Marco Silva and Marcel Brands say that certain needs have been identified as far as incoming transfers are concerned but they will be taking stock of Everton's squad and the Finch Farm Academy as a first order of business.
The duo addressed the media for the first time together at the club's training complex in Halewood where they were asked about possible transfer targets, in particular a couple at their respective prior clubs in the form of Watford's Richarlison and PSV Eindhoven's Hirving Lozano.
Both have been the subject of speculation suggesting they might be high on Everton's shopping list but neither Brands nor Silva would be drawn on specific names.
Instead, both men talked of the need to fully assess Everton's current squad, one that Brands openly admits is too big, before they gather with their scouts to decide on what their first moves should be. They implied that rather than a wholesale overhaul of the team, they would be looking at targeted acquisitions to fill key roles.
“The process has already started and in the next few days will come names and names and names,” Silva said.
“We know what we want for our team but the first thing we will do for sure is look inside and analyse what we have [here already] because that's really important for us and after that we'll be assertive and find the right targets for us.
“I have big names, [on my list]” he smiled, brushing off a light-hearted attempt by Sky's Vinny O'Connor to bait him with the name of Richarlison during the presser. “The list is not so big because what we have in our hands is important to the respect of our squad and players.
“Of course, we'll do everything we can to improve [the current squad], to put more competition between them here because that's something that I like to see every day — to keep competition between our players [so they know that someone else] can take their position in the starting XI.
“But again we'll analyse everything in our squad and among our young players and then make our decisions.”
Brands acknowledged the challenges posed by an abbreviated transfer window and the distraction of the World Cup but backed his new manager up, explaining that he and Silva will assess the crop of players they have inherited and also conduct the search for new personnel together as a partnership.
In light of the recruitment challenges experienced under their predecessors, Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh, the Dutchman was asked specifically about how he will work with Silva on the issue of buying and selling players.
“There is no sense in my trying to get a player for Everton and the coach is not willing [to sign] that player because he is going to choose the starting XI and that's not my job,” Brands replied.
“I've worked with a lot of good coaches — with Louis van Gaal, with Ronald Koeman, with Phillip Cocu — and I never had one player that we didn't both agree on.
“As the manager just said, the most important thing is to look at our own squad. You did a lot of homework but then you also know that we have 38 players.
“Of course, we think there are maybe a few positions where we'll look for targets and we'll sit together in the next few days and look at what positions we need with our scouts and [decide] what we think is best for Everton.
“We have a shorter time than normal — the transfer market will close earlier and we have the World Cup — so it will be a very busy time. When I started on Friday, I was calling all day, agents were calling about new players but also about our players.
“So I think the most important thing now is to sit down with Marco and the rest of the staff and produce our own plans and then, step by step, so that everything that has to be done by the beginning of August has been done, but it will be difficult.
“The squad is too big — that is clear. It's difficult for a coach to work with so we have to change that. We also have to fill in a few targets that we think we need.”
Rooney's decision to make
The issue of Wayne Rooney's future was inevitably raised during the press conference and both Brands and Silva said they would speak with the veteran but that ultimately it was up to the player to decide whether he wants to make his proposed move to MLS club DC United.
“Yes, there is a possibility that he will leave,” Brands said. “He has spoken with Washington, that is not a secret. Of course, we will talk with him and if it's move he wants to make as the next step in his career like a lot of big, big players have to go to MLS then I can only hope that he will return when he's finished there because I think that he is still a legend in this club.”
“Before I arrived, [his dealing with Washington] was something that was already … started ,” Silva said. “We'll see in the next few days.
“Of course, we will talk with Wayne Rooney because he is a club legend and we need to understand everything. Like Marcel said, the door is always open for him.
“We will talk with him, we will see what's happened to this moment and it's Wayne's decision.”
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1 Posted 04/06/2018 at 17:48:35
2 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:20:59
3 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:21:21
4 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:21:21
I was impressed with the press conference and how they conducted themselves. They seem to know what they are about. So different than three previous Incumbents.
5 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:27:59
We all know who needs replacing and what the squad needs; they fuck up and I'm afraid that we won't beat the drop again.
Silva needs to be ruthless, he doesn't know any of the players so doesn't owe any loyalty to them. The squad we start the season with will tell us what we will achieve.
6 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:28:44
The likes of Bolasie, who we massively overpaid for, will be a major problem, what with his age and limited skill on a regular basis.
Not exactly a player that will have Clubs beating the door down to take him off us, even at a reduced fee.
