Keep tabs on the swarm of Everton players out on loan:Bolasie (Aston Vill)
Connolly (Wigan Athletic)
Garbutt (Oxford United)
Martina (Stoke City)
Penington (Ipswich Town)
Ramirez (Real Sociedad)
Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Tarashaj (Grasshopper Zurich)
Vlasic (CSKA Moscow)
A Williams (Stoke City)
J Williams (Bolton Wanderers)
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1 Posted 29/09/2018 at 18:46:19
2 Posted 01/10/2018 at 04:52:41
3 Posted 01/10/2018 at 16:55:11
4 Posted 01/10/2018 at 16:58:24
5 Posted 01/10/2018 at 17:01:48
6 Posted 01/10/2018 at 17:22:51
7 Posted 01/10/2018 at 17:27:33
Sorry, couldn't resist a smile.
8 Posted 01/10/2018 at 18:08:28
9 Posted 01/10/2018 at 18:35:37
10 Posted 01/10/2018 at 18:50:48
I mean he spent a long time outside the top flight where he wouldn't have been exposed as much. Then he is in the Premier League with a team who concede 60-odd goals a season, that are perennial relegation favorites, so expectations aren't exactly high.
Maybe he just got found out at Everton because expectations are higher.
11 Posted 01/10/2018 at 18:53:43
Maybe I'll stop being subtle.
12 Posted 01/10/2018 at 19:03:57
13 Posted 01/10/2018 at 19:05:13
14 Posted 01/10/2018 at 19:32:13
If you're giving someone "pelters" you're giving them a good "slagging," giving them "down the banks," "ripping the piss" out of them, basically making fun of them in an enthusiastic and energetiic way, lol!
15 Posted 01/10/2018 at 19:36:51
16 Posted 04/10/2018 at 23:08:31
By the highlights, Galatasaray missed several opportunities to win the game.
17 Posted 19/10/2018 at 23:40:59
18 Posted 22/10/2018 at 18:46:13
"In the Premier League, only the top five or six teams, managed by foreigners like Klopp or Guardiola, play great football," Vlasic continued. “The others think only about defending, focusing on the physical aspect. Thats not how I want to play.”
Is that the best way to endear yourself to the Everton faithful? Wonder why Silva doesn't rate him good enough to be in his squad...
19 Posted 22/10/2018 at 18:51:41
I dont think wed regret selling him. He doesnt seem to have enjoyed his time here and hes not fought hard enough for his place. These comments and those of his sister say a lot.
20 Posted 22/10/2018 at 19:52:01
21 Posted 22/10/2018 at 20:26:00
The fact his Dad publicly supported Nikola's view that, with no goals and no assists, he was the "best midfielder" at the club pretty much says it all really. Anyway, I guess in his absence we will make do with those rough house "dogs of war" Bernard and Gomes.
22 Posted 22/10/2018 at 20:40:32
23 Posted 22/10/2018 at 21:21:50
24 Posted 24/10/2018 at 06:16:59
And how many clubs are coached by English managers or indeed top European coaches and in which other leagues would the likes of Pulis, Warnock, etc get a job? The Russian League may not be the World's best but he was talking about the Champions League, and how many times have we qualified for that in the last 25 years.
As for not thinking about returning to or endearing himself to Everton, I think Messrs Silva & Brands may well have given him that idea.
25 Posted 24/10/2018 at 07:59:25
Ultimately, as long as someone is not disrupting the team, I only care about they bring on the pitch. If Vlasic shows that he is as good as he thinks he is (and being MotM against Real Madrid in the Champions League is a good start) then we should do our best to keep him. He's smart, can dribble, passes well and can shoot with either feet. Certainly a very decent player... though time will tell how good.
26 Posted 24/10/2018 at 09:05:00
27 Posted 24/10/2018 at 09:38:00
28 Posted 24/10/2018 at 09:49:41
From the BBC website on 16 October:
“Wales captain Ashley Williams put in an "outstanding, magnificent" performance in their 1-0 Nations League win over Republic of Ireland,” – Ryan Giggs, Manager
Strange how he turned out so poor for Everton and Stoke.
29 Posted 24/10/2018 at 09:54:53
30 Posted 24/10/2018 at 10:07:12
31 Posted 24/10/2018 at 10:52:13
32 Posted 24/10/2018 at 13:45:41
33 Posted 24/10/2018 at 14:16:36
World Class - for me this is the class of player that can consider themselves to be as good as the best player in the world. It was said we've had one world class player in recent times, Lukaku. No, Lukaku was not on the level of the best striker in the world. So, I would also say that we haven't had any world class players for a very long time. Baines was not far off world class, but he was never the world's best. Same with Coleman. Stones, Lescott, Howard, Cahill, Arteta, Gravesen, Barkley, etc never world class.
The only player you can say unequivocally was world class was Southall. I'm not old enough to say if Gary Stevens, Trevor Steven, Paul Bracewell, Kevin Ratcliffe, Peter Reid, Graeme Sharp or Andy Gray was world class. I believe not quite, but whilst I saw them, I did so through the eyes of a child. Gary Lineker was world class and confirmed so when he went to Barcelona and won the ECWC. But then Lineker said the Everton '86 side was better than the Barca side.
Legend is a term that means very different things to different people. For me, I take the term quite literally. A legend is a mythical figure. So, Duncan Ferguson for me is not even close to being an Everton great, but he is a legend. The reason I see him as a legend is that he is a player who will not simply fade away and be forgotten about. His undoubted hero status prevails, and he becomes mythical with the passage of time. His exploits off the pitch, which occurred before the days of social media, are unverifiable and give further credence to his status.
For me, the highest level of former player is that of a great. For me a great is someone who can be considered the greatest to play for us. So, of course, William Dean, Neville Southall, Brian Labone, and all the usual suspects. Duncan Ferguson, is on no one's list for the best ever XI.
Then we have the icons. Those iconic figures of an era. This is the likes of Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Seamus Coleman, and the rest.
So where would I put Baines? He's not quite the greatest (Wilson), but he's close. So somewhere between an icon and a great. He's certainly the closest to making our best XI since the glory days of the 80s.
35 Posted 27/10/2018 at 21:18:06
I was at the Bolton vs Hull match today and kept my eye on Joe.
Bolton played a wing back 3-5-2, Joe played right centre mid.
He played well, always making himself available for his team mates. He knows where his teammates are, has a good pass on him, his passing starts moves rather than splits defences. He didn't get forward very often leaving that to the livewire Erhun Oztumer who played just behind the front two. He is quite a good tackler and not afraid to get stuck in. He has several moves on him to beat his man, most were class but once or twice resulted in him losing possession.
I thought Joe was the second most effective player (behind the diminutive Oztumer) in a very poor Bolton side.
I think Joe has a promising future, possibly one day somewhere in the Premier League, but seems to be a 'jack of all trades' Centre Midfielder rather than excelling in any specialist midfield role. He would also benefit from playing with better quality teammates, Pirlo, Xavi and Iniesta couldn't create a chance for the 2 static carthorses Bolton 'play' up front.
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