Dele Alli was at USM Finch Farm for the first time today after completing a headline-grabbing deadline-day move from Tottenham Hotspur to Everton and spoke glowingly of his new club, new manager and his excitement to for a new opportunity.
The 25-year-old joined the Blues in a deal that could ultimately be worth north of £30m if he makes 80 appearances but won't cost the club anything until next season at the earliest.
That gives Dele, whose sensational early career form has fallen away amid speculation over his personal relationships with Spurs managers since the departure from the North London club of Mauricio Pochettino and doubts over his commitment and motivation, time to bed in at Goodison Park and kickstart his season.
The former MK Dons player burst onto the national consciousness following his move to Tottenham in 2015 and within four years he had starred in the World Cup for England and come agonisingly close to winning a Champions League and Premier League winner's medal,
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At stage he was being talked about in terms of a move to the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona but his form dipped worryingly after Jose Mourinho took over at Spurs and never recovered but his first interview with evertontv was all about showing that he is ready to play and fight at Everton.
“It is a perfect match and I can't wait to get going,” Dele said. “Speaking to the owners and manager and some of the players… we are heading in the same direction. We want to look forward, and that is how I am as a person.
“I don't ever think anything is enough. You want to achieve as much as you can, score as many goals and get as many wins as you can. To keep building and heading in the right direction. It's what the Club wants and what I want, too.
“Frank is an amazing manager and an amazing person. He knows me very well as a player, I know him and his tactics and how he likes his teams to work.
“I can learn so much from him. He scored a lot of goals from midfield. I will speak to him about that and the way he fought on the pitch and what he did to make the most of his talent.”
Pundits have speculated about Dele's need for a particularly nurturing environment and attentive man-management and the hope is that under new Toffees boss, Frank Lampard, someone who is a great admirer of the attacking midfielder, he can flourish.
“The owner and Chairman were the first people I spoke to,” Dele continued. “I felt very comfortable and confident and wanted. As a player, the main thing is to feel wanted.
“Especially as an attacking and creative player, you want to know you can express yourself and bring excitement to the game, with and without the ball.
That's what I want to do and the kind of player I am.
“I am very ambitious and passionate, so feeling that from the owner and manager drives you on to want to do well for not only them but the whole club.
“I know how much it means to the fans, here, and the team and I want to help as much as I can. I want to play and fight for the team and the Club and I am ready to do that.
“The whole thing about being a player is learning and improving and being the best you possibly can.
“Having all this… amazing teammates, a great manager and very passionate fans, it is a great platform to express yourself and do well.
“I am very passionate when I am playing. It brings the best out of me when I play with aggression and on the front foot.
“Playing against Everton and at Goodison Park, I have seen that's how the fans are — very passionate. They are incredible.”
Along with the other signing from Monday, Donny van de Beek, Dele is cup-tied for this weekend's FA Cup clash with Brentford but could make his debut in the vital match at Newcastle next Tuesday evening.
UPDATE It was confirmed on Thursday that Dele Alli would wear the Number 36 shirt, after wearing 20 at Spurs and 14 at MK Dons. The last Everton player to wear No 36 was Beni Baningime.
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1 Posted 02/02/2022 at 15:09:09
Welcome, lad – I am excited.
2 Posted 02/02/2022 at 15:22:21
3 Posted 02/02/2022 at 15:23:20
4 Posted 02/02/2022 at 15:34:39
Bring to that, we have a host of rotting wood leaving the squad through natural contract expiration... And you see that this is a very (very) good deal financially.
If he stays fit, and played in the right position, and given the freedom and the fans stick up for him... He could be quite the player...
So both Dele and Donny are cup-tied for Brentford... 1st home game for Frank... I'm making the trip, can't wait to cheer the new manager on. COYBs.
5 Posted 02/02/2022 at 15:41:03
Eloquent. Confident, but humble. Determined. Looks and sounds genuinely pleased to be with us.
6 Posted 02/02/2022 at 15:45:07
7 Posted 02/02/2022 at 15:58:57
No guarantees of course, we've had our fair share of players joining us to revive their careers only for them to get worse. But at 25 and working with our new manager who he seems to rate, anything is possible if he works hard.
