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1 Posted 06/08/2020 at 22:25:17
We need to focus on the midfield first, Allan and David Brooks and a left-sided centre-back with a bit of pace, Gabriel hopefully. These are the game-changing signings we need to be focused on.
Maybe we are and it is being done professionally, out of the spotlight, by Mr Brands.
2 Posted 06/08/2020 at 22:39:39
3 Posted 06/08/2020 at 22:42:10
Crucially as well he has played left-back on occasion and could maybe cover there too.
4 Posted 06/08/2020 at 22:53:17
If The Esk is correct, our funds need to be directed at the area most in need of attention, midfield.
All speculation anyway.
5 Posted 06/08/2020 at 22:58:35
6 Posted 06/08/2020 at 23:06:22
7 Posted 06/08/2020 at 23:07:43
Man Utd have the best right-back at defending in the country so makes sense for Dalot to move on. But the price is a snip and I think it's a no-brainer if true.
8 Posted 06/08/2020 at 23:09:35
I don't think he's a bad shout for £10 million.
9 Posted 06/08/2020 at 23:13:26
10 Posted 06/08/2020 at 23:26:21
11 Posted 06/08/2020 at 23:27:02
12 Posted 06/08/2020 at 23:31:29
It's mad how much I totally disagree with you there. Young French lad hasn't kicked a ball for us yet, could be a Baines, could be a Galloway.
Kenny when he played for us looked slow and lacked positional sense. Did okay for Schalke who didn't win any of their last 15 games.
Keane is a squad player, Mina is often caught out of position at the back and the other two are again completely unproven. Gibson hasn't kicked a ball for us either.
Everton need to sell Pickford and replace him with one of the star performers from this season. If not, Ben Foster will do for a year. Pickford concedes a goal a game which he should do better with. It can't happen anymore.
Everton need a new right back, not as cover for Coleman, but to replace Coleman. Loyalty is great but football moves quickly.
We need a new left-back as competition for Digne and then we need to sell Mina and replace him with a young-ish centre-back who has played regular football for the last few seasons.
We then need to sell Bernard, Walcott, Sigurdsson and replace with better quality whilst also purchasing a defensive midfielder, but maybe Gbamin may come good and finally fill that gap. If not, then Allan or Gana back would be my choice.
Walcott and Bolasie have stolen a living with us. Get them off the books. Go out and get young upcoming wingers who will work hard for the team and provide some creativity for a change.
I would even be tempted to tell Tom Davies he's going on loan all season next year to a Championship club so we can find out what he's really made of and his best position. It worked for Leon Osman many moons ago.
I know it's unrealistic to try and replace the whole team but we certainly need 5/6 players and some to leave. You know what, while we are at it, stick Iwobi on the transfer list as he is the biggest waste of £30million.
Long gone should now be the days where we go out and get United rejects and players who are 35 years old. If we ever want to challenge we need to be buying proven players and not getting ripped off. Sigurdsson imo has been a good servant to us, but again loyalty gets you nowhere in football. He has been worth about £30 million, 100% nowhere near the 50 odd we paid for him. Swansea must be laughing their socks off.
Complete overhaul. War chest open. Break FFP, take the fine. Get rid of the dead wood and the none-tryers. It's time!
13 Posted 06/08/2020 at 23:45:53
14 Posted 07/08/2020 at 00:07:56
If Man Utd did indeed pay £19M for the player as has been reported then I find it hard to believe that they would be prepared to sell (the player) for basically only 50% of what they paid out, no selling club particularly wants to 'lose face' and look like idiots.
It goes a large way to explaining why we have kept so many underperforming players in my opinion. To get back two-thirds of the outlay is, I think, a little more realistic ie a £6M loss. Have you watched the player, mate? Do you think he is worth a punt?
