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Everton bid for Doucouré rejected

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Everton have reportedly lodged an offer for Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré that has been flatly turned down.

L'Equipe claim that the Blues have submitted a €30m offer for Doucouré while RMC Sport say it's closer to €32m but, regardless, Watford have rejected the approach.

Doucouré is said to favour the move to Goodison Park which would follow in the footsteps of Marco Silva and Richarlison as he is seeking a new challenge.

Update Sky Sports News report that a bid of £32m (€35m) has been knocked back by Watford who said in a statement that they have no interest in a deal with Everton for the player.

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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:34:11
The Doucore rumours are interesting. Personally I can’t see why we’d buy Gomes if after Doucore but he would be a certain (if expensive) upgrade on what we have.

Could be that Silva is planning more of a 4-3-3 though not sure where that would leave Sigurdsson who presumably would not be asked to play the box to box role?

Something like this:

Coleman Keane Mina Digne
Gomes Gbamin Doucoure
New RW Kean Richarlison

Andrew Ellams
2 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:35:47
I'm more interested in who we might have moved onto as a wideman and central defender.
Mark Tanton
3 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:36:58
It seems we’ve hit the panic button a little. If you think times are tough, let’s remember some of our previous summers. Where, under Moyes we used to start the season too often with the cloud of an unwanted bid for a big player like Lescott, and have to wait until deadline day to try and buy waifs and strays. And then there was the phantom bids too.
Mark Tanton
4 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:40:54
There is no way Watford will do business with us, is there? Surely not!
Derek Knox
5 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:46:27
I can't understand these links that are doing the rounds re-Doucoure, after getting Gomes and Gbamin and Delph, what does he want to make us, hard to beat, but very unlikely to score?
Kieran Kinsella
6 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:47:36
If true (and today Silva said we may get another central midfielder) it seems like a scatter-gun approach. Hear me out.

Eventually, as a top club we would want two quality players for each position. It kind of looks like we are getting frustrated at even getting one good player for certain roles so jumping ahead and stockpiling in others. But, if we are missing key men, what good is it being two or three deep in other roles?

Brian Wilkinson
7 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:54:40
This is the player I have been hoping we make a move for.

I really hope we manage to get a deal done for him.

Has all the attributes of Gauye but more long range passing and goals in him.

Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:55:13
Interesting, in light of the signing of Gbamin for the same position.
Sam Hoare
9 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:01:14
Doucore is more likely to score than any of our other CMs. Though why buy Gomes if we’re planning on Doucore? Unless Silva is planning a 433?
Mark Tanton
10 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:01:16
That would as crazy as have Klaassen, Sigurdsson and Rooney together surely?!
Mike Oates
11 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:07:57
I just cant see the need to have, Davies, Gomes, Delph, Gbamin, Doucore. Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, covering say 3 positions with the wide midfield/forward positions covered by Bernard, Richarlison and Walcott. and possibly another one yet to be added. Far too many "midfielders" to keep happy.

Schneiderlin could well go but I'd thought we would have heard rumours by now.

Sam Hoare
12 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:19:26
Mike@11 there are rumours on Schneiderlin leaving. A loan to Turkey apparently.
Steavey Buckley
13 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:29:08
Yet, Everton still don't have a goal scorer on the horizon who can match the goals return of Lukaku.
Christy Ring
14 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:37:09
Mark @10, That's my view as well, we should be concentrating on other positions now. I'd like to get Kean over the line, a centreback is essential, especially if Mina's injury problems return, and another wide man.
Joe McMahon
15 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:46:19
The funny thing is Stevey, many wouldn't even have him back. I can only assume they are happy with our current 3 strikers who between them don't match Lukaku's goal tally.
John Mckay
16 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:46:39
Gbamin has played a lot of his career at centre-back, so maybe he signing another central midfielder and moving Gbamin back to centre-back with it looking unlikely we'll get Zouma back.
Bobby Mallon
17 Posted 03/08/2019 at 22:08:41
I don't think Kean will sign
Jamie Crowley
18 Posted 03/08/2019 at 22:09:36
I think Kean will sign.
Phil Martin
19 Posted 03/08/2019 at 22:13:11
I don't think Kean will not sign.
David Pearl
20 Posted 03/08/2019 at 22:19:46
Ken Dodd's dad's dog's dead.
Si Smith
21 Posted 03/08/2019 at 22:26:46
Not just because of this link to a midfielder, but is anyone else a little bit worried about the Kean signing? Seems to be taking a bit of time to get it over the line, plus Silva said he's not going to speak about him today.

