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David Chait
1 Posted 12/08/2014 at 07:22:50
Guess itÂ’s a bit more credible than a selfie from a cabbie!
Tony Ateman
2 Posted 12/08/2014 at 07:39:31
"With the signing of Christian Atsu on loan from Chelsea this week".

I read that as he will sign on loan this week, which lasts until Saturday. I donÂ’t accept that he has signed just yet, hence why it has not appeared on the official web site.

Derek Knox
3 Posted 12/08/2014 at 08:05:12
Bloody hell, that went through quick !
Phil Walling
4 Posted 12/08/2014 at 08:13:40
A longer running roduction than Â’Blood BrothersÂ’ !
Jim Bennings
5 Posted 12/08/2014 at 08:09:24
LetÂ’s hope thereÂ’s no more snags to this deal.

Now we have to make more attempts to bring in another striker.

I wonder where it stands with the Traore deal.?
I know he was a crock during his time here but I wouldnÂ’t have minded another look at him, see when he was fit if his height meant he actually offered an ariel threat from corners at least.

Failing that thereÂ’s always Hernandez or maybe a cheeky move for Remy.

You can never have enough quality attacking players.

Peter Murray
7 Posted 12/08/2014 at 08:23:10
IÂ’ll believe this once pen has been put to paper.

Kalou now on the radar?

And Henen?

Peter Barnes
8 Posted 12/08/2014 at 08:45:45
I wonder why we havnt looked at Connor Whickham. His goals kept Sunderland up last season and under 㾶m.
Phil Thomas
9 Posted 12/08/2014 at 09:38:23
I believe there could be something in the Kalou link.
Thomas Surgenor
10 Posted 12/08/2014 at 10:17:02
Because I donÂ’t think we have a spare 㾶 million laying around for Connor.

For 㾶 million, I expect someone to walk into our starting 11.

How could we justify 㾶 million on a sub when the following were bought for under ٤ million apiece;


I know people get frustrated with the way out club do business. But it all works out in the end!

IÂ’d love to know where the likes of West Ham get the money to throw at players but still stay afloat financially.

Phil Walling
12 Posted 12/08/2014 at 10:24:39
Don't worry, Jim, Kone is on his way back 'especially for the Europa games' !!
Tony J Williams
13 Posted 12/08/2014 at 10:35:08
I would imagine that Traore deal rests on the Falcao situation.

Surely we must have had an agreement in place to keep him here when injured so he could come back for this season? Otherwise what on earth was the point of keeping him here?

Nicholas Page
14 Posted 12/08/2014 at 11:09:16
Some Surrey kopite in the work permit office will deny him a Visa, I reckon. IÂ’m not paranoid though.

(Who said that?)

Sean Kelly
15 Posted 12/08/2014 at 11:52:27
Hopefully this will be done now. The phones were cut off but Billy has put a few quid in the meter. That Lukaku deal will kill us – the next thing is lecky going off. [Joking]
Harold Matthews
16 Posted 12/08/2014 at 12:12:09
I would have liked 22-year-old Guidetti, who is available for ٢M and is better than any of those mentioned above. Rumours have him going back to Europe or to his old boss at Southampton.
James Stewart
17 Posted 12/08/2014 at 12:32:42
Guidetti? No thanks. He’s a complete idiot. Bojan would have been better business – I think he might surprise a few people this season.
Richard Mudie
18 Posted 12/08/2014 at 12:37:37
If we got Hernandez, I would be ecstatic. Only 26 years old and a real goalscorer when he plays. There for the taking as well. I think, if him and Lukaku were played together, they would be a great partnership.

HernandezÂ’s main problem for game time seems to stem from most of his game relying on being in the penalty area. Lukaku on the other hand is happy to come deep and get the ball if need be. Together, I think they could get 40-50 goals a season. I can only hope.

Sam Hoare
19 Posted 12/08/2014 at 13:01:16
Harold, Guidetti is pretty untried still though. In the Premier League at least. We already have quite a few 'works in progress' in Lukaku, Barkley, Stones, Besic etc

I have to say that I think Remy would really add something and is a consistent, tried goalscorer. Imagine how keen he'd be to score a derby winner!

