Koeman hoping for more additions 'soon'

3 August  95 Comments  [Jump to last]
Ronald Koeman indicated that work on bringing new players to Everton is ongoing and he hopes to announce fresh faces "as soon as possible."

The Dutchman has made no secret of his belief this pre-season that the Blues still don't look ready for the new season and he admitted after this evening's goalless draw with Manchester United in Wayne Rooney's testimonial that the quality of their play overall was "poor."

"Our organisation was good and we had a couple of good chances — but I expect better quality on the ball than we showed tonight," he said. "We need to play better.

"We need to be a bit more confident to play against Man United. Maybe we were a little bit impressed by the stadium, but we need to be better with the ball to create more chances."

Thus far, only Maarten Stekelenburg and Idrissa Gueye, who did not feature at Old Trafford, have been signed at first-team level since Koeman was announced as manager in June.

“We are working hard to bring in good players but it's not respectful to talk about other players who aren't playing for Everton," Koeman continued.

"As soon as possible we hope to bring some new players in."  


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Michael Polley
1 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:39:47
Patience is a virtue, so they say.
Neil Wood
2 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:46:05
I sincerely hope so cos that was a joke
Sam Hoare
3 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:47:15
Mata, Witsel, Carvalho, Koulibaliy, Haller...
Andrew Presly
4 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:48:41
Nice to hear a dose of reality from the boss after the extremes in positivity and negativity of the last two.

Solid off the ball but crap on it tonight. Seeing Kone ploughing a lone furrow up front for the last 20 was pretty grim too.

Tony Hibbert had the better testimonial!

Les Martin
5 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:50:48
Refreshing assessment from Ronald.
Its good that he feels we were organised as that's the essential basis of building a team that knows their responsibilities.
It also looks from his comments like several players may yet arrive. It does not appear through lack of effort that this is yet to materialise.
I hold my breath in anticipation !
Ian Williams
6 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:53:12
Just seen us linked with Draxler for £65m in the independent. That reporter must be smoking crack!! We have to face up to the fact that top players will not join us based on future promise.

Get some decent players now, get in to the Europa league and then the top players will start to take us seriously. We need to be patient. In Moshiri we trust.
Kevin Thompson
7 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:53:59
Pluses for tonight , the two Goalies came out to catch/punch the ball and kept a clean sheet, Holgate played well again tonight. Tom Davies looked impressive in his cameo at the end. Gibson played well, Negatives, we did not score and besic got injured
Steve Guy
8 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:55:14
The new Belgium manager thinks we were phenomenal ..
Colin Glassar
9 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:58:20
Said it a few weeks ago and I'll say it again - Julian Draxler.
Stephen Coles
10 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:59:00
Draxler on his way!
Danny O'Neill
11 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:04:21
With you Colin but don't think we're in that space. We have the money but 2 years of mid-table finishes means we may have to be more realistic with our targets this year regardless of how much money we allegedly have.

I gladly standby to be proven totally wrong.

Brent Stephens
12 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:04:25
Not a great performance but Coleman was excellent, defending and going forward.
David McKee
13 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:04:55
wached Lukaku and Mirallas sniggering behind their hands as they come off the pitch tonightafter Rooneys testimonial. Obviously because Martinez had just been named Belgiums new manager how embarrasing for them when they turn up for training. If they get selected of course pair of bi-atches
Danny Broderick
14 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:05:56
I'm satisfied tonight. I know we are lacking in attack and are crying out for new blood up front. But the new keeper is better than Robles and Howard - he has impressed me so far. Holgate had his best game for us. And we were generally well organised and looked fit. The pressing was much better than last season too.

If we can get a body or 2 in between now and the start of the season, we will hopefully improve in the final 3rd.

Steve Jenkins
15 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:09:24
Ken 7

Glad to hear Holgate & Davies looked good.

Have been impressed with both - Davies I've seen more of, but Holgate whilst plenty to learn looked very composed, athletic and talented in the youth games I saw last year.

He stood out as man of the match in the mini derby last year.

Steve Jenkins
16 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:09:55
Should read - Kev not Ken
Steve Jenkins
17 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:12:40
The mirror just linked us with Benteke - between us and Sunderland.

