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Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 10:53 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today Lineups Everton Starting XI - Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Jagielka, Martina; Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Rooney; Bolasie, Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson Subs: Robles, Williams, Baningime, Davies, Vlasic, Lookman, Niasse Liverpool Starting XI -...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 10:34 PM
no Everton fought hard at Anfield today. It wasn’t enough. I know you’re tired of hearing that. I am too. Stuff happened, though. Sam Allardyce indicated that Everton would attack more in this match, and they did indeed. The end product wasn’t always there, but the Blues looked better in possessi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 9:18 PM
Have the Toffees finally found a replacement for Romelu Lukaku? Everton have finally completed the signing of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun for a fee in the region of £27m including multiple add-ons. The personal terms agreed with the player are reported to be for a four-and-a-half year deal at £12...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 5:45 PM
Took about six months longer but it’s finally done Ross Barkley has left Everton for Chelsea today, both clubs have confirmed . The transfer fee agreed upon per reports is about £15m with the player’s current contract with the Toffees about to expire at the end of this season. | Ross Barkley has...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 5:30 PM
Boyhood Blue bids farewell, closes timeline with the Toffees If you thought the departure of Romelu Lukaku from Everton over the summer was acrimonious, then Ross Barkley leaving the Toffees in the lurch will have you fuming. However, it’s not been all bad with the Wavertree-born lad in his fourt...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 4:00 PM
Can the Toffees pull an upset at Anfield? Traditionally, the third round FA Cup match is a chance for Premier League teams to rest key players after the insanity of the holiday period. Following three games in a week, clubs often face second, third, or fourth-tier opposition, a welcome break. Eve...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 1:00 PM
It’s a rare FA Cup derby for control of Merseyside. Everton ’s season has come down to this competition. The Blues have already been knocked out of both the Europa League and Carabao Cup. In the Premier League, they seem safe from relegation, but extremely far from the top four places. If the Tof...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 9:00 AM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions. In today’s mailbag we cover everything from canned foods to boy bands. And a liiiiiiiitle bit of soccer. But first, on this most anxious and exciting of days, let’s warm up with a song! (Sung to the tune of “You ’ re Off to Great...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 7:00 AM
In today’s links: previewing the FA Cup derby, the latest transfer notes and quotes from Allardyce It sure sounds like Everton are quite close on securing Cenk Tosun. But if rumours are to be believed, the list of outgoing players is set to far surpass the amount of talent arriving at Goodison Pa...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 6:00 AM
Merseyside Derby part two for this season Everton got their less-than-a-dream draw for the third round of the FA Cup when they got matched up against cross-city rivals Liverpool in the second instalment of the Merseyside Derby for the season. The Premier League game ended up 1-1 despite the Reds...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 11:48 PM
Wonder if he’ll get shy in the medical room again The latest rumor on Ross Barkley to Chelsea have bid about 15m for the Englishman’s services. Frankly, the way I personally feel about Chelsea, I wouldn’t sell them a two legged mule for that price, but this is where we sit. These reports come fro...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 9:14 PM
Galloway has not had the best of times on Wearside Sunderland boss Chris Coleman has confirmed loanee Brendan Galloway could be sent back to Everton early. Galloway joined the Black Cats on a season-long loan in the summer but has struggled for regular action at the Stadium of Light. Photo by Sam...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 7:39 PM
Is Big Sam ready to ditch his favoured defensive tactics for the trip to Anfield? Sam Allardyce is insists a draw “isn’t good enough” and will set out his team to beat Liverpool at Anfield on Friday. Allardyce employed some ultra defensive tactics during the Premier League derby at Anfield last m...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 4:54 PM
Allardyce resigned to Barkley leaving the club this month For those Everton fans who were hoping against hope that Ross Barkley would change his mind about leaving the club after Ronald Koeman was sacked, it’s not happening. Despite what appear to be Sam Allardyce’s best efforts, the boyhood Blue...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 4:02 PM
The Toffees boss was quizzed about new arrivals and departures Sam Allardyce has offered an update on a number of transfer rumours that have been swirling around the club since the transfer window opened earlier this week. The headline news is confirmation that the club are closing in on a deal f...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 3:34 PM
Back to Anfield. We don’t often get two derbies in such quick succession, much less two away ones, and yet here we are. Just a few weeks ago Sam Allardyce’s Everton frustrated the piss out of Jurgen Klopp’s men, but Everton are in a spot of bad form, and Klopp will be ready to make adjustments. H...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 3:13 PM
