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Everton linked with swoop for Rodriguez

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The inevitable links between James Rodriguez and Carlo Ancelotti's new club, Everton, continue with El Desmarque in Spain claiming that the Toffees are leading the chase to sign the midfielder.

Rodriguez worked under Ancelotti at Bayern Munich where he was on a two-year loan from Real Madrid and was apparently targeted by the Italian while he was Napoli manager.

Now 28, the Colombian World Cup star is valued at around €43m and is due to return to Real this coming summer.

Italian journalist Nicolò Schira, who was prolific in tweeting the details of Everton's acquisition of Ancelotti earlier this month, says that the club is already in talks with agent Jorge Mendes about a possible deal.

Original Source: El Desmarque via MailSport  

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Robert Tressell
1 Posted 30/12/2019 at 17:31:16
This is a bit more like it. Doubtful that we'll splurge lots on established players - but this guy needs a fresh start and we're a good fit. Thought he was back at Real properly now and not getting games. Loan would be ideal...
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:02:44
Five years ago at the 2014 World Cup, James looked like the world's next great midfielder. Injuries and an inability to convince Zidane slowed his development at Real, but he helped win a title on loan at Bayern. It's a mystery why he has never been able to truly break through to greatness. And at 28, his time to make the breakthrough is running out.

I consider it highly unlikely that he'd opt for even a loan to a club that has zero presence in Europe, but if he did decide that five months with Carlo was what he needed, it would change the world for us. This would be the most physically talented player to pull on an Everton shirt in 50 years.

Alan Johnson
3 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:08:31
This would be a Hollywood type signing for Moshiri. We would never have been able to attract a star talent like James.
Now with Ancelotti on board it could actually happen... Just Saying
Jerome Shields
4 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:13:02
Too old of a profile for Brands.
Jerome Shields
5 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:13:02
Too old of a profile for Brands.
Mike Gaynes
6 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:15:09
Jerome, and too big a hit on our budget -- as a buy.

But as a loan... maybe, just maybe.

Conor McCourt
7 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:18:00
I'd be much more excited if the Rabiot links were of substance.
Jerome Shields
8 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:19:08

Agree, on loan may be a good move, given the present situation. Useful in a Sigds type of position.

Jerome Shields
9 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:23:27
Like you Mike thought he would do great things after his successful world cup. Liked his style of play.
Tom Bowers
10 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:26:25
No doubt midfield is where teams can be more dominating especially if said players can chip in with goals.
With the work that they are expected to do it makes sense to have depth in that department.
Looking back on Silva's season he may have been unlucky when Gbamin, Gomes and Bernard all got crocked around the same time so who knows what plans of Silva's were scuppered.

That's water under the bridge now and the new gaffer will get his own plans in motion when he has all the squad fit but he may need that extra experience and class to come in now.

Joe McMahon
11 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:45:05
As already said on here, seems to old for Brands and for a lot of money. That said we sploshed millions for Sigurdsson and 25 for Micheal Keane.
Tony Everan
12 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:48:51
Conor #7

Me too, Rabiot at 24 would make more sense, maybe initially on loan until the summer and see how it works out.

Paul Tran
13 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:50:09
Remember that 'linked with' means a journalist putting two and two together. That's all.

If there's anything in this, it'll be a cheeky loan with a view to purchase in the next financial year.

Frank Crewe
14 Posted 30/12/2019 at 19:29:15
@ Jerome 4+5.
Too old for Brands but Delph wasn't? Yeah right. Besides what does Brands have to do with it? I doubt CA would have become manager if Brands had a veto on any players he may want. I'm sure he'll be choosing his own buys whether Brands likes it or not.
@ Mike 6
As for him being outside of our budget or too big a player for us. I see that as thinking small. CA was supposedly too big a manager for us but we got him. We have no way of knowing what budget CA has been given and if we can sign players from Barca such as Mina, Digne and Gomes we can certainly sign players from Real Madrid as well. We have to stop thinking we're not worthy. Any player we bid for should be honoured that Everton are interested in them not the other way around.
The only problem I would see is that having Gomes and Gbamin out until near the end of the season adding another midfield player would give us a surfeit of them come the summer so maybe the loan suggestion might not be a bad idea. Then we can see where the land lies in the summer.

