Hot on the heels of signing Andros Townsend, Everton have finally confirmed the signing of Asmir Begovic as goalkeeping cover for Jordan Pickford over the coming season.
Everton have completed the signing of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Bournemouth on an initial one-year deal.
The 34-year-old arrives for an undisclosed fee from Championship side Bournemouth, becoming Everton's second summer signing after the arrival of Andros Townsend earlier on Tuesday.
The former Stoke and Chelsea keeper has signed a 12-month contract, with the club holding the option to extend it for an additional year.
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1 Posted 20/07/2021 at 19:25:37
2 Posted 20/07/2021 at 19:28:45
3 Posted 20/07/2021 at 19:35:45
4 Posted 20/07/2021 at 19:54:51
I hope that Brands has got a decent club lined up for Virginia to be loaned out to, mind.
5 Posted 20/07/2021 at 20:08:06
6 Posted 20/07/2021 at 20:15:10
7 Posted 20/07/2021 at 20:22:40
8 Posted 20/07/2021 at 20:27:43
The number 7 is finding it difficult to make its way back to the depot due to a major diversion from its main route and there's no guarantee that its final destination will be Finch Farm, very similar to the number 19 which is also awaiting its final destination to be confirmed.
9 Posted 20/07/2021 at 20:28:08
10 Posted 20/07/2021 at 20:28:50
11 Posted 20/07/2021 at 20:31:03
12 Posted 20/07/2021 at 20:33:00
13 Posted 20/07/2021 at 20:33:05
14 Posted 20/07/2021 at 20:37:22
I saw the picture his wife put on twitter of her in an Everton shirt and the horse with an Everton scarf round his neck to be honest I would get more excited to see her and the horse at Goodison than her husband. Probably cant believe their luck, they thought where do we go when our contract finishes at Bournemouth, when his agent rings and says Everton want to sign you, he probably thought bugger going all the way to Chile.
15 Posted 20/07/2021 at 20:51:30
16 Posted 20/07/2021 at 20:56:24
17 Posted 20/07/2021 at 20:59:34
19 Posted 20/07/2021 at 21:06:49
20 Posted 20/07/2021 at 21:13:56
21 Posted 20/07/2021 at 21:37:46
22 Posted 20/07/2021 at 21:37:55
23 Posted 20/07/2021 at 21:38:19
24 Posted 20/07/2021 at 22:09:30
25 Posted 20/07/2021 at 22:11:59
26 Posted 20/07/2021 at 22:59:44
I fear we're looking decidedly mid table moving forward. I don't see James being with us either, not that it's any great loss as he's superb for the first ten games and then continually injured the rest of the season (seems that way, anyhow).
I've seen a lot of comments on various threads saying something along the lines of Rafa is going to have to turn around our fortunes with the squad we basically have.
If he can do that, it'll be a miracle. And he'll win my respect. Until that time, I'll never be happy with this appointment, and I see owners simply solidifying their position in the table until the monumental financial hurdle of the new stadium is cleared.
I fear we are in for a few seasons of meh.
I've made my reservations for Orlando, bought tickets, and we're all set to go. I'm really not excited about it. I should be, as I don't get to see Everton play live. It should be counting down the days like a Kid during the Christmas Season. It just isn't. The only thing I'm looking forward to is meeting TWers - which will be fabulous if it happens. But the football and the squad and the manager? Meh.
I've never been this uninspired about Everton. Life is cyclical. Surely my mood will improve?
27 Posted 20/07/2021 at 23:25:30
28 Posted 20/07/2021 at 23:27:53
One of my favourite players during my 60 years as a fan was Nigel Martyn. He was about 36 when he joined us and made a big difference to that 2003 team.
29 Posted 20/07/2021 at 23:41:01
30 Posted 20/07/2021 at 23:43:30
Welcome, all the best of luck, don't mess up.
Next.. hopefully a top quality midfielder.
Ps Nigel was one of the best and most underrated keepers in the Premier league. Solid, dependable, no fuss, no mistakes and a top shot stppper.
31 Posted 20/07/2021 at 23:48:10
Keep strengthening the squad, but come on, put two fingers up to FFP Mr Moshiri, and give us a couple that get us hopeful and full of expectation. It's hope right?
32 Posted 21/07/2021 at 00:27:55
33 Posted 21/07/2021 at 02:49:02
That goes for the other signing in Andros Townsend, many on here not being impressed, but I think he could turn out to be another Paul Power, where people expressed similar doubts and he soon had them thinking differently. Give the man a chance before slating him.