Either way who knows when or if Kone will be fit. We need another striker.

Peter Z Jones
20 Posted 12/08/2014 at 14:45:30
Kalou makes a lot of sense. He's coming off 16 goals last year, can play up front and out wide, has prem experience, and he's apparently available for loan. And Conor Wickham is awful in the typical, "hey he's English so let's quadruple the value and pretend he scores a whole lot more" kind of way.
Barry Stevens
22 Posted 12/08/2014 at 16:10:26
I see were being linked with Alex Song from Barcelona in some Spanish press.
Harold Matthews
23 Posted 12/08/2014 at 16:35:22
OK Sam. Can't say I know a lot about Remy. I've seen him score the odd good goal. I've also seen him standing about not doing much. Obviously, with so many people rating him, he must be pretty useful but isn't he off to Spurs?
Björn Håll
24 Posted 12/08/2014 at 16:46:00
Is this Atsu dude any good? What will he bring to our squad?
Harold Matthews
25 Posted 12/08/2014 at 17:08:08
BjA!!rn. He will bring pace, trickery, lots of tenacity and crosses onto Lukaku's left boot. Well, that's what I'm hoping for.
Mike Gaynes
26 Posted 12/08/2014 at 17:23:56
Harold, jsut enjoy the pace, trickery and tenacity... and don't get your hopes up too high about the crosses. Judging by his World Cup performances, this lad is unplayable... but most of his passes are too. He's a diamond who still needs lots and lots of polishing.
Harold Matthews
27 Posted 12/08/2014 at 17:52:17
Cheers Mike.
Rob Halligan
28 Posted 12/08/2014 at 18:18:44
Slightly off topic, but does anyone think we signed Lukaku just in time? Seeing as it looks like Drogba could be out for about 4 months would Chelsea have been so keen to let Lukaku go?
Mike Gaynes
29 Posted 12/08/2014 at 18:24:24
Doubt it, Rob. Jose clearly did not rate him. If he did, he's had plenty of chances to keep him... he declined.
Brian Williams
30 Posted 12/08/2014 at 18:29:47
Rob Halligan. I had the very same thought as soon as I read how long Drogba may be out for!
Eric Holland
31 Posted 12/08/2014 at 19:01:27
Sell him back for 50 million!!!
Jim Knightley
32 Posted 12/08/2014 at 19:05:34
Guidetti and Wickham are both unproven in the Premier for his burst of goals last season, Wickham has been an overwhelming failure. I would love Hernandez, but we won't get him because we have brought Lukaku and only play one striker. In fact, given that we only play one striker and have Naismith and Mirallas as out of position options, I'm not sure Martinez will add another this window (Although a striker on loan would be welcome). This window has been very satisfying but I'm disappointed with the failure to add a really creative player. Our squad lacks creativity, and I fear that our attacking midfield options aside from Mirallas and Barkley (on a good day), lack real quality. McGeady, Osman, Pienaar and Atsu are all decent, but not top four quality, and I do not think any are particularly creative or at least creative to a high level anymore. We can set ourselves up as a fantastic counter attacking team and we will have lots of pace and power through the side, but we will be able to unlock stubborn defences, and will pace and power be enough against the top four sides who we must look to as rivals? If I could cherry pick a potentially available target from this league, it would be Kagawa because I think he has the qualities we need. But I think that we are finished with our business in the midfield now, as all our options have back up others (Barry and McCarthy: Gibson and Besic, Mirallas, Barkley and Pienaar: McGeady, Osman, Atsu and Naismith). In fact, our squad is looking really strong in terms of numbers, but I think we will be lacking a little quality in the final third. I would not be surprised if our business was done now, till January at least.
Scott Hamilton
33 Posted 12/08/2014 at 19:21:09
Totally off topic... Has anyone seen the advert for Sky One's dance programme 'Got to Dance'?

I suggest you check YouTube for 'Got to Dance 2014 trailer'.

