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Nice winger is the latest to be linked

| Sunday, 26 May 2019 17comments  |  Jump to last
Everton are mentioned alongside Crystal Palace and Newcastle United as being interested in signing Allan Saint-Maximin.

According to Nice-Matin, The French U21 international has apparently told reporters in France that he is in discussions with overseas clubs about a move away from Nice this summer.

The 22-year-old has 11 goals in 68 appearances in all competitions for the Riviera club over the last couple of seasons.

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Stewart Lowe
1 Posted 26/05/2019 at 19:07:36
Not productive enough
Sam Hoare
2 Posted 26/05/2019 at 19:22:19
This youngster is one of the best dribblers in France if not Europe. Stewart is right that the end product is not always there but if it was then we’d have no chance of getting him!

He’d certainly light up Goodison Park with some of his ball carrying. Think of Deulofeu but with more speed. It’s probably just rumours as I’m not sure he’s got the defensive appetite to be a Silva style pressing winger but perhaps he’s young enough to be coached that way. I’d be quite excited if there was any truth in this one. Love a speedster!

Derek Knox
3 Posted 26/05/2019 at 20:42:48
I would rather it was Leandro Trossard, who does have an end product, but I believe Arsenal are sniffing round him.
Martin Mason
4 Posted 26/05/2019 at 21:01:38
Remember, it is about finding that magic player that fits the system and I trust the club to find it or not waste money. I would sooner the club buy nobody this window than buy one person who doesn't improve the club. Most importantly we must sell the rubbish that we've bought in panic over the last few years and sell at any price.
Paul Dewhurst
5 Posted 26/05/2019 at 22:09:23
Martin you are so right about needing to sell, we have a massive squad that's our biggest problem:

Leighton Baines
Phil Jagielka
Oumar Niasse
Kevin Mirallas
Cenk Tosun
Mohamed Besic
James McCarthy
Mason Holgate
Yannick Bolasie
Sandro Ramirez
Cuco Martina
Morgan Schneiderlin
Nikola Vlasic
Ademola Lookman
Shani Tarashaj
Henry Onyekuru
Ashley Williams
Luke Garbott

18 players... god knows what we could get in fees, if any. Some might be out of contract but, as an estimate, say £50k pw on average — that's £900k a week about £47m a year

Very simplistic; some, like I say, will be out of contract... some are on loan and will be getting subsidised.

But no wonder Brands needs to shift the shit!!!

Phil Malone Jnr
6 Posted 27/05/2019 at 00:21:28
Paul #5, you're spot on.
Phil Malone Jnr
7 Posted 27/05/2019 at 00:26:30
If we're getting rid of Bolasie, Walcott and possibly Lookman (could be worth keeping around as he seems to have the potential to be a Jadon Sancho type)... Is Onyekuru worth a chance? Very good season, albeit in Turkey, but young and looks promising??
Michael Kenrick
8 Posted 27/05/2019 at 01:52:16
Good start, Paul @5, but those 18 are not the whole list. I think you missed a few... I think we need to add:

Chris Renshaw
Boris Mathis
Danny Bramall
Nicholas Hansen
Kieran Dowell
Callum Connolly
Matthew Pennington
Jack Kiersey
Shane Lavery
Manasse Mampala

That's 28 — more than an entire squad of players that are surplus to requirements.

I doubt if £50k pw is a realistic number, Paul, as the average is probably a fair bit less... but the total amount of money squandered on 'promising' garbage and future potential that hardly ever seems to materialise is absolutely staggering.

Hugh Jenkins
9 Posted 27/05/2019 at 07:48:30
Of those listed above, I am surprised to see Holgate's name included.

By all accounts he has had an excellent loan season at West Brom, being picked by the manager regularly and from the report I've read, performing quite impressively, albeit playing at right back.

John Hall
10 Posted 27/05/2019 at 07:49:41
Maybe he's too nice?
Mike Allison
11 Posted 27/05/2019 at 09:32:31
Although Paul is basically right he’s not spot on.