Hope Donny van de Beek and him are paraded on the pitch before the Brentford game. Been ages since I've looked forward to going to the game so much!
I expect a great atmosphere at Goodson and hope we get a result to give us some confidence going in to two 6-pointers! Roll on Saturday!
8 Posted 02/02/2022 at 16:00:52
Shit being a defender if you know that every time you win the ball back that essentially fuck all is going to be done with it. The mindset can change everything. Exciting times
9 Posted 02/02/2022 at 16:14:24
What they can (and some do) lose is their desire and/or confidence to show off those skills. They can lose the love of playing the game for various reasons.
I think that's what's happened with Alli because he's not some washed-up player who has been reaching the end of his footballing life.
I also think that if Lampard can reignite that desire in him, instil him with confidence and get him enjoying his football again then we will have ourselves an exceptional player.
"If" being the all-important factor here, but – unless there's some underlying problem that can't be sorted – I expect him to come good again.
10 Posted 02/02/2022 at 16:23:14
When Pochettino left Spurs, Mourinho changed the playing style which completely nullified Alli's game.
11 Posted 02/02/2022 at 16:31:23
Where it went wrong is anybody's guess, but there is absolutely no doubt about this being a good gamble with spectacular potential upside.
As we saw all too briefly with James Rodriguez last season, a player with this kind of ability can transform this talent-starved club. If Lampard can find the formula to keep Dele's head in the game and his confidence up, this could be one of our best signings in many years.
Ray #4, great post. Enjoy your travels and I hope you see wins.
Update: Ah, crap. I hate posting a comment only to find that Brian Williams just said it better. Now my confidence is damaged and I am no longer enjoying my posting.
12 Posted 02/02/2022 at 16:39:53
Alli is a case study in the modern footballer mystery. We've seen so many come up with staggering upside only for it to slip away due to the demands and excesses of that life.
If he comes here and says the right things and gets on with it, as I've said earlier, Everton could be a positive place for some of these lads to rediscover themselves and their form.
When he said he just wants to be happy playing football… I believe him.
13 Posted 02/02/2022 at 16:40:39
14 Posted 02/02/2022 at 16:51:46
15 Posted 02/02/2022 at 16:52:06
I expect him to transform his statements into positive contributions towards the success of the club and his teammates. Kudos to him and I wish him well.
16 Posted 02/02/2022 at 16:56:57
Of course he has to change the colour of his hair. My dreds are blue and yellow.
17 Posted 02/02/2022 at 17:02:08
A lot to be positive about all round.
Let's see what the players can do with the shackles off and a bit of encouragement.
18 Posted 02/02/2022 at 17:05:11
19 Posted 02/02/2022 at 17:05:17
20 Posted 02/02/2022 at 17:10:05
Which is something weve lacked on the pitch since Tim Cahill was playing.
21 Posted 02/02/2022 at 17:11:19
22 Posted 02/02/2022 at 17:22:59
At the end of the interview it moved to an extended interview between Frank Lampard and Gary Neville and that was fascinating. I ended up in the Lampard camp when it was apparent that Wayne was not coming but I would have been in it from the day Benitez was fired if I had seen that interview.
One thing Frank said about going to Chelsea is that when a new manager comes in he can usually sign a couple of players that signal the way he wants to play and he was unable to do that because of the transfer ban. We can probably read a lot into his choice of Dele and Donny.
23 Posted 02/02/2022 at 17:22:59
Hopefully Frank has loads of it to go around. I think he does.
24 Posted 02/02/2022 at 17:37:15
25 Posted 02/02/2022 at 17:40:17
Dermot, I will highlight that to Colin Glassar and ask him to utilise it towards his favourite player: Alex Iwobi.
26 Posted 02/02/2022 at 17:50:45
BTW, did anyone watch the All or Nothing season on Tottenham? I always thought this scene between Mourinho and Dele stood out (starts at 1:38).
