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Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 29 9:34 PM
Forward is injured and is in last year of current contract Turns out Antonio Conte wants all of the English midfielders/forwards. After news broke yesterday that Chelsea had reached an agreement with Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain , there was some talk that they still wanted Ross Barkley too...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 29 9:34 PM
Despite the lack of media coverage, the Blue Girls have been doing well There were two Everton games that took place on Sunday but you probably only heard about one. While the Everton boys played against Chelsea , Everton Ladies played their first open door friendly against Watford and won 2-0. Y...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 29 8:29 PM
Injuries make Spurs, Chelsea, and the Three Lions unlikely. There’s an episode of the 90s sitcom Seinfeld where a character named George decides that he is going to march out of his office and quit his job. After carrying out his plan, he comes to the stunning realization that he in fact needs th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 29 7:54 PM
Ronald Koeman tried to replicate his team’s success against Manchester City, but it didn’t work out A trip to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea just days after a do-or-die trip to Croatia was always going to be a massive challenge, and for a lot of reasons, Everton simply wasn’t up to that challeng...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 29 4:06 PM
Blues continue to toil away in the striker market. Well, that didn’t last long. Mere hours after it was reported that Everton had made an inquiry regarding Cardiff City’s Kenneth Zohore, the BBC’s Phil McNulty is now reporting that the Bluebirds have told the Toffees to not bother with the Danish...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 29 1:38 PM
Former Sigurdsson running mate may move on from Swansea. As the summer transfer window winds down, Everton continue to expand their search for striking options. According to the Telegraph’ s insider Matt Law, one such option could be Swansea City ’s veteran forward Fernando Llorente. The Spaniard...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 29 1:37 PM
All sorts of names being linked with the Blues now With transfer deadline day getting closer and closer, the transfer rumours are picking up steam again. Unfortunately, at this point it’s getting harder and harder to tell apart from what is real, speculation and utter fantasy. This latest defende...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 29 1:30 PM
Phil Neville has been talking again Diego Costa finds his future in flux. Deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea , he has been leveraging a move back to Atletico Madrid, but the Spanish club’s transfer ban is making things complicated for him in a World Cup year. According to the regulations o...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 29 1:30 PM
Brighton and Palace to duke it out for Niasse Despite Ronald Koeman wanting nothing to do with him, the interest in Oumar Niasse keeps growing. Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion have made two offers for the player already, both of which have been rejected as Everton are looking for...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 29 1:06 PM
Everton injury woes continue Everton ’s season is threatening to get derailed even before it’s picked up any momentum. Early injuries have already left Ronald Koeman’s small squad bereft of options, and now it appears goalkeeper Jordan Pickford sustained an issue as well during Sunday’s loss at C...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 29 9:37 AM
Your votes are in for a disappointing performance overall Often when Everton puts in a solid shift of teamwork it’s difficult for fans to choose the ‘Man of the Match’. The game at Chelsea on Sunday proved to be the opposite case, as poor performances across the board made for awful grades being...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 29 7:24 AM
In today’s links: more on Everton’s latest young signing, what Chelsea taught us and Costa closes in on a move The transfer deadline is looming, Everton still have massive gaps in their squad and there are very few solid links with Premier League quality players. Ronald Koeman can’t be happy. The...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 28 11:30 PM
Further reflection on the Toffees’ first defeat of the season Was fatigue a factor? Everton faced a third tough away game in seven games so it was inevitable after the defeat that there would be talk of tiredness and fatigue. A tough draw at the Etihad followed by a game in Croatia and then a tri...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 28 10:38 PM
The Toffees seem to be casting the net far and wide as they seek a replacement for Romelu Lukaku With just three days to go until the transfer window closes Everton are fast running out of time if they are to sign the striker they badly need. Ronald Koeman has repeatedly spoken of his desire to b...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 28 10:08 PM
Hajduk Split attacker headed to Goodison Park. It appears that Everton did not just use their recent two-legged tie against Croatian side Hajduk Split to advance to the Europa League group stage. According to multiple reports - including The Times’ ever-accurate Paul Joyce, the Blues have agreed...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 28 6:52 PM
Abdennour camp waiting on offers despite passing Zenit medical Just yesterday it was looking like a done deal. Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour has been on his way out of the club for some time now, and the player had flown to Rome for a medical to be conducted for Russian side Zenit St. Petersb...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 28 5:53 PM
Spurs only rival in Barkley stakes could drop out It’s looking Premier League defending champions Chelsea are edging ever closer to signing Arsenal ’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain . As is being reported by Sky Sports, the two clubs have reached an agreement over the versatile player who can play multi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 28 4:33 PM
