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Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Dec 23 6:20 PM
Onyekuru will need surgery for knee issue Everton received some bad news earlier today with a report that on-loan forward Henry Onyekuru had overstretched his knee and will require knee surgery. Playing for Anderlecht against his former club KAS Eupen in the Belgian Jupiler League, he left the fi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Dec 23 5:25 PM
So, basically same as last year After Everton frustrated last year’s Premier League champions Chelsea in a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park, the visitor’s manager was disappointed by his side’s failure to break down the Toffees. “I think when you play this type of game, we shot 26 times with eight on ta...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Dec 23 5:25 PM
Manager’s comments after Blues hold Chelsea 0-0 Everton faced a difficult challenge against a rampant Chelsea side visiting Goodison Park intent on leaving with three points. However, Sam Allardyce’s side thwarted the Londoners despite being dominated in just about every facet of the game. After...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Dec 23 4:42 PM
Three Thoughts from a gritty defensive performance (Near) Death by a thousand crosses One of the strengths that Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system is the width it provides in attack. As we saw during their title run last season and so far this campaign, their wingbacks have created headaches for opposi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Dec 23 3:47 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today Lineups: Everton Starting XI - Pickford; Kenny, Jagielka, Keane, Martina; Schneiderlin, Gueye, Davies; Lennon, Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson. Subs: Robles, Williams, Bolasie, Ramirez, Niasse, Holgate, Baningime. Chelsea Starting XI - Co...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Dec 23 3:26 PM
Allardyce expresses frustration with latest injury When Idrissa Gueye went to the ground just minutes after the halftime break, Everton fans the world over held their breath. It didn’t look like much, but he sat down holding his hamstring and it looked like the brilliant rearguard action that had...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Dec 23 7:16 AM
The Toffees hope to celebrate the holidays with three points from the defending champs Merry Christmas! It’s a blue-on-blue match at Goodison Park today to kick off the holiday weekend. Defending champions Chelsea are up to third in the Premier League and looking to go even higher. However, they...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 22 9:49 PM
The Everton revival under Big Sam has been swift - but can it continue against Antonio Conte’s in-form side? Sam Allardyce ’s serene start to life as Everton manager faces it’s toughest test on Saturday as champions Chelsea arrive at Goodison Park. Four wins from five games (five from six if you...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 22 9:49 PM
Everton ’s unbeaten start under Sam Allardyce faces a tough test against reigning Premier League champions Chelsea at Goodison Park.
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 22 5:00 PM
The first big test of the Allardyce era awaits Sam Allardyce has done well since taking the helm of Everton Football Club, but he’d be the first to admit he’s not exactly faced the sternest opposition. That changes this weekend, when the Toffees face third-placed Chelsea at Goodison Park. Let’s t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 22 4:44 PM
Manager’s comments from pre-match press conference As we get closer and close to the January transfer window opening, Everton manager Sam Allardyce has been speaking about how he is planning to approach the window. In the pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Chelsea , the m...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 22 3:53 PM
Manager provides squad health update ahead of Saturday game Yannick Bolasie continues to make his way back to full fitness after his year-long absence from the game, and could play some part in tomorrow’s game as Everton host Chelsea at Goodison Park. Speaking to the media in his pre-match press...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 22 10:06 AM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions. (Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells) Dashing up the table The skys no longer grey O’er the opponents we run Sam chewing all the way Chomp Chomp Chomp Alarm bells have stopped ringing Making Toffees spirits bright What fun it is to w...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 22 8:00 AM
With tougher opposition comes tougher decisions It’s a lot more fun to make predictions when Everton is playing well. Last week, we saw a wave of optimism from our writers, with all but one of us predicting double victory for the Toffees — and we were right! Our optimism is reduced given the slig...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 22 7:00 AM
In today’s links: Mirallas wants out, Sunderland want Kone out and the Toffees visit the hospital It’s the last Toffee Bites before Christmas! Allow me speak for all of the writers at Royal Blue Mersey and wish you, our faithful readers, a happy holiday season. We love sharing our passion for Eve...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 22 6:00 AM
Same two clubs as before back for the Belgian This January Kevin Mirallas can finally leave Everton after the 386th consecutive transfer window where he has been expected to transfer to some little Bosphorus (Vosporos/Boğaziçi) giant, but alas, hasn’t. Like every other preceding transfer window i...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Dec 21 12:55 PM
