However, missing from this group are all the internationals who have been or are currently participating in international competitions across the globe:
- Idrissa Gana Gueye and Henry Onyekuru are at the African Cup of Nations.
- Richarlison is at Copa America while Yerry Mina will be travelling back to Merseyside soon following Colombia's exit .
- Kieran Dowell and Dominic Calvert-Lewin exited early from the U21 championships and could be afforded a break while Jonjoe Kenny is set to leave for Germany to link up with the Schalke team where he will begin a season-long loan.
- Cuco Martina was captaining Curaçao in the Gold Cup until their exit at the hands of the United States last night.
The players returning include a number who spent most or all of last season out on loan at other clubs because they did not figure in Marco Silva's plans. The list is long and includes players whose Everton futures are shrouded in uncertainty, but they are still under contract and, in many cases, lucrative wages with the Blues mean they have not yet been moved on:
Maarten Stekelenburg, Matthew Pennington, Luke Garbutt, Muhamed Besic, Kieran Dowell, Yannick Bolasie, Shani Tarashaj, Kevin Mirallas, Oumar Niasse, Sandro Ramirez, and Cenk Tosun.
The senior squad is smaller at this point due to the departure of Phil Jagielka, with Kurt Zouma's future at Everton or Chelsea still to be decided by their new manager Frank Lampard, who is expected to make a decision this week. Jonas Lössl and Gomes is the only addition to last season's team so far...
This leaves room for potentially promising players from the Everton Academy to step up and impress the manager before the stars return. Goal machine for the Under-18s, Ellis Simms, has already been tagged for participation in the pre-season tour.
Others we could see making the step up include Morgan Feeny, Antony Evans, Manasse Mampala and Nathanangelo Markelo (see link below)..
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1 Posted 01/07/2019 at 17:53:41
2 Posted 01/07/2019 at 17:57:13
Other than the 1st team, kids and Cenk Tosun, they're wingnuts and wingdings. Give them a ball and send them over to one of the 5-aside pitches, so they don't get in the way.
3 Posted 01/07/2019 at 20:10:39
I am fascinated as to who will be turning out against Crystal Palace in 6 weeks time?
4 Posted 01/07/2019 at 20:19:21
5 Posted 01/07/2019 at 20:28:15
With possibly a similar first team squad to last season, it's going to be a slow process to move up the table. We definitely need some kind of a seasoned striker to get anywhere.
6 Posted 01/07/2019 at 20:40:24
At present, Gueye is playing for Senegal tonight. But then he will be ready for the new season, which will be disrupted again some time in September for a new round of international matches. During this period of disruption, will Everton have a team ready and match fit for a new season?
7 Posted 01/07/2019 at 20:50:21
8 Posted 01/07/2019 at 21:33:28
There is a lot of football these days, international tournaments are almost a yearly event. Hence the need for bigger squads so players don't suffer burnout.
But hey, Liverpool's attacking 3 will all be delayed at starting pre season as they are all still on international duty. Which should keep them nice and tired for the new season.
Now the pre season has started, be interesting to see what young lads impress.
9 Posted 01/07/2019 at 22:09:21
10 Posted 01/07/2019 at 22:17:03
11 Posted 01/07/2019 at 22:24:29
The top four clubs in the Premier League don't they try and loan their promising players to teams overseas where they have a more than better opportunity of playing first-team football. Kenny will return a better player after a loan in Germany and Lookman would have been had he stayed another year in Germany instead of cooling his heels on the bench.
12 Posted 01/07/2019 at 22:47:43
13 Posted 01/07/2019 at 23:09:03
14 Posted 01/07/2019 at 00:05:52
If (big if) we include Zouma, we'll be paying the best part of £50M just to keep the same team as last season. We did the same with Lukaku, we signed him to keep what we had rather than move on to better things.
Don't get me wrong – I think signing Gomes for only £22M whilst receiving £14M for Vlasic is really good business, savvy even, but so far our ongoing squad depth and quality concerns continue... the former highlighted even more now with Kenny heading to Germany.
Calvert-Lewin is improving, his old style centre-forward play and distribution are coming on great... but we still need a quick clinical finisher plus another solid consistent centre-back... and yet two thirds of the transfer window is gone.
15 Posted 02/07/2019 at 00:33:27
We all know the Everton transfer window opens at 4:45 that same day.
16 Posted 02/07/2019 at 07:54:29
At present I'm not sure what we'd do if Sigurdsson or Calvert-Lewin we're injured, so I would be looking in those positions.
I also think we struggle against teams who sit back, perhaps someone like Dowell as a deep-lying playmaker could help here. This is where I'd like to see us snap up someone like Tammy Abraham, who is cleverer with his runs than Calvert-Lewin is and may get more chances against these teams.
Otherwise, we should be looking at one in, one out, and maintaining the core of the team.
17 Posted 02/07/2019 at 08:35:21
Brands said some time ago that he and Silva had their list of "targets" set long before the season's end. We know that Gomes and Zouma were on it – but given that the Africa Cup of Nations and Copa America are still running, if (and I assume they are) some of our targets are still involved in the latter stages, then most players won't consider transfers until those tournaments end.
So, hopefully it's a case of "watch this space" for now.
18 Posted 02/07/2019 at 08:59:45
19 Posted 02/07/2019 at 09:52:33
20 Posted 02/07/2019 at 10:41:55
21 Posted 02/07/2019 at 11:08:07
Mike G @15, as long as we don't sign any of the USA squad. I watched them against Curacao, what a snore/bore/dung fest, they even managed to make Cuco look okay, but at least the result gets you to the next stage. :-)
22 Posted 02/07/2019 at 11:47:30
It seems that organisations are making more and more demands on players, Fifa wanted to increase the number of teams in the World Cup to 64 which was voted against. Uefa many years ago changed the European Cup from Champions playing in a straight forward knock-out competition, to group stages with a lot more teams involved. Shows the nonsense of it when this year's winners actually lost 3 games.
Uefa officials are still trying to float this idea of a cartel of 20 clubs competing for the Champions league every year with no relegation. Both Uefa competitions are seeded which is another way of maintaining the cartel, on their money making quest.
23 Posted 02/07/2019 at 12:23:46
Here's proof of EFC's swift & decisive manoeuvrings in the transfer market.
This headline says it all:
24 Posted 02/07/2019 at 12:24:08
25 Posted 02/07/2019 at 12:24:26
The winter break. An excuse to fly to another continent to play “exhibition” matches and make a shedload of money.
Rest, my arse!
26 Posted 02/07/2019 at 12:26:50
Thripence ha'penny and a few brass washers!
27 Posted 02/07/2019 at 12:56:01
28 Posted 02/07/2019 at 16:54:16
29 Posted 03/07/2019 at 19:06:32
30 Posted 05/07/2019 at 21:38:08
I don't care about his loan last season, he is lovely to watch. I don't know about his temperament but at his age he must be allowed to mature.
Great, actually, to see so many of our promising young players getting this experience.
31 Posted 05/07/2019 at 22:00:02
Theres a player there and if he takes the game by the scruff of the neck, who knows.
MS & MB, must see some real genuine good signs, improving, and hopefully hell kick into first team squad this season.
He has showed balance, tackling and passing that in my view was superior to other players of his age group.
But thats only my view and whats happened the last 18 months is history.
32 Posted 05/07/2019 at 22:19:20
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