Gbamin seals £23m Everton move

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Alex Grimm
Updated Everton have tied up the £23m transfer of Jean-Philippe Gbamin after the Mainz midfielder flew in to undergo a medical.

The Blues had agreed the deal with FSV Mainz 05 for the Ivorian and all that remained was for his physical exam to be completed and the forms signed to finalise his personal terms on a five-year contract.

Gbamin, 23, broke into the Lens first-team in 2013 after spells with Aire-sur-la-Lys and US Saint-Quentin Blessy's youth setups.

Mainz brought him to the Bundesliga three years ago as a promising France U21 international but he switched his international allegiance to Ivory Coast, the country of his birth, shortly afterwards and he has been capped 11 times to date.

Gbamin has effectively been brought in to replace Idrissa Gueye who joined Paris Saint-Germain this week but he can also operate as a centre-half if needed. He will wear the No. 25 jersey.

“It's a big moment with a lot of emotion and now it's on me to prove on the pitch why they bought me,” Gbamin said.

“I'm excited because Everton is a great club here in England with a big history and ambition so I didn't think for more than a moment — I wanted to come here.”  

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James Flynn
1 Posted 02/08/2019 at 13:56:26
Brands is something.

Too bad we didn't get him when Moshiri first tried to sign him.

Jason Broome
2 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:01:11
I think the club are waiting to unveil both Kean and Gbamin together hence the delay.
Mark Burton
3 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:09:06
Good signing this, what's happening with over rated Zaha?
Joe Corgan
4 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:11:46
Jack Convery
5 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:17:30
Things are boiling up nicely so it would appear. So far, everyone carrying the Brands brand has measured up so let's hope it continues. The guy appears to really know his business. No wonder Moshiri made him a director to stop him being poached. Given how he's handling things, he could well be a future chairman in the making.
Clarence Yurcan
6 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:20:23
I'm normally a pessimist (rhetorical question: Does being an Evertonian turn one into a pessimist, or does the club attract people who are pessimists already?) but it's hard not to be impressed by Brands. This guy is a magician. This and last summer we have signed a plethora of top-class young talent. Amazing!!
Tommy Carter
7 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:32:33
I think the club needs to start thinking of how we can retain Marcel Brands for the long term.
Jason Broome
8 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:46:53

I spoke with Marcel Brands a couple of months ago. He has a natural charisma and charm that I didn't expect. He also comes across as a sincere, nice dude.

I'm not surprised that he manages to bring the likes of Bernard, Gomes and Mina to the club in the face of so much competition.

After the brief conversation I went about my day with absolute trust that the club was in good hands.

Tom Bowers
9 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:50:03
So much ''happening'' but not yet carved in stone.

Hopefully some of these ''happenings'' will bear fruition soon and we can get to see a big improvement in this team's results.

Jamie Crowley
10 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:54:04
Great news. Now let's announce Kean and Gbamin already!

I'd really like something official before the weekend. If not, good things come to those that wait.

Josh Barber
11 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:54:59
Hoping they're both announced before the weekend is over so I can finally relax. Might be a bit greedy to say we still need a CB and RB and possibly a winger.
Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:55:24
The Sun is quoting the Times as reporting Brands has asked Chelsea for another loan of Zouma.

But of course what Zouma himself said ten days ago was: “I enjoyed my time at Everton but I'm a Chelsea player and we'll see what will happen now in the future. I think it will be here at Chelsea... I'm a Chelsea player and I want to do well to get my chance and be here.”

Brian Williams
13 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:55:58
Where did you see him mate? Wasn't on the Wirral was it? I know where he lives and I've already had an injunctoin taken out against me! 🤣
Hugh Jenkins
14 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:56:53
Zouma - from a twitter posting by "Dogs of War @evertonfutbol" and "atbenjwinstanley" both are apparently well established ITK with a long history of previous "right calls" on transfer targets etc.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
15 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:02:04
But if we need cover for Right Back have we not got Cuco Martina?

At least this time he would be on his stronger side.

Jamie Crowley
16 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:03:41
I think this resurfacing of Zouma to Everton is pie-in-the-sky.

I highly doubt it'll happen.

But, keep hope alive.


Tommy Carter
17 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:06:02
@20 Phil

I think if you read between the lines, ‘cover' means competition. And competition means finding a player who is capable of putting Coleman on the bench

Soren Moyer
18 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:08:55
That's fantastic news but we need a second striker as well (beside Ke-an).
Frank Sheppard
19 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:11:21
If true, and happening, it's all looking very encouraging.
Craig Walker
20 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:18:40
icliverpool are saying Gbamin has passed his medical. Just need to get Kean done now and then move onto our next targets.
Gary Jones
21 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:24:46
Does Harold Shipman do the medicals ??
James Hughes
22 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:26:44
Jamie have you been at the bushmills again mate? That link has left me baffled
Dan Brierley
23 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:39:38
Gary 26, absolute class
Gary Fenton
25 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:46:29
All good news but lets get this official far to much speculation
Jer Kiernan
26 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:46:53
@26 Gary -They are due to make a film of his life starring Robert De Niro tittled "The (Auld) Deer Hunter" :B

Sorry ill get my coat !!

Daniel A Johnson
27 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:49:32
Brickhead has gone to man Utd for £80M!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

World has gone mad cue Paul merson

Mike Gaynes
28 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:51:28
I am laughing so hard at Morons United flushing 㿼 million on that bridge tower.

THAT'S the world's most expensive defender????

Daniel A Johnson
29 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:56:19
Unbelievable Mike shows how desperate Utd are and how bad Woodward is at negotiating deals, makes me glad we've got Brands.
James Marshall
30 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:57:26
The fee is high (for Maguire) but personally I'd have him at Everton. He's a quality defender. I'm not sure why you lot are having a pop at him.

Gbamin looks decent as well, and handy he can play centre half as well as midfield. Looks a good buy.