About 20 seconds in there is a scene in a barbers shop with guys doing back flips and stuff... however if you look at the walls above them they are covered in Everton posters!

Looks to me like pictures of Louis Saha mostly but there are loads of them. Very strange!

Harold Matthews
34 Posted 12/08/2014 at 19:25:32
Good grief Jim. This creative player business has been beaten to death on Toffee Web. From what I could tell, the conclusion seemed to suggest that if Martinez wanted one, he would have brought one in.
Si Cooper
35 Posted 12/08/2014 at 20:55:34
Barry (22) - Alex Song looked like a player and a half at Arsenal, but doesn't seem to have clicked at Barca that I have noticed. I would be really interested to see him come to us, even if it was just a loan (initially?).
Brent Stephens
36 Posted 12/08/2014 at 21:17:57
I think with Roberto it's not a player who creates but a team and its tactics, its interplay, and its fluidity.
Sean Kelly
37 Posted 12/08/2014 at 21:32:06
On a different note just watched Sevila vs Real Madrid... that Bacca bloke we were linked with is shite. He hardly made any effort to get on the ball the whole game.
Nigel Gregson
38 Posted 12/08/2014 at 21:58:12
Si #35. I think the 'real' transfers will only occur near the deadline day. I'm expecting some very interesting loan moves such as Adriano or Song from Barca, Kagawa or Cleverley from United or Micah Richards or Milner from Chelsea.
Jim Knightley
39 Posted 12/08/2014 at 22:17:04
Harold..I'm given my opinion on what I believe Everton need, not my opinion on what I believe Martinez wants.
Kev Johnson
40 Posted 12/08/2014 at 22:27:21
Face it, Jim. The playmaker is dead. You read it here first.

Gone are the days when Tottenham's foot soldiers scrapped, miskicked and clumsily stomped about with the sole purpose of finding Glenn 'The Maestro' Hoddle, in the hope that he would conjure up a bit of magic to make it all worthwhile. "Make the play, Glenn, make the play," they would cry.

Nowadays, Ralph Coates has to some of the creative business himself. Steve Perryman has to find the artist within, John Pratt has to acquire himself a bit of skill and vision. If not, they don't get in the team.

John Paul McGurk
41 Posted 12/08/2014 at 22:38:52
Creative midfielder, couldnt agree more
Mark Frere
42 Posted 12/08/2014 at 23:13:21
Interesting that you mention Spurs, Kev, because they have a terrific little 'playmaker' called Eriksen... now he's the kind of player we are crying out for.
Derek Knox
43 Posted 12/08/2014 at 23:09:58
Kev# 40

" Face it, Jim. The playmaker is dead. You read it here first. "

When's the funeral? Or am I too late? Long live the playmaker!

Peter Warren
44 Posted 12/08/2014 at 23:24:35
Thomas #10
I think being given a brand new stadium for free helps!!
Kev Johnson
45 Posted 12/08/2014 at 23:26:00
You’ve missed it, Derek. It was last Sunday.

You can tell that the old-fashioned number 10 (the ’playmaker’ RIP) is no longer relevant by the fact that Mourinho doesn’t even mention him in this guide to midfield numbering...

“We want to give the next dimension to our game in midfield and Fabregas is this kind of player which I like to call ’the 7’ because he’s not the 6 and he’s not the 8. Normally the 7 is the winger, I also call the 7 they guy in midfield who’s not the 6, he’s not the 8. Or he’s a 6 and 8 at the same time. So he's a 7 and we need him a lot.” Link

So, that’s cleared that one up.

Tom Bowers
46 Posted 12/08/2014 at 23:49:07
Any quality player that strengthenÂ’s the squad is welcome. Remember that RM has very little to negotiate with unless you use a player who currently isnÂ’t part of his plans anymore.

Seems like Redshite buy another player everytime the Blues think about another import so the situation gets more difficult each day to match strides with the moneybags outfits.

With the injury woes that Everton seem to get every season it makes sense to have quality bench players ready to fill the breach.

Atsu seems to be one of those cases.

