The need for the Blues' new management team to reduce the size of the squad they inherited when they came aboard in May has been a dominant them of the close season. With the transfer deadline a fortnight away, however, there is still plenty of work to be done, particularly as Silva has expressed his desire for up to six incoming transfers.
One of them, Richarlison, arrived this week while speculation continues that attempts to land Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina from Barcelona are continuing while Wayne Rooney and Ramiro Funes Mori have been sold and Joel Robles was released to sign for Real Betis.
That still leaves a squad of around 30, 31 players which means the run-up to the new season could be very busy indeed.
"You are talking about [a squad of] almost 30 [players]," Silva told the Liverpool Echo over the weekend.
“We want to do — we have to do — some signings as well; four, five, maybe one more — and of course we need to make some space in our squad to get new signings in our squad.
“I would like to work with 22 players and three goalkeepers."
It is not clear who might be let go. Media speculation has suggested that the likes of Davy Klaassen and Yannick Bolasie could leave before the deadline and claims that Red Bull Leipzig will further test Everton's resolve over Ademola Lookman continue despite Silva's assertion that he is very much part of his plans.
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1 Posted 26/07/2018 at 07:08:31
I'd say Baningime, Dowell and Kenny are all as worthy of game time as Davies, Holgate and DCL, so to sign up to 5 of his own AND trim the squad to 22 outfield players requires a hell of a cull.
2 Posted 26/07/2018 at 07:09:43
3 Posted 26/07/2018 at 07:20:13
4 Posted 26/07/2018 at 07:28:06
5 Posted 26/07/2018 at 07:39:54
Such is the modern game.
6 Posted 26/07/2018 at 08:15:22
Its only the English window thats shuts before the season.
Still one heck of a cull to limit it to roughly two players for every position.
Wonder when the squad numbers are released as that would give us a great indicator as to who is in his plans.
7 Posted 26/07/2018 at 08:57:45
8 Posted 26/07/2018 at 09:17:18
Good old Everton will have their excuse ready to appease the fans, like the world cup, the new stadium and that no suitors came in with the right bids for the dead wood.
However I am looking forward to seeing if Silva can motivate the players he chooses to keep. Let's hope he gets off to the kind of start that he had with Watford...
Another season of hope beckons and I will enjoy reading the many different polar views on here.
I use to be a optimist, but thanks to Everton FC and been educated by many toffee webbers I feel a bit more like my glass half full is running dry.
9 Posted 26/07/2018 at 09:24:30
I think there is a general agreement on TW on those who should be shipped out and I would be surprised of Silva and Brands didn't have a similar view.
However, my own interest is in the young players he might include in his 25. I have high hopes for Dowell and Robinson; Kenny of course but it will be an interesting list once it has been honed to Silva's liking.
10 Posted 26/07/2018 at 09:26:00
Surely that has to include young players going out on loan.
11 Posted 26/07/2018 at 09:43:29
I'll happily bring a club in for Mr Mirallas and Mr Williams - perhaps dress them as seals, and hey presto - we'd have two less parasites to worry about.
I could then be appointed 'Club' Ambassador.
We'd get no money, and the only transfer would be me to Her Majesty's Pleasure, but surely it should be worth considering Mr Silva?
12 Posted 26/07/2018 at 09:45:17
It is another way of saying
If you are not up to scratch and performing to the required standard you will be out.
Any player going through the motions or coasting will be out.
There will be no hiding place.
13 Posted 26/07/2018 at 10:02:55
Thats 6 players at best
Hence we need 5 players for a decent 1st team never mind a bit of squad depth
What an abject failure Walsh & Koeman were. Just think, we have still failed to sign a PROVEN and reliable goalscorer since Lukaku
14 Posted 26/07/2018 at 10:05:09
He will know his core squad already. The ones on the outside of it can be trained by another coach like Jeffers or Ferguson.
We won't be buying 4 new players or selling 5 players before the window shuts. Silva will just have to get on with it like most of his predecessors.
15 Posted 26/07/2018 at 10:07:48
If he keeps the youngsters then that leaves 13 or so places for outfield experienced players. Hmm not sure but that sounds a bit thin to me
16 Posted 26/07/2018 at 10:23:06
17 Posted 26/07/2018 at 10:44:15
GK - Pickford Stek other guy (cant remember his name
RB - Coleman, Kenny
CB - Keane, Holgate, Jags, Pennington
LB - Baines, Robinson
CM - Schneiderlin, Gueye, Davies, Sigurdsson, Dowell, Besic
LM - Richarlison, Lookman
RM - Walcott, Mirallas
CF - Tosun, Niasse, Calvert Lewin.
That leaves Williams, Martina, Klassen, Bolasie to sell
Browning, Galloway and Garbutt to leave somehow.
Vlasic, Connelly, Baningime on loan.
(Ive cheated and kept 3 strikers in to make it 23 outfield players)
Then replace with better players as we see fit.
18 Posted 26/07/2018 at 10:45:25
19 Posted 26/07/2018 at 11:00:10
20 Posted 26/07/2018 at 11:18:52
Where did you see that Schneiderlin has categorically stated that he doesn't want to play for Everton? I can't find any evidence to that effect. His on field performances might make us think that way, but where has he actually said it?
21 Posted 26/07/2018 at 11:27:45
That list has terrified me, especially at how toothless we look up front when it's on paper. Tosun is our only hope and from what I have seen of him he's bang average at best. We absolutely need a striker!
CB's are also shocking and if Pickford gets injured we are also in a right mess.
The good news is midfield seems OK for quality, but that's all we ever buy so why wouldn't it be?
