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Everton have secured Portuguese striker Beto in a deal reportedly worth up to £26m, eight months after failing in a bid to sign him before the winter transfer deadline.

The 25-year-old put pen to paper on a four-year contract today to complete his transfer from Udinese and become the Toffees' fifth signing of the summer. He will wear the Number 14 shirt last donned by Andros Townsend.

While the fee is officially 'undisclosed', sources in Italy are reporting that the deal is worth a fixed fee of €31m plus a further €8m in potential bonus payments, around £33.5m in total. The Athletic along with other reputable outlets in England claim, however, that the initial deal is in the region of £21.4m, well below the player's recently-expired release clause, with a further £4.2m possibly to come in performance-related add-ons.

The same report by The Athletic also suggests that Everton won't be due to pay any first instalment on Beto until the next financial year which represents smart business for the cash-strapped Blues who supporters hope will still be looking to strengthen the squad before the upcoming deadline, particularly if Demarai Gray's proposed move to Saudi Arabia goes through.

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“When a club like Everton tries to buy you in January and then comes again in the summer, you feel like, 'Okay, they want me for real', so that made the decision easy for me as well," Beto said. "My idol, Samuel Eto’o, played here, too, which makes it even more special.

“I can bring courage, I can bring confidence and I think my biggest thing is effort. I will always bring enthusiasm to the team and to our games. I feel like my style is a really good fit with Everton.

“I am looking forward to getting started - today, right now. I know the team needs to score more goals and I will try to help with this. I love to score goals. I know we need this and I am here to help.

"I talked to Gerard Deulofeu the day before I travelled. He told me Everton is a big club, has crazy fans, they love you and it is a really good club to play for."

Born in Lisbon with ancestral ties to Guinea-Bissau, Beto was something of a late bloomer, first asked to join Benfica's academy before being let go as a teenager. He eventually signed with amateur side URD Tires in Portugal's fifth tier and worked part-time in KFC to earn a living before moving to Olimpico Montijo where he netted 21 goals in 34 games, alerting Portimonense SC who snapped him up in 2019.

He has been with Udinese since joining them from Portimonense, initially on loan, in 2021 having scored 13 goals in 47 appearances for the Portuguese club. That move was made permanent the following year in a €7m deal Beto has since played 65 games for the Serie A outfit, scoring 22 times.

At 6' 4", the burly striker is seen as a viable replacement and competitor to Dominic Calvert-Lewin who has battled successive injuries over the past two years. 

His arrival is expected to end Everton's interest in Southampton's Ché Adams but his St Mary's team-mate, Kamaldeen Sulemana, continues to be linked with a move to Goodison Park.  


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Brent Stephens
1 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:01:09
Signing just announced.
Brent Stephens
2 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:02:18
On the official website.
Dennis Stevens
3 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:04:48
Colin Glassar
4 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:07:25
Just seen the official photo. The two theatre tickets in his hand were the deciding factor apparently. Good luck, lad.
James Marshall
5 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:08:38
Beto the devil you know…
John Keating
6 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:09:26
Come the last night of the transfer window, clubs will go for a player, agree a deal, get a medical done and get the player registered all in a few hours...


Paul Birmingham
7 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:09:51
At last!

Spandau Ballet theme - Gold

Beto, always believe in your Everton Soul,
Always Believing, your Everton Gold


Luke Welch
8 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:14:07
This is good news!
Dale Self
9 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:15:26
Good Gawd, Paul! Spandau Ballet?

I know this much is trroooooo….

Beto will make some things happen!

James Newcombe
10 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:15:52
We've only gone and signed a striker.

Good Times™, baby!

Jack Convery
11 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:21:12
Holy Shamoly! A Bona Fide Centre Forward!!!

Good Luck, Lad – we need you, we need your goals. Welcome to the Nuthouse!!


Chris James
12 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:21:25
Get. In!!!
Paul Birmingham
13 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:22:14
Shrewd dealing by Kevin Thelwell and his team. This signing is a massive boost to Everton FC and Evertonians.

I would like you to think that Thelwell brokered the deal, and hopefully this is a sign of a "new order" emerging at Everton.

Enjoying the moment!

UTFTs! Viva Santo Domingo!

Joe Digney
14 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:22:41
“I bring courage”

Love the bloke already.
Unleash the beast on Saturday! 💪

John Keating
15 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:23:18
He's been training and had a pre-season so get him on the pitch at the weekend. We need a striker out there desperately even for 60 minutes.

However, the manager's thought process is to assess fitness, well his fitness levels, before thinking of a player starting. We don't have time, even after just 3 games, to fart around with these mysterious fitness levels.

If Calvert-Lewin is not fit, then start him!

Mick Davies
16 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:25:14
Jack Convery
17 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:28:46
He's already played twice for Udinese this season.

73 minutes in a cup game on the 11th
75 minutes against Juventus on the 20th August.

In the cup game, he scored and had an assist.

Geoff Lambert
18 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:30:47
Will he improve us? You Beto he will. welcome to the greatest club on earth lad.
Rob Halligan
19 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:32:59
Got the number 14 shirt. Didn't Lukaku wear number 14?

He also said in his interview that the Everton fans are massive, bigger than the other fans. Does he mean the Udinese fans or the RS?

Jack Convery
20 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:35:11
I feel like Bob Mortimer when he caught that Salmon, facilitated by Paul Whitehouse.

Rob - The RS obviously!

A KFC Big Bucket tonight me thinks.

James Marshall
21 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:36:07
Beto says his hero is Eto'o.

He Beto be better than the Eto'o who played for us.

John Keating
22 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:36:28
Good to see a lad that hasn't been mollycoddled from the age on one in some academy, someone who's come up doing a bit of graft.

Also, if true, a bloody good bit of footwork by Thelwell on the financial deal! Amazing!

Now just a creative attacking midfielder, please.

Brent Stephens
23 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:36:52
Well done, Bill Kenwright.

Joke!!! (Him, not me).

Kieran Kinsella
24 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:37:26
"I think the fans at Everton are a little bit more of a step up than the other fans so I am excited to play in front of them.”

Where is Ian Edwards? Seems our dastardly fans aren't as bad as he'd have us believe.

Rob Halligan
25 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:38:32
Just looked up Lukaku’s shirt number with us…….he wore number 10.

Hope he meant the RS, Jack………will have gone up 10000000% in everyone’s estimation if he meant them.

Rob Halligan
26 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:40:14
Okay, Kieran, so you got it word for word what he said!! 👍👍👍👍
Mike Allison
27 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:42:46
If we didn't have six injuries and a manager who thinks Iwobi is a left winger, we'd actually have a reasonable squad now.

