Hardly a day seems to go by without a new rumour of serious interest from a 'rich' club keen to shell out vast quantities of money for the services of Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin. This despite worrying claims (as yet unconfirmed) that his injury problems may have taken a turn for the worse.
So far, we have had Arsenal and Real Madrid cited as transfer destinations for the Blues centre-forward who has made the iconic Number 9 shirt his own. All this despite the transfer window being closed for another 2½ months, and Calvert-Lewin being a key player for Rafa Benitez as he looks to make a good fist of his first season at Goodison Park under an increasingly dire injury crisis.
The latest and not entirely unexpected entrant in this particular horse-race is Newcastle United, who have finally parted ways with manager Steve Bruce, seemingly as a direct consequence of their new-found wealth and desire to show tangible progress in reaching their lofty targets on the back of Saudi investment that is still meeting substantial opposition from most of the other Premier League clubs.
There's also the small matter of the player being contracted to play for Everton until June 2025, although that primarily sustains the size of the potential transfer fee which is conditional of course on Everton's desire to agree to sell their star goalscorer.
Calvert-Lewin had been playing with a broken toe but it seems to have been a thigh problem that has caused him to miss the last six games for Everton after a brilliant start to the season in which he scored in each of the first three Premier League games.
Those games have seen an even mix of 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses for Benitez's Everton side, which has lurched from coping admirably with the added pressure of Calvert-Lewin and then Richarlison missing for the last five games also, to worrying defeats against Aston Villa and West Ham United that might have ended very differently but for a host of missed chances.
Add that to the draw at Old Trafford which Everton came perilously close to winning, making it that much harder to accept that, as a club striving to play with the rich boys in their sandpit, they should soon lose one of the few players they have who can actually score goals on a consistent basis.
But first things first: Calvert-Lewin's injury problems must be resolved and he needs to get back on the field and contributing the goals that Everton need this season, without the necessary distraction of transfer rumours that seem set to only run and run…
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1 Posted 20/10/2021 at 10:38:50
2 Posted 20/10/2021 at 10:47:11
3 Posted 20/10/2021 at 10:54:08
In honesty, this will be interesting. I don't want to sound sour grapes, but I'm not sure a big name will risk it until they see the landscape in January given where Newcastle are right now.
Do they have someone lined up though? I'll get onto my mate!
4 Posted 20/10/2021 at 10:55:20
More importantly, the rumours have started that the Barcodes are targetting Dominic Calvert-Lewin to bolster their attack; if that happens and in January, we may as well call it a day.
5 Posted 20/10/2021 at 10:56:25
6 Posted 20/10/2021 at 10:58:25
7 Posted 20/10/2021 at 10:59:47
8 Posted 20/10/2021 at 11:06:28
9 Posted 20/10/2021 at 11:12:21
I am sure whoever takes over will get the normal new manager bounce, but they will have to wait till January to bring in better players. The question is: Will the players they have be good enough to get them out of a relegation spot before the window opens?
I don't think any of the top names will go there with the uncertainty of relegation, hence why no mention of Conte as a prospective manager. They will probably go for a couple of big name players who they can get on loan in January, hoping that can get them out of relegation.
Even next season, I don't see them getting the very top players but, whoever gets the job initially, I think they will be replaced once Newcastle have established themselves in the Top 6 or Top 7 in the Premier League. But, provided they don't get relegated, the money over the next 4/5 years should see them competing for the top honours.
10 Posted 20/10/2021 at 11:16:10
So, if it's proven the Saudi state do own the club (which we all know they do), will the Premier League be able to force them to dispose of it? I very much doubt it.
What it does demonstrate is that the Premier League is either morally bankrupt or a load of wankers; probably a morally bankrupt bunch of wankers.
Apart from the RS, I have never wanted a club to be relegated as much as I want Newcastle to go down this season.
11 Posted 20/10/2021 at 11:42:05
"We'll appoint someone to replace Bruce, spend very little in January as it will be too late to save us. We'll be relegated, but bounce back first time. Build from there slowly, making sure we focus on the academy and development. Buy solid players, not fantasy footballers"
Interesting perspective and view.
12 Posted 20/10/2021 at 12:01:55
My hope is that the knobheads in charge get it horribly wrong, appoint a Hollywood coach, and make a right mess of it. Let's face it, we're the blueprint for that.
13 Posted 20/10/2021 at 12:23:59
I hope they spend billions and completely smash the Premier League. Win the league every year. I would love that.
