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Martinez has summer targets in mind

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Roberto Martinez has reiterated that he already knows the positions which need strengthening this summer and the players he ideally wants to fill them.

The club have already moved quickly to agree a deal to sign Tom Cleverley on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract at Manchester United but the manager tells evertonfc.com that he is prepared to wait in order to land some of the other players on his shopping list.

While he insists the team is strong enough in the goalkeeping department now that he has abandoned the search for a long-term successor to Tim Howard that he initiated in January, Martinez says he is looking at each part of the line-up to make improvements.

He has made known his desire for a left-sided centre to replace the departing Sylvain Distin and a play-making "number 10" is also high on his list of priorities.

Another addition to play wide and compliment his existing attacking options is also thought to be a possibility, with the likes of Aaron Lennon and Gerard Deulofeu frequently linked in recent weeks.

You are looking in every line of the team, Martinez says. In goal we are strong. Joel Robles showed this season that he is a keeper with a lot of potential and we are privileged to have Tim Howard.

So it is about adding a player per line and making sure they are specific profiles and suit what the team requires.

That makes sure the work that we have over the last six or seven months since December and January is paying off now in this window and we are in a position to make bringing in those players a reality.  


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Joe Foster
5 Posted 08/06/2015 at 18:29:16
Privileged? Oh dear.
Alan Humphreys
8 Posted 08/06/2015 at 19:01:54
Martinez command of English is very good but sometimes itÂ’s more cringe-lish than English.

Agree with Joe, "privileged"... WeÂ’re not privileged to have him, heÂ’s privileged to play for Everton surely?

Darren Hind
10 Posted 08/06/2015 at 19:11:48
You try to go easy on him, not criticise him while he tries to rebuild, but itÂ’s so difficult to respect a guy who tries to tell you we are "privileged" to have Tim Howard.

No wonder the spoonfooted fucker keeps gobbing off as if he owns the place.

Ross Edwards
11 Posted 08/06/2015 at 19:25:39
The fact that he says that we are privileged to have Tim Howard undermines any credibility he has. Tim Howard should be privileged to still be in the PL because last season he was atrocious.
Christy Ring
13 Posted 08/06/2015 at 19:14:05
Bob has to check again! A new keeper should be one of his top priorities. How are we Â’PrivilegedÂ’ to have Tim? HeÂ’s an accident waiting to happen, heÂ’s past his sell-by date. When was the last time he came for a corner or a cross?? The first 2 names on BobÂ’s team sheet are Howard and Barry. Both should be surplus to requirements this summer.
David Hallwood
14 Posted 08/06/2015 at 20:08:30
Privileged to see an EPL GK beaten at his near post... not once but 6 or 7 times. Not many supporters can say that.
Brian Hill
15 Posted 08/06/2015 at 20:24:00
Lyndon, did you make this up? I hope so...
Michael O'Brien
16 Posted 08/06/2015 at 20:27:32
Insists we are strong enough in the goal scoring department? In what world?
Paul Tran
17 Posted 08/06/2015 at 20:29:45
Next summerÂ’s English Language GCSE exam will have a question that will include these quotes from Martinez, followed by the word Â’DiscussÂ’.
Paul Ellam
18 Posted 08/06/2015 at 20:59:48
I wonder why it is taking time then to sign these players who we already know we want? Maybe they arenÂ’t so keen on us as we are on them!
Dave Lynch
20 Posted 08/06/2015 at 21:12:44
Why doesnÂ’t he just shut the fuck up or start talking sense?

Privileged to have a very average keeper as your No 1? God give me fucking strength...

Harold Matthews
21 Posted 08/06/2015 at 21:05:32
If we sign them, we take over their wages. BK wonÂ’t like that. Not when theyÂ’re lying on a beach with wine and a woman.
Andy Crooks
22 Posted 08/06/2015 at 21:21:51
Does anyone know if other mangers come out with this sort of stuff? I appreciate that he must be contracted to make comments but why can he not be the tight lipped Roberto, the taciturn Spaniard who doesnÂ’t consider us privileged to have Tim Howard?
Dave Ganley
23 Posted 08/06/2015 at 21:31:51
Well Brenda certainly talks as much shit and el Messiah does but that isnÂ’t any kind of consolation.

He really needs to stop bigging up these players the way he does as it just comes across as we should consider ourselves really lucky to witness such average performances. We want players who consider themselves lucky to grace GP not the other way round. ItÂ’s no wonder our players seem to think theyÂ’re much better than they actually are.

