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Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 7:01 PM
Club went back on verbal agreement for the player. According to the Telegraph , Everton and Swansea had verbally agreed to a £45m transfer for Gylfi Sigurdsson which Everton then tried to renegotiate. The terms involved Everton paying the entirety of the sum up front with no add ons, and it appea...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 4:00 PM
Toffees have seven players plying their trade elsewhere This has been a very interesting offseason for Everton. Aside from splashing big on the transfer market to rebuild the spine of the senior squad, there has been a determined effort to develop the youth sides as well. In addition to bringing...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 3:48 PM
The Brazilian looks set for a move to Spain. Despite all of Liverpool ’s public posturing, it seems they will yet enter the Premier League season without their best player. Sport - the Barcelona paper of record - is reporting that the Catalan club will have the transfer wrapped up in a “matter of...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 2:52 PM
Ronald Koeman’s preferred style of play has become clear over the summer Ronald Koeman’s first year in charge of Everton was, in a lot of ways, an experiment. The Dutchman joined a club with a world-class striker, two of the best full-backs in the Premier League, — and not a whole lot else. He sp...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 1:53 PM
Striker is confident about settling in quickly New Everton forward Sandro Ramirez opened his Goodison scoring account with a well-taken goal just seconds into the game on Sunday, and he wants more. Speaking to the Echo in an interview, the Spaniard is happy with how he has settled in with the squ...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 12:57 PM
Midfielder prepared for first full season with the Blues With the new season just days away at this point, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is ready to improve upon his performances from last season. Speaking to evertontv at an Everton in the Community event on Albert Dock, he expressed his satisfa...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 12:33 PM
Lack of leftback depth a genuine concern Stats Tactics When healthy, Everton have one of the best fullback duos in Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines . So it stands to reason that Ronald Koeman has made his fullbacks a key piece of his attacking plan. Whether deployed as wing backs in a 5-3-2 or...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 10:00 AM
Examining some of the Blues’ midfielders ahead of the Stoke City opener. Stats Tactics In Ronald Koeman’s oft-used 4-3-3, the nominal “attacking midfielder” rarely plays as a true number ten. Indeed, that idea bears itself out when we review the players at Everton ’s disposal in that position. Ea...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 8:44 AM
Net spend still very low for this window. Everton currently have a net of spend -£5m this summer. That’s positively mad when you think about it. All the signings, all the hype, all the ‘Moshiri’s Millions’ and still the club has sold more than they’ve bought. So, despite all the hoopla about how...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 7:00 AM
In today’s links: celebrating a decade of Baines and Jags, update on Giroud and looking towards Stoke Let’s get this season started. The Gylfi Sigurdsson sage continues to draw itself out as long as possible. Why? No on quite knows the reason, or at least no one is willing to say what is going on...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 8 6:28 AM
WSL1 schedule released, season kicks off late September What a way to be welcomed back to the Women’s Super League 1 for the Everton Ladies team! The WSL 1 schedule has been unveiled and the first question on everyone’s minds is.. can Everton beat Liverpool this season? You’re in luck because you...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 6:06 PM
Now things are going to get interesting Prized defensive target Virgil van Dijk has handed in a formal transfer request as of this afternoon. The Southampton center half has been linked with a move away for a few months now, with Liverpool considered to be his destination but in recent days Chels...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 5:44 PM
The boy wonder speaks. Fans love Tom Davies. Tom Davies loves Everton . It’s a match made in heaven, really. The Liverpool -born midfielder (wingback?) has enjoyed such a meteoric rise to the forefront of Ronald Koeman’s squad that the comparisons to Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley - if not in posi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 2:00 PM
Lack of wide players remains an issue with the Blues Stats Tactics Ronald Koeman used three formations for the most part last season, and none of them really called for an out-and-out winger. Whether this was because he didn’t have too many good options at the position or that he preferred his fu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 1:20 PM
U20 goalkeeper stood out at World Cup Everton have already swiped up and coming defender Lewis Gibson away from Newcastle United, so why stop there? Reports state that the Blues are now after England U20 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, who already has experiencing playing with five different Everton...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 12:35 PM
