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Sevilla 'ready' to conclude £25m Nzonzi deal

| Thursday, 28 December 2017  72 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton will step up their efforts to sign Steven Nzonzi over the next couple of days, according to MailSport.]

The former Blackburn and Stoke midfielder has been linked with a return to the Premier League from Sevilla this month, with the Blues apparently in pole position to acquire him in a £25m deal.

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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 28/12/2017 at 21:40:05
Would be a fine addition... and undoubtedly would light up the EXIT sign for a couple of our current squad.
Paul Tran
2 Posted 28/12/2017 at 22:00:19
I like him. Strong, runs forward with the ball (remember that?). Would be a good example for Tom to follow. If we get him I suspect Schneiderlin may be on his way. With Barkley seemingly leaving as well, I think he'd be a good signing.
Sam Hoare
3 Posted 28/12/2017 at 22:05:43
A very similar player to Schneiderlin but better on the ball and a bit faster around the pitch.

Would be strange to buy him unless we have a buyer lined up for Morgan but I think it would be a very good trade.

Gavin Johnson
4 Posted 28/12/2017 at 22:15:39
Decent signing and Big Sam is a massive fan, so Nzonzi arriving has a certain amount of inevitability. Nzonzi is more powerful and rangy than Schneiderlin but he's still another defensive midfielder. Is he what we really need?!

I think a more creative midfielder like Jean Seri is what we really need and he's available.

I'd also have been happier if we offloaded Besic and Schneiderlin before Nzonzi comes in. It might mean we'll get slightly less on the aforementioned, and we'll have to take a hit on the £20m we paid for Schneiderlin anyway.

John Malone
5 Posted 28/12/2017 at 22:29:58
Always rated him as a footballer but there are doubts about his character!! And at the age of 29, how much desire is he going to have left!

Surely we should be targeting young hungry players in their mid twenties that have yet to peak?

Derek Knox
6 Posted 28/12/2017 at 22:31:31
I can only assume that if we do go for Nzonzi, there must be a few heading for the exit door, but like Gavin says Seri, if available, may be a better option.

I sincerely hope the Left back situation gets addressed too, as I don't think Baines has been the same for a long time now, even recalling Galloway, who I thought was good when he first came to us.

All will be revealed over the next few weeks, so just wait and see.

Sam Hoare
7 Posted 28/12/2017 at 22:43:17
John @5 I agree, would rather someone a little younger in an ideal world. Geoffrey Kondogbia from Valencia would be a better target potentially... though I do like Nzonzi.
Phil Lewis
8 Posted 28/12/2017 at 23:08:54
Forgive me for sounding like a merchant of doom, but I find it rather disconcerting that people seem to be of the opinion that all will be well once the players with long-term injuries return. These were career threatening injuries and there is no guarantee that any of them will make a full recovery, or indeed regain their former level of performance.

Of course, I sincerely hope that all do, but for instance, in the case of Coleman, even if fully healed, his pace and more importantly the psychological effect of such a horrendous break, could leave permanent damage. The same could be true of the others.

Even with all of the modern medical and physio advantages, it is often the case that players lose that extra yard after serious injury and it never returns. And so with this in mind I would welcome reinforcements.

I must confess to not knowing much about Nzonzi or Tosun, but new recruits and quality cover are essential come January, regardless of whom we offload or loan out.

Mark Boulle
9 Posted 28/12/2017 at 23:27:28
Need to look more into Nzonzi. I must confess my fleeting memories of him as a premier league player previously are just that – fleeting. He can't have been that good as he made no impression on me whatsoever, but perhaps he's improved at Sevilla...

As has been said above, surely at least Besic and perhaps Morgan will go. I don't see room in centre mid for more than Gana, McCarthy (if reports Sam liked him in the 11 v 11 the other day are true), Nzonzi if signed, and Davies to fight it out. Not enough creativity there though is there...?

As for a left back, I don't know who we should sign, but I do know I don't want it to be Van Aanholt – he cannot even get into a struggling Palace side; hewas on the bench tonight behind Schlupp!

Steavey Buckley
10 Posted 28/12/2017 at 23:49:18
For £25 million, I would have preferred a good 25-year-old. £25 million for a 29-year-old (going on 30) is a lot of money for a player who has little or no sell-on value and no longevity. One bad injury and it's adios amigo.
Jack Convery
11 Posted 28/12/2017 at 23:58:07
Bring Galloway back and get a centre-half who is primarily left-footed and can cover at left-back too if needed. Nzonzi puzzles me as he never did it when in the Premier League last time, so why do EFC think he can this time?

