With both the home and away kits now on sale and five additions to the first-team squad for 2017-18, the club have moved to form up the numbers that will appear on the back of each player.
Wayne Rooney's assumption of the No 10 jersey vacated by Romelu Lukaku was already known but Niasse's prospects of staying at Everton were perhaps boosted by the fact that, unlike at the start of last season, he has been assigned a number — 34.
Despite the No 4 shirt being available, Morgan Schneiderlin, who played in that number at Southampton and still has "4" in his Twitter handle, keeps No 2 and new signing Michael Keane will wear 4.
As expected, Sandro is the new bearer of the famous No 9, Jordan Pickford is the new No 1, Davy Klaassen takes No 20 while Yannick Bolasie has taken No 7.
Among the notable absentees are Kieran Dowell and Jonjoe Kenny, two players who might have hoped to get first-team opportunities this season, while Shani Tarashaj was also left off the list. The Swiss underwent knee surgery last week and is out for an unspecified length of time.
Full squad list so far:
1 Jordan Pickford
2 Morgan Schneiderlin
3 Leighton Baines
4 Michael Keane
5 Ashley Williams
6 Phil Jagielka
7 Yannick Bolasie
8 Ross Barkley
9 Sandro Ramirez
10 Wayne Rooney
11 Kevin Mirallas
12 Aaron Lennon
16 James McCarthy
17 Idrissa Gana Gueye
18 Gareth Barry
20 Davy Klaassen
21 Muhamed Besic
22 Maarten Stekelenburg
23 Seamus Coleman
25 Ramiro Funes Mori
26 Tom Davies
29 Dominic Calvert-Lewin
30 Mason Holgate
31 Ademola Lookman
33 Joel Robles
34 Oumar Niasse
38 Matthew Pennington
43 Jonjoe Kenny
46 Joe Williams
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1 Posted 11/07/2017 at 14:02:24
Niasse got a number! He might even have a locker...
2 Posted 11/07/2017 at 14:33:51
3 Posted 11/07/2017 at 14:35:30
4 Posted 11/07/2017 at 14:40:15
No Kenny. Pickford number 1, Robles 33, Keane 4, Bolasie 7, Sandro 9, Klaassen 20.
5 Posted 11/07/2017 at 14:43:28
Is it because the young ones can play any time, no need to register?
6 Posted 11/07/2017 at 14:49:35
If the reason is because Kenny is going on loan to another club then Koeman will be starting the season with a big black mark off me.
7 Posted 11/07/2017 at 15:16:22
Dowell (as with eg Davies) is listed in 1st team and U23s. Too much going on to sort the squads (and lockers) yet, I guess.
8 Posted 11/07/2017 at 15:49:43
9 Posted 11/07/2017 at 16:01:16
10 Posted 11/07/2017 at 16:09:36
These links have not been updated to include the info of the newly released squad numbers for the coming season.
I predicted before the previous weekend that the tree would be shaken in the coming week and we would see which apples fell from it. With Keane, Sandro and Rooney in and Lukaku out, it duly was.
Seven more weeks in this transfer window yet. I anticipate a few more ins and outs before the end of August. They are still needed, not least of all a serious goal scoring replacement up front.
Plenty of time then for the final squad to undergo more changes.
11 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:16:47
Our new secret weapon?
12 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:21:38
13 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:21:39
Niasse has a shirt number? Is Ronald forgiving this guy and going to use him as a secret weapon. I doubt it but the lad did some half decent things for Hull last season so maybe as a late sub sometimes he may help the Blues unless he is loaned out again.
14 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:25:22
He will work hard for the team.
Sorted then .
15 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:28:04
16 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:29:35
So who is the back-up left-back? Is Baines the only left-back in the squad?
17 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:30:28
Our summer spending-spree has only just got started!
18 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:31:02
Indeed the only player associate with the club I'd like to see flop completely is our former striker. Perhaps we could buy him back after a year for £10 million, then sell him to Chelsea for £100 million.
19 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:33:01
20 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:33:35
Even given there are (I think) seven under-21s in there, this still looks a bit overweight to me. I think we can afford to lose at least 2-3 of these, even with the Europa League cover to account for.
21 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:34:26
22 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:37:25
Seriously though, the lad has conducted himself perfectly, when others wouldn't. Still don't think Koeman wants him, but if no one comes in for him, and he gets a few sub appearances, he may show what he can do. See what happens anyway.
24 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:44:49
All a bit of a lottery really! :-)
25 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:47:36
Glad to see Niasse has a number. It is usually a fullback's number. So maybe he will be leading the way through the hole blowing up the linebacker so Ross or Wayne can run the ball in over the goalline.