Get Beto playing with two forwards alongside him and a creative midfielder behind him and we might actually score a goal this season.

Continue with Garner and Doucoure in 2 of the 3 creative supporting roles and it won't matter who we sign.

Will Mabon
28 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:46:11
Seems there's been another in the series of situations in which we apparently had no money, then somehow manifested some.

Relieved to see the striker purchase ban has finally been lifted. This time, I've stayed away from researching the player and know quite little of him, preferring to watch "cold" and be pleasantly surprised. Here's hoping.

Steve Brown
29 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:48:23
£25.8 million and NO payments until the next financial year.

Thelwell should take a bow on that deal, eh, Mick?

Kevin Molloy
30 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:49:15
From the interview he seems like a nice chap, will get on with the rest of our Allstars hopefully. I think a degree of patience will be called for, when asked to name his best quality, he said 'effort'.

I don't in any way think he's going to be prolific. However, there's a good chance his overall impact on the team will be considerable. The ball will stick, it can go in the air, and we can play it in the channels. I think that's ten extra points right there.

Frank Crewe
31 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:50:38
“I bring courage”
As long as he brings goals as well.
Will Mabon
32 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:51:35
"Allstars" :-)
Barry Rathbone
33 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:52:22
Very positive news and fingers crossed for the lad.

He must be aware expectation is huge but also know a hat trick every other game till xmas should pacify most - it's all about blue sky thinking, baby.

Paul Kossoff
34 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:56:04
"Mr Dyche, will Beto play before the international break?"

"Erm no. He has a bad thigh strain.

"Why is that if he hasn't trained?"

"Well he sat on the plane too long, I blame the air traffic controllers, the bastards have injured our new striker, you couldn't make it up, he's out for three months, but I suppose, this is Everton."

"Chermiti not ready, Maupay will start the match."

David Connor
37 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:04:09
This lad is a big powerful unit. Let's all hope' with a bit of luck and hard graft' he delivers the goods.

Would make a nice change from some of the garbage we have signed in recent seasons. Still, in my opinion, we still need a decent midfielder as it's piss poor. UTFT

Gary Brown
38 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:04:36
This is what it's like to support Everton.
This is what it's like to be small.
They signed Endo.
We signed Mr Betoooo, Mr Bettooooo.

Good stuff. In fairness, if you'd told me our summer would include £40M on two 6ft-2in+ strikers and 2 goalscoring wingers, I'd have snapped your hand off. Not having them in before now is criminal, but hey ho.

Be nice to get one defensive addition over 38 years old to cover in Young…..CB, CDM, or left-footed attacking left-back would be nice.

Then it's all on Dyche… two games to save his skin.

Dan Nulty
39 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:05:51
Have to say, what an unbelievable deal that we don't have to pay a thing until next summer. Fair play, hopefully he is good though!

If we can generate £25M from Gray and Iwobi, that will hopefully allow a couple of other purchases.

Andrew Brookfield
42 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:12:05
Brilliant to go back to the previous article where he was ‘linked' with us to see all the fans saying ‘anyone who thinks this will happen lives in fantasy land'.

Hopefully exactly what we need!

Neil Roberts
43 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:12:14
Excellent news, just what was needed after a sour Bank holiday Saturday,
Kevin Edward
44 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:12:49
Wow! I really hope we have landed a proper striker, old school, one priority to get ball in the net.

Looking forward to seeing Mr Beto in action, and this might just light the blue touch paper and get things moving.

If the manager is smart then Beto leads the line vs Sheffield Utd, not smart would be more of the same ‘unlucky' poor quality.

Eddie Dunn
45 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:13:13
It is a relief. Welcome aboard Mr Beto.
Tony Everan
47 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:14:42
Welcome, and best of luck to Beto.

I'm focusing on this one ''I love to score goals''.

Music to my ears. Bang them in, Beto!

Danny O’Neill
48 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:15:07
Welcome to Everton.

Work hard and these supporters will back you.

You're an Evertonian now.

Joe McMahon
49 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:18:02
Grand! Now hopefully he will start against the Blades. And certainly no Spandau Ballet from me!
Iakovos Iasonidis
50 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:18:43
At last a striker! A ready one! May he flourish!
Paul Hewitt
51 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:19:52
This signing should have been done before Fulham. So let's not be praising Thelwell too much.
Brent Stephens
52 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:20:46
Paul #52 - a ray of sunshine amidst all the gloom.
Peter Hodgson
53 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:22:21
Why does everything take so long with Everton? I was hoping that it would be done in time for the move to be registered in time for him to play on Wednesday night.

Does anyone know if he was registered in time? We could do with a good win in that one as it would give everyone the boost we need.

Sorry, Christine, I hadn't read your similar post before commenting and, in essence, asking the same question.

Dan Nulty
55 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:24:44
I agree, Paul, but at least it is over the line now.

Good to see video of him training in an Everton shirt at high school too.

I actually am starting to get excited by this, finally. Just hope it isn't three games too late.

Kieran Kinsella
56 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:26:01
I don't want to put too much pressure on him but I expect he will be the best player we have ever had.
Paul Tran
57 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:26:35
He'll definitely be a focal point up front, which we badly need. Imagine being in our midfield, you look up and see Maupay. And if he bags a few goals as well, even better.

Usual caveat with players from Europe, May take time to get into the pace of the game in the Premier Legue.

If the deal is structured the way some say on here, all credit to Thelwell, good piece of business.

Hope Beto starts on Saturday.

Brian Wilkinson
58 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:30:36
Will do for me bit more optomism now inside me, with finally bringing a striker in.
Robert Stuthridge
59 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:32:21
It's not just about how many goals Beto will get – if he can hold up the ball he'll create more chances for midfielders and his claimed “confidence” will hopefully be infectious.

Praying he doesn't get infected with the self-doubt afflicting his new teammates! Good luck to you, young man! COYB!

Minik Hansen
60 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:33:43
Classic Beto — when he scores, an ode to joy.

COYB! :)

Mick Davies
61 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:37:09
Steve, long overdue mate
Paul Kossoff
62 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:37:11
Looks a class signing. A younger fitter better Lukaku.


Brent Stephens
63 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:38:26
Robert #59,

"It's not just about how many goals Beto will get – if he can hold up the ball he'll create more chances for midfielders".

Agree, Robert. And the brief glimpse of Chermiti on Saturday suggests somebody else who might be able to hold the ball up and lay it off.

Luxury, sheer luxury.

Jay Harris
64 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:39:00
In the words of the poet, "A change is gonna come".

