Everton sign Felipe Mattioni

by | 30/10/2015  49 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton have given a contract to Felipe Mattioni, the former Espanyol defender who has recently been on trial at Finch Farm.

The 27-year-old Brazilian was a free agent this summer following an injury-plagued spell with the Spanish club and was a surprise inclusion in a recent Under-21s game in which he notched an assist and gave away a penalty for David Unsworth's side.

He has signed on until the end of the season and been sent out on a month's loan to Doncaster Rovers along with Conor Grant.

Mattioni was signed on a season-long loan by AC Milan from Brazilian side Grêmio in 2009 and then had a season on loan with Mallorca making 21 appearances over the two years.

He then moved to Espanyol on a permanent basis but successive cruciate ligament injuries in his left then his right knee restricted him to just 10 games in five years.

The right back now gets a chance to resurrect his career with Everton, starting with his loan spell in League One with Doncaster.  

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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 30/10/2015 at 17:36:28
Bizarre this one, but I suppose this is the death knell for Hibbo then.
Paul Gahan
2 Posted 30/10/2015 at 17:45:58
Donny on a cold winters night will find out if this lad is up to it or not I suppose.
Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 30/10/2015 at 17:47:06
Seems like a straight replacement for Alcaraz. It's important for physio morale to have one perpetually injured player. Alcaraz, AVDM, Pistone was the best one. He was injured for the entire length of his contract, left, got fit over the summer, then re signed and got injured again.

This lad sounds quite promising. Two cruciates to his name already. 21 games in two years is a little on the high side. But with RMs training we can probably knock that down to 4 or 5 with a couple of hamstring injuries. I'd like to have seen us fill this spot with Kieran Dyer who's got a few long term injuries left in him but we will see how this lad does.

Steve Guy
4 Posted 30/10/2015 at 17:57:03
What's the point?
Armando Canaj
5 Posted 30/10/2015 at 18:03:41
Kieran (#2) – Great post, but I suspect Gibson will do his bit to keep the physios busy. God love 'em!
Colin Glassar
6 Posted 30/10/2015 at 18:07:10
No one was better than AVDM, Kieran. He was a special case. Traore must hold the record though for minutes played.
Paul Jeronovich
7 Posted 30/10/2015 at 18:08:49
Probably on low wages and sent out to get some fitness. You never know? Then again why am I kidding myself.
Thomas Surgenor
8 Posted 30/10/2015 at 18:08:54
Out on loan to prove his fitness? (Or was his performance in the U21s enough to suggest it was a mistake?)

If he is out to prove his fitness, when he returns, is he ahead or behind young Browning for the right back slot?

If he is behind, then I really don't see much point in signing the 27-year-old.

Kase Chow
9 Posted 30/10/2015 at 18:09:14
Great post, Kieran (#3).
Tom Cuffe
10 Posted 30/10/2015 at 18:16:31
Is Tony Hibbert still with us?
John Keating
11 Posted 30/10/2015 at 18:42:33
We must be loaded if we can sign more dross like this guy...
Peter Weaver
12 Posted 30/10/2015 at 18:58:32
I wouldn't want to let our physios loose on me. Not with their record!

Seems our club now has money to burn - or owed an agent mate a favour!

Trevor Lynes
13 Posted 30/10/2015 at 19:11:41
27 is a bit old to sign and loan out?
CJ Gibson
15 Posted 30/10/2015 at 19:44:19
Mr Weaver, I think you've hit the nail on the head. Guess who his agent is? Rhymes with Rino Maiola and he likes giving irritating interviews...

Some kind of brinksmanship, surely.

Harold Matthews
16 Posted 30/10/2015 at 20:00:07
Glad we're giving this terrific player a chance. He's had terrible luck and doesn't deserve the scrapheap. A real attacking right back with tremendous skill and pace.
Eugene Ruane
17 Posted 30/10/2015 at 20:18:08
10 games in 5 years?

I'll be impressed if he recognises a ball.

Sean Kelly
18 Posted 30/10/2015 at 20:31:35
FFS not another rehab. Harold, I bow to your superior knowledge but he hasn't don't much flying lately. I'm all for improving our squad but this is stretching credibility a bit

I hope I'm wrong. Maybe we will get a Traore moment out of him and then he will be off to God knows where... Our medical dept must be on a par with Harley Street by now.
Gerard Carey
19 Posted 30/10/2015 at 20:46:15
Maybe he is a goalkeeper!!!!!!! Solves the Howard/Robles debate!!!.
Peter Mills
20 Posted 30/10/2015 at 21:02:19
Thanks, H (#14), interesting perspective.
Kieran Kinsella
21 Posted 30/10/2015 at 21:48:20
Forgot about Traore. Has he ever played another game for us or anyone else since his sensational debut?
Tony Doran
22 Posted 30/10/2015 at 21:56:35
Remember paying £60k for a write-off like him before. Reidy anyone?
Andrew Presly
23 Posted 30/10/2015 at 22:21:54
Not only is he a football fraud, he's a financial fraud. This is a scam to get a good player this goon shares an agent with or washing money for Martinez personally. No other explanation is credible.
Anthony Dwyer
24 Posted 31/10/2015 at 01:18:08
I'm sure this is just a shot in the dark, almost with a view to a free right-back who's available to back up Coleman. Browning has already stated he's not a right-back but a centre-half by trade so maybe if this lad can prove to stay relatively fit, he could allow us to send Browning out on loan from January.