14 Posted 20/10/2021 at 13:07:24
They may not even be in the Premier League next season so who do they get that will stick with them? Will players take reduced wages? Will a manager stick with them and will he be able to get them back up again?
I don't know what kind of pull Newcastle will be to players. With no European football, they surely can't go crazy with the wages. There was space for Chelsea and Man City but, as we have found out, there are a few others more attractive to the top players and will remain so.
Back to Everton... how far will we fall if both Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin get sold in the next 12-18 months. It's looking more likely.
15 Posted 20/10/2021 at 13:18:31
Unfortunately Calvert-Lewin is exactly the sort of profile they will attract for the next few years until they move up a level.
My hope is that they get a foreign manager in who goes for someone like Vlahovic of Fiorentina or Isak of Real Sociedad instead.
16 Posted 20/10/2021 at 13:25:24
17 Posted 20/10/2021 at 13:50:40
First of all, the media seem determined to undermine Calvert-Lewin and the Blues by unsettling him with rumours that have no basis whatsoever. Why they are allowed to publish this propaganda without any foundation is beyond me.
Secondly, the new owners of Newcastle will either have to do a major selling plan to top coaches and players or slowly make their way up from the dire position they are in now.
Yes, money talks… but does it do the walk? It took Man City over 5 years to make any inroads and they had less competition than there is now and all the top coaches are spoken for.
18 Posted 20/10/2021 at 13:57:18
I think you'll find that it will be just as difficult for the Geordies as it has been for Everton, to try and make up that huge gap that exists between the established Top 6 clubs and the rest.
Erstwhile Champions League certainties, Arsenal and their neighbours are finding it increasingly difficult to hold their place at the top table and both would be very surprised to find themselves in the Top 4 at the end of this season.
Moshiri and company took a huge gamble with managers and players arriving that they hoped would catapult us quickly into the mix. Unfortunately for Moshiri, the club, and the Evertonians, it didn't quite work out that way due to some ridiculous contracts being handed out.
We have been saddled with too many players who have failed to make a positive impact at Everton; some are still here, some have left for less than we paid for them.
Good management and prudent spending will take you so far, but it's not as simple as many seem to think it is, to try and build a team in this era of football, the fact that we could lose both Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin by this time next season is a testament to that.
Everton FC isn't cash-strapped as you describe it, they are hampered by making too many mistakes in the last few years and it will take another 12-18 months to rectify those, meanwhile, the team/squad, which is the most important thing to most of us, suffers from inadequate numbers and a lack of overall quality.
Newcastle may well do things far better than we have at Everton, but I don't think they'll find it much easier and will probably make some major mistakes along the way too, they could also find themselves in the championship next season, if their current form continues between now and January. At least Everton is in a position whereby it can be in the premier league next season with another 9 wins or equivalent from the remaining fixtures.
19 Posted 20/10/2021 at 13:57:39
The other key point is that Newcastle Utd have a lot more money now than we've ever had. They are now up there with PSG, Chelsea and Man City, looking down on the likes of Real Madrid, Barca, Bayern, Man Utd and Liverpool. It won't be immediate but success will happen.
20 Posted 20/10/2021 at 13:59:59
Of course we don't have a great record for hanging on to our top players. We seem to be easily persuaded when enough noises are being made in the media and especially when there's a lot of money on the table.
There have been few that have bucked the trend: Baines not going to Man Utd... er... that's about all I can think of. All the rest have taken the opportunity to move on: Barkley, Lukaku, Stones, Fellaini, Rodwell, Arteta, Lescott, Rooney, Jeffers, Dunne, Barmby, Speed... I'll stop there.
21 Posted 20/10/2021 at 14:04:31
OK, Kevin - calm down.
22 Posted 20/10/2021 at 14:13:29
The ESL has apparently resurfaced with the pioneers now offering two divisions with promotion and relegation BUT the key thing is spending caps based on income. So aside from UEFA and the EPL even fake leagues like the ESL are trying to hold clubs other than "the usual suspects." down.
23 Posted 20/10/2021 at 14:15:24
I presume, once the Saudi's stop peeing themselves with laughter, 🤣 they will do the opposite.
24 Posted 20/10/2021 at 14:16:42
As Danny O'Neill's mate points out, it's going to be tough to turn things around this season, even allowing for the January window. I can't see Calvert-Lewin wanting to head to Newcastle right now. Most likely, they'll get a big name foreign star, eg, Robino type.
