Abdoulaye Doucouré officially became Everton's third signing of the close season today when his £20m move from Watford was confirmed by the club.
The Frenchman, who had a successful medical on Thursday but had to wait for ratification of his move while the final details were ironed out, follows James Rodriguez and Allan through the doors at Finch Farm, pushing the summer's outlay past the £60m mark.
At one stage reportedly valued by the Hornets at £50m, Doucouré's price was negotiated down by more than half, although a further £5m in appearance-related add-ons could eventually bring the transfer up to £25m.
"I have been waiting a long time to come here and now it has happened so I am very happy," Doucoure told evertonfc.com. “I had some interest from other clubs but from the beginning when Everton showed an interest in me I told my agent to focus on Everton.
"It was the only club I wanted to join. Everton has a big history in English football and it is a good club for me to have a step up in my career. I am very happy now to be an Everton player and very excited for the future."
"I can bring my energy - I am a powerful player, I can run a lot, all the game. I can add goals as well. I will try my best to score goals and help the team.
"It is an ambitious project here and it was a big part of my decision, having Marcel and the coach Carlo Ancelotti wanting me. When you come to a club you want the manager and, of course, the Board to support you.
"It was the case with Everton and I was very eager to come here.”
Born in Meulan-en-Yvelines in Île de France, Doucuoré began his career at Rennes where he played 75 Ligue 1 games and scored 12 goals before the Hornets picked him up for an undisclosed fee in 2016.
He spent a year on loan at Granada before breaking into the first team at Vicarage Road and played 129 Premier League matches there, notching 17 goals.
At one time a target for his former boss, Marco Silva, when he was Everton manager, he leaves Watford after four seasons after that club's relegation back to the Championship prompted Doucouré to seek a path back to the Premier League.
Identified by Marcel Brands and Carlo Ancelotti as the kind of powerful, energetic presence the Blues' midfield needs, he has signed a three-year contract (with an option to add a fourth) and will wear the Number 16 jersey.
The three new additions represent a significant overhaul of Everton's midfield, an area of the team that was of grave concern over the run-in to the disappointing 2019-20 season.
Ancelotti's frustration was evident as the Blues won just one of their final six fixtures, finishing in their lowest position for 16 years and falling well short of European qualification.
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1 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:35:30
2 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:36:51
3 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:36:59
4 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:37:12
5 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:37:28
6 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:37:32
7 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:38:00
8 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:39:12
If we can get rid of Sigurdsson, Davies and one of Walcott, Bernard or Iwobi, it will have been a fantastic transfer window. COYB
9 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:39:21
10 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:39:36
Fair play to Moshiri. He hasn't just brought Carlo in to look good. He's backing him to the hilt.
This is getting interesting, or as Barry Davies once said "VERY" interesting.
Can't wait for the curtain to go up...
11 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:39:37
We've got signings. Of quality. At good fees. With limited length contracts. With much improved PR. Well in, Carlo and Marcel.
12 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:39:39
13 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:39:39
14 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:39:42
15 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:39:55
Okay, who's next? Gimme another hit, Marcel!
16 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:40:42
Relieved and absolutely delighted. He has a touch of class and will give his peak years as a footballer to Everton. He will be integral to transforming our midfield and give us a good few formation options.
Every bit as good news as Allan and James Rodriguez.
17 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:41:10
18 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:41:22
19 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:41:41
20 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:41:51
21 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:42:39
22 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:42:45
23 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:43:03
24 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:45:03
Good fees, sensible contracts and little fuss. A welcome change.
25 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:46:35
All's we need is a right-back, probably on loan, and that would be one helluva window.
26 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:46:50
27 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:47:16
Rob, when's the announcement for the fourth transfer mate?
28 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:48:04
29 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:48:49
This is one serious midfield now!
Cant remember a more exciting time to be a blue.
30 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:49:11
31 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:50:40
32 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:52:39
Well done everyone at the club!
33 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:53:06
Theres not been many great weeks in recent years to be an Evertonian, but this week is game-changing. I can see us being a real force this season.
34 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:53:31
Not the most glamorous of the three and definitely the ugliest, but this is the one I wanted.
Media outlets more interested in misbehaving young England players than making us headline, but I have a feeling we may just make them sit up and take notice this season.
35 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:54:18
"Yes! Yes! I want more! I want it all! Wine! Wealth! Women!"
36 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:55:07
We need a right-back, even on loan.
A centre-back, even on loan.
And another winger. Leon Bailey would do.
37 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:56:07
39 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:58:26
40 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:58:51
41 Posted 08/09/2020 at 18:59:17
If I was Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison or Kean, I'd be looking forward to playing with these three around me.