Grant Rorrison
15 Posted 30/12/2019 at 19:33:52
Mike 2. Have you forgotten about Kevin Kilbane or something, Mike? :P
Martin Berry
16 Posted 30/12/2019 at 19:40:27
I am sure if Carlo wants him then he will look at options. The fee is big for a 28 year old so maybe a loan to see if there is a fit, on saying that, it would be a great coup for Everton again.
I think the January window will bring in reinforcement to the midfield and possibly another centre half, Rojo is still clicking his heals at Utd and I expect him to be a possibility, again as he was wanted by Brands but will Carlo feel the same ?
Alan Johnson
17 Posted 30/12/2019 at 19:56:48
Bringing him in would be a massive statement of intent. Sending a message, that we mean business. Plus, who knows what other Names Ancelotti can pull in?
Andrew Laird
18 Posted 30/12/2019 at 19:57:24
The Colombian Karel poborsky. One good tournamount, lauded as a great and has done nothing afterwards. Swerve
Anthony Murphy
19 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:03:00
Let’s focus on the positions that need strengthening - a centre back and defensive midfielder
Mike Corcoran
20 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:10:11
How about a cheeky bid for Gana Gueye?
Robert Tressell
21 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:28:37
The point is that Rabiot and Rodriguez should be viewed as Everton type signings now. Hidden gems too, of course, but also some proper proven quality should it become available. Need to overtake Arsenal and Man Utd.
Paul Birmingham
22 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:31:35
It’s that time of year and rumour factory’s are on over drive.

Good to be linked with such a player such as James, but as many have mentioned for various reasons, the last 5 years have been disappointing for him overall.

I’d think if, and a big if, that any players that come in, would see some if not more players going out, so if we got two in, we could see two, three, even more exit Goodison Park.

But may be this window will provide insight on the transfer process to come and who, whom is in control.

I see Carlos, knowledge and nous of the game and players will be the driver for Marcel Brands to do the business, and buy those players.

Early days, miles to go, but the best I’ve felt above Everton from a playing perspective for donkies years, this time the club will see success and win a trophy.

Shaun Laycock
23 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:38:19
No thanks. Would like to see Carlo work with what we have at the moment, remove the dead wood and go forward with a strategic plan for recruitment in the summer.
Clark Hughes
24 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:49:26
Exactly the sort of player that gets me out of my seat!

By next season I’d like to see:


Rabiot, Rojo, Rodriguez, Sidibe, & Werner (I can dream)


Tosun, Niasse, Walcott, Schneiderlin, Bolasie

Mike Gaynes
25 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:55:00
So Shaun, #23, let me get this straight, if there was a chance for Carlo to bring in one of the world's most gifted players for five months and maybe climb back up into Europe, you'd say no???? Oy vey.

Frank #14, it's just being realistic. We are who we are, and at the moment who we are is a club with zero chance of being in the Champions League, where this player is accustomed to playing. Mina, Digne and Gomes were reserves who were in no demand from other clubs. James is in an entirely different category.

Andrew #18, nobody ever considered Poborsky a superstar, and his 2006 WC was a disaster, so not a good comparison.

Grant #15, you're right, and I forgot about Royston Drenthe too!

Anyway, this all appears to be academic... RM and Zidane have both stepped up in the past day to say James is staying.

Robert Tressell
26 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:56:11
Seems like the Bayern fans generally liked him - but Kovac (now sacked) didn't sign him because he thought he was getting Leroy Sane. Now I know the guy has had mixed fortunes too, but it's time to get excited by this sort of possibility. The pundits seem to link us with the likes of Ings, Morelos and others like them. I want champions league ready players - or people with champions league potential. Anything less and we're just standing still.
Bill Gienapp
27 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:58:18
A loan move would be intriguing. I'd be surprised if we make any big money signings in January.