Just a week away from the start of the season, questions still remain up top Stats Tactics Ronald Koeman’s preferred 4-3-3 requires his strikers to do a little bit of everything. Because Everton doesn’t play with a true, creative No. 10, the club relies on its wingers (who often aren’t true winge...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 10:00 AM
A look inside Ronald Koeman’s engine room. Stats Tactics In Ronald Koeman ’s 4-3-3, the concept of a defensive midfielder is both crucial and ambiguous. On one hand, in the first choice XI, it is Morgan Schneiderlin who occupies the true DM position, yet he is paired with Idrissa Gueye who is act...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 8:00 AM
Late window improvements to the defence in the works. Everton has had plentiful links to a variety of players all over the continent this summer. Some of these became realities and are already looking like smart decisions. Sandro Ramirez comes to mind. Some maybe weren’t the world’s best idea, bu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 7:00 AM
In today’s links: reviewing the Sevilla friendly, Dowell does well on loan and the never-ending Gylfi saga You did it! You made it through the final weekend before the 2017-18 Premier League season gets underway. The weekend wrapped with an inconsistent 2-2 draw against Sevilla at Goodison Park o...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 6:00 AM
Manager’s comments after 2-2 draw against Sevilla Everton ended their preseason programme with a 2-2 draw at home against La Liga outfit Sevilla yesterday, with Sandro Ramirez putting the Blues ahead after less than a minute, and a late penalty from Kevin Mirallas salvaging the tie. After the gam...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 7 2:34 AM
All the goals, chances, saves and more Everton ended their preseason schedule with a hard-fought 2-2 draw at home against Sevilla on Sunday. Including the two Europa League qualifying round games, the Blues played in six games, winning four and drawing two. Despite being dominated for long period...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 10:18 PM
How did the Blue loanees do this weekend? Everton have a number of players out on loan this season, here’s a quick recap of how they did with their respective clubs this weekend. Brendan Galloway - The left back looked very good charging forward for Sunderland , making inroads into the Derby Coun...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 7:48 PM
Midfielder talks about how he was convinced to join Everton After having been part of the Ajax Amsterdam youth setup since the age of 11, it was a difficult choice for captain Davy Klaassen to leave the club following fourteen years of service. In an interview with The Telegraph , Klaassen reveal...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 6:49 PM
Everton battle to draw in their final Premier League dress rehearsal Sandro Ramirez opened his Everton account inside 30 seconds but it wasn’t enough for victory as a classy Sevilla outfit impressed. Sevilla, who finished 4th in La Liga last term, were certainly the better side but it was an enco...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 9:29 AM
Will Koeman keep Lookman around this season? Despite looking sharp in his preseason appearances, Ademola Lookman has not had much luck getting playing time in the two competitive games that Everton have played so far. The Mail are reporting that Derby County are among a number of clubs keenly wat...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 9:01 AM
Tony Pulis wants to add some experience With Everton spending heavily this summer on rebuilding the spine of the team, opportunities to play will be harder to come by for veteran Gareth Barry. The addition of Davy Klaassen and likely arrival of Gylfi Sigurdsson, while not directly affecting Barry...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 8:33 AM
Last friendly before season opener next Saturday Everton weren’t entirely convincing in their 1-0 win away at MFK Ruzomberok in midweek, but got the job done and moved on into the playoff round of the Europa League. They take on La Liga side Sevilla on Sunday at Goodison Park in the last friendly...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 7:30 AM
Three names in the hat for the ‘Diamond’ With the new Premier League season a matter of days away, Ross Barkley’s future remains in limbo. The Mirror are reporting that despite Everton reducing the original £50m pricetag on the player, Tottenham Hotspur still think the valuation is too high and w...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 7:00 AM
Price tag suggested at £30m Reports from the Mirror suggest that Everton are willing to spend £30m on Danny Welbeck if their pursuit of of Olivier Giroud falls through. £30m is the same price quoted for Giroud himself in multiple reports, so the implication here is that the Blues would end up wit...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 6 5:05 AM
The final friendly of the 2017/18 season is upon us. On the heels of a 2-0 aggregate win in their Europa League third round qualifiers, Everton head back to Goodison Park for the final preseason match of 2017/18, against talented La Liga outfit Sevilla . Sevilla will be by far the best team the B...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 4 7:07 PM
