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Arnaut Danjuma says that he feels as though there is plenty to build on from Everton’s start to the new season even though the Toffees have yet to register a Premier League win.

Sean Dyche’s side had a number of good chances in the home games against Fulham and Wolves to have taken all three points but poor execution in front of goal cost them, with both matches ending in defeat.

And against Sheffield United in their last fixture before the international break, they registered more shots on goal than their hosts, took an early lead, perhaps should have doubled it when Danjuma himself elected to go for goal rather than set up a team-mate in a 4-on-2 break, but ultimately had to settle for a point thanks to the Dutch forward’s equaliser.

“We need to get rid of [the feeling that we should have won games],” Danjuma said on evertonfc.com, showing more of his willingness to communicate eloquently with fans. “On one side, it's good because we know we're nearly there but on the flip side it's about results and we know we have to make those happen. But there are definitely good elements to build upon.

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“We want to win matches but must take the positives and make sure we build on it when the games return after the international break.

“It was nice to be on the scoresheet after getting my first for the Club in the Carabao Cup last week.” continued the player who arrived on loan over the summer from Villarreal, six months after Everton almost signed him before Tottenham Hotspur swooped in.

“I’m feeling better and better all the time. I know the club has had two difficult seasons and, honestly, this is a process.

“We want to be at the point where we kill games off. We've been getting a lot right - not that part, but I believe we are nearly there in terms of converting these performances into wins.

“I am really happy to be an Everton player and I am so committed to the process I'm talking about. I'm happy that I'm starting to score some goals now and I'll be working to make sure there are a lot more to come.

“It really is an amazing feeling to be playing in front of Evertonians - finally! As I've said before, I felt like I already had a bit of history with the Club before joining here because of my journey to get here. I'm extra grateful for the fans giving me the support they have done, I truly am. I can feel it. I buzz off it and I feed off it.”

Danjuma’s strikes at Doncaster in the cup and at Bramall Lane gave Evertonians their first glimpse of what they hope will be a regular sight this summer — the Dutchman’s “Cobra” celebration where he mimics a coiled snake with his arms.

In a recent interview with the Premier League, he gave the back story.

“The reason for my celebration goes back to my childhood,” Danjuma explained. “I’m still with the same group of friends and when we were young, we were always outside and playing five-a-side.”

“A particular friend of mine, we nicknamed ‘The Cobra’ because of the way he played football.

“They are all still together and very supportive, they are always in the stadium, they’ve always supported my career and are part of me.”

“We’re all still together and as part of that togetherness, it’s my way of saying thank you to them. The Cobra is for my friends. They were with me and they are still with me.”


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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 07/09/2023 at 16:52:35
There is only plenty to build on if schoolboy errors are cut out of the side.

Does anyone really feel that Everton are hard to score against?

Does anyone really think that our players work hard enough off the ball to try and stop the opposition from crossing and shooting?

I'll be honest: prior to last week's game at Sheffield Utd, I thought we may have kept a clean sheet against a team that we should have enjoyed playing against as it becomes a battle, not an intricate pass-and-move lesson like Man City etc etc.

The fact is that Sheffield United almost scored three goals against us but for Pickford. Sheffield United are not known for scoring bags of goals

We are too easy to play against and, until that changes, it's hard to take too many positives.

Dale Self
2 Posted 07/09/2023 at 17:17:05
“We want to be at the point where we kill games off. We've been getting a lot right - not that part, but I believe we are nearly there in terms of converting these performances into wins.“

Right on. Straight talk about the focus point. We obviously have enough to get back into games and have been in position for points. Figuring out the assignments after loss of possession is the key. If we can get someone to do a McCarthy diversion there is enough pace to prevent cut throughs. Then it’s just down to maintaing shape recovering to our end.

I just might go find some cheap ass Yank beer called Cobra for when he scores. Didn’t Fred ‘the Hammer’ Williamson do their commercials in the 70s? I think I’ve seen some Cobra 40 oz in the last few years at some gas stations.

Tony Everan
3 Posted 07/09/2023 at 17:34:00
He's benefited from Beto being on the pitch, second half against Doncaster, then at Sheffield. Beto is a handful that causes some displacement and confusion in defences, Danjuma, McNeil, and Harrison will be looking forward to games knowing it.

Also, I think we will see something we've not seen for a long time this season. A bit of threat from the bench. If Beto starts, then Calvert-Lewin and Dobbin for the last 20 minutes will cause problems and get a few important goals. If Calvert-Lewin starts, Beto and Dobbin to the same effect.

