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Everton sign Eto'o in two-year deal

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Cameroon international becomes the Blues' latest signing

Everton have completed the signing of striker Samuel Eto'o on a free transfer, with the 33 year-old agreeing a two-year contract.

Eto'o, who was released by Chelsea in May after continuing his phenomenal scoring record by notching nine goals in 21 appearances at Stamford Bridge, will wear the No.5 jersey and provide additional striking options to Roberto Martinez's side.

Having won the Champions League three times and played in Spain, Italy and Russia, he will also bring considerable European experience.

The former Barcelona and Inter Milan marksman underwent a medical at Finch Farm today before putting pen to paper on a contract that will see him play for the Blues until 2016.

Roberto Martinez expressed his satisfaction with his latest piece of business, telling the official site: "We are very excited and I think Everton is the perfect home for [Samuel]. For many reasons he has got a point to prove."

Eto'o has been signed in time to be eligible for Saturday's clash with his former team, Chelsea, at Goodison Park and is expected to be in the squad, particularly as Christian Atsu will be ineligible to face his parent club.

He expressed his desire to bed in quickly and admitted that he was impressed with Martinez's knowledge of the game.

The club is run like a family and I want to establish myself as an integral part of that family as soon as possible, Eto'o said.

Originally part of Real Madrid's youth academy, Eto'o rose to prominence during a four-year spell at Mallorca before making a big-money, 24m move to Barcelona in 2004. There, coupled with his goalscoring exploits for his country, he gained international fame, scoring 108 goals in 145 appearances for the Blaugrana.

In 2009, he was transferred to Internazionale in an exchange deal involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he continued his phenomenal strike-rate at the San Siro, notching 33 goals in 67 games in Milan.

Two seasons in the Russian league with Anzhi Makhachkala added yet more experience to Eto'o's CV where he struck 25 goals in 53 appearances, before Roman Abramovich came calling with a one-year deal that would help usher Romelu Lukaku out of Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan to Everton a year ago.

Eto'o retired from international football in 2013 but returned shortly thereafter and was a member of Cameroon's World Cup team in Brazil this summer. It was announced earlier today that he will no longer be his country's captain, a move that might prompt him to call time on his international career again and thereby leave him available to Everton in January during the Africa Cup of Nations.  


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Chris James
1 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:28:42
So like I said Â’too old, too slow, no chanceÂ’...ahem.
IÂ’m really, really hoping SamuelÂ’s going to start making me eat those words v.soon! Certainly going to make the Chelsea game even more interesting (although I still havenÂ’t recovered from the disappointment that weÂ’re not going into it with at least 4 points).
Gareth Ashman
2 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:29:58
Welcome to the Everton family Samuel, we wish you good health and lots of goals. No doubt our youngsters will learn lots from playing with a striker whoÂ’s played with and against the best. Good luck.
Brian Bates
3 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:31:08
On the OS it says heÂ’s got the number 5 shirt, so thatÂ’s the defence sorted.
Eugene Kearney
4 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:30:11
Good news again. Someone on here mentioned about Chelski being our feeder club!!!
Back up for Big Rom. Upwards and onwards we go.....hope we get out and kick ass this weekend and shake off the lacklustre start to the season.

NSNO.

Sajid Patel
5 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:33:31
Great addition to the squad. We need competition upfront

HeÂ’s a natural finisher. Might be a bit old but better than LiverpoolÂ’s Lambert!

Andrew Presly
6 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:31:37
For what itÂ’s worth, this is the most globally recognised player weÂ’ve ever had.

Stay motivated Samuel and letÂ’s see what youÂ’ve got to give.

Exciting times!

Ben Dyke
7 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:36:48
Very pleased about this. He showed last year he could still play a bit, and his record speaks for itself. Hope his first goal is against Chelsea!
Gerry Quinn
8 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:35:39
At the top it says 6 comments, but there is only 4 - Michael, Lyndon - sort it! :)

Anyway, chuffed to bits with this signing for free - like another Kevin Campbell signing. Let’s hope he continues what has always been a fabulous strike rate. Oh, how I wish both he and Lukaku playing fully to their strengths could be on the pitch against Chelski and send Mourinho home speechless - one can but dream.

Gerry Quinn
9 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:39:32
typo - "are (not is) only 4"
Jim Dale
10 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:38:16
I think this signing shows RobbieÂ’s ambitions for the Europa League this year. No way we can run Rom out in any of those matches and expect to compete in the PL.

Invaluable experience and if all he does is act as a mentor to bring on Rom, McAleny and Long then worth having on board for a year or so. Between him and Dunc the young guys are going to learn a lot. Hopefully Eto'o will justify his wages with a few key goals too. COYB

Sid Logan
11 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:33:58
I was unsure about signing EtoÂ’o but accepting that more often than not he is unlikely to play 90 minutes he could make a great super sub.

Having watched him over the years itÂ’s clear that his movement and general positional sense in and around the box is second to none which hopefully will make up for his lack of youth. He will make be a great teacher for all our forwards and Romelu in particular.

From what Roberto said he may even get 20 minutes on Saturday. However I will again be hugely pissed off if we donÂ’t again see Besic on the pitch!

Lewis Barclay
12 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:39:47
Don’t understand the negativity surround this signing.
He’s no spring chicken but is probably a more decorated player than we’ve had in our squad for 20 years plus. We’ve signed him on a free - for two years. If he scores a hatful we he’s still on our books for a year and if he doesn’t then we only have him for another year. He scored 9 premier league goals last year without being given huge opportunities and it was his first season here.
I’d be happy for him to play in the cups / europe and score 15-20 goals.

What’s even more positive is that this has been done before the last minute of the transfer window. Something that we always seem to have to suffer is waiting until the very last minute to find out what’s going on.

If someone had said, before the beginning of the transfer window - you can sign two strikers, one - champions league winner and a 㿈 million youngster. I’d have told them - "no chance".

Hopefully we can kick on this weekend by beating probably the best team in the league.

COYB

Geoff Evans
13 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:42:45
Life’s a gamble...
Jamie Crowley
14 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:45:33
Brilliant piece of business
Liam Reilly
15 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:44:17
Excellent news this; I reckon there’s bags of goals left in this guy with Baines and Mirallas feeding him.

Colin Glassar
16 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:48:43
Fat rs Paul Jewell trying to put a downer on this. Hope Sam makes them eat their words.
Kieran Riding
17 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:49:36
He has chosen us here remember.
Derek Knox
18 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:39:21
I can only echo what everyone is saying, that this is a phenominal coup really to clinch a world class player on a free.

A lot have referenced his age, but let’s remind ourselves that he is somewhere like three years younger than Drogba, who has ironically re-joined Chelski, but understand that is to take up a coaching role too.

So, when Samuel has completed his two year spell he will still be younger tha Drogba is now. His goal scoring average basically speaks for itself, I just hope he can continue the same during his time with us. He doesn’t need to ’ acclimatise ’ to the Prem. either having already proved himself at Chelsea.

Welcome to a real club Samuel, we are right behind you.

Pat Finegan
19 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:35:12
Excellent signing. His record for his career is roughly 1 goal every 2 games. That dipped a bit last season but he was used mostly as a sub. Between EtoÂ’o, Rom and Naismith we have enough goals now to really have a go at the top 4.
Kevin Elliott
20 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:52:54
Absolutely fuckin’ buzzin’
This is a real show of intent.
Chad Schofield
21 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:46:02
IÂ’m made up!

What someone hacked my account and commented rather see Jimmy Greaves and Gazza signing?!

Hope it works out for all parties - including Gazza and JG of course.

Yes, it might seem fickle, but there were some compelling arguments for signing EtoÂ’o on the Â’closing inÂ’ thread. Welcome Samuel.

Colin Glassar
22 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:53:52
As someone said above, this is the most high profile player we’ve ever signed and it’s making the news around the world as we write. On a side note, sheringham was scoring goals for fun when he was 33 and he continued for a few more years after that. So let’s forget the age obsession please as its a mute point nowadays.
Mark Frere
24 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:54:45
Fantastic news. I always thought Bobby would sign another striker after signing Lukaku; that striker I thought would be Traore... so glad it’s Eto’o instead of that beanpole.
Sean Kelly
25 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:53:05
Good signing. He will get us some goals and share that responsibility with Lukaku. His pace may not be there but he has a great football brain and players of his age (Barry) use this to great effect.

Now for a centre half and back up keeper and letÂ’s get McCarthy on a decent contract before the vultures arrive. Oh yeh and Henan too.
Denis Richardson
26 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:57:32
Fuckadoodledoo - weÂ’ve signed Samuel EtoÂ’o!! WoW

For all the (my) misgivings about age, ego, wages - its fucking Samuel EtoÂ’o, probably the most high profile signing weÂ’ve made in...........I honestly cannot say. Maybe have to go back to......donÂ’t know. HeÂ’s probably the most high profile player weÂ’ve ever had if you take his global profile into account.

HeÂ’s now here so no point in grumbling, IÂ’ll back him to the hilt and if he helps us to beat Chelsea on the weekend then get the fuck in there.

Everton commercial department....over to you.

Jeez - how things have changed - from Straq, Anichebe and Jelavic to EtoÂ’o, Lukaku and Kone (once the defibrillator has been brought out). Certainly not boring times at GP......

Brent Stephens
27 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:00:43
Can’t say I’m not happy!
Raymond Fox
28 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:47:03
Great news in my opinion, he can help us in so many ways, I bet Marty boy been giving him the smooth talking.

The young strikers including Rom could learn plenty from this guy.
I wonder if Rom is displeased or not that he’s here.
Why not let him have 1 or 2 sessions with the young players if he’s willing to do it.

Not heard much criticism of BK lately, not much praise either!
I think we’ve raised our profile considerably lately and we’ve certainly put a marker down that we mean business.

Don’t suppose we have too much more money to lash out, but 2 more quality players and I could begin to fancy us for the top 4.

Rob Halligan
30 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:00:13
As has been pointed out elsewhere. RS sign a 32 year old for ٢m whos previous clubs include Blackpool, Macclesfield town, Stockport, Rochdale, Bristol rovers and Southampton.

WeÂ’ve signed a 33 year old world class striker (ok maybe ex world class) on a free whos previous clubs include the likes of Real Madrid (only 3 games though), Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea.

I know which one I would rather have!!

Colin Glassar
31 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:08:19
IÂ’m getting caught up with all this enthusiasm for etoÂ’o. It might just turn out to be one of the most audacious signings since Cantona went from Leeds to Manchester. Am I becoming too unrealistic?
If he doesnÂ’t score on Saturday I suppose the moaners will be out in force again.
Mike Hughes
32 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:10:22
Great piece of business.
Welcome to the Mighty Blues, Samuel.

(Off topic but Louis van Gaal is 25/1 to be the next manager out of the door. And Man Utd are losing to MK Dons tonight in the League Cup.)

Tony Marsh
33 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:08:45
Now once Kone gets fit, around December, he can join EtoÂ’o and Atsu in January for the African Nations Cup...

Joke signing. Kenwright should be ashamed of himself. WhereÂ’s the money gone? Why are we reduced to signing this type of player?

Howard, Distin, Osman, Pienaar, Barry, EtoÂ’o all really past retirement age. One or maybe two can be accommodated but this is getting silly now.

