Sheffield United vs Everton

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Moise Kean has yet to start a game since the post-lockdown restart

Everton are on their travels for the final time in the 2019-20 campaign as they face the surprise package of the season, Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The Blues sit 16th in the “away table” having won just four times away from Goodison Park and given the respective form of the two clubs coming into this game, it's hard to see Carlo Ancelotti's side improving on that record.

Thursday's 1-1 draw was Everton's fourth without a win, a sequence that has condemned them to a bottom-half finish for the first time since Roberto Martinez's final season while the Blades, who only came up from the Championship last year, sit two points off fourth place.

That is down to the astounding work done by Chris Wilder in fashioning a side short on star names but long on endeavour, spirit and cohesion, qualities that have been sorely lacking at Everton this season and which have looked in even shorter supply over the past few games.

The Yorkshire club's challenge for the European places looked to be on the wane when the Premier League emerged from the coronavirus lockdown. They failed to win any of their first three League games following the restart and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal but three wins out of five in July means that should they beat Everton on Monday evening for the second time this season, they will be in with a shout of claiming sixth place on the final day of the campaign.

Ancelotti, meanwhile, will just be hoping to end the season on a positive note, knowing that the real work starts during the transfer window and when his first full season as the Toffees' manager begins in September. The game offers him another chance to assess both the suitability and attitude of his players but he will forced into at least one more change to his side due to injury.

Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph have all been ruled out of this fixture and the Bournemouth clash. Delph has been battling another soft-tissue injury since before the current season began while Yerry Mina sustained a thigh problem just before the end of the coronavirus lockdown but while he returned against Leicester at the start of the month, he suffered a recurrence of the complaint during the defeat at Wolves last week.

For his part, Holgate injured his shin in the defeat at Tottenham and missed the next two matches before breaking down again himself just 15 minutes into Thursday's draw with Aston Villa.

“All three are out for the rest of the season,” Ancelotti said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Bramall Lane on Monday. “We only have eight days left and they will not be able to recover.

"When players have injuries we are always disappointed but we've had a lot of games and, honestly, we were lucky in this aspect."

The injuries to Holgate and Mina provide another opportunity to impress for teenage centre-half Jarrad Branthwaite who made his senior debut at Molineux when he came on for Mina and then replaced Holgate against Villa.

While his first few minutes against Wolves were a little rocky — he conceded the free-kick that led to their second goal and was beaten to the ball by scorer Leander Dendoncker — he was the standout performer against Villa with an assured display that belied his tender years.

"[Holgate and Mina] are two important players but we have the opportunity to give experience to a really young player who did well in our last game," Ancelotti continued. "We have confidence in him and so it can be good for us and for him to play these games.

"Against Aston Villa he did really well considering the fact that he's really young. He's showing in his play character, personality and concentration. He can be a really good player, I'm sure of this."

Whether any of the club's other younger players are given a chance to impress in what will be a tricky game remains to be seen. Moise Kean has yet to start a game since the restart, Beni Baningime has frequently been on the bench but hasn't seen any minutes and there has been talk of Ellis Simms getting the nod to join the match-day squad but, as yet, he hasn't been included.

Again, Ancelotti may decide that this isn't the match to make those kinds of changes and he could hew towards the same players as the past few weeks but with some alteration to the line-up. Theo Walcott's goal against Villa last time out may have earned him another start and both Anthony Gordon and Gylfi Sigurdsson could return as part of a player rotation strategy.

You've got to assume that Ancelotti will once again be paying close attention to which players are delivering for him as part of his and Marcel Brands's team-building plans. For the side that did so well under the Italian prior to March, this wouldn't necessarily have been a daunting fixture regardless of the Blades' form and position in the table but you feel that on the evidence of the last four games, Everton will struggle to live with Wilder's men. Plenty of scope, then, to under-promise and over-deliver!

Kick-off: 6pm, Monday 20 July, 2020
Referee: Stuart Atwell
VAR: Martin Atkinson
Last Time: Sheffield United 1 - 1 Everton (March 2007)

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Branthwaite, Digne, Davies, Gomes, Walcott, Gordon, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin


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Jay Wood

1 Posted 18/07/2020 at 16:30:35
Whatever you think of Branthwaite, it looks as if he has a job to do in the last two games of the season.

Pat Kelly
2 Posted 18/07/2020 at 16:47:30
We can write off Delph and Mina for good.
Joe McMahon
3 Posted 18/07/2020 at 16:50:20
Delph = Darren Gibson, injured waste of space on high wages. I cant believe not only did Moyes sign Gibson, he even eventually took him off us at Sunderland. Then you wonder why they went down.

Is this what we pay Brands for to take others unwanted Crocks?

Annika Herbert
4 Posted 18/07/2020 at 17:37:42
Delph, what a complete waste of money that move has turned out to be! So much for him bringing experience and a winning mentality to the side.

Another one to be shown the exit door I hope.

Danny O’Neill
5 Posted 18/07/2020 at 18:11:55
Can we convince Leeds to take Delph back??
James Flynn
6 Posted 18/07/2020 at 18:30:02
Has anyone seen enough of Branthwaite (not only the last 2 games) to comment on his athleticism and ball skill? Obviously, he has plenty room for a few more pounds of muscle.

Odd seeing Darren Gibson mentioned these years later, but he was a genuinely skilled, attack-minded midfielder. Even in the few games he played for us, those qualities were clear and plain to see.

Jim Bennings
7 Posted 18/07/2020 at 18:36:44
Fabian Delph??? Who's that again?

Mina, glass man, has this guy been anything but injury prone?

Shame really as he could have been a decent defender but, when you put yourself out for weeks doing a pointless stepover, that pretty much sums him up.

Tony Cleary
8 Posted 18/07/2020 at 18:39:05
More concerned at Holgate's injury. Hard to pin down, but after a lively start on Thursday, we went right off the boil - well, high simmer - when Holgate went off.

I'm not knocking Branthwaite, who had a very impressive debut, but the change after Holgate's departure certainly seemed to support the case for him being captain next season.

I can't see us missing Delph, and I thought Gomes had another poor game on Thursday - until Sigurdsson's arrival, which I greeted with a huge "No, not Siggy!" groan.

But he freed Gomes to move forward, and Gomes suddenly looked far more impressive, nearly winning the game with two assists. Some reason to hope there, if we can find that replacement for Gueye!

Graham Hammond
9 Posted 18/07/2020 at 18:57:13
We are not going to miss Fabian Delph, that's for sure.

Another stupid and crap signing by Marcel Brands.

Joe McMahon
10 Posted 18/07/2020 at 19:35:25
James @6, the reason I mentioned Darron Gibson, is to show that lessons have not been learnt in the recruitment of buying players with bad injury records. This ongoing practice has cost us millions (Mina).
Graham Hammond
11 Posted 18/07/2020 at 20:08:32
Joe @ #3.

I think we are in agreement that Marcel Brands has pissed our money up the wall and bought us shite, certainly players unsuited to the Premier League and at the top end.

I think there is a difference though comparing Darron Gibson with Mina. Gibson cost Everton 𧺬,000 whereas Mina cost us around 㿈M ie 56 times that amount!

We probably differ in our opinion of Darron Gibson, although he was a punt (given his injury record) I did think he was quality when he played which is what James Flynn said also, Gibson was head and shoulders better than our current crop of central Midfielders.

Sigurdsson cost us eighty times as much and was even older when we signed him! The expensive signing hides and the 𧺬,000 player knitted play together well and could pass a ball, pick a pass and had vision.