Big Sam has given many players a new lease on life at the Blues The arrival of Sam Allardyce at Everton has been a resounding success, in the short term at least. Not only has the team grown a backbone and shown some resolve on the pitch, the results have markedly improved and most interestingly,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Dec 21 7:51 AM
In today’s links: Calvert-Lewin’s excited, Niasse wants change and Dowell’s future The rumour mill is really heating up now. There is talk of Sandro Ramirez leaving, Theo Walcott coming in. Maybe Davy Klaassen goes out on loan. Perhaps the Blues are searching everywhere for another striker. There...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 20 10:21 PM
The Toffees boss thinks Wayne Rooney can go on for a while yet Sam Allardyce insists Wayne Rooney’s recent form is no flash in the pan and has backed the former England captain be a key Everton player for years to come. Rooney had a hand in all three Everton goals against Swansea on Monday, inclu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 20 8:19 PM
Joe Bryan of Bristol City has been turning heads this season Everton have an issue at left back, and it’s reared its ugly head in a bad way this season. Leighton Baines is past his best, and we know this. Even when he’s fit he has lost yards of pace and struggles to keep up with pacy wingers in t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 20 6:00 PM
Big Sam is reportedly interested, but would a move make sense? January is fast approaching, which means it’s time for transfer rumors to consume our lives for six weeks or more! Often, especially in the January transfer window, rumors are utterly nonsensical and outlandish — but this week, we’ve...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 20 5:00 PM
He’s off to a great start this season, with PSV in Holland Mexican winger Hirving Lozano is absolutely on fire for PSV Eindhoven, who are dominating the Eredivisie this year. With ten goals and three assists in just over 1200 minutes, he clearly has life in Holland figured out after just arriving...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 20 3:00 PM
Find out how she responded to being awarded the WSL Player of the Month, how she is dealing with Continental Cup heartbreak, and what instrument she can play Striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk has made quite the impact ever since signing with Everton Ladies on transfer deadline day . Her impact on th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 20 8:36 AM
Three Thoughts from Everton’s win Aaron Lennon finds new life Through his ups and downs at Everton , Aaron Lennon has been nothing if not consistent. He’ll never lead the team in a meaningful statistical category, nor is he a player that can break games open with feats of skill and speed. But sin...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 20 7:00 AM
In today’s links: What Swansea taught us, Sandro favors La Liga return and Blues set up moves for N’Zonzi and Walcott Everton are far from a perfect team as is. But let’s pause and think about what kind of experience the future foundation of this club is getting this campaign. Dominic Calvert-Lew...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 20 6:00 AM
No official updates while work continues While the club hasn’t said anything officially, work has been ongoing in testing the viability of Bramley Moore dock for the new Everton stadium. Eagle-eyed local photographer Dave Wood posted on his Twitter account that a company called Structural Soils h...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 19 6:18 PM
It’s been Leighton and Wayne so far, is the third option the best? The last few matches have seen Everton ’s season turn around from utter and catastrophic failure back to respectability. After firing Ronald Koeman and watching David Unsworth bail out a sinking ship for over a month until help fi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 19 4:37 PM
Decent showing from Championship contingent We start off the recap with a player who doesn’t score too many goals, but has discovered his shooting boots in recent weeks. Everton have been using Callum Connolly as a fullback and he even played at left back in relief of Leighton Baines during the p...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 19 1:37 PM
Blue Girls’ star striker named WSL Player of the Month Everton Ladies’ striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk has been awarded the FA WSL Player of the Month award for November. This is a great sign for a club that has gone professional only this season. Everton Ladies are on a hot streak, no doubt aided...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 19 9:00 AM
Allardyce reveals how he’s going to trim his squad in January So this is what it comes down to for many players in the Everton squad on the outside looking in. Whenever Sam Allardyce has been asked about his January transfer window activity, he always brings up his thirty-odd strong squad, and sa...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 19 8:33 AM
Carra’s gonna regret poking the Big Bear Childhood Everton fan, former Liverpool player and now television pundit Jamie Carragher certainly puts himself about on both the mainstream and social media channels. Immediately after the recent Merseyside Derby when Everton needed a late penalty to draw...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 19 7:25 AM
In today’s links: The Blues beat Swansea, Gyfli’s excited and the team preps for January Everton are in ninth place in the Premier League. Some how, some way, despite a horrid start to the campaign, the Blues have pushed up the table. Whether it is all due to Sam Allardyce or not, Everton have no...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 19 7:04 AM