Colin Glassar
24 Posted 08/06/2015 at 21:39:27
IÂ’m starting to question his sanity.
Jim Jennings
26 Posted 08/06/2015 at 21:52:37
Paul Ellam (18)

It could be something to do with the fact that itÂ’s June 8th and the transfer window doesnÂ’t open til July 1st and close til two months later. Plus most players are on their holidays.

You can probably count on one hand the amount of players that have been transferred to Premier League clubs since the season ended.

Steve Guy
27 Posted 08/06/2015 at 22:09:22
Second worst shot stopper in Europe last season. Privileged? HeÂ’s lucky heÂ’s getting a second chance and I hope he realises it, as heÂ’ll have nowhere to hide if he performs like that next season.
Mick Wrende
28 Posted 08/06/2015 at 22:25:00
What a prat Martinez is saying stuff like that. Howard spent most of the season falling on his arse. He looks a joke with that silly upside-down head of his. Privileged – give me strength!
Kase Chow
29 Posted 08/06/2015 at 22:55:02
We need goal power.

Will El Bob address this?

James Stewart
30 Posted 08/06/2015 at 22:59:57
More idiotic ramblings. Howard is a liability has been for years. Transfers are what scares me most about Martinez. Awful on the most part.
Tom Bowers
31 Posted 08/06/2015 at 23:08:17
Nothing that happened in the Summer last year could have prepared the fans for what was to happen in the following season.

Maybe we should just sit back and await for things to unfold and then hope whatever they are that next season will be a big improvement.

However, we shall most probably have to wait till the last minute to see who is arriving when really these so called Â’Â’targetsÂ’Â’ should be in the fold soon so that they may be integrated in the Summer warm up games.

As far as Howard is concerned, sure he is past his best... but isnÂ’t Osman, Barry and one or two others who keep getting in the starting eleven? There has to be outgoings otherwise any new additions will just be benchwarmers.

Everton did not have a strong starting eleven at any point last season due to glaring inconsistency and of course injuries but every team has injuries.

I see Martinez starting with the same tried, tested failed selections and tactics at least for 10-12 games as he just didnÂ’t show any way of solving the problems at any point last season.

He will have additional experience in Cleverly but another class striker is needed and if that situation is not improved on then it will be a struggle yet again.

Keith Harrison
32 Posted 08/06/2015 at 23:33:51
I think BobbyÂ’s command and understanding of English needs to be improved before he gives any more interviews. Even Joanna Lumley would be hard pressed to accept Tim Howard at Privilege!
Paul Kelly
33 Posted 09/06/2015 at 00:23:12
Just when you think his ramblings couldnÂ’t get any worse.

I dread the future of our club with coco at the helm I really do... Privileged for TH??? I donÂ’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Ant Dwyer
34 Posted 09/06/2015 at 00:20:56
Tim has been a wonderful servant but heÂ’s well an truly done, we need a new number one now.

One player weÂ’ve not been linked with who is available is Hernandez of Man Utd, heÂ’s 27 and has had an easy career as of yet. HeÂ’s about to hit his peak an would be a massive asset for most clubs. HeÂ’s said to want to play regular football at a good level so why not have ago at stealing him on the cheap.

Another player who may be interested in a move may be Peter Cech. This one is a bold one but again, the offer of first team football!

You never expect to see us be so bold in the transfer market but in my opinion these two players are getable and would massively strengthen our first team, not just the squad.

Chris Funk
36 Posted 09/06/2015 at 00:33:53
Hard to know what to make of this, really.

I donÂ’t think Howard has Â’been a liability for yearsÂ’, though his ability is clearly in decline and he had a very, very poor season. I would say that heÂ’s been a good servant of the club, and really cared about Everton in a way that many whoÂ’ve passed through the doors havenÂ’t, but that doesnÂ’t make you the first choice at your position.

Having said that, I can only think one (or more) of four things:

A) Martinez is convinced Robles is ready win the #1 job, and thinks Howard has earned the right to not be pilloried in the press by his manager as he is eased into the #2 spot (or out the door);
B) Martinez doesnÂ’t want to tip his hand and increase the value of a potential GK target;
C) Martinez is simply incapable of saying anything negative about a player in public, no matter what;
D) Martinez is off his rocker;
E) All of the above.

