In comparison with Chelsea's Kurt Zouma, and Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings, Adarabioyo represents a cheaper option, according to the print edition of the Sunday Mirror, with the 22-year-old defender fitting Everton's preferred player profile better and entering the final season of his contract at the Etihad.
But Adarabioyo, who has been at the club since age 5, has racked up only 8 first-team appearances for Man City — none since a Carabao Cup quarter-final in December 2017 — with subsequent season-long loans spent at West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers, both in the Championship.
Adarabioyo impressed with Blackburn Rovers last season, making 34 appearances and scoring 3 goals thanks in partly to his commanding aerial threat. It remains to be seen if City will offer him a new contract or decide to cash in.
Two weeks into the transfer window and this report in the Express claims that Ancelotti is yet to be told just how much money he and Marcel Brands will have to spend this summer. If true, that means it would all depend on who, out of the remaining non-performers, can be shifted out for a fee.
Original Source: The Express
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1 Posted 09/08/2020 at 10:44:41
However, will be interesting to see the reactions.
Most probably be condescending, wtf is this guy? Not proven! Blablabla saying wtf is Brands doing etc.
Then we'll be linked with a 27 year old proven player, and boom, the reactions will be 'wtf is is Brands doing? Wasn't he supposed to find unkown gems? My gran could do his job'.
All good fun more fun than watching Everton play in fact.
In regards to this lad...not a squirrel, never heard of him
2 Posted 09/08/2020 at 10:52:19
3 Posted 09/08/2020 at 10:52:20
It is a Moyes type signing in some respects – someone with a lot to prove and ready to step up. I like the sound of this. If we can't get Gabriel then why not give this guy a chance instead and save our pennies for a class act in another position?
4 Posted 09/08/2020 at 11:42:51
Toilet training, footy training, Farley's rusk, eat sleep repeat. Did he have a testimonial for his 15th birthday?
I think this one will go into the bullshit folder, it is a bit of publicity for the lad who needs a club where he will get games. We already have Branthwaite and Gibson pressing the senior players.
We will be after a bit more experience, I think. Ideally [but looking unlikely] Gabriel, Zouma and possibly Yerry will move on to Spain, France, Italy or Germany.
5 Posted 09/08/2020 at 11:44:44
Why would we go for someone who turns 23 next month and has never played a single Premier League game when we have an extremely promising teenager who has?
6 Posted 09/08/2020 at 11:55:14
I've seen him play multiple times for Wales and, being a Welsh Evertonian myself, I would love to see another Welsh lad in the team.
7 Posted 09/08/2020 at 12:07:13
The answer to that is because he's played 65 games in the Championship – which is a very good quality tough league. He's shown he can handle it by all accounts and is looking for a step up.
We are after Gabriel who is the same age and has played 55 games for Lille. Ligue 1 has some very good clubs and players but a lot of the clubs are no better than the top of the Championship.
The gulf in experience is there - but is not necessarily huge.
He is also from the north-west and speaks English obviously. So the chance of settling in quickly is improved.
He looks quicker / more agile than Keane and Mina. Therefore he can move us up the pitch – which seems to be the plan.
And, given his age, he blocks Branthwaite and Gibson only to the same extent Gabriel would have done.
Therefore not necessarily bollocks (although it could be, of course) and nor necessarily illogical given what we're trying to achieve.
8 Posted 09/08/2020 at 13:09:34
The price seems to be good too, whereas we could splash out on someone only to find he can't cut it in the Premier League (many can't). He's a good age, lives fairly close, so presumably wouldn't have to move house etc.
This Gabriel possibility seems to be dragging on too long, but I suppose it's like a House Buying Chain, it only needs one to falter and the rest are put on hold or miss out.
9 Posted 09/08/2020 at 14:19:13
If we do sign him though, I'd like to see him replace either Mina (preferably) or Keane. I don't think we need a 4th senior centre-back.
10 Posted 09/08/2020 at 14:39:33
I think we all know funds are limited and expect more loan signings than permanent but I do believe that we all agree: centre-midfield and goalscoring options are the most critical in this window.
11 Posted 09/08/2020 at 15:35:39
That trawl didn't include some of the more ridiculous web sites. According to one, we are imminently signing Joe Hart!!!! The most common one is Allan who apparently was not even on the bench for Napoli last night.
