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Arnaut Danjuma looks likely to remain an Everton player beyond this week's transfer deadline

Everton return to Premier league action on Tuesday evening as they travel to London to face a tricky assignment against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The Blues will need to pick themselves up following Saturday’s dismal cup exit at the hands of Luton while also dealing with ongoing injury problems that are severely restricting Sean Dyche’s ability to navigate what has become a rocky patch of form.

Everton have won just one of their last eight matches in all competitions and still set precariously just above the relegation zone above their cup conquerors, Luton thanks to the points deduction that the club’s lawyers will be fighting at an appeal hearing in the coming weeks.

Dyche’s side appear to have lost their way somewhat in the absence of Abdoulaye Doucouré, and with Idrissa Gueye away on Africa Cup of Nations duty and Andre Gomes struggling once more with injury, there is a depressing lack of creativity in midfield and dynamism and effectiveness up front.

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"It's a calf," Dyche said of Gomes. "He won't be fit this week. It's going to be a matter of time, but we don't know how long yet. He's had a couple of them over the last few months, and it's a loss to us because he's shown he wants to adapt."

Dominic Calvert-Lewin continues his barren run in front of goal, Beto is struggling to convince that he is the answer leading the line and Dwight McNeil has not looked the same player since injuring himself at Crystal Palace earlier this month.

Both Doucouré and Gomes are ruled out for the trip to the Capital with hamstring and calf issues respectively, and Ashley Young probably won't the trip as he works his way back to full fitness. Seamus Coleman could travel, with Dyche admitting that it would be a "judgement call" whether or not to push him back into the fold.

That leaves the manager grappling with the same personnel as were available at the weekend against the Hatters, a group that, collectively, turned in a worryingly one-dimensional and in effective display.

Jordan Pickford will almost certainly return to the side after Joao Virginia was allowed the chance to impress in back-to-back FA Cup ties but Dyche’s options to mix things up elsewhere in the team are limited.

The back four will pick itself in the absence of Coleman and Young, likewise central midfield so it’s in the forward areas where the gaffer might tinker. Beto and Calvert-Lewin started in a strike partnership against Luton that didn’t look like it was destined to work so it’s possible he might bring Arnaut Danjuma into the starting XI now that it appears as though Kevin Thelwell will resist any approach from Lyon to take the Dutchman on loan.

Lewis Dobbin has shown flashes of promise but remains raw, as does Youssef Chermiti who made a cameo at the end of the cup tie on Saturday but it wasn’t enough time for him to stake a claim for a rare start.

The Cottagers under former Toffees boss, Marco Silva, have already beaten Everton somewhat fortuitously on two occasions this season, first on the opening day in the Premier League and then in the Carabao Cup Quarter-Finals in that dramatic penalty shootout that feels more and more like a watershed moment in the Blues' season.

They come into the weekend sitting in 13th place and seven points better off than Everton but they will be without Harry Wilson who is ruled out and Adama Traore who is very likely to join his team-mate on the sidelines because of a thigh problem. Ex-Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi is on AfCoN duty along with Calvin Bassey and Fode Ballo-Toure.

Kick-off: 7:45pm, Tuesday 30 January, 2024
Referee: Tom Bramall
VAR: David Coote
Last Time: Fulham 0 - 0 Everton

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Onana, Garner, Harrison, McNeil, Danjuma, Calvert-Lewin


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Bobby Mallon
1 Posted 29/01/2024 at 20:40:44
I wasn’t impressed with Dyche press conference saying the fans don’t care about the club they just want points
Pete Jeffries
2 Posted 29/01/2024 at 21:02:34
Let's hope for some positives and we play better,not as bad as Saturday, where we looked like a Championship team at best.
Blackburn tonight look as if they know how to pass to each other, despite having two poor wingers including one called Sigurdsson
My main worry, amongst others, is our full backs who were terrible v Luton.

Stephen Davies
3 Posted 29/01/2024 at 21:08:47
Godfrey Right Back.
Young Midfield for Onana.
Danjuma for Beto.
*Taps nose
Dave Lynch
4 Posted 29/01/2024 at 21:25:07
Again I cant see us getting anything out of this unless there is a massive improvement in attitude and tactics.
Andy Mead
5 Posted 29/01/2024 at 22:05:36
Drop DCL and give Chermiti a go. Dobbin and Danjima for Harrison and McNeill. They can't do any worse. If Dyche goes with the same personnel he needs his head read.
John Raftery
6 Posted 29/01/2024 at 22:19:05
Andy (5) Can't do worse?