Also a bit shocked that James is already 28, although his breakthrough came at the 2014 World Cup, so it makes sense.

Andrew Laird
28 Posted 30/12/2019 at 21:19:44
Mike 24. I was referencing euro 96 mike, an elite tournament (far more better teams than in the World Cup) where he was exceptional, got a move to Man Utd and was extremely underwhelming so an excellent comparison actually.

For your reference, the World Cup in 2006 was poborsky at 34years old . a year before he retired so yes he was done then, that’s pretty obvious.

James Stewart
29 Posted 30/12/2019 at 22:19:40
Not done anything for years and is rarely fit, a big pass.

Rabiot on the other hand I’d take all day long.

Jerome Shields
30 Posted 30/12/2019 at 22:29:23

Ancelotti will still consult with Brands and take account of the existing transfer p!an. The fact that it is the January transfer I can 't see Everton committing to such to a purchase. They are also nearing their Uefa limits, ref Paul the Esk, and as Mike says such a purchase would be too big.

Ancelotti has had Rodriguez out in loan before and such a plan would adequately cover the injury uncertainties you mention, while maintaining Evertons overall plan is developing youth, similar to home growth players and those recently transferred in. Delph was purchased in the Summer Transfer window as extra cover in midfield and has been good value for money so far.

Steve Shave
31 Posted 30/12/2019 at 22:42:31
Agree with the calls for Rabiot, right age, exactly what is needed!
Mike Gaynes
32 Posted 30/12/2019 at 22:55:19
Andrew #27, thanks for the clarification. But Poborsky scored just that one immortal lob goal at that Euro 96, although he played well. And wasn't he pretty obscure before then, playing in Prague? Nobody considered him a star. Yeah, Utd signed him but it wasn't exactly headline news worldwide.

James by comparison came into WC 2014 as the anointed Next Big Thing based on his Colombia performances in qualifying, and he won the WC Golden Boot, was second for the Golden Ball and scored the World Goal of the Year in that tournament.

I stand by my statement that there's no comparison at all.

Barry Rathbone
33 Posted 30/12/2019 at 22:58:59
Love south american footballers they can all trap a ball and pass to feet be happy if we filled the place with them.

Damn sure I've got south american dna I was absolutely fabulous at togger even turned down Shankly's scout because I was waiting for Everton.

Never came and look what happened!!

Mike Gaynes
34 Posted 30/12/2019 at 23:01:10
James and Steve, enthusiastically agree about Rabiot -- talentwise. Based on his attitude, however, I'd be very skeptical. He has a gift for pissing off his managers, clubs and fans, and rejecting the national team was an odd one.

Interesting that the Mail reports Everton have reached out to Rabiot's agent/mom. She was once very public about her disrespect for Ancelotti.

Mike Gaynes
35 Posted 30/12/2019 at 23:04:51
Love south american footballers they can all trap a ball and pass to feet..."

Barry, not all of 'em, and we seem to collect the ones that can't... Funes Mori, Jo, Segundo Castillo, the Straq, etc. etc.

Andrew Laird
36 Posted 30/12/2019 at 23:19:51
Ok Mike there is no comparison at all to 2 players having excellent tournaments and then being underwhelming ever since. No comparison whatsoever. James Rodriguez peaked in 2014 just like Poborsky in 96, downhill ever since.

2 year loan deal at Bayern yet they didn’t buy him? Strange seeing as he is such a world beater.

Rob Dolby
37 Posted 30/12/2019 at 23:24:56
Another lightweight who would expect everyone else to do his running. No Thanks.

We need a Kante, Gueye or Ndombele type to at least help out defensively.

Peter Warren
38 Posted 30/12/2019 at 00:12:02
Mike 25# the problem about loaning with no option to buy is it’s short term and high chance of causing more damage than its worth.

Zouma is a recent example, he was great second half of last season but perhaps we would have been better off in the long run playing Holgate. Holgate has now caused us short term pain, no doubt, but he has come through and now a regular for us, saved us millions and will probably make us millions too and better still, potentially a great footballer for us.