22 Posted 26/07/2018 at 11:29:30
Schneiderlin stank last season,no doubt, which is all the more frustrating, given the ability he showed before he got injured in his first half season.My main concern, and a challenge for the management team, is his attitude around the squad behind the scenes. I am worried that he thinks hes better than he actually is, and that can destroy squad morale.
He is French,after all.
23 Posted 26/07/2018 at 11:35:48
''He is French,after all.''
SHOCKING! Borderline racism! Although in this instance .
24 Posted 26/07/2018 at 11:38:15
The plus side is that we do have a good core of youth coming through who could benefit from a smaller squad. However this can only happen if we accept that we wont be challenging for anything this year, which I guarantee after one or two indifferent performances will not happen.
25 Posted 26/07/2018 at 11:46:22
Anyway I am optimistic of us playing some good football this season and lets see where we are at seasons end, Nothing could be worse than FS in the dugout on opening.day Sorry for mentioning him wont happen again
26 Posted 26/07/2018 at 12:10:27
Regarding the 25 player squad. I'm sure it is the case that the "registered" players are all over 21 years old. That means Beni and some of the youngsters from the U23's will be eligable to play in the Premier league but don't have to be in the list of 25. That might give us a bit of breathing room for Marco to have his ideal 25 players without giving the Finance team a headache of paying Millions each month to players who can't actually earn their salary.
27 Posted 26/07/2018 at 12:16:32
28 Posted 26/07/2018 at 12:31:05
We will have the squad for top 6 but with 5 quality signings Silva wants Im hoping for top 4.
We have to compete with the usual top 5 and time is running out for any new players to gel.
We can only hope.
29 Posted 26/07/2018 at 12:40:32
30 Posted 26/07/2018 at 12:57:33
Schneiderlin (maybe wishful thinking),
That's 10 off the top of my head. Bolasie and Lookman look likely to be part of that list as well.
31 Posted 26/07/2018 at 12:59:21
32 Posted 26/07/2018 at 13:01:10
33 Posted 26/07/2018 at 13:09:20
The list of outs is pretty clear: Sandro, Bolasie, Klaassen, Mirallas, Besic, Williams, Martina. The futures of Schneiderlin (personally never want to see him ib our shirt again after downing tools last year), Lookman (really hope he stays), and younsters like Pennington, Galloway, Browning (not really a problem if we can't shift them) are all up in the air. While McCarthey's role in the squad is in doubt due to his injury proness (if he could return to the McCarthey of 3/4 years ago, that'd be a huge boost). Vlasic too may well be shifted, but feel he would be best served going on loan to a progressive championship side for 2/3 months. There is a talented player in there somewhere.
Also a key year for DCL and Davies (and to a lesser extent Holgate), this is the year for them to really step up and make their mark.
34 Posted 26/07/2018 at 13:13:38
35 Posted 26/07/2018 at 13:51:06
Only Everton could repeat the folly of such a disastrous management recruitment policy.
36 Posted 26/07/2018 at 15:05:32
37 Posted 26/07/2018 at 15:11:07
38 Posted 26/07/2018 at 15:33:11
39 Posted 26/07/2018 at 15:48:00
40 Posted 26/07/2018 at 16:15:37
41 Posted 26/07/2018 at 16:19:20
42 Posted 26/07/2018 at 16:20:46
43 Posted 26/07/2018 at 16:21:30
44 Posted 26/07/2018 at 16:24:14
45 Posted 26/07/2018 at 16:27:42
46 Posted 26/07/2018 at 16:50:15
47 Posted 26/07/2018 at 16:55:54
Management have known for a long time there's loads of deadwood to shift but we've only managed 2 so far (Robles contract ran out so wasn't exactly difficult to 'release' him). Not an easy task but would be amazed if we managed a further 3 this window let alone as many as they'd like. Not heard any mention of the likes of Williams, Niasse, McCarthy (injured), Martina, Mirallas, Sandro etc being on the move.
Only ones I can see are; Lookman (prob wants to leave), Bolasie (London clubs sniffing around) and Klaason (we are DESPERATE to get rid).
48 Posted 26/07/2018 at 17:33:27
Sandro, no one who wants to buy him will pay him what we are, a loan makes sense.
Youngsters like Baningeme, Robinson, Williams and possibly Kenny should go out.
Besic, Schniederlin, Williams and Bolasie might be players who can be sold as they've shown they can play here in the prem.
Might sound harsh but Baines and Jags could possibly be moved out as I'd imagine they take £150,000 a week between them and if we sign the two lads from Barca then surely we won't need our old stalwarts.
Miralas needs selling but we haven't exactly got clubs queuing up.
Klaassen looks like it's a done deal.
Galloway, Browning and Pennington possibly need moving on too.
49 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:07:02
You all mentioned that we only have till the end of the English transfer window on the 9th August to sell players. The window indeed shuts to English clubs buying players, but as the rest of Europe didn't agree to moving the deadline, we can still sell to clubs in Europe up until the end of August (apart from Italy).
Please read link below:
50 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:15:53
51 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:17:36
52 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:25:51
53 Posted 26/07/2018 at 20:15:37
It will be a hard push to shift that many even till the end of August without making some big payoffs – which will no doubt be the case for the likes of Sandro, for example.
54 Posted 27/07/2018 at 10:23:31
That's £12M plus his wages blown.
55 Posted 27/07/2018 at 17:34:19
Michael (#49), only Premier League clubs can afford to pay what we would like to get for those players. We might still get rid of many but will take a net loss on each of them the way we did with Klaassen.
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