Everton confirm release of Ashley Williams

Friday, 7 June, 2019 77comments  |  Jump to last
It has been confirmed that Ashley Williams will leave Everton after three years with the club now that his contract has expired along with a clutch of Academy players.

The Welsh international was signed by Ronald Koeman ahead of his first season as manager of the Blues but as his time at Goodison Park wore on, he was less able to produce the form that made him such a stand-out performer for Swansea City and at international level.

He spent last season on loan at Stoke City but is now among those players being let go by Everton this summer.

Meanwhile, Leighton Baines is considering the offer of a one-year extension to his contract, one which the club are reportedly confident he will sign next week. U23s striker Bassala Sambou has also been offered new terms while Con Ouzounidis has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal with the club.

Everton have also released goalkeepers Mateusz Hewelt, Chris Renshaw and Joe Hilton as well as French forward Boris Mathis. Jack Kiersey, Danny Bramall, Shayne Lavery and Harry Charsley are also leaving but it is understood that Everton will allow Charsley to use Finch Farm for his rehabilitation from injury.  


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Minik Hansen
1 Posted 07/06/2019 at 14:28:23
Well, he had a great European cup with Wales, just before he got here, experience and a captains worth, gotta give it to him he chose to come to us. A bunch of us must've been excited back then? Then we got to know him and he got to know the squad around him without real success... This release is long overdue, all the best to Ashley Williams. We're taking the right steps, that's for sure, feels weird to get rid of one of the many that's needs to be shipped.
Robert Leigh
2 Posted 07/06/2019 at 14:36:57
Seemed a good signing at the time, wasn't too bad the first season (remember him being okay alongside Funes Mori and Holgate in a 3) but the second season he was poor.

Never showed the 'Captain's Qualities' he seemed to at Swansea either.

Sad to see Harry Charsley go, he looked to be next off the production line at one time but it seemed he just couldn't step up.

Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 07/06/2019 at 14:40:16
Not sure why we have offered Sambou a new deal. He seems to have have taken on the role formerly occupied by David Henen, Kieran Agard, and Stuart Barlow of the perpetual "promising star".
Liam Reilly
4 Posted 07/06/2019 at 14:47:47
Don't wish Williams any ill will, but his card was marked a long time ago. Wasn't bad at first but seemed to lose his legs and his confidence at the same time!

It's a tough business for all of these youngsters.

Unfortunately many of them are destined for the exit because they are sold false promises and are just there to make up the numbers for the very few who are primed and chosen for the step up.

Danny Broderick
5 Posted 07/06/2019 at 14:53:39
He was out of his depth here, as simple as that. He was fairly useful in a back 5 in a backs to the wall job. He could just sit in the middle of the 3 centre halves and block things. This is why he looked good for Swansea and Wales.

However, we wanted to kick on. We wanted to play a back 4, move up the pitch and keep hold of the ball. This badly exposed his flaws, namely a lack of pace and a lack of ability on the ball.

I'm amazed he made it professionally as he couldn't kick a ball with either foot. But let's just cut our losses and move on. It just shows how crazy football is when a player who couldn't kick the ball with either foot ends up on £60,000 a week!

Harry Wallace
6 Posted 07/06/2019 at 15:10:45
Cost us around £160,000 per game plus his wages a week. Waste of money in my eyes.
Denis Richardson
7 Posted 07/06/2019 at 15:32:57
Win some lose some - no hard feelings. I thought he was a decent signing when we got him. Played great for Swansea and Wales so not 'out of his depth' as some would say. He did well in his first season with us playing nearly every game when we finished 7th.

Just didn't work out after. Change of manager probably didn't help as he did ok in his first season. Second season was a disaster from the off after we signed Rooney and never recovered. Starting a season without a proper striker was just bonkers. (Koeman gets a lot of stick but that imo was the reason things went wrong fast and he had Rooney forced on him.)

Thats £70k/week freed up from the wage bill.

We've had and will have worse signings - at least he wasnt given a 5 year contract.

Paul Birmingham
8 Posted 07/06/2019 at 15:41:39
This season MB has his work cut out but there’s a decent start to the off loading of players in the senior squad.

Let’s hope we can get some business done and recoup some money, but I fear will be significant net loss to the club.

But onwards and to a good preseason.

Will we get a centre forward?

