Everton have finally confirmed the signing of Colombian star James Rodriguez from Real Madrid in a deal worth just shy of £20m.
In what is a potential coup for the club, the 29-year-old links back up with Carlo Ancelotti, the man who made him the fourth-most expensive player in world football in 2014 when he signed him for Real from Monaco for £63m and then brought him to Bayern Munich on loan for two seasons starting in 2017.
Indeed, Ancelotti is believed to have been instrumental in persuading James to join him at Goodison Park, vouching for him personally and making a number of phone calls to him to describe the project he is working on with the Toffees.
Rodriguez signs a two-year contract, with the club retaining the option of a third that could see the fee eventually top out at £22m, and he will wear the Number 19 jersey. Although Marca in Spain had reported that he halved his salary to €4.5m a year (around £76,000 a week), Colombian journalist Pipe Sierra claims his wages are closer to £120,000 a week, but it's a move which will guarantee James the regular football has been denied at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane.
“I am really, really happy to be at this great club, a club with so much history, and here with a manager who knows me really well,” he told evertonfc.com. “I'm looking forward to achieving great things here — and winning things, which is what everyone's aim is. I've come here to try to improve, to get better. I've also come here to help the team to win, to play good football — entertaining football.
“I'm convinced, with Carlo and his technical staff, we can achieve big things and one of the big reasons [I signed] was the presence of Carlo Ancelotti. I have enjoyed some great times with him previously at two different clubs. That was a massive reason to come here.
“I'm a winner… a real winner. I like to win things and I'm convinced we can have a great season. I know we have a very talented squad, full of top players, and, I think, with the additions we're making during this transfer window, it's going to make us even stronger."
Born in Cúcuta in Colombia's northeastern department of Norte de Santander, Rodriguez began his career with second-tier Envigado, making his professional debut at just 14 years of age, before moving to Banfield in Argentina.
Porto brought him to Europe in 2010 (apparently only after Everton, under David Moyes, elected not to pursue a move for him on the grounds that he wouldn't have qualified for a work permit) and he spent three trophy-laden seasons there before moving to Monaco ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
It was on the big stage in Brazil that James announced himself to the world, driving his country to the quarter-finals in their first appearance in the World Cup Finals for 16 years, and claiming the Golden Boot with six goals, one of them a stunning, career-defining chest-and-volley against Uruguay in the Round of 16 from outside the box.
That earned him his big-money move to Madrid but while he had a “banner”
year in his first season at the Bernabeu under Ancelotti, finishing the campaign as the Galacticos' player of the season, his form gradually ebbed away after the Italian left until the pair were reunited at the Allianz Arena in 2017.
James acquitted himself well in Germany in a spell that was, like his 2018 World Cup campaign, disrupted to a degree by injury, not least when he ruptured a knee ligament in his second season in Germany. He played 28 times that season and scored seven goals but it wasn't enough to persuade Bayern, now shifting focus to longer-term building under new boss Niko Kovac, to take up the option of signing him permanently.
He returned to Madrid but found once again found it difficult to establish himself in a successful, trophy-winning team and because of injury and competition for places, he would make just one appearance in La Liga between November 2019 and the end of the protracted season in July.
The attacking midfielder had one year remaining on his contract at the Bernabeu and with Madrid looking to lighten up their wage bill, he was made available for transfer this summer and Everton have swooped to wrap up his signing a week before the start of the new Premier League season.
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1 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:01:50
2 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:01:54
3 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:02:16
4 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:03:45
5 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:03:47
6 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:05:27
7 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:06:24
8 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:06:28
Two years with an option for a third year.
Hopefully we have seen the last of five year deals for older players.
9 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:07:26
10 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:07:56
11 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:09:14
12 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:09:26
13 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:09:46
Welcome aboard you absolute piece of class HAAMEZ!!!
Now stay fuckin' healthy please, we really need you.
14 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:09:49
15 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:11:11
16 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:11:13
I won't lie, I was worried he wouldn't - and he'd quit.
17 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:11:24
Maxi Gomes next please...
18 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:12:14
Even if he's continually on the physio table, this is worth the gamble.
The upside is greater than the downside for me.
That being said, 85% wages to turnover isn't sustainable. We have to cut the deadwood after this season and start to run a profitable operation.
19 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:12:48
20 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:14:01
21 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:16:17
22 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:16:25
We're all hoping so James, welcome to L4.
23 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:16:50
24 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:17:07
25 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:17:31
26 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:17:49
If the club gave some of our fans money for free, they'd complain, either it wasn't enough and an insult, or it was too much and how could they afford it.
The player I wanted to see was Doucoure, he hasn't signed yet, but there's still a chance of it happening.
27 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:17:52
28 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:18:21
29 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:18:21
30 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:19:23
76k a year? That's only £1400 quid a week. Very reasonable if you ask me. I know he was taking a pay cut but somehow I doubt it's as much as that. Maybe you missed off a few zeroes.
31 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:20:01
32 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:21:18
Allan and James will not give two shits stepping foot into Analfield, Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, etc.
33 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:22:00
34 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:22:14
35 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:22:35
Do I seem excited?
36 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:22:41
Welcome aboard y buena suerte Jimmy
37 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:22:58
Genuine hope on the horizon for EFC, this season.
38 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:23:00
39 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:23:29
No. But what about a cold and rainy Wednesday night in Grimsby?
40 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:23:35
41 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:23:53
If he can get and stay relatively fit then he could bring a huge amount, both on and off the pitch.
42 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:24:34
43 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:24:50
Aside from that, he's a quality high level footballer and professional - this will give all our players a huge boost as well. James is class and I'm well happy.
44 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:25:01
45 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:25:18
46 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:25:21
47 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:25:27
48 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:25:31
49 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:25:33
50 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:26:02
51 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:26:14
Hope he stays fit and let them goals come.
I guess someone has to leave now.
This looks to be a really good window.
52 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:26:21
53 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:26:43
I'm not the one moaning and I'm not Irish despite the moniker. I was born in Mill Road, Liverpool.
54 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:26:51
55 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:28:21
HAHAHA! Anyone with a heartbeat would be scared of that I'd imagine!
Look at this thread 37 posts in, and by the time I hit 'Submit Your Comment' it'll probably be over 40. Such happiness and excitement.
It goes to show you, through all the arguments and petty little back and forth comments and threads, everybody was on the same page in this respect:
There's a good core at Everton, we've landed a top-class manager, our owner backs us, we just need 2-3 impact players to reverse this downward spiral.
Well done the Club. The reaction on TW here warrants such a comment towards Everton. Everton have done well.
Bring on that new season and let's look up the table and start the ascent we've been craving.
56 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:29:26
#31 Michael O'Malley, wish I was there to see that tomorrow!
57 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:31:06
If you re-read my comment, it said I was disappointed to learn it's only for 2 years. Which surely implies I wanted it to be for longer?! You shouldn't be so quick out of your blocks to have a go!
58 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:31:27
59 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:31:30
A good deal, and not even a gamble if those figures are right. Hopefully now he can stay fit and enjoy his football; if so, he will be a game-changer of a signing.
Doucouré to follow, we now have an excellent foundation for Carlo to build on.
Still a month to go in this window so we can explore one or two good swap and player plus cash deals. We will have suddenly become an attractive proposition to any player we are after.
Really good work so far by Brands and Ancelotti, excellent players for reasonable fees on more realistic contracts.
