Having taken the full close season to assess the squad they inherited from Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce and Steve Walsh, Marco Silva and Marcel Brands's recruitment drive has gone right to the wire with a few holes in the team that still need to be addressed.
The Blues started the proceedings by unveiling their third major signing of the summer behind Richarlison and Lucas Digne in the form of Bernard who underwent a medical yesterday and completed the formalities on a four- or five-year contract this afternoon.
There was a high degree of confidence, too, that the Yerry Mina saga would end in a successful conclusion which it did when completed a £28m switch from Barcelona.
Everton had been trying to secure a deal for the Colombian for a while now but despite late reported interest from Manchester United and Lyon, they won the race for his signature as he underwent a medical in Barcelona with Everton representatives having flown in to finalise things.
Another Barcelona player in Andre Gomes was also having a physical with a view to joining the Blues and his season-long loan was also done ahead of the deadline. The Portuguese, who had been linked with both Arsenal and Tottenham in the past, emerged as a loan target yesterday. He is currently recovering from a hamstring strain and would be unlikely to be ready for action until next month at the earliest.
Meanwhile, speculation around Chelsea's centre-half Kurt Zouma and Manchester United's Marcos Rojo ramped up this afternoon with L'Equipe reporting that Everton have come to an agreement over a loan deal for Zouma and the Telegraph suggesting the Blues were also in for Rojo at £22m.
The Rojo talk proved baseless but a deal sheet for Zouma was submitted just before the deadline, giving Everton two more hours to complete the deal with Chelsea.
In terms of outgoings, Yannick Bolasie, Sandro Ramirez, Muhamed Besic, Nikola Vlasic and Cuco Martina look to be the most likely, although depending on their destination, any transfers they might make could still be done by the end of the month.
Besic appeared to be the closest to leaving today with Middlesbrough actively trying to get a deal over the line after the Blues set an asking price of £6m, although it looks like it might be a loan again for now.
Martina might have joined him there with one report claiming the defender had agreed a season-long loan move to the Riverside but that does not appear to have come off.
Nikola Vlasic has reportedly attracted attention from CSKA Moscow where he could move on loan for the season.
Ademola Lookman won't be going anywhere it seems with Sky reporting to that effect this afternoon.
Sandro is said to have interested Valencia and, again, given that the deadline everywhere else is the usual 31st of August cut-off, there are still three weeks for him to find a new club if that is what he and Silva want.
If Bolasie is to get his preferred move to another Premier League club, he would need to seal any deal today given that Everton are only interested in a straight sale rather than a loan, according to Sky.
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1 Posted 09/08/2018 at 07:04:20
And bring in:
And anyone else as a bonus
I will shoot my load.
2 Posted 09/08/2018 at 07:08:51
In Schneiderlin many have felt angered by his apparent lack of effort and commitment, and like Mirallas, he should be offloaded. I have faith in Silva and Brands and if they can rediscover the Schneiderlin that impressed at Southampton then great.
It must be difficult to motivate millionaire players into the kind of fanaticism the likes of Klopp inspires. Since Schneiderlin got married to his incredible wife his energy levels and determination seem to have evaporated. It would be some trick to get him to make Everton his top priority.
3 Posted 09/08/2018 at 07:13:27
4 Posted 09/08/2018 at 07:21:04
We badly need the Mina or Zouma deals to go through, to sign both is wishful thinking but if we dont pull off a centre half coup in the next 8 hours or so then you do have major concerns about our defensive prospects this season.
Between now and 5pm is going to shape our season and arguably make or break it, much like the monumental failure to replace Lukaku last summer broke the 17/18 campaign into pieces before September was even done.
There is much resting on the shoulders of Cenk Tosun, both staying fit and making sure he is the man to score the goals (and in good quantity).
At £27 million we need him to have a good season and with no other overly convincing striker options its absolutely crucial for Tosun to be a goal scorer and focal point.
5 Posted 09/08/2018 at 07:26:01
6 Posted 09/08/2018 at 07:29:33
7 Posted 09/08/2018 at 07:41:14
The pre-season has shown how much work needs to be done. Unfortunately it will take time to bed in the new additions and we will have to live with the weaknesses that still exist. Brands and Silva have a clear plan and have established the standard they want. Certain weak areas of the team have been exposed and players have a more realistic realisation of where they are in the pecking order in a Premier League team.
Brands has shown ability and has changed the perception of Everton as a serious football destination. He has given Everton the edge over rivals in the transfer market and exposed weaknesses, particularly in Man Utd. Silva has set his stall out in pre-season and set out the template of an offensive system, which Everton at their best were unrivalled. There is no hiding place for the attitude that has been a drag in performance for years. The backroom boys know they have to step up and don't feel as secure as they had been.
Everton are better placed now than they have been for years. We are off square one in a three-year plan, rather than needing more time for projects that never existed — only in the minds of those that thought in terms of contract extensions.