Nooooooooo!

I don't believe it - I'll have a shit fit if we sign him.

Peter Laing
18 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:18:47
Tenuous link in the express to Draxler at £75 million euros, fanciful conjecture at best
Anthony Dwyer
19 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:28:47
Was we really that bad tonight ?

I thought we did ok.

Game wasnt the best, but we looked composed.

A few signings and we will be ok.

Just don't sell Rom or Stones without like for like replacements.

Terry Riley
20 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:46:38
Complete in agreement with Danny o'Niel, we have to build a name to attract top drawer individuals. Don't get me wrong, but this is another world we're entering...
Ciarán McGlone
21 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:51:44
This Draxler bullshit could tip some people over the edge.
Colin Glassar
22 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:51:56
True Danny and Terry but Man City were no great shakes when the Arabs bought them and they got Robinho. Poor Robinho actually thought he was signing for Man Utd by some accounts.
Nicholas Ryan
23 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:57:35
Colin, I've heard that Robinho was 4 or 5 games into his City career, before he realised he wasn't at United !!
David Ellis
24 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:58:12
Colin #22 - yes City got Robinho but it was a terrible signing and they looked like total fools in the random way they went about signing him on deadline day - which I think was the same day as the take over.

We can't afford mistakes like that.

Terry Riley
25 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:58:16
Dead right Colin.
Brent Stephens
26 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:59:44
Anthony, i thought we were quite tight at the back (Holgate skinned a few times but Ibra... it was who did him! Now that's no disgrace).

Few chances in their box.

Colin Glassar
27 Posted 03/08/2016 at 00:00:17
I agree David but money talks. All this crap about CL football, winning trophies etc... Pure BS!! Show them the money and they will sign.
Bob Hannigan
28 Posted 03/08/2016 at 00:01:29
Glad to hear RK's candid evaluation of our play. Should be an interesting season.

What are the odds for a successful international year for the Belgiun National team? lol!

David Ellis
29 Posted 04/08/2016 at 00:55:51
Colin oh yes I agree with that - but if the money is the same they will go for the club more likely to win things. I honestly don't think Lukaku is looking just for more money - he has an ego to feed as well.
John Pierce
30 Posted 04/08/2016 at 01:18:42
If and stress if the Benteke rumours are true that would be a decent addition. Talent thay has had his career wrecked by a poor move. Got goals in him if fed early.
Anthony Dwyer
31 Posted 04/08/2016 at 01:32:17
Brent, exactly mate.

Not claiming its a fantastic performance, but some peoples accounts make it sound like Lincoln city have just beaten us 0-4 at home !

Unfortunately RK has just arrived so will need time to get his views across.

Judging by the way the window is going, we have plenty left to do, both in and out.

RK had the same issue in both seasons at Southampton and done more than ok.

I do feel though that some people talk about our best squad in years, and mistake it with being our best team in years.

IMO the depth of the squad is pretty good, in that we have proven prem players as back up to some of our better players.

But they are only bottom half prem players, were as in the past Moyes had Championship players in his starting 11, but had a good balance which allowed us to carry them.

Just because we now have the likes of Lennon, Cleverly, Gibson and Kone to come in for Del, Ross , Rom and McCarthy doesn't make us world beaters.

Tonight was ok,nothing special, but still ok.

Roll on this week, and roll in the new players.

Fran Mitchell
32 Posted 04/08/2016 at 02:24:38
Safe to say any of our signings are unlikely to have been previously linked (carvalho et al).

Expect a few left of field/little known players and maybe one surprise biggish name that no one would have guessed.

David Smith
33 Posted 04/08/2016 at 03:04:12
Moutinho?
Daniel Lawrence
34 Posted 04/08/2016 at 07:42:30
That Draxler link is just laughable nonsense
Trevor Lynes
35 Posted 04/08/2016 at 08:02:26
We need a player who can control the midfield and supply service to whoever is striker this coming season. Draxler would take all our money and is not worth that much.

We are still short of cover for Lukaku and even if he stays we need another striker to support him up front.

