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Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 5 7:12 PM
The two defenders are praised far and wide by teammates and coaches. If you’ve become an Everton fan within the last ten years (like myself), there have been perhaps but two constants: Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka . The two defenders have been rocks at the back for the Blues, and this week a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 5 6:09 PM
Center back was prevented from joining Blues by Catalan club. Once heavily rumored to be on the way to Goodison Park at the end of this summer’s transfer window, Barcelona ’s Thomas Vermaelen has opened up on the reason behind his Everton switch falling through. Vermaelen, 31, is long past his be...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 5 2:55 PM
Steve Walsh opens up on two of this summer’s acquisitions. Everton have made quite a few signings during the Ronald Koeman era, but perhaps the most important of all was acquiring legendary Leicester City scout Steve Walsh in the summer of 2016. Walsh was named director of football at Finch Farm,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 5 9:51 AM
Answering all of your relevant and irreverent Everton questions. Soooooooo how are things?? I don’t know about you, but that just about sums up how I’M doing after the last week. To review the Toffees tied a team from Cyprus AT GOODISON! How did Everton’s fearless (and stubborn) leader respond? W...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 5 8:15 AM
In today’s links: Baines doesn’t covet PKs, EitC lauded, and Everton missing Lukaku There are actual matches on TV. Huzzah! And some of them even have Everton players in them. Maybe it will do all the lads some good to play football with others and under different coaches for a few days. One can...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 5 4:03 AM
Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford represent Everton with the Three Lions Once again, the England national team is cruising to World Cup qualification. Through eight games, they have 20 points and sit atop Group F in Europe. This week, they have fixtures against Slovenia and Lithuania, who should...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 4 8:00 AM
The names being linked with the Blues get wilder and wackier As if the reports earlier this summer linking Christian Benteke to Everton weren’t bad enough, the Guardian are linking Everton with a £20 million move for ex-Red Andy Carroll . Benteke is capable of doing positive soccer-related things...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 4 7:55 AM
In today’s links: DCL’s firsts, Everton honors Jags and Baines, and more from Koeman. I mean, it’s been a bad start, but it hasn’t been THAT bad right? At least, we’re not Crystal Palace for now. In case you missed it 5 lineups that could save Everton’s season (and Ronald Koeman’s job) Koeman has...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 4 6:41 AM
Provides manager some respite with calls for his head growing louder While international breaks tend to be the bane of Premier League football, the October break is one that could not have come too soon for Everton manager Ronald Koeman . The Blues have continued to struggle despite the fixture l...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 3 8:00 PM
Koeman has decent options, if he’d only be willing to use them. I have been very critical of Ronald Koeman this season. Actually — maybe very critical isn’t strong enough of a characterization. Every tactical analysis following a Premier League match this season has included some harsh criticism...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 3 8:00 PM
Phil Jagielka isn’t the only Evertonian to have played goalie. There is a big Everton Ladies game this Saturday 7 pm (BST) 2 pm (EST) against Manchester City and you can watch it on the WSL Facebook page ! Or you can purchase tickets here . In preparation for the game, get to know a few fun facts...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 3 3:52 PM
Defender staying strong during crisis Of all the new boys that Everton brought into the squad over the summer, it’s arguable that ex- Burnley man Michael Keane has been the pick of the lot so far. The Englishman is deft on the ball, strong in the air, and the most assured central defender that th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 3 10:32 AM
Fresh reports from Spain suggest Kevin Gameiro is on the Toffees’ wanted list After Everton ’s failure to land a replacement for Romelu Lukaku over the summer it’s no surprise that rumours have already begun over possible January signings. The Toffees’ poor start to the season has only highlighte...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 3 10:04 AM
Match for match, we’re not very different than last season So that wasn’t much fun. Despite looking and playing better than in any match since the Manchester City draw, Everton lost once again. To Burnley . Not exactly confidence-inspiring. All of this has led to real talk about Ronald Koeman ’s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 3 7:45 AM
In today’s links: Koeman’s future, Everton eye a U23 talent, and the Blues slow start It’s the international break and Everton have been playing like poo. Every day feels more agonizing than the last. Will the manager still be around tomorrow? Who are they targeting in January? What tactics can s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 3 7:45 AM
Three thoughts for yet another shoddy performance Sunday Line-up changes fail to make a difference Ronald Koeman opted for a very different set-up compared to what we’ve seen so far this season. Deploying a 4-4-2, an in-form Oumar Niasse started up top with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Nikola Vlasic...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 3 6:00 AM
Middlesbrough defender being tracked by multiple teams Everton already have five Under-20 World Cup winners on the books, and are looking to add another. Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry is being watched very keenly by a number of Premier League teams. As reported by the Daily Mail , Manchester Un...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 2 8:48 PM
The Dutchman injected more pace into his starting XI, but it wasn’t enough. To start, I have to begrudgingly admit I owe Ronald Koeman an apology. Ahead of this match, he suggested his team ought to play more direct, and he might employ players a little more capable of moving the attack forward q...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 2 8:10 PM
Everton Ladies lost their first away game of the season to Birmingham City Ladies. The first half proved to be a slow start for the Blue Girls, giving up two goals, one in the 14th minute from England international Ellen White and in the 31st minute by Charlie Wellings. The second half effort was...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 2 6:29 PM