I don't think it's all doom and gloom, as we do have some decent players and with proper coaching, we may even be surprised by the regime. Or am I just being over-optimistic?
The defence is a must sort out, before any forwards.
7 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:35:00
Now it remains for him to see how they all work within the squad in training, and to see who were possibly used in a wrong position to suit their strength, if that was so.
Hmm, and then those overpaid, under-performing bastards probably want a holiday, just to complicate matters... Ack!!! ;D
8 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:37:43
The issue is many players in the Move Out, Move On category, we'll struggle to give away...
These two it seems, have a strategy – more than the last few regimes had.
9 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:37:51
10 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:39:05
"Hmm, and then those overpaid, under-performing bastards probably want a holiday, just to complicate matters... Ack!!! "
T'was ever thus! 😥
11 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:39:08
There is something about Marco Silva which makes me think he could be just the manager we have been seeking for so long (or is that just a large dose of hope I am suffering from?).
Get out the bucket and spade; pour a few gins then we will be playing Watford first game of the season before we know it. Oh, and England will have won the World Cup.
12 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:42:52
But thats not the kind of information they are likely to divulge.
Its a ‘watch this space situation.
13 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:44:36
As a non-English speaker by birth, I'd excuse Brands for any nervousness. Silva knows how to do it by now, even if it's broken English, but Brands might very well be worried about sounding all wrong if he chooses the wrong words.
Not that he'll learn much proper Queen's English at Merseyside, but you know what I mean! :D
14 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:49:02
15 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:56:18
Absolute nail on the head. Let's hope Billy Bollocks keeps his opinions to himself and lets the real football astute men deal with the ins and outs over the coming months. No room for sentiment in business; unless you want your pants pulled down, eh Bill.
16 Posted 04/06/2018 at 18:59:59
Yes that's a good point and probably why he seemed a little hesitant. Can you imagine how he will sound in one year working at Finch Farm or discussing Rooney's future!
17 Posted 04/06/2018 at 19:04:27
Mr Bill and Mr Fahad, most amusing.
Could be a good partnership. I hope so.
18 Posted 04/06/2018 at 19:14:32
Has Usmanov's yacht arrived in the royal blue Mersey yet?
19 Posted 04/06/2018 at 19:29:26
20 Posted 04/06/2018 at 20:28:44
They think a lot of young Tynan Weah up at Newcastle.
His arl man George and Rafa are saying he's the next Paul Gascoigne.
21 Posted 04/06/2018 at 20:30:38
The fans know who the poor player performers are, so Silva and Brands should quickly analyse last season's games and get rid of the poor performers. When this is done and replacements are brought in, there will be no excuses for the board or the management, for next season.
Let's hope they get it right this time, or will the blame game begin again?
Here's hoping it turns out better this time around.
22 Posted 04/06/2018 at 20:38:26
Why same old BS?
What on earth could they had said in the 5 mins they've been here that could have led you to that conclusion??
I really feel that some people on here (and on this occasion, you) revel in negativity and misery.
It's a new start, let's give them a chance!!!
23 Posted 04/06/2018 at 20:40:53
24 Posted 04/06/2018 at 20:41:30
25 Posted 04/06/2018 at 20:43:52
I don't think the Board ever said they sacked Allardyce for poor performance, the points speak against that anyway! It was the near-total rejection of Allardyce's way of playing by the fans that forced their hand, willingly or unwillingly!
Most fans blame the players as a whole almost equally, since they as a team failed to perform well under 3 different managers, but we all hope Silva & Brands will prune the deadwood that they best can recognize when in place.
And if some previously rotten/dead branch might unexpectedly prosper within a new setup, then I'll slowly get behind that decision... :D
26 Posted 04/06/2018 at 20:46:15
Trimming that squad of deadwood, however, will be no mean feat.
27 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:00:34
28 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:01:29
29 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:08:18
30 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:08:57
The whole 'legend' tag with Everton players has been ongoing for years... really, how many have we had in the past 40 years? I can think of Dave Watson, Big Nev and one or two others from that era. Certainly not Duncan Ferguson.
31 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:09:41
What specifically was bullshit? What do you disagree with? What have they done wrong already?
32 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:16:11
33 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:17:07
34 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:17:35
35 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:27:32
I recognize that view! I've followed EFC since the mid-70s, and I was really chuffed with the then-unknown 15-year-old Wayne Rooney being deliberately brought in as a young teen, and I thoroughly enjoyed his break-through later!