Mark Tanton
31 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:58:25
Maguire is class. He'll be brilliant at Man Utd. Good luck to him.
Daniel A Johnson
32 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:58:42
James people here were crying at the thought of £60M for Zaha but £80M for Maguire is now ok???????? You alright?
Daniel A Johnson
33 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:59:54
The worlds most expensive defender is Harry Maguire . ha ha ha ha ha ha
James Marshall
34 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:00:06
Daniel - I never said I agree with the fee - clubs set the fees, so they're never of concern to me. I merely said Maguire is a quality footballer, despite you taking the piss out of him as though he's no good.
Daniel A Johnson
35 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:00:32
Taking the piss out of his Fee James
James Marshall
36 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:01:54
As I said, clubs set the fees - you either pay it or end up with rubbish players. That's the market we're all working with. You can take the piss all you like, but it's reality today.
Joe Corgan
37 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:03:00
Still not sure why we let Kenny go to Germany and left ourselves short at right back. It's not like he was totally out of his depth last season. He did a decent job in a struggling team I thought.
Daniel A Johnson
38 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:04:36
Wonder how much the fact he is also English bumped up the fee?

I guess looking at it if the shite paid £75M for Dyke then I guess Leicester had to hold out for similar.

James Marshall
39 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:05:44
Yep, PL teams have more money than most in Europe so the fees are inflated. It's all relative though, so the fees are quite skewed versus the money clubs have nowadays.
Steve Ferns
40 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:05:53
Mike, let's not forget Maguire's career trajectory. So he's a Sheffield lad and came through the Sheff Utd youth system. They were in freefall at the time and he played 3 full seasons for them, all of them in League 1. He then stepped up to the Premier League with Hull and barely played, and was shipped out on loan to Wigan in the Championship. The next year he was in and out of the side as Steve Bruce got Hull promoted once more. Hull were then in a complete mess and had a squad of about 10 players, causing Bruce to resign knowing relegation was inevitable without new players. Then Phelan stepped up and had no choice but to play Maguire who looked a bit shaky, and was really third choice. Phelan was then sacked and cue our own Marco who suddenly made him first choice and transformed him into what he is now, that 6 months being the platform to get him into the England side and a big money transfer to Leicester. Okay he was in the England side as a Leicester player, but it was August and he'd played about 3 games for Leicester so it was really on his Hull performances.

in the run up to the Everton v Leicester game, Silva had the following to say about Maguire:

"When I joined Hull, he didn't play enough matches until that point. He was third choice behind Michael Dawson and Curtis Davies. With me he played always. I saw in him fantastic qualities to achieve something really important in the future. He's a very good player, he's strong, he has quality. He had many things to improve because he didn't play at a high level when he was younger and he's achieved it through hard work."

Mike Gaynes
41 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:06:09
Mark, that's the first time I've ever seen the word "brilliant" applied to Maguire.

I consider him to be what you guys call "bang average" or a bit above.

Steve, I'd say Silva's description of Maguire nicely matches what he said about Keane last fall. And I think Keane is every bit as good a defender as Maguire. Granted Maguire scores a couple more goals every year, but I think Keane makes fewer mistakes at the back. And he cost 1/3.

Kevin Prytherch
42 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:09:22
Didn't he move to Leicester the same season we got Keane? They were the two standout centre backs in the championship at the time.

We should have bought them both.

Sandra Bowen
43 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:11:01
This is bad news for any hope of getting in Zouma isn't it. In terms of a huge hike in price I mean.
Steve Ferns
44 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:11:42
Yes, Kevin. Only, they both played in the Premier League, albeit Maguire was just relegated with Hull, whilst Keane had an excellent season with Burnley.
Mark Tanton
45 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:12:22
I think he will come on in leaps and bounds at Man Utd, Mike and will indeed prove brilliant.
Daniel A Johnson
46 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:13:27
i would describe Maguire as solid if unspectacular.

But £80M jesus H

Mark Tanton
47 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:13:59
Maguire couldn't get in the side initially as, very difficult to fathom, he was behind Alex Bruce (baffling, that one). Once he came in though he was very good and became a regular.
Mike Gaynes
48 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:16:40
Kev #47, they are very similar players in both style and ability, with a similar weakness (pace), so I'm not sure that would have worked out.

Mark #50, if you're right I will hold up my hand and salute your prescience. In my opinion he is already as good as he will ever be, and that's a bridge tower with some swashbuckle to him.

Julian Wait
49 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:28:15
I saw Maguire for Hull against Chelsea at the bridge. It was the game where a fella got knocked out and we all thought he was dead (it did end his career). Maguire stood out in a very poor Hull side who have it a go until Hazzard came on, but Maguire also looked a bit heavy /slow for the modern game. I wasn't 100%0 sure but I thought we should have picked him up tbh as I thought a bit of fitness work and he could be a good CH or DM. I just want sure about his pace but be seemed to do well against a strong Chelsea team.

I never thought he'd be worth 80m though. I still think Keane is perhaps a better player. We will see

Steve Ferns
51 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:35:45
Mark, you mean Alex Bruce, son of the then manager Steve Bruce? Smacked of nepotism at the time, but then again Steve Bruce did a great job and got them back up against all the odds.
Mark Frere
52 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:46:48
I can't believe people labeling Maguire as 'average'. He turns much quicker than our very own Kean. He reads the game excellently and is brilliant at playing the ball out from defence. I've watched him have many centre forwards in his pocket. He will be a massive success at Man Utd. One of my mates is a Blades fan who used to watch Maguire week-in, week out and he says Maguire was superior to Jagielka... and he really rated Jags. We did well to get rid of a bang average centre-back called John Stones who has never developed into the around defender that Maguire is.
Mark Tanton
53 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:46:58
Yes Steve, it was Alex Bruce who was getting in ahead of Maguire and others for a while. He did have some qualities - bravery and good old fashioned defending, but not a huge amount else.
Martin Nicholls
54 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:01:24
Any reason why a thread about OUR potential dining of Gbamin has turned into a discussion about Harry Maguire? Stick to the subject lads - this is an Everton site!
Josh Barber
55 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:12:42
Looks like Gbamin passed his medical and we're just waiting on Everton's announcement now.

