Silva: 'We have to really improve our squad'

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Marco Silva has admitted that he has to strengthen his team with time running out before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

After a close season that has seen more outs than ins as new Director of Football, Marcel Brands, has trimmed the wage bill and reduced numbers in a first-team squad that both he and Silva agreed was too big, the focus shifts to whom can be brought in to add to the arrivals of Richarlison, Lucas Digne and young goalkeeper, Joao Virginia.

There could be further departures this week — Kevin Mirallas is expected to complete a loan move to Fiorentina, Nikola Vlasic's agent is on the look-out for loan opportunities, while there is an indication in The Guardian that Yannick Bolasie might return to Crystal Palace — but Silva is hoping to fill some positions that were highlighted as being necessary when he first came on board in May.

The most urgent is central defence where numbers have been reduced by the sale of Ramiro Funes Mori and the loan of Ashley Williams to Stoke City for the season. Barcelona's Yerry Mina is the subject of fresh reports suggesting he is close to being signed for £28.5m but if the manager's comments are any indication, he is looking for more than just one player in that position.

“I hope [we can get more business done]. It is not the best thing to do to wait until the last days but the market is really difficult,” Silva said. “When we started we knew more or less what were our targets. I know what positions I have to improve and I have started to make more decisions to be sure about everything. But in some positions it was clear in my mind what we needed from the first day.

“Since the first day if I want to put one central defender in the game we don't have any. Mason Holgate has been injured since the first week of pre-season; we lost others,” he continued. “It is one position and it is easy to understand how many we need in that position. We have to sign new players there.

“It is not easy for us as a club to sign some players because in normal situations they ask a lot of money and also we have to make the right decisions. We have to really improve our squad. It is not important if you change 10 players but if you bring in five or six they need to improve our squad.”


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Victor Yu
1 Posted 06/08/2018 at 05:35:15
Sounds like he is a little frustrated. It makes me feel like he believes the transfer executions are processing too slowly.
David Barks
2 Posted 06/08/2018 at 05:41:03
I read it as the usual statement from a manager in the last days of the window. He and we all know of the positions we still need to fill. He states one quite clearly, in central defense. It looks like that might have been addressed with Mina.

If Mina is completed tomorrow, that means he will have signed Richarlison in attack, Digne for LB and Mina for CB. That’s honestly a good start and radically different from last Summer’s disorganized transfers.

I have no doubt we’ll still be busy up until the window, with both players leaving and 2-3 more coming in. We did need to reduce the squad and reduce the wage bill. It was important to the business side as well as the locker room. But the focus is very clearly on adding quality instead of just numbers. I don’t think we’ll see any Martina like signings under this management, thank God.

David Ellis
3 Posted 06/08/2018 at 05:49:53
Yes David B - completely agree
Victor Yu
4 Posted 06/08/2018 at 05:50:16
I do believe we need another striker.

Tosun is good but we don't have anything else. Niasse tries but is not good enough and DCL is very average to me. Sandro needs a new start elsewhere.

Gavin Johnson
5 Posted 06/08/2018 at 05:53:30
Have to agree with you David. This summer window has really highlighted the scattergun approach under Walsh/Koeman. Neither of them had a clue how they were going to use Rooney, Klaassen and Sigurdsson in the same side. Not to mention not buying a LB and striker. It was a comedy of errors.

If we bring in Mina later today and make another signing or two before Thurs, it will have to be our best window since Martinez's first summer at the club. M&M have had a difficult window bearing in mind they have had to sell and release players as well as signing them. You can also see they are trying to get a balanced squad with 2 decent players in every position. I also don't see us buying rubbish like Martina under their watch.

IMO, as well as Vlasic and Martina we also need to try and offload Besic and Niasse if we can bring a striker in as a replacement. Tosun is our only quality stiker at this point.

Alan J Thompson
6 Posted 06/08/2018 at 06:03:15
Why is he even out there saying this when it appears Brands is still negotiating with Barcelona over Mina, it won't be strengthening the bargaining position on this or any other transfer. When the Boardroom and backroom were supposedly sorted, rather than just re-positioned, was the PR position overlooked or is it just totally forgotten when the phone rings. Until the deal is done then keep it to generalizations along the lines of always looking to strengthen all positions.
David Barks
7 Posted 06/08/2018 at 06:06:40
Im surprised I'm writing this, but I don't believe we should add a striker this window. Right now I am in the opinion they we need to form continuity and a bond in attack, and for the time being Tosun will be that man.

Richarlison, Walcott, Tosun and Sigurdsson are our attackers. That much is clear. Maybe Calvert-Lewin will look better filling in for Tosun with those players surrounding him, but I'm not convinced by him. If we need to we can play Walcott through the middle.

I just don't think we need to upset the squad up top because I don't think we'll actually get a top quality player. We'd just be adding numbers and that's exactly what I don't want to do. But if something falls in our lap that is real quality then that is different. Right now though, central midfield after central defense is what I want. And it's that quality central midfielder that I could see being a loan move.

David Ellis
8 Posted 06/08/2018 at 06:17:39
I think we need to give Tosun a clear run in the side before we add another senior striker. Tosun may not be quite top drawer but he’ll do for now and will reach his potential only with a decent wodge of games.

