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Both players were withdrawn from the action as precautions and the manager was asked about the pair's condition following the final whistle.
Mirallas came off in the first half after sustaining an injury defending his own box while Stones had to receive treatment in the second period before being substituted a few minutes later.
ďJohn had a knock in his ankle. The ankle he had surgery in last season. I donít think it is serious but we will have to check it out. We'll assess them [both] in the next 48 hours, but I don't expect it to be anything too serious."
Martinez also used the opportunity to restate his position regarding Chelsea's interest in Stones who continues to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge despite two bids being rejected by Everton.
"[W]e are a club with nine league titles, the history and you have seen today we celebrated a special memory," he says in the Liverpool Echo.
ďWe are a big club. What we want is to build and what we want to do is concentrate on the future and we are not a selling club by all means.
ďThe current situation with John is as you would expect. He is one of the most talented centre backs in European football not just in England and we are really, really feel we have a special footballer with us.
ďClearly he is a player that we admire, clearly that is going to be the same in other clubs. They are going to be admiring his ability and what he is as a footballer but he is an Everton player and as you can imagine he is a big part of what we are trying to achieve in the future.Ē
ďThere is nothing to discuss, he is not a player that is out of contract in ten months, he is not a player we donít want, he is a player that has a fantastic future with us and there is nothing to comment because teams putting bids in that doesnít mean anything.Ē
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1 Posted 02/08/2015 at 21:51:14
2 Posted 02/08/2015 at 21:58:59
I want to believe RM... but, like most on this site, I'm suspicious any time he opens his mouth. Three new players this week and I'll have a better outlook.
3 Posted 02/08/2015 at 22:49:10
4 Posted 02/08/2015 at 23:00:45
6 Posted 03/08/2015 at 01:31:32
I hope Mirallas is okay or we are short on wingers as well.
7 Posted 03/08/2015 at 01:58:43
8 Posted 03/08/2015 at 02:06:49
9 Posted 03/08/2015 at 03:34:31
I am happy with the fact the two young lads Galloway and Browning are coming through but I can't help but feel a season away would serve everyone concerned better.
Loans to the Premier League's bottom clubs or the Championship's top clubs would be best solution, so long as they can get 25/30 games under their belts.
10 Posted 03/08/2015 at 08:38:20
11 Posted 03/08/2015 at 09:15:19
We keep, we build to get back into the top table.
It is a money game and a best players take the most money game.
Against our net value Browning will together bring another £30M to go with the £40M value of John Stones.
We really do have a conveyor belt of defensive talent, particularly at CB. With Garbutt as well - it looks really promising.
CM with Ross, Besic, Tom and Ledson looks good as well.
We also have an asset in Rom who should go for £30M plus, if we cannot match his progress/ambitions with CL football - then we can buy a replacement.
Any big TV money needs to go to attacking flair and cutting edge upfront.
12 Posted 03/08/2015 at 11:06:32
I said,"the guys with the money are saying nothing". A straight true fact. If you read it differently, can see the word "expect" fluttering somewhere or want to flower it with other wild pieces of your imagination then please don't attach them elsewhere. Believe me, on a sharp site like TW, you do yourself no favours.
13 Posted 03/08/2015 at 11:12:14
14 Posted 03/08/2015 at 11:57:23
Who does the negotiation for our club? Is it B(Boys Pen)K?
15 Posted 03/08/2015 at 12:06:14
16 Posted 03/08/2015 at 12:14:22
When you have untwisted your knickers you can re-read what I asked relative to your "Nice speech but the guys with the money are saying nothing".
Nobody trying to be clever. You were implying that Martinez can say all he wants but that it's not his view that matters, but the view of "the guys with the money".
So in response, I am asking what you expect "the guys with the money" to say on the subject? If you don't expect them to say anything then what on earth is the relevance of them saying nothing?
17 Posted 03/08/2015 at 12:41:04
18 Posted 03/08/2015 at 13:06:01
19 Posted 03/08/2015 at 17:31:23
If we do have any money, I suggest we spend it soon because we looked pretty poor in both the games at the weekend. Splash the cash board and bring in Van Dijk, Yarmolenko/Nolito and Austin!
20 Posted 03/08/2015 at 17:44:25
I have been waiting awhile for Roberto to unearth something unknown and cheap, which subsequently proves to be "phenomenal", from the Spanish-speaking football world. I would have thought he would have been well-placed to do so.