Hopefully just the way the contract is going but feel a bit like Juve may want to keep him, and if Man Utd take Dybala and Mandukic, then Kean maybe back in the frame at Juve.

Andrew Keatley
22 Posted 03/08/2019 at 22:38:19
We need to become a club that has a decent squad of players so that the first XI is not just a cut and paste job from week to week. I'm all for settled sides but too many of our players have been practically guaranteed a start for too long, regardless of their form. I'd like to see the sort of competition for places in our squad that puts pressure on those in the starting XI to perform. Doucoure would be a good if unspectacular addition (but I doubt he's coming).
Steven Astley
23 Posted 03/08/2019 at 23:44:02
I would love this to be true, just to piss Watford off, again.
Steve Mink
24 Posted 03/08/2019 at 23:51:31
Surprised no-one is having a dabble at Danny Drinkwater, perhaps on a loan deal. Best midfielder in the league that season Leicester won the Premier League.
Peter Warren
25 Posted 03/08/2019 at 23:58:44
7# Brian I agree with you. He’s the person I wish we were buying when we were linked with Richarlison and it doesn’t seem people realise just how good he is!
Gavin Johnson
26 Posted 04/08/2019 at 00:09:26
Echoing what others have said. This seems strange after already buying Gomes, Delph and Gbamin. If this is true I would hope we've got moves lined up for McCarthy, Schneiderlin and Besic
Jay Harris
27 Posted 04/08/2019 at 00:39:10
As someone else has said, maybe we can't get a decent centre-back in and he has got Gbamin to fit in that role and give us flexibility. Personally, I don't think Doucoure is as good as Gueye but he would generate more goals.

For me, Gomes is the weak link in there and has not rediscovered his early form from last season and is frequently caught in possession.

Paul Birmingham
28 Posted 04/08/2019 at 01:02:33
In my view, I see no point, and we could clog up the squad even more.

Sound business so far, but there's always, the “Done deal”, in this case I see journo-media bullshit.

If true, what, how and why?

Paul Birmingham
29 Posted 04/08/2019 at 01:12:11
It's the end of the transfer window, very soon, so we need some luck, to shift and still get in at least a centre-back, right-back, plus another striker, in my view.

It's been also on memory a very difficult transfer window.

Hopefully we can turnover Palace, aka 2004.

James Flynn
30 Posted 04/08/2019 at 01:52:18
With talk of Arsenal backing away from "Little Onion" Everton, maybe Brands would be interested.

Reading this quote below, it doesn't even appear many clubs are in for him.

“It's absurd. For what he played at the Copa America, we expected a flood,” said Gremio official Deco Nascimento.

Si Cooper
31 Posted 04/08/2019 at 02:19:24
I'm not bothered about where else we need players as I'm sure the club are well aware of that. Unless you are restricted to either / or situations, you have to buy the right players when they are available.

We've lacked true strength in depth in midfield for years. The likes of Tottenham didn't seem to worry about how to accommodate Wanyama, Dier, Dembele and Sissoko alongside Erickson. Doucoure would give us more options and really free up Gbamin as an alternative for centre-back.

I won't mind if Schneiderlin, Davies and Delph are all pushed down to covering roles. For me, Tom Davies and Kieran Dowell need to improve if they are ever to become genuine first-choice options. I'd been hopeful that Beni Banigime was making an impression behind the scenes but there has been no indication of that.

Drew O'Neall
32 Posted 04/08/2019 at 05:04:56
I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this Zaha for cash + 2/3 players deal come back to life on the last day.
Alan J Thompson
33 Posted 04/08/2019 at 05:22:50
As a few have said before, it is difficult to see exactly what the transfer strategy is other than the catch all that they are improvements on those we have already. If that is the case, buy your necessary preference for a position and do something with those already on the books to make them worthwhile cover and cut our costs by moving on those surplus to that requirement, however difficult that seems to be albeit some movement of those more readily possible to has been made on that front.
Jerome Shields
34 Posted 04/08/2019 at 06:03:15
I would prefer Lopes of Monaco. He is a attacking midfielder / winger. Everton are suppose to be interested in him. Ready made competition for Walcott. Previously with Man City Youth squad.
Ajay Gopal
35 Posted 04/08/2019 at 06:04:30
I agree with those that question the point of buying Doucoure now, unless both Schneiderlin and McCarthy are on their way out? Surely, there are other priority areas that need addressing - like a CB, CF and maybe, another Winger?
Tony Everan
36 Posted 04/08/2019 at 07:34:38
It's a strange one considering we have signed Gomes,Gbamin, and Delph, but maybe Doucoure has contacted Silva and is pushing for the move. If we can sell Schneiderlin and McCarthy and bring in Dourcoure that sounds like good business.

