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Everton vie with Leicester for Montpellier left-back

| Monday, 25 June 2018 21comments  |  Jump to last
Everton and Leicester City are reportedly after Jérôme Roussillon, although both clubs are at a disadvantage as the 25-year-old is looking for European football.

Paris United claim that the Blues and the Foxes have submitted offers but Monaco, Fenerbahçe and Sevilla are also said to be eyeing Roussillon as well.

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Paul A Smith
1 Posted 25/06/2018 at 20:06:30
He wants European football, so the first thing the papers do is link him to two clubs that can't offer that.

Great reporting.

Pete North
2 Posted 25/06/2018 at 20:48:27
Typical internet nonsense. Paris United? Qu'est que c'est?
Tony Everan
3 Posted 25/06/2018 at 21:00:33
Not sure about Rousillon, 5ft-9in and a former winger, will he have the strength to cope in the Premier League through a hard winter? Anyway, probably his agent drumming up wages before his move to Monaco.

I've been watching William Carvalho tonight, an upgrade on Schneiderlin, yes, but not a world beater. If Silva sees him in his system, I would be happy to see him replace Schneiderlin in that defensive midfield role. A better all-round player.

Mark McParlan
4 Posted 25/06/2018 at 21:17:35
Paris United's claim to fame as a football news source is in initially breaking the entire Neymar-to-PSG story, despite being laughed and being greeted with understandable scepticism.

I don't see why they'd know anything about Montpellier though.

Derek Knox
5 Posted 25/06/2018 at 21:24:20
What happened with Marvin Plattenhardt?

Iain Johnston
6 Posted 25/06/2018 at 21:48:54
I dunno Tony, Carvalho gave it away a few times and makes Mark Pembridge look quick. Not for me.
Richard Lyons
7 Posted 25/06/2018 at 21:48:58
Mmm Roussillon... Minervois, Fitou, Corbieres: yes please, and some nice blue cheese to go with it!
Brian Harrison
8 Posted 25/06/2018 at 21:54:24
Believe nothing till we actually sign a player.

Obviously agents are touting their players in the press to either get a move and create interest in their player. Or putting pressure on their existing club to meet the players demands for more money as there are clubs showing interest.

Sam Hoare
9 Posted 25/06/2018 at 21:56:21
Roussillon looks a decent player from the little I've seen and heard. Not the biggest but pretty strong and lightning quick. Has a bit of the Patrice Evra about him.
Gordon White
10 Posted 25/06/2018 at 23:07:17
I'm fed up already with the speculation. I'm probably half to blame for my gullibility in clicking on all these links. Oh well. When does the window close again?
Jay Harris
11 Posted 25/06/2018 at 23:49:25
I agree with Iain, Carvalho is far too slow for the Premier League.

Apparently even Sporting fans think he is too slow.

Stephen Williams
12 Posted 26/06/2018 at 00:12:50
I watched the Iran v Portugal game solely to keep an eye on Carvalho. To say I'm underwhelmed is a major understatement.

On the plus side, he rarely gave the ball away but invariably passed sideways or backwards – he'd be ideal in a Martinez team with passing for passing sake. On the downside, he was ponderous, never passed forward and, even against a limited Iran team, wasn't in a position to guard against counter attacks.

Overall, a massive no for me – he'd get ruthlessly exposed in the Premier League – leave well alone.

Victor Yu
13 Posted 26/06/2018 at 04:34:37
I have been keeping an eye on Carvalho for more than 2 years and he has never impressed me.

He is slow and plays with very little energy.

Iain Johnston
14 Posted 26/06/2018 at 10:16:58
I see Roussillon can play anywhere down the left side and by all accounts he's rapid too with a good cross on him.

For anything between ٣m-٤.5m, which is what Montpellier are after for him, I'd like to see us try for this lad.

Derek Knox
15 Posted 26/06/2018 at 12:44:00
Must admit that I have never heard of Rousillion before, but wouldn't dismiss that as being any detraction.

I would rather we plucked, relatively unheard of players at a lower fee, than go out as before under Koeman, and pay over the top prices for ultimate disappointments in most cases.

Getting back to Rousillion, being quick is one good attribute for sure, but what is he like in defence? All too often we have seen quick players who can't defend. This results in the centre-back getting pulled over to cover, and leaving a gaping hole.

I can't help but agree, that those who have watched Carvalho, looks totally unsuitable for the Premier League. There again, we are all assuming that we are seriously looking at him.

Typically when a new Manager is appointed, every player he has ever worked with gets associated as being a potential target; hopefully Carvalho, among many others are wide of the mark.

Iain Johnston
16 Posted 26/06/2018 at 13:02:54
Derek, Roussillon had higher percentages for tackling, interceptions, passing and pass success than Seamus last season.

My gut likes this lad. He's good value, stays out of trouble and is very similar in style to Bainsey.

Sam Hoare
17 Posted 26/06/2018 at 13:18:14
Iain, I concur. Not seen a lot but what I have a like. Could be a Walsh gem. ;)
Bob Parrington
18 Posted 26/06/2018 at 13:26:49
Okay, so we take Leicester's current left-back. Excellent!
Tommy Surgenor
19 Posted 26/06/2018 at 13:31:11
**Tongue in cheek**

Maybe Brands is a big FIFA Ultimate Team fan?

FIFA Ultimate Team do a thing where they select the top performing professionals in the world that week.
Roussillon, Lozano and De Ligt were somewhat regulars on this list.

In all seriousness, though, it is nice to be linked with pace. Something we clearly lacked last season.

Derek Knox
20 Posted 26/06/2018 at 13:37:08
Iain, thanks for the info, had a look at Wiki before I posted, and there was little about his defensive qualities at all.

Like I said before, going for players like this gets me more enthused than going for high priced, high risk, possible disappointing big names.

The football world has gone crazy in terms of players' valuations and wages, and all too often, big-money buys, are big-money flops.

When Leicester won the Premier League, not only was I happy for them, secretly envious that it could have been us, but it proved that relatively unknowns, against the various so-called superstars, can, and does work.

Paul Birmingham
21 Posted 26/06/2018 at 00:00:20
Early days and, as we all are aware, until the deal is signed and sealed, it's all speculation and normally King Eddies, in context of reality.

New set-up, fresh hope, let's see how Marcel and Marco cope in the weeks to come in the transfer window. I hope they unearth some rough diamonds and some proven diamonds.

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