Toffees linked with yet another United player, but this one’s just bad This is not exactly how I wanted to start a Monday after a bad away performance, but Ashley Young has been linked to Everton . There are a few things to consider when looking at this potential deal, and whether it would be a g...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 28 1:53 PM
Koeman and Walsh leaving no stone unturned in search Everton have already been in Wales this offseason getting Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City , and now it appears the Blues could be returning this time to Cardiff City . Striker Kenneth Zohore has been the subject of transfer interest from Bri...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 28 1:28 PM
Blues will not further deplete lean squad Olympiakos have been turned down in their approach for Everton forward Kevin Mirallas. The Greek side were reportedly in talks with the Blues to take the Belgian on loan for the season, but Everton are now being reported by Belgian outlet Het Laatste Nieu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 28 12:32 PM
Tough weekend for Everton’s loanees Joe Williams was the only active Everton player out on loan to taste victory this weekend. The young midfielder was rewarded for an excellent performance in his pivot role sitting in front of the backline, with Barnsley recording an emphatic 3-0 win over Sunder...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 28 7:39 AM
In today’s links: recap of the loss to Chelsea and Everton eye major attacking help; Young, Costa and Vardy Not the best weekend for Everton . They were smashed at Stamford Bridge by the defending Premier League champions. The squad showed some obvious weaknesses on top of being tired and dealing...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 27 10:30 PM
Manager’s additional comments after poor showing in London Everton ’s unbeaten run to start the season came to a grinding halt after a fatigued performance at Stamford Bridge saw the Blues soundly beaten 2-0 by Chelsea earlier today. After the game, manager Ronald Koeman defended his players, say...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 27 9:44 PM
Toffees disappointing in third game in six days Everton looked well off the pace as they rounded off a long week with a dreadful performance away at the champions. The Europa League hangover seems to already be making an impact on the squad and with no game to worry about next weekend Ronald Koem...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 27 5:28 PM
Koeman confirms news during post-match comments After today’s limp loss away at Chelsea , Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that Muhamed Besic’s father had indeed been shot as was reported late yesterday, but that the midfielder wanted to be involved in today’s game after having spoken to h...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 27 5:00 PM
Manager shows frustration at Belgian in post-match comments After Everton were thoroughly outclassed in a 2-0 loss at Chelsea , manager Ronald Koeman spoke about his decision to leave Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas out of today’s squad. “He was out because he is struggling to deal with moments in...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 27 4:45 PM
Everton faced another tough away day, this time at the champions Everton’s unbeaten start to the season came to a grinding halt at Stamford Bridge once again, as the Toffees maintained their utterly horrendous record of not having won at Stamford Bridge since 1994.
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 27 4:08 PM
Ronald Koeman and his men suffer their first defeat of the season away to the Premier League champions Everton fell to their first defeat of the season with a 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. In a poor first half from the Blues, goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvarto Morata handed the home s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 27 4:08 PM
Vote on the player performances from today’s game A depleted Everton side traveled to Chelsea on Sunday to take on the defending Premier League champions, with this lineup - Starting XI - Pickford, Baines, Jagielka (c), Williams, Keane, Holgate, Davies, Gana, Sigurdsson, Rooney, Sandro Bench - St...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 27 1:08 PM
Forward takes early flight to international break Everton are scraping the bottom of the barrel this weekend for the trip away to Chelsea as far as players, with multiple injuries and a suspension decimating the squad. However, in an interesting decision, manager Ronald Koeman decided to drop for...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 27 9:58 AM
File this one in the silly season docket We’ll start off by saying that this is being reported by The Mirror , so take this rumour with ( insert appropriate amount ) of skepticism. Apparently Everton are looking to cut in ahead of Chelsea in their pursuit of striker Jamie Vardy , with the grand s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 27 7:55 AM
Family feud incident leaves Mo’s father in hospital In what seems like an incredible incident, the father of Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic was shot by a member of a rival family, resulting in injuries to his hand and leg. As reported by Bosnian outlet Faktor , Meho Besic, 46, was hit with two...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 26 11:32 PM
The Toffees play their third game of the week, testing the depth of their squad against the defending champions. Everton have one final hurdle before they head to the international break. Once again, it is a trip to a Premier League title contender. In their opener, Chelsea were a disaster agains...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 26 4:38 PM
Another tough test ahead for the Toffees When the Premier League fixture list was published earlier this summer, one of the biggest talking points was Everton ’s brutal start to the schedule. The Toffees are right in the thick of that tough stretch, with a match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 26 11:38 AM
Everton face a another tough away day, this time at the champions Everton head to to Stamford Bridge looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. All the previews, match highlights and reaction will be right here.
