Allan expected to lead midfield influx

Friday, 4 September, 2020 173comments  |  Jump to last

Brazilian international Allan is believed to be at Finch Farm to complete the formalities on his £21m move from Napoli, the first of three signings Everton hope to wrap up in the next day or so.

The midfielder was filmed leaving the Titanic hotel earlier before making his way to Halewood but he has not been followed by James Rodriguez who reportedly still has some details to sort out with his current club, Real Madrid before he can become a Toffees player.

Allan is set to move to the Premier League for less than half of what Paris Saint-Germain were said to be willing to offer Napoli for the 29-year-old last year before that proposed deal collapsed and since then it has been Allan's desire to link back up with his former boss, Ancelotti.

He is reportedly signing a four-year contract worth a reported £5.3m a year (around £100,000 a week) and joins compatriots Richarlison and Bernard on Merseyside.

Ancelotti managed Allan at Napoli until he was sacked in December last year but the pair have been reunited at Goodison Park where the Italian has made it clear he needs urgent reinforcements capable of adding power and experience, particularly to the midfield he inherited from Marco Silva.

Abdoulaye Doucouré's move from Watford could also be confirmed today. The 27-year-old Frenchman completed a medical yesterday ahead of a £20m switch from Watford.  


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Alex Gray
1 Posted 04/09/2020 at 15:26:48
Fully expect a triple announcement later today!
George Carroll
2 Posted 04/09/2020 at 15:27:31
I was beginning to think Everton had messed up another deal.

Let's have the others in quickly.

Benn Chambers
3 Posted 04/09/2020 at 15:28:01
James in the home, Allan in the away, and Doucouré in the 3rd. You know it makes sense. Then, the pictures of the 3 kits go global because of 'Hamez'!!! 🔥
Alex Gray
4 Posted 04/09/2020 at 15:32:18
Didn’t even think of that Benn. Would be a cracking PR move!
Dan Nulty
5 Posted 04/09/2020 at 15:38:36
Anyone else wish nothing had been linked and the first we knew was the announcement???

The waiting is killing me...

Mike Gaynes
6 Posted 04/09/2020 at 15:45:01
It's just what we do, Dan.
Tony Everan
7 Posted 04/09/2020 at 15:45:39
What I like about this is that we have bought three quality players that have been bought for specific roles in the team, all three to immediately improve the starting 11. No half-thought-through deadline day signings for positions that don't exist.

Brands has done well, but Carlo's influence is all over this seismic shift in our recruitment process.

I think it bodes well for the team spirit and strength of purpose that all these three players were adamant and unequivocal about playing for Everton and Mr Ancelotti.

When the chips are down, this desire will come to the surface; points will be saved and won because of it.

Jay Harris
8 Posted 04/09/2020 at 15:46:13
Dan,

I think Bill's had them kidnapped until he finds the Arteta money down the back of his sofa.

John Dooley
9 Posted 04/09/2020 at 15:47:19
This is killing me off ! Let’s get this done Everton ! Plzzzzz
Dan Nulty
10 Posted 04/09/2020 at 15:56:37
Wait until we sell someone Jay, there will be cries of "Where is that money?" – forgetting we have already spent it.
Jay Harris
11 Posted 04/09/2020 at 16:13:54
Tony, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Rodriguez is not even at the bag yet let alone in the bag.
Mike Allison
12 Posted 04/09/2020 at 16:34:44
Talking of ‘linked', I was considering starting a Talking Point topic but maybe it can happen here: which journalists have been ‘ahead' of this story and are therefore turning out to be reliable?

I don't know much, but Fabrizio Romano, who seems to work for both Sky and The Guardian, has been seemingly quite accurate.

I also know that if Phil McNulty at BBC Sport reports something then there is always substance to it, but he never cracks a story first as far as I know.

Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions on which journalists or sites make for reliable transfer rumours, presumably due to genuine inside knowledge, and which ones just play pull-the-name-our-of-hat?

Pat Kelly
13 Posted 04/09/2020 at 16:36:44
So... is this our Marques signing?
Jay Harris
14 Posted 04/09/2020 at 16:40:20
It seems Rodriguez has flown back to Spain without signing.
Kieran Kinsella
15 Posted 04/09/2020 at 16:42:33
Jay,

He probably read comments on ToffeeWeb comparing him to Bolasie. I did hear Fasutino Asprilla saying James left Munich because it was too cold. Maybe he thought Everton was in warmer climes and realized the reality when he arrived?

Or maybe Willian tapped him up when he was at his London restaurant and now he's headed to Spurs.

Joe McMahon
16 Posted 04/09/2020 at 16:45:06
Just logged in after a busy day... hoping to see signings confirmed.

This is so Everton.

Does anyone know if signings will be confirmed tonight?

Jay Harris
17 Posted 04/09/2020 at 16:45:10
Kieran, I heard that Sandro Ramirez was at the hotel too. Only Everton.
Kieran Kinsella
18 Posted 04/09/2020 at 16:50:13
Jay,

Oh Joy. Sandro would have had lovely things to say about us. It's also possible James did a Muller and thought his pay was "netto" and learnt about UK taxes.