Initially, I almost believed there was substance to the rumors about Moyes telling stuff to the media, but it quickly became clear it was his agent who was muddying the waters to get lots of money from his young, naive asset after his good performance that summer...
He loved the fame and the cash well beyond the point where he could truly have helped Everton as a player! So I won't really miss him if he goes to the US!
He's a Manchester United Legend, and an Everton dream of what could have been only! Not an Everton Legend!
36 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:39:10
Could have been a Blue God but chose to be a Red Devil.
37 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:41:23
The problem I see is with such a short window, selling the deadwood for a reasonable price will be difficult and bringing in new players who will have elevated prices will be just as hard.
So, apart from bringing on young players and loan players back, I don't believe we will see more than 2 or 3 new players brought in. Buying and selling players is not easy and I don't believe that the new Manager and Director want to make the same mistakes as previous managers.
38 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:45:44
The squad needs a total overhaul and the quicker Silva makes his assessments the better.
The trouble may be if he waits until after the World Cup – then any players involved may cost a good deal more and be more sought after by the usual suspects at the top.
After the last World Cup, Everton arguably got stung by the Besic deal and Barkley's career stagnated.
39 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:49:38
I suspect more will go out than come in and there'll be some surprises.
I'm getting the impression there's been some thought put in to all of this, which makes a pleasant change.
40 Posted 04/06/2018 at 21:56:54
The word 'professional' is sticking out to me like businessmen at work.
Let the revolution begin!
41 Posted 04/06/2018 at 22:03:11
Why worry about a season that hasn't even started? Keep believing that next season will be great. I personally already feel better just saying that.
42 Posted 04/06/2018 at 22:09:59
43 Posted 04/06/2018 at 22:53:37
I cannot see a future at Everton for Unsworth, Ebbrell, Jeffers and Co.
44 Posted 04/06/2018 at 22:56:11
Moyes was given ample time but very little money so Martinez replaced him and was looked upon as a failure before he started although the team played some good stuff for quite a while.
Koeman looked like the man with decent credentials but soon showed many frailties and now we are here with Silva, a man who was preferred before the Wrigleys-chewer came along to be the stop-gap.
Silva should be given some time to whip this crowd into shape (those players he keeps) along with any new guys he has enough cash available to bring in but there has to be some improvement visible over the first month or two of the new season in order to get us all onside.
45 Posted 04/06/2018 at 23:18:09
As for outgoings, I'm positive Silva & Brands (and us) have a list already and are just waiting for the right offers.
We as fans can only judge Silva & Brands on who they buy and how the team plays. The latter we will have to wait until the season starts.
Last season, I was happy with Pickford and Keane, hopeful on Sandro, excited by Sigurdsson and disappointed with Rooney and Klaassen. All I want this preseason is to be happy with who we buy.
46 Posted 04/06/2018 at 23:30:33
47 Posted 04/06/2018 at 23:33:08
How many chances do the ‘deadwood' get before they're shown the door? We have relatively short time to turn things around before next season, and time is of the essence. The ‘deadwood' has be set adrift.
Some have had their chance and blown it. Some others have not been given a fair crack at it, and should be given their chance under new management.
48 Posted 04/06/2018 at 23:33:59
I disagree on Unsie. He has done well with the U23. Plus he seems like a bit of a Yes Man as he seemed to happily follow Martinez, Koeman and Allardyce.
49 Posted 05/06/2018 at 00:38:30
Traditionally, Silva has preferred to start with 4 at the back, but with the option to switch to a 3. That means you need 6 centre backs – immediately this becomes a bigger problem area than we might have thought. Jagielka and Williams are not long for the end of the road at Everton. Keane lacks pace (he could probably play at the centre of a 3) and Funes Mori appears to have 1 foot out of the door. Pennington has had a disappointing season at Leeds, so we can't expect a meteoric rise out of him. There is Lewis Gibson, but he would be looking at sporadic first-team involvement at best for the next couple of seasons.
Realistically, then we need at least 2 centre-backs as well as the more obvious requirements of left-back and centre-forward. We also need a back-up keeper.
Despite all this, I am hearing Carvalho (defensive midfielder), Lozano (winger) and Shaqiri (winger). They are both good players, but the midfield is over-saturated and Lookman couldn't get near the team at winger. I am worried that we have started a rotating door of midfielders and are not focused enough attention on a solid base.
Mawson, Kozra, Shaw. These are the names I want to hear.
