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Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 12 8:46 PM
What a way to come back to Everton! All the ingredients for a fairy tale were present at Goodison Park today, and lifelong Blue Wayne Rooney stepped up to take the plaudits. Marking his return to Everton after 13 years, he scored the winning goal along with an encouraging second half performance...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 12 7:59 PM
Manager’s comments after narrow win on opening weekend Everton got the 2017-18 Premier League season off to a positive start with a 1-0 win over Stoke City at home. Despite a disjointed performance that saw the Blues play in fits and starts for the first half, it took a tactical change at the bre...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 12 7:31 PM
Everton won just their second opening day fixture in the last nine years with a scrappy 1-0 win over Stoke City. Everton started off the season with a welcome three points, winning a close game 1-0 against Stoke City . The game started slowly with both teams seemingly sizing the opposition up and...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 12 5:43 PM
Blues take all three points at Goodison Park. In the first game of the 2017-18 season, Everton were victorious over Stoke City by a 1-0 scoreline. The Blues started the match poorly, and the tactical setup was strange at best. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was nominally the right wing back, while Leighto...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 12 4:54 PM
Vote on the player performances from today’s game Everton beat Stoke City narrowly to break a four-game streak of opening day draws. The 1-0 result can be considered fortunate for the Blues who were given a run for their money by the limited visitors. The visitors had the better start in this gam...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 12 7:40 AM
Who’s in and who’s out for today’s game? Everton are going to be light on the bench for the season opener against Stoke CIty on Saturday. Ross Barkley and James McCarthy are nursing groin and knee ailments respectively and are not expected back until next weekend though both have been training li...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 12 6:41 AM
Blues need to find a striker. Where to turn? We kind of knew when he came on to the pitch, and we all but knew when he put a thunderous header in the back of the net to win the season opener for Arsenal . It was confirmed after the game. Arsene Wenger confirms that Olivier Giroud will stay this...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 12 3:16 AM
The Premier League is back! Thank the old gods and the new! It’s back! The long, hot summer is over. Say goodbye to the days where you pretended to be excited about the Gold Cup and the made-up preseason tournaments. Today, it’s real football that actually matters. But this is Everton and Stoke,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 11 5:15 PM
Damage control media after pictures hit the internet After pictures of what looked to be Everton’s third kit got leaked late yesterday, this morning the club has gone into damage control mode using the players’ social media accounts to highlight the features of the new kit. Released last night by...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 11 4:25 PM
The RBM staff is ready to make fools of themselves once again The Premier League season is upon us, and that can mean only one thing — highly questionable predictions from your favorite bloggers. That’s right, the Royal Blue Mersey Writer Prediction League is back and better than ever! Each week,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 11 2:23 PM
Irishman making progress after horrific injury. When Seamus Coleman returned to Finch Farm in April to begin rehabilitation from his horrific injury while serving on international duty, he had this to say: “I’m a fighter and there’s a part of me that’s looking forward to this challenge.” We knew...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 11 1:34 PM
The striker is not interested in a return to England Yesterday we brought you news that Everton may have turned their attention to Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic as their search for a new striker continues. Sky Italy had reported that the Blues had ‘been in contact’ with Fiorentina over the forward...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 11 11:48 AM
The Toffees face a tough end to August - meaning an opening day win is vital Here we go again! Everton ’s season has technically already begun but things really kick into gear with the return of the Premier League and the visit of Stoke. Optimism is understandably high after a hugely productive s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 11 11:22 AM
Can Everton get their league campaign off to a winning start?
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 11 9:51 AM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of the Premier League opener. It’s finally here. The first Premier League game of the new season is nearly upon us, and Everton will face Stoke City at Goodison Park. With the arrival of the new campaign comes all the various questions about this new-l...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 11 8:34 AM
Whose predictions will reign supreme? As we do every year, the Royal Blue Mersey crew put their heads together and come up with their upcoming season predictions (previous years’ stories not linked to save embarrassment)! Premier League Top 6, Everton position, Premier League Bottom 3, FA Cup Win...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 11 7:44 AM
In today’s links: Premier League previews abound and Koeman speaks as the season opener approaches. There is a Premier League match today!! And Everton play tomorrow! Even though the Blues haven’t quite finished up their summer shopping (we hope) this is still the best time of year. Everything se...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 11 6:30 AM
Blues’ alternate jersey is gorgeous. Sure, there are bigger kit sponsors than Umbro, but have you noticed that like 30 teams have that exact same Nike shirt? You know, the one with darker sleeves than the rest of the kit? It comes in all shades and colours but it’s the same idea. Then you have th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 8:26 PM
The Premier League season is nearly upon us Everton opens up their Premier League schedule by hosting everyone’s favorite team, Stoke City . Thankfully this is not an away match, nor is it a wet Monday night. But even with those things in Everton’s favor there are plenty of questions around this...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 8:11 PM
A detailed evaluation of Fiorentina’s number nine. Given the sudden and serious Everton links to Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic, Royal Blue Mersey reached out to our friends at Viola Nation for a scouting report. In the blockquotes below are thoughts on the target man from The Tito at Viola Nati...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 6:22 PM
Looking at this squad’s strengths and weaknesses. Before we look forward at Everton ’s future under Ronald Koeman , it’s instructive to look back, and see where the Dutchman was able to improve his previous sides in successive years. In this case, we’ll use the example of Koeman’s tenure at South...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 4:42 PM
Blues might be moving on from Giroud. Everton have been quickly running out of time with regards to finding a true target man for the 2017/18 season. Crystal Palace don’t want to sell Christian Benteke , and Olivier Giroud doesn’t seem to want to exit Arsenal just yet. However, Steve Walsh’s high...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 4:17 PM
Ten changes for the upcoming season, including some new faces and features Like every other Premier League season, the 2017-18 edition will have some rule changes that have been decided upon with the Football Association passing some of the rules at their Annual General Meeting in May this year....