60 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:33:03
And how good is this bargain? Well, here, just as a reminder, is a list of the Blues who make more (some a LOT more) than James' £76,000/week:
Rodriguez is making £1,000 more per week than Yannick Bolasie.
Whoever negotiated this deal is a master bargainer.
61 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:33:32
This is an excellent deal, and prudently done.
We've obviously got money (I think the USM logos on are wall are a big reason for this), but we are not being reckless. 2 very good players, but we didn't pay over the odds on any. Hopefully a third to come tomorrow in a similar fashion.
If he can play to his best, we've gone and signed one of teh best players in Europe. If he plays to 75% of his ability, he's still our best player. Use him prudently, keep him fit...but this is exciting, and that is what it is all about.
Can't wait to see kids all over with Evrton kits and his name on the back. #
and jeez, he's a beautiful man.
62 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:34:07
63 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:36:20
Find it unbelievable that he is only on a basic of £76k a week!
64 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:36:37
I'm actually looking forward to work tomorrow cos they are panicking cos they've signed no-one bar the left-back, and can't believe we've got James.
65 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:37:02
My original post wasn't specifically aimed at you as there was more than one post pouring cold-water on the signing.
Although how you worked out the length of the players deal is somehow linked to the Manager's likely time at the club is a mystery as Carlo signed a very long-term deal when he arrived at Christmas.
Anyway, I'm as happy as you are that James has signed and hope that he brings only good times to Everton.
66 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:39:14
Excited in the dictionary is quoted as:
1 Passionately aroused,
2 stirred up; agitated and
3 Raised to a higher energy level.
So I guess your neighbors in Seattle will be wondering what all the noise is about.
Hope Rodriguez can retain his previous form and will become as you have always said a great signing.
And yes you do sound excited.
67 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:39:36
Let that sink in!!!
68 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:40:45
You were right all along. We won't miss Sidibé.
69 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:40:52
70 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:41:01
71 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:41:15
Him and Andre in the same team! 😍
72 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:41:31
73 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:41:58
74 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:42:00
Our social media exposure was mentioned by Mike earlier.
My 19-year-old son just called me about 5 minutes ago from the University of Alabama. Why you ask?
"Dad! Did you see Everton signed James??!!"
Again, my American 19-year-old son who is much, much more interested in drinking beer and chasing chicks at Alabama just called in utter excitement to talk about the J-Rod signing.
Fuck ya! UTFB!
75 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:42:56
76 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:43:25
HAHAHAHA! Told ya! 😜
77 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:44:18
78 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:44:23
79 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:45:43
I'm so excited
80 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:46:21
81 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:46:30
82 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:46:48
83 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:48:04
84 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:48:47
85 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:48:51
86 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:49:26
87 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:49:27
88 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:49:29
89 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:49:58
It would have been nice to have had them in sooner so that they would be ready for the Spurs game but at least those who do start will know they have to be up to snuff if they want to get more starts.
Moise Kean not playing too shabby for Italy so far today.
90 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:50:06
91 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:50:20
92 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:51:52
As for his looks, I couldn't care less if he's the Elephant Man, the only metric that matters is that he's a far better player than anyone else in midfield we've had for a long time. As is Allan, it appears, and Doucouré as well. Just waiting now for fan ire to shift to our limp strike force and sloppy keeper.
93 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:52:50
Stranger things have happened, what with the virus still around for the next year or so.
94 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:52:55
Patience, grasshopper, patience.
95 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:53:08
96 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:54:08
97 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:54:14
98 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:54:18
99 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:55:15
100 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:55:37
101 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:55:38
102 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:55:39
Think I'm getting a bit giddy...
103 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:55:39
104 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:55:46
I thought I remembered you saying about selling a beach house in Seattle. Never mind... I was just one state out.
These two deals so far may have taken time as going on the contracts signed they seem reasonable compared to the quotes when they were first talked about. Hopefully with Brands we have got a serious negotiator, and in Ancelotti we have a manager who players really want to play for.
105 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:57:01
106 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:57:31
107 Posted 07/09/2020 at 20:58:05
108 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:00:14
109 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:00:21
110 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:00:24
I think many on here owe Brands a big apology – I certainly do – he has now shown what he is about.
Well done, everyone and roll on Sunday – as others say above, Allan and James will not fear the big 6 away – those are the games these type of guys live for!
111 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:00:32
Well done, Everton – this player is going to bring so much interest to our team. Everyone will want to see how he performs every week in the Premier League.
He is he 4th most followed player on social media in the world... and the most followed now playing in England... and we have him! Love a bit of limelight for our club!
112 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:01:39
113 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:01:42
114 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:04:52
I just hope he rips the absolute piss out of Liverpool when we play them, and lots of other sides as well, like!
115 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:06:39
116 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:07:32
117 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:07:52
118 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:07:59
Etoo was well spent when we got him. In name he was huge, but he was 34/45 wasnt he ? A huge name no doubt but James is 29! Still has many miles on the clock, hasnt had a lot of football mileage last season so Im
Hoping he fresh and hes never been electric pace wise so Im expecting close to his best if hes can stay fit.
Regarding Alan Ball, I was a twinkle in my dads bollocks, Im 37 just turned and I can only imagine that this is what it felt like to the older generation when we signed Alan Ball.
Oi, our midfield is potentially Allan, Gomes, Doucoure and James Rodriguez! My head is cabbaged here. Is this real? The fuck is actually going on!!!!
119 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:09:27
120 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:09:51
121 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:10:56
Doucoure tomorrow the we have the "Three Must Appears !"
122 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:11:02
123 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:11:38
Feck me Im as giddy as a pre teen tart at a Beatles show
124 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:15:35
125 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:16:05
126 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:16:09
127 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:18:11
But a load of you were excited, and the YouTube links started coming thick and fast. A few who have seen him play in the last few years, particularly the none Everton guys, said he ain't as finished as you might think, and I began to reconsider my position on the lad.
Now he's signed and I've seen that he's on almost £50k a week less than Bernard! He only cost £20m, and it's only a two year commitment if he's as bad as in the nightmare scenario. Well, thank you Mr Brands. You've outdone yourself on this one. I think this is as close to a no risk transfer as could realistically be done in the circumstances. A player who genuinely was once world class who is still in his 20s on a (comparatively) reasonable wage and for a (relatively) low transfer fee. Can anyone really ask what Brands does and why these deals take so long? The man is really earning his coin right now. This is what a Director of Football does, and right now, he's doing it very well.
128 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:19:15
129 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:20:30
130 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:21:45
Our new midfield spares us having to watch last season dross.
131 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:23:40
132 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:24:14
How much are 8 million shirt sales worth?
133 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:25:41
Thats a side-splitter!
134 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:25:42
Cant wait for the weekend now. Although how do you include 3 new players in a team after just 4 days together.
135 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:27:22
136 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:28:02
137 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:28:47
Hope its not another false dawn and he can stay fit and motivated for CA. But genuine class act if he can.
If we can get Doucoure, this would represent a top quality window. A new keeper would be the icing on the cake.
Top 6, four points (min) off the RS and the league cup is all I ask for this season.
138 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:29:06
139 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:30:12
Credit where its due!
Im getting greedy now. Doucouré next then another couple for deadline day!!
140 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:31:37
I am not expecting any marketing miracles from our beloved club.