Jay Harris
19 Posted 04/09/2020 at 16:53:11
Joe,

The latest rumour is that Allan and Doucouré have both signed but Rodriguez is catching a plane back to Spain without signing.

Who Knows. This is so Everton. Pay multimillions for players but don't send anyone to "look after them" when they get here.

Jay Harris
21 Posted 04/09/2020 at 16:55:08
Kieran,

It is being suggested that there was a complication about his contract with Real Madrid but I would have thought in these days of high tech it could have been sorted out at Finch Farm.

Kieran Kinsella
22 Posted 04/09/2020 at 16:57:52
Jay,

Hopefully it's not like when Madrid reneged on selling Bale at the last minute.

Alex Gray
23 Posted 04/09/2020 at 16:58:26
Jay,

Where are you getting that? Can't find any reports saying he's gone back to Spain.

Jay Harris
24 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:03:50
Alex,

It was apparently tweeted from the staff at the Titanic that he had booked a taxi back to the airport. There was also a report in the media (I know) that there were problems with terminating his Real Madrid contract.

I don't know if any of it is true but reporting on him has gone quiet and he definitely isn't at Finch Farm.

Alex Gray
26 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:06:20
Christ, it's never simple with us, is it!
Jay Harris
27 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:12:40
Another twitter showing him at the gym in the Titanic but don't know when it was taken...

Appropriate hotel if this deal sinks.

Richard Lyons
28 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:19:50
Thomas Lemar anyone? Just seen that rumour on MSN, reported by AS apparently.

Everton and Wolves join the race for Thomas Lemar

Tom Bowers
29 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:21:08
I know we are all impatient but it would seem these ''three'' will be signed by Christmas.
Brian Williams
30 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:25:59
This is so Everton. Pay multimillions for players but don't send anyone to "look after them" when they get here.

The club getting it in the neck again on the strength of unsubstantiated rumours.

Mike Gaynes
31 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:26:47
Richard #28, that first popped up a couple days ago. I must have seen him play several times but he didn't make any impression on me at all.
Mark Tanton
32 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:27:36
I'm sure the club looks after them. It's not like they're wandering around the city centre, asking for directions.
Joe McMahon
33 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:39:46
Thanks, Jay,

If he has changed his mind due to weather, his Mrs saying no way or seeing Goodison – we only want players who want to play for Everton.

He is in the latter part of his career and has had injuries so, if it doesn't happen, maybe not all bad.

Please no-one say Peter Reid or Andy Gray – that was a different era.

Kieran Kinsella
34 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:43:35
Yeah I'm pretty sure James didn't find the Titanic on Kayak and is now trying to figure out how to Uber his way to Finch Farm. The club would have told him Expedia is better and Lyft.
Jack Convery
35 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:44:32
Plan B out the window too – Messi staying with Barca.

How about Ronaldo at Juve? He's not too bad.

Brian Williams
36 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:45:11
Of course it couldn't be (should in fact any of the unsubstantiated rumours be true) that Everton had decided, following his medical, that he was too much of a risk, or he just failed his medical.

No, it has to be "Everton that" or "the club's fucked up again" blah blah.

I can't understand sometimes why our own supporters seem so quick to jump on the negative and denigrate the club they supposedly love at the drop of a, possibly, imaginary fucking hat!

Jay Harris
37 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:47:38
Mark,

You mean like giving Nigel Martyn directions to Leeds instead of getting him to sign on the dotted line?

Or like Manny Fernandes being invited to a game at Goodison Park, courtesy of Bill Kenwright, and then claiming he was signing in the morning... when we hadn't even contacted him next day, he signed for someone else, stating that he was waiting on Everton but they hadn't even offered him a contract.

Will Mabon
38 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:47:44
Jay @ 21:

Spoke with a guy about an hour ago in the supermarket car park that had an EFC sticker in his car. He'd heard a contract issue too, but apparently surrounding "Image rights".

Rumours eh?

Sukhdev Sohal
39 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:48:49
Great news! Now bring in Kenny Tete on loan or someone better.
Nick Page
40 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:49:17
Can't half drag out a transfer, Everton. FFS. Without doubt the worst, most amateur run club in the Premier League. And we all know why that is...
Jay Harris
41 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:52:18
Brian,

Maybe because we have been let down so many times by believing and then finding it isn't true.

Kieran Kinsella
42 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:52:52
Will,

But for the old days when you could go to the factory and offer a lad a shilling and some second-hand boots to turn out for the club on Saturday.

Nick Page
43 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:55:29
They’ll find the Arteta money buried in Bramley-Moore Dock before these are signed.
Will Mabon
44 Posted 04/09/2020 at 17:59:37
Kieran... a shilling? We used to dream about shillings... etc.

But, you're right, even if the point is exaggerated!

Stephen Brown
45 Posted 04/09/2020 at 18:00:32
The pessimist in me is now saying all these fall through, Carlo walks and we're in a relegation battle!

This is torture!!