A bit later than I would have liked but this is great news. All we need now is a goalscoring midfield player and better full-back cover.

Mal van Schaick
65 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:39:26
Looking forward to watching him and our other new signings start in the same team, along with others coming back from injury.

We definitely can't sign Ivan Toney now, with Beto in the team.

Kevin Naylor
66 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:42:11
The bars that low that even Maupay cant walk under it, but best of luck and welcome to the best football club in the world. If you can bring a modicom of success you'll soon learn this is the place to be.
Frank Knight
67 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:44:22
It's getting Beto all the time
Beto, Beto, Beeetoo
It's getting Beto all the time
Beto, Beto, Beeetooo
Getting so much Beto all the time

I'll get my coat. Up the toffees

David West
69 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:48:40
Good signing. Hoping for one or two more even if loans as the squads is still thin. Let's not crucify the lad if he doesn't score 4 on his debut!!

Danjuma, McNeil, Harrison, Calvert-Lewin, Chermiti, Beto, Dobbin & Cannon. Things looking more positive. Gnonto or a creative central midfielder would be icing on the cake!!!

Paul Kossoff
70 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:52:33
We're fixing a hole where the goals go in,
To stop our team from wondering,
We've got Beto ooo. Beto oh oh oh.
James Marshall
72 Posted 29/08/2023 at 15:59:20
Nobody does it Beto...
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it half as good as you
Beto, you're the best!
Tom Bowers
73 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:00:15
Nothing like new signings to boost the optimism.

When your at the bottom the only way is up so any help we get up front will be good.

I am not saying we will become a competitive outfit overnight so any points in the next few games would be welcome.

With maybe Iwobi bringing in some cash and another signing the signs are we can make a turning point to alleviate this horrible start.

Paul Kossoff
75 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:09:20
James 72, love it.⭐⭐⭐
Craig Walker
76 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:16:04
We've got some decent players on paper… but then Klaassen, Sigurdsson, Keane, Rooney and Ramirez etc looked good on paper. Mind you, I'd settle for those times if given the chance.

Branthwaite solves a problem at centre-back and him and Tarkowski look our best pairing. Would be nice to get a commanding centre-back in though because Tarkowski is good at blocking but is very slow and not great with the ball at his feet.

I still think we are woefully short at fullback. I know Patterson is young and still learning but our best right-back is still Seamus Coleman. Ashley Young is not young, I'm afraid. He looks like being the next Fabian Delph and getting one last payday from Everton. Mykolenko is decent at best. Godfrey hasn't been the same player since he got COVID and then got injured in the first game last season.

Everyone knows that we need some pace and creativity through midfield. How I wish we had a Tim Cahill type goal threat from midfield. They are desperately sad times when some of us are pinning our hopes on Deli Ali returning to some sort of form. Out wide, when everyone is fit, we seem to have pretty good options. Danjuma looks promising. Harrison is an upgrade on Gray and McNeill was one of our best outfield players last year. I think Garner could be a good player for us and Onana needs to dominate the midfield more. Unfortunately, I think Idrissa Gueye is too slow for today's game, makes too many mistakes and offers nothing going forward.

I'd like to see us sell Gray and Iwobi and invest in a playmaker.

I still don't fancy us at Sheffield United. I think that will be an intimidating atmosphere and our away form has been dreadful for years. Hope they prove me wrong.

We need to fix the home form. I really hope our survival doesn't depend on fans doing coach welcomes and blue flares come next April, again. Let's start treating home games at the start of the season as cup finals.

Paul Kossoff
77 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:22:19
Here's one from a Who classic:

When you say who's better, we say it's Beto, it's Beto, it's Beto you bet,
When you see a goal, better you know it's Beto, you Beto you Beto you bet.

Alex Gray
78 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:27:43
Everton posted a video of him when he was younger training in an old Everton kit! Lad followed us because of Lukaku, Eto'o and Mirallas and his mates got him a top for his birthday!
Mick Davies
79 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:33:16
Alex, is that true? Hope it is, and he's a diehard blue - roll on the derby
Tommy Davis
80 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:33:54
An excellent signing indeed, even if it did take 5 Transfer Windows to secure our striker, Beto late than never fetch me coat? COYB
Steve Brown
81 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:46:26
“Beto by golly wow, youre the one that I’ve been waiting for forever.”

You can’t beat a bit of Stylistics.

Tommy Davis
82 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:46:41
True story Mick D, I saw the video too, so it must be true, eh??
Jim Lloyd
83 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:47:50
It's looking a lot better now, more to do; but this is a good start. Danzuma, Chermiti, Beto, Harrison, McNeill, Garner. Maybe its a bit late now, but if we sell Iwobi and maybe Onana, we can get some more decent players in. A good start with maybe more to come; but it looks like we'll have a more goalscoring attack and midfield when Harrison and and McNeill are fit.
It is desperate times Craig (76) but this is a start. We still need a Peter Reid in midfield, as it looks like Gana Gueye, is getting caught and being late in tackles. If Godfrey might get better with some tuteledge from Sean Dyche. He's athletic and might make a defensive midfielder. I think Gueye, Onana and Doucouré are all too slow for our midfield, but it's a case of change were we can and make do with what we've got.
But so far, there looks to be a pattern in our recruitment that will give us some (I was going to say more!) goals.
James Marshall
84 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:49:36
Beto is on X (Twitter) talking about his mates giving him that old Chang shirt because he was into Everton back then.

He talks about Baines, Lukaku, Barkley and Mirallas in the video.

Duncan McDine
85 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:52:24
Apparently this could end up being a swap deal, with Maupay filling in for him at the vacant KFC position.
Paul Birmingham
86 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:53:04
Dale, and Joe the joy this 2 p.m. when Betos, signing was confirmed, was great news.

Agreed Spandau Ballet were cring, but that song tune, can be adapted!

The best tonic, regards EFC, for years.


Viva Santo Domingo!

James Marshall
87 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:54:36
I can just see Maupay handing over an empty family bucket, with chicken all over the floor where he's missed.
Alex Gray
88 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:56:05
Mick it’s on insta and facebook mate not sure he’s a diehard but it’s a nice touch!
Joe McMahon
89 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:57:50
With me being a miserable old sod, I'll save the song lyrics until we score a goal, have some points and out of the bottom 3.

I won't bother waiting until we actually win something again, but will go overboard when Walrus Chops eventually goes!

Billy Shears
90 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:03:54
Welcome aboard lad,bag us some goals please and the faithful will fucking worship yer.

Looks like a clever Striker to me,who also gets fouled a lot of times...time to polish our set-piece routines too, methinks!

