Asked about the flood of reports yesterday that Everton had knocked back a £20m offer for the talented 21-year-old, the manager expressed his disappointment with Chelsea's conduct.
“First of all, we pride ourselves in playing a certain way and educating our young players in a manner that means they are always going to get attention from elsewhere. That is a compliment, a footballing compliment,” Martinez said after today's defeat to Arsenal in the Asia Trophy in Singapore.
“The other side is the disappointment in seeing a football club making [the bid] so open, I don’t think that is the way we do it at Everton.
We don’t speak about a player when he is registered at another club and there is no issue from our point of view – John Stones is an Everton player full stop.”
“We are not a selling club in that respect. There is nothing to speak to John about. I always speak with the players but there is nothing to comment about.”
Chelsea are believed to have first registered their interest in Stones last summer after his first full season as a Premier League player. Identified by Jose Mourinho as a potential long-term successor to John Terry, the Champions were no doubt hopeful of stealing a march on their reputed rivals for the England international in the form of the two Manchester clubs by testing Everton's resolve in this transfer window.
With Stones having publicly stated how happy he is at Goodison as recently as Thursday – possibly armed with the knowledge of Chelsea's bid at the time – and the Blues in no mood to sell, it would seem that Mourinho will have to bid his time or look elsewhere.
Signaling the pitfalls of engaging in a media war with the savvy Portuguese, however, Mourinho told Sky Sports this evening that while Martinez has put his foot down, Chelsea have not been told Stones isn't for sale by Everton's board.
“At the moment Everton say, ‘We don’t accept this bid’. They don’t say, ‘We don’t accept any bid.’
“While they say, 'We don’t accept this bid', until September 1 we can improve it. One pound more, ten pounds more - we can improve the bid. It is an open market until September 1."
Mourinho: "It's in their hands. If I today receive a bid for Fabregas, in two minutes I'll say I won't accept any bids. Game over."
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1 Posted 18/07/2015 at 18:33:51
2 Posted 18/07/2015 at 18:53:37
3 Posted 18/07/2015 at 18:58:15
4 Posted 18/07/2015 at 19:03:36
5 Posted 18/07/2015 at 19:19:54
7 Posted 18/07/2015 at 19:34:19
8 Posted 18/07/2015 at 19:57:40
Now, can he coach him to defend better?
9 Posted 18/07/2015 at 20:02:51
Well done Roberto, now stick to it.
11 Posted 18/07/2015 at 20:06:05
12 Posted 18/07/2015 at 20:02:31
13 Posted 18/07/2015 at 20:11:57
As JJ said, now expect a hurt and bewildered Mourinho call a press conference, full of his yes men, to express his shock and horror at Martinez's allegations. "who me? Never!!" Expect the hounds to mount a relentless attack over the next few weeks in the media. I hope the lad is strong minded because this is going to get nasty.
Even the stunning Kate Agbo (ssn) got in on the act with her "a small club like Everton" jibe. Shameless (man utd fan) hussy!
14 Posted 18/07/2015 at 20:52:51
To put this to bed once and for all we need to call him out and, in a joint statement, publicly state that Stonesy is not for sale. Let's see what the special one says then.
I can only recall Creasehead and Rooney turning down Chelsea, I hope JS joins that tiny group.
15 Posted 18/07/2015 at 20:59:28
That said, we no longer have to be a victim. We can either hold out for a huge fee, one that could ultimately allow us to buy three or four quality players (including the Number 10 we so desperately need) or we can convince players like Stones that it is in their best interests to stick with it and continue their development at a club that truly values them, rather than risk their careers stalling on a star studded bench.
If, in the meantime, we do manage to harness the potential of this generation of young talent and break into the Champions League, the whole picture changes as we will be in a position to offer them the kind of wage and achievements clubs like Chelsea and the two from Manchester can give them. It is up to Everton FC to do all within its power to get us into the position where we are not only financially stable, but can offer glory too.
I would love Stones to stay and fulfil his potential and I hope Martinez has convinced him and others like McCarthy, Barkley and Coleman that the vision can become a reality. Ultimately, if we fail to make good on the promise, we canÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢t be upset if they choose to move somewhere they can win trophies. Whatever happens, we can stand our ground and either refuse to make a deal (ÃƒÂ la Baines) or demand the biggest fee possible (ÃƒÂ la Fellaini).
16 Posted 18/07/2015 at 21:14:45
㿀M as a starting offer isnÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢t bad but I can't see the board holding out for Sterling money and think heÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢ll be in talks within a fortnight. Best we can hope for is a bidding war between Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea.
