Closing Down Sale. Everything Must Go!

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The current Everton squad is arguably the most unbalanced group of individuals in the club's famous history. With major trading work required this summer in order to bring some form of equilibrium back to the team, who would the Everton fans keep and who would be on the first bus out of Finch Farm? Here's my opinion on who I would keep and who I would let go with a short explanation for each.

Pickford – Yes. Still has lots of learning to do but he has the years ahead of him to do so. Seeing as most games are like shot-stopping practice for him with the clowns in front of him then I think he deserves a lot of credit.

Robles – Yes. Only as a back-up though.

Martina – No. Not good enough to get in any other Premier League side and certainly not good enough to be in ours.

Kenny – Yes. Still young enough to improve and with the right coach he can turn into a solid attacking wing-back.

Baines – No. Controversial, I know, but he’s past it. He just goes through the motions now.

Coleman – Yes. Should be captain.

Garbutt – No. For three managers to completely disregard him, there’s a problem there somewhere.

Jagielka – No. Has always epitomised the gallant loser for me. He’s only good when our backs are against the wall defending for our lives. Hoof!

Williams – No. Possibly the worst centre-half I’ve ever seen in a blue shirt.

Funes Mori – Yes. Goal scoring centre-half. He has a mistake in him but he’s a good age and he’s quick.

Holgate – Yes. Young, passionate and tries to play football but he needs a good coach.

Keane – No. Nowhere near good enough.

Gueye – Yes. He’s lost his way this season but, if we can get him back to being the aggressive biting midfielder who never gives anyone a second on the ball, then he’s an asset.

Rooney – No. Sorry Wayne you had your chance to be an Everton legend 12 years ago. You blew it. And to think that Ronaldo and David Silva are older than you... Who was the world most excited about when all 3 of you were 16? What a shame.

McCarthy – No. Never fit and doesn’t offer enough when he is. Ireland will always be his priority.

Baningime – Yes. Young, aggressive and time on his side.

Davies – Yes. Another that has lost his way but, with confidence back in his game, this boy has something.

Schneiderlin – No. Cares more about his hair than his performances. I’ve literally never seen him sprint.

Sigurdsson – Yes. Forget the cost, that’s not his fault. He’s a good player.

Bolasie – Yes. Controversial again but motivated in the right way he can be a dangerous player that can cross a ball and take his man on.

Vlasic - Yes. Young, quick and worth giving some time to see how he develops.

Walcott – Yes. Needs to be played in a formation that gets the best out of him.

Klaassen – No. There must be a player in there somewhere but we can’t afford to wait for him to arrive.

Calvert-Lewin – No. Makes Stuart Barlow look like Drogba.

Tosun – Yes. He’s our only hope of a goal.

Sandro – Yes. Needs the right coach to play to his strengths. Not a winger or a lone striker which is all he’s had from us.

Niasse - No. Simply not good enough.

Lookman – Yes. Showing what we’re missing while out on loan.

So overall, 16 that I’d keep and 12 that would be shown the door. But, however you slice it up, there’s some major work to be done and realistically, it can’t be fixed in one summer.

By the way, none of the coaching or backroom staff would stay on my watch. Duncan, Jeffers et al would all be gone. Unsworth would be the only exception.

Who would you keep?

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Brian Wilkinson
1 Posted 16/04/2018 at 15:34:34
So you would keep Funes Mori but get rid of Jagielka, who has possibly been our best centre half, not just this season but countless others?

Have you not noticed the vast improvement in Keane, since playing alongside Jags? I would keep Jags for another season, use him wisely, not every game, but there to steady the ship when needed.

Tony Everan
2 Posted 16/04/2018 at 15:53:10
Too early to dismiss Calvert-Lewin. He needs to toughen up and improve his finishing, yes, but needs more time. I think he has got it in him. A loan to a decent Championship club would be good for him.
Bill Watson
5 Posted 16/04/2018 at 17:18:16
You'd keep Bolasie. Good grief! I'm glad you're not the manager! Bolasie's link-up play is non-existent, his passing, and goal return, is abysmal and he doesn't track back. He's a complete waste of money and most of us were aware of this before his injury.

Of the coaching staff you, would keep Unsworth but get rid of Ferguson and Jeffers. On what evidence do you base that conclusion? None of us has the slightest idea of what goes on at Finch Farm so how can we call for some individuals to be sacked but others retained?