It looks as if the others will all come off, Dumfries, Nunes, Bailey and Gray, we will have a hard working side capable of upsetting a few, just hope it is not us the fans being upset, but I don't think so.
34 Posted 21/07/2021 at 03:12:16
35 Posted 21/07/2021 at 03:40:40
36 Posted 21/07/2021 at 03:41:08
37 Posted 21/07/2021 at 06:40:20
38 Posted 21/07/2021 at 07:36:44
39 Posted 21/07/2021 at 07:44:49
Ive heard that Benitez, is going to get money to spend, so I just hope he spends it wisely, and also hope that Brands can offload a few, which wont be easy, because of the massive contracts hes helped to give, to a few average and very inconsistent players.
40 Posted 21/07/2021 at 08:00:48
Okay, so we have a better standard of keeper in Pickford now, despite his faults (but he is still young for a keeper so will get better).
But as with Nigel Martyn and what I said about the Townsend signing, we can, and should now, only judge Begovic on what he does, or doesn't do as an Everton player.
The optimist in me can't believe there isn't money and there won't be more high profile signings. This is getting easy business out of the way early and adding depth. The more complex ones will take longer.
41 Posted 21/07/2021 at 08:24:34
I have to disagree with you there. Martyn was the best Ive seen since Southall, and on a par with Gordon West. Pretty good company.
Tim Howard was not.
42 Posted 21/07/2021 at 08:49:26
43 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:06:20
Possibly unimpressed with Cliff Finch, who stood in for Peter Johnson and gave him directions to Leeds.
Great keeper. Moyes reckoned he was his best signing from memory.
44 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:07:02
Chris, Albert Dunlop was in goal when I started going the match and since then, in my opinion, Southall, West, Martin and Howard have been our best keepers. In that order. Howard, unfortunately, was still played after hed peaked leaving some people with the unfair opinion that he wasnt a good keeper. He was. Apart from the three keepers I named (and Pickford) can you name a better keeper?
45 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:10:51
Makes a lot of sense in the world of FFP. And then hopefully a couple in to improve the first XI and provide some optimism before the 14th.
46 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:16:30
It was Jimmy ONeil when I started. Then Dunlop.
Thinking back, weve not really been that well blessed with top class keepers over the years., but weve been compensated by the best keepers weve had playing for a decade or more.
I take your point about Tim Howard, Ray, and I would agree he is the fourth best Ive seen, but for me he lags a bit behind the other 3.
47 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:29:11
48 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:29:34
I used Dunlop to illustrate that I had seen the likes of West and not just Wright etc! Or Scotlands Number I.
Howard was a good keeper for us and never misses a chance to sing our praises.
49 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:32:06
50 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:33:53
Not to worry. A couple of years down, we got Steve Simonsen from Tranmere.
Call me a cynic and I know it was within the rules at the time, but that transfer was effectively money laundering. Johnson took £3M (not insignificant back then) from one, richer, bigger asset and placed it into his smaller, less profitable asset, not long before he pulled the plug and sold out to Bill.
But we got the next young up and coming young England keeper right? We can call Moshiri naive and ill-advised for the way he has spent, but that was ruthless business and exploitation of a system that allowed him to do it by Johnson in my view. Caveat, it's an unqualified and non-informed perceptive view!
51 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:36:51
Mind you its the most exercise it will get today!
What about Lawson? Record fee at the time.
I agree Tim did well for us, and I agree he was kept too long. I think after that World Cup (?) he was poor, plus I think he was believing in his own publicity a bit, and had other distractions too, with a fair few transatlantic trips that season.
But yes, the 4th best, over a period with hopefully Pickford set to overtake him.
Pickford reminds me of West in many ways.
52 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:42:53
Ill come back tomorrow…
53 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:44:29
Not sure if Pickfords got a handbag though.
54 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:47:17
55 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:48:56
He cost us £3.3m which was a record price for a goalkeeper at the time.
56 Posted 21/07/2021 at 09:50:25
I vaguely remember David Lawson, but my first real memory was George Wood who I loved, but probably just because he was Everton's keeper. At that stage of life, I had no ability to rate him on ability. Likewise, I thought Jim Arnold was decent.
Tim Howard is 3rd in my lifetime after Southall and Martyn. I always thought his main flaw was decisiveness, particularly about when to come off his line. But he was a really good keeper.
