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Nzonzi talks planned for this week?

| Thursday, 21 December 2017  39 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton and Arsenal could use the occasion of Steven Nzonzi's trip back to England to hold talks with the midfielder over a possible return to the Premier League.

The 28-year-old's career took off at Sevilla after spells in England with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City but his time in Spain looks to be coming to and end following an apparent falling out with manager Eduardo Berizzo.

"My future is clearly elsewhere than in Seville," Nzonzi was recently quoted as saying. "The only thing that disappoints me is the manner in which this is ending."

MailSport suggest that the French-born player is in London to visit his son and that Sam Allardyce is keen to link back up with him, possibly on loan to begin with, having worked with him at Ewood Park.

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Peter Larkin
1 Posted 21/12/2017 at 06:51:12
Yes yes yes. Big powerful box to box midfielder, who can keep the ball while under pressure. If we can flog Schneiderlin to one of the relegation teams for £15 million and get Nzonzi id be made up. Midfield axis is still not right for me, need a playmaker beside the ball-winner.
Derek Knox
2 Posted 21/12/2017 at 07:15:34
Totally agree with getting rid of Schneiderlin, but let's face it, who would be interested?

Peter, I think you would see Gana's game improve if he had someone like Nzonzi, alongside. I remember when he first came to us (Gana) he was a different and better player than he is now, so I feel a regular partnership would bring that back in him.

I hope we don't end up paying silly money, after all, he is 28, and blow the majority of the January budget.

Left back, and striker still vital to galvanise defence, and improve our scoring.

Jason Davenport
3 Posted 21/12/2017 at 08:46:55
Arsenal will be favourites. Son in London, French born and Wenger is French.
Sam Hoare
4 Posted 21/12/2017 at 08:57:26
Peter@1 I agree with your rating Nzonzi highly but would he bring the playmaker/ball-winner dynamic?

Do you see him as the playmaker to Gueye's ball winner? He seems an all rounded midfielder to me. Would certainly be an upgrade on Schneiderlin. Hard to imagine him choosing us over Arsenal if they are genuinely in the mix.

Ajay Gopal
5 Posted 21/12/2017 at 09:21:28
Not another bloody central midfielder! Seriously, we seem to be overloaded with them:

If this guy is coming, surely it means the end of Barkley's tenure at Everton.

Getting rid of 2 of the above lot (Schneiderlin and Besic for me, with McCarthy and Klaassen to be given one more chance), would trim the squad and allow NZonzi to come in.


with Baningime hopefully another option next year (after sending him out on loan in January)

Paul Tran
6 Posted 21/12/2017 at 10:05:23
I'd take him. Good player with substance that Sam's worked with before.

There's a big difference between being 'overloaded' with players and having good ones.

Tony Everan
7 Posted 21/12/2017 at 10:08:58
Nzonzi, if we can do a deal, would make us stronger.

Will leave us open to offers for Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Barkley, Klaassen, Mirallas and Besic.

I think at least 3 of the above will move on for the good of their own careers.

Terry Underwood
8 Posted 21/12/2017 at 10:53:25
Don't know why we need another midfielder, but if that's what Sam Allardyce wants, well, he knows better than me, and contrary to popular opinion, he knows more than most TW posters.
Liam Reilly
9 Posted 21/12/2017 at 10:59:50
He's 29, from 09-15, he played for Blackburn and Stoke and in nearly 200 appearances scored 11 goals.

We don't need another squad player, we need a goal scoring box to box midfielder.

Now there's a chap at Forest pulling up the trees; top scorer and a quality player!

Iain Johnston
10 Posted 21/12/2017 at 11:39:02
It was mentioned last week that Arsenal had agreed a £35M deal for him.

As I said on another thread I personally wouldn't go near him, he's 30 next year, he isn't a box to box mid he's a DM and with Beni & Gana we don't need another one.

Bolasie will feel like a new signing, maybe most of us are forgetting that he created most of our goals before United did for him.

Having him & Lennon either side of Gylfi with Wayne alongside Gana will surprise many clubs in the new year.

Like many I'd opt for a left footed defender and a centre forward. I know Walcott isn't a big goal scorer but trying for him on loan would give us a bit of depth on the right.

Dave Pritchard
11 Posted 21/12/2017 at 12:10:03
Nzonzi looked workmanlike when in the Premier League before. Reports suggest that he is a much better player since moving to Sevilla. Like all transfers he would be a risk. A swap with Schneiderlin might make me think it was a good move.
Ray Roche
12 Posted 21/12/2017 at 12:12:39
Iain (#10)

To be fair, I don't think Man Utd had anything to do with his injury. It was a pure accident.

Peter Larkin
13 Posted 21/12/2017 at 12:29:24
Sam. For me he is a ball winner, but also very good at keeping the ball under pressure, something all our midfielders don't have and doesn't get bullied off the ball.