141 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:32:27
Everton are set to accelerate their plans for international growth following confirmation of James Rodriguez's signing.
The Colombia international has moved to Goodison Park from Real Madrid on a two-year deal, with the club having the option for a third.
And the arrival of the playmaker, who has nearly 100 million followers on social media, is set to fast-forward plans the Blues had in place to expand internationally.
The club's new signing is the 8th most followed sportsperson on the planet and Everton are ready to capitalise on that.
James Rodriguez signs
The club has already seen support grow in both the USA and South America thanks to former players, official memberships and the growth of supporters clubs.
Everton were set to travel to the US and South America for friendlies because of this before the impact of COVID-19 stopped those plans. The signing of Rodriguez will kick international growth into gear, however.
Launch activity will see outdoor media and activations in Colombia and Miami, while there will also be enhanced distribution of merchandise through Fanatics.
The club now plans to open its first international office in the USA, with a final location of either Florida or Southern California still to be decided upon.
Dedicated social media accounts and web pages are also set to be launched in the coming days with bespoke content for a South american audience.
Everton's official website will have Spanish landing pages and both Spanish and Portuguese will become permanent additional languages in the coming weeks.
142 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:33:14
I may have got me figures wrong mate.
143 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:34:26
I once ordered a Seinfeld box set, thinking it was cheap and a good deal. Turned out it was a Japanese copy and it was called Seimfeld.
144 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:35:40
145 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:35:45
146 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:36:12
147 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:37:19
Tell ya what, though, if he makes those kinds of runs and shows that kind of searing pace when Mr. Rodriguez is on the ball, he's gonna get more chances like those.
148 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:37:45
I think that failing to sign a centre-back, his refusal to get mugged, which made me livid at the time, and cost us big time last season, is a sign of how tough an negotiator he is. He won't squander Everton's money like Walsh did. Sure he overpaid for Richarlison (as it appeared at the time), but we had no leverage in that deal, Watford always had us over a barrel there.
Sure, Brands has a long way to go to really fix this team, and Doucoure is not enough, but he's showing himself now. Particularly if he keeps delivering Branthwaites and Nkoukous on the side.
149 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:38:49
After 35 years, however, I'll believe it when I see it.
150 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:39:04
My head is rolling down Everton brow!
I still cant believe our midfield 3 is gonna be Allan, Doucoure and James.
This is like an episode of Black Mirror. My head is absolutely cabbaged here.
Im meant to up for work at 4am, thats not happening. Not a chance Ill be sleeping any time soon. Feels like Christmas Eve only instead of Teenage mutant ninja turtles, a boglin and Stretch Armstrong, Ill be unwrapping a new midfield of which the likes I havent seen in blue.
No more Claus Thomsen, Steven Hughes and Simon Davies!
Milk this lads, milk it dry! ..... before Salford knock us out the cup!! 😂 Oh Everton we love you!
151 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:39:08
A proper MF with world class players.
It will take time to gel and I hope we have patience but once they gel watch out Premier league.
152 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:39:26
153 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:43:24
Dacoure joins spurs
Ancelotti resignes as a result of not getting what he wanted
Richarlison gets pissed off and joins Arsenal for 10m on deadline day
Allen gets injured for the season in the first game after a tackle by Dacoure who also scores the winner
Everton apppint Eddie how as manager
James keeps mispronouncing his name as Eddie Who
Eddie gets annoyed with this and send James on loan to a club in Columbia - we pay all his wages
Its turns out that a lesser spotted speckled pigmy otter lives on the site of Bradley more and the stadium is cancelled.
We finish 12
154 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:44:07
We should go all out for Max Aarons.
155 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:44:11
156 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:44:29
They like to WIN!
Another shared comment they have in common is that Carlo Ancelotti was a major contributing factor in why they chose Everton. I see some on TW already attempting to degrade the Italian's influence, arguing it's all about the money. And of course, a professional sportsman will look after his own best interests by getting the best financial package he can.
But then you read in James Rodriguez case he has taken a considerable drop in salary to join us, so the money argument doesn't carry much weight. I think they are being genuine in saying Carlo's presence at Everton was a huge determining factor for them both.
It certainly makes a refreshing change on transfers in previous years in which the name of BK was always slipped into the script for particular praise.
A caveat I should add is that maybe we have got James on the (comparatively) cheap both on the transfer price and his salary because he has retained control of his image rights. Given his number of followers on social media (4th in players still playing, only behind CR7, Neymar and Messi) that dwarfs Everton's own following, that is probably prudent on his part.
Another thing that may have slipped people's attention is how the club site is seemingly getting its shit together on these Latino signings. There was a detailed page in Portuguese on the Allan signing. They have done the same today in Spanish for James:
So well played Everton, on a number of fronts.
Oh! And I agree with Rob Halligan. The James Rodriguez Reveal Video is a corker.
157 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:45:18
Talk about pissing on my chips!
158 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:47:59
Fran I'm almost sure he's just signed for Newcastle!
Edit. I can't find that info anywhere but was sure it showed him on SSN scoring against us and then how he's signed for Newcastle.
I may be suffering from Rodriguezitis!
159 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:54:05
160 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:54:14
161 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:56:11
162 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:56:17
Think James will help me get over not signing him.
163 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:56:45
And as good as Brands has been at getting the deals done for a more palatable price, he wouldn't have pulled them off if it was Silva he was signing them for.
164 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:57:44
Ahaa it was Jamal Lewis and he's "close" to signing for them. D'oh!
165 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:58:01
No, Aarons hasn't signed with anybody. Latest news is that PSG are in for him after Mourinho ran the rule over him and decided he wasn't for Spurs.
166 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:58:40
I think the past 2 days have proven that players will come because of a coaches reputation and name. We wouldn't have been shopping in this supermarket were it not for the coach.
Now he has his players, he can be judged on what's served up on the pitch.
167 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:58:58
168 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:59:26
Great news, as many skeptics have doubted this signing he's here now, I can only see the positives in this acquisition.
Talking of signings, what has happened to Doucoure? Has he vanished into the Watford Gap?
169 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:59:27
170 Posted 07/09/2020 at 21:59:36
I edited this as I got them confused too! Easily done. Both great young prospects, but we've got Nkoukou on the left and I think we won't have enough left on the revised FFP budget to sign anyone else.
171 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:00:32
Giddy times for many years ahead.
172 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:01:59
173 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:03:32
174 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:04:51
175 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:07:18
176 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:07:24
Thats a really good point that I picked up on too.
These guys are not here to enjoy a well paid holiday they are here to win things and have got the ability and determination to do it.
Hope you and the family are still doing well and thanks for the support and advice.
Im quite happy that weve sorted out our carbuncle of a MF out.
It would be a real bonus to get a quality RB and GK in too.
How do our " experts" feel about the chances of the 3 amigos (subject to Doucoure signing) playing against Spurs this weekend who are desperately trying to get the league to allow them to let supporters in.
177 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:07:59
I havent missed football, I cant get excited about the season starting on Saturday, but it doesnt mean I cant relate to Benn@150, and smile when I picture Mike G, scaring a couple of seagulls when he let out his roar, all the way in the USA!
Ancelotti has sold the dream to a couple of his ex-players, and now we just need to see them make our dreams come true. Especially for people like Benn, and my sons, and the young lads everywhere who follow Everton so passionately, but have yet to see us win a cup.