42 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:02:43
43 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:03:10
Rob #37, I can feel a lynching in the air...
44 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:08:04
45 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:09:00
Im more interested now in who we can offload for the rest of this transfer window. Hopefully Delph, Ramirez, Iwobi and Tosun.
Id keep the other perceived deadwood in the squad to see if they can find any form?!
46 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:11:29
It's a definite statement of intent. Now for a right-back, left-sided centre-back, and left-footed right-forward and also back up left-back and we are ready to go. He is a good age; hopefully he is our Essein or Vieira.
47 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:11:43
48 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:12:24
It'll never happen, of course, he knows they'll never be able to find new clubs.
Great signing Doucouré though, he offers something different from the others, so a great fit.
49 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:12:34
Three top players and three top deals, got to be impressed with work done so far in this transfer window.
Trouble now is, I want more of the same, just in different positions!!
50 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:13:16
Lol. You've only just come down from last night!
51 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:14:12
52 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:14:19
But I have to say that Nkounkou has certainly made me sit up and take notice. Could be a Brand's masterpiece.
53 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:15:28
I've been critical when it comes to Brands, but him and Carlo have done superbly.
54 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:15:33
At my age, they are the words I dread hearing!
55 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:16:27
56 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:17:25
I've just seen that on the news, armed to the teeth militias on both sides of the debate, it only takes a wrong word and the scene could turn horrific.
Also absolutely delighted with this signing, a big robust strong willing runner who can grab a goal COYB!
57 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:20:25
58 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:21:44
Most accountants reckon the sustainable level is around 70%, and with rumours of more players coming in, and with no gate receipts, we could be spending more than we get in, I wonder what Mr Micawber would say to that?
I am absolutely delighted with the signings and it's why I was ecstatic when we signed Ancelotti, as only he had the pulling power to bring these players to Everton.
59 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:22:18
Quite a lot of Everton chat on TalkSport this afternoon which is unusual, but I stopped listening before this was announced.
I think we have enough new players for now, and we've all seen what going too far, too fast can do. The next window will be around before we know it.
60 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:27:53
Can we be greedy and ask for another 1 or 2? Zaha perhaps.
61 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:28:29
63 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:30:29
No more airy-fairy, tippy-tappy, 'please don't hurt me' arsehole cowards whose heads drop at the first sign of trouble.
Not since Tommy Gravesen and Lee Carsley have we had a midfield who might actually show some fight and heart.
64 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:31:03
65 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:33:27
67 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:36:56
Arguably the signing I wanted the most.
Also £60M for the 3 is brilliant business. Have we got room on the credit card for more?
69 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:39:37
70 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:40:28
71 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:40:33
72 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:40:53
Have to say I think this is it. This is Moshri's last roll of the dice. From here on out, it will be sell to buy and develop the kids. It's now or never under this ownership.
73 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:42:07
74 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:44:09
75 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:44:11
Would be churlish to be disappointed if this hadn't happened, but it feels like it completes the set very nicely.
With all the calls for shipping players out, it seems like there is hardly anyone from last season everyone would like us to keep (barring Anthony Gordon and Gbamin). We still need a decent sized squad of players especially if we are going all out to win a cup (or two) this season.
Anyone think we shouldn't be looking to achieve in multiple competitions this season / don't need four or five midfield back-ups?
76 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:44:48
77 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:47:42
Brian #69, I posed the exact same question the other day. There must be some sinking feelings in certain stomachs.
78 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:50:04
79 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:50:08
Exciting times to be an Evertonian, but nowadays I tell myself not to get too excited. The best-laid plans can come to nought for any number of reasons, and I have seen that with Everton too many times. Just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.
I really think that time is up on some of these guys – Sigurdsson, Delph, Besic, Sandro, Tosun, Walcott, Bolasie. I have started believing in Bernard again, don't ask me why. Davies, Iwobi, Kean, Gbamin – I would still keep because of their age and huge upside potential.
80 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:52:01
82 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:52:14
I really hope that Doucouré plays on Sunday and makes sure that anyone trying to kick Richarlison out of the game like last season, will receive a strong legal reply.
If these 3 players are available Sunday it is going to confuse Tottenham as Everton will have a different formation. This is the time to show we can play and hopefully beat Sky top 6 darlings.
83 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:52:33
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84 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:52:48
Personally, I have every confidence that Marcel and Carlo will get the balance right. As some other posters have already noted, the quality of the new signings may help raise the game of a few who struggled last season. If so, I am sure those players will remain part of Carlo's plans.