Then, once things have turned around, they'll go for the likes of Calvert-Lewin, picking off the "best of the rest" like Man City did, nabbing Milner, Barry, Lescott, a few Arsenal players from the teams competing for Top 6.
25 Posted 20/10/2021 at 14:28:36
I think you're right in that the 'established' clubs will continue to rule the roost, both in terms of power and in their quest to keep their other rivals at arm's length.
A revised European Super League with promotion and relegation sounds fair and proper but, as you say, the chances are that the 'usual suspects' would never find themselves in a relegation dogfight and clubs similar to Everton would rarely if ever compete for the ultimate prizes.
The level of indebtedness that the major players already have is mind-blowing but, despite that, they can continue to trade without sanctions, whilst the clubs with lower levels of debt find themselves hamstrung by rules which favour the most powerful clubs on the planet.
It seems to me that Everton FC and other similar clubs are complicit in the way that the game has 'progressed' and Everton's lack of success in the last couple of decades has helped to convince even its most ardent supporters that this is the way of the world and there's little any of us can do about it.
26 Posted 20/10/2021 at 14:32:54
Don't understand though why anybody would have a valid reason to stop sponsorships other than jealousy; if you ban one, then ban them all or state your reasons for allowing all other clubs to have sponsors, the deeper it goes the more it smells.
27 Posted 20/10/2021 at 14:49:28
If it were me, I'd appoint someone sensible who will keep them up and move them up to 12th or so. That person is Sean Dyche.
They can then look to move to 6th, 7th or 8th, after which they'll be close enough to Europe to recruit some stars. They need to stay up without a doubt, and Premier League nous is the only way to do it.
They would do well to have the following side in place by 1st February:
Ayling* - Laschelles - Tarkowski* - Lewis
Ward-Prowse* - Choudhury* - Willock
Saint Maximan - Wilson - McNeil*
Subs: Darlow, Clark, Manquillo, Hayden, Ritchie, Almiron, Origi*
28 Posted 20/10/2021 at 14:53:52
"Everton FC and other similar clubs are complicit in the way that the game has 'progressed' "
I agree with that, but also see a bit of hypocrisy. Everton have been against spending restrictions, telling us Moshiri wants to spend but can't. They've tried to get around this by having USM (owner linked) for example buy "first rights" on stadium naming. But, along with 17 other clubs, they just voted to stop Newcastle doing the same.
I would think that, if Moshiri really still has a desire to splash the cash, that Everton should join Man City and Newcastle Utd in fighting to remove the handcuffs. They always seem to have a very short-term protectionist view -- meaning protecting the holdings of Kenwright, and now Moshiri, as opposed to the club itself of course.
29 Posted 20/10/2021 at 16:06:20
30 Posted 20/10/2021 at 16:08:08
You're absolutely right that Step 1 is to appoint a manager to make sure they stay up.
I'd be surprised if it's Dyche because of the lack of glamour – and the fact he'd be sacked as soon as someone more glamorous was available.
But as things stand now, they're a really poor side that is going down.
It would be good for us if they do go down, because it would keep a bid for Calvert-Lewin at bay.
31 Posted 20/10/2021 at 16:08:55
But in hindsight, a good thing that Usmanov remains in the shadows?
Or am I just totally missing the point about sponsorship. I've been reading that owners or joint owners can't sponsor. But an external party still can? I may be wrong.
32 Posted 20/10/2021 at 16:25:56
You can guarentee if they scrapped the FFP rules, within a small timeframe Usmanov would be the new owner of Everton Football Club. FFP is stopping Usmanov being the owner, without a shadow of doubt.
If that time comes, you can guarantee, Usmanov would not put up with how Moshiri is being taken for a mug, by the chairman and his band of even weaker board members.
As you know by now, my opinion of the club being in stagnation for over 25 years coincides in one person wanting his own little toy, and he will do everything he can to not let go of it. By taking on weak board members, he is still calling most of the shots.
He lost us the Kings Dock through his stubbornness with Paul Gregg, took over 20 years to finally find us a buyer, god knows how many walked away on hearing his terms to still be the puppet master.
But rest assured, Captain Bill will be at Bramley-Moore Dock, cutting the ribbon, with his lovely Denise and Farhad looking on.
Think this is where me and you will disagree, Danny; I have no love whatsoever for the fraud still there. Each to our own opinions, so apologies to any I may have offended who still back and support the guy.
