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Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 5 7:24 PM
Barkley, Coleman included while Bolasie is out - the rules seem quite convoluted on this UEFA have announced the full squads for all 48 teams taking part in the group stages of the Europa League starting next Thursday. Everton have 27 players in their squad list , with a couple of interesting nam...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 5 6:00 PM
Pace and creativity injection should sharpen dull forward corps Nikola Vlasic completed his transfer from Hajduk Split to Everton last week on transfer deadline day, making him the third Croatian player to sign up for the Blues since Slaven Bilić and Nikica Jelavić, who both also featured for Haj...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 5 5:00 PM
Veteran left back remains a key part of the Everton squad Leighton Baines has gotten off to a quiet but solid start to the Everton season, and it has not escaped the gaze of manager Ronald Koeman. Speaking to evertontv during the international break, the manager has expressed his satisfaction wit...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 5 4:27 PM
I have a few problems with that statistical graphic you may have seen floating around today If you’ve spent your morning scrolling through Twitter and you follow anyone who supports the Premier League or Everton , you’ve probably seen this tweet: Examining Liverpool's rapid counter-attacks & cont...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 5 3:27 PM
Don’t get your hopes up. Kevin Mirallas has been in a full blown hissy fit for much of the last several weeks and it’s hard to figure out exactly why. He figured to be an important rotational piece for Ronald Koeman’s side, especially until Yannick Bolasie returns from injury, and yet he has deci...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 5 3:04 PM
Spaniard raring to go at Tottenham’s back line. Spanish forward Sandro Ramirez arrived at Finch Farm this summer to much fanfare. Generally regarded as one of his country’s most promising attackers, he arrived on the cheap due to negotiating failures by his former club Malaga. Sandro impressed ea...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Sep 5 8:08 AM
In today’s links: Barkley prefers Spurs, Rooney to get a tongue-lashing, and Baines to be praised It’s the final day of the international break! Praise the old gods and the new. Now we can just worry about football, right? Nah, not so fast. Mirallas is mopey. Barkley is dodgey. Rooney is dopey. N...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 4 9:00 AM
Blue Girls lose close game Today’s pre-season game against the FA Women’s Super League 1 Champions Chelsea Ladies took place behind closed doors at St. George’s Park. Everton lost 2-1 but showed improvement since their last pre-season loss against Arsenal . The Toffee’s pre-season record is now a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 4 8:00 AM
Player claims Everton wouldn’t negotiate Another international break and another Belgian player complaining about leaving Everton . Haven’t we seen this movie before? It has been a tumultuous week for Kevin Mirallas who was just over a week ago dropped from Everton’s traveling party to London for...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 4 7:00 AM
In today’s links: recap of the Bradley Lowery charity match, quotes from Onyekuru and Barkley denies Chelsea medical rumour It’s the international break, and the transfer window is closed. So, there isn’t too much going on at Goodison Park these days. Here are the best links we could find around...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 4 6:19 AM
Toffees will head to Italy. At this point, it’s fairly well established that Everton were drawn into the Europa League "group of death". The trip to Cyprus could be tricky, while Lyon boast an attack that could batter many teams in England. Atalanta are harder to evaluate than the French side. Th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 3 1:35 PM
Everton Ladies face their most challenging opponent of the pre-season against Chelsea Ladies on Sunday at 2:00 pm (9:00 am ET). Everton Ladies pre-season record so far is 2-1. They won against Blackburn Rovers and Watford but lost to Arsenal. Coach Andy Spence believes that the team is going in t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 3 12:14 PM
What exactly is an Apollon? Hailing from Cyprus is the least heralded member of Everton ’s Europa League group, Apollon Limassol. Founded in 1954, their fans call them Thrylos, or legend. Their crest includes the Greek deity Apollo, god of the Sun. They play in a 13, 000 seat stadium, which looks...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 2 9:00 PM
The RBM crew talk about how the Toffees rebuilt the squad over the summer It was quite a busy summer overall for Everton as they went about rebuilding the squad more in the mold of what manager Ronald Koeman and Director of Football Steve Walsh have for their vision of the club. While the Toffees...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 2 4:33 PM
Defender off to a great start at Goodison. Michael Keane is off to a great start to his Everton career, picking up where he left off after a strong campaign for Burnley last term. The defence has been the strongest feature for the Toffees in the early part of the season, and with fellow new man J...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 2 3:31 PM
