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Sigurdsson on Everton's radar for summer building

| Tuesday, 11 April 2017  85 Comments  [Jump to last]
Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh have apparently earmarked Gylfi Sigurdsson as a top transfer target for the close season.

That's the claim of the Mail's Dominic King and Paul Joyce in The Times who suggests that Everton will revive their interest in the Icelandic star after failing to land him with a reported £25m bid last summer.

Burnley's Michael Keane, Sunderland's Jordan Pickford and Brazilian striker Willian Josè also continue to be linked.

Swansea were not interested in selling the 27-year-old at that time but the player's own ambitions may force their hand this time. Sigurdsson hinted to the media last month that while he has enjoyed his time with the Swans, he is keen to play for a big club again.

Sigurdsson spent two seasons at Tottenham Hotspur before moving to South Wales in 2014.

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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 11/04/2017 at 07:19:05
Obviously top of everyone's shopping list. Tied for the Prem lead in assists, probably second-best passer behind De Bruyne. Clearly would change the look of our side dramatically.

Question, however: unless Barkley departs, who does Sigurdsson replace in the lineup?

Mike Dixon
2 Posted 11/04/2017 at 07:33:25
Barkley?
Ciarán McGlone
3 Posted 11/04/2017 at 07:33:26
Not an improvement on what we have. People should assess where we're going to, not where we are.
Aidy Dews
4 Posted 11/04/2017 at 07:42:59
The good thing about Sigurdsson, Mike, is he can play a number of roles like central midfield, left wing or No.10 but he would walk straight into our team, even ahead of Barkley imo. He's just a better, all round attacking midfielder that as a lot to his game, goals, assists, creativity and he takes a mean set piece!

Think we'll definitely be back in for him, Koeman rates him highly and wanted last summer and in January and Walsh recommended Leicester to go in for him last summer before he moved to us so obviously he's keen also so this could be a goer?!

The good thing for us though is that our if the top 6-7 teams in our league there's probably only us that want him and he would be a regular in our side! Don't think any of Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd or Arsenal will want him, probably will look at other options abroad. Liverpool may want him but same again, I think Klopp will be looking at other options abroad and he's been at Spurs and probably won't fancy going back so if he's to stay in the Premier League I think we'd have a great chance of signing him.

Trevor Peers
5 Posted 11/04/2017 at 07:46:55
We need top creative mid-fielders of his quality, all the top 6 teams have plenty of choice in this area, and he would be a welcome addition. Barkley has nothing to fear and I'm sure would be excited and motivated by his signing.

Koeman has earmarked him as a possible signing, so hopefully it happens quickly in the summer.

Aidy Dews
6 Posted 11/04/2017 at 07:50:24
Are you being serious Ciaran?! Sigurdsson would walk into our team! Class player and a player we need badly in central midfield to pull the strings, create and add goals. Plus he's deadly at set pieces and that would add another string to our bow.

Sorry but for how good Davies is, Sigurdsson would walk into central midfield to play in the 3 with Schneiderlin & Gueye imo. He would compliment those 2 the best and all their styles would suit as well.

And if needs be he could play wide left in a forward 3 like he's played to good effect for Swansea this season.

To say he's not an improvement on what we have is just daft imo. Not having a go but every year we all come on sites and forums like this and moan about how we lack that type of player, a playmaker in the centre, someone to finally take over Arteta's mantel and Sigurdsson is exactly that player and some are turning their noses up at him. He'd be a great fit for us.

Thomas Lennon
7 Posted 11/04/2017 at 08:03:20
Where would he play? Koeman would use his specific skills for specific teams or to change things during the match. We need a squad of chess pieces, not a good eleven with backup.

Free kick skills desperately needed, big game attitude too.

Alasdair Mackay
8 Posted 11/04/2017 at 08:10:36
Good player, but I'd rather keep Barkley – who is at least as good right now and is 4 years younger.

I can't see us keeping them both and Sigurdsson isn't going to displace Gana or Schneiderlin.