Kieran Riding
34 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:16:39
Mike, Tim Sherwood to QPR.
Mike Hughes
35 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:17:24
Colin #31 - I take your point but this could be our Andy Gray moment.
Tommy Meehan
36 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:13:50
Reckon this will prove a very astute signing. Maintained his impressive goals to games ratio last year, so can hardly said to be ’past it’. He will also provide some much needed guile up front against massed defences.
Mike Hughes
37 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:19:26
Yeah, Tim Sherwood more likely but I’m enjoying the chaos at Man Utd.
Peter Holmes
39 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:20:12
E v e r T O n - see he already fits right in!
John Raftery
42 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:19:57
Samuel knows how trophies are won. Even though his peak years are behind him he could be a really positive influence within the squad. Clearly he will not be expected to do 90 minute shifts twice a week but he will add craft and goals in those games where we need them most.
Robbie Muldoon
43 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:26:50
You know what? This could acually be a stroke of genius because of the team he will be joining... one full of frightening potential (Barkley), fresh legs (McCarthy), and youthful optimism (Lukaku) all on top of solid foundations and backed by a manager out to do big things and a fan base desperate to see some silverware. Then we add this little cherry to the cake, a world-class footballer with all the honours and experience you could want, playing in a position that is the difference between first and second place. A striker who knows where the goal is and is now at the stage in his career where he might just be wanting to prove something to people after a couple of years raking the money in. Football teams are a bit of a chemistry set, and you never know... EtoÂ’o could be that spark we need to light this fucking league up!

Come on you Blues!!!

Tony Twist
44 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:32:42
Let’s hope he brings with him his 1 in 2 goal record, starting with the winner against chelsea. Welcome to Everton, Samuel.
Dave Hall
45 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:35:59
Fantastic value – welcome, Samuel!
Scott Goin
46 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:26:32
Hope EtoÂ’o does to Lukaku what Barry is doing to McCarthy. Just like the Sith, they always come in twos, the student and the master.

It also has to be said, I feel a lot more confident in EtoÂ’o as the backup over Kone or Traore. His experience is vast and heÂ’s not over-the-hill just yet.

Raymond Fox
47 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:52:36
Looking at him on the Everton site, he looks in great shape, he certainly doesnÂ’t look anywhere near past it.
John Malone
48 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:39:29
Poor James McCarthy and Stephen Naismith another goal hanger theyÂ’ve got to do the running for.

BobbyÂ’s next phone call will to be give Oscar PistoriusÂ’ agent a bell and see if thereÂ’s any of his blades going spare for EtoÂ’o, Kone, might get them on the cheap as he he wonÂ’t he needing them.

Kevin Tully
49 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:53:25
I think some Blues are in for a shock when they see how sharp EtoÂ’o is. He may well be 33, but he certainly hasnÂ’t lost those quick feet. He wonÂ’t be able to lead the line on his own, but how many times have we fucked up the final pass?

Lukaku will certainly learn from him, and his European experience may well prove invaluable. Seriously cannot see a downside to this. Not as injury prone as half our midfield, and will hit double figures if played enough. Get in.

Kevin Tully
50 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:59:18
P.S. - We have seriously been lacking someone who can hold the ball up in the final third, do you think he can at least sort that? I bet 90% of the naysayers are drooling over this player once he gets up to speed.
Rob Halligan
51 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:01:57
Does anyone know if he has done any pre season training? DonÂ’t want it to be 4 or 5 weeks before he is fit / match fit.
Simon Smith
52 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:58:51
Proven goal scorer with a fine European goal record, just what we need with extra games to play this year.
Look at it this way IÂ’d rather have EtoÂ’o than Wellbeck any day of the week especially on a free!
Drew O'Neall
53 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:13:28
This guy is going to turn Barclay in to a world class player never mind Lukaku.

EtoÂ’o plays on the shoulder, his vision and alertness is second to none. EtoÂ’o will make passes for Barclay with his runs that will make Barclay seem like Xavi.

CanÂ’t wait.

Mike Hughes
54 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:19:38
Maybe IÂ’m being touchy but are Sky being a bit snide here?
Â’EtoÂ’o signs on at EvertonÂ’

http://www1.skysports.com/transfer-centre/

Patrick Murphy
55 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:22:38
Mike The DWP will be at FF tomorrow with cameras and customs officers in tow and he will be taken to one of those detention centres until they make their minds up about whether he is legit or not. Should see him make his debut this time next year! But if you remember all of the hoo-ha when he signed for Chelsea last year and played at Goodison for them - it just shows that SSN or indeed most media outlets have their favourite clubs and we ainÂ’t one of them.
Ryan Snyder
56 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:16:26
Love this signing. He may not be with the squad for years to come, bt heÂ’s on a free, so that doesnÂ’t mean much to me. What I love is that uheÂ’s an excellent mentor for Lukaku. TheyÂ’re two different players when it comes to their frame and what their first move is when in the box, but at the same time, Etoo definitely has a few things he can pass down to Rom.

There hasnÂ’t been one move yet that I havenÂ’t liked from Roberto. Yes, that includes Kone (He hasnÂ’t gotten a real chance yet). I have a feeling this one will be positive too. Who cares if heÂ’s older. Clearly the personal wage is in our range, so thatÂ’s all that matters to me. As Andrew noted, heÂ’s one of the biggest names Everton have ever signed. If he scores 20 goals in two years, IÂ’m good with that. ThatÂ’s what his past shows is possible.

James Morgan
58 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:28:40
Drew, come on, heÂ’s our star youngster, itÂ’s "Barkley."
Paul Dark
59 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:30:45
Welcome Samuel to the Everton family.

ItÂ’s time that Roberto entrusted his midfield with a little more responsibility and played two up front more often: Sam and Rom ... .

Mike Hughes
60 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:29:05
It just seemed a strange turn-of-phrase.
You donÂ’t Â’sign onÂ’ you Â’sign forÂ’.
I can see the cockney journo sniggering while typing.
Thankfully I donÂ’t subscribe to them.

Paul Ferry
61 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:29:02
Kieran Riding – 17: ’He has chosen us here remember’.

Really? No. He would be in a Liverpool if the shite had not dumped him after a medical because the crazy guy signed for them.

Patrick Murphy
62 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:32:56
Mike,

LetÂ’s hope Eto’o and Rom make a claim for top scorer this season – weÂ’re due a player in the upper echelons of the Premier League goalscorers chart.

James Stewart
63 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:35:41
To put it into perspective its not long since we were being linked with the likes of Kevin Doyle so EtoÂ’o I can accept even if he is 33.

Now sign Vlaar or a decent centre half to play with Stones and we can get shut of the Jags/Distin disaster

Matt Muzi
64 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:31:45
12 months ago our strikers were Jelavic, Anichebe & Kone.

Now our strikers are Lukaku, Eto’o and (hopefully when/if he ever getÂ’s fit) Kone.

That is progress.

I completely agree with previous statements, this is a major statement for the club, if he is on the reported 㿣k a week with bonuses as IÂ’ve heard then itÂ’s a great bit of business. On a Saturday a lot of us saw the issue when Rom went off we had no one to keep their back line penned back, now we have.

Just need to sort the defence out now!!

Mike Hughes
65 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:45:07
I hope so Patrick. We look great on paper.
This might be the biggest name weÂ’ve had since Dixie.
Mike Hughes
66 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:46:58
... maybe Alan Ball.
Jack Plant
67 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:45:48
I think thatÂ’s a cracking signing, a great finisher, far more suited to our style of play than to ChelseaÂ’s, hope he scores a hatful
Christopher Kelly
68 Posted 26/08/2014 at 21:08:44
People are upset about signing a world class player whoÂ’s played along side Messi and Xavi etc.... Hahaha!

What else would the money go for? A new play?? Come on guys lighten up and watch him be a force off the bench.

Karl Masters
69 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:47:09
Mike - stop being so silly about the use of the phrase Â’signs onÂ’.
Clive Lewis
70 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:44:31
LetÂ’s just hope he is 32 his ex claims he is 39, and an old school pal suggests the same. Good old Tippex!

Well hje seems to play like a 33-year-old but then again so did Roger Milla.

Bill Gall
71 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:33:48
He may be getting on but as Mr Martinez said you donÂ’t loose them predatory instincts or positional play in and around the 18-yard areas.

Welcome to Everton and please score a hat-trick against the RS and please the doubters.

Kieran Riding
72 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:50:50
WhoÂ’s arsed how old he is. I bet the lads are buzzing in the dressing room when he walks in, selfies all over the show.

He comes on and scores the winner, the place will go mental on Saturday.

Anthony Flack
73 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:52:12
Very positive statements on BBC site. Sure it is to be expected but it is nice when they say the right things....
Peter Morris
74 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:48:54
Welcome Sam...IÂ’m sure you have a bit of the Oirish in ya with that OÂ’O !!
Get fit soon , we have a busy few weeks ahead and no pissing off to the African Cup of Nations in January.
Mike Hughes
75 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:57:43
Just read the BBC article in full.
Impressive pedigree - what the hell hasnÂ’t he won?
As someone else highlighted, he increases EFCÂ’s profile globally and brings his skills for others to learn from.
When you consider the other options, this is a great deal IMHO.
Mike Hughes
76 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:04:05
From Sky Sports:

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said EtoÂ’o was keen to sign for the club from day one and has no doubt the striker will be a big hit at Goodison Park.

"Roberto and Samuel seemed a perfect fit," he said.

"IÂ’m pretty sure Samuel will soon realise heÂ’s got the perfect club and perfect team-mates to really enjoy his second Premier League adventure.

"Throughout all of the negotiations, both Samuel and his representatives conducted themselves in an exemplary way and left Roberto and myself in no doubt that Everton was the only club he wanted to play for."

Colin Glassar
77 Posted 26/08/2014 at 22:58:08
Forget the ACON heÂ’s not in the Cameroon squad any more as heÂ’s sort of banned/retired after the last world cup.
Nicholas Page
78 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:03:12
After Utd got stuffed weÂ’ve flown under the radar again. Listening to RM, it sounds like heÂ’s up for it esp after Mourinho questioned his age etc.

Lets get behind him and the club. Unity - the way forward for us blues. Out with the boo boys. Football is changing again......

Colin Glassar
79 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:05:45
As one Lucky Grills wouldÂ’ve said Mike Hughes, "strewth blue, is that Bill Kenwright or Bill Shakespeare talking?"
Kieran Riding
80 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:09:48
Colin, Cameroon officially took the captaincy off him today funnily enough.
Jim Bennings
81 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:05:42
Samuel EtoÂ’o in an Everton shirt??

If somebody had said that me me IÂ’d have said wake up from your dream lad.

This fella has had such a decorated brilliant career, he has been there, done it and won the lot.

A natural goalscorer as he proved even last season at Chelsea,

I am chuffed with this signing is.

Oh yeah PS.

Paul Jewell ya fat red knobhead.

Fat red knobhead hahaha.

Colin Glassar
83 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:13:51
Jim, fatboy Jewell was almost tongue tied when talking about etoÂ’o but get the fat red knobhead talking about Ricky fucking Lambert and the fat faced knob creams himself. Why are rs such twats? And why are so many of them on the fucking telly? ItÂ’s like some sort of twisted nightmare.
Eddie Dunn
84 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:10:27
Welcome aboard Sam.
Last season he showed that he could still get into the right place at the right time.
I think he will chip in with some important goals- perhaps the winner against Liverpool( you read it here first!)
Dave Williams
85 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:01:07
Great signing but Mike #66 - no-one will ever match Alan Ball!!!!
Alex Trevalyn
86 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:18:19
Can anyone fill me in on what jewell gobshite has hissed..
Kieran Riding
87 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:20:31
Hang on someone actually pays Paul Jewell to talk about football on the telly ?
Like, real money ?

