The 20-year-old scored in three of his country's four games in the tournament and also successfully converted his spot-kick in the penalty shootout that ultimately eliminated Argentina at the hands of Mali.
Gaich is also wanted by Genoa according to Marca in Argentina, with his agent Pablo Cairo saying:
“ We spoke with clubs in Italy. The Everton issue isn't clear yet. The truth is that Gaich is on the list of many clubs, but still nothing concrete. Looking to the future, one would like him to go through the European market."
Just like his Argentina U20 team-mate Santiago Sosa who was said to be close to signing for the Blues but now appears to have been denied a work permit, Gaich can leave for €15m but would face a similar obstacle in terms of getting authorisation to play in England.
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1 Posted 08/06/2019 at 16:38:39
Anyway, just because a guy is Argentinian doesn't mean he's a good footballer. I'd rather wish for more European players. Less trouble and easier regarding work permit etc.
2 Posted 08/06/2019 at 16:45:05
3 Posted 08/06/2019 at 16:47:58
4 Posted 08/06/2019 at 16:50:24
5 Posted 08/06/2019 at 17:08:36
If you think getting work permits for foreign players is hard now just wait till after Brexit because those rules will apply to EU players as well as non-EU players. So no more picking off the best EU young players by rich PL clubs including us. Just our luck really. The rich four, lately six, clubs have benefitted from EU membership for decades and now when Everton finally have a rich owner with cash to spend along comes Brexit.
6 Posted 08/06/2019 at 17:11:19
Its hard to get every single case right, and of course at Everton we want to just sign whoever we like, but the game, and the government for that matter, is right to have certain restrictions rather than an absolute free for all. As for doctors, nurses and engineers, they're much more useful people than footballers, and they don't take the places of British workers, they fill jobs that would otherwise be unfilled.
7 Posted 08/06/2019 at 17:18:24
8 Posted 08/06/2019 at 18:14:27
What do you mean by English? Are you sure you don't mean British? Scots, Welsh, and Northern Irish need not apply presumably?
Everton have had a lot of English players in it for years. How much success have we had? Zero. We're lucky to be still in the PL considering how crap we've been for decades. The fact is that the likes of City, Arsenal. Liverpool, Chelsea, Utd etc have plenty of English players. But as soon as they play you can see how poor they are compared to the foreign contingent. One thing you can say about PL clubs is that they don't discriminate. They only want top players regardless of where they come from and if the English ones can't cut it, especially in their own country that is hardly the fault of the clubs. The total lack of success of the national side is proof enough of that.
I want to see a side made up of the best players be they English or otherwise. It doesn't bother me in the least what country a player comes from as long as he can cut it at the top level. The fact is that these days English players only look good if you surround them with foreign players. This why we are trying to get Zouma. Because he improves Keane. Gomes is a better midfield player than any English player we have
at the club. He makes Davies look like a clodhopper. Every player we are linked with is foreign.
So I would think that anything that makes it more difficult to recruit foreign players is not going to benefit Everton at all.
9 Posted 08/06/2019 at 18:22:41
10 Posted 08/06/2019 at 19:19:52
11 Posted 08/06/2019 at 19:46:03
There is always some glitch or other stumbling block to getting players in so that they can get some playing time in during the warm up games and be ready (if they have impressed) for the start of the season proper.
Okay, they may be younger players who may start off with the under 21' s etc. but you can see my point.
It is likely to be last minute deals once again in August with asking prices inflated.
12 Posted 08/06/2019 at 20:13:55
Frank, I didnt say only English players, theres plenty of room for any other nationalities, Im just saying its sensible to have some restrictions.
A point you both seem to have missed is that greater restrictions on foreign players would hit all clubs, not just us, so my comment isnt really about the state of the Everton team, its more about the state of the English game. Id like to see closer links between a club and its fan base, something which has basically disappeared with clubs like Arsenal. I think Id have given up by now if I supported them.
13 Posted 08/06/2019 at 20:33:24
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15 Posted 08/06/2019 at 21:20:37
Additionally, I would rather we pick up the best up-and-coming talent from the Championship – Leicester buying Madison this time last year from Norwich as an example.
16 Posted 08/06/2019 at 21:36:27
Liverpool could win the Champions League because they bought the best defender in the world from Holland and one of the best goalkeepers in the world from Brazil. The advantages Liverpool have enjoyed are also enjoyed by Chelsea and Manchester United in the transfer market. If all clubs had the same transfer budget, Everton could win the Premier League in the near future. But, as it stands, the Home Office favours wealthier English clubs. And that is discrimination on financial grounds.