Belgian’s stay at Goodison appears to be coming to an end There are plenty of rumors about who may leave Goodison during the current January transfer window , and when it comes to Kevin Mirallas , Sam Allardyce has confirmed the talks are more than rumor. When asked about the prospect of selling...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 9:25 AM
We take a look at how the Blues did in the last calendar year With 2017 now coming to a close, and the last of the Everton fixtures having been played, we can take a look at just how the Blues’ year has panned out, with a number of interesting statistics coming to light. The Toffees played 40 Pre...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 8:00 AM
Plenty of names have come up, but they largely don’t make sense The January transfer window is finally upon us, and Everton ’s in a bit of a weird place. After a slow start, the club is up to 9th in the Premier League, well within striking distance of seventh place — the highest realistic target...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 7:00 AM
In today’s links: Keane brags about Bolasie, Everton still in on N’Zonzi and the upcoming derby. The Premier League hot stove is heating up slowly but surely. It’s sounding like Everton are confident in bringing Cenk Tosun on board sometime soon. It will be interesting to find out who exactly is...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 6:42 AM
Manager finally sees what fans have been clamouring about Nikola Vlasic last showed up in an Everton matchday squad a week before Christmas when he was on the bench for the home win against Swansea City . Fans wondered where the young playmaker had disappeared to since that time, especially with...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 5:00 AM
Deal is just about done, claims Turkish media The on-again, off-again Cenk Tosun transfer to Everton appears to be that much closer to completion after Turkish media sources claimed late on Wednesday that Besiktas had come to an agreement with the Toffees on a transfer fee. Tosun has been in Lond...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 3 5:30 PM
The hospital becomes increasingly hostile to sick infant. As reported here previously, Alfie Evans, an infant in the care of Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, and son of Everton fans Thomas and Kate Evans, had an important day in court as Alder Hey seeks to remove parental rights and end his life....
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 3 4:26 PM
There were lots of games over the hectic holiday period It has been a hectic couple of weeks in the Championship where most of Everton ’s loan contingent play, so we’ll try to do a quick recap of how each player has done over the fortnight. Kieran Dowell was on a goal-scoring tear to begin the mo...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 3 3:05 PM
One for the record books The Everton Ladies have had one epic year. There were many great moments for the Blues in 2017, but we were able to cut it down to a list of ten: 10. Gabrielle George’s senior England Call up The defender received her first senior national call up for two England World Cu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 3 3:05 PM
Another big club in for the Spaniard. Oh look, another successful Spanish club near the top of the table is registering interest for Sandro. A few weeks ago, it was Valencia after the proven Spanish goalscorer, and now it’s Sevilla , who despite early season challenges sit in fifth place only two...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 3 9:56 AM
Big Sam was guilty of a cardinal sin that dates back to the Koeman reign When Sam Allardyce came to Everton in December, he inherited a strange situation. The Toffees have a few very talented players, a host of promising youngsters, and a fair number of decent (if not spectacular) players with su...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 3 7:49 AM
In today’s links: The latest transfer rumours, Pickford’s critiques and Vlasic’s improvement It’s early January, and Everton’s window is already shaping up to be a bit disappointing. Yes, the club does need a frontline striker. Is Cenk Tosun that man? Who knows, but the Blues have been linked wit...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 2 9:20 PM
What kind of fit is he at Goodison? To say that Arda Turan is on the outs at the Camp Nou is an understatement. He hasn’t gotten any game time in a competitive match all season. He’s behind Gerard Deulofeu in the pecking order for attackers, and at 31 years old he makes seven million euros a year...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 2 6:35 PM
Mistakes plague Blues to second consecutive defeat Everton started off 2018 on the poorest note possible, putting in a 45-minute shift in a 90-minute game and getting punished for it by Manchester United scoring two ‘worldies’ in a 2-0 defeat. The Blues have now scored only one goal in the last f...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 2 5:51 PM
Central midfielder coming of age in Yorkshire. Among Everton ’s many troubles, developing young talent is not one of them. Central defensive midfielder Joe Williams has enjoyed an excellent season so far on loan at Barnsley in the Championship, and the Yorkshire club are seeking to make that move...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 2 5:51 PM
The winger needs game time. It would be reasonable to deduce that most of the help Everton need in attack right now is at the #9 position. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is raw and fatigued, while Oumar Niasse simply isn’t quite good enough. The less we speak of Sandro Ramirez the better. Enter, maybe, Ce...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 2 4:34 PM
Too many cooks in the kitchen! There are rumblings out there that Everton Football Club might be chasing another attacking midfielder. Dear reader, please understand: Everton Football Club do not need another attacking midfielder. The player is Hoffenheim’s star talisman Kerem Demirbay, who is ad...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 2 9:33 AM