For the people who get up in the middle of the night, or the people who travel wherever Everton play, and have often witnessed shite. Win us a trophy, then let Carlo and our players witness a celebration that will live with them forever... COME ON EVERTON, DO IT FOR THE FANS,!
178 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:08:25
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180 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:10:44
The fees paid are refreshingly reasonable compared to what was quoted. Brands and Everton have possibly held their nerve in not paying over the odds too early.
I had hoped to have seen more from Brands in signing the little-known rough diamonds which he achieved with tremendous success in Holland. But then, Brainthwaite and Nkoukou may well prove to be exactly that type of signing.
Right now, the Brands-Ancelotti combo appears to be working in great harmony IMO.
181 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:11:35
182 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:13:17
183 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:13:18
184 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:14:23
Tony, #177 I was at the old Wembley and I seen us win the FA Cup in 95 but I was 11 and its been a long long time. Ive been there when weve come close again a few times but this genuinely does feel like a turn in the tide. The Everton Moshiri said hed bring us. I hope the players can cope with the expectations that players like James and Allan will bring. Exciting times mate.
185 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:15:53
186 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:17:25
187 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:17:37
188 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:20:22
Shaun #167, Twatter? Sounds like a service I want to join... but shouldn't tell my wife about.
189 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:21:18
I feel that since Martinez' first season finished, there's been a general culture that developed at the club, that became our identity. A team that under-performs, that is easy to beat, that has a soft centre, that throws the towel in too easily, that cannot fight back and win, etc. The players and managers have changed, but this culture lingered on. Like the older players passed on, "this is how it's done here" to the new guys, and our biggest players were too comfortable on their ridiculous contracts and five year deals, safe in the knowledge that they can see off any manager, and that when the going got tough, the manager got going, not them (in both senses of the word).
Could it be, that a general sense of culture change at all levels of the club is happening this summer. The "Carlo Fantastico" wave of euphoria quickly faded away with the lack of fans cheering the lads on after Covid, and the players reverted to the culture I mentioned above. So, now we have 3 big new signings, Allan with his Champions League experience, and the form that saw PSG covet him, and a genuine world superstar in James. The fans, if they were allowed in for the first game, would be bouncing. This, even if we aren't present, will rub off on the players. It will get through.
Gylfi, one of the aforementioned comfortable players, has already turned down playing in competitive games for his nation, in order to be at Finch Farm and to play against Preston in a friendly. Could he be shifting attitude. I don't insinuate for a second that Gylfi, or indeed any specific player is a bad apple. But having a five year deal, knowing Everton sack the manager every 18 months, and surely, at least sub-consciously, the player on a long deal will think if it all goes wrong, he's safe, they'll just get another manager in and buy some players to play around him.
Well today that changed. At least I hope it has. This could be a real turning point in Moshiri's tenure. If we can get some momentum going now, we could ride an ascent all the way to the new ground, and then, well the sky could be the limit.
I think I've had too much Champagne!
190 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:21:27
I realy respect your knowledge and everything EFC but Van de meyde and Drenthe?
In comparison to James Rodriguez?
Maybe you were comparing ages but.
Did I miss some joke there?
191 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:25:19
192 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:25:37
Great dealing by Marcel and Carlo, if we get Dacoure, its been, on cost, perhaps the best window in recent times, only time will say, if theyve delivered, but I believe under Carlo, and with h8s choice of players, we now have the framework, for a new Everton style of play.
it will be interesting to see the shape of the team on Sunday.
Cant wait and hopefully well be celebrating on Sunday night!
193 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:27:12
I just had concerns is all. The fees revealed completely allay those fears for me. It's a gamble very much worth taking.
194 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:31:13
195 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:37:30
I think Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin would line up like they do in a 442. Richarlison pulls to the left anyway, he runs the channel and tracks back. Calvert-Lewin is a bit more central, doesn't run the right hand channel as much as Richarlison and tracks back less.
So you give Rodriguez a complete free role. Go wherever you want. Play from the middle, but hit the right channel if you can, sure as Gaynes said, he can track back, but that's a bonus rather than a key component of the tactics, so if he does switch off, it's not the end of the world.
With 9 disciplined players, and those 9 would all be so, and are so, then you can have room for a maverick. But he needs to be a level above the rest. James should be able to be a level above our squad, even if he's only 80% of what he was. And at 29, and looking as fit as he has been looking in those gym photos, could anyone really rule out him getting back to 100%?
Free role in a 433 playing behind Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, slightly ahead of Doucoure and Allan with Gomes at the base of a diamond, for me. Lacks width for sure, but right now we lack effective wingers, and Walcott, Bernard and Bolasie could be options from the bench if we need to change tactics, and indeed you can just put one of them on, on the right and move Richarlison left and you have the personnel for a 4231 and different tactics with a lot more width.
196 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:39:47
Even without Doucoure, the signings of Rodriguez and Allan give me real cause to hope for a bright future under Ancelloti.
His pulling power doubtless was a major influence in convincing these two players to join Carol's Revolution.
If he can now magic up a central defender and a decent striker, we might just be going places in the coming season.
197 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:42:14
198 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:43:36
199 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:44:11
200 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:45:41
A genuine top class player. We need to introduce him slowly into Premier league life and don't play him in the cups or when not fully fit.
I still think we could and should have loaned him for a season, an £8M loan fee. I've no idea how fragile or what pace he has retained but we have Ric and DCL to do his running. He's only 29 so he should be in his peak years!
I'm hoping he and Mina can quickly gel on the pitch and Bernard re-learns a few samba beats. We should get rid of the Colombia coffee from the physio room too. A few have been enjoying time in their far too much.
I thought Eto did well for us and I know they were past their best and we were in a very sour pickle but I loved watching Gazza stroll around the pitch spraying passes around. Ginola's skills on the wings. Bright but fading light's that still shone brightly against the rest of the darkness.
I'd love a proper winger to entertain us. Why we didn't move for Fraser on a free I don't know. I'm not complaining, just an exciting winger would be the cherry on top for me.
I'll mentally right September off whilst we adjust and get up to speed.. points gained will be a bonus.
201 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:48:00
If we had Carlo and Steve Walsh, well we'd have signed the pair a week ago, but on 5 year deals, twice the transfer fees and thrice the wages!
202 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:48:34
I saw your post in Saturday's match day thread that you were feeling better since catching CV-19. Hope the uptick continues. The transfer news must be helping!
Hope you found the linked article I posted interesting. Very in-depth, heavily laced with scientific and medical terminology, it took a good 2-3 reads to take in.
Given the millions of data and billions of possible combinations, it's no surprise the world's 2nd most powerful computer took a week to churn out the results.
Very interesting that the conclusion is that CV-19 is now considered more a vascular rather than respiratory virus and that, by and large, we already have existing approved medicine that can treat the ten most common conditions.
Keep safe! Keep healthy!
203 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:50:18
204 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:53:10
205 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:56:24
206 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:56:53
207 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:58:36
208 Posted 07/09/2020 at 22:58:48
The last time I was with you, I could have sworn it was masquerading as Desperadoes! :-)
209 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:02:17
210 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:04:52
211 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:05:06
As my many fans will expect, I lay the blame for this culture of mediocrity wholly at the feet of the one man who in the past thirty years has been active in our boardroom, filling USMFF with unqualified, ex-players who'd all squandered their playing careers but still doffed their cap to you-know-who and thereby became part of the coaching staff
In such an environment they'd be totally bonkers to sublimate their allegiance to you-know-who in favour of any manager, eighteen months being the average span of a manager's tenure here since Moshiri bought in, with him most recently announcing to the world that you-know-who is, as chairman, being given a more enhanced role.
