The 24-year-old was signed in a Ł9.5m deal from River Plate in his native Argentina and came to the Premier League as an unknown quantity for the vast majority of English observers.
Some better versed in the South American game like BBC Sport contributor Tim Vickery expressed grave doubts that he would make the grade in England but Funes Mori is off to a good start in proving such nay-sayers wrong.
He was handed his full debut for the Blues by Roberto Martinez against Reading in the Capital One Cup and although he had a somewhat shaky start and was partly culpable for the Royals' goal, he has gone from strength to strength since, culminating in an impressive display in yesterday's Merseyside derby.
John Stones's continuing injury problems – the England international is said to have broken down in training over the weekend with concern over his knee – have meant that Funes Mori also played the full 90 minutes against West Brom and Liverpool, allowing him to bed into the team and the league straight away.
“Premier League football is very physical and the intensity of the game is high,” Mori said in the Liverpool Echo.
“I have to keep adapting to the Premier League but I really like it and I’m enjoying my moment and I want to keep playing.”
The former FC Dallas defender was solid and capable in the relative heat of the all-Mersey clash that finished all square thanks in no small part to his last-minute sliding tackle that prevented Daniel Sturridge from racing through to possibly grab a dramatic and undeserved winner for the reds.
"It was a good game and the derby is something historic here and I enjoyed the fans’ passion," he continued.
"It has the same intensity as the Superclasico back home and the fans make it very intense and when they scream you know you are in a derby.
"I don’t know how I got that ball!" he chuckled in reference to his Stones-esque reaching challenge. “If that ball had got through then he was going to be through by himself.”
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1 Posted 05/10/2015 at 17:00:27
2 Posted 05/10/2015 at 17:05:02
3 Posted 05/10/2015 at 17:18:27
I too don't understand Nick's post by the way. Nor will I ever listen to Tim Vickery.
4 Posted 05/10/2015 at 17:22:38
5 Posted 05/10/2015 at 17:27:41
I would imagine that when our players are all back from injury, Roberto will have a headache over who to choose and who to leave out.
6 Posted 05/10/2015 at 17:30:28
There was a moment (I can't remember the RS player was) where Funes Mori had to completely abandon Sturridge, who was through on goal, to race toward a 50-50 down on the right wing (where St Galloway would've been if he hadn't pressed on...) that probably would've cost us a goal if he didn't 'Row Z' it before the RS winger was able to play in Sturridge. Crowd absolutely loved it and quite rightly.
7 Posted 05/10/2015 at 17:34:47
8 Posted 05/10/2015 at 17:37:02
9 Posted 05/10/2015 at 17:38:27
10 Posted 05/10/2015 at 18:20:53
11 Posted 05/10/2015 at 18:36:41
You don't play for Argentina however if you are a duckegg. Well done Funes Mori, lad! Settling in well.
12 Posted 05/10/2015 at 19:04:44
13 Posted 05/10/2015 at 19:06:26
The lad literally saved us from defeat with that last gasp tackle, and that wasn't the only thing he did during the game. His all round performance was excellent.
14 Posted 05/10/2015 at 19:07:08
He has looked after Galloway a fair bit and got important challenges and headers in where they count.
He is also not afraid to hit Row Z when it is called for. Certainly a class above Alcaraz.
15 Posted 05/10/2015 at 19:10:10
16 Posted 05/10/2015 at 19:14:19
17 Posted 05/10/2015 at 19:30:55
After watching Everton and the wider game for over 60 years, I am really hard-pressed to know of any player who has not made mistakes of one form or another. Does anyone out there know if such a player has ever actually existed?
Obviously one would expect professional players with all the benefits they enjoy being able to iron out some of the more basic mistakes. (How long will it take for Howard to iron out the mistake of staying rooted to his line when balls are played into the six yard box?)
But anyone expecting to watch players at any level perform without being prone to the very human frailty of making a mistake is in for a very long wait. Messi does miss penalties you know.
18 Posted 05/10/2015 at 19:32:13
In fact, from what I've seen, he seems quite lightweight and average when corners are flying in. I might in the minority but that's my opinion anyway.
19 Posted 05/10/2015 at 19:41:29
20 Posted 05/10/2015 at 19:43:31
21 Posted 05/10/2015 at 19:47:40
Stand your ground though... like Funes Mori.
