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Mark Boullé
1 Posted 22/02/2019 at 21:34:10
Already getting a sinking feeling about Tuesday night. Cardiff are going to have to react strongly from tonight's hammering by Watford aren't they. And guess who their next opponents at home are...
Max Murphy
2 Posted 22/02/2019 at 21:42:32
So Watford won 5-1 at Cardiff. I wonder can Everton come close to that score at Cardiff? Deulofeu scores a hat-trick.

By the end of the weekend, we'll lie 13th in the table....

Happy times!

Derek Knox
3 Posted 22/02/2019 at 22:34:24
I watched most of the Watford away at Cardiff game tonight more to see what sort of opposition Cardiff would be, and must admit I did not expect that result. Deulofeu was outstanding throughout, apparently getting their first hat-trick for 33 years.

Why we let him go so easily still annoys me, imagine what he could do for us now!

Marcus Taylor
4 Posted 22/02/2019 at 22:46:56

Everton had no say in the matter. Barcelona had a buy-back clause and took up the option to re-sign him. Simple as that.

"Gerard Deulofeu formalized his return to FC Barcelona on Friday [...] Barça exercised its buyback option, bringing the forward back to the Catalan capital."

Deulofeu formalizes return to FC Barcelona

Derek Knox
5 Posted 22/02/2019 at 23:02:38
Marcus @4, you are right, of course. I had it in my head that we had let him go for some reason, but I always liked the lad as many others probably did too.
Steve Ferns
6 Posted 22/02/2019 at 23:11:42
That's not entirely correct, Deulofeu had to be complicit in the transfer. He had to agree the terms and sign a contract. It was not enough for Barcelona to activate the clause. Everton could have got Deulofeu to turn down the transfer and sign a new contract with us.

Don't forget that Deulofeu left us because we sent him on loan to AC Milan after Ronald Koeman made him feel unwelcome and hardly played him. We could have done a lot more to keep him.

Marcus Taylor
7 Posted 22/02/2019 at 23:32:35
Steve #4

Fair points (without us knowing the exact terms and conditions of the deal). However, I think it is highly unlikely that he'd turn down the chance to re-join Barcelona, regardless of his situation at Everton.

Steve Ferns
8 Posted 22/02/2019 at 23:34:52
Marcus, he's a Barca lad, so you are probably right.

But I do think that Deulofeu in the form he was in his first loan, under a manager he liked like Martinez, and knowing he was never going to play for Barca and would just be loaned out and then sold, he could easily have turned them down.

Stephen Meighan
9 Posted 22/02/2019 at 23:48:57
For fuck's sake — don't start glorifying that little waster Deulofeu. He was shite for us, couldn't last 60 minutes before he was blowing out of his arse.

Okay we have craved for something better but it hasn't happened. Sad times at Everton the club I love and would like most of us would give my right arm to pull on that royal blue shirt. But that will never happen.

Grant Rorrison
10 Posted 23/02/2019 at 00:26:20
So shite, he managed loads of assists in the first half the season in 2015-16. A far more naturally gifted player than those we've spent £20 to 30 million on since he left. £4.2M for him. Lennon about £5M. Pienaar: £2.5M and £4.5M the second time. How much have we spent on wingers in the last few seasons? Are any of them better than those players? Are they fuck...

The money we've wasted in the last however many windows since Moshiri arrived is amazing. Glad it isn't mine.

Grant Rorrison
11 Posted 23/02/2019 at 00:31:43
Mark, Won't their confidence be shot? That would be the case if it were us. How come other teams lose heavily and that means we'll likely get beat by them but if we lose heavily then we'll probably lose the next game too?

Not that I care anyway. This season has been a disaster. I cant think of any high points. Silva wants to sort it out or leave asap.

Eric Myles
12 Posted 23/02/2019 at 00:58:02
Stephen, you forgot to mention his antics whenever he ran himself into a dead end and gave the ball away; he makes Richarlison look like a Weeble.
Mike Gaynes
13 Posted 23/02/2019 at 01:59:56
DK, don't feel too bad. Today was the first really great performance he's had since he left. He flopped on his return to Barca, which is why they shipped him out, and before today he had 3 goals in 19 for Watford, which isn't exactly burning the house down.
Kieran Kinsella
14 Posted 23/02/2019 at 04:08:16
Geri was shite at Everton and Seville. Five years on maybe he has improved. Would it have been worth the wait had he stayed?
Jim Bennings
15 Posted 23/02/2019 at 07:26:24
Geri was not shite at Everton – what a total fuckin myth.