212 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:11:40
Are you sure he's playing a more enhanced role at the moment?
213 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:12:37
It's an elegant summary of the Rodriguez signing and one of his best pieces ever. Go.
(#211, oy vey. Talk about a one-track mind. Sometimes all you can do is laugh.)
214 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:14:44
Vinny O'Connor, Sky Sports Everton reporter (or at least one of their North West contingent) is on the record saying that he expects us to sign a winger and a right back and that our spending is not finished.
Being realistic, how about £10m for Diogo Dalot and somehow cobbling together enough to sign Zaha?
I follow Portuguese football, but Dalot barely played for Porto before Jose Mourinho signed him for Man Utd. I know he was extremely highly rated, and is a right winger converted to a right back (as many of them are, even our own Tony Hibbert played right wing in the FA Youth Cup and our excellent young right back against Preston NE, Kyle John played right wing all his youth career up to this season when he played a few games at right back). Dalot has looked shite for Man Utd, for sure. But at 21, cheap, he could be worth a punt, particularly to come in against weaker sides and offer pace and width down the right. Max Aarons is a good shout too, but he'll cost double.
Can we afford Zaha? Is he worth it? I think last summer Palace held all the cards. This summer, it's them looking to cash in. He wants out, he's unsettled, and they have lost most of their leverage. Can they afford to keep him? They need reinforcements in other positions, and perhaps an exchange for the resurgent Bolasie (who will have impressed them in the two friendlies, at least showing he is over the injury and capable of getting back to previous levels with them). Brands might be able to make them an offer they can't refuse. Imagine James, Zaha and Richalison making up the 3 in a 4231!
To be honest, I'm not advocating spending silly money on Zaha, and think he might be slightly overrated, but that's a mouth watering attack, and who knows how good Zaha could be if he ever brought his "A game" to a top side with top players, which is where we will now hope to be.
215 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:20:43
I also doubt (despite some peoples hopes) Gylfi, Bernard, Gomes or Davies are on the ‘definitely gone list as well. Id expect they will have until Xmas to see if they can complement the new recruits and if not they will be invited to move on in January. I think the revised closed season will mean much more business is attempted in that window across the board.
216 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:22:41
217 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:25:05
218 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:27:04
Best of all he's matured, humble and hungry and he's willing to take a pay cut to prove it.
There is still a lot of work to be done but honestly well done Marcel Brands and Carlo Ancelotti. We have signed a player who at his best shares the same level of craftsmanship and ability as Zinedine Zidane... and that is no exaggeration.
Once your heart is touched by Everton you are never the same. Here's hoping James shows the world just how good he is.
219 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:29:17
Who'd you like to see if we added a right back and a winger?
220 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:30:44
221 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:31:38
But yes, I think most of those four plus Delph and Walcott will likely be given their chances to blend in with the new arrivals, and whoever fails will be cheerfully provided with new employment in the New Year.
222 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:34:32
My glass will never be full, I'm an Evertonian after all, but it won't take too much to top it up. In fact this is one of the great days. Sitting with a glass of wine overlooking Eyre Square in Galway, reading this news. Yeah, this is alright.
223 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:41:37
224 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:45:01
Kanchelskis, I was 16 at the time, so much more aware, was also a big deal. Cup winners and back in Europe, we'd signed a player that was arguably world class. Alright, he was deemed surplus to requirements by Ferguson, but that was put down to off the field reasons (Russian mafia stories) than anything else and top sides were envious that we had signed him, though he wasn't coveted by the Champions and the Chelsea / Man City of their day, Blackburn Rovers.
225 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:53:04
I would be really surprised if they were really high profile ones that would benefit from Carlo being heavily influential as surely he will be fully employed with gelling the current first teamers with the new recruits at Finch Farm from now on.
226 Posted 07/09/2020 at 23:59:54
227 Posted 07/09/2020 at 00:01:05
228 Posted 07/09/2020 at 00:01:58
I also saw today that the club is planning for their first international office, either in California or South Florida. Im kicking myself now as I moved from South Florida a couple of years ago. I wonder if Jamie would move down the coast?
229 Posted 07/09/2020 at 00:02:17
The difference then was the Ball signing was, in typical Catterick style, completely out of the blue. No blanket wall to wall, 24/7 coverage;I heard it on the 10.30pm Light Programme (radio) news!
230 Posted 07/09/2020 at 00:06:16
231 Posted 08/09/2020 at 00:08:27
232 Posted 08/09/2020 at 00:16:52
233 Posted 07/09/2020 at 00:16:58
234 Posted 08/09/2020 at 00:17:26
235 Posted 08/09/2020 at 00:21:56
"9 months ago, West Ham sacked Manuel Pellegrini and Everton sacked Marco Silva. Look at the difference in ambition in just 9 months. They employed Ancelotti, we employed Moyes. They've signed James Rodriguez, we've changed Bowen's shirt number!"
Loads of Everton fans quoting Rio Ferdinand when he questioned what us Everton fans wanted when we made it clear we would not be happy with David Moyes returning, and pointing out that we wanted Ancelotti, Rodriguez, Allan and Doucoure!
236 Posted 08/09/2020 at 00:27:45
Most of the comments were along the lines of "Thanks for rubbing my nose in the fact that the kit I bought my kid last week is now worthless."
237 Posted 08/09/2020 at 00:29:50
238 Posted 08/09/2020 at 00:41:37
I'm so happy with the thread and the absolute joy of our two Yanks, Mike and Jamie – you've both put a big smile on my kipper since I came in. Youse are definitely Scousers, love yis.
239 Posted 08/09/2020 at 00:54:33
I've been talking and gloating with my West Ham supporting mate today and he's absolutely horrified about his club at the moment. They are in the same situation that we were 15-odd years ago, without a penny to their name.
They had to sell that Grady kid to West Brom just so they have some money to get anyone this window.
I was thinking it's a bit ironic that Moyes left us for the 'big time' but he's basically back to what he started with. I can't imagine what he's thinking seeing us have Ancelotti at the helm and signing James today.
240 Posted 08/09/2020 at 01:23:43
241 Posted 08/09/2020 at 01:42:14
I might visit, but I'll never, ever live in South Florida! Love my northeastern corner of Florida. I have a lot of family in Fort Lauderdale. They call my Florida, "South Georgia" and I call their Florida, "North Cuba." I'm staying put mate!
Dave Abrahams @238,
If I get over there, you have to promise to take me to Ned Kelly's. Sounds like my kinda of pub. And based upon the happiness I glean from your post, and the time of the post, go to bed! You posted at 12:40 am over there! Tomorrow morning might be a bit slow. 😜
Sleep well and dream of trophies.
242 Posted 08/09/2020 at 01:48:20
Two years ago next week, he destroyed us, but that turned out to be the best day of his West Ham career, and he's had two major injuries since. Barely played after the restart and wasn't a factor in their staying up. And he's 31.
He did score for Ukraine the other night.