On Maguire - he's a fantastic player. 䀁 million is too high but you have to admit it looks a signing that will begin to transform that sorry Man Utd team.

Jerome Shields
56 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:22:23
Really impressed with Gbamin. In my opinion he covers the defensive midfield position vacancy and offers deeper cover at Centre back. The main improvement is going forward , particularly pass completion and link play, which Gueye could have been better at. A tendency of Gueye to risk a inaccurate pass, lossing possession was his main weakness. At. PSG he could have problems with this, but I hope he won't.

I was in a restaurant and there where two Man U fans discussing pre season, players and the team. They where frustrated by mixed signals and a lack of confidence in the new Manager and Woodward. I said that their conversation reminded me of Everton. After Sir Alex left the whole inadequacy of both Executive and Management on of the pitch was exposed. Without changes, a untried Manager and player power there was no rhyme or reason on the way forward. They both totally agree. I told them it will take 5 years to sort out, that's if a start is made now.

The purchase of Maguire for £80 million is ridiculous. There is no system for him to fit into and the new Manager is going to struggle.

If Brands can get Zouma on loan , as well as these other signings, I would suggest that the lack of corporate governance in appointing Brands to the Board should be ignored and he should be made Chairman immediately.

Mike Gaynes
57 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:23:59
Martin #60, good luck with that! One of the best things about TW is the tangents we go off on. Besides, mentioning Keane makes these comments Everton-qualified.

Mark #58, so the Marks are unified in their regard for Maguire. But Mark my words, Marks, he won't improve them a bit.

James Hughes
58 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:28:02
Martin, when are we dining with Gbamin? Is it an invite-only meal? :)
Peter Doran
59 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:31:24
To think we had the opportunity to buy Maguire from Hull under Koeman and he turned it down for £19m
We would of had Maguire and Keane as a central defence
Neil Thomas
60 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:32:13
Martin 55
Well said, what's that got to do with us, we finally start signing players, and everyone wants to talk about another team.
Brian Williams
61 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:33:44
Altogether now. "Who the fuck are Man Uniiiiiited?"
Brian Williams
62 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:35:47
Hey Mike Gaynes. Remember my bam bam bam bam post? Well it looks like we're only two bams short of my prophecy coming true! 😁
Stephen Davies
63 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:37:09
5 yr Contract
Mike Gaynes
64 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:40:05
Peter #59, not sure that's true. The story is that Koeman turned down the chance to sign both Maguire and Robertson from Hull... but as far as I know, the only source for that story is Allardyce in a radio interview last year. And I wouldn't take his word for anything.
Dermot Byrne
65 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:41:45
Special meeting in pub arranged here next weekend to pool linguistic skills and decide on prononciation (sic) of new players.

My mate S still struggling with Smith but he is a Kirkdale lad!

Mike Gaynes
66 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:42:15
Windin' up for more BAMs, Brian!

I will now sing the song you suggested. Please harmonize.

Kevin Jones
67 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:42:31
Anyone tell me the difference between “on the verge” and “imminent “ please. Answers on a postcard or sealed down envelope.
David Pearl
68 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:46:30
I think this signing spells the end for Schneiderlin especially. We need this type of player so that we can play on the front foot knowing we have cover. Tall too, that will help in box boxes.

But now please... another forward.

Dermot Byrne
69 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:49:22
Sorry Kev. No stamps.

“On the verge” refers to being close to the road but still safe.

“Inmetent” obviously refers to camping out when 8 years old and a great but sadly long ago memory.

I get tired of educating people on TW!

Brian Williams
70 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:49:28
Mike, I think we should wait for the Abrahams and do it in the style of a barber shop quartet!
Jay Harris
71 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:50:00
Kevin imminent means you are about to arrive at the verge.

On the verge means you are about to go over it. LOL

Dermot Byrne
72 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:52:10
I take a bow Jay!
Jack Convery
73 Posted 02/08/2019 at 18:00:13
Reports he's passed the medical. £27m and a 5 year contract. 5 years younger than Gueye and maybe less in wages ? Brands iron strikes again.
Mike Gaynes
74 Posted 02/08/2019 at 18:05:44
It is no longer imminent. It is impending.
Jamie Crowley
75 Posted 02/08/2019 at 18:08:40
Don't like “impending”.

Has some weird, doom connotation to it Mike!

Jason Broome
76 Posted 02/08/2019 at 18:12:43
Brian @13

You are a funny dude.

I had a conversation with him on Bill Kenwrights phone (long story).

Between Moshiri's millions, Gomes' hair and Marcels' charm I think Everton Labs Plc. are scientifically breading the perfect human.

If Maguire was foreign he would have gone (at the most) for 30 - 40 Million. No way is he a better defender than Zouma. 80 Million is crazy money. The world has gone mad!

Paul Burns
77 Posted 02/08/2019 at 18:25:07
Until we win trophies we haven't got the right to take the piss out of other clubs signings or fees paid.
We've wasted fortunes ourselves on absolute garbage.
Lets not get carried away with these two signings either when or if they ever happen.
The only thing that matters is winning trophies, we're not here to make players and agents rich and we're currently in the biggest trophy drought in our club's history if people have forgotten so wait til the silverwares in our hands before celebrating or getting excited.
Dermot Byrne
78 Posted 02/08/2019 at 18:30:58
Jamie, that is an interpretation we all share!
Philip Bunting
79 Posted 02/08/2019 at 18:36:33
Trying to work out our new midfield positions. I'm assuming the following nailed on playing with a lone striker in Kean.

Richarlison, Gomes, Gbamin, Sigurdsson, Delph.

Where does this leave Bernard, Davies, Schnederlin, Walcott,

Then dead wood.
Besic, McCarthy.


Joe Corgan
80 Posted 02/08/2019 at 18:45:00
Philip 79 - We need cover and rotation but I would expect our strongest midfield to consist of Gomes and Gbarmin in holding or deep-lying positions, with Sigurdsson behind the front man. Richarlison and Bernard wide.