Jim Bennings
9 Posted 11/04/2017 at 08:31:55
Quality creative midfielder we are crying out for in games where the opposition sit deep, Siguardsson would fit in great.

I know Barkley has improved alot since January yes he has but there's still arguably a valuable commodity missing from his game over the last year.. Goals.

Keeping Barkley but also having Siguardsson wouldn't harm
our team.

Len Hawkins
10 Posted 11/04/2017 at 08:48:50
For one thing, there needs to be a clear out of players in the mindset that we are beaten before we start in games against the RS and any other of the Sky 4. Barkley was lucky to stay on the pitch the other week like a rabbit in the headlights, a good mix of top players is a must for any squad not 11 good players and a few not so bad.

That is why being in Europe is key to keep all the squad happy. Why should players know they are in if fit when with equally good players waiting for their spot they must keep their place on merit.

Steve Walsh wants to consider psychotherapy to rid this club of fear and dread for certain matches, plus a captain with the ability to give underperformers a good bollocking a la Bally on the pitch.

Chris James
11 Posted 11/04/2017 at 08:54:34
£25M is a lot in old money, but in the new crazy world someone who creates and scores goals AND offers genuine flexibility (i.e. can play anywhere across the midfield and even as an emergency forward).

8 goals and 11 assists in league this year in a team that's struggling is pretty impressive (that's 4 goals and 3 assists more than Barkley) and his figures have been similar in previous 2 seasons too from a similar number of games (e.g.31/32). 11 goals and 3 assists last year, 7 goals and 10 assists the season before and this is without a Lukaku figure on the end.

The black mark is clearly the Spurs career, but he did still contribute goals and assists there, he just didn't get a decent starting run. Considering Spurs is effectively a midfielders graveyard for a lot of players, this could be argued with.

For me I think it's a no-brainer, I see him as an option to Barkley but I also think they could get in the same side if Siggy takes one of the flank positions and Gana + Schneiderlin hold in the centre. E.g...

Lukaku (fingers crossed)
Barkley
Mirallas - Gana - Schneiderlin - Siggy
Back 4
Keeper

James Morgan
12 Posted 11/04/2017 at 09:12:17
We need a strong squad so having Sigurdsson competing with Barkley would be ideal, you only have to look at Spurs' squad to see the strength in depth they have in midfield and creative areas.

With him and if Barkley stays our midfield would be complete in my eyes.

Sam Hoare
13 Posted 11/04/2017 at 09:15:59
A very good player and would be interested to see how he'd fit in but not totally sure he's what we need.

I would like to know how many of his assists come from open play. He's a great striker of the ball but not sure he is necessarily the type to unlock a packed defence. He's not going to pick the ball up in midfield, beat a man and slip in a gorgeous reversed pass to Lukaku (or whoever our striker is next year) or is he? I only really see him on MotD but my impression is of a solid player who can pass well but not spectacularly and is very handy over dead ball so takes all their corners and free kicks.

Part of me feels that i'd rather a twinkle-toed genius in the mold of Coutinho, Ozil, Silva, Eriksen or Hazard who can compliment our counter attacking game

Sam Hoare
14 Posted 11/04/2017 at 09:23:04
He also takes all their penalties which probably accounts for fair portion of his goals.
Thomas Lennon
15 Posted 11/04/2017 at 10:16:39
3 pens this season, 8 goals scored. Can he impose himself against the big teams?
Chris Gould
16 Posted 11/04/2017 at 10:35:02
He could play the same role Eriksen plays at Spurs. Kane, Alli, Eriksen all compliment each other. Lukaku, Barkley, and Sigurdsson would give us a similar goal threat. Although, Barkley needs to start hitting double figures in the league.
Shane Corcoran
17 Posted 11/04/2017 at 11:53:47
I don't get the hype about this guy.

He went to Spurs and much like Pienaar he had to go back to his level at Swansea.

No doubt he has qualities but isn't he lacking in pace and aggression a bit.

Nice player, but not one to be spending big money on if you're trying to break the top four.

