Everton players return for pre-season training

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Preparations for a new season, the first in a new era under the tutelage of new Head Coach, Marco Silva, and Director of Football, Marcel Brands, begin in earnest at USM Finch Farm with the return of most senior players for pre-season training.

There will be extra time off for Everton's small World Cup contingent at Russia 2018, with Gyfli Sigurdsson and Idrissa Gana Gueye already on their way home while Jordan Pickford prepares for England's massive Round of 16 game against Colombia on Tuesday night.

Then there are those players who are due to return from injury, with James McCarthy's rehabilitation from a broken leg continuing. While the bones may have healed, the Irish international is likely facing weeks of physiotherapy and strength training to recondition the muscles, although the club's medical staff have been optimistic over his progress.

Ashley Williams, meanwhile, is set to return at some stage from broken ribs and a collapsed lung and Dominic Calvert-Lewin is presumably over the back injury that ended his 2017-18 campaign prematurely.

The rest of the squad is due to link up with Leighton Baines, who started pre-season early following his return from holiday in America, to resume full training ahead of what promises to be a hugely important campaign.

Just three of the bloated 38-man senior squad have been culled so far and there have been no incoming signings despite this season's transfer window opening soon after the end of the hugely frustrating 2017-18 season over 6 weeks ago.

Joel Robles, Ramiro Funes Mori and Wayne Rooney have moved on to pastures new and the inference has been that further outgoings will be required before the crucial task of plugging some key gaps in the squad can get underway.

A number of Everton players' futures probably hang in the balance, with Morgan Schneiderlin reportedly keen on a move away — he has been linked with a return to France but no substantive reports have yet emerged to that effect and the likes of Ashley Williams, Yannick Bolasie, Kevin Mirallas, Oumar Niasse, Sandro Ramirez, Muhamed Besic and Davy Klaassen all potential candidates for the exit door.

Everton will also welcome back a number of other players who were out on loan last season, with the early emphasis on assessing their credentials for securing a place in that reduced senior squad:

Kieran Dowell, Ademola Lookman, Brendan Galloway, Callum Connolly, Antonee Robinson, Matthew Pennington, Tyias Browning and Joe Williams will be looking to impress a new management team who have voiced their commitment to youth. It also promises to be a key summer for a couple of other fringe members of the squad in the form of Luke Garbutt and Shani Tarashaj.

A number of these players must be destined to leave, their loan spells at lower-league clubs helping to define their career trajectories before the transfer window closes in England on 9 August.

Depending on how many are deemed surplus to requirements, this could dictate the prospects for some of the up-and-coming youngsters in David Unsworth's Under-23s who will have their eye on challenging for first-team recognition.

Dennis Adeniran, Harry Charsley, Matty Foulds, Mateusz Hewelt, Josh Bowler, Bassala Sambou, Morgan Feeney, Antony Evans, Nathan Broadhead, Fraser Hornby, and Anthony Gordon have all made good progress at U23 level which has been reflected in how few players were released at this level this summer.

Nevertheless, some are further along that others and Silva and Brands have a sizeable group of youngsters to run the rule over in the next month or so.

All this without considering which 'big-name' players might be coming in, as promised by Marco Silva.

All-in-all, it promises to be a very busy six weeks at Finch Farm before the new Premier League season kicks off for the Blues at Molineux on 11 August.

 

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Andrew Heffernan
1 Posted 02/07/2018 at 04:20:15
A lot of 'ordinary' in the listed players; hopefully the cull will continue and we can bring in some quality longer term replacements.

Feel its been all downhill since 2009 squad, can't get any worse can it... tin hat!

COYB

Derek Knox
2 Posted 02/07/2018 at 07:19:48
Very true Andrew, which is why I hope this time, not only will they recruit wisely, but also get value for money, in this window.

The bigger problem being, how to offload many of these ordinary players, most on over-flated wages and long contracts.

I also hope some of the rumours, are exactly that, like swapping 25-year-old Klaassen plus €10M, for Vida, 29, of Besiktas. Who joined on a free incidentally, and has demonstrated in this World Cup, he is about as effective as a glass hammer at centre-back.

I don't believe it is all doom and gloom, as there are a few players we have, that would form the nucleus of a decent side.

It's just being able to add a few catalysts to achieve an effective balance, and a side capable of challenging all and sundry, without fear of being outplayed.

Tony Everan
3 Posted 02/07/2018 at 07:59:24
I think Silva will be looking very closely at Antonee Robinson and Mason Holgate and whether they are ready for a top 6 challenge.

Lookman and DCL both had good seasons last year too for young lads. The experience and another year older will have brought both of them on a notch I would hope. More food for thought for Silva.