Kunal Desai
9 Posted 07/06/2019 at 16:14:37
I heard he saw this as a good opportunity of fleecing Everton and making some decent doe whilst contributing very little in return.
Steavey Buckley
10 Posted 07/06/2019 at 16:24:51
Koeman is so good at picking defenders, he chose Williams instead of Maquire for the same amount of money Leicester paid Hull, while Williams is now on a free, but Maguire will now cost £60 million.
Kenny Smith
11 Posted 07/06/2019 at 17:05:54
Let’s be honest he was a disaster. Glad to see the back of him.
Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 07/06/2019 at 17:14:51
I Footballers today reach a certain level they are set for life, Ashley Williams hit the lottery and didn’t even have to buy a ticket. Three years with Everton, good signing on fee £3M a year wages, nice work if you can get it, set for life and he was just an average footballer.

Every player today in the premier league should get on their knees and thank God for Sky TV and all the other TV stations.

Alan Bodell
13 Posted 07/06/2019 at 17:37:12
Thank fuck he's off the books, i'll remember him for 1 goal against Arsenal and twatting the goalie at the Gladys St against the french team, another waste of our money.
Brent Stephens
14 Posted 07/06/2019 at 17:41:30
Good luck to him.
Phil Smith
15 Posted 07/06/2019 at 17:48:34
See that's 2 of our young goalkeepers released. Hilton was still young and thought Mateusz Hewelt looked promising a couple of years ago. Wish them best of luck finding a new club. Maybe Joe can head back to Marine. Lord knows they need some good players in that side to see them bounce back.
Steve Ferns
16 Posted 07/06/2019 at 17:49:39
Some promising youngsters released. The young polish keeper prominent among them. Sadly, Harry Charsley is released. He never looked like a star but he was a solid Player and can forever cherish his game for the first team. I wish the young lads all the best. I couldn’t care less about Williams, we’ve paid him a fortune and not got much back.
Steve Ferns
17 Posted 07/06/2019 at 17:52:06
Paul, Hilton barely featured and is older than Virginia. He was always going to be released.
John Davies
18 Posted 07/06/2019 at 17:53:01
A disastrous signing. Glad to have him off the payroll.
Phil Smith
19 Posted 07/06/2019 at 17:54:33
Oh and Chris Renshaw is on there as well! That means we only have Joao Virginia in the U23 set-up now. Guess Stek will be the cover for him now???
Billy Roberts
20 Posted 07/06/2019 at 17:56:32
I never understand the the dislike our fans had for Ashley Williams, his limitations were quickly discovered in that second season but his attitude and effort to me never seemed to be in question, maybe I never watched him live enough but he appeared to be the only player prepared to bollock lukaku when required, he never mouthed off in public or treated the club disrespectfully or beat anyone up pissed ??
I must have missed something?? I even remember him getting loads of stick for letting his hair grow?
No hard feelings from me Ashley
Steve Ferns
21 Posted 07/06/2019 at 18:07:48
We’ve still got the young yank, Phil
Jimmy Hogan
22 Posted 07/06/2019 at 18:11:27
I'm surprised to see so many posting here. I would have thought you would all be queuing up in your cars to drive him wherever he wants to go to, or are you on your mobile phones?
Steve Ferns
23 Posted 07/06/2019 at 18:19:54
I’m bored Jimmy. I’ve been sat in so much traffic on Finch Lane I’ve had to get my iPhone out and start reading ToffeeWeb. I hope it clears soon so I can give Ashley a lift to the airport. wait a second, I’ve just been told that he’s not here, he’s on holiday and we’ve all turned up for no reason. Oh well maybe I can give Sandro a lift to Prenton Park.
Tony Abrahams
24 Posted 07/06/2019 at 18:25:11
He’s definitely on too much money Steve, but I think Silva, could turn Sandro into a decent Everton player, but then again, he’s got to want it!
Steve Ferns
25 Posted 07/06/2019 at 18:28:40
Is there enough raw material Tony? He’s not quite fast enough for a wide player. He’s got good control but lacks wingers skills to beat a man. His shooting is wayward. He’s not big. He’s not strong. His passing isn’t good enough for a number 10 and he isn’t creative enough. He’s missing too much to be made into a decent premier league player for me.
David Pearl
26 Posted 07/06/2019 at 18:30:14
He was pretty good first season, surrounded by crap the second and lost his way. Age catches up to all of us. Enjoyed watching him bollock Lukaku.
Tom Bowers
27 Posted 07/06/2019 at 18:40:22
Just another of the many failures at the club over the last 20 years.
A panic acquisition like many still on the books.
Jim Bennings
28 Posted 07/06/2019 at 19:15:54
Shame it didn’t work out for Williams at Everton and I’ve no idea quite why it didn’t other than the fact that he lost the desire once he left Swansea and had that great Euro’s in 2016.

