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Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 9 10:46 PM
Board agrees to register the Grand Old Lady as a community asset While a move for Everton to the Bramley Moore Docks is slowly coming closer to reality, the club want to make sure that their spiritual home at Goodison Park will never be forgotten. Speaking at today’s Annual General Meeting , Depu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 9 9:45 PM
Eye-opening comments from the Board in today’s AGM Just when you thought the books on the Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley transfer stories were closed, comments made today by various members of the Board during the Everton AGM make life extremely interesting giving us new details on how everything...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 9 8:31 PM
Toffees hierarchy discuss stadium move at the club’s AGM The architect for Everton ’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Docks is setting the bar high for the new arena. Very high indeed. So much so that Dan Meis insists that the Toffees stadium will be the prototype for football facilities going forwa...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 9 8:15 PM
The stadium at the Bramley Moore Docks is coming closer to reality Last month chief executive Robert Elstone revealed that building costs had increased significantly because of the complexities of building on the dock site, and today at the Everton Annual General Meeting (AGM) confirmed that the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 9 2:44 PM
But why? Ross Barkley’s transfer to Chelsea was fishy. Let’s just get that out of the way right off the bat. The man went in for a medical at the end of August, everyone in that medical knew he wasn’t going to be healthy to play until probably after Christmas, and on the table he backed out of th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 9 1:46 PM
Netherlands midfielder has struggled to adapt to the Premier League Despite his early struggles on Merseyside Davy Klaassen is ready to fight for his place at Everton , according to the player’s agent. There were high hopes for Klaassen when he made the £23.6m move from Ajax to Goodison Park in t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 9 9:00 AM
Where’s the money coming from for some of the players we’re rumoured to be interested in After already buying Cenk Tosun for a not insignificant amount of money, the pursuit of £40m rated Andre Silva from AC Milan is puzzling to say the least. It’s puzzling from a tactical perspective, as has bee...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 9 8:00 AM
Previewing a few potential lineups featuring the Turkish striker The addition of striker Cenk Tosun raises one important question for Everton going forward — how can he be best included into an existing squad with both obvious talent and glaring holes? Sam Allardyce faces the challenge of getting...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 9 7:00 AM
In today’s links: the Ladies get their FA Cup draw, what did Firmino say and Mirallas gets to Greece. It’s hard not to love Oumar Niasse as a person. He was thrown into a crap situation with a manager on the hot seat. The next man in the position had a personal vendetta against him, it seems. And...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 9 6:39 AM
Niasse might finally get his move away from the Blues Oumar Niasse has had the adventure of a lifetime at Everton , filled with trials, tribulations and triumphs. And now he might get to write a new chapter in that saga as the Toffees are actively looking to sell him in this January transfer wind...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 9 5:53 AM
Pair have come up against each other in international football All Gylfi Sigurdsson has been hoping for since he signed for Everton this summer has been a beast of a target in the box that can attack his crafty crosses and setpiece deliveries. In Cenk Tosun, he might finally have that striker. Sp...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 8 8:44 PM
Blues already have too many strikers. Just a few days ago Sam Allardyce indicated to the media that he might be interested in another striker - in addition to Cenk Tosun - if they could tell him where to find one (paraphrased). Sure enough, Italian media (via TalkSport) are reporting that Everton...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 8 6:57 PM
Attacking midfielder earning nationwide recognition It wasn’t a good weekend for Everton or for the players out on loan, except for one. Kieran Dowell is the only one who will be proceeding to the fourth round of the FA Cup after he led his Nottingham Forest side to a memorable 4-2 win over a sha...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 8 2:02 PM
Manager calls for improvement in final third of the pitch Speaking after the Merseyside Derby loss that leaves the Premier League as the only battleground for Everton to continue fighting on, manager Sam Allardyce can’t wait to get new signing Cenk Tosun on the pitch. The Blues have three games l...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 8 1:04 PM