Steve Ferns
6 Posted 16/04/2018 at 23:20:19
Scott, you'd offload 12 and look to sign another 7 or so (presuming we want 23 in the first team squad). That's another massive turnaround. Would we not have all the transitional problems we had this season? Can we write another season off by trying to change the side completely?

Is it not better to get rid of your players over 4 or 5 windows?

Also, why do you want to get rid of Jeffers. What evidence does anyone have that he is bad coach, or a good one for that matter. The coach coaches a team in a way dictated by the manager. He works to orders.

The only coach over the last 15 years or so that I feel that we the fans can judge from the stands was Chris Woods. The evidence was there on the pitch with him. The only Keeper in all those years he was with us, who got any better at all was Tim Howard, and even that is debatable. Sure, Martyn was the best of his keepers, but he was an old player and there was little, if anything Woods could do to impact his game. Instead you look at the evidence as to how England internationals like Richard Wright went crap under his tutelage and how Ruddy flourished only when he got away from him.

As for the other coaches, seriously, how can you say that they are crap or good?

Sean McCarthy
7 Posted 17/04/2018 at 02:16:07
You'd keep Bolasie and Sandro??? Thankfully you're not the manager!!! Sandro is championship player and Bolasie and his step over isn't much better!!

They'd be two of the first out the door if it was down to me

Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 17/04/2018 at 05:19:55
Scott, I seldom use vulgarities here, but the only thing I can say about your Baines comment is bullshit. If we have one player who has never once gone "through the motions" in his entire career, it's Leighton Baines, who never gives less than the best he's got. And right now his best is still pretty damn good.

Agree on keeping Bolasie, if only as a late-game sub... even with all his failings, he can change a game in a flash.

And you forgot one... Mirallas, who is still our property although it feels like he's long gone. Here in the US, ESPN Sportscenter picks its Top 10 plays of the day... and tonight Kev was #5 with a cracker for Olympiakos. (And no, I don't want him back.)

I agree with Brian and Tony on keeping Jagielka and Calvert-Lewin, although I share your skepticism on the latter. He has the talent and may someday develop the ruthlessness of a true striker.

Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 17/04/2018 at 05:22:20
By the way, did you know Kev's full name is Kevin Antonio Joel Gislain Mirallas y Castillo?

No wonder he has attitude.

Peter Howard
10 Posted 17/04/2018 at 07:45:00
Mirallas does have attitude but it's the wrong one.
Rob Dolby
11 Posted 17/04/2018 at 09:44:21
You're a hard man, Scott. I would get rid of them all and buy the whole of the Man City team and bring their coaches with them.

In reality, we have a lot of overpaid players on long contracts who will be very difficult to move on. We had a massive influx by our standards last year and that didn't work. If we repeat the same mistakes, we could easily do what QPR did. We need to add character and quality then get rid of the bad apples.

Does anyone realistically think that, even if we got Fonseca and Brands, that we would break into the top 6 next season? We are closer to the bottom than the top. Walsh's and Koeman's spending spree has taken the club back at least 3 seasons.

I would let any player leave who didn't want to play for us. Pickford, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Tosun, Sigurdsson and Gueye should start every week, if fit.

We have some good youngsters who can break in with Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Vlasic, Lookman, Kenny, Baningime, Dowell and J Williams.

Getting performances out of the following group is the key for a new manager or for Sam. There are big question marks over them for various reasons and are the most vulnerable in any cull that we have in my opinion: Klaassen, Sandro, Mirallas, Walcott, Schneiderlin, Niasse, Bolasie, Rooney, McCarthy, Funes Mori, A Williams, Robles, Martina and Keane.

Ajay Gopal
12 Posted 17/04/2018 at 09:46:27
I agree with Steve (6), another large scale clearing of the 1st team squad would only result in huge disruption once again, and this time it may be fatal.

1st Team Players Out:
(torn over Besic, Sandro and Niasse, but I think they might flourish away from Everton)

Youth players Out (sold or sent out on loan):
Connolly (off the boil recently)
Dowell (has not been having a good time in Not. Forrest recently)

Midfield playmaker
Striker (if Onyekuru does not make it back from injury in time)

Our squad:

GK: Pickford, Robles
LB: NewOne, Baines
RB: Coleman, Kenny
CB: Keane, Holgate, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Pennington
DM: Gueye, McCarthy, Davies, Baningime, Sigurdsson, NewFella
AM: Lookman, Rooney, Walcott, Bolasie, Vlasic
ST: Calvert-Lewin, Tosun, Onyekuru

Get a coach with a modern coaching and fitness program, and this squad should be good enough to play tough, passing, attacking football, which should see us do much better next season.