Contrary I suppose to this argument is Lukaku but I still think loaning “is problematic, particularly when listing established players.

Derek Thomas
39 Posted 31/12/2019 at 00:23:43
I've no problem with any loan, try before you buy etc.

I've also no problem with going against, in the short term, Brands's buy young and cheap, sell dear, medium to long term have to be flexible.

Ancelotti will be given, especially in this honeymoon period, pretty much what he wants within reason...for now.

Mike Gaynes
40 Posted 31/12/2019 at 01:00:39
Peter #38, there was no way Holgate was gonna play last season. He completely lost Silva's confidence in the first month and was sitting in the stands all autumn before he was finally loaned out and restarted his career. This season he was ready.

To me Zouma, Gomes and Rom are examples of loan players who helped us win a lot of games. Rom and Gomes signed aboard, Zouma didn't, but all helped put wins in the bank and money in our pockets. Sidibe is another example of a loan-to-buy that appears, in early days, to be working out great.

And to me Rabiot and James are both players who could ignite our season for five months and put us back in European contention, even if they had no interest in staying long-term.

Mike Gaynes
41 Posted 31/12/2019 at 01:42:44
Si Cooper
42 Posted 31/12/2019 at 01:58:46
A few key loan deals would satisfy me for this window but I would suggest putting a fair number of the current squad in fear of their future if they don’t perform is exactly the kind of outcome we want.
Ancelotti has obviously made some important tactical adjustments and may be a genius in getting his instructions across to the players but I don’t think we can say the last couple of results are due to his coaching influence because he simply hasn’t had the time.
Some percentage has to be down to the players being inspired by what Ancelotti can do in the future in terms of bringing in reinforcements and some may simply be players understanding they are in real danger of being ousted if they don’t perform.
I don’t expect a mass influx but some early examples of that extra drawing power may be of important positive psychological impact. It’s up to Ancelotti and Brands to make sure any short-term changes don’t have a long-term destabilising effect.
Jay Harris
43 Posted 31/12/2019 at 02:29:41
Aaron Mooy would do me until the summer.
Jay Harris
44 Posted 31/12/2019 at 02:29:41
Aaron Mooy would do me until the summer.
Jamie Crowley
45 Posted 31/12/2019 at 03:06:59
Mike Gaynes -

The kid has talent, there's no question. Did he underperform after his barn-storming WC? Yes.

Is he worth a five month punt?

Ahhhh. that's where I draw the line:

Rabiot and James are both players who could ignite our season for five months and put us back in European contention, even if they had no interest in staying long-term.

Carlo's here. Our ambition seemingly is large. BUT!

I don't want to turn into a club that hires mercenaries. Short-term fix dudes who don't give a shit about the Club can just stay away.

Mike, big-time Americanism: Team Chemistry.

Nebulous, invaluable, creates Champions every time.

Focus on the Club ethos and Chemistry, the rest will follow.

No for me with James, no matter how wonderful a footballer he can be.

John Pierce
46 Posted 31/12/2019 at 03:13:54
I wish I could believe Rodriguez could be the man for us.
I think the premier league would eat him up.

Rabiot. Where do I sign?

Billy Roberts
47 Posted 31/12/2019 at 03:38:41
Mike Gaynes @ various posts.
I'm with you on this, Rodriguez is on another level to what we may be able to bring in and his quality would show immediately I'm sure.
It is ridiculous that you are having to justify the chance ( fictitious or not) of bringing him in, Arron Mooy ( a good solid type) is a better player apparently?
Rodriguez scored a goal in the 2014 world cup that I would describe as perfection, it was a work of athletic art. To see him at Goodison would be an incredibly exciting thing for the fans, Landon Donovan wasn't considered much before he came to Everton and is always overlooked when fans reminisce about technically brilliant players, I thought he was brilliant on both occasions and his quality instantly stood out, Rodriguez would be the same.
I would have to disagree though Mike with your claim that he would be the best ( technically) player of the last 50 yrs, That is some statement.
Even through our lean years I would have to say Beardsley + Kankelskis match him and Rooney was better.
Julian Wait
48 Posted 31/12/2019 at 05:32:05
He has a bit of an injury record …