22 Posted 05/10/2015 at 19:52:45
He is no John Stones (who is?! – he is more in the Jags full-blooded mould) and I think he will need to add an extra half-yard of pace for the Premier League.
If I'm honest, he just looks a smidge off the pace to be at his best. He will gain that from playing time and it must be very difficult to play at Premier League pace coming from other leagues.
But, all-in-all, a very promising start to his Goodison career; I have very high hopes for him.
Poor Roberto is gonna have one heck of a headache when everyone is fit.
23 Posted 05/10/2015 at 19:53:53
I think he played very well for someone new to the PL and only his second match therein. The young lads Browning and Galloway did very well too - and Jags was just brilliant and popped up everywhere.
Pity we didn't manage all three points - it would've been a nice way of welcoming RFM to the derby!!
....pity his initials sound like the name of a radio station !!!!
25 Posted 05/10/2015 at 20:13:11
26 Posted 05/10/2015 at 20:42:00
27 Posted 05/10/2015 at 20:55:03
Maybe journalists get it wrong too? I just wish people will judge what they see on the pitch.
28 Posted 05/10/2015 at 20:58:54
This lad Funes Mori will do fine with our dressing room helping him for sure.
29 Posted 05/10/2015 at 21:08:33
Roberto deserves a bit of credit for turning a defensive crisis into an area we now seem quite strong in.
Jagielka, Funes Mori, Stones, Galloway, Browning, Coleman, Baines, Oviedo
No doubt McCarthy and Barry could help along the back-line, Besic too.
30 Posted 05/10/2015 at 21:16:19
31 Posted 05/10/2015 at 21:51:08
32 Posted 05/10/2015 at 23:15:59
33 Posted 05/10/2015 at 00:01:14
Here in England, Brian Reade of the Daily Mirror makes a living doing the same thing as Tim Vickery... I'd say he knows less than Vickery, I take no notice of either of them.
By the way, when Brian Reade talks about politics, I take notice.
34 Posted 06/10/2015 at 00:24:06
Footballers will always make mistakes and defenders making mistakes can cost matches. The players making the least mistakes go to the top. They are gold dust. Funes Mori has not made any real howlers... so far. Remember people that Coleman, Stones, Jagielka and Baines have all had "off" days. I like Funes Mori; far better than the Heitinga and Alcaraz days. And the youngsters are also refreshing and looking good, so far.
ps: Jonny Evans is not that bad. Believe me, in the right set up, this lad can play. People should not be so blinkered.
35 Posted 06/10/2015 at 01:30:26
I'm intrigued to know.
36 Posted 06/10/2015 at 02:47:49
He'll make mistakes, particularly as he seems to be a defender who likes to play a bit. No complaints from me so far though, he's started well and hopefully we've got ourselves a player.
37 Posted 06/10/2015 at 03:25:09
I think Funes Mori has started his Everton career well. I'm impressed, from what I've seen.
38 Posted 06/10/2015 at 07:04:02
Unfortunately, unlike Lukaku, Deulofeu, Lennon, Mirallas, Naismith, Gibson, Besic, Barkley, Osman, McGeady, Kone, McCarthy, Barry etc, centre backs are heavily criticised for the slightest mistake because it can often give the opposition a chance to score. Funes Mori knows this of course. It's all part of the wonderful game of football. I wish him well.
39 Posted 06/10/2015 at 07:07:20
People talk about the 'mistake' that led to a goal. Excuse me, but he came out with ball, was tackled, (it happens in this game you know), but I saw no danger, as the ball broke to one of our own, Gareth Barry, and that is where the MISTAKE happened. BARRY didn't look up and literally played the ball without any idea where it would end up, straight to the opposition. How can you blame Funes Mori for Barry's total lack of vision and weak passing?
Against the RS, his last ditch tackle on Sturridge probably prevented us from losing the game... and watch it again, doubters – that was a top-of-the-line tackle! I think Martinez (who I have never fully supported), has got it right with this lad, who is going to be a first class signing. I hope will be with us for a long time. I can see him eventually replacing Jags as our skipper slows a little as age catches up with him.
In the meantime, it will be nice to see Martinez having a selection headache when all our defenders are fit, instead of us having a defence without suitable back-up. Luke Garbutt is also probably wishing he'd stayed and, taken his chances at Goodison Park instead of going on a season long loan in a lower league. Galloway is filling in well so far, but is not a Leighton Baines yet, and Browning is okay but not quite the business in my opinion.
