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Everton target striker Willian José

| Sunday, 09 April 2017  23 Comments  [Jump to last]
Steve Walsh has pin-pointed Real Sociedad's Willian José as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku according to The Mirror.

The 25-year-old has scored 10 times in 18 games for the Spanish club and is supposedly valued at around £27m.

The Brazilian was signed by Sociedad from Deportivo Maldonado having not ever made a senior appearance for the club. Instead he journeyed through six loan spells, including one with Real Madrid and a season each at Real Zaragoza and Las Palmas

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Paul Kossoff
1 Posted 09/04/2017 at 15:56:44
Paul Baker
2 Posted 09/04/2017 at 18:21:25
Solid player, but would only see him as an option from the bench for us. As a regular Spanish league spectator, I don't think he has half enough quality to be an Everton starter and wouldn't rate him higher than at £12m.

Besides, your data is inaccurate – he's scored 9 in 22, not 10 in 18 (league play only). He was only loaned to Real Madrid Castilla (their B team), too, and not the first team.

Jason Wilkinson
3 Posted 09/04/2017 at 20:30:00
This lad has had more clubs than Rory McCilroy!!!! At 25 I wouldn't expect him to improve dramatically so it's no for me.

We have invested in two youngsters in Ademola Lookman and Calvert-Lewin. it's about time we bit the bullet and gave them more than a handful of games before throwing them on the Premier League scrapheap like we have with so many before.

From recent performances it is obvious we need a goalkeeper and a more creative passer of the ball in midfield. De Gea at Man Utd, Cech at Arsenal and Courtois at Chelsea all positively contribute to their points tally. Robles and Stek have the opposite effect.

Ross is the only player we have tried as the creative driving force in our midfield. I would persist with him but only with a more senior acquisition to mentor and guide him and pick the pieces up when Ross goes missing.

Peter Gorman
4 Posted 09/04/2017 at 21:50:55
My money is on James Rodriguez from Madrid's bench.

You've heard it here first (and last)

Charlie Lloyd
5 Posted 09/04/2017 at 21:52:45
Two players that Walsh was apparently interested in were Perez who went to Arsenal and Gabbiadini at Southampton. Perez has looked pretty good in the few games he's played while Gabbiadini does look a decent player.

I don't know much about William Jose or if Walsh is genuinely interested but I'll reserve my judgement because I wouldn't doubt his ability to spot a player.

Colin Glassar
6 Posted 09/04/2017 at 23:02:04
Inaki Williams yes, this guy? No thanks.
Ed Fitzgerald
7 Posted 10/04/2017 at 07:08:49
I'm with Colin on this one. Following a visit to Bilbao, I have adopted Athletic as my favourite team in La Liga and seen quite a bit of them. Williams is a great player, he won't be cheap though.
Denver Daniels
8 Posted 10/04/2017 at 09:29:37
Bas Dost
Shane Corcoran
9 Posted 10/04/2017 at 10:00:31
From what I've seen of him (and it's only been a few times), a definite "No" from me.
Alan McMillan
10 Posted 10/04/2017 at 13:48:13
Giovanni Simeone maybe? 10 goals in 20 league games for Genoa, looks a decent finisher. I Doubt he'd cost more than £27M.
Soren Moyer
11 Posted 10/04/2017 at 14:33:53
He can be a decent replacement for Kone. But £27m? No thanks.
Martin Reppion
12 Posted 10/04/2017 at 17:19:55
Jason, At the age of 25 Jamie Vardy had been kicking around the lower (and non-) leagues. Then someone, possibly Steve Walsh, saw something everyone else had missed. So I wouldn't be too dismissive of this lad. He still has time on his side.

Having said that, I would prefer it if we were looking for a squad man as cover for Lukaku and not a replacement. In that case, Josh King would be worth a punt.
Derek Knox
13 Posted 10/04/2017 at 17:26:39
I remember not so long ago, Michu, who played for Swansea, and had a brilliant scoring spell, all the top teams were interested.

Nobody, apart from Swansea's scouting system, had heard of him the year before.

Where is he now?

I arrest my case, m'lud!

Jason Wilkinson
14 Posted 10/04/2017 at 18:28:55
Martin (#12), I can't disagree that Vardy had been around a fair few clubs prior to Steve Walsh spotting him as a future LCFC player. Do we really need another striker on the books that will probably make a squad player at best when we have Lookman and Calvert-Lewin (both already blooded in the Premier League)?

This guy might be better now than the aforementioned but if that is what Walsh and Koeman have been looking for why buy two teenagers?

I know "they are ones for the future" BS. There is no future anymore in the Prem. its hit the ground running or pack your bags nowadays.

We desperately need a better keeper and a better midfield general than Ross. It's the only way I can see us pushing on and competing for top 4 place in the next 2 to 3 seasons. Any ideas?

Jim Harrison
15 Posted 11/04/2017 at 06:50:18
As stated above, Josh King looks worth a punt for me.
Matthew Williams
16 Posted 11/04/2017 at 16:18:57
King for me too; Gray from Leicester also... ta.
Dave Kelly
17 Posted 11/04/2017 at 20:25:31
There's a fella called Niasse who converts most of the chances he gets. What'd ya mean he's already ours? 😈😂
Conor Skelly
18 Posted 11/04/2017 at 23:16:17
People are using Vardy as an example. It's Vardy we should be trying to sign.
John Pierce
19 Posted 12/04/2017 at 13:33:43
We can scoff all we like at any potential transfer, but the thing is who knows right?

Anyway, if Everton are to make their way up the league there will be plenty of casualties along the way. In part it is a numbers game.

Don't care how much a player costs, part of the attitude change is not to penny pinch or quote 'value'. Not our money. Do your business quickly, early and with little public knowledge and it shows me Everton are growing up as a professional club.

Undisclosed fee every time!

Grant Rorrison
20 Posted 12/04/2017 at 14:28:54
John (#19). If we were talking about a proven top-class player then I'd agree but wasting millions on non-entities from other leagues doesn't sound like a very sound business plan.
Kieran Kinsella
21 Posted 12/04/2017 at 14:52:53
None of the players we are linked with seem better than what we have. Are we trying to raise the bar or bulk out the squad? If it's the latter then what was the point of offloading Oviedo, Cleverley etc?

When Man City and Chelsea tried to crack the top four, they signed stars – not journeymen.

Jay Harris
22 Posted 12/04/2017 at 15:08:43
Conor agree with you totally.

Vardy would do nicely.

He is fast, plays the lone striker well, excellent work rate, good link up play and knows where the net is.

IMO he is better than Lukaku but Lukaku does have more potential to develop yet.

John Raftery
23 Posted 12/04/2017 at 15:23:59
Vardy is 30. How much would we have to pay for a player with no resale value?

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