32-man squad flies out for USA visit

11/07/2022 58comments  |  Jump to last

Everton's players jetted across the Pond today ahead of two matches back in the United States, with a mixture of first-team and Under-21 players making the trip.

The Blues' solitary new signing this summer, James Tarkowski, was in the group along with Anthony Gordon,and Andros Townsend who travels with his team-mates to continue his rehabilitation following surgery to repair a torn ACL in America.

Promising youngsters Jarrad Branthwaite and Tyler Onyango were not among the travelling party and neither was Lewis Gibson, amid speculation the trio could go out on loan this coming season.

There is reported interested from League One in Onyango while Branthwaite is being eyed by PSV Eindhoven .

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Meanwhile, Academy product Ryan Astley is expected to sign for Accrington Stanley on loan.

Nathan Broadhead was on the plane, however, despite keen interest in retaining his services from Sunderland where he spent last season on loan.

The full squad for the US to play Arsenal in Baltimore and then Minnesota United in Minneapolis, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, is as follows:

Asmir Begovic
Nathan Broadhead
Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Seamus Coleman
Billy Crellin
Tom Davies
Lewis Dobbin
Abdoulaye Doucoure
Jean-Philippe Gbamin
Ben Godfrey
Andre Gomes
Anthony Gordon
Demarai Gray
Mason Holgate
Alex Iwobi
Michael Keane
Zan-Luk Leban
Stanley Mills
Yerry Mina
Vitalii Mykolenko
Niels Nkounkou
Nathan Patterson
Jordan Pickford
Isaac Price
Salomon Rondon
Ellis Simms
James Tarkowski
Andros Townsend (rehab)
Lewis Warrington
Reece Welch


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John Graham
1 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Good mix of old and young.

Hopefully it will give the younger players a boost thinking that the step up to the first team isn't too far away.

John Kavanagh
2 Posted 11/07/2022 at
I hope Rondon and Gomes went as substitute baggage handlers in case there's any airport staff shortages stateside.
Barry Shearer
3 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Agreed. I hope Lewis Warrington gets some game time. Going to watch them in Baltimore. COYB. I hope for a modicum of revenge for the last day of the season.
Pat Kelly
4 Posted 11/07/2022 at
John #2, if Rondon can't find the net, what makes you think he could find a bag?
Brent Stephens
5 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Good to see the likes of Warrington, Price, Welch, Mills, Dobbin included.

Would love to see all of them step up to first team football in the next year but I know that's a big ask.

My preference? They're all my favourite! Welch has been solid at the back for the U23s (as was). Mills a constant performer out wide. But there's something about Price I just love - butcher's pencil, meat and all that, but what an engine! And I wonder if what gets him some first team time is also his perception of "what's on" and his quick recycling of the ball and accurate long passing.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
6 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Good move for Branthwaite – if he gets game time.

Dutch league is pretty good with Ajax, PSV and their version of the RS. So he will come back with a bag of experience and be far more ready to play 30 games in 2023-24 rather than the odd sub and in case of injury at Goodison Park.

Also implies, nobody wants Mina.

Onyango at 19 playing in League One will also be good experience. If nothing else, he will learn how to be kicked and bullied, something given his size he would not in the U21s.

Michael Kenrick
7 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Good to see Stanley Mills on the plane.

But no mention of Tom Cannon, who seems to have missed his chance to step up. And I was hoping Ryan Astley would be showing signs of progressing, but he's been left behind too.

Still, 32 is a big squad for just 2 games, but there should be almost unlimited subs, so Frank can start to think about developing a more effective strategy for utilising them!

Paul Curwen
8 Posted 11/07/2022 at
My son-in-law is a Millwall fan... he's heard we've accepted an offer from them for Ellis Simms.
Brent Stephens
9 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Michael, I can't see Tom Cannon making it with us. I think he's limited in his ability to win long balls from defence, and doesn't seem to have good ball control. I think he had a few good games towards the end of last season but not sure if that's a sign of things to come.
Jamie Crowley
10 Posted 11/07/2022 at
I've mentioned before, but as we draw closer -

If anyone wants to meet up in Baltimore, reach out. My 13-year-old son and I will be going to the game. We leave Thursday and will arrive Friday evening in Annapolis.

Actually looking forward to seeing the Blues – unlike last year in Orlando under Benitez when I was just ‘meh' about the whole thing.

Lee Courtliff
12 Posted 11/07/2022 at
We have no idea how to sell a Brand at all. We wear purple to train in, green to travel in and our away kit is a revolving door of every colour under the sun!