Brian Harrison
18 Posted 11/04/2017 at 12:14:24
Hopefully this rumour is wide of the mark, he is slow around the pitch and yes he is very good from set pieces. But Pochettino soon realized that Sigursson, despite his qualities, wasn't a player he needed to get Spurs into the top 4.

Yes, he looks good for Swansea but that's his level; if we genuinely want to challenge the top 4 then we need better than Sigurdsson.

Now if this was the NFL and we could bring him on to take corners and free kicks... great; but this isn't the NFL and he needs to do things other than dead-ball situations.

John Daley
19 Posted 11/04/2017 at 12:15:53
I think he's a decent player and the one thing he would bring that we're currently missing is the ability to bag more than a couple of goals a season from midfield. However, if he's going to have people calling him "Siggy", then you can sack that signing off straightaway.
Dan Davies
20 Posted 11/04/2017 at 12:18:22
If we have genuine ambition to get in the Champions League or even win the Premier League at some point, we will need a bigger squad with better quality players.

Look at the Coleman situation. Can anyone really say we have decent cover for him?

Sigurdsson I believe would improve the overall quality of our squad, he would provide competition and a different option on the attacking front.

A yes from me. Unless we sign a big money superstar!

Tony Kost
21 Posted 11/04/2017 at 12:20:38
Ciggy would be a great signing for the club – do it!
Paul Tran
22 Posted 11/04/2017 at 12:21:43
I'd take him, but he's more your very good solid 7 or 8 out of 10 player than the "get bums off seats" midfielder I'd love us to sign in the summer.
Jim Bennings
23 Posted 11/04/2017 at 12:26:55
Chances are though we aren't going to be able to attract a "bums off seats" player and the reason being is no elite European football in the form of the Champions League.

Darryl Ritchie
24 Posted 11/04/2017 at 13:04:15
Sigurdsson is a quality player. Our interest in him is being ramped up because of the uncertainty over Barkley's contract situation, although having both in the squad would be a good thing.
Gordon Crawford
25 Posted 11/04/2017 at 13:47:33
Good player but nothing more than that. We need a very good players to help us challenge.
Colin Glassar
26 Posted 11/04/2017 at 13:53:30
He'd be a great addition to the squad. Remember, we will have European football next season and will need a bigger, stronger squad.
Matthew Williams
27 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:20:30
Great player, but maybe Mahrez could be the answer to our creative midfield player problem, paired with Morgan or Gana in the middle. Two wingers either side in a midfield four, with two up top next season.

Chilwell could be the next Baines, Mee of Burnley looks a good shout as well & I'd still have Friend from Boro as left-footed defenders still seem a very rare commodity.

Ajay Gopal
28 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:21:43
Paul (21) , we already have a "bums-off-seat" midfielder on our books and his name is Gerard Deulofeu, but he hasn't shown it or given sufficient games to show his ability. I am still rooting for us to sign Rooney and Fabregas (no harm in dreaming).
Gareth Clark
29 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:26:46
My first choice signing! He is such a work horse, great attitude & has so much ability!

He would go straight into our starting line-up:

Robles
Holgate Jagielka Williams Baines
Gana Schneiderlin Davies
Barkley Sigurdsson
Lukaku

With Mirallas as a super sub – or start Mirallas depending on the situation/needs for the game.

Get him in!

We have been lacking a good set-piece taker this season & that is one of his many talents.

Rob Dolby
30 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:32:23
If Ross goes for £40m then Siggy is the ready made replacement... Though, playing a bit of Fantasy Football here, I would offer Leicester whatever they wanted for Mahrez instead.

If Ross stays, then we should be looking at strikers with lots of movement to replace Lukaku who will be gone.

Sam Hoare
31 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:36:49
I wanna see a few riskier moves. Going for some European youngsters who may not make it but might turn into the next big thing rather than some good 7.5/10 Premier League players who wouldn't make it into any of the top 4 teams.

The likes of Jonathan Tah, Niklas Sule, Youri Tielemens, Mahmoud Dahoud, Max Meyer, Kasper Dolberg, Andre Silva, Kyllian Mbappe.