27 Posted 02/02/2022 at 17:58:46
We appear to live in a society where everything is always somebody else's fault or somebody else's responsibility. I would suggest that the reason we are where we are is partly to do with the players taking no responsibility for their own actions.
We all know how good Dele Alli can be, it's down to him to take the personal responsibility and apply himself. If he wants to be a professional footballer, and a very good one at that, make some effort. If not, piss off and work in a ''normal'' job where you are literally nothing more than a number and, if you don't motivate yourself to fulfill your job description, you get the sack.
28 Posted 02/02/2022 at 18:05:15
29 Posted 02/02/2022 at 18:11:48
Not sure anybody's saying it's Lampard's responsibility, more that it's his "challenge".
Fully agree with you over personal responsibility but sometimes a nudge, or a kick up the hoop, is required as well.
30 Posted 02/02/2022 at 18:13:43
31 Posted 02/02/2022 at 18:17:08
Great post. Players need to also take responsibility and be motivated.
Its a team game and needs a team effort. But your point is salient and well taken.
Stop pointing fingers and actually do something about it yourself, to the best of your ability.
Whats that old saying? When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Well said man.
32 Posted 02/02/2022 at 18:29:18
“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” - Vince Lombardi
BUT... he also needs proper guidance and motivation from his gaffer:
"Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate." - Vince Lombardi
33 Posted 02/02/2022 at 18:40:37
Especially the part about looking back with regret if you don't make the best of yourself while you have the chance.
34 Posted 02/02/2022 at 18:43:59
"Alli could make his debut against Brentford in the FA Cup on Saturday, when Lampard takes charge of the team for the first time since replacing Rafael Benitez, who was sacked last month."
Should have fact checked that one!
35 Posted 02/02/2022 at 18:48:21
I am quite positive about our team. I equally work edat Lekki Phase 1 as a College teacher for 10 years.
I stay at Mainland area of Lagos (Surulere).
What do you think about my beautiful Lagos? Ha, ha, ha!
36 Posted 02/02/2022 at 18:50:02
37 Posted 02/02/2022 at 18:53:24
I posted before I read what you wrote, Mike!
38 Posted 02/02/2022 at 19:03:28
39 Posted 02/02/2022 at 19:12:35
There is a very good book "Beyond Winning" which should be essential reading for any young or new coach. It covers the beliefs and methods of Vince Lombardi James "Doc" Counsilman Woody Hayes Brutus Hamilton John Wooden and Percy Cerutty
40 Posted 02/02/2022 at 19:37:35
Just hope he can regain that sort of form for us. If he does, we are in for a treat. COYB
41 Posted 02/02/2022 at 19:44:40
Dele has to own up to his part, take personal responsibility for his actions, and play to his capabilities.
Frank need to motivate, cajole, sympathize, befriend, set up tactics, etc. He's gone and got the player, he needs to make sure the move is successful. And he has to do this with every player under his charge.
As I said, it's a team game. Everyone plays their part. But the underlying situation is they all have a personal responsibility to the collective that is Everton Football Club.
I'm getting very, very excited for life under Frank.
42 Posted 02/02/2022 at 20:04:45
Apologies for the archaic baseball reference but this reminds me of when the Jays signed Ricky Henderson circa 92-93, I'd always enjoyed hating the guy and now I've gotta cheer for him? The Jays did win a World Series with Ricky hitting leadoff though, and it was a good lesson in learning to love thy previous enemy. So good luck in blue Dele, show us what you've got.
Cahill mentioned above as someone who always pissed-off the oppo, I'll throw Fellaini's name out there too.
43 Posted 02/02/2022 at 20:12:33
If Dele can do the same, I hope he's not ignored by England like Duncan was.
44 Posted 02/02/2022 at 20:16:42
Maybe too much too soon, not so much attitude as playing time. Let's hope this move revitalises him. He was a cracking player and is young enough, with the right coach, to hopefully recover his form.
45 Posted 02/02/2022 at 20:48:46
46 Posted 02/02/2022 at 21:00:36
47 Posted 02/02/2022 at 21:02:53
48 Posted 02/02/2022 at 21:09:22
I would hope no young coach would absorb any lessons from Woody Hayes, a belligerent bully who had none of the philosophical bent of Lombardi or Wooden.