Steve Shave
12 Posted 18/07/2020 at 20:26:04
Seriously what is the point in Delph I hope he's toned down his "Charlie big potatoes" attitude in the dressing room and realised others are better than he is and that he goes missing the same as the rest of them when the brown stuff hits the fan.
Ian Riley
13 Posted 18/07/2020 at 20:56:46
How does a long sickness record get you a transfer and 3-year contract? Please tell me why that should happen? It's desperate. Everton have become the retirement village for injury-prone and squad players of other clubs. How has a director of football helped us?

I remember when we could use the excuse that, once our injured players return, they would be like new signings. It's nearly over and I can't wait.

Alan Rodgers
14 Posted 18/07/2020 at 20:58:44
Slightly off topic but even if we win our 2 remaining games we can't finish higher than 11th and can be overtaken by Newcastle, Soton and Palace. Terrific.
Roger Helm
15 Posted 18/07/2020 at 21:03:45
All the remaining fixtures are essentially dead rubbers, and Carlo Ancelotti by now must surely by now know who is in his plans and who isn't, so I would like to see some youngsters given a go. If not now, whenever?

This is good news for Branthwaite, who I thought played really well, and I hope it is the last we see of Delph.

Martin Berry
16 Posted 18/07/2020 at 21:09:20
Let them rest and repair and we kick-start again next season.

The injuries to Holgate and Mina will give Branthwaite some more experience and it will be interesting to see how the young man copes.

I am sure we all wish him the best.

Joe McMahon
17 Posted 18/07/2020 at 21:09:38
Roger, every season for us is a dead rubber.
Bill Gienapp
18 Posted 18/07/2020 at 21:39:55
Remember when Delph was only supposed to miss a game or two? I can tell he fought like hell to get back on the pitch before season's end.
Mike Doyle
19 Posted 18/07/2020 at 21:56:37
Perhaps we could take a leaf out of the supermarket's book and make Leeds a “Buy one (any of the following for ٟ) get Delph free” offer.

Meanwhile, it looks like we'll have to struggle through the final 2 games without his services.

And to think I laughed when we signed Bernie Wright. Yawn 🥱

Christy Ring
20 Posted 18/07/2020 at 22:07:19
I said at the time, and plenty of commenters disagreed with me, but it was a big mistake by Brands & Silva, buying Delph for ٦.5M plus add-ons, on a 3-year deal on bigger wages, than at Man City, who was injury prone, and usually on the bench. Then we sold McCarthy on half his wages for ٟ.5M to Palace, who hasn't missed a game since.
Kieran Kinsella
21 Posted 18/07/2020 at 22:16:01
Christy Ring

I'll hold my hand up; you were right, I was wrong. I thought Delph might have a Barry type impact but I hadn't paid enough attention to his injury record or attitude.

And yeah, we would have been better to keep McCarthy. He also has had injury issues, but has a better attitude, and I dare say was on a lower wage.

Barry McNally
22 Posted 18/07/2020 at 22:18:07
Doubt we'll have to pay any add-ons unless they're treatment related.
Christy Ring
23 Posted 18/07/2020 at 22:35:16
Kieran, with a name like Kinsella, you have to be Irish, what part?
Andy Crooks
24 Posted 18/07/2020 at 22:36:28
Delph is injured? Holy fuck. Is this true!!!
James Flynn
25 Posted 18/07/2020 at 22:41:00
Joe (10) - Yes, nothing we'll quarrel over.

As I mentioned, just struck me odd to see Gibson mentioned with Delph. He was a far better attacking mid, who could and did make those defense splitting passes we all want. In the end, a lower-wage punt who didn't work out. Now van der Meyde. . . . .

No one expected that from Delph. More he would be an occasional substitute and bring the clubhouse leadership he was said to share with Kompany at City. An expensive punt of sorts that hasn't worked out. Not yet, anyway.

Gavin Johnson
26 Posted 18/07/2020 at 22:49:41
At the time of signing Delph, I thought he was going to be a passenger because of his injury record, age and the fact that he wasn't any better than Schneiderlin.

We bought him at a time when we really needed to improve the midfield. We didn't, and boy we really need to do that now.

Kieran Kinsella
27 Posted 18/07/2020 at 23:16:06
Christy Ring,

Paternal Grandad Wexford, Maternal grandmother Mayo. I've got both coasts covered.

Graeme Beresford
28 Posted 18/07/2020 at 23:17:32
Seems like we stopped signing the Man Utd rejects and went to Barca instead. However, we paid Barca massive money for Mina and Gomes and both haven't turned out as good as we all thought.

If you're not good enough to get in their teams, then you're probably not good enough to be there, so why oh why do we become the club for these players whose careers seem to have become stagnant?

Mina seems so big and awkward he gets injured too often, Gbamin has been crocked since we signed him, Delph must be rubbing his hands together that he's on big wages and hardly plays. It's just a joke.

Steve Ferns
29 Posted 18/07/2020 at 23:26:59
Graeme, Mina was very highly rated when Barcelona signed him. He was top of the young defensive prospects in South America. Barcelona went in early for him after it seemed like someone else might steal in before them, and so they got him 6 months earlier than planned.

All of Gomes, Mina and the other reject, Digne, cost less (as Gomes was only a loan) than Sigurdsson. So, I don't agree we paid massive money for them.

The problem is the signings Walsh made that squandered our transfer funds and firmly put FFP handcuffs on us for the next 3 years. We still have one more year to go to get past this.

Paul Birmingham
30 Posted 18/07/2020 at 23:44:40
It's the usual end-of-season, so-called news. No surprises, usual suspects, and Everton FC limbers along.

The club must bring some stats to bear.

Soon, these last 5 years of rank must bear.

In Carlo, we trust.

Gavin Johnson
31 Posted 18/07/2020 at 23:45:59
I don't think there's anything particularly wrong with Mina except he's a bit of sicknote. Out of Mina and Michael Keane, I would have said he was the superior defender but I've changed my mind over the last few weeks and I think I'd keep Keane over him now. Mainly because of the regular injuries. I expect I'm not the only person I change their mind recently.
Bill Watson
32 Posted 19/07/2020 at 00:14:44
I expected Mina and Holgate to miss the final two games of the season but what really took me by surprise was the news that Delph would, too.

Who'd have thought?

John Maxwell
33 Posted 19/07/2020 at 00:27:37
Only 180 or so mins left of this season to go.

Big summer ahead of comings and goings, hopefully more goings.

I was hoping Swansea might get promoted so Sigurdsson would go back there, we seriously need to get rid of the dead wood and any players coming in should be a on 2-3 year contract at maximum.

Going to be interesting to see who we can offload and who wants to buy any of our players... I expect we will see some players leave for small fees like Schneiderlin but at least they will be off the wage bill and lets see if Carlo can attract some better quality signings.

Derek Thomas
34 Posted 19/07/2020 at 01:34:57
Mina and Holgate rushed back too soon and pay the price.

Delph is just a sicknote... and I shudder to think what we pay him... and for how long – but, like all the numerous others, they didn't sign themselves up and only took the wages they were offered.

"No, no, Mr Brands, I couldn't possibly take 𧴜,000 a week. Please, I must insist, I won't accept a penny more than 㿼,000.'*

[* These numbers may be on the low side and are for illustrative purposes only.]

But wait, No, I take it all back. I'm obviously being too hard on the Club.

[* Fades in with Chief Wigham (played by 'the best little thespian we know') singing - Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows...]

Jack Convery
35 Posted 19/07/2020 at 03:00:45
Can we get ATOS in to declare Delph fit!! Mina is really becoming a liability – can't play 2 games in 3 days, without a muscle problem. Not good going forward if we want to be competing in Europe.

Though if it's Eurovision, he'd be okay. He just needs to sing and not dance, don't want a muscle problem developing during a rehearsal, would we?