I genuinely thought he was a really good signing at bargain fee, 31 at the time the same age as Distin when we signed him back in 2009 but Williams surprised me that he wasn’t made of the same cloth that big Sylvain was.

All the best to him, I think he’ll probably retire.

Christy Ring
29 Posted 07/06/2019 at 19:23:05
Like a lot of previous comments, I thought he'd do a job for us when he signed. It wasn't from a lack of trying, but a disaster.
David Hallwood
30 Posted 07/06/2019 at 19:34:56
As one player (who I can't remember cos it's so long ago) answered in a questionnaire, 'who was your most difficult opponent' to which he answered, 'old father time'-I think that sums up Asley Williams.

But good luck to him wherever he lands.

Sam Hoare
31 Posted 07/06/2019 at 19:40:49
The trouble with signing players in their later years is you never know when they will start to lose their powers. With Gareth Barry, it seemed like never! And with Williams it seemed about aged 32/33. Wether that is physical deterioration or losing motivation etc is hard to tell. Generally speaking I don't like to see the club wasting transfer fees on players nearing 30 and I don't think we will be seeing many such signings under Brands.
Si Smith
32 Posted 07/06/2019 at 19:41:24
Unfortunately another signing who we hot drastically wrong, not good enough, no resale room, and over paid.

Not his fault, just like it wasnt Bolasie's fault, Rooneys fault, Schneiderlins fault or half the signings we've had since Moshiri came to town.

Billy Roberts
33 Posted 07/06/2019 at 19:58:36
Si Smith @32, there is an odd one out amongst your list of disappointments and that's Schneideriin who's attitude did stink the place out to the extent that the home crowd actually booed him, something I have never known to witness collectively by a Goodison crowd.
To blame Moshiri for these transfers is almost comical.
Mike Gaynes
34 Posted 07/06/2019 at 20:18:05
Billy #20, agreed, no hard feelings from me either. He played every minute to the maximum, always got the best he could out of his limited speed and size. Unfortunately, with that physical style all he had in him was 600 games, and he hit that limit after one season with us. His judgement betrayed him a few times, but never his heart.

And it wasn't his fault he was a foolish buy.

Joe Hurst
35 Posted 07/06/2019 at 20:18:43
A shame to see the younger players leaving, but as for WIlliams - I'm going to need to polish up my dancing shoes, clearly
Derek Knox
36 Posted 07/06/2019 at 20:58:29
I was quite optimistic when we first got him, based on his performances for both Swansea and Wales as Captain and Centre Back, although I did think we overpaid for him considering his age.

Unfortunately, he rarely re-produced those performances for us, and if anything became progressively worse, where he was becoming a liability.

Maybe as Dave Abrahams alluded to, he had hit the big payday, the Set for Life winner without even purchasing a Ticket.

He did however produce a few decent games so it was not all bad, I wish him well for the future. As with most players who turn out to be a let down, or become an object of dislike among the fans, it wasn't him who came knocking on our door begging to be signed.

Let's hope we are now on the right track, and signings of this ilk are well condemned to the past.

Gerry Ring
37 Posted 07/06/2019 at 21:33:43
Get Shane Duffy back now!!!!. Unbelievable against Denmark. Reminds me of Derek Mountfield. Took out 3 Danes to score a towering header. Just the type of player that we need at Goodison to put the fear of god into the opposition.
Rob Halligan
38 Posted 07/06/2019 at 21:51:09
Gerry just said the same thing on the England thread. Duffy has been brilliant all night and as you say, went through a couple of Danish defenders, legally by the way, to score a bullet of a header.
Gerry Ring
39 Posted 07/06/2019 at 22:04:24
Rob, I’d love to see him back, just for his sheer hard work & determination & total lack of respect for opposition “fancy dans”
Kieran Kinsella
40 Posted 07/06/2019 at 22:20:38
Gerry & Rob

I almost missed the Euro games being on as I was on the BBC sport page which was just all about the women's world cup. Not being funny like but the England v Scotland game (this is being hosted in France) is possibly going to be a "sell out" at a 35,000 seat assuming FIFA shift 20,000 plus tickets as the Scottish FA and English FA sold only 2,025 tickets between them. This is with first round tickets costing as little as 9 Euros. But we have to pretend it is completely normal to give this tournament higher billing on the BBC than the men's European Championships. Oh and there have been about four different articles and opinion pieces explaining how the women should be paid the same as the men. Isn't there a correlation between wages and income? e.g. you can't sell tickets at 8 Euros a pop so there isn't money to pay you 100k a week.