Some say that we don't need him I disagree, Besic? Average at best with a shite injury record, McCarthy same as above; Klaassen will be loaned out in January imo. Davies whilst good has a lot to learn.

Gana top notch at working hard and getting the ball back, but very poor with the ball. Schneiderlin... well awful to be honest.

I'd like what Sevilla had, Nzonzi with Benega, we need a ball player with Nzonzi sitting. Until we get that axis, our possession play will always be rubbish.

Andy Meighan
14 Posted 21/12/2017 at 12:52:27
On a different topic altogether, I've just read that Morata is suspended for Saturday's game. Apparently he was booked for celebrating his goal by sticking the ball up his shirt, sucking his thumb, and making a sign because his wife is pregnant.

What the fuck is wrong with the game when a player can be cautioned for such an innocent gesture? Still, it's one less threat to worry about in what is already a tough game.

Michael Burke
15 Posted 21/12/2017 at 13:12:17
Peter #13, I feel as though Davies has been much more disciplined during the last few games. Less headless chicken, more considered with his runs and passing.

Gana is not great in the final third. The type of midfielder we need is one who can offer more going forward. I've not seen enough of Nzonzi to know if he can do this.

Steve Ferns
16 Posted 21/12/2017 at 13:13:52
This smacks of Sigurdsson all over again. We need a goalscorer, first and foremost, and we need a left back. Then we can move on to improving the squad.
Soren Moyer
17 Posted 21/12/2017 at 14:07:02
If we could do a straight swap deal with Seville that would be a great bargain for us.
James Stewart
18 Posted 21/12/2017 at 14:15:45
Barry replacement, top player and he can pick a pass. Plus he would spell the end for Schneiderlin so it's a double-Yes from me!
Ian Burns
19 Posted 21/12/2017 at 15:11:47
I just can't see what this player brings to the side that we don't already have. As other posters have pointed out we are well heeled in this position and for me we should be pushing Baningime and bringing him on in the way Kenny and Calvert-Lewin have benefited from time on the pitch.

We need a left back and watching the boy Joe Bryan playing for Bristol City last night, I was hugely impressed. A friend of mine who is a Derby supporter mentioned this chap some weeks ago but his name went over my head until I realised who he was talking about last night.

Andy Crooks
20 Posted 21/12/2017 at 15:49:51
Andy (#14), I thoroughly disagree. Toe curling celebrations should be the same as diving. That cretinous thumb sucking beauty was worth a ten-match ban!
Tony Twist
21 Posted 21/12/2017 at 16:25:27
More important signings required. What is it with this club and their transfer dealings, we need first of all a quality, commanding youngish centre forward, not Walcott, he is not a centre forward, we need a left back and and a left side central defender. They are shaping up to fail again like last time by buying players that are available but we don't need presently.
Steve Hogan
22 Posted 21/12/2017 at 16:55:27
Iain Johnston (#10)

Not looking to piss on your parade mate, or dampen your enthusiasm, but Bolasie has been out for nigh on 12 months with a career-threatening injury, what makes you think he will be 'like a new signing'?

It will probably be next season before he is anything like he was before he got injured. Sorry, but I can't recall him creating most of our goals either?

Kim Vivian
23 Posted 21/12/2017 at 17:10:15
Off topic but something to humour us while we wait for a new thread to break...

A typical bloke, having split from his latest girlfriend, decided to take a holiday. He booked himself on a cruise and proceeded to have the time of his life, that is, until the ship sank.

He found himself on an island with no other people, no supplies, nothing, only bananas and coconuts. After about four months, he is lying on the beach one day when the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen rows up to the shore.

In disbelief, he asks, 'Where did you come from? How did you get here? She replies, 'I rowed from the other side of the island. I landed here when my cruise ship sank.'

'Amazing,' he notes. 'You were really lucky to have a row boat wash up with you.'

'Oh, this thing?' explains the woman. 'I made the boat out of raw material I found on the island. The oars were whittled from gum tree branches. I wove the bottom from palm branches, and the sides and stern came from a Eucalyptus tree.'

'But, where did you get the tools?'

'Oh, that was no problem,' replied the woman. 'On the south side of the island, a very unusual stratum of alluvial rock is exposed. I found if I fired it to a certain temperature in my kiln, it melted into ductile iron. I used that for tools and used the tools to make the hardware.'

The guy is stunned.

'Let's row over to my place,' she says. After a few minutes of rowing,she docks the boat at a small wharf... As the man looks to shore, he nearly falls off the boat. Before him is stone walk leading to an exquisite bungalow painted in blue and white.

While the woman ties up the rowboat with an expertly woven hemp rope, the man can only stare ahead, dumb struck. As they walk into the house, she says casually, 'It's not much but I call it home. Sit down, please. Would you like a drink?'

