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Everton's forgotten man proving very hard to shift

| Wednesday, 02 September 2020 59comments  |  Jump to last

Sandro Ramirez last donned the hallowed Blue Number 9 shirt of Everton Football club almost 3 years ago. Yet, for every week of those months and years he has not performed for the club that purchased him, around £65,000 has gone into his bank account.

Of all the dreadful failures Everton have achieved in the transfer market over recent years, Sandro's saga is up there with the very worst of them. He did actually score a goal in his astoundingly poor career record with Everton, which is more than he has managed on some of the loan spells spent subsequently in La Liga.

Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear the man from Malaga will not play for Everton again, and it is back home to the Iberian Peninsula where his future appears to lie, with Everton keen to find someone to take him off the books. There is interest rumoured from a slew of clubs — SD Eibar, along with SD Huesca, Elche CF and Valladolid have made enquiries about signing Sandro.

Also Braga and Sporting Lisbon in Portugal have made enquiries. But the challenge of those astounding wages mean that, at best, they could afford perhaps one-fifth of what the player is getting from the generous Everton charity.

So, although he may figure on the Rumour Mill as a possible departure, the more likely scenario will see him going out on loan again, with Everton continuing to pay that vast salary for the best part of another year until his generous contract finally expires in June 2021.



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Clive Rogers
1 Posted 02/09/2020 at 09:56:45
Reading that Eibar, whoever they are, want to sign Sandro. He is available on a free, but they only want to pay one fifth of his wages. What a blunder by Walsh.
Philip Bunting
2 Posted 02/09/2020 at 10:10:21
Can't blame the player, only the Scouting team. Put yourselves in his shoes, he was scouted, convinced to sign, offered a huge contract on the back of our EFC talent spotters. He always tried but just not the quality in his game.

Again not the players fault so I don't see the need for and abuse heading his way from some on this site.

Joe McMahon
3 Posted 02/09/2020 at 10:16:33
Maybe he should have been given a few games. I dunno... but, since Lukaku left, goals have been pretty scarce.
Rob Halligan
4 Posted 02/09/2020 at 10:24:59
Clive,

Didn't Eibar win promotion to La Liga last season? SD Huesca, Elche CF and Valladolid are also interested, as are Braga and Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.

Chris Mason
5 Posted 02/09/2020 at 10:31:41
An unmitigated disaster he may have been, but at the time of signing most commentators thought we had snagged the signing of the close season. Sometimes, these signings just don’t go as planned.

Unfortunately we seem to have cornered the market in disastrous signings. It might even be our Unique Selling Proposition.

Kim Vivian
6 Posted 02/09/2020 at 10:44:51
I remember the unveiling video when we signed him with the private jet. It was like we had signed Ronaldo the 2nd.

As Philip said, you can't blame the man himself but with 16 goals from 31 appearances (Wiki) for Malaga the season before, and Barcelona on his CV I can see the appeal to a somewhat slovenly recruitment team.

Maybe this was another YouTube scouting job.

But one does have to wonder – what went wrong for him? I suppose the answer to that is Everton 2017-18 and the great Ronald Koeman.

Fran Mitchell
7 Posted 02/09/2020 at 10:54:39
We were all very excited with this signing, thinking we'd got ourselves a £30 million striker for buttons due to what seemed an astoundingly low release fee.

We were up in arms when it was roumered that Barça were going to swag him from under our noses.

Then he started playing, and he was a disaster. His failing made worse by the fact that he was one of many.

On its own, it wouldn't be seen as such a disaster. All clubs have signed youngsters and have players on big wages who then disappoint.

Out problem was it was him, Klaassen, Sigurdsson, Bolasie, Schneiderlin, Williams – all within a couple of windows for money that could have transformed the club.

In the grand scheme of things, Sandro is the least of our worries. His wages are large for what he has done, but all the above signings were/are on more and cost more.

Sandro is just representative of what occurred: huge hope turned into absolute disappointment in just a couple of games.

Tony Everan
8 Posted 02/09/2020 at 10:56:59
There's more than just Sandro, being attracted to signing players because they appear to be a bargain, then paying them stratospheric wages. If it doesn't work out, then we are stuck for up to 5 years with a player who we can't sell and other teams won't pay even the wages on a free.

It's a ball and chain on the club's finances and ability to strengthen. It isn't the player's fault if they're trying but just not up to the physicality or talent level of the Premier League.