If he were injured we’re back to Niasse and DCL. Neither are really good enough but DCL may work well between Walcott and Richarlison as his hold up play is decent.
Michael Morgan
9 Posted 06/08/2018 at 06:37:42
David @2 & 7,

Totally agree with both your comments, I've mentioned several times on here over the pre-season and showed news articles with quotes from Brands that our clubs main focus was reducing the squad size and wage bill before making any additions, hence the late start in getting new players in.

I think Silva himself is a little worried and probably thought more deals would of been done by this late stage. But it just shows how poorly executed the previous transfer strategy was run and how difficult a task it has been to get players off the books.

I hope your right on 2-3 more signings after Mina (fingers crossed that this goes through quickly). I personally think we might only get one more after Mina, due to how late in the window it is and that I think the club were hoping to have gotten more players out by this stage.

If I had to choose what position, it would have to be a pacey box to box midfielder to replace Shneiderlin and just have one defensive midfielder. As I think we are in a better position with options up front than we are in central midfield.

I'd like to give Tosun a full season, plus I like Niasse as a sub as he offers something different.

Ajay Gopal
10 Posted 06/08/2018 at 06:48:52
Quite clearly, Marco is hinting at bringing in more than 1 Central Defender. Mina is probably going to be one of them. The other could be a Man United surplus - Smalling/Rojo/Lindelof. Not bad in my opinion. Man Utd will buy one of Maguire/Alderweireld/Boateng. Greeting Zouma on a loan may also not be a bad thing. I feel for Holgate, this could have been a breakout year for him, but the injury will be a setback for his career.
Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 06/08/2018 at 06:59:50
Agreed with both Davids... striker is not the top priority right now, and there are simply no strikers on the market of sufficient quality to significantly improve our squad. Tosun needs games and service, and I think he will get both.

Ajay, don't feel too bad for Holgate. He has Achilles' tendinitis. It'll be a setback for his early season, but definitely NOT for his career.

Colin Glassar
12 Posted 06/08/2018 at 06:59:57
Ajay, out of the three I’d take Lindelof. He’s the most talented of them and, now, he’s got prem experience. I thought he was excellent for Sweden in the World Cup.
Mike Gaynes
13 Posted 06/08/2018 at 07:06:49
I wouldn't go crazy for any of the three, Colin. Lindelof for me was decent at the WC, no better than that -- played very well defensively, especially against Mexico and England, but was pretty awful passing the ball out of the back. He's a one-touch-and-hoof-it kind of guy.
Gavin Johnson
14 Posted 06/08/2018 at 07:10:44
If we need a 2nd CB I'd go for Zouma from Chelsea. He wouldn't cost more than £10m max and would be an easy acquisition. With the need for a 2nd CB I have the feeling that Silva doesn't have much faith in playing Jags now.

Added to Zouma, buy or loan Loftus Cheek and we will have a decent squad that should only need tweaking in the next couple of windows. While I'd like us to get an improvement on Niasse, that might be something we can do next window.

Jim Bennings
15 Posted 06/08/2018 at 07:14:54
We need the obvious two centre backs (Mina plus one).

We need a ball carrying central midfielder (still don’t think Sigurdsson has the tools in his armour to be what we are crying out for).

We need a striker, how many clubs aiming to challenge the top 6 would be going with Tosun, Niasse and DCL as their options?

We need 4 signings before Thursday but I’m nowhere near convinced we’ll get that many.

I just hope I’m not watching a starting team on Saturday week including Keane, Jagielka, Davies and Schneiderlin, all pedestrian one paced plodders.

Colin Glassar
16 Posted 06/08/2018 at 07:17:59
I’m just trying to be realistic Mike. We will be getting our yearly Man U recruit/reject so out of the three, I’d go for Lindelof.
Victor Yu
17 Posted 06/08/2018 at 07:19:01
Assuming we get Mina, I think we should go after Vida if we want another CB.

Keane, Mina, and Holgate are all young and we should get a relatively experienced CB to work with them.

Gavin Johnson
18 Posted 06/08/2018 at 07:23:36
How do you feel about Bolasie staying or going Jim? I know you were his biggest advocate on TW, way before we signed him
Hugh Jenkins
19 Posted 06/08/2018 at 07:55:31
Speaking of creative box to box CM's who have a goal in them, I wonder if our prodigal son at Chelsea fancies coming home?
Gary Russell
20 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:04:50
I am quite surprised how much negativity Tosun has received since we bought him. For a team as dysfunctional and devoid of decent service to whoever has played up front, Cenk's record is decent. What I have seen is a guy with a very good touch at times, who makes space in tight situations and has rather clinical finishing. I'm impressed with him so far under the circumstances. Given a good run in a settled team which will hopefully gel better as the season progresses under the new manager, I am very optimistic about him.
Steavey Buckley
21 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:12:14
Everton will be missing Rooney's goals from midfield, as I don't believe Scheiderlin, Davies or Gueye together will match his goal tally. This is a concern for next season.
Andy Williams
22 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:13:08
Gary. You beat me to it. I was just about to say the very same. I think he is intelligent, strong, has a great touch and can finish.
Vijay Nair
23 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:14:33
Not sure if he's technically box-to-box but one of our old targets Dennis Praet is available with a release clause (€22m?) Only Fulham seem to have made enquiries...
Michael Morgan
24 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:15:22
Gavin @14,

Add about £10-15 million on that and I think you'd be close, he still has 5 years on his contract and his current valuation is £15 million.

