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Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 10:16 PM
Dead inside. Everton were effectively eliminated from the Europa League today with three games remaining in the group stage. The Blues were downed by Lyon by a 2-1 scoreline. Bertrand Traore and Nabil Fekir scored for the French club, while Ashley Williams notched for Everton. Elsewhere, Atalanta...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 2:02 PM
Blues in a must-win European clash tonight Everton take on Ligue 1 side Lyon at Goodison Park knowing defeat would all but end their hopes of reaching the knockout stages. The Toffees have just one point from their opening two matches - a 3-0 thrashing at Atalanta and a disappointing 2-2 draw at...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 1:07 PM
Everton take on Ligue 1 side Lyon at Goodison Park knowing defeat would all but end their hopes of reaching the knockout stages. The Toffees have just one point from their opening two matches - a 3-0 thrashing at Atalanta and a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Apollon Limassol. Lyon have yet to...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 8:40 AM
We’ve got another weird one, folks. The problems at Everton Football Club are well known. Too many #10s. Too many central midfielders. No backup left back, and precious little cover at center back. No striker. Apparently, per sources in Portugal , the solution could be to back up the Brinks truck...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 7:29 AM
In today’s links: RBM’s Brian Foley is featured in the Echo, a Lyon preview and Koeman in trouble It is match day once again! Everton ’s boys in blue need three points desperately. A draw would be bad, but a loss would be absolutely crushing. Can they get the win? Sure, it could happen. I mean, t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 7:07 AM
Apparently young defenders do exist, and the Blues are looking Ruben Vinagre is a staple of the Portugal national team’s youth setup and has been playing very well for Wolverhampton . So well, in fact, that he is drawing the attention of some big clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester City . Wit...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 5:50 AM
Who’s in and who’s out as Everton face critical Europa League clash Everton will have youngster Jonjoe Kenny facing a late fitness test to see if he is available for today’s Europa League clash against Lyon after he picked up a knock during England youth international duty. From the longer term i...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 3:35 AM
The Blues desperately need to get three points to keep their hopes of advancing alive. Despite Everton ’s struggles thus far in the Europa League, they still find themselves well within striking distance of the knockout round. The Blues enter matchday in last place in Group E with just one point...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 7:00 PM
The Toffees need a win on Thursday - for a number of reasons If one image symbolises Everton ’s start to the 2017-18 season it’s the sight of a haggard, unshaven Ronald Koeman taking his seat at Finch Farm ahead of his press conference on Wednesday. The Dutchman, so often a picture of calm author...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 6:56 PM
Confidence is at an all-time low As has been the case with a lot of things this season, Everton has taken the fun out of making predictions. The club was poor again last week, this time against newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion — managing a lucky 1-1 draw to bring its Premier League points...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 5:22 PM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their massive Europa League match at Goodison. Another week, another must win game for Everton if they ever intend to get the 2017-18 season back on track. Problem is, Olympique Lyonnais are very talented and pose a serious threat. Despite sitting 6...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 4:36 PM
Defender speaks to media ahead of key Europa League clash Everton face a do-or-die Europa League clash tomorrow against Olympique Lyonnais, with anything less than a win likely spelling an end to the Blues’ European campaign. Defender Michael Keane spoke to the media along with under-pressure man...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 4:14 PM
Manager’s comments ahead of crucial Europa League fixture tomorrow If you thought Everton ’s horrendous start to the season meant manager Ronald Koeman could be on his way out, think again. Despite spending over £150 million over the summer transfer window, Koeman has obstinately refused to put h...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 4:14 PM
Yet another failure in the transfer market. Ronald Koeman claimed in a presser today that Everton tried, and failed to sign Memphis Depay. Now, I am not entirely sure why he tried to do this, as it makes absolutely no sense. Don’t get me wrong - this isn’t a criticism of Depay at all - I think he...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 12:49 PM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions. So we begin the cycle again. Will this week be different? Are the players ready to show some desire? Is Ronald Koeman aware of what positions the members of his team play? To be honest, it’s not just frustrating to be an Everton f...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 7:45 AM
In today’s links: Southall on Twitter, Osman on Everton and DCL on growing up What exactly is the tipping point at Everton ? How bad do things have to get before a drastic change is made? Leicester have already sacked their manager. The Foxes only have two fewer points than the Toffees, and they...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 17 6:22 PM
What a Leicester firing could mean for Everton Since taking over at Leicester City , Craig Shakespeare has produced the sixth most points in the English Premier League, one more than Koeman’s Everton . He also ripped the soul out of Sevilla’s season in a way that I’d never actually seen before. G...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 17 4:15 PM
A good example of the problem Everton face. We’re really at the Koeman out stage. I said a few weeks ago that he needed to win every game up to the Arsenal game for me to remain Koeman in and, well the man just won’t pick a team that makes any dang sense. So rumors have clown all over the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 17 4:15 PM
Everton’s trend of taking one step forward and two steps back continued at the Amex. If you’ve been reading Royal Blue Mersey throughout this dumpster fire of a season, you have surely heard my two requirements for a successful Everton lineup against a team of equal or less quality: Gylfi Sigurds...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 17 8:06 AM
In today’s links: the fans are fed up, bookies pick Koeman’s heir and Pickford impresses How did we get here? The summer was so promising. No reasonable person was expecting a title challenge, but most thought Everton would push for the top four. It hasn’t happened, and now the season is turning...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 16 5:09 PM
Laugh out your sadness. Laughter, as they say, is good medicine. Given the form that Everton are in right now, we could all use a little pick me up. With that in mind, it’s time to debut a new little feature at Royal Blue Mersey: Monday Memes. Let’s get it: Fin.
