Robles signs off with classy farewell

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Joel Robles has posted a goodbye message to Everton and Blues supporters thanking them for five "unforgettable seasons" after he signed for Real Betis.

The 28-year-old was released by the club this summer after his contract expired, with a return to Spain the most likely option for a player who at one stage looked like he had finally earned the first-choice goalkeeper's spot at Goodison Park.

Having patiently waited as Tim Howard's understudy and then had to stand aside again as Maarten Stekelenburg was brought in by Ronald Koeman two years ago, the Getafe-born 'keeper was handed the number one spot when the Dutchman got injured during the 2016-17 season.

He wasn't quite able to convince the management that he was the right man between the sticks for the long-term, however, which prompted Everton to sign Jordan Pickford from Sunderland last year.

There were suggestions that Robles might end up staying at Goodison this summer after all but the message he posted to social media today came as it was announced that he has indeed returned to Spain with Betis:

 

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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 05/07/2018 at 18:46:51
Always liked the fella, it doesn't surprise me he's done something like this. His attitude was faultless. I just wish he had been a fraction better and he could have been our Number One for years.

Good luck, Joel.

Paul ONeill
2 Posted 05/07/2018 at 18:53:12
Class act. Love you, Joel.

Once a Blue, always a Blue. πŸ’™πŸ‘

Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 05/07/2018 at 18:54:39
Joel never got a consistent run in the team to prove he could be the top keeper at Goodison Park. I liked his temperament, patience and he loved being at Goodison.

He is still young enough to prove himself in his home country and I wouldn't be surprised if he is selected for Spain. Good luck and best wishes, Joel.

Martin Berry
5 Posted 05/07/2018 at 18:59:47
Personally, I thought he was a very good keeper and it will be hard to get a No 2 as good as Joel.

I wish him well and I think Betis have got themselves a top keeper and a top bloke by his parting comments.

Adios!

Rob Baker
6 Posted 05/07/2018 at 19:14:03
Nice touch, Joel. All the best back in EspaΓ±a.
Greg Hasbrouck
7 Posted 05/07/2018 at 19:24:18
Class act. Good luck, Joel.
Rob B Williams
8 Posted 05/07/2018 at 19:25:56
Surprised he played as little as he did for us. I always thought he was a good goalie; sorry to see him go but wish him all the best. Nice guy.
Lee Paige
9 Posted 05/07/2018 at 19:26:27
Awesome, going to miss him.
John Audsley
10 Posted 05/07/2018 at 19:34:59
Yes

A wonderful touch of class. I think he could have been an excellent keeper for us if given a bit more trust and belief.

Sad to see him go but he was never going to take Mr Pickford's place.

Brent Stephens
11 Posted 05/07/2018 at 19:48:09
Nice one, Joel. All the best, mate.
Dennis Stevens
12 Posted 05/07/2018 at 19:55:46
Robles seemed a decent keeper to me and was probably robbed of his chance by Martinez persevering with the fading Howard. If he had any ambition, then Pickford's signing meant it was time to move on. I'm sure he'll do well.
Tony Everan
13 Posted 05/07/2018 at 20:00:29
Joel always gave 100% for us and is a good professional. I wish him well for the future.
Derek Knox
14 Posted 05/07/2018 at 20:10:44
He will be missed as back-up for the Number One spot.

I wish him well for the future, and thank him for his time with us.

Stephen Davies
15 Posted 05/07/2018 at 20:14:49
Always good backup; never got the run he needed. Classy exit.
Hugh Jenkins
16 Posted 05/07/2018 at 20:15:17
I never felt "nervous" when he was between the sticks and I wish him well for the future.

I can only assume that the "President" he is referring to is Bill Kenwright, unless I've missed some other personnel changes at the club?

Jamie Evans
17 Posted 05/07/2018 at 20:19:17
You stay classy, Joel.
Gordon White
18 Posted 05/07/2018 at 20:21:52
Gracias, Joel.
Adios y buena suerte.
Darren Hind
19 Posted 05/07/2018 at 20:24:13
He was denied what all keepers need, a run in the team.

Even when the lamentable Tim Howard was out, Martinez made it very clear to Joel that he would be straight back in regardless of how things went. Quite possibly the worst bit of man management I've come across

Jack Convery
20 Posted 05/07/2018 at 20:27:54
Just like all Evertop supporters, a class act.

