Even Romelu Lukaku departure could not dampen Everton fans' positivity over summer of transfer excitement

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ToffeeWeb's Lyndon Lloyd basks in the dizzying transformation underway at Everton under Farhad Moshiri which has seen the club out-spend everyone in 2017 so far.

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John Newman
1 Posted 06/07/2017 at 17:50:21
Seeing us with new financial muscle is great as unfortunately in this day and age to mix it with wealthier clubs it's much needed.

I think the real buzz amongst blues especially ones who were lucky enough to watch us through our golden era comes in the knowledge that our beloved club now has a chance to replicate past years glory; it's only what this club and its supporters deserve.

For years this massive club has been in hibernation almost waiting in the shadows of mediocre /nothing teams who where lucky enough to be invested and marketed in way that helped them progress financially and in a footballing sense. We did not.

I love Everton and to finally feel like me and my lad could see us do well, win stuff the new ground happening "gonna be amazing I reckon," is the only thing I could ever want as a blue. Let's make more history to sing about. COYB!!!!

Stan Schofield
2 Posted 06/07/2017 at 19:25:16
I know there's a lot of elation on ToffeeWeb about the recent signings, but steady on chaps. The signings are good ones, and it's a positive and encouraging development. But no more than that, and let's not assume at the moment that it's anything like the John Moores era in the 60s.

Now, if in addition to the recent signings, Everton announced that Lukaku is going nowhere, then maybe I'd start getting excited (even more so if Everton also announced that Barkley has signed a new deal). Compared to that scenario, the recent signings by themselves are at this stage a bit of close-season retail therapy.

Geoff Evans
3 Posted 06/07/2017 at 21:54:24
Understand what Stan is saying, but I've always been of the opinion that if a player wants away, for whatever reason, it's best to let them go.

Everton are a great club and deserve the utmost respect from the players they employ.
Chris James
4 Posted 07/07/2017 at 09:08:01
Lukaku is gone, there's nothing to be done to change that and like Geoff says, he wants away we either make a decent return on him now or face a year of sulk and a vastly reduced fee.

I'd rather we get it done by the weekend and can move on with new forward targets and creative midfield options to challenge/replace Barkley.

If Lukaku has gone for £75M upfront + £15M add-ons, that should comfortably secure us 2 or 3 new players.

I reckon the following could be doable for a similar sum as approximately one Lukaku:

Giroud for £20M
Dembele for £25M (Celtic aren't playing in the same financial leagues)
Siggurdson for £35M (We apparently offered £30M and they've asked for £40M but I think a take it or leave it at £35M could do the job, I can't see Leicester paying more)

If we do the above plus bring Rooney across to add more experience and guile to the attacking options, we'd have 5-6 players who could play across the front to choose from (Sandro, Giroud, Dembele, Rooney and Calvert-Lewin Lookman) plus a couple of further youth options to come through or get the odd game.

With several of these forward players able to play wide or from attacking midfield along with Sigurdsson, Klaassen, Dowell, Mirallas, Lennon and arguably Davies plus Bolasie to come back in hopefully around Xmas we should have enough creativity too (whether or not Barkley stays).

Meanwhile Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Besic and Barry offer a strong basis (again, whether or not McCarthy goes).

Martin Nicholls
5 Posted 07/07/2017 at 09:27:13
This thread got me thinking about a Talking Points article written on 28 April 16 by Phil Walling (aka Private Fraser) titled "A False Dawn?".

Given that Moshiri had been on board for barely 3 months, I thought it prematurely judgemental and so wonder if Phil is currently planning a "False Dawn 2" follow-up? Go on Phil, you know you can do it!

Chris Williams
6 Posted 07/07/2017 at 09:54:32
One of the experiences of the John Moores era was that it took about three seasons of growth, gradual change, and adjustment before we won anything.

This included replacing the manager, selling Bobby Collins, losing good players to injury, bringing in some steel in Kay and Stevens and embedding a mixture of homegrown talent and new players into a structure that eventually prevailed and was subsequently developed further. And played some lovely stuff too.

Exciting as it was, it did take time, in an era when the playing field was a lot more level, and teams like Ipswich and Burnley were up there challenging and winning stuff.

So this is a unique time to be an Evertonian but this is just the start of something which hopefully will end up as something to tell your grandchildren about. So enjoy it but accept the bumps in the road along the way.

Lukaku arguably doesn't deserve to be part of this journey.

Andrew Ellams
7 Posted 07/07/2017 at 10:12:43
Sky Sports News are suggesting we are about to make a £32million bid for Sigurdsson any day now. The Lukaku deal may just trigger round two of summer transfer madness.

I guess the next question is: What about Ross?

Barry Jones
9 Posted 08/07/2017 at 13:40:52
Writing for the Mirror now, Lyndon? Nice to seem them publish a quality article. Don't leave ToffeeWeb now!

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