17 Posted 18/07/2015 at 21:31:54
He practically ends it by daring Roberto to call him off with the old, "If you don't want to sell him, then say he isn't for sale, and we'll stop...it is so simple."
Time for Roberto to tell Jose, "These aren't the droids you're looking for...move along."
18 Posted 18/07/2015 at 21:35:57
20 Posted 18/07/2015 at 21:38:38
If we sell him, he gets to sit on the bench and we have two rather than one centre half to find. It's not the right time and place to move. The only thing that worries me is the memory of Keown going and hearing about BK's part in that rather short-sighted move on here last week.
As for us hanging on to him long term, that all depends on whether we can provide him with a team where he won't be one of the three best players but instead one of many. Either that or he just falls in love with the place like Cahill, Baines etc...
22 Posted 18/07/2015 at 21:43:04
Some Chelsea fans reckon we'll consider 㿆m (which is another insulting bid to my mind) they obviously don't know just how special a player Stones is.
The starting point where any bid is even considered has to be over 㿌m based on the money City wasted on that shithouse Malanga. There is still an element of potential and because of this I think 㿊m with a further 㾶m in add-ons is more than realistic. Stones will go far and we would get the full 㿔m. While I could live with us receiving that kind of money, I would still be disappointed that we took the money instead of building a team around our nucleus of exciting young talent. I have a horrible feeling the board will relent and accept any offer over 㿌m
23 Posted 18/07/2015 at 22:01:20
24 Posted 18/07/2015 at 22:03:51
25 Posted 18/07/2015 at 22:15:57
Now donÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢t get me wrong, we would miss them, but we are talking serious money here that would allow 4 or 5 significant signings ....
26 Posted 18/07/2015 at 22:22:12
27 Posted 18/07/2015 at 22:12:13
Empty vessels make the most noise. He is not worth bothering about any more -- just threshing around with a second sacking making a faint appearance on the horizon.
Keep your counsel, Roberto. Just concentrate on the next stage for Everton. We manage our affairs with dignity not the gutter media approach of Chelsea.
28 Posted 18/07/2015 at 22:24:22
30 Posted 18/07/2015 at 22:44:04
31 Posted 18/07/2015 at 22:46:20
32 Posted 18/07/2015 at 22:43:11
That outcome should be "you have just signed a 5-year contract and we expect you to honour it John -- you are not for sale -- end of story." Wouldn't that be great if we did that.
Wouldn't it be even better if Stones came out now and said once again he is very happy at Everton. Wouldn't it be magic if Kenwright came out and told Mourinho, if John Stones ever leaves Everton it will not be for Chelsea.
Over to you Bill. John... tell us like it is and put us out of our misery or restore some faith !
34 Posted 18/07/2015 at 23:24:53
35 Posted 18/07/2015 at 23:33:51
Of course, every player has a price but if the board don't want to invite another offer then they can put it to rest with a few words. It seems to me that whenever any player is sold there is always the "he's not for sale" line which tells others that he is important so a premium has to be paid.
I'm not saying the board are looking for it but after what Mourinho has just said, if they keep on with the "he's not for sale" line and don't say "at any price", I'll take it he is.
36 Posted 19/07/2015 at 00:14:46
37 Posted 19/07/2015 at 00:16:27
Martinez is a very shrewd psychological strategist and those who take his words at face value do him a discredit.
This will draw the other bids and tell Chelsea that they have to make the highest bid of all Stones' suitors as they have insulted us. It will also tell Stones and his agent that he runs the risk of incurring Martinez's ire if he pipes up.
Everyone has their price and it's the manager's job to elicit the best bid for the club to consider, everyone has their price and if we are offered >㿔m for a classy player but one who is lightweight and forms part of a leaky defence, then we would be wise to consider it.
I'd be happy if we got a player who could defend better than he can and 'carry it out of defence'.
39 Posted 19/07/2015 at 00:21:38
Say he's not for sale at any price or name what the price is. What will we do? I'm guessing we will stop short of saying he's definitely not for sale.
40 Posted 19/07/2015 at 00:25:39
As has been mentioned here previously every player has a price. IÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢m usually very positive when it comes to Everton, but as been shown today our defense needs improving. Give Martinez 㿊million for Stones and IÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢d feel okay, but I donÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢t think RM has a defensive bone in his body.
If the board felt we had to sell, I think we could survive a McCarthy departure. Stones would be a different story. Troubling times if Chelsea persists with this transfer saga.