I hope the Tosun deal doesn't fall through as EFC and transfers don't mix so well. Last summer, I wanted Vardy, Sigurdsson and Van Dijk. One ain't bad but I'd go all out to get Vardy to Goodison -– passion, skill and loves scoring goals - what's not to like.

Chiswell, Leicester's left back, aint bad and neither is the lad at Bristol City. Another interesting transfer window is almost upon us....

Michael Williams
12 Posted 28/12/2017 at 00:08:38
Nzonzi is 29 years old. I hope we get a really good few years if this goes through. Should be an upgrade.
Michael Williams
13 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:13:56
One way to welcome him here if this does go through is spell his last name correctly. Nzonzi – no apostrophe.

From his Wikipedia page:

72. "Steven Nzonzi s'écrit sans apostrophe" [Steven Nzonzi is written without an apostrophe]. L'Équipe (in French). 2 November 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017
Tony Everan
14 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:16:21
Southampton have got plenty of money now. Maybe they'll be after Morgan.
Mike Corcoran
15 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:38:25
Sam man-loved Nzonzi back in the day; I wouldn't be surprised to see a reunion!
Charlie Lloyd
16 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:48:56
Jack @ 11,

Bring back Galloway to play left-back who can't get a start for Sunderland!

He's played under Martinez, Koeman, Pulis, Grayson and Coleman now without convincing any of them. Surely they can't all be wrong.

Anthony Dwyer
17 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:49:01
Sam ain't going to buy younger players when he's on a short contract, why would he!

Like Mourinho has done in the past, he will buy ready made players to boost his chances of a longer deal or boost his chances of a trophy with the blues.

Nzonzi can't be that bad as he's holding his place down in a Seville side that have done much better than us of late.

Jerome Shields
18 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:51:46
Another midfielder... really!

This whole January transfer window is a red herring. Big Sam has a defensive system, any additions will only add to that. The midfield and use of wingers has improved thanks to Unsworth'S tinkering, but Big Sam has stamped his defensive system on them also.

Everton's forward play is too predictable and easily neutralised by the opposition, leading to the isolation of forwards. Any goals we score are opportunistic; set-pieces are from deep under Big Sam. He is reluctant to mix it, reducing the unpredictable and unorthodox Niasse to cameo roles – our best chance of nicking a win in the last two games.

Big Sam now has to show he can affect an offensive system allowing a creative midfield, and wingers to support the forwards. If he can't do that with existing players, should they shoot wide or on target (stats don't lie), he won't be able to do it with any other forward in Europe, all of which we are likely to be connected with over the coming weeks.

Big Sam said he always wanted the chance to manage a club of the standing of Everton, but Everton got that standing by playing a defensive system, that became offensive at every opportunity and was relentless in its forward play. The question is: Has Big Sam the ability to achieve this type of level of play?

I decided in the summer not to flow transfers and now have decided again to do the same. The important thing is how Everton is managed and Big Sam has still to prove himself and earn his massive salary. Hopefully he makes a better fist of it than Koeman. That's the stage we are at in project Big Sam – and no further.

Alasdair Mackay
19 Posted 29/12/2017 at 01:00:21
Who's he going to get in the team ahead of? Gana? Rooney? Sigurdsson? Schneiderlin?

I don't see him as an upgrade and I don't think we need to sign midfielders. We need to let the ones we signed in the summer blood into the squad and settle into England.

I would rather give Davies a sustained run in the side and let him become twice the player that Nzonzi is.

What I want is to see a left-back come into the club and another centre-forward. We don't need more midfielders!

Rob Tedford
20 Posted 29/12/2017 at 03:24:43
We shouldn't be signing anyone over 27 and definitely not a midfielder. I'd go for the two lads at Celtic: Dembele and Tierney,

The rest of the season should be spent giving the young lads games and sorting our squad out in terms of numbers and balance.

Geoff Lambert
21 Posted 29/12/2017 at 03:31:31
Rob, I take it you have been on the piss all night.

Made me laugh though.

Jay Harris
22 Posted 29/12/2017 at 03:50:29
Galloway and Garbutt both fell away after their first team adventures and neither have had a decent game since at any level.

My big hope is Callum Connolly who is yet to mature into Premier League standard but has shown great potential.

Nzonzi is definitely an upgrade on Schneiderlin and Davies and will provide much more forward energy.