Today marks 125 years since the Grand Old Lady hosted her first game The history of Everton’s stadium is woven into the story of the club’s early days that led to move away from Anfield to a patch of land known as Mere Green Field, described at the time as having 'degenerated from a nursery into...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 2 2:29 PM
Ronald Koeman filled significant gaps, but others still remain Everton ’s 2017 summer transfer window was weird. The early portion was great — Sandro Ramirez, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, and Jordan Pickford all joined, filling key holes in attack, midfield, defense, and goal. The middle portion...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 2 2:02 PM
Explains in tweets what really happened In a few tweets today, Ross Barkley clarified what happened on Deadline Day with his purported medical at Chelsea that he apparently walked away from. Contrary to a number of reports in the press, I did not undertake a medical with any club at any point. —...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 2 9:00 AM
There will be goals. Of the teams drawn by Everton for the UEFA Europa League, the headliner is Olympique Lyonnaise, a historic club from France. Before PSG had their current era of dominance, if was OL who won Ligue 1 seven straight times from 2001-2002 to 2007-2008. As recently as 2010 they wer...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 2 12:22 AM
Niasse included in list along with two Under-23s With the conclusion of the summer transfer window, Everton have submitted their 25-man squad list for the 2017-18 Premier League season. Among the surprises in the squad are Oumar Niasse, Sam Byrne and Gethin Jones. Niasse has been out of favour wi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 1 11:57 PM
He’s like a new signing, right.. right?! Everton failing to grab a striker as the transfer window, followed by Oumar Niasse’s proposed transfer to Crystal Palace subsequently falling through has resulted in the player climbing back into Ronald Koeman’s good graces. Niasse has been assigned the #3...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 1 9:16 PM
It’s been suggested In the Everton world today I’ve seen it suggested that Ross Barkley might actually be a short term solution to the Blues’ striker issues once he is fit again. I personally think that with Sandro as an option our striker plight isn’t as bad as many assume but I do want to addre...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 1 7:30 PM
An American? An Aussie? Many Everton fans were left wanting bigger signings after the Transfer Deadline closed for the men’s team, but what do we make of the Everton Ladies? They had their first big test of the pre-season yesterday against Arsenal Women and came up short, losing 0-3. Is it time t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 1 6:41 PM
Who’s in and who’s out at Goodison Park? Despite all the hand-wringing on deadline day, Everton Football Club did enjoy a fairly good transfer window. Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh were clear all summer about which players they wanted to bring in, and with the exception of Olivier Giroud , they g...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 1 4:10 PM
The running back turned broadcaster opens up on his Everton fandom. Nothing but the best is good enough . American football player Jacob Hester , now a broadcaster, lived out this motto during his playing career, and why wouldn’t he? He’s an Everton ian, after all. Hester, now 32, was drafted in...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 1 10:30 AM
Craven Cottage youngster to join up with David Unsworth’s U23s Everton as always have an eye on the future, and have added another youngster to the ranks in David Unsworth’s Under-23 squad. Fulham youth midfielder Dennis Adeniran became Everton’s final transfer of the summer window when the deal...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 1 9:00 AM
Plenty of young Toffees in the Championship this season In the closing hours of deadline day, Everton announced that Liam Walsh would be going out on loan until January. The midfielder will joining up with Birmingham City in the Championship. Walsh was an important cog in David Unsworth’s Under-2...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 1 8:00 AM
Everton can still get the players they need Oh boy Going into Deadline Day, we all knew that Everton needed a striker and a defender. Neither happened. Talk about what this means for the club and whether we have actually turned a corner is going to go on a lot in the next few days, and the remain...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 1 7:58 AM
In today’s links: another youngster leaves on loan, Moshiri speaks and the real story on Giroud. What a disaster. For months, Everton have need a first-choice striker and depth along the defensive line. Now, the transfer deadline has past, and Everton STILL need both of those things. But don’t wo...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 1 6:39 AM
Club majority shareholder spoke to Jim White on Deadline Day It was a truly frustrating Deadline Day for Everton fans as they saw two pressing areas of need left unfilled, and then to confuse matters even more, there appeared to be to be some double-speak going on from club ownership and manageme...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 1 1:01 AM
All sorts of rumours abound about what went on All summer long, the only real contenders for Ross Barkley’s signature at the end of this transfer window were Tottenham Hotspur . However, in the last few days Chelsea emerged as a genuine contender and then today on Deadline Day things seemed to ta...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 11:22 PM