41 Posted 19/07/2015 at 01:55:52
Like it or not, money speaks in football, always has and always will. We took him cheaply from Barnsley because we could afford the 3m or whatever they wanted for him... Chelsea will take him from us because they can afford the 35m or whatever the price tag is.
If I owned Everton... I would take money and pay off debt, I wouldn't do a Liverpool... every time you sell a player for a bucket of cash; buy two or three over-priced and over-hyped players that you end up 'on-selling' cheaply.
Now is the time to reap the financial benefits of the EPL and get the club's debt burden down... With or without Stones, we won't be in Champions League next season.
Unlike clubs like Liverpool and Spurs that carry the overriding expectation that they should NOW be in the CL and win the PL, Everton don't have that burden. Therefore we should concentrate on getting the club in a healthy financial position and build from there... the lessons of Leeds United and Portsmouth should be hammered into every BOD member in every club; but we know they're not.
I've said this before: we should take the Arsenal model and get on a fiscally safe footing; then build from there... a 10-year plan -- I for one could live without trophies as long as I knew the Club had a plan for the future.
42 Posted 19/07/2015 at 02:32:25
43 Posted 19/07/2015 at 02:38:57
45 Posted 19/07/2015 at 03:46:39
He's had one brilliant season with us and one poor season.
On that basis,I wouldn't therefor write him off just yet.
46 Posted 19/07/2015 at 03:15:26
Anyway, if Mourinho gets Stones, and he hasn't yet said he wants him, he'll probably put him on the goal-line and get people to fire shots at him. If he turns his back he has to face another ten shots. Fantasy I know but if I was Everton manager that's the first thing I'd do every morning with our sissy bunch.
47 Posted 19/07/2015 at 05:19:37
48 Posted 19/07/2015 at 06:32:53
49 Posted 19/07/2015 at 07:09:06
51 Posted 19/07/2015 at 08:07:27
Destroying us in the quarterfinal was no great surprise to anyone who watched us regularly that season and a smash-and-grab against Man City in the final doesn't make him a great manager but the rest of Wigan's results that season, including a 9-1 loss to Spurs! might well prove he's the exact opposite.
52 Posted 19/07/2015 at 08:25:38
Mourinho's comments were very good..
53 Posted 19/07/2015 at 08:12:16
Older Blues like myself who can still remember when we were a powerful club must rankle at this meek acceptance of our inferiority to the likes of Mourinho who can quite smuggly sit there in the knowledge that he will have the backing of his rich board and the backing of the media.
Mourinho can pretty much sit back and let Sky create enough pressure on Everton and Stones to have to sell for a price which will probably not reflect the years Stones will provide as a top class centre half and international,
If we don't stand up to Mourinho and Chelsea and sell Stones it will give out a message once again that we are a small club who can be bullied and have their best players taken off them whenever a big club wants them. It gives the other players such as Lukaku who think that joining us was beneath them, the excuse to further aggravate for a move to a bigger club.
I understand we are where we are, but parts of my DNA have been stamped for ever with the pride and arrogance of the 80s and I can't get used to being placed in the ranks of Stoke and Southampton, clubs I used to feel sorry for.
54 Posted 19/07/2015 at 08:30:10
Imagine Dave Watson or David Unsworth doing that?
Joe Parkinson?? Ha! Not a chance.
55 Posted 19/07/2015 at 08:27:27
56 Posted 19/07/2015 at 08:42:15
57 Posted 19/07/2015 at 09:04:40
If I go into a shop and I want to buy a shirt, I pay the marked price. If I go to a market I offer and haggle, that's business. It's not at issue at all as far as I can tell.
Nobody is going to offer a high price and then hope for the best are they? You start with a low bid, see what the seller thinks and work from there. It's not rocket science so I don't understand why people talk about 'derisory' bids, and telling Chelsea to fuck off.
Mourinho is absolutely spot-on. If Everton don't want to sell Stones, just say no he isn't for sale. End of story.
It seems to me (and Chelsea) that Stones does have a price, otherwise they would say no, not at any cost. This all seems like a storm in a teacup and Chelsea have done nothing wrong in a free-market for a footballer they want to buy.
Do you think we go to clubs and offer top-dollar? Of course we don't. We go in with a low bid and haggle like everyone else.
The only difference is that this has been made very public, but again, it happens all the time doesn't it? This is a non-story until such time as a bid is accepted, then we sell the player. Or we simply tell them he's not for sale and everyone moves on (as Mourinho says).