Derek Knox
36 Posted 19/07/2020 at 06:21:07
Jack @35, yes I agree it almost beggars belief how easily certain players become injured so easily after what appears to be an innocuous cause. I appreciate that the game is played at a much higher tempo these days, but some of these players seem to be made of sugar glass and tissue paper.

Maybe need a bit of bonding, white water rafting, and cuckoo clock training to get them ticking again. :-)

Derek Thomas
37 Posted 19/07/2020 at 06:36:32
DK @36; I've heard a team bonding session at a Southport Chinese Restaurant usually works well.
Ajay Gopal
38 Posted 19/07/2020 at 07:09:59
Actually, Darron Gibson had a freaky record when he joined Everton. Something like – Everton did not lose the 1st 15 games of his career at the club when he was a starter, or something like that.
Derek Knox
39 Posted 19/07/2020 at 07:16:01
Ajay@38, yes, you are right there I remember when he first joined us, and that statistic, and eagerly awaiting to see if his name was in the starting eleven.

I, like many others, was thinking we had gotten a bargain for a change. How short-lived that was, and seems to have set a trend from there on in!

Max Murphy
40 Posted 19/07/2020 at 07:29:46
I see we're firmly established in the lower half of the table, with no chance of making it to the top half. Potentially, the way results are going, finishing 14th looks a banker.

Onwards and downwards.

Eddie Dunn
41 Posted 19/07/2020 at 07:58:41

James McCarthy has missed games for Palace (whether injured or rested by Woy, I don't know). He hasn't been on the teamsheet every time.

Colin Glassar
42 Posted 19/07/2020 at 08:15:32
I honestly believed the signings of Delph and Mina were two good pieces of work. One an experienced pro; the other an up-and-coming solid defender. How wrong I was!

Holgate will be missed but better to have him fit for next season.

Christy Ring
43 Posted 19/07/2020 at 10:35:20
Eddie, McCarthy played 10 games in a row for Palace, on the bench for a few, and played the full game earlier this week against Man Utd.

Steve @29, You talk about Walsh squandering our transfer funds, I think he was a scapegoat. Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Klaassen, Bolasie, Williams and Rooney – they we're all Koeman's buys. Tosun and Walcott were Sam's.

Okay, Walsh was Director of Football, but the players I mentioned were the manager's choice, and Brands's signing are no better.

Christy Ring
44 Posted 19/07/2020 at 11:13:52
Just reading the Paul Bracewell article on the official website... what a player! One of my favourite Everton players. Imagine if we had anyone half as good as him in our midfield now.

Sadly, the shocking tackle by Whitehurst, when he was just reaching his prime, and heading to Mexico with England in the World Cup, ruined his career at 24 years of age. We'll never know how great he could have been for Everton.

I know he played on until late in his 30s, it took him 2½ years and 5 operations later to recover but, as he said himself, he was never the same player.

He probably gave the best volleyed pass ever seen at Goodison, to Trevor Steven against Sunderland. What a player.

Tony Everan
45 Posted 19/07/2020 at 12:06:32
Agreed Christy, a fantastic player – one of the best to put on a blue shirt. Our central midfield is crying out for anyone who comes even close to the player Bracewell was.
Stephen Brown
46 Posted 19/07/2020 at 12:25:47
The thing that puzzles me with nearly all these players mentioned is, I'm scratching my head as to how bad they are when I watch them? As, on paper, they can't be that bad ?

Pickford – England No 1 choice goalkeeper for 2 years now! Yet my eyes tell me he's not very good!

Keane – England's first choice centre-back less than a year ago. He tries really hard and defends his 18-yard box well but my eyes tell me he's not first class!

Sidibé – World Cup winning full-back! My eyes tell me he can't pass or control the ball!

Delph – multiple Premeir League titles, multiple England caps. My eyes tell me he cannot influence a game! He offers nothing and never plays!

Bernard – Brazilian international! You don't get caps for Brazil for nothing!! My eyes tell me my 5-year-old son would mark him out of the game!

Gomes – mainstay in Portugal Euros winning team with Ronaldo! Played for Barcelona. When I see him play recently, he looks to have the pace of my Nan! And she's been dead 15 years!

Iwobi – Arsenal are always a good team and he always played for them and he has 40+ caps for Africa's best team but, when I watch him, I do not see any form of positive contribution!

Mina, Sigurdsson, Walcott – all international football players yet seem totally devoid of class!

My only conclusion to this must be a mentality thing, a lack of correct culture! Are there high enough expectations? Is there a will to win at all costs? These players with their CVs, experience and price tags can't be as bad as they are showing, week in & week out, surely? I'm at a loss!

I just hope Carlo demonstrates by getting rid of some and bringing in a new mentality with 1 or 2 quality winners! The Gray and Reid effect?!

David Ellis
47 Posted 19/07/2020 at 13:42:04
Christy and Tony - I agree totally about Bracewell. Had he stayed fit Everton would have won the double and England the World Cup in 1986. Brilliant brilliant player cut down just as he was getting proper national recognition.

On his debut, we beat Liverpool at Wembley in August 1984 and I thought then, we played them off the park and were playing keep ball at the end, not winning by a fluky Andy King goal. We can really match the current League Champions. And Bracewell and Van Den Hauwe were the last pieces in the jigsaw

Charles Brewer
48 Posted 19/07/2020 at 14:32:20
David, by "Current League Champions", I take it you mean Manchester City, the last team to win the Premier League by playing a proper season?
Derek Knox
49 Posted 19/07/2020 at 14:36:20
Stephen @46, how very true, I have long wondered what happens to these players who have a particular reputation or International recognition, after they sign and don the Everton strip?

Like you say, it has to be a mentality thing, which I thought under Carlo would improve, but sadly it hasn't for some reason, not sure what Carlo must be thinking.

Maybe he is trying to demonstrate to the Board how profligate and misguided they have been, plus giving the players a chance to prove their worth, and basically saying we drastically need a few ins and outs to rectify this.

Kevin Prytherch
50 Posted 19/07/2020 at 14:58:10
Stephen – very true.

I remember under Koeman we had the Irish captain, Welsh captain, Icelandic captain, England captain, former Ajax captain and our own captain playing - and we didn't appear to have any leaders on the pitch!!!

Derek Knox
51 Posted 19/07/2020 at 16:49:13
Kevin @50, too many Chiefs, or too many Chefs?

Same result at the end of the day: no Indians and no Mulligatawny! :-)

Mike Keating
52 Posted 19/07/2020 at 16:51:27
Christy, Tony & David – who could disagree about Bracewell? I wonder what he would fetch in today's market.

I got the train to Stalybridge after that Sunderland game and it was packed with away fans. Sunderland we're facing relegation and a stuffing at Goodson only made things worse but all they could talk about was Everton's superb team performance and Bracewell's moment of sheer genius all the way to the Peak District – probably one reason I have a soft spot for them (as well as stuffing Leeds at Wembley).

Whitehurst couldn't hold a candle to him as a player, so opted for GBH instead. I read somewhere that he satisfied his bloodlust during the close season by going bare-knuckle boxing.

Roger Helm
53 Posted 19/07/2020 at 18:54:07
Steven 46 I agree, we have signed a lot of players of international class, yet, as soon as they get here, they lose all their pace, strength and motivation, whoever is the manager.

Something is fundamentally wrong with our club, but I don't know what it is.

Darren Hind
54 Posted 19/07/2020 at 20:52:19
Derek @37,

Naughty. Funny... but naughty.

David Pearl
55 Posted 19/07/2020 at 21:42:56
I'm out for the season too. As in who cares anymore?

We are playing a forced 4-4-2 that suits nobody but the front 2. 𧹺 gazillion spent and we have no midfield... 1 right-sided attacker, and 3 or 4 left-sided. What a mess.

