Everton release squad numbers for 2017-18

Tuesday, 11 July, 2017 78comments  |  Jump to most recent
Everton have announced the selected squad numbers for the coming season and there was a couple of surprises, not least for the formerly shunned Oumar Niasse.

With both the home and away kits now on sale and five additions to the first-team squad for 2017-18, the club have moved to form up the numbers that will appear on the back of each player.

Wayne Rooney's assumption of the No 10 jersey vacated by Romelu Lukaku was already known but Niasse's prospects of staying at Everton were perhaps boosted by the fact that, unlike at the start of last season, he has been assigned a number — 34.

Despite the No 4 shirt being available, Morgan Schneiderlin, who played in that number at Southampton and still has "4" in his Twitter handle, keeps No 2 and new signing Michael Keane will wear 4.

As expected, Sandro is the new bearer of the famous No 9, Jordan Pickford is the new No 1, Davy Klaassen takes No 20 while Yannick Bolasie has taken No 7.

Among the notable absentees are Kieran Dowell and Jonjoe Kenny, two players who might have hoped to get first-team opportunities this season, while Shani Tarashaj was also left off the list. The Swiss underwent knee surgery last week and is out for an unspecified length of time.

Full squad list so far:

1 Jordan Pickford
2 Morgan Schneiderlin
3 Leighton Baines
4 Michael Keane
5 Ashley Williams
6 Phil Jagielka
7 Yannick Bolasie
8 Ross Barkley
9 Sandro Ramirez
10 Wayne Rooney
11 Kevin Mirallas
12 Aaron Lennon
16 James McCarthy
17 Idrissa Gana Gueye
18 Gareth Barry
20 Davy Klaassen
21 Muhamed Besic
22 Maarten Stekelenburg
23 Seamus Coleman
25 Ramiro Funes Mori
26 Tom Davies
29 Dominic Calvert-Lewin
30 Mason Holgate
31 Ademola Lookman
33 Joel Robles
34 Oumar Niasse
38 Matthew Pennington
43 Jonjoe Kenny
46 Joe Williams


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Ernie Baywood
1 Posted 11/07/2017 at 14:02:24
Barkley still at 8.

Niasse got a number! He might even have a locker...

Danny O'Neill
2 Posted 11/07/2017 at 14:33:51
Kenny hasn't been given a squad number by the looks of it. Niasse has mind!
Brian Williams
3 Posted 11/07/2017 at 14:35:30
Danny. Honestly? Niasse I mean.
Danny O'Neill
4 Posted 11/07/2017 at 14:40:15
That's what the list suggests. He's 34.

No Kenny. Pickford number 1, Robles 33, Keane 4, Bolasie 7, Sandro 9, Klaassen 20.

Daniel Lim
5 Posted 11/07/2017 at 14:43:28
No new faces that got promoted from U23. The same for Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Lookman and Holgate.

Is it because the young ones can play any time, no need to register?

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 11/07/2017 at 14:49:35
Ken, surprising that, I'm hoping the reason is because three or four of the players on the list will not be here at the start of the season and Jonjoe will get one of them numbers.

If the reason is because Kenny is going on loan to another club then Koeman will be starting the season with a big black mark off me.

Brent Stephens
7 Posted 11/07/2017 at 15:16:22

Dowell (as with eg Davies) is listed in 1st team and U23s. Too much going on to sort the squads (and lockers) yet, I guess.

Lev Vellene
8 Posted 11/07/2017 at 15:49:43
Niasse got a squad number... It's like a new signing!
Kristian Boyce
9 Posted 11/07/2017 at 16:01:16
I'm guessing Niasse is stuck with the U23's as I haven't seen him at all in the first team squad pics during training.
Jay Wood
10 Posted 11/07/2017 at 16:09:36
Agreed Brent. Whilst the news of the updated first team squad numbers is from the official club site and the young 'uns mentioned (with the exception of Tom) are not included, if you click on the Teams tab and look at the different age groups, most (not all) have a squad number.