Pickfords current valuation is £35 million, and when the Chelsea rumours started, fans said they wouldn't sell for a penny less than £75 million.

I like him though and if we are interested in another CB, i'd definitely go for him over the others being linked with us.

I'd definitely steer clear of Vida, Victor @17, after 2 dreadful years of getting players past their peak, the club has to be smarter.

Eddie Dunn
25 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:17:33
Victor, I agree, but would Vida come to us?
Mike Allison
26 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:20:21
I'm reasonably happy with our strikers. We’ve got four who can score goals. If we sign attacking players I want them to be chance creators.

It looks like we’re signing two centre backs if possible. I’d love Lascelles and I think Loftus-Cheek would be a great signing for midfield. If we only signed those two I’d be pretty happy. Anyone else would be a bonus.

Silva seems to have fallen into the trap of telling selling clubs that we’re desperate, whilst telling his current players he doesn’t believe in them. Not the way to go about things in my opinion.

Mike Allison
27 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:21:10
Oh, and please stop talking about Vida. I hope he signs for Liverpool.
Martin Janes
28 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:22:23
Silva and brands have operated too late in the transfer window. For Silva to say there is not a lot of time indictates poor planning.

He didn't put up the fab four on the market until last week. We knew they were struggling at the end of last season.

Two central defensers and one quality creative pacey midfielder is what is needed now. Replace Keane, Jagielka and Davies or Geuye and put them on the bench.

Get Schneiderlin, Sandro and Besic off the wage bill and you are on your way to being respected by the fans.

Sandra Bowen
29 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:24:44
I imagine that should the Mina deal go through then any further incomings will probably be loans.

Wouldn’t be too disappointed with Lindelof or Smalling to be honest, both are better than our other options. As much as I’d love Laschelles, I just can’t see another major big money purchase this summer. Hopefully I’m wrong though as I think he would be a brilliant addition, we desperately need some aggression in our defending, been lacking for years. They’ve all been far too nice!! I don’t mean dirty players, just those who love defending and hate conceding.

I guess Drinkwater on loan wouldn’t be too bad either but I’d dearly love Dembele for a season or 2, he’d make a huge difference and worth the huge wages in trying to get to where we want to get to.

As for a striker, always tough as they seem hard to find. Could do worse than Welbeck, not a huge goal threat but managers have always liked him as he follows instructions and understands the pressing game.

Jimmy Hogan
30 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:30:56
Hugh Jenkins #19. As someone else pointed out, Ross had some problems with one of the the local mobs, or whatever you call them, over a woman. I don't live in Liverpool, I just read it in the Echo a while back. He quite wisely got out of town. I know he shat on us, but I think he is scared stiff of ever setting foot in Liverpool again. He will never come back to Everton.
Bill Watson
31 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:31:00
Is it just me or does anyone else think we're a little short of number 10s? !!
Andrew Ellams
32 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:34:05
If Mina or another CB comes in then we will have achieved the bare minimum needed to hopefully move forwards but still not challenge the top 6. If we could improve the midfield and one of the top 6 has a season like Arsenal had last year then we may be in with a chance. Other that it's just hopefully step 1 in a rebuilding process.
Victor Yu
33 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:42:16
Vida is 29. That's prime age for a CB.

I understand we want to bring in your players. But with 3 young CBs (assume Mina signs), we need an experienced CB to work with them. If we go with three CBs in some situations, I certainly don't want 3 CBs under 25 to play together.

Martin Berry
34 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:47:41
I have a feeling that Mina plus a loan signing at centre back from the likes of Chelsea/Man Utd may be the deal.
Also possibly a midfielder who actually makes a forward pass ! !, step up Aaron Mooy please.
Bolaise and Sandro loaned out if not sold.
Laurie Hartley
35 Posted 06/08/2018 at 08:51:17
We used to say feed the Yak and he will score. So will Cenk Tosun - he is a clinical finisher.

Between them Richarlison, Walcott and Sigurdsson will provide him with the chances he needs. They will also score a few themselves.

Defence is where our problems lie - the signing of Mina should go a long way to solving that, however a loan deal for Drinkwater would be the icing on the cake for me.

Mark Dunford
36 Posted 06/08/2018 at 09:09:08
Brands and Silve seem to be doing a sensible job. Squad is being rebalanced - we now have three left footed outfield players!, some surplus players have left and others are going making it possible to see the wood from the trees and we’ve signed two strong, promising players with what seems to be at least a couple more on the way.
I’m slightly wary about Mina - he looked very good in the World Cup yet is clearly unwanted at Barca and has a mixed record there. He may be another one who flatters through good tournament performances yet fails to deliver on a weekly basis. On balance, he is probably worth the risk but we’ll need another defender to complete a decent cohort at the back. Bolasie seems likely to go down as another Koeman failure - albeit one crippled by injury as much as anything else. All in all, this seems to be heading in a comprehensible direction for first time since Martinez signed Lukaku.
Danny Baily
37 Posted 06/08/2018 at 09:16:55
We've known which players we need to recruit all summer and with the exception of a LB our recruitment have failed to bring them in with a week to go to the start of the season.