Didn't we tell Utd Coleman wasn't for sale at any price? That one blew over very quickly so why not this one? Same with Mirallas. From what I'm seeing both Mirallas and Stones are for sale at whatever price Everton see fit. McCarthy too, has any club been told he's not for sale?
58 Posted 19/07/2015 at 09:07:26
Playing football manager with 㿣 Million would be great, but I'm not sure the club would want to pay out another five wage bills every week.
Mouriniho is clever, tell us he's not for sale and I will go away, he's saying. Does he know something we don't? Why else would we be considering selling the brightest young prospect in the game, twelve months after paying 㿈 Mill to Chelsea for a forward?
Time for Everton to put this to bed before it ends in a circus. Give Chelsea and everyone else the answer Mouriniho has asked for.
59 Posted 19/07/2015 at 09:24:11
60 Posted 19/07/2015 at 09:29:23
Always appeared a little too easy for me that deal.
61 Posted 19/07/2015 at 09:46:26
62 Posted 19/07/2015 at 09:49:10
The fact that we spunked 㿈m out for him is bad enough, but give Chelsea credit, with the amount they paid for him, 㾶m, and the two loan fees from us and WBA covering that fee, Lukaku cost them nothing. And the 㿈m is all clear profit. So maybe as a deal, it's not a "little too easy", just damn good business.
63 Posted 19/07/2015 at 09:52:48
James, you are right to a point but let us not forget who we are dealing with here. Mourinho is the master manipulator of a fawning media. We don't know, for certain, if Everton have indeed told him that Stones isn't for sale, so good old Jose can say what he wants and his obedient pack lap it up and print whatever he says like its gospel.
Like I said yesterday, this could get nasty and very public (a bit like the Lescott saga) so I think, if it's true and he's not for sale, that Martinez and BK should call a press conference on Monday and make their stance public. If they don't do this then the agonising will just continue until 1 September.
64 Posted 19/07/2015 at 10:01:14
65 Posted 19/07/2015 at 09:51:33
Well done to Martinez for not selling Stones as he is vital to the squad, but if Chelsea want him that bad, they will start throwing the bigger money on the table, just like Manchester City did for Sterling. If the money is right, you will see how much Everton FC will mean to John Stones.
Look at the likes of Wayne Rooney when he scored that good goal against Arsenal, he said, "Once a Blue, always a Blue. Fuck me sideways... soon after that, Rooney went to Manchester United. That's loyalty for you.
Let's just hope that Stones puts his love for Everton FC before the money.
66 Posted 19/07/2015 at 10:05:54
67 Posted 19/07/2015 at 08:51:21
Stand firm tell the Portuguese "Dell Boy" to go and do one. (As it's Sunday, I didn't want to use bad words.) COYB
68 Posted 19/07/2015 at 10:00:45
Mourinho / Chelsea made the bid public to put pressure on us and turn the players head, we know this is always a tactic with the money clubs. It is a dirty tactic, but it works. He said Chelsea bid was not accepted, but Everton did not categorically state Stones is not for sale.
Mourinho is a very clever man and a brilliant defensive coach; as others have said, any bright young kid would like to play for him. As much as I WANT Kenwright TODAY to come out and tell all concerned STONES IS NOT FOR SALE AT ANY PRICE, I know deep down the likely hood of this happening is 0%.
So we must hope for a bidding war, and set a minimum price, and tell any club that the minimum starting bid will be whatever, I think we have to set the bar around the 㿔 million mark. I base that on Stones having around 13- 14 years career in front of him at 3.5 million per year. If it is true we will have to pay Barnsley 15% of any profit, the price should be more.
It is time for Kenwright and Everton to stand up and be counted.
69 Posted 19/07/2015 at 10:23:43
While they are at it the Club need to sort this shit out with McCarthy one way or the other. It looks amateurish and if the lad feels he was promised another contract or an extension or whatever then let him have it.
70 Posted 19/07/2015 at 10:26:10
Whilst we like to talk of the Sky 4, 5 and 6. the reality is that the likes of Liverpool, Spurs and even Arsenal are as nothing. If either of the Mancs or Chelsea come calling they will eventually get what they want.
What happens here is a slightly extended version of what happens in Spain where Barca and Real play under different rules to all the others -- transfer bans or not.
Best then to settle for being 'a finishing school' for the big boys and extract what you can when the opportunity arises. Then (we hope) we can apply the proceeds towards another battle for the dreaded Europa slot.