243 Posted 08/09/2020 at 01:50:44
244 Posted 08/09/2020 at 01:54:45
He's a player who needs to be the star, I hope Carlo build the teams around him. It's a risk because this form of team building is generally outdated. This is a big swing from Moshiri; with financial rules relaxed for one season we might make it happen when others are financially hamstrung. It's now or never.
The season will be built around depth, the squad has to be deep and will face unprecedented levels of physical stress; those with shallow squads will suffer. With that in mind, I expect more incomings and, despite our deadwood perhaps less will leave.
I'm still expecting a right-back and a centre-half, Holgate's injury highlights the chronic need for a pacy replacement. Despite his errors, I'd look to get Zouma back on loan until a long-term replacement is available. He will want to come and he's way down the list at Chelsea.
We need him to be a talisman, and have the best season of his life, so it goes against everything I believe... but we will need to indulge him. I can't wait!
245 Posted 08/09/2020 at 01:54:51
246 Posted 08/09/2020 at 02:17:02
His “up the Toffees” sounds a lot like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Had no clue Austrians and Colombians spoke English similarly badly.
On the plus side, I can't wait to see Eric Dier smash him in half only for James to reform and say “I'll be back”.
247 Posted 08/09/2020 at 02:36:00
At this rate, I'll be smiling all day!
Exciting times indeed. Agree with the need for another centre-back – even if on loan.
248 Posted 08/09/2020 at 03:21:35
The fee and terms for James are the exact opposite of our approach over the last 4 years. It demonstrates that players want to come to work with Ancelotti. No need to persuade average players to join with massive salaries any more.
Your list of those earning more than or close to the salary for James demonstrates exactly where we can make progress in reducing our costs:
I wouldn't bat an eyelid if any of these players left and their sale would not noticeably impact the squad if we signed a replacement keeper. (Sorry, I still like Bernard as a player – minority of one!)
249 Posted 08/09/2020 at 03:47:30
It's just a matter of time before someone says we'd be better off with Adeniran and Baningime.
250 Posted 08/09/2020 at 03:58:24
251 Posted 08/09/2020 at 04:13:47
And as for Pickford, the trouble with "signing a replacement keeper" is that all anyone on TW seems to be able to suggest is various hulking Englishmen with three things in common -- they're tower-sized, they play for lesser clubs, and they have all failed to beat out Pickford for England.
If the replacement is one of a half-dozen exciting young keepers on the Continent, I'm all for it.
252 Posted 08/09/2020 at 04:23:28
253 Posted 08/09/2020 at 05:05:33
254 Posted 08/09/2020 at 05:32:49
Now he's got the players he targeted in the transfer market, time to start making progress with the new squad and WIN something. And by the way, Brands has played a blinder in getting these players in on these terms.
255 Posted 08/09/2020 at 06:26:24
Don Carlo had a dream...
256 Posted 08/09/2020 at 06:27:04
To get a player of this quality on the terms mentioned is a great deal. More importantly, it gives great hope for a successful season ahead.
James in, Allan in, let's hope Doucouré soon follows. It's an exciting time for all us long-suffering Evertonians!
257 Posted 08/09/2020 at 06:34:33
James is similar in that he will be expected to be the same type of player although probably less energy and that's where Doucouré will hopefully take over in the final third.
Bit unfair to mention Ball in the same breath. I'd say Peter Reid is the only one to come close.
258 Posted 08/09/2020 at 06:45:37
259 Posted 08/09/2020 at 07:25:37
260 Posted 08/09/2020 at 08:01:26
261 Posted 08/09/2020 at 08:25:19
262 Posted 08/09/2020 at 08:28:31
263 Posted 08/09/2020 at 08:30:49
Imagine Davies now, he's now going to get help if he's good enough to get in the team, no more Schniederlin-hiding, or Iwobi-looking like he doesn't want to be there.
Allan has been described as a bit of a bastard, Rodriguez is a fresh 29-year-old - hopefully, and Doucouré already knows the league and has the engine and the physicality required.
If nothing else, these signings have raised the bar, so no more limbo-dancing at Everton, we have finally got ourselves some proper competitive footballers.
264 Posted 08/09/2020 at 08:33:20
As has been mooted hopefully this will get us noticed more and commercially benefit the Club as a whole!
265 Posted 08/09/2020 at 08:40:45
266 Posted 08/09/2020 at 08:44:30
267 Posted 08/09/2020 at 08:56:53
Yes, I'm not sure how many of my Mersey Mystery series you've read, but the most recent release, A Liverpool Lullaby, (book 8 in the series) is doing well on both sides of the pond, and I'm currently working on book 9, The Mersey Ferry Murders which will be followed by the 10th in the series, Under a Mersey Moon.
I'm pleased to say that every book in the series except the latest has been an Amazon bestseller. I'm hoping Lullaby will be joining them soon.
Many thanks for your interest. Have you read them all?
268 Posted 08/09/2020 at 08:59:14
269 Posted 08/09/2020 at 09:05:20
270 Posted 08/09/2020 at 09:08:21
Have really enjoyed reading them, I think they would make a good TV series.
Keep up the good work.
271 Posted 08/09/2020 at 09:40:01
Can you post the link
272 Posted 08/09/2020 at 09:45:24
We have enough midfielders for three teams now.
A car boot sale beckons.
273 Posted 08/09/2020 at 09:47:47
274 Posted 08/09/2020 at 09:56:07
Looking forward to seeing our No10 on the ball and fulfilling his and our ambitions. COYBs
275 Posted 08/09/2020 at 10:02:36
276 Posted 08/09/2020 at 10:16:47
If Everton are behind this then it is even more evidence that times are changing. Done right this signing will have a significant commercial impact on our club. Our profile has already gone up significantly. It will also make future signing easier.
277 Posted 08/09/2020 at 10:17:25
Sorry Darren, couldn't resist the opening for a bit of mirth, unfortunately at your expense in this instance. :-)
278 Posted 08/09/2020 at 10:25:59
I am really not into social media but they say he has 19 million more followers on instagram whatever that is than Man Utd, surely that is something the club need to exploit. But its on the pitch that matters and I always felt Ancelotti wasnt here to top up his pension and as he said himself he didn't need the money, and given the clubs he has managed and the salaries he would have earned I believe him.
Because we as a fan base have had so many false dawns over the last 20 years, I can understand the scepticism that some fans will have. But I really believe given a bit of time Ancelotti will turn this club around and will have us winning trophies again.
Finally I think Moshiri deserves huge credit, He has backed all the managers he has appointed he even gave Allardyce £50 million. Despite him seeing hundreds of millions wasted he is still prepared to back Ancelotti to the hilt. I am sure before he signed Ancelotti would have wanted to know how much he would be allowed to spend, and whatever happens then Moshiri has more than done his bit.
279 Posted 08/09/2020 at 10:41:11
280 Posted 08/09/2020 at 10:43:51
Apparently buildings in Bogota were lit up blue as well!
281 Posted 08/09/2020 at 10:47:58
Ancelotti reputation has pulling power, something that has been missing at Everton for so long. This has been enhanced further by better negotiating skills, based in knowing what you want and sticking to it.
Moshiri is seeing money been wisely managed for a change.
282 Posted 08/09/2020 at 11:24:00
It shows a couple of videos.
Impressive. It's the equivalent of a big name player signing for a London club who then projects the club's colors and player squad number onto Big Ben.
