Whilst I've historically been part of the glass half-fulls, a staunch devotee of the Moyesiah and even prepared to give BK a fair hearing, I am finding the apparent collective lack of clarity and action in the senior squad transfer market particularly tough to swallow.
Whilst we've done the business very nicely on the reserves/youth level — identified targets, made offers, brought in 3 and maybe more to come with minimum of fuss, when it comes to the senior squad we just don't seem to be able to do the business.
We have a fixed budget — A; yes, I know we don't have 'much' money, but it is inconceivable that we don't have some budget considering the success of the team last year, Sky subs, new commercial agreements, record season tickets etc. Having looked at all the available data, I think the common perception of something in the £10-20M bracket makes sense.
We have clear positions to fill —B. Arguably the club have the clearest idea ever of the players they need to get (i.e. right winger and cover at right-back/centre-back are both essential whilst an additional midfielder who can pass a bit is a desired option (either from creative angle to take pressure of arteta or tough-tackler to provide platform for him/Pienaar).
I'm also pretty sure that Moyes will have drawn up an extensive hitlist of players for positions, let's call that list C.
Assuming all of that is broadly true, it wouldn't seem too much to ask, in the grand scheme of things, for the commercial dealmakers at Everton to work their way down item C, applying limits B to players that fit A in order to actually sign the board — let's see, let's call that D for the sake of consistency.
And yet somehow, even when we have players who seem to fit A, B and C and indeed seem set on joining us, we are failing to make D happen.
To be clear I'm not saying that either Cana or Naughton will turn out to be massive missed opportunities in themselves (although both promised to be solid additions) and I'm equally sure there were mitigating circumstances in both cases, but surely as soon as there was some doubt about the transfer, we should already have been onto the next names on the list.
Now it may be that this is precisely what has happened, but the lack of any results to date and the protracted nature of fannying about which seems to surround every Everton transfer these days would seem to suggest otherwise.
It's obviously not too late to turn things around, but the clock is ticking now and to give new players any chance of really aiding the side as we kick off the new season (rather than becoming a potentially annoying diversion as per last year), the business needs to be done within the next 2 weeks.
So come on Bob, Bill and whoever else does the deal-making for our beloved blues, it's time to pull your fingers out and step up to the helm!
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1 Posted 25/07/2009 at 21:24:18
2 Posted 25/07/2009 at 22:24:15
3 Posted 25/07/2009 at 22:56:53
What do we know about Cana? Hands up who had ever heard of him before Sky or The Sun or some similar entertainment medium linked him to us. A £5m Sunderland player now - they weren’t exactly beating off the opposition were they.
Yes, we know we need a stronger squad and some people argue that we need to replace players in some positions. But sometimes it sounds like the manager needs the cash to go out and buy a new team every close season. Bloody nonsense.
4 Posted 25/07/2009 at 23:47:16
5 Posted 26/07/2009 at 00:06:15
I just can’t stomach two lousy clubs beating us at the transfer game - that hurts worse than the loss of the two. Perhaps Castillo wants back...
6 Posted 26/07/2009 at 06:29:42
So we sign whoever in Aug, 2, 3, 4, yrs later the season ends and lo and behold he is still sitting on his arse in May June until his contract runs out... end result same money spent out, same 8 weeks wages ’wasted’ but with the added unwanted ’bonus’ that coz Bill was too tight at the start of the guys contract, WE DIDN’T ACTUALLY SIGN HIM!! e.g. Fernandes and how many others???
7 Posted 26/07/2009 at 09:31:52
8 Posted 26/07/2009 at 09:37:24
9 Posted 26/07/2009 at 13:51:27
10 Posted 26/07/2009 at 13:52:41
The obvious point must be that we DO have at least some money to spend, otherwise how did we make the Naughton bid and then raise it? Given this, I don’t really understand why we didn’t buy Cana (or Christian Poulsen, who Juventus apparently are happy to sell, or for that matter Manuel Fernandes) with the money we saved by losing out to Tottenham. Did we bid £9M for Defour? Or was that just made up?
I fully agree with the OP’s second paragraph, the situation is becoming unbearable, and we are about to enter the new season in the same dishevelled state we entered last season. By March we knew where we needed two players, its inconceivable that an operation the size of Everton Football Club can be so lacking in competence or direction. We should have signed them by now, and they should be in America ’gelling’ with their new teammates.
If we’ve literally got no money, then we should have sold Joleon for silly money by now, we could have replaced him and bought two decent other players as well in the meantime.
11 Posted 26/07/2009 at 14:05:57
12 Posted 26/07/2009 at 18:19:57
1/ ’We are in th same dishevelled state we were last pre-season’
Last year we had sold AJ and signed nobody. This year we have sold nobody and gained Jo — a swing of 2 players in our favour... plus Gosling and Rodwell have emerged — squad is 4 players bigger. Not enough, but still nothing like as thin as 2008.
2/ Elm. ’Why can’t he decide?’