Malcolm Kitchen
23 Posted 29/12/2017 at 04:48:57
Well said Jay regard Connolly @22! He keeps scoring at left-back for Ipswich, doing really well! Gethin Jones is very good but he's injured!

Regards Luke, he's had several good games at U23 level! Shame he wasn't registered for the premier League, thank's Koeman you knobhead!

Nzonzi would be ideal, stronger in the tackle than Morgan, more zip up the pitch. He's been superb last 3 seasons for Sevilla!

Anthony Flack
24 Posted 29/12/2017 at 08:01:00
I seem to recall some horrible incident with a member of the public, his Porsche and an arrogant ‘do you know who I am' sort of attitude

Might be wrong and by way of mitigation it was in Stoke, where even I seem relatively posh and refined.

John G Davies
25 Posted 29/12/2017 at 08:27:41
Please let this one be true.

And to the question above asking: Who would he get in the team in front of? The answer is all of them.

Chris Clark
26 Posted 29/12/2017 at 08:39:26
Games are controlled by the midfield and currently none of our midfielders are doing that. This is a definite upgrade and hopefully it will kick them into gear. Would be nice to have some steel in the engine room.
Les Martin
27 Posted 29/12/2017 at 08:58:10
Currently we have no-one winning and keeping the ball in midfield. Let this lad win the ball and pass it to Rooney for the creativity.
Tony Everan
28 Posted 29/12/2017 at 09:13:29
Nzonzi coming in means some will be out. Barkley & Mirallas are certainties. Schneiderlin will question his own future and may opt to move if an offer comes in. Nzonzi will see him benched. McCarthy may move on to kick start his career as his playing time may be limited too.

Klaassen is an enigma to me. I can't shake the feeling that there is a top player there. I want us to keep him another year and see him come good.

Carl Taylor
29 Posted 29/12/2017 at 09:21:31
He was the most impressive player on the pitch in the pre-season game against Sevilla (yes, I know it was a friendly) and positive with his distribution. Age is but a number. Let's give the fella a chance, if he joins...

Same goes for Tosun, although because he is 26 he seems to be being received more optimistically, even though most of us wouldn't know him if he was selling replica kits in the Everton 2 Liverpool 1 store!

John Hammond
30 Posted 29/12/2017 at 09:43:37
Jack (#11): EFC and transfers don't mix well because YOU wanted those 3 players and we only signed one?!

Nzonzi is strong in the air and a good passer so already twice the player Schneiderlin is. Only recently turned 29 and has vastly improved at Sevilla.

I'd keep Schneiderlin until the summer to cover injuries. Gueye and McCarthy both out currently with hamstring injuries and no doubt there'll be more with the amount of games we're cramming in right now. Sadly I think Besic has to go.

John Raftery
31 Posted 29/12/2017 at 10:19:18
I remember Nzonzi scoring with a cracking 30-yard shot against us at Blackburn in 2009-10. He certainly impressed at Sevilla and, as soon as Sam arrived, I expected he would try to bring him in. He will definitely strengthen our midfield where we currently look lightweight.

Having someone who is 6 feet 3 inches tall, physically strong, mobile and can pass a ball forward to one of his team mates will be helpful. In a year in which we paid £45M for a one-paced, set-piece specialist who scores a few admittedly spectacular goals, a fee of £25M for a player who has only just passed his 29th birthday hardly seems profligate.

Christy Ring
32 Posted 29/12/2017 at 10:36:43
Nzonzi would be a great addition, big, strong and has been on the score sheet for Seville. But we would have to offload 2 or 3 midfielders, Besic, Schneiderlin for me, and would love if Barkley stays, could then loan out Klaassen.

I hope the Tosun rumours are true, a striker is essential, and a left back, Tierney would be a coup. A left-sided centre-back badly needed as well, because Koeman left our squad so unbalanced.

Pat Kelly
33 Posted 29/12/2017 at 11:00:57
Davies won't be anywhere near the finished article for some years. He's still not good enough for a regular place.

Can't bank on Macca playing more than a bit part before he's out again.

Besic is a lost soul.

Schneiderlin I can't figure out but he hasn't been as good as his first season.

We can forget about Klaassen.

So a defensive midfielder going on 30 is what Allardyce wants to shore up his brand of non-football.