15 Posted 06/08/2020 at 00:18:17
The other side of the coin is: who will come to us? We have nothing to offer. Great... go and get Allan or Gana. How? If, every time we agree a reasonable deal, they choose a team with better immediate prospects. We couldn't even get Højbjerg, for God's sake.
Take the fine? What if it's not just a fine, what if it is a transfer moratorium, ban from European competition, who will join us then? How many of those signed now would stay with us?
Get real. Anyway, it's only speculation!!!
16 Posted 07/08/2020 at 00:22:17
He has quality and I think he has huge scope for improving with regular game time. I think it would prove a very shrewd move.
17 Posted 07/08/2020 at 00:30:31
I like the fact that, since Gabriel has been stalling, we have reinvestigated Todibo and the Korean. So we certainly want a centre-back. Hopefully we can sell either Keane or Mina, if so (again to balance the books).
Then it's onto midfield. God knows how we Improve here but Brands sold Schneiderlin so everything is possible!
18 Posted 07/08/2020 at 00:40:34
You are so right and I've decided that not only will that be the way forward for the Blues, but I am going to jack my job and despite my lack of talent and the fact I'm 57 – play for England. After that I'll get a record deal for my band and have hit records and the rock-and-roll lifestyle I crave and deserve.
I hadn't realised it was all so easy to do. Just say it and the real world disappears. I'm surprised you didn't get Everton to sign Messi, Aguero and the latest AI version of Pele while you were at it.
If we can improve on what we have this year, we may compete with the teams in the 5 places above us next season. Then, if we can improve on that, we may sign players who will give us a Europa League run. Then, we can look at signing players who are good enough for Champions League football.
I remember the glory years of the '80s. I would love them back tomorrow. But I'll take gradual improvement as the building blocks to get us there.
England Rugby, British Cycling and Rowing all delivered because they knew you can't improve anything by 100%, but you can improve a lot of things by a small percentage. That's how we progress.
19 Posted 07/08/2020 at 01:02:48
20 Posted 07/08/2020 at 01:26:30
Should Kenny actually want that chance...
He may decide he likes it just fine where he is!
21 Posted 07/08/2020 at 01:38:08
Thanks for that, I would have thought he is precisely the kind of player we should be going for, given what you are saying, build for the future, or at least try to! I would sooner trust the recruitment of Barcelona, Real Madrid and even Manchester United than our own sadly.
Holgate got the nod at last and the game time and made the step up so I am sure other young, hungry players can do likewise. We will never know until we give it a go!
Buying the likes of Delph, Rooney and to a lesser extent, Sigurdsson hasn't really worked for the club and little resale value just compounds the misery.
22 Posted 07/08/2020 at 01:48:19
I doubt that'll happen. As I've said before, Jonjoe has all the heart and fight in the world, but there's not enough talent there. If he proves me wrong, I'll be happy to own up, but I don't think so.
Dalot sounds like a good gamble to me.
23 Posted 07/08/2020 at 02:21:26
If we want the best time-wasting goalkeeper in the league, Ben Foster is your man.
24 Posted 07/08/2020 at 02:31:28
Has hardly played for his club (a total of 34 appearances in all competitions across 2 seasons) - TICK
Man Utd reject - TICK
Injury plagued - TICK
He will fit in just fine!
25 Posted 07/08/2020 at 03:03:20
We need to stop being happy with the second helpings and scraps from Man Utd (eg, Schneiderlin). They would not let us take Smalling last year, as they felt he would "help" us and they felt that we were too close in competition (fair enough – Smalling did well at Roma, probably still has a couple of good years left, and if they don't get a VAR call on us, we win, and they do not make Champions League). But being Everton, we went after Rojo!!! Thankfully, that did not work out.
26 Posted 07/08/2020 at 03:56:04
The only Man Utd reject who seems to have come good was Saha (Palace). Even Keane at £30M leaves a lot to be desired.
27 Posted 07/08/2020 at 03:58:52
- I agree with you on the young French kid: too young / let him grow. Bring in someone as understudy to Digne. Digne was class the last 2 years. If we can keep him for another year, that would help.