Robert Tressell
91 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:06:41
Let's be honest, this is probably the most exciting signing James Rodriguez.

For the first time in years, we're not going to be going from game to game wondering how we scrape together a forward line. That is a really big change.

Oliver Molloy
92 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:08:56
Fingers crossed it works out, can not believe we are letting Gray go for a couple of million.
Iwobi will also go for next to nothing.
Desparate measure's,beggars can't be choosers!

Oliver Molloy
93 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:08:56
Fingers crossed it works out, can not believe we are letting Gray go for a couple of million.
Iwobi will also go for next to nothing.
Desparate measure's,beggars can't be choosers!

Geoff Lambert
95 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:14:11
Dcl will be fit for every game now, is Beto a replacement or back up. I guess we'll find out sooner or later. I hope Dyche goes all out to win the milk cup or whatever its called now.
Julian Wait
96 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:15:14
In what universe (if any) will this ever be true:

"Dcl will be fit for every game now,"

There's no evidence to support this hypothesis (I hope it is true btw).

John Otway
97 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:17:25
Duncan McDine #85. As opposed to Duncan Doughnuts. That's brilliant!!
Anthony Dove
98 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:18:51
Betta bet Beto. Don’t think Stake will be best pleased.
Jack Convery
99 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:19:00
I'm sure Thelwell and Dyche and the squad of players would have wanted this signing before the season started. However given the monumental cock up by the Chairman and Owner, financial limitations stopped it from happening. So, just as last season under Lampard, were, we played Gordon and Gray as makeshift centre forwards, we are again having to play catch up over a 35 game season. I can only hope, given Beto's arrival amongst others, we will now have enough to finish higher up the table and have a relaxing time come April / May next Spring. Here's hoping.

Ask Beto to phone Roberto Pereyra and get him over here asap. Apparently Udinese may be offering to take him back after releasing him in July.

Joe McMahon
100 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:21:58
Geoff, I think it's the Rumbelows Cup now.
Barry Hesketh
101 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:27:20
It's the Carabao Cup, it's not the 80s any longer lads.
Alan J Thompson
102 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:39:24
Mr Thelwell will certainly have made a good deal if the add-on payments are triggered by us winning something.
Ken Kneale
103 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:43:06
He seems to suggest he will bring 'confidence' to the dressing room. That is a very big thing – I seem to recall Andy Gray was as useful for his effect on teammates in times of crisis as he was for goals – not suggesting this lad is another Andy Gray but a confident forward who wants his fellow players to get the ball to him is a major step forward in this club.

I am feeling something of Danny's positivity at long last.

James Potter
104 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:45:03
Just watch his club interview, he genuinely looks chuffed to be here and says he's ready to go today! Great enthusiasm and let's hope he hits the ground running.

Great English so communication won't be a problem, sound like his mate Gerard Deulofeu gave us a really good thumbs up, which helped.

Gerry Morrison
105 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:45:21
Duncan. That made me laugh out loud. Thanks.
Jamie Crowley
106 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:50:24
The needed piece to the survival puzzle was just found.

We will not go down. Can't see it happening.

We played very well in two of our losses (very well) and certainly didn't deserve two loses. The glaring, quite obvious issue being an inability to score goals and not having a proper striker up top.

Problem solved. And now we have Beto, Calvert-Lewin, and Chermiti (who I really like the look of) moving forward. From bare bones nothing to depth in like 1-2 weeks.

And people rip Thelwell? He's done a fucking fabulous job under the circumstances.

Off we go with hope restored! Welcome aboard, Beto!

Jim Lloyd
107 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:53:43
Just looked on youtube at some of his clips. He looks powerful, fast and seems lively in and around the goal for corners, free kicks, crosses. Yeh, I know, it's youtube.

He does, however offer us somethings we need in the middle of our attack, height, strength, speed (certainly got those attributes!) saw some of his goals and his speed and strength will certainly make him dangerous.

It didn't show much of him bringing other players into action; but I suppose these clips just want to show his goal action.

Anyway, I can't wait to see him and what he brings to our attack.

If we don't sell, or send on loan, Maupay, then I wouldn't discount him getting some goals for us alonside a centre forward as he's done before.

All in all, looking very good so far; and looks alarmingly like there's a logic behind our recruitment!


Ronnie Williams
108 Posted 29/08/2023 at 17:54:31
Suddenly I am looking forward to the first derby!
Mark Taylor
109 Posted 29/08/2023 at 18:00:42
It will be deeply ironic if DCL suddenly gets fit and we find ourselves with a surfeit of strikers. Not a bad problem to have though.

This one is coming in fully fit, match ready and having played in a decent competitive league. So why not give him some time against Doncaster? Might give him a chance to break his duck and get that monkey off his back early on.

John Graham
110 Posted 29/08/2023 at 18:00:45
Got a few signings over the line this window but needed this badley to give us options and take the pressure off getting DLC back on the pitch too soon.

Now we just need them to gel and put in a few good performances and get a few goals.

If we can just get a couple of wins and get some confidence in the team I'm sure we will see a team who we are proud to support.

Let's hope we can now get a few more off the wage bill.


Julian Wait
111 Posted 29/08/2023 at 18:05:11
We don't need one fit striker, we need two or three, two solid and obe developing. We need to be able to rest and bring on fresh legs. We need to be able to try more/less physical approaches. We need to not be so darned predictable, with options. One fit striker is not enough. Never enough.
Dale Self
112 Posted 29/08/2023 at 18:05:38
Ah fuck Paul K 76, I had that chorus in my head just as I thought to check in and was scrolling up to check usage and of course you played it, and well. He does look strong in physique and sounds strong in character. And damn, we have some physicality as a squad. Once in form teams will not fancy playing us even on their pitch.

Jason Li
113 Posted 29/08/2023 at 18:10:41

Udinese 5-1 Calgari.

This is confidence for you!

David Bromwell
114 Posted 29/08/2023 at 18:14:26
This is really good news, which has been a long time coming. I think we can be well pleased with our incoming transfers. Just like to see some of the fringe players leave, with a creative midfielder added, and some additional defensive cover coming in as a bonus. But well done so far, Mr Thelwell, keep burning the mid night oil, and take next week off.
Martin Reppion
115 Posted 29/08/2023 at 18:15:17
Wondering if we would switch to a 4-4-2 now with the players we have?
2 from Beto, DCL and Chermiti. Wide options Danjuma, Dobbin, McNeil, Garner.
If we stick with a 4-3-3 it certainly looks like we can almost perm any 3 from 6 as a fluid forward line.

One more thing, most people are talking about Saturday as the big challenge. We need to put a strong eleven out tomorrow night and take the game to Doncaster.
A few goals would do us all a world of good.

