The day after the joint press conference of Manager Marco Silva and Director of Football Marcel Brands, our new Director of Football confirmed that Everton were looking to move on 12 players. The new management duo wanted to cut down the bloated squad of 38 first team players. This was music to my ears as the squad we have at the moment is imbalanced, too big, and not fit for purpose. In my opinion, more than 12 players need to go and the sooner this process begins, the better.
Below, in alphabetical order, I give my take on who should be part of this cull. It contains more than 12 players, as we need a total fresh start at the Club. While it would be a hard task to get all the players I have listed out of the club in one Summer, I think that, if it was possible, all the below need to be shipped out.
Loaned out to Championship side Middlesborough in January were he proved a success. With Gana and the emergence of Baningime there is no place for him at the Club. Hopefully a deal can be done with Boro to sign him permanently.
Bought from Crystal Palace for an extortionate £25 million rising to £28 million, a mistake from day one and a player I would never have touched. A hit-and-miss winger whose scoring record was appalling. A bad injury in December 2016 saw him out for a whole year and he has come back a shadow of the average player he was. Time to get shut.
Browning played well in a few first team games in Martinez’s 2nd season, including a 1-1 draw at Anfield. But injury has blighted his career both at Everton and even when out on loan. Spent last season on loan at Sunderland, who were relegated to League One. Clearly not good enough for Everton he should be moved on as he can make a good career for himself probably at Championship level.
Like Antonee Robinson at Bolton Wanderers he went under the radar while on loan at Ipswich Town in the Championship, due to all the hype around the talented Kieran Dowell at Nottingham Forest.
Connolly stood out for a very average Ipswich team playing in a defensive midfield role and ended up with 35 appearances.He was part of the Everton crop of young talent that won the Under 21 World cup with England. He has also performed well for the England Under-21s at this years Toulon Tournament, scoring in the semi final win over Scotland. Connolly has even made one substitute appearance for the first team replacing Seamus Coleman against Southampton in April 2016.
Connolly can play anywhere along the back line, but I think he has missed his chance at Everton. He has been overtaken at both full-back spots in my eyes by Jonjo Kenney and Antonee Robinson. The emergence of Benni Baningimme means there is no spot for him as a defensive midfielder. Although not averse to Silva and Brands running the rule over him, I think the best option for both Connolly and the Club is to move him on.
Ramiro Funes Mori
Goes on walkabout too often and throws himself rashly into challenges. Maybe Silva could get something out of him, but he was making noises about moving to the Mexican League. If we got a good offer for him then it made sense to cash in; hopefully the undisclosed fee we got for selling him to Villarreal got us a little bit of profit.
It all seemed so bright for Galloway when he got the nod over Luke Garbutt playing for us in the last game of the 2014-15 season at West Ham. He played a number of games the following season and seemed to be progressing well. Then came the disaster of a season-long loan to West Brom where he could not get into the team.
Since then, Galloway’s career has spiralled downwards. Shipped out last term on a season-long loan to Sunderland, who were relegated to League one, he could not even make the matchday squad for most of his time at the Stadium of Light. Clearly he has no future at the Club.
Now 24 years old, left-back Garbutt could not get into the first team even when Cuco Martina was holding down the spot last season. With the evident emergence of Antonee Robinson (back from a season on loan at Bolton Wanderers and three caps for the USA), his chance of first-team football has fallen even further down the pecking order. It is never going to happen for Garbutt and time for him to move on.
£23.6 million paid for a player whom the Premier League just seems too physical and fast for. Even in the debacle of the Europa League campaign, where one would think he would be more suited, when he played, he was still invisible. Yet many Evertonians have this nonsensical view that he should be persevered with. No one doubts his great attitude but the Premier League is not for him. A massive transfer mistake we should just admit it, take the hit and sell him for what we can get.
A right back who was nowhere near the Southampton team when he signed on a free as a Koeman crony. Martina is a not very good right-back, Championship level at best, who to give him his due did sterling work as a stand-in left back for most of last season. Clearly not up to Premier League standards.
Throughout his Everton career, for every great game, there were then 5 or 6 were he would go missing. Then there is the question of his attitude. The alleged training ground bust-up along with Morgan Schneiderlin was the last straw, along with Olympiacos shin pads, taking the ball away from Baines and missing the penalty against West Brom to name just some.
