“The Premier League is still missing in my collection, to play there would be the icing on the cake.” he told The Athletic.
“There are fewer breaks in the game and many counter-attacks, but this is what I like. I've done a lot of extra sessions with fitness coaches to get myself ready for a higher pace and intensity. I've done extra sessions with fitness coaches to get myself ready for the pace and intensity in the Premier League.”
The German midfielder, who is out of contract at Juventus in the summer, played under Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid and there is plenty of mutual respect between the two.
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1 Posted 31/12/2020 at 18:47:00
2 Posted 31/12/2020 at 19:21:39
We have Gomes, Delph on the books so I just can't see it unless one or both of them two is already lined up for a move. Also Gbamin is due back at the end of January. If Carlo is pushing for a short-term loan deal it may happen.
3 Posted 31/12/2020 at 19:24:50
4 Posted 31/12/2020 at 19:28:33
5 Posted 31/12/2020 at 20:13:19
6 Posted 31/12/2020 at 20:38:00
I've seen stories saying we might sell Bernard and Davies in this window. Well if the latter is sold, we will need to bring someone in irrespective of how far along Gbamin is.
7 Posted 31/12/2020 at 20:43:59
8 Posted 31/12/2020 at 20:44:12
9 Posted 31/12/2020 at 21:04:59
Pennington just loaned to Shrewsbury so he is gone now as his contract will expire in June. More pressing is Besic, Bolasie, Delph and Tosun
10 Posted 31/12/2020 at 21:10:28
If West Ham or Newcastle want to pay £12M for Davies, I'd snap their hands off. The same if Roma want to pay £9M for Bernard. If we reinvested that money and bought Max Aarons and bought in Khedira on loan, I think it would be a very good window.
11 Posted 31/12/2020 at 21:15:41
As many have said, that game against Man City (4-0) where he scored within seconds of coming on, has carried him along since. I like the lad, his heart is Everton through and through, but that doesn't make him a great player either.
If we got a decent offer for him, I would be tempted to cash in.
12 Posted 31/12/2020 at 21:24:30
Khedira wouldn't give cheap tackles away like Gomes. The guy can tackle and should be able to rely on his experience if he just sits in a deep-lying role. He wouldn't be brought in for his work in the final third. If he came in and became a Gareth Barry type signing we could review things in the summer. Is Khedira only going to come for 6 months though?!
13 Posted 31/12/2020 at 21:43:03
If he is anything like Gareth Barry, he has my vote straight away.
14 Posted 31/12/2020 at 21:51:25
But yes, I agree, it's an unusual scenario and you might be right in suggesting that something might already be agreed.
15 Posted 31/12/2020 at 22:20:18
Wouldn't be concerned about his pace... surely the question is: Can he walk?
16 Posted 31/12/2020 at 23:32:42
Either that or hes never had pace so wont miss what he never had.
17 Posted 31/12/2020 at 00:09:27
18 Posted 01/01/2021 at 00:09:30
19 Posted 01/01/2021 at 00:45:46
We already have one ageing new signing who's a passenger without the ball so do we really need another, such a Khedira, a bloke who's football experience of muck-and-bullets Premier League matches is zero as he closes in on 34 years of age?
In his four seasons at Juve he's played less than 100 games.
Should Moshiri not be aiming higher this month especially, in a peculiar season, in a bid to boost his investment and return towards his monetary fortune?
20 Posted 01/01/2021 at 01:12:14
21 Posted 01/01/2021 at 01:14:17
Worth a punt? Maybe... possibly.
22 Posted 01/01/2021 at 01:25:17
23 Posted 01/01/2021 at 02:41:57
Surely we need a young, pacey and energetic midfielder if we are going to spend in January? Ideally, cover for defensive midfield.
24 Posted 01/01/2021 at 03:31:36
Too many players in our engine room who are 30 or thereabouts already - Allan, Sigurdsson, James, Doucouré, etc. We need younger and more energetic legs to ensure that we have a high energy midfield.
25 Posted 01/01/2021 at 04:07:38
He had a good game (by his own relatively low standards) against Sheffield, and now people are going into revision mode and discounting that he's stunk the place out in the majority of those 100 games. He's played many of them because we've had no choice. The lad is one dimensional. He has a slight build, he is one-paced, he isn't a particularly good passer, and he can't carry the ball.
