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Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 15 8:43 PM
Things could get ugly quickly at Old Trafford, unfortunately It has not been a good week to watch Everton . Really the entire season has been a little rough, but losing by some lopsided scores over the past week has made it really suck. The good news for everyone is we get an opportunity to get b...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 15 7:22 PM
The young Croatian started last night, and despite the poor result, didn’t disappoint Everton ’s Europa League debacle in Italy left Toffees fans bewildered, confused and angry. The 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Atalanta, immediately preceded by a loss to Tottenham by the same scoreline, has fans...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 15 6:10 PM
Roundup of midweek action from the Championship and beyond There were a number of Toffees out on loan in action during the midweek, none more high profile than Henry Onyekuru featuring for Anderlecht away at Bayern Munich as the Champions League group stages got underway. The forward came on as a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 15 3:21 PM
McClean was a self-described “long-suffering Evertonian”. Paul McClean, a world-renowned reporter for the Financial Times and life-long Everton supporter has passed away suddenly at the age of 24. McClean was on vacation with friends in Sri Lanka when he separated from the group to use the restro...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 15 2:56 PM
Koeman’s pre-match press conference highlights crisis at Everton Everton manager Ronald Koeman spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of the trip to Manchester United on Sunday. The Blues go into the game with the league leaders in a miserable run of form, have conceded eight times without scori...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 15 1:53 PM
Manager’s comments not giving anyone the warm fuzzies Ronald Koeman has spoken to the media today ahead of Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in the Premier League. While his comments didn’t necessarily say anything new, he did at least seem aware of the issues surrounding...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 15 1:30 PM
Some reasons why and why not. The fires were burning hot in all Everton corners of social media during and after yesterday’s game with Atalanta, and with good reason. Everton walked into that stadium last night the more talented side, and they were run out of town like they were a youth team brou...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 15 8:33 AM
How did the managers fare in their first half-centuries? The game against Atalanta marked Ronald Koeman ’s 50th in charge and the tone for his tenure has never been more dour than it was last night. Everton fans are legitimately discussing “Koeman out” and while it may (still) be a bit premature...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 15 7:45 AM
In today’s links: follow up on the Europa League defeat, the ladies signing a striker and a Rooney impression It does not get much worse than that. Entering the game as favorites, Everton were humiliated by Atalanta , a solid but seemingly unimpressive Italian league foe on Thursday night. There’...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 15 6:00 AM
Women’s team building squad for WSL1 campaign It is transfer deadline day for the FAWSL and Everton Ladies have snagged themselves a very dynamic striker! Courtney Sweetman-Kirk is a name we will hopefully hear a lot this season as she has a reputation for scoring goals. Lots of goals. In 2015, s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 14 10:30 PM
Blues flounder to gutless defeat in Italy Everton continued their wretched form this evening with an embarrassing performance as they were soundly defeated in Northern Italy. Atalanta won quite comfortably 3-0, but could have easily had half a dozen just like Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea before...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 14 9:19 PM
Manager’s comments after yet another disgraceful loss Everton will return from Italy on the wrong side of a heavy 3-0 defeat which in all honesty could have been much much worse. After the game, manager Ronald Koeman took responsibility for his side’s narrow 4-2-3-1 formation which left the Blues...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 14 8:54 PM
Vote on the player performances from today’s game Everton are nothing if not consistent this season. Consistently bad that is. The heady days of the transfer window and the opening day win over Stoke City are now long gone, and reality has come back to bite the team with utter vengeance. The Blue...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 14 8:10 PM
Apocalypse. Everton - and Ronald Koeman in particular - opened their Europa League group stage campaign by embarrassing themselves. Atalanta walked to a 3-0 win, and in reality, it could have been much worse. If that sounds familiar, it might be because Koeman sent his players out in the exact sa...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 14 8:30 AM
Successive defeats have affected confidence ahead of Europa League group stage opener Everton ’s return to the Europa League proper should be a cause for celebration. But instead a sense of panic has enveloped the fanbase after successive defeats to Chelsea and Tottenham checked spiralling expect...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 14 7:00 AM
In today’s links: positive Klaassen, Jags in Europe and a lookback at 2015’s EFC It is officially match day! Get out the kit. Slave through your work day. Set your Europa League fantasy lineups. Is that a thing? Who cares. Everton have a match today, and things are going to be better than they ar...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 14 3:17 AM
The Blues look to get back to winning ways as they travel to Italy and take on the Serie A side The meat of the Europa League is finally upon us. Today marks the beginning of a six-game gauntlet of home and away battles with European also-rans that could give Everton their best chance of qualifyi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 10:50 PM
Blue Girls add another squad member Chantelle “Chaney” Boye-Hlorkah has signed a one-year deal to join the Everton Ladies. The forward joins a very young squad that is looking to prove itself after rejoining the WSL1. | A first professional contract for @ChaneyBhlorkah , who pens a one-year deal....