Oh yes, they can! The last time Chermiti and Dobbin started together in the first team was at Doncaster in August. They were both hauled off at half-time with the team losing 1-0.

Jim Wilson
7 Posted 29/01/2024 at 22:26:26
The predicted lineup is the best available to us and I hope Dyche picks it. I do not want to see 5-3-2 with 3 centre-backs.

But I wish we could bring in another midfielder in this window. Someone who has a tackle and can pass and help us to start controlling games more. The best available on a free or loan.

We must make ourselves harder to beat.

The Luton game should be a wake-up call. If we don't get our points back, Luton will finish above unless we strengthen.

Barkley getting injured would be a massive bonus for us too.

Jerome Shields
8 Posted 29/01/2024 at 22:32:02
I would have Beto start. Give Calvert-Lewin a rest and he can play against Spurs at the weekend.

Hopefully the passing is sorted out in midfield and crosses are actually delivered.

Stuart Graham
9 Posted 29/01/2024 at 22:33:19
I get this maybe a ridiculous idea, but given the current constraints, what about playing Patterson in front of Seamus on the right, and moving Jack into the Doucoure role?
John Keating
10 Posted 29/01/2024 at 22:35:30
I usually have a chat with the priest after mass about footy.
He says he's been praying for us since the 10-point deduction.

Yesterday, he told me he'd given up because it's not working!
Without divine intervention, then we're really in the shit!

Jim Wilson
11 Posted 29/01/2024 at 22:47:35
Stuart - if Seamus is fit (not sure he is though) I would go for that too. It is not ridiculous at all.
John Maxwell
12 Posted 29/01/2024 at 22:56:19
Not expecting anything from this game, an early goal will sink us.

The team is totally devoid of confidence.

We need someone who can fill the role Doucouré plays with the link from midfield to attach, I would play Danjuma (if he is still with us) we have no creativity and our forwards are shit at the moment.

Brian Wilkinson
13 Posted 29/01/2024 at 23:56:45
I expect Pickford to come back in, but would not be too disappointed if Virginia kept his place, certainly not let us down, in the games he has played, but Pickfords kicking is more accurate and puts us on the front foot quicker, for goal keeping toughie, but getting us forward then have to just about edge Pickford on current form.

Again we have the option to give McNeil and Harrison a bit of a rest until the second half, Danjuma and Dobbin out wide, if it goes to plan, might not have to even bring Harrison or McNeil on, but there if we need options after ht, might even work in our favour if both get last 15 mins of the game, running at tired defenders, could just be the key McNeil and Harrison open late on.

I honestly hope though that we try and tweak something, alternate the starting 11, these players looked goosed, time for a recharge, by all means play them, but use if needed from the bench, these same 11 have not got another 75 mins in them on such a short turnaround, they have given everything, got the points back, had a huge fixture pile up in December and January, bench a couple tomorrow and at least give us a chance of getting results in both games, but we simply cannot start with the same 11 tomorrow and Saturday, get some fresh legs in early doors, then use impact subs second half.

Jerome Shields
14 Posted 29/01/2024 at 00:03:50
I agree Danjuma should start. At least he is rested. I would stick with the same backline, They will have learnt from the Luton game.

Keane is going to get a run out either this game or the Spurs game… hopefully he feels he has something to prove.

David McMullen
15 Posted 30/01/2024 at 00:12:27
Bobby (1)

Dyche didn't say that. Dyche didn't say the fans don't care about the club, just want the points. He was referring to a question about him and how he sees how he's done in the 12 months.

He's referring generally that fans aren't interested in what he's done off the pitch, they just want the points. It was literally that.

Jack Convery
16 Posted 30/01/2024 at 00:17:42
Dyche will pick:

Pickford, Coleman, Tarkowski, Keane, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Garner, Onana, McNeil, Harrison, Calvert-Lewin.

In a 5-3-1-1 formation.

COYBs – we need 3 points with Spurs and Man City next.

Dale Self
17 Posted 30/01/2024 at 00:27:13
I'm not particularly impressed with post #1.