Evertonians will be hoping that these four could be top quality and dare I say it top four level players in the making. It will be very interesting to see what Silva makes of them and whether he has confidence that they are ready to perform at the level required.

Mark Andersson
4 Posted 02/07/2018 at 08:06:46
The reality is we are still a selling club that can't attract quality players. Another mediocre season awaits... but some of you will live in hope coz that's all you have.

Hope I'm wrong but as always ToffeeWeb will keep me entertained more than the team did last season.

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 02/07/2018 at 08:11:55
Same mediocre bunch of players that escape the criticism.

No sign of any new players coming in and not enough dross moved out or looking like being moved out any time soon.

Typical Everton, make do and mend and attempt to polish a turd and think it’s going to be shiny and new.

John Otway
6 Posted 02/07/2018 at 08:46:11
Jim Bennings. Don't enter the caring professions! As for Mark Andersson and your quote of "Another mediocre season awaits.. but some of you will live in hope coz that's all you have." You very arrogant little man.
Alan McGuffog
7 Posted 02/07/2018 at 08:49:15
No idea of his stature but I tend to agree with Mark.
Martin Nicholls
8 Posted 02/07/2018 at 09:10:21
Mark and Alan - yeah, right lads. Why don't we all give up like you two have done, eh?
Len Hawkins
9 Posted 02/07/2018 at 09:23:58
Optimism = Looking forward to the new season in the hope it will be a good one.

Pessimism = Looking forward to failure so that I can say I told you so and moan about the money I have spent watching failure.

I'd rather be an optimist than a pessimist unless of course I was the owner of a suicide clinic in Switzerland.

Bobby Mallon
10 Posted 02/07/2018 at 09:24:02
Mark and Alan blah blah blah
Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 02/07/2018 at 09:32:11
Len. (9), I read a couple of months ago that optimists live 12 years longer than pessimists, At my age, I'm desperate to remain an optimist... I think, no I'm sure Everton will do better than last season.
Sam Hoare
12 Posted 02/07/2018 at 09:42:50
Another name to add to the list of U23 players who might be worth taking a closer look at is Nathangelo Markelo. For a lot of last season he looked pretty average at full-back but began to shine more when played at the tail end in his preferred spot as DMC.

Presuming Banigime steps up to either first team or a loan away then Markelo should make that DMC spot his own in the U23s and may prove why he was so highly rated.

Brian Williams
13 Posted 02/07/2018 at 09:46:33
Another mediocre season awaits.. but some of you will live in hope coz that's all you have.

That's all YOU have?

Strange turn of phrase when referring to fellow Evertonians.

Dennis Stevens
14 Posted 02/07/2018 at 09:47:12
Last season was just about the worst one I can remember, going back almost 50 years, & yet we weren't scrambling for 17th place on the last day of the season – far from it. I think there's already enough quality in that humongous squad to form a decent team capable of closing the gap on the elite half dozen.

Certainly we need to offload a few, but I expect to see Silva building that new team from the remaining squad of players with very few additions, perhaps only 2 or 3 new players. I think Moshiri will be expecting Silva to prove his worth as a coach, working with the established players we already have in the squad & the youngsters looking to elbow their way in.

Simon Smith
15 Posted 02/07/2018 at 09:48:19
What's the point in starting the season with a negative attitude?

The club has addressed the mistake of appointing Sam Allardyce, brought in what looks like a potentially great management team and appears to be taking a far more considered approach.

What's the point in being a supporter if you don't support? Let's get behind them from the start!
Coyb

Brian Harrison
17 Posted 02/07/2018 at 10:17:22
I am sure Brands has already told the ones they don't want, and there will be others they will asses over the next few weeks. But the problem is that a lot of the players they want out have still got a few years left on their contracts. Also the money they are on will deter most of the clubs who finished below us last season, so how do you persuade them to leave. I would think in Mirallas they have zero chance of selling him, and maybe they will have to forgo a fee and still maybe have to contribute to his wages. Same with Williams I would suggest.

So to those asking why we haven't moved more out and brought more in I think thats the reason. So I guess a lot of horse trading to be done in the coming weeks, but surely the lesson is buy quality that will be here for 4/5 years, not expensive journeymen as we have of late.

John McFarlane Snr
18 Posted 02/07/2018 at 10:34:14
Hi Dave [11] I'm firmly in your camp, [at our age we have to possess a positive attitude], as for the coming season, like every season since 1948, "Hope springs eternal." I'm looking forward to renewing our acquaintance on the 15th.

Hi Mark [4] and Alan [7] I'm afraid that you'll have to stick with it 'lads', remember, "You weren't manufactured, you were chosen."

Brendan Fox
19 Posted 02/07/2018 at 10:36:56
I hope Silva and his team get straight to work on the fitness levels of the squad which have been very poor for a number of seasons.

