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Bernard quashes Roma rumour

| Saturday, 04 April 2020 36comments  |  Jump to last
A suggestion out of Italy that Bernard could move to AS Roma at the end of the season has been laughed off by the Brazilian.

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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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 04/04/2020 at 18:34:11
I like Bernard quite a lot but, if someone offered us £20M, I'd snatch their hand off, mainly because he's on big wages, isn't getting any younger and Ancelotti does not seem to fully trust him (certainly not away from home).

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.

Derek Knox
2 Posted 04/04/2020 at 18:49:15
Sam @1, my sentiments entirely there, I also like him but he is too inconsistent for me, and also knocked off the ball too easily.

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?

Jim Harrison
3 Posted 04/04/2020 at 19:05:38
Sam @1,

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.

Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 04/04/2020 at 19:17:21
Very good player, big heart, but I'm not sure he his suited to playing out wide in a 4-4-2 formation, especially in a league that is so physically demanding.

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?

Darren Hind
5 Posted 04/04/2020 at 19:35:32
Would call him the Brazilian James McFadden only he falls over more and scores less goals.

A player for the fan boys who think being Brazilian is enough.

Tony Everan
6 Posted 04/04/2020 at 20:55:33
Makes me wonder if there is some tentative negotiations for a player plus cash deal going on. Is there a Roma player Carlo is interested in?

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.

Brian Williams
7 Posted 04/04/2020 at 20:58:48
He's come out and denied the story as a lie! He can't really be more clear than that can he?
Steve Ferns
8 Posted 04/04/2020 at 21:01:00
Brian, he could be offered by the club, through an agent. Roma could negotiate a deal we agree and then the player is told and agrees his own terms. Why wouldn’t Bernard agree a transfer to Roma if told we don’t want him and he will not be first choice?

Personally, I love watching him and I hope he can secure a starting birth and be consistent enough to keep it.

Brian Williams
9 Posted 04/04/2020 at 21:10:12
Then again he could be telling the truth. Time will tell.
Steve Ferns
10 Posted 04/04/2020 at 21:15:20
Brian, he might not know that the club is preparing to sell him. This “offer” to Roma might be the club testing the water. They could have employed an agent to do so. Why you use these agents is to have full deniability.
Robert Tressell
11 Posted 04/04/2020 at 21:17:22
Bernard is a good player (lovely to watch at times) to have in the ranks but never going to quite deliver the end product we need. Would be a shame to see him go but no disaster. Roma have just offered £10m for Mykhtharian so doubt we'd get anything like £20m for Bernard. Possible makeweight in our reported hunt for Pellegrini?

On unrelated note, glad to see comment from you, Steve Ferns – been quiet of late so hope all is okay?

Ben Howard
12 Posted 04/04/2020 at 21:46:40
As a Premier League heavyweight we could just about afford his wages without a transfer fee. I can't see Roma affording his contract, matching his wages, and offering us a transfer fee that gets us excited. I think he'll be here next season.
Steve Ferns
13 Posted 04/04/2020 at 21:50:28
Fine Robert. Not much desire to look at football of late with so much else going on in the world. Also been very busy at work until recently.
Si Cooper
14 Posted 04/04/2020 at 22:51:46
Darren's comments seem overly harsh. I think he is a very willing player whose obvious flaw is his stature.

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.

Bill Gienapp
15 Posted 04/04/2020 at 23:01:16
I'm putting even less stock in these transfer rumors than usual. I'm sure clubs are putting out feelers and kicking the tires on potential deals, but I doubt much serious transfer business is being lined up at the moment - I mean, how can there be, when there's so much uncertainty surrounding the sport at the moment?
Minik Hansen
16 Posted 04/04/2020 at 23:13:45
Iwobi not on the left, but behind the striker seems more influential to Everton's attack, so not much cover on left mid if Bernard is shipped. Makeweight sounds sensible, but who knows what you can get for £20M.

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.

Mark Andersson
17 Posted 04/04/2020 at 23:28:14
When he plays well he is quality... Only Carlo knows if he is worth keeping or moving along.

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.

Christine Foster
18 Posted 04/04/2020 at 23:55:32
Love Bernard. Real fan of him, he has class and skill and the ability to open defences.