Kieran Kinsella
46 Posted 04/09/2020 at 18:00:52
Nick

The Arteta money is probably useless by now. Haven't they changed the bank notes in circulation a couple of times since he left?

Will Mabon
47 Posted 04/09/2020 at 18:03:24
Jeez, Stephen – that's a bad place to be on a pleasant Friday evening...

Cheer up, Lad!

Pat Kelly
48 Posted 04/09/2020 at 18:04:04
Kieran, it would still be legal tender if taken to the Bank of England. According my friend Bill.
Stephen Brown
49 Posted 04/09/2020 at 18:11:03
Sorry, Will! I'll get myself a beer!!!
Jay Harris
50 Posted 04/09/2020 at 18:14:23
Stephen,

Just to cheer you up, it is being widely reported that Allan and Doucouré have signed. There does appear to be a problem with Rodriguez and quite a few are wondering why no announcement.

Hopefully they are sorting Rodriguez out and will announce all 3 together.

Stephen Brown
52 Posted 04/09/2020 at 18:23:58
Thanks Jay!

I'll get another beer!!

Benjamin Dyke
53 Posted 04/09/2020 at 18:27:29
In other news, Everton lie in 7th place after 0 games so I would take the season ending now.
Benn Chambers
54 Posted 04/09/2020 at 18:36:28
Picture the scene, a week from today: still no announcement but them 10-minute training videos are still getting released on YouTube and James, Allan and Doucoure are absolutely ripping up training.

The starting 11 gets announced for Spurs. All 3 are in the line-up. still no announcement from the club. 😂 The fume on Twitter is unrelenting over this announcement. I get the excitement but chill, it's coming.

Looks like we're waiting on Hamez but he's been spotted paddle boarding in the Mersey, he's been spotted egging buses off the bootle flyover, he's been spotted scranning in San Carlo so he's here and it's happening.

If James is not done yet, I'd rather wait for all 3 to be boxed off and announce them together. The PR of James alone, is worth it.

As I said earlier, get one each in the new kits and watch the kits sales soar globally due to the army of Rodriguez fans. The kits are lovely anyway but they'll look a damn sight lovelier with that sexy Latin American bastard in them!!!! COYFBB!!

Will Mabon
55 Posted 04/09/2020 at 18:38:17
Benn, have you been drinking Stephen's beer?
Steve Greir
56 Posted 04/09/2020 at 18:41:25
If it was a case of any two from these three, I'd've parked James.

He's (been) a class act, of that there is no doubt, but I feel he'd offer us far less in terms of 'Value-For-Money' when all said and done.

That said, if he does rock-up, and transform those around him, I'll happily suffer the slings and arrows!

Colin Glassar
57 Posted 04/09/2020 at 18:43:19
I can’t find anything saying the Rodriguez deal falling through. But Everton never cease to amaze you so, stay calm and carry on!
Benn Chambers
58 Posted 04/09/2020 at 18:45:54
Will, not yet mate. This club will drive me to it one day though.
Rob Halligan
59 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:06:55
Colin, the Red Echo, and a couple of the daily rags are reporting that Rodriguez was spotted in a city centre restaurant around 5pm today, so God knows what's happening??
Kieran Kinsella
61 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:09:23
Remember when The Echo and other rags spotted Koeman negotiating a transfer in a restaurant and it turned out to be him chatting to a videographer?
Tony Everan
62 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:13:57
His agent counted the used money in the briefcases, Room 101 of the Titanic, and it was £20 short. It’s all kicking off.

Benn....’James Rodriguez been spotted egging busses off the Bootle flyover’’, been laughing for 5 minutes already.

Steve 56 , I understand that sentiment, but if James can stay fit he will give us a hell of a lift in quality and creativity. Admittedly it’s a big IF.

Kevin Prytherch
63 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:25:06
I heard a rumour that Bill Kenwright wanted to pull the plug because he wasn't convinced he was “one of us”.

Then he saw the U23's, and couldn't figure out why they all looked 40 - Bloody Unsworth.

Then he spoke to the first team coach and decided he was only there because of sentiment and, after speaking to Dunc, he concluded that he'd never learn the language.

Then he saw Davies, thought that Bill had bullshitted him all along and he'd actually be playing in the Championship.

Ray Said
64 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:25:10
This Rodriguez seems a fat get going by the number of restaurants he is seen in.
Patrick McFarlane
65 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:25:22
A tweet from a Journalist? Guillermo Arango, regarding Rodriquez in Spanish says:

Todo parece indicar que se va a demorar un poco más, hay algún detalle con el Real Madrid para cerrar todo. Pero no creo que haya problema.

which translates as:

Everything seems to indicate that it will take a little longer, there is some detail with Real Madrid to close everything. But I don't think there's a problem.

Rob Halligan
66 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:31:05
SSN seem to think all three deals are going ahead.
Kevin Prytherch
67 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:36:22
Tweet from Rodriguez - no idea what it means...