That, my fellow Evertonians is as good as it is EVER going to get. Sad, isn't it?
71 Posted 19/07/2015 at 10:34:51
This generation of smartphone and tablet users, indoctrinated by Sky, believe that football started in 1992 and that teams like Chelsea and Man City are giants in the game and it's nigh on impossible to change this mindset. So those of us old enough to remember the glory days, and those of you who know our history, simply have to sit tight lipped and cringe.
So thank you BK, Johnson, Carter etc.....for digging our grave and throwing us into it.
72 Posted 19/07/2015 at 10:34:23
If we can see how badly we're run and how much we need the money, I suspect those in the game itself suspect/know a lot more.
Problem is, I can see Bill taking too little, keeping too much and Martinez squandering what he gets.
73 Posted 19/07/2015 at 10:51:46
74 Posted 19/07/2015 at 10:52:39
75 Posted 19/07/2015 at 11:00:21
76 Posted 19/07/2015 at 11:02:10
78 Posted 19/07/2015 at 11:11:28
79 Posted 19/07/2015 at 11:21:20
If the rumours about Kenwright being ill are true, we could be in a lot more trouble than we realise. Once The puppet masters take over anything might happen, especially with the king of asset stripping waiting in the wings.
80 Posted 19/07/2015 at 11:23:25
Seeing as the club's policy is to buy young players at a fairly low price in order to make huge profits for the board, we should've been in for him. Maybe we wouldn't have a chance in competing with the wages on offer but, at the reported ٠ mill rising to a potential ٦ mill, it is a steal in my opinion. I'm confident the lad will make it, he's too good not to, and I dread to think what that lad will be worth in the future.
81 Posted 19/07/2015 at 11:46:27
This has a sickening feeling of the inevitable about it all. Remember Rooney going, "won't be sold for 㿞m" then sold for an instant 㾶m down payment (I know it eventually rose to 㿆m). I fear for this one myself.
My first instinct was that it was a pity we just couldn't sell Kenwright to Chelsea, we could even give them Green and Earl too for free as a sweetener for the deal -- 3 arseholes for the price of 1. Sadly "Buy / Sell Your Chairman" doesn't exist in the real world, we couldn't even afford a decent replacement anyway (trying to be funny there).
We've lost Distin (wish that guy was 10 years younger when we signed him) and Alcaraz (thankfully), so maybe adding Stones to that list, it's a big ask to find 3 top half of the table Premier League standard defenders, well let's be honest, how many ex-Wigan defenders does Roberto know that could do a job for us? Again I'm trying to be clever there. But the reality isn't a pretty picture is it. Even with 㿊m, could Roberto get 2/3 top class defenders in on the cheap and would you trust him to do so given our predicament, I mean what top defender would come to us if Stoke and Southampton are deemed more attractive than us?
I was glad to see the back of Moyes when he left but his judgement on signing "unknowns" on the cheap and polishing them up is now there for all to see. Our scouting system has to improve and get the gems in from the lower leagues at lower prices -- but that's pure wishful thinking.
I'm worrying about the future and yesterday's performance hasn't made me feel any better. The Mirallas bid is another slap in our faces. I'm sure there's more of that coming until September.
Can't see challenging for Europe this season but would be delighted if Roberto proved me wrong. What happened to the Roberto who laughed off Man Utd's Barkley 㿞m rumour by saying "he's not going on loan for that price". How about the same for Mourinho?
Might be the time to circle our wagons again...
82 Posted 19/07/2015 at 11:54:36
Stones knows how good he is and he's with a club unlikely to make the Champions League for another season if not longer and Chelski will. There really is nothing at Goodison to keep him and there certainly is no loyalty in football any more.
Everton obviously have to hold out for the bigger fee just like RS did with Sterling if push comes to shove.
83 Posted 19/07/2015 at 12:12:58
I can just see a whimpering BK saying, "Please don't force me to sell Stonesy, guys. The fans will blame me". RE - "Stop ya blabbering Bill, ya knew what to expect when ya sold your soul, and grandma, to the devil".
84 Posted 19/07/2015 at 12:21:41
Chelsea are a wealthy club with no class whatsoever. No wonder Mourinho likes it there... made for each other.
HereÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢s an alternative view. Stones had just signed a 5-year deal at Everton. Thanks to the Sky money (and as RM states) we are not a selling Club now unless it suits us. Stones has recently said how happy he is at Everton and for all the raving about his ability he has plenty of rough edges. He also knows that he is now first choice at Everton, but would be a makeweight at Chelsea (or elsewhere for that matter).
IÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢m not being naÃƒÂ¯ve, but just because the southern based media and Chelski want it, doesnÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢t always make it so. My only real concern is our Chairman... but hopefully he can find his testicles and back his manager this summer.
85 Posted 19/07/2015 at 12:22:26
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢interesting point Tony that the Lukaku deal might have held some future provisos for helping Chelsea to land Stones. Always appeared a little too easy for me that deal.ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢
㿈 million for Lukaku was too easy? It left Mourinho just needing to add ٢ million to buy Costa. Excellent business from Mourinho.
86 Posted 19/07/2015 at 12:30:53
How about Stones for Oscar/Willian, and Lukaku money paid off?
If sold, Barry will be put into the CB position.
87 Posted 19/07/2015 at 12:33:29
88 Posted 19/07/2015 at 12:52:53
Leighton, Seamus and John all have one thing in common; they are all level headed boys who have their feet on the ground. These aren't balloon blowing knobheads like Raheem who acted like a little whore selling his soul to the highest bidder. Or treacherous, backstabbing liars like Fabian Delph. These seem to me to be honest, hardworking lads who want to develop their game at a club which won't treat them like merchandise.
So no, I don't think JS will leave this summer. Possibly next year if we don't progress as a team but that debate is for another day.
89 Posted 19/07/2015 at 12:57:32
91 Posted 19/07/2015 at 13:13:59
Fabian Delphi is another very poor comparison.
We are Everton and are in a position to say "get lost" to the likes of Chelsea and their horrible manager.
92 Posted 19/07/2015 at 12:46:30
However, in saying that, I would NOT want us to accept any offers for the likes of Stones, McCarthy or Coleman whilst Maritinez is in charge. I've pretty much lost any trust I had in him being able to a) scout a decent player and b) be able to convince that player to play for him. Nevermind his 'phylosophy'. I'd rather these gems were kept for the next manager to decide and not wasted.
In the two years Martinez has been here he has yet to sign a player in his prime who had not played for him before. The signings have been a mixture of last chance saloon/pay cheque (McGeady, Barry, Alcaraz, Kone) or 'one for the future' (Lukaku, Deulofeu, Besic, Robles). Granted McCarthy is a decent player although 㾹M was way too much at the time imo.
I'm really not sure if any 'top' players would want to come to us right now if I'm being honest. We've yet to sign a real proper quality player who is in his mid 20s Ã‚â€“ ie, in his prime. The likes of Aston Villa got Richards on a free, West Ham got the Italian defender for just ٦M odd, and Villa and Newcastle are being heavily linked with Austin. We're linked with the likes of Jonny Evans Ã‚â€“ injury-prone Man Utd cast-off! Even Palace, Swansea and Stoke are after players who are better than the ones we're being linked with!
Either our scouting is really limited or good players just don't want to come Ã‚â€“ or both. It can't be a question of money given the Sky bonanza and the relative cheap player prices outside of England.
Still a few weeks in the transfer window, I know... but, given we supposedly had our targets in mind 'months ago', the two new faces so far are just nowhere near enough. I expect there will be a few surprises in the coming weeks Ã‚â€“ just not sure if they'll be good or bad!
93 Posted 19/07/2015 at 13:15:06
I think it is an inevitable in the future and I'm sure Chelsea will have to double their bid. Expect to see Ty Browning getting lots of playing time and rave reviews irrespective of his performance. Paddy McNair would be a sound investment.
94 Posted 19/07/2015 at 13:49:03
95 Posted 19/07/2015 at 13:57:07
96 Posted 19/07/2015 at 14:08:23
Stones is on a long term contract with a club where he could be a regular first choice and pick up England caps along the way. I somehow don't see his international career advancing very fast if he swaps his current situation for one as a regular substitute for Chelsea, which is what we all know he'd be under Mourinho.
97 Posted 19/07/2015 at 14:19:51
Swansea and Southampton seem to do okay unearthing decent foreign talent at relatively low cost. Why can't we?
98 Posted 19/07/2015 at 14:11:51
Any Midlander will describe Villa as another 'once great' club and that's why I mentioned Delph. Ignore it if you wish but, like them, our club's claims to be a 'top' outfit defies RECENT history. But we can still love our Everton and certainly do so!
99 Posted 19/07/2015 at 13:45:00
I think you're being a bit harsh on Martinez with his signings.
