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Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Dec 28 8:17 PM
Ex-Stoke and Blackburn man wants to reunite with Sam Allardyce. Everton’s pursuit of wantaway Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi both makes total sense and yet no sense at all. Nevertheless, Simon Jones at the Mail reports the Toffees will persist with their interest in the Frenchman: Everton will...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Dec 28 5:20 PM
The striker certainly has an eye for goal With Everton appearing to be closer and closer to signing Turkish striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas, videos of the player’s skills and goalscoring prowess have been in high demand. Here is a great supercut of all his goals for Besiktas in the Turkish Leagu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Dec 28 4:49 PM
It was the first letdown of the Englishman’s short tenure at Everton If you missed Everton ’s match against West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day because you were too busy getting a root canal, don’t fret! Your dental unpleasantness perfectly replicated the experience of watching what was, in name a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Dec 28 1:16 PM
Young Evertonian still fighting. As Thomas and Kate Evans work to save their son in light of Alder Hey hospital seeking to end his life, they have had Alfie certified as ‘fit to fly’ by the director of a pediatric air ambulance service. In the official Facebook group for Alfie’s Army , which tota...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Dec 28 9:53 AM
The RBM team look at the best - and worst - of the Toffees in 2017 With 2017 slowly drawing to a close it’s time to look back on an eventful 12 months for Everton . The year began with such promise, as Ronald Koeman ’s side really began to click into gear. Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images Rom...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Dec 28 9:13 AM
Timing of knee injury very unfortunate for Onyekuru Just when youngster Henry Onyekuru looked to be reaching for the stars, an unfortunate knee injury has placed his future in doubt. A sizzling campaign for Anderlecht in the Jupiler League where he leads the club in scoring has ended, likely for...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Dec 28 7:59 AM
In today’s links: Valencia want Sandro, Big Sam was the right choice and Bolasie is excited. The first move the upcoming transfer window has already been made. Virgil Van Dijk will leave Southampton to join Liverpool on the first of the month for a whopping £75 million, a world record for a defen...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Dec 28 1:00 AM
Player will move to Merseyside on January 1st It appears Everton are close to making their first signing of the January transfer window official. Ed Aarons of the Guardian is confirming that the Blues have agreed on a £25million transfer fee with the Super Lig’s Besiktas for Turkish striker Cenk...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 27 9:19 PM
Tosun has indicated to Besiktas he wants a move Transfer talk around Turkish international striker Cenk Tosun has accelerated over the last few days, and local media reports seem to indicate that a deal between Everton and Besiktas is closer than ever. NTV Spor are reporting today that Tosun has...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 27 2:15 PM
Manager also provides update on player’s injury status So what do we have here. Just a day after Everton manager Sam Allardyce claimed that Olivier Giroud turned down a summer move to the Blues because his wife would not leave London, the player’s manager at Arsenal Arsene Wenger has jumped to hi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 27 9:45 AM
“It's very important to the wives. Normally they are the bosses.” Everton are badly in need of a proven Premier League scorer, and the last few weeks have made that very clear. Wayne Rooney has been among the goals recently, but aside from the veteran, the Blues forward and midfield corps have st...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 27 9:05 AM
Baines to miss more time, but McCarthy & Barkley are close After Everton ’s drab 0-0 draw away at West Bromwich Albion , manager Sam Allardyce provided a comprehensive update on his injury-stricken squad, and the news was not all good. Veteran left back Leighton Baines left the game at Southampto...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 27 7:33 AM
In today’s links: Blues draw with West Brom, Barkley’s healthy and Baines is not Everton kicked off the crazy Christmas period with a snooze-fest, 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. But with Leicester City losing to Watford 2-1, the Blues went even on points for eighth place,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 26 9:12 PM
Everton off the pace in a bore draw at The Hawthorns Everton remain unbeaten under Sam Allardyce , however they were well off the pace going forward in one of most forgettable games in years. West Bromwich Albion meanwhile made it 18 games without a victory and Everton failed to score for a secon...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 26 6:27 PM
