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Everton 'offered' Strootman loan option

| Thursday, 23 May 2019 22comments  |  Jump to last
Everton, West Ham and Manchester United have been offered the opportunity to take midfielder Kevin Strootman on loan from Marseilles for next season according to a Sky Sports reporter.

Kaveh Solhekol claims that the French side, who signed the Dutchman from AS Roma last year, need to "cut costs" after a disappointing League 1 season and see getting some or all of Strootman's wages off the payroll as one means of doing that.

It's not the first time the highly-rated player has been linked with Everton – he was mooted as a possible signing for the Blues when Ronald Koeman first took charge in 2016.



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Pablo Brown
1 Posted 23/05/2019 at 08:02:32
I'd rather keep Gomes.
John Graham
2 Posted 23/05/2019 at 08:05:35
I don't think we need him now. Too slow for the Premier League and a bit of a journeyman.

Hopefully we have a few players on our list that we can get in early so they can settle into the team.
COYB

Simon Smith
3 Posted 23/05/2019 at 09:15:49
If we bought Gomes and loaned Strootman, I think it would be a good thing.

McCarthy, Besic, Schneiderlin are all likely to move on, so a loan deal may be a good thing for us, allowing Davies to progress with seasoned internationals in and around him to learn from.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
4 Posted 23/05/2019 at 09:19:01
Only a loan with an option to buy (and an option to buy back).
Sam Hoare
5 Posted 23/05/2019 at 09:22:38
On impulse this feels like it would be taking a player trading more on his reputation from a few years ago than current day. And would potentially block the progress of younger players like Davies etc.

On the other hand he's a very intelligent and experienced player who could maybe do what Gareth Barry did for us when he first came in.

Would presumably only be an option if we sold Schneiderlin.

Steve Ferns
6 Posted 23/05/2019 at 09:23:21
I’ve not seen a lot of this guy. I do note his age being 29, means he’s older than we’d usually go for (under Brands).

However, he has a big reputation. As I said, not seen a lot of him, but he seems to fit the criteria for one of the important signings for me, an upgrade on Schneiderlin.

I presume that he can be disciplined and play the holding role, he seems to have done that well whenever I watched the Dutch or Roma. He also seemed to have a better range of passing than even an on form Schneiderlin.

I’m sure he was meant to be joining Man Utd for £80m a couple of years ago. A loan with a purchase option (fixed price) would make sense.

Robert Leigh
7 Posted 23/05/2019 at 09:23:42
If he's over his injury troubles this could be promising.

Seems they are in a similar position to us then in needing to cut costs, does that mean we only need to pay a percentage of his wages? I know that's how our outgoing loans work (Sandro, Mirallas, etc).

Derek Knox
8 Posted 23/05/2019 at 10:28:47
I agree with Sam's comment that he has been in relative obscurity recently, but a few years back he was one of the hottest midfielders around.

I also concur with Steve Ferns, that at 29 he doesn't really fit the M & M criteria. Assuming he would be a good fit, how many years are we realistically going to get out of him, and would it be to the detriment of the likes of Tom Davies and other young prospect's progress?

Barry Benson
9 Posted 23/05/2019 at 11:23:52
Not sure the concern about blocking the progress of Tom Davies, the lad just does not have the pace or skill to make it. He just shuffled about before giving the ball away.
David Pearl
10 Posted 23/05/2019 at 12:36:58
Same age as Gana isn’t he. The Gana leaving story won’t go away unless he signs a new and improved contract. I see Strootman as more or a replacement for Gomes as I doubt Schneiderlin will move on. But who knows, it’s going to be a long summer.
Martin Berry
11 Posted 23/05/2019 at 14:01:51
The Premier League is the last place you want to come if you have dodgy knees, "especially" a midfielder, with the quick twists and turns and pace that's required.

That said, if the player is now injury free and good luck to him, then he may prove to be the class act that he once was.

Interesting conundrum with the previous with Marcel Brands!

Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 23/05/2019 at 14:28:32
Change our name to Mugs FC why don't we? I can just see the Marseille board smoking cigars and snacking on sardines while discussing who they can pawn their crock onto.

"Obviously Manchester United, they pay Sanchez £600k a week to sunbathe in Chile. West Ham! lol they were mugs when Redknapp was there but with Pellegrini, they are even worse! Oh and The Everton. Remember Krøldrup? Shandy Andy? Traore? Klaassen? Hahaha... those clowns building a stadium in a flood zone. Maybe we can throw in Djibril Cisse too even though he is 50! They'll take anyone!! Oh Mon Dieu!"

Pat Kelly
13 Posted 23/05/2019 at 14:44:48
Strewth!
Derek Knox
14 Posted 23/05/2019 at 15:27:26
Pat K, who does he play for, and how old is he? :-)
Christy Ring
15 Posted 23/05/2019 at 15:30:28
He was a top player 4/5 years ago, but injuries have blighted his career. He missed 2 seasons at Roma, after doing his cruciate twice; I wouldn't take the risk.
John Pierce
16 Posted 23/05/2019 at 16:47:03
His knees are made of crackers, the Premier League would destroy him.

Pass.

David Hallwood
17 Posted 23/05/2019 at 18:22:07
I think that between now and the transfer window closing, we'll be linked with so many players that if they all signed, would make Ben Hur look like a two-hander.

Only when they're wearing the scarf/shirt will I take any of this shite seriously.

Craig Walker
18 Posted 23/05/2019 at 19:54:32
We don’t have a great record with Dutch managers and players do we?
Nicholas Ryan
19 Posted 23/05/2019 at 22:46:58
People are saying Strootman is crocked and constantly injured. He spent the season just ended on loan at Marseille where he played 33 matches, including 5 Europa League games. Whatever his history, he certainly isn't crocked at the moment.
Paul Birmingham
20 Posted 23/05/2019 at 22:59:44
Next season, all considered, we can't be making up the numbers, and be also ranks. The club has to try and address the most barren run in the club's history.

Strootman is a good player, but for me it's a gamble, and will he fit in the dynamic Silva is setting and will his chemistry fit? Beggars can't be choosers, but we are not beggars, so I'd at best take a loan and no more. Three, four years ago and he was purring, but it's gone quiet.

Life in Europe is tough, but the Premier League is very tough; we need committed players, and with good form and no injuries.

I hope this is the work of the media hype, as it abounds at this time, year on year.


Dave Southword
21 Posted 24/05/2019 at 00:47:35
I'm guessing he could be No Gomes option. It could work in that sense from the perspective of another short term fix, keeping our powder dry. Even if Gomes doesn't sign, he was a success this season.
David Israel
22 Posted 24/05/2019 at 18:57:58
I don't think there's any reason to panic, if that is indeed the case. This story has been put about by one Kaveh Solhekol, whoever he may be, and it says Strootman is being offered, not that we are inquiring about him.

He certainly used to be a very good player, but I've no idea how he performed at Marseille.

What worries me most about these stories, if they ever come to fruition, is that one cannot build a team for the long term with loanees in their late twenties.

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