PSG tried to sign the Senegal international in January but were rebuffed by an intransigent Blues hierarchy despite the player signalling his desire to make what he described as a "dream move".
The French giants have reportedly returned with a fresh offer around €10m more than that which was rejected a few months ago and, if this latest claim is true, both Gueye and PSG could get their wish as soon as Monday, with L'Equipe reporting that Everton will target a replacement for the 29-year-old.
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1 Posted 19/07/2019 at 23:15:30
We have the money then in the bank to push through the areas we clearly lacking namely the striker!
2 Posted 19/07/2019 at 23:32:18
I am not doing the sour grapes routine because he may be leaving but think as David @1 said let's sell and move on, we need a rebuild anyway, or rather a part rebuild, as we have some decent players we just need to go up a gear if we want to seriously challenge for the Top Table.
3 Posted 19/07/2019 at 23:35:10
Then we also have Davies to groom who could play a harassing, tackling game with his youthful speed perhaps? Acknowledging, of course, that is not really his natural game I'm sure there r others coming up too. Gomes could play deep in the hole also in more of a midfield sweeper role in a pinch?
4 Posted 19/07/2019 at 23:35:58
5 Posted 19/07/2019 at 23:41:14
6 Posted 19/07/2019 at 23:41:46
7 Posted 19/07/2019 at 23:50:48
We won't be getting Zouma so need to replace him. With that in mind, I think it would be utter madness to sell Gana for £35m which is chump change in this market. Tyrone Mings went for £27m for god's sake.
How on earth do you replace Gana for £35m? He bossed the midfield especially against the Sky 6 at the end of last season and is on a long contract, we don't have to sell. Small-minded mentality that needs to change.
8 Posted 20/07/2019 at 00:22:45
9 Posted 20/07/2019 at 00:25:02
10 Posted 20/07/2019 at 00:39:11
11 Posted 20/07/2019 at 00:43:34
12 Posted 20/07/2019 at 00:50:02
And as for loyalty to contracts, clubs, or fans, get real, yer 'avin' a laff. Players and agents would "sympathetically" drive club owners to the hole-in-the-wall that'd render the club bankrupt in order to pay their obscene contract, leaving the fans fucked.
13 Posted 20/07/2019 at 00:53:15
Any reserve defender, yes
Who do u get to replace a player that has bossed the AFCON tournament and consistently outplayed most defensive mid players in prem league
And u only have £33m to spend in a market where Mings goes for £27m? Why let him go ? Zouma not coming is he so look at the defensive end, its in serious trouble.
14 Posted 20/07/2019 at 00:56:17
15 Posted 20/07/2019 at 01:12:21
But if any player has earned the right to pursue his dream, it's Gana, and in my opinion €35m is a reasonable price. I wish him all the best.
We must buy a replacement -- what we have is not adequate. Macca, the obvious one, has had seven serious injuries in five years. Delph can pass but is not a ballwinner at all. For all his enthusiasm and talent, Davies is still young and unproven. Gomes is a crappy defender who gives away free kicks around the box.
If the reports earlier this week are true, Kessie has been offered to us for similar money. There are others out there to be found. And I'm quite certain Brands knew this was coming and planned for it.
16 Posted 20/07/2019 at 01:22:07
17 Posted 20/07/2019 at 01:30:10
18 Posted 20/07/2019 at 03:53:50
19 Posted 20/07/2019 at 05:16:14
I would tell Gueye to knuckle down and get CL with us. He has a contract which the clubs always honour so why not the players. Even if he runs his contract down we will have spent less than having to find an adequate replacement.
20 Posted 20/07/2019 at 06:47:12
Dont use the “ambitious clubs dont sell “ argument to beat Everton with. The players decide not the clubs.
21 Posted 20/07/2019 at 06:53:34
Personally I would have liked to have gotten 10m more, but we don't know what was agreed in the winter window.
Gana did play even better this last half year, implying he knew he got his move, but we don't know.
22 Posted 20/07/2019 at 07:28:53
When Gray went people said he wouldnt be replaced. We simply changed our style and his successor scored forty.
When Grays successor went, people said he couldnt be replaced. We simply changed our style again and won the league.
Players come and go. Its how you deal with it that counts. Nobody is irreplaceable.
We have a good coach, we have 5-6 players who I expect to progress and improve on last season.
As I said on another thread. My money will be on us achieving a higher points haul this time around. . with or without the services of Gana, Zouma, or anybody else who thinks the grass elswhere is greener.
Why have Evertonians become so obsessed with not conceding ? Replace the out and out stoppers with people who can play and watch us fly
23 Posted 20/07/2019 at 07:35:05
Replace Gana with Delph and use the surplus money from transfer fee for Gomes.
So Gana = Gomes and Delph? Clever business.
24 Posted 20/07/2019 at 07:35:36
I will be sorry to see Gana go but my view is if a player really wants to go you just have to get the best deal you can for them.
Credit to the club for not letting him go in January and to Gana for not spitting the dummy.
25 Posted 20/07/2019 at 07:36:05
Life will carry on. Will be all about his replacement. Kessie would be a good option. Sammasekou I also like but would really love Sangare from Toulouse whos tackling is almost as good as Gueyes and passes it much better. Really hope the links to Toussart from Lyon are nothing as dont rate him.
26 Posted 20/07/2019 at 07:41:46
The guy is a consumate professional and deserves his shot, but that transfer fee (if true) is an absolute disgrace.
27 Posted 20/07/2019 at 08:03:05
28 Posted 20/07/2019 at 08:11:22
Tom Davies is not as disciplined as Gana.
James McCarthy has not played a competitive match for Everton since January 2018 and never will again!
Schneiderlin is not as athletic and cant do it alone.
Delph is our only near hope but will his fitness hold up?
Its not about changing our style, we dont possess the playing options to change our style, we tried to do that under Koeman and Allardyce and it didnt work.
We are losing two of our best four players from last season, thats not about changing style, thats a struggle on the cards.
29 Posted 20/07/2019 at 08:34:00
I guessed that Everton said put in your usual shift for us until the summer and we will let you have your dream move, providing the fee is right. This gives Everton time for a replacement.
Good look ( in advance ) to him, also the fee is far too good to turn down and with the McCarthy money added we could find a younger version.
30 Posted 20/07/2019 at 08:40:28
I know hes 32 and a good player so depending on how cheap the deal is it could be a good short-term option while we recruit/promote Ganas longterm replacement
31 Posted 20/07/2019 at 09:14:16
Big price for us and he gets his dream move. Could have sulked in Jan but got his head down and still put the effort in.