Police investigating racist tweets following incident The fallout from the clash between Everton defender Mason Holgate and Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has continued into this week, with the FA deciding to conduct a probe into the events after referee Bobby Madley made a note of the inciden...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 8 7:45 AM
In today’s links: transfer rumours, fallout from the derby and how Everton sells tickets Oh yeah, baby! Now the transfer market is really heating up! It’s not all be good news as we saw lifelong Evertonian Ross Barkley exit for Chelsea at the end of last week. But Cenk Tosun is in the door and re...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Jan 7 4:49 PM
Is this help we need? With a striker on board, the attention of Everton Football Club has turned to bolstering other areas of the pitch. They have been linked both with Swansea defender Alfie Mawson and also with Watford midfielder Adoulaye Doucoure. Mawson, frankly, has been one of the few Swans...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Jan 7 3:14 PM
Our new striker has quite a following The signing of Cenk Tosun to Everton has brought with it a fascinating phenomenon. I did not realize just how loved this man is in his native Turkey! The social media love expressed for this player has been overwhelming since coming to Everton, and here at Ro...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Jan 7 3:14 PM
Cenk Tosun arrives at Everton bearing a particularly large burden. More than anyone - Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Sandro Ramirez, or Oumar Niasse - the Turkish front-man will be expected to replace most of the production of Romelu Lukaku . On tape, everything looks amazing. Tosun can finish with both...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Jan 7 7:00 AM
Caused a shakeup in the WSL table Bristol City hosted Everton Ladies at Stoke Gifford Stadium and kicked off 2018 on the right step, scoring after only ten minutes. The Toffees seemed uncharacteristically out of rhythm the whole first half. Seventeen year old Lauren Hemp scored both goals for the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Jan 6 11:39 PM
Belgian winger finally gets move he's been pining for Olympiakos have announced from their official Twitter account a deal for Kevin Mirallas from Everton . The winger openly talked about wanting a move to the Greek side in September and little time has been wasted in this winter window in seeing...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Jan 6 7:06 PM
Nigeria forward is to continue his rehabilitation back at Finch Farm Henry Onyekuru has confirmed he is back at Finch Farm after his loan spell at Anderlecht was cut short through injury. Onyekuru joined Everton for £7m from K.A.S. Eupen in the summer before being immediately loaned out to Anderl...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Jan 6 3:49 PM
The Derby fiasco was yet another strike against the defender If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know my post-match work tends to involve the tactical and the analytical. I really enjoy digging into the details of an Everton match and drawing attention to important problems or solutions...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Jan 6 11:47 AM
Manager’s comments after Merseyside Derby loss Everton put in a much more competitive performance in their return to Anfield in less than a month, but came away with a worse result than last time. The Blues lost 2-1, the first off a soft penalty and the second to a defensive error that allowed a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Jan 6 11:47 AM
Not the most uncommon number for a striker Everton have finally announced the signing of Turkish striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas, and the forward will be wearing the #14 shirt for the rest of this season. The number has been previously worn by multiple former Everton strikers, Steven Naismith ,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Jan 6 10:00 AM
Ramiro Funes Mori makes an appearance.. remember him? Of all the players on Everton ’s lengthy injury list, the one that is slated to return to the pitch last is Ramiro Funes Mori. The Argentine defender underwent knee surgery after picking up an injury before the end of last season, and continue...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Jan 6 9:30 AM
Jones and Walsh leave the club on busy day In transfer news not related to Cenk Tosun, Everton bid farewell to two Academy graduates yesterday. Defender Gethin Jones has joined Fleetwood Town on a long-term contract, with the transfer fee undisclosed. The 22-year-old right back has been with the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Jan 6 8:00 AM
Forwards comments after finally signing on at Everton Everton finally completed the signing of Cenk Tosun yesterday, and it was not a moment too soon. Too soon for too soon jokes? The Turkish striker, who was born in Germany and is fluent in English spoke to evertontv after joining the Blues. “It...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Jan 6 7:00 AM
New Year, New Everton Ladies Everton Ladies are ringing in the New Year with an away game against Bristol City Women on Saturday. The last time these two teams played each other was in 2016 in the FA WSL 2 and Bristol won 3-2, which ensured their promotion. While both teams are recently brought u...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Jan 6 12:28 AM