26 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:00:25
27 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:01:57
28 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:04:50
It may well be that he is not good enough; it may be just a ploy to get a decent fee for him as being part of the squad, but at least he has been shown some respect.
29 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:07:03
I would assume the plan is still to try and move Niasse on. I imagine, best case scenario, he's this season's Kone – a guy who's technically part of the first team but doesn't sniff the matchday squad unless there's a slew of injuries/absences. But who knows? Maybe an opportunity will present itself and he'll seize it.
This also appears to be the end of the road for Shani Tarashaj. Can't say I'm surprised – classic regime change casualty – but I'm disappointed we never really saw what the kid could do.
30 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:12:23
31 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:16:20
32 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:39:51
33 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:41:21
Although I wasn't the biggest advocate of re-signing him, I'm hopeful our prodigal son won't have to be warned about his 'refuelling' habits too often! Must admit he does look energised, at least in spirit.
Re squad size, I think it's a few too many if we are planning to play the youngsters a bit more and certainly we need an upgrade for the likes of Mirallas/Lennon, Niasse and a back up left back if we are serious about progressing, and I made a few suggestions on this on the Squad Analysis thread.
34 Posted 11/07/2017 at 20:06:26
35 Posted 11/07/2017 at 20:24:07
36 Posted 11/07/2017 at 20:33:13
If not, someone needs to give him a serious talking to.
37 Posted 11/07/2017 at 20:33:29
38 Posted 11/07/2017 at 20:33:39
39 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:02:43
No number for Garbutt again. See ya.
40 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:03:31
41 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:07:21
Don't hold anything against him that he said when he thought he was headed someplace else.
42 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:11:05
The kid was linked to Arsenal, could have signed, stated he liked them when talking up Henry who was his idol.
Williams is a kopite, it was once probably his dream to be a red, he's probably said it at some stage too.
Means nothing, he's now a blue, happy days.
ps: Squad numbers out doesn't mean the young lads won't get a number, but I'd imagine some will get season long loans to be ready for the future.
43 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:11:37
Old story, Colin, he's signed for 5 years I think. PSG also wanted him reportedly.
44 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:16:54
45 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:54:34
Now, Niasse, I feel bad for him. We all respect how he has conducted himself after being left empty-hearted. Seems like a lovely guy, so much nicer than the 'proper goal-scoring guy' we just sold to the team that took our previous 'proper goal-scoring guy' who has just signed back for us now he is no longer a goal-scoring guy, just like lovely Niasse who also is not really a goal-scoring guy.
Anyway, Niasse has a number. It appears to be the maximum number of goals he is likely to score if he stays with us and plays every game until 2023...
Come on, he is a nice guy. But he is not a 'guy'. But if he he proved to be 'one of those guys' well I will eat my cheesecake. But only if I have frozen it and defrosted it over a 24-hour period within its given shelf-life. And I don't think that is going to happen.
46 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:56:57
47 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:11:57
Baines's output is along with an ageing frame is on the wane. With Koeman's preference for width from the full backs, I actually think its more important than many think, moreover with Coleman missing too.
Gibbs from Arsenal, despite his injury record, could provide a job-share with Baines. Robertson of Hull is a possibility too.
48 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:15:29
49 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:31:36
Your starting full backs should be 3 and 2, wide midfielders; 11 and 7. 9 and 10 upfront with the 9 as the finisher and the 10 as the creator in most teams but here your 9 should be able to win a header too - 9 would be vacant if I was allocating the numbers to the squad we have currently.
5 and 6 are centre-halves and 4 and 8 centre-midfielders. 1 is obviously the goalkeeper but 12 is the backup keeper, never 13 which, in my view should be retired altogether unless a skate punk like Mo Besic wants it to match his 'ink'.
Fill in the rest yourself. Night.
50 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:34:00
Rats and Mountfield/Watson – 4 and 5.
51 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:36:57
52 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:42:43
53 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:42:55
54 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:57:56
Nothing too much should be read into that as they have retained their squad numbers from last season and Premier League rules allow a club to add as many 'homegrown' players under 21 at January of the season to the core 25-man squad they have to submit before the league kicks off.
The squad that flew out today to Tanzania also should allay fears on the young 'uns being overlooked.
Maarten Stekelenburg, Mateusz Hewelt, Chris Renshaw, Tom Davies, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Callum Connolly, Jonjoe Kenny, Michael Keane, Muhamed Besic, Leighton Baines, Morgan Schneiderlin, James McCarthy, Davy Klaassen, Gareth Barry, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Joe Williams, Kieran Dowell, Kevin Mirallas, Wayne Rooney, Aaron Lennon, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman, Matthew Pennington, Yannick Bolasie.