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 26 11:38 AM
Everton’s 5-0 hammering at the hands of Chelsea in November was the undoubted low point of last year - surely the only way is up? With European qualification safely in the bag, Everton wrap up their busy opening chapter of the new season with a trip to the champions Chelsea . It’s difficult to ar...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 26 9:43 AM
Ronald Koeman has an injury headache just three weeks into the Premier League season The fixture congestion brought about by early season Europa League matches always threatened to create a hassle for Everton — but with injuries and suspensions mounting, the Toffees’ trip to Stamford Bridge to pl...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 26 8:00 AM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their match at Stamford Bridge. Everton head to Stamford Bridge tomorrow in good form, but with a bit of a mess on their hands. In addition to their three long-term absentees, a handful of previously healthy first teamers are now injured or suspende...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 26 7:30 AM
What can we learn? Mercury is in Retrograde, so what does that mean for Everton this Sunday as they play Premier League Champions Chelsea ? Mercury in Retrograde can cause things to get out of whack as the planet appears to move backwards in its orbital path. The team may feel particularly out of...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 25 7:39 PM
Three keys to Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge. Everton continues their exhausting early season schedule with a Sunday afternoon match against Chelsea . Last years champions have looked a bit more unsettled this year without front man Diego Costa and as well as a host of other changes in the squ...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 25 6:51 PM
Antonio Conte's men may beat Spurs to any move for the injured attacker Chelsea are planning to open negotiations with Everton for Ross Barkley on Sunday, according to the Telegraph. Barkley had widely been expected to leave the Blues this summer after telling Ronald Koeman he would not be signin...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 25 4:34 PM
Blues’ boss offers update on striker chase. Despite Wayne Rooney ’s consistency and the remarkable emergence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton still need a starting caliber striker, and that fact is not lost on Ronald Koeman. In his pre-Chelsea press conference today , the Dutch manager indicated...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 25 12:48 PM
Toffees face tough trips to France, Italy and Cyprus Everton have been placed in a tough looking Group E after Friday’s Europa League group stage draw in Monaco. The Toffees will play French side Lyon, Italians Atalanta and Cypriot outfit Apollon Limassol. Everton were placed in Pot 2 for the dra...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 25 11:54 AM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions. Here is all that needs to be said about Everton ’s match yesterday: One of the worst games I've watched with two of the best goals this year. Mad. — Sean Lunt (@Sean_Lunt) August 24, 2017 1-0 Hadjuk 1-1 Welcome to Everton Gylfi Si...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 25 7:25 AM
In today’s links: Everton linked to four players and some follow up on their Europa League journey. Everton are through to the Europa League group stage and a large reason why is the play of the summer signees. Jordan Pickford was a stud in goal. Michael Keane continues to impress. And Gylfi Sigu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 25 1:30 AM
Forward excited about Europa League group stages What a way to introduce yourself to your new club! In his first full start for Everton , Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a tremendous goal that tied the game and settled the Blues’ nerves as Hajduk Split threatened to tie up the fixture on aggregate. Speak...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 25 12:50 AM
Manager’s post-match comments after Everton go through to group stages Ronald Koeman was mostly satisfied with Everton ’s performance today as the Blues drew 1-1 away at Hajduk Split, resulting in a 3-1 aggregate win in the Europa League playoff round. Speaking to the media after the game, he sai...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 25 12:00 AM
Who will Everton land up in a group with? Everton beat Hajduk Split over two legs in the playoff to qualify for the Europa League proper. The draw for the groups will be held on Friday, and here’s all the information you need about the event. British Teams Everton , Arsenal Time and How to watch...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 24 11:31 PM
Sigurdsson stunner sees Everton through to Group Stages Gylfi Sigurdsson rescued Everton with a stunning 50 yard strike after Josip Radosevic had given Hajduk Split the lead in similarly stunning fashion. Everton’s draw this evening means they will be in the draw tomorrow for the Europa League gr...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 24 10:54 PM
Tie ends 3-1 on aggregate in favor of the Toffees Gyfli Sigurdsson scored a simply outrageous goal as Everton drew 1-1 with Hajduk Split to seal a 3-1 aggregate win and progress through to the Europa League group stages. Everton’s record signing fired home a 50 yard volley at the start of the sec...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 24 4:06 PM
German U21 international the latest linked. As the summer transfer window nears its end, expect more and more Everton rumours to pop up. Ronald Koeman has been abundantly clear that the club’s spending is not finished, and so the Blues’ brass will be searching day and night for deals they can get...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 24 4:06 PM
Southgate announces his World Cup qualifiers squad There are two Everton players who made the England World Cup qualifiers squad for the international break coming up at the end of this month. Wayne Rooney made an announcement yesterday that he would retire from international football despite bei...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 24 2:22 PM
Under-20 World Cup winners make the step up There’s a number of Under-20 World Cup winners added to England’s first Under-21 squad call-up for the season, with six Everton players making the squad as well. Of the five that won the summer competition - Jonjoe Kenny, Kieran Dowell, Dominic Calvert-...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 24 1:48 PM
Rooney’s called time on his international career on Wednesday When Wayne Rooney returned to Everton this summer, more than one person questioned how dedicated to the move he would be. Sure, the romance of it was nice but was he really coming back to give his all or was he just looking for a nice...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 24 7:00 AM
In today’s links: Koeman’s quotes, Everton linked to German defender and the global soccer ratings. It is match day once again! The games keep on coming for Everton. They have two in the next four days and both have huge importance. The squad is fairly thin for being so early in the season, but t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 24 5:29 AM
There’ll be lots of familiar faces in this one Young Bradley Lowery wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Everton drew Sunderland in the Third Round of the Carabao Cup, formerly known as the League Cup among many other names. #CarabaoCup : Round Three Draw @Everton v @SunderlandAFC pic.twitter.c...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 24 3:00 AM
The Toffees near the final hurdle to a group stage berth with a two-goal advantage. The group stage of the Europa League is so close that Everton can taste it. They enter the away leg of this final qualifying round with a two-goal advantage over opponents Hajduk Split and no away goals conceded....