Club looking to mend relationship with N’Zonzi A stroke of (mis)fortune could lead to highly-coveted midfielder Steven N’Zonzi not being available in the January transfer window after all. Everton and Arsenal have both been linked with the player in the lead-up to the transfer window, but now it...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 2 8:46 AM
Three Thoughts from frustrating loss Everton need a real striker This is stating the obvious, but Everton’s striker situation is not ideal. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has done a decent job doing the little things the position requires, but he still has time before he is a reliable contributor. Convers...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 2 8:46 AM
In today’s links: The Blues lose to Man U, Bramley Moore to be expensive, and Lennon is thankful All of the sudden, things aren’t so happy in paradise. The Blues have lost two Premier League matches in a row, the first two L’s during Big Sam Allardyce ’s reign at Everton. The latest loss came aga...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 2 6:27 AM
Manager’s comments after another insipid attacking performance After a 2-0 loss at home to start off 2018 on a very wrong note, Everton manager Sam Allardyce started off speaking about the club’s search for a top class striker, which seems to have been focused on Turkish forward Cenk Tosun over t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 1 7:54 PM
Proposed transfer hits yet another snag Nothing with Everton is ever, ever straightforward. The proposed transfer of Cenk Tosun from Turkish side Besiktas to the Blues looked done and dusted some days ago, yet it has not been finalized. The Toffees had agreed personal terms with the player and th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 1 7:37 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today Lineups Everton Starting XI - Pickford; Martina, Williams, Keane, Holgate; Schneiderlin, Davies; Bolasie, Rooney, Vlasic; Niasse Subs: Robles, Jagielka, Lennon, McCarthy, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Kenny Manchester United Starting X...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 1 7:21 PM
Blues try hard but still lack the quality needed. Everton lost their second consecutive match today, falling 2-0 to Manchester United at Goodison Park. The Blues showed an interest in attacking the game, which was refreshing, but a howler of an afternoon from Mason Holgate and an ineffectiveness...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 1 12:17 PM
The Toffees look to kick off 2018 with three points over the big boys! The loss to Bournemouth earlier this week was a killer. Those were points that Everton likely counted on. Now, they have to host Manchester United , and hope to pull points from Jose “Park the Bus” Mourinho. It’s not impossibl...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 1 9:38 AM
Who’s in and who’s out for New Year’s Day clash at Goodison Quick turnaround for Everton after the defeat at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, with the Blues hosting Manchester United on New Year’s Day at Goodison Park. The Saturday game marked three straight poor offensive showings for the Toffees, a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 1 8:00 AM
In today’s links: quotes from Mourinho and Allardyce, Everton’s kit and the Toffees rebuild Happy New Year, Blues ! Let’s be honest, 2017 was a bit of a letdown. Ronald Koeman spent a ton of money, brought in a fresh batch of talent, the team fell flat and the Dutchman was fired. Here’s hoping 20...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 31 6:24 PM
Allardyce bemoans lack of quality striking options Sam Allardyce saw his seven-match unbeaten streak end yesterday after Everton slipped to a 2-1 defeat away at AFC Bournemouth , in the process giving up as many goals as the Blues had in four wins and three draws previously. Speaking to evertontv...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 31 4:58 PM
Elstone releases statement on progress With fans about to be up in arms again following the Blues’ insipid attacking performances over the last couple of weeks, the Everton Board decided to calm the hordes with a statement released early on New Year’s Eve updating the status of the site developme...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 31 12:48 PM
The RBM team conclude their look back at 2017 As we stand on the brink of a new year, here is our second and final look back at 2017. In part one of our yearly review , the RBM team looked back at their favourite goal, moment of the year and player of the year. Now we look back some...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 31 9:00 AM
Manager’s comments after unbeaten streak finally ends It has appeared more than once that the Everton defence has been living a charmed life ever since Sam Allardyce took over. That run of luck finally came to a grinding halt yesterday at AFC Bournemouth as the hosts scored twice from chances tha...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 31 8:54 AM
Deal not sealed as yet, but getting closer Turkish outlet Haber Turk are reporting that forward Cenk Tosun has traveled to London with his wife on Saturday following what appears to be a successful conclusion in talks between Everton Director of Football Steve Walsh and Besiktas vice-chairman Ahm...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Dec 31 7:37 AM
Blues well off the pace in sorry showing on the South Coast It was a similar start to the Everton at West Bromwich Albion game. Both sides started slowly and the opening 15 minutes are barely worth mentioning as neither side even threatened the opposition goal. However it wasn’t long before Bourn...
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...