Ancelotti worked with Insigne when he was in charge of Napoli up until getting sacked earlier this month. But The Italian was giving nothing away in terms of the club's plans for strengthening the team and perhaps making some corrections to the squad next month:
“We have an idea to invest and try to improve the team but I have to speak with Marcel [Brands, Everton Director of Football] first because he has an idea, I have an idea and together we can find the right solutions,” he said.
“I think we don't need to make a lot of changes in this period.
"If there is a possibility to improve the squad with one or two players, it can be helpful, but we don't have to change a lot in this period because this squad didn't reach the level in this part of the season and I would like to help them reach their level in the second part.”
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1 Posted 29/12/2019 at 12:29:33
I could be wrong but isn't he another attacking midfielder who can play as a No 10 or on either wing, and not a striker that is arguably more in focus (as good as Calvert-Lewin has been recently)?
2 Posted 29/12/2019 at 12:52:04
I could understand if it was Tosun or Niasse or Schneiderlin plus cash adjustment, but fail to see us getting shut of a young prospect like Kean. Who I believe after he gets his first goal the rest will follow.
Don't pay too much attention to the gossip columns just before the Window opens, because of who our new Manager is, we are bound to be linked with every Tomasso, Riccardo and Harry, he has ever been associated with.
3 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:01:58
Think West Ham maybe trying to sign him
4 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:02:44
5 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:14:55
We are not so well blessed with forwards that we can afford to reduce our numbers up front. Releasing Kean just after a game in which he finally started to show some promise would feel like a backward step.
Insigne is an attacking midfielder who like Bernard can play wide and centrally. At 5 ft 4 ins he is the same height as Bernard but has a much better goal scoring record, albeit less so this season. Against that he is 28 and therefore unlikely to improve.
If we are looking to build a team capable of challenging the very best we need to be very selective about the number and quality of players we have in their late twenties and early thirties. At the moment we have a few too many. Adding to their number seems to me injurious to longer term squad building.
6 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:36:05
Remember you heard it here first.
In all seriousness though the actual rumour was that we were going to swap a Vauxhall Insignia for Micheal Keane.
7 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:39:12
8 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:40:22
9 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:56:33
Koulibaly 28 yrs old Senegalese CB who I believe we wanted long ago. I hear he's near untouchable as he is a favourite of the owner and the fans. This could be our van Dick signing.
Zielinski 25 yrs old Polish midfielder. He seems to be out of favour at the club too. We could use a midfield addition.
L.Insigne 28 yrs old attacker. I don't see why we would give up on Kean just yet. Having Ancelotti work with him for the next few years is what his development needs.
There are so many players we have to jettison to raise both the floor and the ceiling of our team. I would be okay with these addition while subtracting some deadwood (Niasse, Tosun, Schneiderlein asap, players like Siggy, Keane, Delph, Bernard hopefully summertime when we can keep adding quality additions)
10 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:57:25
The Insignia car? Or just the badge on the front of a Vauxhall?
11 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:02:21
12 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:03:53
13 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:08:11
14 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:31:08
15 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:38:22
Albeit not as a player?
16 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:41:44
A bit pointless arguing over transfer candidates on here - or finding every fault with the keeper as they say he always has his own way. Thank goodness !
17 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:57:01
18 Posted 29/12/2019 at 16:34:33
19 Posted 29/12/2019 at 17:02:39
20 Posted 29/12/2019 at 18:03:42
But I guess the tabloids are making it up as it's plausible our mostly unused young Italian would be the only one to go the other way if we wanted Napoli players.
It's when the gossip columns contain random and left field stories that I think they might be true because the media don't have that level of imagination. And this is tiresomely predictable so it probably isn't.
21 Posted 29/12/2019 at 18:52:47
22 Posted 29/12/2019 at 18:54:46
23 Posted 29/12/2019 at 18:56:33
The team has been badly managed and coached for so long, that we need to see if any of the current lot can step up.
For example, 1 month ago 90% on here thought striker was No1 priority ( I have never thought that and still don't). But with DCL finding his goalscoring boots, Richarlison, and Kean in reserve with much still to show, why waste money on a striker now?
Many thought a defender was also a priority, but Holgate stepping up offers another possibility.
If anything, midfield could need bolstering, but then again, Gomes will be back next season, and GBamin should also return. Can Davies step up like his peers DCL and Holgate have?
At right back Sibide is getting more settled, and we have Kenny to come back next season.