49 Posted 02/02/2022 at 21:25:17
I have done a black flip on Van de Beek – these two are going to give our front three some proper service now.
50 Posted 02/02/2022 at 21:39:14
51 Posted 02/02/2022 at 21:41:54
A super player some seasons ago. If he comes back to that, we should be very happy.
I guess Mourhinio interfered too much with him, making his confidence and attitude deteriorate. Litle like Digne and Benitez.
So New manager, New club. I believe he can be a big success!!
52 Posted 02/02/2022 at 21:44:17
53 Posted 02/02/2022 at 21:54:09
The end is nigh, Alex.
54 Posted 02/02/2022 at 21:59:14
As I scrolled down this little respite of a slaver of optimism.. hope.. maybe.. a chunk of sunbeams amongst the depressive darkness of the last few months….
I just knew, confidently knew, that eventually.. some soothsayer of grimness would eventually come forth out of the negativity and piss on the chips of that nice little feeling of slight optimism … and drag us back down the tubes again.
Well done. Just when I felt slightly warmer about being a blue. Balloon Popper Extrordinare!!! (Yes, probably spelt that wrong but you get my drift!)
55 Posted 02/02/2022 at 22:11:03
Your sources are incorrect. The song was was actually Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.
56 Posted 02/02/2022 at 22:16:46
Are you being serious?
Come on, thats way beneath any self respecting (new) manager!!!!
57 Posted 02/02/2022 at 22:18:05
Ellis Simms belied his youth and put in a MotM performance that should have earned him a hat-trick, if it wasn't for the Hibs goalie. Strength, athleticism and a determination to run on goal that we've been lacking in recent times.
The future's looking a lot brighter than it did a week ago. "All the young blues..."
58 Posted 02/02/2022 at 22:28:41
Im running out of candles, prayers, incarnations etc… Mike.
59 Posted 02/02/2022 at 22:32:01
Nobody on this site knows why Dele lost his form or seemingly his interest in the game and probably he doesn't either.
Have you ever fallen out of love? It doesn't happen overnight, it's a gradual thing and often nothing specific. Who knows he might have just fallen out of love with Tottenham.
Lost in a forest, hundreds of trees every way you look you just need to be guided to a clearing and shown a new path.
He's hopefully found a new love in Everton.
60 Posted 02/02/2022 at 22:34:22
61 Posted 02/02/2022 at 22:56:03
“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.”
― Dante Alighieri, Inferno
Tony # 50 - yes you will see our midfield full of players which I know will make you especially but also the rest of us very happy.
62 Posted 02/02/2022 at 23:06:07
I hope you're right – Duncan McKenzie was a star with skills no one else could match and I hope Dele established himself in the same way.
I can't be arsed with the usual guff about the club, the fans and the chairman. So predictable and essentially worthless – what else is he going to say?
I'd have more respect if Dele had simply said: "Up The Fucking Toffees!"
63 Posted 02/02/2022 at 23:26:05
Goodison will be like 'Dante's Inferno'.
64 Posted 02/02/2022 at 00:01:28
I saw several jokes on Twitter about that. Lose the red dread, please – shades of Koeman's Christmas tree!
65 Posted 03/02/2022 at 01:24:43
66 Posted 03/02/2022 at 01:28:42
Ponchettino quoted in 1 November Daily Mirror:
“I think it's normal for him to have a drop in form after two very successful seasons, or one-and-a-half. It was a strange pre-season for him, a difficult pre-season for him, for different reasons. And then he was banned and then, of course, it can affect the motivation about preparing himself to compete."
There's a lot more articles starting to appear in the football press around that time about his motivation that turns out to be the beginning of Dele Alli's slide.
67 Posted 03/02/2022 at 01:59:05
68 Posted 03/02/2022 at 02:07:35
69 Posted 03/02/2022 at 05:34:57
70 Posted 03/02/2022 at 05:43:00
71 Posted 03/02/2022 at 06:22:48
We all experience that in all walks of life. Maybe Mourinho was doing the right thing in pointing out things he needed to improve on, but I do think his approach destroyed the lad's confidence.
