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Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 7:28 PM
The options may surprise you. We knew things would start badly for Everton this season. Seamus Coleman is out long term, and so is Yannick Bolasie. That’s £27, 060, 000 worth of starting level talent not at Ronald Koeman’s disposal. Four out of the Blues’ first five league games included both Man...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 6:30 PM
Both teams to wear different logos on their shirts during Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie Everton and Sunderland players will wear the Bradley Lowery Foundation logo on their shirts when the two sides meet in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Everton’s sponsors Sportpesa and their Sunderland counterpart...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 5:34 PM
Gyfli is looking at the positives despite awful run Gyfli Sigurdsson is confident Everton have the necessary ability and experience to turn their flagging season around. The Toffees have endured a torrid few weeks, losing four games in a row in all competitions without even scoring a goal. Sunday...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 5:34 PM
Koeman’s tactics kept his team in it Sunday, but lacked a key component Before I dig into my admittedly controversial thesis (that Everton could have actually beaten Manchester United ), let’s get an important point out of the way. The Toffees did not play poorly on Sunday. Period. I know the fin...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 4:35 PM
David Unsworth’s team could be handicapped based on Ronald Koeman’s needs for Wednesday’s match against Sunderland. The most exciting group around Goodison Park right now would seem to be the Men’s U23 squad. They are the defending champions in Premier League 2, and have started the season bright...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 4:10 PM
French midfielder sees improvements on the pitch, bemoans mistakes Manchester United ’s 4-0 win against visiting Everton on Sunday drew a range of reactions from fans and pundits. Some viewers saw a marked improvement from Thursday’s disastrous visit to Atalanta, and an Everton side that stood to...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 3:39 PM
Manager’s comments after heavy loss away at Old Trafford Everton fell to a fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions, with the 4-0 scoreline favouring the hosts Manchester United . The Blues looked much better than they have recently, and despite falling behind to an early goal, they gave a r...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 3:11 PM
Everton forward appeared in court on Monday and admitted charges. Earlier today, Everton forward Wayne Rooney appeared in the Stockport Magistrate’s Court, where he admitted the drink driving charges from September 1. Rooney has been banned from driving for two years, and ordered to perform 100 h...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 2:18 PM
Recap of weekend action from the Championship and beyond Just a week after his brace gave Anderlecht all three points, Henry Onyekuru struck late to give his side a share of the spoils in a 2-2 away draw with Kortrijk. Anderlecht had led early but gave up two quick goals in the second half, befor...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 12:24 PM
Three thoughts from another poor result in Manchester Signs of positivity despite loss Don’t let the scoreline fool you, despite being dismantled late in the match by Manchester United , Everton showed some signs of improvement. As Everton settled into the match they showed a willingness to attac...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 7:41 AM
In today’s links: quotes from Koeman and Schneiderlin plus more following Everton’s beating at the hands of Manchester United I’m not freaking out. You’re freaking out. Stop freaking out. Everything is fine. Wayne Rooney is just fine. The attack is just fine. The defense is just fine. It’s fine....
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 17 7:01 PM
Everton fall apart late despite better effort Everton lost 4-0 away at Manchester United in a much-improved performance, but the effort told in the end as the team capitulated late to pile on three goals as the Blues moved with more purpose but looked exhausted at the end. Who was your Man of the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 17 6:30 PM
Immediate thoughts after the Toffees’ trip to Old Trafford Everton and the fans could be forgiven for approaching this game against Manchester United with great trepidation. The team has been on a three-game slide where they’ve given up eight goals without scoring any, and the resulting loss of c...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 17 12:13 PM
Popular mobile game franchise will be featured on shirt sleeve Everton have finally announced a shirt sleeve sponsor for the kits this season, and it’s one of the most downloaded games of all time, Angry Birds. In a statement released earlier this morning, the Toffees announced the deal with Rovi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 17 5:32 AM
Who’s in and who’s out for Blues game at OT Everton go into Sunday looking to arrest their alarming slide of three consecutive losses, but the task at hand is a challenging one. Waiting at Old Trafford today will be a Manchester United side that has been in rampant form, and with how awful the To...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 17 3:00 AM
Is this the match that gets Everton back on track? It certainly is a tall task against the Premier League leaders. Oh boy, this has the potential of being a nightmare afternoon for Everton . Manchester United , despite their disappointing draw at Stoke City last weekend, remains in the midst of a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 6:54 PM
Streak is the second longest in the Premier League The last time Everton played a Premier League game without an Academy graduate in the 18 was October 14th, 1995, away to Bolton. For the interested, it was a 1-1 draw and Paul Rideout scored for the Toffees. By the hour mark, both teams were down...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 6:49 PM
Blues travel to Old Trafford as brutal early schedule continues It’s been tough going for Everton in the early days of the Premier League, on the back of two consecutive comprehensive defeats away at Chelsea and then home against Tottenham Hotspur . This weekend will not get any easier, with the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 5:27 PM
Defender not a fan of Manchester United anymore Despite being a product of the Manchester United youth system, Everton defender Michael Keane chose to not return to Old Trafford during this summer’s transfer window. Speaking to the Times’ Paul Joyce, Keane spoke about not being a fan of the Red D...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 2:10 PM
Don’t expect any changes on Sunday, unfortunately With Everton ’s struggles at the right back position, it has been bemusing for the fans that an England youth international continues to perform consistently for the Under-23 side while never getting a look in the senior squad. Now manager Ronald...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 1:00 PM
Streak is the second longest in the Premier League The last time Everton played a Premier League game without an academy graduate in the 18 was October 14th, 1995, away to Bolton. For the interested, it was a 1-1 draw and Paul Rideout scored for the Toffees. By the hour mark, both teams were down...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 11:38 AM
Blues travel to league-leaders United at the worst possible time So, where do we go from here? No team can sink into a crisis quite as quickly as Everton . After 18 months of what felt like genuine progress – both on and off the pitch – the team seems to have lurched two steps back to cancel out...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 10:21 AM
Everton at Manchester United is not a fun prospect Sunday’s game against Manchester United will pit the two main leaders of the zodiac signs against each other. Aquarius Jose Mourinho is an eccentric visionary. Aries Ronald Koeman is a natural born leader. One of them has Romelu Lukaku on their t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 9:00 AM
We joined forces with SB Nation’s Manchester United blog to talk about this weekend’s match. Many thanks to Brent from our fellow SB Nation blog The Busby Babe for taking the time to chat with us ahead of Everton ’s away match against Manchester United this weekend. RBM: How has Romelu Lukaku fit...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 8:54 AM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their trip to Old Trafford. Everton Football Club head to Old Trafford tomorrow in what can only be termed catastrophically bad form. Part of the reason behind that has been Ronald Koeman’s lineup choices, as the Dutchman has used a narrow 4-2-3-1 f...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 7:00 AM
Former teammates set to square off on Sunday. Everton captain Phil Jagielka has been at Goodison Park for quite some time - ten years, in fact - and it would not be a stretch to say that Romelu Lukaku was his most talented teammate during that time. If anyone knows what kind of threat the big Bel...
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...