Mind. Blown.

Jim Bennings
88 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:24:28
Now now perhaps we shouldnÂ’t talk about the great Paul Jewell in such a manner.

After all he has played for Barcelona and scored more than 100 goals and won the Champions League hasnÂ’t he?
And done the same for Inter Milan?

Ohhh errrr sorry Paul , I meant thatÂ’s Samuel EtoÂ’o I was talking about hahaha.

WhatÂ’s Paul Jewell won??

Lets have a look..errrr errmmm...oh fuck it

Colin Glassar
89 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:23:43
I think they give fatboy free pies to talk shite on ssn. He hasnÂ’t got a clue usually and like all rs pundits, constantly uses his favourite team as a reference and benchmark for everything. The fat fuck is fucking clueless. In fact, heÂ’s so clueless he makes that big nosed gobshyte Phil Thompson look like Einstein.
Nicholas Page
90 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:18:24
Colin -

1. "Why are RS such twats" - cos they know deep down that Everton bore them, and they fucking hate it. Remember, its our job to remind the bastards every time. Fuck what they won, they were second, borne by us, used to play in blue and called themselves Everton Athletic. Then they stole the Liverbirds... AND the name of the city.

2. "And why are so many of them on the fucking telly?" Its pervasive. They worked out years ago, that to keep themselves relevant they needed heads and faces in the media. When the NEW yanks came in, they latched on to HÂ’boro and went out and sold it to all and sundry,....again to keep them relevant. Last season was a fucking puke-fest......theyÂ’ve actually now started to alienate all the other clubs in the country (at last getting found out).

They will stop at nothing. They arenÂ’t a home town club. They couldnÂ’t give a shit about the City. They want to win and they think that defines them

Why did they support Suarez? Why have they bought Balotelli? Can you name another club in world football that has had so many utter twats play for them? I cant.

Welcome, Samuel. COYB

Sam Hoare
91 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:38:20
ItÂ’s not what I wanted but itÂ’s a little bit exciting right?!

Welcome Samuel, please show the sort of hunger and desire that we expect from Everton players and you will be loved.

Hopefully you can prove the special one wrong, pass on some tips to the likes of Lukaku and Long and maybe help us win something whilst your at it.

Gareth Fieldstead
92 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:32:54
Colin, will there be anymore signings? We are still evens with the bookies for Wellbeck and rumors persist with Hernandez, what do you think?
Derek Knox
93 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:43:16
Nicholas# 90

At least youÂ’re not bitter about the RS mate!

Graham Mockford
94 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:52:09
Nicholas #90

I feel your pain. But donÂ’t worry they are a busted flush. I had the pleasure of being at the City game last night. Â’Gerard slipped on his arseÂ’ was a constant chant. But my favourite was Â’ Suarez out, Lambert inÂ’

Nicholas Page
95 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:53:44
Derek - lol ;-))

(IÂ’m not bitter, I just hate the vile bstds)

p.s. just remind yourself that when JM (Evertonian) died his poxy little muzzy-faced RS nephew fucked us off and piled the Moores money into them ALONE. JM would never have let that happen.

Oh, IÂ’m not bitter. TheyÂ’re like the little ugly half brother that shagged your wife and then fucked off with all your money after pissing on your kids.

Colin Glassar
96 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:59:09
Great post Nicholas, very well put.

Gareth, informal talks are ongoing with utd about Welbeck but nothing settled or near to be settled. ThereÂ’s talk of him going to arsenal but I think they, arsenal, are going to make a serious move for Falcao.

The player we could really do with from Man Utd is Kagawa but I canÂ’t see that happening unfortunately. IÂ’ve been told Roberto still isnÂ’t finished in the transfer market so expect another one by the end of the window.

Mike Corcoran
97 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:59:46
With regard to allegations bout Africans lying bout their age: I lived with a load of lads from Niger in Bordeaux in the 90Â’s. They knew what year thy were born but never the exact date. They showed me their passports and theyÂ’d all be 0/0/67 or the like cos their family would only make the trip once a year or so to register. Lovely guys that really looked after me and the missus.
Patrick Murphy
98 Posted 27/08/2014 at 00:03:35
Nicholas IÂ’m not too sure about the loyalty of the Moores family towards Everton especially in the early to mid 1970s - they had a foot in both camps and I feel that they thought there was more profit to be had across the way. They were only businessmen who had the money to do what they wanted and how they were allowed to hold shares in both clubs is beyond my comprehension. Have any other close rivals had owners who had shares in their neighbouring club?
David Hallwood
99 Posted 27/08/2014 at 00:09:00
Colin Glasser(#96) come clean-are you Bill Kenwright?
Patrick Murphy
100 Posted 27/08/2014 at 00:11:26
David I think youÂ’ve nailed it - Colin (Bill) often refers to his showbiz mates and his glamorous life-style - I wonder if Bluey is the alias of suntan bob and The Hoff is a reference to Robert Earl?
Anthony Burke
102 Posted 26/08/2014 at 23:48:53
Still canÂ’t believe it Samuel EtoÂ’o will be wearing our famous blue shirt! If he contributes with 10 to 20 goals, it would be a success in my eyes.

COYB!!!

Nicholas Page
103 Posted 27/08/2014 at 00:23:25
Thanks Patrick. WeÂ’ve wandered slightly off-topic here BUT JM supported both clubs financially, and Everton personally. Funny how that all changed when he died.....in 1993. Did our clubs fortunes not divert from that point on.....?

Anyway, IÂ’m excited about the EtoÂ’o signing. Its just not Everton.... Sky and all the bullshitter RSÂ’s in the vile Sky6 media will be falling over themselves to dismiss it as nothing other than desperation.

I fear Spurs this season – Pocketino is a cracking manager. Fatty yellow teeth lipo gobshite is just another myth; got lucky with Suarez playing for a move,

Colin Glassar
104 Posted 27/08/2014 at 00:33:04
David, our paths have crossed. But no, I’m not Billy Liar – although I wouldn’t mind having his bank account.
Drew O'Neall
105 Posted 27/08/2014 at 00:32:57
James 58

I would have banked on getting that right.

..putting it down to having just woke up.

I cringed at twice in the same sentence though..

Barkley Barkley Barkley - hey wasnÂ’t he the dog in Sesame Street? The wordÂ’s lost all meaning.. Bah!!

Gavin Johnson
106 Posted 27/08/2014 at 00:15:37
Graham #84 it may be a racial stereotype but thereÂ’s usually an element of truth, else it wouldnÂ’t be a stereotype.

Doctoring passports was endemic in Nigerian football for years. Philip Osondu was the best documented example who was voted player of the year at the under 17 1987 world cup finals.. A few years after the finals he retired. A team mate admitted he was actually 34 by the time of his 21st birthday.. ItÂ’s widely known Taribo West was also few years older than his said passport.

Btw..I donÂ’t care less that EtoÂ’o is 33 (Yes, I believe thatÂ’s his real age) HeÂ’s a big game striker, still fast with excellent spacial awareness and will give us the edge in games against top 4 rivals. Most of his league goals were against top 4 teams last season.

IÂ’ve been a supporter for nearly 30 years and weÂ’ve not had it this good for a long long time with the strikers weÂ’ve got now.

COYB

Si Cooper
107 Posted 27/08/2014 at 00:39:16
Welcome Samuel, excitedly looking forward to seeing you strut your stuff in an Everton shirt.

Hope you are the icing on the cake!

Nicholas Page
109 Posted 27/08/2014 at 00:51:23
ItÂ’s our job to get behind the boys in the royal blue jersey, so welcome Samuel......and lets smash the fuck out of all the competition.

COYB

Si Cooper
110 Posted 27/08/2014 at 00:51:23
"...... thereÂ’s usually an element of truth, else it wouldnÂ’t be a stereotype."

The whole problem with stereotyping is that it canÂ’t be considered to be correct except by accident.

Just because some people have done something it is not acceptable to assume that all members of that group are likely to exhibit the same characteristic. Just because a group of people arenÂ’t subject to a particular stereotype doesnÂ’t necessarily mean none of them actually merit it.

It is an excuse for not thinking for yourself.

Bob Heyward
111 Posted 27/08/2014 at 00:56:20
I know our Bobby loves nothing more than a big African lad upfront (no school boy sniggering, please!), but IÂ’m getting a little concerned about our strike department for four weeks in January and February... I mean, if EtoÂ’o doesnÂ’t retire, I guess him, Kone and Lukaku are off, leaving Naismith alone. Worrying.
Paul Kelly
112 Posted 27/08/2014 at 00:50:29
Well, when the RS were going to sign him. I thought "Oh fook, heÂ’ll score a hatful in the derby..." LetÂ’s hope he does hey. Will reserve judgement til IÂ’ve seen him play.

N Page- quality rant.

Mike Corcoran
113 Posted 27/08/2014 at 01:00:25
Graham I didnÂ’t say the lads I knew lied about their age. They knew the year they wee born but no exact date. IÂ’m not racist or extending any stereotype but rather trying to expunge the myth that Africans lie about how old they are. This practise may have been typical only for those guys, who knows, so wind yer kneck in cos it wasnÂ’t, in anyway, a provocative statement.
Gavin Johnson
114 Posted 27/08/2014 at 01:01:30
Si, Yes I quite agree! if you read all my post youÂ’d have seen that I was just pointing out where the stereotype about African footballers ages stems from.

As for the bit you paraphrased.. A stereotype comes from a characteristic of a group so there is a half truth. Of course this isnÂ’t going to be indicative of a group as a whole. But it is unfortunately human nature for some people to perpetuate these as a whole truths and fact.

Mike Gaynes
115 Posted 27/08/2014 at 01:25:55
I think heÂ’s one of the fittest 37-year-olds I have ever seen... and if he does happen to be younger than that, IÂ’ll take it as a bonus!

What a lovely day. Watched the Manure get humiliated by little MK Dons, and now this great news. Happy boy here.

Mike Corcoran
116 Posted 27/08/2014 at 01:30:44
Bob, rom is Belgian?
Lee Simpson
117 Posted 27/08/2014 at 01:25:42
Fantastic signing. Any doubters will be proved wrong very quickly. Scored goals wherever he has been. That wont change.
Clive Lewis
118 Posted 27/08/2014 at 01:37:57
Calm down Graham! This racist thing is doing my head in. ItÂ’s just that some African footballers donÂ’t have a birth certificate. How can that be racist. Do you think Mourinho would have questioned it if he had a birth certificate?
Kevin Rowlands
119 Posted 27/08/2014 at 01:31:31
For the naysayers, why donÂ’t we actually watch a few games where he actually participates and kicks a ball for us before we write him off as a greedy, mercenary, way past it twat, surely we should at least give him a chance, right?
Mike Childs
120 Posted 27/08/2014 at 02:07:47
Nicholas (103) I too agree about the Spurs under Pochettino. They look like a completely different team from last year and yes he is a cracker of a coach. Dare I say it here in my mind RobertoÂ’s equal. Lamala looks like a whole new player as well as Danny Rose now that he has some competition for his spot. IÂ’ve seen all top 7 teams from last year play and only Chelsea and Man City have looked better.

Hopefully itÂ’s because they were playing QPR who tried very unsuccessfully to play a back 3 that they tore apart.