Mark Ryan
4 Posted 07/09/2023 at 17:39:43
I'm glad he's feeling better about life at Everton. That's a positive.

Good to hear optimism amongst the players. Beats the negativity that is growing like a festering boil amongst the supporters…

Good man, it's great to hear positive vibes.

Danny O’Neill
5 Posted 07/09/2023 at 18:14:15
Jim, I still can't get my head around that double save by Pickford. On the flip side, but for poor officials, we should have a couple of penalties.

Good to hear positive language from the players. Hopefully they grow in confidence. Starting next Sunday.

I see Heitinga has joined West Ham? A decent coach by all accounts.

John Keating
6 Posted 07/09/2023 at 18:19:11
He should concentrate on winning games rather than telling us what we already know.
Lyndon Lloyd
7 Posted 07/09/2023 at 18:36:09
John, I think our problems lie elsewhere than our current top scorer, even if you feel he should have done better at 1-0 last Saturday.
Colin Glassar
8 Posted 07/09/2023 at 18:45:51
I agree. Performances have been better than results.

After the Arsenal game, I can see us steadily edging towards mathematical safety.

Iakovos Iasonidis
10 Posted 07/09/2023 at 19:05:08
He seems up to the task and till now he has walked the walk. I wish him a healthy season.

We used to have plenty of Number 10s a couple of seasons ago: Sigurdsson, Rooney, Klaassen... and now we have none. One month ago, we had plenty of wingers… and now we have 1 fully healthy - him and just 2 more, McNeil and Harrison. 2 of them are on loan...

Kunal Desai
11 Posted 07/09/2023 at 19:20:23
Some people have short memories.

This is the bloke who shafted us at the very last minute to go and join Spurs. Probably didn't get any decent takers and decided we were his last resort for a move.

I'll await judgement on his footballing abilities and contribution at the end of the season.

Peter Mills
12 Posted 07/09/2023 at 19:31:29
He has scored 2 goals in the 3 games in which he has played. I suggest he deserves a little longer before he is condemned.
Paul Kossoff
13 Posted 07/09/2023 at 19:34:16
37 points, tops for this season, and that's if we are good, and lucky. Only a few teams in this league that we can safely expect three points from. With the new players, we should score enough goals to be safe. Coyb👮👮👮
John Keating
14 Posted 07/09/2023 at 19:45:41
Lyndon, you're right. It just pisses me off big style that players come out and tell us nonsensical things we see every game and actually believe that everything is flowery in the rose garden. I'd sooner have them say they had fisticuffs at half-time cos they were shite.
Alan McGuffog
18 Posted 07/09/2023 at 20:16:05
He joins the list of players doing their Laurence Olivier / Henry V impersonation.
Please...fewer rallying calls and more Agincourt wins.
Jay Harris
20 Posted 07/09/2023 at 20:27:43
Can't disagree more JK. Take a look at some of the training videos. This lad is the new Yerry. He is a real character around the dressing room and FF.

He is obviously loving it at the club and we need a few more like him instead of the two cowards who have just abandoned us.

Now they are pricks.

Tony Abrahams
21 Posted 07/09/2023 at 20:39:47
I think that Everton are all over the place right now with regards to being a forward thinking progressive football club, but I’d go love us to go and try to get the other ex-Everton player, who is currently coaching one of the younger Ajax teams, to maybe try and run our academy, Danny.
Trevor Bailey
22 Posted 07/09/2023 at 20:41:51
Does anyone these days believe what a footballer says? It's choreogaphed bullshit. Imagine if he and countless players before him had told how they really feel.

Take all this with a huge pinch of salt and let's see how they all do next game.

Talking the talk is one thing walking the walk is another thing entirely. Fingers crossed it's the latter

Jack Convery
23 Posted 07/09/2023 at 21:23:49
Anyone else think if Ramsdale or Pope had made that save from Pickford, they would be being lauded for the save of the season, decade, century, of all time???

Not Pickford though. he plays for Everton and they don't count. Not media darlings, just a team and supporters to take the piss out of, as often as possible.

Chris Hockenhull
24 Posted 07/09/2023 at 21:24:32
Jay (20). My immediate thoughts when I read the post. Couldn’t agree with you more
Barry Hesketh
25 Posted 07/09/2023 at 21:43:30
Jack @23,

I don't think you'll see the level of acclaim, that you might want, however, according to the Everton OS:

Jordan Pickford has been nominated for the Premier League's Castrol Save of the Month award for August.

