It was reported that the midfielder had agreed terms after Everton had accepted a £35m offer from Chelsea but then pulled out of the move despite his medical being underway.
Barkley denies this was the case, however.
"Contrary to a number of reports in the press, I did not undertake a medical with any club at any point," he tweeted.
"I simply decided that due to my injury, it would be best to make a decision on my future and assess all my options in January when fully fit:"
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1 Posted 02/09/2017 at 16:31:29
2 Posted 02/09/2017 at 16:32:26
3 Posted 02/09/2017 at 16:34:29
4 Posted 02/09/2017 at 16:36:11
5 Posted 02/09/2017 at 16:39:45
6 Posted 02/09/2017 at 16:47:20
Ross is well within his rights to run down his contract if he chooses. A part of me thinks Koeman doesn't rate Barkley to much and that's the major factor in Ross wanting to leave.
The cynical part of me thinks Ross wants to leave for financial reasons.
7 Posted 02/09/2017 at 16:52:13
8 Posted 02/09/2017 at 16:53:55
9 Posted 02/09/2017 at 16:55:16
"Contrary to a number of reports.. ."
10 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:00:36
11 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:07:29
He will still be found out as a very average footballer, though, at whichever club he ends up at in January. All so sad... but good riddance.
12 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:10:07
Lukaku has been lambasted for being open and honest and the lad has given us far better service during his few years with us than many of the 'legends'.
Why on earth fans go into raptures over the likes of Barkley and Rooney completely passes me by. Just look at the truth.
Rooney gave us very little service before he headed out for pastures new. I for one have never blamed him for leaving as the lad was ambitious beyond what we could provide.
But I baulked at him coming back in his twilight time when Man Utd had gleaned all the talent he ever had and wanted him off the wage bill. Stupidly IMO our club took him back and he was welcomed like the prodigal son and drafted straight into the starting eleven,
Now yet another local lad is holding us to ransom and getting paid handsomely for doing nowt!
If he waits until January he will be leaving us for nothing and the club that made him whatever he is, will get little to no compensation. I suppose the blind fans of local boys will be pleased if he heads back to EFC when he is finished elsewhere and wants a job!
Give me Lukaku over those two any time. This lad played almost every game for us and scored lots of goals. When he was injured, he did not go on a pre-season jaunt but stayed home and ensured he was fit for the first match.
Lukaku has never stayed silent about his ambitions so he is neither a liar nor a taker of salary for doing nothing. I hope big Rom has a fantastic career and that in future Everton fans will realize the value he was to our club.
We took £90 million for him and that has paid for Pickford, Keane and Klaassen. What will we get for Barkley?
Just think about the facts and don't blindly stick up for the local boys. I have more time for Baines, Davies, Hibbert and others. Players like Jags and Osman who are not local but always gave of their best for the club.
13 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:10:33
14 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:14:50
15 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:15:01
At that point, Ross won't have played a competitive game of football in over half a year (with the players that have come in, I don't see Koeman playing him), five months from a World Cup. He then has to get fit and force his way past Dele Alli and co to get into the Spurs starting eleven.
Come June I don't see him in the 23 travelling to Russia. He'll be almost 29 by Qatar and if he hasn't had some kind of huge turn around, he'll be overlooked in favour of the next wave of talent coming through.
After three years of having smoke blown up his arse, Ross hasn't responded well to a manager asking him to work harder and for more end-product and probably blames him for his being overlooked during last year's Euros.
Yes, the club lose out, but I honestly believe that the player will lose out more. Sure, he'll make a packet of money, but I wonder how he'll look back on this episode at the end of his career.
16 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:16:09
"I realise I have cost the club I love £35 mill, so to help you, how about I sign a contract extension of say 18 months so you get a better fee?" And say EFC could give him a couple of mill as a gesture of good will.
Oh, finally looking at his earlier twatters this latest one is written by someone else as the grammar is so much better
17 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:18:18
18 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:33:01
19 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:39:51
20 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:46:58
21 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:47:40
22 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:52:31
He is happy to pick his wages up till he is fit enough to pass a medical for another club.
23 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:59:18
Conspiracy theory #132.
24 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:02:52
Naturally, the next sentence will be: 'In the circumstances, I will of course, not be expecting Everton to pay me...' No. really!
25 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:12:39
I'd also point out that Barkley has made absolutely no public comment in a long time... not about his Everton situation, not about transfers, not about the bar fight, and not about his being left on the bench for England. And he almost never tweets. His agency clearly felt something had to be said here or it would endanger his business prospects.
26 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:12:58
We've lost countless millions over the years on players like Krøldrup, Van der Meyde, Niasse, Bilyaletdinov, Gibson etc so what's a few more million to such a well run club?
Ross goes where Ross wants to go (like any other player) not where the club wants him to go. Hope he stays like.
29 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:23:24
Ross can do what he likes within the terms of the contract; he owes the clubs and fans nothing. Whatever happened between EFC and Ross, he sees it very seriously, we don't have a clue what it was.
30 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:24:33
31 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:25:28
The decision to go or not was always a ball in Barkley's court as he has the final say on whether to move or run his contract down. Barkley was the one with all of the options available to him, and he's just taken the option he felt was right for him at this time.
£35 mill was a decent fee for him given the length remaining on his current contract but, if he didn't fancy playing for Chavski why should he sign for them just so that Mosh can trouser the Wonga. Lukaku, Oxlade and Lorente obviously didn't fancy the Chavs either.
32 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:25:33
I also think the fall out was due to Ross being told he had to put more of a shift in on the pitch. If that was the case, I think the manager had a point. Ross did tend to switch off during games.
How it was all handled seems a bit of a shit-show, but I'm not surprised after what seemed like a new Everton, just turned out to be old Everton with a few more quid.
33 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:30:17
34 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:39:22
35 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:39:22
36 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:40:23
Kev, I honestly think that Moshiri, might now be looking at the money his manager has spent, maybe thinking he's overloaded, in one position, and wants to see what he can get out of the players that he's bought, before he gives him anymore?
Who knows, but I've just watched the documentary "I Believe in Miracles" and it wasn't exactly rocket science, that helped achieve greatness for both Brian Clough, and Nottingham Forest, just plain simplicity and a group of players, who all knew each other's job.
Let the manager earn his Money now, and hope for his team to gel.
37 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:46:25
38 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:51:57
Absolutely right by what he said to his mate Jim White, because we actually never made a bid for anyone on deadline day.
As our esteemed manager was playing golf in Portugal he knew as well.
As for the Barkley issue, I would tell him to don't bother to come back to the club; we will carry on paying your wages just stay at home.
39 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:52:45
What costs EFC is the incompetence of some of the people trusted to act in the club's best business interests, and I would include in that a duty of care to a young player being chastised publicly by his manager and thereby alerting other clubs that a) Ross will be sold at a knock down price and b) that Everton will pay whatever it takes to bring in the manager's publicly preferred replacement.
Ross is not leaving Everton; Everton is leaving Ross. We have a diamond on our hands, one that with a bit more polishing will shine very brightly. It would not take a lot to persuade the lad to stay; showing him he's wanted would be a start. Putting him on financial parity with Gylfi would be another signal of his importance to the club.
On Lukaku, I notice that he's close to being canonised for his "honesty." Shrewder business people than Everton would not have sold him so early in the transfer window. With two years on his contract, Everton had all the aces. His value would not have dropped if we'd kept hold for another month or so.
In the event, when everything went mad after PSG started splashing the cash, Everton would have probably got a lot more for him. Why the hurry? We are told there was new money to buy players and even if the strategy failed then Honest Rom would have given his all for the Royal Blue Jersey.
40 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:55:45
41 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:00:13
42 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:03:35
43 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:03:52
44 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:09:10
45 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:09:20
46 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:12:45
There is a January window which could see offers made for him again. He could choose to accept or reject them still, knowing he is free to choose his next club in the Summer.
I'm actually thrilled to have an example where a player refused a transfer. It does my head in seeing all the posts in recent times saying "Sell him off to (insert shite club or league)". The club can accept a transfer fee from anyone. But if the player refuses, end of story.
Barkley may or may not want to go to Chelsea in the end. But it looks more likely that he wants to go to Spurs, his team will know if Spurs are interested, so he can wait and then sign for them for free.
What is clear is that Koeman's public proclamation that he will be sold if no contract is signed was a massive mistake. The strategy to sell if he doesn't sign is fine. But it should have all been done behind closed doors. Seems to be a trend with players not being too happy with Koeman.
47 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:18:41
The position of Barkley to assess his options in January makes perfect sense as he won't be playing again until November. Moshiri has suggested the Number 10 area is congested but Barkley has qualities the others lack (for example, decent pace) and I can see him doing a job on the right like he did successfully last season.
I am not actually sure how Sigurdsson and Rooney fit in together as I think Sigurdsson lacks the pace to be effective on the left. If anything, Ross has the best qualities to dovetail with Rooney.
48 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:18:45
Paul Tran has called it right with regards to Koeman and his productivity. Move the ball, move the ball, its only my opinion, but I think it's why Tom Davies (amongst others) is struggling to adapt at the minute, because it's not something that kids learn from an early age in England.
If not wanting more out of your more talented footballers is a crime though, then how the hell are kids supposed to improve? (He had Roberto's arm around his shoulder for long enough, did Ross.)
Give Davies time and I'm sure he will adapt but again that's only my opinion based on watching a kid who doesn't put his hands on his head and stop running the minute things don't go right for him on a football pitch.
49 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:21:03
"So, after months of saying nowt thanks for the clarification". Can't say I blame him if a pack of lies (if that's what they are) are being posted on social and other media.
50 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:21:32
Barkley not dutifully leaving to suit the club = "He's cost the club money".
51 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:22:31
52 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:23:07
The thing that irks me is why should we help to get him up and running for another club?
53 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:26:05
54 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:26:46
55 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:27:54
Gerard @39: I'd been saying for a while that we didn't need to sell Lukaku, and that it was even possible that his value to Everton by keeping him until July 2019 could be greater than the fee from selling him now (in this case, £75M from Man Utd).
If we'd kept him, that plus the new signings would have been exciting, a real statement of a 'new era'. But of course, we did sell him, so the new signings are merely encouraging rather than exciting, and we might simply be seeing the old Everton that we've got used to over the last two decades, selling players in their prime, as usual.
Having said that, there may be a silver lining in failing to replace him, in that it could be the making of Calvert-Lewin, who is significantly improved on last season, and no doubt continuing to improve fast.
56 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:33:10
57 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:34:18
A promising start to the season has been ruined for me by a negative close to the window, the Barkley mess, and now Rooney reverting to the childish Wassa!
58 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:36:42
Struth, Phil, and here's me thinking you don't have a positive streak in you "a promising start to the season"! Keep it up. Oh no, you just didn't.
59 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:39:47
60 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:46:29
I also believe that we gave him away at £75M.
61 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:52:01
Ross will wait to the end of the season and hope Koeman gets sacked.
I don't think Ross wants to leave but Ron is going nowhere unless his anger over the striker debacle gets the better of him.
Finishing on that point, Ross should be playing as a striker if he is fit.
62 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:52:54
As Stan once said to Ollie, this is another fine mess you've got me into.
63 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:55:30
You'll now fleece EFC and, more importantly, the fans who adored and cheered you on! It must feel very good to be a 'professional', so that you don't have to worry who actually finances your paycheck each month as you sit twiddling your increasingly fat 'cheeks'...!
64 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:01:04
He has a contract which has less than a year to run. He can sign for a club and earn a huge signing-on fee by just waiting around for another few months.
Everton, on the other hand, have put a new contract on the table which he has refused to sign and in the meantime will have to pay his wages.
So where is the strength in our position? We have three cards we can play and I think we have to play those cards.
The conversation goes like this:–
"If you do not sign the new contract, and we are prepared to reduce it to one of 3 years to allow you leave in the next 12-18 months, then we will not treat your injury and you can find and pay for your own physio and treatment.
"Furthermore you will not be allowed to train at the club and you will not play any matches for the club. You realise it will mean that you have no chance of playing at the 2018 World Cup because unless we receive a fee in excess of £20m, we will not sell you in January.
"Maybe at the age of 25 you will be back in the England team for the next European Championships and the only World Cup you will play in will be the 2022 in Qatar when you are 27. Can you please let us know within 48 hours your decision."
What are Everton going to lose in that, in addition to our current situation? We will save some costs in terms of performance bonuses we could be paying to Ross if he played. We may have to pay medical and training expenses, although these are probably already spent for other players and will not increase because of Ross. And maybe we lose his fee. But maybe we will lose the latter anyway.
And our alternative negotiation strategy?
65 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:07:08
Southgate: boring, naive, not very good.
Koeman: dour, defensive, not really interested in the club.
Klopp: vibrant, passionate, forward-thinking, loves the club.
Says it all me thinks.
66 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:14:18
What a load of old shite this all is anyway. After a good start to the transfer window, we quickly reverted to type and then actually bettered some of the more ridiculous Everton behaviour.
I'm going to throw my support behind players like Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Jagielka, Coleman Gueye, Baines who leave nothing on the pitch and hope that some of the new signings offer much of the same.
Barkley has unfortunately shown that he's too big for his boots, and those boots are controlled by his agent and some PR manager now. They'll not be Everton boots again, I expect, and that's probably a good thing.
67 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:15:10
68 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:15:32
69 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:16:22
70 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:16:26
I didn't want Rooney back at all. He's lost his stamina now; admittedly has a good footballing brain still but not for a club supposedly moving forward.
71 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:20:53
Fuck all. Nada.
Dead right mate. From the Moshiri interview on Sky, you can see he thinks we have too many who can play the Number 10 role.
72 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:24:11
Ross can go back to Lego, painting by numbers and cbeebees until January comes and it's time to go to big school and leave for the smoke.
73 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:26:59
I'm just bursting to see what team you will improve and that wonder goal at the Barcodes was not a wonder goal, they all backed off and let you through to score; if any of them had tackled you, you'd have bottled it, just fuck off.
Hope you are pleased to have fucked the club out of £20m and most of that back into your already loaded bank account, greedy twat just fuck off.
74 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:28:07
"Ross blah ......thick twat ....
"Blah .......potential..... Blah blah...... Evertonian .......traitor...
And on and on ? .....
75 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:28:51
76 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:36:18
77 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:38:41
When you remove the names, of the player and the club, seems so straightforward. It just seems like business.
No traitors, dickheads, shambles etc... just a club trying to do what's best for them and a player trying to do what's best for him. That doesn't always add up to the same thing.
78 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:40:46
Anyone with half a brain will realize he got the nod from his agent to hang the latch, because there's more money for both of them in January.
Fair enough but what galls me is we will get him uninjured and fit for his new club.
79 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:45:06
Personally speaking, I feel like I've been bent over and shafted by Shergar.
80 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:45:56
Cutting through the hypocrisy and the rage of the people who were so certain about the outcome. Like a knife through butter.
81 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:46:39
82 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:48:15
Our midfield is now littered with one-dimensional crab-like plodders and no-one can move forward with the ball at their feet. We're as far behind the top teams as ever and the failure to bring in a striker during the last window has us reverting to the usual amateurish Kenwright-type production.
Barkley is a much better player than anyone Koeman has brought in and his departure will be more about the managers ego than anything to do with football. I'd rather see Koeman leave before Barkley. This whole transfer fiasco has got me doubting Moshiri too: one step forward, two steps back!
83 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:50:26
Someone at our club has handled this badly.
