Everton sign Coady on loan

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Updated  Frank Lampard and Kevin Thelwell have secured much-needed central-defensive cover with the acquisition of Conor Coady in an initial loan deal from Wolves with an option to buy next summer.

The World Cup hopeful had been strongly linked with the Blues before Ben Godfrey fractured his leg in Saturday's defeat to Chelsea but the defender's injury and another problem for Yerry Mina had heightened the urgency of the situation.

Paul Joyce of The Times and go-to transfer source Fabrizio Romano reported yesterday that personal terms were close to being agreed with the 29-year-old after the two clubs agreed to a loan deal with an option to buy next summer.

Wolves are said to value Coady at around £12m but the actual value of the proposed deal has not yet been disclosed but negotiations moved swiftly over the weekend and everything was completed this afternoon. The 29-year-old will wear the No.30 jersey.

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“I’ll give absolutely everything, every day, for this football club,” he told evertontv in his first interview for the club. “I feel privileged and lucky to be given this opportunity.

“I’II try to talk and communicate as much as possible and prepare right for what's to come at the weekend – because the most important thing for this club is winning games.

“We want to sure we're going out and making supporters happy and improving the club at the same time.

“I'm someone who was desperate to come here, to play for this club.  I know how big it is and I know the passion people have for Everton. It's an important day and a proud day for me to get it over the line.

“As soon as I heard the interest, from the manager but also the Football Club itself, I really wanted to be part of it straight away. I’m over the moon to join.

“I’ve grown up around the city, I know the Football Club, how big this club is and what it means to the fans."

Born in St Helens, Coady began his career at Liverpool but only made one senior start for the club while also spending a season on loan at Sheffield United in 2013-14.

He transferred to Huddersfield Town the following season and spent a year there before he was picked up by Wolves for a reported £2m and he blossomed under the management of Nuno Espirito Santo as the Midlands club gained promotion to the Premier League in 2018.

He was ever-present in the Portuguese's three-man central-defensive unit during Wolves's first two seasons back in the top flight and earned a call-up to Gareth Southgate's senior England squad in 2020 having already represented his country at U16 to U20 levels.

However, since Espirito Santo's departure from Molineux and his successor's preference for a back two staffed by Max Kilman and Nathan Collins and with the 2022 World Cup on the horizon, Coady pushed for a fresh start in the hope of being selected by Southgate for the tournament in November. 

He brings with him a wealth of Premier League experience, reliability and, like James Tarkowski, leadership qualities from having been captain at his previous club. 

Amadou Onana is also expected to be confirmed as another new signing today after the final paperwork was concluded on his £33m move from Lille.

Meanwhile, Idrissa Gueye's slow-motion return to Goodison Park continues, with reports that the Senegal international has undergone the first part of his medical in Paris and is now awaiting international clearance to travel to Merseyside and wrap up his transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.


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Jack Convery
1 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:07:49
A loan to buy - good business. Hard nosed scouser, who loves defending and a leader too - whats not to like. Leaves a bit more in the Kitty for the forward we need.
Jim Potter
2 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:10:53
A little sceptical of this move before the weekend, but now, two central defenders down, it's an emergency.

Decent defender, dubious allegiances.

Joe McMahon
3 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:11:45
This is a good move. He's a fighter and a good defender!
Habib Erkan Jr
4 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:13:16
Injuries to Godfrey and Mina forced our hand.

Does this mean no more loans this window?

Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:18:32
Excellent. Absolutely brilliant.

Good player, good business, good arrangement -- if he works out, we can use the Kean money coming next June to exercise the option to buy.

Standing ovation for Thelwell. I am liking him more and more.

Matthew Williams
6 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:18:39
A very shrewd loan deal. Okay, so he's a Red Shite but also a quality defender too.

We just need a striker or two now!

Christy Ring
7 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:20:37
A good solid defender, hopefully beside Tarkowski in a back four, especially with Onana and Gueye on their way.
Frank Knight
8 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:27:58
Proper centre-backs, guile in the holding midfield – this recruiting season is very encouraging.

Hopefully we can nail down a centre-forward, but the spine is looking good with mature players who will bring on the youth with a word in their shell.

Good window, for a change. I’ll be backing the Director of Football and Frank, cos that Calvert-Lewin injury couldn’t have come at a worse time with fixtures in our favour.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
9 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:32:06

Will he crock St Virgil in the first derby?

Gary Jones
10 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:39:30
Good stuff, albeit I think that kills our loan option for elsewhere. Expert in a back 3 and another leader in a team that had none (apparently Onana is too, Tarkowski oozes it).

Just please sort the centre-forward position asap. We cannot afford not to get points from next 3 games. I’m looking for at least 7.

Kieran Kinsella
11 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:40:17
Surprised Wolves are letting him go. Seems a bit teary eyed Bill letting him go on loan versus selling immediately. But good move for us.
Paul Kossoff
12 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:44:34
He's a Dirty Red, with a capital D. Haven't we learned from the other dirty red, Benitez?

I know Blues and Reds have swapped over in the past, but I just don't trust this one.

Dave Lynch
13 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:44:51
This lad is a fucking good footballer. Has a goal or two in him as well.

Forget he's a red, so were Watson and Reid when they came.

Derek Knox
14 Posted 07/08/2022 at 17:55:05
Phil @9,

"We certainly live in hope"!

Sam Hoare
15 Posted 07/08/2022 at 18:12:17
A loan makes sense I guess but I'm not sure about this one.

I was very keen on Tarkowski because his stats were excellent; he clearly wins a lot of his duels and that is always useful. Not so with Coady, whose stats are actually very average for defending.

He can play some decent long balls and he's a good communicator but he's slow and doesn't win an impressive amount of his battles. He will do okay I guess in a 3 but wouldn't fancy him in a 2. There's a reason he's been dropped at Wolves.

He's durable and a leader which seem to be 2 qualities Lampard has targeted this summer but as a player i'm not sure he's all that. I hope the buy price is an option and not an obligation as I think there will be better centre-backs out there for us next summer.

Guess we'll be buying rather than loaning a striker then!

Brian Wilkinson
17 Posted 07/08/2022 at 18:22:23
People need to get over that he is a dirty Red, whenever we get linked to anyone who may have supported the dark side.

Never heard those across the park complain about Rush, Fowler, Mcmanaman, Jota and the likes being Evertonians.

Let’s not forget Peter Reid started out as Red and he did alright for us, so did Sheedy, Harper, Dave Watson, all former reds.

So for once can we get over the obsession of links to the dark side, if the player is good enough to come in and do a job, that will do for me.

Jack Convery
18 Posted 07/08/2022 at 18:24:49
Same with Gary Ablett.

I won't mention David Burrows – oops, I did!

Let's not forget Johnny Morrissey eh?

Paul Kossoff
19 Posted 07/08/2022 at 18:24:58
Our DoF is obviously getting a nice backhander from his former bosses... another Wolves cast-off.

Not rocket science for Thelwell then, is it.

Neil Copeland
20 Posted 07/08/2022 at 18:27:46
Gary #10,

We are allowed 2 loans from other English clubs but more (I don’t know the actual number sorry) from clubs abroad.

So, we can still loan 1 more (after Coady) from an English club with Vinagre coming from Sporting.

21 Posted 07/08/2022 at 18:45:51
Didn’t he score against us recently and give our fans abuse ? He’s a red right ?
Sam Hoare
22 Posted 07/08/2022 at 18:47:20
Is that definitely correct Neil? I've looked up the rules but they don't seem clear to me. One source says clubs re only allowed 2 loans at a time but maybe that is just PL loans?rnrnHope it's true as another PL loan could be useful.
Joe McMahon
23 Posted 07/08/2022 at 18:51:43
Can we please move on for him being a red. He's a strong CB, that's Al that matters. If you want "he's one of us" well the quality ain't there. See the Tom Davies model.
Gerry Quinn
24 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:08:30
Paul (12) - you missed out the FFS before your comment!
Neil Copeland
25 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:13:50
Sam, according to FIFA clubs can bring in a maximum of 8 players on loan. The Premier league rules allow a maximum of 2 from another English club so, we can bring in a further 7 from clubs outside of England if Coady comes on a loan. rn rnThere is no limit to the number of players under 21 that a club can loan.
Gerry Quinn
26 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:17:30
Welcome, Conor,

I don't care who you played for or supported – I know you will give your all for Everton...

Colin Metcalfe
27 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:19:45
I will be very pleased if we get Coady because, alongside Tarkowski, with Gueye and this new lad Onana in front of our back four, we look well solid.

We maybe not score a bunch of goals this season but we will be very difficult to beat! If we can get a decent replacement striker, this would a very positive window.

John Burns
28 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:19:55
Sam (15),

I really respect your opinion on this. You’ve become the site's new Steve Ferns!

Neil Copeland
29 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:25:01
Sorry, that should be a further 6 as we already have Vinagre on loan.
Jamie Crowley
30 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:26:29
I could care less if he's purple, red, blue, whatever. If the guy can bolster our back line, he's welcome as far as I'm concerned.

Brian @ 17,

McManaman, when he broadcast here in America with "Sir" Ian Darke, was always very pro-Blue and I always guessed still a fan. It was very evident he still had a soft spot for Everton. I always liked the guy.

That's just an example of how kids growing up in and around Liverpool can support one club while kids, get their "break" with the other, and then they have two ways of going: hate the former, or hold affection for the former.

Coady could very well play his heart out for Everton, come to love the club, but still have affection for the red side. I don't care. These days, I only care what's best for Everton. If Coady is a talent, a leader, a hustler, and plays well, that's all that matters in my book.

Look, we have to do something. Godfrey hurt, Mina simply 100% unreliable over any run of games, and Keane seemingly not a favorite of Frank's, we need to bolster that back line.

I would like to see outgoings! We were cash-strapped and we've bought without a hell of a lot of sales. The financial health of Everton is exceedingly important! I hope to see players leaving soon who are surplus to requirements.

Paul Kossoff
31 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:28:25
Gerry, just for you:

FFS, now what does it mean, for fuck's sake? 😀

Shane Corcoran
32 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:34:45
Jamie, surely it’s “I couldn’t care less”?

Next thing you’ll be hitting us with an off of.

Richard Grey
33 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:37:03
Why is there still no news on Onana signing? Reminds me of when Manuel Fernandes was sat in Goodison and then signed for Valencia the next day. Do clubs just not announce new signings on a weekend?
Shane Corcoran
34 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:37:37
For those saying that we should get over that he’s a Liverpool fan, could we all go one step further and get over that club completely, as in stop mentioning them on this site unless we’re playing them???
Colin Glassar
35 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:38:13
Rather than having him do a karaoke as part of his induction, make him burn his replica rs shirt in front of the Gwladys Street.

He’s a good player and will further strengthen our defence which is now looking a bit tasty.

Jamie Crowley
36 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:39:05
Haha Shane. A bit of my 'Merican, incorrect English slang!

I guess this is what happens when you've lived for 20+ years in Northeast Florida, aka "shitkicker land". 😜

Colin Glassar
37 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:41:58
Richard G,

Bill forgot to buy paper for the fax machine so we can’t exchange legal papers.

Apparently, Lille haven’t sent his release form so, technically, he’s still their player.

Paul Kossoff
38 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:42:52
Shane, maybe Jamie means he couldn't care less if he was a red, but then he says he could care less if he was a blue!

Does that mean he couldn't care less if we get him or not? So does he mean... You know what, I couldn't care less, fuck it!!!! 😀😀😀

Geoff Lambert
39 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:43:09
Might just have a quadruple player reveal tomorrow. I know David Harrison has been a very busy boy today. COYB...
Tony Everan
40 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:52:33
I am happy it’s a loan for now, as long as the fee is reasonable, as it means we can get a goalscorer in. Coady is another hard bastard central defender along with Tarkowski, strong characters and will never be bullied out of it by anyone. I love a centre-back = who can radiate a bit of fear into strikers. No one will say he’s perfect but he is better than what we have got just now and resilient too.

We are definitely looking at making a team that is physically and mentally stronger for starters and this signing is part of that. Now the icing on the cake will be getting a goalscorer in.

Wise man says, “Good knife with blunt blade won’t cut loaf”.