I know that most on TW would grab for Â’DÂ’ in a heartbeat, and it may be true, but personally I donÂ’t know whatÂ’s going on here; it may be Â’EÂ’.

What you can say is that, in aggregate, the GK performances havenÂ’t been good enough to target the top 6, let alone the top 4. Can Howard still do that? Maybe, but father time -- and recent form -- are absolutely against him. Can Robles do that? Maybe, but he hasnÂ’t been in enough Â’bigÂ’ matches to say (at least for me).

In addition -- barring some seismic change in investment -- we donÂ’t have the funds to simply buy our way out of a problem position overnight. We simply canÂ’t afford to buy a fully-fit, prime-of-their-career top-4-in-the-Premier-League GK and have any hope to reinforce any other part of the team.

WeÂ’ll have to do with someone who is younger and talented, but less experienced; someone who may not have elite talent but is in the prime of their career and close to the top-4; or someone who was/is elite, but clearly in the twilight of their career.

Frankly, I think this assessment goes for every single position on the team. We simply cannot buy our way out of our striking problems -- or any other problem for that matter.

Given that, I really hope that the answer to the question of what is going on in RobertoÂ’s mind is a combination of Â’AÂ’ and Â’BÂ’, not Â’CÂ’ and Â’DÂ’.

Ant Dwyer
37 Posted 09/06/2015 at 00:41:12
DNP

One thing I have noticed of late is that fans are really having a go at our own players. I include myself in this; IÂ’ve slated Howard, Barry, McGeady, Naismith, Kone and Alcaraz. Some of the above have been good for us and deserve more respect but my abuse of these players is born from frustration from having an half-wit of a manager.

Howard and Barry were brilliant last season but have aged over a short period. For me, a manager should see this first long before the fans... but Roberto does not. Others are just plain shite and were brought to the club by our half-wit of a manager.

All-in-all, our manager is the main problem. We need to get shut while we still own some real quality players as weÂ’ve waited a long time to get stability at the club and one man can destroy it.

Stones, Baines, Cleverly, Gibson, Coleman, Mirallas, Jagielka – all quality international footballers. McCarthy, Besic, Barkley, and Lukaku are all young quality international players too. Add the young guns on their way through and the experienced players who are still knocking about an we’ve got a good basis for a quality manager to start a decent process.

My vote would be Bilic, but if you look at some of the other big names linked with the West Ham job, thereÂ’s some real quality managers about. Move now Bill before itÂ’s too late.

Steve Hogan
38 Posted 09/06/2015 at 01:26:47
IsnÂ’t it a little ironic that we have a Spanish manager, albeit that he has resided in the UK for a number of years, that seems to have little or no influence in picking up players from that part of Europe?

Is it that we just donÂ’t have a credible scouting network or heÂ’s simply drawn to players that he has managed in the past? Either way, we just donÂ’t seem to have much imagination in the transfer market these days.

There does seem to be a general air of resignation around Goodison these days, not helped by the general inertia of our great leader from theatreland.

IÂ’m on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next Â’phenomenonÂ’ to be announced from El Bob, followed by another diatribe of how blessed we should be as supporters that they have chosen Everton to continue with their career.

Cue massed throngs of Evertonians all on their knees, praising the heavens, for we have been truly Â’chosenÂ’.

Darryl Ritchie
39 Posted 09/06/2015 at 06:13:04
Question:

After Howard (old and getting older) and Robles (potential, but untested), who else do we have under contract? If either those two is out, whoÂ’s the next in line?

Rahul Sreekumar
40 Posted 09/06/2015 at 06:33:51
All heÂ’s saying (once you get past his usage of words), is that with the transfer budget we have, we have bigger priorities than a GK- namely CB, No.10 and Striker.

HeÂ’s just hoping that neither Robles nor Howard are injured at the same time I guess.

Conor Waters
41 Posted 09/06/2015 at 06:42:50
Darryl its a young Czech lad called Jindrich Stanek. The only thing IÂ’ve seen of him was an absolute howler in the reserves last season.

Martinez just seems incapable of constructive criticism. After that dire campaign it blatantly obvious we need reinforcements, yet he insists weÂ’re pretty much sorted. Its infuriating babble. Would take a punt on Marshall or Westwood. WouldnÂ’t break the bank either...