I'm normally all optimistic but, given that any signing Brands brings in is either injured or a misfit, my hopes for next season are not much higher.

We have 4 or 5 good players... but can we recruit around them without playing them out of position? I mean Gomes sitting in front of the defence... come on!

Bill Gienapp
56 Posted 20/07/2020 at 02:35:49
Kevin (50) - and don't forget that Cuco Martina was the captain of the Curacao national team!
Kieran Kinsella
57 Posted 20/07/2020 at 02:38:30

I don't think Carlo will need to pay “close attention” to who is putting forth the effort.

Mike Gaynes
58 Posted 20/07/2020 at 03:01:58
Bill, he still is... and led them to their best-ever international performance at last summer's Gold Cup!
Wayne Dinkelman
59 Posted 20/07/2020 at 03:21:08
I see our major issue with transfers are the type of players I call "final destination" players.
As in Everton will be their last "big" club, they have either been at a big club and been a high end player (old Rooney, Delph, Walcott ect) that have been superseded by younger more talented players and are looking for their retirement club. Or players who have the ability to play at the highest level but just lack that something extra that takes you from potentially very good to world class (Gomes' Sigurdsson, Mina and such).
Transfer fees for team retirement tend to be lower but with higher wages and the just didn't cut its carry both bigger transfer and wages as there is a hope they can just find that extra and become that superstar they were thought to be. This all obviously cost $$$ and leaves you with little to no resell and high wages. Personally I think the way forward is "stepping stone" players, as in they want to play at the very highest level, beyond what we currently can offer. The players who knows he is at Everton for 2 to 3 years to grow and improve but knowing if he wants to reach the level he wants will not include us (Lukaku, Vlasic, Young Rooney, Stones ect). They may not be perfect players and take the club to heart long term but while with us will drive and push themselves to get to that next level before their agents move them on for more $ and bigger clubs. They will drive us forward in the process and bring us good profits as well, but it's our job as a club to progress with those players to the point where we can offer them that higher level but that will never happen while we sign players that see us as big as they ever want to get.
Just my 10 cents.
Michael Long
60 Posted 20/07/2020 at 03:44:26
I would rather just give the young lads a go today. Season is finished. But surely these young lads will put more effort than majority of the lazy first team bunch.

Bottom half finish with the money we have spent is disgusting. whether that is 11th or 14th bottom half is a joke. The second the final whistle goes for the season. Ancelotti and Brands need to get straight into transfers and getting rid of players as hard as they can. Our record away from home even teams outside "Sky's top six" is beyond embarrassing. No wonder the media pundits don't take us seriously.

Pickford - Sell.
I'd take any money over the price we paid for him. Erratic and immature. Won't be long before Southgate drops him.

Delph - Sell
Absolute waste of time. Another injury prone here for the final pay packet. Delph injured is like saying grass is green. Hopefully Leeds can take him back. Or someone just takes him.

Sigurdsson - Sell
Fifty million pound down the drain. Bar from a decent season last season. He is beyond a joke. He could not care less. Week in week out he is bottling out of tackles, given the ball away to easy and just non existence. Grade A crab.

Tosun - Sell
Heart is in the right place. Football abilities is not.

Bernard - Sell
Popular character at the club. Decent guy. However league is too aggressive and physical. Make a profit on him.

Davies - Sell
Heart in the right place. But my god he is not a premier league footballer. Lived on that goal against City in 2017. Since then honestly I cannot recall with what he has done.

Bolasie - Sell
Just sell.

Besic - Sell
Just sell

Sandro - Sell
I.E Besic and Bolasie.

Kenny - Sell
Literally the same as Sidibe (wouldn't sign on a free either) gets forward a lot but his defensive positioning is all over the place.

Only players I would definitely keep are

Mason Holgate

The rest I would not be bothered if some stayed and then I would really not care less if some left.

Sooner this joke of a season is over the better.

John Pierce
61 Posted 20/07/2020 at 05:14:38
A nothing game for us, some valuable minutes for Gordon and Branthwaite. As for transfers, the majority need to be players on the up. I think you can sign someone like Barry, but they are hard to find, who at an older age will have the right attitude.

Richarlison & Calvert-Lewin were players on the up, and they look it too. Perhaps Digne bucked the trend but the rest have come down from bigger clubs or are beyond their peak, it shows.

The psychology of moving from a ‘big six' club to Everton seems to be the death knell for so many players, Schniederlin the exemplar. I'd rather, in the main, take a chance on a player who knew they were stepping up rather than pick up sloppy seconds.

Fair dos to Moyes, most of his signings worked this way, with some obvious exceptions. I hope this window gives some grounds for optimism.

Robert Tressell
62 Posted 20/07/2020 at 05:48:24
I do hope Kean gets a proper run out too. Branthwaite and Gordon can rightly feel part of the first-team set-up now. Kean needs the same chance.

As an aside, anyone have any sense of who might be next in line to break through? Dobbin, Simms, Cannon, Carroll? Someone else?

Frank Sheppard
63 Posted 20/07/2020 at 06:54:41
Anyone have any thoughts on who should be Everton Player of the Year?
Martin Mason
64 Posted 20/07/2020 at 07:05:59
From Holgate, Richarlison or Digne. Difficult one but possibly Richarlison given his serious lack of service.
John Keating
65 Posted 20/07/2020 at 07:06:19
You look at Lyndon's team and, apart from 2 or 3, you wonder if you could actually get in it!

Unfortunately for us, I think Sheffield United will be well up for this game.

A nightmare of a season thankfully coming to an end – I just hope it doesn't finish embarrassingly against them and Bournemouth.

Derek Knox
66 Posted 20/07/2020 at 07:18:36
Hoping for a more determined display from whoever is selected, but with the possibility of Euro qualification at stake for Sheffield United, they won't be taking a casual approach. Although no crowd there, they will also be determined to go out on a high at home.

I may be wrong but I don't think they have been beaten at home, and can't even with blind optimism see that changing, but you never know, 'funny old game' and all that.

Looking forward to seeing how young Jarrad continues his inclusion in the team, he has certainly been a breath of fresh air, after a few stinkers.

Rob Halligan
67 Posted 20/07/2020 at 08:08:33
Derek, the RS beat them!
Rob Halligan
68 Posted 20/07/2020 at 08:12:05
And Leicester, southampton, newcastle and man city. Always best to do research first. Sorry mate!!
John Hammond
69 Posted 20/07/2020 at 08:38:56
Christy #20: There's no denying Delph has been a terrible buy but it kinda made sense at the time. League winner under Pep playing and training alongside world class players able to bring a wealth of experience to the team. Regarding his wages he was on 90k at City now he's on 80k with us.

As for McCarthy, he'd made 17 league appearances in 3 seasons. The club had to make a decision: keep him at risk of another injury hit season or sell him. Obviously we sell him and he makes 31 appearances for Palace while our midfield is either out of form or injured. He has though only completed 90 minutes 8 or 9 times and so far averaged 47 mins of playing time over those 31 appearances. Hardly the linchpin of their midfield.

Derek Knox
70 Posted 20/07/2020 at 08:46:51
Sorry Rob, did honestly think they had a good home record, of course the RS fluked a win. Didn't think the others had too, I am sufficiently reprimanded.
Mike Kehoe
71 Posted 20/07/2020 at 08:53:04
Steve @46 you make very good points about ability but I can't help but question whether theses players have the right mental attitude or drive; looking at those you have mentioned, or anybody else at the club for that matter, I can see none that will transform a game by sheer force of personality: as mentioned in other posts, what difference a Bracewell?