I also don't see why Khedira has to be a replacement for a 22-year-old. We have too many average midfielders in Davies, Gomes, Delph and Sigurdsson. We also need to balance the books because of FFP. I don't see how we can buy yet more players without offloading some.
Khedira can be a transitional player (on a 6-month deal) who can sit deep in front of the defence. He can tackle, has a winning mentality and he can come in and do a job until Gbamin is fully fit and do that role.
26 Posted 01/01/2021 at 07:37:47
As for Khedira. A wonderful player in his day. But his day is long gone. I don't see that he is any kind of improvement on Andre Gomes and he is someone I fully expect to pick up injuries straight away. It's a No from me.
27 Posted 01/01/2021 at 08:47:32
Six years ago, yes, but class is permanent. These are the types of players that people like Davies, so often mentioned on here, can learn a wealth of experience from.
If we signed him on loan for six months, with the option for a one year contract thereafter, that would be very good business in my opinion.
28 Posted 01/01/2021 at 09:09:36
Oh, and I'd take Sami on a 6-month deal to see if he still has it.
29 Posted 01/01/2021 at 09:29:12
I can't speak for everyone but I seem to have a few worries with this and partly because I wonder what happens next year. At best, a rolling contract and may be a ground floor flat in the country.
30 Posted 01/01/2021 at 09:37:47
31 Posted 01/01/2021 at 09:43:41
Let's stick with what we have in midfield – it's not doing too badly. It's up top where a short-term fix is required.
32 Posted 01/01/2021 at 10:10:12
The Doc was on TV talking football when he talked about a meeting with the Chairman I think it was at QPR. The chairman said to Tommy "Sorry, Tommy, but I'm afraid it is a parting of the ways." The Doc replied "Really, Chairman... I thought you were doing a great job."
I too am excited at the Khedira possibility; as pointed out: class is permanent. Barry was a great signing but Khedira is several levels above, when trying to build team you need an old head with bags of experience to influence the team. Peter Reid was supposedly knackered when he came but he had a great influence on a young team.
33 Posted 01/01/2021 at 10:31:14
I remember reading Alex Ferguson had told Giggs and Scholes that he would only be playing them about 20 games a season but, because of their experience and quality, that would mean he would get 20 great games out of them in return.
34 Posted 01/01/2021 at 10:51:32
If we have ambitions to get in and stay in the top four we need to be looking at younger and more mobile players. Already overloaded with slow midfielders and really should be looking at more forward options to put teams on the back foot and take some pressure off our defenders.
35 Posted 01/01/2021 at 10:54:08
The Man Utd team that the Doc rebuilt to storm out of the 2nd Div was one of the most exciting I ever saw. Can't remember if it was 5 or 6 they rattled in against us at Goodison Park when the lights went off. They absolutely murdered us that night.
RIP, Doc one of the great characters of the game.
36 Posted 01/01/2021 at 10:56:59
37 Posted 01/01/2021 at 11:51:12
38 Posted 01/01/2021 at 13:48:36
Maybe he adds a genuine DMC option till Gbamin is fit or we buy someone this summer. Feels a bit Delphy to me.
If we could sell Besic and Delph it would make more sense to me but it feels currently like we are adding to our stockpile of mediocre CMs. Allan and Doucore are good, Tom Davies is a work in progress. We also have Siggurdsson, Gomes, Delph, Besic and Banigime. Thats 8 CMs; not including the younger lads (like Onyango whos now training with first team).
39 Posted 01/01/2021 at 13:59:38
40 Posted 01/01/2021 at 14:49:58
41 Posted 01/01/2021 at 14:51:46
42 Posted 01/01/2021 at 15:47:28
43 Posted 01/01/2021 at 16:42:12
If you want a solely attacking full back/wing back, by all means sign Aarons. If you want your full back actually to be able to defend, look elsewhere.
Same goes for Lamptey. Clueless when it comes to positional sense and defending.