Worse still, we let two senior CB's go. I can understand Williams but without a replacement already in place Funes Mori should never have been allowed to leave.

The blame lies squarely with Brands and Silva. If we haven't recruited a first choice CB by the time we kick off against wolves then they have put our club in jeopardy.

Michael Morgan
38 Posted 06/08/2018 at 09:17:15
Victor @33,

The peak age for a CB is 27, after that he is in decline.

You googled that, and that was an article from 2014. Their is a much later article in 2017, which goes in to great detail explaining peak ages for all positions. The games changing so fast these days.

You say you can't have just kids without experience, we haven't Coleman's nearly 30 and Digne is 25, that's plenty of experience in the back 4. Plus if they can't get rid of Jagielka before window shuts, he'll still be there to help them in training.

Karl Meighan
39 Posted 06/08/2018 at 09:25:05
The season starts next week and we could be starting with a leftback with 10 minutes behind him and a centreback starting off 2 training sessions, not ideal as defenders can take months to settle and forge a understanding as a unit with there fellow defenders.

All transfers can be a gamble but Mina more so for most of us having only seen him play at the World Cup, reminds me of the redshite signing Phill Babb on the back of a couple of good performances for Ireland during the World Cup in the States.

James Marshall
40 Posted 06/08/2018 at 09:31:05
Mina was useless for Barca in the 5 games he played for them. They were looking to go a full season unbeaten and when they had to play Mina they scored 4 but conceded 5 goals and lost. That was a quarter of the goals they conceded all season in one match.

He's shockingly slow over short distances and clumsy too by all accounts.

He'll fit right in at Everton.

Danny Baily
41 Posted 06/08/2018 at 09:34:16
Mark 36, the squad is very poorly balanced.
Scott Hall
42 Posted 06/08/2018 at 09:36:28
Poor Marco has aged in 3-months. That's the Everton effect.

We'd never be able to market a anti-ageing skin cream would we.

Paul Mackay
43 Posted 06/08/2018 at 09:39:52
This reads, other than Holgate I’m not really fussed on any of our current CB’s.
Gary Russell
44 Posted 06/08/2018 at 09:41:00
Mr Marshall, you are closing in on double figures for posts about your distaste or dislike for Mina wearing an Everton shirt. How about wait and see before crucifying the lad. He ain't even signed yet.
David Chait
45 Posted 06/08/2018 at 09:48:57
Numbers are not an issue. I would rather we miss a player than buy the wrong one out of haste and panic. Every player we buy must be a proper step up in anyone in the current squad in that position.

My opinion on key positions changes from striker to defence to midfield. We haven’t replaced Barkley or Lukaku in what they offer, although we might find Richarlison could play a central role linking midfield to attack if his passing is good.

Jerome Shields
46 Posted 06/08/2018 at 09:51:35
When Silva says 'improve the squad', he probably means improve the squad by improving the performance of existing players as well as bringing in players to improve performance and back-up in existing weak positions.

Well, that's what he is going to have to do anyway.

John Raftery
47 Posted 06/08/2018 at 10:03:06
In other words, the squad he inherited is totally inadequate. In the circumstances last season’s eighth place was a remarkable achievement, made possible only by the signings of Walcott and Tosun and the return to fitness of Coleman and Jagielka If the recent additions are up to the standard indicated by the fees paid for them our strongest team might be good enough to climb to seventh. Anything higher would require one of the top six to fall apart.
Kase Chow
48 Posted 06/08/2018 at 10:27:33
We DEFINITELY need a striker. We simply don’t have enough Goals in the team and Goals win matches
Derek Knox
49 Posted 06/08/2018 at 10:44:36
Kase, while there is some substance in what you say, we do have players who are capable of getting a goal or two.

It would be nice if we could get 3 or 4 goals each game, but if you are conceding at the same time, it is a waste of time.

Sorting the defence is key in this window, if you don't concede many, you become difficult to beat, if you concede none and score one in the same game, it is success and 3 points.

Like many have said, Silva has inherited a crock of the brown stuff, and it will take several 'window's to achieve what he envisages is best for Everton.

Personally, although he was not my preferred choice, I think he is doing okay, pre-season just highlighted how big a task he has to rectify his predecessors' mistakes, this can't be achieved by signing just one or two players.

I admire him for giving the fringe and younger players a fair crack of the whip, but sadly few, if any, have taken that opportunity to claim a squad or first team slot.