- Sell Kenny; someone in Germany may want him… He has desire, competitiveness, but lacks pace. Not sure if his time on loan allowed him to take another forward step defensively and with positioning.
- I agree that Coleman should be the back-up going forward. Bring in someone young, who can learn from him, Selling Kenny should offset that purchase (the right-back from Lille? Dalot sounds like he would slot in nicely to our needs... I doubt Man Utd would help us – they would double price).
- Sell Keane; I agree here. He is English, and has acquitted himself moderately well, and someone (Burnley, Leeds) will pay for him. He is too slow, often out of position, and spends too much time watching the winning goal go by at a distance of about 4 feet.
- Mina, Holgate and Gabriel to compete as starting centre-backs. Mina has too much talent to be sold now, still relatively young, and Holgate is the future. I would love to win the battle for the kid from Lille, but that sounds less likely every day.
- Gibson into first team as back-up centre-back and Cup starter, Branthwaite out on loan to learn his position. Being called into service at 18 is very different than having to play that position every day. (People forget that he gave up 2 goals, and if he were anyone else, regular Everton fans would probably be asking to send him away ASAP. Unrealistic expectations. See Davies.).
- Pickford gets another year to prove he is the man. He has the makings for it… but bring in better competition than Lössl. You will not maximize his sale value this year (unless it is Chelsea coming for him).
- Bernard: He underperformed last season. Advise him to take a pay cut or get loaned. There is talent there, but he gets pushed around too much. He might be best in Italy.
- Sigurdsson is too poor and (lately) slow (4-4-2 does not suit him) to be sold at anything resembling value. He is a bit player now, and should probably be coming off the bench – not a good look for your most expensive signing.
- Walcott has value – he has pace, and can come in as a super sub on the wing to rip tired defenses up late in the game. His crosses have improved, and he actually played defense on a couple of occasions in the late games (If only he had better final touch, but then Arsenal would not have sold him)…
- Bolasie. Just coming back from major injury. Bad timing for him as, if he were younger, I think that he could step back into the first team. Not sure now, as he did not light it up at any of his loan stops. Most likely a loan (but it would be great if Carlo could turn him into a worthwhile player). I still think Zaha is too expensive for us, especially after getting discount Zaha in Iwobi last year.
- Tosun. Should be sold. He is talented, just unlucky with injury. I think he runs the lanes much better than Calvert-Lewin but is not as good at hold up play. He can get you goals. He will want to shine in Turkey in order to play for his country in Europe.
- Davies - definitely needs going on loan (assuming that Gbamin and Delph are healthy). He needs some time away from Everton to determine what he is great at, and he is still very young.
- No Man Utd rejects
So who do we sell in order to bring in new blood?
Besic (love the heart)
28 Posted 07/08/2020 at 04:32:46
29 Posted 07/08/2020 at 04:49:07
30 Posted 07/08/2020 at 07:44:03
His work ethic and commitment are admirable but he just lacks the dynamism that you'd hope for in a modern full-back. His passing and crossing can be very good and he can strike a ball well but he almost never beats his man and his positioning still needs work.
I'd be curious to see how he does over a season at Everton but I suspect he'd never be as good as Digne. Or prime Coleman.
Our right side has been an issue for a while both defensively and in terms of creating. Getting the likes of Sarr and Dalot would certainly help with the latter but maybe not the former!
31 Posted 07/08/2020 at 08:01:20
But, if we have plenty of cash to splash, then let's go for Diogo!
32 Posted 07/08/2020 at 08:12:43
He has had meniscus cartilage problems in his knee. Hip problems, problems with his groin. A lot of injuries for a young player. Will these injuries reoccur? Will his injury susceptibility increase with age and or with more games? Will we get dependability and reliability out of him?