85 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:54:58
You`d have probably got about 100/1 a couple of months ago; what d`you reckon now... even money?
86 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:56:51
87 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:58:57
88 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:59:04
Barkley obviously has the talent and a good manager should want the challenge of improving him and not alienating him. He is a local lad and I want him to stay.
Koeman should leave not Barkley. What abilities has Koeman shown. The only one I have seen is negativity difficult game play an extra central defender. Big fucking wow.
89 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:59:26
90 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:03:12
91 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:05:51
92 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:13:54
93 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:14:39
94 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:20:28
I think you'd get a lot more than evens!
95 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:28:04
96 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:29:26
We have been mugs for years and we need a clever progressive manager not a pig headed negative one who thinks he is clever when he clearly is not. He should have encouraged Barkley at every turn.
He turned a great prospect into a hesitant clearly nervous player totally lacking any confidence.
97 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:36:33
Meanwhile, in the real world...
98 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:38:21
99 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:44:23
If the wheels do come off to such an extent that we need a new manager, Thomas Tuchel or Luis Enrique would be two available candidates. Certainly either of these two would raise our profile immensely.
100 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:44:59
I think McMahon, only went to Villa because Everton wouldn't sell him to Liverpool but, if Barkley did sign for our loveable neighbours, it really wouldn't bother me that much.
101 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:47:27
102 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:48:17
103 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:51:12
It's been said already that Koeman is the reason Niasse, Mirallas and now Barkley (if sold) will fetch less money. His utterances are naive in the extreme in fact, bad enough to be sacked in many other types of business.
104 Posted 02/09/2017 at 21:57:21
105 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:03:30
It doesn't matter if I give him till Christmas or not. Question is: will Moshiri?
We play the worst football in the league and, after blowing a massive war chest, we don't even know where our goals are going to come from.
I think Barkley will be here when Honest Ron gets his marching orders... little grin on his face as he drives out.
106 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:03:53
To focus on Barkley as the main story of this transfer window for Everton is ridiculous. Perhaps Mr Moshiri knew his audience.
107 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:05:11
"We've got a rodent called Ross Barkley
A shithouse that comes from Wavertree
He's off to play for Daniel Levy
The rodent is leaving on a free
And when he played in blue, he didn't have a clue
Ross Barkley is a rodent through and through
What have we got?"
108 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:06:54
109 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:09:32
I could understand if we used most of that money to get in a proven goalscorer early, but we've sat there for nearly two months and any half-decent striker will now start at £50m.
Barkley will never be a workhorse Koeman wants, his strength is to open teams up, get you 5-10 goals and make 5-10 goals. He's your poor man's Willian, your Coutinho, your Mata, your Silva can win you games, but equally can just get lost in the difficult games.
Top teams have this type of player in their armoury and Koeman should have utilised him and not pilloried him. A £40m footballer will now go for £15m and we will be hoping the likes of Klaassen can be better, we will see.
110 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:10:45
111 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:11:43
112 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:18:46
I stated then and I'll state it again: "He's that thick."
113 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:21:26
114 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:21:51
And they say Ross is stupid...
115 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:21:56
"Had an interesting chat today.
An Everton physio reckons Ross's injury is very bad and long-term damage caused.
Whilst it won't stop him playing, Chelsea pulled out the deal when the injury severity became apparent.
In the words of the physio, the boy is crocked permanently now. Everton & Chelsea agreed a damage limitation exercise in order to protect both interests in the deal.
The hamstring pull is a consequence of the degenerative nature of this injury being referred to."
116 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:25:51
The biggest devaluer of Niasse was the guy who spent £14m on him and wouldn't play him. Do you think that might have given people a clue to his quality? Or maybe the catalogue of people who told us how poor he was? £10m for him felt like good business to me.
Mirallas? Before Koeman arrived, you didn't need to be Poirot to notice that 'Super Kev' had temperament/attitude issues? Or was it only me that noticed his petulance, sulking, stamping and penalty hijacking?
Of course, I forgot, Koeman is the only manager to have dropped a player for attitude. Next time I can't sleep, I'll list all the cases of this I've seen in 40+ years of watching football. That'll send me off.
Barkley? Two days ago we were offered £35m, all agreed. You telling me that's a devaluation?
I criticise Koeman myself. His tactics and team selection need sorting. But some of the stuff on here is embarrassing. Seems like for some, conjecture only works one way.
117 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:26:52
118 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:31:09
119 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:31:54
Koeman strikes me as not the sharpest tool in the box. I'm not saying he's stupid, but he comes across that way.
120 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:36:46
You are doing a lot of protesting against criticism of Koeman today.
Get used to it; he's got away with murder so far... Looks to me like his honeymoon period is over.
121 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:37:31
If this supposed injury came to light, no-one would touch him with a barge pole.
122 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:37:58
Really? Over this? I just can't fathom some people.
123 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:38:52
124 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:42:16
To suggest that he has devalued players is unsubstantiated, one-sided nonsense.
The obvious reasons to criticise him are there; I don't understand why some have to go down the road of peddling rubbish.
125 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:44:56
126 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:46:30
Do you think that's wise and has no effect on the price?
If you do, that's embarrassing,
127 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:47:11
I hope I am wrong. But, if Levy is involved, I wouldn't be surprised if that is how it will pan out.
128 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:49:16
Niasse is on it; is there a change of heart about this lad? Will he play a game for the first team or is he just there to make the numbers up, along with Sam Byrne?
129 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:49:30
Not sure what Chelsea would gain from collusion?
130 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:58:39
131 Posted 02/09/2017 at 22:58:53
Or as Ernie says above "So while the club was showing it's cards to all and sundry, Ross knew he had a winning hand and kept his close to his chest. And they say Ross is stupid..."
132 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:01:15
I suspect Ross's goose is well and truly cooked at Everton now.
133 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:01:49
Maybe a justifiable comment but maybe it's also a comment Ross made about Koeman! So...
134 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:03:32
135 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:04:09
136 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:06:13
I stated a while ago that I expected, given what we have spent to be challenging for top four by Christmas. I stand by that view.
One of us will eat humble pie and I believe you hope it will be you. Koeman produced some good stuff at Southampton. It will happen here.
137 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:10:05
We haven't seen that much from either party but from what we have seen, there's a club that thinks it can pressure Ross and cast doubts on his mindset.
Ross, on the other hand, has kept quiet until he finally decided to defend himself against comments on live TV from our majority shareholder. Even then, he has done so respectfully and without targeting individuals.
Something is rotten at this club when very senior people at the club think they can treat people that way and think they can get away with it.
I find it so disappointing reading posts calling Ross all sorts because he's cost the club a few quid. How out of whack is the moral compass of our supporters?
138 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:11:02
139 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:11:47
For what it is worth, I wholeheartedly agree with you. My faith in Koeman remains.
140 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:14:14
I suspect Ross's goose is well and truly cooked at Everton now."
Ross will go. But he didn't just go against the guy at the top; he exposed an outright lie by the guy at the top.
As an Evertonian, how do you feel about our majority shareholder going on TV and lieing about one of our homegrown players?
141 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:20:24
I do not think this sets a good example and I believe this is a significant failure of Koeman. We all know that Ferguson had problems with some of his players over the years but he never washed his dirty laundry in public.
While this is total conjecture on my behalf, I bet the contract that was offered to Ross was no where near that offered to Lukaku which we believe was £140k per week. Ross was also told take it or leave it. No apparent negotiation. So the obvious response is "Okay then, I am off" in the hope of forcing them back to the negation table, which did not happen.
For all those folks saying Ross wants Spurs over Chelsea, I just don't understand this because the Spurs players have been moaning recently that their wages are lower than other teams which fits with the Levy mentality. So I do not believe for one minute that Ross would be wanting to go to Spurs for money.
My hope now and this is in the clubs court, renegotiate Ross's contract to match that of Sigurdsson and then if he signs and we still want to get rid then at least we will reap the benefit rather than just letting him walk for nothing. Does this not make sense?
I hope Ross stays because I believe he is better than what we have bought in his position.
142 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:20:31
The Chelsea game finally did it for me, though it is very plain in any event that he will never have our team playing attractively.
He has the additional handicap that we have no attacking threat, though whether that is entirely his fault is another matter.
We will find out.
143 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:20:52
The club had failed to identify this particular player had reservations and we didn't protect the asset. Poor, that; no sympathy.
Only one problem, Ross, with your position. What if, come January you are not fully fit? That's why I have no time for his decision/statement.
Staying until January? To what end? He won't get game time, unless it's the U23a. He simply gets to protect his body so his preferred destination becomes available. Rumoured to be Spurs.
Sure you can do so contractually but, in the spirit of things and ethically, dodgy ground lad.
He now knows that if Spurs don't, Chelsea will. Again as dubious moral standing as there can be. Nothing Everton can do, but that's their own failing.
The only way Barkley plays first team football at Everton again is if it's gone tits up by November/December. With Koeman at the helm, that might actually happen.
144 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:21:12
145 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:21:57
First you have Koeman's sign or be sold. Then you have Moshiri live on sky saying he had a medical only for Ross to state otherwise the next day. The whole saga makes us look like a bunch of amateurs.
My personal feeling on it is: I hope he stays. Barkley frustrates the hell out of me but there is a player in there, if there wasn't, Poch and Conte wouldn't be after him. A fit and firing Barkley gets in our best 11 it's as simple as that, maybe not at no.10 but he gets in.
Sigurdsson is an upgrade on Ross, no question, but Klaassen and Rooney aren't. For that simple season, I hope he stays because in 2 years or less Koeman will walk, and we might be facing the prospect of Barkley knocking them in for Chelsea or Spurs. A sickening thought.
146 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:23:04
Wtf was he thinking or who was he getting his info from? It all stinks to high heaven and leaves me feeling uncomfortable about the club I love.
147 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:26:22
For what it's worth, Ross has lots of talent yet has failed to deliver on that talent. Ross will always divide opinion.
148 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:31:41
Don't know why he generates so much attention. I feel a little guilty even posting but there you go.
149 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:32:42
He has knocked back two contracts the big question is: Will there be a third on the table in January?
Levy will do what's best for Spurs when the time comes.
150 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:39:10
I have not much common ground with Darren but that is a disrespectful post to a 60-plus-year-old man. Do us and yourself a favour and pack that in.
Banter and ripping each other is one thing. What you post is something else. Give it a miss.
151 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:44:48
I don't prescribe that Darren has been some evangelical zealot converting ToffeeWebbers with a turn of phrase and pithy wit. (Not that he can't.)
If you look from day one, despite the fanfare. it was a lukewarm reception. The grand manner of his procurement didn't match his record or stature.
The last 10 games of the season I read plenty that the real dissatisfaction lay in his style & ability to win away from home. The was laid bare when with 7th sewn up, he failed to experiment tactically and served up the most mind numbing crap to date, running Smith (99-00) very close.
Those things were crucially ignored, or put up with as last season as it simply was 'a means to an end'. But the dissent was there. Praise for Koeman was never fulsome, always people mounting a defence for that pragmatism. That to my mind was telling.
Koeman's actions, and lack of tactical balance, not Darren, are the root of any change in opinion. A sentiment I'm sure Darren would echo.
If Koeman cannot progress the team in the coming months, why keep him and why would he?
152 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:51:23
Ron has got to show some leadership and get a result against Spurs. I doubt Rooney will be involved his head will be wrecked.
A lot of the younger players looked up to Wayne what an utter shambles!
153 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:54:54
If an allegedly fabulously talented footballer can't produce one single fabulously talented display in any one of those 38 games, as was the case as far as I'm concerned, then it seems to me that said player is lacking, err, fabulous talent.
I suspect that Levy is intent on selling Dele Alle off to Real, Barca, PSG or whoever next summer for mega-bucks and then obliging Pochettino to extract the same sort of performance out of "our Ross", the fan who denied us tens of millions of pounds whilst he complacently accrues his next millions.
I was going to call Ross something worse than a shit-house but, seeing as some TW'ers identify me as routinely assuming the moral high ground, I suppose I'd better not!
154 Posted 02/09/2017 at 23:58:09
Koeman attracts players to the club but his handling of certain players has been unwise at times and really weakened the club's position strategically.
155 Posted 02/09/2017 at 00:03:57
I think Koeman and Moshiri promise something better probably but perhaps it's just the hope that kills you.
156 Posted 03/09/2017 at 00:16:13
That's a measure of how shite the club was in terms of squad, finance and prospects until Mr Moshiri stepped in. And, in those circumstances, three years is not a very long time.
Koeman will have to achieve more this season than last, in my estimation and I will be pleased if he does. If he doesn't, he'll likely get sacked simples!
158 Posted 02/09/2017 at 00:35:54
Barkley had a bit of a raving session with Koeman when told this. This is where the stand-off and playing hard-ball began.
Barkley and his agent went to Kenwright, complaining also about the new contract offered (he wanted what the club had offered Lukaku).
Apparently Kenwright gave the impression that the club would look at it. On hearing this, Koeman blew a fuse and went to Moshiri complaining he, the manager, was being undermined and told the billionaire in no uncertain terms he was the boss or else. Koeman has not spoken with Kenwright ever since.
Now, the other night, when asked would Barkley play for Everton again, Moshiri said something along the lines "He wants to play the 10 position and this is a very congested position with Rooney, Sigurdsson and Klaassen all able to play here."
So, even though Moshiri didn't do himself any favours on telly, what he said regards Barkley wanting to play the No 10 role tells its own story.
I heard this today from someone I know who would be hearing stuff from good connections at Everton; that's all I can say.
A lot of shite going on behind the scenes, it seems.
I was also told that Everton did make an enquiry about Troy Deeney's availability a couple of weeks back.
159 Posted 03/09/2017 at 00:41:45
Maybe there was a better way to go about it than "tough love," but Martinez blowing smoke up his butt didn't work either, so I'm not really sure what that approach would be.
Unfortunately, the bottom line is that Ross has a psyche as fragile as a Faberge egg. Speculation or not, it's hard to arrive at any conclusion other than Ross wants out because Koeman hurt his feelings and/or refused to guarantee him a starting spot. I suspect he balked at going to Chelsea because he feared more of the same from Conte. What are you honestly supposed to do with a player like that, who completely wilts when challenged?
People often complain that we seem psychologically whipped before we even set foot into Anfield... sad to say, but no current player personifies that shortcoming more than Barkley does.
160 Posted 03/09/2017 at 00:53:43
Does Barkley think we are all as thick as he appears to be, in that and we will accept a quote from his agent that just seems designed to mitigate the damage. Barkley and his agent are total... (you know what).
161 Posted 03/09/2017 at 00:56:59
If Moshiri truly believes Barkley is "a world class player" then it begs the question why the club were so woefully tardy in putting fresh terms in front of him in the first place and, furthermore, why the fuck he didn't gently suggest to Ron that it might be a good idea to stop shrugging his shoulders and giving it "whatever" every time the press asked if he hoped Ross would be staying.
Then again, it could have been simple hyperbole on his part and he just had Bill prattling away in his other ear, like last year when he told Sky he looked upon James McCarthy like he was a long lost son.
162 Posted 03/09/2017 at 01:06:26
I'm afraid Koeman appears a bit of a dope, an impression only reinforced by his apparent lack of nous when it comes both to tactics on a football field and awareness of how to motivate men. Looks to me that he's the one with too much space between his ears, not Ross Barkley.
163 Posted 03/09/2017 at 01:23:42
Cue Isaac Hayes:
"He's a complicated man but no one understands him but his woman (Shat. Ross Shat. On Everton) You're damn right.