Agree with what others are saying getting rid of the dead wood is going to be a difficult task which will take a couple of transfer windows at best.

I'd anticipate only a couple of quality additions coming in to strengthen the 1st team in the spine of the team.

Fran Mitchell
20 Posted 02/07/2018 at 11:10:39
A lot of dead wood to be cleared out, but that will be done, albeit slowly. I look forward to this campaign, not because I think we will challenge the current top-6, I think that is a step too soon, but I look forward to the club finally developing a style of play that we enjoy to watch and to see signs of progress that we may, in fact, challenge the top-6 in the near future.

I look forward to seeing what Lookman will bring to the side.
I look forward to seeing the development and improvement of Davies after his "second season slump".
I look forward to seeing a fully fit Coleman in his prime charging down the right with Walcott in front.
I look forward to seeing a confident England no1 (after a quality World Cup campaign) further develop as best keeper in the league (while quietly giggling at Liverpool's bumbling keepers).
I look forward to Gueye playing in his real position without Schneiderlin getting in the way.
I look forward to the development of Holgate, Baningime, Calvert-Lewin, Dowell, Kenny and many other young players and their incorporation into our squad.
Principally, I look forwards to enjoying Saturdays once again.

John Hammond
21 Posted 02/07/2018 at 11:24:40
Mark Andersson: Head and shoulders above the rest of us plebs who are only here to entertain him. The man knows it all and all we have is hope. Such profundity.
Steve Ferns
23 Posted 02/07/2018 at 11:42:25
Mark Andersson said: "Another mediocre season awaits.. but some of you will live in hope coz thats all you have"

The ambiguity of the English language gives rise to at least two interpretations, firstly the approach taken above, Mark suggesting that the optimists have nothing better in their lives so are optimistic.

Being an optimist myself, I'm going to say Mark meant something different. That Evertonians only have hope. Mark is saying that we Evertonians have little else to cling to (except maybe our glorious and distant history) and so can only have hope.

I'm sure Mark didn't mean to belittle fellow Evertonians. At least, I hope not.

Neil Cremin
24 Posted 02/07/2018 at 11:50:49
I think Dennis hit the nail on the head. We finished 8th with this squad despite being woeful at times.

Most of the problems (IMO) were due to a disjointed transfer policy combined with very poor man-management of Koeman meant no team spirit. I believe anybody would have been an improvement to the toxic team spirit which Koeman left.

At a minimum, we need three players, one centre-half, one left-back and one high octane attacking midfielder.

If Brands and Silva can at least get back a united (sic) team spirit, they will be well on the way to success.

Kevin Prytherch
25 Posted 02/07/2018 at 12:18:33
I'd be happy sneaking into Europe while developing the talent we have so, in 2019-20, we have a squad of players ready to play in 4 competitions comfortably.

Another years development of Kenny, Holgate, Robinson, Baningime, Davies, Dowell, Lookman, Vlasic, Calvert-Lewin and even Connelly (kept Davies out of the U21's) could be the making of a very good hungry squad.

I think we might have to accept some shockers this season while they develop and don't get on their backs too much.

Steve Ferns
26 Posted 02/07/2018 at 12:20:03
Kevin Mirallas and Sandro Ramirez have reported for training. Good to see James McCarthy looking well (apparently he's there for rehab). Looks like a full contingent was there minus the World Cup 3.
Raymond Fox
27 Posted 02/07/2018 at 12:26:36
We cant sensibly past an opinion on how next season will play out until we have the final squad in front of us.

I don't think it's wrong to say we may be no better than last season, but for myself I'm expecting some improvement that won't be too difficult will it.
Its the gap in class between our squad and the usual top 6 that is proving our achilles heel. I'd like to say that I fancy us to bridge the gap but I'm struggling to be positive.

Who knows though, we may sign a gem or two who are badly needed, all you can do is hope for the best.

What I will say is that there are probably 13 other sets of supporters in the Premier League that envy us as a club.

Darren Hind
28 Posted 02/07/2018 at 12:28:10
Early days yet. We don't know what Brands and Silva are planning, but it's disappointing to see some who are expressing very legitimate fears being dismissed by the "glass half-full" crowd.

Please save us from the self-proclaimed optimists. Their self-image of "positivity" will be the death of this club. The only thing they have shown in recent seasons is exceptionally poor judgement.

FFS lets keep it real this time around. Last year the place was awash with misguided ill-informed Optimism... How did that go?

Steve Ferns
31 Posted 02/07/2018 at 12:32:42
Ademola Lookman looks in good shape. He seems happy as well. Let's hope he is happy to remain, Silva gives him a key role, and he develops into the player we all pray he can be.