So it begins. Everton fans across the globe are calling for Ronald Koeman to lose his job on the heels of a Europa League draw against Apollon and Premier League loss to Burnley . Indeed, SkyBet has the Dutchman installed as a 1 ⁄ 3 favorite to be the first manager fired in the top flight this se...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 2 3:06 PM
Much better weekend for Toffees’ loanees While Everton are floundering in the Premier League, the loan players enjoyed a much more prosperous weekend elsewhere, with Kieran Dowell and Henry Onyekuru the pick of the crop. Nottingham Forest broke out of their slump with a 2-1 victory over Champions...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 2 1:14 PM
Everton’s majority shareholder has no plans to sack the Dutchman - despite Everton’s dreadful start Farhad Moshiri has publicly backed Ronald Koeman and has no plans to sack him despite Everton ’s poor start to the season. Sunday’s dreadful performance against Burnley was merely the latest in a s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 2 7:26 AM
In today’s links: Everton lose again, Koeman could lose his job, and Keane owns team struggles Surely, Ronald Koeman ’s time at the helm of Everton Football Club is getting short if the team continues to get results like they did over the weekend. They are struggling in Europe and they are strugg...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 1 10:39 PM
Manager’s comments after frustrating home loss After Everton slipped to a loss at home against Burnley , manger Ronald Koeman would not be drawn into a conversation on whether he was the right man to continue this Toffees rebuild. “Yeah but I don't answer about this type of question because it is...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 1 10:39 PM
Blues beaten by bright Burnley Burnley continued their fine away form and heaped the pressure on Ronald Koeman with a deserved 1-0 win at Goodison Park. After a string of impressive cameos, Nikola Vlasic was handed his first Premier League start, playing on the right flank with Dominic Calvert-Le...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 1 4:37 PM
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Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 1 3:00 AM
Koeman better get his team in order or his job could be in jeopardy How often are October matches against Burnley important to Everton ? Sunday’s game may be the biggest ever. Ronald Koeman and his squad continue to be under the microscope follow Thurday’s disappointing draw against Apollon Limas...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 30 6:37 PM
All the match info you need from Sunday’s game against the Clarets at Goodison Park Everton take on Sean Dyche’s Burnley at Goodison Park looking to bounce back from yet another disappointing result in the Europa League on Thursday. The Toffees were denied a third straight win all competitions af...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 30 5:54 PM
Looked like a broken leg, but luckily Gethin Jones will be fine David Unsworth was incensed after a horrific challenge from Arsenal full-back Tolaji Bola on Monday night left Everton Under-23 defender Gethin Jones needing oxygen after likely going into shock. Not only did the referee not call a f...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 30 5:45 PM
Focus is squarely on the Toffees boss in the aftermath of another poor result Everton were dealt another harsh lesson as to the fine margins of football in Thursday’s game against Apollon Limassol. The Toffees were two minutes away from another morale-boosting victory after a much improved second...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 30 3:25 PM
Stresses urgency for a top striker in January transfer window After Everton sold star striker Romelu Lukaku , manager Ronald Koeman insisted that the Blues would have a hard time replacing his goals. It turns out, Everton are also having quite the challenge replacing him as an outlet for the ball...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 30 3:03 PM
Koeman doesn’t use wide players anyway With the turmoil at Everton and manager Ronald Koeman constantly chopping and changing his side, there has been one constant this season. Ademola Lookman continues to be on the fringes of the squad but has only featured once in the month of September, a seco...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 30 2:20 PM
Manager backing his players to play out of slump Everton take on Burnley tomorrow with the club still wallowing in a state of turmoil. A poor performance midweek in the Europa League culminating in conceding a late equalizer for a draw against Cypriot minnows Apollon Limassol has once again reawa...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 30 9:35 AM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their match against the Clarets at Goodison Park. When Chris and I (Adam) started doing these lineup preview pieces at the start of the season, we thought they would be a fun way to preview matches from a different angle, giving our readers a sense...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 29 7:22 PM
But should we believe him? Ronald Koeman , somewhat surprisingly, has indicated in recent comments to EvertonFC.com that his team could look to play more direct against Burnley on Sunday after a poor first half display against Apollon Limassol. He told the club website: First of all, we must supp...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 29 4:19 PM
This weekend Everton gets a second “easy” Premier League opponent in a row. The schedule is finally becoming a bit easier, even if Everton’s performances don’t quite show it. The midweek tie was ugly, terrible, and completely avoidable. Once again there are several lessons from the match that may...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 29 10:33 AM
Blues embarrassing in dreadful draw against minnows Everton ’s Europa League ambitions were dealt another severe blow yesterday evening as the pressure continues to mount on Ronald Koeman . I am running out of adjectives to describe our almost unbearable first half performances. Slow, sloppy, ten...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 29 8:00 AM
Manager comes down hard on players after limp display again Everton came back from behind and then let slip a lead late in the game to draw 2-2 against Cypriot side Apollon Limassol in the Europa League yesterday. The result sees the Blues rooted to the bottom spot of Group E after two games, wit...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 29 7:41 AM
In today’s links: Apollon follow-up, around Europe and the latest transfer rumour Why are we so bad? Why do we continually play three central midfielders? Why do we give an actual winger less than a half hour to get things going? So many questions and almost no answers. Ronnie, our patience is ru...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 29 6:58 AM
Or something like that. At several turns now, I’ve insisted that everybody calm down. I said it when Everton were facing the toughest opening stretch of games in the Premier League, I said it when our offence seemed anaemic beyond belief, I insisted that we not rashly call for Ronald Koeman to be...