Ross and Funes Mori haven't travelled as, according to the club site, they are receiving treatment for injury, but Bolasie has travelled. Robles hasn't travelled, period. Could soon be on his way out, possibly.
Pickford, Holgate and Sandra have also not travelled as they are still on extended leave due to their involvement in the recent U-21 tournament.
55 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:01:03
I would wish him all the best, but please promise, you (Ross) you won't come back!
57 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:10:34
58 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:26:42
What do these once haters of the board who claimed they are stashing cash and all the Blue Union bollocks think now!
59 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:27:04
And as for AC Milan and those players with 90-99 on their back. FFS.
Remember the days of spreadbetting on shirt numbers scoring goals, bookies would have loved this range of numbers. I assuming they no longer do this bet.
60 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:29:27
61 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:50:50
62 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:56:13
I really do not want to start an old debate but, in my view, Mr Moshiri was Bill's dream. A cash cow who will allow Kenwright to live his dream on the cheap.
63 Posted 12/07/2017 at 00:23:51
How much do you reckon?
64 Posted 12/07/2017 at 01:14:41
Blue Union was mainly a failure, but they only had Everton Football Club at heart — hardly a crime.
Nobody holds any board to account... certainly not long-suffering supporters. Boards just do what they want — Kenwright just did what he wanted.
Anyhow, this is a new board, a new set-up, a new era. No need for any Blue Union "bollocks".
65 Posted 12/07/2017 at 03:15:00
Mr Moshiri arrives and debts are cleared.
Oh sorry, biggest blue Kenwright got him on board.
Let's see how that one works out in the fullness of time.
Tory Carter hung around for too long and while I have respect for him and his passing with the 89'-on cabal utterly failed to transition into the Premier League era.
But he had the dignity and decency to take a back seat when the time came. Still there. Still important. But more of an emeritus.
Do the fecking same, Kenwright. This is the Moshiri era not the Kenwright era.
66 Posted 12/07/2017 at 07:09:13
Love that! Your bias depends on your age I suppose and mine is based on the 4-4-2 era.
To answer your point about No. 5, I guess while it was called centre-half it was, in today's parlance, a defensive midfield player.
67 Posted 12/07/2017 at 07:14:01
Yet we seem to be ecstatic about it.
68 Posted 12/07/2017 at 07:24:22
An onion up the sleeve to induce a few tears when talking about Everton used to win people over. I think most are on to him now.
69 Posted 12/07/2017 at 07:38:10
Remember that signing five or more players on long term contract is a far bigger expenditure commitment than just continuing to pay two players' salaries. We're investing heavily there's no doubt about that.
70 Posted 12/07/2017 at 10:39:33
Kenwright is frequently quoted as having wealth of £30m, chicken feed in comparison to pretty much everyone else in the Premier League, but the important thing to note is that this will alzzt on the last quoted value I saw of £127m, his wealth pretty much is the stake he has (had).
So he put no cash in because he hasn't got any.
71 Posted 12/07/2017 at 12:54:23
72 Posted 12/07/2017 at 22:36:23
I'm a bit of a stickler for proper squad numbers... seeing Paul Ince wearing No 9 used to piss me off no end!!
And I'd have preferred our new striker (Giroud/Dzeko) to have the No 9 shirt over Sandro. For some reason he just doesn't strike me as a No 9 type player. I prefer the big target men sort to have that number.
73 Posted 12/07/2017 at 22:56:29
74 Posted 12/07/2017 at 22:56:43
75 Posted 12/07/2017 at 23:29:22
I wear 2 in rugby, but for totally unknown reasons I can't stand it as a football number, and especially can't stand it on a player who isn't a fullback.
Interesting squad number tidbit: Australian hockey great Jamie Dwyer, who is not a goalkeeper, wears/wore the No 1 jersey. That really gets on my tits.
76 Posted 12/07/2017 at 23:45:11
Leicester City won the Premier League due to the same players playing week-in & week-out. As with Chelsea last season – hardly any rotation crap. We are already getting overloaded with midfield players, they all want play every week so some will get pissed and lazy.
Better to have a small group of quality players who play every week, baring injury, than a big group of average players who rotate every week. Bench players can be taken up from our hugely successful youth teams – or else that effort is a waste of time if they're never challenged to step up.
77 Posted 13/07/2017 at 01:22:16
78 Posted 13/07/2017 at 08:30:17
79 Posted 13/07/2017 at 08:37:03
80 Posted 14/07/2017 at 07:07:52
On squad numbers.
Some things I will just never understand.
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