The fans are crying out for a bit of flair in midfield too, a player who can beat his man and pass accurately. We continually go for work horses (water carriers) who do a job.

I would like to see the Portuguese lads who are linked as they have top ball control and can pass. We also need a big centre back in the Koulibaly mould who will win aerial duels against big strikers.Fonte may fit the bill if we want to spend less, but he would just be a stop gap solution for one season. We continue to struggle to defend set pieces and I am afraid that Williams is not tall enough to combat this threat.

Phil Walling
36 Posted 04/08/2016 at 08:44:13
We shall have to be patient and understanding in Koeman's first window with us. Top players don't queue up to join the 11th best team in the PL - particularly when it's 'stars' seem intent on moving away.

This latter situation clouds the transfer priorities of our new managerial team and if money is not the primary concern these days then the sooner the future of our two 'want aways' is determined the better.

Of course, on the evidence of last night any club paying £75M for Rom or £50M for Stones must be desperate - or daft - so take the best offer now.

A similar situation happened last year but BK seems intent on enveloping the new man in a cloud of confusion and phony principle.

Get the buggers sold and move on. Please !

John McGimpsey
37 Posted 04/08/2016 at 08:51:18
Whoever came up with the Draxler shite needs a punch in the throat. Stinks of sell to buy and I will never believe we will move forward with meltface sitting in the front row of the main stand.

The team played okay tonight: Holgate and Coleman stood out while the Diamond looked so strange with an 8 on his back. Gerry looked out of sorts, running aimlessly. Fingers crossed... COYB

John Crook
38 Posted 04/08/2016 at 09:56:36
We can't blame the club for journos making up spurious stories because they can. We will sign a couple of players because we can offer good wages.

We have already seen an improvement from this time last season – remember how unfit we were throughout pre- season and the first 5 games! The defence is now better organised. We've got a better keeper and it's clear Koeman will bolster midfield and attack.

As far as I'm concerned, it's all looking very good.

Chris Gould
39 Posted 04/08/2016 at 10:08:47
Walsh will have been preparing for months for this window for Leicester. They bought 5 of his targets this summer before he moved to us. We can't expect him to find us the players we require so quickly. Unfortunately I don't think we will see the best of what he can do for us until future windows.

Judging on last night's performance against Barce that Musa looks like another great find.

I'd settle for losing Stones and bringing in a consistent performer and leader such as Williams befor the Tottenham match. If we can bring in a couple of quality signings after that, I'll consider that a bonus.

Andrew Lightfoot
40 Posted 04/08/2016 at 10:09:32
Anyone else reckon Koeman has been taken aback by the scale of the task at Everton? Yes he has money to spend, but he also has to shed a lot of peripheral players. And train all the bad habits out of those he wants to keep. It's one thing to assess the squad from the outside when negotiating a contract to become manager, another to see it on the training field/in friendlies.
Stan Schofield
41 Posted 04/08/2016 at 10:47:52
The media is just full of speculation. It's largely nonesense, as usual. Koeman gets paid his £6M/year for knowing what he's doing, and I'd be surprised if that involved 'marque' signings just to make some 'statement of intent'. Even if the £100M 'war chest' exists, it's not there to be spent for the sake of it. Anyone can do that, you don't need much if any expertise,

Chances are Koeman knew very well the task in hand before he took the job. He gives me the impression of someone who thinks very carefully before acting. Which is precisely what we need.

As far as I'm concerned, so far so good.

Thomas Surgenor
42 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:04:51
I to think Koeman is shocked at the dead weight we are carrying.

Niasse, Gibson, Oviedo, McGeady, Kone - all senior players that need to go!

BTW, I'm sure I will get shot down for this but is it just me who thinks Ross is already looking a little sharper and quicker under the new boss. No more strolling around and stopping the ball dead. A few times this preseason I've noticed that he is 'trying' to play a little higher tempo.