The side needs more goals , Doucore could add a few from midfield , but I would have though a forward such as Zaha would be the priority.

Kean is a great signing and will add threat but he is young still and the pressure and goalscoring needs to be better distributed. Zaha is would get us 15 maybe and win penalties too also affecting tight games.

So whilst Doucoure is a classy player I think to improve our focus should be on Zaha , a bit more mature player and a proven goalscorer in the PL who is an overall nuisance to defences.

Colin Glassar
37 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:09:56
Doucoure would be a fantastic acquisition, as long as we got rid of Besic and McCarthy (possibly Schneiderlin as well, although I think Marco rates him) to free up space and money.

Silva has said he still wants more players ie RB, CB, winger. We should’ve gone for Dani Alves. He’d have been amazing for a season.

I still think there’s hope for Zouma and Zaha but my real wish is for us to get rid of Lewis Hamilton lookalike, Theo Walcott. Absolute rubbish player who’s on over 100k pw.

Steven Astley
38 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:31:14
Colin #37 - is that the same absolute rubbish player that is the most experienced in our squad and has won the most trophies?
Give your head a wobble pal.
Max Meindl
39 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:32:31
@Colin, I agree that if we got rid of Besic, Schneiderlin and McCarthy then I think it would be a great buy to get Dacoure. Theo Walcott definitely would someone we should move out but then we will be 2 x wings short.
It really amazes me how our last 3 managers have allowed our team to fill up with so many average players.

Eddie Dunn
40 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:36:58
I think that there will be a couple of late dealsto come where the likes of Schniderlin, McCarthy and Davies will find new homes, permanent or on loan, thus opening up berths for a couple more incomers we shall see.
Max Meindl
41 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:37:45
Sky just reported:


Everton are interested in signing Ivan Rakitic, amid rumours the Barcelona midfielder's future is uncertain, the Express reports.

The 31-year-old has two years left on his current deal with Man Utd also linked.

Sam Hoare
42 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:37:58
Going to be an interesting 5 days. I think we might see another 4 players signing!

Striker- Kean (announces today or tomorrow)

RW- Zaha/Lopes/Ziyech/Bowen/Traore/Sarr

CB- Zouma/Llorente/Soumaoro/ Niakhite/Kamara

RB (maybe on loan)- Arias/ Tete/ Heinrich’s/Semedo/Maehle

Maybe another CM? - Doucore/Lemina/ Sangare🤞/Lobotka

Colin Glassar
43 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:44:15
Steven, if you rate headless chickens then good luck to you. Individual players don’t win trophies, teams do!

On another note, Silva has often spoken about his need for another RB so, what about Cedric Soares (Southampton)? They want to sell him, he wants to go. He’s a regular for Portugal, an excellent player (imo), about 27 years old and would cost around £15m which is what Southampton wanted last summer. Not only would he compete with Seamus he’s good enough to replace him.

Mark Tanton
44 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:46:58
Going off track for a moment - I have seen the photo of young Moise, and it is Kean and it is the Titanic Hotel. Fear not, Toffees!
Duncan McDine
45 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:59:14
At this rate Silva must be planning a 7 man midfield. Unconventional.
Sam Hoare
46 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:04:59
Keep in mind that the European window closes later than ours so we have time to get rid of Bolasie, Besic, Martina etc after Thursday.
Jerome Shields
47 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:08:20
The Zaha transfer is as dead as a Dodo, but him and his incompetent agent will continue to piss about in the media.

Doucoure and Rakita out of the running because of age and, in Doucoure's case, additional because of an inflated transfer fee. Everton don't need them anyway. Lopes: positionally, age and fee more likely.

Schneiderlin will be kept. Besic loaned out. McCarthy sold if they can. Kean will sign this week coming.

Andrew Ellams
48 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:16:36
I don't see Sigurdsson playing regularly if this one has legs. As Sam says @1 it would surely lead to a change of system. One I'd be behind too.
James Marshall
49 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:24:41

Haha! Great post, well fielded sir. I never thought I'd see them get a mention on here :-)

I really like Doucoure, but A) Watford hate us, and B) We bought Gbamin, right?