Si Smith
41 Posted 07/06/2019 at 22:49:16
Billy 33.

Can you tell me were or when I blamed Moshiri ??

I simply meant before Moshiri we didn't have two bob to rub together, so transfers were almost always a gamble as we paid buttons for our players, but since Moshiri we have actually had money to spend, but we haven't often enough spent his money wisely.

Look again at my comments and you will see I never once blamed Moshiri.

Stan Schofield
42 Posted 07/06/2019 at 22:50:05
Kieran, when the under-20s England team (with 4 Everton players) won the World Cup a couple of years ago, it barely got a mention on the BBC. Instead, they focused on women's football yet again, even though the match in question wasn't particularly important.

The demand for top-level men's football is massive, and the money in the men's game is commensurate with that. The BBC can fantasise as much as it wants, but it doesn't change the fact that the demand for women's football is nowhere near that of the men's, and the money in the game is correspondingly minuscule by comparison.

The BBC is simply full of bullshit and fantasising, projecting an image of women's football that's well out-of-kilter with reality. No surprise though, since they continually pump out propagandist shite on many subjects.

Tony Hill
43 Posted 07/06/2019 at 23:09:59
He was never fully fit for us, I watched him slightly limping around the perimeter of Goodison before he played a game and I said to my son that we'd be lucky to get a proper season out of him.

In fact, his stats were very good that first year despite his problems. We failed to carry out due diligence and I wonder what our medics were up to in failing to identify a battle-scarred body. We have form for that sort of thing.

Even so, that goal against Arsenal on a thunderous night.

Peter Laing
44 Posted 07/06/2019 at 23:56:55
It proves the point that you should never sign a player on the basis of a good international tournament. Williams along with many of his Welsh team mates did well in Euro 2016, as Swansea captain and available at £12 million appeared at face value to be good business in terms of replacing the outgoing Stones. How wrong could you be ! His attitude in his final season with Everton was appalling - 2 spendings off if I remember rightly and some very shithouse like performances. Glad he's off the wage bill, hopefully the door will remain open for Mirallas and one or two others
Jason Broome
45 Posted 08/06/2019 at 00:40:06
Jagielka's thread reads like a Eulogy. Williams' like an apology.

I hope Yerry has a ToffeeWeb account.

David Currie
46 Posted 08/06/2019 at 00:53:02
He's Shit, not even good enough for Stoke. Sunday league in Wales next year.
Mike Jones
47 Posted 08/06/2019 at 00:56:21
Goodbye. Let’s get better players and stop being mid table happy
Alan J Thompson
48 Posted 08/06/2019 at 03:49:11
Well that's the easy part done; players out of contract and some kids. The hard work is those senior pro's with a year or three still on their contract such as Mirallas etc.
Billy Roberts
49 Posted 08/06/2019 at 08:48:55
Si Smith @41,

Your post (to me anyway) implied Moshiri was to blame by saying the poor purchases happened under his watch. Surely you can see how that can be interpreted?

If you meant Koeman, Allardyce, and of course Walsh was to blame, then we are in agreement as they were the men who identified these players.

Moshiri gave them enough rope to hang themselves... unfortunately, it was expensive rope.

Richard Mason
50 Posted 08/06/2019 at 09:04:40
Gerry (37) Duffy really was a man mountain in the 2 boxes last night against Denmark. His first touch was great, played it out of the back a couple of times in the first half skipping past a couple of Danes. A really good big physical centre half. Always liked him
Clive Rogers
51 Posted 08/06/2019 at 09:14:52
Martinez was to blame for selling Duffy. He was always a good defender but he didn’t fit into RM’s passing game at the time. He has since improved that part of his game. I’d have him back tomorrow.
Eddie Dunn
52 Posted 08/06/2019 at 09:29:34
He was a giant at Swansea and tried his best for us. He is like so many centre halves who lack footballing skills, but I also don't understand the ill will.

He was past his best and his lack of pace was his major problem. I also enjoyed it when he bollocked Lukaku.

Good luck, Ash.