So don't even think about incoming until they are smiling with Ancelotti and waving a blue scarf etc etc.
12 Posted 09/08/2020 at 15:48:50
Until then, enjoy the football and rumours.
13 Posted 09/08/2020 at 16:28:32
14 Posted 09/08/2020 at 17:53:47
15 Posted 09/08/2020 at 19:40:33
16 Posted 09/08/2020 at 20:05:24
17 Posted 09/08/2020 at 21:55:46
Why does this lad have to block anyone? Maybe he or someone like Holgate or Gibson are multi-talented enough to resolve our weaknesses somewhere other than central defence?
18 Posted 09/08/2020 at 22:19:33
19 Posted 09/08/2020 at 22:38:38
The gulf between being a fair-to-middling Championship player and a good Premier League player is big. Tim Ream at Fulham is a great example of this, as I'd say he was one of the weakest centre-halves I've seen play in the Premier League, but his record in the Championship is largely very good.
20 Posted 09/08/2020 at 23:24:52
I know nothing about this lad but it seems to me we won't be shopping at Harrods this summer and Home & Bargain expectations are being promoted to quieten us poor fans and our eternal hope of something good and lasting starting to happen.
21 Posted 10/08/2020 at 00:37:23
The point is obviously to buy players who are on the up. Pennington has done well – but clearly found his level. Adarabioyo is still developing and is looking for a step up.
His situation is not unlike Holgate's at the start of last season. Looking for a chance to show his Premier League class – having got some experience in the Championship (indeed, both may have overlapped at West Brom).
There is no guarantee he'd be a success of course. But the same is true of Todibo, for example. Or any other imports. And the idea of spending, say, £30m on 27-year-old Tyrone Mings depresses me very much.
The fact that he's a local-ish lad, English-speaking seems to give him a bit of an advantage. The fact that he'd be motivated to show his stuff is encouraging too.
And the fact that he'd be cheap means we have a bigger kitty to get in someone who really could be a difference-maker, like Bailey or Allan.
22 Posted 10/08/2020 at 07:36:21
We'd almost have more central defenders than we have midfielders: Keane, Mina, Holgate, Branthwaite, Gibson, Pennington, Connolly, not to mention those 22- & 23-year-olds in the U-23s – and would that include Besic who mostly played that position when we signed him?
You can see those journalists who like to give the other side a chance to put their case: "Mr Brands, can we have a quick word?"
MB: "Sorry, we don't let anything out quickly, or did you want a loan."
23 Posted 10/08/2020 at 10:08:03
24 Posted 10/08/2020 at 11:51:00
If the trust is there in youth, we have 3 senior centre-backs and two lads who, in my opinion, can deputise when called upon.
Use funds for 2 big centre-midfield positions and right-wing. This would make a massive difference to our squad.
25 Posted 10/08/2020 at 12:01:10
26 Posted 10/08/2020 at 12:03:45
Everton do have some highly paid, costly players in the squad and they will be difficult to move until the contracts start to run out.
The aspirants no doubt will want out if they don't get a fair crack of the whip and that comes down to Carlo's rating of them.
He will however want to build his own squad in time.
27 Posted 10/08/2020 at 12:17:04
28 Posted 10/08/2020 at 13:10:55
29 Posted 10/08/2020 at 14:09:25
30 Posted 10/08/2020 at 15:10:42
31 Posted 10/08/2020 at 15:13:52
But since we cannot sign 7 ready-made Champions League quality players, we have to build. Plan A for the building process, Summer 2020, seems to be:
1. a tall, quick centre-half (ideally not necessarily left-footed)
2. a top-class central midfielder, with some pace and bite about him
3. a right-winger, ideally left-footed, who can cope with the defensive duties of a 4-4-2 (and the freedom of a 4-3-3).
Personally, I agree with those who question the need for a centre-half because we've got 4 or 5 who are pretty good (although Lewis Gibson probably needs another loan before being first-team ready).
However, the club seems to be determined to buy someone quick – because the deep defence (and 4-4-2) has exposed how tragically weak we are in that area.
I'd almost be happier with two new centre-mid players and to put up with the defence – but that might be too simplistic / unsophisticated a view of things.