Obviously I'm not a scout and obviously a lot of these players will end up at richer Champions League clubs but I'd like us to at least be in the mix for them. Trying to secure the very best young players around and show the likes of Lukaku that we intend to challenge the top 4 and beyond.

Jim Harrison
32 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:40:35
I don't see the issue of signing him and keeping Ross? Of course he would need convincing, but to push on the club needs a strong squad. Whilst the current first 15 players are decent, the recent injuries and suspension have highlighted how thin the squad really is.
Mike Gaynes
33 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:47:33
Not sure what player some of the folks here posting have actually seen, but it sure ain't Sigurdsson. He is pure class, pure quality, the #10 we have needed forever.

Yeah, he lacks pace. So do Pirlo and Berbatov. So did Cantona. And Le Tissier. Hell, Koeman's own fans called him The Iceberg because he was so slow. Class is class.

Yeah, we'd rather have Hazard, but news bulletin here folks, he ain't coming.

Colin Glassar
34 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:57:39
Good point, Mike. Some people expect us to sign a superman, ie, A player who can play anywhere on the pitch (including goalkeeper) and score 30 goals a season!

Sigurdsson would be the greatest thing to come out of Iceland since frozen burgers.

Paul Tran
35 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:10:15
Ajay, I would regard Deulofeu as a "bums off seats" player who gets me off my seat to shout, 'What the fuck are you doing?' , 'Run!', 'Tackle', 'Stop moaning and get involved!'

A supremely talented player who has shown an alarming lack of consistency and lack of stomach for any kind of battle.

I'm talking about players who deliver consistently; he's not one of those. He's the non-impact impact player, the kind who would be brilliant if there was no opposition on the pitch.

Martin Nicholls
36 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:15:15
Whilst I like Sigurdsson, I'm with Sam (#30) on this. Quality, but little known players are available in Europe at reasonable prices, examples being Coutinho who the Red Shite bought for around £8/9 million 4 years back, and Mahrez who Leicester got for £500k 3 years back.

Time for Steve Walsh and his team to start identifying players of this quality and bringing them to EFC.

Brian Furey
37 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:23:19
If you look at some of the so-called big players who transferred last year and how well they've done, then there are a lot who struggled.

Slimani, Perez, Jansen, Sissoko.

Zlatan & Gabbiandi seemed to have done better.

Colin Williams
38 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:24:13
We don't need this player to move us forward, waste of money! We have players who play his role really well at the moment. Also, the price tag being asked is taking the piss, taking his age into account.

We need to be patient; plenty of time to find the right players at the right price. They don't always need to be Premier League players – hopefully, we're looking worldwide for potential players to fit our criteria.

I'm hoping this scouting philosophy is being used within Ronald's master plan – just like Unsy is leading by example in the Under-23s.

Denis Richardson
39 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:46:20
Please make it happen. Right age and a class act and he'd be willing to step up from Swansea to Everton. Amazed he's still at Swansea tbh.

Not sure why people don't think we should be signing him. A creative midfielder who averages double digit goals, gets assists, has an eye for a pass and takes a decent free kick. That ticks quite a few boxes in my book. And he's 27 not 30-something.

As for 'who would he replace?' Well on current form pretty much any one of our attacking midfielders! Players like Schneiderlin, Gueye and Sigurdsson are exactly the level we should be aiming at.

Pat Waine
40 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:55:31
Sigurdsson in; Barkley out. He is a playmaker; Barkley is not. He works harder than Barkley and scores more goals. A more consistent and regular player than Barkley.

Some Everton fans look at Barkley and are happy with the odd flash of skill which he undoubtedly has. But what happens when you need someone to boss the big game? Barkley goes missing – it's not in his game to be (or even develop into) a playmaker.

Frank Crewe
41 Posted 11/04/2017 at 16:26:39
Denis, we only have one attacking midfielder who plays regularly and that's Barkley.

I hope this is more than paper talk though. I think he would be a big success at Everton.