We're already hard to beat, or we were tail end of last season - our problem was, and still clearly is, putting the small round thing in the big square thing.

Tony Abrahams
50 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:27:44
If Everton is a long term project, and Silva has only got two years left on his contract, I would expect Everton, to sign the number of players he’s requested this week.

We really improved the quality of the squad this time last season, and hopefully we can do the same again this summer.

Brands has shifted some of the dead-wood, but it is a massive task, and just when you think he’s got rid of loads, you notice he’s still got another big pile to remove.

Silva is right the squad is way too small, not in quantity, but in quality, which is definitely what’s required to move forwards, especially because there might just be an opening into the top 4 next season, which will only happen, if we go and sign the right players?

Fran Mitchell
51 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:36:57
Rakitic would be a beast of a signing. Yes, he's the dreaded wrong side of 30, no sell on fee blá-blá-blá.

But if he came he would be our best player, a serial winner who would elevate the level of our team, and all midfields benefit from having an experienced head there.

Goal-scoring creative midfielder, and someone who our young squad can look up to and learn from.

James Marshall
52 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:46:19
If we sign Rakitic it'll be a huge surprise, and a hugely welcome one - he's a class act, and would give us so many options in midfield.

Derek Knox
53 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:50:56
Had to laugh to myself, reading some of the alleged interviews with Silva, on saying yes we need more players, we have lost Zouma, Gana and Lookman.

Zouma was on loan, would have liked him permanently, but was destined to return to his parent Club. Gana had declared for some time he wanted his dream move to PSG so not exactly unexpected.

Lookman was the one that got me, lost (?) him, he would never or rarely play him.

Mike Kehoe
54 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:52:39
Dacoure would be an excellent addition and definitely a move in the right direction. Watford are a business and would only see the money coming so that isn’t going to be a problem. Getting rid of the expensive dross is a mammoth task but I have faith in Brands: he got actual money for Klassen so anything is possible.
I would be delighted to see Keane sign as he is definitely one for the future. Not really arsed about Zaha as not sure what he would bring. Diego Costa would be amazing, bring on the youngsters especially DCL: this is how to bully defenders.
Sam Hoare
55 Posted 04/08/2019 at 10:00:28
Jerome@47 I wouldn’t be so sure about Zaha. Not a likely move at this point but far from dead. There are rumours that discussion continues between us and Palace.
Tony Abrahams
56 Posted 04/08/2019 at 10:04:37
When Liverpool destroyed Barcelona at Anfield, I thought it was because the Spaniards couldn’t live with the intensity of either their opponents or their crowd.

A game of opinions I know, but I’m sure Barca, had one midfielder who gave as good as he got and also gave a very good account of himself despite his teams dreadful capitulation, and I was wondering if this player was Rakitic?

Kevin Molloy
57 Posted 04/08/2019 at 10:07:04
my god though, what a buy that Klassen was. I thought he was anaemia personified yesterday, so glad he's no longer our problem.
Pat Kelly
58 Posted 04/08/2019 at 10:54:19
Why not ? Delph lasted all of five minutes, so we certainly can't rely on him. Another waste of money and high-cost deadwood on the payroll.
Stephen Brown
59 Posted 04/08/2019 at 11:01:20
Good player but over stocked in that area of the field!

Assuming Coleman is fit I think he’ll play so could Holgate and Martina ( if we can’t sell him) cover at right back to save the wages for more pressing positions?

I feel about EFC money like it’s my own I hate wasting it! There is a stadium to fund so every penny counts surely !

Michael Lynch
60 Posted 04/08/2019 at 11:13:11
Sign him. He's good. Sign everyone, anyone, fucking hell we've currently got a weaker squad than we finished last season with, we need some better players otherwise we're going to finish 10th at best. If we don't bring in some exciting players in the next seven days, it's going to be another long, depressing season watching Siggi underperform, DCL being a yard away from every cross, Bernard running round in circles, Keane get done on the turn with no cover, and Coleman looking frustrated that he's no longer 27.
Pat Kelly
61 Posted 04/08/2019 at 11:46:34
Kean has signed, yay !
Frank Crewe
62 Posted 04/08/2019 at 12:02:58
Apparently they want £40 million for him. Maybe we should throw in Shneiderlin at £10 million. Bring the price back to £30 million.
Brent Stephens
63 Posted 04/08/2019 at 12:04:25
It's been a quiet summer. Typical Everton:

Players in: Moise Kean (Juventus, undisclosed), Andre Gomes (Barcelona, £22m), Fabian Delph (Man City, £8.5m*), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield Town, free).