Jim Lloyd
116 Posted 29/08/2023 at 18:18:42
I think that's what were getting. More than one fit centre forward; DCL will come back in a month or two. Weve also got Danjuma, Chermiti, Beto,Tom Cannon and Lewis Dobbin if not sent out on loan, are learning their trade and will hopefully get more games/subs this season.
From where we were a couple of weeks ago to where we are now, I think its a great improvement. We'll have to wait for Harrison and McNeill; but nevertheless, when all fit, I think we'll improve our chances to move out of the relegation zone and improve as the season moves on.
it's parts of midfield and defence I think we're weak
but lets see what happens between now and the end of the month!
Stan Grace
117 Posted 29/08/2023 at 18:19:43
Too much positivity here, even by some of the snappy crappers.

He's Sky Beto Championship level and, deep (fried) down you all know it.

Jason Li
118 Posted 29/08/2023 at 18:20:13

Udinese 4-1 Cantanzaro

Brian Harrison
119 Posted 29/08/2023 at 19:18:04
I doubt many of us have seen 90 minutes of Beto, so he is an unknown but at 6ft-4in, he is a big unit and he has pace so 2 very useful attributes.

I liked, when asked what he would bring to the team, he said aggression and enthusiasm, which I liked. Started in the 5th tier in Portugal and had a part-time job in KFC, so he has had to work his way up the ranks, a bit like Vardy did. Now I am not saying he is going to be as good as Vardy, but it's a good grounding.

He said he watched his idol Eto'o play for us and he was also a fan of Lukaku. At Udinese, he played with Deulofeu who said the fans are great and told him to join us.

Peter Moore
120 Posted 29/08/2023 at 19:19:01
Welcome, Beto, aboard the good ship Everton, though she has nearly come a cropper on the rocks.

Wishing good luck and all power to your elbow (metaphorically only in this age of VAR)... and even more power to your shooting boots... and may yer heading be reminiscent of William Ralph.

One last wish: May you stay healthy in blue always.

Tony Everan
121 Posted 29/08/2023 at 19:28:51

I like it too that he worked his way up from very lowly football beginnings. He hasn't needed a silver spoon to get to the top, just hard graft and producing the goods on every step of the way. He's done it the hard way, no reason at all that he won't continue in the same vein at Everton.


Sean Kelly
124 Posted 29/08/2023 at 19:36:01
Welcome aboard, lad. Now knock'em bandy.

Well done to Thewell. Now get shut of a few passengers and Iwobi and get Gallagher.

Ian Riley
125 Posted 29/08/2023 at 19:36:48
Welcome, Beto! Please score goals!

Blimey, Stan (#116), don't spoil the moment. Love him to score 20 goals plus!

This is positive and better than what we had yesterday! Let's not destroy his confidence from the stands! We need better players to feed him the ball!

Peter Stone
126 Posted 29/08/2023 at 19:44:28
Martin Reppion (@114)…..

Exactly that I was thinking! This is all part of the Dyche master-plan to Mike Bassett us to the upper echelons of the Premier League!

Mind you after the last two seasons, I'd grab that with both hands, if it works! 4-4-(fucking)2 it is! 🤣

David West
127 Posted 29/08/2023 at 19:44:34
An Echo article states that Everton have got Beto without having to pay a penny until after this financial year, how Thelwell has pulled it off is remarkable!!

It also shows why the deals have been so hard to be completed. Does it mean we still have room for more incoming players?

New striker, nothing up front to pay, leaving cash for other areas??

What's not to like??

I'm liking Thelwell more and more!!

Paul Ferry
128 Posted 29/08/2023 at 19:50:02
I dream of Gallagher, Sean mate, exactly what we need, but alas it will remain a dream I fear.
Christine Foster
129 Posted 29/08/2023 at 19:50:26
Thank goodness. Really. After so many disappointments, finally.

Welcome to the best-supported club in the world! I hope your stay is filled with success, goals and enjoyment.

Paul Ferry
130 Posted 29/08/2023 at 19:55:23
Paul Hewitt,

Thelwell has done a super job getting this one over the line. He deserves no praise because he did not get this done before the Fulham game?

You have no idea if Beto was our number one target a few weeks ago. The deal that Thelwel has negotiated matches our financial situation perfectly (and might possibly free up money for another signing).

It's easy to come up with single sentence remarks but situations are usually a little more complex and nuanced than that.

Brent Stephens
131 Posted 29/08/2023 at 19:55:34
Sean, Paul, yes Gallagher I like. Took us apart in the cup game at Palace when he was on loan there. If only.
Billy Fisher
132 Posted 29/08/2023 at 19:55:43
The new Duncan will scare the shit out of them! COYB!!!
Sean Kelly
133 Posted 29/08/2023 at 19:56:38
Keep dreaming, Paul. I opened the door to Danny's dreamworld and it's not bad inside. Get shut of Iwobi (he flatters to deceive) and get Gallagher on loan with option to buy next year.

BTW, I didn't stay too long in Danny's dreamworld coz you know I'm an eternal pain-in-the-arse pessimist.

Ronnie Williams
134 Posted 29/08/2023 at 20:00:01
We played 4-4-2 when we won the title in 1985, it's not the system but the players available!
Paul Ferry
135 Posted 29/08/2023 at 20:00:59
I most definitely will, Sean!

Correct me if I'm wrong, which I often am, but wasn't there a link with him earlier in the year and the story ran that he was not that especially interested in a move to the greatest club in the world?

Kevin Turner
136 Posted 29/08/2023 at 20:06:25
Good business now sell Iwobi to Fulham for £20M+ and replace him asap. No way he leaves for free.

While we're at it, sell Gana who is way past his best and replace with a midfield destroyer. We are a soft touch through the middle of midfield.

Sean Kelly
137 Posted 29/08/2023 at 20:07:43
That story ran for a while, Paul. But the greatest Evertonian ever might be able to change his mind.

Gallagher won't play too regularly for Chelsea as he's being blamed for them conceding goals.

Sean Kelly
139 Posted 29/08/2023 at 20:15:36
Duncan, no chance, lad. Maupay wouldn't see over the counter... he'd need to borrow some drumsticks.
Keith Harrison
141 Posted 29/08/2023 at 20:38:59
Can only get Beto,
Can only get Beto,
Now He's a Blue

Let's all D'ream eh!!!!!!

Denis Richardson
143 Posted 29/08/2023 at 21:05:21
Better late than never I guess. Fee needed to be high enough to defer any payment to next year (wonder how we convinced them we were good for it!).