As for Eto’ I said yesterday I prefer signing him rather than Wellbeck hopefully he proves me right. Hopefully Roberto will go to Barça and get us on loan striker like say Mumir if they got another kid like that lying around. IÂ’ve watched him a few times now and he always impresses. Silky smooth, tricks and great array of shots. SaturdayÂ’s game he scored on a lovely chip and early he hit the crossbar so hard it was still shaking a minute later.

Kevin Rowlands
121 Posted 27/08/2014 at 03:14:25
Bob #111,erm, since when have Belgium been part of Africa?
David Ellis
122 Posted 27/08/2014 at 04:09:53
Bob#111 - and EtoÂ’o has been dropped from the latest Cameron squad as they start re-building for AFCON. Next to no chance of him playing for them again. And canÂ’t see Kone getting enough game time or form to be considered for AFCON (but would be a huge bonus if he did).

Kevin - I think Congo was part of Belgium once! But not the other way round.

Andy Osborne
123 Posted 27/08/2014 at 04:50:03
This is my 39th season as an Everton supporter. I can only remember one other striking line up that has excited me more. Heath, Sharp and Gray. They used to score goals for fun. We havenÂ’t seen our current line up play yet, but, on paper, they have the ability to score lots.
Julian Wait
124 Posted 27/08/2014 at 04:58:36
Makes me wonder will they charge on shirts for the Â’ in his name?
Jamie Sweet
125 Posted 27/08/2014 at 05:21:05
If this works out then it will have been an absolute master stroke. Only time will tell.

He still looked pretty sharp when IÂ’ve seen him and a hattrick v Man Utd this year doesnÂ’t happen if youÂ’re completely over the hill.

CanÂ’t help thinking that he would have had an even better record at Chelsea if he had got off to a flyer at the start of the season..... and heÂ’s got Gareth Barry to thank for that not happening!

Brian Cleveland
126 Posted 27/08/2014 at 05:11:47
Why are you all talking about the goals Samuel can bring us? HeÂ’s been given the number 5 shirt, obviously to shore up the defence!

Bob #111.... lots of talk about stereotypes and racism... Lukaku is black therefore he is African? ;-) Sure it wasnÂ’t deliberate, just pulling your leg...

If weÂ’re complaining about AFCON, what about Atsu? WonÂ’t he be off too? Not a big part yet of the team yet, but could be by that time... but anyway, while it is inconvenient, other teams go through the same problem... I wouldnÂ’t decide not to sign a player because of that.... if a player is going he is a decent international so worth living with.... letÂ’s look at it positively... we have international players in our squad... in fact a squad of international players more or less. Smile and roll on Saturday (just hope Finch Farm has a few sand dunes again to get the buggers fit!!)

James Hill
127 Posted 27/08/2014 at 06:47:30
Master stroke!
Harold Matthews
128 Posted 27/08/2014 at 06:12:26
Very exciting. I wouldnÂ’t expect him to work as hard as Naismith but heÂ’ll jump on any mistakes by the opposition defence and knows where the net is. Pity weÂ’re without the creativity of Pienaar and Ross. Osman has the ability but is usually trampled by physical teams and his non-stop effort from box to box causes him to run out of steam before the hour mark. Unfortunately, Roberto will ignore his pain, wait a further 10 minutes, then swap Mirallis for McGeady.

Anyway, whatever happens, EtoÂ’o will give us a touch of class and something different. WeÂ’ll need to be patient while he gets up to speed but he is sure to provide us with moments to remember.

James Hill
129 Posted 27/08/2014 at 07:56:52
Lukaku Naismith and EtoÂ’o will start against Chelsea. Game over
Steve Jenkins
130 Posted 27/08/2014 at 07:56:47
3 times CL winner & World Class finisher.

Used right and sparingly (as he will be by Roberto) itÂ’ll prove a great addition for us.

HeÂ’ll bring an arrogance & mentality needed on the pitch & dressing room, heÂ’s not going to be phased playing the shite and that can be infectious and rub off on other players who clearly have issues over it.

It gives us 2 seasons with 4 quality strikers whilst Martinez looks for longer term options upfront, for the younger strikers at the club, they’ll have the opportunity to watch & learn from him everyday in training & from matches – that should help improve (thinking of Rom here as well as the youth team players. There’s not many if any to learn – box movement & clinical finishing from.

We all know Rom has big potential but is raw. Hopefully Eto’o can help bring on areas of his game that need polishing.

What I also like is we have 4 different options upfront:

Rom – beast, big, strong boy can finish & good pace
Naismith – small, hard working, intelligent footballer, lovely finisher
Kone – (prior to injury; now will have to wait & see) serious pace, can play off the shoulder & poacher
Eto’o - World Class finisher

Dick Brady
131 Posted 27/08/2014 at 08:50:01
I think EtÂ’o will be a useful addition to the squad. He has European experience in abundance which will help with our UEFA campaign and heÂ’s a natural goalscorer who will offer an alternative to Lukaku.

HeÂ’s not 33 though. Even Jose admitted heÂ’s probably closer to 36, 37 or 38.

Christopher Wallace
132 Posted 27/08/2014 at 08:59:59
Great signing! We shouldnÂ’t judge him by last season as Chelsea is a horrible place for strikers - only Anelka and drogba have done well there since the days of hasselbaink/gudjohnson.

Sturridge, Lukaku and Kalou all struggled and went on to better things. Torres, shevchenko, creepy and others have died a death down there.

LetÂ’s go EtoÂ’o NSNO

Derek Knox
133 Posted 27/08/2014 at 08:49:46
Julian# 124

With reference to your shirt query, I think heÂ’ll be able to afford it. :-)

Drew Shortis
134 Posted 27/08/2014 at 08:45:19
Great bit of business on so many levels. He will be invaluable for us in our Europa League campaign as we are lacking a bit of experience in continental competition. A great option from the bench to come on and change games.

Tons of knowledge to pass on to the youngsters. Competition and backup for Lukaku. Raises EvertonÂ’s global profile. Cost us nothing in transfer fees bar signing on bonus.

Has scored 1 in 2 throughout his career. Scored 9 in his first season in the PL despite being played sparingly. Scored against the top sides last year including a hat trick against Man Utd. IÂ’m very happy with this news!

Jim Bennings
135 Posted 27/08/2014 at 09:08:00
Christopher

Even if we did judge him on last season, a hat-trick against Man United and the winner against Liverpool plus 3 goals in the Champions League, thatÂ’s not bad going, I think he scored 12 last season despite being a squad player.

33 isnÂ’t that old in this day and age, would people class a 33 year old postman or office worker, shelf stacker or truck driver as old?? No and they are not super fit athletes that are professionally trained.

EtoÂ’o will do a good job here this season just watch and wait.

Mike Green
136 Posted 27/08/2014 at 09:12:21
Spot on Drew #134 - and as far as signings moving forward are concerned players will be thinking Â’if theyÂ’re good enough for EtoÂ’o......Â’. A fine signing indeed.
Brent Stephens
137 Posted 27/08/2014 at 09:21:59
If heÂ’s good enough, heÂ’s young enough. I think heÂ’s good enough; and as Drew and Mike say, raises our global profile and acts as a magnet to others who might be wondering if we are worth signing for (cf Lukaku).
Dick Brady
138 Posted 27/08/2014 at 09:27:58
The only downside to this deal is that it effectively ends any chance Long & McAleny had of getting first team football.

Undoubtedly Roberto will find room for EtoÂ’o on the bench and that will push both Long & McAleny further away.

I do feel a little bad for the young lads who both desperately need first team football to develop. IÂ’m not sure on the long term benefits of giving all the first team opportunities to a striker who is 33 (possibly 35 or older) while Long & McAleny sit on the sidelines watching their early potential slowly drain away.

But I trust Roberto (even though his decision-making has been awful so far this season) and IÂ’m sure things will work out.

Colin Glassar
139 Posted 27/08/2014 at 09:45:43
LetÂ’s not forget he turned down AC Milan and Ajax to join us. Dick, apart from a tongue in cheek comment by Jose Mourinho do you have any concrete proof of your allegations?
Derek Knox
140 Posted 27/08/2014 at 09:41:28
Dick# 138

While I understand your concern, I canÂ’t wholly agree with it.

McAleny and Long both enjoyed a full pre-season with the the first team squad this year, and were given playing time to prove their worth. Apart from that wonder goal from Chris Long, neither showed any reason why they should be elevated with confidence to be a regular squad member.

So you canÂ’t have it both ways Dick, at least Roberto has given the younger fringe players every chance to show what they can bring to the table.

The fact that they have failed to seize that opportunity, tells me one of two things, a) theyÂ’re not good enough, or b) they are not ready or mature enough to step up.

Having said that, surely they will be beneficiaries of training with EtoÂ’o, which will happen on a fairly regular basis, and then well see whether a) or b) is the case.

Nelly Verdonghan
141 Posted 27/08/2014 at 09:44:10
Bob #111.....EtoÂ’o has retired from international football & Lukaku is Belgian so why will he be going to the African Nations Cup...as for Kone... will he even be fit by January/February???

IMO EtoÂ’o great signing... hopefully he can do for Lukaku what Andy Gray did for Graeme Sharp.

At this moment in time, itÂ’s all about RomÂ’s potential. I honestly believe EtoÂ’s will help develop him into the player we all want him to be just by teaching him a few tricks of the trade regarding movement etc. By doing similar, Gray turned Sharpie into our post-war record goalscorere..

Just to think: from Jelavic & Big Denis to Lakaku & Eto’o in just over 12 months – who’d have thought it.... and apparently Everton where holding Moyes back!!

Well done, Roberto and Bill Kenwright (I was one of his biggest detractors 18 months ago) with the signings over the last 12 months... Kenwright has obviously found a manager he trusts to spend our money and not waste it on shite like Bilyaletdinov. For the first time in many years, I genuinely do believe we can compete at the top...COYB!!

James Wong
142 Posted 27/08/2014 at 09:31:23
My friend (in Australia) who does not watch EPL or any type of soccer except maybe the Australian matches in the World Cup texted me today and said EtoÂ’o to Everton.... so if he knows EtoÂ’o, then truly Everton have done a great job here in convincing him to join the club.

Personally itÂ’s a great signing and exactly what we needed. I donÂ’t know what the personal terms are, but even at 𧴜k a week, I think its money well spent considering thereÂ’s no transfer fee.

Maybe he can even convince Messi to join?

Phil Walling
143 Posted 27/08/2014 at 09:38:44
Few home produced players have much hope of making it in the bear garden of the Premier League. The patience required in properly integrating the young is no longer afforded to managers anywhere apart from at Southampton, it seems.

Yes, this should be the year when the likes of Long and McAlney get a shout but they will be lucky to see much of the bench let alone Premier action. And we are all to blame.

We scream endlessly for signings and however many players we have, we always want more. Thus, the international mercenaries - some with very dodgy credentials - find themselves much in demand however far down the road to retirement they may be.

Five years from now, I predict no locals will ever make the Everton team and the England team will be made up of reserve team players. Sky will probably be picking all the teams !

And donÂ’t tell me the Thursday League will be used to groom our kids. They will merely be used as hacks to rest the thoroughbreds.

Dick Brady
144 Posted 27/08/2014 at 09:52:25
Its a well know fact that African records are not what they should be. David Moyes once said that YakubuÂ’s age was an Â’African ageÂ’. Indeed Yakubu left Everton at only "28" but couldnÂ’t cut it in the lower divisions and now, still only "31" Yakubu finds himself playing in Qatar for Al Rayyan Sports Club.

