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Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Feb 8 8:53 PM
Do the Toffees have a bounce-back game in them? Everton may not play more different consecutive matches this season than last week’s drubbing against Arsenal and this week’s match against Crystal Palace . The Arsenal match saw the Toffees travel to a place they’ve not won in since the mid-90s, ag...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Feb 8 7:00 PM
Instead of Mangala we almost had Everton apparently inquired about Espanyol ’s Mario Hermoso during the January window. Catalonian paper Sport did a full write up on this detailing the Toffees’ interest, with the Blues making a €7million and Espanyol’s desire to get at least €15m. Everton didn’t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Feb 8 4:29 PM
We miss you, Bainesy. Everton have been bitten by the injury bug this season - particularly in terms of extended absences - but they are slowly getting back to full health. At his press conference today, Sam Allardyce offered good news on missing left back Leighton Baines : Allardyce confirms Lei...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Feb 8 8:41 AM
Answering all of your relevant (even though the team’s not), and irreverent (because you need it) Everton questions. I’ll be honest. These things are getting less and less fun to write by the week. Why?? Well how about I let the fans tell remind you: Don't feel like talking about Everton today -...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Feb 8 8:00 AM
In today’s links: David Unsworth turns down Oxford, Walcott backs Big Sam and Everton’s money problem It’s easy to forget about Henry Onyekuru. The 20-year-old winger made a transfer to Merseyside from Eupen back in June, but was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht for the season. Because of tha...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Feb 7 6:00 PM
Can the Senegalese striker be a starter? The striker situation at Everton under Sam Allardyce has been puzzling. Big Sam came to Everton while young Dominic Calvert-Lewin was the preferred man. DCL’s all-around game has been solid, but his finishing as been suspect at times, and Allardyce made no...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Feb 7 3:30 PM
Veteran left-back speaks about his return, the new manager and more The last Everton player to remain untainted by Sam Allardyce and his toxic tactics says he can’t wait to get back in the fray. Leighton Baines hasn’t played for Everton since he left the pitch injured against Southampton in the e...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Feb 7 2:30 PM
Pretty bold of him Have you ever been in a relationship that both of you know is going to end, and one of the people in that relationship starts making future plans? The idea is that they are trying to set future dates that you two will need to be together for in hopes of extending the relationsh...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Feb 7 9:34 AM
Latest CIES Football Observatory data focuses on transfer windows £201 millions pounds and counting, and what do Everton have to show for it? Out of the cups and Europa League, 7 points above the relegation zone, and 10th place in a surprisingly combative and open Premier League (7th place is onl...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Feb 7 7:00 AM
In today’s links: Tosun is getting comfortable, how the Blues plan to monitor Lookman and what’s left to play for Everton aren’t a whole lot of fun to watch right now, and it’s all being done with known commodities. Why? Because the manager is fighting for his job and wants to show that he is mor...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Feb 6 10:55 PM
If Patrice Evra is the answer - what is the question? Everton have been linked with a surprise move for former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra - though West Ham are expected to beat the Toffees to his signature. Evra is a free agent after his Marseille contract was cancelled in November f...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Feb 6 6:48 PM
Youngster is ready to go again The only two Everton players to leave the Emirates on Saturday with any sort of positive performances were also two of the youngest in the squad. Tom Davies sparked the Blues midfield with his energy after coming on in the second half, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Feb 6 3:00 PM
Striker speaks about his difficulties getting settled in at Everton If Everton strikers were hoping that Cenk Tosun would hit the ground running as the second coming of Romelu Lukaku , then that myth has been sadly shattered. That is not to say that the forward will eventually come good, but for...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Feb 6 9:00 AM
Wazza opens up on first Monday Night Football stint If Wayne Rooney does indeed end up in football management, this season more than any other in his long and distinguished career will have taught him more than ever before. For one, he’s going to have to pick up the art of ‘manager-speak’. In his...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Feb 6 7:30 AM
In today’s links: Everton’s summer ahead, the Ladies win in the FA Cup and Rooney warns his teammates. Everton have had three managers this season. A common thread through all three: the defense has been terrible. It makes no sense! Ronald Koeman , David Unsworth and Sam Allardyce were all defend...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Feb 5 10:19 PM