85 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:55:32
86 Posted 08/09/2020 at 19:57:05
For all we know with the acquisition of these players maybe our underperformers will start to be the players we wanted them to be when we signed them. It could be that this is what the likes of Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Bernard, Gomes, Kean, Davies etc will realise to get into the side they have to start upping their game.
There will be no shoo-ins anymore. They are competing with top draw players now, so going through the motions won't be enough.
87 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:01:21
Well that's the 3 targets through the door successfully, as has been mentioned, who's next? I have heard (grapevine style) that Tomori (Chelsea centre-back) may come on loan, and Jesper Cillesen (goalkeeper) too to make Pickford sit up, put his tongue back in his head, and possibly commit him to the bench!
88 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:02:36
89 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:05:09
90 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:05:26
I will chuckle all night at your comment, thanks for making my evening even better!
91 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:05:58
92 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:10:09
Of our three signings, for me, Doucouré will prove to be the pick of the bunch and will get even better with Ancelotti's coaching - this man has some engine!
In bringing in players he has previously worked with, obviously shows Ancelotti trusts them to make a real impact.
I really hope James Rodriquez adjusts to Premier League quickly and becomes the player we all want him to be. Allan hopefully will be that "leader" we have badly missed in the middle of the park.
Interesting to note the length of contracts all three players have signed. There were rumours this is what held up the announcements of both Doucouré and Rodriquez who wanted a year more than what Brands was prepared to offer, lessons learned from previous transfer activity perhaps!
93 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:11:41
94 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:14:52
Add to the tenacious Allan and the passing of Gomes and I forgot the artistry of James we have one of the best centres in the Premier League.
I suspect other fans will soon be saying why didn't our club buy any of these players?
Fantastic business by Everton, we should be very excited as to what we are about to receive.
95 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:15:05
96 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:17:24
Herr Klopp also continues to give credit to the quality of his squad in training. The likes of Iwobi, Davies, Bernard, etc may not be winning us the Champions League anytime soon, but they are a solid top half Premier League team themselves and if we train at that level we will play at a better one.
Squad is so important!
97 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:17:54
Never thought we would get the guy, but boy am I glad we have him, Happy Days.
98 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:19:35
Be assured they are not serious KKK Members because they wouldn't be able to see where they were going, (no eyeholes) so no threat, but one may have a pair of scissors! :-)
99 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:22:14
100 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:22:43
I didn't think we'd get him alongside the other signings and, when the situation dragged on, it looked as if we'd missed out on him.
I'm so glad we've now got him at Everton, not really sure why... Perhaps it's merely his size and presence rather than his skill-set, but it makes a change to have that type of player in the middle of the park for Everton, after watching so many small-framed, lightweight types in the past.
101 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:23:06
Hopefully no mercy at Spurs and we play them off the park.
I'm not gonna tempt fate but I've a good feeling (lol😂) for Everton on Sunday.
This midfield can hopefully gel and become a solid, reliable unit and can last the 97 minutes and not falter.
Exciting days, and I'm raring for Sunday's game.
102 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:23:55
Really looking forward to the new season, we have to let the newcomers time to settle into the team, the midfield being the engine room of any successful team.
Albert #30, I hope you are able to get out of Eugene and relax with those nice chaps in Portland.
103 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:24:37
104 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:28:08
As an aside, we are currently blanketed in eerie orange smoke from the Oregon fires several hundred miles away (referenced by Albert #30), and my wife just wandered in to say it looks like the end of the world out here.
My thought was that of course, when we've just completed our greatest transfer troika ever, the world would have to come to an end today.
105 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:30:44
106 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:31:34
It was to the point that, by the last game, I was wondering where we might end up in 2020-21 without some serious changes in the engine room.
The owners and the Board have really delivered in backing the management. If only we can now keep the key men off the treatment table.
107 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:32:52
Really excited again but more cautious than some contributors. I still cant believe how badly it went after Koeman splashed the cash. Im hoping Carlo is far shrewder and knows what hell get from Allan and James. At the risk of sounding greedy, still feel we need a top keeper, a bigger goal threat, cover at centre back and a full back. Seems a lot to ask for. Hoping Kean can offer us something with better service.
For now Ill just enjoy the feel good factor. If we cant be optimistic pre-season then when can we be?
108 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:34:49
109 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:43:47
I've just seen glimpses of Nkounkou in the two games vs Blackpool and Preston and he looks like he can play a bit. I'm reserving judgement on him until I see him a few times.
In reading a bit about him, after he signed, it was stated that Everton have been watching him for the last two seasons and they signed him after he had refused a professional contract with his French club. We had to pay £200,000 compensation fee for his services.