The managerial approach can impact, and Mourinho's has always been about his own ego. He generally picks targets who he falls out with because no-one knows better than him. That's not a criticism, it's just his style. We've just experienced similar.
Some players need handling differently. Some respond to a kick up the arse, others need an arm around their shoulder. That's management and one approach doesn't fit all. In my experience, good managers can manage the team, but also respond and focus on individuals at the same time to get the best out of them.
Not that I was a fan of Harry Redknapp, but the coach who took me through my FA Level 2 coaching course worked for him at Portsmouth and told us that, while he wasn't the greatest coach (rarely took a session, apparently), he was a great man-manager and brilliant at keeping players happy and confident. Usually with big pay cheques (!!) but, on a serious note, his charisma and ability to look after players and get the best out of them was his thing.
On Fellaini, although different players, I draw comparisons with Duncan Ferguson. The so-called experts never gave him enough credit for how good he was with the ball at his feet and focussed on his height and being a "big man". Typically lazy punditry.
He (Fellaini) was excellent at carrying the ball forward at his feet and, for a tall player, had a great centre of gravity to turn quickly and had a great touch.
72 Posted 03/02/2022 at 06:31:01
73 Posted 03/02/2022 at 06:41:24
Regarding Dele's hair... it's Salmon Pink – not red.
74 Posted 03/02/2022 at 07:43:04
A load of cods.
75 Posted 03/02/2022 at 08:33:39
I'm intrigued to watch how Lampard sets his teams out, Laurie. I used to like how quickly Chelsea moved the ball on, but he obviously had some great players, which might not be the case at Everton?
I think we have got some very good attack minded players, but I think you're correct, it's all about filling that hole between the central defenders and central midfield players. This is absolutely crucial for Everton right now.
76 Posted 03/02/2022 at 09:33:10
I have a feeling that when National Service was operating Scousers would mix with Jocks and the Scousers brought that song back with them, just my opinion.
Although one night at Goodison that song failed to inspire St Anthony's in a final against their local enemies St Sylvesters (Syllies), Syllies won and to rub salt into the wound paraded the cup along St Anthony's church in Scotland Road two or three times!!
77 Posted 03/02/2022 at 09:52:48
Sadly, a whole raft of reasons but the interest has waned. Staggeringly, it says over 180,000 amateur players had left the game since 2005... gone are the days when a player might get a scout on the sidelines watching a Sunday league match... probably harder to find the match, never mind a player or a scout.
It used to be the lifeblood of a community. I remember the games men would have after getting out the pub on a Sunday afternoon in the back streets of Scottie, hard as nails on concrete and gravel...
It's a different game, Dave.
78 Posted 03/02/2022 at 09:57:37
Watching both interviews with Lampard and Alli certainly made for good viewing and also hope for the future of this club. Something I haven't felt for quite some time.
My 4-year-old grandson has just been over to visit from the USA. He takes soccer classes over there. (Football to you and I.) He calls me Nanna Everton and is now obsessed with Match of the Day. I only record matches we win, so not many of them.
His teachers may be surprised on his new-found skills. And wonder who this Richarlison is.
79 Posted 03/02/2022 at 10:11:09
80 Posted 03/02/2022 at 10:14:27
On the other side of that five a side football seems to be flourishing at all ages although that is I imagine is just for the sheer enjoyment of playing football.
Going back to my own childhood I remember going to Anfield in 1947 to Liverpool Boys play Stockport Boys in the final of the National Cup and over 40,000 attended the game, the St. Anthonys v St. Sylvesters final drew a crowd of over 10,000 for a local school Derby game.
I dont know if your school, Christine, All Souls ever got to a final but it was a great night out for any neighbourhood whose school made it to a final, my own school, Netherfield Road RC ( better known as The Friary) did so about three times, winning twice and it was great marching home with the team and the cup singing the parish song “ Cheer up The Friary Youre Noted Everywhere” not just for football I might add.
