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Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Dec 30 5:28 PM
Nope. Nope. Nope. Sam Allardyce made several changes to the lineup at the Vitality Stadium today, reverting to a back 4 and re-integrating both James McCarthy and Idrissa Gueye to a lineup that already included Morgan Schneiderlin. Wayne Rooney started from the bench and came on at halftime but i...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Dec 30 4:55 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today Lineups Everton Starting XI - Everton XI: Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Jagielka, Martina; McCarthy, Gueye, Schneiderlin; Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Lennon Subs: Robles, Holgate, Williams, Davies, Rooney, Bolasie, Niasse AFC Bournemouth S...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Dec 30 10:57 AM
The Toffees could rise to eighth in the Premier League with a result over the Cherries This Everton team is not a ton of fun to watch right now. “Big Sam mode” has fully been engaged. But guess what? It’s working out just fine! The boys in Blue have become a pain in the ass to play against and ha...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Dec 30 7:44 AM
Manager says he has a specific number of targets Sam Allardyce has a very specific plan for Everton in the January transfer window , and also revealed what he thought would be a good finish for the club at the end of this Premier League season. Speaking to the media ahead of the Blues trip to AFC...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 29 6:57 PM
Toffees will look to end the year in the top half of the table Everton bring an eventful 2017 to a close on the south coast with a game against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. It hasn’t been a vintage 12 months, but there has certainly been a lot of drama and intrigue. There was the surge in...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 29 6:28 PM
We all miss the Irishman. Neil Taylor is my least favorite footballer on earth. I can’t stand the sucker. Sorry, not on topic, but someone had to say it. Sam Allardyce reported earlier today that Seamus Coleman is working out with the ‘rehab lads’, and is progressing nicely but still has some way...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 29 5:00 PM
Blues face a trip south to take on Cherries in the Premier League Everton start of the New Year’s Day weekend schedule with a trip down south to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, before coming back home to face Manchester United at Goodison Park on Monday, January 1st. Things are certainly looking bet...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 29 4:22 PM
This is the most Everton thing ever You didn’t think this was going to be straight forward, did you? Everton ’s move for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun looked to be progressing serenely amid reports a £25m fee had been agreed with the Turkish club, with the player set to move to Goodison Park on Jan...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 29 4:22 PM
Everything you need to know about the Blues’ pursuit of the Besiktas man Cenk Tosun, the German-born Turkey striker for Besiktas, has emerged as one of Everton ’s leading targets for the January transfer window . Here’s the timeline for the Blues’ pursuit of the player, along with everything you...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 29 4:22 PM
Toffees likely to be linked with a host of players over the next month With the January transfer window just days away, the annual winter rumour mill is starting to click into gear. In an attempt to right the wrongs of the summer window, Everton are expected to be reasonably busy over the next mo...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 29 2:53 PM
To the south coast! It’s that time of year where the team selection gets tricky for any manager, much less the coach of a team that is stricken by long term injuries and now illness. As Everton head down to Bournemouth, Sam Allardyce has a few names back available, but many players remain out. Ho...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 29 1:24 PM
Manager’s comments ahead of trip to Bournemouth tomorrow All the transfer buzz over the last few days has been over Turkish striker Cenk Tosun, so it was inevitable when Sam Allardyce faced the media earlier today that the Besiktas man’s name would come up during his pre-match press conference be...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 29 1:00 PM
Manager provides player health updates ahead of trip to Bournemouth It’s that time of the season when nasty cold bugs seem to get around like wildfires, and it turns out Everton manager Sam Allardyce is not immune to it either. Looking visibly unhappy, the manager complained of flu-like symptoms...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 29 10:06 AM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions Well folks, it looks like Everton are jumping right into the transfer window with two feet this winter, so why not celebrate with a song! (Sung to the tune of Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden) CENK TOSUN Won’t you come And bag a bunch...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 29 8:34 AM
What left backs could the Toffees go after? Brace yourselves, I’m about to drop some hard truth here Cuco Martina is terrible. Everyone okay? He’s terrible as a right back, and he’s even worse as a left back. Him as the primary option to step in for Leighton Baines is not in any way ideal at all....
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Dec 29 7:24 AM
In today’s links: previewing Bournemouth, Rooney’s record and quotes from Keane. It’s been quite an up-and-down calendar year for Everton Football Club . But in the grand scheme of things, it still feels like the Toffees are headed in the right direction. The first team is talented albeit underwh...
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
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 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 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
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 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 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...