(I am setting aside the obvious recent acquisition from Barca - in any case, their players at any level are hardly beneath the radar.)
21 Posted 03/08/2015 at 17:55:31
23 Posted 04/08/2015 at 08:54:44
That's the chance you take when you only have two recognised central defenders at the club.
Don't even want to know about the Mirallas or Lukaku injuries, looks like Roberto will have to play himself and Fat Bill will be on the bench...
24 Posted 04/08/2015 at 09:36:55
25 Posted 04/08/2015 at 09:40:31
It's pretty absurd, laughable, disgraceful for a club of our size, history and resources to start the season with only two senior centre-backs!! I'm sure we will bring in another in the next few weeks but it really should have been done already to allow the player to settle in.
Points lost in a tricky start to the season will come back to haunt us!
26 Posted 04/08/2015 at 10:03:52
Left midfield still not addressed, nor the elusive Number 10 that the manager has admitted he needs.
The one striker we have at the club who looks as though he could at least provide some commitment and excitement is McAleny -- dropped after a stunning 45 minutes. 45 minutes where he did more than Kone has in all the time he's been allowed to pull on that Blue shirt.
Another goal follows for McAleny when he next took to the pitch. Good one lad... sadly that counts for nothing. Kone is the striking deputy and it's his position to lose. Get back in the reserves.
Martinez must have known as long as anyone that Distin and Alcaraz were leaving. How does it get to four days before the curtain-raiser with the matter still un-addressed?
There is so much wrong with our football club right now, I don't even know where to start.
27 Posted 04/08/2015 at 12:49:25
And what's worse, our club have not come out and told camel gob to 'fuck off', they've actually repeated his comments on social media! Unbelievable.
With this and the fact the club are sitting around with their fingers up their backsides while other clubs are bringing in players and we ourselves are desperate to boost our squad, it just about sums what a bunch of spineless weasels we have 'running' this club.
28 Posted 04/08/2015 at 12:59:59
29 Posted 04/08/2015 at 13:02:00
It's on Everton's official Facebook page. The club post links to that prick Ferdinand's comments.
30 Posted 04/08/2015 at 13:13:43
I would hate to lose the lad at this stage but must confess to be being far more comfortable to take 㿔M off the Mancs than Chelsea. (No Evans, though, please!)
31 Posted 04/08/2015 at 13:39:20
This way, it won't be his fault if it all goes tits; he can point and blame. Just like last season with the World Cup and the Europa League.
It's obvious if you think about it.
32 Posted 04/08/2015 at 14:04:01
Whoever it is Steve, I thank fuck it's not you if you regard Everton as "one of the Premier League's bottom clubs."
33 Posted 04/08/2015 at 14:25:16
Steve (#29); nothing will happen until the Sky money clears at the end of August... if then.
My own pick is that we will have a groundhog season, we will pass and pass, averaging about 1.2 points per game over any given 10. The fine detail vis-a-vis last season might change, but not the overall impression come the end.
34 Posted 04/08/2015 at 14:55:55
Didn't he give a good showing against our neighbours last season? Or was it the one before?
35 Posted 04/08/2015 at 15:02:59
36 Posted 04/08/2015 at 15:07:39
37 Posted 04/08/2015 at 15:12:18
38 Posted 04/08/2015 at 15:18:24
40 Posted 05/08/2015 at 14:56:16
To win Premier League games we need to spend our budget on attacking flair and players who would move us up a level do not come cheap.
I would guess we won√É¬Ę√ā‚ā¨√ā‚ĄĘt have much more than 㿀m at our disposal. This will grant us two players at most and my personal choice would be a striker or a attacking midfielder plus a goalkeeper.
I think a goalkeeper is probably not on Martinez radar so I√É¬Ę√ā‚ā¨√ā‚ĄĘd like us to purchase Shaqiri (㾸m is a snip, he√É¬Ę√ā‚ā¨√ā‚ĄĘs creative and can finish) plus Hernandez (٦m or a loan deal).
In an ideal world we would have 㿔m and spend the other 㿀m on a goalkeeper and a defender, but just can√É¬Ę√ā‚ā¨√ā‚ĄĘt see it.
41 Posted 05/08/2015 at 19:37:54
In truth, we will probably lose him sometime in the future, but in the meantime we can still hold onto him for a couple of seasons. He is guaranteed first-team football with us, and not a bench warmer waiting for Terry to hang up his boots.
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