These links have not been updated to include the info of the newly released squad numbers for the coming season.

I predicted before the previous weekend that the tree would be shaken in the coming week and we would see which apples fell from it. With Keane, Sandro and Rooney in and Lukaku out, it duly was.

Seven more weeks in this transfer window yet. I anticipate a few more ins and outs before the end of August. They are still needed, not least of all a serious goal scoring replacement up front.

Plenty of time then for the final squad to undergo more changes.

Eric Myles
11 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:16:47
Niasse to replace Lukakwho?

Our new secret weapon?

Paul Ferry
12 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:21:38
Where on earth is Kenny?
Tom Bowers
13 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:21:39
Okay, calm down folks. This is a joke, right?

Niasse has a shirt number? Is Ronald forgiving this guy and going to use him as a secret weapon. I doubt it but the lad did some half decent things for Hull last season so maybe as a late sub sometimes he may help the Blues unless he is loaned out again.

Geoff Lambert
14 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:25:22
Just what some on here wanted to replace Rom!!

He will work hard for the team.

Sorted then .

David Milner
15 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:28:04
Niasse given shirt number but nothing for Tarashaj? Confusing.
Dick Brady
16 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:29:35
No Luke Garbutt? No Antoniee Robinson?

So who is the back-up left-back? Is Baines the only left-back in the squad?

Peter Gorman
17 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:30:28
No numbers 13, 14, 15, 19, 24, 27, 28, 32, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44 and 45

Our summer spending-spree has only just got started!

Charles Brewer
18 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:31:02
I think it's rather good that Niasse has been given a number. He appears to have behaved in a mature and sensible manner, he played well for Hull and I'd like to see him rehabilitated, and I'd be delighted if he turned out to be a success.

Indeed the only player associate with the club I'd like to see flop completely is our former striker. Perhaps we could buy him back after a year for £10 million, then sell him to Chelsea for £100 million.

Colin Glassar
19 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:33:01
Oh god, are we into numerology now?
Mark Taylor
20 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:33:35
Weird, the earlier news release I saw didn't have Kenny, Pennington or Williams mentioned.

Even given there are (I think) seven under-21s in there, this still looks a bit overweight to me. I think we can afford to lose at least 2-3 of these, even with the Europa League cover to account for.

Steve Ferns
21 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:34:26
The list has been updated with three or four from the U23s who have all kept their numbers from last season.
Alex Robinson
22 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:37:25
Does that mean Niasse gets a locker now? :P

Seriously though, the lad has conducted himself perfectly, when others wouldn't. Still don't think Koeman wants him, but if no one comes in for him, and he gets a few sub appearances, he may show what he can do. See what happens anyway.

Derek Knox
24 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:44:49
I don't think we can read too much into the numbers game, it can change in a few weeks, when the window shuts, any incomers will get either a vacated number, or one of their choice from the unallocated ones.

All a bit of a lottery really! :-)

Jim Hardin
25 Posted 11/07/2017 at 18:47:36
Mark, Are you saying the numbers make our team look fat, or is it the kit? Maybe you are looking at Wayne's picture from the testimonial instead?

Glad to see Niasse has a number. It is usually a fullback's number. So maybe he will be leading the way through the hole blowing up the linebacker so Ross or Wayne can run the ball in over the goalline.

Steven Sturm
26 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:00:25
Niasse getting a number may just be to help with a sale. Gotta think the price goes down if we don't even show that level of confidence.
Steven Sturm
27 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:01:57
I like Jim Hardin's NFL theory too.
Mike Allen
28 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:04:50
For whatever reason, Niasse was treated with total disrespect last season even thinking he was not good enough. I thought his treatment was out of order.

It may well be that he is not good enough; it may be just a ploy to get a decent fee for him as being part of the squad, but at least he has been shown some respect.

Bill Gienapp
29 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:07:03
I'm embarrassed to admit how excited I get about the squad numbers – though usually it's due to a lack of transfer activity to fixate on!

