We have a new manager and a few days left before the Transfer Window closes to bring in new players for a relegation battle. This all sounds weirdly familiar. And needless to say, we’re still in a very worrying financial situation too, so we cannot just spend our way out of this – even with the almost certain sale of Anthony Gordon to Newcastle Utd for £45M.

So who might we now bring in to settle things down, help solidify a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 formation, and deliver much-needed goals?  

Unlike with other managers, Sean Dyche tends to play in a very restricted recruitment market of Championship players, Premier League cast-offs and Academy players.  All his signings are cheap, almost all are British. 

The few foreign players will have Championship or Premier League experience (like Vydra, Gudmundsson and Pieters) and only Cornet came from a foreign club.  The fact that Cornet was a big success may have broadened Dyche’s horizons a bit but I still expect he’ll feel most comfortable applying his usual approach, at least in this window.

So who might logically be on our shortlist?

Centre forwards

In terms of centre forwards that might interest Dyche (ie, they are tall and have UK football experience), the obvious ones are:

●          Viktor Gyökeres of Coventry
●          Joël Piroe of Swansea
●          Bojan Miovski of Aberdeen
●          Marko Arnautović of Bologna

From overseas it might be:

●          Artem Dovbyk of Dnipro (who we have been tracking for a little while anyway)
●          Paul Onuachu of Genk (also linked)
●          Habib Diallo of Strasbourg
●          M'Bala Nzola of Spezia (less likely due to injury status)

None of these are great players, but they all have size on their side.  Onuachu is over 2 metres tall and may also be the most talented and prolific. He’d be a good signing.  But not convinced he’s a Dyche type signing because he’s new to British football.  

Miovski, a tall Macedonian, is one of a few interesting players at Aberdeen who have recruited with great imagination from around Europe, and has banged in 11 in 22 this season. 

However, it really wouldn’t surprise me if we got Gyökeres on deadline day with Simms going the other way on loan or as a makeweight.

Wingers and Wide Midfielders

Might we also look to strengthen the flanks – and our source of crosses for the big strikers?  Possibly; Iwobi is not quite a winger after all.  And Gray is more of a forward than a classic 4-4-2 winger.  Who’s available that might attract interest from Dyche?


●          Tajon Buchanan of Club Brugge
●          Victor Moses of Spartak Moscow
●          Reiss Nelson of Arsenal (out of contract in summer)
          Sorba Thomas of Blackburn
●          Sergi Canos of Brentford (out of contract in summer)
●          Lucas Moura of Spurs (out of contract in summer)


●          Ryan Kent of Rangers
●          Nathan Redmond of Besiktas
●          Ryan Fraser of Newcastle Utd
●          Chris Willock of QPR (out of contract in summer)

I’d be delighted to see Buchanan join us.  The fast Canadian would be ideal on the right in a 4-4-2.  Realistically, Ryan Fraser looks more likely as a makeweight in the Gordon-to-Newcastle deal. I suppose they might also take a risk on Moura for a nominal fee.

Attacking Midfield or Second Striker

Some thrust from midfield or from just behind the main striker might also be nice.

●          Ayoze Pérez of Leicester (out of contract in summer)
          Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea
         Iliman Ndiaye of Sheffield Utd
          Cole Palmer of Man City (on loan?)

We obviously have a strong interest in Ndiaye and may yet get him if Sheffield Utd need to sell to keep their own financial problems at bay.  Loftus-Cheek would be good too.  Versatile, big and experienced – and with genuine talent.  I suspect he will look at his options in summer though, rather than leave now.

Central Defensive Midfield

It is possible that Onana will leave this window – maybe Doucouré too.  That would leave us with just Gueye, Davies and Garner as senior midfielders.  Not ideal.  Possible options include:

●          Lewis Travis of Blackburn (out of contract in summer)
          Jason Knight of Derby (out of contract in summer)
●          Gustavo Hamer of Coventry
          Mohammed Elneny of Arsenal (out of contract in summer)
●          Oliver Skipp of Spurs (on loan?)
          Scott McTominay of Man Utd

These are not exactly glittering talents but some of these could work out well for us and all would likely represent very good value too.  Like Carsley, Hutchison and Parkinson before them – some of these less celebrated players can actually turn out to be pretty good.


I suspect we’ve got enough in the remaining positions to make do until summer – although the fact that Doucouré, Mina, Davies and Townsend are out of contract will make life interesting then.  And we’ll (unfortunately) have to brace ourselves for the departures of Pickford, Onana and Branthwaite too even if we stay up (if they haven’t left already). 

But that will be another issue entirely.  Hopefully recruitment of the type described above plus Dyche’s organisation will mean we are at least recruiting as a Premier League club.

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Paul Kossoff
1 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:12:09
I would bet that the majority of these players are better than what we have. It all depends on who Dyche wants to sign for his defensive set up at Everton. It won't be pretty or anywhere the school of science, but if he keeps us up then at years end he gets a Christmas card from me.
Steve Shave
2 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:25:00
Thanks Robert for your bi-annual scouting report, I always enjoy these. However, bargain basement suggestions this time which is sadly indicative of our situation.

I'd say realistically it's where we are at, all probably gettable. The only ones who might raise a pulse for me would be Ndiaye or Onuachu, the latter in particular I'd imagine would love a stab at the PL I'm sure. Didn't know much about Piroe until you posted this, having just done a little research he has an interesting 'profile' as trendy managers might say.

As mentioned on another thread I would go all out and get Ndiaye who can fill in multiple positions, we are unlikely to play a CAM under Dyche and he see's himself more as a striker as I understand it.

Tony Everan
3 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:33:59
Thanks, Robert, Always interesting these threads.