With the pound sinking ever lower, PSG dont need to break the bank paying Euros.
32 Posted 20/07/2019 at 09:24:19
He has been fantastic for us this year and the best in the league at what he does, but I don't want to keep players who are desperate to move elsewhere. Especially at his stage of career.
I trust Brands to get top dollar and reinvest it wisely.
33 Posted 20/07/2019 at 09:45:47
If Gueye goes then Ill wish him good luck, hes been good for Everton, and has a great attitude, but no player is irreplaceable, it just depends on how you go about dealing with your losses, and trying to find players who might actually become better for the team.
Hes not a defensive midfielder imo, hes a player who gets about the field really well, with a prodigious work-rate, and maybe without him Everton, might just become a more disciplined side?
34 Posted 20/07/2019 at 09:49:26
35 Posted 20/07/2019 at 09:53:15
36 Posted 20/07/2019 at 10:02:39
What kind of player is Tousart, hes defensive midfielder with a focus on defensive. Hes not the deep lying playmaker Id prefer. Hes a solid player who will anchor the midfield, cover a lot of ground, work hard and stay deep. He should allow Gomes to get further forward but with his passing by being exceptional he will rely on others to make the telling passes. That said he can move the ball quickly which is what silva wants. Hes also good enough to be the France u21 captain.
I wonder if anyone else has seen more of him and can give more insight?
37 Posted 20/07/2019 at 10:09:01
38 Posted 20/07/2019 at 10:11:47
39 Posted 20/07/2019 at 10:34:18
Be interested to see who comes in this week.
40 Posted 20/07/2019 at 10:37:23
41 Posted 20/07/2019 at 10:42:36
42 Posted 20/07/2019 at 10:57:16
43 Posted 20/07/2019 at 11:22:02
Not to mention as PSG are a French club he won't be coming back to Goodison to make us wish we'd kept him. Unless we make the top four this season, of course, then we might see him next season.
If we are going to go with this idea of buying mostly young players with future sell-on value we can't complain when it actually happens. No player is indispensable. They are all saleable assets should the right offer be made. We have to concentrate on players who are happy to be at Everton and not dreaming of richer pickings elsewhere.
Trying to hang on to unhappy players never works out and in the end just reduces their transfer value. I doubt we will get a much better offer for Gueye than the one we supposedly have now considering his age.
44 Posted 20/07/2019 at 11:35:46
45 Posted 20/07/2019 at 11:40:06
Forget sell on values, how about some of our greatest players over the years?
Neville Southall, Dave Watson?
To a lesser standard Lee Carsley, Nigel Martin, Gareth Barry, Alan Stubbs, Davie Weir?
Were they not integral to what we were doing at the time?
Louis Saha was 30 when we signed him, to this day hes one of the most talented centre forwards Ive seen at Everton in terms of him having the full package, two great feet, heading ability, pace, he was strong.
All of a sudden anyone aged over 27 isnt worth the shit on anyone shoes?
46 Posted 20/07/2019 at 11:54:02
Sarri manoeuvred Kanté last season because of this very reason. He didn't suit the style that he wanted to play.
Personally I don't think Silva will be too fussed as I feel he would prefer two players who are strong defensive players but also general midfield players. Gomes, Schneiderlin and Tom Davies fit this category.
47 Posted 20/07/2019 at 11:55:14
Obviously Everton want to get the best deal they can and Gueye's market value is €25m although these days players can be sold for double their market value. I doubt PSG would pay €50m for him, but there is the option of a straight swap or player plus cash option... Meunier? Cavani? Kimpembe?
48 Posted 20/07/2019 at 12:01:32
There sometimes appears to be a resistance to selling any players at all. From the youngster with "potential" to the old warhorse who served the club for years. We cannot keep every player. Buying and selling players is the lifeblood of football. It keeps the fans excited and revitalises squads with new blood.
Players come and go. Only the club remains.
49 Posted 20/07/2019 at 12:10:12
Gary you make an excellent point. PSG are the type of club that have several players not getting first team football. I think it would be wise to manoeuvre for a swap deal. Cavani, even at his age would be an unbelievable addition.
50 Posted 20/07/2019 at 12:16:49
51 Posted 20/07/2019 at 12:21:02
I don't begrudge him his move. I just hate to see Everton sell their best player over the last few years and not get enough to buy a decent replacement.
52 Posted 20/07/2019 at 12:32:34
I know this situation is a product of AFCON but the early transfer deadline is a real problem in this situation. If he is to go, we deserve an inflated fee from a club who have spent insane amounts of money — if anything, this fee looks under market value.
I think we should resist selling unless he kicks up a fuss and we have a replacement ready. He is comfortably our best defensive midfield. It's not merely a case of replacing him with a different or more attack-minded player and scoring more goals than we concede. We have three attack-minded midfielders (Bernard does great work defensively) in front of a central midfield two and full-backs with license to get forward. We need someone very defensive in there.
Many top teams with attacking full-backs have moved to three central midfielders to keep the team solid. Liverpool were a superb example – their midfield three, whoever they were, performed a defensive job last season (despite not being the most gifted of footballers in some cases) and allowed full-backs to play as virtual wingers at points and the attackers to attack.
We are already pushing it with two there and signing a replacement for Gueye, if he goes, will prove even more pivotal than signing the striker we need. The role of Gomes, and of the attacking full-backs, depends on a player like Gueye. We want attacking football and will get it with Silva, but clean sheets guarantee points and attacking football, as the Martinez era demonstrated, does not. We need to find the balance and that's shifting in the wrong direction with Zouma gone and Gana half way out.
This might be expected but it's terrible news. I'm happy with Delph as a squad player but I'm not convinced that he is up to playing the Gana rule week in week out. If Gueye goes we need a new defensive midfielder, still need a centre-back, and still need a striker before the season starts.
53 Posted 20/07/2019 at 12:33:31
The game yesterday was a perfect illustration of how Everton get a lot of good possession in key attacking areas but then lack the ability or the conviction to make the accurate final pass or strike on goal.
54 Posted 20/07/2019 at 12:58:20
Between Delph, Davies, Schneiderlin and Gomes we have 4 central midfield players who are all capable of the defensive side of the midfield game.
Sure they mightn't have the anticipation of Idrissa Gueye or the energy levels but very few players do. And other teams have been successful without having him in their team
I sense a tweak in the system with 2 deeper central midfield players, probably Delph and Gomes with Sigurdsson ahead.
