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Everton lodge Tielemans bid?

| Thursday, 27 April 2017  36 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton are vying with Monaco for the young midfielder's signature, with a report from his native Belgium suggesting that the Blues have already made an offer.

Sport/Foot suggest that Bill Kenwright has taken advantage of his close relationship with the player's agent, Christophe Henrotay, to sound out Anderlecht's willingness to accept a €25m bid for Tielemans.

The report also outlines the fact that Monaco are in pole position for the 19-year-old, however.

Tielemans is seen as the next big thing to come out of Belgium and is believed to have been watched by a number of top Premier League clubs for some time now.

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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 27/04/2017 at 07:04:42
A good player no doubt with potential to get even better but pretty similar to Tom Davies in the box-to-box role. I would be chuffed if we got him though think we should target someone who is primarily a playmaker as creativity and speed of thought is what we are missing to my eye.

If it's a choice between us and Monaco then I don't rate our chances. Even I as a bluenose might be tempted by the sunny tax haven with a killer young team...

John Daley
2 Posted 27/04/2017 at 07:37:42
Don't see too much of a similarity myself, Sam. No offence to Davies (who I rate), but Tielemans looks a class above and the sort of player we're currently sorely lacking in midfield. His game is based much more upon getting on the ball, getting forward and he has a real eye for goal.

He's the one name we've been linked with since Koeman/Walsh came in that would represent a genuinely exciting capture, if it turned out to be anything more than complete cock and bull.

Colin Glassar
3 Posted 27/04/2017 at 07:40:25
A brilliant young player who is being linked to every top European team. If we get him, that would be a major statement. Might even convince Rom to stay.
Jim Bennings
4 Posted 27/04/2017 at 07:44:47
Is he quick?
Can he create?
Does he score?

If he ticks those boxes then get him.

Colin Glassar
5 Posted 27/04/2017 at 08:09:20
Jim, from what I've seen of him, he's brilliant. He can play deep and pass the ball with pinpoint accuracy or he can play the No 10 role.

He's two-footed, scores amazing goals and he's still only a kid. The player who he most reminds me of is Paul Scholes, but a faster version.

Paul Tran
6 Posted 27/04/2017 at 08:21:13
Ticks all the boxes. If we pull this off, I'll be impressed. But I won't be holding my breath.
Liam Reilly
7 Posted 27/04/2017 at 08:35:26
Make him an offer he can't refuse and get it done early.

I suspect however we are still a few spades in the ground at Bramley-Moore away from convincing this type of player that the club means business.

I fear he'll have too many suitors for now.

Sam Hoare
8 Posted 27/04/2017 at 09:00:57
John @2. I suspect you may be right about him being a class above Tom (time will tell) but I suppose I mean more that (from what i've seen) he's an all round midfielder who passes, tackles and scores.

Don't get me wrong – I'd be absolutely delighted if we got him but in terms of the type of player i'd like I'd be happy to get someone who excels particularly in the creative arts. If Tielemans has that top class playmaker ability and some defensive attributes to boot then all the better.

I still think he'll end up at Monaco. Maybe he'll be this Summer's Alex Witsel...

Gareth Clark
9 Posted 27/04/2017 at 10:20:35
Get him in, we have the money to convince him & we are definitely an exciting prospect for him.

Him & Davies fighting for a spot in the midfield will be great! Plenty of game time for them both too, because of Europe.

Henrik Lyngsie
10 Posted 27/04/2017 at 10:24:22
I have not seen much of him but from what I read he is the real deal.
And he is the type of target we should go for. We can't buy established top players like Sanchez, Coutinho.

Then we can choose between established good players from Premier League bottom half or young up coming top players. I would go for the young top talents as this guy rather than taking Burnley and Middlesbrough players.

Scott Mongomery
11 Posted 27/04/2017 at 10:34:32
I watched the Scout Nation review of him and he looks impressive. Plenty of speed, good passer and a rocket of a shot from 25 yards. Looks like he takes a good penalty as well.

Most impressive is that he picks up the ball in midfield, looks up and gets the attack going forward almost immediately... no aimless sideways balls allowing the defence to regroup. They suggested his market value was €17m I think at 19 years old; he's going to transfer for much more than that.