Manager’s comments after an utterly boring away draw No one was really surprised how Everton played after Sam Allardyce trotted out an ultra-defensive 5-3-2 lineup that battled to a 0-0 draw away at West Bromwich Albion . What was disappointing though was how poor the Blues were going forward aga...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 26 6:03 PM
Blues away at the Hawthorns for Boxing Day clash Everton got another hard-fought point while maintaining Sam Allardyce ’s unbeaten start to his Toffees tenure, making it seven games without defeat. However, it is the manner in which the Blues played that was both heartening yet frustrating. Solid...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 26 5:40 PM
Winger back after over a year In a dull game with few real chances for either side, Everton fans will certainly be pleased with at least one thing to have come out of the 0-0 draw away at West Bromwich Albion . Yannick Bolasie returned to the starting lineup for the first time in over a year and...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 26 5:38 PM
Among games that have happened, that one was certainly one of them. Everton spent Boxing Day on the road this year, and suffered from some weary legs at the Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion . Wayne Rooney and Idrissa Gueye remained out, which didn’t help, but the Toffees managed a result al...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 26 5:38 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today Lineups Everton Starting XI - Pickford; Kenny, Keane, Williams, Holgate, Martina; Schneiderlin; Bolasie, Davies, Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin Subs: Robles, Jagielka, Baningime, Lookman, Ramirez, Niasse, Lennon West Bromwich Albion Star...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 26 9:18 AM
It’s a Boxing Day bonanza! The Toffees look to take three points from the Baggies at the Hawthorns. Happy Holidays! The perfect way to cap off the Christmas season would be with three points for Everton . A win over West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday could see the Toffees up to eighth in the league,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 26 8:39 AM
Manager’s comments ahead of Boxing Day clash Speaking ahead of the Blues’ second game in four days, Everton manager Sam Allardyce looked back at a strong defensive effort against Chelsea on Saturday. “It was a terrific effort from the players against Chelsea. I am looking for more quality in poss...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 26 7:00 AM
In today’s links: Sturridge to Everton, preparing for West Brom, and Kenny praises Pickford Hey there, Blues! Sorry about the lack of Bites on Monday. It was Christmas, and I was tied with family commitments. You know how it goes. But I hope all of the Everton ians had an awesome holiday. Now we...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 26 6:00 AM
Who’s in and who’s out for Everton trip to the Hawthorns Everton will be without midfield enforcer Idrissa Gueye for the trip to West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day after he picked up a hamstring injury in the previous match against Chelsea . No return date has been proposed for the Senegalese mid...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Dec 25 7:45 PM
The Toffees - unbeaten in six - head to the Hawthorns on Boxing Day Merry Christmas everyone! Spirits among Everton ians going into the festive season are a lot higher than we thought they would be just a few weeks ago. Six games unbeaten – five under Sam Allardyce – means that sense of blind pan...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Dec 25 10:04 AM
Blues interested in Turkish forward Cenk Tosun Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun has long been rumoured with a move away from the Super Lig, despite the Turkish team topping their Champions League group and having the vagaries of the draw see them face Bayern Munich in the first elimination round in Fe...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Dec 25 10:04 AM
Defender says players are all ‘buying in’ to Big Sam’s plans Michael Keane helped Everton pitch a shutout against Chelsea on Saturday in his return to the first team, and picked up the Man of the Match gong to boot. The defender missed some time with concussion-related symptoms after leaving the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Dec 25 7:58 AM
Young goalkeeper looking to continue building on a strong season Despite an excellent outing for the Three Lions during the November international break, against a rampant Germany no less, Jordan Pickford is not taking for granted that he could be on the plane to Russia this coming summer as part...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 24 4:06 PM
Big Sam tried something new — and when it didn’t work, he successfully parked the bus. Sam Allardyce and Everton did it again on Saturday. The manager’s second match against a big club was another hard-fought draw — a valuable point in the Toffees’ race to seventh place. The popular narrative eme...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 24 8:56 AM
Blues hold champions Chelsea with rugged defensive display Everton held Chelsea at Goodison Park yesterday to remain unbeaten under Sam Allardyce in another strong defensive outing for the Toffees. The home side were dealt a big blow before kick off when it was announced Wayne Rooney would miss o...
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...