So apart from moving on the likes of Tosun, Niasse, Schneiderlin, and, please God, Walcott, can't see much movement. Maybe a couple of players just to build the squad, but certainly no 'marquee' signings.
24 Posted 29/12/2019 at 19:40:55
25 Posted 29/12/2019 at 19:41:40
We need a centre midfield magician, central defender and a hard knock, take no prisoners, centre forward.
26 Posted 29/12/2019 at 19:42:40
27 Posted 29/12/2019 at 20:16:28
28 Posted 29/12/2019 at 20:21:58
29 Posted 29/12/2019 at 20:39:24
We're only 2 points worse off than this time last year and, although we have scored far fewer goals, I think the injury ravaged midfield needs strengthening more than up front. Sort the midfield and the goals should start to flow and the defence won't be so exposed.
Other than that I'd leave it until the summer when Brands and Ancelotti should be better able to appraise what we have and what they think we need.
30 Posted 29/12/2019 at 21:40:45
31 Posted 29/12/2019 at 21:53:24
Id suggest Minimetro - or whatever his name is - whom that lot will sign in January, might prove to be value at £7m.
Theres always value it just depends how good your scouting network is - ours has been turning up hidden gems like Walcott, Sigurdsson, and Zaha for whom their Premier League registration holders are keen to charge top dollar.
32 Posted 29/12/2019 at 22:55:40
Anyway this is bull shit. Keane will finally settle down with Carlo in charge
I feel we wont get anyone in the window, but hopefully a few out of the foor though.
I hear We may see JJ Kenny back
33 Posted 29/12/2019 at 23:25:54
34 Posted 29/12/2019 at 23:48:43
I suggest that Everton employ someone who can speak Italian in the PR department , even give them a fancy BB title and set up a supporters Club in Italy. Obviously there is a ready market for such news.
35 Posted 30/12/2019 at 00:19:30
36 Posted 30/12/2019 at 09:22:38
The lad needs time and hopefully he'll get it. We don't want to bomb him out like Chelsea did to Lukaku only to regret it.
37 Posted 30/12/2019 at 10:56:03
If a decent offer came in for one of players (thinking Sigurdsson, Pickford, Michael Keane, Walcott), I wonder if there would be a temptation to take the money?
38 Posted 30/12/2019 at 11:51:00
1) Sell Pickford then have how long to sound out a replacement, and then have the selling club charge us a fortune as we're desperate and face a half season with Lossl as No1? Serious?
2) sell Pickford before a euro 2020 which he is likely to be No1 for England, where all he needs is 1 good game, 1 penalty save in a shoot out and his value soars.
3) some people need a whipping boy, and with DCL and Holgate proving to be much more than Championship players, Pickford now appears to be the man to blame all our ills, despite this, he is still a very good keeper (all keepers make mistakes) and young with room to improve, and I certainly don't know of anyone who could come in and be an immediate improvement.
39 Posted 30/12/2019 at 12:39:05
40 Posted 30/12/2019 at 14:17:53
The table position looks so much healthier and players are putting in a much bigger shift.
Carlos may not splash big at this stage even if one or two results coming up go awry.
City are not the team of last year and are struggling at the back where Fernandinho is making mistakes. The influence of Aguero and David Silva is not the same (Silva being injured).
However, they are still a tough group to get anything from and the RS game equally tough as they always find a way to win unless they put the under 23's out.
41 Posted 30/12/2019 at 14:43:52
42 Posted 30/12/2019 at 14:52:34
43 Posted 30/12/2019 at 15:16:34
44 Posted 30/12/2019 at 15:49:47
45 Posted 30/12/2019 at 15:54:38
46 Posted 30/12/2019 at 16:03:26
47 Posted 30/12/2019 at 16:04:09
DCL has manfully tried up there on his todd and done pretty well with his incredible workrate but to do that and add goals is another matter. Much better to get Kean or Richarlison up nearer to him to share the work load and distract defenders.
48 Posted 30/12/2019 at 16:20:08
Both Duncan and Carlo corrected that anomaly.
But I don't hold with the belief that we don't need more - or rather, better - strikers at the club. To ensure competition and cover we need a bare minimum of at least one more quality striker added to the squad.
For regular readers, hazard a guess who I would go for?
49 Posted 30/12/2019 at 16:21:12
That Would confuse alot
50 Posted 31/12/2019 at 07:21:39
51 Posted 31/12/2019 at 07:24:24
52 Posted 01/01/2020 at 08:55:49
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