Granted Alcaraz and Kone were duds, but no-once could have foreseen that Kone would be crippled against Hull. As for McGeady, while he often frustrates, I don't think the rumoured ٠M nominal fee is bad business for an established international who was bought by Spartak for 㾶.9M. I've got no problem with McGeady as long as he is used sparingly as a squad player who can make an impact. He showed he has the ability last season Ã‚â€“ Leicester, Ireland goal v Georgia, the through ball for the goal against Chelsea and cross for Rom v West Ham. It's just McGeady's temperament that's flawed. It's not as though we've got a massive squad and we'll get more than we bought him for if we choose to sell.
I think all of Martinez's other signings have been on the money. We can quibble on TW about Rom, but at the end of the day we all wanted to have a big money signing and then factions start moaning when it happened, saying we could buy better, when we bought a young proven goalscorer (who still reached the 20-goal benchmark in all competitions) and we get the lazy and silly comparisons with Costa just because he cost a few million more. Overlooking that his wages are twice as much and he would have laughed at the thought of leaving La Liga champions and CL finalists for Everton. We'll make a healthy profit when Rom is sold.
Martin Samuels famously said that we had 㿞M worth of talent on loan and it wasn't fair but Martinez eventually bought the same said talent for only 㿈.2M. With the absence of Champions League qualification, Rom's fee is more like 㿂M. Plus ٠M for Barry Ã‚â€“ who has been a good signing apart from Martinez's over reliance on him, and Deulofeu who cost us a mere ٢.2M, a player that a large proportion of ToffeeWebrs wanted to be their big summer signing. But because we've got him on the cheap he predictably may be seen as a over-hyped player by a contingent of our support. If Deulofeu played for any other club than BarÃƒÂ§a, who are overloaded with world class attacking talent, we could have only dreamt of signing the lad.
In the case of McCarthy, I think 㾹M was the right kind of fee in an over-inflated market and we did well considering we offloaded Fellaini for 㿇M and can't see how we can grumble when we'd double our money in less than 2 years if we chose to sell.
Finally Besic will prove his worth this season and will be an absolute steal for the ٢M Martinez spent on him.
100 Posted 19/07/2015 at 14:47:18
If the player's head has been turned, he's gone; we've seen that far too often. Whilst nothing surprises me these days, Stones does seem genuine and hopefully will want to continue playing regularly at a top (and "big") club for now... We won't hold onto him for long unless we crack top 4 as he is clearly going to demand to play that level at some point in the near future.
Mourinho has now thrown the ball into Everton's court. Basically saying "go on then, tell me he's not for sale at any price and we'll walk away". Over to you Everton .....silence will speak volumes now he has challenged your supposed annoyance.
We now face a battle against Sky and their southern biased press associates who want this to happen. Stand firm or give in and get the best deal; no prolonged Lescott style sagas and scrambling around for a make-do replacement 48 hours before the season starts. Whatever the outcome, decide early and leave no room for ambiguity.
101 Posted 19/07/2015 at 14:49:56
102 Posted 19/07/2015 at 14:42:29
105 Posted 19/07/2015 at 15:14:01
107 Posted 19/07/2015 at 17:09:11
Everton should just tell Chelsea he isn't for sale. They'll still be interested in a years time and we apparently don't need the money so it's a no-brainer.
108 Posted 19/07/2015 at 17:02:43
As many of us thought at the time of his appointment, Martinez would have in-depth knowledge of the Spanish and South American markets and so be able to bring in a handful of quality signings that were under the radar of other UK managers. Fact is this has not been the case and as time goes by I actually think he knows nothing more about the Spanish and S American markets than any other average English manager.
Other than Deulofeu there hasn't been a single player signed that was not obvious or known to the rest of the UK footballing world. Half his signings were from his previous club and the others were players like Barry and Rom who every man and his dog knew about. Besic he only saw on his summer trip to Brazil commentating.
This was supposed to be one of the main pluses for him being appointed as managers. However, hindsight would tell that having moved to the UK when he was 20 and lived and worked here ever since, it was a big mistake for us to think he would have some advantagous knowledge about the continental markets. His transfer dealings to date seem to show he has a very limited scope (and/or pull) in getting 'unknowns' gems into the club, nevermind foreign based quality players. Most of the players we've been linked with are of very average ability, well known to the footballing world and generally surplus to requirements where they are now. (Evans, Lennon, Dann...)
I really don't think he's going to be pulling any rabbits out of any hats this, or any, transfer window.
I hope to be proved wrong.