Delph, Davies and Walcott as cover and options. Besic and McCarthy definitely on the way out with Schneiderlin a bit of a “wait and see.” He was better at the end of last season but not spectacular.

Just my thoughts.

Jay Harris
81 Posted 02/08/2019 at 18:52:38
I have a feeling Delph will play instead of Bernard in those games where we need a morephysical presence in MF and Bernard will pplay when we need to open teams up.

Also Gbamin may well play CB or in a back 3 unless we get Zouma or ANO in.

Steve Ferns
82 Posted 02/08/2019 at 18:56:08
Jay, Delph on the left wing? Really? Are you sure he has the skillset?

I think he'll slot in for Gomes or Sigurdsson.

Jason Broome
83 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:00:01
Paul Burns @77

I agree with most of your post however we do have the right to take the piss.

For far to long Man Utd have been a spearhead of an oligopoly of clubs driving player prices and wages to ridiculous lengths. To the point where Harry Maguire is worth as much as C Ronaldo at his peak!

They have helped themselves to our player pool. Under paying for Rooney and Lukaku whilst handing us their deadwood.

We are now beginning to compete in their market. Thankfully although we need a Centre Back we are not foolish enough to pay 80 Million for one.

It used to be about shrewd management. Kendalls team of the 80s was mostly cheap unknowns by comparison, but won almost everything.

Greed, Chairman, Agents and doing whatever it takes to stay on top has ruined the market.

Sorry to be petty but I hope it bites them in the arse and provides us with a chance to catch up and win said trophies.

Michael Williams
84 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:00:33
I recently saw an episode of ESPN FC where they discussed Maguire. He got rave reviews and one of the commentators who is from the UK said Maguire is the only English center back who is really able to carry the ball and that included John Stones. At that time they did not discuss the fee.

Clarence Yurcan
85 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:03:27
Jason #8, that is a cool story. Brands totally seems that way, he is a keeper for sure!
Gary Willock
86 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:06:30
Unless we sign another top class right winger, then I think the team Joe@80 suggests will be the starting line up.

However, I can also see us using 4-3-3 at times - particularly if we get ahead or just want to be solid and hit on break - with Siggy and Bernard sacrificed, Gomes, Gbamin and Delph in the middle, and (Pace) Walcott, Kean and Richie up top.

I also think Schneiderlin and Davies can still do a job in a midfield 3 too.

Lots of options, and with 1-2 extra top class additions we really should push for the top end! #COYB

Kevin Prytherch
87 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:06:38
I think that Delph may well play in front of An attacking player for some games, but I think it will be in a midfield 3 and Sigurdsson might be the one sacrificed. Especially if we are under the cosh

Silva talked about him offering something different to what we had, this is what I reckon he means.

Dick Brady
88 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:07:53
"We're Gbamin, hope you like Gbamin too".
Christy Ring
89 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:19:23
Delighted to see Gbamin in, a direct replacement for Gueye was essential.
Regarding Maguire, I know because he's English, added to his price, but he's not in the same league as Van DiJK.
Mark Frere
90 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:21:21
Mike Gaynes, Mark my words, the Marks are correct on this one! I don't post on here very often nowadays, but I will be posting at some point in the future to tell you "I told you so" when Maguire has indeed improved Man Utd's defence.
John Clowes
91 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:35:03
Just went on to Twitter to check out the #freezouma stuff and saw Everton have released a video showing we've signed this guy. Hopefully he'll get a bit of a run out tomorrow.
Pat Kelly
92 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:36:14
Get in Gbamin
Steven Sturm
93 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:36:17
Woohoo! Keep 'em coming.
Martin Berry
94 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:36:30
I think this player could be a real class act with a great engine and physical presence.
As for Harry Maguire who is getting an "airing" on this thread, he is the sort of player who Marcel Brands would have bought from Hull at £12m (plus add ons), two years later he is worth £80m
My point is that you don't need expensive signings if you know what you are looking at, hence Everton primarily buying young talent.
A great time to be an Evertonian and I feel next week is going to be very interesting too, welcome Wilf ?
Duncan McDine
95 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:38:13
Don't waste your time, we'll never sign him. Same old bloody story with Ev... ah my bad
John Hammond
96 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:38:33
Philip #79: I'd imagine only Besic and McCarthy will be leaving as we've got to think about injuries and rotation. Schneiderlin probably did enough last season to warrant not being sold.
David Nicholls
97 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:38:40
Done! Sky sports reporting a 5 year deal!
Hugh Jenkins
98 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:39:09
Gbamin has signed - picture on Grandoldteam website.
Frank Crewe
99 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:39:49
It's on the site. There he is.

Frank Wade
100 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:39:53
Official site confirm Gbamin signing
Steve Ferns
101 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:40:32
On the official site with a video. No confirmation of how to say his name though. He has good English which is important. He talks a good game.

He will wear number 25, which is his preferred number.

Dermot Byrne
102 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:43:01 know when Homer goes "Doh!"


James Marshall
103 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:44:13
This is how you say his name:


Steve Ferns
104 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:45:42
My missus said the same James, and she's also French African. However, Alan Myers said differently.
James Marshall
105 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:46:01
Also, Gbamin is not eligible to play tomorrow, and Kean will be confirmed as an Everton player tomorrow.
Graham Fylde
106 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:46:14
Let's do this Blues!
James Marshall
107 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:46:32
I'm going with your missus, Steve. So to speak.
Steve Ferns
108 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:48:25
Haha James, she was right about Digne, when she said we were saying it wrong as there was no é, for the ay sound we all made.
Brian Cleveland
109 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:48:39
Done deal, announced on official site
James Marshall
110 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:49:21
Digne is DEEN isn't it?