Best of luck; you deserve it.

Oliver Molloy
21 Posted 05/07/2018 at 20:52:20
I agree with Darren.
John McFarlane Snr
22 Posted 05/07/2018 at 21:01:23
I don't think that Joel Robles was given a fair crack of the whip during his stay at Goodison, but what a farewell message. I can't recall a more dignified exit, and I wish him every success in the future,

I would love him to make the international scene, but unfortunately life doesn't always reward the worthy, and football can be cruel, to players and supporters alike.

Jamie Crowley
23 Posted 05/07/2018 at 21:16:45
Beautiful. That's the way ya do it kid. This boy was raised properly.

Class.

Ian Bonnette
24 Posted 05/07/2018 at 21:18:28
Class that from someone who became one of our own.

That's how to say goodbye, Mr Rooney, if you're reading this...

Peter Mills
25 Posted 05/07/2018 at 21:25:50
Nice comment.
Tony Abrahams
26 Posted 05/07/2018 at 21:32:09
I hope the experience of playing in England makes Joel a much better 'keeper, because he's someone I always liked, even if I didn't feel he was always good enough.

Good luck to him, though, because, although he was only a kid when he joined us, he definitely leaves us as a man.

Derek Taylor
27 Posted 05/07/2018 at 21:38:07
Always had a smile but never seemed to convince any of our iffy managers he was a top flight keeper.

So glad to learn we still have one or two 'decent guys' in the game.

Good luck, Joel!

Don Alexander
28 Posted 05/07/2018 at 21:40:01
Well said, Darren (#19) and John (#22). I think we've seen a few 'keepers with less ability than Joel down the years who were first choice at the time. I wish him well in Sevilla.
James Flynn
29 Posted 05/07/2018 at 21:42:47
Funny that Roberto brought Joel to the Premier League. Brought him along with him to Everton. Yet gave aging Howard a 2-year extension on his contract just when real competition for the #1 Keeper slot should have kicked in.

Graham Coldron
30 Posted 05/07/2018 at 21:57:02
Good luck, Joel, and as further proof that, once Everton has touched you, nothing is ever the same.
Terry Farrell
31 Posted 05/07/2018 at 22:21:54
Yes, I had a lot of time for Joel and the fact he was a massive unit was a plus. He played well in some big games but, just when No 1 was in his sights, he let in a long-range Kane shot... and then there was the Origi goal. Wish him all the best
Phil Bellis
32 Posted 05/07/2018 at 22:33:56
What a nice message... got a touch of hay fever eyes... Must be the Efes.
Rob Dolby
33 Posted 05/07/2018 at 22:52:01
Nice gesture. In all of the time he played, I don't remember him clapping the fans behind the goal once.

Wish him all of the very best.

Colin Glassar
34 Posted 05/07/2018 at 22:57:45
Adios y gracias Joel. Suerte. Who's the president?

Don't tell me Granny Clampett is now calling himself β€œpresident”?

Eddie Dunn
35 Posted 05/07/2018 at 23:06:53
I have to echo Darren's thoughts – what kind of meritocracy was that?

Perhaps he was too patient. Good luck, Joel.

Ian Burns
36 Posted 05/07/2018 at 23:12:51
Darren (#19) & John (#22) – great posts.

Wishing Joel nothing but the best - hope to see you play in Spain. Class act.

Paul Kossoff
37 Posted 05/07/2018 at 23:23:23
The incompetence of this club beggars believe! Who is our Number Two 'keeper now? We let a 28-year-old go for nothing and keep a 36-year-old, or maybe we should buy another Number Two, dosn't make sense to me!
Mike Gaynes
38 Posted 05/07/2018 at 23:32:39
A superb gentleman and a fine Evertonian. Wish him all the best.

But it's interesting to see all the rewriting of history here... I'm talking to you, Dennis (#12) and Darren (#19).

Joel did have an extended run in the team. From December 2016 to April 2017, the position was all his, and that was under Koeman, not Martinez. He was an excellent shot-stopper but prone to mistakes. Most he got away with. But when the back-to-back blunders against Leicester and Burnley last April cost us goals – the penalty against Burnley was a teenager's howler – Koeman parked him for good.

He wasn't good enough, gentlemen. He had the chance to prove otherwise. He didn't.