We play in blue, Blue should mean Everton. You know, people see Blue and think of Everton.

Our away kit should always be yellow, people see Yellow and think of Everton.

Constantly changing the kit/training gear just means that we have no recognisable features whatsoever. We could be any random sports team.

I don't even know why I'm still surprised by this sort of thing anymore.

Tom Bowers
13 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Obviously these are games where the results have little importance and they have little bearing on the Premier League eventualities regarding team selection.

It's basically a holiday and I am sure the dedicated ones will have kept themselves fit enough in readiness for the big start next month.

It is an opportunity as usual for some to impress the gaffer if they haven't already, especially the young academy players.

The main thing is that nobody gets injured.

Mike Gaynes
14 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Those smiles will disappear once they experience the US airports.

Jamie #13, good luck with your flights, mate.

Jamie Crowley
15 Posted 11/07/2022 at
FREE TICKETS!!! I'm dead serious about this!

I just tested positive for Covid. 😳. So Baltimore is out. First time for everything! Stinks. I really wanted to go.

So, we have two tickets available. Whomever needs them - I will just give them to you, no charge. They are way, way up at the top (Crowley's are notoriously cheap) so expect nosebleeders. Section 528, Row 6, Seat 1 and 2.

Hit me up and my wife will transfer the tickets to you.

Gutted. Worse things could occur frankly though!

Danny O’Neill
16 Posted 11/07/2022 at
I find most US airports functional places, Mike.

The ones I don't particularly like are Dulles and Tampa. Dulles is soulless. Tampa, for such a big hub, has little about it. These days I mostly use Dallas-Fort Worth (which I don't mind), connecting to San Antonio which is small regional airport, probably on a par with Liverpool in size and serves its purpose.

And as for US border guards. Don't try and do the Brit thing and engage with them or try to crack jokes after a few too many complimentary beverages on a transatlantic flight. Stay straight, look them in the eye and keep the answers to questions factual and to the point!!!

Interesting picture on the thread. Gordon and Alli joking and laughing together. They seem to get on. The scenes in the tunnel access video after the Palace match showed similar.

I might be reading too much into it, but maybe we are building some team spirit?

Duncan McDine
17 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Gutted for you, JC. Made me chuckle about the ‘nosebleeder seats' though - reminds me of Paul Smith (also currently down with the lurgy) who referred to his seat at Goodison as a “restricted view belter”! Get well you 2 ToffeeWeb belters.
Paul Kossoff
18 Posted 11/07/2022 at
32-man squad??? Where did they come from? Have I been asleep?

The last time I looked, we didn't have enough first-team players to play a match!

Bill must have done some secret deals while we weren't watching.

Neil Copeland
19 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Is anyone else going to the game in Baltimore? It would be great to meet up for a sherbert or 2 if so.
Kieran Kinsella
20 Posted 11/07/2022 at

Hope you have a speedy recovery mate. The tix in Minnesota were kinda pricey for no name opposition against a well known team with few known players beyond Pickford. I think mine was like $90.

I'm hoping to see maybe some youngsters get a run out with our better players but knowing my luck it will be Gomes, Tom and Rondon.

Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Jamie, bummer, man. Feel better soon.

Danny #16, at the moment there is no such thing as a functional US airport.

Neil Copeland
22 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Jamie, life can be a real shit sometimes, get well soon.

Kieran, it would be great to meet up in Minneapolis

Gerry Quinn
23 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Jamie, feeling for you, my friend - wish I still lived over there (during the Everton visits!!!!). Enjoy your "home games" Mike...from your pal in Scotland
Kieran Kinsella
25 Posted 11/07/2022 at

Are you going in Minneapolis?

Neil Copeland
26 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Kieran, yes mate.
Ed Prytherch
27 Posted 11/07/2022 at
My advice about US airports is to avoid late afternoon and evening connections on the East coast. My "stuck in the airport overnight" experiences have been in Philadelphia and Washington DC. Then try to fly Delta/Virgin Atlantic or SouthWest and avoid American, Continental and the cheapo outfits.
Kieran Kinsella
28 Posted 11/07/2022 at

Lyndon has my email if you want to get in touch. I don't want to put it on here as I have a price on my head if I don't pay off Jabba The Hut.

Neil Copeland
29 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Kieran, ha ha ok no problem I will ask Lyndon. Talk soon.
Andrew McLawrence
31 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Let's hope most of them miss the plane home...
Steavey Buckley
32 Posted 11/07/2022 at
The 32-man squad represents quantity over quality.
Mike Gaynes
33 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Andrew, do you think some of them will defect to MLS?
Tom Bowers
34 Posted 11/07/2022 at
It would be nice if Rooney could tempt some away to DC United?
Jay Timothy
35 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Does any one know where the team is staying in Baltimore? I haven't made any reservations for accommodations yet and it would be nice to stay where they are.