81 Posted 03/02/2022 at 10:19:29
If Lampard can get anything like a tune out of him we have a very tasty front line shaping up.
I watched some best of YouTube clips from Spurs TV. This lad has scored some belters.
I think post 20 sums him up for me. I hated him at Spurs in a similar way to how opposition fans disliked Cahill.
82 Posted 03/02/2022 at 10:32:48
It will be interesting to see how much better the defence is with a decent midfield that can retain the ball and create going forward.
Bear in mind too that we have bought two full-backs who may well turn out to be better than what we have had so far this season.
Any defence will struggle if the midfield keeps losing the ball or losing their man; if Frank can sort this out, then I would expect the defence to start to look better.
83 Posted 03/02/2022 at 10:37:52
84 Posted 03/02/2022 at 10:53:46
Let's see how we've changed that on Saturday.
85 Posted 03/02/2022 at 11:19:31
You have to show him all the matches. This is a hard-knock life and you have to build his moral fibre if he's to be a Bluenose.
How will he enjoy the good times if he hasn't seen the bad? Yes, I know he's 4.
86 Posted 03/02/2022 at 11:23:39
87 Posted 03/02/2022 at 11:24:20
I know what you mean but, speaking for myself, I can never watch MotD if we lose. On the other hand, I do hope Frank and his team have watched in excruciating detail the full matches also available to members. That will show the enormity of what he has to alter.
88 Posted 03/02/2022 at 11:26:28
Both have their benefits, its all about the execution. We're just not well practiced in it in this country for zonal. It's an alien concept to us. Zonal requires discipline and players taking responsibility, but executed correctly, it is arguably more effective because the defenders focus on the ball, not the man. Ultimately, you want to win the ball.
On songs. I have long disliked Grand Old Team. As one of my red cousins taunts me, it's like listening to Steptoe and Son. I'm no longer a fan of Z Cars to be honest.
I have to admit, Goodison Guys has grown on me. It was great to hear it being belted out at Chelsea. Be unique; be Everton.
We Shall not be Moved. That was and is ours too.
89 Posted 03/02/2022 at 11:31:39
I hope you are right. Doesn't help with set-pieces though!
90 Posted 03/02/2022 at 11:38:03
91 Posted 03/02/2022 at 11:39:57
I absolutely agree and have said many times that any defence would look crap playing behind a midfield two who seldom win the ball and when they do have difficulty retaining it or finding a blue shirt.
The attack suffer, too, as the build-up is so slow and predictable. How many times is a forward played through with just the goalkeeper to beat?
Zonal marking doesn't work, as has been proved time and again. Why managers persist with it baffles me. I hope Lampard isn't one of them.
His selection and set-up v Brentford will be interesting as he basically has the same players available as Benitez and Ferguson.
92 Posted 03/02/2022 at 11:59:01
True, but at least I can console myself that at such a great distance away, hopefully he will never suffer the misery that my other grandsons go through on a weekly basis.
Let's hope it is going to get better for all Bluenoses everywhere.
93 Posted 03/02/2022 at 11:59:14
It will be a challenge to get 5 new players bedded in and contributing, especially since they are being introduced to a First XI that seemed to change every week.
It's a challenge for Lampard and for Alli – and for both, I'm hoping the initial enthusiasm of a change of scene is enough to get us the handful of wins we need.
I suspect we'll at least see some moments of real quality from Alli – but also some moments where the blend of the team – and his role in the team, look all wrong.
But, compared with the alternative, this is a good challenge to have.
94 Posted 03/02/2022 at 12:01:14
Defenders are usually on the back foot or stationary not by choice; you can coach till your blue in the face but you cant offset that disadvantage – add to that the opposition trying to block your goalkeeper.
95 Posted 03/02/2022 at 12:06:20
96 Posted 03/02/2022 at 12:20:20
If only we could have got Lampard, Alli and the other lads in the summer instead of stubborn Benitez. Who knows how the season would have gone?
It's like a dark shadow has been lifted. Onward and upward!