Thomas Surgenor
43 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:06:25
Just instantly refreshed and noticed grammatical errors. Couldn't see any blue edit button.
Using Win10 and MS Edge as the browser.
Paul Ward
44 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:08:22
Andrew #40. Count me in with your observation. I have never been convinced by ( The best squad for 20 years) brigade or how good Barkley is or will be. There are many things to sort out, but I agree with Phil Walling, priority should be to grab the cash for Stones and Lukaku and get rid of the bad apples. When you assess last nights performance, I was quite pleased with some of our play and have no fear of losing Stones when we have Holgate.
David King
45 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:11:53
Thomas,42
I would add McCarthy and Cleverley to your list,
neither of them are good enough for Everton FC IMO.
Paul O'Neill
46 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:22:28
I think Blues who think we seriously stand a chance at Draxler need to wake up and realise we finished 11th last season! A Marquee signing would be nice but he's gonna end up at the likes of Juve or Madrid.
Brian Williams
47 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:36:37
Organisationally we looked ok but Jesus do we lack that creative spark. When we get anywhere near the halfway line we run out of ideas and you start to wonder where the goals will come from.
IMO we need two creative midfielders (one maybe the ellusivd no. 10) another striker, and a defensively sound centreback .and thats just for the first 11.
David Midgley
48 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:44:56
Lukaku and Stones it would appear both want to go. Let them.

If your wife /girlfriend wants to leave, taking them on holiday, buying them a new phone or a car will not change their mindset . You're just trying to appease them and so putting off the inevitable. It creates a bad atmosphere and their heart isn't in it and often they can't be bothered.

Chelsea are supposedly offering Remy as part of a deal. (I know it's in the papers). Why couldn't we get Bony as well, in a Stones deal? We would have two proven strikers and a lot of cash.

Seems simples. I'm frightened we might miss the boat over these two...

Alexander Lee
49 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:04:13
I think everyone agrees we need more creativity in midfield and upfront, I’d like to see someone like Hakim Ziyech from Twente (17 goals and 10 assists as an attacking midfielder /second striker).

And although the goalkeeping position is looking stronger, I think a move that has been mentioned a few times on here before for one of Valencia’s 3 top notch keepers would be the way to go. I’d be very happy with Domenech or Ryan, both are trustworthy, around 25 and can use their feet as well as their hands..

I’m sure as both the brothers Koeman have alluded to we will have some new arrivals shortly.
Dave Abrahams
50 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:11:33
I didn't think we were too bad but Koeman got it in one with his observation that we were poor on the ball, we looked as bad as we were last season with our passing, disgraceful really, passing is one of the basics and I wouldn't be surprised if we gave the ball away as much as we made successful passes. Koeman will sort this out, it may take a bit of time, but he won't stand for such poor play.
Anthony Dwyer
51 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:15:02
David king 45.

I would agree with the Cleverly shout, although we need squad players and he can play most rolls across the midfield.

I would like to see McCarthy given the benefit of the doubt unless a silly offer came in for him. In all fairness this lad has spent all his career under Martinez, lets see if RK has him doing anything differently.

John Austin
52 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:18:15
At least we now have a manager who sees it as it is and is honest and practical in his assessments. That gives me confidence that he'll sort things out. If he didn't know the task in hand when he arrived, he does now!
Mark Pendleton
54 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:40:25
I'm with anyone who has left a positive comment on here. Koeman is not going to waste what is a well-equipped but not bottomless pit on a scattergun approach to transfers. He is taking his time to fully assess what we have and secure the right additions.

That shambles of a team we had only a few months ago now looks organised, disciplined and much more fit after only a few weeks of Koeman.

The midfield and attack need reinforcements and more quality, we know that and Koeman knows that, but also they were the players who have missed most training either through late return or injury.

It's evolution not revolution and we are lucky Moshiri doesn't seem like someone looking to make a quick buck, he seems to want to put a stable foundation in place for Everton to prosper in the future. Each decision is seeming sound and well considered.

Let's judge the squad in place come 1st September and get behind a team that I am certain will be far more competitive under the honest and ultra critical gaze of Koeman.

Paul Kelly
55 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:40:37
I don't think many are under any illusion it may take a while til we get playing the way Koeman wants, long road ahead me thinks, but just how patient will the faithful be, I'm thinking at least Christmas before we find our form.

Hopefully are ineptness may make the hierarchy step up in transfer market. Over to you Ron.