Todo es culpa de Kenwright. perdió el dinero de mikael y trató a los fans como una mierda. No voy a ir a un club dirigido por este hurón malvado, y su teatro es una mierda. Y si crees que estoy jugando junto a Davies, entonces debes estar loco.

Sukhdev Sohal
68 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:39:51
These 3 would be great signings. Who should we get for right-back guys? Maybe Tete or Arias on loan? I'm not sure who's better but they're both an upgrade.
Alex Parr
69 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:42:45
Arias unlikely to be involved for now, tested positive for Covid.
Jay Harris
70 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:43:53
Muy Bien Kevin.
Ray Said
71 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:44:38
Sukdev (68),

Arias just diagnosed with Covid so not available for transfer.

Sukhdev Sohal
72 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:47:43
Forgot about that, thanks Alex. What's with all these players on the transfer list and not Iwobi? Bernard is a decent player and his first run of bad form came after lockdown.

Iwobi is never in bad form. He is just permanently garbage. Can't dribble or shoot, can make a decent pass which any footballer should be able to do.

Steve Shave
73 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:48:48
Kev - brilliant :)
Christy Ring
74 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:51:35
I'll just be happy if and when the 3 boys officially sign, it's never straight forward, always drama. Watching the transfer show on Sky Sports, and they have just said, all 3 expected to sign.
Kieran Kinsella
75 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:52:21
lmao Kevin
Patrick McFarlane
76 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:00:08
Very good, Kevin @ 67, but you missed the rest of the message out -

Finch Farm es como una casa de ancianos, llena de ex jugadores y parece estar dirigida como un campamento de vacaciones para jugadores que no han logrado nada más que ser amigos del Presidente, bueno eso es lo que Don me dijo.

Tony Everan
77 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:08:22
A third tweet has just come in, may explain the delay:

He estado en el camino del muelle y para ver el nuevo estadio en el que jugaré, pero todo lo que puedo ver es un vigilante de gallos y una cabina portátil.

Nick Page
79 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:11:30
Havertz signs for Chelsea. Got on a plane this morning. Massive fee. All done. That's how professional football clubs work.

Meanwhile, Bill's still telling Allan about Uncle Cyril's bike...

Alex Gray
80 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:15:55
SSN just showed a photo of Doucouré, James and Carlo eating out. Guessing they'll be announced tomorrow.
Nick Page
81 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:17:04
I wouldn’t bet on it Alex
Brian Williams
82 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:17:56
Havertz has been signing for Chelsea for a month!

More anti-Everton shoite!

Joe McMahon
83 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:18:31
I hope Allan isn't put off by tales of Dixie, Golden Vision, 11 years of Moyes and no trophy since 1995.

Seriously why do we always take so long?

Bobby Mallon
84 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:19:41
My mate has just sent me two pictures, one of Marcel and Doucouré and one of Carlo and Rodríguez in the hotel.
Bobby Mallon
85 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:20:19
Plus agents.
Colin Glassar
86 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:21:13
What were they eating, Alex? Tell us more!
Christy Ring
87 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:23:09
I think Riquelme is driving James around the city, knows it well.
Bill Gienapp
88 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:24:59
Alex (80) – obviously they were going over strategy for the friendly this weekend.
John Dooley
89 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:25:45
All three signings, Carlo and brands seen having a meeting in the Titanic, it's on the live feed on here guys! Looking good. ;)
Neil Copeland
90 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:26:41
Christy, Allan must be with Mueller then...
Rob Halligan
91 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:29:52
Brian # 82. It was first reported around 22nd July that Chelsea were interested in Havertz, so a bit more than a month. Of course, though, I doubt many on here know that and just assume it took a day to do the deal for him.
Patrick McFarlane
92 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:32:30
At least Birthday Boy has a smile on his face, hiding behind his sunglasses though!

Happy Bill

Benn Chambers
93 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:40:04
https://twitter.com/Dylan_simm17/status/1301959889334530048?s=09

Here we go, chaps.

James, Carlo and Doucoure having a meal.

Allan has got his bird the jacuzzi in the titanic.

Sound. A triple whammy tomorrow.

Brian Williams
94 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:40:33
Cheers, Rob. Just strengthens my belief about some "Evertonians".
Hugh Jenkins
95 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:50:44
Not sure if anyone else has mentioned it but the latest I've seen is that the hold up is because Real Madrid and James's agent are still haggling over the agent's fee.

Typical!

Mike Gaynes
96 Posted 04/09/2020 at 21:02:28
Rob and Brian, please stop making sense.
Clive Rogers
97 Posted 04/09/2020 at 21:05:40
Just heard Rodriguez has found a cheap lodging foundation: Garry Lineker's.
Bill Gienapp
98 Posted 04/09/2020 at 21:09:57
Latest update is that Carlo, James, Doucouré and Brands have started a conga line.
Kieran Kinsella
99 Posted 04/09/2020 at 21:26:50
Joe McMahon,

I hope James isn't put off by Dixie and Kenwright's offer of a golden shower too.