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 6:42 PM
Midfielder speaks during Europa League pre-match press conference Davy Klaassen joined Ronald Koeman on the podium for the pre-match press conference ahead of Everton ’s Europe League group game tomorrow against Atalanta. While the manager fielded most of the questions, the attacking midfielder w...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 6:07 PM
Manager’s comments ahead of Europa League group game tomorrow Everton are in Italy to play against Atalanta in their first game of the group stages of the Europa League. Before the game, manager Ronald Koeman spoke to the media about tomorrow’s clash, starting with the Blues’ poor performance ove...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 6:07 PM
All the news and stories from Everton’s European adventure Everton start a long-awaited Europa League campaign with an away Group E clash against Italian side Atalanta . The game will be held in the Mapei Stadium, 200km away from Bergamo because of ongoing construction work at La Dea ’s home stad...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 2:35 PM
They shouldn’t, though. According to major German media outlet Bild , via TalkSport , Everton look set to reprise their interest in Werder Bremen midfielder Thomas Delaney, likely during the winter transfer window. It’s said that the Blues would be rivaled by Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur . After...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 2:30 PM
Our writers have made their bets for the week ahead. The Royal Blue Mersey writer prediction league is about to get a whole lot more interesting, as Everton begins participating in the Europa League group stage. More matches means more chances for our writers to pick up points — or more likely to...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 11:02 AM
Toffees begin European campaign against Atalanta Everton have flown out to Italy ahead of their Europa League group stage opener against Atalanta. Wayne Rooney was among the travelling party despite his much publicised off-field issues. Rooney is due in court on Monday to answer a drink-driving c...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 9:00 AM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their first Europa League group stage game. With four points in four league games, Everton are now set to begin the rest of their season - the cup competitions, beginning with the Europa League tomorrow in Italy against Atalanta . While the Blues ar...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 8:34 AM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions. Between the end of the transfer window, the Tottenham Hotspur drubbing, Europa League starting and an unfortunate reunion with an ex (aka Romelu Lukaku ) at some place called Old Trafford this weekend, there is no doubt Everton fa...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 7:38 AM
In today’s links: comparing Koeman to Martinez and how Everton’s lack of a striker continues to cause problems Just one more day and Everton finally get a chance to put the last two tough Premier League losses behind them and focus, for an afternoon at least, on the Europa League. The trip to Ata...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 6:39 AM
The captain isn’t ready to give in yet Breaking news: Everton club captain Phil Jagielka isn’t as young as he used to be. Everyone still okay? Anyone in shock? Alright, so, as an elder statesman, Jags’ role in the side is shifting, and he’s coming to grips with it as all players a little too heav...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 2:14 AM
Midfielder picked up hamstring injury Manchester United ’s star midfielder Paul Pogba left the Champions League game against Basel with a suspected hamstring injury. He seemed to pull up short after an innocuous challenge, but clutched at the back of his thigh before being taken off in the first...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 12 8:52 PM
Most Blues first teamers are available, but not quite all. At last, our long national nightmare is over. The FIFA 18 full release date (September 29th) is nearly upon us. The demo was released today, and enterprising outlets are beginning to leak some of the player ratings - including Everton ’s....
