I was just watching Sky Sports News and couldn't help but notice the amount of players that Everton have been linked with and missed out on. Some of them even free!
- Daniel Sturridge ? Chelsea
- Shane Long ? West Brom
- DJ Campbell ? QPR
- Chris Eagles ? Bolton
- Charles N'Zogbia ? Aston Villa
- Nigel Reo-Coker ? Bolton
- Andy Lonergan ? Leeds
- Jay Bothroyd ? QPR
- Keiren Westwood ? Sunderland
- David Vaughan ? Sunderland
- Charlie Adam ? Liverpool
- Wes Brown ? Sunderland
Is it any wonder we are being tipped to go down because of the lack of activity in the transfer market. 17 days left of this Transfer Window and I fear that we will lose big players rather than bring in any.
Peter Keating, Posted 14/08/2011 at 00:35:47
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1 Posted 14/08/2011 at 03:49:35
I know we are all frustrated but get a grip, the only players on your list with any credibility are Sturridge & N'gobia
Couldn't shift the Yak/Yobo to pursue N'gobia & Sturridge was always a long shot on loan.
The rest are mainly paper talk and not worth having anyway.
Missing Barton, Kranjcar & Vicente! All possibilities.
2 Posted 14/08/2011 at 05:47:54
3 Posted 14/08/2011 at 05:54:45
I was actually hoping we would cash in on a player or two to freshen up the squad but I don't think anyone is leaving. All I can hope for is that the players are motivated, Fellaini and others will be playing for an improved contract or to look attractive to top sides, and we'll get off to a solid start. The nice thing about being able to watch the opening day of the season with Everton's match cancelled was seeing that football is played on the pitch and not on paper. Sides like Liverpool can sign all the players they want and open up their first match at home and be held to a draw and look quite toothless. It's a long season and there will be many twists and turns along the way.
4 Posted 14/08/2011 at 05:53:04
God (Sheedy) help us all. It's midnight in Chicago right now, drinking a nice red, and watching Shane Long from a last season game, dazzling pace, controls a ball on a sixpence, holds the ball up well, scores goals (a fair few from penalties, mind you).
What have we become?
5 Posted 14/08/2011 at 07:08:22
By lazy journo's who put two and two together and...well we know the rest.
Don't believe everything you read!
6 Posted 14/08/2011 at 08:22:41
At half-time on Sky Sports News, it said Wigan had been allowed to talk to Wright-Phillips, we where chatting to him about that and he said he's not interested in leaving Man City because of Champions League and I suggested Adam Johnson only as a joke but he replied "No he will go to you, Everton" he looked serious but then again could've just been saying it because he feels sorry for us.
Personally, I don't think we will sign anyone.
7 Posted 14/08/2011 at 08:41:40
So a choice of a free to Blackburn on £70,000 a week or to Everton on £40,000 a week. No brainer. But Mr. Mercinary Superstar, Blackburn could be relegated? Well if they are not, I could be the hero that kept them up and I collect £70,000 a week next year or even more for being the hero, or if they are relegated, I just find myself another club who will pay me the £70,000.
That is why they chose no mark clubs over us - plus a manager who usually only buys players better than the ones we have, not just to deplete the club of cash on a weekly basis by only being good enough to warm the bench.
8 Posted 14/08/2011 at 09:03:22
Secondly, again as raised by others - you've missed out a number of free transfers - Ba, Upson, Woodgate, Hargreaves etc. If you accept we have no money, why even include players like N'Zogbia?
Finally, when will posters realise that free transfers aren't free? These days clubs need to account for the whole-contract costs, so as well as the hefty signing on fee that these guys will demand in lieu of a transfer fee, you've got a 3-4 contract liability to consider.
Other than that, top post.
9 Posted 14/08/2011 at 09:28:17
Yes I am sure there are others I have not put down purely because they haven't moved clubs or refused to let them go.
The frustration is that, in the case of Lonergan; he was actually training at the club & we couldn't even find I think £150k to keep him. Yes he may not be world class but our squad is too small & getting older not to sign backup freebies or cheaper players.
I don't think we will go down but if it was to happen I think we can kiss top flight & European football goodbye forever
10 Posted 14/08/2011 at 09:46:16
11 Posted 14/08/2011 at 10:06:21
12 Posted 14/08/2011 at 10:06:21
13 Posted 14/08/2011 at 10:28:12
14 Posted 14/08/2011 at 10:33:25
15 Posted 14/08/2011 at 10:31:26
Now if Martinez would like to bring Adam Johnson with him, that would be newsworthy!