Twitter makes interesting reading at this time of the season, many players give a short statement of being ready for the season, and lack of such can also be interesting. Sadly for those of us willing to see the back of Morgan Schneiderlin, it seems he is keen to stay:

"Back to the UK after a much needed break. It wasn't all relaxing though. Thanks to Fabien for putting me through some tough sessions. Read for pre season with Everton tomorrow! #BigAmbition #Hungry #Ready"

There's also a video montage of all the training he's been doing, complete with Cristiano Ronaldo shorts. He looks very thin, so a lot of cardio has been done.

Obviously this was written yesterday. It shows a guy keen to stay, and after Silva's comments on him, I would not be expecting Carvalho, unless Schniederlin stinks out training. Let's hope that the player is indeed Hungry, Ready and has Big Ambition. Perhaps he can be better than he has ever been.

Tony J Williams
32 Posted 02/07/2018 at 12:53:18
That's one thing you can't fault Schneiderlin on, his fitness.

He was posting clips of his extra training sessions when with Man Utd to ensure tip-top conditioning.

Pity it seems that he leaves all that enthusiasm on the training ground... or in his missus – oh err!!

Wayne Dinkelman
33 Posted 02/07/2018 at 12:59:47
Is there a list of who is back and when?

I've not seen any pics of Sandro

Tony Abrahams
34 Posted 02/07/2018 at 13:01:11
Darren you better get Dave, the number for one of those Swiss clinics!
Jamie Evans
35 Posted 02/07/2018 at 13:02:18
Does anyone think Schneiderlin has earned another chance after some (long awaited) much improved performances towards the end of last season ?

Tin. Hat.

Fran Mitchell
36 Posted 02/07/2018 at 13:07:33
I wouldn't say there is a big divide in the so called otimists vs pessimists in actual expectations.

I don't see any expectations for top-4 finishes, nor any dramatic relegation battles. The otimists seem to be more excited to the changes that appear to be coming - emphasis on youth, decluttering the squad, offer of attacking football, a couple of new signings from our 2 new leaders.

The pessimists, on the other hand, lament the slow pace of change (just 3 out and 0 in), doubt the real effects of the 2 new men in charge and are concerned there is not enough time.

Both are legitimate, however as football is for entertainment purposes, I prefer to look for the positives as to why I hope to enjoy this coming season after 38 games of absolute misery last time around.

Steve Ferns
37 Posted 02/07/2018 at 13:15:51
Tony Williams, his ability suffered because of his attitude. If he's sorted his attitude, maybe as a result of a reality check over the summer, then maybe a change in attitude can reboot his career. I'll take that.

Jamie, no he hasn't "earnt it", but on his wages, we have little choice but to give it to him.

Wayne, yes, there's pictures of Sandro. Go to the Everton website and have a look at their "blog".

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

38 Posted 02/07/2018 at 13:17:50
A World Cup in full flow. New DoF and manager in place. First day back in training. Plenty of time and business to be done – outgoing and incoming – before a ball is kicked in pre-season friendlies, let alone in competitive anger.

I think I'll wait a tad before making any meek or bold predictions about how the season is going to pan out.

Tony Abrahams
39 Posted 02/07/2018 at 13:21:15
You can kid some of the people sometimes Jamie, is the phrase that came into my mind mate, after reading about Schneiderlin's much improved form.

But does he deserve another chance? Well as Steve Ferns said, it depends on his desire, because he's the only fellar I know who's lasted longer than Bobby Sands on a hunger strike!

Steve Ferns
40 Posted 02/07/2018 at 13:27:41
Apologies, just checked the blog again, can't see any sign of Sandro. The Echo said he was "set to report" but no confirmation he has.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

41 Posted 02/07/2018 at 13:29:09
Here's the link to a gallery of photos from today's 'Back To Work' for Everton players.

Link

It appears to be updating with new images as the day progresses.

I love Tom Davies' blonde Jim Morrison look and Ashley Williams all-in Rastafarian beading! AW certainly doesn't look as 'heavy' as when he returned for pre-season last year.

As Steve Ferns states, in the images you can see pretty much all the first team and a good number of youth players: Feeney, Davies, Holgate, Calvert-Lewin, Kenny, Vadic, Walcott, Keane, Baines, Besic, Bolasie, Mirallas, Tosun, Schneiderlin, Jagielka, Pennington, Dowell, Klaassen, Martina, Lookman, Coleman, Sandro... anyone I missed from the photos available..?

