The 16-year-old was reportedly in talks with the Blues about finalising a move to the Finch Farm Academy, with Ronald Koeman's influence proving crucial in his decision.
Described as a "goal machine", Zirkzee looked bound for Arsenal only 24 hours ago after they had surpassed Ajax in the race to sign him.
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1 Posted 19/07/2017 at 20:21:37
2 Posted 19/07/2017 at 20:27:39
3 Posted 19/07/2017 at 20:30:26
We are certainly doing really well, with the younger players, even beating so called bigger sides to their signings, there must be a feeling amongst these youngsters, that they would stand a better chance of making it, with us, which, I have to say, is encouraging.
4 Posted 19/07/2017 at 20:36:35
5 Posted 19/07/2017 at 20:52:32
6 Posted 19/07/2017 at 21:00:05
Some not make it but now we've beating Arsenal twice with Zirkzee (hopefully) and Onyekuru joining us. That's massive that we're more of a attractive option than Arsenal.
It's in the papers that we're getting in Gibson from the Barcodes supposedly another top young player. Having this crop of players coming through in the next few years is very exciting.
7 Posted 19/07/2017 at 21:04:16
Look at Chelsea, for example: just sold a cracking young midfielder for £5m to Watford and paid £40m to Monaco for a player that's the same age and same standard.
8 Posted 19/07/2017 at 21:08:33
9 Posted 19/07/2017 at 21:11:22
10 Posted 19/07/2017 at 21:14:03
11 Posted 19/07/2017 at 21:32:38
Let's be honest here. Our turnover and commercial streams are presently well below others in the Premier League. Moshiri will only dig so deep he's a business man first. We catch them young and school them, give them opportunities and a team that conquers could be built by scouting foresight and not just buying immediate success that's got to be satisfying. Not all will make it but we have a decent record of developing players.
I personally know nothing about Zirkzee. I know little of Onyekuru or Mathis either. Imagine though if, in 5 years, these lads are mainstays of the first team.
Walsh is putting his reputation on the line here but that's what he gets paid for.
12 Posted 19/07/2017 at 22:04:38
Well then, it's a done deal!!!!!!!!
I would love to see this kid in a blue shirt, he averages more than a goal a game.
13 Posted 19/07/2017 at 22:11:01
It is investing in long-term options, outside of what the current manager wants, in the same way a club like Southampton does, in order we have continuity and don't capitulate when a manager inevitably leaves from time to time, as we would have done in the David Moyes era where the incumbent coach was responsible for the club from top to bottom.
14 Posted 19/07/2017 at 22:59:13
Koeman will have the players he wants and it is down to him to get the best out of them. Last season was his ''apprenticeship'' so to speak so this next season there cannot be any excuses.
The top five or six teams are also bringing in new players and will be just as tough to beat as always, if not a few other teams, but I feel that the Blues will now be in a better position than they have been for many years to make the step up.
15 Posted 19/07/2017 at 23:39:17
16 Posted 20/07/2017 at 00:21:44
17 Posted 20/07/2017 at 02:10:52
David Henen, Brendan Galloway are a couple of recent examples and there are lots more in the past.
Scoring loads of goals at youth level is a long way from doing it in the Premier League. Players seem to stop developing in many cases. Lack of first-team chances and off-the-field distractions for young players would seem to be possible causes for that. Feeling they have already made it when in fact the hard work is only just beginning could be another.
Of course, I hope the young signings do well, and by that I mean become established first-team players, but I'm not expecting much. Guess we will see how it pans out.
18 Posted 20/07/2017 at 05:04:07
19 Posted 20/07/2017 at 06:06:33
20 Posted 20/07/2017 at 06:13:11
Do you mean Steven Kinsella, on loan at St Patricks for the end of 2016 & then loaned to Dundalk for the first 6 months of 2017?
Not sure whether he is still under contract or not. Not among the recently released so Dundalk may have ended up being permanent.
21 Posted 20/07/2017 at 07:05:22
Walsh and Koeman certainly appear to be doing just that.
22 Posted 20/07/2017 at 08:16:19
We only need a couple of them to come good there's a real chance of that with the current group of U23 players and this buying of 17-year-olds is just re-loading the gun so we have a chance of having some more come through in the next 3 years (as I understand our current U18 crop is not as good as the current U21/U23 crop).
But you're right – nothing to get excited about this particular young man just yet. However, as a group, I think we can be excited about them.
