part of the revelotion then more fool him. If he wants guaranteed Champions League football, sign for Celtic. Let's get as much as we can for him and Barkley and enjoy what's coming. COYB. IKWT.

{Ed002's Note - He wants to play at the highest level and be challenging for league titles and playing in the Champions League regularly.Everton cannot offer that.}

6.) 06 Jul 2017 08:49:49
I'm not going to lie, I'll be gutted when he goes - regardless of where it is! You can't knock a player for having ambition and being driven toward success. Unfortunately, I feel that we just aren't where we need to be just yet to keep a player like him. I've no doubt that in a couple of seasons that we will, just not right at this moment - c'est la vie!

Good luck to the lad anyway, and we will move onwards and upwards 😊.

{Ed025's Note - i dont have a problem with him leaving either pierre, i wish he would keep his mouth shut at times but i have no axe to grind with him...good luck rom but i think you may have left a bit too soon as you could have been a part of something big..

7.) 06 Jul 2017 09:07:55
Celtic will guarantee him titles Ed and also Champions League, if he is as good as he thinks he is then he could do it even at a club that is not the elitist when it comes to challenging for the Champions League title.

{Ed025's Note - i dont know how celtic come in to it gray?.. :)

8.) 06 Jul 2017 09:17:50
I get what you're saying Ed regarding him keeping his mouth shut mate, some of the stuff he says is just in jest though to be fair.

{Ed025's Note - it always seems that when he,s away with the belgian squad he has a little pop at the club pierre, no biggie though just a tad disrespectful..

9.) 06 Jul 2017 08:54:23
ED02 is their any reason we can't offer champions league in the near future as top 4 is the aim next season as for him going to UTD I still think he will end up at Chelsea Mourinho didn't rate him and sold him while at Chelsea so with him wanting Morata why would he also want Lukaku.

{Ed002's Note - Right now it would be very difficult for Everton to break in to the top four and stay their on a consistant basis - even more so to challenge for the league. I have no idea why you think Mourinho didn't rate Lukaku at Chelsea - that is simply not true.}

10.) 06 Jul 2017 10:04:06
I think our aim is to consistently challenge top 4 although I know winning the league is out of our grasp just now regarding Lukaku and Mourinho my thinking was he sent him out on loan twice then he must of agreed to the sale for him to leave. in all honesty the sooner he leaves the better great goalscorer but his all round play isn't fantastic and he won't get away with as much as he did with us.

11.) 06 Jul 2017 11:25:03
no you can't knock a player for wanting cl football but how many of us would give up everything we have for a little bit more or the promise thereof utd have locked themselves into playing rom now they have they're man and will have to play around him. not good imho utd will again have to change the way they play to accommodate rom smacks of inconsistency in the coming season. how long before the nonsense that has ruled his time at goodison starts at old trafford. give him a year like he did with us and see if he still wants chelsea move glad this chapter of our history is closed roll on the next.




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10 Sep 2021 10:55:39
All games in September are winnable - Burnley, villa, QPR, Norwich.

Hopefully get a bit of rotation an i'd be happy to see Rondon, Godfrey, Gomes, Davies, James etc get a bit more game time to keep squad fresh.
We have had a brilliant start and hopefully still saying this at end of the month.
I feel we have a strong squad - debating whether we should play James or not is a luxury I never thought would happen at EFC.
Couldn't knock that manager or any players so far this season - I think Keane had had a bad start but I feel he is a confidence player and will come good


1.) 10 Sep 2021 15:34:01
I've got to disagree about the strength of the squad, Sobs. In my opinion we've got no real cover in either fullback position, 1 excellent centre back who, to some extent, is still learning his trade and 3 that (charitably speaking) split opinion, a question mark at no. 10 (an unfavoured James? A repurposed Townsend? ) , and a back up striker who hasn't played top level football in a few years.

I also think it will be a miracle if Richy doesn't end up having some significant time out, somewhere in the season, given how much football he's played in the last 15 months.

