"We have an injury to [Harry] Tyrer, the young keeper, and then we signed Andy Lonergan as a back-up," Everton boss Rafael Benitez said in his press conference today.
"He is a player that can give us some experience, because we needed to sort out this problem just in case.
"So we have a new signing - but it is a player that maybe nobody was expecting."
A veteran goalkeeper who started his career with Preston North End 20 years ago, Andy Lonergan has had a nomadic career. He transferred from Preston to Leeds United in 2011 and subsequently had spells with a number of clubs, including Bolton Wanderers, Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 37-year-old played for Liverpool in 2019-20 and last season had spells at Stoke and West Brom. He will take over Virginia's Number 31 shirt.
Everton have already signed Asmir Begovic as cover for Pickford this summer, but have still signed Lonergan — with youngster Joao Virginia set to depart imminently on loan to Sporting Lisbon.
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1 Posted 20/08/2021 at 12:02:18
2 Posted 20/08/2021 at 12:16:54
Not exactly an Andy Who? – but as it gives us a 3rd choice stopper with experience while the youngster can go home to Portugal for a year it makes sense.
He will probably make a quiz question in a couple of years time along with the likes of Pat Jennings. Probably the only time the comparison will be made.
3 Posted 20/08/2021 at 14:34:57
Never played for that lot as far as I can tell.
Unlikely to play for us unless there is an injury crisis.
He is probably at the stage where if he's going to stay in football as a coach he could use the experience of working with the younger keepers while passing on his craft.
4 Posted 20/08/2021 at 15:00:01
5 Posted 20/08/2021 at 15:07:31
So I won't try.
6 Posted 20/08/2021 at 15:21:51
Were's the full-back? The arl arse centre-forward to back up Calvert-Lewin? A midfielder?
Surely there's a decent full-back in the last year of his contract we can pick up.
Spoke to a mate of mine who supports Fulham – I know... someone has to – he rates their midfielder Zambo Anguissa and hopes he doesn't leave. Said he did a good job last season.
7 Posted 20/08/2021 at 15:23:43
It is better to loan out a player if chance is limited for him here rather keeping on the bench.
Wishing us three full points at Leeds.
Let's begin our away points harvest from Leeds tomorrow.
8 Posted 20/08/2021 at 15:23:45
9 Posted 20/08/2021 at 15:29:42
10 Posted 20/08/2021 at 15:42:25
No point cancelling Virginia getting experience, but surely young Jan Luk Leban could have stepped up in the very unlikely scenario we get 2 GK injuries.
Certainly bigger gaps at Full back. Especially if Nkounkous going out on loan too.
11 Posted 20/08/2021 at 17:02:25
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