I would assume the plan is still to try and move Niasse on. I imagine, best case scenario, he's this season's Kone – a guy who's technically part of the first team but doesn't sniff the matchday squad unless there's a slew of injuries/absences. But who knows? Maybe an opportunity will present itself and he'll seize it.

This also appears to be the end of the road for Shani Tarashaj. Can't say I'm surprised – classic regime change casualty – but I'm disappointed we never really saw what the kid could do.

Steven Astley
30 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:12:23
Don't see anyone else mentioning it and hardly a surprise, but I'd say the most telling new number is Joel Robles as No 33.
Joe McMahon
31 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:16:20
I really do feel (imo) that our No 3 Baines has had his day, he just doesn't stop crosses and doesn't go foward like the old Pienaar days. Galloway being at Sunderland is a real shame.
Paul Ferry
32 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:39:51
Ah Kenny now added. Wonder why he wasn't in the original list?
Mark Taylor
33 Posted 11/07/2017 at 19:41:21
Jim (#15),

Although I wasn't the biggest advocate of re-signing him, I'm hopeful our prodigal son won't have to be warned about his 'refuelling' habits too often! Must admit he does look energised, at least in spirit.

Re squad size, I think it's a few too many if we are planning to play the youngsters a bit more and certainly we need an upgrade for the likes of Mirallas/Lennon, Niasse and a back up left back if we are serious about progressing, and I made a few suggestions on this on the Squad Analysis thread.

Mike Allison
34 Posted 11/07/2017 at 20:06:26
Modeste is average.
Colin Glassar
35 Posted 11/07/2017 at 20:24:07
Don't give that Onyekuru kid a shirt number, he's already told a Belgian newspaper (Sporza) that his dream is to play for Arsenal. Bloody hell – what is it with our players and the Belgian media?
Kim Vivian
36 Posted 11/07/2017 at 20:33:13
Do you mean Onyekuru, and is that a joke, Colin? I fuckin' hope so.

If not, someone needs to give him a serious talking to.

Iain Johnston
37 Posted 11/07/2017 at 20:33:29
Am I the only one who see's Jonjoe Kenny having the No 43 shirt?
Geoff Lambert
38 Posted 11/07/2017 at 20:33:39
Colin, I think he plays for Wimbledon.
Mike Gaynes
39 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:02:43
Lyndon, Kenny is on the list. #43.

No number for Garbutt again. See ya.

Kristian Boyce
40 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:03:31
Colin, when was that report from concerning Onyekuru? I saw something similar but this was written weeks ago when Arsenal had an interest in him. Obviously he was trying to get a move and at the time the press was saying that they had signed him. I imagine it's just a rehash of the same story.
Mike Gaynes
41 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:07:21
Colin #29, of course he said that... when he was about to join them. They agreed a transfer fee on May 31. Then we nipped in and stole him.

Don't hold anything against him that he said when he thought he was headed someplace else.

Anthony Dwyer
42 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:11:05
Yes, Kristian, you beat me to it.

The kid was linked to Arsenal, could have signed, stated he liked them when talking up Henry who was his idol.

Williams is a kopite, it was once probably his dream to be a red, he's probably said it at some stage too.

Means nothing, he's now a blue, happy days.

ps: Squad numbers out doesn't mean the young lads won't get a number, but I'd imagine some will get season long loans to be ready for the future.

Chris Williams
43 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:11:37
I think in fairness to him, his hero is Henry, which is the name he puts on his own shirt.

Old story, Colin, he's signed for 5 years I think. PSG also wanted him reportedly.

Damian Wilde
44 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:16:54
Baines could be a weak link, where is the cover or replacement?
James Power
45 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:54:34
Okay – firstly I love the numbers, I like the way they go in ascending order even if they miss a few out. Great work, Ronald (yes, our manager is called Ronald and we like him). Great work Farhad, Kenwright and team (by the way can the remaining 'Kenwrong callers' stop calling him 'Kenwrong'? I get it but come on, 6th form at best, ditto for 'manure', 'chelski' and 'citeh' – all take more of an effort than their original names).

