I have no idea what’s coming. Here’s my view:
Atsu – Send him back and open up the roster spot. Roberto's done well with loans. This one didn't work out. Speaking of which...
Lennon – Get him in. A major reason for our recent run of form and results. Tough-nut or not, I don't think Levy is in the bargaining position some do. Certainly, nothing close to the Pienaar business.
Garbutt – Free agent. Re-signing still an option, but clearly looking to see what the market offers. Didn’t Moyes have to compete to get him in the first place? Baines is #1 and no doubt about it. Movement on the Oviedo front, if any, might influence Garbutt’s decision. Whatever his decision, a good-looking talent. Pace and an educated left foot. Hope he re-ups, but best we have our tribunal arguments ready and rehearsed.
Distin – Gone. Too bad how it's ending, but he was probably going anyway. Always liked him. We talk about Baines having Pienaar in front of him. Let’s remember the guy who had his back. Only hope, whatever happened, Roberto starts him last game of the season. A classy (and proper) gesture so supporters and Sylvain can say goodbye.
Alcaraz – Gone (hopefully). I tend to not knock players. They're good enough or not is my view and that's that. But, this guy flat isn't a Premier League player. The flip side is Roberto brought him into the league (twice!) and seems to like him. So, Roberto, let’s be reasonable and fair. Allow him to knuckle his forehead to you one last time for gifting him 4-5 years of EPL wages, then walk him to the door. SOMEWHERE in English football, there's a player at his position better than him, Roberto. C’mon now.
Hibbert – One year left on his contract; going nowhere. Could ownership offer him the same wages as a coach, if he'll announce his retirement end of this season and open up the roster spot for Roberto? Given his injury record the last couple seasons, could be worth doing.
Osman – One year left on his contract; going nowhere. For all the tug and pull about his value, he defines "fine servant". I said a couple years ago, I didn’t think he had a regular 90 minutes of leg left under him. Now, I don’t think he has even one 90 minutes of leg under him. Retains his technical skill, though. As an impact player, I think he can still contribute.
Kone – One year left on his contract; going nowhere. At his age, with a knee near its end, we’ll never re-coup what he cost anyway. Nothing much else to add to what's been said about him already. Fingers crossed, next season his knee is fully healed and sturdy and he can contribute. Fingers crossed, mind.
Oviedo – One year left on his contract. Tricky one, but have to believe he's staying, as injuries have muddied all waters. Proved himself when he got the chance, then suffered serious injuries, last season and this. A fine player, hopefully he's fully fit for August. We could really use him.
Gibson – One year left on his contract and what's left to say about injuries? A wonderful player. He not only has an attacking instinct (and the passing skills to make it happen), but also the vision to see what's possible. I consider vision as much a physical gift as sprint speed. You got it or you don't. Gibson has it. Same reason I could see another club taking a punt, though. He cost little coming in, so there's some profit to be made. I want him to stay and get healthy ... oh the hell with it.
I just want Everton to win. That's it. But, if there's one player on the Club I wish the best for, it's Gibson. If he'd come along without all the injuries, he’d be one of the EPL's famous players. A real shame it's gone the other way.
Pienaar – One year left on his contract. Another tricky one, in that we don't know Steven's plans for the rest of his career, nor Roberto's if he stays. Pienaar’s last quotes in the press indicate he still loves being a player. Money will be the driver. Steven could play out his contract and be a free agent and drop to a lower league or hook on with an EPL bottom-feeder. But, that would put him in a "take it or leave it" situation. We just don't know his thinking.
He could leave THIS Summer and head to the Far East or Middle East and make a nice wedge. He could come here to the US and make some money. Wherever he goes, he'd be on a nice salary, while no longer having to deal with the Premier League's physicality and athleticism. Wouldn't be surprised if we hear he's left, Ã la Cahill. Happy if he stays, though.
Jagielka – Staying.
Baines – Staying.
McCarthy – Staying. Signed thru 2018, brought in for £12 million. "You want him? Open your checkbooks wide".
Barry – Staying. Still good when healthy. Hopefully, he’s given breaks throughout next season.
Besic – Staying.
Naismith – Staying.