For me, I see a great deal of fragility, high skill levels for sure as in Bernard, Gomes and Sigurdsson, but not the character required to fight and demand more from those around. Pickford may eventually become a top keeper, but he is clearly an idiot and profoundly unreliable; Walcott and Iwobi are decent players but needing quality around them to perform, and even then they have always been very inconsistent: obviously this is a recruitment issue and has been compounded by the high turnover of managers, each with their own [tunnel]vision and questionable philosophy (Allardyce?!?) which now sees a chaotic mismatched squad comprising of plenty of skill and ability but seemingly void of character.

The good news is that we now have a world class manager in place who may have funds to build. I feel this could be the first time the stars have aligned for decades and real progress can be made.

The one notable exception to recruitment has been Tosun, he has true world class potential if he could only play without the psychological need of balancing a shredded wheat on his head.

Christopher Timmins
72 Posted 20/07/2020 at 08:53:44

Who is going to purchase them?

Bob Parrington
73 Posted 20/07/2020 at 09:00:05
Good to see Branthwaite stepping up to the mark. He and Gordon add some needed energy. They've both acquitted themselves well.

Trying to muster up confidence to suggest we might beat SU but, feels more like it'll be a 6 - 0 defeat, such is the negativity around the club. Looks like the players need a good dose of Vitamin B12.

Peter Mills
74 Posted 20/07/2020 at 09:01:40
I seriously envy all of you who forked out for your season tickets weeks, months, ago.

Sometime this week I'm going to have to take a deep breath and pay for mine. I've still got the chance to back out.

Chris Williams
75 Posted 20/07/2020 at 09:05:15

I'm in the same boat as you. As it stands I can't see myself renewing unfortunately. Which is a wrench to be sure, but maybe not as big a one as I'd thought.

Bill Watson
76 Posted 20/07/2020 at 09:35:25
I think Carlo is continually including some of the deadwood because a) there aren't many alternatives and b) to demonstrate to the board just how desperately we need restructuring.

We must also ensure that no incoming players have mental health issues.

I'm expecting nothing from tonight's game so will be pleasantly surprised if we get something out of it.

Neil Wood
77 Posted 20/07/2020 at 09:38:04
Pete @ 74 and Chris @75.

I will have your season ticket don't give it up!!

Trevor Peers
78 Posted 20/07/2020 at 09:46:07
Giving this game a miss, that's a first for me but I honestly think it will be a bore fest. Hope I'm wrong and we win 4 0 COYB.
Peter Mills
79 Posted 20/07/2020 at 09:48:41
Neil, I'm afraid my decision was made for me the other day as I walked past St Peter and Paul's church.

There was a distinct rumbling sound coming from the cemetery as various ancestors turned in their graves at my prevarication.

I'm in. It'll just make my eyes water a bit some time this week.

Martin Nicholls
80 Posted 20/07/2020 at 10:06:01
The only high earners we have a realistic chance of moving on are those in the last year of their contracts. They, or more to the point their agents, may feel that taking a drop in salary might be worth doing in order to get a guaranteed three year contract in place of the coming uncertainty of one with less than twelve months to run.
Dave Williams
81 Posted 20/07/2020 at 10:11:10
In order to see whether players are good enough the structure of the team needs to be sorted. Kendall's young team couldn't score a goal and were struggling, then suddenly Peter Reid got a grip of the midfield. Bracewell arrived and the whole thing knitted together. Young lads like Heath and Sharp went from being strikers who couldn't score and who were crucified each home game by the crowd suddenly became international class players.
Our problem at the moment is very clear. We have a decent enough defence albeit a dodgy keeper, two very promising strikers but absolute zilch between the back line and the front line. This means the defence isn't getting the quality of cover which would be given by a decent midfield and the front two get zero service. Sort this out and players like Iwobi and Gomes may show what they can do. We need two central midfielders and at least one wide player and then Gordon might demand a regular slot. Certainly a mass clearout is required with a ruthless approach as it is surely better to clear out the players with the wrong attitude rather than have them around spreading negativity- I could imagine Delph being a less than helpful presence for starters!
Mal van Schaick
82 Posted 20/07/2020 at 10:12:35
Ever the optimist! Hoping for an Everton win, but fearing the worst. I'm Haunted by the vision of Ancelotti with a raised eyebrow again.
Bobby Mallon
83 Posted 20/07/2020 at 10:20:32
We really do need a Parkinson, mad dog Gueye kind of player in our midfield ( I personally would go for two ). Theses no nonsense in your face put a tackle in, pass it on type of player are invaluable in a midfield. The lad from saints and his stats lol good. Surely we have an ankle biting kid in our ranks somewhere?
Jerome Shields
84 Posted 20/07/2020 at 10:26:18
Even with Ancelotti, this side will struggle to get a result. Every players needs to be motivated and determined individually to get a good result. This seems obvious, but isn't the case with this lot.
Tony Everan
85 Posted 20/07/2020 at 10:28:05
The season is as dead as a dodo, and thank god it's nearly over. The RS have more than double the number of points than us therefore with this team we would have to play another 38 games just to catch them up! I know it's daft but there's something about that hat really hits it home for me. The amount of work to be done at the club is mountainous.

I am looking forward to the game to watch our youngsters. Branthaite will come under much more pressure today and it will be a massive test for an 18 yr old. Sheffield will spare him no quarter and I hope he comes through.

I feel he has plenty of physical development to do before he can fight off very aggressive PL players attacking him. We need to be supportive of him regardless of his performances in these last two games and just be glad he has stepped in when required.

Another chance too to see Anthony Gordon, I want to see consistency and him making himself a permanent starter.

I am surprised by the omission of Moise Kean in starting these last 9 games. It must be because he is off back to Italy next month, either permanently as part of a transfer deal or on loan for essential game time.

Finally I want to see Tom Davies being a bit more confident and driving at defences with the ball. I think we are being far too conservative in possession, (because we have no fighter/ tackler to win possession back).

Regardless, this conservatism in itself is a worse weakness. I would rather us try to commit the opposition defences and try to pull the opponent out of shape and risk losing possession. The alternative is spending all game passing backward and sideways and still lose possession by doing that. That way end up losing the game without even trying to threaten the opponent's defence.

If we had a ball winner Tom could be given more licence to do that, at the moment he is shackled a bit maybe by instruction or maybe by necessity. Gomes and Tom do not compliment each other and recently that's a big reason for our terrible play.

I think we could play better if we stuck one of our younger lads in there with Tom Davies for the last two games, ones who will at least be guaranteed to put a tackle in. Beni and Adenerin, ? You tell me who we've got who could be given a chance to fulfill that role.

Gomes should be taken out of the side and trained up to full fitness in September. Playing him at the moment isn't doing him or the team any favours.

Derek Knox
86 Posted 20/07/2020 at 10:38:06
Peter@79, Hmm, every pound is a prisoner to you mate! :-)
Max Murphy
87 Posted 20/07/2020 at 10:49:25
Christy Ring. With a name like that I suspect you originated from Cork? Are you any relation to the great man himself, and hurling legend?

His statue adorns Cork Airport
Tony Shelby
88 Posted 20/07/2020 at 10:53:00
My interest in our matches directly correlates with the players'.

If they don't give a shite then neither do I.

Andrew Clare
89 Posted 20/07/2020 at 11:18:08
This a another guaranteed boring miserable defeat. Probably by three clear goals.
I know that these are early days in Carlo's reign and things will get better eventually but I would have thought that we would see more encouraging signs of the new manager's impact. Some of the defeats haven't given me much confidence about things to come.
I am not sure if it is just the players that are the problem ( I realise that the main overriding problem has been a lack of leadership at boardroom level for decades). I think some of our players would actually do better away from Everton.
There is a big problem at our club.
Harry Catterick was the only manager that we have had that has come close to creating a dynasty at Goodison Park- HK's realign was fantastic but very short- 5 good years.
City, Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea have all managed to maintain success for a sustained amount of time at some point in their history.
We didn't build on Catterick's success nor Howard's and I think that is all because we haven't had the right people in the boardroom apart from Moores and Phillip Carter- to a lesser extent.
Still hope we will win today as always.
Matthew Williams
90 Posted 20/07/2020 at 11:18:10
More away day misery to come I fear Blues.