Si Cooper
39 Posted 05/07/2018 at 00:03:37
A decent back-up but not really top class (yet?). People seem to have forgotten that goalie is one of those positions that tends to require some real maturity – Jordan Pickford is a bit of a freak. At 28, Joel should be at his peak and playing as someone's first choice for the next 5-6 years.

When he came, he was only ever going to be a back-up to the genuine first choice, there was never any intent to shove Tim Howard out the door as quick as possible. Pickford is now our first choice for as long as we can keep him; the benchwarmer will either be an old head on the wane or a "wet behind the ears" 22- or 23-year-old, like Joel was 5 years ago.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

40 Posted 06/07/2018 at 02:29:13
Fine sentiments, well put Joel.

Thank you.

The nearly man of Everton FC in recent years. He looked extremely dodgy in his early (infrequent) outings for us, but then showed promise when he did get a couple of long runs in the side.

Koeman in particular didn't seem to like him, drafting in Steklenberg and playing him in preference to Joel. As soon as he made a gaff, Koeman relegated him back to the bench, even though Joel had been instrumental in a number of clean sheets in his run in the first team.

More patience and tolerance by the different managers he played under at Everton may have seen him blossom into a fine goalkeeper. But once Pickford arrived, the door to a career at Everton was slammed shut on Joel.

A decent back-up keeper, unless you are one of the mega-rich monied clubs, is possibly the most difficult position to fill in a squad. They won't be quite 'top notch' that they expect to play every week, so they will be an emerging youngster or an ageing vetran who is in his twilight years.

Add it to the shopping list of what needs bringing in this summer.

Victor Yu
41 Posted 06/07/2018 at 02:35:28
Can't blame him for leaving.

Darren Hind
42 Posted 06/07/2018 at 02:51:34
Mike,

No history re-written by me, it's just that you clearly didn't know that Martinez did tell Joel (in fact, he told the world) that he was Number Two.

Now let's go to this "extended run" you speak about. You really shouldn't have to rely on quoting Wilki pages almost word for word as I believe you were actually over here for the victories against Southampton (3-0), Man City (4-0), and Palace (1-0), whilst building up his lists of clean sheets he also played in the cup win at Champions, Leicester City.

He conceded one at Stoke and three against Bournemouth in a nine-goal shoot-out... but then there were still more shut-outs at Middleborough (0-0), Sunderland (2-0) , West Brom (3-0), and Hull (4-0). Sandwiched between all those impressive clean sheets we took our obligatory beatings at Mordor and Whte Hart Lane, but that was more down to Koeman's cowardly tactics than anything Joel did.

It's fitting that you should point to Joel's "extended run" on the day he leaves, especially as it was the most impressive points return from an Everton side seen since Adam was a lad.

Stekelenburg was always Koeman's preferred keeper; let's not forget, Joel only got in when his fellow Dutchman was injured against Liverpool.

I haven't forgotten the fantastic performance at Old Trafford where he was only beaten by a last-gasp penalty and I also remember that the two matches from which you quote WIki (Leicester and Burnley) both ended up as comfortable two-goal margin victories.

Koeman couldn't wait to get his buddy back in and we paid for his stupid favouritism. The poxy 1-0 win at home to Watford was the only time we tasted victory for the remainder of the season.



Dermot Byrne
43 Posted 06/07/2018 at 05:27:49
"Premier League Player Leaves a Club without Sulking Shock!"

Maybe he realises, despite frustrations, he was in a position that thousands of kids dream of.

Impressive and rare.

Good luck for future.

Mike Gaynes
44 Posted 06/07/2018 at 05:50:52
Yes, Darren, I did know about what Martinez told Joel. Certainly de-motivating.

But you (and others) said he never had an extended run in the side, and I would say that 19 consecutive games qualifies as a very extended run indeed.

He did have some excellent performances, notably the one at Old Trafford, but even during his purple patch, his sensational saves were interspersed with mistakes – poor positioning, fumbled shots and misplayed crosses. He rode his luck on several of those, notably two I can recall in that glorious Man City game. The Mancs were, fortunately, not too accurate that day.

The loss at Mordor was a perfect example. Watch the highlights again. He was totally flatfooted on Mane's goal, and then on Origi's he was caught leaning and an easily reachable shot went right past him into the middle of the goal. I expected him to get those errors out of his game as time went on, but he never did.