It really concerns me that Man Utd are offloading a player who has undoubted talent, but they know to be fragile. A player that will break down subjected to the unforgiving rigours of the Premier League. And that we are the suckers ready to take him.
I am all for improving the right-back slot, we need it. But is Dalot really the answer? I really think, if we are overlooking Jonjoe Kenny, there has to be better options. A young player on the up who is resilient , tough, mobile as well as talented, like Max Aarons, would cost more but could well be a far better long-term investment.
33 Posted 07/08/2020 at 08:20:17
34 Posted 07/08/2020 at 09:27:00
35 Posted 07/08/2020 at 09:44:35
He looks great on paper, especially since Jonjoe Kenny has suddenly lost a yard of pace!
36 Posted 07/08/2020 at 10:26:52
I think this is the problem with most Everton fans. Nobody is saying we should sign Messi or Ronaldo but there certainly isn't anything wrong with us trying to attract talented players who aren't here for a last payday.
Yes, I may be going too over the top with the ‘get rid of most of the squad' but to be honest most of them players I have mentioned haven't been good enough for Everton for some years now. What makes us think they deserve to be here.
I would honestly transfer list most of them - I would rather us play kids for a year than have to see Walcott, Tosun, Bolasie, Davies, Pickford, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Sandro, Besic, Delph etc in an Everton shirt again. Poor signings by poor managers and even worse from so-called Directors of Football.
There is nothing wrong with us thinking big but we need to be more brutal with clubs and tell teams to take it or leave it. Zaha – here's £40M take it or leave it, Gabriel here's £30M take it or leave it. Always seems to drag out forever with us.
37 Posted 07/08/2020 at 10:39:00
Carlo doesn't want Bolasie and has relegated him to training with the U23s.
38 Posted 07/08/2020 at 10:45:26
We have viable options in full-back and centre-half positions through Coleman, Kenny at right-back, Holgate, Mina, Kean, Gibson, Branthwaite at centre-back and Digne, Nkounkou and even Gibson at left-back. (I think playing him at left-back would be a great way to introduce him to Premier League football.)
We need some defensive steel in midfield first and foremost with the heart and desire to want to win games.
39 Posted 07/08/2020 at 11:17:46
So many it makes your head spin... but one thing for sure only one man picks the team and tactics and currently that's Ancelotti who's in the hot seat.
We fans don't have the patience anymore to accept feeble excuses for the rot that is being served up and this manager has an enviable task to improve things next season whilst having to contend with some of these underachievers with big contracts and salaries.
Everton, once again, of course, will be linked to every name going but most should be ignored as pure media speculation nothing more.
Hard to envisage much changing in midfield despite that being the obvious weakness in the team but who knows... perhaps Gbamin, when fully fit (if ever), may make a difference alongside Gomes.
40 Posted 07/08/2020 at 11:19:10
Dalot seems to be a talented young player, whose route to the first team has been blocked by Wan-Bikassa, who everyone seems to agree, is top-drawer.
It's not as though he's second-choice to a Championship journeyman. At a reported £10M for a 22-year-old, what's the problem?
41 Posted 07/08/2020 at 11:28:48
In terms of transfer sagas, we are not the only club playing the waiting game. Very few deals have been announced / concluded as yet. In reality, we're behind the queue of Champions League / glamour clubs.
It is easy for Man City to buy Torres and Ake early because they have tonnes of money, they win loads of trophies, and players want to join them for great wages and inevitable sporting success.
Chelsea too, to a point with Ziyech and Werner.
Everyone else is having to take a bit of time.
42 Posted 07/08/2020 at 11:33:06
Thank god Branthwaite made the step up fast or he could have been going backwards.