If Yakubu was really 31, would he not be playing at a higher level? I think his real age caught up with him and thatÂ’s why he went to play in China and Qatar.

Moyes once claimed he didnÂ’t know how old Yakubu was and Jose made similar claims about EtoÂ’o. Maybe EtoÂ’o is 33. WeÂ’ll probably never know for sure.

The thing is as Brent Stephens put it in the comments above, if heÂ’s good enough, heÂ’s young enough. And I do think EtoÂ’o is good enough whatever his age.

Robert Collins
145 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:05:21
Really donÂ’t know how to figure this one out?

Being a big name he wonÂ’t have come cheap. Like others on here commented, thereÂ’s shades of Gazza and Ginola.

IÂ’ve been expecting him to get out there and dig up some gems on the cheap.

I was in the Martinez camp when he first came (and still am), but IÂ’m feeling my first few pangs of anxiety about Roberto. I didnÂ’t want Lukaku at the price we paid and now this EtoÂ’o move?

All I can really say is that I hope Roberto well and truly proves me wrong over the coming seasons.

Chris Corn
146 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:22:16
Dick Brady... Yakubu scored 28 in 50 games between Leicester and Blackburn – hardly "not cutting it in the lower leagues". I would suggest the money was a factor why he moved on... and why are you so obsessed with this age issue? Is Drogba 42 then? Or just because Jose says so, it’s the gospel?!
Mike Green
147 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:22:42
Just watched Press Conference. Some decent answers in there to some terrible questions setting a very negative tone to whatÂ’s a real coup for us. Good news is he and Roberto clearly have a plan and are reading from the same page so thatÂ’s all, ultimately, that matters.
Dick Brady
148 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:26:54
Chris, IÂ’m not obsessed with the age issue. I honestly couldnÂ’t care if EtoÂ’o was 33 or 38 (more likely in my opinion). If heÂ’s good enough heÂ’s young enough.

I was merely pointing out Moyes had doubts about YakubuÂ’s age in the same way Jose had doubtÂ’s about EtoÂ’o age.

One thing is for sure, EtoÂ’o will be good enough for Everton for the duration of his 2-year contract regardless of how old he actually is.

Craig Fletcher
149 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:10:39
Thanks Dick (144) for that pitifully obnoxious, ignorant post.

Didier Drogba is 36 and has just re-signed with a PL side; Kolo and Yaya Toure are both on the wrong side of 30 and still at the top level? How many English and European footballers have faded "early" in their late 20Â’s / early 30Â’s after having earlier hit great heights?

The example of Yakubu is a pretty poor one..... he would never win awards for fitness even at his peak; and if I remember correctly it was an anterior cruciate ligament injury that put him out for a year that he ever really recovered from. He was never a candidate for Ryan Giggs-like longevity.

Citing African records as "not what they should be" shouldnÂ’t be levied as a crass stereotype to beat against African footballers aged over 30.

Call me an old-fashioned, naive wide-eyed optimist, but I believe EtoÂ’oÂ’s ability to play on well into his 30s is probably more likely to have something to do with good conditioning; a high level of fitness, a professional attitude, being highly-motivated, and one who is extremely fortunate to have avoided serious injury through his career.

And probably has less to do with the possibility his birth certificate has been doctored by Cameroonian authorities in the late 1970s.

Mohammed Horoub
150 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:34:34
James@ 142 IÂ’ve had a similar reaction from most of my friends this morning as well. They all mainly follow La Liga and Serie A and are only aware of the EPL teams in the Champions League. All of them have gotten in touch with me and are impressed that EtoÂ’o has signed with us and although IÂ’m not expecting more than 10 goals from him this season his experience in the dressing room will be important for the Europa League. I hope EvertonÂ’s marketing department know how to use him because he is the highest profile player we have signed recently. EtoÂ’o scoring the winner on Saturday will be a nice introduction to Goodison.

I still think Roberto has a couple of loan moves up his sleeve before the deadline.

Barry Earley
151 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:38:36
Dick, to say he is "more likely" 38 shows your complete ignorance of him and his history.

He moved to Spain as a youngster! He signed for Real MadridÂ’s Academy!! Do you think he was not really 15? You honestly believe at that time he was a 20 years old bloke?

Craig saying "pitifully obnoxious, ignorant post" hits the nail firmly on the head.

Mark Pierpoint
152 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:23:54
Please give the conspiracy theories a rest Dick. Your last three posts are more than bordering on racist.

All I will say is that I hope I look like him when I am supposedly 37.

Yakubu is a different point entirely as well. His major problem come when he had his Achilles injury (notoriously hard to come back from) the loss of a yard of pace and power evidently hit his game hard, it was hardly the gradual decline that comes with age. For what its worth he did OK with Blackburn when he left us.

Dick Brady
153 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:30:46
If you look at RobertoÂ’s signings, itÂ’s clear he felt there was a need for more experience at Everton.

Kone (31), Alcaraz (32), McGeady (28), Barry (33) and now EtoÂ’o (33) are all experienced players and only Lukaku (21) and McCarthy (23) can be considered as young players signed by Roberto.

That says to me that when Roberto took over he saw a lack of experienced players (Neville had just departed) in the squad and that was something he wanted to rectify.

My only slight problem is that the starting line-up against Arsenal, Howard (35), Baines (29), Coleman (25), Jagielka (32), Distin (36), Barry (33), McCarthy (23), Pienaar (32), Naismith (27), Lukaku (21) and Mirallas (26) looks a little old.

The average age of EvertonÂ’s starting eleven against Arsenal was 29. Something thatÂ’s not going to be helped if our most regular substitutes are Osman (33), McGeady (28) and now EtoÂ’o (33).

I understand Roberto adding experience to the squad but the David Moyes foundations (Jags, Baines, Howard, Distin, Pienaar, Osman) are all getting to an age where they will need replacing sooner rather than later.

That will be the true test of Roberto.

Mike Hayes
154 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:47:36
ItÂ’s going to be confusing on Saturday - the noise from the crowd will make it difficult to tell if itÂ’s the grand old lady creaking or the players COYB
Gavin Johnson
155 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:36:08
Did anyone read the reports he turned AC Milan down because they were dithering and looking at Torres and Borini as alternatives to replace Balotelli

CanÂ’t blame him..IÂ’d have been insulted if Milan rate these 2 over him

Jim Knightley
156 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:41:43
EtoÂ’o has had his birth certificate amended.

I have it on good authority that he is actually two years younger than he claims. Realising that it would benefit his career to appear Â’olderÂ’ than he was, so he could achieve a professional contract earlier, EtoÂ’o falsified his age.

Also, Dick, EtoÂ’o has responded to your comments in a recent interview:

"I am 33 years old. And it is not because a fool called me an old man that you must believe it."

Phil Walling
157 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:47:33
You are in trouble, Dick, for offering the mildest sign of doubting the genius of our revered manager.

It is not done. Kindly desist !

Dave Williams
158 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:35:32
In the photos I have seen of him with Roberto he looks very fit and bright-eyed in total contrast to the somewhat unprofessional appearance of McGeady when he signed.

I agree with a couple of previous posters in that his self belief will help our dressing room especially against RS – I can’t see him being intimidated by playing anywhere against anyone as he has already done it all and shown he is up there with the best.

Rom now has EtoÂ’o, Dunc, Joe and even Sharpy around the place to help him develop; if Rom has any desire to be the best he is sure as hell in the right place.

Naismith will be invaluable now – watch him do Sam’s running for him and leave Sam to exploit the gaps... mouthwatering!!

Terry Riley
159 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:59:22
I have my doubts about Sammy...
David Ellis
160 Posted 27/08/2014 at 10:48:25
Dick
I doubt it was a deliberate policy for Martinez to add experience to the Everton squad (with perhaps the exception of Barry). I think it was a question of getting the best players he could get within his budget. Older players are cheaper and in some cases are more willing to play a supporting role so help with the squad morale.

You are right that there is a crop of players that will need replacing in the next year or so, and that was the case a few years ago when we had Cahill, Arteta and Yakubu beginning to reach a certain age. It was ever thus, and a solution was somehow found and I am sure Roberto will solve the retirement of the players you have mentioned.

The reality is they don’t all fade at the same age or at the same time so it tends not to be a mass exodus. In the meantime we have a great squad for the next two years so that’s good enough for now and we do have good young players on the fringes in all core positions (apart from keeper) – Lukaku, Barkley, Besic, McCarthy, Stones – so I would not worry too much about the future.

Tommy Meehan
161 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:01:44
"Maybe EtoÂ’o is 33. WeÂ’ll probably never know for sure."

Dick, you do realise that EtoÂ’o is a footballer from Cameron rather than the profound mysteries of quantum physics. Then again, I strongly suspect that you are 106, so itÂ’s little wonder that your logical faculties have eroded into non-entity...

Colin Glassar
162 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:11:26
Dick, your posts regarding African players is bordering on racism mate. So all Africans, in all walks of life, falsify their birth certificates do they? Just because the genius that was OFM questioned YakubuÂ’s age that is gospel to you? YouÂ’ve been accused of homophobia before, donÂ’t let racism be added to your c.v.
Sam Hoare
163 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:15:21
I think Dick has a fair point in that our first team squad is beginning to look a little aged. We saw against Arsenal the effect of running out of legs and itÂ’s a mild concern that the majority of our first team squad are nearer the end of their careers than the start.

Hopefully the plan is to bring through more youngsters from the talented 16- to 19-year-old group (Ledson, Kenny, Galloway, Long, Green and maybe Henen) but have to say I would rather RM brought in a few younger players of BesicÂ’s age and quality.

An average starting age of 29 is pretty old for someone reputed to put his faith in youngsters and I hope this is a trend we will see reverse over the next few years.

Colin Glassar
164 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:25:00
Someone said on this thread, or another one, that this age obsession by some of our fans is similar to that old Â’70s show, LoganÂ’s Run. For those too young to remember, the basic plot of the show was a world where people who reached 30 were put down in an effort to control population growth (if I remember correctly).

Any team sport be it football, baseball, rugby, cricket or whatever needs a mix of young and veteran players just buying 18- to 20-year-olds is great for the future but there is always a need for an experienced pro to allow those players time to develop. This has always been the case so I donÂ’t understand these types of comments.

Great press conf by Roberto and EtoÂ’o, btw.

Jim Knightley
165 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:29:47
Yeah Phil...This is about Martinez, and nothing to do with comments about EtoÂ’oÂ’s age. Do you ever contribute anything useful to this forum? It looks like you jump from one misguided anti-Martinez comment to another.

Sam, IÂ’m much more confident in the Â’youthÂ’ of this squad now, than I was 18 months ago. Besic, Lukaku, McCarthy and Robles (although IÂ’m not a fan of him) have come in, and Oviedo, Barkley and Stones have improved (I also like the look of Garbutt). Mirallas and Coleman are not old, and Atsu is here for a year. IÂ’d argue that Lukaku, McCarthy, Barkley and Stones all have market values of 㾻-30mil and IÂ’m not sure how many clubs can say that about 4 under 23s?

IÂ’d like to see us bring in a talented young CB next season (IÂ’d love Nastastic, but that boat would have sailed by then), and a talented young left sided player, in order to continue our transition to a younger squad.

And Sam, the tiredness in the Arsenal match was a blatant effect of the insufficient pre-season. Our second half decline will not happen in September.

David Midgley
166 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:07:39
Calm down lads !!!
Age only matters if youÂ’re a cheese .