So that's Deen and Bammer

Steve Ferns
111 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:52:46
That'll do James, but it ain't perfect. We ain't French so we'll never get it spot on. But Deen is more accurate than Deen-yay or worse Dig-nyay. It's actually more like Deen but with a gn sound at the end that we English can't do.
James Marshall
112 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:54:37
Oh I dunno, Steve, I'm a fairly cunning linguist.
John Graham
113 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:59:00
A great signing

Another one bites the dust

Welcome to the pleasure dome

John Hammond
114 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:00:13
One thing I think we need to appreciate is that Gbamin is replacing a player who's tackling stats are rivalled by only a few players in world football and although he's a defensive minded player he is rather different to Gueye. Just something to take into consideration before any criticism is thrown his way when he doesn't reach the high levels Gueye did.

On another note I've been nerding it up and if you're at all curious here's how to pronounce the new boy's names. Gbamin = Baman (silent G). Kean = Ken.

Mark Tanton
115 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:00:20
Welcome lad. He's wearing 4. A good number these days for a combative midfielder. High status.
Francis van Lierop
116 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:01:39
I think Gbamin is another shrewd buy.
I wonder how soon after January (when it was known Gana was sure to leave) that he became a prospect, or the target?

On the topic of Marcel Brands, when I've got some time, I'll write some more about him.
Funny thing, I have a Feyenoord supporting mate, when I asked him about MB, he couldn't remember anything about him.
MB was a player there for 2 years, and for some funny reason, I can.
He was also T.D. at my local club AZ Alkmaar, and unearthed Moussa Dembélé (the Spurs one!)
My favourite player then. He was a striker then..

As for Maguire, a good defender, but 80m is silly money.
If the deal had gone down before the Nations League matches, the (Dutch) pundits will have pissed themselves laughing.
I lost the count how many times he lost the ball trying to go forwards. Not the brightest spark..

Steve Ferns
117 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:03:58
Mark, he is wearing 25. There's an article on the official site as to why.

Francis, we know little about Brands and right now, he's the Messiah to us Blues, so anything you can say about him will be greatly appreciated. I await your article like waiting for Moise Kean to sign!

Mark Tanton
118 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:05:38
Oh right, my mistake. EvertonFC Twitter said 4, must be a rogue account. I've been had.
Tony Abrahams
119 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:07:05
This window isn't over but it's already apparent that we are beefing up the size of our team, and not before time either for the ultra physical EPL.
Tony Hill
120 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:08:49
Quite right, Tony @119, his video clips show him regularly outmuscling opponents.
Andrew Ellams
121 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:10:04
Mark hes holding a no 25 shirt in the club photos
Steve Ferns
122 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:16:18
Not just that Tony, it's also a marked change from Gueye to Gbamin. Now I don't profess to know much at all about the lad, but the profile he has, and what he himself says he can offer the side, it's the change I expected and hoped for.

We lose the ultimate midfield hunter in Gueye. Someone who runs about Tackling and then struggles when he recovers position and lacks the positional discipline to really anchor a midfield and replace him with someone who has those qualities but less of them, and then better ball skills, and more positional discipline. Someone who is used to playing at the bottom of a midfield diamond. This means someone who can complement and work better with Gomes and so change the dynamic of the side.

He says it himself, one of his best qualities is "the transition". in other words, he can turn defence into attack, he does not need to play it sideways for someone else to do this because he lacks the passing ability. This means we can become much more of a counter-attacking side and hit sides harder on the break with faster transitions.

What we did best of all was win the ball in the final third. We were the number 1 at that in the Premier League last season. That's too far forwards for it all to be Gueye, in reality it was the strikers like Calvert-Lewin winning it back. So if Gbamin sits deeper and lets Gomes higher up the pitch we can change this stat into being more effective in terms of resulting in key chances, and more importantly, goals.

This change though brings a major problem. PACE. We need more pace at the back. We need Zouma's pace. Mina is pretty quick, but not over 10-20 yards. He will get in his stride and recover fast. But not as fast as Zouma. This is something we now need to address quickly.

Eric Myles
123 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:19:34
John #14, Baman and Ken just doesn't have the same ring to it as Barbie and Ken, or Batman and Robin either.
David Pearl
124 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:19:50
Anyone seen how happy Malcom is in his Zenit picture?

Maguire will definitely improve Utd. Just that they really need to improve a lot more than central defence.

I remember that horrid kopite Carra arguing with that horrid kopite Redknapp about whether VD would improve the team with Carra saying he wouldn't. Muppet.

We are looking okay at this point. A bit of trimming required of course and another striker maybe and l will be happy to see us through to the January window with what we have

James Marshall
125 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:20:53
If you look at this Link you'll get a good idea of him vs Gana last season.
Eric Myles
126 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:21:10
So how come Kean supposedly flew in for a medical earlier than this guy but still hasn't been announced as a signing?

Dodgy knees?

Liam Mogan
127 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:22:55
I have it from some German friends that this guy is an excellent addition. They were surprised we 'only' paid 㿅M.
James Marshall
128 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:23:00
Eric - Kean is flying in for his medical tomorrow. Not sure where you heard otherwise but he hasn't been in the UK at all, he's been at Raiola's place in Monaco waiting for the details to be sorted out.
Steve Ferns
129 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:23:26
Eric, he's still putting the final touches to his new "woah". Apparently, this is what he calls his goal celebration, a dance or a jig to you and me. Oh the FIFA generation make me feel old!
David Pearl
130 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:23:35
Dodgy Agent
Steve Ferns
131 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:24:46
James, I heard he was round at Mosh's place (in Mote Carlo) for some nosh. Scouse and chips apparently.
James Marshall
132 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:27:20
Pasta & scouse, surely?
Eric Myles
133 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:28:53
James & Steve, I just thought I'd heard for the last week that Kean was coming for his medical?

Been distracted though with being on holiday, hic!

