The defender joined Everton in £4m from the Blades ten years ago, the club who had developed him after he had failed to make the grade at as a youngster at Bellefield, and became a stalwart and skipper for the Blues in the heart of the defence.
Now 35, the chances of him holding down a first-team place at Goodison Park are diminishing but he could get a new lease on life in the Championship.
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1 Posted 17/06/2017 at 22:51:02
2 Posted 17/06/2017 at 22:56:57
3 Posted 17/06/2017 at 23:01:16
If he leaves, it should be with our genuine best wishes to the lad.
4 Posted 17/06/2017 at 23:10:35
5 Posted 17/06/2017 at 23:11:20
Unfortunately, I don't feel any of our current centre-backs cut it. I was saddened to see Maguire join Leicester particularly for what seems like a relatively small fee £17m. I would like to have seen him and Keane paired together to shore up that part of our defence.
6 Posted 17/06/2017 at 23:17:05
7 Posted 17/06/2017 at 23:21:43
8 Posted 17/06/2017 at 23:36:09
I'd like to see both stay and then work in tandem with a younger guy (Keane?) and Holgate. I'd sell Funes Mori. We would then have four good centre-halves with Pennington and Browning for cover.
9 Posted 17/06/2017 at 23:38:28
Coincidentally, I was thinking the other day whether we could maybe offer Jags to Burnley in any deal for Keane. The other player that could be a makeweight is Niasse.
10 Posted 17/06/2017 at 23:45:26
But if this is what he wants, we can all do nothing but wish him the best and send him off with heartfelt thanks for 10 great years. He has given his all and made us proud.
11 Posted 18/06/2017 at 00:17:21
Holgate, Galloway and Pennington aren't too far off the first team as centre-halves. Pennington is kind of at make or break time, but Holgate and Galloway still have the ability to kick on; both can play as full back and both should be given opportunities until January whilst we're in the Europa League and League Cup plus the Premier League.
Callum Connolly and Jonjoe Kenny look ready for the first team squad too, imo, although they both look more comfortable at full-back.
I honestly believe Jags and Williams could do with being moved on soon and someone should be brought in to play alongside Funes Mori.
12 Posted 18/06/2017 at 00:22:31
I think because of the roles of players agents in transfers and contractually obliged loyalty payments and perhaps clubs wanting cash for FFP purposes etc, they just don't happen and all transfers are treated separately.
Off the top of my head the last transfer that Everton were involved in that involved a player exchange I can think of was Unsworth and Williamson with West Ham. Maybe this should be a separate thread but can anyone think of a more recent one?
Agreed that I would prefer to keep Jags in and around the squad for another year. Even with additional recruits at centre-back, I can't think of a pairing in the current squad or among those being linked who I would be confident on being the first choice pairing throughout the season.
13 Posted 18/06/2017 at 00:29:28
We've got a lot of youngsters who are quickly becoming wealthy celebs. Jags and Barry are the type of down to Earth, hard working role models who can help keep these kids on the straight and narrow.
14 Posted 18/06/2017 at 00:33:13
At one point in his career, Jags and Lescott were probably the best pairing in the Premier League. Perhaps the awful knee injury was a factor in his decline, but it has not been too much of a decline, he is still a very good defender.
I think we need a strong signing to justify letting him go; Keane could be that man but I was hoping he'd come in the place of Funes Mori or Williams, two other defenders with much to prove, unlike Jags.
15 Posted 18/06/2017 at 00:37:32
As for the future, I agree we have some younger players who are ready for the move up. For me, Mason Holgate has deputised at right back but is really a centre back. With the old head of Williams and the potential signing of Keane, I would give Holgate a chance to prove himself in his rightful position and then bring in Kenny to give him a proper chance at the right back position until Seamus returns.
For once, we have the wealth of our youth ranks and just plain old wealth from Moshiri.
Koeman's real job is to find the balance.
16 Posted 18/06/2017 at 01:02:18
Moving on, as we now clearly are as a club, we need to now sign defenders who possess that extra talent but without any less commitment in their hearts and minds than the likes of Jags.