97 Posted 03/02/2022 at 12:31:28
I say 'all', I think it was hovering around 33% with less than 10% for Frank, many wanting other foreign coaches, is it Favre, Ten Hag, I can't really remember. Even until recently many wanted Dunc to be given his "chance" or even Rooney.
Hopefully this change from the Old Blue Boys network will allow everyone to see that you don't need ex-players or fans to be good bosses.
From the top of the Premier League down, how many clubs have held onto the hopes of having an ex-player as their manager? Even Arteta, if you were to count him, is not an Arsenal man. He's a foreign coach who, if anything, is a blue.
Have the best people, people who will attract good footballers. We are finally on the up. The past is the past. We went seriously wrong many years ago. Had Moshiri landed before Moyes left, he would still be with us and we'd be in a much better place on the pitch and off it... but hey ho, onwards and upwards.
98 Posted 03/02/2022 at 13:24:26
99 Posted 03/02/2022 at 14:13:47
100 Posted 03/02/2022 at 15:11:46
I don't get it, all the fanfare and trumpets are ridiculous... spurs let him go for free!! they clearly think he is a lost cause.
But only at Everton the fans would sanction such a signing, with all the "there's a player in there", "the manager would mould him and make him shit... er, gold."
Mark my words, he won't make 80 games at Everton.
101 Posted 03/02/2022 at 16:15:28
102 Posted 03/02/2022 at 18:44:10
Don't let anyone kid us, because the talent will always be out there imo, and another kid, Elliot Nevitt, has made a similar journey, and is scoring a lot of goals for Tranmere right now.
103 Posted 03/02/2022 at 19:21:31
Vague idea he can be tricky round the box, good speed from a standing start, but couldn't tell you if he's left or right footed (or both), strong in the tackle, or good in the air.
Donny van de Beek appears pencilled in as an advanced midfielder laying on crafty passes to get the attackers in on goal. Where and how will Dele Alli be used? Not trying to deflate the mood, just genuinely interested in how people are seeing the team evolve for the rest of the season (and beyond).
104 Posted 03/02/2022 at 20:46:44
There are many reasons and factors; ability is only one of them.
I'm still convinced my chance will come. But until it does, I will blindly follow the beautiful game and Everton Football Club.
105 Posted 03/02/2022 at 22:16:22
Im not gonna get carried away, theres been more false dawns to last a few life times.
But the assemble of the coaching staff and keeping Duncan, looks like theres a plan in place for our great football team Everton FC.
Lets unite and back the team all the way, and beat Brentford.
But I cant wait for the Barcodes away, thats a game I hope we and pray Everton win, and hopefully Everton will turn up.
106 Posted 03/02/2022 at 22:18:45
Lets see the reaction from the squad to the new management team.
Days of reckoning for the squad and some of the players in the squad, are beyond reckoning.
107 Posted 03/02/2022 at 22:38:42
108 Posted 03/02/2022 at 22:41:51
It was phenomenal to take part in, and the way he played made it a staple for every match!
109 Posted 03/02/2022 at 22:49:44
110 Posted 03/02/2022 at 23:14:26
You see, the last line is, "I am the lizard king – I can do anything".
And don't we know it!
111 Posted 03/02/2022 at 23:29:48
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn... out here we is stoned immaculate..."
Some fairly good words from Jim there.
112 Posted 05/02/2022 at 06:13:13
I used to watch a lot of Sunday league stuff, even coached a couple too many years ago.
Tony, I absolutely agree with you, there used to be some brilliant talent, young and old, that I am sure would have been at home in many a senior club but for one reason or another, never got the opportunity.
Today they are coached differently, no contact, limited heading (I wonder how long that will be allowed for?) no man-marking, truely has been the elimination of a contact sport. Which is a shame as it's not all about tactics and skill, it was about a physical contest as well.
113 Posted 07/02/2022 at 13:27:13
“There's a killer on the road,
his brain is squirming like a toad”.
Not the best quality lyric perhaps but I always think of it when yet another murderous moron makes it into the news.
I thought Hoddle's comments on Dele Alli where completely unnecessary but might serve as a bit of a motivator when we play Spurs.
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