Now, Niasse, I feel bad for him. We all respect how he has conducted himself after being left empty-hearted. Seems like a lovely guy, so much nicer than the 'proper goal-scoring guy' we just sold to the team that took our previous 'proper goal-scoring guy' who has just signed back for us now he is no longer a goal-scoring guy, just like lovely Niasse who also is not really a goal-scoring guy.

Anyway, Niasse has a number. It appears to be the maximum number of goals he is likely to score if he stays with us and plays every game until 2023...

Come on, he is a nice guy. But he is not a 'guy'. But if he he proved to be 'one of those guys' well I will eat my cheesecake. But only if I have frozen it and defrosted it over a 24-hour period within its given shelf-life. And I don't think that is going to happen.

Mike Gaynes
46 Posted 11/07/2017 at 21:56:57
Damian, barring a transfer, our deputy left-back is Funes Mori.
John Pierce
47 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:11:57
Baines is now the creaking link, still without a suitable player in front of him impacts hugely.

Baines's output is along with an ageing frame is on the wane. With Koeman's preference for width from the full backs, I actually think its more important than many think, moreover with Coleman missing too.

Gibbs from Arsenal, despite his injury record, could provide a job-share with Baines. Robertson of Hull is a possibility too.

Colin Glassar
48 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:15:29
Well I only read it today and it looked quite recent.
Drew O'Neall
49 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:31:36
Go on then, I'll start this one off..

Your starting full backs should be 3 and 2, wide midfielders; 11 and 7. 9 and 10 upfront with the 9 as the finisher and the 10 as the creator in most teams but here your 9 should be able to win a header too - 9 would be vacant if I was allocating the numbers to the squad we have currently.

5 and 6 are centre-halves and 4 and 8 centre-midfielders. 1 is obviously the goalkeeper but 12 is the backup keeper, never 13 which, in my view should be retired altogether unless a skate punk like Mo Besic wants it to match his 'ink'.

Fill in the rest yourself. Night.

Stephen Brown
50 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:34:00
Drew – 4 and 5 centre halves in my book!! 6 and 8 centre midfield!!

Rats and Mountfield/Watson – 4 and 5.

Iain Latchford
51 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:36:57
Guessing Number 8 might come available soon. Barkley has been left out of the squad going to Tanzania.
Michael Lynch
52 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:42:43
Actually, only the number 5 is classic centre-half - like Brian Labone. In the old days, 1 was the goalie, 2 right back, 3 left back, 4 right half, 5 centre half, 6 left half, 7 right wing, 8 inside right, 9 centre forward, 10 inside left, 11 left wing.

Kunal Desai
53 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:42:55
We've probably now reached a deal with Swansea for Sigurdsson, triggering a clear pathway for Barkley to leave.
Jay Wood
54 Posted 11/07/2017 at 22:57:56
Some expressed concern earlier when the likes of Kenny and Dowell weren't listed as 1st team squad members.

Nothing too much should be read into that as they have retained their squad numbers from last season and Premier League rules allow a club to add as many 'homegrown' players under 21 at January of the season to the core 25-man squad they have to submit before the league kicks off.

The squad that flew out today to Tanzania also should allay fears on the young 'uns being overlooked.

Maarten Stekelenburg, Mateusz Hewelt, Chris Renshaw, Tom Davies, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Callum Connolly, Jonjoe Kenny, Michael Keane, Muhamed Besic, Leighton Baines, Morgan Schneiderlin, James McCarthy, Davy Klaassen, Gareth Barry, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Joe Williams, Kieran Dowell, Kevin Mirallas, Wayne Rooney, Aaron Lennon, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman, Matthew Pennington, Yannick Bolasie.

Ross and Funes Mori haven't travelled as, according to the club site, they are receiving treatment for injury, but Bolasie has travelled. Robles hasn't travelled, period. Could soon be on his way out, possibly.

Pickford, Holgate and Sandra have also not travelled as they are still on extended leave due to their involvement in the recent U-21 tournament.