Outside shout, but I always liked Thomas Myhre. Not the best but steady. Not sure if many would agree with that.
Pickford, if, as he has shown, can relax and calm down, can go on to be a top keeper. And in the context of a keeper, he's still very young so has time to develop and do that.
57 Posted 21/07/2021 at 10:01:30
Keep tuning in. TW will provide the answers.
58 Posted 21/07/2021 at 10:14:45
59 Posted 21/07/2021 at 10:14:49
Jim became Seamus when picked for Ireland I think. He got picked because his granddad once had a pint of Guinness!
Im told Jimmy became Roger, because he thought it sounded like Rajah when the Maharishi said it. Ive never seen anything to corroborate that, but given the times and tide, it could be true.
Danny, I think it was Billy Bingham signed Lawson, but could be mistaken. He was a poor manager but a good player for us. He was signed after Micky Lill and Tommy Ring were both lost to bad injuries.
Joe Harper used to call him Billy Liar
60 Posted 21/07/2021 at 10:15:33
61 Posted 21/07/2021 at 10:25:22
Think Dai gets a poor press...he was OK but again, after having had West between the sticks for ten years he was always judged unfavourably.
Chris..love the McGuinn explanation. That'll do me !
62 Posted 21/07/2021 at 10:43:10
63 Posted 21/07/2021 at 10:44:12
64 Posted 21/07/2021 at 10:58:22
Comes as no surprise really, but do Everton FC have to keep their promise to ensure the stadium blends in with its surroundings?, seems little point in that now if World Heritage Status has been removed.
65 Posted 21/07/2021 at 11:01:14
He made 49 appearances for Arsenal over several seasons and was effectively Bob Wilsons deputy.
66 Posted 21/07/2021 at 11:01:49
A good question. I dont know, but I guess they got planning permission for the existing plan, so maybe they do. Itll be interesting how it looks finally.
67 Posted 21/07/2021 at 11:28:34
68 Posted 21/07/2021 at 12:38:08
I was half way up the Anfield Rd terrace at Mordor when we bet them 4-0.
It was Hunt hit it from the edge of the box. It was going into Andy's top left hand corner and he got to it. I can still hear the slap as he got a glove to it and put it over the bar. Some memories never leave you.
69 Posted 21/07/2021 at 15:48:20
70 Posted 21/07/2021 at 18:54:54
And said it was like a fire drill when the third went except for pockets of blues going nuts. Too few and far between eh.
71 Posted 21/07/2021 at 19:00:01
72 Posted 21/07/2021 at 19:09:06
Not the original match report but a decent article about the game from 1964.
73 Posted 21/07/2021 at 19:13:06
Worst: Jason Kearton, Lawson, McDonagh, Baardsen
74 Posted 22/07/2021 at 08:43:07
75 Posted 22/07/2021 at 12:24:06
Obviously a quiet lad. Good luck to him!
76 Posted 22/07/2021 at 12:26:22
77 Posted 22/07/2021 at 12:32:22
78 Posted 22/07/2021 at 12:33:26
79 Posted 22/07/2021 at 12:37:28
80 Posted 22/07/2021 at 12:41:13
I'm afraid that's what Everton has become, any player around 25 or younger sees the club as a stage in their career, if older, we are a nice way of topping up a pension. Benitez has to somehow alter that view by making Everton competitive again.
81 Posted 22/07/2021 at 12:44:34
82 Posted 22/07/2021 at 13:01:05
Your comment piqued my interest so I watched Gray's interview, which is the type of stuff I try and avoid, but I can't see in this video anything that suggests he's looking to use Everton as a stepping stone, perhaps the text you read is from a different source?
83 Posted 22/07/2021 at 13:09:12
I feel so much better getting three players for less than 2m, all with premier league experience and in positions I think we can all agree needed addressing.
I imagine thatll be that until we get a bit of clarity regarding Bernard (imminently it appears) and James, Iwobi, Delph.
I think well be getting a striker in considering our only two wont be ready for the Southampton game.
84 Posted 22/07/2021 at 13:16:23
85 Posted 22/07/2021 at 13:36:29
I read the interview on a site with loads of ads breaking up the text. When he talks about Everton helping him get into the England squad I misread it, partly because new ads kept appearing between lines of text.
Ill just remain underwhelmed instead!
86 Posted 22/07/2021 at 13:40:27
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