Karl Meighan
34 Posted 29/12/2017 at 11:29:51
I will just say Nzonzi has held down a place in a Sevilla side streets ahead of us and under different managers. Would any of our midfielders even get on the Sevilla bench, let alone hold down a place in a side that challenges for trophies and plays European football regularly?
John Wilson
35 Posted 29/12/2017 at 11:39:00
Haven't we got enough midfielders? We're lacking strikers who can score – not midfielders so much.
John G Davies
36 Posted 29/12/2017 at 11:43:24
John Wilson,

We haven't got any midfielders who are in Nzonzi's class.

Sam Hoare
37 Posted 29/12/2017 at 11:43:32
I'd prefer someone a bit younger (like Kondogbia) but he's hardly over the hill; just turned 29, prime age for defensive central midfielders. He reminds me a bit of a faster Gareth Barry.

Also, those who think he flopped at Stoke, he was their player of the year when he left.

Watch this vid of him dominating Arsenal (possibly in a friendly!?)

Len Hawkins
38 Posted 29/12/2017 at 12:44:49
I read somewhere Moyes wants Schneiderlin, I'd also bet on Besic going to Barca after Messi told them how he marked him out of the game before Brown Shoes snapped him up.

We need more signings like Bracewell, Reid, Dobson or Ball, rather than the likes of Nulty, Belfitt, Biley, Kone, and Alcaraz, who seem to sneak in under the anti-crap radar. Not seen anything but hopefully Kenwright can shaft the Turks with Mirallas as a makeweight in the Tosun deal.

Perhaps they'll take all the deadwood make a change conning the Turks instead of the other way round, Ralph Lauren shirts, Levi Jeans, Rolex watches... my arse.

Tom Bowers
39 Posted 29/12/2017 at 12:58:33
The usual media speculation has started but it's no use getting excited until deals are set in stone.

Everton need 2 or 3 class acts, full back, attacking midfield and striker. They won't get to the top six I don't think but it's important to mould a squad that will mount a serious threat for next season.

Tim Lever
40 Posted 29/12/2017 at 13:14:46
We already have a midfielder who can run at opponents – Ross Barkley. Get him back in the fold and save £25m.

Can't Wayne take him on and show him some extra skills?

Jay Woods

41 Posted 29/12/2017 at 13:36:10
Alasdair Mackay, "let Tom Davies become twice the player Nzonzi already is"?


Well, I'm all for that. As long as he does it somewhere else on loan, instead of clogging up our midfield with his headless chickenhood for the next 3-4 seasons.

Michael Lynch
42 Posted 29/12/2017 at 13:49:58
Again, I'm reading nonsense slagging of Sam's style of play, like he wants us to be shit up front. Did you see his press conference? He made it pretty clear that there wasn't enough goals in the side, said Sandro wasn't up to the pace of Premier League, pretty much waved goodbye to Niasse and said Calvert-Lewin was one for the future because he hasn't scored enough goals.

He warned that too many of our goals were from pens and we can't expect to keep getting them. Amazingly, he sounded like he sees it the way we all see it, including the anti-Sam brigade on here, in his assessment of the squad and how we are doing creatively.

Sam wants us to be more creative, he doesn't want us to be defensive and dull – we need to score goals. If he actually reads of any of the stuff from his detractors, which I'm sure he doesn't, he must just laugh at the straw man arguments they're putting up against him.

He knows what we need. His understanding of the club so far has been better than any manager we've had in recent times. It might go to shit, of course – that's life. But I personally cannot fault him so far.

Anthony Flack
43 Posted 29/12/2017 at 13:56:18
Spot on, Michael Lynch.
Paul Richardson
44 Posted 29/12/2017 at 14:32:12
Agree Michael Lynch. I read somewhere Everton are the lowest in the Premier League for overall running and definitely dribbling. We are not going to unlock anyone's lines if no-one takes the ball past an opponent; the transition is where it is at, moving the ball quickly forward (not hoofing the long ball) into dangerous areas. Nzonzi will help with that, so will Bolasie and the Turkish centre-forward looks capable of doing that on YouTube.
Sean Patton
45 Posted 29/12/2017 at 14:39:18

Davies is 19 in his first full season and currently has to watch in midfield as the ball is forever booted over his head. He is struggling but is twice the player Morgan "Sideways" Schneiderlin is... so give the kid a break.

Jay Woods

46 Posted 29/12/2017 at 14:50:35
Sean, he is nowhere near the player Schneiderlin is; he doesn't even offer what little the latter player does.

He is struggling, you say... which means he's not ready for the first team and therefore should not be deployed in it.