Mark Ryan
56 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:52:07
The new lad for Leicester Musa looked as sharp as a tack last night against Barcelona. I suspect Mr Walsh unearthed that gem. If it takes time to change this team around then so be it. I would rather see a long term fix. The current lack of Witsels and Koulibaly type signings doesn't worry me. It seems we will be okay long term.I don't like the idea of selling our 2 assets but perhaps it is a piece of business that Koeman and Moshiri feels has to happen not only for financial stability but also for the team spirit as a whole
Dale Rose
57 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:56:24
I keep saying we have a good squad that had one of the worst seasons ever last year through bad management. Confidence is coming back due to top draw leadership. Evertonians should know that change takes time. We have never had the money to throw at the team like some premiership clubs.

I'm sure there are some stats bunnies on here who can name some players bought for large fee's by other clubs who have totally failed to deliver. Buying big is not the answer, its buying wisely.

John Pierce
58 Posted 04/08/2016 at 13:55:42
From the preseason as whole, its clear we need ball playing type players regardless of the position. It was noticeable last night under pressure we reverted to side to side & backwards. However a swift snap from Koeman and it went long.

We have loads of players with movement skills, this needs to be complemented eith decent ball players. Not not the best, although that would be great, but worh players who balance the team.

John Hughes
59 Posted 04/08/2016 at 14:19:40
What was going on with Seamus Coleman and Maureen last night, that Ashley Young was a little bit naughty as well I thought!
Eric Myles
60 Posted 04/08/2016 at 14:35:57
At this stage of the game I would hope that are management are doing a bit more than hoping.

I would expect them to be expecting to be making additions soon, having identified targets and the feasibility of signing them, or moving on to next on the list.

Eric Myles
61 Posted 04/08/2016 at 14:37:25
Want to edit 'are' for our but no edit button available?
Roger Helm
62 Posted 04/08/2016 at 17:22:46
RK says there will be no talk of transfers until they happen, which is what it should be. I have been impressed with everything he has said so far. And we certainly don't want to waste money RS or Newcastle-style.

I also think there is more to come from our present players with a new manager, such as Delofeu and/or Mirallas playing as striker, Barkley losing weight and getting more mobile, and when McCarthy played more forward for a game or two last term I thought he looked quite effective. I think this will be evolution, not revolution.

Paul Conway
63 Posted 04/08/2016 at 17:49:07
We will soon see the likes of Barkley, Mirallas and Deulofeu being replaced by better quality. These flash in the pans are not consistent over 90 minutes. Hopefully we will see true professionals and stalwarts. The type that are first choices, and can command and read the game. The type of player that makes captain.

I know there are a lot of people that like this trio, but IMO they simply are not the finished article. Working all career long on their potential. When all they have is potential to have potential!

Paul Conway
64 Posted 04/08/2016 at 18:04:23
If we don't hurry Stones out in this window, our bluff will be called. We will be left with a green rookie who will eventually play himself into the stands, instead of the ball

That whole process will cost us dearly in funds that could be otherwise invested in players.

Paul Hay
65 Posted 04/08/2016 at 18:12:26
Thought Holgate had a pretty good game overall.
Very encouraging!

Keep the faith.

Anthony Hughes
66 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:00:53
Eight days to the start of the season, same squad as last season and two highly unsettled players. I wonder if Koeman knows his best team yet? Slight smell if being under prepared for the big kickoff.Hope we have a big week next week transfer wise
Anthony Dwyer
67 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:54:28
I think we still have a few signings up our sleeves over the next week or so, I also think the media have no real idea who we are after.

Witzel, Mata, Carvalho, Draxler, Sniederlan and Snieder have all been mentioned as big name signings, whilst we have also been linked with players like Robbie Brady and Robson Kanu.

There are so many players available throughout the football world, you only have to look at some of the business done by West Ham and Leicester last season to see that.

I like the idea of trying to steal Callum Chambers from Arsenal, the kids talented and has no chance of getting in there team ATM.

We could probably steal him for £10-12m.

United have players like Sniederlan and Januzi available at knock down prices, especially after there huge outlay, and up coming outlays on Pogba etc.