Conor Waters
42 Posted 09/06/2015 at 06:50:05
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/football/video-1113917/Everton-U21-goalkeeper-Jindrich-Stanek-difficult-debut.html
Michael Kenrick
43 Posted 09/06/2015 at 07:09:56
Then thereÂ’s Russell Griffiths who sat on the bench when Robles was standing in for Howard.
Sam Hoare
44 Posted 09/06/2015 at 07:47:48
Howard has been a very decent, committed goalkeeper for us but was statistically one of the worst keepers in the league last season. He did get better towards the end but seems a strange automatic pick for a manager claiming Champions League is the target.

I was keen on Pantilimon last Summer before his free transfer to Sunderland and IÂ’m sure there are other good keepers who would not cost the world.

My only hope is that Martinez really believes in Robles and plans to integrate him more into the first team because Howard sadly does not fill us – or our defenders, by the looks of them – with confidence.

Eddie Dunn
45 Posted 09/06/2015 at 08:24:22
I would take these latest comments with a pinch of salt. He never letÂ’s on what he is really thinking, and as much as he lauds Tim Howard, he could just as likely be preparing his departure.

And as for "privilege", the players are all privileged to be earning vast amounts of money, playing the great game of football for Everton.

Sam Morrison
46 Posted 09/06/2015 at 09:40:26
Good comments Sam (#44) and Eddie (#45).

As much as Martinez does continuously talk in platitudes, we know from Eto’o and Distin that he can be a hard fucker when he wants to. I very much doubt he has missed the decline in Howard’s form, and he certainly hasn’t missed the fans’ reaction when Howard came back in for Robles – who, by the way, everyone but everyone was saying was a terrible signing by Martinez in the first place.

Getting hot and bothered over the word Â’privilegedÂ’ is probably a bit over the top. Having said that, if Howard plays on next season with the same form as the one weÂ’ve just had, IÂ’ll be pretty hot and bothered myself...

Andrew Ellams
47 Posted 09/06/2015 at 09:53:02
I have never been the biggest fan of Szczesny at Arsenal, but one of the many reasons Villa and specifically Benteke didnÂ’t get a sniff in the Cup Final was that he was perpared to come off his line and make every cross his. That is what Howard is missing from his armoury.
Danny Halsall
48 Posted 09/06/2015 at 09:59:05
I wouldnÂ’t read too much into the goalie comment. I think, as it always is, our transfer budget is limited. So instead of coming out and saying, "Yeah, I would like a new keeper, but we havenÂ’t got unlimited funds and I would prefer to strengthen in other areas" Martinez has instead come out and publicly praised the keepers we already have.

Now I know Roberto can be over the top with his praise and use the word Â’phenomenalÂ’ a lot, but to be honest I think heÂ’s chosen his words quite carefully here. I may be wrong, but itÂ’s funny how people jump straight down his neck whenever he says... well... anything!

Paul Tran
49 Posted 09/06/2015 at 09:59:03
I think IÂ’ve worked it out. This is Martinez-speak for, "WeÂ’re always looking to strengthen in all departments. With my budget, goalkeeper isnÂ’t the top priority right now. Be patient, because Bill doesnÂ’t like paying for players when theyÂ’re on holiday."

Of course, he couldnÂ’t just say that, could he?

Ant Dwyer
50 Posted 09/06/2015 at 10:16:59
Stoke have two good goalkeepers, maybe we could take a punt on one of them.

Also, as an extra attacking option, how about Lucas Podolski, unwanted at Arsenal but would be a massive improvement on our squad. A proven international with a eye for goal and the ability to play central and in wide areas. Also only has a year left on his deal so could steal on the cheap.

Tommy Gourlay
51 Posted 09/06/2015 at 09:54:29
IÂ’d say Chris FunkÂ’s multiple choice of....

C) Martinez is simply incapable of saying anything negative about a player in public

....was the case even before he joined us.

Every week Wigan would be dire but his post-match interview would be full of the positives, which seemed like lunacy, but that togetherness and confidence he instilled would pull them out the mire at the last minute.

The only question for me – and only approach from him I could see having a success with us – was whether he could instill that attitude in the BETTER players of Everton EARLIER in the season than at Wigan.

So IF he was ousting Howard IÂ’d see him fill our keepers confidence (in case he never managed to get a new one), then bring in a new keeper claiming he was "as 2nd backup" then that keeper would Â’somehowÂ’ manage to win the number 1 spot... mind you I thought that was what he was doing with Robles.

BTW What does everyone think of Carles Gil for the wide position? He looked like he was going to single-handed keep Lambert in his job at one point. Apparently Sherwood doesnÂ’t like him and heÂ’s for sale.