43 Posted 07/08/2020 at 11:43:35
Dalot, Gabriel Marhaeles, Wilfred Zaha, Jack Grealish, Allan, Lozano, McKennie, Benrahma, Everton Soares
Iwobi, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Besic, Bernard, Sandro, Fabian Delph, Cenk Tosun, Yannick Bolasie
44 Posted 07/08/2020 at 12:38:01
Do you not think the time may have come to take the hit and subsidise the wages of some of our players at other clubs in order to move them on? I would argue that Sigurdsson, Gomes, Bernard and Iwobi, for example, are all probably best suited to playing in the advanced central midfield role in a 4-2-3-1 formation but not really best suited to other formations other than a 4-1-4-1 or a 4-3-1-2 so I would like two or three of these players mentioned moved on but realise and accept that wages here are a very big factor making this very difficult.
Iwobi, as the player on the least money and also being the youngest, would arguably be the easiest to shift but is possibly the one of the four mentioned I would look to keep.
45 Posted 07/08/2020 at 13:48:13
46 Posted 07/08/2020 at 16:54:01
Dalot has played a lot less, and another injury-prone player. We have Mina, and Delph constantly injured, and Gbamin won't be seen this side of Christmas, having played a total of 135mins, and that was August 2019.
Ancelotti's first signing, must be a defensive midfielder, which we lacked, and left us toothless this season. Gomes apart from his horrendous injury, was totally ineffective, because Gueye wasn't replaced (unfortunately Gbamin never got the chance to show if he was that player).
47 Posted 07/08/2020 at 17:49:28
48 Posted 07/08/2020 at 17:53:23
I would agree with you and I'm sure that Jonjoe Kenny could be given every opportunity to prove his value – he is our player and I would expect to see him in whatever pre-season games we play.
I am concerned, however, that he has already "reportedly" expressed a wish to stay with Schalke – Mike Gaynes has pointed out that Schalke had a disastrous run at the end of the season, Kenny included, and it may be that they will look at their squad and decide that he is not for them. Schalke has big problems on and off the pitch and may well not have the money to buy Kenny anyway.
49 Posted 07/08/2020 at 18:05:26
50 Posted 07/08/2020 at 20:02:28
With the likes of Bernard, Sigurdsson and Walcott, there is some limited chance to sell. But, if we sell, it leaves us very light on cover. Walcott leaves for free next summer anyway.
Unfortunately, we probably need to eke things out with this lot while we rebuild. I suspect Iwobi will be with us for a good while yet.
The point is, we cannot realistically turnover the squad in one window. We just don't have enough money.
51 Posted 07/08/2020 at 20:58:46
52 Posted 07/08/2020 at 21:16:36
Goalkeeper, centre-back, box-to-box centre-midfielder, competition for the forwards.
Arguably the events of this year, unsurpassed, Everton's form, as usual, but even worse than for many seasons, and cash flow for most clubs will be tight.
Whoever we get, if we get any this window, I hope are traded for the right reasons.
I hint if Kenny doesn't get a chance this preseason, he'll be on his way.
Ifs, buts and patience.. But there can be no more excuses.
Hopefully the rank form of the last 9 games will be used as a spur to drive the squad on.
God knows what's coming but we live in hope.
53 Posted 07/08/2020 at 21:43:14
54 Posted 07/08/2020 at 22:06:52
I'd also be tempted to buy Robinson back from Wigan too. Apparently we don't get any sell-on if the fee's under what Wigan paid and, as they're in administration, they're apparently willing to let him go for £1.5M. I think he'd be a prudent buy and is good enough to be Digne's understudy from the bench.
55 Posted 07/08/2020 at 22:55:03
Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results." He must've visited Goodison.
Probably firmed up his idea of interchangeable energy and matter, cries of "no energy out there" must have been like catnip to him.
56 Posted 07/08/2020 at 23:39:36
I would obviously love Sarr but fear you would looking at £50 - 60M for that particular player and I very much doubt he would be interested in coming to us sadly.
57 Posted 07/08/2020 at 23:45:13
Punishment is not horrendous but these proposed purchases (above) will come back and bite us on the bum if they were to be carried out, especially since we are so close to the edge anyway.