And they pretty much showed them who’s boss The last time Everton Ladies played Bristol City they lost 2-1 but now the Toffees have evened the score with a 3-1 FA Cup comeback win over the Vixens. In front of a celebrity- filled audience, including England Women’s manager Phil Neville , former En...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Feb 5 6:59 PM
The Argentinian is back. Just a few days after nailing down the loan signature of Eliaquim Mangala , one of Everton ’s long term absentees has returned to the fold. According to the club, left-footed centre back Ramiro Funes Mori makes his competitive return to action today in the Everton U23 mat...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Feb 5 5:30 PM
How did Everton’s on-loan contingent do this weekend? Everton winger Ademola Lookman was the very definition of an impact substitute this weekend, coming on for RB Leipzig with just a dozen minutes left to play in a 0-0 game and then scoring the winner against Borussia Moenchengladbach. Your brow...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Feb 5 7:25 AM
In today’s links: Arsenal embarrass Everton, Lookman has a dream debut, and the team is depressed I hope your weekend was better than that of Sam Allardyce . His Everton team were humiliated by Arsenal. The young winger he froze out of the squad had a dream debut on loan in a league that Allardyc...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Feb 4 5:00 PM
A summary of all the important dates of the upcoming summer. With the January transfer window now behind us, thoughts have already sprung ahead to the summer transfer window, and it promises to be a very hectic few months. The Premier League had a collective vote on when to close the window, and...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Feb 4 3:34 PM
One of the most clueless tactical displays I’ve ever seen from an Everton manager I don’t have a cute introduction for you in this week’s post. To be honest, I’m so angry about Everton ’s 5-1 loss against Arsenal on Saturday that you should be happy I’m maintaining anything resembling journalisti...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Feb 4 9:00 AM
Three Thoughts from Everton’s Emirates embarrassment Horrible team selection I guess the idea of putting five at the back against an offensively-talented team makes some sense, at least in a vacuum. The reality is though, Sam Allardyce decided to play an overly defensive line-up against a team th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Feb 4 7:23 AM
Gabby George aims to make it to the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium Everton Ladies start their SSE Women’s Cup campaign on Sunday against Bristol City in the women’s equivalent of the FA Cup , “the most prestigious Cup competition in women’s football.” The final will take place at Wembley on May...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Feb 3 8:54 PM
Manager’s post-match comments are just utter tripe Everton fans have started catching on to Sam Allardyce ’s habit of always blaming someone else whenever things don’t go right. He’s certainly quick to take credit when there’s even a glimmer of something positive, but when mistakes happen or the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Feb 3 8:53 PM
Everton’s unwanted winger getting the job done for RB Leipzig What a whirlwind few days it’s been for Everton youngster Ademola Lookman. He’d been struggling to get game time under manager Sam Allardyce , and there were rumblings that he wanted to leave during the January transfer window . Then,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Feb 3 7:59 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today Lineups Everton Starting XI: Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Mangala, Martina; Schneiderlin, Gueye; Walcott, Niasse, Bolasie Subs: Robles, Holgate, Davies, Rooney, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Tosun Arsenal Starting XI: Cech, Beller...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Feb 3 7:30 PM
Humiliation. I wrote this at halftime, scheduled it for the end of the match, and turned off my television. You didn’t need to see the entire match to make a judgment on today’s Everton performance, and smart self-care dictated that I simply walk away. Sam Allardyce’s team selection today was non...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Feb 3 10:49 AM
Theo Walcott returns to the Emirates. Can he continue his form and make the Gunners regret selling him? Everton ’s win over Leicester City mid week may have been the team’s most entertaining performance of the season. Most of the magic was coming on the right wing with a quickly developing partne...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Feb 3 8:36 AM
Espanyol decline offer for Aaron Martin, despite player agreeing to personal terms with Blues Once the transfer window closes there’s always plenty of these kind of rumours that go around. This one comes from a media source that is not well-known to us and thus we cannot necessarily confirm verac...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Feb 3 7:00 AM
Who’s in and who’s out as Blues play at the Gunners Everton go to the Emirates in Saturday’s late game, hoping to finally end the long-running winless streak away at Arsenal . During the pre-match press conference yesterday manager Sam Allardyve provided an update on the injury status of a number...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Feb 3 6:42 AM