A few years ago I went to Liverpool for a derby and the shite players were staying at the Marriott. Got to meet Bill and his wife and gave Gerard Houllier and company an earful.

Also would love to meet up with fellow Evertonians as I did in DC and Orlando last year.

Chris Sinnott
36 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Lee @ 12.

Well it's training gear and the reason that they wear the Everton crest is so they are identifiable as Everton Football Club. They don't just need colours. If Chelsea and Everton were both at the airport wearing plain blue tops to fly in then it would be slightly confusing.

Mike Gaynes
37 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Jay #35, on our current budget, the team will be staying at the Motel 6 in Greenbelt. Right behind the K-Mart.
Jay Harris
38 Posted 12/07/2022 at

That's a real blow. I feel for you and hope you make a speedy recovery.

At least you can watch the live stream on Evertontv if they get their act together.

Having recently suffered the airport madness at Orlando, I decided not to go this year as I'm already getting depressed about the lack of improvement to the squad.

Anyway hope you and the family get through this thing okay.

Best wishes.

Kieran Kinsella
39 Posted 12/07/2022 at

I sent you and email and heard from another attendee too so hopefully we can connect.

After 20 plus years on ToffeeWeb, the closest I've come to meeting anyone in here is a few phone calls with John McFarlane, Derek Knox and Lyndon. So it will be nice to meet people in person or find out that I'm like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind and all of this is an elaborate fantasy.

Jerome Shields
40 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Jamie #15,

Get well soon. Hopefully your symptoms will be mild. I got it myself, had to put the wife and daughter into accommodation on coming back from their holidays. I am finding getting negative a long wait. I was going to Baltimore myself, but not now. Another free ticket.

You were really looking forward going, so hopefully you will get to Minnesota.
Good Luck.

Ed Prytherch
41 Posted 12/07/2022 at
The Minnesota game will be streamed on ESPN+ in the USA. No indication yet that the Arsenal game will be shown.
Mal van Schaick
42 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Relegation squad plus Tarkowski. We have to have new signings and get rid of the dross that are still in the squad.
Bernie Quinn
43 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Jamie @ 15 - It's called Murphy's Law and I really feel for you,. Hope it is a quick recovery, Jamie.
Lee Courtliff
44 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Chris #36,

Fair enough point but I still think we would be better off with set colours. It means more than just yet another random training kit that will be half-price in a few months. Let Chelsea wear bright pink or whatever and we'll always be seen in Blue or Yellow, something that has actual links to the club.

You don't see Coca-Cola randomly changing their cans every year because they know the red can is instantly identifiable.

Mark Cranney
45 Posted 12/07/2022 at
32-man squad but 14 of that not Premier League quality and 4 of them we need to shift on... so a 14-man squad flies out.

We've been linked with every man and his dog but no-one really wanting to come without a gazillion pounds a week and a 20-year contract. We will do what Everton always does and leave it till the last few hours and then bring in cra

Elsewhere, other clubs are doing quick business and finding cheap players who want a chance on the big stage with an average team...

Derek Knox
46 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Mark @ 45, I agree it is worrying times regarding the new recruits situation, but again the timing stinks almost of Amateurism at running a Club of Premier League status (just).

Just over three weeks till the season starts, and there has been a minimal clearing of deadwood, however I do get that. Who is going to want to inherit highly paid underperformers? There is also the biggest sticking point of all, in that the alleged takeover doesn't seem to have progressed one iota.

Surely once that has been sorted, money will be available... but, as you and others have implied that may be too late, and the shelf only contains the less desirable players, possibly with inflated demands and greedy agents. Not looking that great at the moment, to be honest!

Ben King
47 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Derek #46,

How and why would there be more money available following a takeover?

We'd still be beholden to the FFP rules that are currently in place. New ownership doesn't resolve that… unless I have it wrong??

Ed Prytherch
48 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Ben 47, that is my understanding too. It is not so much the availability of funds but the ability to spend them. We may have to wait for last minute loans, both in and out.
Clive Rogers
49 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Surely it is a mixture of both regarding funds. We are limited by FFP, but Moshiri has lost his major source of funds from USM/Usmanov.

It is being reported that the club is in a financial mess and our marketing is a well known disaster. Moshiri wants desperately to sell as he can see his fortune disappearing.