Tommy Carter
41 Posted 07/08/2022 at 19:55:19
Sam @25,

Michael Keane wins a lot of his duels. His stats regarding this are particularly high. Especially aerially.

However, he can win as many headers as he wants but when he also plays a 90 minutes constantly on the verge of a match-costing mistake, or his teammates anticipating that this is the case, then it leads for a very vulnerable defence.

As for Mina, his presence at the club is largely pointless.

Coady barring an impact injury is likely to be available every week. He will bring with him a confidence missing from our team and especially our defence.

There’s a lot to be said for statistics and we certainly need players who win their duels. We have that with Tarkowski.

What you won’t see in statistics are the ability read the game.

The wonderful Paolo Maldini was once quoted as saying ‘if I have to make a tackle, then I have already made a mistake’.

Now I am not comparing Coady to Maldini but if his stats are low for anything other than heading then it may be because he defends using his nut, not by using brute physicality and last-ditch tackles like Sylvain Distin used to do (and was applauded for - not by me, I hasten to add).

His stats for passing are also fairly impressive and I am keen for anybody to join our starting XI who has an interest in looking after the ball and keeping possession.

Denis Richardson
42 Posted 07/08/2022 at 20:05:05
Interesting we were after him before he two injuries so presume we can’t get rid of Keane, Mina nor Holgate for love nor money? Had we not had the two injuries and signed Coady, we’d have about 7 senior centre-backs!

Personally I am 50/50 on this one. We really need to sort out the striker situation as an absolute priority. We already have a load of centre-backs so, unless we can offload Keane (there was a rumour West Ham were interested recently, not sure if true or still the case), seems a bit odd to sign another.

Also, why are Wolves letting him go?

Shane Corcoran
43 Posted 07/08/2022 at 20:06:34
Tommy, John Giles said the same about Denis Irwin. You never see him make a last ditch tackle as he’s always there early.

Godfrey was our pace in the back three. Looks like it’s put up with Holgate for now.

Steve Mink
44 Posted 07/08/2022 at 20:14:41
Tommy @ 41 – good call re Distin – what an underestimated player he was.

I like the quality of the buying of this new guy. Okay, we are buying too many Wolves-linked players but, given their buying record, there's not much wrong with that. Vinagre a good buy and Coady loan is very smart.

Feels like we need another canny loan for upfront. I've always liked Arnautovic, despite everything. Could do worse – probably will.

Sam Hoare
45 Posted 07/08/2022 at 20:20:25
Tommy@41, you're right of course in that stats have their limitations and they can certainly be misused, but the right stats should not be ignored. And I'm pretty sure Maldini would have had great stats for interceptions and blocks. Coady does not.

He is pretty comfortable in possession and that will be a bonus though interestingly he played less progressive passes per match than Michael Keane last year, half the amount in fact.

Thelwell obviously knows him well, and Coady knows how to play with 3 centre-backs well. He certainly seems durable having only missed 1 Premier League game in the last 3 years.

I can see the positives and a loan mitigates the risk, but I'm just not sure he is quite as solid a defender as others seem to believe. Interested to see how he gets on.

Robert Tressell
46 Posted 07/08/2022 at 20:22:36
The good thing about this – as with Tarkowski and McNeil – is that this is low cost and good value for the Premier League.

I'm not really sure why Wolves are willing to let him go because he's still got 3 years left on his contract. But loan with option to buy at around £12M seems good. He was talked of as a £30M player recently.

Whether he's really any better than Keane or Holgate remains to be seen. But then I said that about Tarkowski and in fairness he looks a distinct improvement, although it's early days.

Bill Gienapp
47 Posted 07/08/2022 at 20:23:57
I was still curious why he's seemingly on the outs with Wolves, so I checked out a few of their message boards.

Apparently they want to switch to a back four and he can only be relied on in a back three. Which is clearly how Lampard wants to play, though I'd hope we aren't wedded to that system – I'd like the flexibility to shift to a 4-3-3 if need be, particularly with Gueye and Onana coming in.

At any rate, a loan with an option to buy seems like really sensible business, under the circumstances.

Jay Harris
48 Posted 07/08/2022 at 20:32:58
Pleased with getting Coady. He has a certain amount of "they shall not pass" in him.

I would now swap Keane for Benrahma plus £10M and get Dennis from Watford.

Colin Glassar
49 Posted 07/08/2022 at 20:33:40
Tbf, Coady on loan. Gana on a freebie, more or less. Onana on a minimum down payment the rest paid over 5 years. Vinagre on loan etc.. This should leave us with money to spare and room for more players.
Bobby Mallon
50 Posted 07/08/2022 at 20:39:35
Jim Potter and the rest saying he supports Liverpool. So what?

Owen, Fowler and a few others supported us. He’s a terrific defender.

Bobby Mallon
51 Posted 07/08/2022 at 20:42:11
Paul Kossoff.

What??? He’s going to score own-goals every game, for fuck's sake!!!

Tommy Carter
52 Posted 07/08/2022 at 20:49:26
Sam @45,

We will never know as I’m not sure that such statistics were ever compiled in Italy throughout his time playing, in the way that they have been in the Premier League since 2006.

However, there is a reason why players like Maldini and his fellow countrymen, Bonucci, Chiellini, Nesta, Materazzi etc, all won major international tournaments and it wasn’t because any of them had lots of pace.

And as for Chiellini and Bonucci last summer, they were faced with a talented England side with lots of pace: Sterling, Saka, Rashford, Sancho.

You could try and pick holes in their limitations – as you could with Coady. But he will bring a personality and leadership quality to Everton. And that is much needed.

He’ll bring expertise in playing in a back 3 – which is the manager's preferred system.

He will bring reliability.

Good signing.

Paul Birmingham
53 Posted 07/08/2022 at 20:54:38
For me, he’s a decent player, so will bolster our defence.

The last few weeks have seen good business and renewed hope for this season.

Yesterday’s result was self-inflicted but there was some good signs, and some Chelsea lads after the game said Everton were worth at least a draw.

Stick one on Slippy next week, and all to play for.

Hopefully no more injuries, you couldn’t make that up yesterday.

Brian Murray
54 Posted 07/08/2022 at 21:13:50
I said before he’s a wool anyway so who cares? He's a proper defender and doesn’t fold because of some mental frailty or illness like Calvert-Lewin or Aaron what's his name.

Not making light of mental illness but you're in the wrong sport or lifestyle to have it. I want winners: Ball, Gray... even Cahill who went against the board and Moyes and said No, no and no – we are not glass ceiling underdogs.

The point I’m making: we are Everton. Uncomfortable as it is, live by motto or carry on happy clapping.

Love you all.

Robert Tressell
55 Posted 07/08/2022 at 21:21:10
Colin, is that how the Onana deal works then? We pay on the drip over the life of the contract?

Makes sense. I was wondering how we could possibly afford £35M…

Ray Jacques
56 Posted 07/08/2022 at 21:22:33
Nasty stream in him. Just what we need.

Anything and anyone at centre-back as long as it keeps Keane and Holgate off the pitch.

Andy Crooks
57 Posted 07/08/2022 at 21:34:10
I like Mina, but these are genuine questions for those who've seen more of him than me:

Is he reluctant to play 90 minutes?

Does he have an unusually low pain threshold?

Is the good for the dressing room all together stuff just talking the talk, or is he incredibly unlucky?

Geoff Lambert
58 Posted 07/08/2022 at 21:37:04
We are going to be a big strong physical unit that nobody will be looking foreward to playing. Just need a scorer of goals to complete a great window.
Neil Copeland
59 Posted 07/08/2022 at 21:52:36
Alan Myers reporting that Onana is done, Gana done but waiting on a visa and Coady is close to sealing a loan move and expected to be completed in time to play against Villa.

Blimey, imagine if we brought in someone like Arnautovic as well, that would be one strong looking core.

Frank Fearns
60 Posted 07/08/2022 at 21:56:26
Good signing giving us two good sold defenders with loads of experience. Both have leadership qualities which is always needed in the last line of the defence. Add Gueye and Onana we are developing what could be a decent squad. Shame its at this stage with the season having started. Stating the obvious now for a good pacey CF. We gave Chelsea one of the supposedly top knobs a match yesterday even though we lost two with injuries and young Gordon playing out of position and doing a decent job. Hope that elusive CF will be signed very soon.
Mark Ryan
61 Posted 07/08/2022 at 21:57:51
Let's hope it gets done. I'd be very happy to have this lad playing for Everton. Grit we need, get it done please
Derek Taylor
62 Posted 07/08/2022 at 21:58:49
So many satisfied TWers and not a goalscorer in sight. !

(Oh I forgot, Rondon is waiting in the wings -it sure won't be up the middle !
Joe McMahon
63 Posted 07/08/2022 at 22:09:32
Derek, Everton and goals is a bit of a theme over many years. We specialise in negative goal difference.
Neil Copeland
64 Posted 07/08/2022 at 22:18:18
Joe, and we are very good at it!
Soren Moyer
65 Posted 07/08/2022 at 22:38:20
Just get us 2 proper strikers then we can talk! Memphis Depay is being heavily linked with us too and the price is reported to be £17M. Let's hope it happens. Unlikely though as he wants CL footy!!!
Bernie Quinn
66 Posted 07/08/2022 at 22:46:57
I'm certainly not upset with the weekend result as thev team's performance was most encouraging. As I read of the new arrivals, my smile grows bigger! I am so pleased that Frank and Kevin are forming such a strong Team. I'm longing to know who they have lined up for the Striker. In Frank I trust!
Kieran Kinsella
67 Posted 07/08/2022 at 22:47:48

The Onana deal is based on Kenwright mailing a rubber check once a year on the Lille presidents birthday

68 Posted 07/08/2022 at 22:58:42
How people can not like this signing??
Proper defender. Power, pace, grit, leadership. He's not got in England frame for nothing.
Yes he's a red. But stevie lego head was a blue. Carragher blue as can be they weren't turning them away . He's a scouser who will give his all and hopefully give a few of the shitbags in the team a mouthfull when not performing.
Just gutted Godfrey got injured because this move could of been curtains for the drama queen, papermache legged dope. But he will now be sticking around it seems.
Now Lets get a striker even a loan as I'm sure it's 2 from England we are allowed.

Kieran Kinsella
69 Posted 07/08/2022 at 22:59:48
I like the fact Thelwell is low profile. Walsh was giving constant interviews about Vardy or sharing his diary from his failed scouting trip to Italy. Brands was always in The Echo having coffee with foreign Under 23 players who didn’t make the grade or sitting in the stand at Southport pretending to have some influence over Unsy. Thelwell just seems to be quietly getting on with his actual job

70 Posted 07/08/2022 at 23:00:48
Mina, if you didn't know who the dope was !!!
Andrew Bentley
71 Posted 07/08/2022 at 23:11:07
Signing Coady is a good move. We’ve all bemoaned the lack of leadership and positive influences in the Everton squad for years. By signing Coady as well as Tarkowski we’ve now added 2 additional club captains to the first team which can help us turn things around on the pitch when things aren’t going well.

Also after the injury shambles of Saturday we clearly needed additional defenders to plug gaps. Just gutted we won’t have Godfrey or Mina playing alongside them for a while yet as we would look very solid with all of them as options.

With Onana and Gueye to come, we all are just waiting for a striker option and then I think we’d all agree that this will have been a very good transfer window for the blues with a number of our weak points addressed. The spine of the team will look very solid.

Just need someone to perform an exorcism or sort out the curse we seem to be under when it comes to injuries. If…..and it’s a big if….we can get Calvert Lewin back fit and firing then I’d think we could do something special this year

Brian Wilkinson
72 Posted 07/08/2022 at 23:14:58
I could not care less if he wears I love Gerrard skiddy underwear under his shorts,or has a I love Robbie Williams tattoo, as long as he does a job for Everton during his playing time.

Forget job for the boys and he is one of us, get players in who can improve us, if he fits the bill then get him in.

Tom Bowers
73 Posted 07/08/2022 at 23:15:19
Some players days are numbered and I cannot fathom why some are still with us.

We seem to have a big squad containing quite a few who are just not up to snuff or at least to Lampard's liking.

The like's of Keane and Holgate may be gone soon along with one or two midfielders given the new lad's on theverge of signing.

Terrible news about Godfrey but shit always happens to Everton early season.

Man City are just amazing and one can only see the top six finishing much the same as last season.