The Everton keeper's incredible second-half stop against Wolves on Saturday 26 August joins a shortlist of five other impressive saves, including Jose Sa's in the same game, as well as efforts from Guglielmo Vicario, Mark Flekken, Alphonse Areola and Alisson Becker.

Just after the hour mark, Wolves winger Neto delivered an outswinging free-kick from the left side of the Everton penalty area. Pickford had to react quickly as the ball deflected as it bounced, firing towards the Blues goal.

The England No.1 sharply reached down to his right, palming the ball away with a flick of his right hand in a world-class display of goalkeeping.

It's a prize that Jordan has won previously, notably for keeping Nunez at bay in a derby game at Goodison last year.

Ernie Baywood
26 Posted 07/09/2023 at 21:50:06
Jack 23, did you see Pope's performance at the weekend?

He's terrible.

Lyndon Lloyd
27 Posted 07/09/2023 at 21:50:09
It's international week. The official site has to carry something and the players have to say something. Danjuma's comments reflect the reality of the situation and I think we can take him at his word that he genuinely thinks we should have done better than we have so far.

As I say, he at least has held up a degree of his side of the bargain so far so he can be afforded some slack. If you're tired of what the players say on the official site, the best thing is to just not read it, either there or here!

Bobby Mallon
28 Posted 07/09/2023 at 22:05:52
Tony 21 he’s signed for West Ham as first team coach
Dave Evans
29 Posted 07/09/2023 at 22:06:09
Danjuma has made a decent start. He has shown he is not afraid to shoot and has scored twice.

I believe it when he and Beto say they have respected us as fans, want to play in front of us and fight to change our results. More importantly, I believe that they believe what they are saying.

Some clued up and less gullible fans clearly don't. But it's hard to carry that 20:20 insight on unwarranted personal insults.

Give it half a dozen games eh?

Dale Self
30 Posted 07/09/2023 at 22:12:12
The club has overdone this in the past but 10 shots, 5 on target and two goals means Danjuma gets to talk. We want him to get some Cobra confidence going.
Robert Tressell
31 Posted 07/09/2023 at 22:12:54
Pleased to have him. Comparisons with Mirallas seem quite accurate. He'll score goals, keep defences occupied and contribute generally, but I expect they'll be a sense that he has the talent to do even more.
Ed Prytherch
32 Posted 07/09/2023 at 23:51:11
He appears to have a better attitude than Mirallas
Brian Wilkinson
33 Posted 08/09/2023 at 00:40:57
Looks like he drew the ball out of the hat for the latest "Let's throw out a good times speech from a player".

We should have a ToffeeWeb predictions table on who will be the next player to throw a speech out, have a fantasy league table.

I am going for Ashley Young for the next one, got to be in it to win it.

Alan J Thompson
34 Posted 08/09/2023 at 03:49:29
Have they ever had one of the fans on the official site giving their opinion, and by fan I mean somebody who isn't and never has been a paid employee of the club?
Danny O’Neill
35 Posted 08/09/2023 at 06:11:04
I think that's fair Lyndon. Apart from the Villa debacle, the performances have been decent and could have seen us get more. We didn't, but we move on. There's still a lot to play for and we have more attacking options now.

If we keep performing and once the new forwards settle, the results will come.

Pienaar Tony. Currently coaching the AJax U-18s. I'd love him to be at Finch Farm. And to repeat myself, coax Leon Osman away from his pundit job and get him on the training ground.

I've been very critical of the old boys club in the past, but if they are capable I don't have objection to ex-players being employed. But choose the right ones.

Kim Vivian
36 Posted 08/09/2023 at 07:15:16
How Danjuma pans out as a player for us remains to be seen after just 3 or 4 games - signs are good. He seems to be a real personality around the team and clearly enjoys being an Evertonian, however temporarily.

I can't escape the fact that he is only a loanee and will be gone in 8 months. Or is a purchase option part of of the arrangement?

Dean Williams
37 Posted 08/09/2023 at 07:21:15
Well, maybe if you had squared the chance against Sheffield Utd, instead of looking for the glory, we would be 2 more points better off. Don't be another Mirallas.
Jim Bennings
39 Posted 08/09/2023 at 07:54:53

What I'd do right now to have another Kevin Mirallas.