He's had a preseason and a couple of games so can get on the pitch straight away. Will need to give him time to adjust but really relieved we can now stop wondering every Friday if Calvert-Lewin is fit or not!

Season starts now and, with a few of the injured back in September, we can look to kick on and get clear of the drop zone.

If anyone can, you Beto can!

Gaute Lie
144 Posted 29/08/2023 at 21:10:54
Serious signing. Big man. Welcome!!
Now for a superman midfielder WHO can score, assist and defend.
Trevor Bailey
148 Posted 29/08/2023 at 21:31:41
Just goes to show you can't please everybody.

I struggle to understand what some Evertonians want or expect. Hands up who thinks Thelwell has done a great job, still three days to go.

I said on another thread that I hope Dyche plays a full-strength team tomorrow. 2 or 3 goals would be a huge morale booster for Saturday.

Christy Ring
149 Posted 29/08/2023 at 21:35:46
Relief to have finally signed Beto, and to the DoF who did it without parting with money until the new financial year, in other words, your hands tied behind your back, unbelievable.

We need our wingers to give him the right ball, the service has been so poor, no wonder Calvert-Lewin got injured. Hope for a couple of more signings, a midfielder instead of Iwobi would suffice.

Here's hoping he has a baptism of fire on Saturday, and hope Dom can make the bench.

Give Dyche two games? Are you for real?

Steve Shave
154 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:03:45
An excellent signing and a really good window so far. I'd love to see us get another attacking midfielder or winger assuming Gray and maybe Iwobi leave for decent cheddar.

For a really great window I'd love to see Alli, Gbamin and Gomes shipped for some low fees to Saudi clubs. Adam Wharton in to replace them.

Nicolas Piñon
155 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:04:50
Good news finally!

What will Dyche do against Doncaster?

Strong starting eleven or save the "big" guns for Saturday?
I think we need a confidence lift so we need to pass the first round by any means. Make it work, Mr Dyche, no excuses now.

Ben King
156 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:05:10
Give Dyche 2 games or sack him???? Gosh some Evertonians really are flawed.

Question: is Beto available to play v Doncaster?

Brent Stephens
157 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:07:33
Play the big guns at Donnie. A win will be good for confidence, get the season started, and allow new players to integrate as soon as possible.

And if Beto fails for 4 consecutive games, get rid!

Neil Copeland
159 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:18:36
Brent #157, are you mad? 4 games? We will relegated if we leave it that long, jeez - 2 max.
Brent Stephens
160 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:20:29
Neil, you're a hard man! At this rate, we'll be firing managers before they've been through their first game.
Neil Copeland
161 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:24:10
Brent, ha ha, nothing would surprise me with Everton, they would still end up paying a huge severance package as well!
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
162 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:24:57
When was the last time we signed two players with the same birthday in the same window?

Any other players born 31st Jan we can sign?

Paul Birmingham
163 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:29:52
Ditto, David.
Well pitched, and the season has a massive boost.

The past, is the past, and we live for now, every day is a good day.

For me, this is in context, all circumstances, where all circumstances, are known, the biggest transfer impact signing for decades. Hamed, was massive, but this for me is the decisive buy, to hange the whole out look of EFC.

Well done K T, and Team!

Everton, since January, have run the media gauntlet, and completed a signing, from initial to final interest.

This signing, will kick start this season.

Viva Santo Domingo!
Welcome Beto!
"What's Our Name?"
NBlThere's a long way to go, but Everton, are boxing clever, at last.

Justin Doone
164 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:30:47
Evertons track record on player's costing more than a few million leaves me to do the sensible thing.

I'll reserve judgement until I've seen him play a few games.

Good luck to him and all Toffees!

A bit of luck on and off the pitch is what's needed now.

Chris James
165 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:35:59
Incredible to see the positivity on here tonight, let's hope we can get some goals tomorrow and carry momentum into the weekend.
Keith Harrison
166 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:37:35
Beto cannot play at Donny as he was signed after 12 noon today.

If we get the centre-back Elvedi from Monchengladbach for under £5M and swop Keane and Cannon for Blackburn's Wharton, it's a good window.

Even better with Bakayoko in, paid for by the sale of Gray and (reluctantly but last year of contract) Iwobi.


Dave Abrahams
167 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:40:58
Paul (162),

I like that last line of your post. “Everton are boxing clever at last”. Yes, it's been quite a while but some sensible signings financially and hopefully successfully after a good few years of absolutely millions of pounds wasted.

Little acorns are starting to grow again!

Ray Smith
168 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:41:01
Ben 155
They’re not Evertonians!
Dave Downey
169 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:44:05
£26M for a Serie A reserve player. His agent will be delighted.

Apparently Udinese last won a title (Serie B) in 1979 so even our current mediocrity is a step up for him. The new Moise Kean, I suspect.

Mike Gaynes
170 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:48:06
Fuck yeah, baby!

This is actually turning out to be a better transfer window than I would ever have expected.

Sam Hoare
171 Posted 29/08/2023 at 22:48:52
A good signing. No one can know for sure how new players will adapt and fare but the fit here seems pretty obvious.

He will provide a much needed focal point. Difficult to know where on the scale of Rondon to Lukaku he might fall but chances are he'll resemble both at different times.

Let's be patient and not expect the world straight away. If he manages 8 or so goals this season that's a decent start. Whatever happens, his presence should help us get up the pitch.

Tom Bowers
172 Posted 29/08/2023 at 23:00:14
Lets's put everything in perspective, we don't have a team to put fear into all the other Premier League teams yet but getting new blood without paying the earth like Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal is just baby steps for this Everton club.

We can only hope that, sooner than later, these guys do a good job that gets us out of the doldrums.

Just like when we brought in new managers we all said they need some time to assess the situation and get with the program but the initial success with all of them was short lived and now we are hoping Dyche can work with these new boys better than his predecessors.

He got us over the line last season with some good victories so let's see where we go from here. Up I hope.

Stan Grace
173 Posted 29/08/2023 at 23:02:53
Apologies to Ian (#124). I thought my phrase "deep (fried) down" was obvious enough as a KFC reference to allow the rest of my post to be taken with a pinch of salt (and 11 herbs and spices).

I'll try to do Beto next time.

Paul Birmingham
174 Posted 29/08/2023 at 23:06:38
Dave, I'm no spring chicken, but today at 2 pm, I've never felt so pleased about a signing for Everton in my life, all in context.

Deliverance, time will prove, but for the metal side of life, and the outlook on Everton, well it's a match made, hopefully.

I hope Thelwell has done it all, and the final exorcism of the evil spirits which have dragged the club to purgatory will be completed soon.