You see this cat Ross is just a bad mother.. (Shut your mouth)"
Let's face it, nothing but rumour, guess work, bit of amateur psychology and blindfolded dot-to-dot drawing going on here. None of us know what has really transpired (but the tar and feathers are within easy reach, regardless).
164 Posted 03/09/2017 at 01:24:45
When given exactly what he asked for, a new challenge with a Champions League club, he still refused to leave and pursues this pipe dream that Spurs will give him all the assurances he demands both in wages and a definite start each week no doubt. Demands an average player like him have no right to make.
Ross will end up very rich, but where ever he goes he will be trouble and will of course be found wanting, because he just isn't good enough, a lot of people can't see it though, just yet.
Fair enough, Koeman isn't the genius we wanted him to be, his tactics are baffling at times, but he is being severely hampered by the whole Barkley fiasco that he has inherited. What a shame Ross didn't join Chelsea. The fiasco rolls on, I'm afraid.
165 Posted 03/09/2017 at 01:42:39
The crime you are accused of is deceiving the club that made you a professional footballer of £35 million in transfer fees.
Also, we noticed you're not getting international games. So don't waste time getting your Twitter agent to fill in any Russian visa forms.
Anyway, we've replaced you now so... bye.
166 Posted 03/09/2017 at 01:55:52
If anyone is in any doubt that they smell a rat with I heard this today from someone I know who would be hearing stuff from good connections at Everton is this simple line:
Koeman has not spoken with Kenwright ever since.
How can your "contact" explain the Sigurdsson transfer when Koeman said Kenwright was telling him it would happen, we just need to be patient. Or was that done telepathically?!?
The amount of bull on this thread really is reaching new heights.
167 Posted 03/09/2017 at 01:58:54
I don't believe it and I'll tell you why. There is absolutely no way that a story of this magnitude would not have leaked since March. There is no way that a word or whisper of it would not have got out. I might be mistaken, forgive me if I am, but I think that all that say is news to me. Not one element of it has surfaced so far.
So, give us your source a name that we can take seriously. Because what you have to say here is very important and surprise on this thread it puts Ross in a worse light. The saints on this thread will be all over your words, Oliver.
Do you have an idea of why this story sorry, these stories have miraculously remained unknown? Could you ask your source someone 'who would be hearing stuff from good connections at Everton' to tell us why this might be?
I'm, genuinely asking because this is a radical new account and, if it turns out not to be true, then you will need to be taken into account for posting it.
I will be the first to say sorry for doubting the story to you if it is indeed 100% true.
168 Posted 03/09/2017 at 02:11:08
We did well to keep hold of Lukaku for four years given his attitude towards us / his ambitions this summer was the end of the line. Anyone that can't see that is kidding themselves on.
169 Posted 03/09/2017 at 02:19:52
The point is he wants to go, so let him. Talk about a player taking precedence over the team, the manager, the club. There is very little Barkley has done to warrant the sort of weight people give him. It's bollocks. Move on and let him do to.
170 Posted 03/09/2017 at 02:25:36
171 Posted 03/09/2017 at 02:28:02
173 Posted 03/09/2017 at 02:28:44
He doesn't question them. He does not seem to have given any thought to a 'source'. He just pounces on them to add 'steam' to his anti-Ross rants and raves.
I don't believe your stories, Oliver. But I do believe that they will continue to foment the anti-Ross hysteria on here. I'm assuming that that was not your intention.
174 Posted 03/09/2017 at 03:17:22
Bottom line is at the moment Everton are still in the news and that's great for the soap opera fans.
Koeman, as someone pointed out, had Southampton playing well under the same circumstances we are in now. Sell your best players to finance a new team to stay were you are. 7th or 8th it's Everton in the modern era..
175 Posted 03/09/2017 at 05:40:18
Ah, the "Somebody would've said something" renunciation, used in reply to theories big and small, and beloved of defenders of less savoury governmental actions, among other things.
The Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bombs dropped on Japan six years long, transatlantic co-operation and communications involving three countries and over 120,000 people. Not so much as a peep got out at least not into the public realm.
I tend to agree with you, Paul, in doubting that story, but more due to a lifetime of hearing whispers from "Sources"!
176 Posted 03/09/2017 at 05:53:28
177 Posted 03/09/2017 at 05:58:52
178 Posted 03/09/2017 at 06:04:34
How long have we heard that one? 6-7 years now?
179 Posted 03/09/2017 at 06:29:23
On one hand, you have Koeman and Moshiri caught making statements that are either incorrect, ill-advised or outright lies. On the other, you have a young Evertonian who has kept quiet until saying one thing that the majority owner is making things up about him (and he said it more respectfully than that).
How much do you need to hear before you call bullshit on the majority owner and manager?
Think about it for a second. At times, Ross has been one of the hottest properties around. Did you ever hear a whisper from him that he wanted a move? No sly comments in the media... nothing. Keeping Ross Barkley at Everton was one of the easiest jobs going. And now he wants out.
I'd keep Ross over Ron any day of the week. I can't stand him or his tactics. And Moshiri has a lot to learn about being a Chairman before he's ready to fill Kenwright's shoes... and that's saying something!
180 Posted 03/09/2017 at 06:51:42
At this level in this age, a smooth operation with tight, professional and relevant communication should be a given. Whatever the eventual outcome of this "New era", the management structure has been shown in a very poor light, and missed an opportunity to promote. Everton has been perceived as a solid club for as long as I've known of it, and it stinks to see it resembling a soap opera.
That said, many seem to thrive on it now no such thing as bad publicity?
181 Posted 03/09/2017 at 07:05:52
See, Paul, football is that important.
182 Posted 03/09/2017 at 07:09:16
"Seems to me that it isn't Barkley who has cost the club millions, it is the board (for leaving the contract negotiations too late)."
Everton had been trying to extend Barkley's contract from before Koeman arrived. You can't blame Everton if Barkley turned down our offer of £100k a week. He and his agent have clearly used delaying tactics that Koeman understandably got tired of. That's why he gave the ultimatum, of extend or be sold before last season ended.
This is perfectly clear and a completely rational position for our coach to take. If he let it lapse so that Barkley leaves on a free, Koeman would be blamed for that too. This situation was caused by Barkley before Koeman arrived, so stop acting like it's our club's fault.
183 Posted 03/09/2017 at 07:32:30
- Badly advised? Maybe.
- Stitching up his boyhood club and costing them millions? Maybe..
- Self-reflection on his future? Maybe...
- Second thoughts about staying? Maybe....
Here is my take. For me, there are only three outcomes that would satisfy me:
1. Ross signs a new contact with no buyout clause or with a minimum of over £50 million buyout clause.
2. We sell him in January for not one single penny less than the reported/agreed fee of £35 million pound that would have been paid to us this week.
3. Play hardball. This is World Cup year, and there is no doubt that Ross has both the desire and the ability to represent England in Russia. He may only get one chance of a World Cup, and to get that he must be playing and playing well. If either of options 1 or 2 don't suit Ross, then our club must play hardball. If there is no sale on our terms or no new contract, then he should not be picked to play for this club after January.
Don't get me wrong, I still would prefer him to sign a new contract and be part of our club for the next 5 years plus. If, however, he does not want to, then to sell him on the cheap or to play him without a new contract would be a slap in the face too far for me.
We hold a strong hand. Play it well.
184 Posted 03/09/2017 at 07:56:25
Great post, you've outlined the options Ross could be given constructively. The whole saga has rolled on for far too long.
Let's hope one of them is implemented soon and we can get back to concentrating on what really matters, winning football matches!
185 Posted 03/09/2017 at 08:13:23
Paul Ferry (@173) Quoted "There is absolutely no way that a story of this magnitude would not have leaked since March. There is no way that a word or whisper of it would not have got out."
I disagree; at Everton FC there has been many instances were the truth has never seen the light of day. Why Garry Speed and Keith Wyness left are just two that come to mind.
186 Posted 03/09/2017 at 08:41:00
I'd say the percentage of writers here is drifting towards the "Koeman is a bellend" side. I'm glad Ross has come out and defended him as for months he has been attacked by the school bully and a lot of fans have been like the bullies hangers on.
The tactical 3 at the back Dutch genius will be gone, so come on, Diamond – sign a 5-year deal and piss yourself laughing when he is sacked for spunking a ton of money.
187 Posted 03/09/2017 at 08:43:41
It will protect the club he (supposedly) loves.
Chelsea and Spurs will pay it if they really want him.
He can still leave in January if that's what he wants.
I would want to see a public announcement of the offer and then we can find out what is really going on in Ross's head. If he signs, then he really does want to think things through; if he refuses, there is money being offered in the background.
188 Posted 03/09/2017 at 08:49:35
189 Posted 03/09/2017 at 08:51:20
Ross is amazing on his day but inconsistent and Ron wanted more effort off the ball as any top manager will wherever he ends up.
Does it actually matter if Ross had started the medical or not? If he was at Chelsea to sign up and then changed his mind then he did do a u-turn.
190 Posted 03/09/2017 at 08:51:56
WTF are you talking about, mate "Persuaded Evertonians that my views are sound"?
I would like to think that anyone capable of logging on to a website and posting, is capable of watching football and drawing their own conclusions.
Our football has been dire since the day and hour Koeman entered the fray. I didn't expose this in startling reservations to the TW parish. Those with a brain and an ability to think for themselves already knew this. Half-witted claims that I was in a minority of one were exactly that... fucking half witted.
What you are witnessing is the exhaustion of patience. Mine admittedly ran out before most. Maybe that's because I look for different things like signs of intelligence, little hints of imagination, the occasional surge of passion. I didn't see any of that.
We all have different levels of patience. Many openly said they would give him time to weed out the wicked, to stamp his own brand on our play, to get in his own players.Well, he's done all that and we are still serving up passionless dross.
As far as I'm concerned (and this is just opinion) we are witnessing the first wave of revolt against what is being served up. If Koeman does not change tack and start to give something back to the devoted fans who have backed him to the hilt, the second wave (which includes you) will be significantly greater.
There will of course always be exceptions, recent posts will testify to that. When someone claims they were "entertained" when watching mind numbing dross being served up against second class European opposition. or another describes a performance where the opposition missed chance after chance as a "defensive masterclass", you KNOW these guys are in it to the bitter end. Pathetic posts telling us the recent result and performance against Chelsea was in some way acceptable merely confirm it.
Post like that are (IMO) aren't typed in support of the team. They're delusional nonsense spouted by people who are desperately trying to show the guy they have so vociferously backed in a better light; they're failing. They may need to start considering the fact that happy clapping is not a positive.
So no, Andy, I have not persuaded anybody. Their eyes and brains have done that. I wont be eating humble pie either, because I believe I have been correct in my assessment of Koeman. If, by some miracle, he does have a Damascus moment and we do start to play the game as it should be played, there'll be no bitter recriminations from me. I will be too busy applauding.
Those who don't want much tend to shout loudest when they don't get it.
191 Posted 03/09/2017 at 08:52:24
If I have no time for someone, think they have got involved in something they shouldn't have, then it's possible that I could praise them in public as a way of taking the piss.
Moshiri will be listening to Ronald and he will be listening to Bill. If these two don't like each other, then something is gonna give soon.
Which fucker do you want out of our club first, Darren? And you only have one fucking shot!
192 Posted 03/09/2017 at 08:59:34
With regard to your earlier post, if a million came on here saying Koeman has devalued the three mentioned players, I'd still be arguing with them.
I'll keep criticising him for what he is actually getting wrong.
193 Posted 03/09/2017 at 09:02:34
That's a tough question. Can I get back to you on that one?
194 Posted 03/09/2017 at 09:03:19
He could have done what Mirallas has done, signed to be sold!!
195 Posted 03/09/2017 at 09:08:38
196 Posted 03/09/2017 at 09:17:36
197 Posted 03/09/2017 at 09:19:40
198 Posted 03/09/2017 at 09:21:46
Anybody else's posts don't fall under that criteria though.
A surefire cure for a hangover. No need for a cure today just read the latest from our resident fire-and-brimstone preacher and it's sorted.
199 Posted 03/09/2017 at 09:30:27
200 Posted 03/09/2017 at 09:37:03
With regards to Barkley, my take is that he is simply a weak character. It is quite clear he was more suited to the previous managers style rather than Koeman's. Interestingly neither Warnock nor Moyes were convinced by him, both similar in work ethic to Koeman.
I see this as Ross doesn't have the heart for the battle. Instead of taking up the challenge and potential dovetailing with our news signings, he is jumping ship. Can see him working at Chelsea either, or Spurs in fact. He'd be more suited to West Ham and the like – less pressure and easier to please fans.
For the record, I'd still like him to re-sign and play in a forward 3 with Rooney and Sigurdsson. I doubt that will happen, though.
201 Posted 03/09/2017 at 09:50:40
My dad just said in reply, "Trouble with Everton is, they build you up then let you down, so don't get too excited." Don't they fucking just.
202 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:06:50
“We also know Barkley is suffering from a hamstring injury which in all likelihood will keep him out until November at the earliest.
“If Im a buying club why am I buying an injured player who cannot play for the next three months of the season, pay £35m for him and put him on a substantial wage of £155,000 a week – only then to find out he may aggravate his hamstring injury at some stage of his rehab and could be out for the season?
“People are saying Barkley changed his mind. But he didnt because he accepted personal terms and went for his medical.
“What went on there is the medical was failed and Chelsea have pulled out of the deal because the injury was more serious than they had been led to believe. Therefore they decided themselves not to progress.”
203 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:14:54
I think the bit about the fall out between Koeman and Kenwright is clearly not true (just the other day, Koeman was eulogising Kenwright for getting the Sigurdsson deal over the line) which kind of destroys the credibility of the rest of your information. It is great if people have insights from sources and want to share this, but posts like yours unfortunately have the effect of us doubting anybody that claims to have genuine information.
Barkley has been an overly analysed player on many levels. I suspect there is no great rift between Barkley and Koeman, and that this is simply about Barkley perceiving Potchettino has far more belief in him and that Spurs are a better route to the England team and Champions League football hard to argue with that really.
I think the need to blame or victimise anyone (whether Koeman or Barkley) is probably off the mark. I am also not sure why, on the one hand, fans are so concerned at losing out on the full fee for Barkley... yet, on the other, tell us we should not worry about spending £45 million on Sigurdsson as it is not our money!
204 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:17:50
Who's Ian McGarry as he's basically calling Barkley a liar? Wonder if his pants are on fire too?!
205 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:22:54
And bewilderingly, all based on next to no knowledge about what has actually gone on behind the scenes.
206 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:24:24
Where we fundamentally differ is in timing. I think it is unreasonable to call for Koeman to go when he has had so little time with his own team. I don't think anyone is blind to his faults. Some of his tactics and utterings annoy the hell out of me... but I believe he will succeed.
207 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:26:04
Ross is currently injured and can't obviously play so, why bother paying a transfer fee when you can enhance a player's wage rather than pay a transfer fee?
Win-win situation for player, agent & signing club; however, lose-lose situation for EFC.
208 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:38:04
The Red Shite would often finish training with a game. Word had it that these "practice" matches were fiercely competitive. Bill Shankly would play in them and always seemed to be on the winning side.
One day, he was making the rules up as he went along (as per...) when a ball flew past a post. They were not playing with nets so there was a big argument as to whether the ball went inside or outside the posts.
Nobody was backing down so Shankly turned to Lawler and said "You decide, did that ball go inside or outside the post?"
