🎙ToffeeWeb Podcast: “What is the Plan Here?”

26/08/2022 4comments  |  Jump to last

Adam McCulloch, Andy Howard, Lyndon Lloyd and Paul Traill review the games against Nottingham Forest and Fleetwood Town, puzzle over the merits of a back five and wonder who will start in midfield against Brentford.

They lament the fact that Everton still have no striker heading into the final days of the transfer window – although there was breaking news while they were recording of the Blues' talks with Neal Maupay regarding a £14m move from Brighton.

Finally, they offer their picks for a player from Everton's past or present who might have come close to the kind of transformation undergone recently by Alex Iwobi.


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Jerome Shields
2 Posted 26/08/2022 at 07:28:34
It is hard to see the transfer team being capable of delivering the players needed in the final week. The number of players needed along with recent transfers and those leaving is not conjuicive to a settled team or a prepared team.

Also Everton have had a below par attacking forward line for some time even with a Centre Forward, depending on get out of jail goals resulting from one off talent.

Calvert Lewin seems to get better ability wise when he is not playing. but not now increasing to absurd values. like the last time he was off injured.

It seems that anything of value is being sold off and anything else loaned off. The organisation and style of play is questionable in what it could deliver with the players available.

Recent players introduced have looked ok, when they are sure of what is being asked of them. Players seem confused when Frank reverts to his preferred formation without a Centre Forward target, some of the players seem unsuited to this preferred formation

There is a awful lot to sort out in a week. This could drag on reflecting the uncertainty expressed in this Podcast

Jerome Shields
3 Posted 26/08/2022 at 07:36:09
As for Gueye, I think that he did not want to come to Everton, but wanted to stay with PSG from the start. Most of the narrative has been a fabrication, with some inaccurate press releases.
Andrew Bentley
4 Posted 26/08/2022 at 10:35:01
I do love this website and have been an avid follower for years but, by god, this podcast is miserable!

Cheer up, boys – it's only 4 games in and we all know that you shouldn't look at the league table until 10 games have been played and then that's when the patterns start to emerge of which teams will be nearer the top vs the bottom.

Why oh why is anyone surprised that, with a week of the window left to go, we still have business to do? There are deals across Europe that would have a domino effect on other deals and we are dependent on them plus last-minute deals in our financial situation.

I'm convinced we are going to get Broja to come in this season and a lot of that will depend on Aubameyang's move from Barca to Chelsea happening and of course the intricacies of the Gordon to Chelsea deal too.

We all want deals done well in advance but we've never had that luxury at Everton. Strikers are the most in demand and most expensive which is why it's going to the wire when we've addressed other areas of the pitch. That's why I'll wait and judge this time next week on our transfer performance.

I'd much rather we wait and get the players we really want to take the team forward than sign any old thing just to placate a frustrated fan base!

Let's not fall into the trap of pretending football only existed in the Premier League era and that we need instantaneous signings. Relax fellas.

Panic next week if we've not done our job but, for now, go and have a drink and hug someone as you all sound like you need it!!

Lyndon Lloyd
5 Posted 26/08/2022 at 21:55:34
Sorry you felt that way, Andy. I thought we expressed our concerns in light-hearted enough fashion with a few laughs along the way but perhaps not.

I won't deny I'm concerned and it comes from how poor we were last season, how other clubs seem like they've got stronger and that there aren't three teams obviously worse than us at the moment.

And not having a contingency for Calvert-Lewin beyond Rondon was pretty reckless even allowing for the true-isms around market conditions and competition for strikers.

So no panic at this stage and let's see what shape we're in on 2nd September and how we've done at Brentford and Leeds but with so many matches coming prior to the deadline and two really difficult games looming straight afterwards, I don't think it's unreasonable to be worried about where we'll be and how many points we'll have after seven matches.

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