Steve Brown
53 Posted 09/06/2015 at 12:32:28
Agree, the privilege was all ours last season, as Howard was dreadful and our improvement in the New Year stalled when he was returned to the first team.

Why are all managers so adamant that their judgement on players is always right despite clear and undeniable evidence that their judgement is nonsense? Arrogance, hubris, stubborness or sheer stupidity? They all seem to think they have a greater wisdom that leads them to spout nonsense in public.

Ciaran Duff
54 Posted 09/06/2015 at 12:37:28
Whatever about his choice of words, RM has made it clear that GK is not his top priority this summer. With limited funds, I think that is reasonable. Not saying we couldnÂ’t strengthen there but just that other areas need it MORE.

Priorities for me would be a real No 10, backup (left-footed) central defender and a winger (Del Boy please).

Regarding some of the comments about doing business quickly. RM says that he has his "ideal" list and is prepared to be patient (even til the last minute) to get the best person. Doing business early is all well & good if you have plenty of money and players definitely want to move to you.

However, in the real world, I guess it is far more complex. Players and clubs are sussing out their options & offers. Even if players are interested there are still T&Cs to be negotiated. So, as usual, it will be a long hot & bothered summer.

Phil Walling
55 Posted 09/06/2015 at 13:08:39
.....and the signing club on deadline day saves up to 12 weeks wages.
Terence Leong
56 Posted 09/06/2015 at 14:21:21
They donÂ’t call it the silly season for nothing. ItÂ’ll be foolish of us to hang onto every word that managers say during this period (or any other time for that matter), especially when we know how unreliable these things are.

Moyes has himself backtracked on how many he would sign on more than one occasion. Alex Ferguson had to eat his words after selling Ronaldo as the virus to the mob.

So, why beat ourselves up over anything that can seem incongruent? Chris Funk (#36) is probably right in the sense that almost everything that is said is always slightly veiled.

James Marshall
57 Posted 09/06/2015 at 15:24:10
I think he has us all fooled – he constantly says one thing, then does another or says another. The media lap him up because he talks to much, and so do supporters.

Martinez is a genius. ItÂ’s all there in plain sight.

Phil Walling
58 Posted 09/06/2015 at 15:28:53
I have to agree with you, James, as to suggest anything less is to have my post pulled!
James Marshall
59 Posted 09/06/2015 at 15:36:17
He’s like an evil genius – pulling us one way and then the other. He must have other managers baffled as well. I can see him being unmasked à la Men in Black one day, controlled by a tiny alien who lives inside his head.
Joe Foster
60 Posted 09/06/2015 at 15:37:29
It's all in plain sight alright.
Joseph Clarke
61 Posted 09/06/2015 at 17:42:13
He has definitely got me fooled, I thought he was a good manager. It seems like he has the players fooled.
Darren Hind
62 Posted 09/06/2015 at 17:54:42
A Genius?

Amazing how having more perspective enables you to see things the rest of us cant.

Most of us think heÂ’s talking bollox

Barry Jones
65 Posted 10/06/2015 at 01:41:30
I donÂ’t know why so many on here think Robles is the answer to the goalkeeping problems. In the first few games he played he looked to be a complete liability to me.

I agree with Andrew #47 about Szczesny. He attacks the ball well inside of his box, especially on crosses. I think that he is much better than both of ours at the moment. Is he available?

Michael Penley
66 Posted 10/06/2015 at 02:25:14
If he is a genius itÂ’s because heÂ’s got where he is by pure marketing. How many managers would get to run a consistent top 6 Premier League team with his lousy record?
Teddy Bertin
67 Posted 10/06/2015 at 04:52:00
So looking to add a player along every line means a new player in GK, DEF, MID, ATT. HeÂ’s ruled out GK with that statement and weÂ’ve signed Cleverley in midfield so that leaves one defender and one striker to add.

With Henen looking like heÂ’ll sign that means weÂ’ll be only be looking at a left sided CB to come in. So no Lennon or Delboy then. Am I reading that wrong?

Eddie Dunn
68 Posted 10/06/2015 at 13:25:02
Steve Hogan 38; You mentioned that it is remarkable that Martinez has failed to unearth any gems in from his homeland. I too have wondered why we donÂ’t have a stream of Catalan starlets trotting up to Finch Farm to show him their talents.

