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Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jul 3 9:55 PM
It had to come down to penalties for England didn’t it? After a first half where they dominated the game, England scored early in the second half through captain Harry Kane ’s penalty and it was all going swimmingly for the Three Lions. However, it’s never that easy when England are involved in a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jul 3 5:30 PM
God save the Queen, it’s time for the round of 16. BACKGROUND England earned their spot in the easier side of the bracket by dismissing Panama and Tunisia, then rotating heavily against Belgium and losing 1-0. How good are they really? Who knows, but the Three Lions are fun to watch again, and th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jul 3 4:56 PM
Croatian centerhalf in demand on Merseyside BACKGROUND Everton have been linked with Croatia and Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida before the World Cup even started. There have been multiple reports in the Turkish media that the Blues have put in a €15m bid for the centrehalf, the latest coming from...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jul 3 3:58 PM
Manager conducts some on-the-ball work in second day of preseason training After the first day of preseason training that comprised mainly fitness work, the Everton players descended onto the training pitch today in a session led by new manager Marco Silva. Of interest to the fans will be the in-...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jul 3 1:07 PM
Marco Silva set to put emphasis on youth this season Everton have no plans to sell Mason Holgate this summer with the young defender set to play a key role within the first-team squad next season. New Toffees boss Marco Silva is actively looking to lower the wage bill this summer and reduce the s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jul 3 7:00 AM
Rooney’s intro presser, Everton transfer rumours and more Your daily dose of Everton news and rumours The day started with a bit of a bang with some confirmed transfer news! Luke Garbutt is alive, well and going on loan to Oxford United. RBM This only adds weight to the Kieran Tierney to Ever...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jul 2 6:47 PM
Player was speaking at his introductory press conference There had been rumours that Wayne Rooney ’s exit from Everton wasn’t necessarily on the best of terms, especially since he had indicated a number of times that he had wanted to stay but it appeared that there was no place for him in Marcel...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jul 2 6:30 PM
Stek expects Pickford to star for England at the World Cup If anyone knows the pressure cooker atmosphere of playing in goal during a World Cup it’s Everton backup goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Stek played every minute of the Netherlands ’ silver-medal winning campaign in the 2010 World Cup he...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jul 2 3:50 PM
A couple of unexpected faces showed up Everton had all but four players on their current squad report to Finch Farm for the first day of preseason training, including a number of players who have been linked with moves away this summer. Kevin Mirallas underwent a torrid season last year, going ou...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jul 2 2:17 PM
Good luck, Luke! For those who have been wondering what would happen this season to Luke Garbutt , wonder no more - he’s been loaned out to lower league side Oxford United for the duration of the 2018-19 season. ✍️ | Good luck to @luke_garbutt , who's joined @OUFCOfficial on loan for the 2018/19...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jul 2 7:00 AM
First team due back at Finch Farm to start fitness training Your daily dose of Everton news and rumours It was a mostly quiet weekend for Everton fans, with the big news being one Scottish fullback stealing all the headlines. The Blues will have some competition if they want to get Kieran Tierney...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Jul 1 1:30 PM
Timeline for the summer as new manager officially meets most of the players The new Everton manager Marco Silva starts work in earnest tomorrow as the first-team players report to Finch Farm for the pre-season. Some players have been putting in extra work with Leighton Baines already showing up f...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Jun 30 12:11 AM
Celtic worried they can’t hold on to Kieran Tierney BACKGROUND Kieran Tierney is widely considered to be one of the brightest prospects around at the left back position, and enough reason for Celtic to ink the player to a new six-year deal at the beginning of last season. However, according to th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jun 29 7:23 PM
Only one moves on. The World Cup group stage is over, and boy howdy, it was good. Golazos, VAR, Messi, Ronaldo, Kane, Lukaku, tiebreakers and absurd scenarios - the last two weeks had it all. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective), only one Everton player advanced to the kn...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jun 29 2:00 PM
Commentary on the (ir)relevance of Premier League fixture release day Have the Premier League and the television broadcasters ever taken the fans into consideration regarding match organisation? So just as the summer was getting underway, we were all getting ready at in front of our televisions,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jun 29 12:00 PM
Has Ashley Williams played his last game for the Blues? Ashley Williams ’ erratic performances last season looked to have set the stage for his exit from Everton this summer. As the futile season lurched on, so did the veteran defender, failing to provide the stable and reliable cornerstone for t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jun 29 9:00 AM
Using the new manager’s former tactics and recent comments to piece together his plan When asked about his preferred setup at Everton earlier this month, new boss Marco Silva was surprisingly candid about his methods . “4-3-3, I can tell you. Of course, it is the system I have played more. One se...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jun 29 7:34 AM
TGIF! A break in World Cup action to focus on Everton news. Your daily dose of Everton news and rumours Everton bid farewell to Wayne Rooney yesterday, finally ending the speculation that started with the 2017-18 season drawing to a close. Official confirmation that Rooney will be joining D.C. Un...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jun 28 6:55 PM
Rooney has played his last game for the Blues, but it wasn’t the blaze of glory he - or Evertonians - were hoping for So after all the fanfare of 12 months ago Wayne Rooney ’s Everton return is over as quickly as it began. The former England striker has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with ML...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jun 28 3:30 PM
Former England captain eased out after underwhelming 12 months back on Merseyside Wayne Rooney has completed his move from Everton to MLS side D. C. United on a two-year contract. Rooney’s move brings to an end an underwhelming 12 months back at Goodison Park after returning with so much hype and...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jun 28 11:44 AM
Former England captain on his way to the US to join DC United Wayne Rooney has all but confirmed his departure from Everton to join MLS side DC United. Rooney posted an image of himself on Twitter jetting off to the states, bringing to an end his brief second spell back at Everton. The former Eng...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jun 28 9:37 AM
Ante Rebic is having himself quite the season BACKGROUND Versatile big-game striker Ante Rebic is a name to keep an eye on. The Fiorentina forward on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt had an excellent season in the Bundesliga leading his team to 8th place, just out of the Europa League spots. Additiona...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jun 28 7:37 AM
Recap of Everton transfer rumours and looking ahead to today’s World Cup games Your daily dose of Everton news and rumours Everton are searching high and low for a central defender or two, and three names popped up again yesterday. This France youth international chose to play in the Champions Le...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jun 27 9:15 PM
Is this the partner for Michael Keane? Background Jannik Vestergaard is, in soccer terms, a giant. Nearly two meters tall (6’5” for us American folks), he has carved out for himself a solid career in Germany ’s top flight. At 25 years old, he has been a regular starter in the league for three yea...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jun 27 5:30 PM
Boro appear to be preparing for life after Ben Gibson BACKGROUND We talked about Ben Gibson just a week ago and hours before Everton went out and sold Ramiro Funes Mori when Middlesbrough were being linked for the Argentina defender. Boro were very happy with the performance of Blues-loanee Muham...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jun 27 3:50 PM
Lack of European football is hindering transfer activity BACKGROUND Olympique Lyonnais thrashed Everton quite handily last season during the group stages of the Europa League on their way to finishing third in Ligue 1 in France , and shining the spotlight squarely on a number of talented players...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jun 27 7:37 AM
Another day, another set of Everton transfer rumours Your daily dose of Everton news and rumours One of Everton’s three players at the global football showcase will not continue into the knockout stages. Gylfi Sigurdsson quickly exorcised his penalty demons scoring a spotkick with a flourish yest...