44 Posted 01/01/2021 at 16:44:20
If we can move on a couple of players and get him in for 6 months at less than 2m its virtually risk free. He could offer some stability to he centre of our midfield, he is top class and will not be overawed by any team and is a winner, whether he can cut the mustard at 33 in the Premier League is yet to be seen. On balance its worth a punt on those type of terms.
45 Posted 01/01/2021 at 19:39:00
46 Posted 01/01/2021 at 19:42:37
47 Posted 01/01/2021 at 21:47:47
48 Posted 01/01/2021 at 23:38:57
More than his age Id hope his injury record would be the focus. Mobility is less of an issue with the likes of Godfrey, Holgate and Branthwaite looking (generally) good so far.
A six month loan with option to buy seems like a reasonable roll of the dice for a player who might improve us short-term and get us to the stage where contracts have run out for those we cant move on for a fee.
I wouldnt be happy with selling TD but a loan deal to a team at the level where he would currently stand out wouldnt bother me to help balance the books if Khedira joins us.
Terry White, like you I am bemused by the excitement Aarons seems to inspire in many of our posters.
49 Posted 02/01/2021 at 09:14:58
Right back IS a key area we must improve.
50 Posted 02/01/2021 at 11:48:52
I find it hard to gauge young players' abilities and would have been happy to see Calvert-Lewin loaned out to the likes of Nottm Forest or Leeds Utd a few seasons ago. I find Tom's failings more palatable than the likes of Gylfi or others as he clearly gives everything he has for the team.
I am no judge as I welcomed Bolasie and dreamt of a Bolasie derby.
51 Posted 02/01/2021 at 12:04:05
Which emergency service do you require? :)
A Happy New Year to you and everybody on TW.
52 Posted 02/01/2021 at 13:39:17
53 Posted 02/01/2021 at 13:53:54
54 Posted 02/01/2021 at 14:10:44
We were very poor last night. We may have gained a draw but, when the ball came out to Cresswell for their goal, where was Rodriguez? We didn't sign him to defend but I think Iwobi for example would have stopped the shot.
Lesson: if Rodriguez plays, it must be as No 10 where he'll have 2 defensive midfielders to cover for him.
55 Posted 02/01/2021 at 14:17:36
Spin it how you want with Calvert-Lewin in the 6-yard box with no service, we still miss Lukaku.
56 Posted 02/01/2021 at 14:47:04
I think if we can bring in even 1 or 2 in on loan as squad players this month that would be a bonus.
57 Posted 02/01/2021 at 19:29:21
58 Posted 02/01/2021 at 19:55:17
59 Posted 02/01/2021 at 21:39:01
He'd be an excellent partner to Allan, and a huge step up from Gomes or Davies as midfielder no 3.
He's now 33. I haven't seen him play in 4/5 years.
If he came on loan, or on an 18 month contract he could be a good option. But we need to be targeting younger.versions
60 Posted 02/01/2021 at 23:21:38
61 Posted 03/01/2021 at 08:35:14
62 Posted 03/01/2021 at 09:10:34
Anymore than 12 months then I would be worried about stacking the squad with highly paid ageing players.
63 Posted 03/01/2021 at 10:45:27
I think what Carlo is trying to do is to mix experience with youths that the youngsters watch and learn, as they play, the older skilful players add a bit of "magic" to the team and lastly, up can coming players get used to the idea of Everton signing "Big Names", albeit ones that are in the twilight of their career.
Don't forget, players like James and Khedira will have been the heros of the younger players that are now in such huge demand and for those youngsters to see their "heroes" going to Everton will definitely influence their thinking, if we enter the market for them.
64 Posted 03/01/2021 at 10:59:25
Yet, there are players at Everton who won't be getting any games this season as they sit tight on generous contracts, so, are happy to train everyday without wanting to get away anytime soon as they go home after training to play with their children inside the home or in the garden.
65 Posted 03/01/2021 at 12:27:23
66 Posted 03/01/2021 at 12:29:11
I think Carlo would use the player sparingly at firs,t and he may be a sitter in front of the back four, that would allow Doucoure to get forward more and weigh in with goals, like he scored at Watford when moved up the field.
67 Posted 03/01/2021 at 12:33:29
When we have a fully fit squad it will be 4-3-3 as the formation.