And Stuart @9, that isn't ridiculous. It is creative and sensible thinking although Harrison needs to move into the middle from the wing. I'm not sure he can do the No 10 and can't threaten the backline like Doucouré. We are coming back, maybe not here but we are coming back. Stay with them UTFT!

Dale Self
18 Posted 30/01/2024 at 00:42:02
Did Calvert-LewinL create an opportunity for another? That is my question.
Mark Taylor
19 Posted 30/01/2024 at 00:56:37
After Saturday's debacle, you could make a case for replacing the whole lot except maybe the goalie. Ironically, he will actually be the one who is replaced.

The only other viable change would be Danjuma for McNeil. I rate the latter, certainly more than Harrison, but he takes forever to get back to full speed after injury and Danjuma is at least a fresh, viable option.

While I wouldn't start either, I'd also be inclined to turn quickly to Dobbin and/or Chermiti if we get the same turgid, lifeless performance as Saturday's. In response to an earlier poster, I can't see the point of judging Chermiti on the back of a lousy performance a few weeks after he arrived. Or if there is one, he might as well not be in the squad, because that will forever be the reason he doesn't get game time.

At least Gana is on his way home – and no holiday diversions please...

Mark Murphy
20 Posted 30/01/2024 at 07:06:44
Of the next three games, this is our best chance of a win. Dyche will pick his best eleven. Whether we agree with that eleven is neither here nor there.

I'm expecting a win. NSNO!

Dave Cashen
21 Posted 30/01/2024 at 07:21:24
I don't particularly care who gets selected tonight. That's Sean Dyche's job.

Confidence is everything. It will improve every aspect of a player's game. With just about every player looking low on confidence against Luton, we really could use a morale booster tonight.

Deserved or undeserved. Classy, or ugly. I'll take any sort of win tonight. We need to find a way of swinging those "fine margins" back in our favour.

Ajay Gopal
22 Posted 30/01/2024 at 08:06:27
I agree with Jack (16) - I think Dyche will pick that team 5-3-2, based on the personnel he has available and the players that he trusts.

Patterson Tarkowski Keane Branthwaite Mykolenko
Harrison Garner Onana
Calvert-Lewin McNeil

SUBS: Virginia, Godfrey, Coleman, Dobbin, Danjuma, Chermiti, Beto

It will be a tough watch, but if the team can scrap and fight like they did a few times this season, we might come away with a point or 3.

Jim Bennings
23 Posted 30/01/2024 at 08:07:51
It's about starting to work that ball and start making decisions much faster.

When you watch us compared to other teams even around us in the table, everything is done in slow motion, even basic things like throw-ins and set-pieces.

Whoever plays needs to start shooting on sight too, none of these working it out wide then going all the way back to our own half.

I can't get my head around why midfielders and strikers for that, get a shooting chance from just outside the box but refuse to take a shot on.

The likes of James Garner, Harrison, McNeil even Onana, they should all be tasked by Dyche to have at least three attempts at goal per game, even if it ends up in row z, at some point one may go in off a deflection or as Harrison found on Saturday, a goalkeeper gaff.

We need to stop being such a safe no risk team.

Eddie Dunn
24 Posted 30/01/2024 at 08:57:30
I honestly think we will do alright down at the Cottage. The players freeze at Goodison. They just can't handle the expectation.

On the road, they will have little possession but our great away support and a simple game plan will suit them... and we owe this Fulham side a tuning.

Tony Graham
25 Posted 30/01/2024 at 09:02:31
If you were playing us, woudn't you be looking forward to it?
Ralph Basnett
26 Posted 30/01/2024 at 09:22:06
We just need to stop being shit!
Lee Courtliff
27 Posted 30/01/2024 at 09:36:49
I've got a good feeling about tonight, I'm confident we'll win an ugly game by the odd goal.
Sam Hoare
28 Posted 30/01/2024 at 09:50:32
Sorry to quell any optimism but I'm going tonight and I can't remember the last time I saw us win in person. Funnily enough, it might have been against Fulham many moons ago.

My worry is that we just look so low on confidence and energy. There seems to be a physical and mental fatigue that I guess is understandable given how little Dyche rotates and how long it seems we have been in a relegation fight.

Fulham are a decent team who have beaten Arsenal and held Liverpool at Craven Cottage over the last month or so. As usual this season for Dyche the first goal will be crucial and I'm desperately hoping that Calvert-Lewin can somehow find a goal as we really need him back nearer his best.