The money paid to get the likes of Haaland shows that city aim to stay top and if he doesn't get injured he will terrorize all defences this season.

Gavin Johnson
74 Posted 07/08/2022 at 23:27:10
Jack #1 Coady is as much of a Scouser as John Bishop.

Lampard seems fixed on playing 3 CBs and Coady sitting in the middle is one of the best in the league. He can also pick a long pass, much like Tarkowski. He isn't the quickest, so we'll have to play Holgate in the 3 every week now.

Bernie Quinn
75 Posted 07/08/2022 at 23:36:43
Tom at 73 - Agreed Tom that we are getting overloaded with unwanted players. The question is if Clubs don't wish to buy them, how do we get rid of them - Cancel their contracts - Reduce their salaries - change their jobs to cleaning equipment etc ? I think we are stuck with them.
Ed Prytherch
76 Posted 07/08/2022 at 23:48:56
I hope that Holgate gets a run of games with Tarkowski and Coady. He is a good athlete, combative and seems to be smart. He could develop into a first choice defender while playing alongside those two.rnWe need a settled back three and Mina being in and out of the setup prevents that from happening
Will Mabon
77 Posted 07/08/2022 at 00:00:47
Soren, Depay thought he was too good for United. In fact, he wasn't good enough. His record looks good at his other clubs but I don't believe he's suited to the PL, he just wasn't up for it.

As my dad used to say, "Not an Everton player".

Mike Gaynes
78 Posted 07/08/2022 at 00:21:27
Gavin #74 and Ed #76,

Let's not forget that Holgate is still Holgate. He played really well yesterday -- but he also made the mistake that cost us a point when he stepped away from marking Chilwell. A successful back 3 requires three players who are safe on the ball and can pass all over the pitch, and that ain't Holgate.

I would expect the starters will eventually be (right to left) Coady, Tarkowski and our most talented defender, Mykolenko, with Vinagre or McNeil stepping into Myko's place on left wing.

Andy #57,

If Mina were anything besides unlucky, Frank wouldn't keep starting him and his status wouldn't be so high among his teammates. After each injury, he has initially refused to come off the pitch, and he has never backed away an inch from anyone, so his warrior mentality should be unquestioned. He is simply fragile and unfortunate.

Mike Gaynes
79 Posted 08/08/2022 at 00:28:39
Will, rumor has us pursuing another tall striker, Ajorqu of Strasbourg. 6'-5".

Onana is 6'-5" (Frank says he'll be a "big player" for us, which probably wasn't intentional humor), and the other rumored striker is 6'-7". Guess Frank is looking for altitude as well as attitude.

Paul Birmingham
80 Posted 07/08/2022 at 00:29:26
Heard in the stands yesterday, via the Goodison grapevine, that the deal is agreed, on loan, with agreement to buy.

So as Evertonians, give the lad a chance. Not unreasonable?

Who has decided any player who wants to play for Everton is an unwanted player?

ToffeeWeb, is getting interesting these days, and some interesting views regarding Everton’s chances of success.

Next is Forest and victory

The best weekly entertainment, is TW!

Hopefully some, many, will believe Everton will beat Forest.

Time to stick together, as Evertonians.

Mike Gaynes
81 Posted 08/08/2022 at 00:37:41
One additional point I want to make -- Everton has lacked on-pitch leadership over the past few seasons.

Seamus is a magnificent man and a worthy club captain, but he is not the kind of leader to roar and collar and elevate the players' effort in difficult moments.

We will now have two of that brand of leader in Tarkowski and Coady. And that makes us unquestionably better.

Bill Watson
82 Posted 08/08/2022 at 00:48:38
Tom #73,

Man City paid a reported £51M for Haaland so, at today's prices, quite a snip.

Mind you, we had him for trials but our three youth team coaches decided he was never going to make it and let him go.

Colin Glassar
83 Posted 08/08/2022 at 00:54:45
Bill, he’ll cost city around £200m+ in wages apparently.
Gavin Johnson
84 Posted 08/08/2022 at 01:11:59
Mike, playing Mykolenko as a centre-back is thinking out of the box a little, but I understand he's played there before, so who knows?! I guess it would all depend on how Vinagre settles in.

We're not going to see Godfrey again until the New Year at least unfortunately; so, out of Keane and Holgate, I would definitely choose Holgate to partner Tarkowski and Coady. It's certainly not ideal, but let's hope playing with two leaders stops him from having his lapses of switching off.

Dupont Koo
85 Posted 08/08/2022 at 01:56:06
Loan with only option-to-buy is a great deal to bring a tough Scouser home who will be another much-needed, no-nonsense adult in the locker room.

We might not have too much fire-power up front for now, but we are trending towards the right direction, ie extremely tough to beat, both at home and away.

Christine Foster
86 Posted 08/08/2022 at 02:26:46
Priority One: Stop the goals going in.

Priority Two: Stop the opposition creating.

Priority Three: Have an outlet up front.

Priority Four: Get a clinical finisher.

Simple game, football...

Danny O’Neill
88 Posted 08/08/2022 at 04:23:56
I won't repeat myself from a previous thread, but the Liverpool supporter thing is just not a concern whatsoever.

Another leader in the team.

And, just let me have this moment, but I did suggest this one some 18 months ago!!

Andy Crooks - re Mina. I like him too. I just think he's one of those players who, as soon as he feels something, that's him. Shame as he's a good player and if you watch some of the online footage, a bit of a character in the dressing room.

Danny O’Neill
89 Posted 08/08/2022 at 05:13:09
It's not the cold weather Christine. It's just Everton!!
Danny O’Neill
90 Posted 08/08/2022 at 05:25:13
Brian Murray @54. Love you too brother!

Everton oh we love Everton (to the tune of Alouette).

Neville Southall

Gary Stephens

Psycho Pat

Kevin Rats

Derek Mountfield

Peter Reid

Tricky Trev

Andy Gray

Graham Sharp

Paul Bracewell

Kevin Sheedy (I now faint like a teenager at a music concert)

But seriously, to your point. Fighters and winners. Every single one of them. Apart from Sheedy. He just waved his magic wand of a left foot.

Glass ceiling and acceptance of mediocrity is not my Everton.

Christine Foster
91 Posted 08/08/2022 at 06:02:13
Hey Bernie, hope your visit to the hospital went okay last week.

I was pleasantly sort of okay with the performance at the weekend although I think we needed a stand-in Mick Lyons to be a makeshift centre-forward, just as a target for the others to run off onto the 2nd ball. Sticking Gordon there was hopeless. Sort of Mina character, awkward but a handful.

Come on, Frank, have a think, who is a bloody handful? Gordon and Co are providers or speed merchants who feed off the 2nd balls to run on to, not to be used as targets.

Jerome Shields
92 Posted 08/08/2022 at 06:14:45
Coady will be a good addition. His main asset is he takes immediate command. Keane, Holgate and Mina have held the Everton defence hostages to fortune for too long.

I agree, Christine – Gray and Gordon need a pivot point to play to and play off. Everton have struggled for years and seem to have given up in finding a centre-forward who can do that and get in the right position, with the required finish from both head and foot.

Both Calvert-Lewin and Rondon provided a makeshift pivot point, but neither have the consistent positioning and finish for a Premier League striker. Add injury and the situation is hopeless.

Videos of those centre-forwards that Everton are supposedly after are heavily edited, something that Kenwright should know about when he is watching them?

Jerome Shields
93 Posted 08/08/2022 at 06:39:51
No doubt Everton have more players than they should have blocking the transfer process. This has been the case for years, but has really come to the forefront since reducing the size of the squad became a policy.

Everton have still got one of the highest wages percentages in the Premier League, beaten only by Man Utd who are reported as paying Ronaldo an absurd £510, 000 per week, Medical Services and those involved in transfers being the main culprits, in Everton’s case.

What it all adds up to is no change… The new DoF has to be able to turn round all that first.

Alan McGuffog
94 Posted 08/08/2022 at 07:55:09
Excellent "loan now, buy later" deal.

For those obsessed with his allegiances growing up, he's from Sin Tellins. Grew up in Haydock, thus making him a Yicker. Could have supported that lot or us or Man Utd or Man City. Or, God forbid, Wigan Rugby League


Every professional footballer plays for the wage packet. And t'was ever thus. Welcome, Conor.

Jim Lloyd
95 Posted 08/08/2022 at 07:56:36
Mike (78), Agree with you. It's happened for years with both Keane and Holgate. Silly mistakes or lapses in concentration have cost us so many points each season. It's galling when we're in a tight game, desreve a draw or a win, and bloop, those points have gone down the drain.

I’ll be chuffed if Connor Coady comes to Everton. He's not only a good centre-half, he's a leader and a fighter. Him and Tarkowski will be a good start in getting a team with more hard knocks in it. Long overdue!

I'm impressed with Kevin’s and Frank's transfer business so far (with more good stuff to come, I think) and I thought we saw the beginnings of it on Saturday. Not only Tarkowski. Sitting in the Gladwys Street end of the Upper Bullens, it was good to see Patterson snarling away at any of the Chelsea players who tried to "rough up the new lad" – Well done, lad.

Alan, if he grew up in Haydock, that'll do me. A village with a good working class background. Mining, engineering… and working in Pilks! He'll be hard alright; and do us just fine.

Bernie Quinn
96 Posted 08/08/2022 at 08:00:17
Hi Christine @91.

I tried to answer a couple of times over the last couple of days – but of course we had this problem with the posts. Re the hospital. I was a little upset as I still don't know how I am. They told me the tests are now complete but they have to analyse the findings and I should know the result by hopefully tomorrow, fingers crossed!

With the game on Sunday morning, I never expected to hear your screams but, like me and most other posters, you seem fairly impressed with our improvement and it will only get better with the expected signings.

One thing about the hospital visit that concerned me. I was lying almost fully naked on a bed by the Cat-Scan, and four attractive girls (nurses) were gently fondling me. I knew I should be enjoying this… but I couldn't remember why!!! Gosh, I am old! Will let you know my result as soon as I find out. Take care of yourself.

Eddie Dunn
97 Posted 08/08/2022 at 08:04:14
Coady along with Tatkovski is a huge upgrade on Holgate and Keane. What's not to like?
James Hughes
98 Posted 08/08/2022 at 08:05:03
Bernie, that is some impressive healthcare you have over there, their nurses were doing what!!

I am still hoping to get to Auckland this Christmas so, if I get ill, there will be some upside at least!

Steve Shave
99 Posted 08/08/2022 at 08:08:42
Can you imagine facing an Everton back 3 of Coady, Tarkowski and Mina?? That is not a fun afternoon for any Premier League striker.

I know ol' biscuit legs won't be available much but jeez, that is a mouthwatering prospect for me. Shielded by Onana and Gana… wow.

Mark Murphy
100 Posted 08/08/2022 at 08:16:16
Alan, I was born and raised in St Helens and, until I left home in 1984, I never knew a single City fan.

Coady definitely does not sound yicker to me though – is he putting on the scouse? If so, I’d love to know where he’s taking lessons so I can avoid the usual snide I get at matches!

Alan McGuffog
101 Posted 08/08/2022 at 08:25:23
Hi Mark...thinking about it I worked there for over 20 years and didn't meet many. Got the Haydock thing from Wiki so who knows 🤷‍♂️
Tony Abrahams
102 Posted 08/08/2022 at 08:48:51
Bernie and John, we have been overloaded with unwanted players for years, but at least it now looks like we might be getting a few, that we might even end up liking!
Bernie Quinn
103 Posted 08/08/2022 at 09:06:03
Yes Tony @ 102 - Very happy with the incoming - but there is still the problem of getting rid of the unwanted!
Christopher Timmins
104 Posted 08/08/2022 at 09:12:28
If Coady comes in, then it will be Coady, Tarkowski and one other in the central defensive positions going forward. An absolute upgrade on what was in place last season.

Add Onana and Gana in the engine room and we will no longer be a soft touch.

Brian Harrison
106 Posted 08/08/2022 at 09:24:29
All we have done since Moshiri took control is to pay average players similar money to what players at Champions League teams get and, on top of that, we give them too long a contract. So why anybody is surprised when we can't move these players on –Bolasie, Besic, Tosun, Delph, Sigurdsson just to name a few who stayed till the last day of their contracts.