Probably just waiting to see what else comes in. With the squad and Moyes away whether he signs today or when they return will make no difference to him. Might as well wait. See it through his eyes.
3/ ’We have £10-20M to spend’
Where exactly do you get this from? Last pre-season we had a net spend of about £2m. Sure, we had a good season, but wages went up £4M and turnover went up £5M so we might have an extra £1M to spend. In case you hadn’t noticed Banks don’t like lending as much this year.
Every year, the wage bill goes up and the Club are hardly going to announce they have very little as it only weakens their hand if somebody comes in for Lescott etc. Some things have to remain private I guess.
WAGES are where the money is going. Consider this: If our wage Bill is £50M for roughly 22 senior professionals they are averaging £2M a year, with the other £6M going elsewhere around the Club. £2M A YEAR EACH ON AVERAGE = £40k A WEEK AVERAGE.
If the players gave up 20% of those enormous wages and averaged £1.6M a year each, the Club would have an extra £9M to spend. Just think about that. Not saying it’s not the going rate etc, but it’s what’s taking all the cash. If you want 4 more players that’s probably the best part of another £10M on the wage bill, when we only have £1M more than a year ago.
I am as sick of the bullshit emanating from BK’s mouth as anybody, whilst Elstone has been as bad this Summer, but there are no rich bank-rollers like at City or Sunderland, or high commercial income like at Spurs, so we have to rely on the bank. And as you can see from the above, the Business Plan won’t stack up in their eyes.
Frustrating, yes... but think about it and you can see why we are in this position. And while BK clings to his Kirkby exit route, nothing will change.
13 Posted 26/07/2009 at 18:57:00
I don’t even think we can rely on the bank as I won’t be surprised if Green and Earl have closed the door to going guarantor on any more loans and Bullshit Billy couldn’t find tuppence down the back of his casting couch.
14 Posted 26/07/2009 at 19:22:17
That’s what I said - we are reliant on the Banks, unlike others, and nothing will change with them until BK is replaced by a person with sufficient wealth to guarantee our loans. Earl and Green are not putting any more in I suspect until they know the verdict on Kirkby.
The four you mentioned did very little last season, Castillo aside although at £4m ( or whatever it was the Serbians wanted for him ) we can do better. VDM was not in anybody’s calculations a year ago as he was injured again. Nor was Jacobsen as he had not even signed! And he only played half a dozen games and is now at Burnley and over 30 to boot. Valente as injured all season apart from the opening game and at 34 was never very likely to do a lot.
We probably only got about 20 games max out of those 4 and one goal and they did ok to a point, but that’s all. Anybody we bring in now will do more than that next season I’m sure.
I like to see players brought in early ( like 2006 when we had Howard, AJ and Lescott all signed by June 14 ) but it’s not only us who haven’t made any real additions yet. Just seems to be the way it is these days.
Scrap the Window I say and it doesn’t all go to the wire - 3 weeks after the season has started.
15 Posted 27/07/2009 at 10:41:38
I ask this because although we do seem to dither in the transfer market, it could be because Moyes has strict criteria that has to be adhered to.
For example, one of the main things our squad has is commitment. They are a band of brothers (and thats not a blind optimism on my part) — they clearly dig in and look after one another. The dressing room is very stable. Moyes has to be careful that he doesn’t rock the boat. As such, he has to careful that the players are hard working, honest and reliable. He must also ensure that they are disciplined.
Therefore, I think to make List C — the players must first pass a series of criterion, E,F,G (and a load more)... skillful, work horse, team player... etc.etc.
I don’t think that List C is very long... making the whole job that bit more difficult.
16 Posted 27/07/2009 at 12:29:56
As for Cana if anyone thinks this lad has anything positive to offer Everton in a footballing sense they should check his numerous videos of thugery on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL_bZAdOKhk
...and Kurt how long have you been a blue? Being beaten in the transfer market by lousy clubs is almost an Everton tradition, as is however; turning out to be crap and a waste of hard-earned in most circumstances :- )
I’d also like to ask out of who from the teams that finished above us last season look stronger than they did in May? City could in fact, turn out to be our best benefactors yet, but more through their weakening of the teams above us than anything else. Ah the wonderful, bizarre world of the Premier League.
17 Posted 27/07/2009 at 13:15:36
I wonder how much we’d get for him if we sold him..
Potential...and in a position which we are over-subscribed.
18 Posted 27/07/2009 at 16:57:02
Considering we supposedly put £4millon up front I think we would make a handsome profit on a 20yr old, full international, goal scoring midfielder who can play in a number of different roles and is proven to adapt quickly to unfamiliar surroundings in a foreign country.
19 Posted 28/07/2009 at 12:30:56
I can see another nervous deadline day ahead becuase the papers won’t have time to report our interest and tip off lazy managers like Redknapp, Bruce, O’Neil on who they should sign.
20 Posted 29/07/2009 at 11:58:49
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