Gerry Ring
50 Posted 06/08/2018 at 10:53:53
I think we should be looking towards Man U for signings. Mourinho has lost the plot & seems willing to let some fine players go. Vida is not one of them though ie a fine player. Don’t suppose we could coax Shane Duffy back. He seems to have a strong affiliation with our club still judging by his tweets. He would bring some steel & aggression to our defense.
Vijay Nair
51 Posted 06/08/2018 at 11:23:19
Another option would be to hijack Calum Chambers loan move from Arsenal to Fulham.
Anthony Hawkins
52 Posted 06/08/2018 at 11:36:01
I’m slightly confused over the Mina transfer. When Utd came in I thought it would be game over for us. Have Utd pulled out or how have we become the favourites? Very happy if we have!
Paul Mackay
53 Posted 06/08/2018 at 11:45:19
I think the player is happy to stay at Barcelona and I don't think they need to sell him. So they are probably holding out for top dollar and I reckon Man Utd have been put off by the fee, knowing they can get Maguire for less or similar money.
Be interesting to see how desperate we get in the build up the window closing. We will either pay too much for Mina or go for one of Man Utd CBs for less.
Tony Sullivan
54 Posted 06/08/2018 at 12:20:37
Hugh Jenkins @19,

I was sorry to see Barkley leave, and apparently mobster troubles/threats was a contributory factor.

But he had a full game on Sunday and achieved 2 out of 10 with a performance described by the Guardian pundit as 'irrelevant in a midfield mush'.

We are not the only side with problems it seems, and I don't believe Barkley is part of the solution.

Anthony Hawkins
55 Posted 06/08/2018 at 12:20:41
I've just seen the rumor that we're in for Smalling or Lindelof if we can't get Rojo from Utd. seriously? There has to be better options than any of those three!?
Iain Latchford
56 Posted 06/08/2018 at 12:32:52
We could have signed Alfie Mawson and Ben Gibson for a combined fee of £30m, which I think would have been decent business.
John Wells
57 Posted 06/08/2018 at 12:34:15
Gerry #50

It has always pissed me off that we let Duffy go, I'm Irish so maybe I have a soft spot but that guy has more pace than a lot of CB's and would literally put his neck on the line for a result (which very few of our current group would) and he loved the club, absolutely loved being at Everton. He could have been a club captain, takes no shit but gives plenty.

Soren Moyer
58 Posted 06/08/2018 at 12:43:17
Please no more over priced manure rejects!
James Morgan
59 Posted 06/08/2018 at 12:43:25
If we get Mina I’d still want us to get another centre half. Jags is past it, Keane doesn’t suit Silvas style and Holgate is young and currently injured. A box to box midfielder (N’Zonzi, Dembele etc) would be great plus a versatile attacker. Someone comfortable across the front line. Credit to Brands for shifting the dead wood but now we need to get at least three in.
Ray Roche
60 Posted 06/08/2018 at 12:49:58
John @59
He also knew where the net was. Usually his own.😉
Paul Mackay
61 Posted 06/08/2018 at 12:52:56
John (#59),

Duffy downed tools at Everton. He was a young player then and fell out with Smith and Knox. We gave him ample time to prove himself in an Everton shirt but never made the grade. The fact a top side have never been in for him is testament to the fact that he wasn't good enough.

Gordon Crawford
62 Posted 06/08/2018 at 12:57:10
We are paying dearly for the last few seasons. Shocking state of affairs.
Paul Mackay
63 Posted 06/08/2018 at 12:57:14
Sorry, fella, thought you were talking about Dunne not Duffy. Although not convinced by him either.
Fran Mitchell
64 Posted 06/08/2018 at 13:13:48
Paul, Smith and Knox?

Duffy is 26 years old, born in 1992. Meaning, with what you're saying, he fell out with the management at just 8/9/10 years of age.

Kids these days, no respect for nothing.

Anthony Hawkins
65 Posted 06/08/2018 at 13:19:03
@64 Gordon - we're playing major catch up from the terrible investment over the last couple of seasons at least. It'll take a while to rectify that but massive strides can be made this season.
Pat Kelly
66 Posted 06/08/2018 at 13:23:09
We need a striker. You don't win games without scoring and we don't score enough with what we've got. It's not rocket science.
Fran Mitchell
67 Posted 06/08/2018 at 13:27:39
This is just a typical managerial statement. In no way a sign that Silva is worried and frustrated.

If we get a defender, which I am sure we will, it can be considered a positive window.

Silva and Brands have gone about business correctly, analysing the players we have and correcting key flaws.

Centre midfield also needs to be assessed, but not so urgently.

We all know that challenging the top 6 is not a target for this season. Our principal target is to build.a team and a style of play that makes evertonians enjoy saturdays once again. Once that is done, focus on getting 7th and Euro football next season, then maybe a cup run.

Hopefully over the next 3 years we can seriously compete with the top clubs.

David Barks
68 Posted 06/08/2018 at 13:34:34
Totally agree Fran. The club Under Brands is clearly focusing on resetting the game and this time going with more methodical approach to player acquisitions. It’s not about this window. It’s about the next few seasons.

Over this year and the next couple we will see Jagielka gone, probably Baines gone. I’d imagine Schneiderlin will leave over that time. Meanwhile the plan is clearly to bring in quality players in those positions, not just numbers. So it’s going to be about reshaping the squad window after window, not in a single shot. That will allow the team to form a bond and for new players added in the future to more easily geo with the rest of the team.

Jamie Evans
69 Posted 06/08/2018 at 13:35:59
I can't believe what I am reading... Are some people honestly not happy that we've got rid of Williams and Funes Mori !? Absolutely priceless.

Just because we were awful at the back without him last season, le's not make Funes Mori out to be some kind of saviour. He was dreadful. (Talk about short memories.)