Medial Collateral Ligament Injury 38 days 8 games
Unknown Injury 10 days 3 games
Calf Injury 18 days 1 games


Calf Problems 21 days 4 games
Adductor problems 5 days 1 games
Ruptured knee ligament 41 days 8 games
Cold 4 days 1 games
Ankle problems 13 days 2 games


Calf Injury 33 days - games
Calf Problems 18 days 3 games
Fitness 0 days - games
Rest 4 days 1 games
Concussion 3 days - games
Back trouble 3 days 1 games
Hamstring Injury 25 days 4 games

(last two ish years)

A loan would be a statement of some intent but not what it was 6/7 years ago when he was the hottest next thing. I'm still for it if the price is right.

Mike Gaynes
49 Posted 31/12/2019 at 06:05:57
Billy #47, I called him the most physically talented player, not the best technically. Certainly Beardsley and Kanchelskis were superior dribblers and more intelligent players, but they didn't have James' other talents (neither could have scored that incredible goal you mentioned or made the passes James made in that tournament), and I discount Rooney given that he left us at age 18.

James didn't become the generational dominator that was predicted because he never learned to impose control on a game himself (a la Messi) or make his teammates better around him, but his physical skills remain off the charts.

Jamie #45, my beloved Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years with a four-month rental of a relief pitcher who pitched his arm off, drank the champagne and then turned right around and went back to the Yankees after the season. Like every Cub fan on earth, I have a memory to cherish for a lifetime. Do I care he was a rental? Fuck, no... no more than the Toronto fans cared that their first NBA title came from temporarily employing Kawhi Leonard.

Team Chemistry for me was 1.4 million people in Grant Park in Chicago celebrating our championship. So would a parade through downtown Liverpool with the FA Cup. And if a guy just passing through town could help make that happen, I'd be all for it. Come on, please don't tell me you wouldn't put aside all that "ethos" talk just to have him in our starting lineup for that little dance at Mordor next Sunday. Of course you would.

Derek Knox
50 Posted 31/12/2019 at 06:52:23
Mike G, and others, I am all in favour of a loan, especially with a high profile player, but with a pre-agreed option to buy.

That way the player has an idea if the move and the team are suited to him, and also the Club know if he will be a major contributor in the future plans.

I'm pretty confident that between Brands and Carlo, they wouldn't be held to ransom over a players fee after a successful loan spell.

James Hughes
51 Posted 31/12/2019 at 07:06:14
I haven't seen anywhere a 5 month loan is on the table, but if if that option is there then we should take it.

Right now thanks to Dunc n Carlo we are only 10 points off 4th place. There is still half a season left so plenty of points to win. He would be a great addition to the squad.

Who was the last January loan signing, Lacina Traore? He was a cracker

Martin Reppion
52 Posted 31/12/2019 at 09:52:44
Didn't think Rodriguez looked that good when I saw Burnley recently so why all the fuss?
I'm sure this is the nearest we will get to a J Rodrigues in the team.
Derek Knox
53 Posted 31/12/2019 at 10:56:00
Martin @52, have you checked recently who our Manager is? He has the pulling power, by reputation alone, and has been promised funds. So don't rule anything out.

I would still like players like Rabiot and Rodriguez, initially on loan to see if they would improve us, and that they would equally be happy to either stay or return if it didn't work out.

I know it's early days but the Premiership apart from Liverpool, who have been very lucky with VAR etc, is pretty open, and if we continue to progress as we are doing, a top 6 spot is not beyond a possibility.

Sam Hoare
54 Posted 31/12/2019 at 11:08:21
Very much hope we won’t spend 40m on an injury prone 28 year old! Talented player and am up for a loan to buy but let’s not confuse prestige for practicality. Our current formation has no 10 anyway.

I think another CB and CM cover is far more likely. And useful.