Nigel Gregson
47 Posted 13/08/2014 at 00:00:00
A playmaker is at worst is an added dimension and at best the next dimension in our football evolution.

Fabergas at Chelsea, Sanchez at Arsenal, Silva at City, Herrera at United, Messi at Barca, Goetze at Munich, Kroos at Real Madrid. All winning teams have at least one quality creative midfielder who can run the show. In fact most top teams have more than one. Man U have Kagawa and Mata, Arsenal have Ozil, Barca have Xavi/Iniesta, Madrid have Rodruigues, Modric etc.

Roberto is not averse to one. He used to play Jordi Gomez in Wigan who was a creative type.At the moment we have Leon Osman, which might have been ok for the ginger era, but this style of play demands more flexibility and a plan B when the passing passing passing plan A doesn't work.

Bob Parrington
48 Posted 13/08/2014 at 00:34:13
At a senior age of 35 years I'd take Andrea Pirlo. All class. Never mind, I'll get back to sleep!
Drew O'Neall
49 Posted 13/08/2014 at 00:52:16
An unlikely playmaker last year for Swansea was Jonathan De Guzman, available and on the verge, apparently, of a move to QPR.

Blues will remember him playin on the wing against us for Villareal in the Champions League qualifier.

Well he learned a thing or two from playing alongside Riquelme because I saw him pulling the strings in a number of matches for Swansea last year as well as having a good World Cup and being possessive of good set piece ability.. Perfect player for us.. Sign him up.

Drew O'Neall
50 Posted 13/08/2014 at 00:58:20
Great player, Bob.
Harold Matthews
51 Posted 13/08/2014 at 01:14:27
Yes Jim. I fully understand and you are not on your own. Many TW lads have been screaming for a creative playmaker for weeks. It seems the sensible way to go, even though he will have no-one to pass to because Martinez has assembled a bunch of attackers who like to do their own thing. They are encouraged to do their own thing. Coleman said as much quite recently. As mentioned previously, the opposition cannot cut off the supply because there is no supply. Things build up from the back and what happens happens. Players taking on defenders one on one and opening things up. Crazy maybe, but that's the way he likes to do it.

You think we'd be better off doing it your way. Fair enough. You may well be right. I like the Martinez way even though I'm still trying to understand it.

James Flynn
52 Posted 13/08/2014 at 02:07:52
What are we getting at here.

Barkley's not creative?

We should sell him?

Julian Wait
53 Posted 13/08/2014 at 04:52:45
@James #52 - I think people are getting at the idea of having a forward midfield / withdrawn attacking type player who acts as a pivot for those around him.

I think typically a "playmaker" has simply been the player who is better than all those around him and therefore gets played in the attacking third, and gets the ball more (partly because they get into better positions, and partly because they can hold and shield the ball as well, and "make stuff happen" around them).

Frankly, I am not convinced that we want to be so reliant on one player, and nor can we afford such a player who would be so clearly superior to those we already have.

You could actually argue that (when playing well) both Mirallas and McGeady can perform this role now (I thought by the end of the world cup that Mirallas was doing more for Belgium than Hazard was) and I think when a tight game needs opening up at the end, Osman can also provide this impetus for a short 20 minute burst behind the forward(s). Similarly, pushing Gibson forward might be an option (and a younger one at that).

Finally, per your comment, Barkley *IS* also someone who makes things happen, although you could argue he's one somewhat one-dimensional (i.e. direct!) and not someone who dictates a steady forward pulse like Silva et al.

Bob Parrington
54 Posted 13/08/2014 at 06:14:22
Julian. Did you watch the magic from Pirlo with his passing during the World Cup. Now, that is a playmaker. Needs a great brain, great sense of timing, space and pace. Very special talents particularly when packed in to one individual.
James Morgan
55 Posted 13/08/2014 at 09:23:43
Confirmed from Bobby — the lad will be announced as a loan today or tomorrow. More please!
Jack Plant
56 Posted 13/08/2014 at 09:29:28
I think people focusing on the need for a creative player are forgetting that last season we didn't have Gibson who two years ago was by far the most creative passer of the ball in the squad. It may be difficult for him to get a game ahead of McCarthy Barry and Besic but he does give us the creative option.
Kieran Fitzgerald
57 Posted 13/08/2014 at 09:43:39
We have scored precious few goals form defence splitting passes through the middle in recent years. Cut out the supply of ball from the wings and you will stop us scoring a lot of the time. A creative midfielder doesn't need to be a playmaker to provide goal scoring options from central midfield.