Everton think they have signed a very good player, he started training with the first team as soon as pre-season training commenced.
Lots of games coming via the League Cup so it wouldn't be a surprise if he got a couple of games early on.
110 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:45:14
£60m for Rodriguez, Allan and Doucore is great business. Its less than we paid for Siggurddsson and Klaassen.
All these players are clear upgrades on what we have. No one can know how quickly or how well they will settle but we have clearly addressed the issues of the team. At sensible prices and wages.
This is the type of window we should have had when Moshiri first came. How Koeman and Walsh set us back!!
111 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:52:11
112 Posted 08/09/2020 at 20:57:17
Apart from the injured or emerging talent pretty much all of our midfield (plus gk and CBs) seem to be top of someones blacklist.
Ive seen a few posts like Franks (which I very much agree with if I havent already made that clear) but on every thread for incomings people are expressing their wish that some are shipped out, pretty much ASAP
Im apparently a grump but unless its clearly a case of sell to buy, Ive never been vexed by the rate at which we get rid of players. Seems like ulcer territory.
On the subject of the genuinely stressful, best wishes to Albert and his states-people. Guess you are okay even if the wind shifts Mike? Ive been fearing the worst since the orange one became leader of the free world!😬
113 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:02:57
114 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:03:16
115 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:04:52
116 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:07:25
117 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:08:25
I few more players in and quite a cracking the other way in the immediate future.
I am sure those players that sat comfortably during previous transfer windows , will know now things have unexpectedly changed and being comfortable is out the window.
118 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:10:43
119 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:12:47
120 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:16:34
121 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:17:14
122 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:24:29
Finally some new blood has arrived and all we need now is for them to get some time together under their belts so we can see what we have. Perhaps also that will stir up the other midfield contenders into a group that will be competitive in a lot more games than last season. Well done Carlo & Co.
123 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:29:39
Liverpool have expanded a massive amount of energy over the last few seasons, and it wouldnt surprise me if they struggle to stay with City and Chelsea this season.
124 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:31:31
125 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:37:05
I'll get excited for a minute.
Unfortunately I'll then remember that we have quite a few other weaknesses. But you can't replace the whole team in one go...
126 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:51:27
You know Gomes will probably not be fit and Holgate but I am glad Keane didn't get a start for Southgate's bums today.
Wouldn't be really nice to start the season on a positive note away at Spurs.
127 Posted 08/09/2020 at 21:56:41
I cannot see this season being the same "walk in the park" for them as last season was - although clearly, many of their supporters think it will be.
128 Posted 08/09/2020 at 22:14:32
129 Posted 08/09/2020 at 22:15:13
I did say to my Liverpool supporting mates that I would hate for them to have an open top bus tour to show off their first premier league title in November, whilst they have had a nightmare start and are struggling in the league. That might just happen!
130 Posted 08/09/2020 at 22:18:17
Hugh, they are already saying just because they lost the community shield last season and went onto win the league, they think the same will happen again this season. Next time I see them in our local, I will just remind them the last time we started with spurs then West Brom, we also went onto win the league!!
131 Posted 08/09/2020 at 22:27:24
I think he'll be asked to stay a bit deeper and protect because he's not the best passer of the ball, leave Allan and James to link and create.
My concern would be he's a little unpredictable and along with Allan will rack up some yellow cards.
I can't see any of them starting on Sunday and certainly not lasting 90 mins so let's not jettison the squad players until it's clear we don't need them.
Remember the injuries we have and will continue to get throughout the season. Also FFP is a farce and covid-19 is exceptional circumstances which can be used as an excuse.
Build build build, worry about fines and missing out on European football when we are good enough to qualify then take it to court.
132 Posted 08/09/2020 at 22:27:45
Reminds me a bit of Beckham. The one that really puzzled me was David Platt. Could be anonymous for 99% of a game, do one good thing and yet he seemed to be undroppable.
133 Posted 08/09/2020 at 22:37:37
Might have £5 e/w
Were certainly looking up now.
What a great week and its only Tuesday!
134 Posted 08/09/2020 at 22:41:21
All the RS supporters I meet are 110% convinced they will win it again. Some ‘concede that the gap to City will be less though! They dismiss Chelsea as also rans and the rest of us may as well not bother.
Si#132, the only thing I remember Platt for is the winning goal against Belgium at the end of extra time. Agree that he seemed innocuous for most of the games he played and overrated IMO.
135 Posted 08/09/2020 at 22:47:02
Doucoure is best when he can run hard from deep, gliding past opponents before they can turn and carrying the ball 30/40 yards before the opponents can recover shape. Incidentally, Allan can also do this.