Shaun Laycock
134 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:30:53
Good please. Kean tied up.
Steve Ferns
135 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:31:32
Eric, just rumours mate. No one has seen him yet. As James said, he boarded a plane for sure, destination was believed to be Monte Carlo. His agent and Farad Moshiri both live there, which is why I found it strange that it was reported that Raiola, said agent, flew into Liverpool this morning to finalise the deal? I'd have thought Brands would fly out to stay with Moshiri and sort it all out there and then for the player to fly in to Liverpool for the unveiling.
Lee Paige
136 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:33:09
While I miss Gueye I think this is positive move and will give us more purpose in midfield going forward. He's young and will only improve.
Tony Abrahams
137 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:40:06
That's the first thing I noticed about Gbamin, on his highlights reel Steve, because he reminded me of a basketballer, always looking to run forward at pace, and always looking to exploit the space in front of him.
Andrew Ellams
138 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:42:44
Remember folks Raiola also has the Lukaku deal on the go too.
Steve Ferns
139 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:44:31
Exactly Tony. He needs to improve his distribution somewhat, picking the right pass is essential. But he has the right coach for this. If he can keep winning the ball and surging forwards at speed, then the quick forwards can exploit space, in behind, and cause the opposition chaos as they are drawn to the ball and to back pedal as Richarlison and Bernard scurry for the ball over the top. This is where Kean comes in as he is a good link player and has good passing abilities, so perhaps a lay off to Sigurdsson or Gomes who can then use their creative skills to great a goal-scoring opportunity. He has a lot of qualities to really make us rip teams apart on the counter. I can really see why we signed him. Let's hope he can bring this to the Premier League as it's easier said than done.
Steve Ferns
140 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:45:02
Wrong Andrew. Raiola was sacked as Lukaku's agent.

Google it and you'll see loads of such links. It happened over 6 months ago, and his new agency is owned by Jay-Z the rapper and husband of Beyoncé!

Les Moorcroft
141 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:45:18
Meaning what?
Denis Richardson
142 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:52:27
Good to have another player in the ranks. He's got some big boots to fill so hope he works put. Don't know much about him myself so will wait and see.

Striker please.

David Pearl
143 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:57:45
Denis, I bet he has bigger boots than Gana.
Tim Drake
144 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:59:45
Isn't his name Jean-Philippe?! Not Jean-Pierre?

Don't know much about him but he seems to have been linked to various top 6 teams over the last 12 months so he must be highly thought of! Fingers crossed he can fill Gueye's big boots.

Albert Perkins
145 Posted 02/08/2019 at 21:01:23
G-G-G-G, G-G-G, Baman.

To the Batman theme.

Steve Ferns
146 Posted 02/08/2019 at 21:02:02
Tim, yes. Jean-Philippe Gbamin. Lyndon is on his way back from safari, according to his twitter feed. So he probably did this on the fly, pun intended.
Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
147 Posted 02/08/2019 at 21:08:59
JP = Jean-Phiippe...

Just spotted that — and fixed it. Thanks!

Steve Ferns
148 Posted 02/08/2019 at 21:18:52
Don't worry Michael, no one else saw it!
Brian Williams
149 Posted 02/08/2019 at 21:28:31

Btw Kean flies in to Manchester tomorrow.

Iakovos Iasonidis
150 Posted 02/08/2019 at 21:32:20
Good business, Brands seems to know what he is doing. Of course until now we sold to buy, if only Brands had the transfer kitty koeman had...
Hugh Jenkins
151 Posted 02/08/2019 at 21:32:22
Steve (135) - I doubt that Brands would fly out to Monaco to complete the deal as his bit of it is done and he is probably (hopefully) still working on other deals (like - again hopefully Zouma etc.) so, needs to be elsewhere between now and the 8th.
Si Smith
152 Posted 02/08/2019 at 21:35:03
Today is Gbamin, tomorrow will be Kean, canny wait til Sunday 😁
Gavin Johnson
153 Posted 02/08/2019 at 21:47:39
Harry Maguire is a poor man's Michael Keane.

Glad we've signed Ghamin but can't pretend I know anything about him. On paper he looks a very good signing fitting the profile we were looking for. Bonus he can play CB too. Bet he gets a few games in place of Mina this season.

Neil Copeland
154 Posted 02/08/2019 at 21:55:31
Welcome to the greatest club in the world Jean-Phillipe!

Kean medical set for tomorrow.

Has anyone heard anymore about Neres? That one seems to have gone very quiet.

Jason Broome
155 Posted 02/08/2019 at 21:58:48
Steve Ferns @140

Mentioning Jay Z and 'Yoncé' with the highlighted 'é' just raised your street cred by 10 points!

Loving the positive attitude on this thread and throughout summer. Long may it continue!

Josh Barber
156 Posted 02/08/2019 at 22:00:15
Gbamin over the line before Kean? Excited to have him!
Tom Bowers
157 Posted 02/08/2019 at 22:04:06
Well, it looks like things are happening so let's all hope these newbies are the real deal and can help put this club back where it belongs.
It really creates competition for places and some who haven't performed over the last two seasons or more now know they have a battle on their hands to get into the team. (hopefully).
A week to go and still work to be done by Silva and co. but it gives us all hope for the new season.
Denis Richardson
158 Posted 02/08/2019 at 22:09:47
David 143 - I hope so too.

He's about 6 foot so would look a bit odd with size 5 shoes!

Guessing the Batman theme is going to be doing the rounds at GP in the near future.

Richard Mason
159 Posted 02/08/2019 at 22:15:12
I really hope we shift a couple now and get that left footed winger CB and right full. I can't see teams coming in for Martina or miralles, besic should sell as should McCarthy. I thought they would have sold Connolly as well
Stan Schofield
160 Posted 02/08/2019 at 22:25:37
Looks a good signing, and an effective replacement for Gana.

Regarding Maguire, 㿼M?! He's good, but surely not that good. God knows what Brian Labone would fetch in today's money. Well over 𧴜M?

Albert Perkins
161 Posted 02/08/2019 at 22:26:50
I think it was thought Kenny needed lots more game time and he'll get that in Germany. If he doesn't improve he'll be sold.

Utd want the boost Liverpool got from VanDyke. Maguire will help I think but not enough. AND it will hopefully weaken Leicester, although they have cash to replace him. Maybe not enough time to do so.

