Buying for the future, ensuring the Present

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Many articles and comments have been written over the past two/ three weeks applauding Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh for buying young "on the cusp" stars for both the first eleven and the U23's. The latest news that Rooney has signed and that Sigurdsson and Giroud are next appears to be not so popular. In my opinion these are actually very shrewd moves.

Signing so many new players and inter grating them into the club and Koeman's playing style will take a little time, and we have a very difficult sequence of games to start the season. If these players do not gell instantly and we make an indifferent start to the campaign the younger newcomers will be under intense scrutiny and we will need those with more Premier League experience to ensure they keep positive.

This is where Rooney, Siggurson, Williams etc will be invaluable. Their Premier League "know how" will help us through those first few fixtures and if we come out of that sequence with 10 or 12 points imagine the confidence that would bring. This to me is ensuring the present.

There also appears to be a clear message from the U23 signings ( four promising players bought specifically for the U23s) that they are going to be set- up to play in a similar manner to the first team so that a more natural progression can be made when these younger players begin to take over from the first eleven. No more playing promising centre halves at right or left back because the upcoming full backs are not good enough.

I hope that Kenny is given his chance whilst Seamus is out injured. Holgate is a talented defender but he is not a full back, which was evident in the England U21 games. He should be played as a central defender even if this means him going back into the U23s. We cannot loan him out when we hopefully have 60 plus games to play this season but we do need to develop him in his correct position.

Overall this is a great time to be an Evertonian we appear to have a proper thought through plan both for the short and long term, and I for one have never been this excited about the start of a new season but we do have to be patient whilst these new players bed in. They are all great signings, they will be great players for many years to come, the future is bright, the future is royal blue. COYB

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Joe Clitherow
1 Posted 11/07/2017 at 11:14:52
All encouraging agreed.

I still think we need how the new guys work out in the same team and it could well take a while to gel and bed in. Sink or swim given our early fixtures.

I still have the programme with Cottee, Nevin, McDonald and McCall on the front and that was quite a let down.

Still, this is a far far better window and a much better way to conduct business than we have done for years, decades even.

Mike Hughes
2 Posted 11/07/2017 at 11:26:31
I think we are taking a measured approach to our future which is great. It's refreshing that we have a plan and are not just splashing the cash. Mature, sensible, strategic.

Still, we haven't signed anyone today yet so I wish these lazy gits would get their fingers out.

(It's nearly 11:30am lads. Wakey! Wakey!)

Stephen Ashton
3 Posted 11/07/2017 at 11:43:13
Started well though, Joe. I seem to remember that programme was vs Derby and didn't Tony Cottee come up with a hat trick on his debut. Be nice if Wayne or Sandro could do the same against Stoke.
John G Davies
4 Posted 11/07/2017 at 11:44:30
This has been the way forward for Everton for a long time. Well overdue.

Get a hungry young team gelling together over a season, get them in the "you kick one you kick the eleven of us" mentality. Build the team spirit. Sprinkle in a few seasoned pros to guide them and to help their development.

Under the tutelage of a good manager and proper business men in charge of off field activities.

We are going places at long last.

Joe Clitherow
5 Posted 11/07/2017 at 11:54:21
No it was the first game of the season against Newcastle, Stephe, with Cottee scoring after 30 seconds. Remember it like it was yesterday.

Cottee and Nevin actually had decent Everton careers but sadly didn't work out for Stuart, two FA Cup Final goals notwithstanding. McDonald was not good enough at all.

Clive Rogers
6 Posted 12/07/2017 at 14:00:40
I also would have liked to see Kenny given a chance, but it is strange that he has not been given a squad number. Can only assume Koeman thinks he is not ready.
David Ellis
7 Posted 17/07/2017 at 11:44:37
Joe – that team still finished top 4 though I think? Nowadays that would be consider a big deal. But with no Europe post Heysel it meant nothing then.

I thought McCall did all right, but wasn't as good as the players he replaced. In fact that was the problem with Cottee and Nevin as well – good players but not as good as the heroes that they were replacing.

If you go back a little further we boughs in 7 players in 82-83? – Ainscow, Spike, Mickey Thomas, Jim Arnold (and his understudy Neville Southall) and Big Mick Ferguson.

Within a year, only the two keepers were left. Their roles reversed. The others were a trainwreck – and there were a few very dark years indeed before it all changed in 1984.

But this year, it's totally different – we are getting better players than we've had for a generation. It's definitely on.

That's not the case this summer.

Sam Hoare
8 Posted 17/07/2017 at 13:23:14
It's very, very unlikely that we'll get top 4 this season. Even top 6 would be something given the teams we are competing against, all of whom have better first-team squads than us in my opinion.

But we can, it seems, match their financial muscle to a degree. And our one trump card is that our squad is not yet filled with superstars blocking youngsters' progression. That may allow us to attract emerging players that our rivals are courting.

Building a talented young team is definitely our best chance of breaking the Sky 4 grip.

I'd still like to see us buy one or two more of the highest rated young talents. Rather than Sigurdsson perhaps have a punt on one or two from the likes of Renato Sanches, Thomas Lemar, Max Meyer, Nicklas Sule, Christian Pulisic, Balde Diao, Kasper Dolberg, Domenico Berardi, Gelson Martins, Aymeric Laporte, Ben Chilwell. Obviously there are plenty more.

For me, £50m would be better spent on one or two of these highly rated kids than Sigurdsson who will undoubtedly add to the team but is not going to get us top 4 to my eyes, whereas a couple of these players if chosen and developed well just might in a few years time.

Of course we can't play just kids but we already have the likes of Coleman, Keane, Rooney, Schneiderlin, Gueye and Bolasie to name a few who will presumably be in and around the first team this season and possibly beyond.

Sean Patton
9 Posted 17/07/2017 at 14:31:25
Disagree on the top 6 shout, Sam. I think we will get in there this season.

Arsenal without Sanchez
Chelsea without Costa
Tottenham at Wembley
Man City with a dodgy defence
Klopp with Europe this time
Man Utd just aren't the force of old

I can see us picking off at least one of the above.

John Pierce
10 Posted 17/07/2017 at 14:47:54
Just posted this on another thread, seems relevant here.

Stockpiling talent is exactly what we are doing. The romantic Everton has in many ways gone.

The addition of the several U23 players is purely the best way to run an academy. The numbers in should mean we generate one or two first teamers, which is great.

But the main reason is profit. At this age, Everton buy low and sell high players who don't make it to lower Premier League / high Championship clubs. The regular profit from these players helps hugely in the pot created for transfers.

And you might ask why would they come? You answered that yourself. They know, even if they don't make the first team, the grounding at Everton near as damn guarantees them a career in footy.

Chelsea might be who you dislike but that model is the one we follow. It will eventually lead to multiple loans.

Sam Hoare
11 Posted 17/07/2017 at 16:20:30
Sean @9, I didn't say we wouldn't get top 6; I said it would be something and I think it would.

Top 4 is unreachable (bar a football miracle) this season in my eyes but top 6 I think could happen if the new team gel quickly.

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