Or rather you'd just have sideways Sid's like Onana and Gana and Garner who we all convince ourselves that the XG's are amazing but when you look at their actual contribution during the games live with plain old eyes it tells a different story.

Outside of Beto, I think Danjuma will be the only other Everton player to score near 10 goals.

Calvert-Lewin will probably get 5 or 6 that's if he ever puts a run of games together.

Ian Jones
40 Posted 08/09/2023 at 07:55:52
We need characters at the club and from what I've seen and heard from Danjuma, Beto and Jack Harrison they are welcome additions. Coady would have been useful to have kept but hey ho...

I googled Jack Harrison and this is what the first result showed up...

'Jack Harrison is the people's hero. He's omni-competent, tenacious, unstoppable, and yet, just a regular guy. He is valor in the physical with single minded devotion to a cause bigger than him on and off the screen. This is largely due to Jack holding a black sash in the dark ancient art of Kune Tao Kung Fu'

Guess this is not our Jack Harrison :)

Tony Abrahams
41 Posted 08/09/2023 at 08:04:50
I read that last night, Bobby, but because of the road to mismanagement that Everton have been on for many years now, I was thinking about someone like Pienaar to come in and change the whole structure of the academy.

I trust Dyche to slowly clean up the disgraceful mess that he has been left, from the top end, and believe it would be so much better for our football club if someone else was starting at the very bottom because the whole structure needs to be aligned imo, mate.

If Everton got Arab money tomorrow, then I would still want them to sort out the club from the bottom and spend a lot of time properly building up the club.

I would invest millions into the academy, even if I don't totally agree with the present system, because I believe it starts concentrating on kids way too early in their development. (There is always a contradiction of sorts, in this crazy world!)

Ray Roche
42 Posted 08/09/2023 at 08:35:17
So, during the International break, a footballer puts his bald Churchillian wig on and gives a ‘rallying cry'.

This is all it takes for Waldorf and Statler from the Muppet Show to show up on TW and give the footballer a good kicking. Maybe the comments aren't aimed at the old guys, maybe they're to keep kids interested.

As a lad I couldn't wait to read Charles Buchan's Football Monthly, I'd devour anything relating to football in any paper or magazine and, if it was about Everton, even better!

So maybe the miserable old sods on here can just skip over Danjuma's comments and say eff all, there are plenty of kids who no doubt hoovered it up and enjoyed it.

Christ on a bike, find someone else to moan at.

Brent Stephens
43 Posted 08/09/2023 at 08:55:12
Ray #42, well said, mate. You would think it was some other club they were moaning about, not our own!

"Have they ever had one of the fans on the official site giving their opinion, and by fan I mean somebody who isn't and never has been a paid employee of the club?"

And as soon as they did, what would said poster be saying...?!

Alan J Thompson
44 Posted 08/09/2023 at 10:37:46
He'd be saying he doesn't need miserable bastard school teachers moaning about other posters, practice what you preach.
Joe Hurst
45 Posted 08/09/2023 at 10:51:50
Many valid arguments posted, but (effing hell) you can tell when there is a break in the season😃
Ray Roche
46 Posted 08/09/2023 at 11:01:33
‘ miserable bastard school teachers ’

Name names you charlatan!

ps. I wasn’t a schoolteacher so I’m in the clear.😇

Alan J Thompson
47 Posted 08/09/2023 at 11:06:15
You mean, "said poster" Ray? Pity you had to take sides,Ray, and apply it selectively.

How's Melbourne?

Ray Roche
48 Posted 08/09/2023 at 11:58:25
Melbourne? I imagine it's full of men called Bruce wearing hats with corks hanging from them, and banging some morally loose bird called Sheila, but only when there wasn't a 'Roo' close enough to chat up.

OK, there may be one or two stereotypes used there but as I've never been to Melbourne it's the best I can do.

Hope this helps.

Will Mabon
49 Posted 08/09/2023 at 12:00:11
Ray, you're thinking of Skippy.
Ray Roche
50 Posted 08/09/2023 at 12:20:04
Oh aye. Yeah, maybe I was.


Laurie Hartley
51 Posted 08/09/2023 at 12:48:59
Ray - greetings from Melbourne. You don’t see many blokes with cork hats here but Sydney on the other hand…..


Mick O'Malley
52 Posted 08/09/2023 at 13:01:30
Honestly, the things people get upset about.