Back to Funes Mori, and I just wish the knockers would do one, or just get behind the guy; he's one of us now, a full Argentine international, remember, and a Copa de Libertadores winner. How many of our current squad can claim such a pedigree? Support him, don't knock him. As far as I'm concerned, he was one of our best players in the derby, by a long, way.
41 Posted 06/10/2015 at 07:49:39
I noticed the RS trying to get their bigger centre-backs up against him, he did well, but he's not got that dominant size that Van Dijk seems to have, which we could definitely do with when paired with Jags.
Howard is by far and away the biggest liability in this team though... one of the worst keepers I've ever seen at Everton, and easily the worst in the Premier League.
42 Posted 06/10/2015 at 08:33:44
I'd never call him world class, but overall he's one of the better keepers around. Keepers are (unfortunately for them) remembered for their mistakes, and I know memories are short, but he single-handedly got us a point at White Hart Lane last month.
43 Posted 06/10/2015 at 08:56:06
44 Posted 06/10/2015 at 09:04:36
Very early still for both players and it will be another two years or so before we can say which signing worked out better. Both are youngish CBs bought for the long term.
45 Posted 06/10/2015 at 09:35:41
46 Posted 06/10/2015 at 09:57:57
As for Vickery, just a little research will illustrate that he's got plenty of form when it comes to spouting bollocks. Best ignored.
47 Posted 06/10/2015 at 11:52:29
In the derby. Ramiro made a great saving tackle on Ings, to prevent a pass to the open Sturridge, to concede 'the corner' and also made the interception on Sturridge at the death. Well done Ramiro. These goal saving interceptions will be remembered on ToffeeWeb, when you next make a mistake that leads to a goal. It's a balancing act.
I had to laugh watching his interview on the official site, when asked if the Superclasico experience prepared him for the derby. I came across some pieces on YouTube. If you could hold your head in this atmosphere, the relative peace and quiet of the derby is, to quote Flann O'Brien 'like a bunch of orphans out for a Sunday Walk'.
Superclasico version of Z-Cars:
48 Posted 06/10/2015 at 12:08:14
Then he really grew into the game it seemed, and the tackle after the quick free-kick was just brilliant. Overall, I'm still happy with the lad and though I am prepared to give him, Browning and Galloway a hell of a lot of lee-way, so far they don't seem to need it. Galloway is constantly surprising me with the levels he reaches with each game and Jags has also been immense of late.
49 Posted 06/10/2015 at 14:06:05
I'm as excited about Galloway just as much as I was (and still am) with Stones. The lad doesn't seem fazed by anything. He's going to be some player and would be fantastic to have a pairing of Stones and Galloway for quite a few more years. Whether that will be the case is out of our hands unfortunately.
Ramiro Funes Mori has also been a great surprise. A lot of shit has been talked about him but he looks a good signing so far.
Mike Price; you're talking bollocks.
50 Posted 06/10/2015 at 14:40:18
51 Posted 06/10/2015 at 15:08:27
Personally, I am much more enthused by the way Galloway has grown into his job — just as Stones did. ٟM from MK Dons was it? Now there's a real bargain!
53 Posted 06/10/2015 at 15:13:28
54 Posted 06/10/2015 at 16:05:11
55 Posted 06/10/2015 at 16:59:57
Tim Cahill is 5ft-10in and could leap like a stag. Funes Mori has a great leap on him.
Looks a good player. Some people seem to be scrambling in their justification for making a hasty judgement.
Good luck to the lad, looks to be a good solid buy.
56 Posted 06/10/2015 at 17:14:47
You can only be referencing my feelings about Howard. Who is worse in the Premier League than him?
He's one of the worst keepers I've ever seen. He seems to forget he can actually use his hands. Nearly all his saves are with his feet, he can't dominate the 6-yard box never mind the penalty area. He's shocking at stopping shots from distance and acts like he's seen it the split second before it flies past him.
He stays on his line because he flaps when he ever attempts to get a cross, he's got the worst save percentage in the league and directly cost us around 15 points last season.
Apart from that...