If we end up with Allan, Adarabioyo and Bailey in this window, I will be delighted. And you can see how the shape of the team suddenly looks much improved.
Summer 2021 then allows us to address the goalkeeper, right-back, and possibly a replacement for Richarlison.
32 Posted 10/08/2020 at 15:38:17
Well said, my only change would be: forget wingers – get 3 big centre-midfielders.
33 Posted 10/08/2020 at 20:00:27
Chelsea looking to loan him out I think. A loan with an option to buy, something to consider?
34 Posted 10/08/2020 at 20:53:45
Good shout about taking him on loan.
He did well at Derby but, since going back to Chelsea, hasn't figured despite Lampard being unhappy with Christensen, Ruttiger and Zouma... so he may well not be ready for the Premier League.
35 Posted 10/08/2020 at 21:18:05
Also, he'd cost 3 or 4 times as much as Adarabioyo – since the latter only has 1 season left on his contract with City.
36 Posted 10/08/2020 at 21:40:35
Just goes to show what talent is out there. White, due to Leeds's success is clearly more high profile, but is he really that much better than this guy who was had a full season at Blackburn in the same league? I honestly don't know, but what other players are sitting in clubs' reserves? A year ago, White would have cost what, £10 million?
37 Posted 10/08/2020 at 22:13:49
Bryan Oviedo on the pitch for the Danish side, but the outstanding player is the keeper, Johnsson.
Hugely impressive. Saving everything (but the penalty, before anyone gets pedantic).
38 Posted 10/08/2020 at 22:20:15
Yes. He is.
39 Posted 10/08/2020 at 22:23:57
He is desperate for game time to prove himself, wants the 2022 World Cup with Nigeria (or England).
Leeds are interested in him and Pep wants him to sign an extension and be a squad player. If we did sign him, it could signal a departure of Keane or Mina.
40 Posted 11/08/2020 at 08:58:28
Blackburn fans seem to rate him and he was one of their best players last year.
I think Branthwaite could probably really benefit from playing 25+ games in the Championship next season rather than sitting on our bench. So getting Adarabioyo could make a lot of sense if he is cheap. He could do a very decent job now and could develop into an even better player.
I like Tomori too. Can't imagine Chelsea want rid of him permanently but if there was a chance to loan with purchase option I'd be keen.
Hopefully Gabriel Will finally make his mind up this week and put us out of our misery on that one.
41 Posted 11/08/2020 at 09:37:53
This lad plus Brooks and Wilson would be a young Welsh trio that I believe would really improve us atm.
42 Posted 11/08/2020 at 09:40:12
Young, ambitious, been schooled at a top club from a very early age... I also like the idea of Branthwaite going out on loan, Sam, which will surely help his development more than playing in the Under-23s.
43 Posted 11/08/2020 at 10:00:42
44 Posted 11/08/2020 at 10:08:35
I also think training all week to sit on the bench could have an adverse effect, especially with the kid already proving he's ready to play at a decent level now.
45 Posted 11/08/2020 at 11:29:23
The unknown for me is Gibson. He did very well at Fleetwood by all accounts – but so he should to be honest. Not sure whether he's ready to be our 4th centre-half or whether he needs a loan at a better standard first. Again, this lad will not improve at U23s.
46 Posted 11/08/2020 at 11:45:05
Everton Soares rumours resurfacing again. A player plus cash deal involving Bernard, with Gremio, would be very interesting if Brands could negotiate it.
Bernard could be a good signing for them and would be more effective over there. Maybe a win-win for both clubs if the cash part is agreeable.
47 Posted 11/08/2020 at 11:49:16
48 Posted 11/08/2020 at 11:50:01
I saw the Man Utd vs Copenhagen game and, on the evidence of the Dane's performance in that one game, the keeper plus half the Copenhagen outfield players would be an improvement on our lot of lazy shiftless chancers.
I'd have their manager as well.
49 Posted 11/08/2020 at 12:21:00
50 Posted 11/08/2020 at 12:33:40
51 Posted 11/08/2020 at 12:48:25
Branthwaite to play in the Busquets position. Good passer, left and right, used to playing in the middle, good height, good physicality, still young enough to train a second position.