Lawler was on the line and because the shot was from an acute angle, he was one of a few who really knew which side of the post the ball had whistled. To Shankly's outrage, Lawler told him it was outside, thus ending his unbeaten run.
Back in the dressing room, Shankly was still simmering, When Lawler picked up his bag to leave, the Scot shouted to him. "You haven't opened you mouth for years and, when you finally do, it's to tell a fucking lie."
I read that story about 50 years ago, I hadn't given it another thought since... until now.
209 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:42:00
Does anyone really think Ross had a medical?
210 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:49:44
211 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:51:03
To be honest with you, my mind isn't entirely made up on this though to answer your question about Moshiri lying on TV about this; did he lie? How do we know who's telling the truth?
Ross Barkley hasn't exactly covered himself in glory over all this, and appears (and I say 'appears' because I don't know the kid) to have a number of issues on and off the field, so why should we believe what he says?
Something has clearly gone on with Ross, and he was surely in London on Thursday night? Why would Sky report all that? Are Sky liars as well as Moshiri? Is Ross telling the truth? Have Sky, Chelsea and Moshiri all conspired against Ross Barkley?
Do you see what I'm getting at here?
212 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:51:09
Ross on his day is superb but Ron wants more out of him off the ball and all managers of top teams will expect the same. Does it matter if Ross hadn't started the medical? If he was down there at Cobham then he has done a u-turn.
213 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:55:15
I think he has some unknown issues either with the manager, someone or some people in Liverpool, personal issues of some nature, and a strained relationship with fellow players, and the club in general. He certainly divides opinion with supporters as we all know.
I'm not certain he's being properly advised, or perhaps he simply doesn't take the advice he's given by his family, friends, the club or his agent.
We'll probably never know, but I do find it hard to believe that, in everything that's gone on lately this year with Ross, that none of it is his doing.
214 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:55:59
For a billionaire, he seems a bit naive to me. Some might say HE was using Jim White but, after the Sissoko - McCarthy incident, that's obviously not the case.
215 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:57:23
Has anyone from Chelsea FC said what actually did or did not happen? What are they saying on any Chelsea forums about all this malarkey?
For myself, I am just left with a feeling of anticlimax based on the last 2 or 3 months after all the anticipation. All very dour.
216 Posted 03/09/2017 at 11:02:15
Therefore it is highly likely that the club were trying to offload him at a higher price to Chelsea, knowing that considerably less will be paid by Spurs in January.
Ross's injury has really put a dent in Everton's shopping, as it seems that we knew Lukaku was definitely a done deal with Man Utd and therefore could do our early shopping, but our subsequent hiatus was down to not offloading Barkley.
We probably still haven't got much spare dosh despite the talk of warchests. t would explain how we failed to bring in a Plan B striker, who could have done a job for the season.
217 Posted 03/09/2017 at 11:05:05
218 Posted 03/09/2017 at 11:09:26
But on this medical... Ross couldn't think he can just deny it if the truth is the opposite? All it would take is one comment from Chelsea to make him look ridiculous.
Mind you, they haven't said anything yet which is a bit odd.
219 Posted 03/09/2017 at 11:14:36
For me, the answer is simple: don't go into the city centre, and move to the leafy suburbs of Wilmslow where all footballers seem to live.
220 Posted 03/09/2017 at 11:18:34
Kenwright needs shooting for allowing Barkley's contract to run down like it did. Once it was at 12 months remaining and the manager putting the boot in, if it were me I would also consider going on a free next year, just like Ross is doing.
Truth is, the club is still a shambles. The transfer policy and the general way in which we are conducting ourselves as a club has Bill Kenwright all over it. We've all been kidded with Moshiri and nothing has really changed at Everton. The Lukaku and Barkley fiascos just go to prove it.
221 Posted 03/09/2017 at 11:19:16
The general consensus among Chelsea fans is that they dodged a bullet in not signing Ross. They all think he's a bit of a joke, has issues, is overrated and basically 'played' them on Thursday night.
Numerous comments about him being equally as bad at decision-making on & off the pitch, and actually pretty well informed, without being full of bias, which surprised me.
They also think he wouldn't get in their first team, especially as they signed Drinkwater on Thursday they seem to think this also had a big influence on why he changed his mind at the last minute.
222 Posted 03/09/2017 at 11:27:39
Since Koeman's arrival he has publicly admonished Barkley for not being 'productive' enough. I don't think it is the right tactic to get the best from Barkley but that's the managers decision.
I actually think Barkley is a really good footballer (not a great one, perhaps) but he is always willing to take possession the ball and, unlike the rest of the midfielders we have have had in recent seasons, he isn't terrified of going forward. He is certainly has been our most (only?) creative player in the past few years.
I think Koeman's very public declarations about his performance and his ultimatum about him leaving have quite rightly pissed Barkley off. Barkley is under contract and, as an employee, he has every right to refuse a transfer to a club he doesn't want to play for. He hasn't uttered a word other than to refute the fact that he had been to London or had a medical. He has not dissed the club in anyway or spoken about his proposed contract, but the club (ie, Koeman) have done fairly regularly and publicly.
The idea that the club don't treat people shabbily need to look at their treatment of the much maligned Niasse for an indication of Koeman's management style. Ron has the season to get it right otherwise, it's time for a taxi next May.
223 Posted 03/09/2017 at 11:33:41
"For myself I am just left with a feeling of anticlimax based on the last 2/3 months after all the anticipation".
Me too. I wonder if the level of feeling against Ross on here is fuelled by the disappointment over not signing a Number 9 at the death.
224 Posted 03/09/2017 at 11:42:29
If so, would it be the case that he was told Barkley had undergone a medical before his ill-advised phone call and has anyone been seen exiting Goodison or Finch Farm with the contents of his desk or inquired about how much Everton shares are fetching at the moment?
Regardless, it would appear that someone will be terminating his stay at the club before this time next year.
225 Posted 03/09/2017 at 11:43:04
To those who want the name of my source.
To ask me to name a person (actually persons) I bump into now and again that do have connections at the club would be unfair (not that I have ever asked them would it be okay).
I have just repeated what we spoke about which, on this occasion, was mainly all about Barkley and a wee bit other stuff, me asking questions.
I have also said on many occasions that there are many with connections at the club. I know at least three or four other people who would have decent connections at Everton (and all say Koeman and Kenwright do not like each other, by the way).
I also asked (because I had heard from another source) was there any truth that the club were trying to get Shane Long in? This person said he had heard this also. As we know, this didn't happen... but it doesn't mean that the people who told me know nothing.
It now seems that some on here suggest I am anti-Barkley – not true; look back at my posts... you will see that, a lot of the time, I have praised him and, like every Evertonian, wanted him to succeed at Everton; I just don't think he's as good as others do.
There is no doubt Ross Barkley has the talent , to say otherwise is silly, which is why it's so frustrating for us as supporters and worse for the manager. From what I see of Barkley it seems he can not "manage" the game plan. Bags of skill, but going to waste a lot of the time and he has now come up against a manager who has called him on it.
To come out and say lack of movement, nobody as creative as him, playing in the wrong position etc etc is also silly.
Koeman is the main spokesman for the club. Koeman saying Kenwright assured him he would get this over the line actually was said before Sigurdsson signed; Koeman just didn't say 'Kenwright' he said 'the board', so I will stick with what I was told regards Koeman not speaking directly with Kenwright.
Was anyone on here at the club's awards in May? I'm told that both these two avoided each other, is this true?
Koeman and Kenwright both know how to play the game; it's Moshiri that is still learning with the media, it seems.
Kenwright was and is still desperate for Barkley and Rooney and young Davies to play together; he was the main instigator in getting Rooney back to the club and really cost us £10 million with the Lukaku fee reduced from £100 million, in my opinion.
My thinking is Koeman believes Kenwright is meddling in team matters. Kenwright still believes this is his football club and Koeman was not his first-choice manager, so he's not going to be happy with this fairly straight-talking Dutch guy telling him "he knows fuck all about football and to stop meddling and just get me my fucking players".
Bill Kenwright is a romantic; Koeman is a different animal.
Eventually, of course, if Koeman fails, he will be sacked... but, as long as he finishes top six or seven again this season, he will have done a good job (according to Moshiri).
Darren @ 190.
"Those who don't want much tend to shout the loudest when they don't get it"
Ronald Koeman / Ross Barkley?
226 Posted 03/09/2017 at 11:47:07
227 Posted 03/09/2017 at 11:53:56
We're all struggling to find something good to say.
As I say all a bit dour right now.
228 Posted 03/09/2017 at 11:57:16
Direct quote from Koeman after Gylfi signed:
“When I heard from the chairman Bill, he was always so calm. He said: ‘I will do the deal but we need to be patient.'"
Yet you state:
Koeman saying Kenwright assured him he would get this over the line actually was said before Sigurdsson signed; Koeman just didn't say 'Kenwright', he said ;'the board', so I will stick with what I was told regards Koeman not speaking directly with Kenwright.
You're implying Koeman's quote must have been said pre-Barkley bust up. Therefore back in March?! And they haven't spoken about it directly since and only through 'the board'?
And as a side note: If Koeman and Kenwright really are at complete loggerheads and not speaking, you really think Koeman would quote 'the chairman Bill"? Seems a pretty friendly reference to me.
So, as you can see, Oliver, it doesn't quite add up. I'll just stick with the facts, I think.
229 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:06:24
230 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:19:03
I'm just in from mass, and you'll never guess who I bumped into there, oh God better say nothing!
It sort of makes sense to me; facts... yeah, right!
231 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:20:33
232 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:27:32
Barkley contract talks planned for later this season
Lyndon Lloyd Friday 16 December 2016
Everton will sit down with Ross Barkley next year to discuss extending his current deal with the club, Ronald Koeman says.
The manager faced inevitable questions over the 23-year-old's future at his pre-match press conference today following talk in the media of possible interest in his services from Tottenham Hotspur.
Koeman dismissed the speculation, indicating that the issue of Barkley's contract, which currently has another year and a half to run, would be dealt with in due course.
“We know he has about 18 months left," Koeman said. "That's not the priority now. In the New Year, we will have talks about his situation and his future but the priority now is playing and winning and see what happens in January.
"I'm not interested in what is said about the future of players. There is no one knocking on the door now about players from Everton.”
Yes John, they bust a gut to get it done, didn't they.
233 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:28:08
As for the stadium, well that's gone right on to the back burner, hasn't it?
234 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:33:21
He heads to London to keep up the charade. Changes his mind last minute.
Now back at EFC when he'll leave in January, coincidentally on a much larger contract at his preferred club Spurs.
EFC seen done up like a kipper by Barkley and his agent. Whole thing stinks.
235 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:35:09
No money available for striker (no source just my opinion!)
I'm sure positive news on our new stadium will be forthcoming, it would be unthinkable if the shit was to hit the fan again!!
236 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:36:46
The facts are there for anyone to see. Unless of course you close your eyes and stick your fingers in your ears and shout 'la la la la la la'. Proven fact vs gossip. Your choice.
237 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:41:29
Nobody is stupid enough to believe that he didn't want to go. Let him sign that contract and prove it which has been lying on the table for more than a year.
I am not a fan of Koeman and want him sacked as well. But Koeman himself has been asking him to sign the contract which he is not doing, then who is to blame? It is not like Koeman wants him to leave, it's his own decision.
I want him to succeed at our club and build a legacy like Gerrard at Liverpool and Totti at Roma. But the bottom line is, he doesn't care about the club.
238 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:41:50
After all the support and development Everton put into him since a small child, backing him through his double leg break etc, for him to now run down his contract and leave for a fire-sale fee is a disgrace. At least Rooney left for what was big money then, much needed by the Club.
With FFP still relevant, Barkley's shithouse tactics are potentially hindering our quest for a Number 9 while he stays on big money but not contributing on the pitch, then leaving without the approx £40m he would get us if he was contracted to us for a couple of years. Tosser.
239 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:46:43
Thanks for the response just a few questions?
Do you think it is wise for an employer to be publicly critical of their employees or is it perhaps better down in private?
I don't know what you do for a living? but I have managed a staff of over 90 (in a number of different places), at no point did it cross my mind to 'hang people out to dry' at a staff meeting for all and sundry to behold. I did however hand out bollockings in private for not performing.
Do you think Barkley played any better under Koeman than under Martinez? (It's not an easy comparison as Martinez was there for three seasons and Koeman for only one... so far.)
240 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:47:41
You sound like Norris Cole. I've never heard so much inaccurate gossip since... well since Oliver Molloy posted.
Why does somebody have to be lying? Barkley knows the truth and Moshiri was asked a question and answered it to the best of his knowledge... and why try to add to the cloak-and-daggerness of it all by asking "Why Sky would lie"? Who said they were???
The only lies being told in your posts are from you... "They (Chelsea fans) ALL think he's a bit of a joke, has issues and is overated."
You must think everyone was born yesterday. Give your opinion, by all means, but don't try to dress it up as the thoughts of the entire Chelsea fan base.
Everton employ an awful lot of people. Many of us will know some who have connections or work for the club. Let me tell you a secret: they are not invited in by Moshiri and given a daily update on all the goings-on inside the the hallowed walls. The employers (and I'm including the players) generally know about as much as we do.
If you really do know someone who works for the club (and I have no reason to doubt you), you will know that the gossip and conjecture on the inside is every bit as bad as it is on here.
241 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:51:21
242 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:53:03
After Sigurdsson signs.
Your fact: Koeman says of Kenwright at press, "Not to worry, we'll get him."
My fact: Koeman said, a week before, "the board are working very hard to sign this player, we will see."
So you are saying that, because Koeman mentions Kenwright in the signing of Sigurdsson, all is rosy between the two and they sit down for coffee every day? Well, I disagree with that, James, and like you will stick to what I have been told.
Games people play!
243 Posted 03/09/2017 at 12:57:17
Maybe they see something you don't?
244 Posted 03/09/2017 at 13:00:14
You are 100% correct and I agree totally with you. All I have done is pass on what I was told.
245 Posted 03/09/2017 at 13:01:03
Who is Norris Cole?
246 Posted 03/09/2017 at 13:04:17
Would I sooner have Ross than £35m? Yes I would.
The best thing the club could do at this stage is for Ross, Koeman and whoever from the club to sit round a table and see if this mess can be cleared up satisfactorily. By that, I mean for Ross to sign a 3- to 5-year contract that is acceptable to both sides of the table.
247 Posted 03/09/2017 at 13:11:15
I don't understand the end of your long sentence but anyway I don't see how one window could bollocks us re FFP if we bought a number 9 while not selling Ross. Doesn't FFP work over a longer time frame than that?
And how can he contribute on the pitch while he's injured? It sounds like he could be out for a wee while, and could then be sold in the next window?
And his concern isn't to get Everton FC £40m! His concern is to look after himself.
248 Posted 03/09/2017 at 13:15:34
So you are saying that, because Koeman mentions Kenwright in the signing of Sigurdsson, all is rosy between the two and they sit down for coffee every day?
No, I'm not saying that. I'm saying Koeman and Kenwright clearly do talk. In turn, this shows the information you have been told and passed on is incorrect because you said they don't talk, at all. Over coffee or anything else.
If you prefer gossip over logic, then that's your prerogative. Much more fun believing made-up stuff/over the top exaggerated things, after all.
249 Posted 03/09/2017 at 13:28:02
I also believe that, in Barkley's case, given the background, he does owe Everton some loyalty, even if that is just signing a contract that will enable us to get decent money for him when he leaves to strengthen one of our rivals.
