Carragher: Michael Keane should pick Everton not United

Monday 24 April 2017  28 Comments  [Jump to last]
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher urges the Burnley defender to choose Goodison Park move over a return to Old Trafford

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Peter Gorman
1 Posted 24/04/2017 at 07:47:08
I'll summarise it for you;

Carragher; "Yes, you want to win trophies, but the main thing is to play, week-in & week-out".

Oh, bore off Jamie.

Jim Bennings
2 Posted 24/04/2017 at 08:16:43
Get the bid in for Keane as soon as the season ends, get it done and dusted. Then get some pace in the wide areas of midfield so we don't look so wooden legged in away games again next season.

Get that elusive (since the Arteta days) creative little genius in the centre of the park, someone that can actually get their head up consistently and see a pass on. Must also be capable of scoring something near to ten goals, would be a big benefit.

Gareth Clark
3 Posted 24/04/2017 at 09:53:18
Keane needs to come in really early! That sorts out the biggest issue.

As he will be a regular starter - then we have plenty of cover.

RCB: Keane / Holgate / Jags / Pennington

LCB: Williams / Funes Mori / Galloway / Feeney

That is 5 senior CBs – including Holgate... Although I think Mori might be heading out (he isn't as physical as Koeman likes his CBs to be IMO), so get in someone like Maguire or a Welsh/Koeman special.

To be honest, we have plenty of depth at RB, so if anything I think we need a short term solution while Coleman is out.

RB: Coleman / Holgate / Kenny / Connolly / Browning / Jones

So maybe Zabaleta on loan could fix the problem for now – if the youngsters aren't ready... but I've been very impressed with Kenny.

We need one in at LB – as we are a little short. But I have also been extremely impressed with Robinson at LB... he is very physical & strong, while also being great on the ball & very fast.

Personally I'd get in Chilwell & and Sessegnon from Fulham. Send Sessegnon back on loan.

LB: Baines / Chilwell / Robinson / Sessegnon

I'd get in Tielemans quickly – as I think he is going to be the next Dele Alli.

Him & Davies will share the free CM role that Davies has been playing. That gives them plenty of games across a European season between them!

RCM: Idrissa / McCarthy / Besic

CDM: Schneiderlin / Barry / Baningime

LCM: Tielemans / Davies / Walsh

Which leaves us a little light at CDM & even possibly at one of the CM roles – as I see McCarthy leaving.

So we need to get in a Walsh special there I think – maybe a young Idrissa... Although I have been impressed with Baningime in the U23s!

At CAM we need some fire power – I don't think Mirallas is good enough as a starter, he isn't consistent enough. So I'd replace him with Mr consistent – Sigurdsson.

RAM: Barkley / Bolasie / Lookman / Dowell

LAM: Sigurdsson / Mirallas / Calvert-Lewin

If Mirallas leaves then Zaha or another Walsh special, or even Rooney.

At Striker – I think Lukaku will stay, but there are plenty of options!

Iheanacho is first choice –

But the likes of Perez / Batshauyi / Janssen / Dolberg

Plus the likes of Sambou coming through, I think he will be a great player.

ST: Lukaku / Iheanacho / Sambou

Or if Lukaku leaves:

ST: Perez / Iheanacho / Sambou

Jim Bennings
4 Posted 24/04/2017 at 11:26:27

You go through many names and options there but, asides from the likes of Keane and Sigurdsson, there's none there that are likely to push us into a top 4 battle.

Too many untried kids and not enough seasoned experience that are at the peak of their powers. You forget that we now have more financial power than ever before, we have many young talents for three or four years down the line like Lookman etc and even Davies from me, not a regular if there's a man there at the age of 25/26 pulling the strings.

We don't need a young Idrissa, do you mean the same type of player as him? Another defensive midfielder? Gueye is 27 and so is Schneiderlin so we don't need anymore defensive ball-winners.

Calvert-Lewin from what I've seen is far too immobile to play out wide, doesn't possess pace nor skill.