The difference is Allan is more like Gueye in that he will close down and snap at players and get them to cough up the ball, tackle them or they give it away. Doucoure isnt as good at tackling, but he gets back, blocks passing lanes, stops dribbles, and intercepts the ball brilliantly.
Because they both play like this they have a tendency to vacate position. So, yeah, they form a good partnership and learn to cover each other. Or better still you put a defensive midfielder behind them as an insurance policy. Doing this is not such a good idea as you then end up with too many defensive minded midfielders.
However, if you had a Pirlo type player, and pace up top, then you can get these guys to win the ball, knock it back and Pirlo can launch devastating attacks with his accurate passing. Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Kean and Walcott have such pace. If you balance having three deep midfielders by pushing James right up top, then he can receive the ball and cause problems.
Now, André Gomes is a long, long way off being Pirlo, but he can hit a great long pass. His defensive qualities arent the best, but Doucoure and Allan will do the tackling for him. He just needs to be able to hit it Long to a quick player or to James and start catching teams with their pants down.
Allan can also win the ball very high up the pitch, find James, who will have slipped his marker whos drifted forwards as his team looked to attack, and he can create.
If you go 4231, and Doucoure and Allan both sit deep, and James is in the Gylfi role and Richarlison is left, then we could sign someone like Chucky or Neres to play wide right and really make a move on the top 4. I still like Thomas Lamar, hes not a flying winger but hes a great passer from wide. He might be interested but wed need to find some cash for him.
136 Posted 08/09/2020 at 23:23:09
137 Posted 08/09/2020 at 23:39:51
I like DCL and Kean but they will need to refine their movement. They have no experience of the subtlety they will have supporting them. I must disagree with your earlier post. Liverpool will find the fitness levels required. They really will.
138 Posted 08/09/2020 at 23:52:11
139 Posted 08/09/2020 at 00:04:51
Starting to fall back in love with my football club again
140 Posted 09/09/2020 at 00:24:07
I think DCL might actually do well with James not as a receiver but a creator. He uses the ball well and makes clever layoffs that currently go to waste. But the pressure will be on him to finish when James returns the favor
141 Posted 09/09/2020 at 00:27:04
142 Posted 08/09/2020 at 00:42:14
143 Posted 09/09/2020 at 01:04:50
This is a great week to be an Evertonian! When Carlo has the team tuned-up it will be even better. A win vs the RS early on and the double over them this season would certainly have the blood flowing, eh?
144 Posted 09/09/2020 at 01:27:56
145 Posted 09/09/2020 at 01:28:37
Well he is another player both Carlo and Brands know extremely well, has not featured regularly for Napoli, and I don't think is in Gattuso's plans for his dream future. Think he could possibly be that icing on that cake that Masterchefs Carlo and Marcelo are making!
146 Posted 09/09/2020 at 01:31:11
Albert, hope you don't have to evacuate. Eugene, Oregon wasn't Animal House filmed there? My oldest daughter's boyfriend went to the University of Oregon for Grad School
Here in the SF Bay Area we've had 3 major fires, and for several days the worst air quality in the world. Over a million acres have burned. Yesterday was 111 degrees and the power went off at 3 pm for 3 hours.
147 Posted 09/09/2020 at 01:32:07
148 Posted 09/09/2020 at 01:51:41
149 Posted 09/09/2020 at 01:55:34
We know that Besic, Bolasie and Sandro have no future and so will be practically out of the door but we can now hopefully also get shot of Delph, Sigurdsson and Iwobi. I think it is worth keeping Bernard, Walcott and Davis to serve as backup and potential bench warmers. Delph and Sigurdsson are well past their sell by date whereas we still maybe able to get some resale value for Iwobi. I believe that Davis has potential which hopefully can now be realized and I think Bernard can be an understudy for Rodriguez.
150 Posted 09/09/2020 at 01:56:49
151 Posted 09/09/2020 at 02:28:19
Pete #147, I'm rooting for you too. I have friends and family down your way. And you've got more than fires to deal with... it's about 110 degrees down there, isn't it? Hang in there.
Bill and Derek, I've been promoting Chucky Lozano here on TW since I first saw him play as a kid in Liga MX. I think I would have a full brain meltdown if we actually got that kid.
Ron #146, not only was Animal House filmed at the University of Oregon, but I was a student there and an extra in the homecoming parade scene. What's more, they filmed the ROTC horse scene on our soccer field and didn't clean up after the horses. We had a game that afternoon and had to dribble around the piles. No sliding tackles that day, I can tell ya. I pushed a pass through one pile and horse turds sprayed all over the defender. He almost cried. Had to come off.