109 Posted 19/07/2015 at 16:58:13
Given that we are not going to be challenging for the top four anytime soon and will, instead, settle for an occasional venture in the Europa League, could we not go on the offensive with these clubs? Could we not be upfront and inform the predators thus....
"Dear Sheik / Roman / carpet bagging Yank. You treat us with little respect and assume that we will sell you our prize assets. You will use your pals in the media to unsettle said assets. They will say that it is a crime against nature for a 'little club' like Everton to defy the wishes of the Champions League clubs.
"So be it. These then are the players, all under contract to Everton FC, who you may be interested in, plus the fee we would demand (in cash, btw).
"John Stones. 㿙 million
Ross Barkley 㿙 million
Seamus Coleman 㿊 million
James McCarthy 㿅 million
Kevin Mirallas 㿀 million
Tony Hibbert 㾻 million.
Do please feel free to bid "
Why not... they are going to circle us anyway looking to get a bargain. Let's be bloody proactive for once.
111 Posted 19/07/2015 at 18:33:22
112 Posted 19/07/2015 at 18:51:57
I was thinking exactly the same thing in the Arsenal game, especially when he got himself into the middle of the pitch and tried to play quick 1-2s Barca style. It didn't work. No-one was on the same wavelength and Naismith is not quite Iniesta. The lad was not amused.
113 Posted 19/07/2015 at 20:11:34
No chance of a trophy, certainly no Champions League, just maybe mid-table obscurity. I could see both Mirallas and McCarthy wanting to go.
Should Stones be sold, would anybody trust RM to spend it wisely? I don't think so.
114 Posted 19/07/2015 at 20:19:15
If nobody, then we can only expect Geri to beat a man and get a cross in?
115 Posted 19/07/2015 at 20:33:09
Arsenal in pre-season, in Singapore... maybe we might see the benefits of a proper pre season this year?
116 Posted 19/07/2015 at 20:10:26
Some people moan about the fee we paid for Rom, but a potential ٦M outlay for either Dann or Evans would be ridiculous. I know it's an inflated market but most people would value these two at about half that fee. I think the response from some at these possible deals is just the bewilderment that we could potentially blow that much, which is still a lot for Everton, even in these crazy times when TV companies are throwing silly money around to show games for a player who's 28 and played the majority of his career in the Championship. And a player who's out of contract next season and could maybe be grabbed on loan (like Cleverley going to Villa last season) nearer to the September 1st deadline.
I'm having nightmares at the thought we could be losing Stones and his replacement could be Jonny Evans.
I know you don't tend to like younger players at CB, Harold, but Ben Gibson (latest link) might be a better option from Boro. I can't say I know much about him, only that Boro are one of the more progressive teams in the Championship and have some good younger players. He's an U21 international and will also bring down the average age of the squad.
118 Posted 19/07/2015 at 21:19:09
The new scouting system appears to be a combination of checking out whether someone who used to play for Martinez can still kick a ball and following someone he liked in a match he watched last week. Of course this means that most signings are used to Premier League wages and are inevitably overpriced.
As a consequence we have signed only 2 players since June 2013 who are 'top 6' with a couple of possibles for the future. The rest of the signings, bought on the basis of 'adding something different to the squad' actually add nothing in terms of league points but add substantially to the wage bill.
Martinez inherited Jagielka (31), Distin (35), Heitinga (past it) and a 19-year-old Stones as centre-backs. He immediately signs a 31-year-old centre-back from Wigan, the worst defence in the Premier League by some distance.
After two years without a procurement strategy to help replenish the group, we have the best young centre back in the Premier League in an era when the richest clubs are desperate to attract the best English talent. We only have one other recognised senior centre-back. So we are now totally at the mercy of John Stones's decision on what is best for him.
By blaming Chelsea for having the temerity to submit a bid, Mr Martinez appears to be attempting to disguise the the possibility that this has been caused by acts of gross misconduct on his part and presumably Mr Elstone.
119 Posted 19/07/2015 at 23:01:30
120 Posted 19/07/2015 at 22:50:32
Of course, all these lads have good careers ahead of them but are still young and inexperienced. Gibson couldn't even make the bench for the recent play-off final.
Not worth losing sleep over the Stones business. No matter how deep BK falls, he eventually re-surfaces smelling of roses.......and if he smells of roses we're doing okay.
In the last words of Mark Twain or some other genius, "I've had a lot of worries but none of them ever happened".
121 Posted 19/07/2015 at 23:51:29
122 Posted 24/07/2015 at 16:39:20
Have to say I am getting more concerned with our lack of incoming players as the season kicks off in a fortnight.
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