I for one think that Michael Keane already has much that I admired in "Waggy" Watson (a criminally under-rated defender outside of Goodison).
Today's rumours suggest I might just be a happy bunny very soon, but if Jags goes he deserves the warmest acclaim from all of us. Just think of the centre-back partners he's had to get used to if nowt else!
17 Posted 18/06/2017 at 01:29:33
We will need a big squad next season especially if we progress in the Europa League, and he'd still get plenty of matches.
18 Posted 18/06/2017 at 02:01:57
19 Posted 18/06/2017 at 02:11:44
20 Posted 18/06/2017 at 03:31:43
Though his cartwheel celebration might be the highlight of his Everton career...
21 Posted 18/06/2017 at 03:35:57
Realistically, it's time for us to move on and let him go with our best wishes... as long as we replace him adequately. Centre-back recruitment needed to be a priority about 4 years ago.
22 Posted 18/06/2017 at 03:45:24
23 Posted 18/06/2017 at 04:54:04
24 Posted 18/06/2017 at 06:08:03
25 Posted 18/06/2017 at 06:12:22
A fantastic servant – and, yes Martin (21), I can never forget that last-minute strike against the RedShite to help us salvage a point.
Nor the scoring spree he went on last season scoring 3 goals in quick succession. We need players like him, Barry, Baines to keep the young 'hyped-up by the press' stars firmly grounded.
26 Posted 18/06/2017 at 06:57:09
Presently, if we had a cup final, he would be the first name I would write down in central defence.
27 Posted 18/06/2017 at 06:58:44
If he did prefer to keep playing for another season at a fairly high standard, then why not loan him out to his old club as a thank you for his great service to our great club. He has set a high bar for those who come next.
28 Posted 18/06/2017 at 07:25:50
But, he is coming to a stage in his career where he can see the finish line. If he only has one to two seasons left, he may want to cram as many games in as he can. Sheffield Utd may offer more games than us.
29 Posted 18/06/2017 at 09:13:54
Best wishes Jags in whatever you choose to do and your place in blue heaven is assured. I will never forget the derby screamer!
30 Posted 18/06/2017 at 09:24:02
The thing that struck me, Martin, is the first thing that must have struck Koeman,once he had accessed our squad because how the fuck Jagielka was allowed to run all the way to the half-way line without being pulled to the floor by one of his delighted team-mates after scoring such a goal in the last minute at Anfield, tells you everything about the mentality that Martinez, had created.
If Jagielka does go, I'm sure he will be fondly remembered by every Evertonian because, as people have said, he never once gave anything less than 100%.
31 Posted 18/06/2017 at 09:35:03
If he stays then I don't think he will fail to give his all in the Everton cause. Could be a Europa League regular no matter who comes in.
32 Posted 18/06/2017 at 09:36:46
I too will always have fond memories of that fine strike against the shite. It was great watching a pub full of the smug bastards stream out the door when that burst the back of the net.
33 Posted 18/06/2017 at 10:15:15
Nice bloke and with so many new players arriving, I would see value in keeping him to settle the new boys in and show them what the club is about. There are worse centre-backs in the squad than him.
34 Posted 18/06/2017 at 10:25:37
Jags still has plenty to offer and rumours of his footballing demise are greatly exaggerated in my opinion. A great defender (our best at the end of last season), true professional and a top bloke to boot.
35 Posted 18/06/2017 at 10:29:11
36 Posted 18/06/2017 at 10:35:05
37 Posted 18/06/2017 at 10:35:18
Great service but maybe the time is right for this move.
38 Posted 18/06/2017 at 11:01:37
39 Posted 18/06/2017 at 11:12:53
40 Posted 18/06/2017 at 11:40:06
Jags has been superb for our club on and off the pitch since his move and he discovered he was never a centre midfielder in a million years but a very good centre-half.
41 Posted 18/06/2017 at 11:47:18
On the subject of age, if the Blue Kangaroo can get into the Aussie international squad at 37, then surely Jags can do a job for us off the bench at 35? Heads: if you are good enough you are old enough... Tails: if you are good enough you are young enough.