This is especially true of Everton where we have enough talent out wide. However, it would be nice to have more variety in the centre just so that we can mix it up. Gibson would be one option and Besic has shown enough so far to suggest that he might also be.

Harold Matthews
58 Posted 13/08/2014 at 10:37:02
Yes, it seems everyone is concerned with the same problem. ie. We need to score more goals. Some people think we need a clever playmaker, some prefer wingers, while others think we already have the right players. We're just not using them properly.

Personally, I am nowhere near a satisfactory solution, which is why I'm sticking with the manager who, hopefully, knows what he's doing. That said, it would be nice to get forward with 4 or 5 passes instead of 11 or 12. When Roberto's Wigan murdered us in the Cup they hit us with a full blast, top speed assault. We couldn't cope. They could have scored six. Maybe that's where he's heading with Everton. Who knows.

Dave Roberts
59 Posted 13/08/2014 at 12:23:59
There is now an item about Atsu on the official site. It speaks of Martinez's 'hopes' that a deal can be concluded sometime this week, hopefully by Thursday. I'm confident the deal will go through but why does it always have to be so bloody tortuous!
Paul Smith
60 Posted 13/08/2014 at 13:56:33
The way the game is progressing, teams are moving forward as one unit. Each player needs to be competent, if not good at everything, including that killer pass through the middle.

I agree with the above: stop us down the wings and you nullify our main goal threat. We could've done worse than Fat Frank on loan for a few months to see us as a unit with a definite playmaker. Just saying!

Brian Wilkinson
61 Posted 13/08/2014 at 14:41:03
We keep being linked with yet more wingers, okay just rumours, I feel we have good back up now, my big concern is cover for Tim Howard, we really are in the shit should Howard get injured or loss of form.

Whether it is down to lack of games or confidence, I have cold sweats when Robles is in goal, this is where our Achilles heel is, elsewhere I feel we will be fine for cover.

Jack Plant
63 Posted 13/08/2014 at 16:00:42
Just seen on the BBC Scott Sinclair may be available from Man City, would be a great loan signing.
Tony J Williams
64 Posted 13/08/2014 at 16:46:35
Atsu is apparently at Finch Farm now
Keith Glazzard
65 Posted 13/08/2014 at 17:23:03
I hope he's not in a taxi.
Denis Richardson
66 Posted 13/08/2014 at 17:46:26
Deal now supposed to happen Thursday as opposed to today......cutting it close to register him in time for Saturday (where we will need him!).


Denis Richardson
67 Posted 13/08/2014 at 17:47:58
an someone give the home office a bell to pull their finger out re the work permit!
Jamie Barlow
68 Posted 13/08/2014 at 18:14:43
He won't play on Saturday anyway.
Karl Jones
69 Posted 13/08/2014 at 18:56:06
According to SS, He has just passed his medical. Will be another exciting signing for us this season. Hopefully there will be an option to buy him at the end of the season.
Tom Evans
70 Posted 13/08/2014 at 18:55:51
Given past experiences and if the Everton backroom are consistent with their fitness requirements it will be a good few weeks before we see him.
Lewis Barclay
71 Posted 13/08/2014 at 19:19:38
A good striker and utility player / defender on loan and our squad will look ready to go I reckon.
Drew O'Neall
72 Posted 13/08/2014 at 19:23:28
Utility player / playmaker - Jonathan De Guzman.

Can play anywhere across midfield and was excellent in the #10 role when I saw him for Swansea last year.

Last year of his contract and available for buttons, hence QPR are in for him.

