The Telegraph report that Marco Silva is an admirer of Mandzukic and would be interested in a deal for the 33-year-old if he is surplus to requirements in Turin and would be interested in a move to the Premier League.
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1 Posted 16/07/2019 at 23:53:46
2 Posted 16/07/2019 at 23:56:41
3 Posted 17/07/2019 at 00:42:56
4 Posted 17/07/2019 at 01:14:51
5 Posted 17/07/2019 at 01:43:47
I will file this Under Jackanory.
6 Posted 17/07/2019 at 03:37:19
If it was then, yes! But at 33, we would get maybe one decent season out of him.
7 Posted 17/07/2019 at 04:27:52
8 Posted 17/07/2019 at 05:32:21
9 Posted 17/07/2019 at 06:54:08
10 Posted 17/07/2019 at 10:10:29
11 Posted 17/07/2019 at 10:20:29
It does seem an un-Brands-like move but perhaps, if there was no or a low fee, then having the experienced and highly intelligent target man for a year or two would be useful for Calvert-Lewin and whoever else we bring in.
12 Posted 17/07/2019 at 10:23:04
13 Posted 17/07/2019 at 10:49:51
However, it is the click-bait silly season and I'm taking this one with more than a pinch of salt.
14 Posted 17/07/2019 at 10:52:34
For example, this year we secured the future of midfield (Gomes) and central defence (assuming we eventually get Zouma – or an equivalent).
Next year, a main-stream striker and a new right-back.
It is, of course, all speculation on our parts. The only ones who really know what the plan is and how they are going to execute it are M&M.
15 Posted 17/07/2019 at 11:46:54
Hopefully we will get one or two in before the season starts. I'm not feeling very optimistic though.
16 Posted 17/07/2019 at 11:57:19
I see Arsenal are likely to sign Everton Cebolinha, this should mean them dropping any interest in Malcom, freeing the way for us.
17 Posted 17/07/2019 at 12:01:06
If Mandzukic scored enough goals this coming season to help us get into Europe then we might be able to attract a better strike next Summer.
I expect the whole thing is bullshit anyway.
18 Posted 17/07/2019 at 12:03:19
19 Posted 17/07/2019 at 12:15:13
I think the likes of Malcom are the best we can expect, like Gomes and Digne, big talents who have seen their star fall somewhat and needing a rejuvenation. Either that, or young players before they break through.
20 Posted 17/07/2019 at 12:17:27
21 Posted 17/07/2019 at 12:25:05
I think for around £15-20 million he'd be ours.
Malcom - Pedro - Richarlison with Bernard and Calvert-Lewin competing. Someone would just need to get Calvert-Lewin a Brazilian passport.
22 Posted 17/07/2019 at 13:10:39
He can still do a job at 33 as he's a quality player (only need to look at someone like Ibrahimovic who came to Man U aged 34 and scored about 30 goals in his one season there.
However, I'm not sure he would be interested given he's been playing Champions League football for ages. Other than a decent wage (which he's already getting) and relatively shit weather, what's he going to get at Everton - a 'new experience'?
Certainly would lift the profile of the club and if for minimal transfer/loan fee and just wages for a year or two, why not? His left big toe is better than Calvert-Lewin, Tosun and Niasse combined!
Love the people saying it won't be a good signing - this being a Juve, Atletico Madrid and Bayern starter. Nevermind his international career. What are some people smoking? We have Tosun FFS!
23 Posted 17/07/2019 at 14:04:05
24 Posted 17/07/2019 at 14:19:56
25 Posted 17/07/2019 at 14:45:02
He's still a hardworking, committed player all over the pitch (love the way he comes back to defend) and he would certainly be a positive addition, but he doesn't create his own chances and we don't have anybody who can feed him like Pjanic does. So he wouldn't bring nearly as many goals as you might be imagining.
Purely hypothetical, of course, since I strongly doubt he would come to a mid-table club that's not in Europe.
26 Posted 17/07/2019 at 14:48:46
27 Posted 17/07/2019 at 16:07:12
28 Posted 17/07/2019 at 16:09:48
Andre Silva - AC Milan. Huge talent who's confidence has dipped. At Milan he was decent in the Europa league but wasn't given a chance in Serie A. Surplus to requirements it seems = cheaper price. Recommended by Cristiano Ronaldo as the next big thing for Portugal not long ago.
Patrick Cutrone - Milan. 21 years young, available for £21m if rumours are to be believed. Really promising player with a good work rate and could be a future star for the Italian national team. Will need to get regular consistent game time.
Gabriel Barbosa - Linked to us in the past as a teenager. Much like Andre Silva, not given time to settle or the game time to build confidence in new surroundings. Has gone back to Brazil were he seems to be getting some of that sharpness back. Like Silva and Cutrone he could be in the mould of Arteta or Gomes who just needed the time and environment to hit the reset button.
Moise Kean - Linked to Everton and Dortmund, another talent currently fighting for the spotlight in serie A. Most likely of the lads mentioned to join us. At £40m for a player with one year left on his deal I wouldn't lose sleep over him, although I hope we can pull it off.
Mauro Icardi - I'm dreaming aren't I?
29 Posted 17/07/2019 at 16:31:24
30 Posted 17/07/2019 at 16:41:38
31 Posted 17/07/2019 at 16:41:50
32 Posted 17/07/2019 at 16:45:17
It's not that we don't have the money to spend just that FFP means we can't spend it.
33 Posted 17/07/2019 at 16:52:54
34 Posted 17/07/2019 at 17:01:31
35 Posted 17/07/2019 at 17:17:18
Let me see if I can find it...
36 Posted 17/07/2019 at 17:23:50
37 Posted 17/07/2019 at 17:44:28
38 Posted 17/07/2019 at 18:46:56
39 Posted 17/07/2019 at 18:48:09
But no, Icardi is no dream. More like a nightmare. Can you imagine how his bizarre wife-agent would go down with Everton fans? Oh, my. No.
