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1 Posted 03/08/2020 at 04:06:37
2 Posted 03/08/2020 at 05:27:53
"He's a very offensive-minded RB that likes to overlap the winger. He can also cross pretty well."
That said we have other positions more pressing than at RB. I would just give Kenny a go, with Seamus as backup.
3 Posted 03/08/2020 at 07:10:10
4 Posted 03/08/2020 at 07:49:19
5 Posted 03/08/2020 at 07:54:18
6 Posted 03/08/2020 at 08:02:12
7 Posted 03/08/2020 at 08:08:23
8 Posted 03/08/2020 at 08:16:00
9 Posted 03/08/2020 at 08:18:25
This would also explain why we are after Gabriel (other than he is a real prospect who would likely do well in a central defensive pairing as well of course).
10 Posted 03/08/2020 at 08:55:24
I don't think Carlo Ancelotti would have taken the job and risk his reputation, if funds hadn't been guaranteed, to rebuild a team of his choice. Most of those we have been linked with thus far are mere journeymen, and mostly untested in the Premier League.
11 Posted 03/08/2020 at 08:58:33
Steve S, I also wondered whether 5-3-2 (or variant) might be on the cards. It accommodates a 3-man midfield, 2 forwards and our lack of productive wingers. Guessing not. More likely as a tactical switch for specific games or during games than a preferred formation.
Looks like things will start falling into place once the Gabriel transfer is resolved one way or another.
12 Posted 03/08/2020 at 09:13:50
13 Posted 03/08/2020 at 09:27:34
Don't want any last-minute deadline day panick buys again.
14 Posted 03/08/2020 at 09:28:48
If reports are to be believed (from the Football Gossip Jungle) Gabriel's agent is in the UK today, apparently to conduct talks with both ourselves and Man Utd over his future move.
Not sure which one he's going to first, but I would have thought realistically Man Utd will win in comparison to us. The only thing that could sway it our way possibly is the fact that we have Carlo, who may assure him that other compatriots are on the way.
Everton Soares (Cebolinha) would be my icing on the Transfer Cake, the little magician is just what we need, probably at the expense of Bernard being moved on. He is a mate of Richarlison apparently so that could be a pulling factor too on that one, fingers crossed!
I see that Odsonne Edouard scored a hat-trick yesterday for Celtic against Hamilton.
15 Posted 03/08/2020 at 09:58:29
16 Posted 03/08/2020 at 10:50:36
I would be happier if the focus and finance was on our midfield though. I think Kenny and Coleman would be enough quality and cover for next season at right-back.
If there's any truth in this at all, maybe Moyes wants Kenny at West Ham and is prepared to offer an acceptable amount. However, it is probably a load of old codswallop.
FYI: '''codswallop', from the 19th Century, is a derisive term for soft drinks by beer drinkers...'' Who knew?
17 Posted 03/08/2020 at 11:06:28
The only beacon this season is a manager who knows what he is doing. I don't have great faith in Brands. The amount of money we have spent should have seen us as a top four side now, yet we are nowhere near. I hope Carlo is given total control over this window and for once we get what we pay for.
There are green shoots, no two ways about that. The younger players are coming on well. All have been impressive as future club stalwarts.
I'm going to the shed now to get my tin hat out.
18 Posted 03/08/2020 at 11:18:04
Certainly nice to pick up young, hungry Championship players (as Moyes often did) but, in this case, we have Kenny already at about the same age with more top-flight experience.
Unless Cash or Çelik or whoever looks like a Champions League player in the making, we might as well keep Kenny – who looks like a solid if unremarkable Premier League standard player.
19 Posted 03/08/2020 at 11:46:44
He goes on the charge a bit going forward but doesn't look that polished on the ball. In fact, he seems to get caught on the ball by holding on too long or through attempting to slalom into a crowd of players.
Kenny's showreel – at a higher standard of football – looks at least as good. In fact, some of his passing looks better. I've obviously seen Kenny in matches too for Everton and England. I'd be very sceptical about whether Cash is an upgrade on Kenny.
Aarons looks like the most accomplished footballer of the lot. Neat and tidy one touch passing & one-twos in particular. No extravagant passing like TAA or monster tackles like AWB. But very classy.
20 Posted 03/08/2020 at 12:10:37
GK: Pickford and Lössl
RB: Coleman and Kenny
CB: Keane, Holgate and Mina
LM Bernard and Gordon
CM Davies, Gomes, Sigurdsson, & Gbamin.
RM: Walcott & Iwobi
CF: Calvert-Lewin, Kean and Richarlison
Am I missing anyone? But that's 19 players so 4 short on what type of squad they are building
21 Posted 03/08/2020 at 12:23:04
Delph and Branthwaite in particular are proper first-team squad players now. The others, it's less clear...
I've excluded Besic, Bolasie and Ramirez because presumably they've played their last game for us already. I wasn't sure whether to include Tosun. I suspect he's only going to stay with us cause we cannot sell an injured player.
