Ramiro Funes Mori gets U23s run-out

Monday, 5 February, 2018 29comments  |  Jump to last
Arsenal U23s 4 - 0 Everton U23s

Everton's Under-23s were well beaten by Arsenal tonight but there was good news for Ramiro Funes Mori who came though 45 minutes of action.

The Argentine international defender has been in a long period of recovery following serious damage to his knee sustained while on International duty and saw his first serious action in almost 11 months.

Arsenal grabbed the lead following a heavily-deflected strike on 12 minutes... and never really looked like surrendering their advantage. Reiss Nelson scored the Gunners' second after 26 minutes.

In the first half, Funes Mori came close to embarrassing himself and Mateusz Hewelt with a shanked clearance that flew inches past the Everton keeper's left-hand post.

He was powerless to prevent the Arsenal protégés from emulating their senior stars in ratcheting up another embarrassing scoreline for the boys and Blue, and was replaced after half-time.

And after the break, Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah scored twice in side a quarter hour. The forward rifled a shot across Matuez Hewelt on 62 minutes, before applying the finishing touch to Emile Smith Rowe's right-wing cross.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Markelo, Gibson, Funes Mori (46' Denny), Fenney, Baxter, Grant, Evans, Henen (80' Lavery), Hornby, Sambou [Y] (71' Dyson).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Bowler.


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John Kavanagh
1 Posted 05/02/2018 at 19:28:37
1-0 down after 12 minutes (Willock). Held out for twice as long as the experienced pros. More chance of a fight back from our youngsters though!

Oh wait... 2-0 now after 26 mins. Come on, show some fight....

John Dean
2 Posted 05/02/2018 at 19:49:34
A midfield that includes Baxter, Grant and Henen won't frighten many teams let alone those with a two goal lead. Evans will have to do it all on his own.
Charlie Lloyd
3 Posted 05/02/2018 at 19:50:12
Thanks for the update John.

I tried to find a stream but no luck. Sounds like I’m not missing much. Think Funes Mori has started tonight.

Charlie Lloyd
4 Posted 05/02/2018 at 19:52:54
Don’t think Beni is playing tonight and he didn’t last week. Injured maybe. Shame cos he’s needed to replace a sham of the centre midfielder who doesn’t break sweat.
John Dean
5 Posted 05/02/2018 at 20:07:20
The blog on our webshite is working now - http://www.evertonfc.com/news/2018/02/05/under-23s
John Dean
6 Posted 05/02/2018 at 20:29:44
Arsenal's twitter feed is already showing a clip of their second goal.

It hasn't updated for the last 50 minutes so perhaps they're already fed up with looking at the goals they score against us.

John Kavanagh
7 Posted 05/02/2018 at 20:42:36
Oh dear 4-0. No one can accuse the youngsters of not picking up valuable experience from the senior squad. Can someone, somewhere offer a crumb of comfort in this awful, dreadful train wreck of a season?
Charlie Lloyd
8 Posted 05/02/2018 at 21:20:13
Certainly a bad result.
Nigel Munford
9 Posted 05/02/2018 at 22:23:20
So I’m assuming Funes Mori didn’t have a good return then?
Tom Bowers
10 Posted 05/02/2018 at 22:46:52
Yet another rout by the Gunners. Does it ever end ?
However, good to hear Funes played. Here's hoping he will be back in the big time soon and helping to shore up the rearguard before they slide into the relegation zone.
Jim Hardin
11 Posted 05/02/2018 at 23:20:51

Why would you assume that? The article doesn't state he did badly except for one clearance (wow, take him out and shoot him then) Just curious, as it seems you are hoping that to be the case. How sad for you.

Maybe you should get behind him and support him as he makes a return from a lay-off of almost a year. Nah, just keep hoping for the negatives. Carry on then.

George Stuart
12 Posted 05/02/2018 at 23:57:34
Its great that Funes Mori has teturned but why illustrate the story with a picture of Jerry Sienfeld in his favorite Everton shirt ?
John Daley
13 Posted 06/02/2018 at 00:17:41
George @12,

Maybe something to do with the fact we're currently stuck with Morty Seinfeld as manager?:


Ajay Gopal
14 Posted 06/02/2018 at 03:04:34
Ha.. ha.. George. They do have a remarkable similarity - as much as Hibbing and Putin :-)
Ajay Gopal
15 Posted 06/02/2018 at 03:06:02
I meant Hibbo (damn spell check).
Victor Yu
16 Posted 06/02/2018 at 03:50:59
Stop wasting time on Baxter.
Kevin Moorcroft
17 Posted 06/02/2018 at 04:20:19
What on earth is wrong at Everton FC?

I've just seen Deulofeu (lovely goal and skill) at Watford and it typifies our shambles of a club. I reckon if we lose to Palace and Watford in the next fortnight, you can really understand that the Championship is on the cards.

U23s unusually poor against Arsenal tonight and it would seem defeatism is rife from top to bottom at the moment. No wonder Allardyce wants to get to the 40-point mark quickly cause he knows we wouldn't win a fight. It could be a very awkward 3 months for us.

Please read this, Directors, and take on board this dreadful situation you have allowed to happen. We will be lucky to get 20,000 crowds in the lower leagues and no Sky dosh... which would take us out for a long while. Reminds me of Aston Villa, Bolton, Ipswich, Forest, Leeds – just to mention a few. Once great but they'll never come back.

We are just clinging on at the moment so imperative to get 40 points quickly as Sam rightly says because we look worse than the bottom clubs and if it weren't for the uplift when he arrived we'd be in the bottom three now. Mr Allardice knows this only too well and there's fuck all anybody could do about this lot.