2-0 Blades.

Jonathan Tasker
91 Posted 20/07/2020 at 11:22:28
Reminding you that if Everton finish below 11th, as now seems highly likely, this will represent the worst league position since 2003-04 when we came 17th in what was Moyes's first full season.
Cannot see beyond the home side winning. One side will be desperate to continue their fantastic season. The other team will be Everton.
Bill Griffiths
92 Posted 20/07/2020 at 11:29:04
Slightly off topic, does anyone know if all the last games of the season are being televised?
Jimmy Salt
93 Posted 20/07/2020 at 11:39:25
Really wanted to get interested in the last games when the season restarted, but after the last few games, I cant be arsed now, roll on the new season
Justin Doone
94 Posted 20/07/2020 at 11:49:37
It's impossible to know how often players will be unavailable for games through injury but we do have a terrible history of important players being crocks.

Some players are worth the risk, I can understand why we went for Gibson. Good player and an excellent passer that could add goals from midfield. Unfortunately his mind and body were not up for the fight.

Bringing back Ferguson from Newcastle, understandable but I'm not sure I would have bothered. I've a lot of time for Dunc but he had a long term poor injury record that we already knew about.

I think Delph was a similar risk. He's a good player that offered a bit of pace and mobility, something we lack in our midfield. It was always a no from me but I can understand why.

I don't know much about Mina and Gbamin's prior injury records but the future is not bright without big changes and better luck.

Mina repeatedly has muscle injuries and unless he looks after himself better, diet, yoga, personalised specific warm ups and stretches he will continue to be an injury prone player.

Gbamin will need a long time to fully recover. When you break down again whilst recovering from a muscle injury it tells me things need to go slower and rehabilitation methods needs to change.

McCarthy is a great example of how not to recover. He was constantly rushed and an example of how not to do it. He had to go.

I'd be looking to move them all on, all unreliable due to injuries and sadly young Beni appears to be another that has had repeated injury issues.

We need to stop taking these risks but also look after players minds as well as bodies better.

Joe McMahon
95 Posted 20/07/2020 at 11:51:54
Justin, I'm still amazed whe didn't but Darren Anderton off Spurs.
Craig Walker
96 Posted 20/07/2020 at 12:05:36
Delph is another player who looked good for 3 games but ultimately proved a complete waste of money. How many have we had down the years?

I feel bad now when I look back at how I used to say that Barkley and Lukaku weren't good enough for Everton and didn't do it against the big teams. Careful what you wish for, eh? Look at how much stick Leon Osman used to get onTW. He was head and shoulders above anything in our current midfield. He used to get goals and assists - something none of our current crop do.

Richarlison is good enough. The rest aren't.

Dick Fearon
97 Posted 20/07/2020 at 12:07:26
I hope never to hear again that Carlo is learning about his players character, strengths and weaknesses. If he does not know those things by now he is no better a judge than 5 of his predecessors. He should also know the same things about new signings.
Darren Hind
99 Posted 20/07/2020 at 12:21:45
These pre-match threads are so revealing.

Criticise Carlo and the self proclaimed positives will round upon you in numbers - "Dont you realise how lucky were are to have him...He used to win things, you know ?".. "I'm with Carlo all the way. I prefer to see my glass as being half full"

Yet before we travel across the pennines to take on a bunch of journeymen who cant believe how far hard work and effort has taken them. Many of those very same people are bracing themselves for a hammering ?. . . If this is what the feel good factor having a "world class manager" gives you, I think I'll give it a miss... Half the people on here sound like they need should be calling Samaritan's rather than posting on a website. It was exactly the same before the Wolves game.

The manager may change, but somethings never do... We still have the most negative, self proclaimed positives in football

Derek Knox
100 Posted 20/07/2020 at 12:26:54
Bill@92, to the best of my knowledge, all games are to be covered by different Media sources ie, BT, Sky, Amazon, and some on Foreign Media, Bein Sports, DAZN, NBC, Supersports, Flowsport, most of which you will only be able to get if you have either IPTV or a MAG box. Our game tonight is on Amazon Prime.

It may be worth noting for future reference if you type into your PC, Laptop or whatever device you are using, LJ's Satellite Football, then click on the English flag, it will then display all the matches being televised at what time (GMT) and who is covering it. Hope that helps mate!

Sam Hoare
101 Posted 20/07/2020 at 12:34:36
Think we may as well give minutes to the youngsters to see how they fare. Not much we are going to learn about the likes of Sigurdsson and co at this point.

Coleman Keane Banthwaite Digne
Richarlison Davies Gomes Gordon
DCL Kean

Really hope to see something positive from DCL today. As horrendous as our midfield has been since the restart he has been almost as bad. No goals, no assists and very little ability that I've seen to link play or hold the ball up despite having two up front for most matches. I expect much better and he's definitely capable of it.

Anthony Hawkins
102 Posted 20/07/2020 at 12:41:38
I'm not looking forward to tonight's game. The players a appear to have stopped for summer already
Bill Griffiths
103 Posted 20/07/2020 at 12:41:58
Thanks Derek.
Darren Hind
104 Posted 20/07/2020 at 12:45:53
Agreed Sam

Calvert-Lewin has sweated blood to get where he is. I was worried to see him popping up all over social media during lock down. I hope a decent first half to the season hasnt convinced him he has already made it.

He has looked sluggish, almost disinterested since the restart.

Only by continued hard graft can he continue to improve.

I'll be watching him tonight too

Jay Evans
105 Posted 20/07/2020 at 12:48:05
Yerry Mina got injured against Wolves by walking. Now just let that thought set in for a minute.


Not kicking the ball, not twisting nor turning or (god forbid) tackling, just walking.

Unlucky I suppose. That could happen to anyone I hear you say but bear with me here. I do not use Instagram or anything similar as it is just not for me, however the lad who cuts my hair is also a blue and is very social media savvy, like most of the, ahem, cool kids are.

Anyway, said barber told me that Mina had basically spent the whole of lockdown (apologies for using that term) dancing around his house/garden and posting his moves 🕺 onto the internet.

Now as far as I'm aware during these videos our Yerry didn't complain of so much as a twinge.

When men were men.

Andrew Clare
106 Posted 20/07/2020 at 12:51:42
Darren# 99,
I think everyone has a right to complain.
Are you happy with our performance's?
Have you seen any encouraging signs in the way we play since Carlo took over?
Aren't you fed up that after spending huge sums of money on players we are still a poor team?
Derek Knox
107 Posted 20/07/2020 at 13:03:02
Meant to mention before, I have been very impressed by Sheffield United this season, they have been very good for a side who has had it's first season in the Premiership.

Those performances are even more remarkable, when there are no superstars or household names outside the Sheffield area. They work as a team, and all graft for each other, can be dangerous at one end, and difficult to score against at the other.

Now I've bulled them up, I'm hoping that the reverse psychology comes into effect, oh wait a minute, it's our disappointing side (thus far) that they are playing!

Jack Convery
108 Posted 20/07/2020 at 13:05:34
My team for tonight

Sidibe Keane Branthwaite Baines
Walcott Baningime Siggy Gordon

Give Coleman, Richy, Digne Gomes and DCL a time out.
Give Pickford a kick up the ass.