Our scouting / recruitment team in the past has been almost too bad to be true on occasions. There's a litany of overpaying on fees and more so on wages. Buying players for positions that don't exist for them. It's the main reason the club has been relentlessly underperforming.

I am ever an optimist, but I think, hope, the corner has been turned. Probably because Carlo Ancelotti knows how to build a football team.

Alan J Thompson
9 Posted 02/09/2020 at 11:30:46
I wouldn't do a Niasse on him but I might let him know that, if he wants to go back to Spain before his contract is up, then it will be on a permanent transfer or not at all but he will train everyday and spend some of his not so hard earned on accommodation.

I wonder where he pays tax, Spain or UK?

Erik Dols
10 Posted 02/09/2020 at 11:31:16
I have to admit that I was one of the ToffeeWebbers who was sure we made an absolute steal. Like Kim said, 16 goals in La Liga in the previous season, coming from Barcelonas youth setup, I think his release clause was £5 mil. No brainer! I thought that even if he would fail at Everton/in the Premier League, we could easily sell him to La Liga for at least £15 millions a year later. Obviously, I was wrong. His horrible loan spells haven't helped much either.

FFP-wise it might be best to cut our losses and offer the player to pay out a big percentage of his contract immediately and release him on a free. Even if he would have a great season on loan he will be out of contract at the end so we would not profit from it, no matter what.

Barry McNally
11 Posted 02/09/2020 at 11:42:06
Seemed like a no-brainer at the time to us fans but the old adage rang true:

If it seems too good to be true... it usually is!

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
12 Posted 02/09/2020 at 11:57:30
Look at this way.

£65,000 for 52 weeks for 5 years + £5,000,000 fee = £21,900,000.

Salary £15,000 per week and we paid £18,000,000.

General feeling we still got a bargain and nobody would be moaning about his wages because - £15,000 is nothing these days. {facepalm}

Same total cost to the club. Problem is we are paying him and not Malaga and it has made it difficult to cut our losses. But realistically he has not cost the club.

Tosun will cost us 3 times as much over the contract.

Ajay Gopal
13 Posted 02/09/2020 at 12:02:54
I would really like to know what went wrong with Sandro. At least with Shandy Andy, we later knew that it was his issue with drugs and partying that led to his career imploding.

If Sandro is a decent human (no evidence to believe otherwise), then he must be feeling really shitty about where his career is right now.

Of course, his finances have been well taken care of but, if I were in his position, my self-esteem would be shattered. However, he is still only 25, he could yet pull a Vardy!

Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 02/09/2020 at 12:13:07
I think the whole problem with Sandro’s signing, and a few more, was that some people were more than generous with somebody else’s money.

I hope that somebody has learned his lesson.

Eddie Dunn
15 Posted 02/09/2020 at 12:14:56
Erik, perhaps our mistake was letting him go out on loan as that gave clubs a chance to judge him properly. If we had popped him on the bench, he could have had a few 10-minute cameos to keep his name out there, and nobody expects guys to do great things when given a few minutes at the end of the game.

There really has been some bad mistakes made at EFC.

Tom Bowers
16 Posted 02/09/2020 at 12:29:51
Much like many governments, there has been a lot of misspending and mismanagement over the years.

It is somewhat embarrassing that a club like Everton had sunk to this level of disastrous signings and make no mistake apart from the players they still have there have been many, many useless articles brought to Goodison who barely played a full game or two, far too many to mention.

How many players did they sign who almost immediately got injured and thereafter were on sick notes?

Here's hoping Carlo has better luck with his selections.

John Zapa
17 Posted 02/09/2020 at 12:42:34
It was a gamble that failed, all from an era of extravagant spending like a drunken sailor. Unfortunately, the club seems not to have learned very much since then.
Clive Rogers
18 Posted 02/09/2020 at 13:16:42
He looked like a non-league player on the one occasion I saw him.
Kevin Prytherch
19 Posted 02/09/2020 at 13:27:02
I'd rather a gamble not working out on a player that cost £5M and £65k p/w than £45M and £100k per week.

Although him and Bernard have proved that we should not overpay on wages just because they are cheap. If they're not willing to play for the club on reasonable wages then they shouldn't be signed.

Mark Murphy
20 Posted 02/09/2020 at 13:39:00
I don't understand how loan deals work. If we are paying Sandro's £65,000 a week wages does the loan club get a free player? Surely they must contribute?