8 Posted 09/08/2018 at 07:41:53
I really hope someone at Goodison has the good sense to say, ‘either hes an Everton player by midday or get someone else in
It would be RIDICULOUS if we dont get a decent centre half or 2
And yet I can see it...
9 Posted 09/08/2018 at 07:52:22
10 Posted 09/08/2018 at 07:54:42
If we finish today with Bernard and Mina then we have an excellent transfer window. We can be optimistic for the season. I think the pressing, energetic game Silva wants was beginning to emerge as the pre-season progressed, and there are many reasons to look forward.
11 Posted 09/08/2018 at 07:59:28
Hopefully Bernard will happen this morning but as for Mina, Zouma etc who knows.
If we dont sign two class central defenders today its going to be a very tough season.
Fingers crossed that we have a successful day and we are all very happy at the end of it.
12 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:00:24
Its easy for a uk based player to travel anywhere in the UK, so why cant a foreign player travel to a medical centre in their country of residence, to be examined by a qualified/recognised doctor?
Better still why dont we send our medical team(s) to whichever country!
Other clubs have private jets on standby! However, I cant recall us ever taking that option?
Does Moshiri have a private jet?
13 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:01:19
14 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:02:07
Bernard & Mina could be the players coming in that makes the rest believe in this team. They could be the catalyst that makes others want to join today.
Then it is up to Silva to put us in the top 6 by Xmas.
15 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:03:16
As I said somewhere else a while ago, I think Keane will come on if he gets the chance to play alongside a better, stronger defender at an earlier stage in his career. I don't think playing alongside Jagielka has been good for Keane.
16 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:03:43
17 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:04:17
18 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:08:04
Thank You for the insight into Schneiderlin's private life that I was unaware of — it explains everything.
19 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:09:01
20 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:11:56
21 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:20:21
It's going to take another window to offload the mediocre pretending to be good footballers.
22 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:22:16
Id like Zouma. Mina would be good so long as its unde £30m (I personally dont like overpaying drastically). André Gomes looks risky to me, been poor in many appearances for Barca. Drinkwater on loan could be interesting.
23 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:26:07
24 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:26:29
25 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:30:56
26 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:12:00
I'm going back to Googling 'Everton' 327 times a day.
27 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:17:42
28 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:19:00
29 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:21:53
It's the same for every player, why would they choose us over Man Utd, they've no loyalty to us. Utd can offer so much more in every aspect. Let's not worry that Mina didn't want to come here, let's worry that he settles and enjoys life here. He'll have his mates Lucas and Charlie to help him settle in, he'll play every week. I'm sure he'll be a true blue in no time.
30 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:22:22
I think I have seen him have 1.5 decent games in all the time he's been here, which is not in my book a good return. After that incident with Mirallas last year he should have been out the door.
Mirallas has gone, but he remains, on the backs of the good signings we have, and are still making, it only takes one bad apple to destroy everything.
31 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:23:18
"According to a report in the Daily Mirror, West Ham United made a ‘huge financial offer to Bernard, but he is set to sign for Everton instead."
Are we actually more attractive than West Ham now?
32 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:29:45
33 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:29:59
34 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:34:56
35 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:35:50
Finger crossed we have a good day and Mina has not been stringing is along
36 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:39:17
37 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:40:44
38 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:42:07
39 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:43:21
40 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:45:23
However, how many of us have been on and on about us not replacing Lukaku's goals. We seem not to be mentioning his replacement.
Great making our defence more difficult to score against, great making our midfield more creative, but at the end of the day we still need someone to stick it in the net.
41 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:49:30
42 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:52:11
We don't know that Mina didn't want to come here. We have no idea what has caused the holdup. It could have been Barcelona wanting more money or hoping to use him as a make-weight in a Pogba deal. Barcelona have only recently accepted our offer. Nothing could be done before then. It's a huge decision for the lad. Maybe he weighed up all his options and then chose us? Maybe he wanted to come to us all along and isn't responsible for the holdup at all.
That's basically what Newsnow does. It provides you with all recent Everton related links. The same reports you'll find googling, just a bit more convenient.
An absolute TDD necessity.
43 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:56:47
Hope this doesnt mean we end up with Smalling or Rojo.
Maybe the Newcastle signing means Lascelles is up for grabs after all (clutching at straws).
7 hours to go and counting .
44 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:00:10
Tony, I really like Andre Gomes. He is a very good midfielder. He is a number 8 (as in plays box-to-box). Great technique, great feet, excellent range of passing, excellent accuracy. He's tall but he's not strong. He's not good in the tackle. I hoped we might push him into the Schneiderlin role. My (Benfica supporting (Portuguese)) mate tells me not. I've not seen Andre Gomes that often, he's a Benfica player not a Sporting one, but I have watched most of the Portuguese national team games and he did feature often for them, but lost his place after he failed to play much for Barca. He's always done well for them.
The question is, do we need him when we have Sigurdsson, and what would it mean for Dowell?
45 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:03:23
46 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:05:05
47 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:19:03
I dont know much about André Gomes as a player, only that he seems to be constantly linked with transfers to the Premier League, but I gather he could displace Schneiderlin in our strongest XI. Hes also said to be ‘desperate to make the move happen.