Toffees midfielder could end up in west London - just not this year It was on, then it was off, now it may be on again - just not yet. Ross Barkley was seemingly on the brink of a deadline day move to Chelsea after the two clubs agreed a fee in the region of £35m. The midfielder even travelled...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 11:06 PM
Blue Girls will need to improve.. fast Everton Ladies’ pre-season game against WSL1 opponent Arsenal Women proved to be quite the challenge, going down 0-3 just in the first half. The Blue girls did improve and were able to keep the Arsenal Women scoreless in the second half. The Toffees started...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 10:39 PM
Callum Connolly latest to go out on loan Everton have sent out their last recognized left back not named Leighton Baines out on loan, that too for the season. Callum Connolly, who featured at the position for the Under-23 side last season and also played fullback in a couple of games this preseas...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 9:34 PM
Not a commonly seen number for sure Everton have finally announced the signing of Croatian youngster Nikola Vlasic, and the forward will be wearing the #27 shirt for the Blues this season. EvertonFC.com Tyias Browning was the most recent wearer of the number before he left the club this season on...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 8:57 PM
According to the BBC, injured Everton attacker Ross Barkley has rejected a chance to join Chelsea before the summer transfer window closes later tonight. "The information I'm receiving is that Ross Barkley has turned down a move to Chelsea" - @bbcsport_david #EFC #CFC #DeadlineDay pic.twitter.com...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 8:57 PM
Croatia U21 winger is Everton’s first Deadline Day capture Everton have made their first move on Deadline Day by signing winger Nikola Vlasic from Hajduk Split for around £8m. The Blues have been missing in action on Deadline Day so this was long overdue. | Time to get involved in deadline day pi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 6:20 PM
Fee currently unknown Earlier today, the Guardian reported that outcast Everton striker Oumar Niasse had agreed to personal terms with Crystal Palace . Now, Sky Sports say that the Blues and Palace have agreed to a fee, although that number is currently unknown. Everton had been rumoured to be se...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 3:07 PM
The EFC Ladies are back in England’s top flight After a far-too-long spell out of England’s first division, the Everton Ladies are back in WSL1 for the 2017-18 season! The club is in the midst of its preseason preparations, so now is the time to learn more and get excited about this new chapter f...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 1:59 PM
U23 product will stick around Finch Farm One of Everton ’s points of pride is their U23 side run by David Unsworth, and it doesn’t look like that will be weakening today. Belgian outlet DH.be reports that Ronald Koeman wants to keep forward David Henen, despite interest from multiple clubs, inclu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 12:29 PM
Toffees making enquiries within England Everton are desperately scouring the squads of various clubs in a bid to pry away a forward to fill in the striker vacancy at Goodison Park. This morning the Blues have been linked with making multiple enquiries, primarily for two players. Michy Batshuayi h...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 10:25 AM
Daniel Levy willing to do business with Everton for the midfielder Tottenham Hotspur are willing to do a deal for Ross Barkley on deadline day, if Everton will accept £30 million for his signature. Barkley has been ruled out for up to three months after picking up a hamstring injury on the eve of...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 10:07 AM
Olympiakos and West Ham loan bids have already been rejected by the Blues Everton are willing to let Kevin Mirallas leave on deadline day, but only in a permanent switch. The Belgian was last seen sitting in Manchester Airport on Sunday after being dropped for the Blues trip to London to take on...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 8:46 AM
Everton hope to conclude some early business on Deadline Day with the capture of winger Nikola Vlasic from Hajduk Split. The Liverpool Echo is reporting that Vlasic flew into Manchester late on Wednesday ahead of a medical this morning. Should the medical go smoothly then a deal should be confirm...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 8:46 AM
Ronald Koeman still has at least two positions of need. It’s no major secret that the two positions that Everton still need to fill as this transfer window closes are striker and depth defender. I say “depth defender”, because ideally the Blues need someone who can play on the left and offer some...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 7:55 AM
Who could be leaving Goodison Park today? While most fans will be glued to their television screens watching the Transfer Deadline Day looking to see who will be coming to Everton , there are a few players who could be departing the club looking for playing opportunities too. There was a bit of a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 7:00 AM