Callum Chambers could do us, possibly, but Alfie Mawson is about to undergo surgery on his knee so he would not have helped us in our current predicament.

It's Holgate's injury which has shown us again the unfortunate deficiencies of our Captain as well as those of Keane.

As for Ben Gibson... really?

Si Cooper
70 Posted 06/08/2018 at 13:36:20
Another CB or a proper DMF? I’m of the opinion that the right player in defensive midfield could do wonders for both the defence and the attack. That is where I hope we get someone else in in the next couple of days, providing the Mina deal goes through.
Robert Leigh
71 Posted 06/08/2018 at 13:41:14
Bill #31

I think if Siggy doesn’t play (injury/rest/suspension) we will play Dowell or perhaps Lookman centrally (he played inside forward for Leipzig I gather?).

I’ve said on another thread I’d like Zouma, quick, strong, premier league proven.

Denis Richardson
72 Posted 06/08/2018 at 13:44:18
Cenk is not a bad striker. Problem is he's the only one we've got. Niasse and DCL are not PL standard - lets be honest.

Steve 21 - I'm sure we can find someone else to take penalties in Rooney's absence. Also thankfully, none of gueye, schneids or Davies are in the side for goals. I think our current front 4 (if fit) will cause a lot of teams problems. Its the other end of the pitch that concerns me!

Jay Harris
73 Posted 06/08/2018 at 13:45:09
Anyone know the status of James McCarthy. He could alleviate the defensive midfield issues until the next window. As could Baningme when fit again.

The disappointing thing is Tom Davies shocking drop in form over the last 12 months. He always looks as if he[' been out all night too with bags that make him look 30 years older.

Chris Corn
74 Posted 06/08/2018 at 14:01:43
I always chuckle when people decry the likes of Tosun and say we need a 20+ goal a season speed merchant as if they grow on trees. We had one of them and he was sold because he wanted better things. Like most of the world's prolific scorers.

I agree with David Barks at 7. Striker is not a priority. If we don't address the CB issue after the lessons we should have learned with the Lukaku saga last season then Moshiri should be held to account massively. The flanks are well covered so a midfielder who can actually play with the ball at his feet would be more than welcome

Fran Mitchell
75 Posted 06/08/2018 at 14:14:36
Those saying we need a new striker, but there is a dearth of them and that is obvious when names like Walbeck get thrown around.

Personally, any of Richarlison, Walcott and Lookman can play as central attacker if need be, and could offer a really dynamic attack in doing so.

Also, those writing off Calvert-Lewin are being unfair I feel. The lad is young and has mainly been played out wide, heck he even played at right-back. But he is tall, strong, has pace, reasonable first touch if he can improve his finishing then there is a very decent striker there. So there is no need for us to go and spend £30+million on a striker just yet.

In a years time Henry should be with us also.

The moment is about addressing clear weaknesses, and shipping out clear dead wood.

Hooefully, the new management will help improve the likes of Davies, Holgate, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin, Baningime, Dowell and Joe Williams and save us the need to buy players. In a year, they will know more about these lads and whether they have what it takes or not.

Justin Doone
76 Posted 06/08/2018 at 14:18:05
Smalling has apparently been injury free since turning Vegan, it may have coincided with him not playing or training over the summer but what do I know.

Man Utd friends think Jones is the better defender, further cementing proof of their turd for brain comments.

I'm no more impressed with Mina than any of the injury prone Man Utd lot. So why not Vida. He's exactly the kind of defender I don't want and looks like a red, so maybe he's exactly who we should get just to mix it up. Not that he'd come.

Can't remember the name but try the French ex-Arsenal and Barca lad. I think he's still top class even if he is 32+.

As for bringing back Duffy, we have Pennington. Very similar but sadly not good enough.

We should have kept Funes Mori but I'm not sure the man on the exit door talks to the man on the entrance. It's like giving my bus ticket away on the to work. It makes the journey harder and mitre expensive than it needs be.

Hopefully Galloway is given a chance or there's a rabbit about to be pulled out of a hat. Hopefully the rabbit's name isn't Desperate Dan.

Darren Hind
77 Posted 06/08/2018 at 14:29:59
Duffy downed tools playing for Walter Smith?

Duffy was a decent defender but he lacked the pace required to hold down a place at Goodison Park. He has improved immensely through his positioning and rarely finds himself exposed by the speed merchants these days.

I think Silva has taken a long look at what we have up top and now knows Tosun and Niasse are nowhere near good enough. Let's hope Calvert-Lewin builds on his potential and becomes more relaxed in front of goal.

Mark Taylor
78 Posted 06/08/2018 at 14:32:18
Not sure why people are rubbishing Lindelof. He is a marked step up from any player we currently have in that position. Problem is, I think Utd won't sell unless Jose has managed to totally hack him off through his unparalleled man management techniques. In which case, I'd be very much in favour of getting him in, good on the ball and a lot more pace than any of our other options- which to be fair is not saying much.

The other gaping hole is someone with some passing skills and eneregy in midfield. We simply cannot start Gana with either Schneiderlin or Davies. It doesn't work. We also need to find a role that works for Siggy, although I just don't see how he fits into the system Silva seems to be pursuing. In fact I've never really understood why we bought him, it was bizarre to so desperately chase a player you then struggle to find a position for.