I have a lot of faith in Sam, though, and think he will address this issue asap.

Iain Johnston
47 Posted 29/12/2017 at 14:58:20
I don't get all the arousal being sparked by Nzonzi. He has a history at every club of being lazy.

Allardyce had issues with him at Blackburn; Hughes at Stoke... and now Berizzo before Montella replaced him.

Paul Tran
48 Posted 29/12/2017 at 15:10:22
Tim (#39), you might be right about Barkley but, if he won't sign a contract, I'd rather we plan without him in mind.

I'm amazed he still hasn't signed a contract since Big Bully Ron has gone. Maybe he just wants a shot at a 'bigger' club, like many of us have thought all along.

Steve Ferns
49 Posted 29/12/2017 at 15:16:30
I've serious reservations about signing Nzonzi. It's a big fee for someone who was not a success in the Premier League. He played for six seasons for Blackburn and Stoke and was slightly above average at best.

Sure, he had a good 18 months or so at Seville, where he has far more time on the ball, and I believe this is a major factor in his vast improvement. His time at Seville is marred by a falling-out with the manager and now they are desperate to cash in.

I am wary of any footballer who has a good season or two in their late 20s and then come to a new club. How do we know he can replicate that form here? How do we know that, once he is back to having no time or space on the ball, his passing will stay incisive. I have watched a few Seville games in the Champions League and all I saw him do 99% of the time was hit it sideways.

The lad would be a vast improvement on this season's model of Schneiderlin, perhaps even last season's Schneiderlin, but is the improvement significant enough to justify the fee? Not only his fee but the need to sell Schneiderlin (a younger player no less) at a cut price, meaning that he will actually cost us the loss on the Schneiderlin price too. Schneiderlin has shown some signs of life in recent games; I don't think he is a lost cause.

If it was up to me, then I would go for Jean Seri. He could play with Schneiderlin or Gueye, complimenting Rooney in a midfield trio and has a lot more to offer going forwards than the very defensive Nzonzi.

After spending well over £150m and maybe approaching £200m, and the need to sign a striker and a left-back, can we really afford Nzonzi? Sure he would get in the side on his Seville form and make us better (defensively especially), but it's a gamble and I think the money is better spent elsewhere.

Soren Moyer
50 Posted 29/12/2017 at 15:32:17
John Raftery @ 31,

He is 6 feet 5 inches tall.

Steve Ferns
51 Posted 29/12/2017 at 15:34:42
Let's agree he's a big lad! Wiki lists him as 6'-3" as do a number of other database type websites.
Kevin Dyer
52 Posted 29/12/2017 at 17:24:03
Not interested. 29, flopped at Stoke, fallen out with his manager at Sevilla, including getting subbed when 3-0 down against Liverpool. I'd kind of rather have one of their players who was actually on the field for the fightback.

Is he an upgrade? Doubtful and if we're going to spend in January it should be on definite improvements. We've areas of the team that need improvement, Central midfield isn't a priority. We have grafters, energy and defensive awareness now. Nzonzi offers no goals, creativity, anything different, other than being a specimen.

Rob Dolby
53 Posted 29/12/2017 at 17:44:14
He is too similar to Schneiderlin for me. I would rather invest in width especially down the left.

We need goals in the team, I would pay the £35M for Mahrez and try and get at least one striker in January.

Jim Bennings
54 Posted 29/12/2017 at 19:18:13
Not a bad player but when you already have endless holding midfielders why do we need him!?

I'd much rather see an audacious bid for someone who can carry the ball from midfield, Shaqiri at Stoke is a player I really like.

I am fed up watching an Everton midfield that runs so slow it looks like it's stuck in treacle and players like Schneiderlin and Davies who just safely move the ball sideways.

We need more pace and power, and frankly a directness.

Sam Hoare
55 Posted 29/12/2017 at 20:25:57
He didn't flop at Stoke!! He was their player of the year when he left!

People keep saying that we need more pace but we have Lookman, Bolasie, Lennon, Vlasic and Calvert-Lewin all of whom are pretty quick and capable of taking a man on. Plus Coleman and Barkley to return soon potentially. Niasse is no slouch either.

In terms of creativity we have most of the players above plus the extremely expensive Sigurdsson and Rooney and Klaassen.

It's not as though we don't have those players, it's about using them in a system that brings the best out of them. Or finding players who do what they do better. Which is what Nzonzi does. He is a definite upgrade on Schneiderlin. If we can sell the latter for £20m and buy the former for £25m then that makes sense to me.