We have just signed Dwight McNeil on a 5-year contract, why not a 3-year contract and then, after 18 months if he looks the real deal, offer him a new contract? But, if he doesn't turn out to be the player we hoped, then he will be in the same position as we were with the others I listed.

So, if we want shut of Keane and Gomes and Allan, then it will only happen if the deal is financially beneficial to the player… I mean, whoever takes a pay cut?

Allan may move as he only has 12 months left on his contract so, even if a club offers slightly less money but a 3-year deal, he would be foolish to turn that down.

Jim Lloyd
107 Posted 08/08/2022 at 09:24:40
We just have to wait, Bernie @103. A financial millstone round the club's neck! None of them will want to leave, however, until their contracts finish, with the wages they're on. So it'll be a job well done, if we can encourage any of them to go before that.

I like the look of how we're shaping up, though and let's see what we look like at the end of the transfer window. Frank did say, though, that he expects it to take 2 or 3 windows before we can build a squad that he fancies, to challenge for top eight places.

Mike Doyle
108 Posted 08/08/2022 at 09:36:13
Christine #91} I was thinking the same thing at the weekend. After the "miracle of Crystal Palace" one of the podcasts (the esk on talking the blues I think) talking about Michael Keane's goal, remarked that they had heard from Finch Farm that Keane is regarded as a very good finisher. In the absence of a striker perhaps it might be worth deploying him in the Mick Lyons role?
James Marshall
109 Posted 08/08/2022 at 09:58:30
This is an excellent signing in my view (I couldn't care less about the RS links because I don't have the mental age of a petulant schoolboy). Coady is a good defender with the right mindset – something we've sorely lacked for years. Him and Tarkowski should be solid at the back with one other from Mina, Holgate or Keane.

We're not going to be a soft touch anymore, as mentioned above, and that had to be Lampard's remit going into this season. That and a striker. This bloke Sasa Kalajdzic looks a handful at 6'-7" and did well in Germany. Plenty of top clubs looking at him apparently and for £15M it sounds like a good punt. He's also 25 so the right age.

Jeff Armstrong
110 Posted 08/08/2022 at 10:03:34
Mike @108,

You're right about Keane, but football parlance and managers (sorry, coaches) these days are too aloof and think they’re too sophisticated to try something like that.

Back in the '70s ,it was common for centre-halves to play up front in times of crisis or seeking a late goal. Larry Lloyd, Kenny Burns, Mick Lyons, John Hurst, Dennis Smith etc.

No-one was too proud to be deployed up front, in fact they relished a chance to show the forwards how to be brave and stick their nut in where it hurts.

Hugh Jenkins
111 Posted 08/08/2022 at 11:26:20
Mike (108) and Jeff (110) - of course the epitome of the interchangeable CF /CB was the late, great, John Charles.
Brian Murray
112 Posted 08/08/2022 at 11:45:48
Kenny Burns reverted from his Birmingham days from being a striker to a centre-half at Forest to win the Footballer of the Year award. Obviously a genius manager might of help him do that (Cloughie).

Still painful memories of our Mad Mick getting thrown up front and I can’t recall he scored from that position. Most or all his goals from at the back although the two he got at Plymouth with Latchford out in '75 maybe he started that match as a striker.

I was there but someone on here may shed some light. Maybe the game is too fast nowadays to try that but it hasn’t stopped Rondon who somehow earns a living with us as a striker.

Paul Cherrington
113 Posted 08/08/2022 at 11:52:48
Decent move this and a sensible one seen as Mina is injured again and Godfrey is sadly out for a while too. Good defender, will to win and fierce competitor. Just what we need.
Paul Hewitt
114 Posted 08/08/2022 at 12:00:58
If he's from St Helens he will do for me.
Ray Smith
115 Posted 08/08/2022 at 12:04:49
One momentary lapse of concentration by Godfrey, led to the penalty.

One error, one goal, that’s how the cookie crumbles in the Premier League.

However, what I saw on Saturday evening gives me a feeling that we are potentially a Top 10 side. We shall see!

I appreciate our FFP situation, but the media seem to be feeding us spurious updates on transfers:

(1) Onana having his medical Saturday morning, then it was Sunday. Now he’s supposed to have signed, so where’s the press release?

(2) Gana as above

3 signings sometime this week, Onana, Gana, and Coady.

I can foresee 1 or 2 signings from Chelsea once Werner leaves and a replacement found, will produce a domino effect. 1 permanent deal and 1 loan. I think I’m right that you cannot loan 2 players from the same side?

We need a striker big time, and hopefully Thelwell is doing his best in that department without the attention seeking Kenwright milking the limelight. Pity he wasn’t forthcoming when we were in the mire (and still are) last season, as well as our drastic financial situation he (with others) created.

Mark Ryan
116 Posted 08/08/2022 at 12:09:51
Gueye close, Coady, closing in, Onana close.

Any chance we can get these done today?

Open the Finch Farm barrier, make sure we have stewards there making sure the usual trip hazards are out of the way, and get them signed up today.

Then focus on the striker, please!

Pete Neilson
117 Posted 08/08/2022 at 12:20:15
Ray (115) I thinks it's two loan players maximum regardless of where they are from. So if Coady is a loan then any striker coming in will need to be a permanent deal.
Neil Copeland
118 Posted 08/08/2022 at 12:24:36
The rule is 2 loans from English clubs and a max of 8 in total. So, assuming Coady signs, we can still loan 1 more from an English club and 6 from elsewhere.
Jeff Armstrong
119 Posted 08/08/2022 at 12:33:50
Maybe we’re signing Coady as a striker 😊
Chris Leyland
120 Posted 08/08/2022 at 12:43:37
Ray @115,

A bit harsh to blame Godfrey for the penalty seeing as though he went off in the 18th minute and they scored it at 45+9'!

Ray Smith
121 Posted 08/08/2022 at 12:48:53
Neil @118,

Thanks for the clarification.

So Vinagre, although on loan, will only count towards the 8, and not the 2 loans from English clubs?

Hopefully, having already played Chelsea, they may be more amenable to deal with us on a permanent or loan deal, or both, once Werner’s replacement is or has been identified.

Jim Lloyd
122 Posted 08/08/2022 at 12:50:00
That's good to know, Neil.

If we are not able to spend as we have been doing, then loans are a way of providing us with a chance to strengthen our squad for this season.

Brian Murray
123 Posted 08/08/2022 at 12:52:22
Jerome post 92. Unless they are in his cannon ball kid scrapbook he wouldn’t know or have the nouse to do anything about it. Leave it to Thelwell
James Marshall
124 Posted 08/08/2022 at 12:56:20
Ray - I thought it was the clumsy tackling Doucoure who gave away the penalty and Godfrey was probably already in X-ray by the time it was awarded.
Tommy Carter
125 Posted 08/08/2022 at 13:03:40
Mike @108,

The problem is that he has absolutely no mobility whatsoever. He can only run in a straight line. He’d be a statue up there and that’s not what we need.

I was very impressed with the pressing from Anthony Gordon on Saturday. We had a few instances of winning the ball back in good areas. Patterson did this also.

That bodes well but the striker coming in needs to compliment that.

Justin Doone
126 Posted 08/08/2022 at 13:04:15
More than happy with this loan.

Solid, reliable, consistent defender. Like Tarkowski, not top class but having a reliable centre-back pairing should help steady the ship.

Now, let's bring in some goalscorers!

If Onana can be a box-to-box goalscoring midfielder, brilliant, if he comes. I don't like the fact he couldn't agree personal terms with West Ham. I wouldn't pay over the odds on a young, unproven player. Avoid the Moise Kean mistakes.

Peter Mills
127 Posted 08/08/2022 at 13:12:24
The sight of Mick Lyons going up front was always an indication that things were not going well.
Ray Smith
128 Posted 08/08/2022 at 13:12:31
James @124,

Yes, it was a clumsy tackle, but my point was that Godfrey’s error caused the problem in the first place.

That aside, I hope Godfrey has a speedy recovery, albeit months not weeks 🤞

Colin Glassar
129 Posted 08/08/2022 at 13:13:27
Jerome @93, you’re right.

If we get these new signings and don’t get rid of the flotsam, we’ll end up, once more, with a bloated, expensive squad.

Tommy Carter
130 Posted 08/08/2022 at 13:19:03
Belotti is the sensible solution to this problem.

He will reportedly consider around £75k per week and is on a free transfer.

Michael Lynch
131 Posted 08/08/2022 at 13:25:00
I was 100% behind this signing, then I took a look at what Sam Hoare was saying and had my doubts (and I look to him for the best and most considered take on transfers). Then I went and looked at what the Wolves fans were saying, and I'm back to 100%.

I didn't realise quite how much they love what he brings to the club. Not just his leadership and reliability, but as a player. Not one Wolves fan was saying "get rid, he's shite" or "past his best".

They all seem to want what's best for him, but they'd be gutted if he left – and not just in a sentimental nostalgic Spurs Dele Alli thing, he's seen as a massively positive influence. And boy do we need some of those.

I take on board that he's not the best central defender in the country, but we have nobody who is rated by our fans in the way Coady is by the Wolves lot. And they've finished above us four times out of five since they got promoted, so they're objectively a better team in recent seasons.

Ray Jacques
132 Posted 08/08/2022 at 13:28:17
I remember Mick Lyons scoring a diving header against Leeds when I think they were champions and we won 3-2.

I also remember him lobbing George Wood in the Anfield derby for a spectacular own goal. I think we drew 2-2 and Garry Stanley and Mcdermott got sent off for handbags.

Brian Murray
133 Posted 08/08/2022 at 13:36:04

Yes, that Anfield one was painful but thankful the late great Andy King rescued a point in fact he scored 3 times in consecutive derbies.

Point I’m making: Did Lyons ever get thrown up front and score?

Steve Brown
148 Posted 08/08/2022 at 13:47:06
Brian @144,

King Andy didn't rescue a point as we were more than a match for them in that 2-2 draw. Should have won!

Ray Jacques
149 Posted 08/08/2022 at 13:48:32
Is it still affecting you, Brian? LOL.

I don't think he ever scored when he was thrown up front, but a distant memory has me thinking he started out as a forward and was converted to centre-back, possibly when Latchford signed for us… but I am probably mistaken.

Sean Roe
150 Posted 08/08/2022 at 13:48:40
It's a yes from me to Coady. Decent player and a real character if his interviews are anything to go by, a step up from Keane.
Will Mabon
152 Posted 08/08/2022 at 14:21:58
Ray, maybe he was a forward as a youth, I don't know, but never while in our first team. A wannabe forward for sure...
Jay Harris
153 Posted 08/08/2022 at 14:35:52
Brian #106,

The idea about giving 5-year contracts as opposed to 3-year is so the amortization of the transfer fee can be spread over a longer period of time.

For example, if Onana cost £30M, that would be a cost of £10M a year in the Profit & Loss account over a 3-year period but only £6M a year over a 5-year period; hence we have a bigger transfer budget.

Or, taking Richarlison's £60M into account, that would give us a transfer budget of £300M assuming all the other costs that caused us FFP problems have been resolved, such as the cost of lawnmowers at Finch Farm and extravagant wages for non-contributing players.

On the subject of the incoming, anyone know what the situation is regarding getting a visa for Gueye and Onana? Other teams don't seem to have any problem bringing in foreign players.

Graham Mockford
154 Posted 08/08/2022 at 14:56:24
Will @152,

He joined the club as a forward straight from school but was converted to a centre-half.

Mick was often utilised as a forward under Billy Bingham. He got into double figures in 74-75.

Ian Bennett
155 Posted 08/08/2022 at 15:28:33
He's a good solid pro that will keep us in the Premier League. He's not Champions League quality, but could be a consistent Steady Eddie that could push the club towards a European place (not necessarily this season).

Not someone that captures the imagination of rival fans, but him and Tarkowski are players that will fight till the end, and will not be something rival players will fancy at all.

Decent on the ball, good leader, doesn't miss games. Shame that Godfrey got injured as the back 5 with him in it, a re-tooled midfield is looking more promising than a month a go. Powder-puff upfront, and that is going to hurt until we have someone in.

Must have something lined up on Broja. I guess there is a chain of transfer deals waiting to happen.