250 Posted 03/09/2017 at 13:35:39
I can't see anything being announced by the club with regard to Bramley-Moore Dock until they know if the games will be in Liverpool or not.
The decision will have a huge impact on design etc whichever way it goes,so I think there's some time to wait yet.
251 Posted 03/09/2017 at 13:44:35
What we do know for sure, though, is that we can all take part in yet more Ross Barkley threads on ToffeeWeb between now and January 2018... the joy.
252 Posted 03/09/2017 at 13:44:48
My source, who can't be named but works in the Baltic, has a filial connection to a bar in Slater Street and is rather hairy, told me at the time of the alleged incident of young Ross's reputation and the behaviour which led to his getting a smack.
I was loathe to believe it but have heard similar since.
253 Posted 03/09/2017 at 13:51:39
Could you enlighten me? Not being funny, honest just curious as I've heard nowt regarding his rep and behaviour etc.
254 Posted 03/09/2017 at 13:53:06
Okay, so you reckon the two clearly talk.
I don't , I can't prove it but I believe there is bad form between the two because I have been told so by a person who would be in the know.
You can't prove otherwise can you, or are you banking on your Koeman quote again – proves nothing.
If we won the FA Cup or any trophy I could see Kenwright and Koeman embracing each other with high fives all over the place – proves nothing.
I embraced a few people recently at a funeral and spoke with them for a number of minutes.
A few people were "gossiping" later that I had made up with these people whom I had had some bad blood. Nothing could be further from the truth. These people know I have no time at all for them; however, in the present circumstances and with respect to my friend and family, I did what I thought was right.
My real friends knew exactly what was going on.
So I get the gossip but it works both ways; what I see may be totally different from you in a picture.
255 Posted 03/09/2017 at 13:55:23
256 Posted 03/09/2017 at 14:00:40
I can see the argument about expectation of loyalty re Ross. On the other hand, if trust has broken down between the two parties, then maybe loyalty (on both sides) goes out of the window.
Maybe the problem with him signing a new contract (to protect Everton's sell-on value) would be that we might not want to sell him at a later date, so he'd be tied into a contract. But maybe that scenario is weak and we would sell on anyway, especially if a buy-out clause were in his contract. So, yes, good point.
257 Posted 03/09/2017 at 14:03:10
258 Posted 03/09/2017 at 14:14:08
Last one from me.
I don't reckon they talk. They clearly do talk.
Why would Koeman say 'chairman Bill has told him to be patient as it will happen' if they don't talk? Wouldn't he just say 'the board' as you yourself mentioned on a previous quote? Yet Koeman specifically mentioned Bill by name.
You're saying they don't ever talk. And haven't since March when the supposed bust up happened. That is simply not true. This in turn shows your original post and pretty out-there claims into a shady light, at best.
It can't be any clearer.
259 Posted 03/09/2017 at 14:32:53
Who is Norris Cole?
Is he a TW poster?
260 Posted 03/09/2017 at 14:35:15
Norris Cole is a character in Coronation Street. He's a nosey old sod who thrives on rumour / gossip. Not that I watch it!!
262 Posted 03/09/2017 at 14:40:57
He's not done it consistently. He can't see the big picture on a football pitch. He can't or won't tackle.
The one thing he is good at is believing the hype. He and his agent realise he's got one good move left and they want it to be Spurs, where he will do as well as Pienaar.
He will leave Spurs for a WBA / Stoke type team mark my words. He's looked after himself and I have no truck with that.
263 Posted 03/09/2017 at 14:44:26
The washouse indeed.
264 Posted 03/09/2017 at 14:55:23
265 Posted 03/09/2017 at 15:06:20
At least he kept a dignified silence then (which I'm sure he had to) when most of the Everton crowd got right behind him at the next game against Burnley, were I'm sure Koeman took him off early so he could milk the crowds applause?
Saying nothing about why he wants to leave Everton really stinks to me. People can call his silence dignified but I don't find nothing dignified about it personally, and just wish that Koeman would have kept his fucking mouth shut. Because, if he'd remained silent, then I'm sure Ross or his agent would have had to say something to the fans to tell them why he really wants out?
266 Posted 03/09/2017 at 15:08:02
When the Santa Chupitos story was in the news, I was chatting as you do and said the club should be looking after young players better, advising them to stay out of Dodge after sundown, etc.
I was greeted with raised eyebrows and shakes of the head.
Allegedly, it's well known in certain establishments/areas that the lad has a penchant for pursuing young ladies, attached or otherwise. Apart from the otherwise, nothing most of us haven't done at his age.
267 Posted 03/09/2017 at 15:15:30
Ferguson, Wenger (not now), Kendall, Clough, Paisley now they are good managers.
Your two of the "brightest managers" I'm unsure about that. Give most managers Messi in their team or Bayern Munich and they will do well. I haven't seen anything at Man City or Spurs to show how good these managers are yet.
268 Posted 03/09/2017 at 15:26:38
269 Posted 03/09/2017 at 15:30:03
270 Posted 03/09/2017 at 15:44:32
I said Barkley had a meeting with Koeman in late March.
I said Barkley and his agent had gone to Kenwright unhappy with the contract offer.
I said Kenwright gave the impression to Barkley and his agent that he would look at the contract again.
I said Koeman went to Moshiri unhappy with Kenwright.
The only time I mentioned a date was the Barkley meeting with Koeman in late March. The time scale after this I don't know, but would presume it would be ongoing.
You cannot prove to me that Kenwright and Koeman speak to each other directly on a daily basis can you? Just like I can't prove they don't... but, as I say once again, I believe what I have been told (that's where you and I differ), and that there is a dislike between the two which has come about over Barkley.
Perhaps the real truth lies somewhere in-between and I would concede that the two probably do speak on a need-to-know basis.
I only revealed what I had been had been told because, in this instance, I think it sheds a light on things going on at the club we all support, and maybe others had heard the same thing or otherwise.
I am not asking for your or anyone's approval and welcome thoughts on what I post.
Clearly Barkley heading down to London and agreeing terms with Chelsea (medical or no medical) and then pulls the plug, in my opinion shows somebody is taking the piss it's normally the other way isn't it pass the medical and agree terms?
Why was Moshiri on Sky commenting on this, and not Kenwright, I wonder?
It seems on this occasion, James, we are not going to agree and that is fair enough.
271 Posted 03/09/2017 at 15:50:15
272 Posted 03/09/2017 at 15:59:14
But this latest stuff being spouted by Oliver about secret meetings and schism among ownership and one owner from the manager and it all being down to Barkley, come on. This needs to be stopped. Not what this site is supposed to be.
273 Posted 03/09/2017 at 16:00:00
Gangster? Hardly. He's fond of tweeting his threats.
Imagine... "Ere Ron, that fella is trying to move in on our clubs."
"Tweet him to leave it aht, Reg" 😀
There is no 'allegedly' about it, mate.
274 Posted 03/09/2017 at 16:20:34
Secret meetings... did I say that? No is the answer.
Players have meetings with their managers at every club every day, this is normal especially with players who are not getting a game regularly. Mirallas had a meeting with Koeman last week and look what happened there.
I'm also fairly sure that lots of other meetings go at clubs like Everton, some undoubtedly would be secret / confidential.
I am very interested to hear what Koeman / Kenwright have to say about Rooney's drink driving charge. We'll probably hear nothing until after the court hearing.
Perhaps the two of them will have to get together in secret, James!
275 Posted 03/09/2017 at 16:26:30
If Barkley is behaving badly, so are Spurs, who are trying to get Barkley on the cheap at the next transfer window, when they likes of Spurs chairman, Levy, extracts as much as possible when selling players.
276 Posted 03/09/2017 at 16:34:14
277 Posted 03/09/2017 at 16:49:58
It's not all completely unfounded rumour. I've just had a great laugh finding out, I think, who Norris Cole is.
Many thanks Rob and Brian.
278 Posted 03/09/2017 at 16:51:14
It's all my fault.
Back in January 2016, on the post-match thread after the home leg of the League Cup semi-final against Man City, I vehemently defended Ross from the criticism he was getting.
This, of course, was half-way through Roberto's third season with us. Ross's first season under Martinez was a cracker, with the team playing some scintillating football which, in another season, could have landed us a Champions League place.
There was a dreadful drop off in Martinez's second season and things didn't improve much in his third season, in spite of getting to the semis of both domestic cups.
One of the few shining lights, however, was the continued development of Ross Barkley. He was often the fulcrum in a poorly performing side, ever ready to receive the ball, showing great ability and strength to receive, turn, break away and lay off the ball with a wonderful array of passing.
That's what I argued in the post-match thread I mentioned. He was very influential in that game, but was getting heavily criticised.
In the return leg, he scored a cracker to give us a 3-1 aggregate lead. I don't need to remind you how that ended.
Thereafter, although the team got through to the semi-final of the FA Cup also, both the team's and Ross's form fell away. Badly.
In pre and early season of Koeman's first season, he spoke glowingly of Ross and the skills he possesses. Quite reasonably, he also said he is no longer a novice player and needed to improve his consistency and overall contribution.
Ross showed it in flashes. He had some MotM performances. Koeman played him in virtually all our games last season, so no ostracism there. But he was also deservedly subbed or dropped a few times.
For me, the development I vehemently defended in January 2016 had stalled. Now, 20 months on, IMO, he has not continued to improve. That's a long time, for a player of his age, to stagnate.
Maybe this is his plateau, the best level we can expect from Ross. If so and I speak as a huge fan of Ross Barkley I'm sorry fellah but, it ain't enough.
As for the rumour and counter rumour in this thread, who said and did what, threats from Liverpool gangsters, to dalliances with the ladies, to allegations of drug habits, to the inevitable 'friend of a friend' tittle tattle... phttt!
Now someone, some day, on TW may well be able to categorically demonstrate their 'in the know' source is truly in the know.
Personally, I have read too many of them on here and seen nearly every one of them proven false to lend any credence to such rumours at all.
What I do conclude from actual authenticated audio and video recordings is that the club (Koeman or Moshiri) have not boxed cleverly on this saga, but nor am I so ready to completely exonerate Ross (and his agent) as some wish to do.
Something is clearly awry behind the scenes and I hope lessons are being learnt.
279 Posted 03/09/2017 at 16:57:30
282 Posted 03/09/2017 at 18:11:25
My thoughts exactly, mate they only spent the Lukaku money, then ground to a halt.
Why do people think it's Ross who is making all these decisions, when it's patently obvious he's listening to his agent?
283 Posted 03/09/2017 at 18:28:34
284 Posted 03/09/2017 at 18:31:26
285 Posted 03/09/2017 at 18:47:31
I know jack shit about the inner workings of Everton!
286 Posted 03/09/2017 at 18:53:39
What an unusual character he must be.
287 Posted 03/09/2017 at 19:05:29
And depending on your preconceived notions (yes, 'confirmation bias' once again rears its ugly if unrecognized head), you may be inclined to give some credence to what Oliver is reporting... or you may not. James nit-picking one technicality brings the whole house of cards crashing down??? Not really... As Jay concludes: "Something is clearly awry behind the scenes".
To me, the vehemence with which these possibly informative stories are attacked says more about one's ability to accept it for what it is... gossip that may or may not actually contain some elements of truth. How does this differ materially from what now appears on plenty of media sites (accessible in great numbers via NewsNow Everton)? They all did such a great job of fact-checking throughout the endless weeks of the transfer window, after all... but I digress.
It's the not knowing that drives us mad.
288 Posted 03/09/2017 at 19:46:34
289 Posted 03/09/2017 at 20:58:25
I don't think that will have made Barkley too happy as he will have felt it should be kept private and what could have had substance made him out to be a sulk.
I don't think Koeman wants to lose him and, as some people have pointed out, his translation is not great. I don't know if that works between a player and man-management but something between them seems to have definitely broken down?
"Not guaranteed to start" may have been Koeman's way of pushing Barkley but the dialogue has somewhere backfired. Like the editor says, it's the not knowing that kills us.
I still believe Everton is Barkley's place. Surely a simple sit-down between all parties could make things more clear?
290 Posted 03/09/2017 at 21:11:57
You're a moaner for raising valid concerns about the transfer policy and Koeman's negative team selections and tactics. However, Barkley rowing over the captaincy and grown men running off to major shareholders about the row, is taken seriously?
Ross will sign a pre-contract in January for another club because that is the logical thing to do. Unless Everton suddenly decide to be a big club and give him a lucrative contract and sign some top players.
Anything else, rows, captancies etc... true or not, is frankly irrelevant.
Also can anyone on ToffeeWeb please explain why Barkley has to continually improve season on season despite being one of our top performers? Why can't he remain at this good level, and be judged fairly?
Is Gana better than last year? Is Schneiderlin?
And have you all checked Barkley's stats in a poor Everton side compared to Gerrard's, Lampard's and Scholes's stats up to age 23? And they were in very good sides.
291 Posted 03/09/2017 at 21:14:07
If this is the case, isn't it a sort of code of conduct for the buying club to say nothing as a respect thing unless the buying club feel the selling club were totally lying and trying to get one over on them?
Did Barkley go all the way to London thinking this would force Spurs' hand and they would come in for him?
Contrary to what has been reported in the media and silence from Chelsea to Barkley's tweet, one would have to say, until proven otherwise, Barkley must be telling the truth regards the medical something very funny going on.
292 Posted 03/09/2017 at 21:32:39
Koeman knows Barkley is good and probably the most skilful player at the club and wanted him to prove it; this why I don't get why Barkley's supporters are annoyed at Koeman calling on Barkley to show him more on the football pitch .
He knows he's a local lad who has been at the club since he was kid. He challenged Barkley to rise up The opportunity for Barkley to be the new Rooney, our Gerrard, has been pointed out many times on this forum, many times. The manager likes Barkley the football player and wants the best out of him for all concerned.
Koeman knows if he could get Barkley playing like he did in Martinez's first season with us, we would all be happy and the rest would take care of itself.
It's Barkley the person that Koeman most likely has issues with, in my opinion. If Barkley gets fit (and is respectful, as he made clear), I do believe Koeman will give him a game; the rest is up to Ross.
293 Posted 03/09/2017 at 21:39:02
That would make more sense than all the BS about doing the dirty on Everton FC.
294 Posted 03/09/2017 at 21:43:09
295 Posted 03/09/2017 at 21:45:42
296 Posted 03/09/2017 at 21:47:56
You would think he would need Moshiri's permission to do that and, after what Moshiri's said on his Sky shambles, somehow I don't think that happened!
But I would not at all be surprised if Barkley signed a contract with Everton because you are of course correct in that Kenwright desperately wanted him to stay.
297 Posted 03/09/2017 at 21:55:25
Alan is saying what gets missed about Barkley all the time. He plays against international defenders most games now; it's not quite like Lampard and Gerrard running at Stubbs and Colin Cooper when they broke through.
Them players also had the fear factor of their clubs surrounding them. What has Barkley had around him? James McCarthy and, as most Evertonians put it, a lazy Lukaku.
A Barkley misplaced pass gets more highlighted than any player I have ever known. Nobody ever mentions Gerrard playing the opposition through on goal in massive games several times.
Fair enough, he and Lampard played great too... but they had lots of quality around them.
298 Posted 03/09/2017 at 21:59:59
299 Posted 03/09/2017 at 22:06:31
The fact Chelsea made their move so late and apparently without much forward planning must have raised serious questions to Ross. Against that when his fee drops to say 10-15 million in January and for free in summer I would wager that every club in the Premier League will be interested and quite a few further afield.