Something like this:
Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne
55 Posted 20/07/2019 at 13:07:10
A tweak for me would be to drop Sigurdsson deeper and play 4-3-3. Narrow and compact and get another goalscorer into those front 3. We are not far away.
I don't think losing Gana will hinder us as much as if we don't improve the amount of goals we score.
56 Posted 20/07/2019 at 13:41:06
Abolishing the £20 maximum wage was the right thing to do, in my opinion, but new realistic figures should have been agreed, instead of these 'film star' sums that even less talented players receive.
I hope to see you at the Excelsior on August 17th, where we can put the world to rights.
Hi Laurie , I think that you're right to adopt the attitude of allowing dissatisfied players to leave clubs, as one 'bad apple' can upset the dressing room. In fairness to Idrissa Gueye, he has been a model professional as far as I'm concerned.
Hi Tony , I agree with your statement that no player is irreplaceable, and I echo your sentiment in wishing Idrissa Gueye all the best in his career. Obviously we hope to replace him with a player of equal ability or, better than that, superior ability. I hope to see you at the Excelsior, although I'm sure of how much Adam's ale is nowadays.
57 Posted 20/07/2019 at 13:47:58
It should be around £40 million from a moneybags club like PSG – after all, it's them who've been making all the noise.
58 Posted 20/07/2019 at 14:34:38
59 Posted 20/07/2019 at 14:42:03
PSG are one of the world's richest clubs, flunked ridiculous money on a showpony in Neymar who I don't think I have ever seen have a great game despite the hype, yet we could let Gana go for buttons on today's market.
If PSG want him that much, it should be £40-50 million or tell them where to go!
Clearly they rate him as a Champions League player so let them pay a Champions League fee for him.
60 Posted 20/07/2019 at 14:49:20
61 Posted 20/07/2019 at 15:04:16
62 Posted 20/07/2019 at 15:08:45
I would have to totally disagree with that analogy and would suggest that it's a long time since I didn't know what Everton are going to do next.
No way are Everton going to sell cheap imo, and I'm sure it's the same with Lookman, who doesn't look like he will be sold until Leipzig pay what Everton want. It's also interesting that Everton won't loan Henry back to Galatasary, and are only interested in selling him if he is to go back to that club.
I might be wrong, and although time is dragging on, and I'm desperate for us to sign players, I'm not as concerned as in previous years because I feel we are now in better and much more professional hands. Let's hope so!
63 Posted 20/07/2019 at 15:13:03
64 Posted 20/07/2019 at 15:14:26
65 Posted 20/07/2019 at 15:19:28
Has Brands got a Plan A, B, C, maybe D up his sleeve? No decent goal scoring strikers and we will feel the pinch, but there's a couple of weeks of the window left...
Let's hope Brands will deliver in the next couple of weeks.
66 Posted 20/07/2019 at 15:23:20
In my previous post to you it should have read, "I'm NOT sure how much Adam's ale is."
67 Posted 20/07/2019 at 15:26:26
Gueye's been a very good player for us and he showed the professionalism I would expect (when he allegedly missed out on his move to PSG in January) from a person under contract for several more years to his present employer. His exemplary behaviour shouldn't change the fact that to the club he has a value, and unless that value is met by a club making a bid then there should be no sale.
It's a bit sentimental, IMO, to allow him to move on the cheap because it's a dream move. That charlatan Lukaku wanted his "dream move" to Utd and now wants another of his "dream moves" to Italy. This is business and it should be hard nosed. Gana's not at the very end of his career so it's not a swansong.
IMO it's a super power trying to steamroller a small provincial football club. Name the price! Give em a time limit like Rogers has done with McGuire! If the price isn't met within the time limit, no deal, end of.
He's our clubs employee and he's well paid for it. We shouldn't behave like a charity, we should be professional and keep the player if our valuation isn't met.
We're Everton, who the fuck are PSG?
68 Posted 20/07/2019 at 15:34:33
I won't be at the Excelsior unfortunately, but I hope you've read up on the Guinness by now though, mate, because it's gotta be better for you than that sugary orange juice, especially when Everton win!
69 Posted 20/07/2019 at 15:43:00
However, if the plan is to play a different style / system, the loss may not be nearly as significant as we are fearing.
We shall have to wait and see.
70 Posted 20/07/2019 at 15:48:16
I did qualify that with unless its silly money and I would make the case that all the players you mention went for "silly" money.
With Moshiri's money and a significant amount of time left on his contract we should not be bullied by a super rich no mark League 1 outfit.
71 Posted 20/07/2019 at 15:52:01
In which case it goes into the pot for a forward. Which one or 2 of the 10 linked players are we really in for?
72 Posted 20/07/2019 at 15:55:32
73 Posted 20/07/2019 at 16:06:34
74 Posted 20/07/2019 at 16:14:21
I'm disappointed to learn that you won't be at the Excelsior for the get-together, and I will, the moment I finish this post, look up the sugar content of Guinness. If you're going on holiday, have a great time.
Hi Brian , hopefully you will have read my post to Tony . I don't think that it's a case of supporters being 'too easy-going'; I think they realise that there's nothing they can do to influence the deal.
It appears to me, that fans recognise the importance of filling the gap that Idrissa Gueye's departure will create, and that they appreciate his contribution on the field of play, and wish him well for the future.
75 Posted 20/07/2019 at 16:19:50
We over pay for mediocre players and undersell because we simply do not have any clout in the world football order. Of course there will be the odd exception.
Is Brands the guy to circumnavigate this with risky, South American potential? Or deals for players out of contract later in their careers?
I hope this sale signals a chance of style as Gana was never a perfect fit under Silva. The team defended very well towards the end of the season as a unit and didnt rely on Gana to run around become undisciplined, asa result he played better too.
Midfield is shaping up to be an interesting conundrum.
76 Posted 20/07/2019 at 16:20:00
This is all about what we do with the money. In the absence of a City-style influx of money, it all rests on our ability to sell for good money and buy at better value.
77 Posted 20/07/2019 at 16:41:12
Would rather he didn't leave but like others, I reckon we'll survive and adapt.
The difference between our start and end of season form was startling, hopefully evidence that the wiles and ways of Silva have finally rooted themselves in the players consciousness. Bloody hope so, we played teams off the park, but Gana was a big part of that.
78 Posted 20/07/2019 at 17:09:21
79 Posted 20/07/2019 at 17:12:19
What you miss is that they used creative accounting to sign Neymar and Mbappe. They are now under serious pressure to rectify their financial position or they may be excluded from the Champions League, hence their determination to sell Neymar. They can't afford Gueye unless they do. And even if they do, they can't afford to pay big.