John Paul McGurk
73 Posted 13/08/2014 at 19:37:25
Our goals from corners ratio must be the worst in all the English divisions.
Al Reddish
74 Posted 13/08/2014 at 19:44:39
We could have a strong bench now with the likes of Gibson Besic Oviedo Hibbert Osman Atsu Stones/Distin Kone Naismith etc (Providing they don't start)
Martin Faulkner
75 Posted 13/08/2014 at 20:52:48
Good shout Drew,
He knows where the net is as well, give Roberto a call
Eugene Kearney
76 Posted 13/08/2014 at 20:55:18
Apparently it’s confirmed for Atsu now....
Paul Smith
77 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:02:49
We've completed a signing and TW hasn't crashed. Whoop whoop!
Rob Halligan
78 Posted 13/08/2014 at 20:18:38
Atsu signs!!!
Kunal Desai
79 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:04:48
Paraded in a blue shirt. Done and dusted
Michael Winstanley
81 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:10:04
Excellent news, pace and trickery.
Jackie Barry
82 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:15:40
Confirmed and he can play on Saturday. Great news!
Sam Hoare
83 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:16:44
Good stuff. Think he will have a good impact with us and hope we negotiated a good purchase price.

Now I'd say another striker and a central playmaker and we are set!

Denis Richardson
84 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:37:36
BBC confirms it's done – great news... and a much better player than Del Boy imo. This guy has PACE!

Lukaku - Atsu - Barkley - Mirallas, front four.

Anyone still upset at pre season? (Didn't think so.)

Paul Ferry
85 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:42:21

Nice one this fella can play on both flanks and through the middle with pace and gusto. Any word on whether or not we have nailed down the ٤.5 million option to buy because if so that is yet another lovely piece of wheeling and dealing buy our Bobby.

Dan Brierley
86 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:26:37
Good news in the absence of any decent left sided youth player, as it gives us another year to find a full time replacement or try to get one of our own lads ready. Pienaar hasn't got the legs to play every game on the left, and McGeady doesn't seem to be the answer. The only problem with Atsu, is if he has a good season, you can expect to pay 15-20 million for him.
Kevin Rowlands
87 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:36:10
Interested to know if fans think this is an upgrade on Gerry D, personally for me it's yes, Gerry was way to inconsistent and horrible when asked to defend, I suppose we'll find out soon enough.

I agree with you on a central playmaker Sam, was reading today that Spurs are willing to listen to offers for several players including Moussa Dembele, he would fit the bill perfectly and is supposed to be like a 'big brother' to Lukaku, that signing would get me excited for sure, great player.

Denis Richardson
88 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:47:38
Forgot to add, SS says the kid is available to play immediately, will be interesting to see if RM brings him off the bench on Saturday.
Peter Laing
89 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:45:56
Praying that Roberto has one last surprise up his sleeve before the window closes, we desperately need one more striker as cover for Romelu given the demands with Europe this season. Martinez has been talking up Kone's return, a key player for Europe but at 30 with a serious knee injury and no competitive football for nearly 12 months he remains a massive gamble.
Jack Okell
90 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:33:48
I didn't realise Atsu was voted fans' Player of the Season for Vitesse.

Does anyone else think Roberto's recce to Brasil was actually quite fruitful? Maybe we'll get a Bobby statue if we get Champions League. One can only hope.

Jackie Barry
91 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:47:55
How did Chelsea get this player for ١.5 million in the first place?
Kunal Desai
92 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:51:51
Martinez did say he will be busy right up until the last minute of deadline day, I would not be surprised if he exercised fully the loan market with another 2. A striker being a definite one.
Patrick Murphy
93 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:53:55
I see Spurs have signed that USA rookie Yedlin on a four year deal and have let him stay in the US for a season – we might have missed a trick there. However, I would still like to see another centre-back and striker but I'm probably being greedy. But a Goodison welcome to Christian Atsu let's hope he can produce more than Del Boy and have a good season with the Toffees and getting his name on the back of the new shirt will be significantly cheaper.

Dan Brierley
94 Posted 13/08/2014 at 21:56:23
Kev Rowlands, Dembele would be an incredible signing. Another player that can do all the holding work, but is also a threat with the ball at his feet. Cant see that one happening though, but we can dream....
Patrick Murphy
95 Posted 13/08/2014 at 22:04:51
Roberto having a pop at the current left-sided players?