Iain Latchford
156 Posted 08/08/2022 at 15:49:29
Coady has now signed. Announcement imminent.
James Marshall
157 Posted 08/08/2022 at 15:51:06
Photos of him on Twitter signing Everton shirts through his car window, presumably on his way into Finch Farm
David Johson
158 Posted 08/08/2022 at 16:12:33
Smart business if it's a loan - pushing more commitments into next year. The deadwood can be disposed of in slightly less of a hurry and strikers can be bought in. It's so unlike us it's almost surreal.
Robert Tressell
159 Posted 08/08/2022 at 16:13:18
Tommy @ 130.

Belotti would probably be a good signing. Similar standard to Calvert-Lewin – not quite top class but still a good player.

I suspect he is holding out for Champions League football with someone next season – a more modest club like Marseille, Leverkusen, Atletico or Seville perhaps.

If he comes to us, it will be because no-one in that category has come in for him or we've offered bigger wages.

John Kavanagh
160 Posted 08/08/2022 at 16:16:59
It will be great to have commanding centre-backs with hard-tackling no-nonsense centre-midfield players in front to present a formidable barrier for any opposition to try to get past. It's about time we had a bear pit on the pitch to complement the one on the terraces.

If all the mooted signings arrive (especially Broja or Kalajdzic) it will, for me, be the most encouraging few weeks we've had in the transfer market in years. Everyone signed with a clear strategy and team structure in mind. No prima donna star players and (touch wood) no sick notes.

Frank Crewe
161 Posted 08/08/2022 at 16:18:41
I'm amazed Wolves are letting him go. Especially to a competitor club. He's a good solid centre-back with a very good injury record.

Got to hand it to Lampard and Thelwell. They have improved our defence greatly with very little cash spent. Two good centre-backs in their prime. Both leaders who know how to defend.

With Patterson and Mykolenko as full-backs, we could even go four at the back instead of three.

Jim Lloyd
162 Posted 08/08/2022 at 16:23:01
Well said, Michael (137),

Sometimes just one signing can make a massive difference to a team. Well in this window, we've got two signings who will massively change the face of our defence for the better. Two fighters, two captains and two decent footballers.

A big 'if' surrounds Mina but let's see what the medics say about the injury. Two fine young full-backs, with support from Coleman and Vinagre.

If we get the signings of Gueye and Onana completed, then the whole defence and engine room will have improved vastly.

The lads up front might well be joined and improved before the end of this window. If that's the case, then our last season's travails ought to be left behind and we can begin to improve our standing in the Premier League.

I can't wait for our next home match to see our two new central defenders!

Joe McMahon
163 Posted 08/08/2022 at 16:28:06
Tommy & Robert,

As much as I'd like Belotti at Everton, I can't see it happening. Yes, I also feel he will want European football.

Robert, I can't see any similarity with Calvert-Lewin, he isn't as good with his head from crosses but can strike a ball much better.

Ray Said
164 Posted 08/08/2022 at 16:44:15
Robert (@159),

I posted this about Belotti on another thread:

'He has apparently agreed terms with Roma but they are struggling to move players on before he can be registered'.

He is a good striker and works hard for the team with good movement and there is a chance he could be stolen from under Roma's nose for a big enough wage.

I agree, he would probably prefer to have European footy but he is at the age (28) when he may be looking for 3- or 4-year pension type deal on a £70+k a week wages?

Mark Ryan
165 Posted 08/08/2022 at 16:48:58
Iain @ 156, I don't suppose Onana and Gueye were getting a lift with him where they ?
Will Mabon
166 Posted 08/08/2022 at 16:56:15

I remember him playing as a forward (I was watching back then), but it was always as a needs-must fill-in as I understood it – we knew him as a centre-half in his primary role.

I didn't know he'd had the earlier conversion. It was more common back then, though still happens sometimes.

Despite what's suggested in the thread above, I thought he actually did score when being moved forward late on in games, but perhaps I remember that wrongly.

Ray Robinson
167 Posted 08/08/2022 at 16:59:36
Jay #153,

I understand the principles of amortisation when buying a player, but your assertion that selling Richarlison for £60M gives us a transfer chest of £300M sounds highly dubious to me. Surely, taken by itself, it gives us just £60M plus associated wages?

Brian Wilkinson
168 Posted 08/08/2022 at 17:09:37
Some guy was saying at the match Coady, Onana and Gueye will be in the beginning of the week, just a visa holding Gueye up.

Then he went on to say we are expecting Broja to come in on Wednesday, not sure about the last one, but he's been spot on with the other three.

Brian Murray
169 Posted 08/08/2022 at 17:10:35
In modern times, maybe ex-Blue Ian Marshall at Leicester you could say was a success, or Paul Warhurst of Sheffield Wednesday.

I was asking the question of Lyons up front. Remember very early '70s Spurs knocking us out of the FA Cup at Goodison with him up front. Spurs had a banner saying Chivers turns 'em to jelly. Never knew what it meant until I was a bit older.

Mark Ryan
174 Posted 08/08/2022 at 17:13:19
Has Gueye had his medical?

I read Onana's and Coady's medicals are now done.

Any idea about Gueye's medical?

Andrew Bentley
175 Posted 08/08/2022 at 17:20:01
Mr "Here We Go" saying that Coady and Onana can be considered new Everton players (basically it's done! – expect announcements tomorrow).

No news on Gueye though yet, but great to have these two in the door and with the potential for playing on Saturday. Going to need them!

Joe Digney
176 Posted 08/08/2022 at 17:21:41

Apparently, Gueye has done the first part of his medical in Paris; now just waiting on visa details to be sorted before he can fly over and finish his medical.

Dale Self
177 Posted 08/08/2022 at 17:22:49
Yeah, this works. He's getting bumped due to a change in system and Frank wants him for the system he prefers to play.

This isn't damaged goods and he isn't permanently stained for having served the Red Shite. Coady, Tarkowski and Mina would make a solid, well-experienced back three for the time Mina is healthy.

I will stop calling him 'Choady' now.

Colin Glassar
178 Posted 08/08/2022 at 17:26:57
Onana’s contract will be over at this rate before he ever kicks a ball for us.
Jamie Crowley
179 Posted 08/08/2022 at 17:33:58
Onana was at the damn game, wasn't he?

Jeez I know I'm impatient AF, but he was at the damn stadium on Saturday FFS! Stop with the pomp and circumstance and please just officially announce he's ours.

God the production of it all! Bill Kenwright Productions presents, "Onana, the Drawn out Acquisition".

Jamie Crowley
180 Posted 08/08/2022 at 17:36:13
"Well, we wanted to announce Onana on Monday, but the set crew had some issues, and the Director was insistent at a certain backdrop, so we pushed it to Wednesday to allow for the creative license the director was seeking."
Neil Copeland
181 Posted 08/08/2022 at 17:56:28
Jamie, Bill has only brought him to star in Blood Brothers.
Gerry Quinn
182 Posted 08/08/2022 at 17:57:59
Gerry Quinn
183 Posted 08/08/2022 at 17:59:06
Has anyone bought that song up?

One Onana, two Onana, three Onana, Four

Jim Lloyd
184 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:04:05
Some impatient buggers on here... :)

The lad was here on Saturday, posing for photos with the lads in the Main Stand, and Frank has said he's our player. So it is a matter of a bit of patience.

I know in the past with Kenwright in charge, players were "on the point of signing" but they had to leg it home to feed the dog. I think now, our club is waiting till everything is signed, sealed and the photos are taken at Finch Farm before they announce the transfer in.

I prefer it this way, than when the Silver Fox walked in, "was signed up", then walked out again!

Mark Ryan
185 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:04:11
Joe @ 176, cheers, thanks for that update.
Jim Lloyd
186 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:07:01
Hopefully not, Gerry:)
Brendan McLaughlin
187 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:09:23
Gerry #183
Is the next line:

"Our Onana scores a goal,...
lets go and make it more"

Gerry Quinn
188 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:11:49
Ha, love it, Brendan
Dave Cashen
189 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:20:02
Lots to be positive about. Players coming in who will improve the squad and the players who were already here improving under Frank and his staff. Holgate got better and better under this coaching team as we fought the drop. So much so that his goal line clearances assist and winner at Leicester went a long ready to keeping us up and Iwobi has shown as dramatic an improvement as I have seen in a player.
I'm happy to eat humble pie regarding both these players. I'd written them both off. Neither put a foot wrong Saturday. Let's hope the staff can get the same improvement out of Gomes and TD

Rotten luck for Mina and Godfrey but the reaction was a little quicker than it's been in the past. Cody's signing was a no brainer.

Dave Cashen
190 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:20:02
Lots to be positive about. Players coming in who will improve the squad and the players who were already here improving under Frank and his staff.

Holgate got better and better under this coaching team as we fought the drop. So much so that his goal line clearances assist and winner at Leicester went a long way to keeping us up.

Iwobi has shown as dramatic an improvement as I have seen in a player. I 'm happy to eat humble pie regarding both these players. I'd written them both off. Neither put a foot wrong Saturday.

Let's hope the staff can get the same improvement out of Gomes and Davies.

Rotten luck for Mina and Godfrey but the reaction was a little quicker than it's been in the past. Coady's signing was a no-brainer.

Brendan McLaughlin
191 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:21:15
Chorus, Gerry #183:

"O na na, O na na, na, na, O na na...na, na, na, na"

Actually some quite poignant lyrics there!

Jack Convery
192 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:26:38
Why oh why do Everton transfers take so bloody long???

They make Brian the Snail look like Usain Bolt. Dougal wouldn't put up with it, I can tell you.

Now where's that sugar cube?

Stephen Brown
193 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:30:50
It’s such a confusing time to be a blue !

Coady is a solid reliable leader… or another Ashley Williams?

Lampard is a great hungry young manager… or Lampard’s record is terrible and a couple of losses and he’s under pressure?

We’ve had a great transfer window… or we have no goals or strikers?

Moshiri has to go… or fair play, he’s building that superb stadium?

Gana is absolutely Champions League quality… or he’s over the hill?

We have lots of good options now but what’s our best formation?

Gordon is the best up-and-coming youngster… or his end product is awful?

Personally I’m pretty optimistic on most things!

No debate though – Tarkowski looks quality!

Dave Cashen
194 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:34:52


Brian Wilkinson
195 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:40:30
Brendon@191, is that a Yoko Ono song there :-)
Danny Baily
196 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:49:27
Coady is a good passer and great defensively. A bit slow but, as long as one of Godfrey or Holgate is fit, we should be able to cover.

I think this will prove to be a great signing. One of those where we wish we'd picked them up earlier (eg, Distin, Martyn).

We clearly need some options up front so I hope there's room to bring someone in after Coady, Gana and Onana.

Gerry Quinn
198 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:50:25
For those totally confused as to what the hell Brendan and I are on about, this was the theme song for the cartoon show "Banana Splits" by the Dickies

One banana two banana three banana four

Four bananas make a bunch and so do many more

Over hill and highway the banana buggy’s go

Comin’ on to bring you the Banana Splits Show

Making up a mess of fun,

Making up a mess of fun

Lots of fun for every one

Tra la la la la la la tra la la la la la la

Tra la la la la la la tra la la la la la la

Four banana three banana two banana one

All the bananas playin in the bright yellow sun

Flippin like a pancake, poppin like a cork

Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper and Snork

Making up a mess of fun

Making up a mess of fun

Lots of fun for every one

Tra la la la la la la tra la la la la la la

Tra la la la la la la tra la la la la la la

Two banana, four banana, one banana, three

Swingin like a bunch of monkeys hangin from a tree

Hey there everybody won’t you come along and see

How much like banana splits everyone can be.

Making up a mess of fun

Making up a mess of fun

Lots of fun for every one

Tra la la la la la la tra la la la la la la

Tra la la la la la la tra la la la la la la

Tra la la la la la la tra la la la la la la

Tra la la la la la la tra la la la la la la

Dale Self
199 Posted 08/08/2022 at 18:55:39
That's fucking Hannah Barbaric!!!
David West
200 Posted 08/08/2022 at 19:06:01
Steven 193.
Great Post. Sums us up. Right there you have the 2 faces of the club. Alot of people lie on one side or the other on all of them points.
I'm like you, optimistic ! Time is the only thing that will tell us.

Options, when we had none before.

Deals for players when we thought we were skint.