Dave Evans
42 Posted 02/07/2018 at 13:29:27
Darren 28
Interesting little philosophical egg you dropped there - fans optimism somehow being responsible for team failure. I would have thought shite coaching and under par or performing players had more to do with it.
Re the hope and optimism debate. Let's hope next season players are optimistic enough to make a forward pass once and a while.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

43 Posted 02/07/2018 at 13:34:19
Steve @ 40.

Look at the link I sent. Surely, above the big picture of Coleman, on the right of the 3 photos above, that is Sandro on his back...?

Steve Ferns
44 Posted 02/07/2018 at 13:34:59
Thanks Jay, thought I was going mad. There's a picture of Sandro lying down on a mat on your link. So looks like all present and correct.

There's a lot of players looking ready for action. Perhaps we could say that about our Wales Captain if he'd shaved his hairdo off, and looked like he did 2 years ago.

Sam Hoare
45 Posted 02/07/2018 at 13:43:26
I expect there to be one or two players who we have written off that will get the bit between their teeth and prove to be a useful addition to Silva. Klaassen maybe. Or Sandro. Surely not Mirallas?

I wonder if in the absence of McCarthy that Mo Besic may get a chance in one of the box to box roles? Perhaps one of Galloway, Browning or Pennington might get a chance to shore up what was a leaky defense last year. It seems fair that he gets to have a decent look at and chat with them this week before starting the cull proper.

Fresh starts all around. At this point anything is possible.

Dave Trickey
46 Posted 02/07/2018 at 14:09:03
So Luke Garbutt has just joined Oxford United for the season (loan).
Alan J Thompson
47 Posted 02/07/2018 at 14:15:31
Did I mishear or is the South Korean captain and central defender at Mr Brands previous club? If we didn't have Pickford the the South Korean keeper looked more than handy.
Tom Bowers
48 Posted 02/07/2018 at 14:15:52
Let's hope the training this season creates a much bigger fitness regimen as many players last season just didn't seem to last the pace and looked lethargic.

Seems like they will have a lot of culling to do and hopefully that will whittle the squad down to a group that will be more competitive.

Everyone has their own ideas about who should be kept and who should let go but in any event I hope some of the talented youngsters will create pressure on some senior players who need a kick up the backside.

The offensive players of Tosun, Niasse, Walcott, Bolassi and DCL need to be front and centre from the off unless new men are brought in.

The limitations in that area were there for all to see and as the World cup is proving, impotency up front is costly. Just ask Spain.

Mike Gaynes
49 Posted 02/07/2018 at 14:25:10
Jim Bennings #4, turd of a post. Can't polish that one.

Len Hawkins #9, absolutely spot on.

Darren #28, what optimists are you referring to? Is anyone who derides pointless pissing and moaning to be considered an optimist? There's nothing wrong with doing what Fran Mitchell #20 says and looking forward to the season for perfectly legitimate reasons. And it's not like you've seen the phrase "challenging for the top 4" mentioned here like we did a few times last August.

Jay #41, thanks for posting that link. Truly never expected to see Mirallas in that set.

Steve #44, I wouldn't care if he wore a Fellaini do if something could make him play like he did two years ago. But I have great sympathy for him at the moment, having cracked my own ribs last weekend.

Dave Abrahams
50 Posted 02/07/2018 at 14:30:53
Tony (34), I've had an umber for one of those Swisss clinics for about six months, ever since I saw you after a night on the ale. !!!!!!!
Jamie Crowley
51 Posted 02/07/2018 at 14:32:50
Jamie Evans @35 -

If Morgan stays, he absolutely deserves another chance.

The main rumored replacement in Carvalho is a worse option in my opinion. I've watched him closely in the World Cup and haven't been impressed.

Schneids played under the worst coach I've seen, in a team that was at best chaotic and at worst a train wreck.

For the role he needs to play in a Silva system, if Steve Ferns analysis of said system is accurate as that's the source of my information, Schneids can play that holding role very well. My only worry is his ability to play the longer balls forward quickly. The shorter passes he already does very well.

But I say, despite a lack of love for him, he deserves another chance under a new coach. There's a player there.

Besides, the Carvalho alternative? If Scheiderlin drove you crazy with a lack of effort, watch Carvalho stroll around the pitch! You'll go batshit crazy!

Mike Gaynes
52 Posted 02/07/2018 at 14:41:20
Jamies #35 and #51, "earned" and "deserves" are irrelevant. For my money, what he earned and deserved was a swift kick out of our club. But from every appearance he's going to get another chance, and I very much hope that the early-2017-vintage Schneiderlin makes his return. He could make a huge difference.
Steve Ferns
53 Posted 02/07/2018 at 14:46:29
Jamie, Schneids is a decent long passer. Decent being a level below good for me. His range is good. But the major problem is the time it takes for him to shift the ball once he receives it. That's both a confidence thing and also a skill. If you are not confident, then you can think about things and take too long to do it. Consider a misfiring striker taking too long in the box.