The new season kicks off today With the news from earlier today that young left back Antonee Robinson has been sent out to Bolton Wanderers on a half-season loan, that brings to six the number of Everton youngsters that will be plying their trade in the Championship that kicks off later today. Su...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 4 6:18 PM
Fullback latest to be sent out for experience in the Championship Rising star defender Antonee Robinson will join up Bolton Wanderers on a half-season loan deal, Everton announced today. The term will end in January when it can either be extended or the 19-year-old left-back will return to the yo...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 4 5:23 PM
Dare to Zlatan? Okay, let’s say you are a team that hopes to win the UEFA Europa League and also compete in the upper reaches of the English Premier League. You need a striker, and there’s one available for free who has a destroyed knee and is closer to 40 than 30. Hard pass, right? But in this c...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 4 1:39 PM
Croatian side stand in way of Everton and place in the group stages Everton have been drawn against Croatian side Hajduk Split in the Europa League play-off round. The first leg will be at Goodison Park on Thursday August 17 with the second leg at Stadion Poljud a week later on August 24. That me...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 4 11:37 AM
Toffees to wear retro strip to mark 125th anniversary of Goodison Park Everton have unveiled a special retro kit to mark the 125th anniversary of Goodison Park. The new kit is part of a wider clothing range released to celebrate this important milestone in Everton’s history. The Toffees will wear...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 4 7:00 AM
In today’s links: behind the scenes at Goodison, Europa recap and a Premier League preview It wasn’t pretty, but Everton passed their first competitive test of the season by beating Ruzomberok 1-0 and taking the round overall 2-0 on aggregate. Can’t say that we learned a whole lot other than that...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 4 6:13 AM
Blues eke out a win in Slovakia. It was uncomfortably close, but in the end, Everton were able to prevail over Slovakian side MFK Ruzomberok in the Europa League. The Blues won both legs by a score of 1-0, with Leighton Baines scoring in the first and Dominic Calvert-Lewin netting in the second....
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 4 6:00 AM
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the winner to clinch the round The signs of rust are still there, but with the result more important than style points, Everton came away from Slovakia with a 1-0 win to go through to the Europa League playoff round. It took another second half goal, this time from su...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 3 11:32 PM
Manager’s post-match comments after Blues through to next round Everton huffed and puffed their way through to the playoff round of the Europa League, struggling to beat Slovak side MFK Ruzomberok 1-0 away and 2-0 overall on aggregate. After the game, manager Ronald Koeman was pleased by the resu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 3 11:03 PM
Blues through to next qualifier, draw on Friday afternoon Everton looked unconvincing for long spells of the two legs of the third round qualifier against Slovak club MFK Ruzomberok, but eventually made it into the playoff round of the Europa League. The Toffees will play one of the teams in the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 3 7:57 PM
Don’t you want to a fly on the wall when that conversation happens?! Former Everton striker Louis Saha is a popular figure in the footballing world despite being retired for a few years now. The French forward tends to be active on social media, especially Twitter, and it was this tweet from him...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 3 6:05 PM
Could he be headed outside the top six clubs? Everton have been involved in a couple of long-running transfer sagas this summer, with key among them being the Blues’ own Ross Barkley . The Wavertree-born Toffee has refused to sign a new deal and with his current contract expiring at the end of th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 3 4:38 PM
Things just got easier for Everton fans to keep an eye on the youngsters Just a day before the English Championship kicks off the 2017-18 season, the US television rights for the competition have been transferred from beIN SPORTS to BAMTech. In addition to that, the EFL Cup rights have also been...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 3 3:13 PM
Jonjoe Kenny could follow Kieran Dowell in heading out on loan Ronald Koeman says he will make a decision on the immediate future of Jonjoe Kenny at the end of pre-season. Many fans are calling for Kenny to be given a chance in the first-team after impressing at youth level. The 20-year-old capta...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 3 1:58 PM
Ronald Koeman remains hopeful about a deal. Everton ’s Premier League opener against Stoke City is now 9 days away. For as much work as Ronald Koeman and company have done in the transfer market, there are still three massive holes in the makeup of the Blues’ squad - including two starters. A CB/...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 3 7:00 AM