Transfer window success is only judged by performance on the pitch, if we struggle people will say tge signings are shite.

We have Defenders who can defend.

Gana is better than any midfield player we have.

Gordon is by no means the finished article. But he makes things happen and can't get any worse, hopefully alot better.

Moshiri is going nowhere until that stadium is built.

I don't agree with the lampard quote tho. We can't let a couple of bad results blind us to the fact that this is a big job rebuilding this squad.
There will be bad results I'm certain. With young players like myko, Patterson, Gordon, onona, mcneil they will make mistakes.
But if overall progress is being made we as fans must see the bigger picture, let's have some stability

Robert Tressell
201 Posted 08/08/2022 at 19:10:07
Joe - similar standard to Calvert-Lewin is what I meant. Not similar style. As you say they have different attributes although both are quite traditional strikers.

Ray - I'm always concerned when a signing only arrives because we're paying more than the club he really wants to join.

Probably academic because I haven't seen us linked to him.

Mike Gaynes
202 Posted 08/08/2022 at 19:17:13
Gerry, you have resurrected that stupid theme song from the long-abandoned depths of my memory, and now I'm gonna have it in my head for a week.

Thanks a lot, pal.

Jay Harris
203 Posted 08/08/2022 at 19:17:25

I was being very liberal with the confetti there and using the comparison that, if you sold a player for £60M, that goes straight into the accounts as income. But, if you buy a player or players on a 5-year contract, you can amortize that purchase price over the period of the contract.

So Richarlisons sale theoretically gives us a £300M opportunity... but, in reality, some of that income will have to offset the excessive wages paid to bring us back to profitability.

I would hope however that, with James, Delph, Sigurdsson and Tosun gone, that should give us a £20M boost in the Profit and Loss department.

Mike Gaynes
204 Posted 08/08/2022 at 19:25:18
Update on Moise Kean: He has been suspended by Juventus. Showed up late for a pre-season friendly yesterday against Atletico Madrid. Allegri wasn't having it. Who knows, maybe that will reopen their efforts to sell him on for us. They announced a week ago they were giving up on a deal and would keep him. They're not required to buy him from us until next June. Sooner would obviously be better.
Jack Convery
205 Posted 08/08/2022 at 19:25:46
Issa Dip on his way to Fulham from West Ham.

I now expect Moyes to call Kenwright and ask for Michael Keane or Mason Holgate. My money's on Keane, as Frank didn't bring him on versus Chelsea. Making sure he didn't get injured?

No doubt the fee will go towards a centre-forward – won't it?

Danny O’Neill
206 Posted 08/08/2022 at 19:38:06
I liked that, Stephen.

That wouldn't be beyond the realms of possibility, Jack.

As many have said, Holgate was solid on those corner bombardments against Chelsea. On the back of much improved of performances and attitude at the end of last season.

Derek Knox
207 Posted 08/08/2022 at 19:40:05
Magic Roundabout, Banana Splits...

What next? Thunderbirds are Go! The new version is not a patch on the original, or is it only me?

Be glad when the timely arrival of all of our newbies is officially announced. Michy Batshuayi getting linked again, not sure to be honest, he has had many loans (like Barkley) and not impressed; otherwise, there would have been follow-ups surely.

Still hoping for Broja and maybe a foreigner up front! 🤞💙

Jim Lloyd
208 Posted 08/08/2022 at 19:47:43
As long as we don't bring him back, Mike. It's worth waiting, if we have to, for a year and getr the £20 odd million for him. I wouldn't be surprised if they try and wiggle out of the deal.
Bobby Mallon
209 Posted 08/08/2022 at 20:01:03
Gerry Quinn,

The new lad song should be the chorus from the song Freed from Desire by Gala:

Amadou Onana nah nah nah nah nah.

Neil Copeland
210 Posted 08/08/2022 at 20:05:39
Derek #207,

The Klangers would be quite apt I think… On a planet far, far away…..

You're right about Thunderbirds.

Agree regarding Broja and another, probably have to be loans but perhaps with an option-to-buy clause.

Jack Convery
211 Posted 08/08/2022 at 20:17:48
Derek 207,

Original Thunderbirds every time.

Amadou do do - kick the RS in the knee

Amadou do do - tell the RS to Fuckoffy

Will Mabon
212 Posted 08/08/2022 at 20:20:53
Geoff Lambert
213 Posted 08/08/2022 at 20:24:04
Bobby #209 – that's a good shout.

GALA - Freed From Desire [Official Video]

Will Mabon
214 Posted 08/08/2022 at 20:27:01
Geoff, that always was a strange song...
Gerry Quinn
215 Posted 08/08/2022 at 20:29:39
You are more than welcome Mike - history - don't you just love it?
Gerry Quinn
216 Posted 08/08/2022 at 20:32:35
Bobby, 209 - never heard of it (I am 71 you know) :)–
Gerry Quinn
217 Posted 08/08/2022 at 20:35:19
Just had the most depressing news:

Wanker Trump will be here in Aberdeenshire on the 21st and we will have to stump up the fucking cost of police.

Expect hundreds to be protesting at him playing golf on his massive loss-making course at Menie!

Bobby Mallon
218 Posted 08/08/2022 at 20:36:04
But Gerry I’m 56 and listen to old songs 😉
Gerry Quinn
219 Posted 08/08/2022 at 20:36:49
I know, nothing to do with Everton - but I am even more depressed than last season...
Brian Wilkinson
222 Posted 08/08/2022 at 20:51:08
Derek, we have got one of the Tracey brothers in, Gordon.

I think Bill used his Thunderbird 4 to scan the dock before it was filled in, looking for the Arteta money

Parker, however, turned us down quite a few years back.

Neil Copeland
223 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:02:09
It’s official!

Welcome to THE best club in the world, Conor!!

Brian Wilkinson
224 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:04:02
Tell you what though Derek, there was more movement in the thunderbirds puppets, than our static midfield last season.
Neil Copeland
225 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:08:01
Brian, we made the Woodentops look like world class athletes
Brent Stephens
226 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:11:57
Another one over the line. Well done.
Andrew Bentley
227 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:12:48
Surely got to be “Onana, score a goal” to the Rihanna song what’s my name
Jack Convery
228 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:15:22
BBC saying he's signed for the Blues.

Si, it's official then. Welcome aboard, Conor Coady.

Just remember, Goodison is on the Light side of Sefton Park and not the Dark Side!!

Jim Lloyd
229 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:15:31
Brian, and that's with their strings cut!
Dale Self
230 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:15:48
Alright then, I think this one will surprise us.

Decent character from what Lage said and, with Tarkowski, that is a back line with some muscle. I did like how Tarkowski went to snuff out danger not feeling stuck to his position a few times.

If he and Coady can develop an understanding this could be an accidental move of substantial impact.

Jack Convery
231 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:20:50
Does all this Thunderbird stuff mean Miss Little Dynamite is actually Lady Penelope's love child ?
Jack Convery
232 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:20:50
Does all this Thunderbird stuff mean Miss Little Dynamite is actually Lady Penelope's love child?
Dave Abrahams
233 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:20:51
Jack (228) Stanley Park Jack!!
Jamie Crowley
234 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:21:27

Two tough-as-nails centre-backs now. One a scouser, about to see the light.

Who doesn't want some hard-ass Scouser in our back line? I don't care if he was a Red, he ain't any longer!

Let's gooooo!

Onana, Gueye, and please this Sasa striker 6'-7" beast.

Turning into a pretty damn good window for us.

Also, offload some wages super fast if you can, Mr. Thelwell.

Steavey Buckley
235 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:22:02
Coady is a good signing at the right moment – when Everton had their worst moments, losing not one but two centre-halves in one match.
Mark Ryan
236 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:25:32
Great to hear him sounding really enthusiastic about the club. He sounds ecstatic to be here.

Seems genuinely pumped to be picked up by Frank and Thelwell. Gonna be a good signing this!

Shannon Hay
237 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:25:51
Coady is a great signing!

Getting worried about Onana and Gueye now, hope they're not having second thoughts!

Will Mabon
238 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:25:55
Jamie - to be technically correct, he's a Woolly from the outer edges of Pie Land.
Simon Dalzell
239 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:30:12
Brilliant Interview, and I'm sure a very good signing.

Desperate for at least one striker.

Mike Hayes
240 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:30:22
Another good signing but we desperately need a striker - it’s one thing to stop conceding but we need to score - let’s see if this spending is any better than the last half billion 🤷
Danny O’Neill
241 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:32:43

He might have grown up as a Kopite but his language shows he understands Everton.

196 appearances out of a possible 198 in the past several seasons. Alien to us and our made-of-glass squad.

Alongside Tarkowski, brings leadership and an element of commitment we've been lacking. I think we're going to like both.

Seamus is respected as a genuine footballer and person. He has worn the armband with pride. But he's not a captain in the sense that these 2 are.

I anticipate more than a few rollickings being dished out this season. Some of our players might not be used to it, but then they'll have to up their game and attitude or face the truth.

The management team starting to put their own stamp on the squad.

Welcome, Conor.

Mike Gaynes
242 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:35:22
I said it 224 posts ago and I'll say it again:

EXCELLENT. Good business. Good player. Great leader. We can use the Kean money next summer to complete the purchase.

Well done from Thelwell, who actually got this started before the Chelsea game, when some said we didn't need another centre-back. Ol' Kevin is psychic.

Pat Kelly
243 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:36:06
Newcastle reportedly still want Gordon. Time to cash in and get someone who can find the net.
Mike Gaynes
244 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:37:46
Three weeks left in what is already a pretty damn good window.

It amazes me that anyone doubts Frank and Kevin will get us a striker. Of course they will. The only question is who and how soon.

Brian Murray
245 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:38:37
Onana didn’t look too happy in the stands on Saturday. Maybe he got cornered by Bill and was made to look at his scrapbook.

Really need this signing plus preferably two front men. Gana needs to lower his wage demands as that is looking 50/50 to go through. Who knows.

Mike Gaynes
246 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:38:51
Pat, go lie down and put a cool compress on your forehead. You've got a fever.
Joe McMahon
247 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:40:04
Pat, how much they willing to pay?
Robert Tressell
248 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:40:46
Really unexpected signing - and even more good value.

Two very rugged CBs with bags of Prem Experience for no transfer fee. Pretty smart business.

Pressure is on Coady to perform to get the permanent deal. All good.

Lee Jackson
251 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:46:51
He sounds like the future captain of this football club. Probably not while he's on loan but next year when (if) he's signed. Missed 2 games in 198 - and one of those was for Covid!
John Keating
252 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:49:30
Coady is linked and in 48 hours it’s done and dusted

The Belgian lad had been linked for days, had a medical Saturday and still waiting on confirmation

Guye been linked for ages in well advanced talks and nothing

Very wierd

Joe McMahon
253 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:52:57
Wolves fans not happy he's left.

Thelwell & Lampard making a positive difference. Things looking better, just need a striker or 2.

Will Mabon
254 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:53:10
Damn - it's finally happened. On the BBC site, in the reporting of Coady's signing... "Frank Lampard's Everton". AAARRRRRGGGHHH!!
Robert Smith
255 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:53:53
Frank on the High Performance Podcast, out today, interesting discussing how he is going about changing the culture at Everton.
Adam Oakensworth
256 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:54:05
In January, we were a shambles and let Digne leave after falling out with Benitez. That money was used to bring in Mykolenko and Patterson.

We have now brought in Coady and Tarkowski (two Premier League captains) for virtually nothing, have Gueye joining to add even more leadership to the middle of the park, and will use the Richarlison money to cover two youngsters with great potential in McNeil and Onana.

We have also brought in Vinagre as cover at left-back and seen Sigurdsson, Tosun and Delph leave. If we can just add a striker, we will have the best and most balanced squad we have had for years and all achieved with minimal outlay. Thelwell and Co, take a bow for a remarkable turnaround!

Mark Murphy
258 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:55:22
Just watched his interview. That is the strangest Haydock accent I ever heard! He’s lerned himself scouse!
Tony Everan
259 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:55:39
Welcome, Conor Coady.

We are putting a physically tough no-nonsense side together. We are going to be more resilient and hard to beat. I think we are a good striker away from being a top half and a cup with some luck side.