Robert Tressell
109 Posted 20/07/2020 at 13:20:52
All I really want is a start for Branthwaite because he earned it. I'd like Gordon and Kean to play the full 90 minutes too. To avoid losing we probably also need to play Digne and Richarlison.

Not really fussed otherwise. However I arrange the metaphorical subbuteo pieces, it all looks a bit shit.

Jay Harris
110 Posted 20/07/2020 at 13:34:54
I wish all the posters with a propaganda war against CArlo would give it a miss.

He is our last hope for a return to the top table and has inherited what most believe is our worst squad in recent history.

Can we please park the negativity bus until he brings some of his own players in and has the chance to get them organized.

Thank you.

Ajay Gopal
111 Posted 20/07/2020 at 13:36:53
I would rest both Richy and DCL, they were very poor last game. I would go Walcott and Kean up top, change things completely. We have always speculated that Walcott may fare better when played as an out and out striker, why not try that today?

My team:

Coleman Keane Branthwaite Digne
Davies Gomes Baningime Gordon
Walcott Kean

SUBS: Virginia, Sidibe, Baines, Siggy, Iwobi, DCL, Richarlison, Simms

Ajay Gopal
112 Posted 20/07/2020 at 13:36:53
I would rest both Richy and DCL, they were very poor last game. I would go Walcott and Kean up top, change things completely. We have always speculated that Walcott may fare better when played as an out and out striker, why not try that today?

My team:

Coleman Keane Branthwaite Digne
Davies Gomes Baningime Gordon
Walcott Kean

SUBS: Virginia, Sidibe, Baines, Siggy, Iwobi, DCL, Richarlison, Simms

Darren Hind
113 Posted 20/07/2020 at 13:40:40
Andrew 106 You've got the wrong guy.

You need to address that to somebody who is grateful for what we have. Somebody who thinks its ok to tell us its our "last chance". Who always wants to shout down dissenting voices.

BTW I dont see this Sheff united side as anything more than a hard working professional outfit. who are reaping the rewards of endeavor.

I expect us to win tonight

Joe McMahon
114 Posted 20/07/2020 at 13:55:31
Ajay, I agree, we need to try something different as the current tested model since lockdown is just not working. That said we don't choose the team of course.

If only to still have Lukaku eh, watching Kane yesterday just brings it home, even Ings.

Jay Wood

115 Posted 20/07/2020 at 14:10:03
Jay @ 110.

Pay no heed. There are always people who rejoice in misery.

I don't see anyone being happy clappers, who have failed to acknowledge that Everton has been poor in the last 4 games. I don't see anyone excusing the lack of application or fight from the players.

What I have seen is the 'law of immediacy', people regarding those 4 most recent performances as typical of all games under Carlo since he arrived. They are not.

Seemingly, some people relish the defeats and resent the victories. Very perverse. They are also incapable of acknowledging perfectly legitimate mitigating circumstances as to why there has been a fall off in quality.

They invent an 'enemy within' to ridicule as a means to promote their own inflexible position that Carlo is the wrong appointment for Everton.

Thankfully, the wider Everton family and probably the considerable majority have greater tolerance and patience than the sneering few. They are willing to grant the Italian a wee bit more time than 0-5-10-15-20 games in this runt of a season before condemning the man as not good enough.

Jay Harris
116 Posted 20/07/2020 at 14:16:31
The thing that annoys me the most Jay is that they are willing him to fail so they can say "I told you so".

Hope you and the family are still doing ok despite Bonzo's best efforts.

Tom Bowers
117 Posted 20/07/2020 at 14:33:47
I did say that the last few games should be a chance to play the young guys but although Carlo has played Gordon and Branthwaite I would have thought one or two others may have gotten a start instead of the failures he keeps faith with and keep letting us down.

The blades still have something to play for and kudos to Wilder for what he has done with them. It will be another tough game to get anything out of as they are very strong but you never know.

Even the best Everton to show up in any game do not impress me much so I don't expect much today.

The result is of little consequence to the Blues but it would be nice to end the season with two decent performances.

Andrew McLawrence
118 Posted 20/07/2020 at 14:46:36
The good thing about the match being on Amazon is that it gives me an excuse not to be arsed to find out how to watch it. Seasons end could not come soon enough.
Alan Rodgers
119 Posted 20/07/2020 at 14:51:04
Back in September we thought 3 points would be a formality against Sheffield Utd. Today they will be thinking the same.
Terence Leong
120 Posted 20/07/2020 at 14:51:11
The early signs suggest that Branthwaite can develop into a very solid player.
He seems to be very steady in the way he manages the ball, compared to e.g. Michael Keane. Keane always seem to have a slightly anxious body language i.e. he looks like he'll panic or makes a poor judgement anytime.
If there is any positives from the injuries to Holgate and Mina, is that we really get a chance to try young players.

I still think Mina can come good, but he might be someone who won't be able to play every game. In the modern game where we have to rotate, if the player can accept that, it might not be a bad thing for the squad. And that can give other players on the squad abit more game time.

Delph is probably over-rated, but we paid, like 8 million pounds for him?

I would like to see Jonas Lossl given the last two games, and Moise Kean to start them too. Richarlison to come off the bench should Kean or DCL needs replacing.

Darren Hind
121 Posted 20/07/2020 at 14:55:13
"What I see is the law of immediacy". People regarding those 4 most recent performances as typical of all games under "Carlo" since he arrived, They are not"

Says the guy who put up daft arsed snaps shots of current form tables in order to support his latest argument.

Ancelotti took over when we were 13th. Our football has been absolutely dire and negative ever since. If that truth is just too painful for the delicate ears of those who want to apologise for it. Tough. Lets see how many places we rise to justify this cowardice.

I have lumped on at 14/5 tonight. We have the better players than they do. Nearly all of our players have spent nearly all of their careers in a much higher position than nearly all of their players.

Now I expect the manager to have the courage to go and try to win

Brent Stephens
122 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:01:03
Terence I think Lossl is out on loan.
Tony Abrahams
123 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:10:29
It's a decent price Darren, I think I might have a go myself, even though I'm baffled that I find myself thinking Everton will win tonight.

Good point about the kid, looking assured on the ball Terrence, he reminded me of Lescott with the ball at his feet, except I was thinking he was taking a bit to long in possession!

That's when I realised he's got a chance, because with no movement in front, and nobody showing for the ball, he kept his composure, and kept trying to push it into midfielders feet.

Let's just hope we get players who want to go and get the ball, isn't that the whole point when playing football?

Tony Everan
124 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:13:13
Darren, Sam. DCL has been a bit subdued, and Richarlison hasn't been a whole lot better. With these two I think the foot is off the gas, they have written this season off and, to some extent, are going through the motions.

Maybe not even intentionally but I think on some level they are just not properly motivated for these remaining games.Probably waiting for the new improved 20/21 Everton next season . I've seen enough not to be too worried about DCL but I do hope he is not taking his eye off the ball now he has got his new contract. As next season is exactly the time he has to kick on and produce the goods consistently.

Very surprised Moise Kean hasn't been given more starts in light of it. He must be off back to Italy next month; sold, part of a deal or loaned.

Tom Bowers
125 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:13:29
Darren I agree the stuff we have produced has been dire to say the least and one has no reason to see that change today.
However anything can happen in football as some recent results have shown so fingers crossed it may be our turn to win against the odds.
Carlo has said that Moise Kean will be here next season which begs the question, why, if he has no confidence in playing him at the moment when the offence is awful ?
Jay Wood

126 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:15:49
----White Noise----

From the man who consistently fails to put up any coherent opinion on...anything, really.

Terence Leong
127 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:16:12
Thanks for pointing that out, Brent (oops). Kept thinking that he was back because of the enforced break. I think giving the chance to another keeper will give Pickford something to think about.