Players out: Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow, £14m), Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig, £22.5m*), Idrissa Gueye (Paris St-Germain, £30m*), Phil Jagielka (Sheffield Utd, free), Brendan Galloway (Luton Town, free), Antonee Robinson (Wigan, undisclosed), Jonjoe Kenny (Schalke, loan), Sandro Ramirez (Real Valladolid, loan), Korede Adedoyin (Hamilton, loan), Kieran Dowell (Derby, loan), Joao Virginia (Reading, loan), Luke Garbutt (Ipswich, loan), Josh Bowler (Hull, loan), Ashley Williams (released), Harry Charsley (released), Boris Mathis (released), Mateusz Hewelt (released), Shayne Lavery (released), Jack Kiersey (released), Danny Bramall (released), Joe Hilton (released), Chris Renshaw (released), Nathan Broadhead (Burton, loan), Joe Williams (Wigan, undisclosed).

Derek Knox
64 Posted 04/08/2019 at 12:44:03
Frank, while I agree we need to get rid of Schneiderlin, £15M is a hell of a loss on the £25M or so we got mugged for. They have allegedly shown interest in James McCarthy before now, so that would make more sense, and throw in Niasse too.
Frank Crewe
65 Posted 04/08/2019 at 13:18:51
They wouldn't be interested in Niasse. McCarthy maybe. But realistically Schneiderlin is the player most clubs who need central midfield players would be interested in.

As for the loss of money, it's either take the loss or keep the player. I'm easy. I think Schneiderlin is a good squad player, especially with Delph picking up a knock. But if we could use him to help us get a better player, that doesn't bother me at all.

Tom Bowers
66 Posted 04/08/2019 at 13:27:56
Having strength in depth is why the likes of RS, and the others are top squads. Everton, over the years have had barely one or two class players and very little coming off the bench or when injuries occur.

Now is a good time to get rid of the undesirables and pay good money and wages for class acts who will hopefully blend into a top-class side.

Jack Convery
67 Posted 04/08/2019 at 15:21:45
I like him but he went awol in the FA Cup Final v City as did 9 others, only Del Boy showed up. He scores goals which we need desperately. If this is true that we want him, then Schneids days are numbered and those of McCarthy and hes better than both of them. Have we signed Kean ?
Jerome Shields
68 Posted 04/08/2019 at 17:55:05
Brent #63,

It hasn't ended yet – Brands will tie up more transfers this week and keep working on loans afterwards as he can in Europe.

There is no doubt he has been flat out most of the Summer.

Brian Williams
69 Posted 04/08/2019 at 18:13:36
Jerome #68.

Don't know whether you typed that post on a fast-moving train mate but, if you're making the point that we'll be looking at loans after the window closes on Thursday, those loans can only be outward ones.

Brian Wilkinson
70 Posted 04/08/2019 at 18:34:14
Tom @66, I disagree with the RS having strength in depth, they have one or two they can call on, but were very lucky they never picked up key injuries throughout last season. Had they picked up two or three injuries, you might have seen things different. But, as ever, they were blessed with no long-term injuries to key players.
David Pearl
71 Posted 04/08/2019 at 18:55:09

Origi did well for them. They have Shakira and Ox and 5 similar central midfield players. A few good options both full back and cover at CB. I think take VVD out and he is a bigger miss for them than anyone

The strength of a team can be seen by looking at the bench. We havent had many game changers ourselves for a while. Interesting week coming up probably depending on who we get out next. We do have Mirallas as cover for Seamus too... imagine that. We could probably afford Bale if we offloaded the lot of them. What would that do.

Really interesting season coming up. Arsenal are a funny team. All the experts saying they needed centre backs but they go out and make sure teams will be scared to attack them. I reckon, if Man City had our defence, they'd still win the league. Off on one then, sorry...

Jerome Shields
72 Posted 04/08/2019 at 21:04:38
Sam #55,

I am not that convinced that Zaha would fit into Silva's system. I thought that, with the inflated price and the agent's type antics around it, it was a Moshiri-inspired big money buy. There is no doubt the media and agents still think they are dealing with a pre-Brands Everton.

I am still of the opinion that your list of possible transfers in the close season is more relevant to the Brands era. You must be pleased with the purchase of Gbamin, the type of player that could make your list.