Personally theres others Id like to see; my own favourites are Lascelles, Loftus-Cheek and Welbeck but I dont think were making serious moves for any of them.
Then again, I dont know anything other than what can be gleaned from journalists on the internet, so I still hold out hope that were doing some clever things somewhat secretly. In this day and age however, its very difficult to keep these things secret.
Heres to ignoring my phone until 5.30pm today (never gonna happen).
48 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:20:30
I am pretty confident Mina is a done deal and the delay seems to revolve around Barca hoping Man U would show an interest to either jack the price up or as part of a deal for Pogba.
I was hoping for a goalscorer too but I suppose were getting greedy now.
As long as we get the CB and MF situations sorted out we can consider this a very good window.
49 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:22:43
50 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:24:12
51 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:27:54
52 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:30:22
53 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:31:15
54 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:34:48
55 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:34:50
We need to get busy!
56 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:34:52
We need to get busy!
57 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:35:09
58 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:37:19
59 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:38:27
Hopefully we can get some cash back for Bolasie (never really understood that one) and ship one or two others out and obviously would like a box-to-box mid and a new forward, but it'd be a decent start.
60 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:43:36
The EFL have followed suit except they can still register loans until the end of August.
Other UEFA countries have the market open until the end of August, meaning that they can only sell or loan to the PL up until 5pm today but can buy and loan from PL clubs until the August deadline.
You get the feeling that some foreign clubs are quite relaxed because PL clubs will be wanting to get rid of certain large wage earners off their books after today. Meaning potentially that PL squads will only be finalised at the end of the month.
Where it will become difficult is where a PL star (a Pogba type say) decides he wants to go to Real Madrid or Barcelona at all costs after the window is shut. The PL who own him either have to live with a star who doesn't want to play for them or sell knowing that they can't buy a replacement until January.
61 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:49:51
62 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:50:44
63 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:51:10
64 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:52:10
Gives Silva time to assess things.
65 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:52:12
As you say, PL Clubs have to register their players after the window closes (25) so it is possible that a Foreign club come in with an attractive offer, which is acceptable by that player, and it goes through, they are at least one player light.
66 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:56:20
67 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:58:42
The next biggest transfer is 20m euros. Are they really going to stretch to £30m or even 30m euros? sure they have the Keita money but I doubt it.
Lookman will only leave if Silva is going to play Bernard and Richarlison as left wingers. I can't see how we can leave either of these expensive players on the bench, or the equally expensive Sigurdsson, or the equally expensive Walcott. I think they will all play, and so Lookman will be the guy on the bench, and he won't be leaving.
68 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:04:02
69 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:06:29
'Cos if the medical is done at Finch Farm and the player passes he can sign on the dotted line there and then, grab a shirt for the photo op and then get assigned his locker. All in time to get the paperwork through to UEFA before the deadline.
Unless BK's fax machine runs out of paper again!
70 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:06:54
Klippety Klopp would krappen in die Lederhosen!
71 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:11:53
“Sam Allardyce has revealed that Maguire and his former Hull City team-mate Andrew Robertson – now doing so well at Liverpool – were both offered to the Toffees but the then boss Ronald Koeman didn't fancy the move.”
And we're still paying the useless fuckwit's wages.
72 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:19:24
73 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:19:38
It would appear we've signed nobody and I still cant keep up
74 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:21:22
If we can get any of Zouma, Gomes, Drinkwater or a back up striker like Welbeck in, then I will say its our best window in years.
I still think we need a powerhouse in midfield, we are often overrun in the midfield which I don't think helps our CB's at all. Also having players like Baines allowing crosses in is making the CB's done far more work than is necessary. Not defending Jags or Keane either, just don't think they get much protection.
75 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:21:58
76 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:23:42
77 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:28:44
78 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:29:16
I don't think we need another striker backup. With options we've got in wide areas its very possibly that Richarlison or Walcott could play central role and I think they'd both do it well.
79 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:29:48
80 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:30:33
81 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:31:26
82 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:31:34
83 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:33:55
84 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:34:09
Actually probably no intro video for this one given the timescale.
85 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:35:01
86 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:35:07
87 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:36:07
88 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:36:54
89 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:37:45
90 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:40:02
91 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:45:17
92 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:50:56
93 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:52:58
94 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:54:59
96 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:55:58
Remembering the 23.00 closing, SSN at Finch Farm, the Live Forum, with the deals sometimes not proclaimed officially till well into the night!
Aye those were the days.
97 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:57:48
98 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:04:02
99 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:04:08
I believe that kind of deal is why it's gone back to 5.00pm.
100 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:05:14
101 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:05:46
102 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:06:21
Hope he will show Everton more respect than all the other ones only knowing the top 6 Clubs.
103 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:06:26
104 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:09:47
I bloody loved Tommy Gravesen, the mental bastard (as Jimmy McFadden called him). Mad as a box of frogs.