Players got into an altercation during the Derby game Right in the middle of a bad-tempered Merseyside Derby (when are they not?), Everton defender Mason Holgate did something incredibly silly that provoked a verbal outburst from Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino . In the 42nd minute with the Blu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 10:53 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today Lineups Everton Starting XI - Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Jagielka, Martina; Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Rooney; Bolasie, Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson Subs: Robles, Williams, Baningime, Davies, Vlasic, Lookman, Niasse Liverpool Starting XI -...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 10:34 PM
no Everton fought hard at Anfield today. It wasn’t enough. I know you’re tired of hearing that. I am too. Stuff happened, though. Sam Allardyce indicated that Everton would attack more in this match, and they did indeed. The end product wasn’t always there, but the Blues looked better in possessi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 9:18 PM
Have the Toffees finally found a replacement for Romelu Lukaku? Everton have finally completed the signing of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun for a fee in the region of £27m including multiple add-ons. The personal terms agreed with the player are reported to be for a four-and-a-half year deal at £12...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 5:45 PM
Took about six months longer but it’s finally done Ross Barkley has left Everton for Chelsea today, both clubs have confirmed . The transfer fee agreed upon per reports is about £15m with the player’s current contract with the Toffees about to expire at the end of this season. | Ross Barkley has...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 5:30 PM
Boyhood Blue bids farewell, closes timeline with the Toffees If you thought the departure of Romelu Lukaku from Everton over the summer was acrimonious, then Ross Barkley leaving the Toffees in the lurch will have you fuming. However, it’s not been all bad with the Wavertree-born lad in his fourt...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 4:00 PM
Can the Toffees pull an upset at Anfield? Traditionally, the third round FA Cup match is a chance for Premier League teams to rest key players after the insanity of the holiday period. Following three games in a week, clubs often face second, third, or fourth-tier opposition, a welcome break. Eve...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 1:00 PM
It’s a rare FA Cup derby for control of Merseyside. Everton ’s season has come down to this competition. The Blues have already been knocked out of both the Europa League and Carabao Cup. In the Premier League, they seem safe from relegation, but extremely far from the top four places. If the Tof...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 9:00 AM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions. In today’s mailbag we cover everything from canned foods to boy bands. And a liiiiiiiitle bit of soccer. But first, on this most anxious and exciting of days, let’s warm up with a song! (Sung to the tune of “You ’ re Off to Great...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 7:00 AM
In today’s links: previewing the FA Cup derby, the latest transfer notes and quotes from Allardyce It sure sounds like Everton are quite close on securing Cenk Tosun. But if rumours are to be believed, the list of outgoing players is set to far surpass the amount of talent arriving at Goodison Pa...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Jan 5 6:00 AM
Merseyside Derby part two for this season Everton got their less-than-a-dream draw for the third round of the FA Cup when they got matched up against cross-city rivals Liverpool in the second instalment of the Merseyside Derby for the season. The Premier League game ended up 1-1 despite the Reds...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 11:48 PM
Wonder if he’ll get shy in the medical room again The latest rumor on Ross Barkley to Chelsea have bid about 15m for the Englishman’s services. Frankly, the way I personally feel about Chelsea, I wouldn’t sell them a two legged mule for that price, but this is where we sit. These reports come fro...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 9:14 PM
Galloway has not had the best of times on Wearside Sunderland boss Chris Coleman has confirmed loanee Brendan Galloway could be sent back to Everton early. Galloway joined the Black Cats on a season-long loan in the summer but has struggled for regular action at the Stadium of Light. Photo by Sam...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 7:39 PM
Is Big Sam ready to ditch his favoured defensive tactics for the trip to Anfield? Sam Allardyce is insists a draw “isn’t good enough” and will set out his team to beat Liverpool at Anfield on Friday. Allardyce employed some ultra defensive tactics during the Premier League derby at Anfield last m...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 4:54 PM