Child’s life depends on High Court ruling on parental rights The latest news on the Alfie Evans case is a sad one as we reach a critical juncture of the matter at hand. The High Court will make a ruling today regarding the parental rights of Tom Evans and Kate James, and if they can continue to d...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 19 5:29 AM
Everton remain unbeaten under Allardyce as they come from behind to win Everton won ugly yesterday evening in a scrappy tie against bottom club Swansea City . Goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, a cracker from Gylfi Sigurdsson and a late penalty from Wayne Rooney were enough to cancel out Leroy Fer...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 19 12:09 AM
Manager talks about the remarkable turnaround at Goodison Park Everton won again today taking their unbeaten streak since ‘King Midas’ Sam Allardyce was hired to six games with five wins and an away Derby draw. The Blues sit in ninth place in the Premier League table, one point off Leicester City...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Dec 18 10:34 PM
A breakdown of the Toffees 3-1 win over Swansea Everton were looking to continue their winning ways under new manager Sam Allardyce (the Toffees are unbeaten in 5 since his appointment) when struggling Swansea City came to town. Here are my thoughts in no particular order of importance: Big Sam s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Dec 18 10:34 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today Lineups: Everton Starting XI - Pickford; Kenny, Holgate, Williams, Martina; Gueye, Schneiderlin; Lennon, Rooney, Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin Subs: Robles, Keane, Jagielka, Sandro, Davies, Vlasic, Lookman Swansea City Starting XI - Fab...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Dec 18 2:34 PM
The Blues have their eyes on ninth place as they welcome the bottom-of-the-table Swans It’s the Gylfi Sigurdsson Cup! Despite all of Everton ’s early season struggles, Sigurdsson himself will be very pleased he is wearing blue rather than white in this one. Gylfi’s former club, Swansea City , ent...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Dec 18 1:18 PM
Bolasie is ready to return after more than a year out - but the Toffees are taking no risks with his recovery Sam Allardyce has confirmed Yannick Bolasie could make his injury comeback against Swansea this evening - but the Toffees boss will take no risks with his fitness. Bolasie has been out fo...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Dec 18 8:04 AM
In today’s links: Toffees scouting Charlton youngster, Sandro wants Malaga return and previewing Swansea You smell that? It’s the fresh air of another match day morning. It’s such a different aroma than what wafted around Goodison Park just several weeks ago. Instead of sewage and stale mayonnais...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Dec 18 6:00 AM
Who’s in and who’s out for Monday night clash Two key members of the squad made their return to competitive football as Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy both played the first half of the Everton Under-23s game on Friday. The pair might not be back to full match fitness yet but could be on the b...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 17 9:22 PM
Toffees aiming for fourth win in five against Paul Clement’s side Hurrah for snidey Everton . Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Newcastle was just the sort of gritty, battling performance the side has failed to deliver all season. Like at Anfield on Sunday, the Toffees weren’t at their fluid best. But a new...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 17 6:49 PM
Confidence boost will lead to better performances After Everton made a miserable start to the 2017-18 Premier League season, the pressure heaped on the Blues’ transfer record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson was immense. As the heads continued to drop along with the performances, the pressure only got wo...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 17 5:38 PM
Toffees host Swans looking to continue good run Everton will be looking to gain some ground on the two sides directly above them in the Premier League table as Swansea City visit on Monday night. The Swans are struggling at the basement of the League and the onus will be on Sam Allardyce to ensur...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 17 4:00 PM
Blues still need an established striker, but is the youngster the target? Despite Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s excellent workrate and Oumar Niasse’s supersub stints, Everton still need to get an experienced replacement for Romelu Lukaku in the January transfer window if the Blues are to have any chanc...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 17 2:50 PM
Everton host the Swans on Monday evening Everton continue their Premier League campaign on Monday evening as Swansea City head to Goodison Park. The Blues will be keen to continue to their revival under Sam Allardyce and build on the midweek win over Newcastle . The Swans, meanwhile, are desperat...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 17 10:37 AM
Gylfi and Ashley face their old mates. Don’t look now, but compared to earlier in the season, Everton are rolling . In the last five matches, they’ve won four, drawn one, and earned four clean sheets. If you want to pin that on the entrance of Sam Allardyce, well, by all means. Big Sam has turned...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 17 9:44 AM
Did they deserve a better result? The Everton Ladies will not be advancing to the semifinals of the Continental Cup, but it wasn’t due to lack of effort. The Ladies played hard against an in-form Reading team that were equal to them the entire match. The Blue Girls were without one of their mains...