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 16 3:33 PM
What can we learn? Koeman should not be coaching for his job Despite the rising tide of hot takes and brinksmanship in the Everton Twitterverse, the blame for this team’s early season struggles cannot be laid solely at the feet of the manager. An infusion of cash and a summer of record spending h...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 16 1:07 PM
Blues gifted point after another poor performance Everton ians were left desperately disappointed again as a late penalty was needed to snatch a point from the South coast. Everton didn’t start too badly and put the home side under some early pressure. Nikola Vlasic and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s mo...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 16 7:34 AM
In today’s links: Rooney saves Everton, the mayor’s not happy and Koeman is at a loss Words don’t do it justice at this point. What is Ronald Koeman doing at Everton ? The Blues needed a penalty to bail them out of another loss on Sunday. This wasn’t against of the “big clubs” that embarrassed th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 15 4:25 AM
Goodbye international break! Hello, Premier League. The Blues head to face Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday. The international break is well and truly behind us. Now, it’s back to the Premier League. Next up for Everton is a trip to play top flight new boys, Brighton and Hove Albion, who entere...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 14 6:20 PM
Toffees would need to negotiate red tape if striker is to come back to Goodison Park Henry Onyekuru has confirmed he has held talks with Everton over a possible return to Goodison Park in January. The 20-year-old Nigerian striker joined Everton for £7m from KAS Eupen in the summer but was immedia...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 14 3:41 PM
The Toffees were woeful against Burnley last time out, things need to change fast Usually the international break is something of an irritant, disrupting your team’s crucial momentum and starving the fans of what most call “proper” football. But for Everton supporters the chance to get away from...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 14 11:26 AM
Is it too early in the season to be talking about exorcisms? Argentina was about to be eliminated from the World Cup if they lost their qualifying game on Tuesday. But then they called in an expert sorcerer who goes by the name of Manuel. #EliminatoriasEnTyC Un brujo viajó a Ecuador para ayudar a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 14 7:00 AM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their match against newly-promoted Brighton. Everton return from the international break tomorrow in crisis. The attack is stagnant, and the defense is leaky. One of the most frustrating things about the entire situation is the fact that the Blues h...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 13 6:04 PM
FIFA investigating former Everton talisman The Football Federation of Australia has backed Tim Cahill after the former Everton favourite’s controversial celebration on Tuesday. Cahill is currently being investigated by FIFA following his goal celebration during Australia’s World Cup qualifying wi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 13 5:02 PM
Break marked a great achievement for the talismanic player This international break proved to be an excellent one for Gylfi Sigurdsson and Iceland in general as the tiny nation qualified for its first ever World Cup competition, to be held next year in Russia . The attacking midfielder scored onc...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 13 3:00 PM
Manager dismisses Holland job speculation A visibly testy Ronald Koeman was in no mood for platitudes, and did not suffer what he considered foolish questions gladly at today’s pre-match press conference. Everton travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday looking for a better performance to get...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 13 2:59 PM
Will Ronald Koeman actually use him? One of the underlying themes to Everton ’s early season form has been the long term absentees due to injury. It seems as though that outlook will slowly be improving, though, and the first player to return to the fold will be Irish central midfielder James McC...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 13 9:39 AM
Everton’s poor form causes uncertainty at RBM After a much-needed break, Everton returns to the pitch this weekend, facing newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion. At the start of the season, you might have thought that making predictions for this match would be pretty open and shut, but after a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 13 8:37 AM
The kids are back in action with a clash of Premier League giants between two U23 sides. Roles are reversed in this Premier League 2 clash. For the senior teams, the Cityzens are the superior side. But the Toffees are one of the best U23 teams in England . Going into this game, both squads have p...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 13 8:03 AM
In today’s links: Dost’s release clause, Davies finds a lookalike, the Ladies win, and Niasse is loving life At last, the weekend is nearly here. It’s been so long since the last time Everton played that I have successfully convinced myself that they are really, really good. Everything’s gonna be...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 13 6:55 AM
A decisive win for the Ladies in Cup competition Everton Ladies started their Continental Cup off right, with a 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers Belles. Striker Chloe Kelly set the tone early with a goal in the sixth minute of the game. Sound familiar? The Blue Girls got on the score sheet only five...