Paul Holmes
42 Posted 11/04/2017 at 16:41:36
Everton need to buy quality players from now on – players who have great technical ability who can pass and have a good footballing brain. Sigurdsson is quality, very good technically, takes all the free-kicks, corners, and scores goals! What's not to like?

Sigurdsson in; Barkley out – it's a team game... not individuals, and the Swansea man fits the team model better than Barkley ever will!
Sam Hoare
43 Posted 11/04/2017 at 16:46:37
I would be interested to hear the opinions of some Swansea fans about how good he really is.

Many on here were salivating at the prospect of Bolasie due to what we'd all seen on the MotD highlights and in games we'd played them but many Palace fans said that they were happy with that money and that he was pretty hot and cold with not enough end product. Their assessment was perhaps closer to the truth than ours.

Martin Nicholls
44 Posted 11/04/2017 at 17:06:44
Denis (#39) – he had the chance to "step up from Swansea to Everton" last summer but like Arnautovic at Stoke, used our interest to get himself an improved contract and stay at Swansea - does he really want to play for us?

Still wouldn't say no, but his actions last summer will make him more expensive than he would otherwise have been

Bill Gienapp
45 Posted 11/04/2017 at 17:10:53
Can't believe people are turning their noses up at Sigurdsson, but then people were turning their noses up at Schneiderlin too, claiming we shouldn't be settling for "Man Utd rejects".
Graham Hammond
46 Posted 11/04/2017 at 17:24:48
Good point by Sam (#43). We have coped pretty well without Bolasie and have also looked much stronger with Mirallas back in the team. I think unless you watch players game in, game out, it is hard to assess just how good they actually are.

I would say Gylfi would be a good signing and seems to be a quality player but equally I am happy with Schneiderlin, Davies, Gana, Mirallas, Barkley and Lukaku going forward. Taking Gylfi would be a good, intelligent addition to the squad and would soften the blow a little should we lose Barkley and/or Lukaku.

My own feeling though, is the big money in the Summer should first and foremost be going on a couple of top drawer CB's and possibly a GK and we need to get this done as quickly as possible to establish a long overdue statement of intent, not least to Lukaku and Barkley.

If we were to talk Gylfi, I would be happy for the club to offload Williams as part of the deal.

Mark McParlan
47 Posted 11/04/2017 at 17:38:16
I think signing Siggurddsson depends on what happens with Rooney. If Rooney agrees to come to Everton in the Summer on a free transfer or negligible fee, and with a large cut in his wages, then I don't think we really have a need for Siggurddson.

I'd be hoping that the team next season would look something like this:

Lukaku*
Bolasie Barkley
(Rooney)**
Gueye Schneiderlin
Baines Jagielka Maguire*** Coleman
(New GK)****

with backup like this:

Robles
Funes Mori, Williams, Holgate, (New defender)*****
Barry, (New DM)*****
Davies
Mirallas, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin

* Keep Lukaku for one more season, sell in the summer of 2018 before his value plummets due to having less than a year on his contract.
** only with small transfer fee
*** I'd expect a fee of around £15million.
**** £20 million sounds an acceptable budget for a new goalkeepe.
***** Perhaps £10mil each. Possibly keep McCarthy at DM if we don't have the right man or sufficient funds.

Kieran Kinsella
48 Posted 11/04/2017 at 18:04:49
I fear a Pol Pot style return to year zero in the team build. Most agree we need new goalie and two centre-halves. We also need a right-back with Coleman out.

Chris Sutton reckons Barkley has been touched up and will be off. Assuming Lukaku goes too, we will essentially have a whole new team.

Tony Kost
49 Posted 11/04/2017 at 18:36:58
Kieran Kinsella @48 -

Barkley was certainly "touched up" the other night!!

Denis Richardson
50 Posted 11/04/2017 at 18:58:26
Martin 44 - admittedly I didn't realise he had a chance to come but refused. I thought Swansea blocked the deal at the time. Just looked it up and he said he wanted to stay as he was settled there and wanted to see what the new owners would bring and likes being by the sea etc.