Wondering how we are going to get the ball to our speedy frontmen. It's been all about the crosses from the wings. Would like to see some clever movement through the middle.

Anyway. It's onward and hopefully upward!

Mike Gaynes
163 Posted 02/08/2019 at 22:29:27
Gwelcome, Gbamin!

Gdelighted you're a GBlue!

Brent Stephens
164 Posted 02/08/2019 at 22:32:24
G'day cobber.
Mike Gaynes
165 Posted 02/08/2019 at 22:38:28
And football is back at last... Luton 3-3 Boro.

Brendan Galloway an unused sub for Luton, but our former Academy lad Callum McManaman started and played 74 minutes.

Colin Glassar
167 Posted 02/08/2019 at 22:40:40
Good to see a trickle turn, hopefully, into a flood. All we need now is a RB to pressure Seamus and cover at CB and a replacement for the Tosun/Niasse duo. Easy peasey.
Ryan Holroyd
169 Posted 02/08/2019 at 22:53:31
Centre back, right winger and forward (kean) to come
Neil Copeland
170 Posted 02/08/2019 at 22:56:30
I was questioning the Zaha price tag on another thread but when I see Maguire at £80 million I think Zaha is almost a bargain at the same price. I am not saying that Maguire is rubbish, but £80 million? Really?
Josh Barber
171 Posted 02/08/2019 at 23:01:59
Neil #170 Hahaha very true.
Andy Crooks
172 Posted 02/08/2019 at 23:04:16
Maguire £ 80 million. Maguire... £80 million. Andy Carroll was a steal for Liverpool in comparison. This is, in my view the most staggering signing I have ever seen. He is like Bruce or Pallister; reilable and err, well reliabilty costs now days.
I need to bring this back to Everton, I suppose, so, I think our ex player Stones is vastly superior and I would take our current centre backs ahead of him.
This will haunt Manchester United. Harry Maguire, if part of a vast plan, might rejuvenate them. He is an old fashioned stopper, he will give his all, he will put his head in, he will pop up and score a late winner( off the corner of his head) but, by fuck, no matter how inflated the market, United have been royally fleeced. Brilliant, Brilliant stuff.
He is not, by the way, a" fine footballer", he really, really isn't.
So, to get back to our club;I think this makes our summer look quite good.
Andrew Ellams
173 Posted 02/08/2019 at 23:06:30
I'm intrigued by the winger thing. If we really wanted Malcom we could have offered a better deal than Zenit, I'm convinced most of these Zaha stories originate from his agent so that leaves Neres or a bolt from the blue. Could Silva even be planning to play Kean outside a still to come striker?
Dale Rose
174 Posted 02/08/2019 at 23:10:01
Just been stopped by three fellas on camels outside the tunnel, they want to get to Goodison to adore Marcel Brands.
Mike Gaynes
175 Posted 02/08/2019 at 23:11:49
Top Arab players, no doubt.
Mark Frere
176 Posted 02/08/2019 at 23:22:46
Yes, Andy, shite like the solid title winning partnership of Bruce and Pallister! But only half the player of the calamity Stones (did you see his countless blunders for England against Holland?). Is he a regular starter at Man City?

I'm not suggesting Maguire is worth £80 million... but next you'll be telling us Shane Duffy is better than Maguire!

Josh Barber
177 Posted 02/08/2019 at 23:27:25
I agree with Mark #176 I think Maguire is at least twice the CB that Stones is.
Jason Broome
178 Posted 02/08/2019 at 23:28:04
Been watching old videos of Patrick Vieira and the similarities are frightening. I can see why Arsenal wanted him.

Both Vieira and Gbamin like to drive forward with the ball. Both have good link up play. Both have quick feet. They both have excellent long and short range passing. Both command the defensive third with authority and they both do their best work on the counter.

Major difference was that Vieira was a beast in the final third. The complete player.

Gbamin is still developing but if he can dominate in the Premier League as he did in Germany we might just have a player on our hands.

Andy Crooks
179 Posted 02/08/2019 at 23:40:49
Mark @ 176,that post made me smile. However, now that you mention it... nah.
Jerome Shields
180 Posted 02/08/2019 at 23:42:42
Jason #178

Gbamin could even be better than Gueye.

Sam Hoare
181 Posted 03/08/2019 at 00:05:38
Just Zouma and Zaha now and it's been a decent window!
John Voigt
182 Posted 03/08/2019 at 00:07:39
I still crossing my fingers for Zouma. I would take him on loan again if Chelsea don't want to sell.
Jason Broome
183 Posted 02/08/2019 at 00:13:59
Jerome, I agree.

With the rumour that either Zouma or Tomori might come on loan. Are we looking to splash the cash on one big name... Zaha maybe?

Jay Harris
184 Posted 03/08/2019 at 00:21:25
Where is that idiot that said we ruined the market by paying 40m for Richy.

85m for Pogba and 80m for Maguire.

Need their bumps feeling.

Mike Gaynes
185 Posted 03/08/2019 at 00:35:13
Wow, Siggy really WAS a bargain!

Sam, all the Zaha rumors now are about Arsenal and Napoli. We're not even mentioned anymore.

Vijay Nair
186 Posted 03/08/2019 at 00:49:00
Josh 177, is that by the size of his head?
James Flynn
187 Posted 03/08/2019 at 01:41:47
Too many moves since the end of the season for me to remember, so I looked them up. 24 moves and counting not including the variety of irons we still have in the fire. I'm interpreting that as signing Brands also signed his great personnel staff too.