22 Posted 03/08/2020 at 14:16:38
With you adding Bolasie, Tosun, Besic and Sandro, those are the 4 payers we really need to get rid of, and replace with 4 quality players, to make the 23 man squad.
23 Posted 03/08/2020 at 14:39:44
There's uncertainty too about Kenny, Mina, Bernard, Kean and Delph – in the sense of reported interest. Not seen any rumoured interest in Sigurdsson but would imagine the club is open to offers. It'd be surprising if all are still on our books by the end of the window.
More worrying is the reported interest in Digne. That highlights what a difficult job it is to pull together a cohesive squad. We'll be a work in progress long after this window closes.
24 Posted 03/08/2020 at 14:45:23
If you add two center-midfielders to that list and trim the fat, as well as move Richarlison from striker to right-midfielder as needed, we'd be moving in the right direction.
25 Posted 03/08/2020 at 14:57:50
I would totally bring in two centre-midfielders for Tosun and Sandro. I think Kean will come good. The two starts against Newcastle and Bournemouth stand out.
I agree with moving Richarlison back to the wing.
Along with the deadwood mentioned, I would be totally up for Sigurdsson and Delph to go.
Reading rumours, it looks like Kenny may not be wanted but this season, I think I would keep him and put the money elsewhere.
26 Posted 03/08/2020 at 15:10:09
Not until hard decisions are made will the club move forward. I expect Sigurdsson to see out his Everton contract because I doubt the club is big enough or strong enough to give him away or heavily subsidise his wages elsewhere. Needs doing though. Delph the same.
27 Posted 03/08/2020 at 15:42:38
The same goes for Mina, Gomes, Gbamin, Kean and Iwobi who would all now be sold at a huge loss.
They cost a combined fee of nearly £150 million – let's not just blame Sigurdsson for all our problems, eh!
28 Posted 03/08/2020 at 16:09:33
The time I will take notice is when I see the photograph of a new signing in an Everton shirt with a scarf over his head.
29 Posted 03/08/2020 at 16:11:20
The heart problem that scuppered Antonee's move to Milan in January has been fixed and he didn't miss a minute for Wigan until he was subbed out in an 8-0 victory a couple weeks ago. Pretty sure they will get a whole lot more than £2 million for him.
And if he does move to Serie A, he'll likely find himself playing against Vlasic, who scored 13 goals at CSKA while we were looking for an attacking midfielder. Rumor still has Nikola going to Napoli. We'll get some of his transfer fee, but.... argh.
30 Posted 03/08/2020 at 16:24:36
31 Posted 03/08/2020 at 16:36:39
But the Italian media report we're now offering Napoli £34 million for Allan, a player seven years older, whose personal wages would also be four times what we were paying Vlasic. Don't know if that's true or not, but the club certainly isn't going to be throwing parties over Nikola's sell-on fee.
As with Robinson, I'd have rather we kept the player.
32 Posted 03/08/2020 at 16:42:08
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34 Posted 03/08/2020 at 16:53:25
35 Posted 03/08/2020 at 17:20:13
36 Posted 03/08/2020 at 17:25:21
37 Posted 03/08/2020 at 18:04:19
38 Posted 03/08/2020 at 18:38:38
Kean isn't on the biggest salary and might come good, we hope. The three top earners are the most worrying: Gomes, Mina and Bernard all on over £100k+ a week and contributing very little, that's the real scandal.
39 Posted 03/08/2020 at 19:24:37
Hope Robinson gets his Milan move; he never should have been sold by Everton.
40 Posted 04/08/2020 at 19:36:01
41 Posted 04/08/2020 at 19:50:44
42 Posted 06/08/2020 at 08:10:05
The lad was attracting serious scouting from major teams when he broke into the Hajduk team at 16-17. His dad wanted him to establish himself before moving, which he did. Now, maybe interest cooled on him and so a couple years later we sign him. I think it was on a whim though as we was another "No 10" to add to Rooney, Sigurdsson and Klaassen who all arrived in the same window. Terrible planning.
He was too young to establish himself in our team at that stage. If we'd actually had a plan then it would've been to loan him out immediately to a higher level than the Croatian league. Remember, Modric was older and more experienced when Spurs signed him (not saying Vlasic is as good as him, of course).
For me, technical players that aren't physical specimens can struggle initially in the Premier League; fast or powerful young players find the transition easier. They really need to be given time and coaxed along. Same applies to Klaassen tbh. The odd game here and there just doesn't work. Vlasic has rebuilt his career after we nearly ruined him, which shows that he had talent and character. I'm gonna predict that he'll be a success in Italy.
As regards him supposedly being a problematic character, I'll offer a counterpoint. Big Sam wrecked the lad's belief that EFC was going to work out. Predictably the young players got sidelined. Vlasic was out of the first team; Sam couldn't even be arsed to go to Cyprus for that dead-rubber Europa League game in which, incidentally Vlasic and Lookman were the standouts. Contrary to what you say, I only heard the player himself say that he wanted to establish himself; his dad and sister gave interviews that expressed concern with our treatment of him. Not wise, to be fair, but understandable.
Personally, I think he's one that got away.
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