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 24 12:12 AM
Move back to Spain looks to have fallen through Despite having dropped to third in the pecking order, it’s appearing that Joel Robles is going to have to stay at Everton and work his way back into contention. Manager Ronald Koeman has always said that he would like to have three starting calibre...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 11:03 PM
The Toffees take a 2-0 lead to Croatia in the second leg of their Europa League play-off, but much of the attention will be focused on what’s happening in the stands. A professional job is needed by Everton against Hajduk Split in order to secure their place in the group stage of the Europa Leagu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 10:29 PM
All the information you need for the competition formerly known as EFL Cup Everton will enter the cup of many names at the Third Round stage along with the other teams that finished in the top seven last season, with the draw being conducted tonight/tomorrow depending on where you are. The compet...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 9:23 PM
Manager’s comments ahead of tomorrow’s game in Split Speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow’s key return leg fixture in Croatia, Everton manager Ronald Koeman said the Blues would go out to win the game and not nurse the two goal advantage over home side Hajduk Split. All quotes via the Echo - “...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 8:49 PM
Manager’s comments ahead of crucial game in Split Sandro Ramirez has not recovered from his ankle ailment and did not make the group that left for Croatia today. In addition, midfielder Davy Klaassen picked up a foot injury in the draw at Manchester City on Monday and also did not travel to Split...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 7:06 PM
Koeman’s plan worked to perfection in the opening 45, but he failed to adjust to a changing match These tactical analysis pieces are so much simpler to write when Ronald Koeman either does blatantly well or blatantly poorly in the way he sets Everton out against its opponents. But, things get a l...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 6:49 PM
Your votes are in, and the Man of the Match was unanimous Often last season when Everton put in a shift as a team it was difficult for fans to choose the ‘Man of the Match’, with a number of players grading high. Monday’s game was similar, with the Blues working hard all game long and some stella...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 4:00 PM
Or: How to not ruin a good thing. Everton is two up, hasn’t conceded an away goal, and faces an away game against a minnow. Sounds simple, right? Well, in this case, the Toffees are heading out to eastern Europe to play a club who has a contingent of fans who are let’s say unpredictable and poten...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 1:38 PM
The Everton forward says he is now fully focused on the Toffees Everton ’s Wayne Rooney has confirmed his retirement from international football. Manager Gareth Southgate has left the Blues forward out of recent squads, with his last game coming in the World Cup qualifier against Scotland in Nove...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 10:20 AM
The Croatian side carry with them a background unlike any club in the world. 1911, Prague As fans shuffled out following a match between Sparta Prague and Slavia Prague, four young college students decided to grab a beer at the local pub, the U Fleku . Bantering like fans of any club after a matc...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 9:37 AM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their match in Croatia The Toffees remain in good form ahead of what could prove to be a very tough match in Croatia on Thursday. Everton heads to Hajduk Split with a 2-0 lead after a decent first-leg showing at Goodison Park. Ronald Koeman and the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 8:35 AM
Toffees have been busy in the transfer market, but club is buying local too In the one year since Ronald Koeman has been manager and Steve Walsh has been the Director of Football at Everton , the face of the club has changed vastly from what fans have known it. Backed by investor and majority sha...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 7:00 AM
In today’s links: more from Manchester City, the evolution of Tom Davies and quotes from around the club It feels like Everton are constantly playing games. Already, we are on the eve of yet another big match early in the season for the Blues. Despite all of the big signings this summer, injuries...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 6:50 AM
Voices both for and against a return to the Three Lions for veteran Wayne Rooney appears to have a new lease of life at Everton , potting his second goal in two Premier League games yesterday. With England manager Gareth Southgate having watched two of the Toffees last two competitive games and a...