80 Posted 20/07/2019 at 17:16:58
81 Posted 20/07/2019 at 17:20:18
82 Posted 20/07/2019 at 17:47:31
We are on a selling spree as much as a spending one. Media have picked up on Zaha coming to the Blues. It may be because we are interested or just because a large amount of money was bet on him joining us a few days ago. The odds went from 20/1 to 4s after the bet. Watch this space...
83 Posted 20/07/2019 at 17:57:20
I would encourage Arsenal to go for him which allegedly is his desired destination but am pretty sure they would baulk at that price. There is a method in my madness here that if the Arsenal do get Zaha at a cheaper price they will drop their interest in Everton Soares (Cebolinha), and we nip in and get him.
I would love to have that little wizard more than Neres or Malcolm, he reminds me, going back a bit, of Andre Arshavin, quick, left-footed, regular goal scorer and worrier of defences.
84 Posted 20/07/2019 at 17:57:45
I'm very happy with what the club is doing at the moment, the last thing they should do is be panicked into buying for the sake of it.
85 Posted 20/07/2019 at 18:03:28
Neres, on the other hand, has been at it in Holland for a few years and impressed at the highest stage, the Champions League. Malcom is a little bit risky to me as he struggled when I saw him and thrived in France only. I can see what others like Sam see, and I'd be made up if we signed him. I just have doubts and you can't have them with the massive price tags.
86 Posted 20/07/2019 at 18:04:22
My first impression was that Everton were buying Zaha instead of Arsenal. However, upon reading the article it was actually a case that Arsenal were going to buy Everton Soares instead of buying Zaha. It had nothing to do with Everton FC.
The very next day though I started seeing these stories abut Everton buying Zaha. That is my theory I think it is all a mix-up.
87 Posted 20/07/2019 at 18:18:39
88 Posted 20/07/2019 at 18:28:37
Spot on, I think Silva is of the same thinking by replacing a tackling machine with Delph.
If the rumours are true about Stones on loan, we will turn defence into attack a lot quicker, which will make sense of the reports of us tracking big money strikers.
89 Posted 20/07/2019 at 18:29:22
It's two years on since his goals proved decisive in getting Gremio to the finals of the Copa de Libertadores (which they won) and the World Club championship (which they narrowly lost 1-0 to Christiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid).
If anyone has had a breakout season in the last 12 months, it is David Neres who has a nice YouTube reel, but in many games he is very peripheral.
At the recent Copa America, Neres was initially preferred to Everton in the opening two games. Everton took his place and ended as the tournament's top goal-scorer, also chipping in with assists. Neres never saw any more action.
Malcom is also a better bet than Neres as he performed to a consistently high level in France before his move to Barca. That his first season in Spain hasn't gone too well is no grounds for dismissing him, as three signings for Everton from there in the last 12 months demonstrate.
I'm not hearing ANY suggestion that we are in for Everton Santos, but whoever lands him is going to get an EXCELLENT player.
90 Posted 20/07/2019 at 18:30:46
91 Posted 20/07/2019 at 18:35:11
A sign of positivity too as you say, that we are being linked to better players, whether we get them is another matter.
92 Posted 20/07/2019 at 18:41:31
What rumours regarding Stones mate?
93 Posted 20/07/2019 at 18:45:59
I think most wingers have days like that. Even Hazard had quiet days (against us!).
Zaha would be a top signing and would probably bring 15+ goals or assists to the team. He's in a different league to Bolasie who has always lacked end-product.
I should think our chances of signing Zaha are very slight, especially at £70m, but it's a nice idea.
94 Posted 20/07/2019 at 18:49:52
The club has been totally incompetent and unprofessional since Moyes left and Martinez's surge faltered but I have great faith in their professionalism now.
Stones on loan? Wow, where did that come from?
95 Posted 20/07/2019 at 19:03:58
96 Posted 20/07/2019 at 19:13:23
97 Posted 20/07/2019 at 19:15:23
98 Posted 20/07/2019 at 19:17:48
What sport did you have in mind?
99 Posted 20/07/2019 at 19:19:02
100 Posted 20/07/2019 at 19:35:35
101 Posted 20/07/2019 at 19:41:40
102 Posted 20/07/2019 at 19:46:04
103 Posted 20/07/2019 at 19:53:51
In other words, behave, Peter!
104 Posted 20/07/2019 at 19:57:12
We have a very interesting couple of weeks coming up that will shape our season's aspirations. I'm looking forward to this season more than any other l can remember (since the late 80s).
Mike G. Have you seen Carroll play ping-pong, is he any good? Or was that on the BBC gossip column?
105 Posted 20/07/2019 at 20:00:01
106 Posted 20/07/2019 at 20:01:10
I would have suggested darts, but given his usual accuracy it could produce extensive casualties among the spectators. Lotta puncture wounds.
107 Posted 20/07/2019 at 20:11:23
108 Posted 20/07/2019 at 20:14:14
If we get close to £10M for McCarthy, then I personally would go for Doucoure.
109 Posted 20/07/2019 at 20:28:09
£30 million about 10 years ago!!! That was friggin bad.
110 Posted 20/07/2019 at 20:28:21
There are some very interesting central midfielders out there, many who would cost less than Gueye. None of them can match what he does without the ball but some may grow into more rounded players. Could be a very busy few weeks.
111 Posted 20/07/2019 at 20:35:33
I am sure they would give us a generous discount on any of their players we are interested in, furthermore they would gladly accept any deadwood, of which we have more than most, as part of any possible deal. 😂
112 Posted 20/07/2019 at 20:41:25
It was only a year or two ago that many on this site were bemoaning the fact we only got £75M (rising to £90M) and we'd been taken to the cleaners.
Any of them posters care to come on and admit that Everton in the circumstances got a fair price?
113 Posted 20/07/2019 at 21:20:26
Not a scoring midfielder, with today's game without a decent top man we need our midfield to score loads, will we miss him? yes and I wish him well.
Top bloke and at the age where we should cash in... not Delph, we need a Doucouré type to hold us.
114 Posted 20/07/2019 at 21:20:32
115 Posted 20/07/2019 at 21:26:03
People say M n M are doing a grand job etc and I think mm. replacing a striker isn't easy but ffs West Ham got one who may or may not deliver... wingers all day, Zouma this n that...It's not far away till we play Palace... and I'm wanting players to bed in...