Baines is not a problem. To want to ruthlessly disregard someone like him shows a lack of class and good values. Why would players want to come to a club that treats its players like that? On an even more pragmatic level, having calm, focused senior pros in the background training with and helping young players (as well as providing high quality cover) is good for the squad and club as a whole. I scratch him from the list completely.

Holgate is a good ball playing defender. He’s definitely not one to get rid of without making a concerted effort to develop him. His problem is that he’s somewhere in between a centre back and a full back, not quite fully suiting either. He’d be perfect for the right of a back three but I don’t want us to play that formation. He needs to make a proper, ball-playing centre back of himself and he’s got time.

McCarthy is also good enough. His only problem is injury. As he enters the peak of his career this may settle down. His physical attributes, when fit, are exceptional, especially for a team that wants to play a high energy pressing game. I might accept a decent bid because of the injury record but I certainly wouldn’t be in a hurry to ‘offload’ him.

Lookman, Vlasic, Dowell and Onyekuru also have a chance. Players as young as that should be coached and improved, not discarded because they’re not already the finished article.

That’s got you down to 21, and Connolly might be worth keeping as he plays at least three positions.

John Hall
12 Posted 27/05/2019 at 10:28:06
On a different note – when is the new kit coming out? Or are we stuck with last season's?
Tom Bowers
13 Posted 27/05/2019 at 11:41:36
Yet another player linked and there will be many more I suppose.

Another good dribbler but first and foremost will he fit in as a team player.

We have had dribblers before like Delboy who disappointed or wasn't favored often enough and then there is Lookman.

They really need to offload the excesses first but these rumours will be rife throughout the coming weeks.

Fran Mitchell
14 Posted 27/05/2019 at 12:05:36
Never heard of the lad, but am pretty sure a player of his type will indeed be on the wish-list, players of his kind we always need in number, as they are the types that even if don't start, can change a game from the bench. Walcott isn't good enough, Lookman, unfortunately, will likely be off. I would like to see either Dowell or Gordon given a chance, however.

But we are still just playing the waiting game, bar one or two deals, only in mid-June to July will things start moving.

The European leagues only just finished, playoffs and euro finals still to play. We are still in Season 2018-19.

Come July 17 or 18, we should have a better idea.

Fran Mitchell
15 Posted 27/05/2019 at 14:03:03
Michael: this seems to be a bit of a trend in your posts, lambasting the clubs failed or wasted investment in unrealised potential.

Personally I think your way off; if we are to progress, we need to make these risks, and unfortunately yes, either injury or lack of application or simply not developing as expected can mean many players are bought and never to be seen.

However, we have Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the first team; if sold, he would probably get 20x or more than we paid. We have Holgate in the squad, who again if sold would get at least 10x what we paid. Also, much praise is there for Virginia, who by all accounts could be challenging Pickford in a few years, and Josh Bowler who has kicked on and looks set for a chance with the first-team squad. Add that Henry who, even should he not be able to play for us, would likely be sold at a profit, both Vlasic and Lookman too would bring in profits.

Not what I'd call a staggering waste of money on garbage.

Michael Kenrick
16 Posted 27/05/2019 at 15:44:49
You make a fair point, Fran. I'm just going through updating the stats for the season and amazed how many players we have on the books who hardly ever even get a game for the lesser squads, nevermind the first-team.

But you're right, it only takes one or two gems to come through — John Stones would be the prime example I mentioned on another thread — to more than justify the investment in what turns out to be mostly garbage!

Fran Mitchell
17 Posted 27/05/2019 at 17:15:24
Indeed Michael, if anything it is a sign of just how difficult it is to make it as a professional footballer in modern times. Someone may appear destined to greatness at 15/16, but an injury atvthe wrong time of development, or the socialpand family, pressures, or simply lacking that x factor needed, and by 21 they may well be out of the game.

It is also a sign of the brutal nature of the game, where agents will put kids in the shop window like kattle, with little thought put into the lad's development.

For this reason I think our academy is something to be proud of. People lament the lack of first teamers we have developed, but scour the leagues and our academy has developed numerous professional footballers who are making decent careers in the game. And contrary to what Sky make us believe, the Premier Lesgue is not footbalall and end all when it comes to professional football.

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