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 12 5:39 PM
Club needs to match off-pitch prowess with on-pitch results. Let there be no debate - under Farhad Moshiri, Everton are a major player financially in world football. Romelu Lukaku sale or no, the Blues have been and will be throwing their weight around in the transfer market and in sponsorship de...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 12 5:11 PM
Young Lokomotiva star on the radar of multiple European teams The transfer rumour machine doesn’t stop chugging along even with the transfer window firmly closed for another few months. What’s worse is, when Ronald Koeman fins his Everton side so chock-full of central attacking midfielders that t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 12 2:56 PM
Everton youngster seeks an even better season than last year. Widely considered the most promising of Everton Football Club’s many youth players, Tom Davies is coming off a breakthrough season in 2016-17 that saw him take Goodison Park by storm. This season, though, it’s been a bit of a slow star...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 12 1:31 PM
Veteran's comments on UEL clash. So this season isn’t exactly off to a roaring start. We certainly had hoped for better showings even if the results haven’t been a shock given our competition. However, this week we get a chance to start with a clean slate as we open our UEFA Europa League group s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 12 7:28 AM
In today’s links: Everton in the community, Baines excited for Europe and critiques of Koeman What is happening in and around Goodison Park? Rumours are running rampant about the inner workings of Everton . Transfers blocked? Shifting power? It was supposed to be such a big summer, but now after...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 12 5:05 AM
Toffees will head to Italy for first game of Europa League group stages At this point, it’s fairly well established that Everton were drawn into the Europa League "group of death". The trip to Cyprus could be tricky, while Lyon boast an attack that could batter many teams in England. Atalanta are...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 12 3:06 AM
Architect sends out cryptic message on Instagram Architect Dan Meis certainly gets around quite a bit. When he’s not at the sites of one the many stadiums he has built around the world, he is traveling to look at other ones he didn’t build to get ideas for his future work, one of which is going t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 11 10:00 PM
Another rough weekend for Everton loanees On loan striker Henry Onyekuru finally opened his Jupiler Pro League account for RSC Anderlecht over the weekend, potting a brace as the Mauves halted their winless streak with a 3-2 win over Lokeren. Both his goals were of the poacher’s kind, taking adva...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 11 5:19 PM
Your votes are in for a disappointing performance overall It was always going to be very difficult to choose a ‘Man of the Match’ when Everton were this bad, with very few players able to leave the game with their heads held high. Against Tottenham Hotspur , the Blues were really bad, and this wa...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 11 3:36 PM
I mean, obviously. Scrolling through various forms of social media and media in general, there is only one conclusion that can be drawn from fan reactions to the start of Everton ’s season. Apparently, the Toffees are no good whatsoever. Everton might as well pack it up, because they’ll finish be...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 11 3:27 PM
The manager made a key error, but it’s tough to tell what might have actually worked. I don’t want to panic you, but I’m starting to get genuinely worried about Everton . I wasn’t particularly worried after the thrashing at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea before the international break — the Toff...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 11 1:13 PM
Reports of Kenwright blocking transfers, Moshiri taking over? Everton are in a spot of turmoil early on into the 2017-18 season. A year that was expected to herald a rise into the top six echelon of the Premier League is off to a disappointing start with Ronald Koeman’s vision coming under fire....
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 11 7:00 AM
In today’s links: Rooney’s problems at home, the Toffees’ flailing attack and where Barkley fits in Everton look just so, so bad right now. The attack is struggling to create much of anything while Oumar Niasse and Ademola Lookman impress with the youngsters. Something surely has to change for th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 10 3:57 PM
Watch the goals from the win today Everton ’s Under-23 showed a lot of promise last season, and despite losing a half dozen players or so to loans this season, the incoming players have meshed in quite well. With David Unsworth leading the way, the Under-23s are rounding into form as they look to...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 10 3:36 PM
Schneiderlin says team bears responsibility as a whole If you were expecting Ronald Koeman to have given the Everton players the patented Sir Alex Ferguson ‘hairdryer treatment’ down 2-0 at the half, you will be disappointed. It turns out he very calmly explained to the players what they needed t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 10 11:34 AM
Three thoughts from Everton’s hapless performance Koeman’s game plan an utter failure Ronald Koeman opted to go with a more traditional 4-2-3-1, spurning his three at the back formation against a very dangerous Tottenham side. However this line-up was missing one crucial piece, the wingers to rou...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 9 9:24 PM
Hopeless Blues comfortably dispatched by Spurs Everton were taken apart by an impressive Tottenham Hotspur side at Goodison today, with yet more questions now raised about the Toffees squad. It was a gutless and grim performance from The Toffees who barely threatened Hugo Lloris ‘ goal and were a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 9 5:43 PM
Manager speaks to the media after the game Everton looked as flat and listless as if the international break never happened, and Ronald Koeman’s project is not looking good early on in a season that was supposed to have so much potential. It was apt that the team was blown away by Tottenham Hotsp...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 9 5:21 PM
Listless, lifeless, ludicrous. Tottenham Hotspur defeated Everton at Goodison today by a 3-0 score. Harry Kane scored twice, and Christian Eriksen also netted for the visitors. It was a terrible football match. On paper, Everton’s lineup looked ready to attack Spurs. In functionality, they couldn...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 9 4:55 PM
Vote on the player performances from today’s game Everton were utterly shambolic in the back and impotent going up front. That usually makes for a long, long afternoon and Tottenham Hotspur duly obliged, happy to get away from their personal demons at Wembley. Two hours ago it looked like this li...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 9 4:56 AM
Who’s in and who’s out for the Blues against Spurs Everton will have star goalkeeper Jordan Pickford between the sticks for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur . Manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that he would be playing, along with Wayne Rooney who despite facing internal discipline for his drink drivi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 9 3:00 AM
Goodison Park hosts the Toffees’ first Premier League match since the transfer window closed. The Premier League returns from the international break on Saturday. For Everton , the streak of tough matchups to begin the season continues. They host Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park, which has rece...