Bob Skelton
12 Posted 27/04/2017 at 10:35:32
Us or a team in the Champions League? Would be a strange choice if he chose us. I thought the Kenwright day-dreaming had finished.
Joseph Terrence
13 Posted 27/04/2017 at 10:42:37
As I have not seen him, I reserve judgement until one Erik Dols weighs in.
Gary Edwards
14 Posted 27/04/2017 at 10:52:29
My enthusiasm is dampened by "Kenwright" and "the fact that Monaco are..."

I really do hope that we get our shit together for this transfer window but, whilst Bill and Ben preside over transfers, scepticism grips me like a bad hangover. Gueye was a cracking deal, the rest over-priced and moderate at best and seemingly we missed so many 'deals'.

Thomas Surgenor
15 Posted 27/04/2017 at 11:42:21
Martinez was very high on him. Didn't we try to sign him back then?

Oh, IMHO we have no chance of getting him, unless of course we get Olympiakos to do the bidding for us!

Dean Cooper
16 Posted 27/04/2017 at 11:43:40
I don't see Tielemans and Barkley playing in the same team. Read into that whichever way you want..
Eddie Dunn
17 Posted 27/04/2017 at 11:44:25
Surely the next transfer window will show just where we are heading. Koeman will not be happy if we lose one of Lukaku or Barkley without quality being added.

The Europa League will make greater demands on our small squad; whilst it is super to see some of our youngsters given the chance in the first team, we need to bring in some proven quality to stake a claim for the top six.
The top six is looking to be a tough nut to crack, but our form post-Christmas suggests that we could mount a serious challenge next season.

However, all and sundry will be adding to their squads at the same time, and none of us want a repeat of last summer, where rumours of bids for various targets came to nothing.

Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 27/04/2017 at 12:36:48
Dean (#16), if Tielemans is as good as fans on here are saying, then the money we get for Ross should be enough to pay for the lad, with maybe some left over.
Gary Edwards
19 Posted 27/04/2017 at 14:05:07
£21m does seem a modest amount for Tielemans.
Jim Harrison
20 Posted 27/04/2017 at 14:36:37
A question to those who know this player, who would you prefer, him or Barkley?
Sam Hoare
21 Posted 27/04/2017 at 14:37:18
Let's remember that so far he's only really proved himself in the very mediocre Belgian league. He looks a talent for sure but I wonder if we would all be getting so excited if he were a Scottish lad playing for Kilmarnock.

I think £20-25m would be quite a lot for someone yet to prove themselves in one of the better leagues. Having said that, I really hope we get him!

Colin Williams
22 Posted 27/04/2017 at 14:37:42
Playing in a Micky Mouse league with feck all competition. £20mill for what? Some people all of a sudden have their scouting cap on and comment that the lad is better than Tom! How does that assessment work then?

Maybe, Watching him v Man Utd and some fans giving their own hopeful views on the lad- plus some clips on tv showing some goals and before you know it, he the business – better than Ross, Tom and every top talent we have. You couldn't make it up!

Peter Gorman
23 Posted 27/04/2017 at 14:47:05
Sam, the Belgian league is a pretty decent breeding ground for talent, those who look good there tend to thrive abroad. That would include pretty much all the Belgians playing in the Premier League.

We ourselves signed Fellaini (for a then club record £15 million fee) after he looked the business there and he did very well for us... no matter how dismal he looks now.

James Stewart
24 Posted 27/04/2017 at 15:34:06
I would be very surprised if we were at the table, he is on the radar of the elite. Top player.
Anto Byrne
25 Posted 27/04/2017 at 16:53:50
More likely that Steve Walsh will uncover some talent that wont cost the earth. Don't think Leicester broke the bank with their recruiting.

I can see some players moving on this summer including Mirallas, Barry and maybe one or two others but that remains to be seen.

Brian Williams
26 Posted 27/04/2017 at 17:48:30
I watched Tielemans against Man Utd and din't think he stood out at all tbh.
Stan Schofield
27 Posted 27/04/2017 at 18:20:20
Just had a look at him on some YouTube vids, and he seems good, but it's only his shooting at distance that seems to set him apart from what we already have. He reminds me of Barkley rather than Davies, but he's very right footed, whereas, of course, Ross can do the business with both feet.

Also, he doesn't seem to have the physical presence of either Barkley or Davies.