To be fair we only finished above Swansea on goal difference last season and they finished above us the season before! Wasn't exactly a step up in terms of 'success'. However, hopefully now with European football to offer, he'll be tempted this time. Seems to be a down to earth guy with his head screwed on, like most people from Iceland.

Hope it happens - we've been crying out for a creative centre mid since Arteta left in 2011!

Mike Berry
51 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:05:13
A class act, if we bring him in we will be fortunate. Also the faithful will realize how good he us.

If you do your research you will find that Ronald is a huge fan, as he said he always scored against Holland, and stood out a mile. I expect him to be our first summer signing!

Mark Frere
52 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:30:47
I think we have an outstanding talent currently plying his trade in Milan and was recently called up by Spain. I would love Koeman to bring him back here and try and get the lad to knuckle down.

Deulofeu, initially was excellent when he first came back. His crosses into the box and link up play to provide Lukaku with goal scoring opportunities were top class.

Just look at the difference in Barkley's all round game since Koeman has come in and stopped blowing smoke up his arse like Martinez did. Barkley works much harder for the team, looks fitter, stronger and more intelligent as a player. If Koeman can do something similar with Deulofeu, we could have one hell of a player because he has all the attributes to be much better than the likes of Sigurdsson.

Graham Hammond
53 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:49:57
I would be very surprised if Gylfi came to the club as a squad addition without a major player leaving very soon after, it is sadly the long established Everton way, if it were to happen, I would expect Barkley, Lukaku or even Gana to be sold on within days.

Hopefully, this Summer window will be different and we can finally kick on. It is imperative we finish the current season very strongly though, finishing with a long overdue win at Arsenal.

Further to my last message, we also need 2 new full-backs, so basically a whole new back four! That has to be the priority.

John Pickles
54 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:59:04
Good player, but doubt he's the step up in quality that we need to get Lukaku signing on the dotted line .
Martin Nicholls
55 Posted 11/04/2017 at 20:05:00
Kieran (#48) – Chris Sutton may well be right however I doubt he's got any more reliable information than the rest of us. If he did have, he'd be one of the first pundits to give an informed view!
Nicholas Ryan
56 Posted 11/04/2017 at 20:27:26
Yes, Yes, Yes, . the price is irrelevant. Simple question: If we don't pay big money for him, will someone else? Answer: Yes, they will. Where will he play?

Sadly, I fear it will be in Barkley's position. My instinct tells me that Ross is going; no inside knowledge or anything, just a feeling. Sigurdsson has that bit of extra class, that is worth paying for. Now, Fabregas.

Mike Gaynes
57 Posted 11/04/2017 at 20:47:16
Martin (#44), I don't blame him a bit for not leaping to join us last summer. Martinez had left a dysfunctional side and Koeman had just bought two new midfielders and was bidding for more.

Nobody had any idea what we would look like this season. Sigurdsson should be reassured now that we're headed in the right direction.

Ian Bennett
58 Posted 11/04/2017 at 20:55:00
Would be a decent signing, although I agree that quicker and better value players are out there to be found. No top European team would pay £25m for him...

Mahrez would be a hell of a signing. That would be a genuine top class signing that we've not made for donkey years.

Colin Williams
59 Posted 11/04/2017 at 21:28:12
People who think he is better than Barkley are delusional. I've seen the lad play many times – last game v Bournemouth couple of weeks ago. The lad can play, although has no consistency during games- in and out of games, pops up at times with great goals.

He certainly doesn't dominate games – but with better players around him this lad could create excellent offensive options for us. I believe Swansea want top dollar for him,, which is way to much considering other players who will be available during the summer and could better suit our philosophy.

Those who think he'll take Ross's place, don't think so- different players totally. could they play together, I believe so and be very effective with the right players around them. People saying Ross out and him in – absolute tosh!! Ross is vital to our development during the next couple of years, vital! You don't sell your best players and Ross is up there with the best, if not the best!!

Raymond Fox
60 Posted 11/04/2017 at 21:36:08
I'd take Sigurdsson all day long, he seems to be able to produce that extra something that wins you games.