I don't think we can expect players to focus on transfer fees paid for their services. Ultimately, why should Ross potentially sacrifice his career so Everton can get £20 million more because that is the equation here? Who in his shoes would honestly have signed for Chelsea?
300 Posted 03/09/2017 at 22:10:04
It's all rather crude this relationship that is talked about between Ross and Ron, between Moshiri and Ross, between all the different aspects of the club.
This time last year, we all seem to be galvanising and coming together with the prospect of a new owner, the new ground etc... but now, it seems to me to be falling apart. Wayne has added fuel to fire because of his extra curricular activities.
I just hope that someone can sit Ross and Ron down and get them to show some accord. It's starting to fester like a sore and it needs lancing, sooner rather than later. They need to make amends and focus on the football.
The focus ought to be on Spurs next weekend and we need to get back on track for a successful season. There's too much angst at the club and, if we're not careful, the wheel is going to come off and right now it wouldn't take much to ruin our entire season.
301 Posted 03/09/2017 at 22:11:02
If Spurs or Chelsea activate it in January, he goes; if not, he stays. If he stays and has a really good season, then the buy-out figure can be raised, by agreement.
302 Posted 03/09/2017 at 22:12:37
I've called Barkley at times only because, in my mind, a lad with that much talent should be utilising it better.
Be honest regardless of whether he's a scouser and a born Blue, the kid has everything in his locker to be a great. Two good feet, a great turn of pace, a lovely eye for a pass, and a great physique tall, slender just the right frame for today's footballer.
So where's it going wrong? It's obvious Koeman doesn't suffer fools so he won't indulge him and maybe that's where the relationship has broken down. Martinez seemed to be an arm-round-the-shoulder type; Koeman seems the opposite... the archetypal Dutchman if you like.
One thing's certain: I'd rather see the likes of Barkley on the ball than the likes of Gueye and Schneiderlin. Decent players, of course, but they couldn't thread a needle let alone a defence with a killer pass.
Personally I think this is about personalities and the likes of Oliver Molloy can speculate all they like. I personally know someone who's got a high profile job at Everton and when I ask him what's going on he always says the same: "I know as much as you they tell me sod all" and that's genuine!
303 Posted 03/09/2017 at 22:19:24
Well Barkley has better players round him now so I don't get it. My opinion is he isn't happy with what the club have offered him because he simply thinks he is worth more or at least the same as the likes of Schneiderlin.
Barkley sees himself as the best footballer at the club, as do a lot people including many of the players.
I also agree he may not be happy at being called out by Koeman, but my opinion is that Koeman was looking for a response early in the season and he got it to a certain extent.
The contract ultimatum was Koeman stating the obvious when asked the question what would happen if he didn't sign the contract.
Koeman obviously fancies him right, he's played him often enough. Some may argue that this was only because he had no-one else.
I think it's a personality issue and Ross has the hump with Koeman; we will see what happens but nothing should surprise us!
304 Posted 03/09/2017 at 22:26:50
The same tactics were used with Lukaku. As if Lukaku would sign for £140k a week. That offer was made to make a stupid fan base believe it's a good deal because it's our highest ever offer and we wanted to keep him. But the board knew he could get £200k at a host of other clubs. We might as well have offered a penny.
Cash in but we tried our best to keep him. Honest, we did!
Barkley waits for years patiently. Probably on a relatively low wage. He is expecting good players to come in, and a market value wage offer, of say £120k a week. He is left waiting until there is only 18 months left on his contract and only gets offered £90-100k. He is left out of games, never played central midfield, Lukaku leaves, manager outbursts etc etc
Why not run your contract down and get your £120k from spurs, and half of the £35m of your transfer value?
Imagine him in the box to box Dembele role. Alongside a def with Eriksen, Son and Ali to link up with. Hitting balls into Kane.
But he should have give up a whopping signing on fee for Everton. Who's fans always criticise him, who's manager always singles him out and who's boards are charlatans.
Our fans are mad. End of story. We had Barkley, Stones and Lukaku and Rooney on his way. The two best full backs in the league.
But, instead of demanding 3 or 4 World Class players to drag these youngsters into the Champions League, it let us get a hard-on over Sigurdsson in Koeman's, Walsh's and Moshiri's sell-to-buy (average players) and break-even policy!
If Moshiri had only bought Pickford, Gana, Rooney, Sandro, Koulibaly, Draxler, and paid Barkley and Lukaku mega-money to stay, we're would be now?
And he, or we, could have easily afforded to have done this.
305 Posted 03/09/2017 at 23:51:16
Ultimately Ross is a better player than all of them and I really only see Gylfi having particular qualities that could lead to him playing over and above Ross. I see Klaassen competing with Davies an then Sigurdsson taking the number 10 role/ left and Ross taking the right side role drifting inwards.
Gana or Besic would come in for Klaassen or Davies when playing away or against the top 6, and I see some rotating between Barkley, Sigurdsson and Rooney depending on form and fatigue.
I think having Calvert-Lewin and Ramirez in there would provide the pace and movement to stretch teams and make the most of our creative talents. I would also like to see Lookman used more often.
So Ron offer Ross a bumper contract.
306 Posted 03/09/2017 at 23:58:06
I like Ross but FFS!!!!
307 Posted 04/09/2017 at 05:56:11
309 Posted 04/09/2017 at 06:47:22
All over Europe there are clubs stopping players moving but we seem to love it. Sell Barkley and bring Klaassen in on less money is still the theme of the club.
310 Posted 04/09/2017 at 06:59:09
311 Posted 04/09/2017 at 07:16:00
I wouldn't put him in the Costa bracket yet.
312 Posted 04/09/2017 at 07:23:48
You think Barkley is a top player? Not me. I think he's an okay player. Nothing more. Sure he has loads of ability but he doesn't convert that anywhere near enough to be considered a top player, especially in the last few years.
If the reported offer to Barkley was true circa. £100k a week, that is up there for us as a club and more than he's reportedly going to get at Spurs. And don't forget Chelsea reportedly offered and agreed with him £155k and he or them (depending on the version you believe) turned down the move.
Not quite all over Europe teams are stopping players from moving. There were some sure but lots of top players moved. Neymar, Mbappe, Walker, Bonucci, Matic to name a small selection. Therefore not quite as clear cut as that.
And Klaassen is on more than Barkley right now and by the time Barkley goes we'll probably get less than the £24m we paid for Klaassen. So again, not really correct what you're saying, fella.
313 Posted 04/09/2017 at 07:24:40
Was partly my point really, Brent, if things are as rumoured. I doubt the player himself would be orchestrating the moves he's accused of, wholly of his own volition. What a mess it is.
314 Posted 04/09/2017 at 08:58:33
I didn't say all teams I said "all over Europe". Keita, Sanchez, Coutinho, Griezmann are just a few who were told they couldn't move this summer. That's without searching through every league where I am sure more players have been told they cannot move yet.
Lots of top players move every summer, James, I didn't dispute that, but just by them simple few names i think it's fair to say clubs all over Europe are also stopping players from moving yet.
I think he is a top player. I'm not sure Chelsea are ever in for anything but top players? The fact this site alone in majority thinks he is going to Spurs suggests he must be better than okay.
As of Klaassen, I have never seen his wage slip but after 4 years at the club, I seriously suspect whatever they offer Barkley would have to be more than Klaassen is on. Hence selling him to replace him with Klaassen was the idea.
I also find it shocking you have the idea he will earn more here than at Spurs? Unless you believe the papers, of course, but in what world does a player with virtually no fee end up worse off?
315 Posted 04/09/2017 at 09:09:59
I am starting to worry about Mr Moshiri. Only at Everton.
We really need the players to knuckle down now and start delivering some positive performances.
316 Posted 04/09/2017 at 09:50:43
Now this season he's done the same regarding Ross Barkley, embarrassing himself, the club and the fans (well, I was embarrassed).
Now I don't know what goes on behind the scenes but these public outbursts have all the trademark signs of a Billy Bullshitter PR stunt.
So who's pulling who's strings? Who's really in charge at Everton? What is Bill's real role and why is he still there? Why didn't Moshiri get us the striker we all know we needed? What's happening with the stadium?
Instead of making a fool of himself on the Jim White Show, Moshiri should make a public statement answering some of these concerns. A good sign of intent would be to sack Billy Liar and all of his useless cronies.
317 Posted 04/09/2017 at 09:53:21
318 Posted 04/09/2017 at 09:57:33
Colin. The McCarthy family thing was just the start of Moshiri's bullshit. Kenwright locking himself in dark rooms after defeat was his next one.
It's incredibly sad for me seeing the amount of arse-licking our fanbase has given this man. And mostly because his name isn't Bill.
319 Posted 04/09/2017 at 10:06:05
However, as he hasn't come out and said it wasn't him, it must be him. Which in turn doesn't fill with with much optimism in his leadership.
I think we're are just destined to be made miserable by Everton.
320 Posted 04/09/2017 at 10:16:12
If he was at Man Utd, he could have got rave bedroom reviews off this bird he's pulled and Coleen would have said he's going through a difficult time not knowing what to do in international breaks.
321 Posted 04/09/2017 at 10:18:32
He said he heard that, before signing, Barkley wanted to speak to Conte about his role in the team. So when he got down to have his medical, he rang Conte who, according to Barton, had his phone turned off all day. So Barton says he thinks Barkley has come to the conclusion that, by not taking his call, then Conte wasn't interested in him, so Barkley called off the deal.
I have no idea how Joey Barton would know this but I am only passing on what he said, so don't shoot the messenger.
322 Posted 04/09/2017 at 10:19:13
That article doesn't prove anything. It does not state we never tried to extend his contract previous to that, which I believe we did. It was around the 2-year point of Barkley's contract ending where we offered a new one.
Barkley's been diddling for over a year now. You can't blame the club if the player chooses not to sign an extension. Takes two to tango. You seem to be of the opinion that only the club's position matters alone. My point stands.
323 Posted 04/09/2017 at 10:25:40
It might be just my way of thinking but I am pretty sure Barkley is not the type to be demanding a call to Conte. I can't even imagine an Italian player demanding that.
It is funny though.
324 Posted 04/09/2017 at 10:34:59
I'm not really bothered by what Barton says, but this is what I'd expect if I was a football player though. I honestly can't believe Chelsea actually went for him, considering how bad Barkley played against them last season, especially the game at Goodison, were he got smothered and then looked lost?
325 Posted 04/09/2017 at 10:35:16
326 Posted 04/09/2017 at 11:09:08
Conte probably didn't want journos etc harassing him on his work phone.
The whole thing is a joke and as unprofessional as it gets. The agents or admin involved are useless; I could do a better job.
327 Posted 04/09/2017 at 11:51:36
As for the now infamous phone call, I too thought it was a hoax but Jim White did seem to have it all set up. I wonder what the great announcement was suppose to be?
FM "Jim we have sold Ross Barkley to Chelsea for a fantastic fee. Unfortunately, despite trying our best, we have been unable to replace Ross, Lukaku, Stones, Deulofeu, Arteta etc But we have learned our lesson and this will not happen again."
JW "Fantastic news, Farhad, my friend."
FM "Talk to you next summer again, Jim, or can you just use this recording once again? It'll save us both some time."
328 Posted 04/09/2017 at 12:03:55
329 Posted 04/09/2017 at 13:40:28
According to Joey Barton.
330 Posted 04/09/2017 at 13:49:35
Another one to file under "wet finger in the air".
331 Posted 04/09/2017 at 13:55:46
Barkley, his agent, the club, everyone involved made a big mess of it.
Ross looks like he'll leave in January as requested.
That about covers it, I reckon.
332 Posted 04/09/2017 at 13:59:47
Post #145 – "Who is Norris Cole?" Nobody biting?
Post #259 "Can somebody please enlighten me, who is Norris Cole, Is he a poster?"
If you really want to know and you are not just pretending you don't.. you could always go back to the "Barkley punched in a bar" thread. The guy who posts at 210 has explained all.
333 Posted 04/09/2017 at 14:25:48
Seriously, I hope him and Koeman sort it out and he stays. He'll be better here with more mobile players around him.
I don't think Spurs will be a happy place when they don't win anything again and their players look to leave for better wages.
Now Darren, let's have some more of that poetry!
334 Posted 04/09/2017 at 14:36:30
I wish people would wake up and smell the coffee. Barkley doesn't want to be here. It's immaterial who the manager is he wants out.
336 Posted 04/09/2017 at 14:53:02
Too long? Even when you are on here all day? No worries anybody else can find it in seconds.
337 Posted 04/09/2017 at 15:01:11
338 Posted 04/09/2017 at 16:29:00
Joey should get an account on here.
340 Posted 04/09/2017 at 19:08:05
341 Posted 04/09/2017 at 19:40:37
Can't take constructive criticism, for his own good.
Tapped up by Spurs, but no guarantee of a start. Believed to have accepted a lower pay offer to join them.
If the boy (and that's what he is) had a business brain he would be dangerous.
Swallow your pride, knuckle down and fight for your place in a team that is going places.
Injured, yes, but how seriously; very convenient at the moment. World Cup, forget it.
Starting berth in a top 6 side forget it.
Grow up, Ross. Rant over.
342 Posted 04/09/2017 at 21:38:15
Barkley age 23, 21 Premier League goals.
Gerrard age 23, 20 Premier League goals.
Scholes age 23, 21 Premier League goals.
Lampard age 23, 24 Premier League goals (all at West ham too).
Is Barkley not a top player? Is content wrong then?
343 Posted 04/09/2017 at 22:24:38
Good point you make. However at age 23 Gerrard, Scholes and Lampard had grown up. Unfortunately Ross hasn't.
I take your point and if Ross grew up and knuckled down, he would outdo the 3 great players you have identified as comparisons.
344 Posted 04/09/2017 at 23:54:00
No, Barkley isn't a top player. Not in my opinion. Granted, my opinion doesn't count for anything though!
He has amazing natural ability but he doesn't have it between the ears to be a top player.
Stats put him in a good light, never debated that. Inconsistency on the pitch paints a completely different picture. He may fulfil his ability, he may not, but at he cant hold a candle to any of those players you mention for output right now..
347 Posted 05/09/2017 at 00:21:27
Barkley is not a top player. The other three all offered far more all over the pitch than Ross, who has only had to devote his efforts to the final third of the pitch in a free role. The other three won far more tackles and headers and ran more while still matching his attacking output.
No-one doubts Barkley's ability, and we all want him to succeed, but compare him to Dele Alli. I watched Dele Alli for England tonight and I didn't think he had a great game. However, he still has a nuisance value because of the positions he takes up. He also gives the opposition plenty of needle, and remains a threat throughout even when he is not having a great game technically.
When the wind isn't blowing in Ross's direction, he is a passenger. He doesn't take up good positions. He doesn't keep the team's shape, and his head goes down.
Ability-wise, Ross is far better than Dele Alli, but in reality, he is light years behind him, because he is not streetwise. He's 24 now also; he is no longer a kid we have to admit that Ross is never going to fulfil his potential. Hopefully he will still have a decent career somewhere, but I think Leon Osman summed up Barkley and Rodwell correctly when he described them as 'academy players'.
They have been molly cuddled and praised all their lives in small sided games in a perfect environment. They were naturally the best players in their age groups, but men's football has swallowed them up. They can't cope in the cut and thrust where results matter, and the whole country views games as a matter of life and death.