Could it be that due to the massive Whale Shark that is Barca, hoovering-up all of the plankton in Catalonia? Perhaps anything that is half-decent is already in the Spanish system.

Andrew Ellams
69 Posted 10/06/2015 at 13:40:08
More like reading into it what you want Teddy.
Bill Gall
70 Posted 10/06/2015 at 14:18:38
J Marshall

WasnÂ’t it Albert Einstein who said "genius is a form of insanity".

Phil Walling
72 Posted 10/06/2015 at 15:17:19
The belief that Everton is a Â’pauper clubÂ’ has provided a succession of managers with Â’a get out of gaol cardÂ’ for over 20 years.

Any Everton chief who makes it to the top half dozen is guaranteed to be lauded for Â’overachievingÂ’ as Â’pints for poundsÂ’ tables indicate we should be no higher than eighth.

Moyes did it half a dozen times in 11 seasons, Royal 1 in 2 as has Martinez. And, on the back of that BK is giving him more time to make his mark.

Whether we agree or disagree with that decision, Roberto will not be Â’doing it with moneyÂ’ and his ability to spot a bargain will determine his and EvertonÂ’s future. The excuse for failure here is built in!

Jim Knightley
73 Posted 10/06/2015 at 17:58:20
Failure is relative though isnÂ’t it Phil? - And EvertonÂ’s recent brief has not been related to us being a top 10 club - it has been related to us finishing between 7th and 5th. Moyes would not have been celebrated if he had only finished 9th-10th each year. He clearly was not a failure - he transformed us from a bottom 7 club to a top 7 club whilst spending about 2million net a year. Unfortunately, we are not the Everton of the 80s anymore, despite some invoking that success as a means to critique perceived underachievement during the last decade We were a lower Prem team when Moyes took over, and we cannot match the best in the league in terms of wages, spending power, or infrastructure.

We should persevere with any manager who maintains our top 7 status, and progresses the club. Moyes did that over an extended period without money, but Martinez has not. We had the one good season, but last season was our worse for a good 10 years. He has made error after error, and inspires no hope of improvement. This club returned to the right end of the table because we did overachieve - until we no longer overachieved anymore. And that was Moyes did well - he transformed the squad, and to an extent, the expectations. We hoped Martinez would kick on from Moyes - but he has taken us back. He has also spent more money, and is clearly not the progressive manager we hoped for. He has been stubborn like Moyes (and perhaps even more so than Moyes), and his positivity strikes me as more ridicolous than Moyes pessimism.

He will get another chance now to prove me and many of us wrong. It will begin with this market - Cleverley is a good player but not the right player. It will not matter if he brings in the right players, but IÂ’m not confident that we will. Ideally we need a very good cb, a creative midfielder, a top quality winger and a back up striker. He will also need to demonstrate that he can find a style which suits the players we have, and not just the style that suits his philosophy.

Phil Walling
74 Posted 10/06/2015 at 18:18:53
CanÂ’t disagree with much of that, Jim.
PS. Apols to Joe ROYLE !
Joe Foster
75 Posted 10/06/2015 at 18:23:52
Hear hear jim. As for Joe Royle I ended up on the bonnet of his car once (lovely bloke though)
Joe Foster
76 Posted 10/06/2015 at 18:28:22
And not in a sexual way
Joe Foster
77 Posted 10/06/2015 at 18:29:38
The bonnet scenario I mean
Brian Wilkinson
78 Posted 10/06/2015 at 23:39:34
This is like a nightmare seventies revisited: King, Dobson, Latchford, Dave Thomas, McKenzie, Rioch and Co, with Dia Davies and Dave Lawson in goal. Now it's Stones, Jagielka, Baines, McCarthy, Lukaku, Mirallas and Co with Howard and Robles in goal.

We are in deep shit if he thinks we do not need to bring a goalkeeper in.

Off subject a little how about Van Persie for 㾶 million... 㾸 million if they accept Kone in part exchange.

Anto Byrne
79 Posted 09/06/2015 at 06:11:00
Man Utd played De Gea at age 20 and now, at 24, he is worth 㿊M. Robles is tall, athletic, and has proved he can play and command his box. He has to step up.
John Voigt
81 Posted 11/06/2015 at 15:26:37
IÂ’m a Yank who supports Everton. I wish therefor that the Everton brain trust would look at some of the better American players and market Everton heavily in the USA.