105 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:10:12
106 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:11:28
107 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:12:07
108 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:13:41
If we also pick up some good loan deals to fill out a quality roster (some of: Zouma/Drinkwater/Gomes) and shift Sandro to Spain before the end of August then that's a fantastic transfer window. On paper - I thought getting Keane and Sandro was great business this time last year.
COYB - Just don't leave the Bernard and Mina deals go down to the wire. I don't want to be refreshing the news every 30 seconds to see if some late fax was received the right side of the deadline.
109 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:13:59
110 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:14:15
Final details between the clubs being ironed out now.
No mention of Zouma anywhere. Pity
111 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:16:38
112 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:19:38
How successful and experienced are they?
Now had it been about Failure and what it's like to be sacked, I could have understood it better.
113 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:20:26
114 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:20:42
115 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:21:59
That's pretty good going really isn't it.
116 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:23:13
117 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:23:25
Its not really nit picking its a fair call.
I just hope we do get them in now that we have left it late and there are no more late twists or hitches.
Im still shitting one thinking of a partnership of Keane and Jagielka away to Wolves at a bouncing Molineux.
118 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:23:56
It's not our choice, it's the way the transfer market works these days - clubs and agents hang it out for inflated fees till the last day, and the merry-go-round starts to spin on the last day. One transfer leads to another.
It's a total myth that Everton are the only club that wait till the last day - you just don't notice how long and drawn out other clubs transfers are, in exactly the same way ours are purely because you don't follow them in the same way.
119 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:25:40
Now that would be a terrifying thought.
120 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:26:52
121 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:27:06
122 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:27:41
123 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:29:48
124 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:33:18
Remember where we sit in the pantheon of modern football clubs - Everton are not a 'big club', whatever than means but in terms of the modern era we're a mid table side with no recent history of winning anything at all. The modern footballer has never seen us win a title.
With that in mind we're a low-end draw for players so comparing us to the RS is not a great comparison. Like it or not they win things, we don't. We're rarely in Europe, play in a shitty old stadium (much as we love her) and we're not a fashionable club, so we fish in different waters for so many reasons.
125 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:35:23
Also, Brands can shift to trying to find the next Messi, and concentrate on that. This window is about giving Silva a squad he can work with.
126 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:36:25
127 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:37:17
I have to say to M&M. "We salute you." Well I fucking do anyway.
Oh, and don't be surprised if there IS a surprise before that fucking UPVC eyesore SLAMS SHUT!!!
128 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:37:32
This time around it's almost entirely players that big clubs are trying to offload as surplus to requirements. Not saying whether one approach is better than the other, just pointing it out
129 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:41:09
130 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:41:11
I think the window looks moderately successful assuming Mina and Gomes are landed but the addition of Zouma and Drinkwater would have plugged the weaknesses we still have.
131 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:42:37
Don't we have a history of waiting until the window slams shut before announcing our final day signings?
We seem to be following the same pattern today.
I'll also be interested in the prepared script the new arrivals blurt for the cameras.
Anyone else noticed, unlike in all previous seasons, neither Richarlison nor Digne made any reference whatsoever to BK and his part in the deal?
A small point. But possibly, just possibly, a significant one and a pointer as to how and by who deals are now being handled.
132 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:46:26
They are in no hurry to launch into a deal when there could be higher profile clubs or more cash coming.
It's certainly not just us, look at Utd desperately shopping around for defenders last minute.
I'd also say that the World Cup and the new earlier deadline has had a concertina effect this year meaning a lot less time to get business done.
Oh and of course we did lots of early business last year...that didn't go super well did it?
133 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:47:14
(some day I hope to find the old TDD threads when we were skint)
134 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:48:05
135 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:51:40
136 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:52:27
Just playing devil's advocate here, but I remember getting very excited about last season's signings and, like I say, they probably had more going for them on paper...
137 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:52:43
138 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:53:15
139 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:56:17
140 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:56:23
141 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:57:00
142 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:58:19
143 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:01:04
Most of the 80s side were interesting but risky signings,thats what good management is about
144 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:02:56
Bernard in Champions League against Man City.
more action from the city game, love how he gets stuck in and you can see why i think he can play centrally.
145 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:05:40
Digne is a top player (25 odd caps for the world champions) as is Mina, Richarlison is already looking the business and Silva knows him well. We are also about to buy a player who has been capped by Brazil 14 times..
Compare this to the likes of Klaassen, Lookman and Sandro last summer, they hadnt done anything of note prior to them signing for us (Dutch league is poor) and have done nothing since.
The standard of player we are buying has increased no doubt about it and as many people on here have said who in that next level up is going to Everton over a top 4 team anyway?
We all thought it would take a few windows to fix our weaknesses but this window has been a cracking start.
All kudos to Siva and Brands.
146 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:12:28
Anyway. I'll go back to getting excited.
147 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:14:41
148 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:18:20
You're a hard man to please! If you'd have been at the last supper I bet you'd have asked for ketchup.