The games I attended were Leicester and Burnley, and as you can imagine I remember every detail. Those two-goal victories were in spite of Joel, not because of him. After his Old Trafford performance, I expected a sure, confident keeper, but he looked like a rank amateur.

Against Leicester, Slimani scored through his wide-open legs and then the free kick just floated in over him. Against Burnley, he stranded himself on a corner but was saved by Barkley's header off the line, and then he swung comically at another corner and missed it completely. And the pen was an absolute howler – taking down a player who was chasing the ball away from the goal on the end line was ridiculous. Trust me, there was no-one in my section who thought Joel should keep his position after that performance, results be damned.

Also, your recollection of Koeman and Stekelenburg is far, far off target. Yes, Koeman did prefer Stek and only gave Joel a chance because of the injury. However, Stek was healthy and available by mid-January and Koeman kept Joel in the lineup for three more months. Gave him every fair chance to make the job his. In the end, he couldn't do it. And only then was Stek brought back in.

Finally, I don't recall any Stek being blameworthy for any of those late-season defeats. I blamed the loss of our best player from that February-March-April stretch – what was his name? Oh yeah. Schneiderlin. Funny how we never saw that player again, just some lazy-ass schmuck wearing his jersey. Hope the original comes back this season.


Gary Russell
45 Posted 06/07/2018 at 05:54:54
Agree with Darren. Martinez's treatment of Joel when Tim Clownard was way past his sell-by date was shocking. He deserved a chance.
Alan Bodell
46 Posted 06/07/2018 at 07:22:22
From the people's club in Liverpool to the people's club in Seville, wish you well mate.
Duncan McDine
47 Posted 06/07/2018 at 07:39:00
This fella has one hell of a memory. I've managed to erase 4 of the last 5 seasons from my mind already! Good luck to him.
Robert Leigh
48 Posted 06/07/2018 at 09:15:14
Thank you for your loyalty, Joel; I thought you were a perfect number 1.5, hopefully Pickford continues to perform with only Stekelenburg behind him.

Interestingly though, Betis have also signed Paul Lopez, who is very highly thought of in Spain.

Is Joel going to be #2 there? If so, why couldn't we sign him up?

Simon Smith
49 Posted 06/07/2018 at 09:39:50
What was it?
The link took me to a deleted tweet???
John Davies
50 Posted 06/07/2018 at 09:52:30
A rare breed, that Joel. A classy, respectful, humble professional footballer. And what really set him aside from some of the others in the blue jersey is that he never gave less than 100% effort.

Good luck to him for the future.

Darren Hind
51 Posted 06/07/2018 at 10:04:10
Now who's re-writing history, Mike.

You are now twisting what you said, you said he did get a run in the team but proved not good enough. You then make up some nonsense about games in which he was excellent and make the ridiculous claim we won games in spite of him. Robles was excellent when given a few months, that's why Stekelenburg could not get back in initially. "Koeman jumped at the first chance he had to get his friend back in" β€” Remind me, how did that work out?

If you understand the game, you will know teams don't keep that many clean sheets "in spite" of your goalkeeper. Goalkeepers don't just keep goal. They marshall, organized, communicate (at least the good ones do). Robles talked when Stek didn't. He organized while Howard kicked fuck out of his goalpost, did star jumps, and argued with fans.

Joel was not top draw, but you rather foolishly think he was dropped because he was more error-prone than the other two??? You are having a laugh.

If I did a list of errors Tim Howard made, my fingers would start to bleed. It was criminal the way that clown was allowed to continue while a very decent keeper sat on the bench.

Martin Reppion
52 Posted 06/07/2018 at 10:25:29
Also unable to read the link. But, it is good to hear a player leave and be positive about the club.

No rose-tinted specs. Joel was always a decent Number 2 keeper, but at this stage of his career wasn't consistent enough to be Number 1. Jordan Pickford is also still learning and will make errors. The difference is that when he is good, he is VERY good.

Joel was competent. But that isn't enough.He may become a top player in the future and I wish him well.

James Hughes
53 Posted 06/07/2018 at 10:27:19
"Quite possibly the worst bit of man management I've come across."

How about any game that Allardyce was in charge for?