It's a fine line between the kind of arrogance needed to play, and complacency, which I think is where many of us are wondering, which side is Pickford falling on.

And also, it's a judgement call to know when someone should be pulled aside to be given a wake-up call, and whether dropping the player will cause him to lose confidence totally.

I think Pickford can do with a kick up the rear end.

Terence Leong
128 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:16:12
Thanks for pointing that out, Brent (oops). Kept thinking that he was back because of the enforced break. I think giving the chance to another keeper will give Pickford something to think about.

It's a fine line between the kind of arrogance needed to play, and complacency, which I think is where many of us are wondering, which side is Pickford falling on.

And also, it's a judgement call to know when someone should be pulled aside to be given a wake-up call, and whether dropping the player will cause him to lose confidence totally.

I think Pickford can do with a kick up the rear end.

Robert Tressell
129 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:20:06
Tony @124. You might be right about Kean. He's not being given much of a chance to impress which isn't much of a vote of confidence. If he does go, we're left with only DCL and Richarlison up top. Simms seems a bit of a way off yet.

Still hope he starts the next two games.

Craig Walker
130 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:26:11
On what basis do we have better players than Sheffield United? On paper, our team looks good. On the field, Everton been a shambles for the most part whilst the Blades have surprised everyone. Sheffield United aren't a team full of stars, but from what I've seen they have a team spirit and togetherness and a plan compared to our prima donas. They seem to have a better player than us between the sticks as well (I know he's only on loan).

It's like the pundits who look at our squad and say that we've got some good players. Where? Are they the same good players that couldn't beat the RS's kids or have the 4th worst away record in the division?

Hope we win tonight but it'd be too little, too late. Sheffield United have had a great season, no matter what. We've been abysmal.

Christian Konttorp
131 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:30:34
Most interesting question for todays match: Are we mentally ready and on-the-spot from the first whistle today?
Derek Moore
132 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:35:29
I backed the draw at 5/2, so hope that helps Darren.

An RS I know has watched a few of our games and is pissing himself laughing. "Fat Sam on the pasta" was his summation of our Italian genius manager.

Our Italian managers lack of adventure has me very concerned. He's clearly decided there's virtually nobody in the squad worth a sweet shit so asking them to play the most awful version of football I've seen since...well since Allardyce and Koeman.

We need almost an entirely new squad, and Brands has bought absolute dross. Nor has he moved on much of the dross he inherited. Thirty million quid for Iwobi makes me throw up in my mouth a little. Delph is a fucking joke, but one only non Evertonians can afford to laugh at.
Silva, an absolute gobshite, was the one who signed Richarlison. Without Richi I'd dread to think we're we'd end up. Brands is just another foreign chancer leeching Moshiri money in my opinion.

We are literally at the crossroads now. There's no way Ancellotti is managing this squad for much longer and nobody is really sure where the help is coming from. My hunch is it might be Dunc in charge by Boxing Day. We'll end up with the greatest new stadium in the whole championship.

Will Mabon
133 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:40:11
In the crazy, chaotic world that is this club, we are probably about due for a wild result out of left field. 3-1 to the Blues.
Derek Moore
134 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:46:06
Will, if it is 3-1 to us I'll be 150 or so ahead for my investment of a fiver.

I'm channeling my inner Moshiri, good money after bad!

Tony Everan
135 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:49:10
Robert @129.

I am thinking that Carlo may well want more experience up front, a tried and tested forward. All the talk is midfielders and rightly so, but I bit more competition up front is absolutely necessary to keep Calvert-Lewin and to a lesser extent Richarlison on their toes. At the moment, effectively they have no competition. We need more proven strength in depth.

Judging by Kean's omissions he is off back to Italy [in some form] and Carlo will be replacing him with a more proven striker. I would be in no way surprised if Carlo brings in someone. Would have loved Carlo to have got Milik, with Moise going the other way as a makeweight but there are a few much better positioned clubs after him so the chances are very slim.

But with Allan, Hojbjerg and Milik coming in and Sigurdsson, Delph, Bolasie, Besic, Kean, Bernard being moved on, the team starts to look very different.

Brands will be filling in an overtime sheet.

Will Mabon
136 Posted 20/07/2020 at 15:51:34
Derek, best of luck! That's you, me and Tony Abrahams that have "The feeling". Must be something in it...

(of course, I'll be nowhere to be seen if we get spanked).

Brian Murray
137 Posted 20/07/2020 at 16:18:29
I doubt Carlo has ever met or had to deal with this amateurish malaise on and particularly off the pitch in his career. Let's hope he finds or stumbles across a formation and four or five new players because we know he's on his own on that score. Brands just seems to amble along, going through the motions.
Dave Abrahams
138 Posted 20/07/2020 at 16:18:37
Carlo has said, I think today, that he is going to play a more attacking game in the last two matches of this season. It might be worth backing us to lose 4-6 or some other ridiculous score, just think of the odds !!!
Darren Hind
139 Posted 20/07/2020 at 16:21:42
Thats all anybody can ask Dave. An attacking attitude will get no complaints from me - Especially as I`ve backed us to win
Dave Abrahams
140 Posted 20/07/2020 at 16:28:29
Darren (139), yes an attacking game would be very welcome from quite a few of us.

I've got 50p and waiting for our Tony to come, I'll borrow another 50p off him and throw the lot on a 4-6 scoreline, reckless I know, but easy come easy go!!!

Darren Hind
141 Posted 20/07/2020 at 16:39:37
He whos dares, Dave.

He who dares

Max Murphy
142 Posted 20/07/2020 at 16:42:18
Bill #92.
You can get all games at
if you haven't got Sky, BT, Prime etc
Derek Knox
143 Posted 20/07/2020 at 16:56:23
Mange-Tout Darren, Mange -Tout! :-)

This time next week, it'll all be over! :-)

Jay Wood

144 Posted 20/07/2020 at 17:03:08
Sidibe in for Coleman. Branthwaite starts, as do Walcott, Gomes and Sigurdsson. Kean not even on the bench, but Simms is!

Pickford, Sidibe, Keane, Branthwaite, Digne, Walcott, Davies, Gomes, Sigurdsson (c), Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Stekelenburg, Virginia, Baines, Iwobi, Bernard, Coleman, Baningime, Gordon, Simms.

Richard Mason
145 Posted 20/07/2020 at 17:04:45
Looks like a 4-3-3 formation maybe?
Tom Bowers
146 Posted 20/07/2020 at 17:11:02
Darren I agree the stuff we have produced has been dire to say the least and one has no reason to see that change today.
However anything can happen in football as some recent results have shown so fingers crossed it may be our turn to win against the odds.
Carlo has said that Moise Kean will be here next season which begs the question, why, if he has no confidence in playing him at the moment when the offence is awful ?
Derek Moore
147 Posted 20/07/2020 at 17:15:43
Moise looks a dead duck if he can't crack todays lineup. More cash up the spout, at least as far as Everton is concerned. The Italian Lookman.
Sam Hoare
148 Posted 20/07/2020 at 17:19:09
Uninspiring team. Even with the slim options that we have.

Kean must surely be injured. Why else would there be two keepers on the bench.

Hope Branthwaite has a good evening.

Kieran Kinsella
149 Posted 20/07/2020 at 17:20:36

Maybe they'll give Stekelenburg the Tim Howard treatment and a cameo off the bench to get a rousing reception from the empty seats as reward for his years of bench warming service

Brian Harrison
150 Posted 20/07/2020 at 17:21:31
I can only assume Kean must have picked up an injury for him not to be in the squad. I would have preferred Gordon to start, as he has looked the most likely of the midfield to create something. I would hope that we are looking for 2 central midfield players and a wide player. If we have to start next season with tonights midfield we will struggle to stay out the bottom 3.

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