We just need to concentrate on the areas where our first choice is not acceptable and accept that there are unlikely to be any marquee signings.
58 Posted 07/08/2020 at 00:39:51
59 Posted 08/08/2020 at 03:32:30
Everyone is in agreement that we need to move away from buying those kind of players. Dalot is only 21 years old, hasn't been given much of a chance because Man Utd bought him when he was 19 and they've since bought Wan-Bissaka, so when you look at the deal properly he actually fits more into profile of player we should be looking at.
Look at our own deal for Vlasic who also signed as a 19-year-old and had to get used to living in a foreign country as well as acclimatise to a different pace of football. He moved club and now he'd walk into Everton's side and Napoli are talking of buying him when Allan leaves. Try and look at the possible Dalot deal in those terms instead of just saying "Man Utd Reject".
60 Posted 08/08/2020 at 08:02:10
Buy a player from a team below us: “relegation fodder” or “ journeyman”.
Buy a player from Holland, France, Turkey, Russia, Portugal, Scotland etc: “Only played in Mickey Mouse league”.
Buy a player from Italy, Spain, Germany: “foreign mercenary”.
Some people just love a moan!
61 Posted 08/08/2020 at 08:28:14
Buy a 23-year-old player: “too young”
But a 25-year-old player: “too old – no sell-on value”,
Or too small, too tall, too slow, too fat, too thin etc...
We should get the two kids from the film Weird Science too make us the perfect player. [Although I'd settle for the perfect woman they created if it was up to me...]
62 Posted 08/08/2020 at 09:03:45
However, as Gavin #54 suggested, if we got Dalot, sold Kenny, and broke even, that's not a bad scenario either. I also like the suggestion of getting Robinson back too. Let him and the young French lad compete to become Number 2 there.
Ultimately I think we need to focus more on what we need most: central midfield and a right-sided midfielder who are both an asset at both ends of the pitch!
63 Posted 08/08/2020 at 09:30:04
I don't think we can afford to be guessing on Dalot when no scout can have seen that much of him since his move to Man Utd... who can't have been that impressed if they wanted to spend £50M on Wan-Bissaka.
64 Posted 08/08/2020 at 09:31:13
65 Posted 08/08/2020 at 09:43:39
66 Posted 08/08/2020 at 09:45:11
67 Posted 08/08/2020 at 10:16:57
Focus should be on midfield, the left-sided centre-half, goalkeeping competition and losing baggage – some of which will be very hard to unload. Anything else may just be a bonus.
68 Posted 08/08/2020 at 10:32:49
Mike – it'd be great to have Robinson back but he won't get games. He'll go somewhere to be or compete for first choice.
69 Posted 08/08/2020 at 11:01:47
Robinson could be a good buy back from Wigan at £1.5M for the left-back position but I think Everton have very good expectations for the young lad they bought from France, Nkounkou, a good strong player with pace who could prove he is ready to train with the first team as early as the new close season.
70 Posted 08/08/2020 at 12:03:41
Buy him back and loan him straight out for the season, might get a taker from a promoted or lower half Premier League team? There's good value there...
71 Posted 08/08/2020 at 12:14:25
One use could be to spread it all over Pickford's gloves.
72 Posted 08/08/2020 at 12:20:55
73 Posted 08/08/2020 at 12:27:59
74 Posted 08/08/2020 at 12:38:49
75 Posted 08/08/2020 at 12:46:43
That's called sticking the knife in.
76 Posted 08/08/2020 at 14:15:38
"Coleman should suffice"?
Have you not see the last twelve months, Coleman is past it I'm afraid, is that our ambition now – let's just keep Coleman?
77 Posted 08/08/2020 at 14:32:16
"as well as acclimatise to a different pace of football. He moved club and now he'd walk into Everton's side "
He's playing in Russia, his acclimatisation didn't work – hence walking into Everton's side doesn't follow.