Carvalho has quicker feet than Morgan and can shift the ball a lot quicker. He's also more accurate. That's a massive difference to me.

I cannot see people moaning about Carvalho's languid style if he's hitting 50 yard passes within seconds of Gueye winning the ball and releasing Walcott to gallop down the wing. The criticism will come when we're losing and he's not able to get the passes off as teams mark Walcott too closely, or Lookman constantly runs into trouble, and then Carvalho runs back slowly and we concede.

Judging by Silva's comments on Schnieds, Morgan's own comments, and the fact that Man Utd (really?) are in pole position for Carvalho, I wouldn't expect us to be in for him now. Let's just hope that Morgan can get some confidence and get the ball out of his feet quick enough to launch those long passes Silva's sides rely on.

Mike, I think you and I seem to be the hardest for Morgan to convince, maybe it's because we were one of the last to give up defending him last season?

Darren Hind
54 Posted 02/07/2018 at 14:51:20
Dave Evans

I did not say that optimism was responsible, for the failure of our team. You just made that up.

What I am saying is that nobody has the right to chastise others who express genuine worries and that the baseless optimism expressed by so many last year was not worth a blow on a rag-man's bugle.
I'll tell you what else I'm saying; Some of those self-proclaimed optimists have never figured out the difference from being positive and being wrong.

Tony A

Nothing wrong with Dave's positivity, or anyone else's for that matter, it does them credit... it's the people who act all superior and happy clap everything and try to shout down others who disagree that make me laugh. It's not that they have any sort of track record for being on the money themselves.

Mike Gaynes
55 Posted 02/07/2018 at 14:57:45
No question about it, Steve!
Steve Ferns
56 Posted 02/07/2018 at 15:03:13
Another embarrassing advert for Angry Birds on the Everton twitter feed now, "The Birld Cup". I can only hope this is helping us win over the kids or they are paying twice the going rate!
Alan McGuffog
57 Posted 02/07/2018 at 15:16:34
Apropos of nothing. Watching Mexico v Brazil. Have learnt that Tony Blair's son is a footie agent. Made me smile.
James Hughes
58 Posted 02/07/2018 at 15:29:23
Nice to see the season hasn't even started and the handbags are out and words are being sharpened.

Dave Ganley
59 Posted 02/07/2018 at 16:10:17
Well I'm full of optimism for the new season. To be honest I'm full of optimism at the start of every season, it's one of the reasons I love football, you get to reboot every season. Doesn't mean to say that it will go the way you hope but the start of every season gives everyone a chance to dream.

This coming season I am more optimistic than the previous couple because of the management team we have in place. I have no crystal ball but initial thoughts are that Brands comes across as very professional and he is willing to put his reputation on the line. I like his "the buck stops with me" attitude. I believe he has done his homework on Silva and come to an understanding on how they will work. I will be very surprised if Silva doesn't know exactly what is expected of him and what the situation on transfers are.

It's very early days regarding the squad and I expect it to change before the start of the season. I also expect a better attitude from the players from last season and would hope that Silva & Brands won't tolerate a lack of effort.

So new management team who look like they want to be here, a board reshuffle and hopefully Kenwright being given the push come August, I am very optimistic for the new season, can't wait for 11th August.

Dave Evans
60 Posted 02/07/2018 at 16:15:20
Anyone who is optimistic about the coming season be careful you are not being mugged off and blinding yourself to the corporate and personal evils of human nature and contributing in a "glass half-full" way to the long-term decline of this once great club.
Brent Stephens
61 Posted 02/07/2018 at 16:59:08
Optimists, pessimists. All genuine and heart-felt (or "self-proclaimed", if you wish). I'm an optimist re next season. Can't wait. Looking forward to the first friendly at Bury then Blackburn.
Julian Exshaw
62 Posted 02/07/2018 at 18:00:31
We have a new manager and hopefully a new era. That being said I think they (the out-of-favour lads) all should get a chance to impress before they are sold on. It's definitely a last chance for the likes of Mirallas, Williams, Klaassen and Besic but good luck to them. They are still Everton players. Good coaches can transform players' careers so let's see. Great to see them back and can't wait for the new season!!
John Kavanagh
63 Posted 02/07/2018 at 18:01:13
Agree with Fran (#20) and Kevin (#25). I'm expecting a transitional season but since the big signings policy has been such a failure, I hope that our promising youngsters are given a genuine chance to prove themselves. With better fitness levels and a system to play to (other than hoof and hope) I'm confident that at least the quality of football will improve.