23 Posted 20/07/2017 at 09:11:38
24 Posted 20/07/2017 at 11:23:32
He'll turn 19 this August. Does anyone in here know if he's any good? Reading, it appears there was some competition for his signature a few years back. Yet, he hasn't been selected for our U23 or U18 squads.
Who knows? I'll go ahead and guess we'll never see him.
25 Posted 20/07/2017 at 12:04:14
Also interesting is the article stating the kid's out of contract at Feyenoord. If that's true, then it's just between him and Everton on money.
Anyone here ever seen him play?
26 Posted 20/07/2017 at 13:17:55
According to this, he's already signed and has played!?!?
27 Posted 20/07/2017 at 13:23:10
He really needs to be playing somewhere to kick on.
28 Posted 20/07/2017 at 13:36:41
29 Posted 20/07/2017 at 13:48:53
In recent years we've really turned it around. Even aside from the players in and around the first team squad, we've had numerous players go off to have solid careers at professional clubs. It's very encouraging and looks like we want to raise the bar further.
30 Posted 20/07/2017 at 14:16:01
The game in full is on YouTube. A very boring 0-0 draw. However, Zirkee stood out. He is tall and pacey with a great touch and lovely skill.
Considering he wouldn't have known his teammates, he did very well. Have a look at his piece of skill in the 39th minute. Lovely flick and turn of pace.
31 Posted 20/07/2017 at 14:17:18
It was 0-0 and dull as dishwater (I skipped through it), so unless you have a very high boredom threshold, don't bother. For a quick glimpse, try 34 minutes when Joshua Zirkzee makes then misses a decent chance. He's a big lad for just turned 16!
32 Posted 20/07/2017 at 14:20:24
Barkley should lift his head up and take a look around at the project he is walking away from, and see why his departure can't be compared to Rooney's.
33 Posted 20/07/2017 at 14:36:39
34 Posted 20/07/2017 at 14:44:44
It is refreshing to see two Everton's running in parallel: Koeman's ruthless 3-year plan, with no time to wait on anyone; meanwhile, Steve Walsh is busy signing players who won't be in the first team until long after Koeman's 3-year plan comes to an end.
I just hope Koeman plays Kenny to show kids will be given a chance still, and on current form, finds a game or two for Dowell.
35 Posted 20/07/2017 at 14:49:17
The game was dull. But I just kept watching him. When we got forward, his movement to create a passing lane looked good. Teammates didn't make the pass, though. I'd guess that will improve as they get to know one another.
Looked good the few times he got to touch the ball. Big kid for that age.
36 Posted 20/07/2017 at 15:04:20
There is no reason, as long as we can afford it, not to buy as many players we can of whatever age. The limiting factor will be what do they bring to the team / squad.
For me, Rooney has an X-Factor due to his passion for the club and the good chance he will go on to serve the club in other roles, that mitigates against his age / cost. He was also a useful makeweight in a transfer that the club needed to happen given the fact that Lukaku had already departed in spirit anyway. Giroud is more of a gamble, I think, which makes me question whether the money for him could be used to gamble on an emerging player.
In my opinion, an emerging player would be one who has successfully (but unspectacularly) transitioned from junior to senior football but has enough potential improvement left in them to eventually become a top player. That has to be the sort of player by which to judge Steve Walsh's famed ability at discovering hidden gems.
Buying seasoned professionals and 'starlets' has to be the easy part of any transfer policy, although the fact that we are attracting youngsters away from the likes of Arsenal and Man Utd is a huge step up for us.
37 Posted 20/07/2017 at 15:09:09
38 Posted 20/07/2017 at 15:42:14
39 Posted 20/07/2017 at 15:45:21
Get in, Blues!
40 Posted 20/07/2017 at 15:47:44
41 Posted 20/07/2017 at 15:55:25
42 Posted 20/07/2017 at 16:57:10
43 Posted 20/07/2017 at 17:24:13
What you've got to remember is those flops you mentioned were not brought in by this management or scouting network.
Sure you will agree but you can't compare Kenwright and Walsh to Martinez and his back-room staff. This lad looks the dogs!
44 Posted 20/07/2017 at 17:29:50
45 Posted 21/07/2017 at 00:14:27
46 Posted 21/07/2017 at 01:19:37
Hope he comes good.
47 Posted 21/07/2017 at 08:28:09
48 Posted 21/07/2017 at 14:33:12
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