Even the red shite have Benteke available who is a proven scorer at premier league level.

Anyways, judging by Walsh history of finding quality players, im sure he doesn't need my im put, but im still optimistic for the next few weeks in regards to signings.

Michael Moody
68 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:34:11
Javier Hernandez has hinted he would be open to leavening Leverkusen. He would be a good partner up top with Rom, in my opinion, and wouldn't break the bank.
Joe O'Brien
69 Posted 05/08/2016 at 18:34:04
I thought this week was supposed to be very busy with transfers? It's been strangely quite
Daniel Lawrence
70 Posted 05/08/2016 at 18:54:48
Joe #69, considering we tend to sign a player outside of deadline day, about every three years, I suppose one signing does constitute a very busy week .
Jim Bailey
71 Posted 05/08/2016 at 19:07:06
Joe@69
I'm positively dizzy with all the activity.
Colin Glassar
72 Posted 06/08/2016 at 11:12:46
Even the crappy websites, who spout utter nonsense, have gone quiet. Either we are in top secret negotiations with players or, nothing is actually in the pipeline. Hmmmm
Stephen Ashton
73 Posted 06/08/2016 at 11:21:36
The crappy web sites have come up with '£35m plus Bony for Stones' and 'a mega bid for James Rodrigues' we are the €72m mystery bidder!!!
Chris Williams
74 Posted 06/08/2016 at 11:48:09
The crappy websites are also saying that because Bony is also part of the deal it must mean that Lukaku is definitely going to Chelsea.

You couldn't make it up ... Oh they did already.

I think we will see a few quality signings but it is probably unlikely we will see it all by next weeks opener. It must be difficult for a new management and recruitment team to get things over the line in such a short time. But I bet stuff is happening even as we speak.

It is frustrating for all fans but I take comfort in the fact that the secretive approach must be frustrating the shit out of the crappy websites and above all 'Sky Sources'.

Rob Halligan
75 Posted 06/08/2016 at 11:56:00
From today's red echo ...

The Liverpool Echo discuss potential replacements for Besic with names including Oriol Romeu, Youssouf Mulumbu, Yann M’Vila, Beram Kayal and Marvelous Nakamba.

Sign the last one ...bloody marvellous!!

Paul Smith
76 Posted 06/08/2016 at 12:22:09
The injury to Besic doesn't mean we have to replace him with a squad player – we have enough of them already. What we need is for a mobile box-to-box midfielder to play alongside Gueye and have McCarthy & Barry as backup players.

We also have younger players in Davies and Ledson who don't need blocking with more squad players. The focus should be on getting in players who can get around the pitch better than what we currently have.

Colin Glassar
77 Posted 06/08/2016 at 12:31:55
Blimey Rob, all F-listers. So we are linked to £65m Draxler and £72m Rodriguez? You couldn't make this stuff up, could you?
Stephen Ashton
78 Posted 06/08/2016 at 12:36:48
Colin, don't exaggerate it was only 72m Euro.
James Watts
79 Posted 06/08/2016 at 12:56:35
I think you're all being unduly harsh with our transfer activity!! I mean, two signings in BEFORE deadline day ... that's 'busy' if you ask me ... I think we can all settle down now until deadline day when we get our normal 3 or 4 panic buys/loans in.

In the meantime, lets look forward to the season starting in the first weekend in September as with every other season.

Brian Williams
80 Posted 06/08/2016 at 13:03:21
I think we'll get one, maybe two, in during the coming week with a further one or two before the window shuts.
Goalie, playmaker, striker, right back.
Don't see either Stones or Lukaku leaving.
Michael de Carteret
81 Posted 08/08/2016 at 02:59:18
We most certainly need to release the players who have had MORE than their chance at Everton. There are some players who have relaxed into the comfort zone which means they are sitting on a contract without contributing any more.

A big shake-up is needed and to blow the dust off. I would release Lukaku, Mirallas, Kone, Baines, Ovideo, McCarthy and Niasse. (If Stones wants to go, then let him go.)