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 2:41 PM
Manager’s pre-match press conference Speaking to the media before Everton ’s Premier League season opener against Stoke City on Saturday, manager Ronald Koeman was expectedly asked about where things stood with the Gylfi Sigurdsson transfer. Koeman said that rumours that the deal between the Toff...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 2:23 PM
No offers for the boyhood Blue. Ronald Koeman held his pre-match press conference today ahead of Saturday’s match against Stoke City . With the transfer window remaining open for a few more weeks, much of the focus was on potential comings and goings at Finch Farm. Gylfi Sigurdsson was discussed,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 1:30 PM
Koeman’s built a clear tactical plan, but it isn’t without its weaknesses. As I’ve investigated this week, after a year of experimenting and adding new players, Ronald Koeman has established his preferred tactical setup and style of play at Everton . The Toffees’ defenders , midfielders , and att...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 12:00 PM
Aging defence could be a concern in a long season While Everton have gone out and bought a half a dozen new players this summer, the core of the team as only gotten older since last year and more needs to be done to reduce the average age, especially in the defence. The starting eleven in last we...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 11:21 AM
The seemingly never-ending transfer saga will now spill over into the Premier League season Gylfi Sigurdsson is expected to miss Swansea’s game against Southampton on Saturday amid the continuing speculation over a move to Everton , according to Wales Online . The Iceland midfielder has played ju...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 10:35 AM
The writers get together to discuss an important topic With great spending comes great expectations. Everton went out and rebuilt the spine of the squad this summer, picking up over half a dozen new players as Ronald Koeman went about building up the Toffees to suit his vision. Keeping that in mi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 9:42 AM
Ronald Koeman has jobs for his attacking players -- can they do them? Ronald Koeman ’s first year in charge of Everton was, in a lot of ways, an experiment. The Dutchman joined a club with a world-class striker, two of the best full-backs in the Premier League, — and not a whole lot else. He spen...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 8:46 AM
Irishman donates to a charity to battle homelessness. ♫ 60 grand, 60 grand, Seamus Coleman , 60 grand, 60 grand, I say, 60 grand, 60 grand, Seamus Coleman, Playing the Everton Way ♫ Our man from Sligo has earned his place as a favourite among the club and it’s not just because of his strong perfo...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 10 7:19 AM
In today’s links: Holgate working hard to improve, could Everton pivot to Lanzini, and the Blues history on opening day. The Premier League starts tomorrow! OK, Everton doesn’t take the pitch until the weekend, but still. There is football that counts within the next 48 hours. This is reason to c...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 9 6:42 PM
Youth setup stronger than ever before Last Season Everton ’s Under-23 side could not have had a better year last season, lifting trophy after trophy and culminating with the Premier League 2 title. Even before August they already had three trophies secured - the SuperCup NI, Liverpool Senior Cup...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 9 4:00 PM
How do the Blues stack up in the heart of defense? Stats Tactics My colleague Adam has already tackled this more capably than I ever could, so I highly recommend reading his tactical breakdown of Everton ’s defense. In short, though: Because Everton doesn’t utilize a particularly extreme overall...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 9 2:43 PM
A guide to the Evertonians in the upcoming fantasy Premier League season. As the Premier League draws ever closer, so too does the upcoming fantasy season. New transfers, injuries, and different managers mean that you participants have a lot to deal with during the upcoming year. However, Royal B...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 9 12:35 PM
How will the Blues play out from the back? Ronald Koeman ’s first year in charge of Everton was, in a lot of ways, an experiment. The Dutchman joined a club with a world-class striker, two of the best full-backs in the Premier League, — and not a whole lot else. He spent a fair bit of time last s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 9 10:00 AM
Jordan Pickford could be Everton’s no.1 for a very, very long time Stats I don’t think it’s any coincidence that manager Ronald Koeman ’s first summer signing was a goalkeeper. Everton moved swiftly to secure the £30m capture of Jordan Pickford from Sunderland in June, sending a delegation out to...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 9 9:00 AM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions. THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK!! After fans had to wander though the desert that is the off season for two full months, surviving on the proverbial scraps of an underwhelming Confederations Cup and some tournament that happened in Ame...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 9 8:25 AM
It’s the smartest deal they could make this summer. Among the remaining needs Everton plans to address are a backup left back and a backup (left-sided) centre back. In addition, help is needed in backing up Morgan Schneiderlin , because we simply do not have anyone who can do it very well. Gareth...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 9 7:00 AM
