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Contributions from our editorial team and featured columnists.

Strictly business? Goals not love will be lost if Lukaku leaves

Lyndon Lloyd
There has been adulation for Lukaku’s feats in an Everton jersey but not as much genuine love and affection and the feeling appears to have been mutual from a player who is all business.

No room for sentimentality at Barkley's crossroads

Lyndon Lloyd
At one stage an Academy starlet destined to emulate Wayne Rooney's success but for Everton instead, Ross Barkley finds himself in an awkward situation this summer.

Farewell, Arouna — we hardly knew you

Lyndon Lloyd
As arguably the most uncomfortable legacy of Roberto Martinez’s tenure returns to the club following his loan spell with Hull City, another of the Spaniard’s less successful acquisitions prepares to leave Everton after four unproductive years.

Everton Left Counting the Cost of Someone Else's Battle

Lyndon Lloyd
As if you didn't need another reason to hate international breaks...

We'll Play With the Smell in the Second Half!

Lyndon Lloyd
Lyndon had the privilege to chat with Dr David France's wife, Elizabeth, again and solicit an independent insight into the goings on at Toffeeopolis.

Hospitality, Heritage and Honours: Gwladys Street's Hall of Fame Returns

Lyndon Lloyd
ToffeeWeb was among the honourees as one of Dr David France's many initiatives returned after an eight-year hiatus

One more bargaining tactic or genuinely the end of the road?

Lyndon Lloyd
So, Romelu Lukaku won’t in fact be signing any new contract at Everton… not yet, at least.

Sense over sentiment should preclude Rooney return

Lyndon Lloyd
The Prodigal Son's return seems almost pre-ordained to some Evertonians but the club should resolutely look forward as it seeks to realise Farhad Moshiri's vision

The Creativity Gap

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton are much improved in recent weeks but away from home, some of the hesitancy and one-dimensional tactics that dogged them earlier in the season persist.

Winter window represents measured reconstruction

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton's January may have been quieter than hoped on the transfer front but it sets the stage for a summer of significant additions.

Magic but erratic — Deulofeu's departure invokes mixed emotions

Lyndon Lloyd
Gerard Deulofeu became fan favourite at Everton but he couldn't produce his magic consistently enough. He is getting a new lease on life at Milan and leaves a vacancy at Everton that Blues fans hope will be filled.

The Last Reserves of Patience

Lyndon Lloyd
Evertonians are rightly growing restless at the slow pace of change under Ronald Koeman and the absence of genuine football being played under his stewardship but there is little option for fans but to draw on their dwindling reserves of patience and hope things come good in 2017.

Consistently Inconsistent

Lyndon Lloyd
Yannick Bolasie's ACL hammer blow has sharpened focus on the three remaining wingers whom Koeman has been rotating for weeks searching for reliability

Koeman may need fresh approach to solve lingering problems

Lyndon Lloyd
The upcoming transfer windows may provide opportunity to resolve some deep-seated issues but in the meanwhile it's incumbent upon the manager to try something different.

Koeman's Detachment Will Mean Little If He Brings Blues Success

Lyndon Lloyd
The manager's "cold fish" demeanour may be something Evertonians will have to accept as a necessary part of the club's attempts to take the next big step forward.

Moshiri's Music for Evertonian Ears

Lyndon Lloyd
Farhad speaks! The conduit may have again been Jim White but the 13-minute chat was candid, revealing and should be hugely encouraging for Everton supporters.

Does Koeman have room yet for Everton's youngbloods?

Lyndon Lloyd
Is too much being made of Ronald Koeman's apparent aversion to using young players so far or is he merely focusing on beefing up in the short term what was a struggling, unfit squad with robust, experienced players?

An Evening in the Bosom of the Everton Family

Lyndon Lloyd
There can be few venues as majestic and grandiose for a gathering of Evertonians than Liverpool Cathedral, the splendid setting for a very special dinner hosted by Dr David France and his lovely wife Elizabeth to mark the launch of his new book, Everton Crazy

Book Review: Everton Crazy

Lyndon Lloyd
Interspersed with some wonderful comic gags, Everton Crazy charts the twists and turns of Dr David France’s life, with the ups and downs of the club he fell in love with serving as an ever-present anchor, focus and obsession.

Everton's reality check will have been instructive for Koeman

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton's early exit from the League Cup was as familiar as it was frustrating but the manager will hopefully have learned a lot about his squad as he continues to settle into the Goodison hot-seat.

The Return of Gwladys Street's Hall of Fame

Lyndon Lloyd
David France's celebration of the men who have made significant contributions to the development, welfare and success of Everton Football Club and returns with four new inductees who will be selected by you, the fans, and then officially added to the pantheon of Blues greats at the next Hall of Fame Dinner in March 2017.

No Sense Dwelling on Everton's Window of Missed Opportunity

Lyndon Lloyd
By leaving so much important business so late, yesterday's deadline was, in the context of high expectations, hugely disappointing for many Evertonians but there is still enough talent in Koeman's squad to propel the Blues to the next transfer window

Bolasie's high-priced wizardry can bring 'x' factor to Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
As explosive and dazzling as he can be enigmatic and defeasible, Yannick Bolasie will be nothing if not unpredictable. His price tag may have been high but by taking the step up to Everton, the French-born winger has the ideal stage on which to shine.

Profit over promise for Everton as Stones gets his move

Lyndon Lloyd
Fewer Evertonians will shed a tear as John Stones leaves for the “greener pastures” of the Eithad Stadium than would have a year ago. It will still gnaw at the gut, however, that fans won’t get to see if Stones could blossom into the Everton defensive legend many believe he could have become.

Restlessness setting in but Everton's new dawn needs time to break

Lyndon Lloyd
The new Premier League season still feels a long way off but in others it’s alarmingly close given how little transfer action there has been at Finch Farm. It's hard not to get impatient but the sea changes occurring at Everton at the moment need time to play out.

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