For those of you that think US players canÂ’t play, you werenÂ’t watching this week's friendlies where the US beat the Netherlands 4-3 and yesterday beat Germany 2-1. These games were both road games for the USA.

US players donÂ’t cost a bloody fortune and there were exciting young Americans on the field. The most expensive player would be Michael Bradley. HeÂ’s now wearing the arm band for the USA and looked really good against Germany. American soccer fans WOULD watch Everton games if Bradley were on the team.

Want another goalie option??? Buy Brad Guzan from Aston Villa. I rate him above Tim Howard. Mix Diskerud is a very good midfielder and scored the equalizer yesterday against Germany. Want an up and coming striker??? Sign Gyasi Zardes, he started up from for the USA yesterday.

Spurs did good business when they signed right back Yedlin from MLS. He played on Clint DempseyÂ’s team the Seattle Sounders. HeÂ’s pacy and has a ton of potential.

Brian Wilkinson
82 Posted 12/06/2015 at 16:47:44
Agree John@81, we did alright with Landon Donovan and Joe-Max Moore; maybe worth looking...
Brian Wilkinson
83 Posted 12/06/2015 at 16:52:14
Could do worse than sticking Sly Stallone in goal, worked a treat in Escape to Victory.

Agree with marketing in America, shame our marketing team is shite.

Mark Boulle
84 Posted 12/06/2015 at 16:58:28
RM may well have his summer targets in mind, and I appreciate Cleverley was signed up nice and early, but the daily perusal of the gossip columns, tittle-tattle though they are, does make depressing reading. ThatÂ’s because Everton is never, ever in them (except in as much as who we might lose). I honestly feel like every other Premier League team is mentioned in despatches except us...

I know thereÂ’s an eternal debate about the merits or not of conducting transfer business on the quiet or in public, but occasionally, just to liven up the dog days of this non-existent Summer, I wish there were more news from Everton about ongoing player negotiations!

Patrick Murphy
85 Posted 12/06/2015 at 17:09:21
Mark I would have thought that very few fans would be unaware of the Everton drill by now, even those who may have only started following the Toffees in recent years.

Everton don’t purchase many players before deadline day unless they offload somebody unexpectedly – a couple of loanees may or may not materialise and a freebie may be in the offing but you might as well spend the summer doing something other than waiting for the Blues to spend money.

You watch: weÂ’ll go and break our transfer record over the weekend just to spite me!

Michael Kenrick
86 Posted 12/06/2015 at 17:17:54
PatrickÂ’s right (welcome back, btw; we missed you!): the Everton Way usually sees signings coming in a lot later than Cleverley.

In his case, from the player’s perspective being at the end of his contract, he would be without a pay packet from 1 July... so definitely some incentive there to get on someone’s books and maintain cash flow through the balmy summer months (or should that be ’barmy summer’ — you decide!)

Mark Boulle
87 Posted 12/06/2015 at 17:19:14
Oh I’m well aware of it Patrick, many years of miserable transfer windows have made sure of that! Still, despite that, I foolishly start each new window thinking that maybe this time something will be different, until gradually the realisation sets in once more that we are inexplicably the poorest of the paupers of the league – I can’t help it!

ItÂ’s been mentioned many times on here, but why on earth is our SPANISH manager not shopping in the bargain basement Spanish and South American leagues? Talented players going for a relative song by the bucketload!

Patrick Murphy
88 Posted 12/06/2015 at 17:24:54
Mark – Perhaps Roberto has a TV gig for the Copa America and he will bring some talent home with him? Oh dear... watch out for the incoming traffic when people believe that Roberto’s on a jaunt in Chile!
Kim Vivian
89 Posted 13/06/2015 at 10:16:16
ItÂ’s his English... I think (hope) he means Â’fortunateÂ’ when he says privileged but would still get a pretty mixed reaction on here.

I like Howard but agree we did see some howlers last year though – Psychological problems methinks rather than a collapse in ability? I think that is the problem with our whole team to be honest. I can’t fathom out what is going on behind the scenes.

Get Steve Peters or someone similar in. How about Dave Brailsford as team manager? Need a good football coach alongside him and leave the managing to DB.

Paul Jeronovich
90 Posted 13/06/2015 at 17:45:33
Cut the crap, Roberto. Get rid of the rest of the overaged/injury prone squad players – Kone, Pienaar, Gibson, Hibbo etc – and bring in some new blood. Sentiment and loyalty no longer exist in football.

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