152 Posted 09/09/2020 at 02:28:56
Lance Armstrong FC
153 Posted 09/09/2020 at 02:33:50
I am stunned we managed to get these three key deals done before the start of the season. I was honestly expecting to struggle through the first month of the season until a final push near the transfer deadline. It also gives us time to carefully rehabilitate Gbamin from his horrendous injuries. Gomes was rushed back and it affected his performances significantly.
154 Posted 09/09/2020 at 02:39:15
You're feeling like the hunchback in 300? I feel like King Leonidas!
Remember this day men. For it will be yours for all time.
Lukaku, Barry, and McCarthy was a great transfer window. This one eclipses that by a mile.
155 Posted 09/09/2020 at 02:55:02
My dad was a sailor and he said when his ships sailed up the Mersey after a long time away from home there would not be a dry eye onboard as the Three Graces came into view. Soon there will be four Graces and when I'm next in Liverpool for a game at the new stadium I'm certain there will be a tear in my eye.
156 Posted 09/09/2020 at 03:35:59
Talking about watching the games on TV I believe the Spurs game is on the Peacock Premium channel. It appears that Peacock is not available on my Roku device, so I guess I can only watch on my laptop, or iPad.
157 Posted 09/09/2020 at 04:00:20
Ron (156) - if you (or anyone else) figures out how to watch the match on Peacock Premium, please let me know. Last I checked, the only thing they had listed in the "Live & Upcoming" section was Tour De France, but maybe they simply haven't put this weekend's Premier League action up yet.
158 Posted 09/09/2020 at 04:25:46
159 Posted 09/09/2020 at 04:44:21
160 Posted 09/09/2020 at 05:03:44
We should concentrate on them instead
161 Posted 09/09/2020 at 05:14:58
This works every time in UK, for me so presume it would everywhere!
162 Posted 09/09/2020 at 05:17:22
or a new one that is quite good and doesn't need much refreshing although it is mostly Vietnamese commentary, although there are a lot of channels to choose and one or two might be in English. I often prefer to mute anyway:
I always need more options online, so if you have any please share.
163 Posted 09/09/2020 at 05:43:07
164 Posted 09/09/2020 at 06:26:08
165 Posted 09/09/2020 at 06:57:53
166 Posted 09/09/2020 at 07:15:41
167 Posted 09/09/2020 at 07:17:37
The defence will be under less pressure and the attack should have more service, in fact, I'm salivating thinking of Richie playing off James.
Annika and Brent – stop it now!
168 Posted 09/09/2020 at 07:48:10
Never ever got a website blocked by the ISP when living in the USA... them lawless Yanks!
169 Posted 09/09/2020 at 07:49:55
170 Posted 09/09/2020 at 08:05:23
Pickford or Lössl
Coleman or Kenny, Mina or Keane, Holgate or Branthwaite, Digne or Nkounkou
Doucouré or Gomes, Allan or Davies, James or Sigurdsson
Walcott or Bernard, Calvert-Lewin or Kean, Richarlison or Iwobi
171 Posted 09/09/2020 at 08:17:29
Football has moved on so much, I didn't agree with the equally skilled players, whilst using Molby and Le Tissier as the examples, because it's pace and power that usually wins the day in England but this doesn't mean that Rodríguez can't be a success, especially when Ancelotti gets his team hopefully playing to our strengths.
I remember Martin O'Neill telling me how they prepared for a European Cup Final with a few days on the ale in Spain, but that was in the days when the best teams were a mixture between a Grand National and a Gold Cup winner, whereas nowadays it's all about the sprint, the squad and the recovery.
172 Posted 09/09/2020 at 08:52:09
If we get the guy from Chelsea in on loan then that would be a bonus. Pickford is getting one more chance to prove himself but come the summer of 2021 expect a new goalkeeper if he does not take it.
With the squad we have we should be aiming for a 60-point season.
173 Posted 09/09/2020 at 09:04:41
I can't agree with this 'last chance saloon' rhetoric; money is there obviously and the proprietors (Moshiri and his mates) intend to spend like a drunken sailor to get results. Surely this time we must gel as a team and, without playing the victim card, we are due some good fortune.
174 Posted 09/09/2020 at 09:08:45
I think as far as our neighbours are concerned, they won't be far off the top but there were significant signs that it won't be one way traffic this season, they faltered many times after Christmas. Man City and Man Utd will be up there, Arsenal and ourselves much improved.
175 Posted 09/09/2020 at 09:29:49
Imagine playing away with a three of Gbamin, Doucouré and Allan in the middle. Not sure many teams would fancy that battle if they were all fit and on form.