348 Posted 05/09/2017 at 00:46:50
The guy who raised this point also said something along the lines of Messi not getting ever better without stopping but rather reaching a very high level and maintaining it. He questioned whether we expected Messi to just continue to get better and better and better forever. I know age and players speed of development come into it but maybe Ross has peaked, rather than his progress having halted.
Maybe we look at Scholes, Lampard, and Gerrard with wishful thinking when we should maybe be prepared to accept that Ross will never be on a par with those players. Maybe we just all want more than Ross has to give.
This "fulfilling his potential" has become a stick to beat the lad with and he MAY have already done that, just not to the heights we all hoped for.
With regard to his present predicament, I think ,because we watch our heroes, the players who release us from our ordinary lives and give us (sometimes), the pure joy we get from our football and our football club, we expect them to be as gifted and skilled and in control of matters not concerned with the 90 minutes on the pitch.
Rooney has been a football genius but the man has faults a plenty and off the pitch has shown he can be a complete idiot. "Maybe" Ross has made a bad decision or two as well; maybe not.
Personally I'd love a solution to be found that would allow Ross to remain at our club and for us to be able to enjoy the player he is rather than forever seeking the player he may never be.
349 Posted 05/09/2017 at 06:57:54
He won't turn out to be a fraction of the players you mention.
350 Posted 05/09/2017 at 08:44:10
Like Alan says, why does Barkley have to keep improving but nobody else does? The manager talks about "productivity". Even with 10 stray passes, who in that side is more productive than Barkley? Gana? Calvert-Lewin? Davies?
Rooney, Sigurdsson and hopefully Klaassen can be them productive players along with Barkley if he returns to the side. I don't think having too many good players is a problem.
351 Posted 05/09/2017 at 08:58:39
Do you think any of them three would not be as good in today's game?
352 Posted 05/09/2017 at 09:24:40
If I was signing for a team, unless it was Everton, then I would expect to talk to my new manager, or his assistant.
I think this would be especially true for Ross, Paul, because if we took the manager out of the equation, then surely he would have just signed another contract with Everton!!!!!!!!
353 Posted 05/09/2017 at 09:46:00
Personally, I don't think you can compare Countinho v Gerrard. Not because of eras but because of the fact they play in different positions and are not like for like.
Barkley needs to keep on improving because he's been way too inconsistent except for one good season. As Alan says, that may be his level. And if it is, then I'm glad he's likely moving on.
The frustrating thing is with Barkley is we all know he's an exceptional player but doesn't show it anywhere near enough. Those stats show he has similar about of goals as some of the best midfielders to grace the modern era in England. However, with those players at that age they were very consistent in their overall game outside of goals (passes, tackling, and so on) . Barkley isn't.
And those 10 stray passes normally happen in a 10-minute period followed by a 70-minute period of walking around aimlessly before being subbed (okay, exaggeration but you get the picture), so I wouldn't call that being any more productive than anyone else myself. Productivity isn't just a killer ball once every x amount of games; it's all those other things that make a team a better proposition going forward.
I guess the true litmus test is going to be once Sigursdsson has had a season with us as he is the direct replacement for Ross and we see his stats v Ross's. The type of football we'll be playing looks like it'd be the same so they should be comparable at least!
354 Posted 05/09/2017 at 09:46:39
The sentiments in your post are the closest to the truth. In some respects maybe the move is what could do it for him. Maybe he needs to get out of the comfort zone To become a man.
It is a sad thought, but moving may turn him into the world class footballer he has the potential to be.
355 Posted 05/09/2017 at 10:37:29
Tony (#352), I believe the same as your last paragraph mate. If he did want that call to Conte, it would show he thought of managers before clubs.
James (#353), I think I can compare Coutinho to Gerrard. Gerrard played plenty behind Torres and Suarez in his time there but I was talking about productivity players anyway.
No matter what compares with Barkley or Sigurdsson (which I found odd considering you don't compare what you call non-similar and Sigurdsson starts wide), Barkley would still produce more than at least 7 other starters in our team. No two ways about it really.
In fact, put his game next to David Silva and I bet they end with similar stats but because you don't watch Silva every week for 90 mins you don't think he gives the ball away or loses sloppy possession. But they all do.
Not a hit at you, by the way, fans in general naturally think like that.
356 Posted 05/09/2017 at 12:21:57
The reason is simple and has nothing to do with stats either because, whilst Silva glides through games, Ross Barkley only glides around the edge of a game.
357 Posted 05/09/2017 at 12:24:02
358 Posted 05/09/2017 at 12:31:37
Why do you think they wouldn't shine half as much?
Paul Scholes and Henry are the two best players I have seen in 25 years of the Premier League.
359 Posted 05/09/2017 at 13:32:30
While Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United were desperate to nurture the obvious potential their guys showed at 23. We seem to have a lot of people (including a manager) who are hell bent on strangling any hope of Barkley developing for us.
I don't think I have ever seen fans of any club act with such unsavory spite towards one of their own. We none of us even know the true story.
Much of the conjecture, the insinuation and the outright lies appear to born solely out of a desire to look appear in the know... Totally unnecessary.
360 Posted 05/09/2017 at 13:57:34
There seems too much focus on the fitness and stamina side, on the speed players can move, whereas anticipating the next move with a football and making accurate passes can have the most effect in a game.
It's the slickness of movement, not the speed of players, that separates the really best sides from the average ones. On this basis, there's reason to believe the signings we've made could improve us considerably, so long as Koeman gets the organisation and tactics sorted. And Barkley's instinctive style of play could then work most effectively.
361 Posted 05/09/2017 at 14:27:18
362 Posted 05/09/2017 at 15:21:43
363 Posted 05/09/2017 at 15:52:07
I will keep saying it until I am blue in the face that modern footballers are better athletes but not better footballers!!
And furthermore, I am shocked how some players make the grade with such basic footballing skills.
364 Posted 05/09/2017 at 16:22:34
I couldn't believe it in the Man City game when I saw the commentator calling someone who looked like Ireland, Silva. It's like Silva lost a bet in training. What's next, Pickford has to do a "Howard"?
365 Posted 05/09/2017 at 16:22:47
366 Posted 05/09/2017 at 16:31:33
I've only seen Silva play against us, Steve, ten against eleven, still have more touches than any of our midfielder in advanced positions, but I definitely think he's past his best now though.
Good footballers contribute, whereas very good footballers do so much more for the rest of the team, and I'm not sure that everyone needs stats to determine the difference.
367 Posted 05/09/2017 at 16:34:24
368 Posted 05/09/2017 at 16:43:40
369 Posted 05/09/2017 at 16:53:05
All the Man City fans I knew thought Ireland was going to be a superstar. It was quite similar in terms of just how much they hoped and expected from him, and the fact that he was a creative player. Ireland's career has been a disaster.
The difference from Barkley – he blew it due to his off-the-field activities and wanting to live the life too much. Nightclub incident aside, there's little evidence of that from Barkley. But it's worth remembering just how much the Man City fans all thought of Ireland and how much of a disappointment he ended up being.
370 Posted 05/09/2017 at 17:03:36
371 Posted 05/09/2017 at 17:06:40
No idea if it was in relation to the length of his three for a bob.
372 Posted 05/09/2017 at 17:14:48
373 Posted 05/09/2017 at 17:20:13
They would be as good as they were then ability-wise but their opposition would be far tougher. No teams dominate between the top 4 now and the games are far tighter.
That's how I see it; anyway, like I said earlier, everyone is an international now, mate, Gerrard laced Hibbert how many times but I couldn't see Coleman suffering the same terrorism.
374 Posted 05/09/2017 at 17:23:37
375 Posted 05/09/2017 at 17:24:15
Hibbo was a limited footballer, but defensively he was sound. I can never recall him making more than one mistake a game or ever having a nightmare.
376 Posted 05/09/2017 at 17:26:21
377 Posted 05/09/2017 at 17:43:43
I blamed Fellaini that day, but I've never watched the game since so I was probably wrong, although I did think we improved dramatically once Cahill pushed up at the start of the second half and stopped letting Chelsea get out so easily.
378 Posted 05/09/2017 at 17:46:39
Bit of memory lapse there. I liked Hibbo myself but he had a nightmare in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea and, if I remember rightly, Malouda give him a torrid one. You're right, though, he could defend... just not that day.
379 Posted 05/09/2017 at 19:08:10
And my belief: both craft and pace are needed.
Team spirit, motivation and togetherness don't get the mention they should nowadays. This requires harmony in the club and squad. No top team has ever been so without it, and when it goes, down goes the standard.
380 Posted 05/09/2017 at 19:32:10
If you get a chance, it's deffo worth a watch. No rocket science, just loads of talent and a great belief!
381 Posted 05/09/2017 at 19:38:27
382 Posted 05/09/2017 at 20:29:18
How do you quantify, measure and monitor those values? Do they have any meaning?
383 Posted 05/09/2017 at 20:45:36
The meaning is everything, it's when team-mates won't accept anything less than 100% off each other. Never say die, or never beaten until the end surely everyone can identify this in some teams they have witnessed over the years?
384 Posted 05/09/2017 at 21:00:57
Contrary to the fashion for measuring everything, not much of real importance is measurable.
385 Posted 06/09/2017 at 04:48:10
If you are serious, then if you have to ask...
386 Posted 06/09/2017 at 11:42:40
It was another shithouse move from this clever board of ours.
387 Posted 06/09/2017 at 11:59:10
Best forward we've had in a generation and we sold him at a price significantly below market value. Same old.
388 Posted 06/09/2017 at 12:53:38
I tell you what: let's judge Lukaku at the end of the season shall we? Let's see how he gets on away at Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea etc.
If he scores 25 goals including strikes against the top teams, and if he perfects the art of trapping a bag of cement, I will hold my hands up and say we didn't sell well.
But I will not be saying that now because he has scored against West Ham, Swansea and Leicester! That's the minimum strikers at Man Utd should be doing!
389 Posted 06/09/2017 at 13:00:13
As for his touch, I don't think his touch is bad at all. Watching his highlight reel and you will see plenty of times where he showed a great touch. What it was though, was wildly inconsistent. And maybe the increased confidence will help him become more consistent.
The other issue we all identified is that sometimes he did not work hard enough, or run enough, well I think he's running more than ever at the moment. Of course, on the back of his big move, it was to be expected, but on the crest of the adulation he is now receiving, I expect that to continue.
390 Posted 06/09/2017 at 13:21:30
Okay, he lacks that speed that sets some other top strikers apart and certainly doesn't have the skill of Messi but you know what? He still scores lots of goals. End of story.
391 Posted 06/09/2017 at 14:12:28
Arteta could do a 100 great things but most people liked to talk about how he couldn't beat the first man from a corner.
I still can't believe how many told me Pogba wasn't all that when Man Utd signed him. The comment under yours states let's see how he gets on against Liverpool Chelsea etc.
I have said this too often our fans' memories are terrible and only include what they want to remember. Lukaku scored 3 for West Brom v Man Utd, for West Brom mate.Name the last Everton striker to score a hat trick v Man Utd?
Lukaku scored 2 in his first derby. Lukaku knocked Chelsea out of the cup at Goodison virtually in his own. He's improved in scoring every year since we signed him.
But I tell you what, like everyone else in the last 10 years that has been a star for Everton, lets find some faults and talk him down.
This is one of the reasons I have talked about that little shit across the park who is worth 120 million because he score 7 from 20 yards. And our fans talk him up too. Unreal. Have a look how often they sub that genius. I am sick of saying that too.
No offence to you, mate, but we get what we deserve.
392 Posted 06/09/2017 at 14:15:34
393 Posted 06/09/2017 at 15:09:08
In fact, it is almost certainly the case that, if we'd hung onto him longer we could have got a much higher fee, perhaps even double.
Selling him when we did doesn't even make good business sense from a purely money perspective, let alone from the perspective of how keeping him would have enhanced our profile, and probably our prospects (given the panic on TW about not finding a replacement).
If we'd kept him, and added the recent signings, that would have been a sign of a genuine 'new era', of a substantial 'project'. A massive 'statement of intent'. Instead, we do the usual, sell him, like Rooney and Fellaini, to our bigger neighbour Man Utd, who unlike us seem to have real intent to win trophies.
394 Posted 06/09/2017 at 15:26:03
Like Arteta's corners, you can't always get your touch 100% right. At hyper-critical Everton 83%, 84%, 85% isn't good enough.
Also, bullying young players is considered cool arse whilst loving hard-working Nevilles and McCarthys is fashionable. And what about McCarthy's touch?
Evertonians are scared to love Barkley and Lukaku. Slagging Lukaku's touch whilst McCarthy was in he same team getting praise. I'd love to see McCarthy control a pass, mostly telegraphed, with his back to goal and an international 14-stone defender on his back.
Or play like Barkley, a central midfielder who plays No 10, left-wing, right wing. Let's see Schneiderlin or Gana play those positions and see if they were as consistent as Scholes and Gerrard at the same age.
We're so small now; we are scared to believe. Imagine the hype if Lukaku and Barkley had played the identical matches they had for us, in a red shirt. The media would be saying the same things they said about Gerrard and Torres. Evertonians would call fellow Evertonians bitter for not admitting they are world class.
My opinion will be shot down, but at least I've provided stats, evidence and examples to back it up.
396 Posted 06/09/2017 at 16:06:47
Whatever point you're trying to make is lost. Why do some Evertonians fixate on fucking Liverpool? Drives me insane!!!
397 Posted 06/09/2017 at 16:11:09
I would welcome suggestions on how to survive the night but still be employed in morning.
Otherwise totally agree.
398 Posted 06/09/2017 at 16:34:23
Well run clubs do not leave themselves a senior centre forward short in a season that could help define a new path for the team.
It really is that simple.
399 Posted 06/09/2017 at 16:39:35
I remember coming out of the Stadium of Light after witnessing the finest away support ever, during my many years on the road with the travelling blue army, because every single person in that away end wanted to play and also beat those red bastards in the semi final at Wembley.
I had a picture in my head, and it was of the old Guinness advert, with "believe" written through the harp. I actually asked my mate who was very friendly with one of our players, to get me ten minutes with him. What for, He asked? And I told him that I wanted him to ask Moyes if I could do the team talk at Wembley.
He was supposed to have mentioned it to the manager, who said that is why he loved Evertonians so much, but he never let me do the team talk and we fucking swallowed it yet again.
Talent will only take you so far, it's having a real desire, and an absolute belief, that sorts the men out from the boys (Ross Barkley). Sometimes it doesn't matter how you win, as long as you just win.
Don't mention Liverpool, I have to finish with them though. Gerard says to Clattenberg, that Hibbert was the last man there Mark, and during the same game Kuyt nearly put his foot through Neville's chest, and he got up and shook his hand?
The more they hate you, the better you are doing, although I do think Darren has got half a point regarding our manager just now!
400 Posted 06/09/2017 at 16:41:53
Reminds me of asking a copper where someone went.
"He headed in a northerly direction..." !
401 Posted 06/09/2017 at 16:45:31
I don't need to wait until the end of the season. He will score 25 goals this season and he will score against the top teams.
You don't think he can trap a bag of cement and that we didn't undersell? He obviously can and we certainly did and that's a disgrace. You happy with the fee we got and Rooney and Sandro to replace him?
402 Posted 06/09/2017 at 16:48:21
I concur to procure if you agree we buy him!