On a positive note, I am very happy that Darren and Mike do not live in my street. Either one would be fine but imagine both! I would be reaching for the happy pills. :)

Brian Williams
54 Posted 06/07/2018 at 10:42:19
Sometime ToffeeWeb is just this:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wdoGVgj1MtY

Raymond Fox
55 Posted 06/07/2018 at 11:19:22
All the best, Joel, I'm sure you will do well at your new club.

I always rated you highly and you didn't get the playing time your ability deserved, in my opinion.

Andy Meighan
56 Posted 06/07/2018 at 11:53:22
Joel could teach Our Wayne a few things...

Brilliant from him. All the best!

Paul Ward
58 Posted 06/07/2018 at 14:23:28
Nice farewell to the club and fans from Joel and Funes Mori. I don't recall any such utterances from local hero Ross Barkley.
Mike Gaynes
59 Posted 06/07/2018 at 15:17:04
Darren, I knew you'd bring up Howard, and I know how much you despised him, but that last comment is a complete joke. Tim Howard is one of the greatest keepers in Everton history, and he proved it over 329 appearances and 100 clean sheets. And the last time we went to a Cup Final, he put us there. On his worst day, he was five times the keeper Joel could ever hope to be.

Now face it, mate, you just blew a bunch of hot air in your previous posts. You said Joel never got a run of games. Obviously he did. You said Koeman dropped him as soon as Stekelenburg was healthy. Obviously he didn't. He wasn't dropped for favoritism but for poor play, and Koeman publicly said so. You said the results showed he performed superbly, yet I watched him in those two games I attended, and he wasn't organizing squat. He was tentative and didn't assert himself at all, and gave up foolish goals. We did win those games in spite of those gaffes, and I don't need fecking Wikipedia to remember that clearly, because everyone I was sitting with said the same thing, only in much uglier language.

Joel simply wasn't good enough. We agree Martinez handled his situation poorly. We disagree on everything else. As per usual, right?

James (#53), no problem, we've done this for years. We're two good men who like each other but can't agree on what day of the week it is when the sun rises. I plan to take him to dinner on my next trip over, but I assume the food will get cold while we're debating, particularly if Tim Howard comes up. Darren's had a Hate Howard fixation since approximately 2007, and he's not over it yet.

Ray Roche
60 Posted 06/07/2018 at 15:36:43
Darren, since 1959, only Southall, West and Martyn have been better keepers than Howard. In my opinion. Maybe you would like to remind us of the dozen or so that you consider better than Howard?

If you understood the game, you would realise that Howard was a better keeper than he looked in his last couple of seasons. Being played when he was off form was not his choice. He was picked and gave his best. The fact that his best wasn't enough at the end was not his fault.

Brent Stephens
61 Posted 06/07/2018 at 15:52:36
Sorry for Robles but he’s leaving for a clear reason.
Pete Clarke
62 Posted 06/07/2018 at 16:02:28
I too liked Robles as he was a capable understudy to whoever was the main man. He did however, have that little bit of Richard Wright in him where you could see he was out of step or hesitant.

I do have fond memories of Jim Arnold being a good goalkeeper and only the greatest of them all finally pushed him out of the way.

Brian Williams
63 Posted 06/07/2018 at 16:02:36
Jesus β€” Mike Gaynes buys Darren dinner for arguing like fuck over everything under the sun (Is it orange? No, it's yellow) and I'm nice to him and I get diddly squat.

Go home Yanks β€” we don't want you here. Over-paid, over-sexed, and over here!!

Yeh, cop for that, Gaynes! :-))

ps: Enjoy your McDonald's with Darren on County Road.

Mike Benjamin
64 Posted 06/07/2018 at 16:10:33
Robles definitely mistreated bt Martinez.

Ray, George Wood was my favourite even though by his own admission he was as blind as a bat.

John G Davies
65 Posted 06/07/2018 at 17:07:26
The worst piece of man-management ever?

Awww c'mon.

Darren Hind
66 Posted 06/07/2018 at 17:22:28
Mike,

I didn't just bring Howard up, it was always about him stopping Robles from having a run in the team because he was Martinez's blue-eyed boy. I said so from the start.

I just find it amusing that you make all sorts of calamities up about Robles in your thinly disguised attempt to deflect criticism of your fellow American and idol, Tim Howard.

Fact is, Howard was gash. That's why Ferguson got rid of him for next to nothing. Even in his prime and by the time he was being selected ahead of Robles, he wasn't just a gash 'keeper, he was an over-the-hill gash 'keeper.