We need some fresh faces at this club and to mix it up with giving the good youngsters we have here a fighting chance. Barkley, Gerard and Lennon need a better season and so do the fans.

Peter McHugh
82 Posted 08/08/2016 at 05:54:32
I think we will sign Williams, Mata and Bony this week and lose Stones.
Ray Robinson
84 Posted 08/08/2016 at 17:09:06
I think that there will be several new signings this and / or next week. It doesn't make sense to appoint Koeman, a manager who has had success re-building two Southampton sides and a Technical Director to identify talent, if we're not going to fully utilise their talents.

I've no idea why it's taking so long but the usual suspects apart, there hasn't been that much activity in the transfer market. I'm sure there are supporters of 10 or so teams in the PL, awash with money, who are wondering when the action is going to start.

James Watts
85 Posted 08/08/2016 at 17:39:55
3 signings in a week Peter?!? Think you're being a bit ambitious there. After all, our 'busy' week only managed to secure 1!
Sam Barrett
87 Posted 08/08/2016 at 17:47:45
I'm beginning to think that Moshy is Bill's biggest bit of bullshit yet!
Ian Glassey
88 Posted 08/08/2016 at 18:32:41
Sam 87.
I agree mate, think he is a star of one of his shows. Bill is still in charge no big buys till we sell.
Sam Barrett
89 Posted 08/08/2016 at 18:35:12
Ian, I know mate, last minute bargain basements again?
James Marshall
90 Posted 08/08/2016 at 18:51:21
I'm not sure it's a bargain basement last minute rush - football is a house of cards, and with this Pogba deal due to go through any day, I can see other things happening as a result.

There's a domino effect attached to all of this.

The transfer window runs till the end of August, and although we all want things to happen well before the season starts, for all the obvious reasons I haven't bothered to mention, agents and players can still, and will still move after the season starts here.

Remember as well, not every league kicks off on the same date as ours, so the blinkers of the Premier League need to be discarded a little bit in that respect.

The Stones deal looks like the key one to me - most people now seem resigned, and OK with him going, and I would suspect other deals (incoming) will happen for us once that's done. The Lukaku hing less so, as this all looks a bit less cut & dried with Everton very keen for him to stay.

I still think you'll see a couple of signings before the end of the window.

Barry McNally
91 Posted 08/08/2016 at 18:54:57
Lads, there's no way Bill is running the transfer show especially after the Niasse fiasco. A lot will happen between now and 31 August.
Colin Glassar
92 Posted 08/08/2016 at 18:56:23
BK's been sussed then lads? Moshiri is his rich puppet who dances to Williams tune. I've heard it all now.
Ian Glassey
93 Posted 08/08/2016 at 19:21:47
Colin when Moshiri came in I was sure that it was the begining of great things, but lets face it the way this transfer window is going it would make anyone think twice. Things have not changed at all.
Sam Barrett
94 Posted 08/08/2016 at 19:22:35
Just seems like not much has changed boys. I think you are right and we will make signings but we've all been saying the same thing for weeks now. It's just a nagging thought in my mind I thought I'd share with your good selves.
Darryl Ritchie
95 Posted 08/08/2016 at 19:33:53
I have to agree with the 'wait and see' posters. Come August 29th, if nothing has happened, I will worry a little.

But if truth be told, even if we don't bring anybody in, we will do better than we did the last two seasons; for obvious reasons.

Joe McMahon
96 Posted 08/08/2016 at 19:44:03
My concerns are:

1. Why do we always wait until the last day of the window when 3 games are already gone in the season?

2. As we haven't won anything in over 21 years and Goodison is an antiquated dump, players we want aren't that enticed by joining Everton.

Clive Rogers
97 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:54:43
Colin (#92),

There's no way someone who's made himself a billionaire would be anyone's puppet, let alone a buffoon like Kenwright.

Ian Riley
98 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:20:17
Joe@96, you are right. I have had the same thoughts. Buying late to catch a bargain or no salary payments for three months. Who knows but we do leave it short in preparation. You base it on luck that it will work and players will adjust quickly.

It will happen again. At least three players with a marquee signing will happen before the last day. It's the hope that one day a billionaire strolls in and spends big.

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