Howard – Staying. He could come back to MLS and make more money than he’s making now. (Landon made more from endorsements than his Galaxy wages.) MLS could pay a substantial price to get Timmy back over here, and WUM would still see a profit over the rest of his career. He’s already declared he’ll be back competing for a slot in the US team in 2016. A perfect storm, if you will, of everyone involved coming out happy. But, Howard’s main challenger at keeper will be Guzan, who’s a starter in the EPL and Klinsmann can be funny about that. More importantly, Roberto would have to spend some of those “ample” funds on a keeper. Other areas need addressing first. Maybe next year, he’s sold.
Robles – Staying. The size of him, my God! He’s gigantic; which is good, since size can’t be taught. Can we get someone in to work on his foot quickness?
Mirallas – One year left on his contract. Staying? I hope so. Still on surprisingly low wages, Kevin just wants a pay rise. No reason ownership can’t goose the numbers up. Now, if he could just knock off incendiary comments like, “Why, yes I would.” when asked if he’d like to play in the Champions League and trade in his Bentley for a black Lincoln Town Car, he’d be golden.
Lukaku – Staying. In spite of his “Look at MEEEE!!!!” agent’s pronouncements, it might not be in his client’s best interest that he bounce onto his 5th club before the age of 22. Not to forget, he’s absolutely first 11 at Everton. Fair is fair, though. The sky’s the limit for the youngster. I believe his best interest is to stay at Everton for the next season or two and truly establish himself. I hope so, anyway.
McGeady – Staying. Roberto signed him and he has 3 years left on his contract. Say what you want about him, he’s staying.
Coleman – Has 3 years left on his contract. Staying? I think so, especially if Lennon comes in permanent. A wonderful talent, one of the best at his position. If clubs come in waving checkbooks (inevitable), they better have it waving in the hand of the fellow authorized to write really big numbers. I’m starting to feel sad, here.
Barkley – Has 3 years left on his contract. Staying? I hope so and it appears he’d prefer staying. Has a way to go accepting he just can’t dust defenders off as he did playing against fellow teenagers. But, it’s all in front of him, so the club in for Coleman better send a much larger fellow to sign young Ross. The checkbook he’ll have to carry will need to be much heavier.
Stones – Has 4 years left on his contract. Staying? God only knows. No sense playing around; the Crown Jewel, this youngster; an English one. Checkbooks will be waved; the heaviest ones, maybe not just EPL ones. What the hell, here’s hoping clubs will wait for the next round of TV contracts, then splash the cash. Most importantly, if the worst comes, please Bill, just keep saying NO until the number is through the roof. Fingers crossed, we keep him another couple years.
Others – I know we have kids signed to a big-league contract. Just haven’t seen them enough (or at all). I would like to hear opinions.
So what’s the future? A loanee heading back where he came from, a loanee hopefully signed in, three players out of contract, seven more entering the last year of theirs? Interesting times. The next 2-3 years might not be pretty; especially come the end of next season, when the “clearing out” several have been calling for will happen. Then what? “War Chest” is not in the language of our owners, after all. The only thing certain is that Roberto has his work cut out for him.
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1 Posted 30/04/2015 at 23:03:24
Robles to stay as back-up keeper still, Howard's replacement needs to be Number 1 as heÂs too old and now makes mistakes too often.
One of either Pienaar or Osman need to call it a day and get replaced by a younger model. Cleverly or Milner on a free would do this without eating into our transfer budget.
Besic, Ledson and Barkley all need to give us much more next season, all are young and have massive futures.
Gibson is one of those players who is only going to be involved half the season anyways, not on massive money so well worth keeping hold of as he can play.
ThatÂs my opinion; other than that Roberto needs to not sit two players in defensive midfield Â– he needs to get a solid one (maybe Besic) to play most games in the holding role in front of Stones and Jagielka, and a new dominant keeper. He also has to get Barkley central and Mirallas needs to play ever game.
He also has to ensure his signings are bang on the money as we wonÂt have big funds but his signings have to strengthen the first team.
2 Posted 01/05/2015 at 02:56:11
3 Posted 01/05/2015 at 07:09:05
4 Posted 01/05/2015 at 07:23:11
5 Posted 01/05/2015 at 07:27:02
I do think Everton is still enough of an attraction for players and we would be able to sign some of the better free agents. YouÂre right though, having to replace as many as four or five aging players will be hard.
6 Posted 01/05/2015 at 07:44:00
Or, in a nod to our American cousin James, itÂs like fucking Groundhog Day.