Allardyce resigned to Barkley leaving the club this month For those Everton fans who were hoping against hope that Ross Barkley would change his mind about leaving the club after Ronald Koeman was sacked, it’s not happening. Despite what appear to be Sam Allardyce’s best efforts, the boyhood Blue...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 4:02 PM
The Toffees boss was quizzed about new arrivals and departures Sam Allardyce has offered an update on a number of transfer rumours that have been swirling around the club since the transfer window opened earlier this week. The headline news is confirmation that the club are closing in on a deal f...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 3:34 PM
Back to Anfield. We don’t often get two derbies in such quick succession, much less two away ones, and yet here we are. Just a few weeks ago Sam Allardyce’s Everton frustrated the piss out of Jurgen Klopp’s men, but Everton are in a spot of bad form, and Klopp will be ready to make adjustments. H...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 3:13 PM
Belgian’s stay at Goodison appears to be coming to an end There are plenty of rumors about who may leave Goodison during the current January transfer window , and when it comes to Kevin Mirallas , Sam Allardyce has confirmed the talks are more than rumor. When asked about the prospect of selling...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 9:25 AM
We take a look at how the Blues did in the last calendar year With 2017 now coming to a close, and the last of the Everton fixtures having been played, we can take a look at just how the Blues’ year has panned out, with a number of interesting statistics coming to light. The Toffees played 40 Pre...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 8:00 AM
Plenty of names have come up, but they largely don’t make sense The January transfer window is finally upon us, and Everton ’s in a bit of a weird place. After a slow start, the club is up to 9th in the Premier League, well within striking distance of seventh place — the highest realistic target...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 7:00 AM
In today’s links: Keane brags about Bolasie, Everton still in on N’Zonzi and the upcoming derby. The Premier League hot stove is heating up slowly but surely. It’s sounding like Everton are confident in bringing Cenk Tosun on board sometime soon. It will be interesting to find out who exactly is...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 6:42 AM
Manager finally sees what fans have been clamouring about Nikola Vlasic last showed up in an Everton matchday squad a week before Christmas when he was on the bench for the home win against Swansea City . Fans wondered where the young playmaker had disappeared to since that time, especially with...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Jan 4 5:00 AM
Deal is just about done, claims Turkish media The on-again, off-again Cenk Tosun transfer to Everton appears to be that much closer to completion after Turkish media sources claimed late on Wednesday that Besiktas had come to an agreement with the Toffees on a transfer fee. Tosun has been in Lond...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 3 5:30 PM
The hospital becomes increasingly hostile to sick infant. As reported here previously, Alfie Evans, an infant in the care of Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, and son of Everton fans Thomas and Kate Evans, had an important day in court as Alder Hey seeks to remove parental rights and end his life....
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 3 4:26 PM
There were lots of games over the hectic holiday period It has been a hectic couple of weeks in the Championship where most of Everton ’s loan contingent play, so we’ll try to do a quick recap of how each player has done over the fortnight. Kieran Dowell was on a goal-scoring tear to begin the mo...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 3 3:05 PM
Another big club in for the Spaniard. Oh look, another successful Spanish club near the top of the table is registering interest for Sandro. A few weeks ago, it was Valencia after the proven Spanish goalscorer, and now it’s Sevilla , who despite early season challenges sit in fifth place only two...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 3 3:05 PM
One for the record books The Everton Ladies have had one epic year. There were many great moments for the Blues in 2017, but we were able to cut it down to a list of ten: 10. Gabrielle George’s senior England Call up The defender received her first senior national call up for two England World Cu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 3 9:56 AM
Big Sam was guilty of a cardinal sin that dates back to the Koeman reign When Sam Allardyce came to Everton in December, he inherited a strange situation. The Toffees have a few very talented players, a host of promising youngsters, and a fair number of decent (if not spectacular) players with su...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 3 7:49 AM
In today’s links: The latest transfer rumours, Pickford’s critiques and Vlasic’s improvement It’s early January, and Everton’s window is already shaping up to be a bit disappointing. Yes, the club does need a frontline striker. Is Cenk Tosun that man? Who knows, but the Blues have been linked wit...