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The Young Ones...

Close season means we all start playing Fantasy Football in our head, in forums and in the pub. Who to buy, who to sell, and so on. However, I wonder who do people expect to come through from our Under-23s or below to have an impact on the squad?

Our new Director of Football, Marcel Brands, made clear that this is viewed as a clear long-term strategic goal of the club, and in recent years we have done well.

Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Beni Baningime, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Jonjoe Kenny are all first-team squad regulars. Ademola Lookman we also hope/expect will add to that list. But who from the current ranks will make that step up?

Kieran Dowell seems the most likely. While Antonee Robinson also gets mentioned. Other than that, I am pretty clueless as to the real development potential in our ranks.

Josh Bowler was signed from QPR for a significant fee. Will he make the breakthrough?

Conor Grant is a bit of a veteran in the Under-23s and has been talked highly of. Will he do it or move on?

Matty Foulds was talked of a lot when he signed; how has he developed? Will he bolster our defense?

Harry Charsley? Calum Connolly? Joe Williams? Nathangelo Markelo? Anthony Evans? Mateusz Hewlett?

Anyone got any opinions? Any hidden gems? Or are they set for Leagues One or Two (in itself, a great achievement for our academy to produce so many professionals), or shall we consider anyone when making our summer shopping plans?

Fran Mitchell     Posted 25/05/2018 at 16:17:12

Everton are in the market for an attacking playmaker – Who could we sign?

With Wayne Rooney following the natural progression of past-their-prime footballers and looking to join the MLS, Everton may be in the market for a new attacking playmaker in the summer transfer window. Last year’s £23.6 million signing Davy Klaassen only played seven Premier League games at Goodison Park, and it is likely that the club will try to offload the Dutch flop. Gylfi Siggurdsson’s Everton career has also been underwhelming, and the Toffees desperately need to get it right with their next acquisition for the role. Who could the new manager look to bring in?

Anderson Talisca

Reports from Sport Witness suggest that Everton may be about to tussle with Roma for the signature of Brazilian playmaker Anderson Talisca. The Benfica man is currently on loan at Cenk Tosun’s old home, Besiktas, who have the option to buy. If the Vodafone Park club decide not to take the player, it is understood that the Portuguese giants will look elsewhere to cash in on the 24-year-old.

Talisca has been enjoying a strong season in the Turkish Super Lig for the 2016-17 champions and has notched 19 goals and five assists in 46 appearances for Senol Gunes’s side. The tricky attacker has drawn comparisons with Paris Saint-Germain sharpshooter Neymar, along with legendary Brazilian 1999 Ballon d’Or winner Rivaldo.

Talisca hasn’t made Tite’s squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer, but he has played for the national squad at U20 and U23 level. The Brazil squad contains a number of high-quality attackers and, as of the 19 May, Tite’s men are 9/2 with the bookmaker Betway to win their sixth trophy at the ultimate tournament. The only way for the Feira de Santana-born player to break into the Canarinho side will surely be to start playing in a more prestigious league, and a move to Everton could suit the youngster. There is no doubt that the lure of Champions League football at Roma will also be tempting, and the Toffees will have to be ready to part with a hefty sum to secure the Brazilian’s services.

Talisca would certainly represent an attractive signing for Everton; if the player can continue his upward trajectory in the English top flight, he could bring about an incisive edge that the Toffees have been lacking in recent years.

Manuel Lanzini

A less risky option would be to go for a player who is already well-established in the paramount English division. There are rumours circulating that Everton may try to snatch Argentine playmaker Manuel Lanzini from Premier League rivals West Ham. The 25-year-old has made 62 appearances for the Irons since joining in 2015 and has notched 13 goals in that time. There is a feeling that Lanzini has not yet reached his full potential; after struggling in an underperforming West Ham side for the last two campaigns, he may be desperate to reinvigorate his career elsewhere.

Everton were linked with Lanzini last summer when they were preparing for the loss of Ross Barkley, but the Hammers held firm on one of their key players. After the departure of David Moyes from the London Stadium, there may be big changes at the club who spent most of the 2017-18 campaign battling relegation.

If the Goodison Park outfit want to secure the services of Lanzini, they will have to move fast. Reports suggest that Liverpool are also interested in signing the playmaker as a long-term replacement for Philippe Coutinho. In another possible twist, Manuel Pellegrini may take over as West Ham manager. If this comes to fruition, it is thought that Lanzini will want to stay and play under the South American former Manchester City manager. Lanzini is likely to join up with Argentina for the World Cup and, if he impresses there, his stock will go up further.

Once again, it could be a summer of major changes at Everton as they seek to mount a challenge to the established Premier League elite. A top quality attacking playmaker should be at the top of the new manager’s shopping list, and these two players could help boost the Toffees’ top six hopes.

Gary McCarty     Posted 21/05/2018 at

The exuberance of youth

After the dust has settled on what has been an important few days in Everton's history — finally getting rid of Sam Allardyce from our club — we as Evertonians have the opportunity to look forward with optimism about our future under a new manager, with a new Director of Football already in place, and a new board at the helm.