In today’s links: behind the scenes of the Europa League, Niasse to Brighton update and a new sponsor. Can the transfer window just shut already? Ever since Everton’s hot start to the summer, it has been crickets. Those crickets were especially noisy on Tuesday as rumors spread that the Toffees w...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 7:01 PM
Club went back on verbal agreement for the player. According to the Telegraph , Everton and Swansea had verbally agreed to a £45m transfer for Gylfi Sigurdsson which Everton then tried to renegotiate. The terms involved Everton paying the entirety of the sum up front with no add ons, and it appea...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 4:00 PM
Toffees have seven players plying their trade elsewhere This has been a very interesting offseason for Everton. Aside from splashing big on the transfer market to rebuild the spine of the senior squad, there has been a determined effort to develop the youth sides as well. In addition to bringing...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 3:48 PM
The Brazilian looks set for a move to Spain. Despite all of Liverpool ’s public posturing, it seems they will yet enter the Premier League season without their best player. Sport - the Barcelona paper of record - is reporting that the Catalan club will have the transfer wrapped up in a “matter of...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 2:52 PM
Ronald Koeman’s preferred style of play has become clear over the summer Ronald Koeman’s first year in charge of Everton was, in a lot of ways, an experiment. The Dutchman joined a club with a world-class striker, two of the best full-backs in the Premier League, — and not a whole lot else. He sp...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 1:53 PM
Striker is confident about settling in quickly New Everton forward Sandro Ramirez opened his Goodison scoring account with a well-taken goal just seconds into the game on Sunday, and he wants more. Speaking to the Echo in an interview, the Spaniard is happy with how he has settled in with the squ...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 12:57 PM
Midfielder prepared for first full season with the Blues With the new season just days away at this point, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is ready to improve upon his performances from last season. Speaking to evertontv at an Everton in the Community event on Albert Dock, he expressed his satisfa...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 12:33 PM
Lack of leftback depth a genuine concern Stats Tactics When healthy, Everton have one of the best fullback duos in Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines . So it stands to reason that Ronald Koeman has made his fullbacks a key piece of his attacking plan. Whether deployed as wing backs in a 5-3-2 or...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 10:00 AM
Examining some of the Blues’ midfielders ahead of the Stoke City opener. Stats Tactics In Ronald Koeman’s oft-used 4-3-3, the nominal “attacking midfielder” rarely plays as a true number ten. Indeed, that idea bears itself out when we review the players at Everton ’s disposal in that position. Ea...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 8:44 AM
Net spend still very low for this window. Everton currently have a net of spend -£5m this summer. That’s positively mad when you think about it. All the signings, all the hype, all the ‘Moshiri’s Millions’ and still the club has sold more than they’ve bought. So, despite all the hoopla about how...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 7:00 AM
In today’s links: celebrating a decade of Baines and Jags, update on Giroud and looking towards Stoke Let’s get this season started. The Gylfi Sigurdsson sage continues to draw itself out as long as possible. Why? No on quite knows the reason, or at least no one is willing to say what is going on...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 6:28 AM
WSL1 schedule released, season kicks off late September What a way to be welcomed back to the Women’s Super League 1 for the Everton Ladies team! The WSL 1 schedule has been unveiled and the first question on everyone’s minds is.. can Everton beat Liverpool this season? You’re in luck because you...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 6:06 PM
Now things are going to get interesting Prized defensive target Virgil van Dijk has handed in a formal transfer request as of this afternoon. The Southampton center half has been linked with a move away for a few months now, with Liverpool considered to be his destination but in recent days Chels...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 5:44 PM
The boy wonder speaks. Fans love Tom Davies. Tom Davies loves Everton . It’s a match made in heaven, really. The Liverpool -born midfielder (wingback?) has enjoyed such a meteoric rise to the forefront of Ronald Koeman’s squad that the comparisons to Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley - if not in posi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 2:00 PM
Lack of wide players remains an issue with the Blues Stats Tactics Ronald Koeman used three formations for the most part last season, and none of them really called for an out-and-out winger. Whether this was because he didn’t have too many good options at the position or that he preferred his fu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 1:20 PM