Who'd come as a manager if what could happen in reality now does so in a few months? Pray it doesn't!!!!

Mr Moshiri and Mr Kenwright have plenty to think about I reckon. There won't be much money about then lads.

Sorry to be a doom and gloom merchant but it really is awful after all these years and the teams I saw under Catterick, Kendall and to certain extent Moyes (his team's had at least fight). Thi si just rubbish!!! Awful!!!!!!

Dermot Byrne
18 Posted 06/02/2018 at 06:45:08
Mori our saviour? Standards have shot up eh.

Keith Harrison
19 Posted 06/02/2018 at 08:04:10
I'll support him like anyone in a blue shirt, but if we're now looking on Mori as our saviour, dear God. Here comes another Bolasie.
The difference with Seamus was that he was a very very good player before he got injured, whereas the aforementioned two appeared to attain mythical skills aplenty whilst injured.
I suppose it at least gives the clueless ego an opportunity to play 8 defenders in 'winnable' (drawable) games.
Robert Leigh
20 Posted 06/02/2018 at 08:41:01
He was playing well before his injury, and at least it had balance and pace when we played a back three of Holgate, Jagielka/Williams and Funes Mori.

I'm not saying we should play a back three (especially with no left-footed LWB) but he certainly helps the shape of the team.

Derek Knox
21 Posted 06/02/2018 at 09:07:24
Surely his come back can't be a negative with what we have at the moment. While I appreciate he was no Worldbeater before injury, he used to be picked fairly regularly for Argentina.

I welcome him back and hope to see him improve our back line in the not too distant future.

Slightly off topic here, but watched the Watford v Chelsea game, and Delboy was outstanding for them scoring one, and winning a penalty too. He was even dropping back and helping out, on the rare Chelsea forays towards their goal.

Another one let go by Koeman, and presumably we had the chance to bring him back, but no, let's pay £27M for an unproven guy who seems to be out of his depth instead.

By the way, he was given a floating role behind the two strikers.

Sam Hoare
22 Posted 06/02/2018 at 09:21:54
Disappointing result for the kids. Gonna need to have a strong end to the season to stand any chance of retaining their league title against an in form Arsenal and Liverpool youth team.

Reiss Nelson looks a player. Only 18 but the best player on the pitch last night along with Nketiah and their new Greek lad Mavropanos (where was Walsh on that find?).

Rob Young
23 Posted 06/02/2018 at 10:37:29
Funes Mori scores goals. Something that seems to be forgotten. This is a defender that is well capable of scoring 5-10 a season, unlike all the others put together.

And he can kick people, something we also seem to not do anymore.

Martin Reppion
24 Posted 06/02/2018 at 11:31:23
Good to see the lad back playing.
It is true that he got better in the memory with every soft goal we gave away over the lst 11 months, but as mentioned above, he had developed into a decent reliable player and was a full international in one of the stronger international teams.
WIth 3 of the long term absentees back in contention we should have an uneventful run in to a sad season. Roll on the summer spending spree and clear out. Starting with the manager probably.
Peter Roberts
25 Posted 06/02/2018 at 12:19:22

Geri was here three years and more often than not flattered to deceive. I will also argue one good game for Watford against a Chelsea side in dreadful form doesn't warrant immediate status as a world-beater (just ask Steven Naismith)

Jerome Shields
26 Posted 06/02/2018 at 13:17:52
Really Ramiro is going to find himself under pressure from Allardyce's flawed defensive tactics as teams overrun Everton's midfield. There will be little training at Finch Farm, only videos showing you how other teams play against the teams you are about to face.

The problem is they will have been coached how to play that way on the training pitch, you will just be told to watch and play that way. Also, you will told to work hard for the next two months to accumulate enough points quickly and then you can have a early summer break.

"Fuck the paying fans and bank your exorbitant wages, like me, the Manager. Don't worry about the Board over the Summer, I will be able to bullshit them and we all will have a extended Summer holiday next year too. Also I was able to handle the England Clowns (they made me Manager) and getting a Winter Break out of the Premier League will be easy peasy."

The mentality of our current Manager stinks to high heaven.

Jamie Evans
27 Posted 06/02/2018 at 13:46:35
Good luck with the comeback Ramiro but let's have it right, he wasn't playing well before he was injured.
Far from it in fact.
As for being able to kick someone, oh dear. I recall him kicking Origi and getting suspended for our semi-final only a few days later, meaning Jagielka had to have pain killing injections and take his place.

At least he knows how to kiss his badge though 'eh.

Jerome Shields
28 Posted 06/02/2018 at 13:52:15
"Don't worry, Wayne, your selection for to play for Everton won't interfere with you new Sky pundit job." – Allardyce .

Everton have become the extended career option, providing further career options for has-been footballers.

Justin Doone
29 Posted 06/02/2018 at 15:07:54
I generally don't give shout outs but Keith H @19 is on my wave length.

Funes Mori is no more the Solid defender we have been missing all season than Bolasie is the key creator to improve performances and take us to the next level.

I'm happy to have them both back in the squad and there worth giving a go but they are both inconsistent and certainly no better then what we have.

On the positive side as per my recent post regarding the 5-1, any Arsenal side can beat anyone when on form and have a terrific style of play. I'm happy to just put to one side and move on.

Plus, Funes Mori is far better than Williams so a good improvement. Sam needs to realise Williams and Schneiderlin need sending back to school.
Play Davies as the box-to-box midfielder he is.

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