Hibbert was finished three years ago so we can't really class him as back-up either. One person I'd have liked to have seen us take is another Brazilian right-back from Man Utd during last summer in Raphael. That's all history now so not to dwell on it, so best of luck to this lad I suppose.

Minik Hansen
25 Posted 31/10/2015 at 03:08:07
Kieran Kinsella, I think he played for Monaco the other week.

OTOH, maybe a long-term backup for the European games? Who knows.

Duncan McDine
26 Posted 31/10/2015 at 05:55:25
Rumours have trended on Twitter that some of the lads from Alder Hey are planning a surprise visit to Finch Farm physio dept.

One of the young patients commented: "It's worth it just to see the smiles on their faces... They're an inspiration to us all when you bear in mind that many of them will never kick a ball again."

Ian Bennett
28 Posted 31/10/2015 at 08:58:03

Why do we keep wasting money on such injury-prone players. We have enough deadwood, without adding more. Browning is fine as cover.

We'd be better off turning this list of deadwood into genuine first XI starters instead of filling the stands. At an average of £30k a week, and some will be on more, we are paying £17M-20M+ a season. I know we need squad cover, but the below list needs to be halved with, two or three class players coming in.

1. Oviedo
2. Gibson
3. Kone
4. Naismith
5. Pienaar
6. McGeady
7. Hibbert
8. Howard
9. Lennon
10. Osman
11. Barry

Steve Brown
29 Posted 31/10/2015 at 09:29:24
Ian @26, Naismith, Barry, Lennon and Oviedo should not be on that list. I agree with the rest though.
Phil Sammon
30 Posted 31/10/2015 at 09:55:59
Less bad players, more good players.

Why has nobody suggested this before???

Jon Withey
31 Posted 31/10/2015 at 10:17:13
#28 Genius.

For a start, Browning is a better centre-half than right-back.

And we just lost Jagielka. And Stones might get his head turned.

This guy might ultimately be a good-value back-up for right-back.

I'll assume the money involved isn't huge. And he'll certainly break down at Doncaster if he's made of glass.

Anthony Flack
32 Posted 31/10/2015 at 10:23:51
Boooooooo to all you negative posters (other than the couple containing great humour) neither you or I have any idea what will happen, so why not look at the bright side, he might work out as a successful risk. He might not.

Good luck to the lad; if he survives Doncaster (which makes Widnes look posh, and warm) he might have something about him!

Mike Hayes
33 Posted 31/10/2015 at 10:50:39
With Martinez's great ability to track a crock, we are going to be a good scraping-of-the-barrel club and be a great laughing stock to the rest of the Premier League, but a great place for crocks to end their careers on a fat wedge.

Whether or not he turns out to be bargain of the year, only time will tell... but at whose expense? I chant the same mantra: Martinez and his staff of crock finders need to go as soon as... before we nose-dive even further.

Paul Thompson
34 Posted 31/10/2015 at 11:06:37
It's low risk, guys. He's got a contract until the end of the season. The wages are almost certainly negligible. The guy obviously has talent and if he can prove his fitness we have at worst a decent back-up right-back on our hands.
Ognjen Mojovic
35 Posted 31/10/2015 at 13:14:17
Maybe, if I wish hard enough, Everton will sign me to? I'm three and a half years younger and have similarly small number of games in my career! What's next: open trials every season?
Peter Weaver
36 Posted 31/10/2015 at 13:56:29
Let's face it, we are signing other clubs'/agents' rubbish these days and it reflects badly on our club.

How anybody can liken this guy to Peter Ried's situation when Howard signed him is beyond belief. By the time he got to us, Reidy was one of the most talented midfielders in the game and, in spite of injury, was renowned for just gritting his teeth and giving MotM performances!

And he did.

Richard Reeves
37 Posted 31/10/2015 at 20:11:44
What am I not getting here?

We've got Coleman, Browning and Pennington... all capable of first team football and next season Holtgate might be pushing for a place... so who of the above does Martinez think is shit?