In today’s links: Watford want Lennon, Everton eye Dortmund prospect and Blues face European test Just a few hours from now, we will all be quite satisfied or horribly upset. On paper, Thursday’s Europa League matchup should be a cake walk for Everton , but crazier things have happened. It’s not...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 3 3:00 AM
The Toffees head to Slovakia in hopes of securing their spot in the next round of Europa League play The 1-0 win by Everton in the home leg of this qualifying round gives them a huge advantage as they enter the away leg. It means that any win or draw earns them a spot in the next round. The Blues...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 3 1:00 AM
Second leg of key tie away in Slovakia on Thursday Despite winning just 1-0 at home last Thursday, Everton will go out and attack in Slovakia, said Ronald Koeman in his pre-match press conference. The manager knows well the risks of nursing a small lead like that against an MFK Ružomberok that ha...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 2 8:27 PM
Everton strangely not named in report at all French media has reported that Olivier Giroud is intent on staying at Arsenal , despite the fact that they have signed Alexandre Lacazette this summer. The logic of the piece seems to be that he was intent on joining Borussia Dortmund , but with Pierre...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 2 7:27 PM
Manager’s comments ahead of key second leg clash tomorrow Everton are in Slovakia to take on MFK Ruzomberok tomorrow in the second leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, holding a narrow 1-0 lead from the first tilt last week at Goodison Park. The Toffees flew out earlier today and mana...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 2 6:11 PM
The captain will stick around. The future of long time Everton captain Phil Jagielka has been an interesting point of discussion this summer. Given the presence of multiple younger, better center backs on the roster, it was widely rumored that Jags may be exiting Goodison Park, perhaps for old cl...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 2 4:22 PM
‘Grooming’ racket over Snapchat discovered last season With the advent of social media in this internet age have come newer and more devious ways to entrap youth. Everton have discovered that paedophiles and other sexual predators are targeting Premier League youth players using Snapchat and posi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 2 2:48 PM
Swansea boss Paul Clement keen for swift resolution to this long running saga Is the end in sight? We just want this to be over now, don’t we? The Gylfi Sigurdsson saga has dragged on for so long that much of the excitement about his signing has worn off and we just won’t the situation resolved o...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 2 2:48 PM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of Thursday’s second leg. As more competitive games are played, Ronald Koeman’s first choice Everton starting eleven will continue to come into focus. Of course, there’s still the matter of more new signings that will surely arrive, but for now, there’...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 2 12:51 PM
Premier League newboys linked with Toffees striker Everton outcast Oumar Niasse is set to join newly-promoted Brighton, according to reports. The Watford Observer claims the Senegalese forward “is likely” to sign for Chris Hughton’s side ahead of the new season. Why is the Watford Observer report...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 2 11:00 AM
A brief description of the editorial process at Royal Blue Mersey A transfer rumour is an entity unto itself. With the advent of social media, it takes a blink of an eye for a private thought to go viral and turn into an international fiasco. Unsubstantiated chatter within live website trackers t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 2 10:31 AM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions. The season is finally underway. I know I know..it was almost a week ago, but when you only have one game under your belt (and a weekly column that runs on Wednesday) it means that match gets put under the microscope. Don’t worry,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 2 9:41 AM
Bradley’s Blues vs Lowery’s Legends set to square off. As previously reported, Everton is hosting a match at Goodison Park to honour the memory of Bradley Lowery. The game will be held September 3, at 3pm local time. Tony Bellew and Katie Price will coach the teams and we expect Calum Best, Jerem...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 2 8:00 AM
We’re really not sure why this is happening. Gareth Barry was born in 1981. The fact that he played 2100 minutes last year in the English Premier League is not a good thing. And yet, Everton have apparently offered him a contract extension. I’m not sure why they have done this. I do not see the l...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 2 7:34 AM
In today’s links: transfer updates, Rooney can catapult Everton and news on the Bradley Lowery charity game It is the eve of Europa League play once again. It is looking like there will be few changes since the last time Everton faced off with their Slovakia n foes. The biggest difference will be...