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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1 Posted 28/12/2017 at 21:40:05
2 Posted 28/12/2017 at 22:00:19
3 Posted 28/12/2017 at 22:05:43
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.
4 Posted 28/12/2017 at 22:15:39
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.
5 Posted 28/12/2017 at 22:29:58
Surely we should be targeting young hungry players in their mid twenties that have yet to peak?
6 Posted 28/12/2017 at 22:31:31
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.
7 Posted 28/12/2017 at 22:43:17
8 Posted 28/12/2017 at 23:08:54
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.
9 Posted 28/12/2017 at 23:27:28
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!
10 Posted 28/12/2017 at 23:49:18
11 Posted 28/12/2017 at 23:58:07
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....
12 Posted 28/12/2017 at 00:08:38
13 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:13:56
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
14 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:16:21
15 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:38:25
16 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:48:56
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.
17 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:49:01
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.
18 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:51:46
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.
19 Posted 29/12/2017 at 01:00:21
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!
20 Posted 29/12/2017 at 03:24:43
The rest of the season should be spent giving the young lads games and sorting our squad out in terms of numbers and balance.
21 Posted 29/12/2017 at 03:31:31
Made me laugh though.
22 Posted 29/12/2017 at 03:50:29
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.
23 Posted 29/12/2017 at 04:48:57
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!
24 Posted 29/12/2017 at 08:01:00
Might be wrong and by way of mitigation it was in Stoke, where even I seem relatively posh and refined.
25 Posted 29/12/2017 at 08:27:41
And to the question above asking: Who would he get in the team in front of? The answer is all of them.
26 Posted 29/12/2017 at 08:39:26
27 Posted 29/12/2017 at 08:58:10
28 Posted 29/12/2017 at 09:13:29
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.
29 Posted 29/12/2017 at 09:21:31
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!
30 Posted 29/12/2017 at 09:43:37
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.
31 Posted 29/12/2017 at 10:19:18
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.
32 Posted 29/12/2017 at 10:36:43
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.
33 Posted 29/12/2017 at 11:00:57
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.
34 Posted 29/12/2017 at 11:29:51
35 Posted 29/12/2017 at 11:39:00
36 Posted 29/12/2017 at 11:43:24
We haven't got any midfielders who are in Nzonzi's class.
37 Posted 29/12/2017 at 11:43:32
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!?)
38 Posted 29/12/2017 at 12:44:49
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.
39 Posted 29/12/2017 at 12:58:33
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.
40 Posted 29/12/2017 at 13:14:46
Can't Wayne take him on and show him some extra skills?
41 Posted 29/12/2017 at 13:36:10
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.
42 Posted 29/12/2017 at 13:49:58
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.
43 Posted 29/12/2017 at 13:56:18
44 Posted 29/12/2017 at 14:32:12
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.
46 Posted 29/12/2017 at 14:50:35
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.
47 Posted 29/12/2017 at 14:58:20
Allardyce had issues with him at Blackburn; Hughes at Stoke... and now Berizzo before Montella replaced him.
48 Posted 29/12/2017 at 15:10:22
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.
49 Posted 29/12/2017 at 15:16:30
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.
50 Posted 29/12/2017 at 15:32:17
He is 6 feet 5 inches tall.
51 Posted 29/12/2017 at 15:34:42
52 Posted 29/12/2017 at 17:24:03
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.
53 Posted 29/12/2017 at 17:44:14
We need goals in the team, I would pay the £35M for Mahrez and try and get at least one striker in January.
54 Posted 29/12/2017 at 19:18:13
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.
55 Posted 29/12/2017 at 20:25:57
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
56 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:06:44
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.
57 Posted 30/12/2017 at 08:02:56
58 Posted 30/12/2017 at 08:47:11
They have got 5 that can play there; we have one and it shows in our Goals For column.
59 Posted 30/12/2017 at 08:50:49
60 Posted 30/12/2017 at 09:01:58
61 Posted 30/12/2017 at 12:21:18
62 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:27:05
63 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:48:12
64 Posted 30/12/2017 at 21:57:38
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.
65 Posted 31/12/2017 at 10:16:41
66 Posted 31/12/2017 at 14:47:05
67 Posted 31/12/2017 at 21:34:43
68 Posted 01/01/2018 at 23:57:36
I think sometimes these managers go after the guys already in their phone books.
69 Posted 05/01/2018 at 11:58:38
It also seems to have halted their pursuit of Sandro.
70 Posted 05/01/2018 at 12:54:37
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.
71 Posted 05/01/2018 at 17:47:39
72 Posted 08/01/2018 at 16:20:38
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