We need to be looking at top strikers if Lukaku goes... Lacazette of Lyon for example. Batshauyi at Chelsea, from the career I've seen, he is too loose a cannon, a poor man's Daniel Sturridge.

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 24/04/2017 at 11:44:33
Barkley, Bolasie, Dowell and Lookman for instance at Right Attacking Midfield?

Lookman not a midfielder, not yet ready, too lightweight.

Bolasie nowhere near ready until the New Year (if he comes back the same).

Dowell nowhere near the first team, at present from what I've seen the Premier League looks too heavy for him, I recall having this argument 18 months ago when every man and his dog was saying throw David Henen in the team.

And as for Barkley?

This guy has scored just four goals in 18 months, has stood still since 2013-14 and no longer gets anywhere near shooting or consistently looking like a threat in the so-called "bigger games".

Its very easy to just play Championship Manager with our squad and think with a few young kids that are five years off being ready, that we are going to start looking any better than we are now.

For me, we still haven't had a kid anywhere near worth the hype they receive since the emergence of Wayne Rooney in 2002.

We've had: Ross Barkley and Jack Rodwell receive Roy Keane/Steven Gerrard comparisons over the years.

Tom Davies comes through and he will receive the same crazy "superstar" tag without having even a full season. The past shows us that seldom few youth come through and make a truly team changing impact, there's been steady Eddie's like Osman, Hilbert etc but apart from the all too brief appearance in blue of Wayne Rooney there's been no real talent that's genuinely got you that excited you thought anything was possible.

The players that have made a huge difference and become cult like we have had to buy: Lukaku etc.

Sam Hoare
6 Posted 24/04/2017 at 11:53:31
Jim, to be fair, few clubs have players like Rooney coming through. He was one of the most successful and celebrated English footballers over the last 10-15 years.

Any player who gets to play 50+ games for us has done incredibly well and I think Tom Davies and a few others have that potential. I agree they may not be the ones to shoot us into the Champions League but (although I think we should at least try for them) I don't see the like of Lacazzette coming here yet

Jim Bennings
7 Posted 24/04/2017 at 12:03:50

I agree with that.

Tom Davies for me looks the most likely at the minute, looks well suited to the demands of the Premier League, and is likely to have a positive future here.

Colin Glassar
8 Posted 24/04/2017 at 12:12:48
I'm sick and tired of these RS pundits opining about us. He should jog off and concentrate on his own team and their problems.
Michael Lynch
9 Posted 24/04/2017 at 12:22:39
I'm always a bit surprised by posts that suggest we have the basis to kick on for top four with just a few additions. Watching Chelsea and Spurs on Saturday straight after watching us at West Ham, we're absolutely miles away.

I would be happy to keep Coleman, Baines, Holgate, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Mirallas, Lookman and Lukaku and replace just about everyone else in the squad, including Barkley. And half of the players I've named will be bench warmers and/or Europa League fill-ins.

Amit Vithlani
10 Posted 24/04/2017 at 14:35:39
Quality not quantity please.

Keane and Sigurdsson are better than what we have. However, a James Rodriguez or Lacazette would be the marquee statement of intent, a la Robinho to Man City all those years ago.

Mark Stone
11 Posted 24/04/2017 at 14:54:42
Shane Corcoran
12 Posted 24/04/2017 at 15:18:32
So is Keane any good or is he just young, English and playing in the Premier League?

Is this the same guy that was, figuratively speaking, up Lukaku's arse being turned last week?

Alan McGuffog
14 Posted 24/04/2017 at 17:08:50
I'd like us to go for a defensive / holding midfielder, a keeper with confidence issues, a five-foot-six centre-half and a wunderkind, six stone winger who we can ship straight out to Brentford. This way, I shalln't be disappointed.
William Cartwright
15 Posted 24/04/2017 at 17:10:13
Going forward, we need to be both ruthless and heartless. If we fill the gaps with the likes of Kenny and Walsh etc and keep improving and winning then no-one will be happier than me. However, if there are better players out there, who are within budget and possibly have the Walsh factor then no more youngsters and a championship spot will suit me too.