33 Posted 20/10/2021 at 16:28:44
Dominic is more likely to go to Arsenal or to Spurs as a replacement for Kane. That could happen in January, otherwise the summer.
I too hope that the Geordies go down. The game stinks and the Premier League are setting the moral tone by allowing the Saudi state to cleanse its filthy hands by buying into the league.
The only crumb of comfort is the prospect that one of the current "Big Six" will lose their place at the top table. Just like Chelsea and Man City, it will happen, but it might take 4 or 5 years to achieve Champions League.
I wonder if Martinez is on their radar? I could see them with Vertonghan, Tielemans, Witzle, Hazard, and – in a year – Lukaku!
34 Posted 20/10/2021 at 16:29:26
35 Posted 20/10/2021 at 16:59:19
You never know, horses for courses and all that. Remember when we brought in Sam and despite denials obviously knew it was just as a short-term stop-gap to avoid relegation before we sacked him. Could see Newcastle doing the same with some unlucky soul, maybe Dyche.
36 Posted 20/10/2021 at 17:14:51
How it plays out long run is probably as Robert sees it but the turnover at the top and some possible financial strains could be fascinating. As revenues start to come back, maybe this isn't such a development at the club level but seeing the empty suits pulling levers to find solutions might actually create an opportunity for Everton to sneak in if we handle some future deals competently.
A reload under Rafa might not be a thing to fear.
37 Posted 20/10/2021 at 17:44:23
I commented before on Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison and hope Everton stand firm on no transfer for them. We could and should ask for a ridiculous price for them, but would have to pay another ridiculous price to replace them.
Both players are only young and we should build around young players and not sell them, and that is why we have to bring in more quality in January.
38 Posted 20/10/2021 at 17:49:25
39 Posted 20/10/2021 at 18:06:54
40 Posted 20/10/2021 at 18:13:25
The club has only recently posted this:
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a quadriceps injury and will remain out for a number of weeks. The Everton striker has not played since the Blues' Premier League clash at Brighton & Hove Albion on 28 August, when he scored from the penalty spot in a 2-0 victory.
The Everton striker has not played since the Blues' Premier League clash at Brighton & Hove Albion on 28 August, when he scored from the penalty spot in a 2-0 victory.
Calvert-Lewin will continue to receive specialist treatment and an update on the England international's fitness will be provided in due course.
41 Posted 20/10/2021 at 18:32:26
Quad is not an easy injury to recover from. It tends to break down again easily. A bit like hamstring.
42 Posted 20/10/2021 at 18:40:29
Fingers crossed that Calvert-Lewin is not rushed back.
43 Posted 20/10/2021 at 18:58:52
I second Rob's endorsement @34.
44 Posted 20/10/2021 at 18:59:40
Believe me, Uncle Bill is not the worst owner or chair in Premier League history for the simple reason that we have never been relegated during his time 'on the scene'. I'm betting that the fans of at least 30-odd clubs who have suffered relegation this century would swop him for the 'geniuses' they have been burdened with since we last won anything!
45 Posted 20/10/2021 at 19:06:55
That would be the sensible way to go about it, if you were the Newcastle owner. Nothing very glamorous, no fancy foreign stars – mainly English manager and footballers who have experience of playing in the Premier League and who can battle through the winter to get them to safety.
But, even the players you mentioned would entail an investment of £100-120 million. Their priority this season has to be to stay up.
46 Posted 20/10/2021 at 19:07:41
As for Calvert-Lewin, he plays better in his absence than he actually plays on the pitch, according to the media and a number of ToffeeWeb threads.
Hopefully Newcastle Utd are prepared to pay his off-field worth.
47 Posted 20/10/2021 at 19:17:27
Understatement of the decade time, but I agree he has hung on to his trainset way too long. It's almost like the Chairman version of his golden boy, Moyes. He done what he had to do but couldn't and didn't take us further and stayed too long when change was required.
I thought when Moshiri took over, that would be him done. But he obviously hoodwinked him too. And still is doing so.
I'll admit, I'm a late comer to the Kenwright debate, but I've always seen people's reasoning on it. I'm just not sure we had many other options. Particularly in the late 90s / early 2000s. But, like I say, I wouldn't claim to be educated in the detail.
Talkshite Jerome. Brave man. Respect.
48 Posted 20/10/2021 at 19:28:46
49 Posted 20/10/2021 at 19:36:11
Kenshite isn't the worst if you look at it from a certain point of view. Scrooge wasn't the worse mortgage lender, he foreclosed on all those paupers so he didn't have a lot of accounts in arrears. But how many lives did he destroy?