Brian Harrison
29 Posted 30/01/2024 at 10:11:42
The one thing we know about Sean Dyche is he doesnt make many changes to his preferred starting 11, and even when things aren't working out he is very reluctant to make changes. Now I know we have injuries to some key players and Gueye wont be available tonight, but we need to pick up points and at the moment we arent playing well. I would like Danjuma and Dobbin start tonight and use Harrison and McNeil from the bench, I don't think Beto and DCL work as a 2 up front.

My big worry is none of our sides is doing particularly well both U21s and U18s are struggling at the bottom end of their respective leagues. There is nobody in charge of the club, at present our current owner is holed up in Monaco our proxy owners 777 still haven't got the OK from the Premier league to finalise their bid to be new owners. The only person in charge is Colin Chong who was brought in to oversee the stadium build not to run a Premier league club. At present 777 are putting money in to help the day to day expenses but with no decision about their ownership bid being settled I have to wonder how long they will keep putting money in to stop the club going into administration.

Sean O’Hanlon
30 Posted 30/01/2024 at 10:15:09
Calvert-Lewin should be dropped immediately. He is affecting players around him with his abysmal lack of scoring, and does not deserve to put on a blue shirt.

Dyche shoukd throw on Dobbin. We have nothing to lose. We're going to be well beaten tonight so give fringe players a chance. What's the point leaving them sitting on the bench getting splinters in their arses, watching Calvin-Lewin squander chance after chance.

Danny O’Neill
31 Posted 30/01/2024 at 10:27:04
Onto the Cottage.

Sam, depending on how you're getting there, a few of us will be meeting in the 8 Bells near Putney Bridge station. If not, we can meet in the ground.

Anyone else, give me a shout. 0796 600 7546. Or just shout Danny!

In we go. Those players owe us one after the weekend. Stand up. Fight. Show commitment and desire befitting of that Royal Blue jersey you are privileged to wear and walk on the pitch to represent us. who follow you in whatever way we can and when we can.

I treated myself to about my 180th watch of Howard's Way last night after everyone had gone to bed. It's therapy and gets me in the mode.

Peter Reid's recollection of Howard Kendall's team talks at Stoke and half-time against Bayern. Basically, "Can you hear them? Don't let them down."

Well, you will hear the 2000 or so of us tonight Everton, so don't let us down.

Pick yourselves from the weekend, put it behind you. It's gone. Tonight is what matters.

See you all there, in person or in spirit, wherever you are in the country or the world.

Mal van Schaick
32 Posted 30/01/2024 at 10:58:29
I fancy us to beat Fulham tonight with good leadership from Tarkowski and a gritty determination to defy the odds of our current situation.
Jon Harding
33 Posted 30/01/2024 at 11:15:46
3 centres halves with Keane coming in!

Isn't that the formation that had us quickly 3-0 down at the Wolves?

Short memory (as my favourite band Midnight Oil are wont to say).

Andy Crooks
34 Posted 30/01/2024 at 11:18:54
Jim Jennings @23, excellent post.

When watching Everton, I lose count of the number of times I'm shouting "For fuck's sake — have a shot!!!"

It drives me nuts.

Jim Bennings
35 Posted 30/01/2024 at 11:50:32
Me too, Andy, believe me, haha.

I just think when I watch us, we overcomplicate such simple things.

If you see a sight of goal, and it's within shooting distance, have a crack at it.

I want us to do things quicker in everything we do though too.

We are at our best when the bloods are up, think the last 15 minutes against Newcastle, second half against Chelsea, last 10 minutes at Spurs pushing and pushing and pushing —nothing particularly cultured or stylish, just balls forward and quick passing.

I always say, the fastest thing on that football pitch should be the ball; if you move that ball quicker and with urgency, then you are giving yourself a greater chance of making things happen.

Sam Hoare
36 Posted 30/01/2024 at 11:51:50
Danny @31, thanks very much for the offer.

I'm actually taking my 11-year-old Godson (who is slowly becoming an Everton fan despite his dad supporting Man Utd) to his first match to watch the Toffees.

Sadly I could only get us tickets in the Fulham family section, so will be wearing my shirt underneath my coat and cheering with you in mind more than voice!

Colin Malone
37 Posted 30/01/2024 at 12:12:32
Some bad performers lately. With the opportunity of five subs, why don't we use them?