The signings that will make a difference for me and also show real intent, are the likes of Van Dijk from Southampton, Dembele from Celtic, Sessegon from Fulham, Teilemans and Fabregas or similar. What I wish for and what I expect to see may not be the same. Something similar may happen, and there will surely be a surprise we've never heard of (Gana) or forgotten about (Ryan Gauld from Lisbon), or a genius on the slide (Rooney)...

I love what Rhino is doing with the Under-23s but next season I don't expect to see anyone other than Kenny break through but if they do, and it improves the team more so than a transfer would, then great.

John Daley
16 Posted 24/04/2017 at 17:24:02
"I'd like us to go for...a keeper with confidence issues"

Imagine the abuse:


Jim Bennings
17 Posted 24/04/2017 at 17:30:41
Alan, you'll get your wish, I'm sure you shan't be disappointed.
Will Mabon
18 Posted 24/04/2017 at 18:55:05
Can't we stick to the views of an ex-Everton player, when given? I'd rather Carragher spent his time pontificating on matters RS, such as... I don't know, maybe suggesting a bigger club for Coutinho.
Jim Bennings
19 Posted 24/04/2017 at 19:17:45

With the new-found mega millions we have available to us I'd like to see us do a publicity stunt and get up the media's noses, how about a mega bid for Coutinho? Offer to triple his wages at Liverpool??

After all, Manchester City prized Red Devil fan favourite Carlos Tevez from Manchester United, did they not?.

Will Mabon
20 Posted 25/04/2017 at 05:32:01
Jim - now wouldn't that be fun!
Matthew Williams
21 Posted 25/04/2017 at 12:34:13
I'd rather have Ben Mee... save ourselves a few quid too.
Ian Riley
22 Posted 25/04/2017 at 15:18:55
I would hope the Director of Football has deals in place already. If not what are we paying him for? Big pre-season for him.
Colin Glassar
23 Posted 26/04/2017 at 20:52:13
Only difference, Jim, is that Man City have a trillionaire behind them. Ours is a mere billionaire.

A bit harsh on Joey Barton, that ban, don't you think? That's effectively a lifetime ban. If I was him, I'd go back to Marseille or to the MLS.

Andy Meighan
24 Posted 28/04/2017 at 14:13:58
John (#16) – Brilliant!!
Mike Murphy
25 Posted 28/04/2017 at 16:13:55
I think, Matthew (#21), you could be right about Ben Mee being the better defender, 㿊 million for a Man Utd reject... Burnley will be laughing all the way to the bank.

I like to see Galloway or Browning given a chance in pre-season. Maybe sign John Terry on a short-term one- or two-year contract.

Drew O'Neall
26 Posted 12/05/2017 at 18:23:28
None of the players in our first team are good enough for the teams above us except Gana and Lukaku maybe.

The next best are Schneiderlin and Davies who would be bit part players in Man Utd or Arsenal's teams, no others.

Assuming we lose the latter, that's 10 replacements needed to break the top four or an amazing collective effort from inferior players.

When you consider the investment required to take us to the next level – and don't get me wrong I fully expect the sale of Lukaku and Barkley for big money in order to finance an overhaul – I can't see us inserting the marquis signings of Lacazette etc; rather we will continue adding the young talented potential stars of the future, raising the standard gradually and creating a sustainable model on the pitch, à la Arsenal and Southampton.

More power to Mr Moshiri's elbow, I say.

James Marshall
27 Posted 19/05/2017 at 21:23:17
All this fantasy football talk is all well & good, and talk of a marquee signing, à la Robinho at Man City, seems wide of the mark for me at the moment. I don't think you'll see much like that happening until we have a new stadium.
Ian McDowell
28 Posted 19/05/2017 at 21:25:42
Does anyone think that John Terry would be worth a shout?
James Marshall
29 Posted 19/05/2017 at 21:31:57
No, Ian, nobody thinks John Terry would be a good shout. ;)

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