Paul Jones
55 Posted 31/12/2019 at 13:23:43
Would be a very expensive addition to our collection of players that have (Micky Walsh) or went on to score (Ernie Hunt) career defining goals. I think would rather bide my time and wait for the next Graeme Sharp someone younger who does it in an Everton shirt.
Kevin Dyer
56 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:41:51
Injury history is a major warning sign but he is a world-class talent on his day. The money being quoted is no big deal for a player of his pedigree and age but given the injury issues (he's currently got a knee problem btw) and his no doubt huge wages at Real Madrid a loan would make more sense.

As for Rabiot, well Juventus' midfield is chocked full of quality players so no doubt it'll be impossible to keep them all happy but he's actually started the last 3 games so not sure how serious he is about moving, or whether this is just a tactic to get more game time. He only moved there in the summer. Can't see this one happening.

Jeff Spiers
57 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:16:46
No more crocks
Steve Shave
58 Posted 31/12/2019 at 16:58:33
As amazing as he has been I don't think he is the right type of signing we need right now. We need steel and guile in the middle of the park, someone who could eventually complement Gbamin and Gomes when they return (providing the option of 4-3-3 if and when needed).

As mentioned on a previous post, I like Rabiot, Zielinski another good option as is Doucoure. I like Sigurdsson (sort of, sometimes) but if James Rodriguez was coming, it would and should spell the end for our unpredictable Icelander.

Iain Johnston
59 Posted 31/12/2019 at 19:40:31
He's had a medial ligament injury of unknown grade since the beginning of November. If it's a GI or GII he should be back in training by now, if it's GIII it'll be March.

I like him and I think we need a left-footed winger/attacking midfielder to add some balance so for me if we could get him on loan until June then sign him for around £20m with a year left on his Real contract I think he's worth it.

We won't get Rabiot, he's still in his 1st year at Juvé plus do we really want a player with such a disruptive mindset? Zeilinksi is an ever present at Napoli for now but is another approaching the last year of his contract... one for the summer?

Watford will want around £40m for Doucouré and for me he's not worth it.

Karl Masters
60 Posted 01/01/2020 at 01:15:53
Interesting comments from Lukaku about us in the last few days.

From 2013-17, Lukaku was on the books at Everton and clearly he valued his time at Goodison Park very much.

As part of a two-post message, he said of the Toffees: “Looking back I owe that club so much, they gave me a chance and belief at 20 years old and I truly enjoyed my time there. The fans are amazing and it was a pleasure to play for such great club.”

David Pearl
61 Posted 01/01/2020 at 06:14:47
He’d be the only player if we get him that would make other clubs and players sit up and take note. Non of our other signings have. We need better creativity and production and he’d be an upgrade on Bernard.

As for DM we are still waiting to see what Gbamin can do.
In defence I’d maybe look to swap Keane for another more commanding centre back.

Other than that maybe Ancelotti can get more from Walcott and Schneiderlin as he appears to have galvanised the rest of them. To be confirmed on our next few games, of course.

Ajay Gopal
62 Posted 01/01/2020 at 08:21:39
Karl (60), I am amazed, and obviously very pleased that Lukaku still has fond memories of his time with us, especially after Moshiri made some ill-advised comments related to his mom and 'voodoo' spirits. After his 1st season with us (when we got that famous 72 points, 5th place finish), when he was on loan with us, he never really reached those levels of performance, although he did score some beauties. At this point of time, I would much rather have the excellent work rate + moderate finishing ability of DCL rather than the moderate work rate + excellent finishing ability of Lukaku. Plus, I think DCL still has potential to improve whereas Lukaku might have plateaued.
Steve Shave
63 Posted 01/01/2020 at 09:16:00
Oi Mike - you leave the Staq out of this!! :)
Steve Shave
64 Posted 01/01/2020 at 09:30:23
As well as a CM (loan ok with me) and a CB, I really want us to get some change for Walcott, Schneiderlin and Tosun we will have to take a huge hit on Cenk but it's just not worked out for him, despite his seemingly terrific attitude. We should be looking to offload Walcott to MLS or China where they pay the wages for has been big names. I see we are linked with Marseille's Sanson, definite upgrade on Schniederlin, to this day it still rankles that some fuckwit thought it would be good business to stick him on a huge contract like we did!
Tony Abrahams
65 Posted 01/01/2020 at 09:30:30
Jamie C, when you want to start a new business but you haven’t got the money, you go the bank, right?