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!

Martin Berry
19 Posted 05/04/2020 at 00:26:13
A super player at times but the problem is where does Carlo fit Bernard into the jigsaw?

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.

Alan J Thompson
20 Posted 05/04/2020 at 06:52:11
I like Bernard, has skill and is one of the few players who seems to think two moves ahead. As for him not being particularly good at defending, I would ask if he has gone off through Digne losing form or if it is the other way around and Digne started faltering when Bernard was not playing.

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.

Michael O'Malley
21 Posted 05/04/2020 at 09:17:50
It's the way Ancellotti uses him on right-wing lately that has seen his performances drop off, he is better coming in off the left.

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.

David Pearl
22 Posted 05/04/2020 at 11:53:24
Agreed he isn't the same player on the right. Why Ancelotti separated him and Digne is anyone's guess. Well, it was Ancelotti who guessed, l guess.

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.

Francis van Lierop
23 Posted 05/04/2020 at 13:54:54
I'm more with Steve than with Sam. I want Bernard to succeed, as I hope Carlo and Marcel think too.
Kev Dooley
24 Posted 05/04/2020 at 17:56:54
I say fair play to him. Refreshing to see a player pin his colours to the mast. None of us are paying his wages.

Relative to what some previous players have done once the rumour mill starts, he's done okay in my book.

James Flynn
25 Posted 05/04/2020 at 18:04:14
If he goes in a deal beneficial for Everton, fine.

Beyond that, keep him.

Any number of players need jettisoning before Bernard.

Joe McMahon
26 Posted 05/04/2020 at 22:37:43
Not that bothered if he goes as we need more than occasional home games only from him. Bit harsh maybe, but his wages are huge.
Brian Wilkinson
27 Posted 06/04/2020 at 20:35:30
For those saying £20 Million is not a lot, you need to check his £200k a week wages as well.

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.

Tony Everan
28 Posted 07/04/2020 at 11:16:09
He is a beautiful player to watch, perfect control, great balance and sublimly creates space out of nothing. He is so gifted sometimes he makes the game at the top look easy.

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 couldn’t find the key to getting the best out of him consistently week in week out home and away.

David Connor
29 Posted 07/04/2020 at 12:17:41
Get rid if we can. I've said all along he is built like a 12-year-old and isn't tough enough for the Premier League. His injury record isn't the best either.

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.

Brian Wilkinson
30 Posted 08/04/2020 at 22:52:21
Here's one for you all: Bernard is on £200k a week, there's talk of Everton trying to lure Coutinho on loan, whose wages are £250k a week.

Would you stick with Bernard, or offload for a decent transfer fee and pay the extra £50k a week to bring Coutinho in?

Rob Esteva
31 Posted 08/04/2020 at 23:56:29
Brian, he's not on anything close to £200k per week so definitely worth revisiting your sources.
Brian Wilkinson
32 Posted 09/04/2020 at 00:08:55
Okay, Bernard is on £120k a week and Coutinho is on £240k a week.

Would you stick with Bernard, or offload for a decent transfer and bring Coutinho in and pay double what Bernard is being paid?

Gavin Johnson
33 Posted 09/04/2020 at 00:21:33
Bernard's a luxury player for me. So I'd be absolutely made up if we sold him but I don't see him going anywhere. Roma, or any other club for that matter, aren't going to take a player on £125k a week who has no end product.
Alan J Thompson
34 Posted 09/04/2020 at 05:58:16
I haven't got the faintest idea what Bernard gets paid but when he signed it was reported that as he was a "free" agent, so no transfer fee needed to be paid to his last club. He was paid a signing-on fee of £10M and agreed a weekly wage of £100k. Just to repeat, that was reported and I have absolutely no idea what was in the agreed contract, wage or otherwise.
Bobby Mallon
35 Posted 09/04/2020 at 22:48:11
Gavin Johnson luxury players are what we need Bernard is a cracking player
Gavin Johnson
36 Posted 10/04/2020 at 14:05:18
Bobby Mallon, he's a luxury player because he flatters to deceive. The same as Alex Iwobi. Neither of them assist or score enough.

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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