Gyökeres and Ndiaye are the top of the list, it would cost us all of the Gordon money and more. Like the idea of getting the younger player in on the up, even if we have to break the bank. These two are among the best talents in the Championship and would be good investments who look like they will make the step up... Ellis Simms may get offered as a makeweight for one of them?

Noticed Gyökeres didn't score today, but assisted for both of Coventry's goals. It's going to be a busy few days for Thelwell and Dyche and a massive few days for Everton Football Club. Unfortunately other clubs know we are desperadoes and transfer fees will get inflated.

Jim Wilson
4 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:35:20
Yes, we definitely need a wide man and a forward, Robert.

I was watching a documentary on Brian Clough the other day and John McGovern was being interviewed and, in my opinion, we need a John McGovern type right now.

Someone who does the simple things right and can get the team organised on the field, the manager's right-hand man on the park.

A Gareth Barry type who is a bit more mobile and can do a bit of everything and strike up a good centre midfield partnership with Gueye.

Any suggestions as to who this could be, Robert?

Simon Harrison
5 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:52:52
Hi Rob, many thanks for the Thread Rob, 'tis much appreciated and has opened up my eyes to a few players I hadn't even thought about, e.g. Tajon Buchanan.

The reason why I'm posting (& keeping it short!) is good news bad news;

Good, it would appear that Onana (and his agent) have said that they are not going any where this window. Though I'm not naive enough to realise that 'money talks'.
Bad, I read an article early morning on Friday, that Brands is looking at buying Branthwaite for PSV, plus there is interest from La Liga and the Bundesliga in buying him THIS window, after NB's performances in the Europa league this season.

Personally, I think we should resist cashing in on him, and start building our back four around a unit, naturally left-footed, pacey defender. Assuming of course he wants to stay. A great spot by Unsworth.

Simon Harrison
6 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:55:23
Aside, hasn't Iliman Ndiaye of Sheffield Utd stated today, that he is not interested in moving to us. He'll be playing EPL football next season in all likelihood with the Blades anyway.

But as above, 'money talks'.

David Bromwell
7 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:59:10
Jim at 4, we already have that player in Townsend, assuming he is fit to play. In my view apart from up front our other big weakness is that all our many central defenders are naturally right sided so when one has to play on the left they are often slow and clumsy. Fix that and the defence looks good.

At the very least we need a big mobile forward player, a left sided central defender and a midfield player who can win, hold the ball and pass it. I understand we might have £40,000 to spend and 72 hours in which to do it. If Mr Dyche can do that we will be well on our way to safety and future success. Happy days ?

Kieran Kinsella
8 Posted 28/01/2023 at 18:00:33

Tajon Buchanan really caught my eye at the world cup. I haven't seen him play at club level but based on the world cup he seems to have some quality.

Robert Tressell
9 Posted 28/01/2023 at 18:04:17
Jim # 4. Sounds like Rodri.

We absolutely do need that kind of player but I'm hoping Garner will fit the bill. He's a Dyche type player with a bit of class too.

And we do of course have the elegance of Andre Gomes on loan at the moment. But I'd rather keep him out of a relegation fight.

If we did end the window with Ndiaye, Fraser and Gyokeres that would be a big lift. I'd fancy our chances with them in a Dyche 442 / 4411.

Tony Hill
10 Posted 28/01/2023 at 18:10:44
There's some gossip about Sulemana from Rennes about whom I know precisely nothing.
David Greenwood
11 Posted 28/01/2023 at 18:25:10
Callum McGregor at Celtic would improve us straight away, wins the ball, keeps the ball, scores the odd goal, would work well with Onana. A definite upgrade on the current version of Gana we have.

Deazan Maeda (apologies for the spelling, i'm sure thats wrong) would be a great signing, attacking left sided midfielder, never stops, works incredibly hard. I seem to have a bit of a celtic focus here but I'd also try and get Tierney from arsenal on loan.

Whoever we get needs to be reasonably cheap and able to make an immediate impact.

And I'd try and Richie back as well. You don't ask you don't get.

Joe McMahon
12 Posted 28/01/2023 at 18:38:27
The guy we landed from Villerreal but went to Spurs would improve us, so frustrating isn't it. Newcastle after James Maddison now, now that is a player.
Simon Harrison
13 Posted 28/01/2023 at 19:12:03
David [7] Talking about needing a L/s CB, this has resurfaced.

PSV to buy Jarrad Branthwaite

Kevin/Sean, please don't sanction this for peanuts, Please!!

Raymond Fox
14 Posted 28/01/2023 at 19:19:02
Whoever we go for, we'll be asked to pay top dollar they know we are desperate

Dyche will know the market upside down, he wont have been sitting around doing nothing while he has been unemployed.
With Gordon gone we are bleeding threadbare, theres little creativity from the midfield and we need someone up front that has goals in them.
I wish I was optimistic that we can stay up, I have faith in Dyche but I fear we might be let down by the quality of the players.

Here's hoping we can pull a couple of gems out of the hat because if we don't we are cooked.

Tony Everan
15 Posted 28/01/2023 at 19:32:30
Yes Joe some players make it look easy, Maddison is one of them, he’s one of those players who will not fade with age, because he uses his brain as well as his feet. The player I have enjoyed watched the most this season is Christian Eriksen he’s another level above Maddison.

It’s going to be an interesting few days because Dyche will have at least one player in mind that he has scouted and followed who is off the radar.