You always need a good striker but that is also the hardest to find, so I think we'll have to stick with what we have and hope Tosun benefits from better service, that Richarlison and Walcott chip in a decent share of goals, and that Silva works on getting a better return from set pieces, especially if we do get Mina.

Ashley Roberts
79 Posted 06/08/2018 at 14:39:09
Mina, Zouma and most importantly Loftus-Cheek.

This would be good business and I think put us in touch of a top 6 shot. For me Schneiderlin has to go along with Bolasie. I am hoping Joe Williams if and when fit can deputies for Gana. It has been rumoured that Silva is a fan.

Andy Bone
80 Posted 06/08/2018 at 14:39:43
Echi now reporting no deal for Mina.
Lee Paige
81 Posted 06/08/2018 at 14:45:07
Gone from hopeful to doubtful that we will sign anybody else now unless more players are cleared out. It’s going to be hard due to our wage structure. Let’s hope Palace really want Bolasie.
Mark Taylor
82 Posted 06/08/2018 at 15:04:12
Just a quick coment on the will we/won't we do the deal.

If I was Everton, I would be more than happy to give both the player and the club the impression that this is not the be all and end all, and we'll walk away if we feel our time is wasted. I'd have no problem in using the press to communicate that.

Barca are in a bit of a hole with this. Mina is basically unusable for them given their recent non EU signings. I imagine the player would prefer CL football but Barca will not want to be left with only Lyon to negotiate with. We need to flush out Lyon's bid, basically tell them if no deal by Wednesday, it's off. And mean it.

Of course our position is not so strong either, unless we have secretly lined up a couple of other CB's but the idea of poker is not to show your hand.

Dale Rose
83 Posted 06/08/2018 at 15:42:28
I'm feeling a lot more optimistic now, than I did at the start of last season, particularly after the Europa League qualifiers.

There is no doubt that the defence has been a cause for concern for some time, hopefully part of it will now be replaced, with the potential new signings.

I think with this in place, we will improve dramatically, and increase the confidence of the rest of the team.

As regards the other issues, if Lookman wants to go, let him with a big price tag. He doesn't want to stay and despite me being a fan of his, he seems to be quite immature. The rest we are trying to off load should just go. Get rid, drop the wage bill and put it down to experience.

I don't think we will break top four this year, but I think top six is realistic. There needs to be a lot of faith at the club, Silva, Moshiri and Brands arent passengers, their reputations are all at stake. Its a long-term project, but if it comes off, happy days.

On a bitter and twisted note, I would just like for once to rub the red shites noses in it. Our time is coming.

Mark Taylor
84 Posted 06/08/2018 at 15:50:41
As an aside, I keep getting Davy Klaassen popping up as an image on the website.

Have we signed him back already as the ball playing midfielder we are supposedly short of?

Mick Davies
85 Posted 06/08/2018 at 15:58:13
Jay @ 74,

"Everton midfielder James McCarthy has delivered a positive injury update on Instagram as he looks to overcome the horrific double leg-break suffered back in January - just under a fortnight before the Toffees' Premier League opener.

The 27-year-old suffered the abysmal injury during a tangle with West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon during a 1-1 draw with the Midlands outfit, coming off just after the hour mark.
It was another slice of bad luck for the Republic of Ireland international, who is prone to injury and managed just three Premier League appearances before the West Brom clash due to hamstring and knee problems.

However, with less than two weeks until Everton's opener against newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers on August 11, McCarthy has told fans that he is back out on the grass as he ups his recovery ahead of the 2018-19 season.

McCarthy has managed just 19 appearances for Everton over the last two seasons and will certainly have much to prove to new manager Marco Silva in a bid to win back his place in the Toffees side."

Much as I love the guy playing for us and his total commitment and great attitude, I fear another Whiteside, who also played too many games too young in the same style

Anthony Hawkins
86 Posted 06/08/2018 at 16:00:54
@79 Mick Taylor.

Have you seen how leaky Utds defence has been? de Gea and the midfield have been helping them out - not that utd have much of a midfield.

I don’t get why everyone seems to accept certain players because ‘they’re better than what we currently have’. Did you see our performances last season? They were dreadful! It’s at times were pretty dire too. Just because a player is a little bit better doesn’t mean they should be our benchmark when our line is way lower than it should be.

Morris Kruger
87 Posted 06/08/2018 at 16:05:40
Unless things improve dramatically at the back, I see another season of pain ahead...
Tony Page
88 Posted 06/08/2018 at 16:13:45
Well, has Mina signed yet? Hope we get him. Apparently we are in for Smailing and Jörgen Nilsson Lindelöf from Manchester United, so that would be the defence sorted.
Paul Birmingham
89 Posted 06/08/2018 at 17:07:52
If... EFC, and the clock for the window is running down. Until any player has the photo shoot in the blue shirt, then, it is, ifs and buts.

Let’s hope MB can do some magic. But credit in off loading, the dead wood.