40 Posted 17/07/2019 at 19:05:08
41 Posted 17/07/2019 at 19:45:43
Generally speaking, however, I'm not in favor of pursuing young, in-demand stars (Icardi, Dybala, James et al) playing for CL teams. It's a waste of precious time and resources, because they won't have the slightest interest in us until we can offer them CL football ourselves. The rest of your list at #28 is guys who haven't quite made it yet, like Richarlison was, or guys who have slipped off the radar a bit but still have major potential (similar to Digne and Gomes). Those are the buys that will get us back up where we belong, not stars with strange situations.
42 Posted 17/07/2019 at 19:49:56
43 Posted 17/07/2019 at 19:57:13
I'm not suggesting that football hasn't changed (of course it has), but I believe in the maxim in Best's case of, "If he's good enough, he's old enough" and in the case of Matthews, "If he's fit enough, he's good enough".
I know that much has changed over the years, but I'm a firm believer in ability outweighing age. It's not my intention to create controversy, I'm merely stating that in my opinion ability outweighs age, and yes I may be a 'stick in the mud'.
44 Posted 17/07/2019 at 19:57:34
45 Posted 17/07/2019 at 20:03:42
Wed need to break the bank to sign this guy, and wed expect the old mandzukic and get one who wouldnt necessarily improve us.
The question is, would this be money well spent?
Whereas Delph is at his peak and who knows how long he can last for.
As for Matthews, he played in an era that ran a third of the distance they do today. Hed not have had the same career in the modern era, the demands on the body are too great and they take their toll.
46 Posted 17/07/2019 at 20:22:45
In my youth, 21 was regarded as young, and 29 was old for players in the main, and I believe that it's impossible to compare players of different eras. Pitches and playing kit have to be considered.
Hoping to see you at the Excelsior next month.
47 Posted 17/07/2019 at 20:29:57
Hope to see you as well John
48 Posted 17/07/2019 at 20:35:05
49 Posted 17/07/2019 at 20:52:41
I saw him over about 5 games in the latter stages of the Europa League last season. A very good player, 8-12 goal a season striker in the Premier League for me. And at 25, acclimatising to the Premier League by 26; I can't see any kind of steep development.
I compare him to Rondon in terms of goal output and playing style. But also and crucially, I think he's the type of striker who'll get you a brace versus Burnley at home yet be found wanting in the bigger matches.
This is fine if you aspire to steady mid-table. Like Rondon at Newcastle / West Brom. But are we talking about a player whom the top 4 will be fawning over in 12 months? In my opinion, absolutely not.
50 Posted 17/07/2019 at 21:05:34
A couple of recent reasons why not. Rooney finished at 30, Giggs still playing at top level at 38.
51 Posted 17/07/2019 at 21:05:39
I'm hoping that Silva and Brands are proven right in passing on him but I don't see a lot of strikers out there who would come to us and hit the ground running like he could. I expect him to get 10-15 goals this season, a handful of assists, and to prove a favourite with the West Ham fans.
I think Leao could be our man. He looks to have pace and good movement whilst being a more natural finisher than Calvert-Lewin. Getting him or Kean would make me feel less like we have missed out on Haller.
52 Posted 17/07/2019 at 21:16:10
53 Posted 17/07/2019 at 21:36:02
Prior to this season I hadnt seen anything of him at all other than that he caught my eye scoring goals in the Eredivisie a couple of years ago.
Id be interested to hear from any Auxerre fans why he didnt make any kind of impact over in France
54 Posted 17/07/2019 at 23:25:50
Hes a hard worker, quality player and keeps himself fit so still has a couple of decent seasons left in him. Dare say DCL would learn a few things too. He would raise the profile of the club given his experience and success.
Just find it a bit ridiculous people saying he wouldnt be a good signing when we have the likes of Tosun and Niasse, two players whod struggle in the championship never mind premiership. If the likes of Ashley Barnes, Glenn Murray and Josh King can score double figures playing for relatively poor sides, Id imagine a 33 year old Mandzukic would be able to better that playing in our side.
I doubt this will happen anyway as therell be CL clubs wanting to sign him if hes available.
55 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:13:32
No more has-beens please. Mandruzik, Costa or any other 30 plus striker whose best days are behind him for that matter. I sense something stirring at Goodison, but we desperately need a young striker with zest, pace, hunger and most importantly a natural knack of scoring goals.
I believed Haller was the one, but he is history now, we must quickly look elsewhere and be prepared to make a big investment for the right young talisman.
Offloading the deadwood – Bolasie, Mirallas, McCarthy and others – easier said than done, but can only assist recruitment. I fear another season of mediocrity unless a goalscorer is found.
56 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:39:54
I will give you that Wayne is far from model pro athlete, but to say the he was finished at 30 is a bit harsh IMO. He was still highly motivated, scoring goals and taking responsibility on the pitch.
Some of the younger Everton players were put to shame by a 32-year-old who was supposedly "finished" 2 years earlier?
57 Posted 18/07/2019 at 13:22:42
The counter is the majority of sports people peak in their 20s – it's then about maintaining it for as long as possible.
Unfortunately in football every club is now run as a business. That means profits, minimising risks, getting good value, and includes revenue through resale value.
More specifically with Delph, his recent long-term injury record and general ability are worse than our current midfield players. So I see very little logic in bringing him in if we are trying to improve.
58 Posted 18/07/2019 at 14:34:41
59 Posted 18/07/2019 at 14:53:23
Bellotti is another player who could help fill the void, same goes for Zapata or Immobile, good finishers with decent pace and hold up play.
60 Posted 18/07/2019 at 15:24:31
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