He didn't make it here as Dalot didn't at Man Utd; ergo, both are rejects as per the "looks like a duck, walks like a duck, sounds like a duck so is a duck" rationale.
People do over-analyse simple concepts.
78 Posted 08/08/2020 at 14:39:18
79 Posted 08/08/2020 at 15:09:40
I bet you paid top dollar for it, and now you can't give it away.
80 Posted 08/08/2020 at 15:35:33
Whilst at central defence Everton have 4 decent players to pick from the full-back positions are dodgy. Digne is decent but Jonjoe Kenny may be a better option at right-back being more like Seamus but Carlo may not fancy him.
Having a marauding right-back again would be nice especially as Holgate has the speed to cover that area and Branthwaite looks like he could do it on the other side.
Once they get that sorted, then the midfield has to be the criteria as what has happened there is not good, to say the least.
81 Posted 08/08/2020 at 15:42:29
Someone also decided that Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines were not good enough when in the academy and so they were released, but those decisions were later reversed at substantial cost to the club. I think it is fair to say that decisions at the club are all too rarely correct.
82 Posted 08/08/2020 at 15:52:09
Oh, don't forget "past it". Saw that one a lot with Distin and Barry.
83 Posted 08/08/2020 at 15:59:51
84 Posted 08/08/2020 at 16:46:49
Now we're talking. He's had a bad time at Atletico and will be hungry to prove a point. He's naturally left-sided and fits the age profile were looking for. If he's surplus to requirements we will probably be able to command a lower fee than that which would otherwise put us out of his range.
Go get him, Carlo.
85 Posted 08/08/2020 at 17:10:34
I really feel right now that our biggest priority has to be a quality defensive midfield player, this will make a big difference to us. Lemar will be very expensive, has no Premier League experience and will probably not want to come to us anyway.
I do not see the club taking big risks going forward, if Brands gets it badly wrong yet again on a big-money signing then his neck will be on the chopping block, same even with Carlo but to a lesser extent.
The money has to first go on a Coleman replacement and a fast centre-back and 'keeper before we consider more offensive positions. Build from the back in my opinion.
86 Posted 08/08/2020 at 17:49:39
I doubt very much he will be brought back.
87 Posted 08/08/2020 at 18:13:53
If we can't get a full-back who can both attack well and defend well then could we look at retaining Coleman for this defensive qualities and play him at away games when we are likely to sit deeper and play counter-attack, and have Dalot or a similar attacking back for home games when we have more of the ball?
88 Posted 08/08/2020 at 18:23:38
I would like to think and believe that the interests of the club were more important than 'losing face' even though I do believe that is not always the case at Everton and how it is 'managed'. Seems a bit of a no-brainer to me on so many levels to try and bring Robinson back into the fold.
We have to factor in and recognise also that a big bid could come in at any time for Lucas Digne which although I do not want to see that particular player leave, I also recognise we are pretty skint again because of stupid past signings.
We have others areas that need strengthening as a priority and possibly that could only be done with cash from the sale of Digne. Hopefully, we can strengthen without needing Digne to be sold.
89 Posted 08/08/2020 at 18:46:51
90 Posted 08/08/2020 at 18:51:03
91 Posted 08/08/2020 at 19:09:55
As things stand, then I totally agree with you. I do have a nasty feeling though that Digne will be sold in the coming weeks and that will change things and therefore also open the possibility of a return of Robinson. We will see.
92 Posted 08/08/2020 at 22:22:12
Vlasic has not just shone in Russia. He's also shone on the highest stage and been Man of the Match in Champions League fixtures. Champions League clubs are now looking at him
He didn't make it after solitary season with us because we bought several players in the same position and he never had a run of games. It is also a big deal moving and playing in a foreign country as a teenager. Just ask Moise Kean.
With your simple logic, Vlasic is just an Everton reject and not good enough but the aforementioned shows that it's quite the contrary.
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