Derek Knox
55 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:01:03
Kunal, I would welcome that, to be honest with you, I think Barkley is talented, no question, but he is too inconsistent, and basically having an adverse effect on the team, as a whole.

I would wish him all the best, but please promise, you (Ross) you won't come back!

Kieran Kinsella
57 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:10:34
I imagine Bolasie is going to Tanzania more as an ambassador than anything. Can't see him playing but he's our only African player and we are trying to court a new market.
John Beesley
58 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:26:42
Fantastic about the numbers but I would just like to say that I have not heard anyone giving the board or Kenwright any stick when it was rife not even 6 months ago!

What do these once haters of the board who claimed they are stashing cash and all the Blue Union bollocks think now!

Alan Humphreys
59 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:27:04
Schneiderlin at 2 is akin to Eto'o at 5 — Just wrong. So, so wrong.

And as for AC Milan and those players with 90-99 on their back. FFS.

Remember the days of spreadbetting on shirt numbers scoring goals, bookies would have loved this range of numbers. I assuming they no longer do this bet.

Steavey Buckley
60 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:29:27
The Everton squad going to Tanzania looks very average, so is not going to challenge a top 4 place until there is some more quality, especially, in the full back areas, upfront and on the wings.
Kristian Boyce
61 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:50:50
Jay (#48) hopefully that is Sandra Redknapp who you have listed. According to Harry, she could score more than Darren Bent.
Andy Crooks
62 Posted 11/07/2017 at 23:56:13
John (#52), how much of his own cash has Blue Bill Kenwright put into the club?

I really do not want to start an old debate but, in my view, Mr Moshiri was Bill's dream. A cash cow who will allow Kenwright to live his dream on the cheap.

Brian Williams
63 Posted 12/07/2017 at 00:23:51
I've often wondered that, Andy...

How much do you reckon?

Victor Jones
64 Posted 12/07/2017 at 01:14:41
The Blue Union "bollocks" (very un-nicely put) was of its time. Someone needed to take the board to task.... although I admit it was useless; a waste of bloody time...

Blue Union was mainly a failure, but they only had Everton Football Club at heart — hardly a crime.

Nobody holds any board to account... certainly not long-suffering supporters. Boards just do what they want — Kenwright just did what he wanted.

Anyhow, this is a new board, a new set-up, a new era. No need for any Blue Union "bollocks".

Paul Ferry
65 Posted 12/07/2017 at 03:15:00
Spot on Andy (Crooks). Kenwright continually recounting and recalculating his fat profits – without putting a single penny of his own into the club. And does he still trot out the chronological Kings Dock-type lie about remortgaging his house?

Mr Moshiri arrives and debts are cleared.

Oh sorry, biggest blue Kenwright got him on board.

Let's see how that one works out in the fullness of time.

Tory Carter hung around for too long and – while I have respect for him and his passing – with the 89'-on cabal utterly failed to transition into the Premier League era.

But he had the dignity and decency to take a back seat when the time came. Still there. Still important. But more of an emeritus.

Do the fecking same, Kenwright. This is the Moshiri era – not the Kenwright era.

Drew O'Neall
66 Posted 12/07/2017 at 07:09:13
Michael @ 46

Love that! Your bias depends on your age I suppose and mine is based on the 4-4-2 era.

To answer your point about No. 5, I guess while it was called centre-half it was, in today's parlance, a defensive midfield player.

Drew O'Neall
67 Posted 12/07/2017 at 07:14:01
And to the folks above, while we have been positive at the start of the transfer market, net spend is likely to be zero or lower, having sold our best players for questionable replacements – what's actually changed?

Yet we seem to be ecstatic about it.

John G Davies
68 Posted 12/07/2017 at 07:24:22
It's all on record the way Blue Bill has run the club. Pawn shop mentality from the off.

An onion up the sleeve to induce a few tears when talking about Everton used to win people over. I think most are on to him now.