I think we've had a very productive window and strengthened in the right areas with quality. Many of us were excited last summer but some of us were already asking questions about how it was going to work, before a ball was even kicked with the unbalanced transfer approach.
Brands brief was to lose the deadwood and improve the squad. He's definitely done that. Let's break it down and take a look.
Defence outgoings - Williams, Funes Mori, Garbutt, Robinson.
Defence incomings - Mina, Digne
Midfield and attacking outgoings - Klassen, Rooney, Connelly, Mirallas, Vlasic, Bolasie, Besic.
Midfield and attacking incomings - Gomes, Bernard, Richarlison.
That's 11 outgoings and there's only Robinson who we need back. The 5 new signings can all play a significant roles next season. Gomes is an immediate upgrade on Schneiderlin. Mina a better CB than what we have. Richarlison has looked our best player in pre season, and Digne has better stats that Baines in all areas of the game apart from key passes. He wouldn't have got over 20 caps for France and played for Barca, Roma and PSG if he wasn't decent. I only saw him on Sat against Valencia but he looked up for it and was solid. I've been very impressed with Digne from what he's said and looks like he'll find it easy to integrate into the squad.
149 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:20:42
Would the likes of Jagielka had as many caps for England had he not been playing every single week for Evrerton?
150 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:22:52
I am a hard man to please indeed. But My Nan would be a better CB that what we have, to be fair. And, as Steve Ferns has pointed out, Gomes doesn't play DM usually, so isn't a replacement for Schneids unless Silva is planning to convert him. Richarlison is brilliant, I';m delighted with him. Digne I have no idea about, but he needs to be as good as Baines was in his prime, which was pretty bloody good. Probably the best left back I've seen at Everton.
151 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:33:17
152 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:37:45
Id settle for Gueye playing in Schneiderlins holding position, with Gomes (or any other midfielder) playing as a box to box midfielder. This would surely offer more than when we have Gueye and Schneiderlin in the same midfield...
153 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:38:00
Even though Wolves have had a massive influx of players, which can be disruptive, and they are new to the Prem, I still don't relish the prospect of (probably) Keane and Jags being our mainstay of defence against them.
154 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:40:29
Gomes isn't a tackle machine like Schneiderlin but he has more vision and can pick a through ball pass. He's also more capable of getting us up the pitch. For me, he is a much better partner for Gana in midfield. He's also 6ft 1" so isn't someone who is going to be bossed around. I'm looking forward to seeing him play in a midfield 3 with Sigurdsson and Gana
155 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:40:44
156 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:41:41
As above, if it's Siggy/Gomes/Gueye in the midfield 3, where does that leave Bernard?
157 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:47:30
It's a squad game. Benard can be played in a midfield 3 with Sigurdsson and Gana with Sig playing more as a traditional No.8. Or we can Bernard in Sigurdsson's No.10 position. Or we can have him out wide on the left with Richarlison playing on the right wing or upfront. There's lots of combinations that are very exciting. It's not like last summer buying 3 slow No.10's and trying to shoehorn them into a system that fits. Bernard is equally adept playing centrally or out wide.
158 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:48:14
The cull continues!
159 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:49:26
160 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:50:05
161 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:52:39
"Its a funny thing about young footballers. We laud them to the skies on their emergence. We all want to say we saw them first. We plead for them to be given time, even whilst trying to envisage the champion into which they will develop. And yet when, remarkably, they fail to live up to the hype, somehow its always the players fault rather than the hype. As with so many other hotly-tipped prodigies, its tempting to think about Walcott in terms of failure, inadequacy, loss. Perhaps, instead, a player who first took shape as a brilliant idea remains just that: a sunlit extrapolation, a figment, a blurry vision of pure untrammelled speed that really only existed in our heads."
(I was wondering if there was any rumours that Walcott might be off).
162 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:52:58
163 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:55:28
Plus they do them fancy vids on twitter these days. Let's worry in a couple of hours time, not just yet.
164 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:57:27
I havent seen too much of Bernard, but I dont think he has played for a while and needs to get up to speed. I have a feeling he is more of an attacking wide player than a centre mid, but maybe I am thinking that because he is small - I could be wrong, and he could be another Modric for all I know, but I thought his main quality was dribbling. In any case, id be happy with Gueye, Gomes and Sigurdsson in centre mid. Bernard can play his way in if he is good enough!
165 Posted 09/08/2018 at 13:59:08
166 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:00:47
167 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:01:54
We got £6m for Besic, well done Brands.
168 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:05:05
169 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:08:43
If Walcott doesn't perform, there is Lookman, Richarilson who can play RWF.
If Tosun doesn't perform, the is Calvert-Lewin, Richarilson, Walcott, Lookman who can play CF. Niasse off the bench.
If Richarilson doesn't perform, there is Bernard, Lookman who can play LWF.
If Sigurdsson doesn't perform, there is Gomes, Bernard, Davies who can play CAM.
If Gomes doesn't perform there is Bernard, Davies, Sigurdsson who can play B-to-B
If Schneiderlin doesn't perform, there is Gueye, Baningime, Davies who can play CDM
If Digne doesn't perform there is Baines for LB.