So far:

Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield Town)
Andre Gomes (Barcelona)
Fabian Delph (Manchester City)
Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Mainz)
Moise Kean (Juventus)

Idrissa Gueye (PSG) - £28m
Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig) - £22.5m
Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow) - £14m
Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic) - undisclosed
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) - £2m
Brendan Galloway (Luton Town) – free
Phil Jagielka – out of contract
Ashley Williams – out of contract
Bassala Sambou – out of contract
Boris Mathis – out of contract

Luke Garbutt (Ipswich Town)
Kieran Dowell (Derby County)
Joao Virginia (Reading)
Sandro Ramirez (Real Valladolid)
Jonjoe Kenny (Schalke)
Korede Adedoyin (Hamilton Academical)
Josh Bowler (Hull City)
Shani Tarashaj (FC Emmen)
Nathan Broadhead (Burton Albion

Kieran Kinsella
188 Posted 03/08/2019 at 01:41:59
It was unusual that Everton publicly denied further zaha bids and said they have a good relationship with palace. I'm wondering if that's because palace may sign some of our deadwood?
Phil Malone Jnr
189 Posted 03/08/2019 at 01:54:49
James (187) Well played. lots more "first team players" to go, hopefully
Josh Barber
190 Posted 03/08/2019 at 02:14:18
Kieran #188 I think that's exactly why haha. Clever by Everton to say how much they value the relationship knowing Palace are interested in 2 or 3 of our "dead wood".
Derek Knox
191 Posted 03/08/2019 at 03:35:33
Good signing, I think (hopefully) he will prove to be an excellent acquisition, totally different to Gana in stature but will be just as an integral part of our DNA.

Our style of play will alter slightly, and I believe will be a bit quicker, which can't be a bad thing, feeling confident already for a good start to the season, and we are not finished yet.

Vijay Nair
192 Posted 03/08/2019 at 04:53:38
Not a hugely significant one James(187), but you missed Tyias Browning.

Otherwise great work.

Albert Perkins
193 Posted 03/08/2019 at 05:21:03
Still a little worried we may not have a great start to the season because of the late and new arrivals. Hoping we hit the ground running and build some confidence.
Sam Hoare
194 Posted 03/08/2019 at 07:22:18
Mike@185, I would not be surprised to see us have another nibble at Zaha. I also think Zouma is pretty unlikely at this time but I'm curious to see what surprises await us on final few days of the window.
Gareth Larreta
195 Posted 03/08/2019 at 07:52:52
Dennis @ 158 - We've also got La Bamba to get the crowd going. We might have to scrub up on the Spanish though...!!!
Tony Everan
196 Posted 03/08/2019 at 09:29:37
Welcome to the blue family to Jean-Phiippe.

Give us the full 100% and you will be loved.

Ian Carrie
197 Posted 03/08/2019 at 09:48:24
Nice to see Jean-Philippe had the respect enough to turn up to our mighty club to sign his contract, in a 2 piece suit not a pair of ripped Flemmings with his arse hanging out. That's proper respect in my book.
David Pearl
198 Posted 03/08/2019 at 10:03:50
Gareth l like it.
Kevin Molloy
199 Posted 03/08/2019 at 10:06:54
His English is excellent, his German must also be pretty decent besides obv being french speaking. What has most impressed me is the links to the other teams who were thinking of getting him, Liverpool and Arsenal. I think he will do very well. That said, Gana was a great little player for us, but my god, I think those constant references to the stats are overstated. Clearly he was a terrific tackler, but there is so much more to a midfielder's game than that. It's the most important position on the pitch. And even though we've had three good years out of him, I never felt we had a genuine quality player, like I did when watching Gareth Barry.
Annika Herbert
200 Posted 03/08/2019 at 10:20:48
Who was it who said Delph is the direct replacement for Gueye?
David Pearl
201 Posted 03/08/2019 at 10:50:47
Dale Rose
202 Posted 03/08/2019 at 11:00:45
Just excellent news. Bring on the new season.
Chris Hockenhull
203 Posted 03/08/2019 at 11:01:14
Best thing about all this though is the return of the legendary Contract Nonce!!!! He's back and looking very pleased with himself.And guaranteed more sightings over the next week.Welcome back Contract Nonce😁
Dan Brierley
204 Posted 03/08/2019 at 11:25:05
Chris, 203. That's hilarious!
Eugene Kearney
205 Posted 03/08/2019 at 11:48:39
Manager now has a couple of options to replace Gana Geuye.
There's still another week left. I wonder who we''l buy next!
Karl Meighan
206 Posted 03/08/2019 at 11:55:34
Think I will wait to see how the lad performs before naming Brands a guru. There are lots of good signs he is young and by the looks of it has lots of years ahead that should be his best as a footballer.

It does look like Silva and Brands have plans and work well together, which is alot more than Koeman had.

A couple more in and we can go into the season confident of improving on last season.

Jack Edwards
207 Posted 03/08/2019 at 12:00:00
Get in! I suspect McCarthy and Besic will leave but what about Bolasie?
Geoff Lambert
208 Posted 03/08/2019 at 12:28:23
Our own contract nonce is one of the most highly regarded contract nonces in world football. Long live the contract nonce aka David Harrison.

I think he looks better with the glasses on though.

Paul Birmingham
209 Posted 04/08/2019 at 00:30:45
Good business and albeit minimal research, I think this is a very good deal, and we move on.

JP, welcome to the EFC, family.👍🍀⚽️🙏🏼🍻

Tony Hill
210 Posted 04/08/2019 at 22:09:36
I've got a suspicion that this may turn out to be a purchase every bit as important as that of Kean, if not more so.

The beautiful moment when Brands adjusts Jean-Phillipe's suit at his first appearance is very telling. It is available on Brands' twitter and, I'm sure, elsewhere. It says a lot about Brands' sense of style and the importance of taking care to make the best of oneself.

It also shows, as others have remarked, how comfortable this player is in his skin and how instinctively respectful he is. He looks a proper sort.

Tony Hill
211 Posted 04/08/2019 at 22:27:39
Talking of taking care, it would have been polite to spell Jean-Philippe's name correctly. Apologies.
Geoff Lambert
212 Posted 04/08/2019 at 22:45:38
Just been watching his YouTube clip that always make players look like world beaters. Bloody hell if this is his highlights would not like to see his low lights. Hope I am wrong but looks bang average to poor.
Annika Herbert
213 Posted 05/08/2019 at 04:53:16
Must have watched different clips to me Geoff@212, he looks pretty good from what I have seen so far. Albeit from YouTube clips.

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