116 Posted 20/07/2019 at 21:38:43
For anyone who doesn't get it, please, say it out loud. £ 80 million for Harry, fucking carthorse Maguire. Joy!!
117 Posted 20/07/2019 at 21:46:10
118 Posted 20/07/2019 at 21:53:32
119 Posted 20/07/2019 at 21:55:31
You seemed to have confused me with the Billy Roberts international football agent. I, like you, live in the world of hope for the best!!
I love having totally unrealistic aspirations for Everton, it's great, I've been like this since I was about 7 but it doesn't matter. It's better than being dead serious and disappointed.
120 Posted 20/07/2019 at 22:00:42
121 Posted 20/07/2019 at 22:09:50
Paul, stop it now. 😂😂😂😂😂
122 Posted 20/07/2019 at 22:15:19
I know Watford would hold firm, but money talks, so for me Dacoure seems the type of player that would be able to fill the gap.
I would prefer Gauye to stay, but his heart is set on Psg, be tough bargaining with Watford, but Dacoure would be a good deal, if we could get that over the line.
123 Posted 20/07/2019 at 22:47:25
As for those hopeful about us signing Everton Soares, do you really think he's a better option than other players being linked - or does he get special preference because his name is Everton?
124 Posted 20/07/2019 at 23:22:31
I would rather have John Stones. I think we need to have the confidence to aspire to more.
125 Posted 20/07/2019 at 23:35:18
Hes robust, strong, powerful but for me is very little more than Walcott in terms of craft and footballing intelligence. They are both very direct, and hard to describe but they do things in straight lines. Give me a clever footballer any day of the week.
If he was going for £15-£20m then all day long. But hes not. So no big spending on this guy please.
126 Posted 20/07/2019 at 23:57:53
Real shame as imo he's probably our best player; that said, we have other good players, we're linked with some exciting players, and I believe Moshiri will give us the funds to replace Gana, so it is what it is.
Good luck to the lad, he's given us everything when he's played. He has a massive opportunity at PSG to achieve honours, and he will get a huge pay hike.
I now wonder weather Schneiderlin will be kept and given his chance to sit and hold in the midfield as he did towards the end of last season, or if he too will be moved on and a new player will be brought in.
A massive massive 3 weeks of this window still to go, and I'd imagine were going to be one of the sides being spoken about a lot.
127 Posted 21/07/2019 at 00:37:03
128 Posted 21/07/2019 at 00:52:47
Completely. Maguire is a fine player and has proved himself at International level, in a World Cup no less.
As did Yerry Mina. When all was lost for Colombia, they needed someone to step up and s use the moment against England in 2018. Yerry was that man, a colossal moment from a magnificent player. It takes a lot of guts to produce a moment like that.
Andy meanwhile believes Mason Holgate is a better player. I am a fan of Mason. Id like to see our CB pairing as Holgate and Mina. But to say he is better than Yerry Mina, Not for me
129 Posted 21/07/2019 at 02:08:52
Didn't Limp Along Leslie play for Melchester Rovers? Given our, seemingly, obsessional interest in wingers surely he must be in the frame?
Remember, you heard it here, first.
130 Posted 21/07/2019 at 02:26:56
Maguire's potential £80M fee illustrates the state of things. He is a very good (but not world-class) defender and has obvious flaws. At Man Utd, there would be a lot more scrutiny and I think he would be derided as an over expensively purchase. His fee is higher than it should be because he is English and Premier League based too.
131 Posted 21/07/2019 at 03:40:26
Walcott is... well, I'm not going to annihilate him on here, but he's got pace. Not as much as he once had, but he has some. Beyond that...
132 Posted 21/07/2019 at 05:28:49
1. PG prepared to come back with a offer.
2. Gueye expressing a interest to go.
3. Gueye is 29 and his value could decrease.
4. Everton apparently pursuing a policy to have funds, before they
But having said that.
1. There has been no word from the player.
2. Silva threatened resignation if he was sold in January and has said
Delph is not a replacement.
3. The player has three more years on his contract and we know that
he will be motivated no matter what.
4. At 29 he will be at his prime for at least another two year.
5. At Everton he is sure of his future and a Star.
6. PG according to Steve are not the financial powerhouse we think.
7. Neymar may be a real hard sell.
Could all be a lazy Journalist story that got legs.
133 Posted 21/07/2019 at 05:30:35
Last August I read the published list ranking the worlds 40 fastest footballers by their actual measured top speed on the pitch. Bale was #1, Mbappe #3, Walcott #5 and the fastest in England. So obviously pace does not automatically translate to quality.
By the way, Zouma was ranked #28 overall, just ahead of Cristiano, Neymar and Douglas Costa. Thats some seriously speedy company.
134 Posted 21/07/2019 at 05:40:02
135 Posted 21/07/2019 at 08:04:31
Race is just the type of player we could have done with, but hes never quite been the same since he had his foot amputated.
136 Posted 21/07/2019 at 08:40:35
By Zahas age (26 -27 in November). Walcott has already had a 20 goal season in him. Zaha has got nowhere near that.
I dont doubt that Zaha is more robust and can wriggle through a number of players and beat them with his power. But I think he does beat them with power and not much artistry.
Its what he does next that matters for me. Final product. It just isnt good enough. I dont see him creating many chances despite the wonderful positions his pace and power often puts him in.
137 Posted 21/07/2019 at 11:28:43
When he first appeared in a blue shirt he was a revelation. The fans immediately revered him and he became an automatic choice. Sadly for some reason he suffered a dreadful loss of form and confidence. For a considerable period he was unrecognisable from the player we saw in his first season for us. However anyone who saw his performances at the end of last season, when on at least one occasion he was deservedly man of the match, must surely agree that we witnessed something like the old Schneiderlin. He looked a class act once more.
Players lose form. With the crowd on their backs it is even harder to regain it. I admit that I became one of his harshest critics. But they don't lose their ability. Morgan was initially a class act, top drawer. I for one am prepared to see if he continues next season as he ended the last, giving polished, accomplished, constructive performances. If he does, we need look no further for Gana's replacement, should he leave.
138 Posted 21/07/2019 at 11:47:58
139 Posted 21/07/2019 at 11:50:40
"I'd rather have Everton over Malcom over Neres. But in truth, if any of them had been consistent over a couple of seasons, other Champions League teams would be in for them."
Putting aside the rather tenuous 'logic' that the measure of a player's worth is measured by how many CL club's are interested in him, you do realize that this time last year Roma - that season's CL semi-finalist - were on the verge of signing Malcolm from Bordeaux (fans were even awaiting his arrival at Rome airport) when his current club Barcelona poached the player at the 11th hour. Or don't either of them qualify as CL clubs to meet your stated criteria?