Robert Hussey
90 Posted 06/08/2018 at 17:12:29
Why don't we stick our neck out and try for Martial? Yeh, he probably won't come but it would show a bit of intent.
Robert Hussey
91 Posted 06/08/2018 at 17:15:30
As well as Martial, why don't we ask Tottenham about Dembele? They are willing to sell him and he would be a great addition.
Mark Taylor
92 Posted 06/08/2018 at 17:20:10

The very first yardstick is are they better than waht we have, and Lindelof is. In his first EPL season he did OK, 5 clean sheets, 14 goals conceded in 17 games in a United side that was struggling, not least because Pogba could never be bothered to track back so midfield was often wide open. That's not a bad- take a look at Keane's figures!

Could we get better? Maybe, who do you have in mind? Keep to people we have a half decent chance of actually attracting.

Tony Twist
93 Posted 06/08/2018 at 17:47:40
With Mina it doesn't matter if the club's have agreed a fee if the player doesn't want to come. We have waited and waited, the old Everton trick, then things fail and everybody looks at everyone else to blame. It's a risky strategy from Everton.
John Keating
95 Posted 06/08/2018 at 18:05:26
To be honest I am quite surprised this has dragged on so long especially after past history.

Regardless if the fault lies with Barca, Mina or a combination of both we have been desperate for central defenders since last season.

Silva must have been aware of our situation since at least leaving Watford.

We should have moved on to other targets ages ago and consigned Mina to others as soon as we saw an issue.

Leaving this crucial position until a couple of days before the opening game is beyond belief.

Tony Williams
96 Posted 06/08/2018 at 18:20:25
As I posted on another threa, get Lacelles.
Christy Ring
97 Posted 06/08/2018 at 18:21:26
Mike @85 Macca's long layoff after his horrific injury, could be a blessing, as the break could do him the world of good, and clear up his hamstring problem. Hopefully he'll come back fresh and 100% fit, and rearing to play👍
Hugh Jenkins
98 Posted 06/08/2018 at 18:46:37
There are huge assumptions being made by most of the posters here who are deriding the club for not being more positive in trying to fill the CB position(s).

The assumptions are that:-

1) we were tardy from the off in not pursuing targets earlier,
2) we are concentrating all our efforts on only one option - i.e. Mina

None of us know these suppositions to be fact.

Brands and his team (because he will not be working alone) may be pursuing half a dozen different leads for any of the positions we are trying to fill.

It may only be the very high profile ones that are considered newsworthy, or are being spoken about to the press by third parties.

Nowadays, with so many instant media sources available it is extremely difficult to conduct any business "under the radar".

But, that doesn't mean it doesn't happen or that we may not be surprised by the announcement at Finch Farm that we have signed Mr X........ who's name has not previously been mentioned in connection with the club.

Matthew Williams
99 Posted 06/08/2018 at 18:54:32
Gotta laugh when I read from fellow Blues that they don't rate Tosun.

So who the fuck is gonna score us the goals this season...?

John Keating
100 Posted 06/08/2018 at 19:20:11
you are correct that we do not know who we are pursuing.

However we are now a few days from kick off and not filled in a position we have known about for almost a year.

I would suggest that whoever, if indeed anyone, comes in now he will spend absolutely no time with the squad prior to kick off.

Personally I am all for going after our apparent number one target, however, there comes a time when we have to say enough is enough and move on. Somehow I do not think a couple of days prior to the end of the transfer window is acceptable to anyone.

Mike Gaynes
101 Posted 06/08/2018 at 19:33:57
News: Both TeamTalk and the Express are reporting that Silva has told Bolasie his time with the club is over, and he'll be loaned or sold.

Mike Gaynes
102 Posted 06/08/2018 at 19:41:21
Christy #97, an injury that bad is never a blessing. A leg break to help a hamstring heal? That's like saying losing your foot is a good thing because you don't have to worry about those painful corns anymore.

You're assuming Macca is going to come back 100%, and that's never an assumption with that injury. Vaughan never made it all the way back. It took Oviedo two full years. Same with Barkley. Coleman to me doesn't look close to his peak yet.

Love your rose-colored glasses, but no.

Stephen Davies
103 Posted 06/08/2018 at 19:41:38
Improve indeed...If they can finalise the Bernard deal that will be a great Coup
Christy Ring
107 Posted 06/08/2018 at 21:24:54
Mike @102 II did say it was a horrific injury, not a blessing, so less of the bullshit.
Paul Burns
108 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:27:20
Barely recognise my club any more, no-mark players and managers with no idea of how to create a team. No wonder the same teams win year after year.

Everton have become like most other teams in world football, existing only to make mercenaries and agents rich without having to produce any results.

If I had a time machine, I'd go back and strangle Bill Kenwright at birth, the fool responsible for ruining one of football's great clubs and turning it into a laughing stock.

Ralph Basnett
109 Posted 09/08/2018 at 19:23:44
well its happened, congratulations to you and MB on some excellent additions to the squad
Steve Ferns
110 Posted 09/08/2018 at 19:28:11
Brands has done brilliant 10/10. Silva has clearly played a big part too. Bernard’s comments attest to that. Brands’ job is not ove yet. He’s got three weeks to shift some players, namely Besic, Vlasic, Bolasie, and a few loans to sort out too.

Silva, we’ve given you exactly what you asked for. Sadly there’s not much time to prepare for Wolves, but there’s no European games so we’ve a game a week, giving you time to get the team prepared as we go.

Do your thing Marco and make us proud.

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