Loaned to Olympiacos in January his time there was a total flop with Olympiacos washing their hands of him. The new contract he got at the end of last season was ludicrous. The quicker we can move him on, the better, but, with the money he is on, who will take him?
With what he had to put up with under Koeman and the way he has knuckled down and become a bit of a cult hero at Goodison, it pains me to say it but Niasse is just not good enough. Sometimes my mind boggles at how bad his first touch is. At best, he can be good as an impact sub. Marco Silva actually got a tune out of him when he signed him on loan at Hull City.
So maybe he will have a reprieve and some sort of future at Goodison Park. But the ultimate question is, is he good enough? The answer is a big fat no. There would be a number of Clubs definitely interested in taking him, so let's get a deal done and say "Bye-bye, Oumar, and thanks for the memories."
Sent out on loan to Leeds United last season. Pennington had some first-team appearances the year before but can anyone say he impressed when he has played for the first team? Morgan Feeney, in my opinion, looks a better prospect for first-team opportunities in the future. Penington can make a good career for himself at Championship level and should be sold.
Like Davy Klaassen, it has just never happened for Sandro and he found it hard to get to grips with the pace and physicality of the Premier League; but, at under £6 million, he was worth a punt. Shipped out to Seville on loan in January, he said he would like to stay there. But Seville have said they will not be taking up an option to buy. His wages and not stellar form probably making up Seville’s mind. Can Silva get a tune out of him? I doubt it; he just can’t hack it in the Premier League.
Silva and Brands had the opportunity to say at their joint press conference that he still had a future at the Club. Thankfully, both swiftly dodged that bullet. He may have come on a free but with wages of £180k a week, not so free.
Rooney at 32 was essentially a United cast off which the club took in. When we look at his season, what did we get? An initial bounce from rejoining his hometown club with goals against Stoke City and Manchester City. But apart from this what else did he provide? One admittedly man of the match performance against a dreadful West Ham United and a penalty at Anfield.
Post-Christmas his form was awful, slow paced and on many occasions giving the ball away with a ridiculous “Hollywood pass”. Basically we paid ~£9M in wages just to sell a few shirts. A disaster from start to finish. The quicker his move to DC United happens, the better.
Schneiderlin came in from Manchester United in the 2017 January window for what I consider a very over-priced £27 million. Initially a hit, his form tailed off drastically at the end of the season. For the whole of last season his form was dreadful to put it lightly.
The alleged incident along with Kevin Mirallas at Finch Farm also did him no favours with the fan base. His form picked up markedly in the final few weeks of the season, mainly as his latest utterances show because he wants to get out of the Club. A player who is over-rated and with a bad attitude.
Stekelenburg is 35 years old and was out for most of last season with injury. Nowhere near good enough as a back up goalkeeper and a relic of the failed Koeman experiment.
Most Evertonians will have forgotten all about this little gem. Signed under Martinez as a supposed hot young prospect, his move has been a total failure. Contracted until 2020 but should be moved on as quickly as possible.
Theo WalcottThis may raise eyebrows, as most Evertonians seem to think he had a good season after being signed in January. Yes, he had a few good games and scored some goals; he also went missing on other occasions.
At 28, his game will never get any better. In essence, he really has not kicked on from when he first burst onto the scene as a teenager. His game intelligence is lacking and if he stays we will see him regress to his norm, just as Schneiderlin did after his bright start at the Club. He is not the future for Everton and should be sold.
Williams was bought for around £11million from Swansea City in the summer of 2016. Williams was a player beginning the twilight part of his career and was in decline, even with his good performances for Wales at Euro 2016. Since joining the Club, he had an average, at best, first season and was an absolute disgrace last season in both performances and attitude. Now 33, time to get rid as quickly as possible.
Part of the title-winning Under-23s team in 2016-17. Last year had a good season on loan at relegated Barnsley in the Championship playing 34 games. But ultimatley I don’t think he has enough to make the grade at Eve,rton. Hopefully a deal can be done for a permanent move to Barnsley.
Three other players who would have been on this list are Connor Grant but he has moved to Plymouth Argyle at the time of writing plus Joel Robles and David Henen. Robles and Henan’s contracts are up at the end of June and both are being released by the Club.