Dave Williams
53 Posted 08/06/2019 at 09:50:19
He looked a decent buy at the time but after his first season he was done. I wish him the best of luck as he appears a decent bloke.

When assessing how much we will lose in offloading some of these players, we must bear in mind what we have or will gain in selling others. Lukaku and Stones generated huge profits, Barkley a decent one, and Gana, Pickford, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewis, Lookman, Onyekuru, Digne, Davies, Bernard would all generate very significant profits if they were sold (which hopefully they won't be!!!).

Paul Smith
54 Posted 08/06/2019 at 10:00:02
Not read the thread so, if this is reiterating the above, apologies. If it wasn't for his showing for Wales in the Euros, I don't believe he would have been here.

He stood out in a poor Swansea team (well I'd heard of him anyway) as a no-nonsense body-on-the-line defender. I think it’s why Koeman bought him. Anyway, nowhere near good enough for us.

Billy Roberts
55 Posted 08/06/2019 at 10:09:12
I'm interested to know what other Toffeweb readers think of Barkley's transfer fee?

Dave @53 makes a sensible point about profit and losses but I still feel we got had off with Barkley's transfer fee, £15 million wasn't it?

I know the transfer was protracted by Barkley's inability to know what he wanted (apparently) but still Barkley is an enigma at Chelsea.

Did we get taken to the cleaners? He was and is still getting picked by England, I think he had only 1 year left on his contract like Hazard £90-120 million and Eriksson who Spurs want £100 million +, Barkley isn't at the level of these two but is /was his value that inferior?

Mike Keating
56 Posted 08/06/2019 at 10:14:33
Steavey @ 10 - I heard we were offered Maguire AND Robertson but balloon head went for Williams and Cocu Martina instead. Maguire became a World Cup star and Robertson has a CL winners medal and named in PFA team of the year.

And now Koeman complains he was not given time to show what he could do!

Stan Schofield
57 Posted 08/06/2019 at 10:19:36
Billy, there's been lots of speculation on ToffeeWeb as to how Barkley's contract was allowed to run down (the basic reason for a low transfer fee). This speculation has ranged from the Everton hierarchy pissing Barkley off (for example with Koeman's public criticisms of him), to Barkley eventually wanting to get away from Merseyside after that incident in a bar when he was punched.

But it's all speculation, and nobody really knows what's gone on behind closed doors at Everton. My take on it (for what it's worth) is that it looks a fuck-up on the part of the Everton hierarchy.

Si Smith
58 Posted 08/06/2019 at 10:24:21
Billy 49,

I see your point mate, but Moshiri is the best thing that's happened to the club in decades, I genuinely didn't mean he himself had squandered the money, more that during his time our transfers have been expensive ones were as before the biggest failures usual cost us buttons as we had no money to spend.

Koeman, Walsh and Sam are the fellas who wasted it.

Before Moshiri and the above manager Martinez for all his obvious flaws spent quite well.

Just cross wires here bud, I probably should of explained myself better 👍

James Hughes
59 Posted 08/06/2019 at 10:43:26
It was said the Chelski had agreed to pay £30m but Ross refused to leave as he wasn't fit. Then went for half that in January. As Stan says all we can do is speculate. Barkley we will be 26 this year and is still in the 'has potential' bracket.

Terry Underwood
60 Posted 08/06/2019 at 10:53:25
Easy to say "Good signing" or "Bad signing" after the event, but when pen is put to paper, there is never any guarantee. Still, when life gives you lemons, you must be EFC
Rob Halligan
61 Posted 08/06/2019 at 10:55:16
The red echo is reporting that Yerry Mina wants to leave Everton, with Fenerbache his likely destination.

Should he go, and at the moment I can't see Silva or Brands sanctioning any deal, that would leave us with Michael Keane as our only recognised centre back. With Williams and Jags already shown the door, Zouma (for the moment returned to Chelsea) and now talk of Mina wanting out, the centre-back position is once again looking like in need of desperate reinforcements.