Derek Knox
50 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Ben, don't get me wrong. I am in the dark as much as most people regarding FFP and the way it works, but I did read somewhere that any new Consortium would make money available for transfers.

Now that Richarlison has departed and Sigurdsson, Tosun, Delph and Co have moved on too on expiry of contracts, the amount paid out in salaries is also a factor, as I understand.

If it were based on 'value for money paid for players', we would be well in credit, considering largely the misfits, and amount of overpriced, injury-prone players we have had.

Jay Harris
51 Posted 12/07/2022 at
The only benefit I can see is that we would get extra sponsorship (like Usmanov) from one of the new owners' contacts, artificially inflated of course.
Clive Rogers
52 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Derek, 30, FFP rules are actually 90 pages long, but a summary of the main effect on transfers is:

Under the current FFP rules which are being replaced, clubs can only spend €5M more than they earn during a three-year period. But clubs are allowed to exceed this limit to a maximum of €30M if those losses are covered in full by a payment from the club's owners.

Michael Kenrick
53 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Clive @49,

I know you're regurgitating commonly held wisdom here among the fan base, fed by incredibly irresponsible sites like Goodison News, but I feel I've got to take exception to some of these claims.

It is being reported that the club is in a financial mess

You'd have to define exactly what that means but I don't think we're on the brink of administration, for example. I think the club continues to pay its bills – we have not heard anything to the contrary. We don't have as much spare cash to splash around, perhaps, but that is more down to the well-documented losses in past years and the thresholds for FFP and P&S Rules that we are trying to stay within.

... and our marketing is a well-known disaster.

Without checking the Annual Reports, I believe they show increases in commercial income year on year, so again it becomes a question of how you define a disaster. Yea, no shirts in the airport... okay. I'll give you that one.

Moshiri wants desperately to sell

I know some have spun it this way but I remain unconvinced. Moshiri has been actively looking to finance the rest of the stadium build – that's how the Kenyon Klan got a sniff, but they were sent packing by Moshiri. So perhaps not that desperate, I would suggest? Yes, there are supposedly others sniffing around – and of course if they offer enough, then Moshiri will sell, of course he will.

... as he can see his fortune disappearing.

No, the truth is, in his position, the longer he hangs in there, the better the return on his investment will be. The club will only go up in value, especially with the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock growing by the day.

Jerome Shields
54 Posted 12/07/2022 at
The club with the sale of Richarlison and measures taken over this past 2 years (working with the Premier League), release of players on inflated contracts and dodging the bullet of relegation, is actually in a good financial position. This was verified by Paul the Esk in a recent article.

It is now the decisions going forward that will determine Everton's Financial future. With takeovers, a new manager, and Moshiri attempting restructuring, a lot is being done to address this. But it is frustrating when looking at the squad and what needs to come in for next season.

Actually as Michael says, Moshiri will make a substantial profit on his investment. He has not been sanctioned. Though I suspect all those that have will be quids in anyway in the future. That's the way the world works for Billionaires.

Maybe the way to look at things is last season was awful – this season is bound to be better.

Jamie Crowley
55 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Those tickets have been given away if anyone reads from earlier.

Thank You all for the well wishes.

Ray Jacques
56 Posted 13/07/2022 at
What a motley list.

Doesnt fill me with optimism at all... moan, moan, moan.

Brian Murray
57 Posted 13/07/2022 at

I'm no expert but sustainability is a different world from actual profit which we can't grasp as a club. We have no problem with Moshiri staying to run the club but surely not in its present line-up?

Danny O’Neill
58 Posted 13/07/2022 at
Just watched Lampard's interview. Interesting comments and callouts for want a big squad in the US so he can look at Warrington, Dobbins and some of the other youngsters.

He also talks up Tarkowski's leadership qualities and instant impact on the group.

Gordon going nowhere. Lampard's words, not mine.

Dale Self
59 Posted 16/07/2022 at
The New York Times just posted a rather kind article on the Arsenal - Everton match in Baltimore. They actually kept the focus on the American connections without taking an easy shot at our management.

A good and safe time for all Blues who travel Baltimore. Not sure if that is still the STD capital of the US so use good judgement out there.

James Flynn
60 Posted 16/07/2022 at
Jamie (55) - My #1 ToffeeWeb brother.

Get better.

Paul Kossoff
61 Posted 18/07/2022 at
Friendly match between Minnesota United and Everton will take place at the Allianz Field, Saint Paul, Minnesota will be played on Wednesday, July 20 at 8:00 PM (ET).

Is that Thursday early morning 1:00 am UK time? Any streams in the UK?

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