He gets no credit from me for that cup run, because he ultimately cost us the trophy. By cowardly staying on his line, he allowed Drogba to head in from a few yards as he pleased... and then he tried to stop Lampard's shot with a wrist so limp, I thought it was broken. My Mrs would have saved that!

I didn't/don't hate Howard – I just didn't rate him... something that seems to rankle with you. I can't help that; I'm just glad he is gone and we no longer have to suffer those embarrassing excuses after each and every howler.

James (#53),

I would be delighted if Mike moved around our way. I probably wouldn't agree with most of what he says but I would know that, when I met him in the street, he would always had something interesting to say.

Peter Gorman
67 Posted 06/07/2018 at 17:45:45
Erm... I quite liked Tim Howard.

Anyone care to post what Robles wrote? My phone won't open the bebo, and not just out of principle.

Dave Abrahams
68 Posted 06/07/2018 at 17:46:52
Mike (#64), George wore contact lenses and didn't leave them out when he played. George was very likeable, that is why he got a lot of leeway from Everton fans, even after that 4-4 draw with Newcastle when he was fuckin' diabolical.

He wasn't as bad as Tim Howard though. (Sorry, Mike!!!!!!!)

Dave Abrahams
69 Posted 06/07/2018 at 17:53:02
Peter (67), he said, "Anyone who says Tim Howard was five times better than me on a bad day is talking through his Yankee arse!" See Mike (#59) (Sorry again, Mike!!!!)
Steve Ferns
70 Posted 06/07/2018 at 18:07:17
Tim Howard was a very good keeper. My first point of reference is Neville Southall. Including him and all who followed, I'd rate Howard behind only Southall and Martyn. I remember the succession of keepers after Southall, namely Gerrard, Mhyre, Simonsen, Wright and Martyn. He was better than all but Martyn. He was better than Stekelenburg and Robles. But he was finished after the World Cup 2014 and was then poor. Robles should have displaced him.

There's a factor that you guys miss though. All the teammates of Tim describe him as a big personality. He's one of the main guys in the dressing room and was a big part of team morale. Could it not be if there was little (in the manager's eyes) between Robles and Howard, you'd go with a leader from the dressing room?

As for Pickford, well that's a difficult one. I'd like to answer that next summer when I expect I would say England's No 1 is better.

Brian Murray
71 Posted 06/07/2018 at 18:21:42
Tim was a good keeper in his day but stayed 4 years too long. Same as Jagielka and Baines.
Peter Mills
73 Posted 06/07/2018 at 19:28:03
Hey Gaynes. You established your goalkeeper-judging credentials when we sat together at Marine and you told me Schmeichel is no good!
Stephen McNally
74 Posted 07/07/2018 at 11:27:22
Fantastic message and wonderful attitude. I hope his career goes from strength to strength. Good people deserve to come out on top.
Bill Griffiths
75 Posted 07/07/2018 at 15:51:28
Slightly off topic, does anyone know if John McFarlane Snr's little get together on 15th is still on?
Terry White
76 Posted 07/07/2018 at 16:02:26
Schmeichel Sr. or Jr., Peter (#73)
Peter Mills
77 Posted 07/07/2018 at 17:57:53
Junior, Terry (#76).

I was just giving Mike a nudge, but he's not rising to it!

John McFarlane Snr
78 Posted 07/07/2018 at 23:35:01
Hi Bill [75] I sincerely hope it is, I was going to plug it again in the next couple of days; it will be at the Midland Hotel, opposite Central Station, at 12 noon.

The invitation is extended anyone who has a spare couple of hours to discuss all things Everton, prior to the World Cup Final.

John Wignall
80 Posted 08/07/2018 at 09:38:21
Good luck, Joel. I thought he was worth keeping. Yes, he had a mistake in him but what goalie hasn't? Best of luck in your next club.
Bill Griffiths
81 Posted 08/07/2018 at 10:00:32
Thanks, John, hopefully see you there.
Ian Bennett
82 Posted 08/07/2018 at 10:08:50
Need to crack on now and move more players out, to make room for four new starters – left-back, centre-back, central midfield and left-wing.

Bolasie, Williams, Sandro, Klaassen, Besic, Galloway, Schneiderlin, and Mirallas shouldn't need a locker next season.

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