Nicholas#95

Hope the family are feeling better.

Sam Hoare
167 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:40:23
Colin, I donÂ’t see anyone saying we should have a team of all 20 year olds. Balance is indeed the key. But for me a balanced first team age wise would have an average age somewhere between 24-27 years old ideally. 29 suggests to me an older team. ItÂ’s not a huge problem and perhaps experience is the way to go but I expected and still expect us to have a younger team under Martinez.

We have an older brigade and we have a lot of good youngsters. I think we could use a couple more dare I say inbetweeners, around 21-25 to add balance.

Colin Glassar
168 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:45:03
And wine David. Some on here seem to get worse the older the get, no names mentioned btW.
Colin Glassar
169 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:47:53
I agree that would be a perfect scenario Sam but arsenal tried for years getting rid of their 30 year olds and replacing them with youngsters and it didnt work out too well for them did it? I also remember a Milan team full of old fogies winning the CL a few years ago. So age, IMO, is relative and as long as they stay fit and can compete at the highest level, frankly my dear, I donÂ’t give a damn.
Barry Earley
170 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:51:44
As the great philosopher once said "You donÂ’t win anything with kids".
Ernie Baywood
171 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:38:48
Colin (162). ItÂ’s not about falsifying documents. ItÂ’s about there still being limited registration of births in African countries. A quick Google search tells me that still only a third of births in Cameroon are registered. What do we think that number might have been 33 years ago?

The questioning of the age of African players is unfortunate (if theyÂ’re wrong, how wrong could they be?) but there is a basis to it.

Not sure why allegations of racism are so prevalent on TW nowadays. ItÂ’s not even a little bit like racism.

Mark Dunford
172 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:41:51
The squad looks a little disjointed rather than aged. We have a group of good players over 30 and a similar group under 25 with few inbetween - problem is primarily in defence but there is also Lukaku/EtoÂ’o. This disparity leaves us vulnerable and too dependent on inexperienced or ageing players in the event of an injury or suspension.

There is no reason to question any playerÂ’s stated date of birth. Having said this, EtoÂ’o is still 33, Jags still 32, Howard a sprightly 35 and Distin a remarkable 36. Injuries to the last two may necessitate a longer recovery time

The absence of match ready, experienced back up for Howard is something which everyone seems to agree on. Loaning out Joel and bringing in experienced reserve seems the best (only) solution - unless we really think Joel is going to be replaced.

Still baffled by BesicÂ’s non appearance at 2-1 in each of the games weÂ’ve played.

Kevin Tully
173 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:46:57
I expect Lukaku (21) Besic (21) Stones (20) Barkley (20) and McCarthy (23) will all be regular starters. Of course we have older players who need replacing, what side doesnÂ’t? So, looking at that, I would say the balance of younger and older players is fairly good.

I know we shouldnÂ’t have signed EtoÂ’o. I mean, we could have gone for Cavani, I donÂ’t know what Martinez is playing at?

Or, maybe we should just go out and spend 𧴰m like Liverpool to replace all these codgers?

What planet are some Evertonians on lately?

Gavin Johnson
174 Posted 27/08/2014 at 11:48:43
This argument about ages and race is getting ridiculous now! Some African players (not all) donÂ’t have birth certificates. ThatÂ’s all, nothing more, nothing less! WhatÂ’s racist about that, surely its more to do with sociological reasons in those countries.

I think everyone needs to get things into perspective before they start accusing people of racism on here.

Teddy Draper
175 Posted 27/08/2014 at 12:07:02
Samuel could be our modern Bobby Collins, and for those of you who don’t recall the legend that was Bobby, ask your grandads. If – and it’s a big ’if’ – he achieves just a portion of what Bobby Collins did for Everton, we will win something this season. COYB.
Andrew Ellams
176 Posted 27/08/2014 at 12:08:00
We have seen an increase in the questioning of African players ages since tongue in cheek remarks from both Moyes and Mourinho. There have been a couple of incidents of registering players as younger than they are to enable them to play in junior tournaments but those were cheating to gain an advantage in those tournaments rather than general falsifying of players ages.

If so many African players are that much older than they say, did none of them get discovered until they were in their 20s? Where they 23 when scouts thought they were 16/17? Who cares as long as he bangs in the goals?

Philip Mannering
177 Posted 27/08/2014 at 12:05:18
Pah! Age and the respective demise of both cognitive and physical fitness is completely relative to the individual. You have to look no further than the likes of Sheringham, Giggs and Owen (the opposite side of the discussion) to see that.

I remember an extremely fit and arguable best player in his position at the time, Neil Back, winning the World Cup back in 2003 (albeit a different sport, though one requiring fitness levels at least equal to football).

I am extremely excited by the news of this signing and believe we have a very potent attack, which runs through the team from defenders to forwards. Bring on Chelsea!!!

Philip Mannering
178 Posted 27/08/2014 at 12:34:18
Forgot to mention he was 34 at the time :S
Drew Shortis
179 Posted 27/08/2014 at 12:23:35
I donÂ’t really buy this ageing squad business. Yes there are several players who are heading into the final years of their careers, but we also have a fine crop of youngsters coming through to take over and there will be more coming in over the next few windows.

You could put out a strong starting eleven of: Howard (35), Coleman (25), Oviedo (24), Stones (20), Jagielka (32), McCarthy (23), Besic (21), Mirallas (26), Barkley (20), Atsu (22) and Lukaku (21) with an average age of about 24.5 years old. If we replace Howard and Jagielka in that lineup the average age would drop even further.

Its good to have a blend of youth and experience. The signing of Barry last season demonstrated what a massive influence an experienced player can bring to the team. I think EtoÂ’o can have a similar impact too. I also think its too soon to write of Jags and Distin after two sub par games, though I agree that Martinez needs to start looking for a partner for Stones as the centre of our defence for years to come.

It seems to me like expectation levels have been raised so much over the last year or so that we are becoming greedy. Martinez has done a magnificent job so far, but it is a long term project and if he carries on we will be winning trophies soon!

Tony J Williams
180 Posted 27/08/2014 at 12:39:58
I just wish the Greenpeace keyboard warriors would just pack it in with the racism chants.

ItÂ’s well documented that there are plenty of people making comments about the "Nigerian 28" etc, itÂ’s footy banter and it is in no way meant to be racist by anyone saying it. If so why havenÂ’t Moyes and Maureen been brought up under disrepute charges?

I couldnÂ’t give a rabbits bollock if he is 33 or 38 or 27, he was and hopefully still is a world class finisher and can still run.

I just want him to score as many goals for Everton as he possibly can, he will certainly have more composure than most in our team (IÂ’m looking at you Mirallas) and I donÂ’t care how old he is.

Dave Abrahams
182 Posted 27/08/2014 at 12:41:58
I donÂ’t care how old he is or who he has played for in the past, how many honours he has won, how many goals he has scored in the past.

All IÂ’m interested in is how good is he now.

He plays for us now so obviously I hope he does the business. Will he?

Denis Richardson
183 Posted 27/08/2014 at 12:40:44
I could understand all the misgivings about age, ego and wages before he signed (had them myself). However, now that heÂ’s here, itÂ’s all a bit irrelevant.

LetÂ’s all be happy that weÂ’ve just signed the most high profile player in the history of the club which will really make people sit up and take us more seriously. Nevermind giving defenses a shit load more to think about.

One thing is for sure, he’s going to be 150% up for it against Chelsea, no better way to get some revenge on Jose than putting the winner in the back of the net in front of a packed GP – instant revenge + instant Everton Hero. 3 points on Saturday would wipe away the anger for the dropped points in the last two games. 5 points from the first 3 games is a solid start, if not great, but we can build on that going into the derby.

I cannot wait for the weekend now and hope a couple of days training with us will give him enough puff for a fair few minutes on the pitch. Bring him on with half an hour to go, IÂ’d certainly fancy him to get past the like of Terry and Cahill.

Good day to be a blue (hope Rom is 100% fit as well). Think GP may just be full come Saturday...

Ernie Baywood
184 Posted 27/08/2014 at 12:39:01
ItÂ’s not just about building a young team and letting them play together for 10 years - is about having a conveyor line. Young > Prime > Experienced Leaders.

In midfield itÂ’s perfect. We could just tweak and improve it for years without ever needing a rebuild.

In attack EtoÂ’o has probably fixed a problem. Lukaku will likely peak early so itÂ’s another position weÂ’ll probably just tweak and add depth to.

Defence is a mess. We need another two CBs to fix that or we fall off the cliff and have to rebuild it. No-one wants a rebuilt defence. Need to get a few games into Garbutt and consider right back too.

Tony J Williams
185 Posted 27/08/2014 at 12:49:53
Ernie, I donÂ’t think the defence is in that much trouble.

We have a young Coleman at right back, An Oviedo to come in for Baines (who will someday hit the wall, he has been running that line for years now with no sign of slowing down)

Stones for Jags, so our main concern is a younger left footed centre half because as athletic Distin is, he probably canÂ’t last too much longer (Stubbs, Weir & Gough may argue this though)

Ernie Baywood
186 Posted 27/08/2014 at 12:54:21
And in the interest of equality of discrimination I question whether Darron Gibson is actually only 26. Must have had a tough paper round as a kid.
Ernie Baywood
187 Posted 27/08/2014 at 12:59:52
Stones is fine. By the time heÂ’s a fixture in the team he probably will have played 50 top level games for us. No transition... it just keeps on rolling (unintentionally Stones gag there). The problem is that, at that point, he should be coming in alongside an experienced partner... weÂ’re looking likely to change both our CBs at the same time. Possibly our keeper too.

At the age these players are at they should be well backed up to cover for injury, fatigue, and succession planning. Bobby has fixed up midfield and attack - defence needs to be next on his agenda.

Mike Hughes
188 Posted 27/08/2014 at 13:09:03
Colin #164

I made the LoganÂ’s Run comment but was referring to the film (same difference) featuring a very fit Jenny Agutter. She was a fine actress.

As also stated elsewhere, IÂ’m hoping Samuel EtoÂ’oÂ’s signing is our Andy Gray moment (another one who many complained at the time was an aging crock with dodgy knees). He arguably galvanised the squad into a real group of winners.

A Derek Mountfield style centre back wouldnÂ’t go amiss before Monday.

James Richard
189 Posted 27/08/2014 at 13:25:47
From Jelavic and Anichebe to EtoÂ’o and Lukaku. IÂ’m not complaining.
Paul Willis
190 Posted 27/08/2014 at 13:36:30
I was ecstatic when we got a fat washed-up Gazza. Needless to say, IÂ’m bouncing off the walls with this one.
Denis Richardson
191 Posted 27/08/2014 at 13:26:07
Know a few people will throw their toys out of the pram but think getting Lescott back on a free would have a been a really good signing. Quick, experienced left footed CB with still 2-3 years left in his prime, whoÂ’s also played with Jags many times before.

Think fans would have gotten over how he left after a few decent games and welcomed him back - he would also have finally gotten is wish to be a regular CB with us rather than LB.

Anyway, that ship has sailed now.....

Derek Knox
192 Posted 27/08/2014 at 13:32:14
Mike# 188

Derek Mountfield, if ever there was an unsung hero, he was surely in that category. I think we signed him from Tranmere if memory serves, for well, not a lot really.

Not only was he a decent Central Defender, but I remember him scoring about 14/15 goals (mostly headers from set pieces) in one season. That from a Central Defender is better than most CFÂ’s but also appreciate that was a few years ago, and things have changed a bit since then too.