Anthony Murphy
16 Posted 28/01/2023 at 19:36:29
If we sell Gordon and only see one come in through the door, we’ll have made no inroads this window with a squad in desperate need of reinforcement. We need at least two, but we are leaving it very late. I’m not even seeing any strong links at the moment, so hope that changes soon
Jim Wilson
17 Posted 28/01/2023 at 20:00:13
"If we did end the window with Ndiaye, Fraser and Gyökeres that would be a big lift. I'd fancy our chances with them in a Dyche 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1."

I totally agree, Robert.

I just hope a fully fit Garner can return asap and stay fit!

Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 28/01/2023 at 21:29:10
Don't spoil the rest of your weekend worrying about what will happen in the transfer window, just wait until the midnight hour on Tuesday then be happy or sad with the consequences of who comes in or goes out, alls well that ends well!!
Stu Darlington
19 Posted 28/01/2023 at 23:09:17
You know what,I’d like to see McTominay somewhere in the mix.He’s a tough box to box player and chips in with goals too.
Can’t see him coming to us though
Tony Everan
20 Posted 28/01/2023 at 23:28:22
Robert, Gustavo Hamer is an interesting player, reading up about him and this more in depth scouting report.
Brazilian born, adopted and came through with different teams in Dutch football via Feyenoord. Reading between the lines he is ambitious and at the age where he will be seeking a move up. He has a year and a half left on his contract so won’t be a giveaway.


Don Alexander
21 Posted 28/01/2023 at 00:04:08
Like Dave @18 I think we'll all have much more to say on Wednesday, usually known by us as The Comedy of Errors.
Gavin Johnson
22 Posted 29/01/2023 at 01:08:14
Great article Robert, although my heart sank when I saw Victor Moses name. He must be close to 40 now. It's a sad indictment that all our relegation rivals can outspend us and we're linked with Newcastle cast offs like Ryan Fraser.

I can see us buying Gyokeres. I much prefer Dembele but would he join? Gyokeres also seems more like the kind of striker Dyche likes, so might be a good buy, even though he's a risk.

I hope we can also bring in a couple of wingers on loan like the lad from Rennes, Ziyech or Tete.

Mark Taylor
23 Posted 29/01/2023 at 01:47:17
Mmm. There may be some hidden gems in here but it looks to me like a list of players who might help us get promoted not avoid getting relegated.

Have we fallen so far as to talk about Victor Moses and Ryan Fraser as targets? Might as well get Salomon back, I hear he's not enjoying Buenos Aires.

Gavin Johnson
24 Posted 29/01/2023 at 02:42:13
Robert, why do you take it for granted that Branthwaite will be sold?

PSV know he's going to be a diamond and will keep him for a couple of more seasons before selling him for an enormous fee. Unless they offer silly money (which a Dutch club wouldn't) why wouldn't we play him next season and sell him on ourselves for a huge fee?

We should be looking to offload Mason Holgate before Branthwaite... I'm sure they'll be takers for the same kind of fee PSV would pay on Branthwaite.

Jerome Shields
25 Posted 29/01/2023 at 06:37:39

Quite an accurate assessment of Dyche's philosophy. Like Sam's Summer list, you have come up in budget with suitable players. Almost certainly better, like Sam, than those responsible at Everton would come up with. In fairness, they are handicapped by interference and the routine offloading of the better players, who are difficult to replace.

Unlike Frank, Dyche may get one or two players initially that he asks for, but is more likely to get some part of a deal and a couple of loans if lucky. Onana is probably being set up to profit off in future windows, as is Pickford and Branthwaite not surprisingly.

All Managers have initially had to know someone who could be brought in for little money and have an impact, only to find that the Summer Transfer Window was a last-minute race to the bottom. This is what happens when a club has ulterior motives of self-preservation within its management ranks.

Sam Hoare
26 Posted 29/01/2023 at 08:25:32
Great work Robert. Though as I mentioned on another thread Dyches recruitment at Burnley was limited by their very small scouting network. Plus I’m not sure they had a DOF. I expect his recruitment here will go beyond experienced British players, though it’s true that this window he may fancy players who hit the ground running.

Onana is staying so not sure we need another CM. Also we have a ton of CBs so I expect he’ll be happy with Tarkowski and Keane or Mina. I’d return Coady if we can.

Another striker and a winger look the most needed though I wouldn’t say no to a right back either, maybe Djed Spence on loan.

I’ve been looking at Gyokeres again, I do quite like him. Nimble for a player his size and certainly more creative than DCL. Coventry will fight to keep him though and not sure the rules allow us to send Simms there.

For a wide midfielder Dyche will want someone who works extremely hard in attack or defense but can beat a man and create chances. That’s not easy to find! Someone like Bourigead at Rennes is an excellent, underrated player. Or someone like Thielmann at Koln could be an interesting player though he has been injured. Ryan Kent would have been a better option than most people imagine but seems happier under Michael Beale. Sulemana is fun but overpriced.

Buchanan has been pretty underwhelming for Club Brugges and if we were shopping there I think I’d prefer Skov Olsen, though he’s been out of form too. Tete might have been good but is now at Leicester. Any chance we could get Richarlison back on loan?!! I really like Ndiaye a lot but he’s better centrally.

Dyche will be looking for a tall, strong, athletic team so I’d not be sure to see Godfrey at right back (till Patterson returns) and Doucoure in midfield.

Perhaps something like:

Patterson Mina Tarkowski Godfrey
Ndiaye Doucoure Onana McNeill
DCL Gyokeres

Not sure there’s a single player in there under 6ft 1 so should at least hope to be a threat at set pieces!

Fran Mitchell
27 Posted 29/01/2023 at 08:47:27
As Sam says, Simms will not be going anywhere. You can only play for 2 clubs in 1 season. Hopefully Dyche will get a tune out of him, and I would be interested to see him line up alongside DCL. With Maupay, and Grey also as second strikers, I actually don't think the club will buy another striker. If we did, Gyökeres does interest me, the little I have seen of him, he reminds a bit of Dean Ahston when he was ripping it up in the lower leagues, looked great in the PL before injuries curtailed his career.

