Ronald Koeman said that it will take - amongst many other things - several transfer windows for the "Everton Project" to get to the level of success he wants.
The changes to the playing staff that he's made so far are very encouraging and there are more improvements expected in the Summer and beyond.
At the end of the Summer transfer window, Everton will have to officially register their squad of 25 or fewer aged-over-21 players eligible for Premier League fixtures of which no more than 17 can be "non-homegrown" players.
At the end of RK's second Everton transfer window, in January, the club registered a squad of just 21 aged-over-21 players for the Premier League (of which 11 are non-homegrown): Baines (HG), Barkley (HG), Barry (HG), Besic, Bolasie, Coleman, Funes Mori, Garbutt (HG), Gueye, Jagielka (HG), Kone, Lennon (HG), Lukaku (HG), McCarthy (HG), Mirallas, Pennington (HG), Robles, Schneiderlin, Stekelenburg, Valencia and Williams (HG). [The annotation (HG) means "homegrown" player.]
We also have 7 aged-over-21 players out on loan until the end of the season: Browning (HG), Cleverley (HG), Deulofeu, McAleny (HG), McGeady, Niasse and Rodriguez. Of these, only Browning seems likely to have a future at Everton.
Then there are 6 players who will become classified as aged-over-21 this Summer: Byrne (HG), Duffus C (HG), Grant (HG), Gray (HG), Jones G (HG) and Tarashaj. It's a moot point as to whether any of these will break through to the first-team squad - let alone be retained.
Other players - such as Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Holgate, Lookman, etc. - are (and still will be this Summer) classified as under-21, so won't have to be registered in the Premier League squad although they will all be eligible to play.
So, as it stands, there will be 34 aged-over-21 players - and that's not counting for any additional incoming transfers - who will have to reduced to a squad of 25 or fewer registered aged-over-21 Premier League players by the end of the Summer transfer window.
The question is which of these 34 players will be transferred out permanently, which will be loaned out next season, which will be released (free transfers) and which will be retained but omitted from the registered first-team squad and therefore only eligible for our U23 side.
I imagine that Garbutt, Jagielka, Kone, Lennon and Valencia are the likeliest departures from the current squad, while there remain question marks over the contracts for Barkley and Lukaku.
It will be very interesting to see how big a turnaround is carried out by Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh this Summer.
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1 Posted 20/03/2017 at 07:57:49
Of the 34 over aged players I think we will likely lose 6 of the 7 currently on loan (Browning being the exception). So that brings us straight down to 28 left.
There are then the 6 current U21 players who will become over 21. I'm not sure any of that particular cohort is going to make it. Maybe Jones??? But they don't seem to be the players from the U23 team that are getting the strong reviews. If we keep one of those 6 then that will knock another 5 off the Premier League squad and we will be down to a squad of 23.
I think we will also see a few other departures – Jags, Garbutt, Kone and Lennon, and I don't think we will retain Valencia either. So that's another 5 gone and we are down to 17. And if Lukaku goes then its down to 16.
On that basis we need at least 5 new players to get us back to our original strength (21 plus kids) or 9 new players to get up to the maximum permitted 25.
So looks like we will definitely have a bunch of new faces at Goodison Park next season – I would expect 5 or 6.
2 Posted 20/03/2017 at 09:47:51
Galloway, Browning, and Connolly should be brought back as first team back up along with Jonjoe Kenny and Pennington. So Jags out and one proven center half should pretty much sort the back line.
Besic and McCarthy have both missed all this season, Liam Walsh is yet to be given a real go within the first team set up, and Davies, Schneiderlin and Gana are nailed on first team players. The first 3 should be enough back up to the other 3, allowing Barry to be moved on without any need to buy a replacement.
We have to sign Barkley up asap or he will need replacing.
Rom's situation is clear cut, if he goes we need a top class replacement, if he stays we need a back up striker.
Personally I wouldn't keep Valencia, plus Kone is out of contract so will move on, Niasse has proven he's got goals in him even as a sub, but I can't see Ron keeping him.
I'd like a cheeky bid for Inanacho as he's now behind Aguero and Jesus.
Depending on availability is consider a keeper too, I'm impressed by Robles, he's improved 10 fold, but some of the goals against Spurs worried me.
Gerri is an option too, will he come back after an impressive loan spell. I'm sure he's still going to divide opinions, but he's clearly talented, its just weather he's going to get up to speed to be a top Premier League player.
McGeady, Kone, Lennon, Valencia, and Barry all need to move on, but Koeman has already shifted a lot of shit so I'm confident he will continue that.
3 Posted 20/03/2017 at 11:38:37
We still need an imposing centre back who is strong in the air and young enough to last five years at least.We need a top goal keeper.We need a quality midfielder who can pick a pass accurately and have the ball control and dribbling ability to raise the crowd from their seats.We also need a second striker to provide the double figures a season that has been missing.
We definitely need to hang on to Lukaku, Barkley and Gueye despite the media scandal mongering.
I am quite pleased with the signings of Koeman so far and it is unfortunate that Bolasie is injured as he would have terrified the Liverpool and Man Utd defences with his direct running.Schneiderlin is another on the injured list who will be missed.Hopefully McCarthy may be back in time to fill the gap as Barry is a liability with his lack of pace for matches against quick moving attackers.
I would say we are still short of decent fullback cover on both flanks and our centre backs are either not of top quality or coming to the end of their careers.Jags and Baines have been tremendous for us but are ageing and at the top six level they are struggling for that extra yard of pace.I still rate jags as our best centre back and I prefer him to Cahill anytime.
If we can buy the three or four quality players then perhaps we can hang on to Lukaku for another season (I hope).
4 Posted 21/03/2017 at 04:49:26
Seeing as how he has views on the matter, it would be a pity if nobody asked Lukaku how he might get around these problems?
5 Posted 21/03/2017 at 06:09:27
It's make or break for Everton you feel. Otherwise, Koeman's project is coming to an early end and yet again the club will be scouring to try and find a half decent manager and rebuild yet again.
31 August 2017 will be defining, I feel.
7 Posted 22/03/2017 at 09:37:19
Calvert-Lewin will step up as second striker to either a departing Lukaku or new man in... Gyfi from The Swans. Rooney... yes, I know... and possibly Huddlestone plus a couple from abroad.
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