Mark Stone
38 Posted 01/11/2015 at 03:35:48
That Ognjen Mojoviv sounds like a good prospect. I've heard he's got all the attributes of an Everyon player. First touch of Lukaku, goal scoring prowess of Tony Hibbert and like Per Kroldrup in the air. Let's offer him 3 years before Newcastle pop in and snap him up from under our feet!

Duncan #25 ... Love it!

Alan McMillan
39 Posted 01/11/2015 at 19:47:54
Duncan (#25), I nearly choked on the last of my Halloween peanuts reading that!
Harold Matthews
40 Posted 02/11/2015 at 04:19:03
Martinez probably remembers Mattioni's 22-yard wonder volley past De Gea.

A great goal indeed but on a serious note, I think we're trying to help this lad out. Left Brazil when he was 21, suffered severe injuries to both knees and is stoney broke. His last club stopped his wages and, despite no injury problems for three years, no other club would take him on.

After training with us for 5 or 6 weeks, he looked very useful in a recent U21 game and we have sent him to Doncaster for a month. His wage will not be much more than academy buttons or the League One club would not have taken him on.

With most of our squad on £2 or 3 million a year, a few coppers to help a young professional footballer regain his honour and get back on his feet is something which pleases me very much. It also makes me proud to be an Evertonian.

Ognjen Mojovic
41 Posted 02/11/2015 at 08:34:02
I think, that I should apologise for the content of my previous post on this article. It was disrespectful towards Mr Mattioni and Everton.
Colin Glassar
42 Posted 02/11/2015 at 08:48:57
Interesting read, Harold. We are not a charity but, if he's as talented as you say, what have we got to lose?

Munir El Haddadi excites me a lot more tbh.

Jim Lloyd
43 Posted 02/11/2015 at 08:55:27
Why not see what the lad can do. If it doesn't work out, we've lost very little, if he comes through alright, then it might just be we have a good player for the squad.

If Harold's seen him play, and rates him as a decent player, then the only question will be about his ability to stay fit. Seems a good risk to me.

Do you reckon Munir might cost a lot Colin?!

Harold Matthews
44 Posted 02/11/2015 at 11:46:57
Cheers Colin, nothing wrong with us being charitable for a good cause. As for Munir. Well, I guess you're a bit tongue in cheek with that one. We'd love him but so would every club in the world.

I'd certainly settle for Duncan Watmore, the Sunderland kid who came on and ran rings round Coleman and Stones. The way he destroyed Browning and our U21s last season will live long in the memory. He was also voted the best player in the Euro U20s tournament. A great prospect indeed.

Harold Matthews
45 Posted 02/11/2015 at 19:53:54
Colin. On the crystal ball again. Munir unsettled at Barca. Jeeps.
Colin Glassar
46 Posted 02/11/2015 at 20:03:00
No crystal ball, Harold, I read a lot of the Spanish football sites and this one has been bubbling under the surface for a few days now.

Jim, I think we could get him for around the same amount we got Geri for (£4.5M). He will definitely have a buy-back clause as these kids have so much potential but little hope of first team action for the foreseeable future. I still haven't given up hope that we might still get Sergi Roberto though.

Tony J Williams
47 Posted 03/11/2015 at 12:52:43
Apparently Arsenal are keeping an eye on Watmore...

Hope we get in before them.

Andrew Ellams
48 Posted 03/11/2015 at 13:02:01
As good as Kone was on Sunday, he's not getting any younger. Watmore looks a good replacement from what I've seen in the last few months.
Kieran Fitzgerald
49 Posted 03/11/2015 at 13:50:23
The only way we'll get Watmore is if a) no-one else higher up the supposed pecking order wants him, and b) Sunderland get relegated and go into administration at the same time and have to sell him for what we can afford at present, £5-10M.
Sam Hoare
50 Posted 03/11/2015 at 13:50:55
Munir, Watmore and Sergi Roberto. Add in a goalkeeper and that's our January transfer window sorted!

On a serious note, I think we have established now how much Lukaku benefits from having another forward next to him with the strength and technique to hold it up and the nous to make some good runs (ie, Kone not Naismith). If Kone gets crocked again, we have no-one else of that ilk and I think maybe we should.

William Cartwright
51 Posted 03/11/2015 at 14:57:07
Harold has it just right; we are not a charity but there was and still could be a wonderful player there. Look at the Kone scenario. His quality on Saturday was not just the finishing. There were assists, link-up play, 100% commitment and no mean skill.

Nothing to be ashamed of in that we can't simply go out and buy success like the Man Utd, Man City, RedShite way of doing things. We have one of, if not the best youth development strategies in the country. I am immensely proud of that. Our business model is different, through necessity perhaps or part choice.

I fully support the commercial caution that goes with the territory, in fact it's one of the reasons I am proud to be an Evertonian. The Club has heart, gentlemen, real heart...

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