Take a look at this following graph also from Google Trends. This is a tool that shows what are the most searched for topics on Google, at any time, anywhere.
Since yesterday, Everton FC is Google's most searched for term in Colombia.
As the 12 month graph shows, back in December there was interest (Mina's goals in the win at Watford? Rumours that Ancelotti might go for James in the January window?), then Everton flatlines until recent weeks when James to Everton rumours circulate again.
Yesterday, it went through the roof.
This is BIG news down Latin America way.
283 Posted 08/09/2020 at 11:43:08
It includes a pic of the Liver building lit up red!
Time we light it up blue permanently
284 Posted 08/09/2020 at 11:45:41
So there we are in the restaurant and the news comes through on my email and I scream “Yessss “ at the top of my voice which shocked a few of the diners around us and so my wife and stepdaughter who are from Medellin Colombia knew straight away what was going on at which point my stepdaughter screams “ No Way “ me and my wife look at her and say what what ??
He has been given the No.19 shirt and guess how many years my stepdaughter was celebrating yesterday... she couldnt wipe the smile off her face all night :-)
285 Posted 08/09/2020 at 12:01:33
The reason I didnt mention Brands is, I don't know what part he played in these transfers, but what I do know is that both Rodriguez and Allan both said they were here because of Carlo Ancelotti, neither mentioned Brands. Now maybe Brands negotiated the fee and the salaries and if he did he seems to have got both players at the right price.
286 Posted 08/09/2020 at 12:02:46
Most Clubs have a much better Media set-up than we have, and every hitherto pre-season that I have 'signed up and paid' to watch games, I can't recall there ever being no technical difficulties.
Okay sometimes it is down to the hosting Club's apparatus, or the provider that Everton have used but mostly it is a very amateurish effort from the Club.
Wake up we are now in the real world, and have a couple of World Class players, one of whom has 36M followers on Twitter alone, get the thing operational and functional Everton, I promise you won't regret it!
287 Posted 08/09/2020 at 12:09:22
288 Posted 08/09/2020 at 12:37:43
I take it then he arrived under cover! :-)
289 Posted 08/09/2020 at 12:42:51
290 Posted 08/09/2020 at 12:46:02
291 Posted 08/09/2020 at 13:01:26
Time to look professional and serious.
292 Posted 08/09/2020 at 13:03:26
293 Posted 08/09/2020 at 13:10:42
294 Posted 08/09/2020 at 13:16:16
Link as requested:
295 Posted 08/09/2020 at 13:21:28
I also watch via Mag/Satellite/IPTV (paid for) usually from US sources or Bein Sport, however the downside is that, because of transmission delays and it being via Satellite there can be a delay of up to and over a minute at times.
If, it happens to be on Sky and those others who are on the Live Forum, get their stream before I do so there can be a 'spoiler or two' if there is a goal scored which hasn't happened on mine, for a minute or so.
Apart from that it's good fun, and a chance to ' meet up with many familiar names ' some, who I have met through ToffeeWeb Get Togethers' which I also recommend should they happen again!
296 Posted 08/09/2020 at 13:24:09
297 Posted 08/09/2020 at 13:26:45
Does anyone get the feeling that there are some Russian Roubles or Columbian Cartel monies involved?
298 Posted 08/09/2020 at 13:33:39
He seems to have been out favour with Zadane. He clearly has identified Ancelotti as the right mentor , prepared to take reduced wages to play under him. I hadn't quite realised the high expectations around Rodriguez , clearly a lot of people expect this pairing as being a way for him to reach the unclaimed heights of his promise.
This is a player who will have outstanding talent and total commitment.
As for Evertons Commercial Department, I agree don't hold your breath.
299 Posted 08/09/2020 at 13:35:24
James life-long dream of wearing a Hummel jersey realized.
His signing doesnt fit the footballing worlds narrative of Everton. I love it. Time to shake up the football power structure.
300 Posted 08/09/2020 at 13:53:22
Brian Harrison, its the Director of Footballs primary job to negotiate these deals. If Brands hasnt done it, and certainly Ancelotti hasnt done it, then who do you think has? kenwright?
301 Posted 08/09/2020 at 13:54:24
These three signings are joining a very poor squad, although there are a few promising ones there or coming through.
How did you feel Bill, when Bobby Collins came to Everton in 1958, an Everton down and nearly out, I couldnt believe that Bobby had decided to join us. He dragged us up off the canvas and urged and shouted us into a team that started fighting. Then with the help of some signings by Carey and Catterick made us the best team in the land, only to be sold before he could get his hand on the championship medal.
Can these three signings, aided and abetted by a couple more take us to the top of the ladder?
302 Posted 08/09/2020 at 13:55:31
303 Posted 08/09/2020 at 14:07:28
Bobby Collins became, for me, the best signing we ever made, but doubt, very much, he caused the sensationally feelings that James has aroused.
See what youve done James, youve turned an old man into a seventeen year old kid again.
Youre a bleedin magician.
304 Posted 08/09/2020 at 14:11:56
305 Posted 08/09/2020 at 14:12:45
306 Posted 08/09/2020 at 14:13:07
307 Posted 08/09/2020 at 14:23:13
308 Posted 08/09/2020 at 14:27:02
I'm glad I did. I would strongly recommend it for all to see.
I'll repeat the link here:
I am seriously hard pushed to recall as good an interview of a footballer about his development, his attitude towards football, his drive and ambition, his single-mindedness at every age in knowing what he wanted to achieve and the best way to go about it, his philosophy, even.
I was also seriously surprised how good an interviewer Rio Ferdinand was.
We have recruited a very, very serious player. And I don't mean footballer. I mean person.
309 Posted 08/09/2020 at 14:29:08
DK #286, amen, brother! But as somebody mentioned above, now it's in the hands of Everton's marketing team, which I consider fantastic news, because it's the first time I've ever heard that Everton actually has a marketing team.
Dave #303, that made me smile from ear to ear.
John #306, that made me fall off my chair.
Brian #267, I'm adding you to my author's list on Amazon. Are your mysteries purely intellectual or is there sufficient sex and violence for weirdos like me? (Full disclosure: I'm a big Lee Child fan.) I particularly like the title Last Train to Lime Street, since I've actually been on it!
310 Posted 08/09/2020 at 14:38:28
Getting my house repainted. The whole crew's first language is clearly Spanish.
So I asked one fellow if he was a soccer fan. He says, "Not really, I played baseball."
I said my soccer Team in England had signed James Rodriquez. Instantly, he asks, "The Colombian?"
Even he knew who James was.
311 Posted 08/09/2020 at 14:40:00
The live forum, "not for the squeamish"?
It is the home of interpersonal rectitude. I can't wait for its return.
312 Posted 08/09/2020 at 14:46:02
313 Posted 08/09/2020 at 14:48:17
Reading between the lines here, it seems that there are a series of novels you have written and I always like to read an author's works in chronological order.
however, having scanned various sites, I have found reference to a number of your books (and to you), but none seems to offer a chronological bibliography.
Can you point me in the right direction please, as I would like to get started on your works?