Whilst I agree that we're playing well at the moment, it seems to me we're only a 2 or 3 injuries away from being in very difficult position, line up wise.

2.) 10 Sep 2021 17:20:59
Totally agree Sobs. Compared to last season we have better strength in the attacking areas and got rid of the players that weren't playing or not good enough have gone. Plus the main attacking players are all interchangeable.

I would have liked another right back but there is Kenny, Godfrey and Holgate that can all play there as second fiddle.

As for the CB's they again are all very capable and there is 4 or 5 we can choose from. I'm happy with what we've got.



02 Sep 2021 13:14:55
I'm pleased with the squad. I think we will do ok this season. Iwobi is playing great and iwobi alan Decore Richarlison / gray - not too many teams with better midfield than that.
We have a solid defence - can't fathom how we can't buy a right back but hopefully Coleman / kenny / hollgate / Godfrey will see us through til jan
Pickford looking very reassured

Up top - DCL / Rondon (will suprise a few I think he will be a success) and Richarlison when not left wing have a lot of goals in them

I think Benitez seems to have players playing 20% better than last year - nice to see the effort levels - we've paid nothing for new players, moving to a new stadium - we are hopefully in for a good season

Ed - if we let James terminate his contract could he move somewhere for free at any point?


1.) 02 Sep 2021 15:11:00
Why would he want to terminate a 200k a week contract?

{Ed002's Note - And he could not move elsewhere as a Free Agent until after January.}

2.) 02 Sep 2021 15:38:55
Whatever wage we pay him per week, if he is still here when every window shuts then he should be utilised in the squad. He is a good player, when fit, so I'm sure he will be of use at some point.

3.) 02 Sep 2021 19:15:40
Just think Rafa needs to sit him down and say you have 1 more year here, play for us well and put yourself in the shop window for next summer, because currently nobody wants you, it’s up to you to change that.

4.) 02 Sep 2021 23:25:48
Think that’s a bit idealistic of you Gibbo.
Nobody wanted to pay a fee for him and pay him his wages.
Come next year when he’s out of contract he’ll probably easily get a new club - not on as much wages as he currently is but he’ll still get a club.
He’s going to get paid by us whether he plays or not, genuinely cannot see any incentive for him which will make him want to work his socks off for us. He doesn’t need to put himself in shop window as he’ll be on a free.



23 Aug 2021 09:36:56
I think the pace Rafa has is playing will really suite Iwobi- I've been impressed with him so far. His form and competition from Townsend might see a good season from him - fingers crossed

Good manager goes to show we were not a bad team after all

If Kean could buy into things we really would only need a right back this season and we would be sorted

I'm quietly confident.


1.) 23 Aug 2021 11:35:50
2 decent results so far and a definite improvement in fitness levels.

Let’s hope it continues like this and could be a decent season.

Big test tomorrow against a lower league team in the cup. Could easily be a tricky tie for us.
Hopefully we give it the respect it deserves and put out a strong team to get the desired result.

2.) 23 Aug 2021 12:31:29
Not really sure about Kean buying into things. Maybe if DCL went then maybe. He's not going to start and I can't see him being satisfied to come on as a sub or just start cup games. He's a one of a few none first team players we can get decent money for (probably the only really) . So I see it suits all parties that he leaves.

Not that I wouldn't want him to buy into things and get his head down and play well, I just think we need to look at the bigger picture.

{Ed025's Note - his heart is not at everton chris, get rid ASAP for me mate..

3.) 23 Aug 2021 16:45:25
Defo get rid the lad has had enough chances,

4.) 23 Aug 2021 18:13:22
He’s been given 6 starts since he came to the club.

5.) 23 Aug 2021 18:42:43
Yep like when Big Dunc pulled him off after he had seen enough, says it all about attitude.