If Mina doesn't perform there is Keane, Jags, Holgate.
If Zouma doesn't perform, there is Keane, Jags, Holgate.
If Coleman doesn't perform there is Kenny for RB.
170 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:10:52
Connolly has signed for Wigan on loan for the season too.
171 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:15:24
172 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:16:30
173 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:19:44
He hasn't done anything in preseason either. He still drifts out of the game and isn't noticed unless he delivers a moment of magic.
174 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:29:03
If he loses possession, he seldom goes looking for the ball, to get it back, hopefully Silva will be able to coach a different approach.
175 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:31:14
Still a talented youngster and think he'd benefit more from a full season in the championship to sitting on our bench, or not even.
176 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:31:56
177 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:36:30
178 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:36:58
This waiting around is like waiting for a date who isn't on time - just how long do you wait before you p off.
179 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:38:03
180 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:39:11
181 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:39:21
Maybe give him a few months with Bielsa at leeds from Feb-May.
182 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:42:02
183 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:42:26
Connolly needs game time and define his best position. Ipswich did him good and hopefully Wigan will do the same.
Though M & M are purchasing players in their prime or very close to it, I like most Evertonians would like to see our talented youth integrated into the mix. There are young players on Everton's books that many clubs would bite your hand off to have (like Lookman). If you are World champion at your age group then your should be on course to being the best, playing with the best and for the best - DCL, Dowell, Davies, Kenny, Connolly and the aforementioned Lookman are in that bracket.
It was stated before that Everton had bought players from Barca who weren't starters, yet these players were purchased by the Catalan club for their potential to get in the fist XI. Potential is the key word.. you buy potential - technical, physical and mentally strong footballers.
It is the task of the Manager/coach to improve these purchases and our youth players to become something together. I personally see a vision in the M & M plan, but they need a bit of time, motivation, tuition and some luck to become good players molded into a good team. Over to you Mr Silva..
184 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:44:41
185 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:53:25
186 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:55:05
187 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:58:09
188 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:58:21
189 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:59:34
190 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:00:38
191 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:00:48
The contract extension is a safeguard, and should see us get a fee if he doesnt make it this season.
I know of very few players were multiple year loans has produced a player worth keeping.
Connelly, Robinson and Dowell all in this boat.
If there is a hope for Dowell he is now surrounded by many players in his position of different styles. Can he pick up how Bernard plays despite lacking physical size? Can he understand how hard Richarlison works to get the ball back?
A another loan would tell me his time is up.
192 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:01:54
193 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:02:57
I also remember Martinez being phenomenally impressed that he had virtually marked Messi out of the game.
194 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:03:58
Edit: It was Andy Hunter of the Guardian.
195 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:04:00
196 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:04:55
197 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:05:57
198 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:09:58
199 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:11:31
200 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:12:48
201 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:19:23
202 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:21:28
203 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:22:54
204 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:28:17
By the way I jest about the easy jet thing, but you never know.
205 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:32:03
206 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:34:59
207 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:40:47
Everton have agreed a loan deal with Chelsea to sign Kurt Zouma, but face a race against the clock to ensure all the formalities are in order, according to LÉquipe.
208 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:41:49
209 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:43:45
210 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:44:17
211 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:45:26
A player linked a few days before the window closing seems to have difficulty getting things done. Wierd
212 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:47:12
Anyone seen much of Gomes? He seems unspectacular to me. Decent feet and a decent passer but not quick or imposing enough for my liking.
213 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:50:58
214 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:51:42
215 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:54:38
216 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:56:06
217 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:58:05
I'd say Keane's morale is taking a battering.
218 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:00:17
219 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:02:40
220 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:03:25
221 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:03:47
222 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:05:36
223 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:07:37
224 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:07:57
225 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:11:38
226 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:12:14
Aaaargh! Come on you blues!
227 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:12:30
228 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:13:24
Time is running out.
229 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:13:25
She didn't seem to care about Victor at all to my surprise.
230 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:14:18
231 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:17:09
232 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:18:44
233 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:18:45
234 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:19:00
He's now making us sound like paupers. God he hates us. What a horrible guy.
Bolasie is staying …
235 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:25:57
Also funny that at 16:24, Zouma is "interesting Everton".
236 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:32:42
237 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:35:54
238 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:36:46
239 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:38:30
240 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:46:59
241 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:47:53
242 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:48:26
243 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:49:19
244 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:50:13
245 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:52:43
246 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:54:49
247 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:55:51
248 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:56:35
249 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:58:18
250 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:58:29
251 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:01:35
252 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:04:57
253 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:04:59
254 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:05:15
255 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:05:28
256 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:05:49
257 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:06:35
258 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:06:52
259 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:06:58
260 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:07:31
261 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:08:03
FC Barcelona and Everton FC have reached an agreement over the loan of the player André Gomes for the 2018/19 season
The English club will pay FC Barcelona 2.25 million euros for the season long loan and will also pay the players wages.