Our main focus, I believe, will be wingers/attacking midfielders. Selling Gordon leaves us desperately weak in this area. And our main issue in goal creation is actually chance creation.

If we stand any chance of survival, it will be through getting a tune out of DCL, and getting Maupay into some sort of form.

Danny Baily
28 Posted 29/01/2023 at 08:54:42
Simms could head back to Sunderland. And I'd forget about Maupay! I don't see him fitting in.
Fran Mitchell
29 Posted 29/01/2023 at 09:14:09
Sunderland just signed Gelhard from Leeds, so they won't be needing another striker. Simms is an Everton player until end of season at least. It'll be on Dyche whether he thinks he's got the tools required.
Robert Tressell
30 Posted 29/01/2023 at 09:16:54
Interesting comments on Victor Moses. He's only 32 and is a good source of crosses and work rate so might be a low cost Lennon type signings. I know he's not exciting but may actually be a much better bet right now than, say, Sulemana.

Sulemana is more of a maverick dribbling winger in a 433, where the winger is more of a forward than a midfielder. Link

I expect Branthwaite will be sold now or in summer for a few reasons:

- PSV are awash with cash

- he will enjoy winning trophies there and playing in the Champions League

- because we bought him for a tiny fee, there's a massive accounting win when we sell

- we are in a terrible financial mess even if we stay up

- he's one of only a few players we could get a big fee for

So whilst he's absolutely the sort of player we should be building around, it's the finances. But hopefully we could sell for, say, £25m + add ons and get a sell on fee too.

Finally, good point Sam about our scouting capability at Everton. That might open up Dyche to a bigger pool of targets than he's been used to. However, I still think he'll be cautious in this respect - players bought for the first team will surely be English speakers at the very least. Maybe buy more exotic players for development on loan first.

Svein-Roger Jensen
31 Posted 29/01/2023 at 09:18:04
Lucas Moura is a forward whose direct dribbling in addition to fantastic close control makes him a nightmare for opposition defenders in either tight spaces or open field. The Brazillian often combines his silky skill with frightening acceleration to progress the ball forward for his team, with a few players sure to be left in his wake. These progressive carries also ensure Lucas is fouled quite often as the opposition attempt to stop him in any possible way; handing his team multiple opportunities to create opportunities through set-pieces.

Defensively, Lucas is an attacker loved by most coaches due to his hard work and dedication for the team. When not using his pace to drive his team forward and frighten defenders; the diminutive forward is usually pressing high up the pitch in an attempt to force mistakes from the opposition and win the ball back in transition. This tends to works quite well

The Brazilian's pace is well regarded, yet Lucas' general physicality often goes under the radar. His leap is impressive for someone who is 5 feet 8 inches, and his heading ability is on par with that of a typical #9. This athleticism makes it so Lucas can contribute in both boxes, either clearing the ball from his team's near post or converting a goal in the opposition net via the same position a la West Ham at home in ‘20/21. Moura's strength is also quite underrated.

The forward draws defenders in and can use his frame to shield the ball if necessary. This robustness in addition to his natural speed makes Lucas hard to stop when running at intensity, with his low center of gravity allowing him to turn and change direction quickly.
Most important of all his attributes is Lucas becoming a big game player in recent years.

From scoring those goals vs Ajax to regularly netting vs the top sides in the English Premier League, Lucas has illustrated his mentality and courage on multiple occasions for Tottenham. His poacher's instinct also tends to reveal itself in these games, most likely developed from playing Shadow Striker for São Paulo in his younger years.

Jim Lloyd
32 Posted 29/01/2023 at 09:28:39
Thanks Robert. What a scouting network! I've never heard of half of them and haven't seen much of the rest, so have got some youtube watching to do!
For those players we do have, any who don't go out on loan, will, I think be analysed by Sean and used wherever he thinks they can be effective and how they can fit into the team. I think that he will make every possible use of every player we've got, so there might be an opening for Simms and Maupay, and any other player we have on the books.
I think cash will be in short supply so don't see many coming in, except on loan. (hope I'm wrong!)
Danny O’Neill
33 Posted 29/01/2023 at 09:45:42
As ever Robert, your knowledge of footballing talent is genuinely impressive. You should be a scout! Write to the club and offer your services.

Random one here. What is the situation with Moise Kean? Still our player but Juventus are obliged to buy? I confess to not knowing the specific detail. I wouldn't mind him right now.

I know it's unlikely as the poor lad suffered from two things from what I assume. Homesick as a young player in an alien environment and also subject to what many young Everton players have experienced in recent years. Total instability and disfunction.

Phil Wood
34 Posted 29/01/2023 at 09:58:03
Amazing insight into a World of footballers most of whom I have never heard of.
I feel humbled by the in depth knowledge of some fans.
A great read that gives me hope even if it's only false hope.
Thanks Robert.
Robert Tressell
35 Posted 29/01/2023 at 10:06:25
Danny # 33. To be honest this is all just scratching the surface from information in the public domain. The real scouts know all this and plenty more besides. This is just an educated guess as to who / what types Dyche might show initial interest in with Thelwell.

As for Moise Kean, I think we have a commitment for the c. £20m fee this summer on top of the loan fee Juve have already paid. However, Juve are now in a fix due to tax irregularities so they may try to negotiate / wriggle out in some way. Cash will be in short supply to they may offer surplus squad players like Ihattaren (like a young Ziyech), Correia (Portuguese winger they bought from City) or Kaio Jorge (Brazilian striker) to push the cost down. Or they might renege entirely and we'd have to sue. Or they might need to find an immediate buyer to sell him on to, complicating / delaying us getting hold of the money. Unlikely to be straightforward.