52 Posted 11/08/2020 at 12:55:14
I am making the suggestion that Bernard going in the opposite direction plus cash could be a good deal. (Depending upon the amount of cash, that is... and Bernard's inevitable wage settlement.)
53 Posted 11/08/2020 at 13:52:27
Branthwaite and Holgate are probably perfectly capable of anchoring the midfield. I don't see either there long-term but they will be options from time to time.
Branthwaite really does need first-team football though. DeLigt was playing Champions League at 17. We can't stick Branthwaite in the U23s.
54 Posted 11/08/2020 at 16:42:34
Allan wears number 5 for Napoli & he definitely was on the bench. He just was not brought on. Probably was not available for transfer until Napoli lost in the Champions League.
It will be interesting to see if anything happens quickly now.
55 Posted 11/08/2020 at 17:22:31
Left-side centre-backs are gold dust, they bring balance to the team and speed play up; right-sided players naturally slow things down and create different angles with their passing.
I would happily sell Mina or Keane, ostensibly they are the same type of centre-back. I'd buy a quick powerful player to partner Holgate and use the other two as horses for courses.
56 Posted 11/08/2020 at 17:45:51
57 Posted 11/08/2020 at 18:15:42
58 Posted 11/08/2020 at 23:30:54
Selling Mina will ease the wage bill and the workload of our treatment room at the same time!
59 Posted 12/08/2020 at 13:08:36
I suppose it depends on whether we sign a definite starter and who out of Mina and Keane we ship out?
60 Posted 12/08/2020 at 19:09:23
61 Posted 12/08/2020 at 20:19:44
Loan out Branthwaite for game time or, if we really believe he is good enough, sell both Keane and Mina to reduce wage bill. Would get about £35/40M for the pair and that breaks even on Gabriel and Adarabioyo whilst saving around £70k per week (estimate) in wages.
Better business model, improves youth opportunity & development and Holgate, Gabriel, Adarabioyo, Gibson and Branthwaite is a solid centre back portfolio for the season ahead.
Then it's just the rest of the pitch...
62 Posted 12/08/2020 at 20:30:18
I'd say our chances of landing Gabriel now must be less than 10% and I fear we are making the same mistakes as before where we lose excellent options whilst holding out for unrealistic targets.
63 Posted 12/08/2020 at 22:12:05
I think Brands is trying but he is like a pilchard in shark-infested waters at the moment. As you say, an approach to find solid realistic targets like Salisu may see us stronger and not panicking at the end of the window.
Another thought, do they think this Man City kid is a better prospect than Salisu? Maybe they do.
64 Posted 12/08/2020 at 22:34:52
Enough, let Carlo make the signings.
65 Posted 13/08/2020 at 07:30:35
My guess is that the difficulty they are having in finding buyers for the likes of Sandro, Bolasie, Besic etc is slowing everything down (the Echo reports this) and that we will not be spending as much as the last few years.
If we could have got Salisu and Højbjerg in for £25M combined I think that already would have made a huge difference to us. Let's see what Brands can do.
66 Posted 13/08/2020 at 08:24:23
67 Posted 13/08/2020 at 09:06:29
If we do sign players from Spain, or countries other than the UK that have imposed a quarantine period, then they have to self-isolate for 14 days before they could join in with training and meet up with the rest of the players.
With this in mind, if we haven't signed anyone in the next week to 10 days, then we run the risk of having to start the new season with the same shite that finished the last season.
68 Posted 13/08/2020 at 09:26:53
69 Posted 13/08/2020 at 09:35:47
Both look like they would have improved us – although everyone on here had very mixed feelings about Højbjerg.
Still very few deals done by Premier League sides too (and indeed across Europe). We're not the only slow ones.
70 Posted 13/08/2020 at 09:47:02
I think Højbjerg, though unspectacular, would have done a very solid job for us. At least we tried for that one. Will be interesting to see who our next central midfield targets are and if there is truth in the Allan rumours.
71 Posted 13/08/2020 at 10:06:01
Also, clubs are not averse to use the media outlets at this time, either to alert players of their interest or, if they are in negotiations with an agent and they want to speed up talks they release a statement saying they may move to another target.