Ciaran O'Brien
13 Posted 17/04/2018 at 14:20:47
In my view, we need a huge clear-out but we don't necessarily need loads of new signings. Signing too many first-team players and trying to get them to gel is borderline impossible.

We should let go of Robles who looks like he is moving back to Spain on a free.

Garbutt can go since he has been shite for the last four managers and is in his mid 20s.

Pennington isn't good enough and neither is Martina but he is useful as a backup option in both full-back spots.

Williams should be first out the door while even though Funes Mori is a good player, if we receive a bid of £10-15 million, we should accept.

Schneiderlin, Besic, Klaassen (unfortunately), Tarashaj (shit signing), Mirallas, Niasse and Bolasie have to go too.

If we receive an offer for Rooney from America or China, we should let him go too.

I would keep Sandro because there's a good player in there but, if we receive a £9-12 million bid from a club in Spain, we should accept.

That leaves us with a Pickford, Stekelenburg, Coleman (new captain), Kenny, Baines, Jagielka, Keane, Holgate, Gueye, McCarthy, Joe Williams, Davies, Sigurdsson, Evans, Walcott, Onyekuru, Lookman and Tosun as definites to keep.

We need a good second-choice keeper, a dynamic, pacy, strong and attack-minded left-back, such as Tierney at Celtic or the Colombian guy from Boca were linked with. A youngish ball-playing but strong centre-half too. Two midfield playmakers, one deep, one further forward, while a winger and another forward we need.

2018-19 Squad:
Pickford, new GK?, Stekelenburg
Keane, Jagielka, new CB?, Holgate
Coleman (c), Kenny
New LB?, Baines
Gueye, McCarthy, J Williams
New CM?, Davies
Sigurdsson, new AM?, Evans
New LW?, Lookman, Onyekuru
Walcott, Vlasic, Dowell
Tosun, new CF?, Rooney?, new CF?

Jim Hardin
14 Posted 17/04/2018 at 17:15:55
A word for Lookman, although he is not starting/playing in every game, this past weekend he was involved in a big game (Champions League implications). He made the bench and was subbed on at the start of the second half. He made an immediate impact though, completely changing the attacking intent.

The commentators couldn't say enough good things about him. This was despite some turnovers that I think he would be slated for over here but were a result of his attacking style.

He would be a fresh of breath air next season on the left or right (He kept switching spots) with his foot skills and attacking mindset. He would be just the thing needed to spring Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Tosun, or "new player" free for some goals and should be an 8-14 goal scorer himself with at least 5-10 assists.

James Flynn
15 Posted 17/04/2018 at 22:24:43
Jim (14) - "He would be a fresh of breath air"

Hey, why not? Him AND Onyekuru freshing and breathing all over the place.

They're both raw in their talent, though. Hopefully, they'll take their careers seriously and we'll reap the benefits.

Michael Lynch
16 Posted 17/04/2018 at 22:46:08
It's always a risk to try to bed in too many players at once, but could we actually get any worse? I'd agree with most of Scott's assessment, but would keep Jags and Baines for their experience, send Calvert-Lewin out on loan, and get rid of Sandro.

The alternative is to hope that a fourth manager in 12 months could get something out of this squad that the last three managers couldn't.

Kunal Desai
17 Posted 17/04/2018 at 22:50:39
Firstly you need other clubs interested in buying your players, easier said than done getting rid of 12 players that easily.

The likelihood will be that Schneiderlin and Williams will possibly move on. Sandro's loan move might become a permanent one. There won't be a huge clearout. The core group will still remain with a few additions to the squad (not a huge recruitment drive like last summer).

Phasing out players will happen but I expect that to take place over the course of the next few seasons. In the meantime, we are stuck with rubbish for quite some time.

Alan J Thompson
18 Posted 24/04/2018 at 05:29:06
It's rumoured that Stones might be available at the end of the season and given his time at City he might now appreciate when to play it out and when to hoof. Unfortunately, our present Manager may only be interested in one of those qualities.

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