262 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:09:01
263 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:09:12
264 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:10:21
265 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:11:03
266 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:11:39
267 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:11:54
268 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:12:24
269 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:12:53
This club, while needing another two transfer windows, is going places.
Young pacy footballers are what we have needed for a long time.
270 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:12:56
271 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:13:21
272 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:14:07
273 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:14:33
274 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:14:37
everyone thought we did well last summer, and look how that turned out.
275 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:16:18
276 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:17:00
Honestly, you wait 140 for one Brasilian and all of sudden two come along at the same time.
OK - forget Muller, he never signed but I cannot think of any others. You are going to prove me wrong aren't you. I know.
277 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:17:47
Besic hasn't gone and there's maybe another signing
278 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:19:00
279 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:19:22
280 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:19:33
281 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:20:14
282 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:20:54
283 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:22:29
284 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:22:37
The deadline for English clubs to make permanent transfers has now arrived!
Remember, EFL clubs have until August 31 to make loan signings, and players can still leave England foreign clubs before their deadlines arrive.
285 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:28:22
286 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:28:33
287 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:29:57
Looks like the mystery signing is Zouma
288 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:34:15
289 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:36:08
290 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:37:19
They acted on the thoughts and desires of most Evertonians.
Bernard is the crown jewel, a play maker from the wing, Arteta before the ACL and is in line with the fashion. Neymar, Messi, Hazard, Ozil etc. all like to make it happen from the wing then in field.
Gomes, its a punt, a hopeful one too, injury record is up there with professional sick notes. The upside is high if he stays fit.
Mina, well hes fucked us around for most of the window so hes gonna have to prove his worth.
A huge pick-me-up, from the pre-season weve had.
291 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:38:18
292 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:39:18
Answer was with Siggy, Rooney and Klaassen then they would burst from midfield and score 10 each and so make up for the loss of Lukaku.
With Tosun, Walcott and Richarlison up front then there is a chance of them scoring 30 goals between them, but I just feel that what we have now behind them are more likely to score goals than the midfield from last year. And with just 3 goals from defenders in the league, I think the defence will weigh in with more this year.
293 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:52:22
294 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:53:28
295 Posted 09/08/2018 at 19:30:24
296 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:06:52
297 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:08:36
Can anyone confirm this please ?
298 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:08:48
299 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:10:35
300 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:11:23
301 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:11:27
So, the premier league doesnt have much staff for this. They go through each deal one by one, in the order they came in. This is fellaini territory and that took 7 hours to confirm but assume there was some sleeping in that period.
Patience my friend. Itll be fine.
302 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:12:59
303 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:14:22
304 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:21:08
We now have only 3 over 30 year olds in the squad. Steckelenberg, Baines and Jagielka.
305 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:21:26
306 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:22:49
307 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:23:24
308 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:24:27
I doubt any of those players will be in our starting 11 much this season.
309 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:26:04
I know Wolves have had a lot of new faces, but have done well pre-season in comparison to us, not confident about our defence at all.
310 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:27:45
Coleman. Mina. Zouma. Digne
Walcott. Bernard. Richarlison
Subs: Baines, Keane, Lookman, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Holgate
Still to leave this window: Bolasie, Besic, Vlasic
311 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:29:07
312 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:31:28
The Guardian say on the link from newsnow Everton sign 4. but then when click it say Everton sign 3 on deadline day but submitted paperwork just before 5pm... I'm guessing no one knows yet about Zouma.
Anyway good transfer window again, happy with richalison and Bernard might inject a little more pace in the middle.
After last summer I was thinking the players seemed good we spent a lot of money but they just seemed too slow last summer.
Anyway hoping for a better season be nice to break that top 6, but I'll just settle for seeing better football, last season was probably the worst for me to watch, since the Scot gemil and Walter Smith days...
313 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:32:10
314 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:34:35
315 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:35:14
316 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:36:30
317 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:36:45
318 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:38:32
Pretty sure the deadline day isnt finished regarding the movement to / from Championship Clubs / Players so the likes of Mo Besic and Y Bolasie etc still have time to sort loan deals
319 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:39:34
320 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:41:59
321 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:42:31
I would expect a disappointing side:
Coleman Zouma Keane Digne
Walcott Sigurdsson Richarlison
Rest of them being in the bench.
322 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:46:23
The window is shut to buy and loan now, but we can still sell to European teams up until midnight on the 31st August, plus we can still loan players to Championship and below up until the 31st August.
So me might not necessarily have to wait till January to offload the players you mentioned or any other players that we want to offload.
323 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:48:12
I hope he looks to quickly integrate the new players though otherwise this bubble of optimism may burst quite quickly
324 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:53:05
Bernard will be at the same level as Mina or might even need longer.
Gomes will be two months at least.
Zouma should be ready and just needs adjustments.
Thats my thinking anyway.
325 Posted 09/08/2018 at 22:08:19
326 Posted 09/08/2018 at 22:21:14
Just cant wait to see the final squad list to see who has no future left, and will be looking for loan moves to the championship or even better permanent moves to Europe.