Andrew @ 123.
"As for those hopeful about us signing Everton Soares, do you really think he's a better option than other players being linked - or does he get special preference because his name is Everton?"
First up, there is absolutely NOTHING coming out of Brazil linking Everton the club to Everton the player.
Secondly, if you haven't done so already, seek out YT vids of the boy. He can play. It's not some airy-fairy romantic notion about his name you allude to that 'promotes' him above other players in the eyes of some.
140 Posted 21/07/2019 at 12:33:10
The problem is how much better will it be if the strike force is not good enough.
Player will come and go but it must be said that the existing bunch have not shown to be good enough an some will not be missed.
Gana has been a very busy player but not can be improved upon.
Macca, sadly has been plagued with injuries.
Getting good money for these players at their ages is good business especially if the likes of Gomes, Delph and Sneiderlin can get it together not to mention Tom Davies and Bernard.
141 Posted 21/07/2019 at 13:21:52
Jay (139) - Not sure why you capitalised the word “nothing”. I understand that you are a fan of Everton Soares and have been banging the drum for him on here - Ive seen him play and I have been impressed - but it just seems a slightly romantic notion that of all the players out there the one we should go for just happens to be called Everton. Its just an observation, and might not be a contributing factor for you, but possibly would be for others.
142 Posted 21/07/2019 at 13:36:23
A forward line of Bernard, Kean, and Richarlison would be a handful for any premier league defence. Throw DCL into the mix and that will leave a lot of options open to Silva if he wants to change things during a game.
As for Gana I havent got a clue who we could replace him with but if we are going to play the same style it is going to have to be someone with a terrific engine.,
143 Posted 21/07/2019 at 15:34:12
We should all want this player. Considerably better option that Toussart in my opinion: Link
144 Posted 21/07/2019 at 16:14:40
145 Posted 21/07/2019 at 16:22:03
146 Posted 21/07/2019 at 16:59:05
Mike@145 yes, I think he represents too big a risk for some of the bigger teams but Ill be surprised if he is not snapped up by someone. Really hope its us!
If Gueye goes Ill be a bit gutted, but if he is replaced by Sangare then Ill be content enough. If he is joined by Zouma, Malcom/Neres and Leao/Kean then I will be extremely excited at the beginnings of a team with serious potential!
My dream team right now is:
Coleman Mina Zouma Digne
Malcom Sigurdsson Richarlison
With the likes of DCL, Bernard, Delph and Keane on the bench that would be a top 6 squad in my eyes, if not this season then certainly next.
147 Posted 21/07/2019 at 17:15:53
148 Posted 21/07/2019 at 17:48:22
£80 million for Maguire? Do you think so,Simon? Duffy is better.
149 Posted 21/07/2019 at 17:51:46
150 Posted 21/07/2019 at 18:12:02
151 Posted 21/07/2019 at 18:27:53
Our financial position is going to be very tight, if it isnt already. Stadium, FFP etc.
Other clubs including PSG know that and will low ball us almost indefinitely. PSG do not care about FFP, they have influence far beyond any leverage we have. They do not care if they break the rules. Other mega clubs are the same they do what needs to be done knowing the consequences are less than the reward.
Will Everton break FFP to move the club forward? Thats the real question.
152 Posted 21/07/2019 at 18:28:11
I agree absolutely with your comments on Zaha. Yet he clearly doesnt impress everyone on here.
I agree the end product could be better but I think with a forward line of himself, Richarlison and A. N. Other (perhaps DCL, but hopefully a more prolific scorer), all three would score more goals. Defenders would have their hands full.
One worry would be the amount of time he spends on his arse. Richarlison already has that role in our team.
However I suspect we are both whistling Dixie on this one: it appears he is an Arsenal fan; he wants CL football; and Arsenal want him.
153 Posted 21/07/2019 at 18:33:47
154 Posted 21/07/2019 at 18:36:12
I appreciate your fanatical loyalty to Everton and youre one of the most passionate blues on here. But I think your blue tinted specs are misleading you with regards to Duffy
155 Posted 21/07/2019 at 18:56:05
156 Posted 21/07/2019 at 19:08:16
It is not impossible that losing Gueye will make us a better team in that we will have to play in a manner that will mitigate his absence. Gueye is a crutch that Everton badly needs now but we will never run until we throw the crutch away.
He is history now and will have proven to be a massive success for the club in every way. Onward and upward post-Gueye and the best of wishes to this lovely guy.
157 Posted 21/07/2019 at 19:11:50
158 Posted 21/07/2019 at 20:12:04
Just the last word!
159 Posted 21/07/2019 at 20:53:20
160 Posted 21/07/2019 at 23:21:48
161 Posted 22/07/2019 at 02:03:57
Delph is Gana's replacement. He will play every game if fit. He's clearly a leader and a great character, full of energy on and off the pitch. He's not come here to hardly play, like at Man City.
Like someone said above, our style will change, that's all. Delph and Gomes is a more attack-minded set-up, and I'm excited about it. Yes, we may be more exposed, and maybe it won't even work, but I'm not worried. Delph (if he stays fit) will be the Captain by the end of the season.
I can't predict the future by the way, I'm just not worried about it. I'm not worried about anything with EFC, I'm confident that Marcel & Marco know what they're doing, and I feel like they're building a vibrant, pacy team, one that we've all been waiting for, and deserve.
162 Posted 22/07/2019 at 07:41:53
Delph it is then and not enough room on the bench for any of the kids: Lössl, Davies, a central defender, Schneiderlin, Tosun or one of the young strikers we are linked with, Walcott. I suppose there may be room for one but, no, give it to Oumar.
163 Posted 22/07/2019 at 09:22:30
Do you actually go to the game? If so, weren't you impressed by Schneiderlin's last few appearances? Everybody around me in the Gwladys Street was pleasantly surprised by his performances.
If you read my post, I stated that his form for a long time was dreadful and I was his harshest critic. But I've supported Everton long enough (60 years) to know that the crowd are often like sheep. They will all get on a player's back regardless of his displays, equally they will sing certain players praises when they clearly don't deserve selection.
I try to give praise where it's due. I imagine you are the type of 'fan' who goes with the flow and criticises players before a ball is even kicked. I ask again, were you at Goodison for Schneiderlin's last few games last season?
