Experienced players key to Everton form
Sep21

Experienced players key to Everton form

On Saturday, Everton fielded six players aged 21 or under, and this steady stream of young talent being given opportunities to play is testament to what Roberto Martinez is hoping to achieve at Everton. Mixed into them were the extremely experienced heads to guide the youngsters through, but once again, the kids took the plaudits, with Stones and Barkley once again highlighted. But I’d like to take a look at a few players who have...

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The evolution of Ross Barkley
Sep07

The evolution of Ross Barkley

Since the introduction of Ross Barkley to the Everton first team, we have seen him play in a number of different roles. Where Barkley has shown most efficacy thus far in his career has been in playing in a position just behind Romelu Lukaku, as a secondary striker. He has shown an ability to drive past players, and is effective at striking the ball from outside the box. However, I feel that we are seeing signs that Barkley’s future...

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Everton must spend to keep players like Stones
Aug26

Everton must spend to keep players like Stones

“Roberto is in a new job and I’m sure he’ll get to understand how Everton work. I know exactly how Everton work.” – David Moyes As the news transpires that Everton have received a transfer request from John Stones, it emerges that Everton’s “project” has failed before it really started. When the Spaniard joined Everton from Wigan, he vowed to “find a way” to take the Toffees into the Champions League, and to put them...

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Why Everton’s build-up play must be faster
Aug10

Why Everton’s build-up play must be faster

Every season is a new beginning; a chance at success, of glory; an opportunity to right the wrongs of the previous year; a time for optimism and hope; freshness, invigoration and newness. We know all of the relevant cliches and hyperboles which get thrown around by pundits in the media, and indeed by the clubs themselves, but this year feels a little too similar at Goodison, despite the new season quickly approaching. Throughout last...

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If Stones goes, where should the money go?
Jul27

If Stones goes, where should the money go?

Firstly, I’d like to clarify that I do not want the club to sell John Stones. I think that he is irreplaceable in the market, and it would be extremely damaging for the club and send entirely the wrong message to others at the club with huge ambition (Barkley, Lukaku, Coleman). I also think that it would be a bad time to sell Stones, as I think after another 12 months at the club, it wouldn’t just be Chelsea looking to sign him, but...

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Everton prove they are shrewd again
Jul13

Everton prove they are shrewd again

So pre-season is now underway and we have two new signings to behold, and two very familiar faces. Everton have completed the permanent signing of Gerard Deulofeu, who played a bit-part role in the 13/14 season as a loan addition. We have made the move permanent for a fee believed to be around £4.2m, albeit with a buy-back fee agreed, should Barcelona wish to call on it. The other new signing is Tom Cleverley – the much-maligned...

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