His partnership with Lukaku in the first half of that 2015-16 season was very very good, his passing from midfield set Lukaku up so many times.

I also recall the introduction of Deulofeu from the subs bench in the Wembley Semi-Final against Man Utd as the catalyst for our best spell in that game.

To say he was shite at Everton is just ignorant bullshit; inconsistent, yes... but certainly not shite.

Yes, his antics were annoying, but no more than Richarlison now or watching the likes of Lookman run around with a face like a slapped arse (the new Incredible Sulk).

Anyway, we could well be 13th by Tuesday night and I think we have probably said goodbye to the top half for this season, we require Bear Grylls proportion mountain-climbing skills with the fixtures we have left.

Another good season of “transition”, eh? I'm starting to wonder if 'transition' is a Latin word for 'shite'.

Michael Kenrick
16 Posted 23/02/2019 at 15:22:23
Tommy Smith... always been a dirty bastard. RED CARD!
Anthony Murphy
17 Posted 23/02/2019 at 16:02:09
Anyone else see the Antics of Poch at the end of the Burnley - Spurs game? Amazed he wasn't sent off after the game, a bit like Zouma after Watford.
Kunal Desai
18 Posted 23/02/2019 at 16:27:12
Anyway, at least we can start ticking positional finishes. Top 7 and 8 is unlikely now. Next target is a top-half finish.

I suspect we will probably need to revise it to a bottom-six finish after Liverpool and Chelsea have dealt with us.

Jim Bennings
19 Posted 23/02/2019 at 16:37:54
Agreed Kunal.

We’ve seen the last of the top half this season.

Our main objective now is getting away from the impending relegation battle come April.

Ray Roche
20 Posted 23/02/2019 at 16:49:48
Interesting game later on at the Hawthorns when Holgate comes up against Dowell who’s been used down the left flank for the Blades.
Kunal Desai
21 Posted 23/02/2019 at 17:11:52
Jim agreed. We are one team that are nose-diving right to the bottom. Cardiff and Fulham are key games. Getting anything else looks a bonus.

Embarassing how we will almost finish on our lowest points total in 15 years, yet the manager may still be at the club next season.

Jim Bennings
22 Posted 23/02/2019 at 17:22:44

I imagine if we lost to Cardiff on Tuesday it would just be pure meltdown from there on.

Realistically we need to win at Cardiff, a point is a nothing result especially with the derby days later and a now horrible looking trip to Tyneside to face a resurgent Newcastle side followed by a home match against Chelsea.

I'd suggest that the importance of Tuesday night's match at Cardiff has quickly grown to astronomical proportions.

The time for these blinkered fools going on about 'transition' and 'patience' need to quickly wake up and smell the rapidly brewing coffee under their noses.

Michael Kenrick
23 Posted 23/02/2019 at 18:13:14
Bat-shit scores on the counter, helping a shot on, after a Foxes penalty denied!

Leicester may not now push us down to 12th, no doubt much to the chagrin of you miserable doom-mongers.

Stephen Meighan
24 Posted 23/02/2019 at 19:52:58
Jim Bennings @15,

Just because you think Richarlison and Lookman aren't exactly pulling up any trees at the moment doesn't make Deulofeu a good player. He had his moments, I agree, but overall he was shite. Like the way you keep telling us Calvert-Lewin is shite.

Now I'm not saying he's any good – that's another argument – but it's a game of opinions and mine is I think Deulofeu is shite... end of.

Danny Baily
25 Posted 24/02/2019 at 09:10:23
Watching Burnley on MotD, first thing I'd do is drop Pickford. Burnley have turned their season around after dropping the overrated Hart. Pity we offloaded Robles.
James Hughes
26 Posted 24/02/2019 at 14:54:19
Man Utd players are dropping like flies at the moment — that lot really are in league with Beelzebub.

I normally only watch the RS when forced to and siding with the Mancs is wrong. The football on display is miles away from where we are.

Jim Bennings
27 Posted 24/02/2019 at 15:55:04
What’s strikes you watching this match is how quick and physically imposing United and Liverpool players are, trading blow for blow.

Milner and Henderson are inspiring players that don’t quite get praise but I’d love them in Everton shirts.

Van Dijk has been an immense signing for them.

There’s no way I can see us scoring against them next Sunday.