7 Posted 01/05/2015 at 07:59:34
Hibbert given a 2 year deal was farcical on a number of levels. No gold pocket watch for mediocre employees at Everton, letÂs give them multi million pound contracts for hanging around and talking in an authentic scouse accent.
If no other team is remotely interested in one of your players with 18 months left on his contract, donÂt extend and improve their deal by 3 years! Naismiths agent did a great job, but weÂre lumbered with more unmoveable dross and seriously questioning the managers judgement of players and business savvy.
All these mistakes add up, cost millions and massively hinders our squad development. If Martinez doesnÂt show a ruthless side heÂll never be a top manager.
8 Posted 01/05/2015 at 09:40:12
9 Posted 01/05/2015 at 10:06:09
I worry less about loosing Lukaku and Jimmy Mac then Stones. Many make a big fuss over our record with Ossie and without him but Stones is our MVP in my book and his health the difference in our win/loss record. Even though Jimmy Mac is my favorite player, I would cry more over loosing Stones.
10 Posted 01/05/2015 at 15:40:00
Hopefully hold onto our key players. Bring in 2 or 3 fresh faces & loanees to cover the centre-halves and provide more attacking options in midfield. Another forward to compliment Lukaku... Possibly a young keeper to give Howard a much-needed kick up the arse, and remove his complacency.
Roll on the summer!!
11 Posted 01/05/2015 at 19:08:03
How wrong I was, you are clearly here for the long hall, your understanding and enthusiasm for the game is there for all to see. So is your love for this club.
I didn't agree with some of your thoughts, but you have both surprised and educated me with your knowledge of contract situations at GP.
I sincerely hope you can make it to the Old Lady one day
12 Posted 01/05/2015 at 11:56:47
13 Posted 01/05/2015 at 23:49:58
Surprisingly Newcastle have a lower per season spend of ٟ.2m, with West HamÂs per season spend being ٣.8m
The rich clubs Man City and Chelsea have spent over 㿛m each per season with United having spent 㿆m and Liverpool 㿀m per season. Aston Villa are the only other club to spend more than 㾶m per season.
So all those expecting major signings without losing any of our star players had better re-adjust their expectations.
14 Posted 02/05/2015 at 09:54:57
We shouldnÂt have to lose star players for cash reasons now that the TV money has jumped up. Not sure the stats up to 2013 are that relevant now.
ThatÂs not to say we wonÂt lose any stars as players move on for other reasons nowadays.
15 Posted 02/05/2015 at 10:07:47
DonÂt forget unlike West Ham and Newcastle we have spent all of that period between 2003 and the present in the top flight but have survived on a total nett spend of just 㿈M which equates to slightly more than Man Utd spend in any single season, it is a minor miracle and explains why the media refer to us as Âpunching above our weightÂ.
16 Posted 02/05/2015 at 10:34:59
17 Posted 02/05/2015 at 10:51:04
I couldnÂt make it past the first paragraph.
18 Posted 02/05/2015 at 11:12:48
Hopefully we can keep hold of Coleman, McCarthy, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku etc and get rid of some deadwood like Alcaraz, Distin, Kone to name a few. Contrary to other posted views, I would like Ossie to stay on for another season; he may not have the pace but he still has the football brain and when he does play we do seem to have more ideas and energy on the field.
Martinez needs to start looking at the championship for diamonds down there, young players who are hungry and eager to learn in the top flight, à la Cahill, Lescott, Jagielka and players from other leagues too... not many had heard of Pienaar and Arteta before they came.
Good players are out there and it's just lazy management if he brings in the "circuit" players like Cleverly who will do a job but with absolutely no wow factor.
Next season is a very important season for us, we need to start well, prepare well and if we donÂt then the board need to act decisively and make a change; otherwise, much like this season, we will drift into obscurity or worse. I think hope for the best but fear the worst is going to be my mantra this close season.
19 Posted 02/05/2015 at 11:09:51
This tells me that the increased TV money was spent on operating costs of some sort (not necessarily "other") and that we are still in a position of having to sell players to pay back debt or to purchase new ones.
So, unless we can save some of that 㿊M this season we will have no extra funds available from TV money. It will be interesting to see what will happen with the new bumper TV deal from 2016 (?), will our costs rise to consume all of that also?
20 Posted 02/05/2015 at 16:02:02
21 Posted 02/05/2015 at 16:33:44
I do of course agree with what you say. I did say "shouldnÂt", but with our board, money will be tight no matter how much comes in.
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