404 Posted 06/09/2017 at 16:50:30
Add the Barkley fiasco and the failure to even sell Niasse because of a stupid agent payment, we once again were a joke in the transfer window. Meanwhile, the RS held two fingers to Barcelona and kept their star, while adding to their squad with Salah and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
406 Posted 06/09/2017 at 16:53:13
That is more Jose saying "look how clever I am" than anything else. If we'd asked for £150 mil they would have run a mile.
407 Posted 06/09/2017 at 16:55:04
408 Posted 06/09/2017 at 16:57:48
409 Posted 06/09/2017 at 16:58:50
And the fact that there was no striker lined up and the plan was quite clearly to sell Barkley and Niasse, shows we would have had a net spend of zero this summer. Our great saviour would have financed all new additions with player sales. But now he's £45 million in the hole after Barkley rejected the move and Niasse's agent wasn't paid. Going to be very interesting to see how that impacts us going forward.
410 Posted 06/09/2017 at 16:59:53
I think Rom had his heart set on Man Utd. The better move for him. Chelsea was the better move for us. But, as we have seen with Ross, if they don't want to sign for a club, they don't.
411 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:01:59
412 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:02:33
Doesn't matter. He was under contract for two years. So you take a position that they pay the amount asked for or they stay. See Coutinho, Van Dijk and others.
How are you trying to spin that as Mourinho knowing he paid too much for Lukaku?
413 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:02:48
Two years left on his contract etc.
414 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:05:56
Do either of the Davids think we would have got more than £90 mil with 18 months left on Rom's contract?
415 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:07:37
416 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:09:46
417 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:16:54
No mate, it doesn't work that way. Mourinho is out there talking about the fact that they would have had to pay more for Lukaku as the window went on. It's not equal probability that you're right when you say "Mourinho knows he paid over the odds for Lukaku. " Sorry, but no.
418 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:19:06
419 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:19:27
Who do you suggest as an alternative, maybe Stoke?
420 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:22:14
Despite Lukaku starting like a house on fire, scoring loads of goals for us, I still don't think he's a massive loss. I actually think one of his best attributes was his injury record as opposed to his goal scoring record. On the other hand I consider Rashford immense.
421 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:25:30
It makes me very sceptical of the business acumen of the Everton board, regardless of the chance that some people will say that Moshiri must know what he's doing, billionaire and all that, blah, blah, blah.
422 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:31:28
423 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:31:39
You would rather have Pickford, Sigurdsson, Rooney and Sandro than Lukaku?
In this brave new world of Everton having (allegedly) more financial clout ,why not have them and Lukaku? Imagine!!
Or are we just still selling to buy?
425 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:35:00
427 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:38:23
Mourinho's words. 'I think Lukaku on August 31 would have been £150 million. Matic would have been £60m or £70m. Neymar changed everything.'
So you interpret that as Mourinho feeling like they overpaid and trying to save face in public? Really?
428 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:42:37
429 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:51:28
Let me correct myself, because I'm not looking for an argument either. What I'm referring to is what I was starting off with, that, in the grand scheme of this window, we've been left looking very bad and even have another manager saying out-loud that, had we just not sold without putting up any fight, he would have had to pay more for that player.
Add to that the ridiculous Barkley situation, Niasse situation, failing to sign another left-sided defender or a striker when the manager went public on multiple occasions saying those are the two positions we needed.
Instead, we end up signing a teenage winger from the Europa League side we just played. How is that for scouting? Walsh really had to work hard to uncover the player we faced twice in a matter of weeks. We're left in this season where we were told we needed more productivity up front and a deeper squad to contend with the added fixtures, with no senior striker and apparently a single left-back for every match, as well as without a left-sided central defender.
It's just sickening to watch again and again. We had one of the best goal scorers in England and we sold him immediately without putting up any fight, and never signed a replacement. That's insane. And now I'm worried that this new owner is going to have to find that £45 million they were expecting from the Barkley and Niasse sales.
430 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:51:30
He's probably right so its win-win for Man Utd. Two top players bought before the transfer market was inflated even more so.
431 Posted 06/09/2017 at 17:54:10
432 Posted 06/09/2017 at 18:04:42
Agree, David, but can they afford to play the game and to the wire as there is less risk because there is a queue who would play for them all over the world? Maybe.
433 Posted 06/09/2017 at 18:10:19
I think selling Lukaku was always part of the plan, as was totally ripping up the squad that Koeman inherited, and if Barkley and Niasse leaving would have meant we would have brought in a striker, then this might possibly still be done in January?
Who knows what's going on because we didn't seem to have any strikers lined up so alls we can do is continue to speculate?
Does it also mean Everton, got value for money because most of their business was done early, or have the board looked at our signings and now think that they want to see what the manager does with these players before they give him anymore money to spend?
I'm glad we haven't just thrown loads of money at it though, and have continued to balance the books, especially with more news on Bradley-Moore around the corner, and a squad consisting mostly of players that have been signed by this present regime.
It's now up to Koeman now to show us if he's good enough to take us forward now that the window is closed?
434 Posted 06/09/2017 at 19:21:53
I'd have loved to hear that Wembley team talk you wanted to give. I bet it would have had a much greater effect than the one TGT gave!
435 Posted 06/09/2017 at 19:25:11
It's a massive play who blinks first when selling a player, especially a player who does not want to be at the club.
It has been suggested above we should have hung on until the last day to get a better price. It has been suggested that we could afford the gamble as he had two years left on his contract.
I asked the question did anyone think we would get more than £90 million if we sold him in January 2018 or July 2018 if Man Utd refused to pay £150 million on the last day of this transfer window.
436 Posted 06/09/2017 at 20:22:13
Stan, a couple of us said the same a few times about his worth in keeping him could have meant more to us. Those asking what would we have done if Man Utd refused to pay £150M on deadline day. You'd take probably less but it would have been above £90 million by then surely.
Man Utd were not going to start the season like us and not replace their top scorer. We had 2 teams steaming for him and never played them off against each other.
Mourinho doesn't know for a fact it would be £150 million – he's simply talking about how easy it was.
437 Posted 06/09/2017 at 20:25:41
You'd take probably less.... What, around £90 mil?
438 Posted 06/09/2017 at 20:26:27
Given that we did sell him, it seems that we could have got considerably more than the circa £75M Man Utd paid, just by waiting, given the current price inflation.
In the first case, it looks classic Everton. In the second case, it simply looks bad business.
439 Posted 06/09/2017 at 20:32:42
440 Posted 06/09/2017 at 20:36:10
441 Posted 06/09/2017 at 20:45:30
Now, it might turn out that the new signings minus Lukaku will result in more fluent attacking football with slick passing movements, and goals spread more through the team, and better away results. I'm hopeful of that, given the nature of the new signings. But, given the experience of Koeman's tactics, it's more hope than 'reasonable anticipation'.
442 Posted 06/09/2017 at 21:18:40
We're Everton and yes, he is a good player, perhaps very good... but I'm made up he's gone; we're far far bigger than him than to need to keep him for 2 years for what? So he could bang in 20 goals but go missing in any big games we have? Not for me!
443 Posted 06/09/2017 at 21:27:59
I know plenty disagree, including Kendall (RIP) and point to 87 but I thought it was tragic Lineker went and set us back big time. Kendall's genius won us league in 87. We needed to get rid of Lukaku, people loving him cos we're starved of success.
I'm with you on Koeman in terms of I haven't made my mind up yet and it would be a confident blue to be adamant he's the man to take us to a better playing style / team.
444 Posted 06/09/2017 at 21:33:10
We might have won the League in 88, 89 and 90 if Lineker stayed, who knows?
Plus, for every Lineker example, there will be two Ronaldo, Henry, and Van Nistelroy examples.
445 Posted 06/09/2017 at 21:39:02
Lukaku had 2 years left; not a problem contractually. Even being perverse about it, if the club had their time again, selling him on deadline day would at the very minimum lose you nothing and in all likelihood get you more money.
The club have been had over, strategically moribund and are now looking for light in a dark place to, 'cos someone's pulled their 'kecks down.
446 Posted 06/09/2017 at 21:52:04
In other points, I know its never nice to mention those across the park but if it's relevant to the point and truthful, then I thought that was fine?
In the points I have seen, it's been relevant, and the point about the ladyboy they had upfront was relevant to our fans finding flaws in our players, but the whole country finding none in former heroes who were nowhere near as good a striker.
447 Posted 06/09/2017 at 22:29:30
My point is lost because I mentioned Liverpool?
Mourinhio is a liar?
And Conte obviously knows nothing about football.
Nothing you say makes any logical sense. Especially the stadium bit. Which will having nothing to do with transfers. It will service it's own debt or it won't get built.
It's not about whether you like players or whether they want to leave. Every single player at Everton would probably rather be at Barcelona. For me it's about value to the team.
Moshiri's plan is to supposedly get us into the Champions League. His plan is far more complicated than the obvious easy way he could have done it:
If in the first window he could have bought Koulibaly, Draxler, Stekelenburg and Gana. Then tied Lukaku an Barkley down on big deals. Not bother signing Bolasie, Williams, Schneiderlin and Lookman. I think we would have finished much higher.
Then this summer, all he needed to do was get Rooney, Sigurdsson, Pickford, Sandro and Krychowaik on loan. Would Barkley and Lukaku have wanted to leave then? If so, just replace Lukaku with another £75m striker.
But Moshiri and his fans believe it's cheaper and easier to finish top 4 by selling every quality player you have and giving Walsh, who in his whole career got lucky once and found two players, money to buy a load of kids and top 6 rejects.
The billionaire Kenwright He even phones Sky. McCarthy is family and Barkley is surplus? Top 4, here we come.
I'd have loved our young fans to see Barkley, Davies, Rooney and Baines alongside Lukaku and two other top players. That would have been worth more than £150m for Lukaku and £60m for Ross. Priceless!
And all you would-be sellers... How much is your cut? You get none of it. It goes into an eccentric billionaire's pocket to buy more shares in Uber, and the latest Bill Kenwright production.
It will be an age before we have three or four potentially world class kids, two great attacking full backs and the truly world class England captain returning. All this as a billionaire takes over with a stadium on the horizon. But somehow selling to Man Utd and buying average players is acceptable. Chance gone.
I'm 37, if I see 10 derby wins and one fa cup I'll be very lucky!
448 Posted 07/09/2017 at 10:26:35
In itself, I suppose arguing about Lukaku is pointless, because the deed is done. But, whether you love him or loathe him, the point is really about Everton rather than Lukaku, and I think the point of discussing it is in terms of what we as supporters might reasonably expect of our club at this time.
For me, and I'm sure many others, given that we are supposedly in a 'new era' with a 'project' of supposed intent to win things, I am disappointed by what has happened. But not surprised, because I've got used to checking my expectations.
The new signings are good and encouraging, but don't really set the pulse racing. But Koeman might already have had a master plan, not involving Lukaku, that sets us on a road of great attacking football with fluid passing movements, aided by his pedigree of great Dutch football, and making us look a bit like Barca or Man City, whilst spreading the goals.
Trouble is, this scenario is pure hope, without any real signs that it, or something like it that's really good, will come to pass. For it to happen, the team with these new signings would need to gel big time, with the whole team being much greater than the sum of the individuals. It could happen, but there's little or no sign to give confidence that it will, and it's surely the level of confidence that drives our expectations over and above our hopes.
In case anyone says this is doom mongering, it's not, it's just simple handling of expectations. Realistic expectations rather than mere hopes. And what I am saying (and others too), is that if we had kept Lukaku (despite his protestations of wanting to leave), whilst at the same time getting these new signings, our expectations might have been more exciting. But as it is, they're not much different from the usual expectations we've had.
449 Posted 07/09/2017 at 11:13:51
How many times does a person on these threads twist a point to make people sound hysterical? I often wonder is it intentional ignorance or do people really think your the Evertonian that wants to see the club in a negative light.
Like the comment last night about 'what would we have done if United didn't want to pay the £150 million'. That was the last line of Mourinho's comment but the first and main point was ignored because it suited the anti Lukaku crowd, or the ones who think we do no wrong and the fee was great.
The Lineker sale made us better must be the most abused statement since Lukaku was linked with anyone. We were a great side then anyway and not many matched the great business we done.
450 Posted 07/09/2017 at 11:49:59
A few banging on about the Neymar transfer forced the market up. We should have taken advantage of the inflated market.
Name one player transferred to an English Prem club after August 3rd whose fee was "inflated" by the Neymar fee.
451 Posted 07/09/2017 at 12:02:00
You keep using the £150M to suggest we still got the best deal. That day we got the best deal. All I have seen from fans here is saying either it wasnt enough, we should have fought clubs off to increase the price or simply don't sell.
Not once I have seen it had to be £150M. So lets drop it then and say okay we couldn't possibly get £150M, we're only Everton and Lukaku is only a great striker.
Let's say could we have pushed it and got the £100M million the club quoted for 2 months? No, because we took the deal of the day and never stood up to Man Utd. Like we never when Rooney went there.
452 Posted 07/09/2017 at 12:08:14
Just looking back a bit sorry. I don't know how much we could have got with a bit of stance in us.
453 Posted 07/09/2017 at 12:09:04
Do you think we could have got £150M Paul?,
454 Posted 07/09/2017 at 12:44:14
Got £90M for him and we got him fairly early. £120M would be useless as a log on Deadline Day.
455 Posted 07/09/2017 at 12:48:20
456 Posted 07/09/2017 at 13:13:14
So Man Utd are 15 times the size of us and have 3 times the revenue but only paid double for a world class striker than what we paid for a decent international attacking midfielder. And he's four years younger.
457 Posted 07/09/2017 at 14:18:31
458 Posted 07/09/2017 at 14:26:26
459 Posted 07/09/2017 at 16:07:19
£150 mil wasn't realistic.
460 Posted 07/09/2017 at 16:16:05
We didn't, so we will never know. I guess there'll always be a nagging doubt about whether we got the best deal.
461 Posted 07/09/2017 at 17:26:58
Is that to me?
462 Posted 07/09/2017 at 21:39:46
463 Posted 08/09/2017 at 09:08:51
Some of us are only interested in why we made it easy and let Man Utd set the price basically.
Keep going on about £150M when it's already been pointed out we might have done better if we'd done the right thing and fought for a better fee.
464 Posted 08/09/2017 at 09:47:41
It would be nice to see Everton say simply, this player is not for sale, full stop, we're Everton, and he's going nowhere. Fat chance of that ever happening.
465 Posted 08/09/2017 at 15:08:36
Perhaps Damian Wilde wouldn't mind giving us the benefit of his expert opinion?
466 Posted 08/09/2017 at 15:30:52
To a 56-year-old, this is a better social commentary than the film Saturday Night, Sunday Morning.
467 Posted 08/09/2017 at 15:38:30
468 Posted 08/09/2017 at 16:33:10
Today it is comment on removal of a tattoo!
Great film though.
469 Posted 08/09/2017 at 17:54:38
Getting a full sleeve in the first place is a big decision and a big undertaking 'coz it hurts like fuck, but to have one and then have the lot removed is a major thing. More pain and suffering!!
Maybe I'm trying to be an amateur psychologist but it does appear the lad's making some big changes, not least of all kissing goodbye to EFC!
470 Posted 08/09/2017 at 18:00:46
472 Posted 08/09/2017 at 18:22:15
I reckon he's moving and wants to be "incognito" so no distinguishing marks. ;-)
473 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:07:56
Sometimes a person can just say, sod this for a lark, it's not enjoyable anymore, and I can't be arsed with all this shit (so long as they can afford to do so!).
474 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:45:19
475 Posted 10/09/2017 at 19:21:32
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