Will be interesting to see which formations Carlo opts for and how quickly he can get these new players to gel. I still think we may end up with a new centre-back and a right-back too!
176 Posted 09/09/2020 at 09:35:08
177 Posted 09/09/2020 at 09:53:19
I just hope we don't have a problem scoring goals. Theoretically, the extra class in the middle should provide us with more chances, but we lack a clinical finisher unless Carlo can sign one before the deadline.
It should be a more entertaining season than the last two or three, whatever happens, and that will be great for all Evertonians.
178 Posted 09/09/2020 at 10:28:58
I know times have changed but, when you consider how much for example Tosun cost (£27M), not to mention Sigurdsson, Walcott etc, these new toys do look better value.
Moshiri has learned the hard way.
179 Posted 09/09/2020 at 11:09:28
All the talents in the world would render us useless if we become predictable
180 Posted 09/09/2020 at 11:33:06
181 Posted 09/09/2020 at 11:47:59
182 Posted 09/09/2020 at 11:55:13
183 Posted 09/09/2020 at 12:11:27
Madrid just wanted him off their books. Don't know if I'd believe it.
Overall really happy with the business done. Listening to dacoure it looks like he was told at dinner himself and allan will be box to box midfielders, I think both will play sunday
184 Posted 09/09/2020 at 12:13:40
185 Posted 09/09/2020 at 12:19:19
But I know that Carlo brought him to Napoli, so he must of rated the player. The player is not happy with the new manager who kicked him out of a training session and is now a serial bench warmer.
With that in mind it's sounds to me like it is obviously just bound to happen right?
Given what has transpired this week so far, I would not be at all surprised if it is announced in a joint press conference along with Gareth Bale who suddenly remembered his deeply burried, long lasting affection for Carlo and took a 80% paycut to join him again!
It's been that kind of week really.
186 Posted 09/09/2020 at 12:31:14
187 Posted 09/09/2020 at 12:39:54
188 Posted 09/09/2020 at 13:01:15
It seems he rates him very highly, as he also does Moise Kean.
So, I don't think we will be seeing any incoming strikers in the near future.
Hopefully, with a better service from midfield, the two named above and Richarlison, will be banging them in for fun.
189 Posted 09/09/2020 at 13:30:44
Also, as good as things are, I have to poo poo on this Lozano idea. Ive never liked the player. Overrated by a country mile. Cuts in and blasts over the bar like every time. Hed be an excellent field goal kicker in the NFL.
Pointing out for fairness, as a red-blooded American, I detest anything El Tri. So I generally have a negative view of anything having to do with the football arch-enemy from the south. But honestly I do not like Chucky as a player at all. Theres plenty of less expensive options for the same return.
190 Posted 09/09/2020 at 13:37:01
191 Posted 09/09/2020 at 13:41:29
Point taken Hugh. I'm a big fan of DLC, I believe he will be as revered as Graeme Sharp was in years to come. The point I'm trying to make is that given we've spent a lot of money already, it makes financial sense as well as football sense to make a short term investment in these two crucial areas where we've been clearly lacking, with two experienced proven players albeit who may be reaching the end of their careers. The two players I named were really examples, although both I believe would fit the bill. Let's not forget that Andy Gray was an unwanted old 'crock' when we signed him, yet he proved to be the catalyst for a footballing revolution at Everton in the 80's.
192 Posted 09/09/2020 at 14:36:36
193 Posted 09/09/2020 at 15:45:18
I have seen videos from Allan and he looks pretty much able to play wide although I read he is a defensive midfielder.
And I believe with these additions we can get the best of André Gomes. That midflied would never loose the ball and create so much trouble to any opposition, I believe. COYB!
194 Posted 09/09/2020 at 15:59:52
195 Posted 09/09/2020 at 16:14:58
196 Posted 09/09/2020 at 16:28:56
Whether it has been based on the premise that Marcel Brands brought him to Netherlands from Mexico and played a large part in his development, coupled with the fact that Carlo took him to Napoli from PSV, or is there more to it than that?
Mind you we have been linked with him before he even moved to Napoli, which apparently hasn't gone to plan, and he doesn't exactly gel with Gattuso, so there could be, and I hope there is, mileage in this.
We could also use him as a striker, or on either wing, he knows Allan well (not to be confused with Allan Wells, the Scottish sprinter :-) ) so bring it on. Doo-dee-doo-dee-doo-dee, fasten your seat belts we are now entering the Twilight Zone!
198 Posted 09/09/2020 at 16:37:54
So make of all that what you will!!
199 Posted 09/09/2020 at 16:41:39
Its only half four , plenty of time yet..
