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Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 8 9:23 PM
Blues host Spurs as Premier League action returns to Goodison Park After the first international break of the young season, Everton are back in action in the friendly confines of Goodison Park following three straight away games. The visitors are Tottenham Hotspur , bridesmaids for the last two P...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 8 9:15 PM
What do the stars have fated for the Toffees this weekend Mercury in Retrograde brought Everton a loss against Chelsea , a few disappointments before the transfer deadline, and an arrest of a key player. Now is the time for Everton to bring a sense of calm and positivity to their season. Saturday...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 8 6:00 PM
Fullback acieves a memorable milestone for the Blues The Everton vs Tottenham matchup at Goodison Park will be a special one for Leighton Baines as it will mark his 300th start in the English Premier League for Everton. He began his time in the Premier League as a member of Wigan Athletic when he...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 8 5:34 PM
The Toffees project gets its own page on website Everton fans have been chasing after Dan Meis for a stadium update for months, but now the Meis Architects website has a blog page dedicated to the Everton project that the architect promises to keep updated. The page can be found here , and detail...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 8 2:41 PM
Toffees to earn a point against Spurs? The RBM prediction league occasionally puts our writers in a bind — one in which they might get a little bit of joy out of an Everton loss! Our staff’s pessimism paid off in their predictions last match against Chelsea , but this week we’re a little more opt...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 8 10:49 AM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their match against Tottenham at Goodison Park. Everton head into Saturday’s showdown with Tottenham Hotspur possessing a bit more cohesiveness now that the transfer window has closed. Ronald Koeman knows what he has to work with - until January - a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 8 9:29 AM
Toffees return to Goodison but face tough task against Pochettino’s impressive Tottenham side After 13 days stewing over their below-par performance at Chelsea , Everton have the chance to bounce back from that Stamford Bridge disappointment against Tottenham at Goodison Park. The international b...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 8 7:26 AM
In today’s links: Barkley is removing tattoos, Koeman speaks, and Spurs may not start their Deadline Day addition against EFC Ah, it’s been so long (only two weeks), but we are on the doorstep of having the Premier League back in our lives. International breaks are always annoying, even ahead of...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 8 6:00 AM
Blues continue search for youth stars. David Unsworth and Ronald Koeman are constantly on the lookout for young players to add to the youth setup at Finch Farm, and that work doesn’t stop when the transfer window closes. The U23 defence looks particularly impressive - international centre backs N...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 7 8:41 PM
Back to the Premier League this weekend After a perfectly timed international break Everton faces the second half of their difficult opening fixture list over the next few weeks. First up though is a match against Tottenham Hotspur . The folks in North London have always given Everton a tough gam...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 7 7:27 PM
Birmingham got the nod over Liverpool for 2022 Despite the news from earlier today that the city of Liverpool has lost out on its 2022 Commonwealth Games bid, both the City Council and the Club have announced that this rejection does not affect the progress on the Bramley-Moore stadium in any way...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 7 6:24 PM
Time to let Wayne have a seat for a spell. Before you start screaming at the headline, calm down and read this very objectively. Okay, we good? Hear me out: Here are three reasons to give Oumar Niasse a healthy share of starts at the #9 position, ahead of Wayne Rooney . In this argument I’m assum...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 7 3:01 PM
Koeman provides update on weekend lineup Ronald Koeman provided an update today on the injury status of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford , saying that he would be back in the lineup for this weekend’s game against Tottenham Hotspur . The goalie had been called up for England action during the i...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 7 2:17 PM
Manager speaks during pre-game press conference Everton take on Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at Goodison Park, and manager Ronald Koeman spoke to the media ahead of the game in his pre-match press conference. Senegalese striker Oumar Niasse has been frozen out of the Everton setup since the arri...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 7 11:47 AM
We joined forces with SB Nation’s Tottenham Hotspur blog to talk about this weekend’s match. Many thanks to Sean (GN Punk) from our fellow SB Nation blog Cartilage Free Captain for taking the time to chat with us ahead of Everton ’s home match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. RBM: Spurs so...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 7 10:33 AM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions. Imagine a world in which Everton spend upwards of £150 million, bring in 8 first team players and people STILL think Everton is no better off than they were in May. It exists. #Everton spent 150 million ! wtf ! And are still no be...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 7 9:00 AM
Former footballer gushing about the Toffees’ setup Former Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has weighed on latest Everton sensation Dominic Calvert-Lewin, along with praising the setup the Blues have got going with their pipeline of youngsters on the way. Calvert...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 7 8:00 AM
Match fixing scandal causes replay in CAF. As things currently stand in group D of the CAF World Cup Qualifiers, Burkina Faso is in the pole position to make it to the FIFA World Cup. However, Senegal - home of Idrissa Gana Gueye -has been thrown a lifeline. Their 2-1 loss to South Africa from No...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 7 7:34 AM
In today’s links: more on Rooney and his arrest, praise for Keane from Jags, and a chance for DCL While one football season has been underway for nearly a month now, another one begins today in the United States . The kickoff of the National Football League in America means that, for some, weeken...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Sep 7 6:32 AM
Premier League meeting happens today Today could mark a significant day in not just Premier League football, but also throughout the game in Europe and further abroad as well. One of the key topics that will be brought up as the chairmen of the clubs that make up the Premier League is the proposa...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 6 5:17 PM
The player caught a serious earful. The last time Wayne Rooney made a fool of himself with alcohol, Ronald Koeman was asked about it. In his words: “In the case of Rooney it’s not my problem, he’s a Manchester United player, not my player.” Well, now Rooney is Ronald’s player and the no-nonsense...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 6 4:46 PM
Liverpool manager sends message to sick young Toffee Twice a year when the Blues face Liverpool , the hope is that Jurgen Klopp will be humiliated. Every other week of the season? Well, okay, we want him to be humiliated then, too. The point is, though, that Klopp is a likable guy. He’s charismat...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 6 3:16 PM
England U21 international has been a revelation this season. The 2017/18 Everton season is young, but England U21 international Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been a revelation so far. In truth, it would not be out of order to say that “DCL” might be the top performer in the squad to date. Calvert-Lew...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 6 3:13 PM
Porto unimpressed by late transfer attempt Portuguese outlet A Bola confirmed today that Everton had made an attempt to sign Porto captain Ivan Marcano late on deadline day, with the Blues likely to return for the player during the January transfer window. The article is not short on snark, thoug...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 6 2:24 PM
Why did player back out of negotiations halfway through? The furore over Ross Barkley backing out of a proposed move to Chelsea at the last minute on Deadline Day has continued to rage on. We had previously anticipated that until the Everton player spoke about what really happened there would be...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 6 10:03 AM
Keane left out, Calvert-Lewin excels and more in the round-up A number of Everton players were in action for their respective countries over the international break, with Gylfi Sigurdsson topping the lot with a much-needed brace yesterday. Iceland had slipped to a 1-0 defeat away at Finland last...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 6 8:55 AM
Goalie has settled in well at Merseyside following summer move Britain’s most expensive goalkeeper has not let the pressure of a pricetag get to him. Jordan Pickford , who moved to Everton from Sunderland during the summer transfer window for £30million, has settled in well at the Blues and has s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 6 7:32 AM
In today’s links: Barton criticizes Everton, a review of the transfer window and Pickford’s growth The international break is all over and soon the rest of Everton’s first-teamers will trickle back into Finch Farm for training ahead of this weekend’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur . Not much “on fi...
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...