Why not a loan player who helps the team improve, and then moves on when he’s done exactly what he was brought in to do?

Everton had such a player at the start of the 80’s, and because the club was that skint, the fans actually had a whip-round, to try and get the money to sign Terry Curren. (The club was that brassic, that they didnt have £100.000 to sign a player, but the skint Bill Kenwright was our saviour!)

Anyway once the team started improving and Curren was eventually signed, he very rarely made the team, such was the improvement in the players around him!

Happy new year to every Evertonian, let’s hope Ancellotti can get us up the league and take us to Wembley!

Andrew Ellams
66 Posted 01/01/2020 at 09:42:09
I don't see where Rodrigues would fit into Ancelotti's system. Especially with Richarlison in the team.
Ian Bennett
67 Posted 01/01/2020 at 10:34:21
I'd love to hear Ancelotti go through the squad, and state his vision. Obviously never going to happen, but I'd love to see the future.

Things don't always pan out, but this squad has a number of players of a very good age that hasn't been the situation since the better Moyes days - yes Martinez had Stones, Lukuku, Barkley and Gerry D were young - but the rest of the squad was old and it was soon broken up by big bids.

It didn't feel like it 12 months ago, but Dom and Holgate, change the situation a fair bit. Davies could make the grade with strong coaching cutting out giving the ball away cheaply.

Pickford, Digne, Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Davies, Iwobi, Richarlison, Gbamin, Gomes, Kean, Calvert Lewin.

Question mark
Kenny, Bernard, Gibson, Gordon

Delph, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Coleman, Baines, Lossl.

No future
Stekelenburg, Keane, Tosun, Niasse, Bolasie, Martina, Dowell, Pennington, Besic, Garbutt, Tarashaj, Sandro, Bowler, Connolly, Benningme.

Critical areas to strengthen
A left sided centre back is a must for me.
Centre midfield is a problem, but how many clubs see both their first choice centre midfielders lose an entire season?
I like Richarlison, Kean and Dom as our striker options long term - but we lack younger legs on the wing. Another striker would impact their ability to grow in my opinion, and is a gamble to go with two 22 year olds and a 19 year old in chasing Europe.

Bill Griffiths
68 Posted 01/01/2020 at 10:45:53
I don't know if there's anything to this but if Carlo and/or Brands want him then I guess we have to trust their judgement.
James Marshall
69 Posted 01/01/2020 at 10:52:07
The Daily Tory (30th December) "Real Madrid will not let James Rodriguez leave in January"

The Daily Tory (31st December) "Everton in pole position to sign James Rodriguez"

Don't believe the hype.

Annika Herbert
70 Posted 01/01/2020 at 14:28:02
Ian @ 67, there is already a left sided central defender at Goodison. But you have marked him as questionable! Happy New Year to all
Steve Ferns
71 Posted 02/01/2020 at 12:21:16
A much better rumour than this nonsense is £25m for Rabiot. He signed for Juve for free 6 months ago. He is struggling to break into the Juve side and so he is now linked to Arsenal and ourselves. Arsenal have a spot for him as they look to overhaul their midfield.

However, Don Carlo and Marcel might be able to make him an offer he cannot refuse and get him in.

On the plus side, Rabiot is everything we need. He's tall, powerful, quick, great technique, great range of passing. He would solve a lot of problems in helping us both retain the ball better and also getting the ball up the pitch well. He'd have been a perfect holding midfielder for Silva in a 433, but he is on record as saying he does not like being a holding midfielder. He's able to play as a 6, or an 8 or even a 10. He's just a great box-to-box midfielder in a similar way to Pogba.