Brian Harrison
36 Posted 29/01/2023 at 10:20:23
Although disappointed not to be in the FA Cup, I absolutely loved another weekend not having to endure the purgatory of going to go to Goodison. I watched the golf from Dubai the horse racing from Cheltenham and even watched some Premiership Rugby union. I think it might be cheaper and less painful, if I arrange for a course of acupuncture for the times of our next home games. as I think getting someone to stick pins in your eyes might be more enjoyable.
Shaun Laycock
37 Posted 29/01/2023 at 10:43:14
Quite controversially, I don’t think we need many in this window. It how you set them up. Defence is covered and I think we’ll see Keane involved more. He’s an excellent defender when he is defending the box. Centre mid will be okay. Lots of workers in there, Dyche likes that (could suit Davis in particular) and wide men, Gray, McNeill, Townsend, Iwobi (at a push). Maybe I addition there? Wood/Barnes combo could be DCL/Maupay. That’s could work. Simms as back up? Maybe an addition there?
Robert Tressell
38 Posted 29/01/2023 at 10:52:33
I agree Shaun. This isn't an overhaul. Hopefully we get a couple in but numbers aren't essential. Indeed numbers may even overcomplicate matters.

The good thing is that Dyche will simplify everyone's role, set up a clear structure and start playing to strengths. I don't think all of the football will be so offensive either - just traditional.

Summer might be a bit different but we'll have to cross that bridge later.

Steve Shave
39 Posted 29/01/2023 at 11:22:39
Agree also Shaun @37, said it yesterday on another thread, I think Ndiaye would suffice, someone who can play wide, as a 10 or the main striker. Not a Dyche target man but someone who can create something out of nothing. I think Gyökeres is likely to be the one we go for though and maybe a winger on loan.
Raymond Fox
40 Posted 29/01/2023 at 12:21:12
We have a few still on the injured list :- Townsend, Lampard said he may be fit Feb. a fit Townsend is a decent player, Garner should be back soon, then there is Patterson not sure what state he's in.
I'd be very tempted to get Dele back but I don't know the financial implications with that move.
The Palace game where we came back from 2 down completely changed for the better when he came on in the second half, how much was down to him I couldn't say.
Brian Hennessy
41 Posted 29/01/2023 at 12:26:42
Raymond #40. I agree about Townsend. When fit he would be a great asset in a 442. Works hard, really helps out in defence, is probably the best player we have at shooting from distance and is a decent crosser of a ball.

David Bromwell
42 Posted 29/01/2023 at 13:01:55
Amazing when you read through these detailed and informed posts just how well the appointment of Dyche has been received. It looks like a good dose of common sense is just what we need. He will of course need more than a fair share of good luck but I think he has the right credentials given our current position. Let's hope it is him in the driving seat if any new players are to be brought in.
Jerome Shields
43 Posted 29/01/2023 at 13:03:04
The one player that will come alot of scrutiny under Dyche is Calvert Lewin.Dyche will be looking more end product.I will be surprised if Dyche does not bring in a attacking player.
Jerome Shields
44 Posted 29/01/2023 at 14:03:00

That is a very realistic post.

Paul Birmingham
45 Posted 29/01/2023 at 14:55:53
Excellent summary Robert, of Everton, transfer potential, and I don’t think Dyche will mess about, with getting the current squad in to shape.

Who, and what positions he looks to bring in, is interesting, but hopefully theres common ground, in bringing in a decent goal scorer.

Amazing how a week in football, can go, let’s hope the hard work starts now, and Everton’s quest to get some form and consistency, starts now.

Gavin Johnson
46 Posted 29/01/2023 at 14:57:09
Robert #30 If PSV come in for Branthwaite for £25m then Everton are likely to sell, but I just don't see them offering that kind of money. Even if they are awash with cash, I see them valuing him at around £10m. In which case I don't see the point in selling.
Kunal Desai
47 Posted 29/01/2023 at 15:09:43
Must be time for Levy to be on to Kenwright to take Moura as a sweetner for Pickford in the summer.
Ajay Gopal
48 Posted 29/01/2023 at 15:16:03
Thank you, Robert. For me, these are the type of fan articles that really make me come back to TW regularly, in spite of the negativity and moaning (of usually the same set of posters) on most other threads. Some really sensible posts here - Sam (26), Fran (27), Shaun (37), great stuff. Robert in #35, you mention that Juventus are in a desperate situation - is that something that Everton can leverage and get in some of their good players and let go of the Moise Kean cash? Maybe hijack Leeds move for Weston McEnnie?

More realistically, I would be happy if we can get in either Ziyech on loan, and make a bid for McTominay. Use part of the Gordon money to buy in Ndiaye or Gyokeres. Dyche may also okay a sale of Doucoure to Fulham or one of the clubs who are reportedly interested in him to fund these incomings.



Will Mabon
49 Posted 29/01/2023 at 15:16:35
"Must be time for Levy to be on to Kenwright to take Moura as a sweetner for Pickford in the summer."

It is time for you to take your leave unto the world, young one, for now you have learned well, the way of the Everton business.

Robert Tressell
50 Posted 29/01/2023 at 15:29:41
Ziyech is an interesting one. Chelsea's £200m winter spending spree means they're carrying far, far too many players (partly why Loftus-Cheek might be available too).

Ziyech was obviously fantastic in the World Cup and is (bear with me) like rich man's Robbie Brady in style.