How many JD Power awards did he win for customer service? Did his business grow or simply stagnate as he auctioned off foreclosed hovel's to cover mortgage losses?
So yeah, Jacob Marley was probably worse by writing sub-prime mortgages to street urchins, but not being the "worst" isn't saying much.
50 Posted 20/10/2021 at 19:41:25
51 Posted 20/10/2021 at 19:42:22
He could have reduced his role and gone out with respect but he hung around too long and tried to remain an influence which was not in the club's best interest. Even he would have to admit that some changes were needed and he could not be the one to shepherd them into existence.
52 Posted 20/10/2021 at 21:25:16
Perhaps you could add Sylvain Distin as I see he turned down a move to West Ham? But maybe not as he was getting on by then. I can't believe he spent 6 seasons at Everton.
53 Posted 20/10/2021 at 22:32:34
54 Posted 21/10/2021 at 03:37:57
55 Posted 21/10/2021 at 09:05:59
As with most of us, I can only give a view as I don't have insider knowledge, I don't know about priorities, but I think he had 2 tracks running concurrently:
1. Tactical "here and now". Spend big to get us into Europe and challenge for silverware.
2. Strategic. The stadium and if what I've been reading recently is to be believed, a re-design of the academy structure under Brands.
Tactical got cocked up big time. Millions wasted on players and managers that by and large haven't improved the squad. The team (12 - 14) is good. When all fit. And that problem remains because as with last season and before, it's what lies beneath that hurts us in terms of results once the injuries kick in.
Strategic looks promising. We're just going to have to wait for it. And probably wrap up the tactical plan into that now. I don't know the ins and outs of FFP, so don't know how long it will be before we can unlock Moshiri's purse strings again. I just hope he has learned his lesson on who he takes advice from.
Failing that we might just get lucky. Football always has an element of luck in it!!
56 Posted 21/10/2021 at 10:08:10
Or £115M if you also take Delph.
57 Posted 21/10/2021 at 10:08:32
58 Posted 21/10/2021 at 10:47:07
I have lost or mislaid or failed to copy your and Jim's mobile numbers following the after match evening in The Crown, I am blaming either the Hammers' deafening singing or the effect of the Coors, inducing 'alcohol amnesia'. Please remind me (07565 140075) and we can hopefully repeat similarly and quieter possibly at The Bramley Moore. I can't make the Watford game, but should be at the Spurs one. 👍💙
59 Posted 21/10/2021 at 22:29:31
Michael Kenrick has been playing the long game for a number of years now: prospective purchasers will have been monitoring his match reports, and will have been persuaded that Calvert-Lewin's weak neck muscles, poor positional play, and inability to strike a football mean he should be avoided.
60 Posted 21/10/2021 at 22:37:25
61 Posted 22/10/2021 at 08:14:23
62 Posted 22/10/2021 at 15:35:05
63 Posted 22/10/2021 at 16:33:16
"Wor Blackie" even by the local press.
64 Posted 22/10/2021 at 16:55:42
65 Posted 23/10/2021 at 02:26:16
I had a friend who went to University in the North East, it was a long time ago that he found it incredulous that Andy Cole was referred to as "Wor Blackie" in the local press. Rumour has it that his move to Manchester United followed his parents receiving racist abuse when they went to watch their son, the Newcastle fans not being aware of their relationship to the centre-forward.
With regard to a potential move for Dominic Calvert-Lewin that is a story in "The Telegraph", allegedly he is close to top of the new owners' "wish list". Hopefully it is purely speculation based on Everton looking to finance their new ground move. The £40 million fee quoted seems very light tho.
I cannot remember the name of the documentary but our owner was once accosted by a camera crew with regard to the source of what they believed was dubious wealth.
66 Posted 23/10/2021 at 03:12:42
Not being funny mate but what “local press”? I know times change but I was at Uni in the mid 90s and political correctness was in full flow, so the idea the Newcastle press were stuck in the 1930s racist mindset seems implausible. Not to mention, Andy Cole was hardly the first black player at Newcastle. Did his parents hear racist remarks at a game. Yes that I believe and sadly they'd probably hear the sane today. But the local press? I just can't believe that but if you've actual proof beyond hearsay then I'm all ears.
67 Posted 23/10/2021 at 14:48:44
For example us, and learn what not to do. But in appointing Fonseca they appear to be copying our mistakes.
Oh well, more fool them.
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