And Maybe... Michael Keane
To think we were considering making a bid for either Harry Maguire or Michael Keane last summer. In the end, Leicester City paid Hull City £17 million for Maguire while we bought Keane from Burnley for £25 rising to £30 million. Easy to see who got the bargain there. England international Keane (well out of the international picture now, Maguire has that spot), had a very indifferent season and has not looked anywhere near the player he was at Burnley, and nowhere near a £25-£30 million player.
Incredibly slow on the turn, Lukaku showed that at Goodison before we signed him. It was best shown up again ironically away at Burnley last season. Without the well-drilled structure of the Burnley defence he was a fish out of water in the appalling car crash which was our defence last season. At 24, there is time for him and I am not averse to giving him another season under Silva, but, if we sell him, I don’t think it would be a great loss.
With a few new additions, and if all the above are sold or at least loaned from the Club, we would have a much leaner and manageable squad. All this of course won’t happen especially in one Summer but the overwhelming cry must be “Let The Cull begin!”
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1 Posted 25/06/2018 at 14:51:32
1. Not sure when you actually wrote this article, it is dated 24 June. Funes has of course been sold already, so in that respect you can whittle down your list abit..
2. Your inclusion of Theo Walcott did raise my eyebrows, but a well reasoned argument to let him go might have been interesting to read. Unfortunately, on this particular name, yours is not it. These lines in particular: "At 28 his game will never get any better" and "He is not the future for Everton and should be sold." Those arguments would also apply to Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Idrissa Gueye. Why should 28 be the cut-off for determining who or who is not the future of the club â€“ why not 29, or 26?
Suddenly it looks like we should be selling our whole first team squad!
Generally, I agree with your sentiment that the squad needs to be culled. Listing the names makes for a partially interesting read. The other thing I would be interested to see is how we go about it. We have a lot of players to shift, and selling them across 2 windows at least would make a lot of sense.
Does that mean we limit the number coming in? Do we farm players out on loan as a means of reducing the wage bill? Is it better to strive for permanent transfers out instead?
What is clear is that colossal cock-up by Walsh and Koeman, in particular, has loaded the club with a squad which might weigh us down in the short term.
Perhaps part of the answer might lie in Silva actually trying to coach at least some of the players we have to play better. Michael Keane would certainly fit into that category, whilst Sandro and Klaassen may just surprise us if Silva can mould them.
2 Posted 25/06/2018 at 15:04:59
Niasse is one of the best impact subs in the league. If we get a big offer for him or the chance to buy a great striker, then fine... but at the moment he deserves to stay for his goals last season alone.
I'd also like to keep Connolly around a little longer and I'm curious to see what Silva could do with Sandro and Klaassen. Keane will almost certainly be staying though I'd happily take 㿀m for him tomorrow â€“ he's a very mediocre defender as I see it.
3 Posted 25/06/2018 at 15:18:45
4 Posted 25/06/2018 at 15:41:55
Theo shouldn't be part of a cull because we have no-one good enough to replace him. If we buy a replacement, then that's fine... but only a fool would make the first team weaker just to save wages.
5 Posted 25/06/2018 at 15:51:41
The Joe Williams and Callum Connolly shouts are bad enough but sell Walcott !?!
And are you just keeping your options with Michael Keane?
A cull is needed for sure but let's keep it measured.
6 Posted 25/06/2018 at 15:57:13
I would also add Tom Davies to your list. Mainly because I can't bloody stand watching him touch his hair every few seconds.
Gana whatever his name is, also makes my blood boil and Calvert-Lewin should never be allowed back inside the training ground. I hate Pennington as well.
On the plus side, Rooney looks like he is leaving (another one who shouldn't have been allowed back anywhere near the club) and Funes Mori didn't even wait around to be asked.
7 Posted 25/06/2018 at 16:02:35
Walcott being included in that list is comical.
8 Posted 25/06/2018 at 16:12:04
Here we are, 12 months and two coaches later, looking to get rid of a large portion of that squad. Whatever happened to the coach getting the best out of players and squad? Or has that aspect of the game disappeared in favour of just buying in more "talent"?
9 Posted 25/06/2018 at 16:19:56
Niasse should be retained, he makes things happen in a positive way when he gets a chance.
I would also persevere with Bolasie as it takes time to get over a injury like he suffered.
I still have a soft spot for Galloway, I thought he was certain to make a first team player. Maybe he has off-field issues... who knows?