50 Posted 05/06/2018 at 05:54:46
Alasdair(#49); You don't see a role for Holgate?
51 Posted 05/06/2018 at 10:44:38
Agree with the general consensus that there should be more going out than in. My pick for the exit door would be: Robles (he's going anyway), Martina, Williams, Besic, Schneiderlin, Mirallas, Bolasie, Sandro, possibly Gana.
Incomings would be a left-back, left-sided centre-back, and a box-to-box midfield Dembele-esque would be nice. We don't want to see the influx of players like last season and watch them play like strangers.
Interesting times ahead.
52 Posted 05/06/2018 at 13:27:21
That's around £100m on 4 players who would all go straight into first team. All are pacy, energetic individuals with their best years ahead of them but all had great seasons last year and played a lot of games.
Not being a fan of Michael Keane I'd like to see the following lineup tried:
Coleman Holgate Lascelles Tierney
Walcott Tosun Lozano
Bench: Stekelenburg, Keane, Baines, Davies, Baningime, Lookman, Niasse.
53 Posted 05/06/2018 at 13:32:33
54 Posted 05/06/2018 at 13:57:30
I think he will not replace Baines this season and may well stick with the forwards we already have.
With previously working with Niasse, who he may continue to favour, additionally Tosun is going to be a top top striker and much admired; when he gets the right service, he will bang in a load.
He will also look to bring on and developing Calvert-Lewin, Vlasic, Beningime and Lookman, who I think have great talent.
55 Posted 05/06/2018 at 14:45:30
It also depends on how you define 'few players'? Last year we brought in 6 first team players in the Summer window not including Onyekuru. Perhaps 4 is not that many for a new manager and a team that underperformed last year.
Of course it will depend on what opportunities arise and what interest and bids come about for our players but I would be surprised if we don't add 3-4 first team players with 5-7 heading out.
56 Posted 05/06/2018 at 15:37:30
This is the point that feeds my optimism, surely Silva is already 6 months into the job mentally, he doesn't need the bedding in time to assess and appraise the current staff.
He needs to crack on and develop his already established personnel plans,good luck with it.
57 Posted 05/06/2018 at 15:50:03
There's always one on here that insist that anyone who they don't agree with has no right to free opinion, in this "Kase", YOU!
I've had a fair share of misery in my life without a miserable get like you saying I revel in it, how dare you!
You are awarded ponce of the week!
58 Posted 05/06/2018 at 15:55:43
"You are awarded ponce of the week!" Nice of you to forfeit the accolade for one week!
59 Posted 05/06/2018 at 16:00:16
60 Posted 05/06/2018 at 16:02:36
61 Posted 05/06/2018 at 16:08:35
62 Posted 05/06/2018 at 16:11:16
The problem we have is you cant have a massive overall of the playing staff every couple of years and expect to progress. Maybe 3 players in and maybe 5 out.
There is still murmurings of Lookman joining Leipzig. I can well understand why he would be pushing for this move. Our previous manager made it abundantly clear despite the protests from the fans he didn't fancy him, so maybe the lad thinks bollocks to you Everton you didn't want me now I want away. And who wouldn't feel that way given the circumstances. I just hope that Silva can show him he has a big future at Everton and he would never have loaned him out.
Also, the press are reporting that Besiktas are interested in a loan deal for Klassen. My advice would be permanent transfers only, look what's happened with Mirallas sent back home to serve the rest of his 3 years sitting in the stands.
Also remember when Yobo went on loan to Turkey everything agreed after the loan Galatasary would pay Everton x amount. Then, when the loan spell finished, they only wanted to pay half what was originally agreed, there was a settlement but they knew they could hassle as Everton wanted him off the books. So please no loan deals.
63 Posted 05/06/2018 at 16:19:16
Sell all the deadwood or players who don't want to be at this club. Move on the younger lads who are not top 6 quality. Stop buying slow players or players aged over 25. No more ex-charity cases returning for a pension fund. No Ross Barkley's of this world.
If we Stick to this formula, we won't go far wrong when building or dismantling a squad.
64 Posted 05/06/2018 at 16:21:46
What is a ponce these days?
65 Posted 05/06/2018 at 16:28:26
I don't see the need for the huge issue made of a left-sided centre-back. In this day & age, every centre-back should be more than capable with both feet.
Lascelles would be my first incoming and Mawson would be next– if Funes Mori leaves. Both have played in back 3s across all three positions. Plus I think, if needed, Baines could easily slot into the left centre-back of a back three. He has great defensive ability, vision and wouldn't surprise me if he thrived there – by reducing his attacking responsibilities and the need to get up and down the pitch.