Allan, Doucore and Gomes will do me.
Two full backs attacking.
Godfrey and AN other as centre backs
68 Posted 03/01/2021 at 14:34:56
We need pace and creation. We need someone to cross the ball. How many crosses came in from the left over the last 5 games? It's obvious what we need but whether Brands has the go-ahead without getting shut of more wages is another story.
69 Posted 03/01/2021 at 14:47:15
We are supposed to be in a rebuilding mode, and you don't build a new house with old materials. Surely there must be experienced, younger midfielders out there for sale; we are supposed to have the experienced personnel to find them.
Stop wasting money and get rid of the deadwood to raise some. Young players in the Under-23 team will not gain Premier League experience unless they are given it.
70 Posted 03/01/2021 at 16:10:29
Of course I want the club to do due diligence on any player but, at pretty much the same age when signing for Everton, you could have Paul Power, Richard Gough and Gareth Barry, all of whom contributed greatly.
I'm not banging the drum for Khedira but our midfield is still paper-thin in parts. None of us really know if Gbamin is ever playing again nor how many games we will get out of Allan whilst he has to shoulder so much of the workload.
If that young energetic, rapid defensive midfielder isn't available in January then we might still be able to make use of a quality old pro in the short-term.
71 Posted 03/01/2021 at 16:42:54
I believe this is just lazy media talk. if Ancelotti and Brands have any plans for this window they would have lined up who they want a couple of months ago
72 Posted 03/01/2021 at 16:45:26
73 Posted 03/01/2021 at 17:07:36
74 Posted 03/01/2021 at 17:09:02
75 Posted 03/01/2021 at 17:24:22
If you are ‘sure' of the availability of better options then you need to contact the club urgently in case they aren't aware there is a queue of exceptional footballers just itching to sign for us.
76 Posted 03/01/2021 at 17:35:36
We have Gomes, Sigurdsson and James who have quality but no pace; why bring in another slow player in midfield, albeit holding midfield?
We've already seen Man Utd twice and Leeds Utd pour through our midfield like a dose of salts and slower players take longer to support our forwards. I cannot see any upside to this move and pray it's just a rumour.
77 Posted 03/01/2021 at 17:42:09
If I was in the professional game as long as Brands and paid the fee he is being paid, I am sure I would have a list of players who may be available, not just players who Ancelotti has known.
But unfortunately, I am an 80-year-old retired miner, who just watch games on TV. I see a number of players who I think are good but I believe it is the manager who chooses who he wants to fit into his team. So for me to suggest to the club... it would be a waste of effort.
78 Posted 03/01/2021 at 19:24:34
79 Posted 03/01/2021 at 21:12:02
80 Posted 03/01/2021 at 21:19:45
81 Posted 04/01/2021 at 02:25:30
I don't see a short-term signing to allow someone like Allan to get some rest or even alter his role slightly, as out of the question if the terms are right. Our current alternatives are slow or lightweight, or both and Khedira might actually be an upgrade on what we have. He doesn't have to be around forever to allow the contracts of a few of those who are obviously never going to play for us again to run down.
I'm happy to wait and see what the club actually do. I'm just not going to get annoyed about being linked to a player, especially when I don't think all in the garden is rosy as far as our midfield goes.
82 Posted 04/01/2021 at 10:49:50
I appreciate Gareth Barry was a great move for us but that was to help McCarthy and Barkley, who were young players.
83 Posted 04/01/2021 at 12:17:31
We already have similar players. We need more and better attacking options to win games.
The Championship and Scottish League are full of talent that we should go after. Save on the wages and bring more zip, drive and energy to the team.
84 Posted 05/01/2021 at 02:41:43
85 Posted 05/01/2021 at 03:41:06
86 Posted 05/01/2021 at 03:54:43
As the manager had said, the reality is we are not thinking top 4 is viable this season, because of the squad. Its nice that we have it in our minds, but 6th is the target. Anything above is over performing, below under performance
Over performance gets more and more unlikely the more our best players are out of the team.
87 Posted 05/01/2021 at 05:20:01
The league is a marathon not a sprint and we have players coming back from injury and more than likely some changes in January for the better.
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