16 Posted 14/08/2011 at 10:42:27
Until we get any fucking kind of investment in, we wont buy Joe Fuck!
If we get the laughable £2M for Yobo, it may fund a loan or two and I'd take that.
Saddest thing is we are 2/3 players away from being a really top team... Biggest chance lost I can think of.
17 Posted 14/08/2011 at 10:42:40
N'Zogbia... well yes he's gone to Villa but to be fair they've sold two wide players who are better than him.
Sturridge ? you say he's gone to Chelsea??? He was already there lad! That means he's gone nowhere!!!
18 Posted 14/08/2011 at 10:36:13
You can say we're shite, Moyes bores the arse off ya, Goodison is a shambles........
But never mention "RELEGATION" - I tried it once and DIDN'T get away with it.
They're on ya like rioters on a plasma.
19 Posted 14/08/2011 at 11:15:45
Base on the last few years, one has to realize that the club is balancing the books.
There is no Europe, so there are no additional revenue and the only other sources of revenue will be from a domestic cup run, increase matchday tickets, sell more merchandise or advertisement.
I can't see anyone wants to advertise at Goodison... you won't be buying more than you should... hell will break loose once Bill starts charging 10 quid more for matches... which means we need Dave to give it a good go on the cup so at least there will be Europa next season.
20 Posted 14/08/2011 at 11:13:14
The big misses for me:
> Larsson - ex-Gunner showed his class with delivery from flanks and goal agains the shite
> David Vaughan - A real unsung hero last year, created loads whilst Adam got all the plaudits - would have been a perfect Moyes player.
> N-Zogbia - Seemed to tick all the boxes we're lacking (creativity and cutting edge on the wing)
> Eagles - admittedly wasn't bothered before, but has started well.
There's still opportunities out there though, as City especially need to loan out or let go with arrival of Nasri (and also potential non-departure of Tevez). I'd happily welcome in Sturridge, Johnson or Bellamy and maybe even SWP. Likewise there'll be a few more bargains coming onto the market as window closes - Krancjar and Wellbeck could yet be made available....plus if we do sell Jags or Rodders or even manage to get shot of Yak and Yobo, there's always a cheeky punt for Donovan! ;-) < br />
21 Posted 14/08/2011 at 12:25:11
22 Posted 14/08/2011 at 13:16:39
23 Posted 14/08/2011 at 13:44:43
Larsson looks like one we missed out on, a great shot and even if he gets about 5 or 6 goals this season that'll be more than Anichebe gets.
24 Posted 14/08/2011 at 21:24:32
We have lost Pienaar who was an attacking force on the left, albeit one that didn't score or weigh in with many assists; otherwise we're the same as last year.
Of course I would love to strengthen the squad but not with most of the aforementioned players, Sturridge, Johnson apart. But, as many posters have mentioned, players and especially agents go for the money.
What I can't get my head around is when players don't think about their careers first. For example, Naughton, who I thought we'd got, went to Spurs instead... where is he now? Norwich on his 3rd loan spell. If he'd come to us, he'd be either playing regular Premier League football at least, if not in the England squad. Dickhead.
Or are we the dickheads, for not doing everything we can to convince players to come here? eg, Sturridge:
"Listen, lad, we're the best team outside of the top 4 that Chelsea will let you come to; we won't pay you megabucks but you'll do alright moneywise, what we can offer is regular 1st team football and you can be a part of a team that can can take the Prem by storm ? all we need is you and we'll be in Europe next season and you, my lad, will be in the England team and wanted by ALL the so-called big clubs. Or you can go to Bolton again and be in exactly the same place next year as you are now." Repeat with Adam Johnson.
Let's face it, modern footballers have it made moneywise... so why do so many fuck up their careers for that extra dosh in the short-term?
25 Posted 14/08/2011 at 21:56:26
Did anybody watch Fulham and Villa yesterday?
Well, I tried to. I gave up after half-an-hour, it was such a pile of absolute crap.
And as for N'Zogbia... if that had been his debut for Everton, the howls would still be reverberating. He was hopeless.
26 Posted 15/08/2011 at 00:27:01
27 Posted 15/08/2011 at 00:25:38
it's getting close to two years now. Get over it man!!
28 Posted 15/08/2011 at 04:09:20
29 Posted 15/08/2011 at 05:55:13
30 Posted 15/08/2011 at 07:27:43
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