I don't agree with you on Walcott either â€“ we can't afford to ditch players as good as him.
As far as your other picks to sell are concerned, I largely agree.
10 Posted 25/06/2018 at 16:31:56
Sure in an ideal world we'd get rid of all of them because right now only Coleman is good enough for the top 6.
The reality is the players you want rid of the most are the ones hardest to sell and the players you think can do a job are the ones we actually can sell and, in trying to flog everyone, we end up with a squad even more imbalanced than Koeman left behind.
The key is surely to sell the ones we really want rid of, when we can, without he haste that will see us pay for them to leave, and that might mean keeping the likes of Connolly, Pennington and those other youngsters you'd get rid of. Sure, they're unlikely to really make the grade, but they are cheap and they can fill the bench until their contracts expire and we have the next batch of youngsters to fill their place.
Patience is key to ridding ourselves of these players and it will take 2-3 years. That's not to say we can't make a go of things in the interim and, if we play well, then maybe some of the guys you listed will play themselves into a move.
11 Posted 25/06/2018 at 16:41:47
And allowance has to be made for the three at the World Cup even if they are there for only another week as they must be entitled to some sort of break. Perhaps any cull might be a lot shorter list, at least for the time being.
12 Posted 25/06/2018 at 17:31:29
We have some very highly paid players. Many, including Schneiderlin, Klaassen and even Ramirez are on ٣m or more a year. Even Bolaisie is on ٢m plus. And Williams has another year collecting 㿷k per week because who is going to pay that salary for him?
However we got here doesn't help much. The problem, as Brands himself has pointed out, is that once you are signed by a decent-sized Premier League club, you are very difficult to move on if it doesn't work out simply because there are only a handful of clubs that can afford these wages.
We could probably shift Niasse and especially Besic because their wages are affordable â€“ the latter even to Championship teams â€“ and their transfer cost is mostly written down and negligible. But most of the others
Unless these guys are willing to take a wage cut in order to play, I can't see us offloading them unless we also pay part of their wages, which kind of defeats the point. It certainly means that people like Walcott â€“ and probably even Klaassen â€“ have to be given a chance to see if they can improve under Silva.
It's ironic that Seamus Coleman is one of our lowest-paid players, he's on less than half the wage of most of the wasters above yet, injury notwithstanding, it is hard to see how that can be an accurate reflection of his value to the club.
13 Posted 25/06/2018 at 17:49:04
14 Posted 25/06/2018 at 17:54:27
15 Posted 25/06/2018 at 18:04:48
If we were signing a side to compete for Champions League this season, I just think he's a little bit less than what you need. Sure, he can get there over the next couple of seasons.
16 Posted 25/06/2018 at 18:17:55
Walcott and Michael Keane do not belong on this list, and neither do Niasse and Stekelenburg in my opinion, as they are decent back-up for the striker and goalkeeper positions. Without Walcott, we are a slow team â€“ we need his pace to help us attack at pace if nothing else.
And I personally am backing Michael Keane to come good. He's not the first defender to struggle at Everton initially â€“ Dave Watson, Phil Jagielka are good examples of that. But he has the ability to become a success at Everton if he steps up next season.
Let's shift the deadwood, but I feel we need more evolution than revolution.
17 Posted 25/06/2018 at 18:27:47
18 Posted 25/06/2018 at 19:11:50
19 Posted 25/06/2018 at 19:31:58
20 Posted 25/06/2018 at 22:41:18
They are perhaps already planning their futures with less pay; those with kids are probably looking for new schools, doubtless happy to be culled.
"Get rid, ship them out, cull them"; utterly redundant phrases that ignore the fact that, like it or not, we are talking about people here. Some of them and their families might just like, say, where they live, even like their team mates. They might not want to be part of Football Manager fantasy.
Ludicrous contracts were negligently handed out and they won't be torn up because someone on ToffeeWeb wants a cull. Why on earth would any club want to pay big money and wages for anyone deemed not good enough to play for what was, last season, an utterly woeful side?
Who the fuck is going to think: "Everton are going to cull Schneiderlin, Mirallas, Klaassen etc â€“ let's get in touch and match their wages before the top six find out about this fire sale"?
Just utter pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking. This "cull" will cost more than our club will pay. Expect some of your wish list to be here next season.