200 Posted 09/09/2020 at 16:42:47
201 Posted 09/09/2020 at 16:43:05
Do you really believe the Echo that much?
I envy you, after all we have spent so far...
202 Posted 09/09/2020 at 16:45:37
203 Posted 09/09/2020 at 16:48:10
He wants out and there probably is some truth that he wants to come here, who wouldnt? At the same time Bolaise and Tosun need to play and could do a job for them.
204 Posted 09/09/2020 at 16:51:26
As a DoF these kind of things should be considered - the character of the these players has been shown before... so they have to go for the sake of the team, manager and club. Don't keep the apples rotting.
205 Posted 09/09/2020 at 16:51:48
Hahaha LOL as Im from Argentina Im getting still used to the irony some of you use here.
Here at my place it aint so normal
206 Posted 09/09/2020 at 16:58:52
207 Posted 09/09/2020 at 17:18:40
Nicolas #205, welcome, I think you're our first Argentinian! And as it happens I'm wearing my old Argentina national team shirt today.
208 Posted 09/09/2020 at 17:19:51
Welcome aboard, compadre !
209 Posted 09/09/2020 at 17:49:48
210 Posted 09/09/2020 at 18:06:56
211 Posted 09/09/2020 at 18:21:27
Wow Mike, thats a surprise for me! 🤣
I have on my wall a gigantic picture of Goodison with the Stanley Park autumn trees, hope the new stadium never comes!
Here thanks to James signing Everton are getting much more on the news (as usually happens) so maybe there might appear new Evertonians soon haha
212 Posted 09/09/2020 at 18:21:57
213 Posted 09/09/2020 at 18:23:38
Here's what you do:
** Grab an American Flag. Why? Because. Buy some guns. Tilt your head back and yell, "Fuck it!" Start posting constantly, with guns blazing. That'll do the trick. Self-absorption, narcissism, and faux-confidence mixed with bullshit bravado are your friends.
** disclaimer - the above may have your internet ass ripped. Proceed with caution.
214 Posted 09/09/2020 at 18:32:23
I was hoping we were going to sign the Argentine Emi Buendia, but that is unlikely. I can forget about that now though, as the signings we have made have been a revelation.
215 Posted 09/09/2020 at 18:36:57
I think he is lying about ancelloti lol, but if he stays we will hardly get a striker in.
Would palace or insurance be responsible for wages as it happened on loan??
216 Posted 09/09/2020 at 19:06:14
Welcome to the house of fun - LOl.
Hopefully we will all enjoy the coming season and will have some good and exciting football to celebrate.
It will certainly make a change from recent seasons.
217 Posted 09/09/2020 at 19:12:06
218 Posted 09/09/2020 at 20:13:01
Tony (203) - Zaha is interesting. At the start of the window, I would have said no way. The guy's a mercenary and I *know* he'd check out mentally in five seconds flat if things went south. I also thought it was pretty pathetic he only managed one goal more than Bernard last season.
That being said, the talent is undeniable. And if he was motivated and playing in a functional side with the likes of James, Allan, Richarlison, Doucoure, etc... it could be very interesting. But it would have to be similar to the other deals (20-25 million, three years max) and I'm not sure Crystal Palace would be willing to swallow that.
219 Posted 09/09/2020 at 20:42:05
220 Posted 09/09/2020 at 21:03:45
221 Posted 09/09/2020 at 21:14:53
222 Posted 09/09/2020 at 21:24:57
223 Posted 09/09/2020 at 21:39:12
Way more of an attacking threat than any of our wide players.
224 Posted 09/09/2020 at 22:38:07
Any results ahead of the weekend game? Hope it won't be as tough as always in Tottenham! I'd go for a draw considering that.
225 Posted 10/09/2020 at 04:19:20
We managed to secure a 2-2 draw, and Gomes had one of his best games in an Everton shirt. Assuming that we are playing most, or all of our new boys, we are on paper, capable of improving on the last away encounter.
Proviso is that, Spurs will have strengthened too, and will they be firing on all cylinders? Hope you join the Live Forum on Matchday, the only thing is depending by which media you are watching, sometimes the remarks can be ahead of your stream, which can be a spoiler.
226 Posted 10/09/2020 at 08:45:27
It makes us predictable.
As a result, all the talents we have acquired may be rendered ineffective.
We have to stop this.
227 Posted 10/09/2020 at 14:17:12
228 Posted 10/09/2020 at 14:30:37
229 Posted 10/09/2020 at 15:35:07
Here in Argentina the match will be shown on TV live I think.
So Having the phone at that moment could be complicated, Ill be on my nerves I guess haha
Ill see if I can do it!
230 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:12:16
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