Also, as with Tosun, I can't believe how one of our players gets injured playing for his loan club and they can just send him back for us to sort out?

James Newcombe
21 Posted 02/09/2020 at 14:54:22
Is he that bad? Or just too lightweight for England?
John Pickles
22 Posted 02/09/2020 at 14:56:05
Can't really fault the club for this transfer (except maybe our inept scouts). 16 goals in La Liga for a £5M release clause looked good on paper, if someone else signed him and he scored for fun in the Premier League we would be all complaining we didn't sign him.

End of the day, he isn't a player we should've signed, but his is the sort of signing we should be making.

Kevin Prytherch
23 Posted 02/09/2020 at 15:08:21
Mark – I would guess that a percentage of the wages are paid by the other club; however, this would fluctuate by demand.

If we are desperate to get Sandro somewhere, we might accept 25% of his wages being paid, if there's competition then we could get anything up to all the wages paid (and even a loan fee).

Generally youngsters are loaned out for free to get game time, senior players are to get some of the wages off the accounts.

Graham Hammond
24 Posted 02/09/2020 at 15:22:15
No hard feelings from me towards the player himself, I wish him well. He is simply one of many players who have been recruited by Everton in recent times who have fallen short in one way or the other.

I think that recruiting players from overseas (particularly those without Premier League experience) adds to the risk that exists with all signings.

Tony Everan
25 Posted 02/09/2020 at 15:45:26

I think this is magnified offering huge wage contracts to players who have had some success in provincial leagues: Tosun in Turkey, Bernard in Ukraine, Niasse in Russia.

If they think it is a gamble worth taking in these circumstances, offer lower wage deals that are not prohibitive, have exit clauses or shorter contracts, get them in on loan for a year and have a good look at them, or walk away.

James Flynn
26 Posted 02/09/2020 at 16:27:09
To think, he aand Klaassen were in our opening 11 that season. And both played a role in Rooney's goal that day.

Then, Straight down off a cliff.

Two pretty neat footballers, actually. But the pair of them couldn't be slower or less quick. Neither suited for the English game.

Dave McDowell
27 Posted 02/09/2020 at 16:32:24
Actually if you watch his 16-17 season highlights on YouTube (general play & goals) Sandro is head & shoulders a better player than Niasse.

Let's look at our strikers since Rom left, Sandro, Tosun, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin (pre this season which is overhyped), Kean (I'm excluding Richarlison as he was signed as a midfielder).

Are we that unlucky that all of them are shit?

The issue that Carlo is obviously so keen to address is any striker would struggle with the dog turd midfield we've had and this has been so for the past 25 years.

Name the last top class (assume 4-4-2) midfield four we've fielded?

After Sheedy, Reid, Bracewell, Steven I can't.

FFS look back on ToffeeWeb past players, the midfielders we've had, it's fucking embarrassing - I place before the jury exhibit, Gascoigne, Gemmill, Van der Meyde to name a pathetically bad few.

Richarlison & Rom make/made their on goals but god help any striker that's relied on midfield creativity.

Kean looked like the next to suffer but Carlo is fixing it to give the kid a fighting chance.

Harry Catterick said “The team is only as good as its midfield” and one of his maestros Howard knew this all too well.

Carlo also knows this.

If Sandro moves on I wish him well but my feeling is we as a club let him down.

Geoff Lambert
28 Posted 02/09/2020 at 16:54:35
Ajay #11 more chance of pulling Rebekah Vardy.
Mike Allison
29 Posted 02/09/2020 at 17:03:06
Hi Mark, as Kevin said, loan deals are different depending on circumstances. As it was us trying to offload Sandro, we accepted a much smaller percentage of wages than normal. Many loans are simply a case of the receiving club taking over the contract, some also involve a loan fee, whilst others are pushed by the parent club and so can just be a ‘free' player.

In contrast to Kevin, my understanding is that young players' wages are paid by the receiving club, as they are often low enough to be affordable, though the ‘insider' information I have on this dates back around 20 years so this could have changed. I assume this can also be different in different circumstances.