Ray Robinson
69 Posted 12/07/2017 at 07:38:10
Drew (#61), even if we sell Barkley as well as Lukaku and even if we use all the receipts from the sales to replace them, net spend will not be zero despite the transfers balancing out.

Remember that signing five or more players on long term contract is a far bigger expenditure commitment than just continuing to pay two players' salaries. We're investing heavily – there's no doubt about that.

Mark Taylor
70 Posted 12/07/2017 at 10:39:33
Re the comments about Kenwright and how much money he put in, the answer is not a lot because he basically doesn't have a lot (compared to Premier League owners rather than the average punter).

Kenwright is frequently quoted as having wealth of £30m, chicken feed in comparison to pretty much everyone else in the Premier League, but the important thing to note is that this will alzzt on the last quoted value I saw of £127m, his wealth pretty much is the stake he has (had).

So he put no cash in because he hasn't got any.

Andrew McLean
71 Posted 12/07/2017 at 12:54:23
Alan (#53), I read a while back that there was a particular footballer for an Italian team requested a specific high number to celebrate a number of combined events but particularly it being the year of his birth. I think the trend continued with other players across the Series.
Lee Courtliff
72 Posted 12/07/2017 at 22:36:23
When, O When will Coleman be given the No 2 shirt??

I'm a bit of a stickler for proper squad numbers... seeing Paul Ince wearing No 9 used to piss me off no end!!

And I'd have preferred our new striker (Giroud/Dzeko) to have the No 9 shirt over Sandro. For some reason he just doesn't strike me as a No 9 type player. I prefer the big target men sort to have that number.

Steavey Buckley
73 Posted 12/07/2017 at 22:56:29
Koeman has stated last season that, if Barkley does not a sign a new contract he would be sold, yet has been given high profile squad no 8. Niasse, known not to be on the wanted list, is given a customary high number. So, is low squad number Barkley staying after all?
Andrew McLean
74 Posted 12/07/2017 at 22:56:43
Forget Niasse, where I Rodríguez? No shirt for him but contracted till summer 2019.


Roman Sidey
75 Posted 12/07/2017 at 23:29:22
Agree with Alan, re: Schneiderlin wearing the No 2.

I wear 2 in rugby, but for totally unknown reasons I can't stand it as a football number, and especially can't stand it on a player who isn't a fullback.

Interesting squad number tidbit: Australian hockey great Jamie Dwyer, who is not a goalkeeper, wears/wore the No 1 jersey. That really gets on my tits.

Phillip Warrington
76 Posted 12/07/2017 at 23:45:11
I would like to see another quality central defender rather than another full-back; I think we have that position covered both sides.

Leicester City won the Premier League due to the same players playing week-in & week-out. As with Chelsea last season – hardly any rotation crap. We are already getting overloaded with midfield players, they all want play every week so some will get pissed and lazy.

Better to have a small group of quality players who play every week, baring injury, than a big group of average players who rotate every week. Bench players can be taken up from our hugely successful youth teams – or else that effort is a waste of time if they're never challenged to step up.

Matthew Collins
77 Posted 13/07/2017 at 01:22:16
Lc @72, I believe that when Hibbert left, Coleman opted to stay with #23. He seems to like it so there he will remain. Having said that, I wouldn't have complained if Schneiderlin had moved to a sensible #4 shirt with Holgate or Kenny taking #2 if Coleman is attached to #23.
Terry Underwood
78 Posted 13/07/2017 at 08:30:17
Why all the hate for Niasse? Let's be honest, he never really got a chance to show what he can do. He scored goals on loan at Hull and does seem to be a genuine hard worker. I for one, would be delighted if he were to make it and turn the hate into love.
Steven Scaffardi
79 Posted 13/07/2017 at 08:37:03
Steavey (#73) I'm guessing that's because chances are Ross will play some part at the start of the season, and definitely a bit more if no one buys him!
Mike Gaynes
80 Posted 14/07/2017 at 07:07:52

On squad numbers.

Squad numbers.

Some things I will just never understand.

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