If we could get Seri from Nice to join him then I think we'd have an excellent midfield blend. A team something like:

Kenny (or Coleman) Holgate Williams [left-back?]
Seri Nzonzi Rooney (or Sigurdsson)
Vlasic (or Lookman) Tosun Bolasie

James Stewart
56 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:06:44
@49 Have you seen Nzonzi play? I only ask because you describe him as "defensive." His passing is exceptional and he is more a deep lying playmaker than anything like a typical defensive midfielder. Very Barry-esque.

He just so happens to be massive, but don't let that fool you, he is a class act. Would love to see him paired with Gana.

Kim Vivian
57 Posted 30/12/2017 at 08:02:56
Can anyone name me a player who has successfully followed a previous manager to a new club? I can't think of one off the top of my head, but there's always a first time I guess.
Steve Cotton
58 Posted 30/12/2017 at 08:47:11
We should be looking for a free goal-scoring attacking midfielder. A younger Rooney perhaps. The RS seem to have signed them all up and with Keita have already secured them the next one.

They have got 5 that can play there; we have one and it shows in our Goals For column.

Rob Young
59 Posted 30/12/2017 at 08:50:49
Kim, Ibrahimovic and Mourinho.
Dennis Stevens
60 Posted 30/12/2017 at 09:01:58
Kim (#57) – The two most obvious examples I can think of are John O'Hare &, especially, John McGovern who both followed Clough from club to club to club.
David Israel
61 Posted 30/12/2017 at 12:21:18
And John Bond, Dennis, took half his Bournemouth team to Norwich, and, if memory serves me right, a few of them on to Manchester City.
Gary Edwards
62 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:27:05
Kim (57) Matic.
Jason Wilkinson
63 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:48:12
Besic, McCarthy & Shniederlin going then? Might scrape £25M for the job lot.
Paul Graney
64 Posted 30/12/2017 at 21:57:38
Steven Nzonzi, aged 29: Apps – 306; Goals – 17

So on average, 2 goals a season... sounds just the right man for a team struggling to score goals... NOT!!!

Plus, in his Premier League days, he was never one who stood out as anything special in my eyes.

Susong Hermawan
65 Posted 31/12/2017 at 10:16:41
Ryan Fraser would be good adition IMHO... I saw him when Cherries beat the Kop too, 3-4... from 2-0 down.
Geoff Lambert
66 Posted 31/12/2017 at 14:47:05
Looks like he is off to Arsenal now...
Tom Bowers
67 Posted 31/12/2017 at 21:34:43
The next three games are in all likelihood defeats if they play with the same lukewarm approach as the Cherries game so it is vital to get the new blood in the camp without delay.
Drew O'Neall
68 Posted 01/01/2018 at 23:57:36
The players of an acceptable standard are Pickford, Gueye, Rooney, possibly Sigurdsson, and Bolasie if he returns 100%. There’s a question mark over Coleman if he comes back. That’s 5-6 players needed to be in the euro places and none of them are centre mids regardless of whether Nzonzi is a decent player or not.

I think sometimes these managers go after the guys already in their phone books.

Shane Corcoran
69 Posted 05/01/2018 at 11:58:38
According to Guillem Ballague, the arrival of Montella as Sevilla manager has changed N'Zonzi's position. He's been told he's very much wanted.

It also seems to have halted their pursuit of Sandro.

Greg Hasbrouck
70 Posted 05/01/2018 at 12:54:37
@Michael Lynch (#42)... you nailed it. People need to recognize the difference between how managers wish to play and how they're forced to play, because of the talent they're working with. Does anyone really think if Big Sam had Salah, Mane, Couthino and Firmino he'd have them all sitting back defending? Conversely, does anyone think if Klopp was managing us, he'd have 8 guys running forward all the time?

While I get that people are sick of signing midfielders, I think someone like Nzonzi is a good fit. Would it better if he was 24? Of course. However, I suspect the club is looking at someone who can bridge the gap to Davies. And if this hastens Schneiderlin's exit, all the better.

Barry Jones
71 Posted 05/01/2018 at 17:47:39
Really good player. He could be used as a holding player but he is far better going forward than anyone we have at present, which is something we miss presently.
Roger Helm
72 Posted 08/01/2018 at 16:20:38
With Schneiderlin, Gueye, McCarthy, Baningime, Besic and Nzonzi on the way, we will soon be able to field a whole team of defensive midfielders, which will be nice.

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