42 Posted 18/06/2017 at 13:27:27
I doubt he will go this season because I think he is due a benefit game in the coming season he has been here 10 years.
43 Posted 18/06/2017 at 14:16:49
He was a great servant but not really captain material, imo. All good things come to an end and at 35 the Premier League is unforgiving.
We need to get a new centre-back as Jags and Williams certainly shouldn't be playing together.
44 Posted 18/06/2017 at 14:57:23
I have not been impressed by Williams in his debut season for us; he plays so deep and opens up the space in front.
Funes Mori divides opinion; I like his passion and think he is a decent player.
Will Koeman give Holgate a decent run as we have not seen what he can do in the middle of the defence yet? If we go 4 at the back then Kenny needs to be at right-back, not Holgate.
Anyway, to try and sum up my ramblings, I think Jags could do a more than a decent job this season. With the (hopefully) extra burden of Europa League games, we also need him.
(I say 'hopefully' as I think we could still do a West Ham and go out at the qualifying stage.)
45 Posted 18/06/2017 at 17:01:01
46 Posted 18/06/2017 at 22:57:52
47 Posted 18/06/2017 at 23:17:14
48 Posted 18/06/2017 at 23:59:43
49 Posted 19/06/2017 at 03:42:00
50 Posted 19/06/2017 at 04:35:57
Noted to be a poor captain, tried to lead by example but not one ounce of nark in the lad.
The goal at Anfield was meaningful and spectacular, the faces in the kop as it flew in were a sight to behold.
Deserves to go if he wants to. Personally one more year in an improved team might see him do well.
51 Posted 19/06/2017 at 14:22:47
Regardless, a top Evertonian and I wish Jags the best for this next season, whereever he may play.
52 Posted 19/06/2017 at 16:06:33
He unquestionably had a very woobly start to last season, deservedly lost his place but, typical of the man, grabbed his chance when restored to the side and played as well as anybody in defence.
Reports that he had lost his pace looked well off the mark to me. In races to the ball with known speed merchants like Vardy and Long, he more than held his own.
Jags will always have my respect for the effort and application he showed on the pitch. Centre-back is already a position that needs reinforcing, times 2, I would say. Letting him go would make that times 3.
53 Posted 19/06/2017 at 18:35:27
One of the greatest Everton moments I have experienced.
54 Posted 20/06/2017 at 02:45:29
55 Posted 20/06/2017 at 17:39:23
56 Posted 20/06/2017 at 20:09:26
57 Posted 21/06/2017 at 12:24:42
58 Posted 22/06/2017 at 21:25:33
59 Posted 22/06/2017 at 21:43:02
However, Williams is none too reliable either and like most fans want to see soon, the signing of Keane or someone with the same ability to shore up the middle especially in the air.
60 Posted 22/06/2017 at 22:02:28
The first real Everton shot at the goal was Cahill's in the penalty shoot out, we got through to the final and we fans enjoyed and revelled in the after-match celebration.
I stood and marvelled at our fans and a young fan said to me "This team doesn't deserve those fans." That summed it up for me.
61 Posted 22/06/2017 at 22:07:39
But time waits for no man; a return to Sheffield United sounds a good move.
62 Posted 22/06/2017 at 22:32:44
Also, with so many new players set to arrive, it probably needs someone like Jags to keep the ship steady while they all bed in.
63 Posted 23/06/2017 at 20:16:09
A year ago, I would have been happy to see him go, but now not so much as he did play better last season than he had in a very long time. His knee injury in 2009 definitely set him back and, honestly, he has never recovered to that same pre-injury level.
I actually don't think the Championship is the right place for a Premier League player in his career's twilight. The refs don't blow their whistles half as much for fouls, and there is a hell of a lot more football to be played with a longer season, and an extra round in the cups. He would be better to "do a Terry" and stick it out here for one more season and then perhaps find a lowly Premier League side he can do a job for.
"Always gives 100%" is damning praise too. It is a compliment you give to a person of limited talents, and watching Jags on the ball, it is pretty fitting. Good servant to the club? Yes, but the type of player that belongs in Everton's past, not future.
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