We’ve had more false dawns than a planet orbiting a three-star system. This time, the difference is the club is concentrating on building from strong foundations. They are doing it the right way round.

We now just need to find the finance to get the striker Frank and Kevin want and then we can sit back and watch a proper, consistent football team.

Jack Convery
260 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:56:14
Dave - yes Stanley Park. It's what I get for trying to make a smart-ass comment.

I blame all this sun it's burning my brain cells at a faster rate than normal. Will have to stop sitting out in it, hour after hour. Oh the joys of retirement. Sun, a quiet garden and a good book x heaven.

Good interview and appears really up for it.

Going back to Thunderbirds for a moment - who would Brains be at Goodison Park?

Neil Copeland
261 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:58:11
Mark, he must have bought one of them books
Jack Convery
262 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:58:20
MArk he had to learn scouse or he wouldn't have understood a word Spit the Dog and Slippy said to him, when he was there.
Will Mabon
263 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:58:32
Mark, it depends how close they live to the East Lancs. Those westerly winds can bring it... riding on the breeze.
Mike Gaynes
264 Posted 08/08/2022 at 21:59:30
Brian, it came back on her in 2017, while I was having my own fight. A couple years later she raised millions selling her own memorabilia, including the Grease leather jacket, and donated all the proceeds to her own cancer research center. Classy lady.
Colin Glassar
265 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:00:56
Mark 258, he’s been having elocution lessons.
Jim Lloyd
266 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:05:34

Any idea who bonked Lady Penelope! :) About Brains, I think you could rule the Board out!

As for Coady, someone was saying he came from Haydock, so he's a Yicker, not a Scouser! But wherever he's come from, I'm chuffed to bits that he's come to us.

A good defence in the making now, with a good midfield to come, as well. Brilliant. And who knows who we might get before the end of this window. It's got the making of the best in years!

Brian Murray
267 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:07:55
Jack post 260. Definitely no one in the main stand. We’ll definitely not two anyway. Frank on about changing the culture of Everton. Good luck with that mate. Made up with coady now for some front men.
Tony Everan
268 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:10:26
“My little boy, who is five years old, trains here at Finch Farm every week,” he said.

“He loves Everton. He loves everything about the Football Club. He was running up and down the back room when I told him I was signing here."

Can he play up front? Sign him up!

Christy Ring
269 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:13:27
Delighted we got Coady, another leader on the pitch, can play left-sided beside Tarkowski.

I want to see Onana and Gueye signings completed, and hopefully a striker before Saturday.

I have to say the DOF and Lampard are working in tandem, and the shape of the team is looking a lot better.

Ciarán McGlone
271 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:18:45
Good signing.

If only we could get rid of Mina. The guy is a complete joke.

John Keating
272 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:20:07
Thought he came from St Helen’s? Anyway who cares...

Have to say just watched his interview on the official site and he really does appear to be made up he signed.

He’s ready for Saturday. Probably Coady, Tarkowski and Holgate. Everyone same as Chelsea with Rondon replacing Gray.

God knows where our Belgian and Senegalese midfielders are... Get them and a striker in and I’ll feel a bit easier this season.

Jamie Crowley
273 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:23:41
Will @ 238 -

I think that means he's Welsh? But then I looked and he's listed as an English CB.

I always thought a Woolly was someone from Wales near and about Liverpool?

Where, and I laugh as I type, in world is "Pie Land"??? Too damn funny!

Oh God I wish more Americans read TW. The education is second to none!

Dan Parker
274 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:26:33
Brilliant, chuffed with Coady and Tarkowski, solid and leaders. It’s really up-front that needs the most urgent solution between now and the end of the window. And ship out a couple of those that have dropped to the fringe.
Brian Murray
275 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:26:42
Jim post 266. Well lady p always saying take me home parker so he’s favourite. Strictly sex no strings attached.
Brian Wilkinson
278 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:27:38
Hi, Jim, think you may have took my wit the wrong way with Yicker.

As a Newtonian, the stand in banter comment is just a terminology that people are known as from the neighbouring town of Haydock, not sure what they call us but it’s not an insult on Haydock people. It’s something to do with back in the old days of canals so Yicker must have something to do with the name of a haydocker.

Newton, as you know, is a close neighbouring town to Haydock, but does not come under the same district.

I was just having banter with someone saying he was from Newton, no insult intended my friend.

I was actually born at my nans in Haydock so part Yicker myself :-)

As for the player himself, anyone with any doubts on the player, have a read on the BBC website, and read the comments from the Wolves fans. I've not seen a bad comment yet, and most are gutted he has been allowed to leave.

Jim Lloyd
279 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:29:57
Jamie, it's Wigan, they're nicknamed the Pie-eaters.

If Conor comes from Haydock, he's a Yicker, but anyone from old Lancashire is a Woollyback.

Some might call Welshmen Sheepsha....s but that's a bit unfair. Us from Liverpool are called... very nice people!

Jamie Crowley
280 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:33:00
Jim - Thank you!!

OK Wigan = Pie Eaters.

Haydock = Yicker.

Old Lancashire = Woollyback.

Liverpool = God's Chosen.

Got it!

Will Mabon
281 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:33:32
Jamie, some might say anyone is, that's from outside Liverpool... but the woolly zone stretches east inland from Liverpool, into Lancashire and past Warrington, until Mancville. That's always how I knew it. I even live in the wool zone today.

Other places use the term in different ways I think.

Neil Copeland
282 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:33:53
And Jamie, to further your education, someone like me who is a scouser originally but now lives outside the city in Cheshire is known as a Crosville Scouser.
Chris James
283 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:35:29
Really happy with this - Coady and Tarkowski are a very different proposition to Keane and Holgate (not that that I'd suggest we get rid of either of those immediately).

If we can get the 2 midfield signings over the line then we're just one striker off a really decent window (Richarlison exit aside)

Jim Lloyd
284 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:37:29
Yes Jamie, and as Will has said, it's only to the boundaries of Manchester. Then they're called Mancs.
QWell said Neil!:)
John Raftery
285 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:42:23
John (252) Coady was first linked with us on 1st June. Some deals always take a while to firm up.
Dom Kearney
286 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:42:31
Very happy our defence is going to be rock solid. Onana and Gueye are going to provide a spine we’ve been lacking for far too long. Suggestion for Onana song:rnOnana, Onana, na na, Onana, na na Everton!
Tom Bowers
287 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:46:11
This is very timely given the loss of Godfrey and Mina not to mention those already crocked.
Would be nice if he and Tarks. form a great partnership in the middle given that scoring goals will be a problem for a while.

We have been suspect at corners and free kicks for a few seasons now and hopefully things will get better in that regard.

Jim Lloyd
288 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:50:05
Brian,278 I wasn't offended in any way, mate. I was attempting a bit of banter. :)rnrnBrian, (275) that Parker was a very lucky chauffer, a rich bit of the aristocracy!
Mal van Schaick
289 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:58:21
Let’s face it, we needed a reshuffle in defence given our frailties last season.

We are bolstering midfield, but we definitely need a prolific forward or two, or else there is no point in mass defence hoping for the odd goal, that would spell another relegation battle.

Geoff Lambert
290 Posted 08/08/2022 at 22:58:29
Lots of Wolves fans on BBC Sport very upset at the club for letting him go. Also lots of Redshite trolls spouting the usual crap.

I think we are having a good window so far… let's make it a great one. COYB

Ray Smith
291 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:00:15
Jamie 280

That must make me ‘Gods Chosen’ at birth!

John Raftery
292 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:02:11
It would appear the club has at last adopted something resembling a sensible recruitment strategy. Building from the back with a solid central defence and two central defensive midfielders will make the team less of a soft touch especially away from home.

The January signings plus the arrival of Vinagre on loan has strengthened the wing-back positions. All that remains now is the forward line which of course will be the most challenging area to improve. But, given the poor financial position and the weak squad they inherited, Thelwell and Lampard have made decent progress.

Brendan McLaughlin
293 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:03:21
On the Onana song... could we not steal the old Irish chant:

Singing...Oh ah...O...nana


Hardip Singh
294 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:03:40
I've said for ages that Lampard was an intelligent player, achieved beyond expectation, and similarly with management, he has made mistakes however is smart to register the solution.

Phenomenal upward trajectory since he arrived with the momentum gathering. The team defended every set piece with ease on Saturday and with Coady will continue to be robust with leaders.

Fingers crossed Gueye (the best defensive performer for many years) and Onana are on board then Lampard knows the agenda, 1 or 2 potent finishers and bring it on!

Stu Gore
295 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:03:55
Cheeky loan of Lewandowski from Barca anyone?

La Liga seem to be stopping them from registering their signings due to FFP…

Ian Bennett
296 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:05:06
Geoff 290 - those haters couldn't point Liverpool on the map. Genuine Liverpool fans are pleased for him.
Jerome Shields
297 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:05:16
Bernie #98,

Good Luck, mate.

Jack Convery
298 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:06:47
Anyway, what this all means is that our back 3, when all are fit, will be Godfrey, Coady and Tarkowski, so that's the defence sorted out. The best defence since it was Coleman, Jagielka, Distin and Baines.

We never do anything quick, do we? I expect Holgate to stay and provide cover, with Coleman and Mykolenko as further backups. Mina and Keane have had it, I'm afraid!! (Thanks to Count Arthur Strong for that one). Keane, to go, this window, and Mina in January or on a free come next summer... Branthwaite to come back next summer, to challenge for a starting place.

As regards wingbacks, we have Patterson and Coleman for the right with Iwobi as emergency back-up I guess. On the left, we have Mykolenko and Vinagre with Nkounkou as emergency back-up.

In the centre of the park as defensive cover, it should be Onana and Gueye, with Allan, Davies and Gbamin as cover. Gomes is surely leaving.

Attacking midfield will be from Alli, Iwobi, Doucoure and Warrington.

Forwards will be Gordon, McNeil, Townsend, Gray, Mills

Centre-forward will be Calvert-Lewin – unless we cash in if the barcodes stump up £60M – Rondon, hopefully Broja, or we take a punt on one of Sasa Kaladjic, Dennis, Batshuyi et al.

A first team in a 3-4-3 of:


Godfrey, Coady, Tarkowski,

Patterson, Mykolenko, Onanana, Gueye,

Iwobi, Gordon, Calvert-Lewin.

Bill Gienapp
299 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:09:01
Seems like the majority of the business we're doing has come together quickly.

Vinagre and McNeil appeared out of left field, and were both done within 48 hours.

Onana materialized in similarly swift fashion – although he hasn't been announced, everything I've read says the contracts are done and dusted and we're just waiting on one last piece of paperwork from Lille.

A week ago Coady wasn't on anyone's radar, and now he's an Everton player (in spite of some fearing Wolves would play hardball after injuries increased our need).

A nice change of pace, and makes me confident that we'll get some attacking reinforcements through the door next.

Sean Kelly
300 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:12:07
Good signing. He’s a leader. Fair play to Lampard and Thelwell. They are building a good spine to this team.

What we need now is at least 2 strikers and a non-jittery keeper. Well done to all involved. Now get the striker in pronto.

Sam Hoare
301 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:13:41
I had/have some reservations about this move but, so long as the purchase is an option and not an obligation, I’m pretty happy.

I’m curious to see how Coady does. I don’t think he will be as good as Tarkowski, though his distribution is usually good, especially his ability to switch play.

My worry is that this may be a move based more on personality than actual ability and as such has the potential to go the way of Ashley Williams (it’s difficult to be a leader when you’re the one making mistakes). But there’s many positives here and for Thelwell to bring in Tarkowski and Coady without paying any transfer fees looks to be very handy business.

A huge factor would seem to be that neither Tarkowski nor Coady have missed more than a handful of games over the last 3 seasons. Having dependable and available centre-backs to form a partnership should be useful and help eradicate the uncertainty that has plagued our defense for a while now.

Mike Gaynes
302 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:17:37
Bill #299,

One thing I predicted when the window opened was that we shouldn't pay much attention to speculation, because Thelwell had a reputation for not letting information leak out on his targets. He signed a number of players in New York that nobody had heard a word about.

Obviously that's not going to happen in the Premier League with all the press coverage, but I'm not surprised that we didn't hear rumors until the deals were almost done.

Will Mabon
303 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:21:07
Mike - true.