314 Posted 08/09/2020 at 15:17:02
315 Posted 08/09/2020 at 15:21:26
In order they are,
1. A Mersey Killing
2. All Saints
3. A Mersey Maiden
4. A Mersey Mariner
5. A Very Mersey Murder
6. Last Train to Lime Street
7. The Mersey Monastery Murder
8. A Mersey Lullaby.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
316 Posted 08/09/2020 at 15:42:43
317 Posted 08/09/2020 at 15:43:33
318 Posted 08/09/2020 at 15:49:42
319 Posted 08/09/2020 at 15:51:04
321 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:00:40
In the longer version of the clip, he audaciously chips Harry Tyrer, scores another beauty off the post, does a few flicks and looks ever so sharp. He's in a condition that most of us would hold up as physical perfection.
If he can only be lucky with injuries then who knows where he can take us. Forget who wears the armband, this will be James Rodriguez's team.
322 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:03:28
Back to Everton, If Tomori and Cilleson follow Doucouré, James and Allan... I've got to say, that's a good window.
323 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:10:21
324 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:12:13
I saw some images earlier of James image being projected on city buildings last night, including Goodison Park itself.
Did that happen, does anybody know, or was that someone just having fun with Photoshop?
325 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:13:34
326 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:15:39
It was also in the red Echo. Very impressive, mate.
327 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:18:20
328 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:20:14
Jay #324. Oh it happened mate!
329 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:21:33
Just wait for the “Lucas knows” tweet from the official twitter and it'll be confirmed.
330 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:25:29
It's on the BBC transfers done. They seemed pretty sure...
331 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:29:34
I wonder if the terms can be renegotiated.
332 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:49:19
333 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:52:15
334 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:53:23
Kia is Iranian, like our owner, and a friend of his. Remember when Vitor Pereira was heavily linked to take the manager's job before Carlo Ancelotti? Only to then land a bumper new deal with his Chinese employers that put him as one of the top 5 earners in world football management? Counter rumours afterwards was that he was never in the frame and we allowed ourselves to be used by the agent as a negotiating tactic. Did this have any impact on the James Rodriguez transfer?
Also, the three new signings all belong to Kia Joorabchian or Jorge Mendes as does a raft of our other recent signings, like Andre Gomes. Jorge Mendes was also involved in the James transfer as well. He's playing a bigger role in Everton transfers.
335 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:54:15
With regard to Messi, Rob Halligan's got the lowdown.
336 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:54:58
337 Posted 08/09/2020 at 16:57:32
Carlo didnt hesitate when asked if Allan could play.
338 Posted 08/09/2020 at 17:03:07
James is still part of super-agent Jorge Mendes's stable.
Nice to know he is willing to work with other Premier League clubs and not just Wolves!
339 Posted 08/09/2020 at 17:05:08
340 Posted 08/09/2020 at 17:06:35
Fancy going halves on a time-share in the Cayman Islands he persuaded me to invest in..?
341 Posted 08/09/2020 at 17:35:34
342 Posted 08/09/2020 at 17:41:07
344 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:35:42
345 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:40:48
Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles would do for the nets to replace Picktheballoutthenet, and we are challengers.
Bang on with your predictions again, Rob. Krikkit going slow without Jos.
346 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:44:46
347 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:14:52
348 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:42:27
349 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:44:42
He seems a very intelligent, thoughtful lad. “The game has become monotonous- there needs to be more fun”. “The number 10 needs to control everything”. “Pass and go, pass and go”. He clearly loves Ancelotti. He knows his own worth, he knows his own skills. Its a very lucid interview, with a hint at times that he may have overcome a speech impediment - if so, it demonstrates another strong element to him.
The joy of being an Evertonian. Ive gone from deep disillusion with our performances, VAR, our wasted money, to excitement with our signings (especially James) to utter frustration at not being able to be at Goodison to watch us play.
350 Posted 08/09/2020 at 23:46:38
351 Posted 09/09/2020 at 00:20:19
It's a very impressive interview, isn't it?
A very aware, intelligent and mature young man. Self-confident without being brash. A deep thinker of the game and, dare I say, a romantic still in love with 'the beautiful game' as demonstrated by some of the quotes you share.
He gives the impression that he is very hungry to play after sitting out so many games in the last two seasons.
I also like how he says he revels in pressure and responsiblity, in being the main man.
Like you Peter I also wondered if he has overcome a speech impediment. He has a noticeable stutter at time.
If he is as fit to play as he looks fit and ripped in the gym, we could have a lot of fun this year.
It would be even better with match going fans roaring the team on.
352 Posted 09/09/2020 at 08:25:50
353 Posted 09/09/2020 at 11:54:18
Update, September 9, 11:01 BST: Contrary to previous media reports, the midfielder is joining Everton on a free transfer. According to information acquired by Transfermarkt, Real only secured themselves a sell-on clause, which would earn them a percentage of the Colombians next transfer fee. The percentage is understood to be in the lower and conventional range.
354 Posted 09/09/2020 at 12:37:48
355 Posted 09/09/2020 at 14:19:50
356 Posted 09/09/2020 at 14:32:41
Were going to need some new songs for our new three amigos,
Hames could always have Jimmy Jimmy ohhh (undertones)
357 Posted 09/09/2020 at 14:48:06
358 Posted 09/09/2020 at 15:17:09
359 Posted 09/09/2020 at 16:03:30
360 Posted 09/09/2020 at 16:24:54
294 Posted 08/09/2020 at 13:16:16
Flag this comment.
Bobby Mallon @ 271.
Link as requested:
Bradykinin & CV-19
361 Posted 09/09/2020 at 19:02:18
362 Posted 09/09/2020 at 00:41:09
Sorry about that. I stiffed them on a job they did for me. Been hunting me down since. Pretend you don't know me.
Thinking about our lamentations over the years regarding the Club not exploiting our Timmy and Landon playing for Everton. A little story, I think you, Jamie, and other Americans in here might get a kick out of it.
5 years ago, living in Springfield VA, several miles south of DC in Northern VA. My wife and I go to the mall on a Tuesday about 10 AM. The Springfield Mall, a popular one, is an old school Mall; indoors covering acres of land. Few people in there at that hour on a Tuesday.
We're done shopping and while walking towards the exit, in front of us in the middle of the mall walkway is a fellow setting up his big wooden wagon filled with soccer jerseys.
My wife has seen me look for Everton gear in stores over the years, so as we approach this guy and his wagon conversation goes:
Wife: Hey look, maybe he has an Everton jersey.
Me: No he doesn't.
Wife: You can ask.
We're passing the wagon at this point (usual clubs shirts hanging featured: RM, Barca, ManU). The fellow there hears us talking.
Him: What team?
Wife: Tell him.
Me: Nah, you don't sell it. [Disclaimer: I only started to wave him off because I didn't want to suffer yet another blank stare when I said "Everton" while shopping for a shirt.]
Him: Nonono, what team?
Him: Everton, yes, yes.
Wife: Silent. Just that look and smirk when the wife knows better than her husband.
His big wooden wagon has the skirts hanging off it to hide the boxes of his other shirts. Two stacks of boxes. He lifts off the top box and (sorry) has to DIG INTO the bottom box. He pulls out a legit Everton shirt, the #29 shirt of that Everton legend, fucking Mo Besic.
Wife: Ha! See.
Him: Only $45.
My grandson wears it.
363 Posted 10/09/2020 at 08:42:50
364 Posted 10/09/2020 at 10:10:37
365 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:23:09
wow.. If its true.. Website is generally pretty reliable.
366 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:25:51
367 Posted 10/09/2020 at 20:07:50
368 Posted 12/09/2020 at 01:12:56
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