In today’s links: The Toffees look for reinforcements, the latest betting odds and the Everton Ladies season debut The transfer deadline is tonight. It almost feels like a relief. The never-ending rumours will cease, for at least a little while, and the squads will be set until January. Everton h...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 6:35 AM
The balance of power in European soccer could be tipped today. Transfer Deadline Day is upon us. So much business has already been done in the summer leading up to today. But this will almost surely be the single most active 24-hour period of the entire window; filled with panic buys, last-second...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 5:26 AM
All the rumours, deals, activity and more as they happen Transfer Deadline Day can be one of the most exciting days of the year in the football calendar, especially if your team is going to be active like we expect Everton to be. The Toffees started off the transfer window with a bang, getting al...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 31 12:53 AM
Defender simply can’t stay fit enough to play If Everton are indeed interested in signing one-time decent defender Thomas Vermaelen , then they better be investing a new physiotherapists’ office down at Finch Farm. Taking a quick look at the center half’s injury record is not recommended without...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 30 11:23 PM
Your one-stop source for all Everton-related news on transfer deadline day With two gaping holes in the squad, we can expect Everton to be quite busy on Deadline Day as the summer transfer window comes to a close. There’s plenty of strikers and left-sided defenders who have been linked with the v...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 30 6:03 PM
Conor Grant will be at Crewe until January Everton today announced that midfielder Conor Grant has joined Crewe Alexandra on loan until January. The 22-year-old had gone on two half-season loan spells last season, with Ipswich and Doncaster Rovers playing in 31 games and scoring once with three a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 30 5:14 PM
German club notorious for hard line stances. Earlier today, news broke that bookmakers had slashed - in half - the odds of RB Leipzig phenomenon Timo Werner linking up with Everton prior to the close of this summer’s transfer window. Let’s be clear: despite the now relatively low cost acquisition...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 30 3:00 PM
A quick summary of who’s gone where for the international break There are two major sets of qualifiers going on over the first international break of the season - senior sides are involved in World Cup qualifiers while youngsters are having the European Under-21 championship qualifiers. Thirteen...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 30 2:59 PM
Striker is already playing through injury to help his new club. Everton has a great fan base, and here at Royal Blue Mersey we never hesitate to celebrate that fan base when they’re doing well: fundraisers for the homeless, support for Bradley Lowery, giving hard luck academy grads a second chanc...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 30 2:33 PM
Foxes man won’t be moving this summer. For all the good work Steve Walsh and Bill Kenwright have done during this summer’s transfer window , they’ve left perhaps the biggest need of all frighteningly late. With mere hours remaining to sign players, there is still no starting striker through the d...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 30 1:23 PM
Would have solved Everton’s pressing needs While Everton are currently looking pretty bad for leaving the highly important striker position unfilled right up to the penultimate day of the transfer window , reports from Belgium indicate that the Blues did have a very solid plan to prevent this fro...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 30 12:52 PM
Pool getting shallower by the minute Chelsea are moving closer towards signing striker Fernando Llorente, taking away another potential Everton transfer. With the transfer window closing in just over a day and a half, it’s getting pretty tight for the Blues now. As reported by Spanish journalist...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 30 12:00 PM
Toffees will hold out for more money Ross Barkley is likely getting sold somewhere during this transfer window , but it will not be to Chelsea for £25m, as reported by The Times . The ever-reliable Paul Joyce, writing behind a paywall, says that Chelsea’s bid that came in late yesterday for the c...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 30 9:24 AM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions. It’s coming down to the wire, isn’t it? With only a few more days left in the window, it would be an understatement to say that Everton fans are nervous about the ability of the Toffees board to acquire Ronald Koeman’s last two ta...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 30 7:48 AM
In today’s links: More transfer rumours, opinions on Costa and U23 highlights! A significant signing is coming, right? It has to. Everton need a striker badly, as well as a left-side defender and some additional depth players all over the pitch. But another day has gone by with few solid links to...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 30 6:26 AM
The search for striker is taking on epically desperate proportions The longer Everton take to fill the key striker position in the squad, the more silly the rumours will get regarding who the Blues could be looking at for the role. The latest rumours are no less preposterous than the previous one...