I think Dyche will be concerned about work rate and attitude. Ziyech will probably feel he should be destined for a Champions League club too - not a Championship threatened club.

So I expect it'd be very late if this happened and only because Ziyech had no better options. But undoubtedly quality so potentially very exciting.

Tony Everan
51 Posted 29/01/2023 at 15:58:56
Ndiaye not starting today, named as a sub.

Anything to read into that ? Protecting a £25m asset that’s being sold on Tuesday?

Sam Hoare
52 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:10:36
I’d be delighted if we brought in Ndiaye and Gyokeres. That alone would give us much more goal threat and dynamism.

But when was the last time we bought someone like Mitoma. Or even Macallister. An unknown that Robert or I haven’t heard of (though Mitomas stats in the J league were sensational!)

Rob Halligan
53 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:17:25
Robert # 50……..couldn’t Ziyech have something written into his contract saying he would be allowed to leave in the summer, if the worst happened, or better still just get him on a six month loan? I think there is still only Coady who we have on loan from a club in this country.
Robert Tressell
54 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:26:39
Rob # 53, a loan would be the only way we would get him now. But again that means we'd only get him at the 11th hour because Chelsea will be hoping to get a £30m(+) fee.

Sam # 52, I think we're on the same page. It would be good to tap into lower cost markets, buying direct at source. It might means loans first + an acclimatising period but its worth doing to access the quality we're after. What a player Mitoma is.

Dale Self
55 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:27:25
Good stuff Robert! While the rest of us armchair our way to football wisdom you do the research. This is thee stuff

Glad Onana is staying especially since I heard Arse put a 50 on him. Others will be watching and we need to be looking for opportunities to reload wherever they show up. Unless Dyche knows the veteran offerings I doubt he would bring that type until he assesses the locker room. Expect him to tap the lower leagues for what we need to survive. I trust Dyche to figure that out, it is his main strength.

Getting an optimistic feel when reading this and the comments. For that alone this is a very nice thing to read this Sunday morn, thanks Robert.

Dermot O'Brien
56 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:42:05
Very good Will #49 made me smile that.
Stu Darlington
57 Posted 29/01/2023 at 20:13:42
Does anyone know if McTominay is actually available?
If so,I’d push the boat out to get him,pay him a decent wage,and make him captain.
For me he’s as good as Declan Rice.He’s hard, gets the ball forward,very little gets past him and he doesn’t back down from anyone.
Real leadership material for me,and he’s not afraid to have a shot?
What’s not to like?
I can’t see Man U letting him go but if they would,and we promised him good wages and the captaincy maybe he could be persuaded. I’m sure he would do a brilliant job for us.
Neil Copeland
58 Posted 29/01/2023 at 21:24:20
For what it’s worth, Ndiaye came on as a sub today but was sent off for violent conduct.

Robert, great article and I also enjoy reading these. I would love to get Richie back on loan but wishful thinking on my part. What do you think of the lad at Middlesbrough (Akpom?)?

Ed Prytherch
59 Posted 29/01/2023 at 23:48:58
The negative comments about Ellis Simms are unwarranted. His goals per 90 minutes this year is 0.56, among the best in the Championship.
Anthony Dwyer
60 Posted 30/01/2023 at 00:33:51
Ed @59
I agree, before he got injured he was doing really well, he may not be the most technically gifted, but neither was Rom, but he certainly knew where the goal was.

I'd offer spurs there money back for Richie myself, not sure how far we would get but I'd have ago.

Lastly rather than buying 4 average players why not just buy 1 or 2 that will genuinely strengthen the starting 11 as we only have 18 games to go at 1 a week as we're out of every other competition.

Mike Gaynes
61 Posted 30/01/2023 at 05:06:56
Great summary, but...

Hmmm... nobody who is playing on this side of the Atlantic?

The world isn't just England and Europe, boys and girls.

Anybody with time and a view to the west should research a few names that former MLS executive Kevin Thelwell just might be checking up on.

Hany Mukhtar in attacking midfield (23 goals 11 assists);

Brandon Vazquez, striker (18 goals, just scored for the USA);

Brazilian kid named Magno on left wing;

Emmanuel Reynoso, veteran Arg. attacking mid;

Jose Cifuentes, Ecuador and LAFC attacking mid.

All available for WAY less than anybody on Robert's list.

And I'm not just recommending potential here. I think Mukhtar and Vazquez could help right now. Today.

Sean Roe
62 Posted 30/01/2023 at 05:32:20
Having the money to spend on recruitment is one thing, trying to convince any player that coming to Everton is a good career move currently is a different kettle of fish altogether.
Tony Abrahams
63 Posted 30/01/2023 at 05:53:02
Just looking at those last two posts from Mike and Sean tells us everything about recruitment, and especially Everton's, over the last however many years.

I'd sooner go for players who want to come to Everton and believe it is a step-up, rather than going for players who might need convincing to join Everton.

Walsh, Brands and now Thelwell. Three directors of football, and not one rabbit has been pulled out of the hat, and other than Gordon, not one player who has come through from the Under-23s.

The board needs replacing but I also believe the whole structure of the club needs totally revamping. Is it too much to ask for even a little tiny bit of innovation?