Joe McMahon
100 Posted 04/09/2020 at 21:27:49
Kieran, thank you for that mental image. Eww!!
Mike Gaynes
101 Posted 04/09/2020 at 21:28:16
Bill #98, somebody's gonna blow out a knee doing that.

Let it be Brands.

Tony Hill
102 Posted 04/09/2020 at 21:43:35
All three of them are going to sign and I think we will get at least one more. These are very happy days.

It's a good sign that people are talking us down and mocking our ambitions. That means they're worried.

Rob Halligan
103 Posted 04/09/2020 at 21:44:23
Mike #96. Somebody has to on here!!
Tommy Carter
104 Posted 04/09/2020 at 21:48:21
@91

Chelsea have done some excellent business with what was already an exciting and vibrant young squad.

Pulisic is potentially world class. As are Werner and Havertz.

Hudson-Odoi... who knows when he returns from injury but the signs were there.

Reece James. For me should now be our number one target. There is a top s player here who is waiting to find his position. Pay the money and he could be our right-back.

Will Mabon
105 Posted 04/09/2020 at 21:52:21
Bale there too, sat with the bird with the sunny face. The plot thickens.
Tony Hill
106 Posted 04/09/2020 at 22:01:38
Will, that's a bit cryptic. How many letters?
Will Mabon
107 Posted 04/09/2020 at 22:06:10
Guess it does look a bit strange now I read it back, Tony.

Have a look at the pictures from the restaurant that Benn posted.

Tony Hill
108 Posted 04/09/2020 at 22:15:53
Very funny actually, Will. Avoid that sort of reference, though, for old people if you want a happy cross-generational response.

Perhaps it is the golfer after all?

Will Mabon
109 Posted 04/09/2020 at 22:29:53
Tony, you never know...
Derek Cowell
110 Posted 04/09/2020 at 23:14:23
Ever since the Nigel Martyn transfer farce, I can't get excited about proposed and speculated incoming transfers until the said targets are actually running out to Z-Cars.

I miss the days of waking up in the morning to find we've signed Bob Latchford for a British record fee without all this modern 'will they, won't they' bollocks about every foreign mercenary, most of whom I've never heard of.

Big Bob for £350k! Imagine what he would be worth now! Goal scoring machine!

Derek Knox
111 Posted 04/09/2020 at 23:59:44
Tell him to wear roller skates as this has dragged on for too long! Made up he's coming, but this is becoming a saga! What about the others?
Chris Mason
112 Posted 05/09/2020 at 00:12:07
Nick @79 had me in stitches.
Steve Brown
113 Posted 05/09/2020 at 02:40:40
Some very funny comments on here. :)

It'll be all announced tomorrow.

Brian Murray
114 Posted 05/09/2020 at 07:39:28
Yes Derek, big Bob was my first idol. I loved Joe Royle but my memory as a bit hazy over him although I was in the Kop boys pen when he scored the first at Anfield in our title season. I can still hear that roar now.

It's a shame we lost Howard in the same deal.

I hope to god the goalkeeping problem is also being addressed.

Derek Knox
115 Posted 05/09/2020 at 08:05:40
Reports of them having a meal in the Titanic, how the hell did they get down there? :-)
Robin Gomme
116 Posted 05/09/2020 at 08:18:56
Brian #114 - as a now nearly 61-year-old, originally brought up in Kent, my only chance to see the blues as a kid was the odd trip to London.

I have seen nowhere near enough live games over the years, but I was at Upton Park in March 1974 to see big Bob's debut. We lost 4-3 after being 3-1 up. even then. I can still clearly remember Bob setting up George Telfer for the first. I wonder if anybody else on here, was there...

Keith Harrison
117 Posted 05/09/2020 at 08:42:38
James spotted in Wetherspoon's on County Road. Full English with side Empanadas. He'll be 20 stone by the time the club have stopped treating him on the "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme, instead of proper wages.
Brian Murray
118 Posted 05/09/2020 at 08:51:17
Robin post 116!.

Well, I'm normally mustard on all things Everton especially the bad old 70s but can't recall that game. Obviously his debut season.

Having said that I was there in 76 at Upton Park with my older brother telling me not to speak when Gary Jones scored with a header in a rare away win. Scary place them days.

Brian Murray
119 Posted 05/09/2020 at 09:06:07
Maybe now, at long last, Marcel is starting to do what we hoped he would and have proper serious competition in all or most areas including goalie, right-back and a winger.

Also, promote Simms if we can't find a striker who bags more than 13 goals a season.

Pat Kelly
120 Posted 05/09/2020 at 09:37:08
It's a new low, Derek.
John Raftery
121 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:04:00
Allan signing just confirmed.
Alan McGuffog
122 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:10:18
Brian, don't forget Archie Styles as well as Howard.
Robin Gomme
123 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:12:10
Pat #120,

It's only the tip of the iceberg!

Justin Doone
124 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:13:12
We have hopefully realised that a season long loan is the best option and get him for free if he earns it.

But makes sense to unveil the 3 amigos together. Hopefully Monday at the latest.