The lad seems genuinely happy to be here, he's contributing, and he went to Spurs because we faffed around sacking Lampard and Tottenham jumped in and got it over the line.

I honestly couldn't give a toss that he went to a team chasing a Champions Leaague spot rather than trying to avoid relegation. He's not an Everton fan, most players would probably do the same.

I'd sooner hear a rallying cry from him than a moan about the club. He seems a real character, good luck to the lad. I'd kill for a player like Mirallas, pace and a goal threat, and I love his goal celebrations.

Dave Abrahams
53 Posted 08/09/2023 at 13:10:12
Laurie(51) wasn’t bad that but the second part was better, well what I remember, the ones with long hair where girls, that’s right isn’t it?
Ray Roche
54 Posted 08/09/2023 at 13:14:34
Laurie @51

And greetings from North Wales!

I've been to Sydney. That'd be a pretty accurate Sydney guy if the hat was pink. My bird at that time had booked us into a backpackers hostel in Kings Cross. 😳

Tom Bowers
55 Posted 08/09/2023 at 13:21:08
Jim Bennings you are so right.

Everton are quite easy to play against and although they may start scoring more regularly now, the art of containment is a big problem.

Poor passing and tackling needs a big improvement otherwise they could still be in the league's lower echelon for quite some time as even teams like the Blades rub their hands at the prospect of playing Everton.

Andrew Flanagan
56 Posted 08/09/2023 at 15:17:38
Jay Harris, Iwobi a prick and a coward? He was probably sick of the circus. Good for him.

Usual drivel from the club website. If we are relying on the likes of Danjuma to keep us up and rally the troops we are in trouble.

Dale Self
57 Posted 08/09/2023 at 15:34:07
Actually the drivel is coming from some wayward posters. Everyone will just have to wait to see how the episode plays out. Or they can go over the top now and be reminded of it later. Some still have some open tabs from the comeback at Blades. Don’t think we’ve forgotten that performance (theirs not the team).
Mark Murphy
58 Posted 08/09/2023 at 16:03:45
Talking of comebacks at the Blades I still remember being delighted when Micks Lyons and Buckley brought us back from 0-2 down.

God, I feel old!!


Mark Taylor
59 Posted 08/09/2023 at 16:08:33
Any foreign player who can casually slip in a 'hence' into a post match interview has at least some respect from me.

Jack Convery
60 Posted 08/09/2023 at 17:15:21
Michael Jones laid to rest today. May He Rest In Peace.
Jack Convery
61 Posted 08/09/2023 at 17:24:10
Barry @23 thanks for posting that. Glad to see some are in the know. However the London Press in particular all hold a candle for Ramsdale in particular as he plays for The Arsenal. They want him in goal for England. Me, I'm glad Southgate's keeps picking Jordan as he is the better keeper, even if he can faff around sometimes.
Tony Everan
62 Posted 08/09/2023 at 19:22:03
If anyone needs cheering up have a look at these photos of Seamus stepping up his training. Great to see him getting closer.

Also Dominic out training in the sun, looking like his normal handsome self and not the elephant man.


Paul Ferry
63 Posted 08/09/2023 at 19:28:50
John Keating14: John I don't see a single thing in what Lyndon has said on this thread so far where he suggests that he is "pisse[d]. off big style that players come out and tell us nonsensical things we see every game and actually believe that everything is flowery in the rose garden".

I may have missed it and Lyndon might well think it, but I just don't see it here, though I'll have another look.

Dale Self
64 Posted 08/09/2023 at 19:38:24
Thanks Tony, that goes on top of the cheer I got from just now seeing Tugay before the euro match today. If we could find our Tugay we would be on our way.

And well said Jack 60, a thought for the Jones family.

Mike Gaynes
65 Posted 08/09/2023 at 21:14:14
Unrelated to Danjuma...

Some nice words from Harry Kane regarding his friend Dele and his chances of re-launching his PL career...


Brendan McLaughlin
67 Posted 08/09/2023 at 22:05:19
Paul #63

Lyndon #27 laid it out pretty plainly afterwards. although John K. will probably see it differently!

Ronnie Williams
68 Posted 11/09/2023 at 15:05:29
Not a bad result against Sheffield Utd considering Man City only just managed to beat them the week before with virtually the last kick of the game!

A bit frustrating that we have strengthend the front line at last and now the defence is vulnerable; we need a centre-half and a left-back… it scares me that, if Branthwaite or Tarkowski are injured, we are stuffed!

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