Andrew Ellams
30 Posted 02/09/2020 at 17:23:58
He just looked out of his depth. It happens with overseas players sometimes. His transfer fee was worth the gamble but it's the size of his wages that is stopping anybody else coming in for him on a permanent basis.
Kenny Smith
31 Posted 02/09/2020 at 17:35:44
Up there with the Kroldrop signing this one, what an absolute disaster.
He couldn’t get in my veterans team because he’s last. We should just rip up his contract because no one is going to pay a penny for him on a permanent basis. Sad thing is we’ve got a few in the same position with a similar level of talent.
Mike Gaynes
32 Posted 02/09/2020 at 18:48:27
John #21, agreed, he looked a good gamble. But scouts can't see what's in a kid's heart or head, and they can't predict how he's going to develop.

It's amazing how often a budding star at 19 is a complete bust by 23. Lamptey, Adu, Deisler, Drenthe, Pato, Macheda, Saviola, Michael Johnson... the list goes on and on.

So as frustrating as it is to have handed this kid so much money for one goal, the fact is... this comes with the territory.

Steven Astley
33 Posted 02/09/2020 at 19:10:58
Did you write this while you were sat on the toilet? We love a good scapegoat when it isn't really warranted, don't we?

The lad has made 5 competitive starts for us and 5 off the bench. Not saying don't try and move him on again, but is that enough time to form such an opinion and warrant all of this childish shit?

John Pickles
34 Posted 02/09/2020 at 19:32:33
Mike, I don't think scouting was the problem in the Sandro signing but I think a good scout could have maybe noticed his skill set wasn't going to fit the Premier League. Too many of our signings don't work in the Premier League; Klaassen's performance for Ajax against Man U should have flagged up a concern – and don't start me on Niasse.
Danny Broderick
35 Posted 02/09/2020 at 19:39:05
£65,000 a week works out at £3.38 million p.a.

I predict he will leave us for £2-3 million, and we will be paying him £1-2 million to cover the loss of wages he will get by signing a contract elsewhere. This is why we haven’t paid him off. If we pay him off, we lose out completely. If we sell him and subsidise his wage loss, we should hopefully make a small profit or at least break even.

He’s been a terrible signing, but hopefully the end is coming.

Peter Neilson
36 Posted 02/09/2020 at 21:09:38
I can't see us getting anything for him, our selling position is weak. A gamble that didn't work. Our incoming transfers over the past 5 years or so have been so high that it's hard to judge from game time alone if some of these guys were good enough.

In normal times, I would assume that not enough was seen in training to deserve any more but, with our equally high managerial changes, these haven't been normal times. On to the next batch.

Christy Ring
37 Posted 02/09/2020 at 22:07:06
John #33 I also said after watching Klaassen against Man Utd, I think he got 2 touches, I couldn't understand what Koeman saw in him, and the fee, which never worked out. Koeman has a lot to answer to, as well as Walsh.

Bolasie, Besic, Ramirez, Delph, Bernard, Tosun and Sigurdsson are on big contracts and salaries, and are not going anywhere, because no-one will match there contracts – that's the massive problem Brands has.

Phil Wood
38 Posted 02/09/2020 at 22:33:11
Bernard is head and shoulders above the others being mentioned. He will function well in a half-decent side.
Justin Doone
39 Posted 02/09/2020 at 23:06:08
For a forward he's simply not quick, strong or good enough for the Premier League but a tidy player.

I remember watching a lot of the youth World Cup he played in for Spain. He was an energetic forward, did a lot of running, closing down, chasing back etc.

Spains main man was Asensio, who was a far superior player even back then but even he hasn't really had the impact I thought he would have had for Real Madrid. A good player but unfulfilled potential in my view.

Sandro was worth a gamble at the time but financially it was ridiculous to pay an unproven teenager such a high basic salary on such a long contract even if he was a freeby.

Bernard reminds me of a similar (but better) player. A wide forward / winger that isn't particularly quick, strong or able to beat a man. He runs and tries hard but the end product is often a let-down.

Worth the freeby gamble but this is surely his last chance to prove what he can do with better players around him.

Mike Gaynes
40 Posted 02/09/2020 at 23:35:57
John and Christy, I was also quite certain Klaassen was a mistake. I'd seen him several times for Ajax and thought he was maybe their 6th best player. I think Koeman just wanted somebody with an accent that sounded like his.

That said, for all his lack of top talent, Klaassen was certainly the leader Koeman wanted. I watched Werder Bremen several times this year near the end of the season, and Klaassen's captaincy probably saved them from relegation. They deserved to go down. He dragged them over the line with a couple of key goals and sheer willpower.