Sean Smythe
125 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:13:52
Welcome Allan!
Pat Kelly
126 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:15:23
Our new Number 6!!!
Sean Smythe
127 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:17:10
Philip Bunting
128 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:20:50
Happy days, think this will be an exciting day for my 10-year-old.

Although he wants some reserve team player that we signed on his shirt from Dungannon Swifts... any ideas who that is, folks?

Chris Leyland
129 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:26:17
Philip Bunting – Sean McAllister?
Dan Nulty
130 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:26:29
Sean McAllister, good Belfast lad.
Mwila Mwenya
131 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:30:01
Allan wears the No 6. Happy times. Now let's sought out the James deal.
Tony Everan
132 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:31:46
Allan in.

He will improve our midfield no end; delighted we have signed him and Ancelotti will be buzzing too.

Doucouré next, I hope.

Tony Hill
133 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:33:57
Excellent. More to follow.
Alan Johnson
134 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:34:38
A huge update on our midfield. Just read his comments on the club site and I'm really impressed. Someone with an attitude at last.
Colin Glassar
135 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:34:51
So it was “Professor Ancelotti” who made it a no-brainer for Allan (as well as our glorious past) to join us. One down two (or more) to go.

Well done Carlo and welcome aboard, Allan, lad.

Brent Stephens
136 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:37:07
One up to Carlo. More to follow. Patience! Patience!

Come on, get on with it!

James Marshall
137 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:39:20
Hats off to Don Carlo – let's face it, without him these type of players would not be coming to a slightly obscure (in modern football) mid-table club like Everton. If we can't achieve anything under Ancelotti... well, we might as well forget it.

It's a real coup for us – a bit like a top player turning up in Barcelona, and signing for Espanyol.

Nick Page
138 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:40:19
I wonder if Allan “gets us”?
Colin Glassar
139 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:42:30
Not wanting to be greedy like but after the Three Musketeers I hope we can get a decent goalie (to challenge Pickers), a right back to eventually replace Seamus and a centre back to add an extra body (Tomori?).

I don’t care if they are loanees as long as they are good. Martinez did it in his first season (to Martin Samuel’s horror) and it worked out brilliant.

So, six in, six out - Iwobi, Iwobi, Iwobi again, Iwobi one more time and Iwobi just for good luck. Oh, and Iwobi just to make certain!

James Marshall
140 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:46:25
Twitter photos of Carlo with James and Doucouré in a bar last night - plus what looks a lot like Gareth Bale (surely not).
Derek Knox
141 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:46:25
Pat K@120, so the deals are not on ice then? :-)
Colin Glassar
142 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:51:45
More signings are expected once Bill Kenwright finds a Biro with some ink left in it. He's started a GoFundMe on Facebook to buy a multipack in Asda.
Neil Copeland
143 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:56:32
Derek #141, being shipped in...
Dan Nulty
144 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:58:12
I genuinely think this could be the first time since I was 19 that I buy an Everton kit. Looks ace.
Stephen Vincent
145 Posted 05/09/2020 at 10:58:28
Robin #116, Colin Harvey got one for us just before half time. George got a brace?

Remember it not really for the football but for getting chased into the market on the way back to the coach and got pelted with melons. Could have been worse!!!

Philip Bunting
146 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:00:23
Thanks Chris and Dan. Will have to keep track on his progress now.
Frank Crewe
147 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:15:37
I don't want a new goalie to challenge Pickford. I want a new goalie to replace him. A weak keeper undermines the defenders confidence. A strong keeper strengthens it. We need a strong keeper.
Julian Exshaw
148 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:20:52
After months of gloom, a Brazilian light shining in the distance. Bem-vindo Senhor Allan.
James Marshall
149 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:24:06
I've just read that in Brazil he's known as 'volante' which translates as 'steering wheel'. Now if there's one thing we've needed in recent years..
Paul Johnson
150 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:26:14
Nick@138 just watched his interview on Everton site, he will get us mate.

He was asked why he has signed and he looked quizzically at the interviewer and said: “To win trophies, that is what playing football is about.”

He also went on to say that he plays his football like a child. He doesn't stop. I like this guy he reminds me of Peter Reid.

Tony Abrahams
151 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:32:26
Even If he's only half as good as Peter Reid, he will do for me, Paul.

It's strange times, I've seen plenty of queues outside nightclubs at half-eleven at night but you wanna see the queue outside the Wetherspoons in Great Charlotte Street right now. And it's only half-eleven in the morning.

Allan Board
153 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:33:03
If Ancelotti knows him and his abilities, then that will do me. He already makes our midfield twice as good.
Alan Rodgers
154 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:34:18
Delighted to see Allan sign, the first of a few new arrivals. Unfortunately they will all have been and gone by the time we get to BMD !
Steve Shave
155 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:40:17
I'm curious to hear what Jay Wood thinks of this signing. Apologies, Jay if you have already shared this view. How is it being received over there in the media?
Dan Nulty
156 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:42:15
Reading that Davies has unfollowed Everton on his Instagram account. There were rumours last week he was going to Watford on loan as part of the Doucouré deal. I wonder if that is true?