I doubt we could get one like him, but I would settle for Micah Richards in a heartbeat, and feel we could get him cheap enough and he would provide cover or displace either Jags or Distin and is capable of a goal or two. He can also cover adequately the right back slot.

Mark Tanton
193 Posted 27/08/2014 at 13:44:41
If EtoÂ’o is last one in weÂ’ve had a good window, and in comparison to some of the windows of the past a bloody spectacular window.
Sean Kelly
194 Posted 27/08/2014 at 13:41:12
A no nonsense centre half before Monday please. Does anyone think McCarthy off Reading would be good value as back up for ٠-3 million.
Brent Stephens
195 Posted 27/08/2014 at 13:51:02
Ernie #186 - you know what these Irish records are like! "Please turn over" written on both sides. ItÂ’s a JOKE!
Mike Green
196 Posted 27/08/2014 at 13:56:14
On the upside, we must be making progress if people aren’t happy about us signing Samuel Eto’o – on a free at that!
Phill Thompson
197 Posted 27/08/2014 at 13:46:10
Shame that Hansen guy is not still around, all we would need to ignite our season is him saying, "You win nothing with old farts."

WeÂ’ve some great youngsters coming through and League Cup / Europa League opportunities for them to shine and progress. Well done Roberto – not quite up there with getting Besic for ٢mill but a great signing.

Gavin Johnson
198 Posted 27/08/2014 at 13:47:50
A few people have jumped on the Micah Richards bandwagon and while heÂ’s a good player and can do a job a right back I think weÂ’re pretty well covered there with Stones, Browning and Hibbert deputising Coleman there.

He can play in the middle too, but isnÂ’t he gonna play on the right side of the centre back pairing?? WeÂ’ve got Stone and Jags to compete for that position.

ItÂ’s the other side where we are inadequate IMO. WeÂ’ve just bought Galloway whoÂ’s not ready for the first team, and I shudder every time Alcaraz gets in the team. I canÂ’t think of many left footed centre halves available on a limited budget now. I guess Lescott would have been an option but IÂ’d have some reservations about that happening.

Mike Hughes
199 Posted 27/08/2014 at 13:57:54
Derek #192

Yes, thatÂ’s what I meant. MountfieldÂ’s aerial ability was a double benefit at defending corners and in attack from set pieces. Unsung hero is right. IÂ’ve rarely seen a player look as happy when he scored a goal as him.

Micah Richards might be a good call. But, if I was greedy, IÂ’d be going for goalkeeper and centre back in that order of priority.

IÂ’m made up about EtoÂ’o but I see RM is managing expectations by saying heÂ’ll need a few training sessions before getting up to the right level of fitness.

Derek Knox
200 Posted 27/08/2014 at 13:54:20
Sean#194

It looks by all accounts, SSN are reporting that he is in negotiation with QPR and Â’Appy Â’ Arry the self proclaimed (dyslexic tax dodger) but I have to agree that the GK situation is far from ideal.

I have mentioned on other threads the same question, but would rather we explored David Marshall (Cardiff) or a rather cheeky bid for free agent Petr Cech, why not they (Chelski) are our feeder club, but feel he would (Cech) only accept him being top banana in goal with Tim as his understudy.

I could certainly struggle by with that scenario, itÂ’s whether Chelski, Cech, Howard and Bobby would go along with it.

Gavin Johnson
201 Posted 27/08/2014 at 14:07:41
Forgot about Duffy I guess thereÂ’s question marks over his speed and distribution but he canÂ’t be worse than Alcaraz.
Ryan Rosenberg
202 Posted 27/08/2014 at 14:00:42
HeÂ’s still remarkably fit for someone of his age. If you watched him last season you would have realised his movement around the box is still extremely quick, and he has incredible awareness.

He definitely gives us a different option. I wouldnÂ’t be surprised to see Lukaku play out on the right a bit more, with EtoÂ’o through the middle.

Ibrahimovic is 32, Di Natale is 36, Totti is 37 – all have managed to consistently perform, and more importantly score, at the highest level into their 30’s. Why can’t Eto’o?

Max Wilson
203 Posted 27/08/2014 at 14:19:16
This is great news – whatever his "age" – there is chronological age and physical age as any one with half a brain will tell you. That’s why I’m knackered. Many of us wanted to see a real striker to partner Lukaku and now we’ve got one. Just watch his passing, positioning, reading of the situation, anticipation and ball skill; you’ll know why Chelsea had him. He doesn’t shoot his mouth off either and I like that.
Patrick Murphy
204 Posted 27/08/2014 at 14:30:56
What with all the excitement of EtoÂ’oÂ’s arrival and the upcoming game on Saturday, a new initiative by Everton FC has been reported on the OS.

The Official Everton Show will make its debut tonight when the hour-long programme is aired on City Talk 105.9. The Club has secured a weekly prime-time slot on the station between 5pm and 6pm, with the show also set to be repeated at weekends.

At last something on Local Radio that is dedicated to Everton FC!

Sean Kelly
205 Posted 27/08/2014 at 14:27:27
Derek IÂ’ve been shouting for Marshall all summer but I think he would be beyond our spending ability now. McCarthy would be a cheaper option.
Kevin Tully
206 Posted 27/08/2014 at 14:43:24
Sorry Patrick - I find I canÂ’t listen to a word Graeme Sharp says these days. I wish someone would sit him down and tell him he sounds like an imbecile. Add the fact he was slating Martinez & the players at the beginning of last season for trying to keep the ball, he also appears to be fairly clueless about modern football.
Tony Marsh
207 Posted 27/08/2014 at 14:51:24
I didnÂ’t want us to sign EtoÂ’o but, now we have him, I am warming to him a bit. If nothing else, he will be a great influence on the younger players in the squad. The reason I didnÂ’t want him was the thought that Bill was pulling another stunt instead of paying proper money for a younger guy with long-term prospects.

In total we have splashed out ٧ million this summer on players as only ٤M went down for Lukaku off a 㿈M total. EFC made the most revenue ever last season on top of the sales of Fellaini, Anichebe & Jelavic. There was also the ٦.5M we offered for Leroy Fer that went missing as well?

Good luck to EtoÂ’o – I hope he does the business but something about this transfer window stinks. I thought we would at least spend 㿀M this summer – not the ٧M we have done so far.

Harold Matthews
208 Posted 27/08/2014 at 14:03:41
Delighted with EtoÂ’o but like others above, would like an additional centre back.

The other day I watched Vincent Kompany throw himself in front of a shot, arms and legs akimbo like a goalie. Ron Vlaar, Terry, Vidic, Ramos and Puyol are made of the same stuff. Jags has been seen to do it on occasion. So too Hibbert and Alcaraz. Unfortunately, Coleman, Baines, Distin and Stones turn their backs and try to block with the seat of their pants. All terrific players I wouldnÂ’t swap but at the same time, I hope we can eventually unearth someone in the Kompany/Puyol mould.

Ian Hanes
210 Posted 27/08/2014 at 15:18:49
Just watched the press conference - seems fairly level headed and I can see why he would have clicked with Bobby. Reminds a bit of when we signed Beardsley and RS signed Saunders.
Dave Roberts
211 Posted 27/08/2014 at 15:32:38
EtoÂ’o could either be a joke signing or a very astute bit of business. I suspect it will be the latter. I would consider 10 goals from him to be well worth the signing, not to mention the advice he could give to Rom. We have to remember this lad has been one of the best strikers in the world and while we canÂ’t expect that level of performance now he could still be very important for us. And somehow I think he will be.
Dick Brady
213 Posted 27/08/2014 at 15:51:53
There wouldnÂ’t be a dispute about the age of EtoÂ’o and Yakubu without the following comments:-

"The problem with Chelsea is I lack a striker, I have EtoÂ’o but he is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?" - Jose Mourinho.

"YakubuÂ’s only 25, albeit a Nigerian 25, and so if that is his age heÂ’s still got a good few years ahead of him," - David Moyes.

What would prompt senior managers like Moyes and Mourinho to make comments like that unless there was something behind it? If they were completely unfounded comments then should not Moyes and Mourinho be punished for slander?

Either way it doesnÂ’t really matter how old EtoÂ’o actually is. The only important thing is that he looks fit and will undoubtedly do a good job for the duration of his 2-year contract.

I remember when we signed Richard Gough and got a good couple of yearÂ’s out of him. If Roberto can get something similar from EtoÂ’o IÂ’ll be more than happy.

Andrew Ellams
214 Posted 27/08/2014 at 16:02:32
I see there is a bit of controversy now about Diego CostaÂ’s age. 25, now there is a guy who had a tough paper round
Mike Childs
215 Posted 27/08/2014 at 15:38:06
What do you guys think of turning to Oveido when heÂ’s healthy to partner with Stones as a newer younger CB pair? I have never seen Duffy play so I can hardly rate him. ItÂ’s obvious due to age we have to sort the position out or weÂ’re going to score 80+ goals this year but our goal differential will be less than 5 and our draws will out number our wins.would love to pick up Morgan and his partner at Leicester as they also put Costa to task like they did Lukaku.

Perhaps RM has been giving Distinct and Jags every chance to come good before he drops them for Stones and Besic? I want to believe this but I fear RMÂ’s locality to his players may get I the way. Got to be more like JM when it comes to his players.

Jim Knightley
216 Posted 27/08/2014 at 16:03:39
Dick..the problem is that you are taking the comments literally. As has been represented on here, the registration of births in parts of African is less common than in Europe. Because of that, and because of the common conception of that (Despite the fact that it is very rare that a player is discovered to be older than he is - can you name any examples? - whilst homogenising Â’AfricaÂ’ is reductive), managers allude to it, in often mistaken attempts at humour. Taking these comments literally ignores the tone in which they expressed - do you actually believe Moyes and Mourinho think the players are older than claimed? And what do you mean punished for slander? how do you think legal processes work?

I donÂ’t know how IÂ’ve got caught up in this age thing, because I donÂ’t care enough to be. But the ridicolousness of your comments makes it hard to ignore. Saying stuff like Â’Even Jose admitted heÂ’s probably closer to 36, 37 or 38.Â’ as a means to legitimate your argument is beyond stupid. When did Jose say he was closer to 38? Do you think Jose was being serious? Do you think Jose knows better than Eto? Do you think that, just maybe, if Eto was 4 years older than he claimed, that someone might have come forward and outed one of the most high profile African footballers? Just as is your claim that Yakubu must be older than he is, because he is playing in Qatar at 31. Are Hernandez and Chico Flores older than they claim, because they are playing in Qatar at he ages of 29 and 27 respectively? or are they playing in Qatar, like Yakubu, because of the money offered?

Bizzare.

Btw, I loved DenisÂ’ comment: Â’Jeez - how things have changed - from Straq, Anichebe and Jelavic to EtoÂ’o, Lukaku and KoneÂ’

It is a brilliant representation of the way weÂ’ve improved.

Andrew Ellams
217 Posted 27/08/2014 at 16:34:12
Mike, Oviedo isnÂ’t tall enough to play CB and to be honest it would probably be a waste of his talents/strengths. Same goes for Besic
Sean Kelly
218 Posted 27/08/2014 at 16:25:08
Dick the age thing is irrelevant. Did we say Rooney, you are too young when he made his debut. As long as the player is good enough for whatever roll Roberto sees fit that will do for me. I look forward to EtoÂ’o knocking in 10 or more goals and me being the auld fella that I am will celebrate them like an overexcited gobshite on speed and wonÂ’t give a newts toss how old he is.