Nicholas Ryan
41 Posted 03/09/2020 at 01:29:14
I think Bernard might be an interesting prospect in the coming season. Bernard being supplied by the current midfield dumbos doesn't work; Bernard being supplied by James Rodrigues, Allan and Doucoure... might be an entirely different player!
James Flynn
42 Posted 02/09/2020 at 01:57:29
On Bolasie, Besic, Sandro, and Walcott. In the last year of their contract, it's not just a matter for Brands to get rid. They all must consider their next move professionally. It's their own pressure on them, beyond the Club telling them they're surplus to requirements for next season.

Brands dumped Mirallas and Schneiderlin on "frees". Both with one year left on their contract at £75k per and £100k per, respectively. I read their movement as the buying club paying off that last one year in lieu of paying a fee. And both landed okay.

If, again if, Carlo lets Bolaise et al know they're not in his plans, deals can be worked the same way. There's pressure on those players, too. Not just the Club.

I'd wonder what Carlo thinks of Walcott, though. He works his ass off and retains his quickness and pace.

John Davies
43 Posted 03/09/2020 at 10:06:31
I live in Spain and saw him on television. Just an average player for the lower half of La Liga.

What the hell has been happening at Everton over the last number of years? The club has been so badly managed, at all levels, and has wasted money at a horrific rate.

Dave Abrahams
44 Posted 03/09/2020 at 10:13:10
James (43),

Yes, Walcott works his arse off and he uses his pace: if he used his brain as much, his career would have been all the better for it.

I mean his football brain; his financial one has done very well.

James Flynn
45 Posted 03/09/2020 at 15:21:52
Dave (45) - Yes, I think there is a general acknowledgment in here that he's not that great a footballer.

Bolasie, Sandro, and Besic know they won't be playing for Everton again. I'd wager their agents are trying to find them a club right now. "My career" pressure is on them, not the Club.

Walcott has to consider what's next for his career after this season is up, too.
That's true. But him, Carlo played. So my question remains. We'll find out the answer soon enough, I'm sure.

Ian Horan
46 Posted 03/09/2020 at 15:44:01
Interesting views again, scapegoat, players fault etc, etc.

Sandro is no different to Jack Rodwell, £70k per week at Sunderland refused a pay cut even after dropping into Division 1 with Sunderland. Jack sat out the last 18 months of his contract, refusing to go on loan, refusing to negotiate a payoff. His position was "I have a 5-year contract". So it's a trait that all players have, they get offer the money and are entitled to it. Morally it stinks.

Just on point on Andy Van Der Meyde, he was a very good player until his little girl at 9 months old became so poorly they virtually lived at Alder Hay. His head went west over it, that's when he turned to drinks and drugs... think it was around Xmas 2006, my own son was really ill in Alder Hay at the same time.

Dave Abrahams
47 Posted 03/09/2020 at 16:45:34
James (46), yes I think Besic and Bolasie will get clubs in this close season and that will finish there time with Everton. Hopefully the clubs who take them will pay a decent proportion of their wages.

Sandro should also be fixed up but it remains to be seen how much of his wages will be paid by the club who signs him. Not much I think, but every little helps.

In Walcott case, he wasn't too bad from the January to the end of that season and his two or goals and some assists came in handy.

At the start of the next season it seemed to me that he just didn't want to be here, but that just the feeling I got. Maybe fab club from down south comes in for him he might be tempted and we could some money back on him.

We have had some good news in the last few days and hopefully more to come, to cheer us up and give us the decent season we Bluenoses surely deserve. It's been a long time coming.

Jerome Shields
48 Posted 03/09/2020 at 21:54:49
Sandro was a player that played five games in a very poor managed Everton team. Even bringing in youth players into the present team is a risk, since they need a settled team where every player is at a best in his position. A young player can then fit into an already working team system.

Sandro struggled and then, with his confidence shot, he was loaned out to an Iberian peninsula merry-go-round. I very much doubt Everton actually contacted him during this time.

Bernard, prior to the Covid-19 break, was the one player on the Everton team who had really benefited from Ancelotti's coaching. After the break, he appeared to be on a different planet. There were rumours of Bernard having personnel problems.

Now, unfortunately, due to financial problems at Everton, he looks like a candidate who could be out the door.

Grant Rorrison
49 Posted 03/09/2020 at 22:08:54
Bernie's a good player on his day. Will benefit from playing in a side with more footballers in it I think. Would keep him personally.
Ian Linn
50 Posted 04/09/2020 at 19:37:14
I think this is more a symptom of a flawed system. Clubs are so desperate to sign players (or managers) that big attractive packages have to be put together in order to attract them.