I do hope loan rather than permanent as I do hope he comes good. Just not convinced at the moment.

Geoff Lambert
157 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:44:47
Alan. Take some happy pills, lad...
Brian Harrison
158 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:47:46
I know some posters are also suggesting our next priority should be a right-back a centre-back and maybe another winger or goalkeeper. But surely an experienced goalscorer should be our next priority if FFP and finances allow.
Paul Johnson
159 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:51:16
Brian, I would love Diego Costa for 1 or 2 seasons. An absolute beast.
Colin Glassar
160 Posted 05/09/2020 at 11:57:37
Diego Costa or Cavani - mouthwatering for a season or two.

Dan, why would Tom unfollow us? It doesn’t make sense unless he’s totally pissed off. I hope he doesn’t go the Barkley way and disrespect us.

Geoff Lambert
161 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:06:10
If Carlo wants to win things here, he will know we need a experienced goalscorer, Brian. The other positions are not the priority. Could you imagine Richarlison, Costa and James coming at you?? Mouth-watering and goals galore... (keep dreaming).
Dan Nulty
162 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:06:41
I know, Colin. Probably got his agent in his ear saying how little he is rated given the midfield signings, all the Everton fans hate you.

I have been critical of how often he gives the ball away but perhaps being asked to play a role he isn't suited to.

Hopefully it is all a load of rubbish. The thing is, as it stands, no top 8 club would buy Davies off us after the last 12 months of performances so why should he start in midfield for us if we have ambitions to get into Europe.

I absolutely hate Costa, more interested in being a dick than scoring goals. No Thanks. I would take Cavani on a 1-year deal but can't see it happening.

We really do have a strong South American presence now.

Brian Harrison
163 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:07:25
Paul 159 & Colin 160,

I wouldn't say no to either of the forwards you suggest, certainly someone with experience for Calvert-Lewin and Kean to learn from. I just think neither are quite ready to take on the job of being the main striker, but in a season or two we might have two very talented forwards.

When you look around the Premier League there aren't too many young strikers leading the line. I now Jesus is a great talent but, for me, he is not at Aguerro's level and him missing so many games through injury probably cost Man City getting to the Champions League Final.

I know Tammy Abrahams has done well for Chelsea, but even he found himself playing second fiddle to Giroud for the back end of the season.

Geoff Lambert
164 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:10:48
Dan. I am fed up of having a team full of nice guys. Costa is a horrible bastard and just what the opposition don't want to come up against.
Would have him here in a heartbeat.
Danny O’Neill
165 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:13:40
At last! Now get the others done.

I'm with you, Brian, our beleaguered defence may not be the best, but neither is it the worst. With a far better midfield in front of it, they won't be as exposed. Hypothetically, you can have the best defenders in the league but if they are continuously exposed, they concede. It's the law of averages. And protecting comes in 2 forms; helping to defend and win the ball, but then go forward with purpose and creativity when we have the ball. All keeps pressure off the defence.

Our priority has to be midfield followed by attacking options. As I've said elsewhere, we only have to look across the park. The last pieces in Klopp's plan was a centre-back and goalkeeper. I know it's relative to where we or they are, but the priority was other areas. Yes, the defence & keeper need improving, but in terms of progress, I think it can wait for now until we fix the bleeding in front of it.

Really pleased with this, already, a presumable 4-3-3 of back 4 + Doucouré, Allan & Gomes, with Rodriquez, Richarlison roaming in front of them with Calvert-Lewin or Kean as point man seems light years away from how we ended the previous season.

Dan Nulty
166 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:19:54
I don't want nice guys either, Geoff, I'm just not convinced Costa is that interested in playing football or scoring goals.

For the wages he would cost, I'm not sure why we would want someone who scored 1 goal every 5 games for the last 3 years.

Colin Glassar
167 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:27:17
Just a bit of wishful thinking, Dan.

As for Davies, I would love to know what people think his best position is?

He's not a classic defensive midfielder as he's too weak in the tackle and is physically not very strong. He's not an attacking midfielder as he's quite slow, not very creative or aware, and runs with his head down etc

I know he has a loyal fan base on here but I would love to know what are his main attributes besides being a local and enthusiastic.

Ian Bennett
168 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:32:01
No resale value or Premier League experience, but I think he's an upgrade on Højbjerg.

Paul Johnson
169 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:35:08
Dan, who doesn't have reservations about Costa? the guy is an absolute loose cannon but I am fed up of nice guys not delivering results or performances that our great club and support deserves.

I believe that Carlo would get the best out of Costa. And you never know – his will to win might rub off on our current incumbents.

Gerry Ring
170 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:35:40
Watched Allan on YouTube. Really looks suited to the Premier League. Tenacious tackler with Brazilian skill. Let’s hope we get the other 2 who are in the pipeline.
Ray Smith
171 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:39:32
Without Carlo's influence, would Marcel have attracted these players?

What happened too the 25-and-under policy, which Marcel stuck too rigidly?

We now have over 25-year-olds coming in. Why? because Carlo says so.