"He also brings extra competition in a position in which we felt we needed a player full of desire and hunger, who really wants to make things happen in the final third of the pitch."

Sounds like a kick up the backside to those hoping to play out on the left to me - good because we can't afford any of our players to be complacent about their place in the team.

Jackie Barry
96 Posted 13/08/2014 at 22:10:56
A cheeky bid for Arfa next wouldn't go a miss!
David Chait
97 Posted 13/08/2014 at 22:17:24
Right... time to watch youtube and get excited about this lad ...
Drew Shortis
98 Posted 13/08/2014 at 22:08:20
Great bit of work by Martinez. The prospect of a Mirallas-Barkley-Atsu-Lukaku attack running at the opposition defence fills me with hope and excitement. McGeady-Naismith-Pienaar-Kone as backup plus another loan or two and I think we have a big enough (just) squad to compete in four competitions this season. Another striker on loan, possibly Traore, would complete a very successful transfer window for me.

When you look at the improvement in our starting eleven over the last year it has been quite a revolution. Ok, the same back four is still in place with young Stones adding options, but that was one of our biggest strengths under Moyes so why make drastic changes. The Neville and Osman midfield has been replaced by the McCarthy and Barry partnership with Besic adding options (and Gibson when fit). Cahill, Pienaar and Jelavic have been replaced by Barkley, Atsu and Lukaku. Two fading stars and a striker who's goals had dried up for three up and coming youngsters with pace to burn. This BT Sport money has been just the shot in the arm we needed to give us a shot at reaching the next level!

Harold Matthews
99 Posted 13/08/2014 at 22:00:34
Also sorry to miss out on Yedin but we do have a great right back. Atsu will be a terrific addition. Like McCarthy and Besic, a typical, all action Martinez type player.
Derek Knox
100 Posted 13/08/2014 at 22:15:04
Patrick # 93&95

I don't think you are being greedy at all mate, I would certainly agree, with the defender, Micah Richards would be my choice, and we need another striker, but in addition as I may have said once or twice, we need a back-up goalkeeper.

I just hope two things regarding Atsu, one that we have a fixed price option to buy, and secondly, that he gets more game time than Del was given.

While Del was undoubtedly talented he was not as much a team player as Atsu, and hope he even gets a chance to come on at Leicester, assuming there is no paperwork hold ups.

Rob Halligan
101 Posted 13/08/2014 at 22:39:27
It seems Derek that most of us are desperate for a new goalkeeper as we have little or no faith in Robles. The only person who apparently cannot see this is Roberto himself!!

It seems that a new keeper is not in Roberto's thoughts, so I just hope Howard does not pick up a serious injury, because I, for one, have absolutely no faith in Robles.

David Hallwood
102 Posted 13/08/2014 at 22:47:13
Just be announced on the OS. Roll on Saturday, except of course IÂ’m away with no telly in miles!!
Kev Johnson
103 Posted 13/08/2014 at 22:38:35
You know what would fit in with El Supremo's masterplan? A sweeper-keeper. Then we could really play out from the back. He could start off as TH's number understudy, play in the cup games and take over in a couple of years.

The question is: who? I can only think of Neuer, who probably doesn't want to swap Bayern for us. There's also Stekelenburg, who's just gone on loan from Fulham to Monaco, but he didn't exactly cover himself in glory last season. Any else know of any goalies who are handy with a broom?

Ed Fitzgerald
104 Posted 13/08/2014 at 22:56:05
Signed and available for Saturday.
Rob Halligan
105 Posted 13/08/2014 at 22:56:20
By all accounts Artur Boric? from Southampton is likely to want to leave as Frazer Forster is to be the number one there.

Can't recall what he's like though? Can't be any worse than JR!!