21 Posted 26/06/2018 at 01:11:17
There's precious little evidence to back it up, I grant you, but if Silva took the time with him that Koeman was too shellshocked for, The Fat Controller was too busy stuffing pies in his face to take, he may find the player I believe Klaassen can be.
A stay of execution may be warranted here.
22 Posted 26/06/2018 at 11:13:48
It's often said that your biggest assets are your employees, or in this case, your players.
Problem is, they can also be your biggest financial liability, and boy do we have a lot of liabilities right now.
23 Posted 26/06/2018 at 11:27:14
That pace makes poor defences very jittery. It affects the commitment to attack and offensive play by their teams.
All season, we were crying out for some pace and some threat. When we got it we got better results despite the awful Sam Allardyce set up.
If he can stay fit, he will be a welcome and valuable member of the first team for the next couple of seasons.
24 Posted 26/06/2018 at 13:08:24
Nice piece; however, I disagree about Walcott, the only bright spot in a dark season. The other one I would keep is Galloway, he needs to be under a better manager than the last muppets; I think he would flourish.
25 Posted 26/06/2018 at 16:05:56
26 Posted 26/06/2018 at 16:18:18
27 Posted 26/06/2018 at 19:20:46
28 Posted 26/06/2018 at 20:17:54
As for the rest, excepting the youngsters who I doubt you've ever seen play â€“ I wouldn't quite shed a tear if they never made it to next season.
29 Posted 26/06/2018 at 22:22:18
30 Posted 27/06/2018 at 08:28:16
Rooney looks like he is going. Who would want to spend a 𧴜k a week on wages for Ashley Williams, Mirallas, Bolasie, Klaassen, Sandro, or Schneiderlin?
The 5-year contract that we gave to Garbutt making him a multi-millionaire is probably the reason why lower league clubs aren't interested.
We will be lucky to move 4 out of the 6 above and bring 2 quality players in.
31 Posted 27/06/2018 at 14:16:31
Players are all about opinions that's why we have a number of shouts for keeping different players in the comments. Connolly gets quite a few shouts and I do say I'm not averse to Silva & Brands running the rule over him. Other names mentioned: Bolasie, Joe Williams, Klaassen, Niasse, Galloway, and of course Walcott â€” all about opinions and this is my frank opinion of the squad.
Steve at 10: I don't mention how much I assume we would get for these players. I don't even think we would get 𧴜 million if we did off-load most of them. For me, it's going forward â€” do I see the players listed as the future? The answer is No.
Rob at 30 makes a good point about the contracts given out, which is one of the reasons why we have ended up with the mess of a squad we have. So that makes it harder to move on players.
As for Walcott, let's wait and see next season. Most comments seem to rate him; I never have. Like Schneiderlin, a half-good start following a January move... but, just like Morgan, the real Theo will show himself as an average Premier League footballer next season.
Pete at 28; I've seen them play plenty of times.
32 Posted 27/06/2018 at 15:41:38
It is painfully obvious that Sandro and Klaassen will not make it in the Premier League so we need to cut our losses in the best way possible which may involve just covering wages until their contract runs out.
Rooney was a disastrous decision. To even think he could replace Lukaku shows how poor the decision-making was over the last few years with too much influence from you-know-who.
Bolasie is totally inconsistent, even in the same game, but may not be that difficult to shift if Palace are interested â€“ but again, we will take a hit on that.
Ashley Williams (suffered from being the boo-boy) and Michael Keane were not good value but both can play a lot better than they have shown and might be worth another season if Silva can get a tune and/or if they are difficult to move on.
Schneiderlin may be going back to France if the media are to be believed but again we will take a big hit on that one.
I haven't mentioned any of the youngsters because their costs are relatively insignificant and the ones we want to move on will be easier to accommodate.
I also haven't mentioned Walcott because even having him in the conversation is ridiculous.
Culling is only part of the equation, however, because we desperately need a new left-back, centre-back and goalkeeper and our midfield needs beefing up with strength and goalscoring ability.
33 Posted 30/06/2018 at 14:22:21
The game has moved on from the days of Alan Harper. Back then you had one sub per game. Alan Harper was a brilliant sub because he could play anywhere. Also you had much smaller sqauds and less player rotation.
Today there are 2 (Specialist) players for each position (just read the posts on here about back-ups) and 7 subs per game. The need for Alan Harper type players has gone. Look at Martina!
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