6.) 23 Aug 2021 21:49:06
I am torn over Kean. There is certainly a good player in there as he was playing and producing in the CL last year, the doubt I have over him is the way Juve let him go with no buy back clause coupled with clubs not exactly knocking our door down it would seen wanting to take him off our hands. I agree Sobs he hasn’t been given anything like a run of games for us at all. I am inclined to think he is is the wrong league, wrong club for both him and us.

7.) 24 Aug 2021 09:31:09
I don't think it’s the run of games that is the problem, the lad just has a very poor attitude best for all parties to part ways and get players in who will give their all, even the media are picking up on it now.



20 Aug 2021 17:45:40
We have signed another keeper - we must hold the record for signing keepers in last few years.
The 2 we have signed will need replacing next year or year after due to their age.
Vaginia will not be coming back either so our under 23 team will have a 38yr old keeper playing for them 😂.


1.) 20 Aug 2021 19:12:47
We signed him on a free and just for this as Tyrer was due to be third choice and has injured himself with no set date to return, unfortunate for the lad.

2.) 20 Aug 2021 19:24:02
I’m not saying he wasn’t needed but with Pickford, vaginia and Tyrer - kind of wondering what’s going on signing Olsen, Llosl, Begivic and now this guy

7 keepers?

3.) 20 Aug 2021 21:09:22
We don't have seven. With Vaginia leaving and Tyrer injured we only had two fit keepers, Pickford and Begovic.

4.) 20 Aug 2021 21:20:05
Exactly Bluemike, needed the cover.

5.) 20 Aug 2021 22:19:14
In it saying we have seven / I’m just saying signing these old goalkeepers doesn’t really benefit anyone - they aren’t going to play for us / progress their careers - where is Brands in this bringing young keepers in so we don’t pay 50 million for the next Pickford - why is vaginia allowed to leave - surely he was next in line and should be playing in cup game against Huddersfield - what is his role as director of football- come me this can’t be the plan!

{Ed002's Note - It benefits Everton in low risk short term options. It benefits the 51 year old Begovic in that he will have a golf partner.}

6.) 21 Aug 2021 07:02:31
Funny 😆.

7.) 21 Aug 2021 09:28:24
Don’t worry the Women’s team have listened to you and snapped up 18 year Cecilía Rán Rúnarsdóttir 👍🏼.

8.) 21 Aug 2021 11:42:24
Not many decent keepers want to move to another club just to play second fiddle and warm the bench for their entire contract. Those players have served a purpose, bar Losl, when they have joined us. We have let one go on loan but, unfortunately, Tyer has now been injured so we need an extra set of hands. It's only a deal until the end of the season and, once the young lad is fit again, he will be back in goal. No brainer really, we're not allowed to go out and splash the cash so this is the next best option.



15 Aug 2021 11:29:12
Very impressed yesterday. Lot of effort and fully committed.
If we can get Decore and Allan playing like this regularly we will be fine.
Got the quality down the left - right side is work in process

Mina is better than both Keane and Hollgate - however I feel Keane will play better alongside Mina - he did have a stinker yesterday

There will be a lot worse days I'm sure but I'm so happy we appeared to give in 100% - this was missing hugely last season

I worry teams might figure us out and get tight on our wingers so will need overlapping full backs (Coleman was quality in build up to Decore goal) - I do think we lack a bit of invention through the middle (especially with current player being away from team) - I'll get shot here but Barkley would be very cheap!


1.) 15 Aug 2021 12:06:00
Buy cheap, you get what you pay for, vill had him for a season, they choise not to exercise their option, good indication of his worth.

2.) 15 Aug 2021 13:08:19
I was impressed with what Rafa has managed to do with the team in such a short time. The side and backward passing leading to nowhere was absent. When we did pass backwards it was with the intent of immediately moving the ball forward. Players were constantly moving into open spaces and the desire and intent to attack was present. Some of the football was a joy to watch unlike the tripe served up in the latter stage of last season. Rafa's substitutions were also spot on and he was constantly barking instructions.
Yes a lot of nervous play in the first half and the Keane type of mistake just can't happen at this level. We have holes to fill in the squad and players to move on. It is early days and our next match against a Leeds side who can attack with speed will be a test of our progress. I have always wondered why a squad which is good on paper does not seem to live up to expectations on the pitch. Maybe at last we have a manager who can get the best out of the players we already have!