I think so far we have been mentioned as being interested in at least 20 players, and so far of those mentioned none have yet signed. Now, where we ever interested? Who knows. And this year, the window is still open till October, so we have many more months of this to look forward to.
72 Posted 13/08/2020 at 10:17:43
We are also dependant on selling of players, we've got too many big wages on the books.
I would have much preferred all transfer activity wound up before the end of August, but that's unrealistic now.
Also, any aspirations on wholesale changes are also not gonna happen.
Sigurdsson, Walcott, Bernard, Iwobi and many others who are cited regularly on here as players to be culled will all be part of the squad for this season.
73 Posted 13/08/2020 at 10:20:31
The new season starts in less than a month's time: 12 September 2020.
I would like the crucial midfield players in with time to acclimatise, train and get used to their teammates and strategy. Our new midfield has to start the season firing on all cylinders, with understanding, organisation and purpose.
I think we will see Allan coming in before the end of next week. Gabriel sounds like he will make his decision this week too. We have alternatives lined up if he passes on us, so things will move on that.
Also, I think we really need more energy and dynamism in midfield before the season starts. Would love us to sign Buendia or David Brooks to give us a bit of that youthful energy and quality too from players on an upward trajectory.
We may get away with one or two late signings, but the midfield cannot be put off. We can't risk starting the season badly, say 5 points after 5 games and become less attractive as a destination, with the 'crisis club' moniker bandied about in the media.
We have to be strong from the start. Unfortunately, that probably means we will be overpaying on our first one or two signings. We have to get them in and take it on the chin.
74 Posted 13/08/2020 at 10:25:44
Bournemouth have said they won't sell anyone on the cheap and, by getting £41 million for Aké, they are probably sitting comfortably.
Buendia again will probably cost a fair chunk, and he doesn't really interest me tbf. I'd much rather Eze from QPR who is available for £15-20 million.
But we won't be getting anyone until we've sold – or at least loaned the deadwood – Besic, Bolasie, Sandro.
75 Posted 13/08/2020 at 11:35:10
So unless we offer a massive fee and wage early doors, we have to wait. That certainly applies to 1st choice targets like Gabriel and Allan. Even 5th(-ish) choices like Adarabioyo will have a few options to weigh up that might provide a better chance of first-team football or even Champions League football with, say, a German side.
I was hopeful but now I'm resigned to a flurry of activity in the latter stages of the window.
76 Posted 13/08/2020 at 11:46:52
There is an international break between the Champions League Final and the opening day of the Premier League season so players will be scattered all around the world.
77 Posted 13/08/2020 at 11:46:54
If Brands does his job well, then we can shift from competing with the big clubs for big-name players and try to get the up-and-coming players. Which is what Liverpool are doing. Tiago aside, most of their signings are made without competition from the rest of the sky 6 or the euro elite.
We can't just go for these type of players now, as we need major surgery to fix some areas such as midfield where the issues are critical.
78 Posted 13/08/2020 at 13:33:45
Only Kean and Gbamin are of the type of signings I expected. It seems they want to steady the ship with some experienced pros (eg Allan and Højbjerg) as well as landing highly sought after young talent (eg Gabriel). I think as you are suggesting that's probably the right approach.
I have mixed feelings.
At present we are dull but we are not in danger of going down even with zero recruitment.
With, say, Allan, Bailey and Zouma we'd be a great deal better. Possibly even sneaking top 6.
But if we instead bought Hlozek, Veron, Sangare, Diallo and Adarabioyo (just examples) then we'd have something that might be ready for a tilt at top 4 in, say, 3 seasons. The net spend would be similar.
Having seen almost nothing but dull mediocrity since I started supporting in circa 1988, I'd be happy to see us build that way.
Monaco, Leipzig and Dortmund do this – ie hoover up the conveyor belt of well-priced talent from Ligue 1 in particular. None of them have signed anything remotely like Allan off the top of my head. None of them would buy Zouma now.
79 Posted 13/08/2020 at 20:35:31
80 Posted 13/08/2020 at 20:38:10
81 Posted 13/08/2020 at 23:02:17
I haven't seen much of him in the years since; he has one year left on his contract, which seems to be the relatively low price. I hope he has been at least scouted. Memory serves me right, Butland was an okay guy.
82 Posted 14/08/2020 at 21:16:42
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