66 Posted 05/06/2018 at 16:30:48
67 Posted 05/06/2018 at 16:38:48
I agree with a lot of those incomings.
Thomas Delaney (CM)
Would be my first three through the door.
All would go straight into the starting line up - with Bertrand rotating with Baines perfectly, while maintaining stability.
The next two signings would depend on out goings:
If we get rid of the likes of Sandro and possibly Bolasie & Onyekuru (on loan or due to lack of work permit). And then Williams, Funes Mori too.
Lozano (preferable Zaha if we could get him) (Wing)
Furthermore - If Schneiderlin goes, we'll have to replace his sitting central defensive mid role.
My starting team would be:
Coleman(c) Keane Lascelles Bertrand
Walcott Sigurdsson Lozano
Stekelenburg, Mawson, Baines, Davies, Klaassen, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin
With Kenny, Holgate, Jagielka, Schneiderlin, Baningime, Vlasic & Niasse providing strong competition.
(Niasse especially is a great squad asset - such an impact off the bench & when called upon.)
This is a perfect size squad with enough competition, but not too much. Plus any changes to the team will ensure stability & not create instability.
68 Posted 05/06/2018 at 16:56:56
69 Posted 05/06/2018 at 21:42:50
By the way, is anyone else not arsed about the World Cup or is it just me!
I like Jordan Ayew – not sure where he would fit in though.
Lookman must stay. If Silva is the coach Moshiri believes him to be, then he will get Lookman playing as we all he hope he can. Salah will become Salah Who?
70 Posted 05/06/2018 at 23:18:39
The papers are written by fuckwits, for fuckwits. I'll wager there isn't an Evertonian alive today that is surprised in the slightest that our squad needs a sharp cull & overhaul.
Irritatingly terrible reporting as always. They take us, or should I say paint us, as mugs for the most part. We have plenty of players we don't need, just hanging around doing absolutely nothing positive in relation to the first team. I don't mean to be unpleasant towards any of them, since it isn't their fault, but we can happily move on 12 players, maybe buy 4 or 5 new ones and really balance the first team squad out for next season.
Trouble is, selling or moving on 12 players over the summer won't be easy, and neither will buying 4 or 5 of the quality & fit that we need. It seems at least that Brands & Silva (with the backing of Moshiri) have a decent plan in place, or they will have over the coming weeks.
I was very happy to see Brands & Silva do their press conference without Mr Farhad and Mr Bill (sic) anywhere to be seen.
71 Posted 05/06/2018 at 23:51:15
Rooney came to mind. £5 million
Williams £4 million (optimist I know)
Mirallas £2 million
Martina £4 million
Besic. £4 million
Jagielka £1 million
Sandro £5 million
SchneiderLin £15 million
Bolasie £7 million
Niasse (sorry to say that but we need better) £13 miln
Klassen ( Am actually a fan, but there is a lot of dissenters amongst the blues) £15 million
So there you have about £75 million back plus wages... Plus I think we get shut of a few trouble makers which unsettled the side.
73 Posted 06/06/2018 at 00:47:16
“[F]or a coach, it is not workable to start with 38 players in your squad. We have to look for a squad Marco can work with and I think there always has to be space for young players to come to the first team.
“That has to be, let's say, 25-30 players. Now there are 38 and a lot are not young any more. They are players who have arrived. We have to be honest when we take the decision with these players. Do they have prospects here at Everton? Some of the conversations will not be nice but I think Marco must start with a squad that everyone is eager to play for and has prospects to play.”
Not sure how he gets to 38; even if you subtract the likes of Mangala and factor in a number of those who were on loan, I can only count 35 (excluding U23 players) listed on our Squad Page.
74 Posted 06/06/2018 at 01:07:23
On the 38, I imagine he includes Browning. The other two are probably some weird vague amalgam of Connolly, Williams, Grant, Mangala, Henen and Feeney sińce this magic number has been banded around for 12 months with various coming, going, loans. Etc
75 Posted 06/06/2018 at 01:35:12
Makes sense to thin the squad out. Far too many also rand in there, and regrettably some youth players that have not made the step up. At what point does potential become unrealised?
76 Posted 06/06/2018 at 20:01:38
No, it's not just you. I just can't raise any interest, at all.
Perhaps it's a northern thing as the southerners seem quite keen!
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