U20 goalkeeper stood out at World Cup Everton have already swiped up and coming defender Lewis Gibson away from Newcastle United, so why stop there? Reports state that the Blues are now after England U20 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, who already has experiencing playing with five different Everton...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 12:35 PM
Just a week away from the start of the season, questions still remain up top Stats Tactics Ronald Koeman’s preferred 4-3-3 requires his strikers to do a little bit of everything. Because Everton doesn’t play with a true, creative No. 10, the club relies on its wingers (who often aren’t true winge...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 10:00 AM
A look inside Ronald Koeman’s engine room. Stats Tactics In Ronald Koeman ’s 4-3-3, the concept of a defensive midfielder is both crucial and ambiguous. On one hand, in the first choice XI, it is Morgan Schneiderlin who occupies the true DM position, yet he is paired with Idrissa Gueye who is act...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 8:00 AM
Late window improvements to the defence in the works. Everton has had plentiful links to a variety of players all over the continent this summer. Some of these became realities and are already looking like smart decisions. Sandro Ramirez comes to mind. Some maybe weren’t the world’s best idea, bu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 7:00 AM
In today’s links: reviewing the Sevilla friendly, Dowell does well on loan and the never-ending Gylfi saga You did it! You made it through the final weekend before the 2017-18 Premier League season gets underway. The weekend wrapped with an inconsistent 2-2 draw against Sevilla at Goodison Park o...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 6:00 AM
Manager’s comments after 2-2 draw against Sevilla Everton ended their preseason programme with a 2-2 draw at home against La Liga outfit Sevilla yesterday, with Sandro Ramirez putting the Blues ahead after less than a minute, and a late penalty from Kevin Mirallas salvaging the tie. After the gam...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 2:34 AM
All the goals, chances, saves and more Everton ended their preseason schedule with a hard-fought 2-2 draw at home against Sevilla on Sunday. Including the two Europa League qualifying round games, the Blues played in six games, winning four and drawing two. Despite being dominated for long period...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 10:18 PM
How did the Blue loanees do this weekend? Everton have a number of players out on loan this season, here’s a quick recap of how they did with their respective clubs this weekend. Brendan Galloway - The left back looked very good charging forward for Sunderland , making inroads into the Derby Coun...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 7:48 PM
Midfielder talks about how he was convinced to join Everton After having been part of the Ajax Amsterdam youth setup since the age of 11, it was a difficult choice for captain Davy Klaassen to leave the club following fourteen years of service. In an interview with The Telegraph , Klaassen reveal...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 6:49 PM
Everton battle to draw in their final Premier League dress rehearsal Sandro Ramirez opened his Everton account inside 30 seconds but it wasn’t enough for victory as a classy Sevilla outfit impressed. Sevilla, who finished 4th in La Liga last term, were certainly the better side but it was an enco...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 9:29 AM
Will Koeman keep Lookman around this season? Despite looking sharp in his preseason appearances, Ademola Lookman has not had much luck getting playing time in the two competitive games that Everton have played so far. The Mail are reporting that Derby County are among a number of clubs keenly wat...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 9:01 AM
Tony Pulis wants to add some experience With Everton spending heavily this summer on rebuilding the spine of the team, opportunities to play will be harder to come by for veteran Gareth Barry. The addition of Davy Klaassen and likely arrival of Gylfi Sigurdsson, while not directly affecting Barry...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 8:33 AM
Last friendly before season opener next Saturday Everton weren’t entirely convincing in their 1-0 win away at MFK Ruzomberok in midweek, but got the job done and moved on into the playoff round of the Europa League. They take on La Liga side Sevilla on Sunday at Goodison Park in the last friendly...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 7:30 AM
Three names in the hat for the ‘Diamond’ With the new Premier League season a matter of days away, Ross Barkley’s future remains in limbo. The Mirror are reporting that despite Everton reducing the original £50m pricetag on the player, Tottenham Hotspur still think the valuation is too high and w...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 7:00 AM
Price tag suggested at £30m Reports from the Mirror suggest that Everton are willing to spend £30m on Danny Welbeck if their pursuit of of Olivier Giroud falls through. £30m is the same price quoted for Giroud himself in multiple reports, so the implication here is that the Blues would end up wit...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 5:05 AM
The final friendly of the 2017/18 season is upon us. On the heels of a 2-0 aggregate win in their Europa League third round qualifiers, Everton head back to Goodison Park for the final preseason match of 2017/18, against talented La Liga outfit Sevilla . Sevilla will be by far the best team the B...