With this in mind, it got me thinking about the future and the generation of kids that we seem have been buying over the last few years and whether folks had a view on who would be the next breakout star into the first team? I was never a fan of the recruitment policy of Steve Walsh (if 'policy' was even the right word!) but some very vaunted youngsters were acquired by Everton over the last couple of years and I'd love to know what's happened to a number of them and what everyone's view is on their potential to make it into the first team in the next season or two.

We have been crying out for years for a decent replacement for Leighton Baines to challenge him and eventually take over from him — and he isn't getting any younger. We bought that Lewis Gibson kid from Newcastle who I've not heard about since — how is he doing? Why has he never been mentioned as a potential replacement for Baines? Garbutt was mentioned loads, but we never hear about Gibson.

There was also Josh Bowler (QPR) and Dennis Adeniran (Fulham) who were bought in the last 12 months, among many others. Does anyone have a view on how these kids are doing and whether any of them may make the grade?

Andrew Bentley     Posted 17/05/2018 at 17:21:30

Tosun in 'interesting' company...

I see both Arsenals Özil and Man City's Gündogan are in trouble here in Germany for posing with the Turkish President Erdogan. But our newest recruit, Cenk Tosun, was also seen posing with the politician whom some see as a dictator – who doesn't care about freedom of speech or freedom of press or human rights.

Obviously Tosun can't get in trouble with the German National team, but is it okay for an EFC Representative to pose with that guy? I for one would prefer our club's representatives keep away from politics – especially if they are being used for propaganda. Let's stick to football and get that right.
Kevin O'Regan     Posted 15/05/2018 at 15:20:05

A Good Move?

I hope all the fans of the proposed new Everton stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock read Arsene Wenger's words in The Guardian yesterday:

"Highbury had a special spirit. The Emirates was like buying a new house, it took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate."

Arsenal had to move to accommodate growing fan numbers... Do we?

Maurice Reid     Posted 13/05/2018 at 08:09:47

The clear-out: easier said than done

It has been mentioned many a time this season how our squad is unbalanced, poor in quality and in need of a complete rebuild.

This however is easier said than done, a complete clear-out can have many a negative impact: need to sign too many players can lead to complacency and buying whoever is available, unbalanced squads with no chemistry, being over-charged as people know were desperate, failure to fill certain positions. It also has the problem of actually selling our current players,many on big contracts that few teams will be willing to match.

So in our current squad, including loans and youth near the first team:

Pickford, Roubles, Stekelenberg

Baines, Coleman, Martina, Holgate, Williams, Jagielka, Mori, Keane, Foulds, Kenny, Robinson, Galloway, Pennington

Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Besic, McCarthey, Baningime, Williams, Bowler

Rooney, Sigurdsson, Klassen, Vlasic, Dowell, Grant

Tosun, Lewin, Lookman, Bolasie, Walcott, Sandro, Mirallas, Niasse, Henry.

The scary things when looking at the squad liat, minus Walcott, Pickford,Coleman and maybe Sigurdsson, the case could be made for any of the above to be sold off and there woud be little grief. Tosun and Gueye may well be considered worth keeping, while youth like Baningime, Davies, Lookman, Kenny, Holgate, Lewin, and Dowell have probably done enough to get a chance. The rest however, dispensable (some other young lads like Vlasic, Henry, Grant also may deserve a chance as they have yet to be given one, neither here nor elsewhere)

So that leaves by my count 18 dispensible first team squad members. 18 is a lot of players, so who to keep and who to let go? And how many is too many?

Roubles: probably wants to go.
Stek: just a disaster waiting to happen, has to go.

That leaves us needing 2 back-up keepers.

Williams: not good enough, time to go.
Baines: needs to be phased out, but worth a place in squad.
Jags: worth keeping one more season.
Martina: just not very good.
Mori: never really a PL player, probably thrive on the continant, one player we may actually get decent money for.
Keane: not good enough, but worth keeping, could improve.
Galloway: never lived up to his promise. Championship/league 1 beckons.
Pennington: not PL standard.

That means 5 defenders moved on, with at least 3 (2 cb and 1 lwb) needed. Total: 7 out, 5 in.

Schneiderlin: public enemy no1 for much of this season. Just awful form for a talented player. Sell while still has value.
McCarthey: crocked. Sell.
Besic: let boro keep him, not good enough for what we want.

That is 3 out, but with Gueye, Baningime, and Davies, no need to sign a repacment for all. Maybe one in. Total 10 out, 6 in.

Rooney: too big a wage, too big an influence, not good enough. USA beckons.
Klassen: live in hope? Maybe a new manager will utilize, maybe not.
Vlasic: worth keeping. Got potential.

2 sold, with hopefully 1 top quality replacement. Total 12 out, 7 in.

Sandro: back to spain. Hopefully make a small profit.
Niasse: we all like you, but sorry, got to go.
Bolasie: difficult due to wages and we wont want to make a huge loss. A season on the bench beckons.
Mirrallas: gone and forgotton.

3 out, and need to sign at least 1 top quality, fast, direct and effective forward.

Total 15 out, 8 in.

A big ask, but doable, and should balance the squad somewhat.

Fran Mitchell     Posted 09/05/2018 at 15:07:47

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