Manager thrilled by forward’s fast start, calls on him to maintain it Everton go to the Emirates on Saturday looking for their first ever win at Arsenal ’s home, and will have a new weapon in their armoury - Theo Walcott joined the Blues during the January transfer window after finding himself in...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Feb 3 5:28 AM
Manager commends Cuco Martina for stepping into the breach Everton travel to North London on Saturday to take on Arsenal in what will be a tough challenge. While the Blues have been boosted after a 2-1 home win against Leicester City midweek, the Gunners were spanked 3-1 away at Swansea City and...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Feb 2 9:00 PM
Father stands alone in court. Alfie Evans, the young Evertonian whose story we’ve followed here at RBM, currently has ongoing court proceedings that will decide his fate. The hospital seeks to remove the rights of Alfie’s parents to determine care for their son so that they can end his life. The...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Feb 2 9:00 PM
Blues travel to the capital for Walcott’s first game back at the Emirates The January transfer window is now officially closed, and the squads are locked in for the rest of the season. For Everton , that means attempting to salvage whatever is left of this ‘lost’ season and hopefully making a cha...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Feb 2 8:41 PM
The Toffees head south looking to secure their first win at Arsenal this century Everton travel to Arsenal with a spring in their step after a welcome win over Leicester eased some of the pressure that had been building since the turn of the year. Wednesday’s win was one of Everton’s better perfo...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Feb 2 7:29 PM
Walcott returns to the Emirates. Everton head down to London after putting in one of their most complete performances of the season against Leicester City on Wednesday. Arsenal are a bit of a mess - they recently lost to Swansea City, and saw nine players exit in January and three more come in th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Feb 2 7:03 PM
Blues don’t fill remaining three spots on roster There was quite a bit of turnover in the Everton squad between the list submitted in September and the one announced today after the conclusion of the January transfer window . The three new additions from last month are all in there obviously - Ce...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Feb 2 5:47 PM
Manager has views on all three candidates With the January transfer window now closed, Everton will complete the season with three strikers on the books: Cenk Tosun, Dominica Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse. No one candidate has edged ahead in the race to lead the line and fans are curious who wil...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Feb 2 3:59 PM
I think the manager is confused. According to Sam Allardyce , loan signing Eliaquim Mangala - “ is naturally left footed, and we haven’t got a naturally left footed player at all, in the team, or in the squad - apart from Leighton Baines when he gets fit again.” Well Sam that’s not quite true, no...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Feb 2 3:30 PM
We joined forces with SB Nation’s Arsenal blog to talk about this weekend’s match. Many thanks to PDB from our fellow SB Nation blog The Short Fuse for taking the time to chat with us ahead of Everton ’s away match against Arsenal this weekend. RBM: Arsenal’s winter transfer window was prepostero...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Feb 2 12:50 PM
Winger made a surprise move to RB Leipzig late on deadline day Sam Allardyce says Ademola Lookman’s inconsistency is why the winger hasn’t been a regular this season and prompted the youngster’s desire to go out on loan. Lookman made the surprise move to RB Leipzig late on deadline day, just 48 h...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Feb 2 12:21 PM
Toffees boss impressed with Coleman’s comeback - but won’t take any risks with his recovery Everton boss Sam Allardyce was full of praise for “superhuman” Seamus Coleman after the defender made a spectacular, lung-busting return to action on Wednesday. Coleman played the full 90 minutes in the 2-...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Feb 2 9:00 AM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions. What a week! From transfers to Theo, there was a lot happening in Toffee world, and the mailbag covers it all, so let’s break it down simple: Good. | Incoming! Eliaquim Mangala joins the Blues on loan, subject to @PremierLeague cl...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Feb 2 8:22 AM
Plenty of Everton references in his first press conference back Tim Cahill has nothing to prove to anyone regarding his football career, but to himself. “Every single player I’ve played with who now manage, they say ‘Don’t retire if you can still run’ . Because some of them stopped a bit earlier,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Feb 2 7:00 AM
In today’s links: Everton players go out on loan, we learn about Mangala and the Ladies have coffee This club is a roller coaster of emotions. They have been just so, so awful for large stretches of the this season. Yet, here they are in ninth place, within shouting distance of a European spot fo...