In context and that's what it is, it's a sense of breaking the ice, living, and Everton are still there, in the mix.

3 games down, but the rest of the season to claw back. This season starts tomorrow.

The October Inquest will or may not bring the club down further, beyond its knees, but for me this day has brought some smiles and belief back into the world of Evertonians.

Let's all embrace and enjoy this day and a double victory in South Yorkshire this week.

I've not known such Everton joy over a single singing since Latchford or Lineker but this is bigger and more important signing, hinged to the survival of EFC.

Viva Santo Domingo!
“Whats Our Name?”

Paul Kossoff
175 Posted 29/08/2023 at 23:08:24
Dale 111, Sorry matte😀
Paul Birmingham
176 Posted 29/08/2023 at 23:10:52
Keith, if we get Elvedi, then that would be real back-line assurance.

If Thelwell pulls that deal off, then, God forbid, he will be the next big broker on Wall Street!


Tony Everan
177 Posted 29/08/2023 at 23:25:26
Wolves about to offer £15m for Wharton so Thelwell will have to be quick.

As Keith says, Cannon could be an excellent bargaining chip.

Paul Kossoff
178 Posted 29/08/2023 at 23:37:10
Here we stood on Gwladys Street.
Smiling from our head to our feet,
We said hey, look what we got,
Don't you think that this lad is hot,

They said hey. what's his name?
Do you think he'll take you to fame?
We said hey now don't you wait
Cos he's gonna break the scoring rate.

Beto, baby it's Beto, Beto, baby it's. Beto.

Paul Birmingham
179 Posted 30/08/2023 at 00:28:04
Paul, well in lad, hopefully today is a starting point for a new era, beginning at EFC.

If Beto is as good as his European and Everton scout reviews, then Everton will hold their own this season.

I think he is a sharp street-wise version of “Rom”?


Kieran Kinsella
180 Posted 30/08/2023 at 00:39:59
Dave Downer,

We just wanted one afternoon of being happy mate :(

Dupont Koo
181 Posted 30/08/2023 at 00:39:59
As much as I am happy that we have signed Harrison, we still need a right-footed, pacey right-winger to play in front of Seamus and Nathan.

So fingers crossed that the combined cash we can hopefully get from selling the expiring contracts of Iwobi (£‎16 Million?) and Gray (£‎10 Million+?) will be enough to get Sulemana.

Laurie Hartley
182 Posted 30/08/2023 at 02:11:22
I think Beto will make a huge difference to the team and I am really looking forward to seeing him play. Huge competition for the centre-forward spot now as Chermiti in his brief cameo gave me the impression he has what it takes.

DuPont #180 – if we can get that right-footed right-winger, I think we will really be in business.

Tony Abrahams
183 Posted 30/08/2023 at 03:56:52
For some reason, this was the signing I really wanted when I first saw his name linked with Everton, even though I've never seen the lad play.

If he can resemble Lukaku and Rondon at different times then I obviously hope he provides the best bits of both these players. And now it's time for some late business for Dyche to change how our midfield are going to play imo.

I'd get rid of Iwobi, Gray and Onana if there are any takers, and get in the wide players with pace that he desires, to bring in the craft.

Our midfield needs freshening up and also lacks a bit of craft and composure, but if we can get that extra craft out wide, then I'd swap our drifters for scrappers, and completely change the way we play.

It's all about opinions, and mine is that we would suddenly become a much more resilient team, but hurry up, Dyche, because this failure to prepare once again could/should cost you your job, in the eyes of a few other fans.

Eric Myles
184 Posted 30/08/2023 at 04:02:40
Tony #182,

Rondon had best bits????

Were they part of Chairman Bill's good times???

Tony Abrahams
185 Posted 30/08/2023 at 05:55:03
I wish, Eric, because I saw his best bits whilst he was wearing both Newcastle and West Brom, kits!

He came to Everton unfit, when the most divisive manager in our entire history was given £1.7 million to spend, with a mantra to reduce the wage bill, before he would be given money to spend.

He never got no money and then lost both Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison to injury, which left us without a fit centre-forward in the squad.

Failing to prepare has cost us a lot of points over the last three seasons, but I'm sure Kenwright is gonna get out of his sick bed for the last 48 hours of this window, and hopefully give us the players to produce those illusive good times.

Lester Yip
186 Posted 30/08/2023 at 06:07:47
Strong, tall and mobile, looks like a Dyche player. Welcome!
Be Beto!
Danny Baily
187 Posted 30/08/2023 at 07:06:18
Everything about the profile of this player is a perfect fit for us, and a big signing has lifted some of the gloom around the club. With Chermiti as back-up, we've finally got some depth up top.

We could see the reverse of Rafa's season, where we were excellent up until the international break. Here's hoping!

Tony Heron
188 Posted 30/08/2023 at 08:09:11
Paul @ 173. I'm genuinely pleased that you're so happy with this signing. I know that feeling but tenfold, because the last time I felt euphoric over a signing was that wonderful day in 1966 when, having just left school, I turned to the back page of my newspaper and saw Alan Ball smiling back at me as an Everton player. Now that was a signing to excite and celebrate.
Rob Hooton
189 Posted 30/08/2023 at 08:17:34
I’ve never seen Beto play and know nothing about him, other than he is a big lad.

Fingers crossed it works well for us! Looking forward to seeing him on the pitch.

As for tonight, we really need a win and, just as importantly, to score some bloody goals and to get off the mark this season.

Andy Riley
190 Posted 30/08/2023 at 08:25:03
Rob #188 - I’m excited about this signing but like you know little about Beto other than he’s a big lad!
My excitement is slightly tempered by the thought that Rondon, Brett Angell and Bernie Wright were also big lads!
Christine Foster
191 Posted 30/08/2023 at 08:34:37
The relief on these pages is tangible, almost cut through it with a knife. This season for me was always going to be difficult because of the sheer numbers of players not good enough ( I remember watching Roy Keene after a game saying how bad many of our players were, not even up to Premier league level) So the knife had to come out if we are to ensure we do not end up fighting to survive next May. The trick of course is getting rid of those who do not fit, too old or just not good enough. Not all can go at once.. it will take time to bed in new players into a style of play. But the process has started in ernest this season. Balance will be the key, blending, back up players, experienced ones too. It will be another season at least before we dispose of the remainder. Some will fall naturally by the wayside, Seamus, Ashley Young, Tarkowski, Gana.. they all have a current job to do, but next year will be another story. In the meantime, Gray, Keane and Iwobi may soon follow others out the door.
I am fairly optimistic on this window, once the players we do have get fit, I think we will be a far stronger unit.
Barry Hesketh
192 Posted 30/08/2023 at 08:46:19
I agree with Andy @189, I know nothing about this lad, apart from what I've read on these pages, and we won't know how good or bad he is, until he's played a few games wearing the Everton shirt. What the outpouring of relief and mild hysteria, on these pages, does show, is how desperate the fans are to have somebody in the team that might lead the line well and hopefully score plenty of goals for us. I do hope that he does well, and that he doesn't succumb to the pressure that will inevitably be put on his shoulders. We wait with bated breath to find out.
Jonathan Tasker
193 Posted 30/08/2023 at 09:31:41
I'm predicting he plays around 26 league matches and scores 10 goals. That should be enough to keep us up. Which is the only ambition the owners have.