This must cause apathy in the squad when underperformers are guaranteed their place in every game. It's gone on too long.

Danny O’Neill
38 Posted 30/01/2024 at 12:20:35
I hope you and the young man enjoy the night, Sam, and he catches the bug.

I'm beyond treatment, as you can probably tell from my ramblings.

Have a great evening.

Mark Murphy
39 Posted 30/01/2024 at 12:22:17
Danny boy,

I'll be in the Eight Bells to get in the spirit to see the Blues kick seven bells out of Fulham later!

Up the Feckin Toffees!!

Kevin Molloy
40 Posted 30/01/2024 at 12:40:54
If either Onana or Branthwaite are on the bench, we can buckle up for a riotous day tomorrow.
Mark Murphy
41 Posted 30/01/2024 at 12:42:46
Match day, Kevin — positive vibes only please!
Brian Wilkinson
42 Posted 30/01/2024 at 12:55:15
Enjoy tonight, Danny, and the rest heading up there.

Strap yourselves in the rest and have another blast of The Wahs – Story of the Blues.

Neil Copeland
43 Posted 30/01/2024 at 13:01:15
Brian cheers although I am planning to drive south rather than north mate!
Brian Wilkinson
44 Posted 30/01/2024 at 13:10:29
If ever a line was significant to the other teams out of the top six, it has to be Wahs story of the blues, you’re laughing this time, next time you might be the one to tell the story of the Blues.

Win tonight Everton, then take the fight to the appeal panel.

Christy Ring
45 Posted 30/01/2024 at 13:14:47
Five at the back was a disaster against Wolves, and doesn't work. I'd play Godfrey as defensive midfielder tonight, or play Onana in that role with Young and Garner, and maybe Danjuma instead of Harrison who is weaker than McNeill.

Calvert-Lewin is lacking confidence, but his work rate and touch are well ahead of Beto and Chermiti, and the comment that he's missed chance after chance is a big exaggeration, chances are few and far between.

Simon Harrison
46 Posted 30/01/2024 at 14:16:24
Whispers going around that McNeil and Mykolenko may not be fit for tonight... courtesy of El Bobble and Alan Myers.
Christy Ring
47 Posted 30/01/2024 at 14:42:29
Simon, McNeill doesn’t look right since the injury against Palace.
Jay Evans
48 Posted 30/01/2024 at 15:28:12
Simon 46 …. and both Godfrey and Danjuma are starting 🤫
Jonathan Tasker
49 Posted 30/01/2024 at 15:39:31
It’s between us and Luton for the last relegation slot.
Rob Edwards is an outstanding manager. If Luton even gain a point on us tonight, the alarm bells will be well and truly sounding
Joe McMahon
50 Posted 30/01/2024 at 15:47:25
I know he won't get to dislodge Pickford, but it must br Frustrating for Virginia, he's been in form. That said we've seen how hard he can kick a ball, wonder if he fancies a go up top?
John Hall
51 Posted 30/01/2024 at 16:10:34
Pickford could do a job up top too, get him in left mid - he could whack one in!
Simon Harrison
52 Posted 30/01/2024 at 16:36:23
Christy [47]

In my opinion, and for what it is worth, he hasn't looked 'right; since the Burnley win in December.

Although we know a potential reason, vis a vis his girlfriend's medical condition, he seems tired and leggy, and that was before he tweaked his ankle in the dying minutes of the Palace game.

Hopefully, via a different playing combination, he can get a week or two's R&R and light training to recharge his batteries, as he hasn't had a full pre-season due to being injured!?

Jay [48]

I don't really care who Dyche pick's to be completely honest, as that is what he gets paid the big money for.

I have a feeling that if Myko is out, we might see Keane alongside Tarks, and Jarrad pushed to LB.

Dwight is 'simpler' to replace, well I say simpler?

Maybe he'll bring back Young and play him RW, with Jack to #10 and Arnie (Danjuma) at LW...

We'll see...

