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These days, you can keep up with the transfer gossip 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If the complexity of the deals and the number of ways you can find rumours of them has increased, much of the vocabulary used to describe them is resolutely traditional.
When Silva and Marcel arrived, we were a very very broken club. Silva has a huge task on his hands. Do not underestimate how much was needed to be addressed and changed. For those who expected it to be all done in half a season – please give him a break.
We reached the half-way stage of our first season under Marco Silva and Marcel Brands with a great performance and five goals at Burnley. So what can we put on the report card for their first half-season?
I’ve long thought that once we get to Christmas, we have a clear picture of where we are in as a team, despite our hopes, fears and cynicism. And here we are; won 7, drew 6, lost 6, the picture of mediocrity. Or is it?
Following the herculean Summer efforts of Brands and Silva to cut down on our bloated squad, there are still a number of players who should be let go, either permanently or on loan in the January window
I look at the current Everton squad and as individual players they are immensely talented, but the question that plagues me is: "Are they a team?"
I explained the best thing about supporting a team is that other people support other teams and they will constantly tell you that your team is rubbish – it is the whole point of football!!! It is your role to tell them that their team is rubbish and inform them that actually your team is ‘the best’.
He looked at me and paused, before muttering to himself “Ain't no Scouse”. I was clearly an Everton supporter cheering them on in my replica shirt so I was confused as to what the issue was.
After reading a few comments recently on ToffeeWeb and after hearing a few "so-called" experts on TV talk about what Evertonians should be expecting from the club this season, I thought I would take stock after the 15 games so far and look to the rest of the season.
If we accept that most players in the squad have the necessary skills, then you look at shape and balance, and here we can see, even in these early days, that Marco Silva is making real progress.
In all the years of following Everton, the one thing that angered me most and caused the deepest dismay was listening to the post-match analysis of the intellectual Titan that is Rio Ferdinand.
Mike took a three-week trip to Europe that culminated in typically "Everton" fashion at Anfield. As he says, "hey, I got to see a derby in Mordor, and I not only survived, but right up to that last minute I was having a blast."
The Silva-Brands partnership has been a revelation – poaching top-class players from the world’s best sides has shown real intent, more so than any of our signings in previous years.
We go with a different attitude; this Everton is not coming to limit the damage, steal a point. We are coming for their crown. We want to be kings of this city – not just for this weekend but for years to come.
The Bomber is a man who doesn’t know when he’s beat, and that’s exactly what Marco Silva must instil into this Everton team
If the first half against Palace was a player working his way up to speed, then the second saw the summer signing click through the gears and start to dictate proceedings from his midfield base.
There are signs that there is a promising batch of young players in the Under-23 squad who may have a chance at the Club. In the Under-18s as well, the Everton Academy system is still in good health.
What can the wealth of team and individual stats tell us about the performances we watch?
There is a clear disconnection between how the loyal supporters of our club view this competition and how Everton view it. Surely Everton have a duty to take the League Cup / Milk Cup / Carabao Cup seriously? I think there are many ways to let the club know how unhappy their supporters are.
Almost four years since my last trip to Goodison Park, I woke up at daft o’clock yesterday with that Christmas morning feeling. Yesterday, Everton made me feel special, re-united me with my Dad, re-affirmed my love for This Great Club of Ours, which acted like a great club off the pitch.
It is early days and there is a long way to go, but the start we have made has exceeded what could have been expected. The cold dark winter of Allardyce is well and truly gone. The buds of spring are now starting to sprout under Silva and Brands. There is a long way to go and we will have setbacks along the way, but we can look forward with optimism.
Is there any more that could be done to re-ignite the pride and passion that has been sorely missing over the last few years?
Looked at objectively, all we’ve really done so far is met the minimum expectations for games against Wolves and Southampton
The work of Marcel Brands over the summer has certainly justified the Blues blazing this trail: he may be one of the most important signings in the club’s history.
The Silva - Brands era starts at Wolves; what can we expect in the 2018-19 season from our new duo?
Since the split in 1892, there developed a widely-held belief that Everton became the club of the substantial Merseyside Catholic population and Liverpool of the Protestant population. Influential members of the clubs’ respective boards seem to have given substance to this belief.
You’ve got to have heroes, its all part of being a kid growing up, all part of being a human, all part of following a football team. I’m glad I chose Big Bob Latch as mine and I’m glad I supported Everton.
Let’s give him – and the new management team – a chance. Let’s stay positive, let’s make Goodison a fortress, let’s press, harry, play and produce. Let’s beat the Red Shite. Let’s laugh about the time we were angsty about which defender we bought from Barcelona. Let’s play Angry Birds.
To ensure the season is not an utter disaster waiting to happen, Marco and Marcel have got 11 days to entice another five or six top quality players in.
I wanted to put a question out about whether other fans on here have discussed or ever had a thought on a way forward with reference to reducing the squad size and wage bill?
At some point or other, most of us have had, or have got our own superstitions or rituals before a game. The truth is, we have no impact on the game whatsoever and yet people believe they do.
I think we've got our own super coach. And if so, then do we really need to spend a load of money? Let's look at what we have...
Is Roberto Martinez a much better manager than he got credit for at Everton?
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