I don't see Barkley leaving but I think Lukaku is a cert to leave us. I know he has faults and plenty of critics but I feel he's going to be very difficult to replace. Without Lukaku up front we are going to be very lightweight.

We have proved this season we are good enough for 7th, but to crack the top six we have to really push the boat out in the transfer market this summer.

Sandra Bowen
61 Posted 11/04/2017 at 21:57:10
Class player. Not sure why anyone would have an issue in signing him. He's been playing in a team of numpties this season and he rarely sees much of the ball but he's still been producing goals and assists but equally as important, he's been doing a lot of the donkey work and working his nuts off for the cause.

Much better player when playing with a decent powerful striker. Had a fantastic relationship with Bony in the short spell they had together which got Bony his big move. Would love to see him alongside Barkley & Lukaku. There's no such thing as too many good players and just the kind of player we should be in for.

I'd take Rooney, Schneiderlin, Bolasie & Sigurdsson over Cleverley, McGeady, Niasse and Kone every day of the week. Who wouldn't???

Central midfield is strong. Trippier, Bertrand and Van Djik at the back, new goalie (not sure who) and Champions League here we come. If only it were that simple, hey.

Damian Wilde
62 Posted 11/04/2017 at 23:15:29
Rooney???? Wtf. NO! And sign GS to replace Ross, better.
David Ellis
63 Posted 11/04/2017 at 23:30:15
He's a Schneiderlin type signing – a player that will improve our first team, tested in the Premier League AND is likely to sign for us because he's not so good as to attract better offers. So it's a yes for me.

I have only seen him in edited highlights but he is a class act. We can use him and Barkley in the same side and in any event we would struggle creatively if Barkley got injured.

Exactly the sort of signing we can and should make.

Brian Williams
64 Posted 11/04/2017 at 23:57:59
Can't understand why people even give credence to these "apparently" reports. It's merely the filling of more column inches and people lap it up like it's Gospel.
Jim Hardin
65 Posted 12/04/2017 at 02:24:41
Sigurdsson has done the same job as Ross only much better. He scores, gets assists, practices free kicks and, in general, dictates the play and makes a forward pass to a teammate.

Say what you want about potential skills, Sigurdsson has proven that he can produce whatever his "skill level," while Ross has proven that he is inconsistent and little else. Keep Ross if you want to but get this player.

Mike Gaynes, Hope they are looking after you okay over there. Don't let them take you to any of Ross's hangouts, seems it could be dangerous.

Guy Hastings
66 Posted 12/04/2017 at 12:19:40
Something, or someone, would have to give – Tom or Ross? I'd take a consistent Ross every time over Sigurdsson. But it's getting that consistency. £20+mill is a lot to pay for someone not guaranteed a starting place, at EFC at least.
Mike Gaynes
67 Posted 12/04/2017 at 15:10:44
Jim (#65), I've been tapped up by the club to serve as Ross's minder while I'm over here. They've noted my ability to stay out of trouble.
Jim Harrison
68 Posted 12/04/2017 at 15:58:37
Sorry Guy, 66, £20 million is now a fairly normal fee to pay for a player. For Everton to push on, we need quality players throughout the squad, not only to cover injuries but to push the players. Ross currently has it all to himself. There are no other natural attacking midfielders of his quality at the club. He is sitting pretty and needs to competition.

People commented when Schneiderlin was signed that we now had too many defensive midfielders, but when he was injured the first team looked short of quality in the middle. If Barkley gets injured there is no like for like option currently available.

Sigurdssson isn't the only option, but for those saying that £20 mil is too much its time to wake up. To break into the top 6 is hard enough let alone top 4, it wont happen by signing a bunch of "cheap" players. Quality costs and its quality we need.

Of course there is the potential that Walsh will dig up a gem, some little known player that costs comparatively little and goes on to be a star, but realistically it's going to take hard cash to build a squad capable of getting further up the table.