Sean Kearns
53 Posted 30/01/2024 at 16:37:46
I would drop Dom for Beto as he looks a handful and came close with chances recently, I truly believe the big fella has got goals in him… also if we are short for 40-50 million I would be flogging Pickford before any of our outfield players, especially Branthwaite. Virgina looks boss when he’s played and coming for crosses really impressed me. One of the saves in the second half against Luton was world class and never got enough mention… I would bung off Pickford before big Jazza all day.
Sean Kearns
54 Posted 30/01/2024 at 16:41:38
Also I believe Dyche threw the game against Luton. And I personally have no problem with it… and as it transpired he was correct. A replay then a match against man city which we don’t win anyway is not what we need AT ALL… Virginia booming goal kicks straight to their goalkeeper every time could not have been my mistake. He was told to do it imo… hence why Dyche experimented with 4-4-2 etc… A different side will turn up today. I am confident.
Raymond Fox
56 Posted 30/01/2024 at 17:05:31
We badly need a win tonight, the problem is we are powder puff going forward.

The betting for a draw is 7/4, that is as poor odds as I've seen for a draw in a long time.
I've no clue what will happen but the odds are saying it is a likely draw.

Here and now I'd settle for it.

Dale Self
57 Posted 30/01/2024 at 17:12:21
JT 49, that’s fear mongering at its lowest. Half a season left, Forest and Palace right there, and you’ve got Luton up in our head with their 10 point present from Masters and company.

Get off!

James Marshall
58 Posted 30/01/2024 at 17:23:01
I still think we'll stay up even as things stand. I also believe we'll get at least 5, or maybe even the full 10 points back on appeal.

I'm also not overly confident about tonight's game, although we do fare a bit better away from home - my gut feel is a draw which wouldn't be the end of the world.

Fingers crossed Brighton turn Luton over.

Paul Ferry
59 Posted 30/01/2024 at 17:24:42
Steady on, Jonathan (49), that's somewhat over the top and out of proportion at this point.

Not that I'm not worried, by the way, but no need for that morbid doom and gloom.

Mike Hayes
60 Posted 30/01/2024 at 17:29:50
Jim Bennings I say this every match and it pisses me off when we are in a forward attacking position and constantly fart about passing the ball all over the final third only to see it in back in Pickford’s hands.

Have a bloody crack at goal and see if it goes in or gets a deflection and someone else scores off a rebound.

Jonathan Tasker
61 Posted 30/01/2024 at 17:54:25
Paul 59
I very rarely have anything good to say about our club. Kenwright killed it for me.
Currently, I’m wondering if the stadium will be ready for 25-26 season
Paul Ferry
62 Posted 30/01/2024 at 17:58:45
Fair enough JT
Brian Wilkinson
63 Posted 30/01/2024 at 17:59:55
Mike@60, this is why I have been suggesting Keane just behind a striker for a while now, that guy will have a pop at goal, can cause some serious damage in the final third Keane, strikers are not scoring, put him there for the knock downs.
Jonathan Tasker
64 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:03:11
On Keane
I’d play him up front. He’s better than anyone else we have
Brent Stephens
65 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:03:58
Jonathan #61 "I very rarely have anything good to say about our club."

I've just seen a bear shit in the woods.

Billy Bradshaw
66 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:08:59
Jonathan @61, that makes a change wondering if the stadium will be finished, around about 3 years ago you were telling us all it would never get built.
Jonathan Tasker
67 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:11:03
Not sure how old you are.
But my perspective is from supporting them when they are successful.
I have seen the club destroyed over 30 years
Liam Mogan
68 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:11:39
Play Keane up front, Godfrey DM, Beto at CB, Lonregan No.10, Steve Stone and Ian Woan on the bench for last 20. Dyche in net. Graeme Sharp temp manager. Or just go youth hostelling with Chris Eubank.
Jonathan Tasker
69 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:12:45
Billy 66
There’s a massive difference between the stadium being built and us actually playing in it
Neil Lawson
70 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:18:44
Mike 60. It drives you mental. Even the kids are doing it now on school and council and village pitches. If ever ( as it nearly always does) a free kick goes backwards, I have to apologise for my language and put 50p in the swear box. Got enough to go to Florida and beyond !
Billy Bradshaw
71 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:18:59
Jonathan 69, still hanging on hey trying to convince your self it's not going to happen.
Brent Stephens
72 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:19:43
Jonathan, I've also watched the club's fortunes - much longer than 30 years. I don't support them just "when they are successful".
Mike Hayes
73 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:19:55
Brian - if he can score own goals can score our goals 🤷 we need to go for it
Billy Shears
74 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:20:14
Third time lucky?

Unless Dyche takes the fucking handbrake off and plays our most creative players from the off this will end in a another stalemate.

1-1 methinks.