What a time to be an Everton fan!

Ernie Baywood
194 Posted 30/08/2023 at 09:41:48
£30M. 25 years old. Big lad.

He ticks a lot of boxes.

I wonder if he quite understands what he now is? Even without the Number 9 shirt?

Could be the start of something beautiful. Or not. I've no idea. But there's hope... which is something that's been missing.

Brian Harrison
195 Posted 30/08/2023 at 09:42:08
It will be interesting to see what players and what formation Sean Dyche selects when everybody is fit. Will he go with 2 big men up top which he deployed at Burnley?

Also which wide men does he select from McNeil, Harrison, Danjuma and (if he hasn't gone) Iwobi, with talk about bringing in another winger.

Who knows… we may at some point see Dele Alli although Dyche reckons he is miles away from being ready.

Kevin Molloy
196 Posted 30/08/2023 at 09:58:02
I saw a headline from earlier in the summer that Napoli were trying to sign him for £25M but that Udinese wanted another £10M.

Just checked where Napoli finished last season… 'Champions'. This is a good omen.

Robert Williams
197 Posted 30/08/2023 at 10:00:22
Christine @190,

I sincerely hope so!

Ronnie Williams
198 Posted 30/08/2023 at 11:02:41
Tony @187, I remember that feeling well.

I was in Colwyn Bay on holiday on the morning the Charity Shield was to take place at Goodison Park. I walked round to the paper shop while my mum cooked the breakfast and my dad had a lie in.

I bought the Daily Mirror and went straight to back page and saw the headline:


We played Liverpool that afternoon without Bally of course and got beat 1-0. Two Saturdays later, we hammered them at Goodison 3-1, Bally scoring twice.

About 12 months later on the morning of one of my GCEs, I read that Howard K had signed for £80,000, really getting up Shankly's nose.

Those were the days of John Moores and Harry Catterick when you never heard anything until The Catt had sealed the deal — which could never happen these days!

Tony Heron
199 Posted 30/08/2023 at 12:17:21
Ronnie @ 197.

By a strange coincidence, I wasn't far away. I was staying in a caravan in Rhyl with a few mates. Peculiar for me, on that particular day, I chose to read the front page of my Mirror first!

When I turned to the back page, I literally danced for joy all the way back to the caravan. BTW don't think it was the same day as the Charity Shield match. I was at that game where Ray Wilson & Roger Hunt carried the Jules Rimet trophy around the pitch.

Bally's first game was away to Fulham where he scored the only goal of the game. Cheers.

Bob Parrington
200 Posted 30/08/2023 at 12:48:51
Some interesting signings and transfers out. Now we test the real skill set of the manager, that is fitting them together as a cohesive team, within a system that the manager feels is the right one to utilise.

I feel positive about Sean Dyche and so look forward to a relatively positive season after the next 2 or 3 games.

Robert Tressell
201 Posted 30/08/2023 at 12:50:08
Brian # 194, my fairly confident predictions are:

- Dyche will play 451 / 433 / 4231 variant. 442 may make an appearance late in games if we're desperate for a goal, but it won't be our usual set up.

- Dele Alli will never play another game for Everton.

Tony Abrahams
202 Posted 30/08/2023 at 12:56:09
I have just had to speak to someone who is a football agent regarding my stepson, and he just said he needs to speak to his boss, but he is currently in another meeting with the Chinese, who are allegedly after the Blues.

That's interesting news, all the way from the Middle East, and I'm surely going to be right one day when I say Everton are going to be sold, because I've said it enough times over the years! 🤞💙🙏

Brian Williams
203 Posted 30/08/2023 at 13:02:31
Tony, when you say the Chinese do you mean the takeaway on County Road?
Barry Hesketh
204 Posted 30/08/2023 at 13:03:26
Tony @201,

I thought the Chinese were unwelcome bedfellows in the UK, strongly influenced by the Americans? Having said that, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly is in China and he said amongst other things:

"It is important that we maintain regular dialogue, regular lines of communication" then we can all laugh when they invest billions in a football club that is great at losing money. The last bit isn't true!

Tony Abrahams
205 Posted 30/08/2023 at 13:10:39
The one on City Road used to do the best chips onion gravy in the city, until the arl woman left, Brian.

Losing millions indeed, Barry, but hopefully that will change once the arl bastard finally leaves us for good.

Barry Hesketh
206 Posted 30/08/2023 at 13:12:10
Brian @202
More likely the owners of a laundry, nudge nudge wink wink, you know what I mean?
Andy Duff
207 Posted 30/08/2023 at 13:32:00
Tony is this the Hot Wok owners expanding.
Paul Birmingham
208 Posted 30/08/2023 at 13:42:04
Nice one Tony, if only Everton could find another Ball or Harvey.

I was still under a year old then but my arl man always talked about Ball, Harvey and George Best, as the best players of that era, along with the unlucky Tony Kay.

Good to have some hope for a change and starting a match with genuine hope and purpose.


Brian Williams
209 Posted 30/08/2023 at 14:49:17
Thing with Chinese investors is that pretty soon after getting one in you have to get another . boom boom!
Denis Richardson
210 Posted 30/08/2023 at 15:43:25
Iwobi apparently in talks with Fulham and Gray in talks with some Saudi club. Think we'll see a bit more movement next 48 hours before the window shuts.

Selling Iwobi and Gray would be good business given both are in the last years of their contracts. The club finally beginning to learn it's not a great idea allowing players to sit out their contracts and then leave for free.

Now if we could just get rid of Maupay and Keane that would be the icing...

Eric Myles
211 Posted 30/08/2023 at 15:51:30
Tony #201, but how many teams are called "The Blues" and do the Chinese know the difference between them all?
Bob Boote
213 Posted 31/08/2023 at 19:50:29
Surely a song for Beto should be the chorus of Peter Gabriel’s Biko, only need to change two letters.

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