I'm not knocking Marcel, but apart from negotiating fees, finances etc, he must feel that his role is being devalued!

I don't advocate Carlo dealing in the finances, but his influence on high quality proven players is there for all too see.

I reluctantly gave my season ticket up this year (health reasons) but I'd love to see the current predicted team shoot us up the Premier League and into Europe next season.

How we got Carlo I'll never know.

COYB

Danny O’Neill
172 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:45:17
I'll leave that to those who follow Tom more, Colin. For me, I'd keep him as a squad player. It is well commented on here that he gives possession away too often (Leicester away last season springs to mind as he cost us both goals) and for me always seems to look a bit leggy.

But, rather than turn this into a "let's slate Tom" post, I think if we keep him as a useful squad member. At least when he does play, he will benefit from having better midfield partners around him. And, with that and better attacking options ahead of him; perhaps he won't need to dwell on the ball and lose possession?

Justin Doone
173 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:53:16
Allan is hopefully a great signing for the next 4 seasons followed by a few others.

I agree with others, the more we have the ball to attack and create chances the less defending we do and the more goals we should score.

Brands organises recruitment strategy whilst Carlo defines the playing style and together they come up with what type of players are needed.

After fully assessing the current squad, they prioritised the engine room which I and most others agree with. Not for the future but for now! Players Carlo knows and trusts to play his style.

Danny O’Neill
174 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:57:26
I don't buy the Premier League experience thing, Ian. Irrelevant in my opinion. And resale not where my head is right now; we need to do something now or short term and that requires established players, not the next 5-year project. Do something now, get re-established, then put the longer-term plans in place once we have something other than a respected manager to offer.

Sorry, this isn't meant to be provocative to your post and I get what you're saying in a way, but the Premier League experience tag is what has kept a generation of sub-standard British managers in jobs as they continuously get rewarded for failure or mediocrity.

Back on positive track, let's get James & Doucouré nailed to join our new Columbian Peter Reid!!

Justin Doone
175 Posted 05/09/2020 at 13:06:42
Davies has been one of our best and most consistent players for 2 seasons.

Having to run midfield at such a young age isn't easy and not helped by the lack of movement and creativity around him.

He's a central midfielder. Box to box. Lots of energy but has often tried to do to much being paired with snails who all equally give the ball away as often if and when they try and play the ball forwards ie Schneiderlin, Gana, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Delph.

I hope he continues his footballing education at Everton learning from real top class experienced players and he'll keep improving.

More sensible to get rid of other expensive and experienced players like Delph and Sigurdsson. But money talks and there's few surprises left in football transfers these days.

I hope we can keep all our players to help with congestion. Delph and Sigurdsson aren't bad players, they just weren't the top class players we needed to improve the first team.

Dan Nulty
176 Posted 05/09/2020 at 13:21:37
I do enjoy the varying opinion of people who watch the same games. The world would be a boring place if we all agreed.

Justin, I've no idea what you are drinking when you watch games but I'd like to drink it too. Davies best and most consistent? I have never seen any player give the ball away in midfield more than Davies, except maybe Joe Parkinson who deliberately passed it to the opposition so he could then tackle them as hard as possible.

I'd love him to come good, in answer to Colin's question I think he is an attacking midfielder. I hope he stays, I'd love him to play with Allan and Rodriguez, even Gomes who I think could be a different player with Allan alongside him to win him the ball. He will hopefully learn and blossom.

Will Mabon
177 Posted 05/09/2020 at 13:32:51
"...except maybe Joe Parkinson who deliberately passed it to the opposition so he could then tackle them as hard as possible."

Ha! Guy was mega.

Justin Doone
178 Posted 05/09/2020 at 15:08:28
Opinions are great when you agree with them but they have certainly been wider ranging than our style of play.

Our midfield has been poor for many years, there's a few different reasons, managers, played out of position, lack of passing options etc. but ultimately the individuals have not been good enough. I think we all acknowledge that.

Davies has played consistently well (for mid-table) in tough circumstances compared to injury prone Delph, no tackle Gomes, slow and out of position Siggy, backwards pass Schnides and Gana who was great but couldn't pass (more give aways than a Christmas raffle).

Are any of them top 4 standard, maybe Gana, but the biggest let downs for me have been Schnides and Siggy. Others have commented on them being the best partnership after a win.
Neither are rubbish but both have had many poor, inconsistent runs of games but always got picked.

When we win fans are happy and praise players. Sadly the last few seasons has meant our fans have often been very critical. I hope we can soon have more to celebrate and our opinions more aligned.

Danny O’Neill
179 Posted 05/09/2020 at 15:53:47
I think your mid post comment captures it Justin. Has played consistently well for mid table.

I'm not a Tom basher and as I've said above, think we should keep him in the squad for now, as at least with better players around him, he gets a fairer crack at the whip so to speak.

My opinion is he isn't good enough for where I want Everton to be. Not anti-Tom, just my view from what I've seen. Sadly, I think Kenny falls into that category too.

Go and prove me wrong lads as I will gladly eat humble pie.

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