17 Posted 08/06/2019 at 22:12:40
Chelsea and City have no problem with that, they are now only wanting the billionaires in the Champions League status quo, it's always been that way like the old G14 was it? Although I think they Sold Coutinhio and for the same money and got those two in. They have also been very good at trading players – even the money for Solakne was silly.
18 Posted 08/06/2019 at 22:22:41
Steve, I favour a system like that. You can sign whoever you like, but only a certain number of them can be ‘foreign so youre less likely to waste a spot on someone unworthy. Wed probably need 3 categories of player: 1) England qualified, 2) Outright ‘foreign, 3) British and Irish passport holders who arent qualified for the England national team. This third category isnt strictly necessary, but Id want it so that the English league supports the English National team.
19 Posted 08/06/2019 at 22:42:34
European clubs are also more favoured by the Home office, than English teams, because they can sign who they like wherever they are from. Spain and Portugal traditionally have always signed players without any visa requirements at cheaper prices from South America so clubs can be more competitive in European competitions but with smaller financial outlays.
20 Posted 09/06/2019 at 07:50:34
Adolf Gaich? Kieran #4 you could be right about this one.
21 Posted 09/06/2019 at 09:30:58
Liverpool won the Champions League last week with two English players in their starting line-up, and Chelsea probably started with even less when they won the Europa League.
So you can buy top players for a fortune, but you can't buy top young talent because they haven't been developed enough just yet? So why don't we go the whole hog, and go back to how it was when Man Utd were dominating English football, but could only play 3 Non-English players in Europe?
English football needs ripping up in my opinion, but it's never going to happen though. Young players need to play every week, which is something that hasn't happened for the Everton players who won the Under-20s World Cup two years ago, because the system is back to front.
Making rules that's going to help English football become better at international level, would only wreck the cash-cow, which is the Premier League, so it's all just contradictions, and unfair advantages for the rich.
22 Posted 09/06/2019 at 09:38:10
I know there will be Work Permit Issues but, if we can get these lads in and loan them to a decent European side and monitor their development until any Work Permit Issues are resolved, we have got them for a lot less than when they are the next Aguero... and out of our reach.
23 Posted 09/06/2019 at 12:25:59
Argentina = 11
Nigeria = 42
An Argentinian player would need to play 45% of his country's full international matches over 2 years, and 1 year if under 21 years of age.
Sosa and Gaich are both 20 years old and no international caps. Therefore, 45% of nothing over 1 year = nothing.
There are also immigration points to be taken into consideration. Tier 2 applications require 70 points as a starting point. 50 points if agreed by the FA, 10 points for being financially secure and 10 points for the command of English.
There is also a Tier 5 application which is similar and last for 1 year if the player doesn't have sufficient command of the English language. They can take a test after a year and, if successful, remain for a further 2 years as per Tier 2.
Basically. signing either of them and loaning them straight back looks like the only option to me, and wait until (if) they gain sufficient full international caps.
With regard to Henry Onyekuru, Nigeria are 42nd in Fifa rankings and therefore he needs to have played 75% of their international fixtures (not sure that friendlies count) over 2 years.
Henry has 7 caps. Somebody on a previous thread (apologies to the author) indicated that he would need 21 caps to qualify for a work permit.
Bottom line, we are unlikely to see any of them in the near future. Then post-Brexit... who knows?
24 Posted 09/06/2019 at 12:28:16
Sorry for the double post.
25 Posted 09/06/2019 at 13:10:02
26 Posted 09/06/2019 at 23:10:25
Anyway why not stick to the Brazilians, the other 2 have been successful surely they can encourage a few mates to joint the blue revolution.
27 Posted 09/06/2019 at 23:19:17
Look at Chelsea, they have their ways, like everyone looks at the money they lost on Lukaku, Salah and De Bruyne, but in reality terms, they actually made a decent-sized profit on the trio without ever really playing them.
Weve done something similar with Onyekuru, we have struggled with a work permit, but we can still make a big profit on him if we choose to sell him.
Maybe both Sosa and Gaich could be our next project like this, we could spend £25/30m on the pair, get them on 5- or 6-year deals and loan them out, let's see if they gain a work permit as we get a fee to farm them out on loan to Turkish or German clubs.
This is an avenue no other English club seems to be going down and last time something like this happened Mascherano and Teves joined West Ham and both turned out decent investments.
Just a thought!
28 Posted 13/06/2019 at 03:08:02
I love this Club and would never walk away but unless the comet hits, we all know in our heart of hearts that future success will be as rare as the proverbial hen's teeth.
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