Michael Kenrick
28 Posted 24/02/2019 at 15:59:42
Maddening the opportunities Man Utd missed. Fucken disgrace.
Dermot Byrne
29 Posted 24/02/2019 at 16:04:46
Haha: look at the run in. That is the end of Liverpool winning title. Mark my wise words and relax.
Tony Abrahams
30 Posted 24/02/2019 at 16:07:33
Have a score on yer mate Lewin, Jim, and if he doesn’t score at least you will be able to give him some stick!

Intensity over quality in the game Klopp, said is like the English el-Classico.

I think if that was Everton playing today, we would have been undone by a couple of set-pieces, but United defended them for their lives?

Paul Tran
31 Posted 24/02/2019 at 16:15:12
Thing is, Jim, Milner and Henderson will never be superstars, just good professionals who do the basics consistently well.

The difference is that they are motivated and know what they're meant to be doing. They play with a purpose currently unseen in our squad.

Must be good having Salah, Mane and Firmino in front of you, though!

Tony Hill
32 Posted 24/02/2019 at 16:15:41
Th RS have no effective midfield. They desperately miss Coutinho. How sad.
Darren Hind
33 Posted 24/02/2019 at 16:39:22

I would like to think there has been some pretty intensive work done practicing defending set pieces.

Lets hope to fuck the coaching is good and its sinking in

John G Davies
34 Posted 24/02/2019 at 17:30:18
The ship is sinking slowly. The admiral is losing the plot and they know it. Just need us to turn up next week and get something and they will implode.
Peter Fearon
35 Posted 24/02/2019 at 17:31:42
I could not help watching the highlights of Watford’s win over Cardiff City without the frustrating feeling that Deulofeu might have been the answer to many of the problems we have today. A hat-trick and the creative force behind the other two goals. Who was the last Everton player to turn in a performance like that?

Add him to the list of players that managers did not appreciate, understand or find a regular place for, and who demonstrate their talents elsewhere. I fear Lookman will be added to that list soon.
Tony Abrahams
36 Posted 24/02/2019 at 17:49:21
I hope so Darren because it really does make all the difference, and looking at United continuously getting caught offside on their attacking free kicks, I hope we can do some work on that as well?

Diagonal runs across the defender maybe, because one thing Liverpool, do well is hold their defensive line, but I thought there was times today, that their defence got lucky, because they didn’t always play as one unit.

Paul Richards
37 Posted 24/02/2019 at 18:04:15
Man City just can't seem to get it right either today. But Chelsea coming close a few times – even that lad Ross Barkley?

Is this one headed for extra time and penalties?

Dave Abrahams
38 Posted 24/02/2019 at 19:23:16
Paul (37), Yes, spot on: extra time and penalties with Sterling converting the last penalty to win the cup for Man City, they could have done without that extra time though.
Dave Abrahams
39 Posted 24/02/2019 at 20:23:08
By the way, Man City used four substitutes today... is there different rules in this cup for subs?
Brent Stephens
40 Posted 24/02/2019 at 20:37:19
4th allowed in ET, Dave.
Dave Abrahams
41 Posted 24/02/2019 at 21:07:42
Brent (40), thank you, didn’t realise that.
Darren Hind
42 Posted 25/02/2019 at 19:53:36
Did anybody see anything to be worried about at Old Trafford Yesterday?

I certainly didn't – Mind you, it's not their attack that worries me, it's our defence...

Mike Gaynes
43 Posted 25/02/2019 at 20:08:48
Darren, any side with 22 legs is something for us to be worried about right now.

Or 21.

Or 20.

Phillip Warrington
44 Posted 26/02/2019 at 05:34:02
I've just seen this on the BBC website:

Watford are keen on dipping into the Brazilian transfer market this summer, with 24-year-old Corinthians striker Gustavo, 18-year-old Flamengo forward Lincoln, and 17-year-old Ituano forward Martinelli being considered. — Watford Observer.

From what I have seen, we have always been close to the mark and then look on in frustration and think:

"Why is this not Everton on the front foot instead of buying everybody's rejects?"

Or we watch while other teams take chances while we wait for experienced Premier League players.

Michael Kenrick
45 Posted 26/02/2019 at 07:04:05
Yea, we've almost missed out on some real goodies, eh, Phillip:

Anderson da Silva
Leandro Rodriguez
And who could forget the one and only Rodigol!!!

Yea, Phill... bring em on!

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