As for giving Schneiderlin another chance – I suppose that any new management team should demonstrate that everyone has a chance to prove himself worthy of a place in the squad. But the first sign of a lack of commitment or a bad attitude gets you out the door pronto. I'd have booted out both Schneiderlin and Mirallas last season after the training ground incident.

Dermot Byrne
64 Posted 02/07/2018 at 18:12:16
I think this coming season may not be a winning one but I do have hope that this time next summer we may be getting quite excited with new players bedded in, other existing up to standard, many having left and us being a better prospect to further new players.

And big step forwards re ground.

I do think we may have some great moments from 2018-19 season though.

These players? Have absolutely no idea!

Steve Ferns
66 Posted 02/07/2018 at 18:41:09
Anyone notice Antonee Robinson in the photos. More have gone up now and it’s clear he’s now part of this bloated 40 man squad.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

67 Posted 02/07/2018 at 18:52:04
Video footage of the 1st day back in training.

Link

The likes of Robinson and Baningime feature.

Steve Ferns
68 Posted 02/07/2018 at 19:14:36
Cheers Jay. Interesting to see, but it was more physical testing than training.
Derek Taylor
69 Posted 02/07/2018 at 19:41:40
Personal aquaintances have branded me a pessimist following recent post here in which I asked for a 20% improvement from existing players, two or three key signings and a target of 60 points to give us a 'good' sixth or seventh position.

Again I say, we can all dream of cups and Champions League but therein lies permanent disappointment!

Dave Ganley
70 Posted 02/07/2018 at 20:30:18
Derek, football for most part is disappointment. There can only be 1 league winner, 1 league cup, FA cup winner etc. We do all dream of cup wins, league wins. Doesn't mean to say that we will win but every clubs supporters have hope at the beginning of the season, even the Mancs, Chelsea, Liverpool etc. That's what makes winning something in football so special.

If we don't have optimism or hope at the beginning of the season then what's the point of following a team? It just becomes an idle interest. Something to occasionally watch on tv. Grounds would be empty, no passion, no singing, no joy when we score.

And when we reach a final, the fans so excited, the absolute joy when you win, you just can't buy that kind of feeling. That's why I have optimism at the beginning of a season.

Yes it will most likely end in disappointment, but that one time when it doesn't and you go home with silverware, well for me, that's what makes all the disappointment all worthwhile.

Gerard Carey
71 Posted 02/07/2018 at 21:45:24
Keane looks a bit porkie!?
Christy Ring
72 Posted 02/07/2018 at 21:48:43
Have to be optimistic, as Silva plays good football. We are totally unbalanced, so a huge few weeks ahead. Plenty of attitudes have to change, hopefully Stoke will follow up their interest in Williams.
Great to see McCarthy back, a lot of work still to do, but looks positive.
Tom Bowers
73 Posted 02/07/2018 at 22:46:49
I for one will go into the new season expecting nothing new as previous seasons of optimism have proved fruitless beyond belief. Sure they have a new manager but so far no new players and I would have thought there would have been some indications apart from a few rumours.

Not all the good players are at the World cup (one only has to look at the England squad), so surely Mr Silva has some irons in the fire? (Or not!)

It's good to see Macca improving well as I believe he is a much better player than Schneiderlin but he does get injured too much.

Hopefully changes to the squad will happen by the end of the month when Silva will have a better understanding of some of the crap he has inherited.

Karl Meighan
74 Posted 03/07/2018 at 02:15:10
I don't expect to finish top 6 but I do expect every team from that top 6 to have to fight, work hard and play some great football if not give blood to get 3 points at Goodison regardless of who the 11 starters are in the mighty Everton team.

Getting rolled over easily without having a plan and being organised is not acceptable, lets look to the World Cup games where there has been shocks and unusual results aplenty.

Vijay Nair
75 Posted 03/07/2018 at 04:38:03
Karl (74),

"I don't expect to finish top 6 but I do expect every team from that top 6 to have to fight, work hard and play some great football if not give blood to get 3 points at Goodison regardless of who the 11 starters are in the mighty Everton team."

Couldn't have said it better!

Paul Mackay
76 Posted 03/07/2018 at 10:46:51
#51 Jamie

Did you actually see Schneiderlin play last season! He shouldn’t be allowed to play for Everton again. Absolute turd.

Thomas Lennon
77 Posted 03/07/2018 at 13:56:28
Watching the World Cup a few things have become clearer:

1. All teams are incredibly fit – no fading in the 75th minute in 30 C temperatures despite high pace;
2. Successful teams are highly mobile, keep possession with pass and move and support, which is quick, although many of these players do not play at Premier League level and yet they can do this, or support it;
3. Playing through the centre is nearly dead – too crowded;
4. Everyone is looking for width and break at pace and crosses;
5. Dead-ball set-pieces are back;
6. Superstars tend to go out, super teams stay in;
7. Goals!
8. Diving and bear hugs in the box are over;

How much of that did we all see at Goodison last season? Not much but then after the first 10 games we were chasing points using a variety of very limiting tactics to get them.