But like Pogba, he's a troubled man. All his downsides point to either a lack of intellect or a lack of maturity. This is the lad who ran his contract down at PSG and was frozen out. His mum is his agent and seems a right character (putting it diplomatically!) and this time last year he had agreed to join Barcelona on a Bosman in the summer according to paper talk. This turned out not to be true, but Barcelona were interested. Instead he went to Juve and it has not worked out.

Carlo Ancelotti has been called the "Diva whisperer", so perhaps Ancelotti is the man to get Rabiot's career back on track, if he comes to Everton, and if Ancelotti can do just that, then as above, he answers so many of our problems and enables us to then start thinking about improving the side with quality additions to take us into top 4 contention (although we might need a good 4 or 5 to do just that). With just Rabiot, I think we can get after the top 6 with this squad this season.

Obligatory YouTube video: Link

Barry Jones
72 Posted 02/01/2020 at 14:33:44
I think James would be an excellent loan signing. I would also like to see us bid for David Brooks and Dwight McNeil.
Steve Ferns
73 Posted 02/01/2020 at 16:54:02
More renewed speculation on Rabiot. Also, it mentions something I forgot which might give us a boost ahead of Arsenal. Carlo Ancelotti managed Rabiot at PSG when he was arguably at his best. Once football gossip website goes as far as to call Don Carlo Rabiot's football "father". Bit much perhaps, but it is some leverage we can use to get him ahead of Arsenal. That and we have a Rabiot shaped hole in our side that he can slot perfectly into.
Tony Abrahams
74 Posted 02/01/2020 at 17:02:47
I’m pretty sure this is the player that Ancellotti wants Steve, because I’ve heard he wants a midfielder just like the one you describe on very good authority, but I wasn’t given the name.

Honestly think two quality footballers would transform our team, so let’s just hope we find the right fit.

Tony Hill
75 Posted 02/01/2020 at 17:14:08
I think we need more than two, Tony. I'm still depressed after last night and can't put my finger on why that is. I'm normally able to give things more perspective but, even allowing for all the mitigating factors, I thought we were dreadful and seeing the gulf between us and their B Team was deflating.

We cannot afford to buy badly now, but buy we must because that was very sobering against City.

Tony Abrahams
76 Posted 02/01/2020 at 17:57:25
Their B team was fresher Tony, and tired limbs on a football pitch are horrible, especially when your opponents are moving so freely.

Maybe I’m wrong, but hopefully our players had one eye on Sunday, and of course we want better players, but two would definitely do for starters Tony, especially in midfield and out wide, the two areas that we lack real craft.

We had Sigurdsson looking pedestrian, Davies trying hard but lacking quality, Sidibe not looking like a natural wide man, and Richarlison on his knees, with only Delph really looking fresh once I get past thinking about our defensive players.

We need pace, guile and quality in the middle of the pitch, because we are not to bad in certain areas, and a tired team lacking in this area of the pitch will always look like a very poor outfit imo Tony?

Steve Ferns
77 Posted 02/01/2020 at 17:59:05
The Tonys. Rabiot would be a player who solves many of our problems. He could play with any of our midfielders. He can play deeper or in the hole. He can knit defence and midfield, midfield and attack, and most importantly he can change defence into attack in an instant by winning the ball, skipping past a man or two and putting someone through on goal. The lad can be that good. He just needs some TLC and we’d make him feel a hero here and Carlo is someone he already knows can bring out the best in him.
Mike Gaynes
78 Posted 02/01/2020 at 18:04:22
Steve #73, true, but that stretch of time also produced a serious schism between Rabiot's mum and Carlo. She didn't like him one bit by the end of that period. So their previous association may be a positive or a negative. We don't know. Yet.
Steve Ferns
79 Posted 02/01/2020 at 18:06:53
That pissed all over my chips. Cheers mike.
Tony Hill
80 Posted 02/01/2020 at 18:17:25
Tony/Steve, I think what annoyed me is that we looked frightened again. It's always there under the surface with us. Steve is right to have said somewhere that our terrible passing bore the sign of fear.

We've got to develop mental steel, as well as getting in better players.

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