Kevin Molloy
62 Posted 08/06/2019 at 10:58:11
I remember I thought Ross was preparing to leave going way back to when Stones left. He put 'Gutted' on his twitter the day he left, and that just felt at the time like he was setting up his excuses to leave. He's just a greedy little chap who isn't as good as we all hoped he would be.
Alan J Thompson
63 Posted 08/06/2019 at 11:24:49
Rob (#62); Now come on, Rob, you've got to get in before you can want out and who might be keen? If Zouma isn't available for next season, how about a cheeky loan of Stones? Well bite my hind!
Martin Mason
64 Posted 08/06/2019 at 11:32:28
Rob, what about Holgate?
Rob Halligan
65 Posted 08/06/2019 at 11:38:57
Martin, yep forgot about Holgate, but will he be part of Silva's plans for the coming season, or will be be sent out on loan again? I've not heard or seen anything to confirm where Holgate will be next season.
Steve Ferns
66 Posted 08/06/2019 at 11:39:23
There’s no way Mina is off. It’s paper crap. He’s in the first team right now with Keane and only Holgate and Feeney to back them up. So, there’s no chance of him leaving for first team football. I do think we’ll sign at least one more centre back though.
Rob Halligan
67 Posted 08/06/2019 at 11:44:04
Agree Steve. Like I said I can't see Silva or Brands sanctioning any deal to sell Mina due to our sudden shortage of CB's.

If we can get Zouma back, and at the moment it's a big IF, we will have three quality CB's, with good back up in Holgate and Feeney.

Annika Herbert
68 Posted 08/06/2019 at 12:26:06
Shane Duffy is no-where near good enough for a team with top 6 ambitions, he makes Williams look quick!!I am a seaman working on oil tankers and my ship turns quicker than Duffy
Justin Doone
69 Posted 08/06/2019 at 14:24:10
Another over rated player that should never have been bought. Lack of pace, ability, awareness and movement.

Along with Schnides two of our worst '1st team ready' purchases.

Can't blame players for taking it but there are several people at the club that should have prevented it or at least quickly realised how poor they are.

Rob Halligan
70 Posted 08/06/2019 at 15:15:49
Mina's agent, his uncle Jair, has rubbished any transfer of Mina to Fenerbache. His uncle says he has to prove himself to Everton and also owes Everton. So alls well that ends well!!
Joe Corgan
71 Posted 08/06/2019 at 15:32:25
Good riddance! He was mediocre at best and seemed to get Billy Big Bollocks syndrome after joining us for, Swansea.

His actions in the melee against Lyon brought himself and the club into disrepute. From that point on, I looked forward to the day he was no longer on our payroll.

Kieran Kinsella
72 Posted 08/06/2019 at 15:51:34
Joe

I feel like Ashley had a mentality problem in his second season with us. Any time we conceded a poor goal (which was often) he would wrap his shirt over his face. I am not a psychologist but to me it seemed like he was embarrassed and wanted the ground to swallow him up. As a national captain, I would have preferred him to give a rollicking to the culprit and gee up the team to make up for the mistake. Some of his stupid cards also looked to me like he was hoping to get sent off just to get out of the situation. It may be that his knees had gone and he was only too aware of that and didn't much enjoy being heckled by 40,000 people week after week. It might also be that he was in some kind of a depression. But either way, his body language was terrible and he didn't resemble the leader we had seen for Wales and Swansea in the past.

Dave Abrahams
73 Posted 08/06/2019 at 15:55:13
Stan (57), that smack that Barkley copped for was brought on by himself and was well deserved, it was a good job he had sensible mates who got him out of the club quickly, could have turned really nasty for him.
John Audsley
74 Posted 08/06/2019 at 18:04:44
He was ok the first season but let us down when we really needed him in the second.

He was the captain of his country but when we really needed leadership he allowed himself to be sent off twice and continually shrugged his shoulders while saying nothing to younger defenders as we got tanked in games.

I was desperate for us to sign him as I thought he would be the hard man we needed in the team, boy was I wrong.

As much as I respect other peoples opinions I can never go along with the "he gave us everything he had" line.

He may have been carrying injuries and we know he had to cover for a half fit Keane but he totally stunk Goodison out.

Colin Glassar
75 Posted 09/06/2019 at 10:30:40
One of the worst Everton defenders I've ever seen, and I've seen a few.

Last seen in Swansea town centre pulling a rag & bone man's cart...

Rob Baker
76 Posted 09/06/2019 at 12:56:15
Not sure of the positive sentiment towards Ashley but I'll be glad to see the back of him. The "pulling his shirt over his face" epitomised everything wrong with him. A disastrous signing.
Declan Martin
77 Posted 12/06/2019 at 19:08:35
Never saw a player to go so rapidly downhill as he did.
Had a good first season, and seemed like a good buy. Another Phil Neville?
After that though, he seriously regressed, and ended up as a total liability

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