Colin Glassar
106 Posted 13/08/2014 at 23:04:32
Expect two more players before the window closes.
Mark Frere
107 Posted 13/08/2014 at 23:07:59
What about that Chilean keeper, Kev?
Peter Laing
108 Posted 13/08/2014 at 23:11:02
Any ideas on names Colin, you were pretty much on the money with both Besic and Lukaku.
Kev Johnson
109 Posted 13/08/2014 at 23:10:15
Rob - I seem to recall OFM sniffing around Boruc two or three years back. He's OK, I think, although why would he want to be number 2 for us? That's the problem, anyone decent wants to be first choice. Robles is the right age for a number 2 - but that's the best I can say about him.

A sweeper-keeper idea: why don't we train up a defender to play in goal? I nominate Alcaraz, as I don't trust him in the outfield. Or Duffy - I reckon he would command his area quite well. Frankly, anyone would be better than Robles.

Derek Knox
110 Posted 13/08/2014 at 23:07:53
Kev# 103

Ewbank? Oh shit he was a boxer. Dyson? Now there's one sucker ! Oreck? hmm, a tad lightweight. Henry? compact and raring to go. Bex Bissell? oh shit I give up mate, can't we just get Marshall? (Cardiff) or McCarthy (Reading?)

Kevin Rowlands
111 Posted 13/08/2014 at 23:11:05
Are you including Henen in the two expected Colin? Surely Traore is one of them or why did we keep him after he was injured?
Colin Glassar
112 Posted 13/08/2014 at 23:20:11
Henen and Traore, Peter. I hope the Henen deal is cleared up next (the poor kid is going through hell). Traore will be a last minute deal if Falcao stays at Monaco. Forget Eto'o and Ben Arfa.
Peter Holmes
113 Posted 13/08/2014 at 23:27:45
How much would Dembele cost? That for me would be the exciting deal.

As for Traore – I would rather have a new mural of BK.

Kev Johnson
114 Posted 13/08/2014 at 23:29:20
Not a vacuum-keeper, Derek. That's quite a different thing.

Important note: the following shirt numbers are available: 5, 12, 13, 19, 25 and 28.

I worry that with Ledson and Atsu to be given a number, plus Henen and probably Traore to come, we will soon be running out of numbers. Then what?

Kevin Rowlands
115 Posted 13/08/2014 at 23:42:00
For the Dembele fans like me, hey you just never know...
Rob Halligan
116 Posted 13/08/2014 at 23:42:44
Jags played in goal for Sheffield Utd when their goalie was sent off, or injured, and they had no goalie on the bench. It was against Arsenal and he played a blinder, helping his team to a one nil victory.

There's the answer to our problems – JAGS!!

Kevin Rowlands
117 Posted 13/08/2014 at 23:47:06
Never worked but if you go to Lukaku's twitter timeline and scroll down a bit he posts a picture of him and Dembele saying he's like a big brother to him and has known him since he was six years old, also it was great to actually get to play with him for the national side, they are obviously very close, would love that one to come off, c'mom Rom, have a word!
Patrick Murphy
118 Posted 13/08/2014 at 23:51:52
Kevin - the link worked just fine for me - as you say you just never know - but probably not just yet - perhaps next summer.
Nigel Gregson
119 Posted 14/08/2014 at 00:33:35
So now we have the same sized squad as last year. Time to add for Europa league... Few names been thrown around in this thread: Dembele (?), Ben Arfa, De Guzman, Micah Richards, Lacina Traore – all great shouts. I'll add kagawa to that list (dreaming cap on)

Other than a striker and creative midfielder, I think what we need is a utility player – an upgrade on Phil Neville who is good enough to cover 2-3 positions (note the emphasis on good enough). Like that Adriano fella from Barca: I think we were linked with him in the past. He can cover right back and the middle.

Kevin Rowlands
120 Posted 14/08/2014 at 00:51:12
Nigel, I believe we have replaced Phil Neville this summer, the new fella has been signed up to clean the brand new bogs at Goodison, deffo an upgrade imho!
Harold Matthews
121 Posted 14/08/2014 at 02:36:07
Spurs are trying to offload 11 players and we're being linked with Chadli. Sooner have Holtby but a bad club to deal with.

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