3.) 15 Aug 2021 21:56:37
I would like to see Godfrey as one of the starting CB’s this season, think he offers more
I think Barkley had a large fee associated to his loan move if Villa wanted to sign him which wasn’t offering value, maybe worth a punt on loan, like others have done to us, loan with a “yeah yeah interested in buying we will contribute 50% of his wages as we are skint” attitude.

4.) 16 Aug 2021 19:27:54
I don’t believe in the sayings above. You get what you pay for. Cahill? Coleman, gueye? You can say times have changed but these are brilliant signings previously. Digne for his quality I’d say is a bargain? No such thing as your as good as your price tag. There’s a lot of expensive players in the prem that have proven this.




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30 Aug 2021 16:56:15
Kanchelskis Howard neville Saha were pretty good cast offs from Man Utd. I’m struggling to think of a bad player we have taken from Utd - then I remembered schniderlin.




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11 Aug 2021 08:39:20
How have they moved way ahead?

I don’t agree with that - if they want our third choice left back then so be it - we have x2 decent left backs at club.

We also have a top keeper, quality defensive midfielder, world class left winger and x2 youn forwards who scored over 40 goals between them last season

If we get a right back and a playmaker (or get James playing) we will have quality all over the park

Come on have some faith


This is the basis of a pretty decent team.




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06 Aug 2021 23:10:18
Knowing Everton the fact he can’t actually play for us won’t put us off.




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29 Jul 2021 10:24:15
He’s not good enough - just admit it - if Allan and Gbamin out injured and Gomes / Davies keeping him
From getting game time he can’t be doing too much in training.
Time to drop to championship.




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18 Jul 2021 21:57:24
He puts the dros in Andros - he was hopeless 5-6yrs ago at toon.
However if we can get shot of Bernard and Iwobi to lower wage bill then we have Gordon able to come in forca Richarlison and Townssend able to come in for a new right winger.





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15 Sep 2021 15:25:29
Agree - to play slight Devils advocate Richy is never of the floor rolling around - if he didn’t go down as much he would get more free kicks
However those tackles were clear and Atkinson was in a good position - might be a tasty game at Turf Moore.




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15 Sep 2021 12:34:53
I agree - maybe could have done it a bit earlier as it was obviously not working from the start but I think he wants this system to work for some games so will need more practice at it - maybe might see it again vs QPR/ Norwhich

I’m guessing he would like to rely on it vs City / Utd / Chelsea etc.

I thought Digne was very quiet first half and Keane had a shaky game - hopefully his goal gives him a bit of confidence but he’s been poor this season so far - I do think he’s a good player though and will come good

Top and bottom though - I’d have snapped your hand off for this start - aim for 4 points from Villa / Norwich and beat QPR in cup - 6 points and I’d say we would be flying

Iwobi, Townsend Gray Decore Pickford DCL Coleman alan all been quality so far

Hopefully Richarlison gets a couple in next 2-3 games.




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31 Aug 2021 09:22:47
I agree JB
James will go (probs on loan but at least not paying wages)
Think we will get Rondon and a right back

Could see gibson going out on loan and kenny possibly to championship

Also think there could be a suprise big name on but I would be happy with the above - don’t know much about the guy from rangers but 10 million to go into under 23s seems a bit crazy - surely he’ll be in the 1st team if we get him.




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29 Aug 2021 22:38:25
Rondon record pretty decent. He’s 31 and will be cheap. Plays similar to DCL so wouldn’t need to change style of play. Not a bad signing to be honest. Toon fans loved him as he gave 100%.
Over 30 international goals too.




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24 Aug 2021 22:40:23
After 3 games last season - 6 different scorers too and more goals (10)