I still think Zaha is a long shot, but Moshiri and his money can be lucky.

The areas you have outlined of concern, that need improvement, in another thread, I totally agree with. I can see how Zaha's finishing is relevant because, in pre-season, there does not seem to have been any improvement on last season. High press can become irrelevant if there is no goal threat.

Soren Moyer
73 Posted 04/08/2019 at 21:14:23
I'd say sell half of the team and get Messi in. Ya baby!!
Jerome Shields
74 Posted 04/08/2019 at 22:03:38
Brian #65,

That's correct; outwards ones – Brands is going to be busy. Of course, you are right about inwards ones, which I did not make clear in my post.

Jack Convery
75 Posted 04/08/2019 at 22:35:10
Its going to be an interesting few days on the transfer front - its been very good so far so lets hope it continues.

I've noticed the RS are fixated with the No6 is this because its the number of trophies they can now win after losing the Community Shield to Citeh today - just a thought.

Roberto Birquet
76 Posted 05/08/2019 at 03:17:48
Mark 4

Forgotten where Richarlison came from?

John Hammond
77 Posted 05/08/2019 at 09:48:38
Everyone wondering why we would go for Doucoure just needs to look what's on our bench. We have no one reliable or good enough in midfield that we can call on when needed whether it's due to injuries, rotation or affecting a game. If we want to kick on and have a go for 6th then we need quality and not the likes of McCarthy, Besic, Schniederlin and Baningime. I'd even put Davies in that group.

If we fail in bringing in a pacy CB then Gbamin could well be the answer to that particular problem therefore more midfield options are needed.

Jim Bennings
78 Posted 05/08/2019 at 12:33:32
Guess you can never have too many good players.

Silva has probably ran rule over certain players during the last year and decided that certain players like Davies won’t push us on right now, Schneiderlin is just a stop gap and Delph probably won’t be fit every week.

Gomes comes and goes in terms of form so options need to be available and those options need to be good quality.

I doubt Doucoure will happen though, it seems it will be the same as Sissoko in 2016.

Paul Bernard
79 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:35:02
Michael Lynch @60. What do you mean watching Siggy struggle? The man was in double figures for goals (12 or 13 I think), plus a few assists.
We should be grateful for him and Richarlison because we definitely would of been relegated based on DCL's goal return.

Im not blaming DCL for anything, I'm just saying there is a bigger picture to be seen, Glyfi was vital.

Jim Bennings
80 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:46:58

I agree!

Sigurdsson gets unfair criticism and whilst in certain games I wish he would assert himself more, there is no argument that without him in the team last season we would have struggled even more for goals.

Two players took up the mantle of being scorers last season, Sigurdsson and Richarlison, it's about time this new campaign brought about others.

Bernard, Walcott, Calvert-Lewin for three names alone all need to have a long hard look at how they can improve end product, no good blaming service because between those three they must have missed 30-40 glorious chances last season, they could have all scored 10 goals.

Tony Abrahams
81 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:55:22
I thought Sigurdsson struggled at times last season, Paul @79, just as I thought both Richarlison and my own personal player of the year, Lucas Digne, also struggled at times.

That's not a criticism of those players, it's just an acknowledgement that it's a very long season, especially for the players who represent their country.

If we are to move forward and really compete, then we simply need a bigger and better squad. Rotate and refresh, because if you want success, then it's definitely a squad game now.

Hugh Jenkins
82 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:00:31
According to the BBC the pretentious git has said he will only join "an established top 6 side".

How does he think new sides will break into the top six?

Clearly he wants success on a plate and is not prepared to work for it.

Martin Berry
83 Posted 06/08/2019 at 13:02:32
If you believe the statement in the media – "He needs to play for a top club," ie, some club better than Everton, then the poster is lacking foresight that we are a top-six club, it's going to happen, the players are being brought in to achieve that goal.

I suggest it's a jealousy stance projected from his club. If the player likes Marco from their time at Watford, then he will sign if he has any sense.

Sam Hoare
84 Posted 06/08/2019 at 14:31:08
Another bid rejected for £35m apparently. Third bid expected.

Looks like there is definitely money to spend this window but not sure how likely Watford (or Palace or Chelsea) are to sell us our top targets. I wonder who the Plan B targets are?

Brian Williams
85 Posted 06/08/2019 at 14:42:48
If we're actually going for Doucoure it could signal Silva's intention to us Gbamin as a centre back primarily.

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