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Elston Gunnn

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  1. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/sep/15/bournemouth-everton-premier-league-match-report Key quote from Silva: “We were not active and reacting like we should do. It was a lack of focus and aggressiveness.” He refers to cheap goals, “not the first time,” and needing to become “solid” again. He sounds confused as manager of a group of players who are wildly — unusually??? — inconsistent, exhibiting talent one moment, followed by galling mental and physical lapses the next. Are we — have we been for the last several seasons — the most confounding team in the league? The most underachieving?
  2. Surely can’t be just coincidence and bad luck that in so many matches we’re just one step behind. Almost in position for shot. Almost react in time defensively. Almost score. Almost, ad infinitum.
  3. This is key Everton problem, over and over. Give ball away, lose concentration, react way too slowly.
  4. Again, Bournemouth player outfights 2 of ours.
  5. Is Delph disciplined enough to avoid second yellow?
  6. DCL couldn’t hit it first time. Lost opportunity.
  7. Bournemouth player more aggressive there in midfield than our 2 players. Same on goal.
  8. No idea what to expect from our team from match to match. Exception is Digne, maybe Delph and Coleman. Thus, no idea whether we’ll be alert, aggressive, smooth flow, challenge-for-top-6 — or dull, mistake-prone, incompetent in final third, mid-table mediocrity. Could be 0-3 or 3-0. I guess 1-1 more likely.
  9. We’ve been mostly mediocre through 3 matches. I think there’s near-unanimity about our best back 4 (though a few might want Holgate to replace Keane for this match). Beyond that, not much consensus on TT as to the other 6. I’ll guess most will want to see Iwobi and Kean start, possibly Davies.
  10. Yes, on the basis of our toothlessness, it’s hard to say we have an effective first 11. Surely Kean and Iwobi would be no downgrade. Nor Davies and Gbamin. Holgate for Keane. Give Coleman and Digne a rest. Lössl Sidibé Holgate Mina Baines Gbamin Walcott Davies Iwobi Kean Tosun
  11. I can’t claim Richarlison is playing well, either. Actually none of our front 4 is doing enough. And I think highly of Gomes, but not today. Just don’t want to see Silva wait until 70 minutes to bring on attackers.
  12. Iwobi and Kean for Bernard and DCL. No later than 60 min unless they produce.
  13. I agree with these comments, but In past seasons there’s been significant disagreement on TT about whether to rely on depth/big squad or stick with our “top 11” in cup matches. I expect such a debate to begin immediately at the conclusion of the Aston Villa match, or by the next morning at the latest. Granted, it may not be absolutely clear which players constitute our “top 11” only 3 matches into the season.
  14. Amen. They lost 0-3 to Brighton. Let’s hope Deulofeu doesn’t kill us.
  15. I’ve just seen 2 sites that list him as right-footed.
  16. Today’s OS has a piece in which Silva announces that Schneiderlin is staying at Everton. Which begs the question: are Mirallas, Martina, Niasse, Bolasie, and Tosun “staying at Everton”? Still a few weeks to find some takers on a free transfer in European leagues? Bolasie seems to have turned down a move to Zenit, owing to concerns about their fans’ racism. Would we prefer to sell Tosun, or is he our 3d-choice striker who might play some in cup matches? Any of the others? Will we hear another word about any of Mirallas, Niasse, Bolasie, or Martina, even the standard, “X is fighting for his place in the squad”? I can understand why there’s still a glimmer of hope about Tosun. My view is that if Niasse came on in the 70th minute of 15 matches, he’d score 3-4 goals and get us a few points. I’d understand if on that scenario I’m a minority of one.
  17. “Kit-designer-speak....” https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2019/aug/05/modern-football-kits Non-kit-designer-speak...... “It’s white, it’s rectangular.” And it’s shite.
  18. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/aug/01/premier-league-201920-preview-no-8-everton "... hectic end to the transfer window ... and yet there is greater stability within the Everton squad than for several years." "It is time to push on, both on the pitch and on the dock."
  19. £29m, no buy-back, Juve gets first refusal. Hope this is the real deal. Also hope Kean is the real deal.
  20. Same Lookman you’ve watched, but as with any number of players — not just Lukaku and Gana — different fans see different things. I’ll try to avoid a lengthy debate with you, as Lookman no longer plays for Everton; but to some extent I’m comparing Lookman to Bernard and especially the consistently disappointing Walcott. I think I recall Lookman being aggressive enough, in his limited appearances, to take opportunities presented to him (unlike the strangely timid Walcott), and strike the ball well (unlike Walcott, who regularly fluffs at the ball or hits it meekly). Bernard offers more than Walcott, but I’m not persuaded he’d actually score more goals than Lookman, given roughly equal playing time over a season. Lookman is a clever dribbler; true, probably tries to do too much at times. As does Bernard. So over the next few years, I think Lookman would have been more productive offensively than Bernard, and much more productive than Walcott. If you’re saying have I watched how useless Lookman is defensively, I concede that my impression is he’s less effective there. Silva says he wants to buy a winger. I’ll simply hope we get someone more goal-productive than Walcott and Bernard.
  21. Although I am looking forward to beginning the new season, it’s not easy to be optimistic right now. We’ve looked toothless in every preseason match, against mediocre opponents. We’re yet again looking to very late transfer hopes. And I confess that my outlook is especially soured by the puzzling sale of Lookman. Yes, of course, Silva “knows football,” but I thought I saw real multiple skills in Lookman’s play, including clever dribbling, assists, shotmaking, willingness to take shots. Was he unwilling to help the fullbacks defend, far inferior to all of Bernard, Richarlison, and Walcott in that regard? Lookman seemed a more promising winger than Bernard or Walcott. We need goals. We’ve sold a promising goalscorer.
  22. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/jul/25/everton-moise-kean-juventus-ademola-lookman-rb-leipzig This says €40m with €60m buy-back.
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