Jonathan Tasker
75 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:22:24
Billy 69
I don’t have to convince myself
I genuinely don’t see them being able to fund the new stadium
You’ll disagree but that’s what I think
And Brent
Fair point
I’d describe myself as an ex supporter
John Gall
76 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:22:35
Is it on Sky or BT Sport tonight by any chance..?
Jonathan Tasker
77 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:23:46
John Gall
TNT are showing villa v nufc
Frank Sheppard
78 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:26:36
Hate to say it, but not feeling remotely optimistic about tonight. Hope I am wrong.
Mike Dolan
79 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:31:16
Fans totally devoid of confidence. I think we will come out today and smash Fulham to pieces. 2-0 Everton then back to business.
Kunal Desai
80 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:32:35
Will have to follow on the live forum sporadically. Over at the O2 at Young Voices.
Lets hope we put in a performance.
Jonathan Tasker
81 Posted 30/01/2024 at 18:33:56
One of my first matches
May 21st 1968
Game held over after our cup final defeat to Wba
We beat Fulham 5-1 at Goodison
Anyone else go to that one?
Peter Hodgson
82 Posted 31/01/2024 at 10:29:48
I'm afraid, with the best will in the world, to say that Calvert-Lewin needs a change of scene. He has done nothing for the past couple of years or more and doesn't look like changing that anytime soon whilst he is still here. Who would replace him? Good question… but until Beto, Chermiti or Dobbin get a run, we are not going to get any answers.

I'm not saying that others are capable of immediately going to score 25 a season, but the lad isn't doing himself or Everton any favours by hanging around here waiting for it to change. We need goals desperately.

So what I am saying is that, unless things change quite dramatically before then, he goes on the available list in the next window.

John Williams
83 Posted 31/01/2024 at 10:48:53
Our super star Italian manager knew how to get the best out of Calvert-Lewin.

Get the ball into the box as often as you can, which creates chances for the striker. You will not score out on the wing or 30 yards from goal. The more chances you have, the more goals you score and this is not happening.

Also, the injuries have not helped Calvert-Lewin, will he be the same player that got him into the England squad? Who can tell…

Peter Hodgson
84 Posted 31/01/2024 at 11:55:00
John @ 83,

You are speculating, which everyone does from time to time, but before your speculating goes any further, please address yourself to my comments about him doing nothing in the recent past and our need for goals.

By the way, I have no axe to grind as far as Calvert-Lewin is concerned, other than he isn't scoring goals, which is why we employ him. I repeat, we need goals.

Dave Lynch
85 Posted 31/01/2024 at 12:28:29
Calvert-Lewin is rubbish... there, I've said it!

He is ineffective, couldn't finish his dinner, and is lightweight, he gets bullied by defenders and his shooting is bordering on the pathetic.

Beto is no more than an average journeyman as well; between the 2 of them, they couldn't make a decent striker combined.

This will be our downfall alongside a poor and archaic management team. Dyche is not the answer, but neither is sacking him at this juncture.

We are what we are... poor.

James Marshall
86 Posted 31/01/2024 at 12:33:22
Calvert-Lewin is a 6-yard-box striker – but we don't put the ball in there enough for him. He mostly touches the ball miles away from goal so he doesn't score many.

It's not rocket science why he isn't scoring – Don Carlo knew this and made him stay central, and guess what?

Calvert-Lewin is a victim of the system he's playing in at the moment because Dyche is so concerned (rightly) with not conceding. Scoring goals is secondary to our manager, and always has been.

Sam Hoare
87 Posted 31/01/2024 at 12:43:30
Here's some little stats to brighten your day:

Only Barcelona (54) and Bayern Munich (50) have missed more big chances this season than Everton's 42 across Europe's top five leagues.

Everton also have the biggest xG underperformance across Europe's top five leagues (9.85), scoring 24 goals from an xG of 33.85.

Rolf Tomander
88 Posted 31/01/2024 at 15:33:40
I want to go 40 years back and change team.

This is shit.
Danny O’Neill
89 Posted 31/01/2024 at 16:10:25
You can't change, Rolf. Being an Evertonian is a right given at birth. As the traditional marriage vows go... "For better or for worse".

You stick together in the good and bad times.

Alan McGuffog
90 Posted 31/01/2024 at 17:06:03
Or in our case, Danny, the bad and the bleedin' atrocious.

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