57 Posted 06/10/2015 at 17:23:50
58 Posted 06/10/2015 at 18:02:40
59 Posted 06/10/2015 at 18:17:17
His ball control, his vision, and his dribbling ability suggest to me he could be a wide midfield player. Indeed the way he just glides past players reminds me a lot of one Trevor Steven.
60 Posted 06/10/2015 at 18:41:54
One thing's for sure, the scouting set-up that has convinced the club to take significant financial risks on Stones, Galloway and Holgate must be due some sort of bonus.
61 Posted 06/10/2015 at 20:15:12
He may well be the worst goalkeeper in the league. I haven't seen enough of the others to make that call. I doubt he would have played so many games (and is still playing) for Everton and the US of A if he was though.
62 Posted 06/10/2015 at 20:30:40
63 Posted 06/10/2015 at 21:35:23
With Tim Howard, I see every save as a bonus. Every cross brings a crisis. He is a reaction goalkeeper: time, even a second, to think brings out the worst in him. Close up, with flailing feet, he can give the impression of a man inspired. Thirty yards out, seeing the ball all the way, somehow allows him that split second to realise he might let it in.
In my view, he can look great under siege but that is not the goalkeeper we need for top four. We need consistent and dominant.
64 Posted 06/10/2015 at 21:53:43
I'm thinking that this season has to be his last as our first choice. He was woeful last season and sadly hasn't the consistency to be reliable anymore. If anyone has created a career as a super-hero based on one performance, it's him.
65 Posted 06/10/2015 at 21:56:31
66 Posted 06/10/2015 at 22:53:06
67 Posted 06/10/2015 at 23:09:59
But his week, part to his game is his ability to command his box, and if he couldn't do it in the past, he ain't going to start now. Trouble is the rest know it.
68 Posted 06/10/2015 at 23:37:05
Don't agree he's better than Stones on the ball at this time anyway. He's 18 years old and is 5ft-11½in so he has 3 years growth in him, that will see him taller than Jags I would think.
Trevor Steven comparison — don't see that neither. Brilliant prospect, who could turn out to be just as good as Stones or better even.
69 Posted 07/10/2015 at 07:52:44
70 Posted 07/10/2015 at 09:00:49
71 Posted 07/10/2015 at 09:10:58
72 Posted 07/10/2015 at 12:29:23
73 Posted 07/10/2015 at 12:52:43
Fecking eh? He had been in the Premier League for 11 fucking years before that performance!!!
We all know his weakness is he stays on the line too much, but he is far from the worst keeper in the league.
74 Posted 07/10/2015 at 14:05:43
We need proper competition for Howard's place. It's time we had another world beater keeping goal. And Robles is not the answer.
ps: David Lawson was not that bad a goalkeeper. He was no Big Nev. But he IMO not as bad as people are saying. Although I was only about 18 when I saw him play. Clouded memory and all that.
75 Posted 07/10/2015 at 19:20:18
I can only assume/hope that Martinez thinks he has to prioritise limited resources elsewhere.
We desperately need a decent goalkeeper. One who stops shots, like Howard can. One who commands his area, comes for the ball and uses hands rather than feet. One who calms and inspires colleagues and fans.
By the way, Victor, I was 12 when Lawson was in goal and I thought he was poor then. Still can't forgive him for that Chris Nicholl goal at Old Trafford that took five minutes to go past him. We had that cup in the bag and he let them back in it.
76 Posted 07/10/2015 at 19:31:47
Incidentally it was Chris Wood, the goalkeeping coach who let Ruddy go; dithering Dave couldn't make his mind up who to keep, Ruddy or Ian Turner, so told Wood to choose who to keep.
77 Posted 07/10/2015 at 20:17:54
79 Posted 08/10/2015 at 04:22:10
And Brian Little was a poacher. Again, no blame (from me) on Lawson. My opinion on Lawson is based on seeing him keep a number of clean sheets and also make a few brilliant saves. I seem to be on my own here, but I thought he was OK.
I did not know that it was Chris Wood who (under Moyes) let Ruddy go. Why? That was a bloody awful decision. Turner was rubbish. Was there maybe a personality clash?
And yes, Paul, I totally agree with your comments about Tim Howard. I think that the main consensus is that he is now past his sell-buy date. Thanks very much for everything. But we now need a top class stopper. Good bye.
Too late now, but I was crying out for Fraser Forster. But Everton seem to have other priorities
80 Posted 08/10/2015 at 14:30:08
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