164 Posted 22/07/2019 at 09:22:42
I'm sure if Gueye goes then it will improve Delph's chances of getting a starting place but I think the City man was bought to add flexibility to the midfield and indeed rest of the squad. His skillset is very different to Gueye's.
I expect if we sell Gueye to bring in another midfielder but it maybe someone younger (like Sangare hopefully) who will need time to adjust to the league and learn Silva's system. Delph could probably fill in in the meantime.
165 Posted 22/07/2019 at 09:28:32
I was (at Goodison for all last season's games) and I'm afraid making a great effort in the last few doesn't make up for stinking the place out over a much longer period of time, IMO.
He did improve, can't argue with that, but I'll quote Sean Dyche's mantra "Minimum requirement is maximum effort" and it's difficult to say that Schneiderlin has done that often enough.
I wondered whether the improvement was because he was playing for a move.
166 Posted 22/07/2019 at 09:55:00
Towards the end of the season, we had the wingers tucking in as midfielders when we didn't have the ball. This allowed Schneiderlin to flourish again.
He's a good player who looks lazy, he has to play in a midfield that provides cover for his inefficiencies though. It's also no coincidence that Gueye's upturn in form came after this tactical tweak when he was afforded more cover.
I'm not saying that Schneiderlin can be a replacement for Gueye; however, I also wouldn't write him off after a year of playing in a formation that blatantly doesn't suit him and exposes him.
167 Posted 22/07/2019 at 09:55:59
All I was trying to say in both posts Brian, was if (and I realise it is a big 'if') Schneiderlin performs as well as he did when he first came to the club and as he demonstrated at the end of last season, then he would certainly be worth persisting with in a defensive midfield role. Should Gana leave, the money could be spent on a goalscorer.
As I said in my first post, players can lose form for long periods, but they don't lose their ability. Schneiderlin is still young enough and the signs were encouraging in his last few games. It's a new season, let's all keep an open mind and give the man a chance to prove his worth.
168 Posted 22/07/2019 at 10:02:00
Very interesting analysis. I'm inclined to completely agree with your comments. Gueye was definitely freed by Schneiderlin's solid displays in those games. All I'm saying is let's see if he can continue in that form.
169 Posted 22/07/2019 at 10:06:01
170 Posted 22/07/2019 at 10:57:41
Another player's performances might have dipped when the move was rejected at Christmas, Idrissa got better - seemed like it boosted his confidence.
171 Posted 22/07/2019 at 11:09:32
As Marco has been using Under-23 players in pre-season games, is this what we have to go forward to the new season as cover/backup? If we get injuries to key players, we are going to struggle again.
172 Posted 22/07/2019 at 11:30:57
Silva got the best out of both of them last season by playing Schneiderlin sitting at 6 and giving Gueye more of a box-to-box role as an 8.
Gomes can play with either as he can either sit or roam, though when roaming, he does not have the athleticism and disruptive instincts that Gueye has. Few do.
Both Gomes and Delph could play potentially as a 6 or an 8 which gives us flexibility but Schneiderlin can only play as a 6.
Will be interesting to see what midfield blend Silva goes for this season, especially if Gueye leaves as he has been our best central midfielder in the last 4 years in my opinion.
173 Posted 22/07/2019 at 11:41:54
Let it go mate. You'll feel so much better
174 Posted 23/07/2019 at 14:02:44
175 Posted 23/07/2019 at 15:51:10
He didn't discover Gana he was having a high profile career at Lille playing in the Champions League before Villa signed him for about £10m to replace Delph. We got him for £7m due to his relegation release clause.
As for Walsh's other 'major' discoveries, I think Gullit already knew of Zola's talents as he did Vialli's. Does anyone actually believe he had anything to do with the signing of Drogba, one of the most high profile strikers in Europe at the time?
Kanté? Ranieri had him scouted in 2013/14 at Monaco as part of Robolovlev's idea of teaming up younger players with established ones and would probably have signed him there for the beginning of the 14/15 season if his contract had been renewed. In 2015 He signed for Leicester less than a month after Ranieri did.
Walsh wasn't even looking at Mahrez-who was earlier wanted by PSG, Marseille & Lyon. He was interested in Mendy and didn't even know about him.
Vardy? There was about 6 Championship clubs wanting him, Fleetwood had already knocked back very substantial offers from Reading & Blackpool so he wasn't unknown, he went to Leicester because they were the only club willing to pay through the nose for him.
All of the players he so called found were already making headlines one way or another.
176 Posted 23/07/2019 at 17:07:43
177 Posted 23/07/2019 at 17:20:28
I am not a huge fan of Steve Walsh at all. He had one chance with us and blew it.
But the bottom line is, of all the players you mention. They ended up nowhere else except the club Walsh was at.
Credit where it is due.
I have some knowledge of the inner workings of a ‘scout. Particularly at the highest level of the game. Their job is not just to identify talent. Most people can do that.
A big part of their job is to make the deal happen. And you list countless examples above of when Walsh did this.
178 Posted 23/07/2019 at 19:06:51
179 Posted 23/07/2019 at 19:39:08
Check back around 4:45 on 8 August.
180 Posted 23/07/2019 at 21:40:05
181 Posted 23/07/2019 at 22:40:32
182 Posted 23/07/2019 at 22:58:11
However' we are presuming that Silva has his eye on more strength and I wouldn't be surprised at all if he didn't.
Everton have a big payroll and some players need to be sent packing or loaned out again.
We all fear that the current squad is still not good enough despite Gomes signing permanent and Delph coming in and quite rightly so as the offensive department is weak.
Gueye and Lookman are set to go and unless there is a bigger output goals-wise from DCL, Tosun, Niasse, Walcott or Siggy then it will be more of the same from last season.
There just seems to be more criteria put on a new stadium than having a top team to put in it.
183 Posted 23/07/2019 at 23:27:31
Gueye and Kante both came to prominence at Clubs where Walsh was responsible for their recruitment. If Gueye is sold it will be at a huge profiit, as was Kante. Other Clubs didn't spot these bargains.
I agree that he was fortunate in who he worked with prior to Everton. Walsh was way over his head as Director of Football at Everton and clearly was not fit it strong enough to cope with Kenwright and Colman. Supporting the appointment of Big Sam just showed how out of his depth he was.
Brands is streets ahead, but he needs his scouting system to come up with another Gueye. I doubt if any of the scouts are as good as Walsh.
I hope Gueye stays, unlike others I don't think it will work out as a dream move in practice.
184 Posted 23/07/2019 at 23:28:44
Calm down there's two weeks to go.