Derek Thomas
64 Posted 30/01/2023 at 06:13:55
Tony @ 63; "little tiny bit of innovation?" would that be 'Innovation', spelt B-I-E-L-S-A?
Back in the day The Club baulked at signing another Maverick called Clough...who knows - we might’ve even signed the right Gemmill.
Tony Abrahams
65 Posted 30/01/2023 at 06:26:47
Bielsa himself is an innovator, Derek, but without being in any meetings or going down the road of debating wether he would have been a good fit for Everton, it's obvious he would have been way, way too much for our present board, the way the club is currently being ran, imo.
Robert Tressell
66 Posted 30/01/2023 at 07:15:28
Mike # 61, the article relates to the sorts of players Dyche previously bought when at Burnley. It's not about who I would like us to buy - which be a fair bit more cosmopolitan / international.
Steve Shave
67 Posted 30/01/2023 at 08:09:30
Mike @61i'd love us to go for Vasquez, I've kept an eye on him since you mentioned him last season. Really promising you, athletic and powerful striker who looks to me like he has the credentials to make it in the PL. Still, this is Everton so let's not go for that option and let Rennes, Lille or Brighton do all the smart business!
Sam Hoare
68 Posted 30/01/2023 at 10:19:17
Reliable reports this morning that we are bid for Kamaldeen Sulemana.

I very much hope we don't pay over £16-18m for him which is what Rennes bought him for 2 years ago. He's been a flop there so i'm not sure why we should be giving them profit.

He's an interesting player. Fantastic dribbler, very quick but lacking a fair bit in decision making and end product. So a perfect replacement for Anthony Gordon you might say! Only 20 so he has plenty of time to develop.

Alex Gray
69 Posted 30/01/2023 at 10:31:10
Got to admit I don't know much about Sulemana. I know he was highly rated two years ago but not heard much since.

What kind of winger is he? Does he have any end product?

Sam Hoare
70 Posted 30/01/2023 at 10:44:16
Alex, what i've seen and read of him he has quite a similar profile to Gray in that he is a prolific dribbler but the end product is quite lacking currently.

I think Sulemana does a bit more work defensively though and probably loses the ball a bit less often!

A small Gray upgrade, but the potential perhaps to be more.

Michael Lynch
71 Posted 30/01/2023 at 10:49:08
Looking at youtube videos, he looks to me like an old fashioned pacy flashy dribbler. I'm not convinced he'd thrive in the current Premier League, or for that matter in a Sean Dyche team. Can he do the hard work tracking back, like RIcharlison used to?

If we had a load of dosh to spend and were building a squad for the future with a bit of everything, he'd be great to have on the bench. But we're fighting for our lives here and can only buy one or two players. Is he worth a punt right now?

Danny O’Neill
72 Posted 30/01/2023 at 10:53:30
McKennie to Leeds. I called him out couple of years back having watched him a few times in Germany.

Energetic, hard working and versatile. Just what could do with.

Colin Glassar
73 Posted 30/01/2023 at 10:58:43
Does anyone really trust this board to get anything right with only hours left to go in the window? If so, call your GP, now!!
Geoff Lambert
74 Posted 30/01/2023 at 11:07:00
While everyone around us strenthens their squad the silence from Everton is deafening. it's the hope that kills you.
Sam Hoare
75 Posted 30/01/2023 at 11:08:54
Michael@71, his defensive stats are pretty decent actually for a winger (certainly much better than Gray's). I don't think we'd be buying him if Dyche didn't think he was capable of tracking back and working hard.

I'm more worried about how reliable he will be as an attacking threat and his end product is pretty flakey.

A young Aaron Lennon (who Dyche liked at Burnley) perhaps?

Alex Gray
76 Posted 30/01/2023 at 11:22:11
To be honest id take another Gray over Gordon right now for half the price too.

Have there been any other rumours going round today?

Sam Hoare
77 Posted 30/01/2023 at 11:33:55
He was also the fastest player at the world cup which I kind of like. Clocked at 22.18 mph (35.7 kmph)
Michael Lynch
78 Posted 30/01/2023 at 12:02:43
Sam, you've sold him to me. He'll be able to outrun the scallies when they chase him down County Road hurling abuse!
Michael Lynch
79 Posted 30/01/2023 at 12:21:44
Gyökeres and Sulemana would probably use up the Gordon money. I'd not be unhappy I think.

Coleman (Patterson), Tarkowski (Godfrey), Coady(Keane), Mykolenko (my Nan)

Sulemana(Gray), Onana(Doucoure), Garner(Gana), Iwobi(McNeil)

DCL(Simms) Gyökeres (anyone but Maupay)

Jim Bennings
80 Posted 30/01/2023 at 12:41:42
Gyokeres looks an accomplished player, even though it's in the Championship players have to be talented to shine.

Danny O’Neill
81 Posted 30/01/2023 at 12:48:42
It's not Mike Gaynes and you make a very salient point.

I would be looking at North America and I've said on these pages that I'm really disappointed we didn't consider McKennie having watched him in person. Evertonians would have loved him. Now he seems Leeds bound.

To your point, we need to expand our outlook and scouting network. Son for Tottenham and that Japanese left winger who looked great for Brighton yesterday. South East Asia?

I bang on about tapping into and investing into grass roots, and I genuinely wish we would. But let's face it, I can only think of Colin Harvey, Joe Royle, Peter Reid (Kopite by birth) and Wayne Rooney who were genuine top draw players. And I only witnessed two of them. The other two, I have to rely on the generation before me.

Other than that, we've had decent players (Osman) but have relied on importing players that have become fans' favourites. It's the same at most successful clubs. One or two locals, but largely players from other areas of the country, the continent, or increasingly, the globe.

It seems to me that most successful teams import players from elsewhere.

Tony Abrahams
82 Posted 30/01/2023 at 12:53:18
Colin@73, the only thing that is in a worse state than Everton, is the HNS, mate, so I think it’s probably better if you advise people to ring the samaritans!

Is 4-4-2 outdated, or is it just about making sure you get the right players to play in any system?

One thing I do know is that if you’re going with four players across the midfield, then they all better be able to run,

Dave Lynch
83 Posted 30/01/2023 at 13:09:26
If we make no signings and go down.