Situations like Sandro's are just a part of the cost of doing business. You have to hope that, for every Sandro, we can balance it out with a Richarlison.

It's always going to happen.

Barry Jones
51 Posted 05/09/2020 at 03:33:04
Having run businesses and being in control of the financials, it baffles me as to how we easily blow money away at a football club like Everton.

I am not a fan of Marcel Brands or indeed the director of football position. Where does Brands get his experience in understanding the qualities of players? I would put my house on Ancelotti knowing their true value.

Martin Nicholls
52 Posted 05/09/2020 at 12:50:17
Sandro is an extremely average player who had a "purple patch" season which duped us into awarding him a ridiculous contract.

There is far more to his situation than not being able to adapt to Premier League, not being given a chance, being played out of position, as has been confirmed by his poor performances whilst out on loan, in his native country, over the last few years.

In a nutshell, we were fooled into awarding a mega deal to a very average player. Probably better than Niasse though!

John Dingle
53 Posted 05/09/2020 at 22:19:28
Dave at 27. Moyes midfield of Peinar, Arteta, Cahill, Fernandes or Osman wasn’t too bad. Backed up with Kilblane
Steve Carter
54 Posted 06/09/2020 at 04:59:09
Also the 2010-11 midfield one might label as 'top class', John: Pienaar, Cahill, Fellaini, Arteta.

It would be interesting to see who Dave would whittle his 4 down to, out of them and Sheedy, Reid, Bracewell, Steven.

Dave McDowell
55 Posted 06/09/2020 at 09:36:03
John #53 Steve #54,

I don't disagree that Pienaar, Cahill, Fellaini & Arteta are 4 top class players but my post was the midfield correlation to our continued striker issue and particularly in this topic Sandro's failure.

Pienaar & Arteta certainly could create chances for any striker; however ,Tim was basically a false forward and (although I highly rated) Fellaini, Moyes never played him in his most effective position and often (out of desperation) threw him up as makeshift striker.

Ossie was a great player but fans have short memories, the poor guy received dog's abuse for most of his career with not many fans calling for his automatic inclusion at the time. Kilbane was gone before Peinar arrived but ke was no more than a just-above-average player.

Steve, I hope I'm not misunderstanding your question but, if you are asking me to make a choice of 4 out of the 8 mentioned, then (to me) it is not even in doubt and any Toffee lucky enough to have witnessed Sheedy, Reid, Brace & Steven would probably agree.

However, that is because they were the perfect 4 in a 4-4-2. Tim could never play in a 4-4-2 and, although the other three could, they were not better than any of Howard Kendall's title-winning midfield.

So back to my original point that our continual piss-poor midfield over 25 years have contributed massively to the failure of most of our strikers.

Although I'm convinced even Sandro would have scored goals if he'd been ahead of Sheedy, Reid, Bracewell, Steven.

Ian Riley
56 Posted 06/09/2020 at 09:36:25
I wouldn't move unless my contract was matched or paid off. Our club went through the "in the money" phase and reckless with signings. Carlo has bought quality with big salaries. I don't mind that but my word we have bought average and paid the price and still paying.

Our wage bill must be cut or get success with European qualification this season. I think this summer will be our last big spend for a while. The current economic state will surely impact football in years to come.

Dave McDowell
57 Posted 08/09/2020 at 08:20:30
However I wish to “future proof” my comments at #27 & #55 that a midfield of James, Gomes, Doucouré & Allan might just be fucking awesome.

Up the Toffees.

Paul Burns
58 Posted 13/09/2020 at 20:52:18
Its quite obvious that signing players on low fees or even frees allowing you to overpay on wages and long contracts is a recipe for disaster.

Taking these chances should require 3-year terms at most, take it or leave it. If the player looks good, this can be renegotiated while they're under contract. If not, you're not stuck with an embarrassing drain on your cash-flow. that you can't give away.

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

Stan Schofield
59 Posted 19/09/2020 at 00:11:22
It's very difficult to judge individual players at Everton, because basically we've been shite (broadly speaking, and barring a few times when we looked promising) for over two decades.

If you wanted to actually win trophies, Everton isn't the club to choose, but if you want an easy life with mediocrity, it's perfect. Sandro might be quite good, or he might be crap, but we don't really know.


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