'No! No thank you,' he blurts out, still dazed.

'I can't take another drop of coconut juice.' 'It's not coconut juice,' winks the woman. 'I have a still. How would you like a Pina Colada?'

Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man accepts, and they sit down on her couch to talk. After they have exchanged their stories, the woman announces, 'I'm going to slip into something more comfortable. Would you like to take a shower and shave? There is a razor upstairs in the bathroom cabinet.'

No longer questioning anything, the man goes into the bathroom. There, in the cabinet, a razor made from a piece of tortoise bone. Two shells honed to a hollow ground edge are fastened on to its end inside a swivel mechanism.

'This woman is amazing,' he muses. 'What next?'

When he returns, she greets him wearing nothing but vines, strategically positioned, and smelling faintly of gardenias. She beckons for him to sit down next to her.

'Tell me,' she begins suggestively, slithering closer to him, 'We've been out here for many months. You've been lonely. There's something I'm sure you really feel like doing right now, something you've been longing for?' She stares into his eyes.

He swallows excitedly and tears start to form in his eyes .

'Fucking hell – don't tell me you've got Sky Sports?'

Be seeing you Saturday, but in the meantime – Happy Christmas every one.


Trevor Lynes
24 Posted 21/12/2017 at 18:25:28
Morata is booked and suspended for an innocuous gesture yet both Kane and Ali are not punished for two dreadful fouls against Man City.

Both of those fouls were instant red cards IMO.

Kunal Desai
25 Posted 21/12/2017 at 19:13:37
Let's not make the same repeated mistakes of the past few windows and neglect what is priority. One if not two strikers. With it being January window I'd say one now and another in the summer is probably likely.

We need in January a left-back and another centre-back. Forget Nzonzi, get these three positions sorted for now.

Martin Nicholls
26 Posted 21/12/2017 at 22:22:13
Good one, Kim, and Happy Xmas to you too!
Tony Everan
27 Posted 21/12/2017 at 22:29:13
Kunal, I agree wholeheartedly.

Just get the strikers signed up. And a left back.

Then fanny around with anything else when it is sorted. The last thing we want is a repeat of the summer window.

Iain Johnston
28 Posted 21/12/2017 at 22:39:29
Steve #22 he had the most assists before his injury. I know what you mean about the injury but even 20 mins down the left side will be an improvement on the shape and balance we have now.

Plus I'd rather have 20 mins of Bolasie gaining fitness if it means 20 mins less of Schneiderlin.

Iain Johnston
29 Posted 21/12/2017 at 22:44:39
Class Kim, nice one!

All the best.

Steve Ferns
30 Posted 21/12/2017 at 23:00:57
Exactly. Let’s address the problem areas first and then worry about getting in players for positions where we are well stocked and pay a load of money out already in wages, and because of the level of wages, will find it difficult to ship people out (seriously who’s going to pay £15m+ and take over all of Schneiderlin’s Wages?)
Mike Gaynes
31 Posted 21/12/2017 at 23:10:55
Kim, congratulations on improving a very old joke!

In the original, the guy is a software engineer, and the punchline is, "You mean you've got an Internet connection?"

Your version is way better.

Brian Williams
32 Posted 21/12/2017 at 23:19:45
In the one I heard she asks "Would you like to play around?"
And he says "Fucking hell have you got a set of clubs here as well"?
Karl Masters
33 Posted 22/12/2017 at 00:19:20
Isn't Rooney our deep lying midfielder who goes box to box?

And as someone said, let's give young Dowell a go when he returns from Forest.

We have a very big squad now – too big and overloaded in midfield already. Need to sell about 5 players this window and bring in a forward and left back.

David Israel
34 Posted 22/12/2017 at 01:16:57
Jason #3 about time we added a frog to our back-room staff, then. Maybe Giroud would reconsider, too.
Mark Melton
35 Posted 22/12/2017 at 11:11:52
Giroud and Luke Shaw please.
Will Mabon
36 Posted 22/12/2017 at 13:58:42
Rumours today feature Kone and James Tomkins. How exciting.
Iain Johnston
37 Posted 22/12/2017 at 14:12:34
Tomkins for £20M... HaHaHaHa

It'll be bloody Puncheon next then Van Aanholt.

Maybe we should just draw up a list of every player who still wears boots that Allardyce has ever signed and do the journo's job for them.

Judging by his Chelsea presser we won't be going anywhere near Kone either.

Terry Underwood
38 Posted 22/12/2017 at 14:35:29
We need a goalscorer more than anything else. Stephen Paddock * might be a good choice, he had more shots on target in 10 mins than Everton have had all season

* Las Vegas shooter.

Bill Watson
39 Posted 25/12/2017 at 08:43:41
Mark (#35).

Luke Shaw? Do we need another sick note?

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