I'd hate to see the carnage that will follow.

Tony Abrahams
84 Posted 30/01/2023 at 13:14:08
I’d go down a route that has given us a bit of success Danny, and even when it doesn’t, you usually get your money back.

Stones, Holgate, DCL. Signing good young players who have already been given a taste of first team football in the lower divisions, would surely bring more success than how we currently operate? Brainthwaith is another.

We even made some money on Lookman and Vlassic, and although there are a few failures, I think this hasn’t been helped because the club has been failing on every level. Isn’t Josh Bowler supposedly worth quite a bit of money now?

Innovative Everton, instead of just going over the same old ground, year after year.

Sam Hoare
85 Posted 30/01/2023 at 13:16:49
Michael @79, I think that team could have a fighting shot under Dyche. I also think that Maupay may do better in a 442, really unsure why we bought him to be used the way he was under Lampard.

Personally Coady would be nowhere near my starting XI. very overrated this season. Slow, poor in the air and makes very few tackles or interceptions. Mina or Keane or even Godfrey/Holgate get in over him for me. Might also see Godfrey at left/right back.

Michael Boardman
86 Posted 30/01/2023 at 13:18:08
Every other club who sells a player for a significant amount of money has their signings sorted before they are advertised as sold - not us, we advertise we have £40m, so guess what selling clubs do when we go in for a player absolutely ludicrous
Michael Lynch
87 Posted 30/01/2023 at 13:26:46
Sam, I actually forgot about Mina. I knew there was at least one I'd missed. I think Godfrey at left back would be better than Mykolenko, but as I hinted in my selection, pretty much anyone would be.

With Keane possibly back in favour under Dyche, we have an embarrassment of riches in central defence. Well... perhaps that's overstating it a bit. But we certainly have a lot of options.

Yes, Maupay might be better playing off DCL or Gyökeres, but so might Gray or even Iwobi.

Anyway, Gyökeres probably won't come, and we'll end up bringing back a 38 year old journeyman from his Saudi pay day. Might as well have kept Rondon.

Lenny Fisher
88 Posted 30/01/2023 at 13:26:55
Erm….when does the next window open….the board seem to have missed this current one 🤣🤣🤣🤣
Nick Page
89 Posted 30/01/2023 at 13:30:53
Leeds signing two more players.
Bournemouth signing two more players.
Fulham signed one and looking at another.
Forest adding more bodies (Shelvey).
Everton - taken over a week to get a new manager, sold another player and there’a 1 day left of the transfer window.


James Marshall
90 Posted 30/01/2023 at 13:34:21
The only reason I can see that any player will join the circus, is that they're not getting a game at their club and will only join on loan at best.

Based on that what are we getting? We need motivated players, not cast-offs but we've backed ourselves into a corner so we're likely to get players that are either on the way down, or have questionable work ethics.

Basically we're screwed.

Nick Page
91 Posted 30/01/2023 at 13:34:27
Post 86 - Michael Boardman. Absolutely spot on. The whole club is run by fucking morons. It’s painful and sad to watch.

Even Sky can’t believe how incompetent they are. Just said we’re going to try and find out what’s going on. Loooool

Danny O’Neill
92 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:19:45
Very interesting mentions of those players Tony, which made me reflect as always mate.

On Stones, I think we collectively judged too early, especially for a centre-back at such a young age. Many hounded him.

I actually think Holgate has an opportunity now to stake his claim. Possibly another victim of the instability at Everton for a young player, but now at 26, as a defender he should be approaching his prime soon. But to do that, needs to be playing.

Calvert-Lewin, I hope it's just been a wobble and that with the right coaching and getting his confidence back, he can realise the potential we've seen in all too brief glimpses.

All of those you mention were very astute signings with the type of foresight we've been lacking.

I don't care where players come from, I just think we need to extend where we shop to get value and quality. You pay a premium for English players. If there is a Dutch Anthony Gordon out there, he won't cost £45M, probably less than half of that. City paid £100M for Grealish, a player they use on a rotational basis and isn't guaranteed a starting place.

They paid £8M for Coutinho, got a tune out of him and sold him for over £100M to reinvest.

Back to the point, we should have funds now, but it's how we reinvest it and do so wisely rather that throw it at the wall in hope that it sticks.

Joe McMahon
93 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:27:34
Danny, are you envisaging the next Arjen Robben? An absolute sensational player.
Mike Gaynes
94 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:34:11
Danny #81.

I've always assumed we went after McKennie hard in 2020. There were lots of rumors and he was a Carlo-type player. However, once your idol calls and asks for you, it's all over. McKennie's childhood hero was Pirlo, who had just taken over at Juve, and I'm sure he never listened to another offer after that.

As for now, his USA running mate Adams is at Leeds and they can afford him.

Danny O’Neill
95 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:42:53
It makes sense Mike, especially with their manager.

Even though he is a knobhead.

No offence meant to our American friends. He just is.

Michael Lynch
96 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:28:13
Chelsea bidding £105m for a player who cost Benfica £10m six months ago. Arsenal bidding £70m for a player who cost Brighton £4m two years ago.

Inflation's gone crazy.

David Midgley
97 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:45:04
Being reported, NewsNow Everton, probably clickbait.
Moussa Dembele to Southampton for £3 million?
Robert Tressell
98 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:39:38
Michael #96. Chelsea and Arsenal seem to be stocking up ahead of a possible transfer rule change. Chelsea's spending is absolutely extraordinary.

It's not inflation though. It's canny strategic recruitment by certain clubs.

Kunal Desai
99 Posted 31/01/2023 at 07:45:36

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