327 Posted 09/08/2018 at 22:35:16
I think it will be okay, all the paperwork was submitted and there was no feedback saying there were any irregularities. They will probably announce it tomorrow hopefully!
328 Posted 09/08/2018 at 22:39:59
I believe in God, he is a Blue !
330 Posted 09/08/2018 at 22:50:22
One of the best deadline days I can remember.
If Im honest I still think well lose to Wolves and that 7th this season would be a good achievement. These players will take a while to get match fit and form a cohesive unit. But theres a plan at work here. A strategy I see where there wasnt one last year.
Younger, hungry players with pace and power and some real guile. Pretty much everything I hoped for. The foundations forming for a team that can really challenge nearer the top.
Well get a few tonkings I expect. At least one of our new players will disappoint. But I think its gonna be a lot more fun.
Well done Everton. COYB!
331 Posted 09/08/2018 at 23:00:29
But my hope is that our ownership see this as a long term plan. It's the only conclusion you can reach. If the aim was to hold position and stay in the gravy train then you could do that on a lot less. It looks like we want to make progress and maybe be placed in the event that one or two have a shocker.
332 Posted 09/08/2018 at 23:05:29
333 Posted 09/08/2018 at 23:11:26
Great window, finally feeling excited about Everton for the first time in about three years.
334 Posted 09/08/2018 at 23:18:16
We on the other hand were dire in preseason and have half a squad bereft of confidence and the other half whove just met each other.
I hope we win of course but without checking Id be fairly sure were not the bookies favourite. Negative or realistic?
335 Posted 09/08/2018 at 23:20:45
Well done Brands and Silva and also Moshiri for having the courage to role the dice. I am full of hope again!
336 Posted 09/08/2018 at 23:24:48
Great window; mY take some time to gell and hopefully the faithful allow him that
338 Posted 09/08/2018 at 23:42:15
A MASSIVE improvement on what Walsh-ite done in transfers. Brands (inntandem with Silva) has certainly done his job..identitfied the weak areas and recruited, not just spending for the sake of it. A lot more pace and agressive attacking force now.
Sam, aye I think the bookies have Wolves as favourites, which in a way is understandable; a stable squad and set up vs a new manager and new squad. I'm on the fence, I don't expect us to win but I'm certainly not gonna rule it out.
Been thinking about the dire preseason and I have said before its not really sensible to gauge things based on a preason. Its more a fitness exercise and getting used to new tactics and systems. Worth bearing in mind too that its probably a lot more difficult to properly give your all when its not really a competitive game, the result means very little (for the players that have a near certain starting XI place at least). I think we can expect a lot more focus when its a proper, competitive league game. I'm expecting it to be a month or so before we really start seeing the gaffers ideas and the squading clicking into place.
Regardless, things are going to be a lot more entertaining and exciting than last year. Surely we've taken some big strides in the right direction!!
I think I can safely bid you all a pleasant nights kip after todays dealings. COYB!!
339 Posted 09/08/2018 at 23:57:52
340 Posted 09/08/2018 at 23:58:32
341 Posted 10/08/2018 at 00:21:20
1. Liverpool - £155.4m
2. Chelsea - £87.3m
3. West Ham - £83.3m4
4. Fulham - £68.1m
5. Wolves - £64.1m
6. Everton - £60.6m
7. Arsenal - £59.8m
8. Brighton - £53.6m
9. Man Utd - £51.6m
10. Soton - £44.5m
11. Burnley - £29.5
12. Bourne. - £29.4m
13. Hudders - £29.3m
14. Cardiff - £28.5m
15. Man City - £25.7m
16. Palace - £9.5m
17. Leicester - £5.9m
18. Tottenham - £-2.2
19. Watford - £-13.4
20. Barcodes - £-28.7m
So Spurs, Watford and Newcastle were the net sellers.
342 Posted 10/08/2018 at 00:28:21
I'd expect to see Jags and Baines still starting.
343 Posted 10/08/2018 at 00:40:55
If they are fit which like ours they should be why not play them?
They couldn't be any worse than are current squad.
345 Posted 10/08/2018 at 08:34:49
Expect some "Fancy Steppin" when our new signings hit the back of the net. Bernard will do his Samba. Mina does a kind of hip wiggle. And Richarlison does his "pigeon dance" ?
Will underwear be thrown on the pitch?
346 Posted 10/08/2018 at 11:08:48
This window however, everyone from Moshiri to Brands to Silva, including the negotiating and admin teams have played it all well beyond expectations. Not just the in's but the deadwood going too.
Fair play blues, you managed a three window turnaround in a matter of weeks. As fans we must surely be patient with the new team on and off the pitch, this could be the start we looked for last year.
347 Posted 10/08/2018 at 11:17:03
I see world ☮️ and an end to poverty as well as an Everton phoenix rising on the banks of the Mersey.
Can supply evidence for all 3 visions (well only the last one to be honest).
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