Four players given new squad numbers

04/08/2023 26comments  |  Jump to last

Four Everton players have been given new squad numbers for the upcoming season.

James Tarkowski will wear the Number 6 shirt vacated by Allan when he left the club last summer, with his Number 2 shirt now going to Nathan Patterson.

Neal Maupay his been given the Number 13 shirt worn last season by Yerri Mina, with Dele Alli taking up the Number 20 shirt Maupay wore last season.

Joao Virginia is assigned a number for this season and will wear 12.

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Everton have warned that further changes may be made before the transfer window closes on 1 September.


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Hugh Jenkins
1 Posted 04/08/2023 at 12:57:28
Surprised that Maupay has been given a numebr.
Rob Dolby
2 Posted 04/08/2023 at 12:58:04
Number 13 is about right.
Nick Jones
3 Posted 04/08/2023 at 14:24:20
I agree with you both – what a waste of time.

Maupay should have never, ever have been brought into the squad. Maupay couldn't hit the floor if he fell out of bed. He punctuates the travesty of the bundles of wasted money in the Moshiri era.

Whatever, ever, happened to Nil Satis Nisi Optimum?

Pat Kelly
4 Posted 04/08/2023 at 14:24:44
“Everton have warned that further changes may be made before the transfer window closes on 1 September“. What a transformation. The team will be unrecognisable.
Eddie Dunn
5 Posted 04/08/2023 at 14:40:06
Maupay has not managed to get going but he does seem to impress Dyche with his training and was suposedly top of the bleep tests when training began. Perhaps the lad will flourish playing off Dominic or another front man.

Let's face it, Gray struggled as a lone front man, and even Richarlison found the role difficult. But playing off someone makes it a different kettle of fish.

Also playing in a team that has no No 10, where little balls through the middle are as rare as hen's teeth, makes his job almost impossible. Imagine how he might have done with, say James Rodriguez opening up options for him.

Peter Gorman
6 Posted 04/08/2023 at 14:44:01
Rob - 13 ain't bad but a mere '0' would be more appropriate
Raymond Fox
7 Posted 04/08/2023 at 14:49:32
Some strange numbering. 2 with Number 22, Godfrey and Branthwaite.

Some I assume are sticking with their original numbers out of superstition.

Alex Gray
8 Posted 04/08/2023 at 15:06:10
With Dele Alli getting the Number 20, it says he may be given his chance after all. Interesting.
Trevor Powell
9 Posted 04/08/2023 at 15:16:30
Bearing in mind that Oumar Niasse was denied a locker by Koeman, yet still has eight goals for the Blues compared to Maupay's one – he is being given a new number!
Mark Murphy
10 Posted 04/08/2023 at 15:16:40
Perhaps Maupay can be the new Inchy to Calvert-Lewin's Sharpy?
Eric Myles
11 Posted 04/08/2023 at 15:34:11
Raymond #7, maybe Chairman Bill had yet to decide which one of them he will sell?
Andy Crooks
12 Posted 04/08/2023 at 15:35:51
Can't see it, Mark. In fact, it would be an odd-shaped team with both in it and unlikely under Dyche. The Toshack Keegan days are long gone.

Nothing has suited Maupay since the day he came; frankly he hasn't had a chance with the way the team has been set up. Not will he.

Jay Harris
13 Posted 04/08/2023 at 15:53:42

Maupay wouldn't even impress me if he had six attackers supporting him.

He is too slow for the Premier League and lacks skill and height.

Brendan McLaughlin
14 Posted 04/08/2023 at 16:03:53
I wouldn't read anything significant into the allocation of squad numbers to either Alli or Maupay at this stage.
Rob Rothwell
15 Posted 04/08/2023 at 16:45:47
I'm not enjoying all the Maupay bashing.

Agreed, he doesn't look anywhere near a Premier League player, is way out of his depth, and clueless in front of goal. But for fuck's sake, he hasn't kicked a ball yet this season.

Some support and backing could do wonders for him.

I will get my coat. :-)

Howard Don
16 Posted 04/08/2023 at 17:08:27
From 2019 to 2022, Maupay averaged around a goal every four games for Brighton. Not great, but far from useless either.

So he's a player who can score goals in the Premier League. Problem is, it's pointless playing him in the lone striker role Everton required of him.

Eddie Dunn
17 Posted 04/08/2023 at 17:23:08
Jay, height really.

Keegan, Inchy, Salah, Cotee, Speedie, Messi, Ball, Maradonna.

Paul Birmingham
18 Posted 04/08/2023 at 17:46:21
Eddie, good call, plus Alex T G V, and Bobby Collins, and Tim Cahill.
Bill Gienapp
19 Posted 04/08/2023 at 18:02:03
Pat (4) - I think that warning has more to do with the idea that if you buy a player's kit and he then changes numbers, don't expect a refund.

Agree that Dele getting a squad number – and not a randomly assigned number, his old number at Spurs which forced Maupay to swap – *could* be a positive sign.

Tony Everan
20 Posted 04/08/2023 at 18:08:26
David Silva, one of the best players to have graced the Premier League: 5ft-7in.
Jay Harris
21 Posted 04/08/2023 at 18:14:22
And do any of you honestly believe Maupay can hold a candle to any of them?

I believe we've seen enough of him to warrant he is not good enough… in fact, the scouts that watched him for Brighton need sacking because he wasn't that good there either.

Tom Bowers
22 Posted 04/08/2023 at 18:14:54
In the right team, Maupay can look good but hard to do in the Everton setup last season when so much was going wrong.

Dyche may give him a few more games to see if he contributes more but as mentioned without space being created he may just struggle again.

Lot's of conjecture right now but good to see Dele Alli back in the fold. It will be interesting to see how he contributes.

Pat Kelly
23 Posted 04/08/2023 at 19:55:09
Bill #19, good point.
John Kavanagh
24 Posted 04/08/2023 at 21:05:54
Eddie D @5.

Maupay also scored highest in the crowd's bleep tests at Goodison last season.

"Get that *bleep* useless piece of *bleep* *bleep* garden gnome off the pitch for *bleeps* sake Dyche" was often heard.

PS Blue Bill has been allocated 666. It's an ill Omen.

Pat Kelly
25 Posted 04/08/2023 at 22:12:57
Danjuma reportedly out with a slight knock already. He’ll fit in just fine.
Michael Kenrick
26 Posted 04/08/2023 at 22:40:56
Raymond @7,

We've always listed Branthwaite at 32, not 22, and it seems the apparently updated squad page at is now showing the same.

It also shows Tom Cannon wearing Number 28, rather than the Number 47 shirt he's had for the last two seasons. Strange that is not mentioned in the original piece. Hopefully it means he's staying as part of the first-team squad.

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