Guy Hastings
69 Posted 12/04/2017 at 16:42:58
jIM 68 - I don't disagree with that at all, I just like to think we'd be a little circumspect with our money. There are so many clubs with £20+mill players not even getting bench-warming time. I don't want us to suddenly start throwing money around on in-through-one-door-out- the-next-rubbish - naming no names but those across the park spring to mind.
Spend it cautiously, that's all.
Jim Harrison
70 Posted 12/04/2017 at 16:50:27
Fair play Guy

I agree with you, money should still be spent wisely

Lev Vellene
71 Posted 12/04/2017 at 17:23:07
Sigurdsson seemed to say 'no' the first time around, so he could help his team to stay up. I'll hold nothing against him for that sentiment!

If we could get him signed, I don't really see any big problems (except to ego's...). Unless Leicester win the Champions League, and the Manure win the Europa League at the same time, we'll need a much bigger squad next year!

So don't think like a Small Team any more, think for the Big Future!

Peter Caley
72 Posted 12/04/2017 at 17:44:39
Class act, I would love Ross to stay as well; if not, then Sigurdsson would be an ideal replacement. He's big game player who can compete with the best in Premier League.
Mark Morrissey
73 Posted 12/04/2017 at 20:41:47
You're mostly mental. He's a better midfielder than all of our midfielders. Where would he fit in? It wouldn't be where would he fit in. The question would be "where would the others fit in". All day long, sign him up, no-brainer.
Jack Convery
74 Posted 12/04/2017 at 20:52:26
Wanted him for a long time – since before he went to Spurs. Could not believe we didn't go in for him when he left Spurs.

IMO Barkley is off in the summer to Spurs. We should ask Spurs for Eriksen as he will be their odd man out if they sign Biffa Barkley. If we ask for Sissoko, then god help us.

Nigel Munford
75 Posted 12/04/2017 at 21:44:28
Just seen the Man Utd v Sunderland game on Sky tonight and Pickford was awful and I think he's big a big mistake if we went for him. Robles is this season has been far better.
Jim Harrison
76 Posted 13/04/2017 at 04:47:47
Jack, when was the last time you can name that a cash-plus-player move actually happened?
Kieran Fitzgerald
77 Posted 13/04/2017 at 07:16:20
Nigel, I saw the tail end of a piece about Joe Hart on SSN last night. Apparently we're favourites to sign him. It only mentioned this in passing but It wouldn't surprise me. I would be delighted if we got him.
Sam Hoare
78 Posted 13/04/2017 at 09:17:41
Hmmm. Not sure about Hart, Kieran. I know statatistics are far from the whole truth but Robles' since January are much superior. Hart would probably cost £15-20m and for me is still prone to too many blunders and his distribution (as noted by Guardiola) is poor. We'd be buying him on his form from 3-6 years ago with no guarantee that he'll get back there.
Colin Malone
79 Posted 13/04/2017 at 11:14:44
Dele Alli and Eriksen play in the same side, so why not Ross and Sigurdsson?
Jim Harrison
80 Posted 13/04/2017 at 12:36:17
Hart has made a number of notable errors for Torino. Not sure he is worth it. A better keeper the Joel possibly, but I would prefer Forrster from Southampton.

Joel has done a good job since coming in, but I am not sure if he has it in him to become a top class 'keeper. He has let a few soft ones in recently, not really clangers but "could have done better" ones. His distribution is poor.

Jay Harris
81 Posted 13/04/2017 at 23:28:29
I think Butland would be the best bet as long as he paasses the medical after his injury.

Before that I thought he was the best young keeper around.

Colin Glassar
82 Posted 14/04/2017 at 15:50:46
Is Scott Parker still available? I always wanted him in our team.
Tony Abrahams
83 Posted 14/04/2017 at 15:55:01
Good player, Colin, but I'm sure the Arteta transfer only took so long to complete because Moyes never had the money for both of them, and was waiting to see if he could sign Parker first...
Derek Knox
84 Posted 14/04/2017 at 16:41:09
Colin @82

He is running a Retirement Home in the role of Inmate/Manager! 😅

Rick Pattinson
85 Posted 20/04/2017 at 23:05:37
Get him in...A great playmaker... Who would add alot to our current team Offload McCarthy while we are at it.

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