We have players that can do this. Coach the team to pass and move, younger legs at the back, stronger legs in the middle and balance then results will come. If the players believe Silva can do this then we are halfway there.

Alan McGuffog
78 Posted 03/07/2018 at 14:21:44
Love the way Mexico left men up when the opposition had a corner. Drove me mad the way successive managers would not leave Pienaar and/ or Osman on the half way line. Loved both of them to bits but the pair as much use as tits on a bull defending a corner.
William Gall
79 Posted 03/07/2018 at 14:28:14
Although not too worried about no new signings yet, only a lot of rumors, I look forward to the first major signing to see if the new regime recognize problem areas from last season and makes the changes in these areas. It is understandable that they have to look at what they have at the club, but to advance we need better.
Steve Ferns
80 Posted 03/07/2018 at 14:31:46
Alan, one of the ways a small team can take on a big team at corners is to leave men up. If you put Osman and Pienaar up then the opposition have to keep more men in defence, and so the men in the box attacking the corner goes down, and ends up being more of a level playing field. A few teams have done this playing against the big Vikings of Iceland, Sweden, and Denmark (if memory serves me well).
Tony Abrahams
81 Posted 03/07/2018 at 14:52:46
Thomas @77, it surprises me how many of the better teams keep playing and probing down the same flank.

If you was at any coaching session, all you would hear from the man-in-charge would usually be, "Come out, play across the pitch" or "Stop going back-in, we have just come from there" but this is exactly what some of the best teams in the world are constantly doing.

Sometimes it must be better not to over-coach or, even better, simply just leave it up to the players.

Steve Ferns
82 Posted 03/07/2018 at 23:55:00
On the grass today

Looks alright from the limited footage on view. Silva seen speaking with Sandro a couple of times. There's some drills being done, with an emphasis on snapping a short pass into feet and then the longer pass. Obviously trying to get the players to tune into the counter-attacking side of the game he intends utilise.

More tomorrow hopefully.

Steve Ferns
83 Posted 05/07/2018 at 13:44:42
Day 4 of the Silva Regime today. Another training video is up on the official twitter feed and on the official site:

Preparations For 2018-19 Continue At USM Finch Farm

So far the schedule has been:
Monday - physical testing
Tuesday - ball work and drills
Wednesday - unknown
Thursday - ball work and drills

You can't read much into the glimpses that Silva has allowed the club to film and upload onto the club's Twitter and YouTube sites. I'm no expert, but the Monday stuff seems pretty standard, and was explained by the chief physio and made sense. The players set a baseline for data that can be compared against for the rest of the season.

For the Tuesday and Thursday sessions, all we can really say is that they had the balls out and were using them. Compare back to week one of the Martinez regime, when Jagielka expressed his shock and delight that Martinez had the balls out in the first week of training, which led me to conclude that Moyes would just have them running right now.

Hopefully Silva can combine Moyes' level fitness with Martinez level ball work, and then Moyes standard defending with Martinez standard of attacking play. We all want the best of both of those worlds (although we may disagree with each other as to what the best actually was).

Steve Ferns
84 Posted 06/07/2018 at 21:44:38
Seems like I'm on my own studying the training footage for all I can learn, but there's another longer video (11.5 minutes) up reviewing the week now. Worth a watch if you're into this stuff. I think there's actually a lot you can take from the footage.

Also, there's an interview up with Williams. He's talking up the new season. Doesn't sound like a man being shown the door. It really wouldn't surprise me if we only bring in Tierney at the back and solider on with what we have and look for someone next summer.

Steve Ferns
85 Posted 06/07/2018 at 21:52:56
I forgot to add: At 5:10 Tom Davies and Niasse say hello and have a big hug, shows that rumour is bollocks, and the way Everton didn't "stage it" by plastering it everywhere just proves it even more.

https://youtu.be/qCDJ6_DqA70?t=5m

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

86 Posted 07/07/2018 at 12:19:40
I've been viewing them Steve and TBH the footage is unremarkable.

They offer no deep insight into Silva's training methods or reveal anything about how Everton will play next season.

All very superficial and unremarkable. Bog standard pre-season training sessions.

I also saw the extremely warm greeting exchanged between Davies and Niasse late last night and intended to share the link today to dispell the reported bollocks of a couple of months ago of how disruptive an influence Niasse was. So thanks for saving me the trouble.

I recall a few swallowing the story hook, line and sinker. I also recall a few challenging the bollocks. It appears the latter called it right.

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