Come on man you know heÂ’s better than what we have as backup. Give the guy your support after all he is in our beloved blue shirt. If he doesnÂ’t perform or score after 10 games feel free to have a go at me but in the meantime anyone in our beloved blue shirt should have our undisputed support.

Ged Simpson
219 Posted 27/08/2014 at 16:37:47
Tony m 207: just perhaps we aren,t spending all we have. RM saved cash for this window and perhaps has now decided not to spend more.

Whether him or Bill who made this decision this could be prudent and not another conspiracy episode. To me this window has been good.

Iakovos Iasonidis
220 Posted 27/08/2014 at 16:34:14
I remember same things about age were said about the one and only Bakayoko and he is still playing football at the lower divisions of France. Not the same quality of course, Bakayoko is the king! EtoÂ’o will score goals, I am very happy with this signing. Many benefits for Everton here, marketing related and in the pitch. I only hope he stays injury free.
Chris Leyland
221 Posted 27/08/2014 at 16:24:37
Tony J WillIams #180 "I just wish the Greenpeace keyboard warriors would just pack it in with the racism chants.It’s well documented that there are plenty of people making comments about the "Nigerian 28" etc, it’s footy banter and it is in no way meant to be racist by anyone saying it."

Well done there for your classic use of the Malkay McKay defence. It is clearly all just a bit of Â’friendly banterÂ’ just like refering to the Malaysian owner of Cardiff as Â’the chinkÂ’ or suggesting that there arenÂ’t enough Â’white facesÂ’ on a list of potential transfer targets. I mean, why would anyone possibly be offended by these things?

By the way, I am not and have never been a member of Greenpeace.

Matt Traynor
222 Posted 27/08/2014 at 16:48:10
Jim #216, nicely put, but trying to reason with Brody/Brady is trying to mud wrestle with a pig. After a while, you realise itÂ’s pointless and the pig is probably enjoying it.

Still, after being called out for openly questioning the sexuality of some of our players, heÂ’s now trying the tried and trusted African Age avenue for a reaction.

HeÂ’s an attention seeker. I can only imagine what heÂ’s like in a social environment.

Mark Tanton
225 Posted 27/08/2014 at 17:05:35
Matt IÂ’ve wrestled a few pigs and if your mates never find out, it can be worth it.
Steavey Buckley
226 Posted 27/08/2014 at 16:59:20
Dave Roberts (223) But where was Besic? He is the same player who marked the so called player of the World Cup, Messi, out of the match between Argentine and Bosnia Herzegovina. Instead, there is Osman still on the pitch in the second half when Arsenal began to run riot.
Steve Brown
227 Posted 27/08/2014 at 16:51:48
EtoÂ’o is a good signing. He may be 33 years old but is in good condition, has won trophies at the top clubs in Europe and has scored a goal every two games wherever he has played.

He’s been bought because he is a winner who will hopefully instil some of that mentality in what is a talented but slightly soft team. Sure he might have a bit of an attitude but four league titles and three champions leagues will do it for me. Get Besic in the team as well – that boy never smiles – and we have a bit more bite. Imagine what Eto’o would have said in the dressing room after we lost a two goal lead to Arsenal.

Tony Marsh
228 Posted 27/08/2014 at 17:00:45
Ged @ 219. No conspiracy theory; just a little bit strange this signing. ItÂ’s being said that if Rodwell had not joined Sunderland then the ٠m sell on fee we received would notÂ’ve been available to sign up EtoÂ’o... Is it true? Everton have only spent ٧M in real terms this window and I feel itÂ’s not enough.

LetÂ’s just say EtoÂ’o had stayed at Chelsea this season; where would we be now without a striker being available on a free? Is there any money at the club to actually purchase a player instead of loans and freebies?

Steve Brown
230 Posted 27/08/2014 at 17:14:17
Tony 229, maybe weÂ’re not done yet? Hopefully not anyway, as we need a right back, centre back and attacking midfielder.
Dick Brady
231 Posted 27/08/2014 at 17:14:36
I absolutely think EtoÂ’o is a player who can change things. So if things arenÂ’t happening for Lukaku then at least thereÂ’s an option to change things with EtoÂ’o.

We havenÂ’t had a decent second option striker since Jelavic departed. I think that was the role Roberto hoped Kone would play but sadly heÂ’s never had chance due to injuries.

IÂ’m in favour of EtoÂ’o and look forward to seeing him in an Everton shirt.

Tony J Williams
232 Posted 27/08/2014 at 17:20:41
ThatÂ’s right Chris 221, you got me.

Saying that, do you want to point out the actual racist insult involved in suggesting someone is older than they suggest?

If anything the "Nigerian 28" could be the closest, so why wasnÂ’t Moyes sacked and castigated like McKay?

No comparison in the two thatÂ’s why.

Dick Brady
233 Posted 27/08/2014 at 17:19:51
Steve Brown, do we really need another right back? LetÂ’s be honest Seamus Coleman is the best right back in the country, heÂ’ll play every game unless Roberto wants to rest him and if he ever does that Tony Hibbert can deputise without too much fuss. Seems silly to waste money on a right back just so he can sit on the bench behind Coleman for the next 5 years. DonÂ’t forget John Stones can play at Right back too if needed and Jonjoe Kenny, who turns 18 this season, is also a right back, after his performances helping England to win the European Under-17 Championships I expect Johnjoe Kenny to have a big future.

I also think we are fairly well covered at Centre Back too with Stones, Alcaraz, Galloway and Duffy behind Distin and Jagielka. I think if Roberto is to bring in a centre back then he should first sell either Alcaraz or Duffy.

Keith Glazzard
235 Posted 27/08/2014 at 17:37:19
Welcome Sam - have a happy stay and score some great winners for us.
Gavin Johnson
236 Posted 27/08/2014 at 17:31:07
Tony#229 I didnÂ’t know we had received a sell-on fee for Rodwell but thatÂ’s a bonus!

We are also getting money from Brentford from the sell-on of Adam Forshaw to Wigan. The fee was rumoured to be between 2-3m but the Brentford manager quashed these rumours and suggested the deal was actually more.

IÂ’m really happy with the business that weÂ’ve done this summer. It really shows how expectations have risen that people are wanting more signings. WasnÂ’t it not that long ago that we didnÂ’t sign anyone for nearly 18 months before we broke that duck and signed the Strac..Times are definitely a changing

Harold Matthews
237 Posted 27/08/2014 at 17:45:27
Gavin. Ha ha. God bless The Strac.
Dick Brady
239 Posted 27/08/2014 at 17:46:54
I agree Gavin its been a good transfer window and remarkably out Net Spend sits at 㿎 million (might be even higher depending on what we paid for Galloway).

I think in terms of Net Spending we are in the Top 3 of the country behind Man Utd and Liverpool. IÂ’m sure I read we have spent more then Chelsea and Man City in terms of Net Spending.

For once I think we must all congratulate Bill Kenwright. HeÂ’s made big money available to Roberto and hasnÂ’t insisted on selling any players to even it out.

Christopher Kelly
240 Posted 27/08/2014 at 18:13:17
Our net spend has to include only ٣M for Lukaku as thatÂ’s all we have spent thus far.
Dick Brady
241 Posted 27/08/2014 at 18:15:50
Only ٣M for Lukaku? I thought he cost 㿈 million?

I thought our net spend was Lukaku (㿈M), Besic (٢M) and Barry (٠M) with only Gueye (Free) and Vellios (Free) leaving. That would make our Net Spend 㿎 million. Although thatÂ’s not accurate as Brendan Galloway also signed up for an Â’undisclosedÂ’ fee which is assumed to be somewhere around ٠M - ٢M.

Jim Knightley
242 Posted 27/08/2014 at 18:22:26
I donÂ’t think it is sensible to criticise our spending, because of the way weÂ’ve broken up the Lukaku payments. In my opinion, breaking up the payments is a very clever way of operating, and if the stories are true, IÂ’m surprised that Chelski agreed to it. WeÂ’ve importantly added Lukaku for a club record fee and in the process weÂ’ve got the striker we desperately needed. WeÂ’ve also added Barry on the back of a successful loan spell, Eto, Atsu on loan and Besic permanently. We been let down by Kenwright again and again , and weÂ’ve constantly been outspent by our rivals, but this season, we have competed.

If I said to the majority of ToffeeWebers that, 3 months ago, that we would have signed Lukaku, Eto, Barry, Besic and Atsu on loan (plus Golloway and possibly Henen), I expect pretty much everyone one of us would have bitten my hand-off. The schedule of payments is irrelevant imo: itÂ’s the personnel that matters. If we are not supported next season, then I will be angry, but IÂ’m over-enjoyed with this summer. We just need to keep the important players here, and add a young cb, a decent back up goalie if Robles does not make the grade, and a creative wide player next season.

Gavin Johnson
243 Posted 27/08/2014 at 18:49:40
I remember watching an interview where OFM said that the one thing he wished he could have had during his tenure was a 20 goal a season striker..Well weÂ’ve potentially got 2 now! Although I canÂ’t see EtoÂ’o getting that many, you never know; itÂ’s his 2nd season and I also think our style will suit him more than ChelseaÂ’s.

ItÂ’s great being an Evertonian right now..Bring on Chelsea..COYB

Tony J Williams
244 Posted 27/08/2014 at 18:57:28
Dick, that looks brilliant until you consider we managed to get 㿈m for Fellaini and whatever we managed to get for Jelavic and Anichebe....oh and the money for finishing 6th in the league...oh and the Sky payment. ..

Pitted against each other, taking into account that we are paying instalments for Lukaku, ouy esteemed chairman hasnÂ’t really done that great moneywise really.

Derek Turner
245 Posted 27/08/2014 at 18:26:45
Relax guys, this window has been awesome. Yes, we have dropped points, but look at the squad, the bench. Remember Joe-Max Moore anyone? Nyarko?

EtoÂ’o is no Gazza, or Ginola, look at his physique if anything, and he is not 37, if you take Jose as Gospel, well, we would not have Romelu for a start, the man is an egocentric moron. Points to prove for many of our players.

And whilst hoofball Jags is a concern, Distin waning, we have the man with a plan. These guys have reason to fear us. RM was cautious integrating players last season, but in the end it worked well. COYB

Dean Adams
246 Posted 27/08/2014 at 18:12:35
This time last year we had, Vic and Jelly. Now we have Rom and Sam. Happy? If not, go see your shrink again and get back on those tranquilisers.
Milos Milenkovic
247 Posted 27/08/2014 at 20:09:45
I remember Joe-Max Moore, he was pretty decent player...
Dick Brady
248 Posted 27/08/2014 at 20:09:56
Agree with Dean.

I mean I have doubts if Lukaku will ever be worth 㿈 million and I fear EtoÂ’o is too old to make much impact but I trust Roberto and IÂ’m happy we have them.

We have had a mixed bag of strikers over the years (Beattie, Johnson, Jelavic, Anichebe, Stracqualursi, Beckford, Yakubu), its the one area David Moyes could never get right.

Lukaku (potential) and EtoÂ’o (experience) are the best strikers we have had at Everton since the days of Big Dunc.

IÂ’m happy.

Dick Brady
250 Posted 27/08/2014 at 21:34:40
EtoÂ’o has retired from International football which will only help him focus on his fitness and Everton.

I actually admire players who call time on their International careers to extend their playing career at club level.

The more I hear from EtoÂ’o the more I like him. Good lad.


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