Some of the business out of left field, as Bill says... but left field to us. Who knows how long he's been working on them?

A definite uptick in activity though, for sure. Now for the front of the team...

Brian Murray
304 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:28:19
Never heard a Haydock or Newton accent like that. He must've mixed most of his life with scousers.

A serious spine to the team with the midfield. Just need the hardest part done now up front. Don’t want to see Rondon anywhere near the bench if possible.

Mike Gaynes
305 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:28:57
Will, there's not a doubt in my mind the club is already negotiating with four different strikers, two of whom we haven't heard about yet. I think it's a great way to do business.
Paul Birmingham
306 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:38:57
The season is looking good, and credit where it’s due to getting these players in.

Thelwell must have done his homework and good business terms for the new additions brought in so far.

It’s real and Everton are shaping up well, a good sense of being and ready to beat Villa this Saturday.

Jack Convery
307 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:44:42
Robustness - Word of the Window for Everton. Frank has kept his word after last season. We need to be more robust he said and that is what is happening.

Villa looked in a mess at Bournemouth. Slippy calling out Mings in the press too. Not a happy camp, I'm thinking.

Give us a centre-forward and let's bring back 3 points.

Geoff Lambert
308 Posted 08/08/2022 at 23:47:36
Villa looming on the horizon. We need to get these over the line. Can't afford to drop any more points early on or we are going to be playing catch-up again.
Ed Prytherch
309 Posted 09/08/2022 at 02:43:53
Sam @301,

I agree that we should settle on a defensive three made up of players who rarely miss games. Whether the 3rd man is Mykolenko or Holgate, we should stick with him for a good run of games. I don't see the point in playing Mina for half a game out of four.

Jerome Shields
310 Posted 09/08/2022 at 04:45:39
Coady is a positive, leaving Everton less of a hostage to fortune than they were with Keane, Holgate and Mina.
Terry Farrell
311 Posted 09/08/2022 at 06:19:56
Great signing!

Him and Tarkowski bring steel leadership, commitment and proper defending to Everton and I'm chuffed. Something to build on.

Frank is taking us in the right direction and I'm convinced he will get a striker in before the deadline. I love Mina but we need to sell him, Gomes and Allan.

Geoff Lambert
312 Posted 09/08/2022 at 07:32:00
Terry #312,

The need to sell is not as easy as it sounds – we need to sell them because they are not good enough but on big wages to boot. Who wants to buy average players on top players salary?

Totally agree with you though.

Andy Meighan
313 Posted 09/08/2022 at 07:34:08

Wasn't a certain manager from not too far away one of the original banana splits.

Just asking for a mate.

Steve Brown
314 Posted 09/08/2022 at 07:52:49
Geoff, correct.

Amazingly, nobody wants to put a bid in for Gomes, Gbamin, Allan, Mina, Rondon or Keane. They are on big wages and have not played well for a while.

Derek Knox
315 Posted 09/08/2022 at 07:53:49
What will his nickname be?

Buffalo Bill (Coady)?

Well as long as he can stop the sharpshooters consistently, and stay match fit, I think his pairing with Tarkowski will be able to handle most situations.

Tony Abrahams
316 Posted 09/08/2022 at 08:15:44
If Coady was brought in more for his personality rather than his ability, I’d be very surprised, Sam, although I can see your line of thought, simply because we definitely need a few players with more character.

I think he’s been brought in because he’s very comfortable in a back three. As soon as Everton signed Vinagre, I think it was pretty obvious that this was going to be Lampard’s preferred system this season.

Go and get Gueye, and then go and get a couple of forwards. If we don’t sign Broja, then I’m certain that Billy Gilmour will join, and maybe that could well see Allen, Gbamin, and Gomes out the door?

Sam Hoare
317 Posted 09/08/2022 at 08:27:39
Tony, yes I’m sure Coady's familiarity with a back 3/5 was a big factor. It’s intriguing given we are bringing in Gueye and Onana and personally I thought Iwobi and Doucoure were two of our best performers against Chelsea, especially the former.

Curious to see how our starting XI evolves in next few weeks, presumably there will be forwards options bought in too. I wonder if Hudson-Odoi might be an option? Very good player potentially I think if given a run of games. And I’d love Broja but that looks less likely now unless Chelsea bring in another striker or two.

John Keating
318 Posted 09/08/2022 at 08:39:27
Difficult to sell the likes of Gbamin, Gomes etc but – even if we can get them out on loans and have to pay part of their wages – it will be a plus for the club.
Joe McMahon
319 Posted 09/08/2022 at 08:44:30
Steve @315,

Not huge wages but no-one is banging on the door for Tom Davies either.

Tony Abrahams
320 Posted 09/08/2022 at 08:58:40
True, John. We probably only look at Everton players, but footballers now are in an unbelievable position once they sign a big contract, because it puts them in a “win-win situation” that is pretty hard to better.

Play shite and you stay at the club until your contract ends, before leaving a very, very rich man, and also a free agent. Play well and you get an even better contract, or get sold for big money, which means an even bigger contract.

I’ve seen many great boxing champions lose their desire once they have achieved their goals, but a lot of very average footballers are now that rich, that it must surely interfere with their desire.

Mark Murphy
321 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:00:16
Haydock is a village in St Helens. It’s said to be the longest village in the UK but it doesn’t stretch to Liverpool so God knows how he’s got that accent. I think he’s putting it on - perhaps he developed it to fool the scally welcome committee at Lime Street? “Errr, what time's it, lah”??

Anyway, I’m from St Helens and the proddy half of my family lived in Haydock – about 2 miles from us. Their accent was completely different to ours and very noticeable. I can still spot a Yicker after 10 seconds conversation – it’s a bit like Wigan but not quite.

Yicker has never in my memory been a term of contempt (unlike Wool) and wouldn’t be taken as such by a Yicker. By the way, Wiganers are not called Pie-Eaters because they eat lots of pies. It’s because they broke the picket lines at the pits in the depression and had to eat “humble pie”.

As for Coady, I’m made up we’ve got him and Tarkowski but it’s tempered by the loss of Godfrey – he would’ve been the ideal 3rd centre-back.

Jim Lloyd
322 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:02:23
Brian (319) Totally agree.

He wasn't just talking about football, he talked about his attitude to life. very important for us to have a lad. like him, not only an England class defender but a leader and a fighter. He made it clear he was buzzing to come here. (Isn't his lad an Evertonian and trains at Finch Farm?)

I think it's going to be difficult indeed to shift the players on large wages, and Joe's right about Tom Davies. He must be on £50,000 or more, a week. So who would buy, or even take him on loan, Gbamin? Possibly Gomes, but I don't see a mad rush coming for them.

We're getting players in (all of whom I'm made up with) and we're doing the business very pragmatically!! Mind you, as much as I can't stand Bill Kenwright at the helm of our club; he's proved to be a good negotiator.

We've got 3 weeks yet, so I'm happy to see out those weeks, before criticising or panicking. So far we've done excellent business. I don't see it stopping just yet.

Alan McGuffog
323 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:08:15

I went into Haydock a lot in the course of my job.

I was always tickled by that outdoor... The Thirsty Yicker. Is it still there?

Mark Murphy
324 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:13:20
I dunno, Alan, I don’t live up there these days. The last time I was in Haydock was for my Uncle Al's funeral – a big Blue – about 6 years ago.

It’s changed a lot! Good people, the Yickers.

Brian Harrison
325 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:23:00
Good defender and will be an excellent partner for Tarkowski.

I have not seen anything of the young Belgium midfield player but Lampard seems very excited about his signing.

But what the hell is happening over Gueye? We have heard for over a week the deal is agreed, just small minor things to be ironed out... well, it looks like maybe they aren't minor given the time it's taking.

I know someone suggested they are waiting for his visa to come through. I don't understand why there would be a problem getting his visa. He is a regular for his country and a regular for PSG so why would there be a hold-up over a visa?

Even more worrying – no movement on a striker. Until we get a striker or two in, I think we will struggle. Had we had a half-decent striker on Saturday, we may have got something out of that game.

I am sure Lampard and Thelwell are well aware of our need for strikers, but come on, lads – we have had nearly 6 weeks since Richarlison left!!

Jim Lloyd
326 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:31:09
That's what seems to be the hold-up, Brian, with Gana Gueye. He's got to get a visa sorted out, I guess.

I think it's a bit of patience needed, re us getting a goalscorer in. Probably lots of games of poker going on between clubs, players and agents... then there's the lawyers!!

Brian Williams
327 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:33:57
Jim @324.

I forgot to laud him for the fact that, despite playing for the other lot and Wolves and being a died-in-the-wool Reds supporter, he's actually somehow "allowed" his son to follow the true path and be an Evertonian.

This despite the fact his son can't be too old so has only seen mediocrity and hurt with regard to us. Now I've never played for Everton but one of my sons being a Red Shite?

Absolutely no way, no how, not never!

Mark Murphy
328 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:38:39
Transfer windows are always like this – not much movement until the last few weeks culminating in the ridiculous Transfer Deadline Day.

There must be a reason for this but it’s not only Everton. We’ll get someone in I’m 100% sure – I just hope he is a good fit and not a panic buy.

BTW, Sunderland are still chasing Broadhead – is he not worth a run? He’s 24 isn’t he? If he’s not good enough now he should be moved on surely?

Brian Murray
329 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:40:01
Brian. I know. Never understood how a dad could take his eye off the ball and let that happen. Gross negligence.
Brian Murray
330 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:47:07
Hope it’s true, the Giraussy rumours. Although other leagues' defending may be a bit lax, he scores all different types of goals from his YouTube (I know) snippets. Plus £15 million – what’s not to love?
Dave Abrahams
331 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:48:33
Brian (319),

Conor Coady was a lad who believed in his own ability. He was offered a very good contract by Liverpool but declined it as he knew he would be sitting on the bench for much of the length of the contract. He went instead to a lower league club, Huddersfield Town I think, and worked his way up to Wolves and a few England caps.

I think he will fit in well with Tarkowski and they will have the defence organised a lot better than it has been the last few years. The centre-midfield is getting bulked up so we are going in the right direction.

Hopefully the striker or strikers we need will be sorted by the end of the transfer window and we can all relax a little while Lampard and Thelwell get on with the job of restoring some pride in the club.

Steve Brown
332 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:51:53
Tom is on £25k a week, compared to Gomes (£112k), Gbamin (£75k) and Allan (£70k). So, Tom won’t be leaving. Onana also needs a visa now.
Tony Abrahams
333 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:58:53
I don’t know why I bother with that worst Everton website page, Goodison News, but it’s just reporting that the delay with Gueye is that he’s negotiating his payoff from PSG.
Minik Hansen
335 Posted 09/08/2022 at 10:37:44
Off topic: Should I wait, occassionally check and use OS resale platform for a derby ticket, or straight away buy from livefootballtickets for triple the price? It'll be my first match!! COYB.
Mark Murphy
336 Posted 09/08/2022 at 10:40:35
Ark Ark!!

Yeah - just saw the Broadhead update thanks Dave - that must’ve been published just as I asked the question.

Anyone got anymore questions they want me to bring up?

Like, what’s the story re Nkounkou?

Is Gbamin really fit??

And why aren’t we looking at Ivan Tomy?? (Sp?)

Jack Convery
337 Posted 09/08/2022 at 17:06:38
This from a local paper about Conor Coady.

Liam Keen comment: Conor Coady departs Wolves as a club legend

Now that is what I call an endorsement.

Matthew Williams
338 Posted 10/08/2022 at 12:29:56
I am loving this lad's attitude and positivity and believe he will be a major success at our club. Whereas Gana it seems is still reluctant to re-join us... fuck him then go for Ampadu instead...a far better option IMHO, in the long run.
Tony Abrahams
339 Posted 10/08/2022 at 13:20:42
Thanks, Jack, and after hearing Coady speak, and now reading what other people have said about him, then it does sound like we have signed a 100% thorough and genuine professional.

You can’t have enough players who want to give their all, whilst helping others. I just hope he’s successful in an Everton shirt.

Jim Lloyd
340 Posted 10/08/2022 at 14:31:51
Brian (327),

Absolutely right!! He's come to his true home at last!

Dale Self
345 Posted 12/08/2022 at 21:56:51
Good luck Mink, be the good luck charm and bring on the demise of the Red Shite.

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