Is it not always like this? Do people not remember, not learn?
185 Posted 23/07/2019 at 23:29:59
186 Posted 23/07/2019 at 00:07:38
There's still over two weeks of the transfer window remaining; plenty of time to ship a few more out and bring fresh faces in.
187 Posted 23/07/2019 at 00:07:38
There's still over two weeks of the transfer window remaining; plenty of time to ship a few more out and bring fresh faces in.
188 Posted 23/07/2019 at 00:07:38
There's still over two weeks of the transfer window remaining; plenty of time to ship a few more out and bring fresh faces in.
189 Posted 23/07/2019 at 00:07:38
190 Posted 23/07/2019 at 00:07:39
191 Posted 24/07/2019 at 00:11:00
192 Posted 23/07/2019 at 00:12:28
193 Posted 24/07/2019 at 00:43:58
Silva has said that he ideally would like to get most of his new signings in prior to the end of July, so he has enough time to work with them before the start of the season. I'm hopeful but not holding my breath.
194 Posted 24/07/2019 at 00:57:01
195 Posted 24/07/2019 at 02:02:13
In previous years players have been brought in a couple of weeks after the season started. Any targets will be likely to be getting fit for the season on much the same schedule as the majority.
With all these factors it would have been miraculous to have brought in all our targets by now and having them beavering away at Finch Farm.
196 Posted 24/07/2019 at 05:47:54
197 Posted 24/07/2019 at 09:55:38
PSG will very likely have the Neymar money burning a hole in their considerable wallet shortly after our transfer window has closed so tell them it's 50M or no deal.
Worst case is we are left with an extremely good player and no doubt they'll be back in Dec.
198 Posted 24/07/2019 at 12:03:53
1. Academy type signing first
2. Try ing to offload deadwood at value
3. Failing this loan out players to reduce costs.
4. Buy in value players
5. Sell value players.
6. Buy in big ticket players with potential (last year, Moshiri released
funds at this stage).
The next week is critical because the amount of funds needed have to be clear, so that Moshiri can decide whether he is going to release funds or not.
I did not expect that Everton would sign another striker. They are more likely to sign a midfielder and a defender.
199 Posted 24/07/2019 at 13:20:24
Also the clubs owning the players in demand can just wait till the better offer comes in, isn't this what happened with mina and Gomes last season? Barca had an offer for Mina from us and we're just waiting to see if Man Utd would up it?
200 Posted 24/07/2019 at 15:10:59
201 Posted 24/07/2019 at 15:33:54
I seem to fall for the old 'we've identified our targets early' line every year. Obviously a big difference between 'identified' and 'signed'.
Transfer window shuts two weeks tomorrow, 5pm. There isn't even a strong rumour at the moment, never mind us being in negotiations. Will see what rabbits are pulled out in the coming days.
202 Posted 24/07/2019 at 15:38:08
On the transfer fee, its fair enough. Yeah, Tottenham value him at £40m. Really thats a tool to essentially say he isnt for sale isnt it?
203 Posted 24/07/2019 at 16:04:11
He will be very hard to replace and I suspect that Gomes' defensive deficiencies will be shown up in his absence. In fact both Siggy and Gomes make less tackles/interceptions than they might and that is why we have struggled often in Gueye's absence. Will be interesting to see which midfield blend Silva goes with next year but if he wants to continue playing a central triangle with Siggy and Gomes then the third player better have some awesome defensive capabilities like Gana Gueye (if he leaves).
204 Posted 24/07/2019 at 16:06:37
Alderweireld has a release clause set at £25m that runs out tomorrow at 5pm so if he doesnt go before then I doubt he will be leaving them.
As for Gana, if we have swapped him and McCarthy for Delph and Gomes thats probably an improvement. If we dont buy another midfielder we need a confident Schneiderlin and Tom Davies to kick on and have a good year.
We will be taking a chance of hitting the ground running bringing players in so late. This time around though we start from a better starting place than last season.
205 Posted 24/07/2019 at 16:16:18
206 Posted 24/07/2019 at 16:17:06
207 Posted 24/07/2019 at 16:29:41
208 Posted 24/07/2019 at 17:02:11
209 Posted 24/07/2019 at 17:23:34
I agree the fee should be higher (I think £35m would be reasonable) but its hard if the player is set on a move and at 30 he may not get this opportunity again. You can keep a player against his well for some time but not forever I think as levels and morale drop and it doesnt help anyone.
210 Posted 24/07/2019 at 20:36:02
211 Posted 24/07/2019 at 20:41:41
212 Posted 24/07/2019 at 22:27:06
1. How many goals did he stop by last ditch tackles ?
2. How many times did he win possession back from an attacking team likely to score a goal against us ?
3. How many of our possessions/plays did he initiate via a tackle or interception ?
4. How many times did he cover an opposition player and force him to play a ball back or sideways ?
5. How much would we have to pay to replace his all round ability ?
213 Posted 29/07/2019 at 16:37:46
214 Posted 30/07/2019 at 09:18:30
215 Posted 30/07/2019 at 09:28:51
Fingers-crossed that we get some confidence building announcements over the next few days.
Gareth Bale would be good...
216 Posted 30/07/2019 at 09:33:27
No matter how good Gana was, and nobody can question how good he was because he was very good, our problem was not a defensive one, nor was it a problem with us getting the ball back, or stopping attacks - our glaring problem was putting the round thing in the square thing.
We need firepower in an attacking sense. End of story.
217 Posted 30/07/2019 at 09:34:04
218 Posted 30/07/2019 at 09:35:36
We also have a certain Scottish Irishman at the club with most of the attributes to do Ganas job; is it really impossible to coach McCarthy into being a dynamic ball-winner? Perhaps they feel hes not recovered sufficiently from his injuries. Delph will also play a role in that midfield.
219 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:06:12
Despite Silva and Brands saying at the end of the season they had identified their targets for this season and wouldn't leave it as late as last season to get players in. So if were to believe that how come we still havent got a striker or 2 and was Zaha amongst the targets, as we only seemed to enter the race when Arsenal offered £40 million.
Last season we lacked goals and I see nothing that as yet has improved that situation. I don't see an ageing Walcott increasing his goal tally or Bernard turning into a 10 goal a season player or DCL becoming a regular scorer. Tosun and Niasse shouldnt be near the first team squad, as they are not good enough. Seems we pay Harrods money for Lidl quality, then wonder why we have trouble moving players on when eventually the penny drops they werent good enough in the first place.
220 Posted 30/07/2019 at 15:34:03
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