Roma24 have claimed that Bernard "has been offered" to Roma but the player responded with a reply on Twitter, with a tweet that has since been removed, saying, "This is [a] lie".
The 27 year-old, a free-agent signing from Shakhtar Donetsk, has had an uneven start to life at Everton, taking all of his first season to acclimatise to the Premier League.
Bernard's second year in England has been hampered by the Blues' poor start to the season, the collapse of Marco Silva's reign and the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti who has preferred to use him more in home matches having seen him struggle in away games where there is more emphasis on the defensive side and the team has less possession.
He is a player who stands to benefit from Ancelotti's stewardship once the Italian and Marcel Brands have had a chance to make some targeted acquisitions that will improve the overall balance and quality of the Blues' squad.
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1 Posted 04/04/2020 at 18:34:11
We have Iwobi, Gordon, Richarlison and possibly Dowell who are all younger and could possibly play left-wing.
Anyway, clearly there's little truth in it and I expect him to be a useful part of our squad next season.
2 Posted 04/04/2020 at 18:49:15
Plus he has this trait that he does not play well away from Goodison so tends not to be played, so what's the point of having players in the squad who presumably when fit only play every other game or so?
3 Posted 04/04/2020 at 19:05:38
I am inclined to agree with you. I like the player, but for all his skill he doesn't score enough of assist enough.
But £20 million a bit on the low side. Can't get jack for that much.
4 Posted 04/04/2020 at 19:17:21
I hope I'm wrong because he's a proper little footballer, but if he's not going to fit into the system, then he's never going to produce his best, and he hasn't looked as comfortable since Ancelotti came in imo, except for a couple of games at Goodison, when he's been allowed to drift inside?
I also wonder what £20 million might buy once the football starts again, when this major recession takes hold?
5 Posted 04/04/2020 at 19:35:32
A player for the fan boys who think being Brazilian is enough.
6 Posted 04/04/2020 at 20:55:33
Bernard is arguably the most comfortable on the ball at our club, but I am not sure the Premier League is the place for him to shine, some weeks at home he has a sublime half a game at home. Other weeks away from home when a physical battle is needed to get the points he is anonymous for long periods.
Bernard himself probably knows nothing about it.
7 Posted 04/04/2020 at 20:58:48
8 Posted 04/04/2020 at 21:01:00
Personally, I love watching him and I hope he can secure a starting birth and be consistent enough to keep it.
9 Posted 04/04/2020 at 21:10:12
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11 Posted 04/04/2020 at 21:17:22
On unrelated note, glad to see comment from you, Steve Ferns – been quiet of late so hope all is okay?
12 Posted 04/04/2020 at 21:46:40
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14 Posted 04/04/2020 at 22:51:46
His end product could be better but I think his ability to perform this season was definitely hindered by Digne's drop in form and the lack of athleticism in our central/ defensive midfield pairings.
He is in the replaceable category, but I'm not sure Iwobi or Dowell would be a significant step up. 28 in September so at least 2 more seasons before his value depreciates at all because of age (he is not a player reliant on power and pace).
I wouldn't have him first out the door by a long chalk but, if a was required as a makeweight for bringing in desperately needed improvement elsewhere in the squad, then I would accept it and wish him the best.
15 Posted 04/04/2020 at 23:01:16
16 Posted 04/04/2020 at 23:13:45
Him staying here, his usefulness could be bigger, when there are more games on the calendar, like the Europa League. And I think he brings quality and contributes well to the team's social life off the pitch also, also worth something.
17 Posted 04/04/2020 at 23:28:14
With no sign of football returning anytime soon, there is no point in debating any transfers.
I woke up with the image of Sheedy scoring those two crafted free-kick goals. First one top right, disallowed; second top left... GOAL.
18 Posted 04/04/2020 at 23:55:32
Why is it we look for hard working grafters than skill? Grafters will rarely entertain (play the way your facing, don't take responsibility, play the easy ball) we already have a squad full of them, so having players with ability and can entertain and do the unexpected is a plus in my book.
Oh and as he is 5-foot nothing, in my book that's good too... proves you don't have to be a 6-ft clone to make it in the Premier League!
19 Posted 05/04/2020 at 00:26:13
If Carlo feels that the player is not suitable to the type of desired formation, then Bernard and several other players may be sold to finance the incoming players that do.
20 Posted 05/04/2020 at 06:52:11
Perhaps he still needs a little work on his English and should have said that nothing had been raised with him about it and in any case he is quite happy at Everton. Then, even if it is correct, he has just raised the ante.
21 Posted 05/04/2020 at 09:17:50
I agree with Christine @18, a cracking little player instead of the usual one-dimensional plodding tackling machines we've been subjected to. I would be gutted if he left.
22 Posted 05/04/2020 at 11:53:24
He looks great sometimes, in flashes. It's nothing to do with his size that he plays too many sloppy balls. Then again, we have nobody else like him. Dowell maybe but I'd expect him to move to Wigan before his move to Barcelona in January.
Hopefully Ancelotti has been at home isolating himself and will return with a cunning plan.
23 Posted 05/04/2020 at 13:54:54
24 Posted 05/04/2020 at 17:56:54
Relative to what some previous players have done once the rumour mill starts, he's done okay in my book.
25 Posted 05/04/2020 at 18:04:14
Beyond that, keep him.
Any number of players need jettisoning before Bernard.
26 Posted 05/04/2020 at 22:37:43
27 Posted 06/04/2020 at 20:35:30
No club is going to pay a big transfer on top of those wages.
I like Bernard; if we keep him, he will be a very useful player. If an offer comes in and Carlo sees fit to let go, then with a transfer fee and freed up wages, that could free up quite an amount for the transfer kitty.
I am on the fence on this one, I see benefits if he stays, and benefits if he leaves.
By the way, Sam, big thumbs up for Episode 4 of The English Game, really enjoyed the series.
28 Posted 07/04/2020 at 11:16:09
However it seems to me that there is an inconsistency in his performances, we never seem to get what we all know he is capable of, week in week out. The manager has lost a little bit of faith in him because of it. I was/ am hoping for a Willian level of player and directness from Bernard, especially considering the wages investment we have made.
All the skill is there with him but I am left wanting more and still find him an enigma. There is probably no other player at the club who could be at his level of talent. That is why it would be a desperate day if Carlo couldnt find the key to getting the best out of him consistently week in week out home and away.
29 Posted 07/04/2020 at 12:17:41
He wouldn't be missed in my view. Free up his wages and get someone with a bit more of a physical presence and hopefully one who can score more than 2 or 3 goals a season.
30 Posted 08/04/2020 at 22:52:21
Would you stick with Bernard, or offload for a decent transfer fee and pay the extra £50k a week to bring Coutinho in?
31 Posted 08/04/2020 at 23:56:29
32 Posted 09/04/2020 at 00:08:55
Would you stick with Bernard, or offload for a decent transfer and bring Coutinho in and pay double what Bernard is being paid?
33 Posted 09/04/2020 at 00:21:33
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36 Posted 10/04/2020 at 14:05:18
I really hope Fonseca does want him and we can give Roma £15m and Bernard and get Cengiz Under in return. Under is fast and direct and will cut in and score goals. He is a major improvement on Walcott. We'll then have the opportunity to buy a better left sided player to fill the void of Bernard. Someone like Everton Soares, or Hirving Lozano, both of which would be an immediate improvement on Bernard, or Alex Iwobi for that matter.
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