John Daley
28 Posted 27/04/2017 at 21:01:29
"Playing in a Micky Mouse league with feck all competition. £20mill for what? Some people all of a sudden have their scouting cap on and comment that the lad is better than Tom! How does that assessment work then?"

He's only 19, but he's actually been playing first-team football consistently since 2013 (for the same "Mickey Mouse" side whose ranks our current star striker came up through). 

He played in the Champions League (that "Mickey Mouse" standard level our star striker, every other player, our manager and fans hope to get to) at the age of 16 and has done so again another 12 times. Throw in another 18 games in the Europa League and his European experience currently leaves young Tom trailing.

He's made over 160 first-team appearances (compared to Davies 22).

He's a full Belgian International (that "Mickey Mouse" national side ranked in the top 10). 

He is a league and cup winner ("Mickey Mouse" maybe, but even that wet, big-eared, tranny-voiced, way too cheery bell in super tight ball-crunchers, knows a winning mentality can only be a positive thing for a footballer to acquire at a young age, irrespective of where the opposition ranks on the 'Williams Wank O'Scale) and has been voted Belgium's 'Young Player Of The Year' twice.

He's shown he can play, and shine, as both a holding midfielder (the position he started out in) and as a more attacking midfielder (the position he currently plays in and a position Everton have neglected to strengthen for far too long).

He's scored 16 goals this season and has 9 assists (More than Everton's entire midfield combined).

At this moment in time, there's more tangible evidence on the table of Tielemans potential, ability, consistency and capability to cut it, long-term, at a high level than currently exists for Tom Davies (who, I stress again, I rate), unless top-level togger is now narrow-mindedly considered to consist solely of the fucking Premier League, full-stop, with everything else being deemed worthy of merely a 'tightly pinched nose, popping eye-balls, presumably trapped in fairly close proximity to a putrid fanny' type bad reaction face.

"You couldn't make it up!"


Andrew Keatley
29 Posted 27/04/2017 at 22:19:31
Peter Gorman (23): I think you're being a tad generous to the Belgian league; quite a lot of the current generation of Belgian stars skipped playing there – certainly Eden Hazard, Mirallas and Origi (started at Lille), Alderweireld, Vermaelen and Vertonghen (at Ajax), Chadli (other Dutch clubs) -– and plenty had left by the time they were still teenagers, including Moussa Dembele and Romelu Lukaku.
Steve Ferns
30 Posted 28/04/2017 at 03:54:44
I think we're too late on this guy. He's had too good a season, too many other clubs are swirling and he'll hold out for one of them.

If we landed him, I'd be delighted though.

Iain Thomson
31 Posted 28/04/2017 at 14:29:35
I wish we'd signed Forster, Manyama and Van Dijk when they played in a Mickey Mouse league...
Martin Coughlin
32 Posted 28/04/2017 at 15:21:03
A quality player. Can score from distance with both feet, which is something we still massively miss. I don't agree he is too Similar to Davies, who is more tenacious and does the ratting better than Tielemens. Really encouraging link.

Here are list of players I think we should be focusing on. Unfortunately I think Lukaku and Barkley have moved on. So should we.

Horn – £15m
Van Dijk – £50m
Keane – £25m
Tielemens – £20m
Berahmi – £18m
Berandeschi – £20m
Mertens – £18m
Rooney – Free
Benteke – £30m

£206m spent

Lukaku – £70m
Mirallas – £10m
Barkley – £30m
Funes Mori – £18m
Lennon – Free
Barry – Free

£128m recovered

Nett: £78m

Tim Greeley
33 Posted 28/04/2017 at 17:46:21
Oh boy, he is GOOD. Gonna have dust off my trademarked "Buy More Belgians" tee shirt/scarf/bumper sticker/pint glass/underoos and key chains that I had produced a couple years back under Martinez. Never did sell any of them...

As others have said, this kid is a grade A talent and would put Barkley on the bench. Which probably means we won't buy him. :(

Karl Masters
34 Posted 28/04/2017 at 21:18:08
Fantasy football.
Martin Coughlin
35 Posted 30/04/2017 at 08:58:58
Karl (#34). What is fantasy football? Should we not be aiming for this calibre of player?
Anthony Dwyer
36 Posted 30/04/2017 at 21:21:21
Martin; Yes, we should be looking at this level and even higher; the Premier League is the place to play football and we're in the top 7 teams in it.

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