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  1. IS RIGHT DOM! Not cheered a goal for England like that in a long time, so happy for him.
    4 points
  2. Zoo 2.0

    Robin Olsen

    For me the argument isn't whether Pickford will be dropped, as I'm sure he will be but whether Olsen is a suitable improvement to do the job if Jordan can't. IMO, a goalkeepers bread and butter is to be a shot stopper, so I don't buy into nor get excited about people saying that a goalkeeper is better or worse than another because they're "good shot stoppers". If they aren't good shot stoppers then they shouldn't be playing professional football and if they are, should have something extra to their game to make them special (i.e - Footwork, Aerial Ability, Leadership). Despite what I've said in the past about Robin, he's an Everton player now so I'll cheer him on and back him as much as the next guy in blue, I'll admit that the fact that he's 6'5 makes me hope that he will be a dominant presence in-between the sticks, but time will tell whether he gets that opportunity.
    4 points
  3. 4 points
  4. Everton's Calvert-Lewin, 1st Engand goal. Get in.
    3 points
  5. SpartyBlue

    James Rodríguez

    North America is a good idea but it’s an absolute must we have some friendlies in South America while James is with us.
    3 points
  6. StevO

    Ben Godfrey

    Stopped being for the thinking Evertonian a long time ago, we just haven’t thought of a new strap line yet.
    3 points
  7. https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/everton-james-rodriguez-america-news-19063812
    3 points
  8. Btay

    Robin Olsen

    I just don’t know if he has the mental tools for it. He’s 26, an adult and acts like a lad still. Look at how DCL conducts himself, even when he was 21. You’d expect DCL to be the 26 year old international and Pickford to be the rash young kid who could be excused for not maturing.
    3 points
  9. Good goal, excellent ball by Grealish and DCL being in the right place at the right time and a strikers finish. So proud of him, and the staff at Everton.
    2 points
  10. Bailey

    Ben Godfrey

    I thought it came across a bit bitchy so that's why I put the smiley in the hope that it came across a bit more lighthearted! I think point 1 is a fair one but again it wouldn't explain why they then don't go back into midfield a little later in their career. The stronger likelihood is, in my opinion, that they are simply a better centre half and are only used in midfield to get experience and not because they are very good in that position. In respect of point 2, the players you have mentioned have shown they can be moved around repeatedly. Why wouldn't the same happen with centre backs who are equally as good in midfield? It happens for odd games but its very rare. I agree completely with point 3 in general but it wouldn't stop a younger or prime player playing in both positions. My point still remains. The point was, if a centre back is being talked about as being as good in midfield, its either very unlikely that he is, or in my opinion, it suggests an issue with his game at this stage of his career. Plenty of players start in midfield and then move back but very few move the other way. Barry is a good example. I thought Ledley King was another good example but having read around a bit more I found this: Spurs legend Ledley King has shared insight into the moment he found his best position, in an interview on the club’s official website. The 35-year old became renowned for his qualities as a central defender but has revealed it took until Euro 2004 for him to fully realise the position and formation that suited him best. “I was quite inexperienced at that time… I’d come off the back of the 2003-04 season playing in midfield but in the first game of the tournament I played against France in a flat back four which, now I’ve looked back, I realise I’d never really done up until that game,” said King. “Before that I’d played in a back three, in midfield, all over the place really, but never in a back four….That was when I realised ‘this defending is alright!’ and I enjoyed it.” I also admit that I think the transfermarkt stats are bulls**t! 😂
    2 points
  11. StevO

    Arkadiusz Milik

    It makes good reading that players actively want to come to Everton.
    2 points
  12. Hafnia

    Ben Godfrey

    For self depreciating argumentative bitters
    2 points
  13. Btay

    Jordan Pickford

    Let’s not paper over cracks here. He’s got some serious short comings that are becoming more prevalent. He’s not improving and mistakes are becoming more consistent. Similar to Tim Howard at the end - difference being we had 10 or so solid years from Howard and he was what 35/36? He needs to swallow his ego and get his head down, otherwise he will be moved on.
    2 points
  14. Btay

    Robin Olsen

    Surely Pickford is smart enough to have seen how Carlo and Brands have dealt with our under performing midfield. Ruthless and efficient transfers that have made our weakest department our strongest. In terms of of starting 11, we are looking strong everywhere but GK. He needs to respond or Carlo and Brands will strengthen.
    2 points
  15. SpartyBlue

    Robin Olsen

    Whether that’s true or not is not really the question for me. Just the act of bringing in a keeper and Pickford knowing it’s a reaction to his form is enough. It’s the last warning. Work hard, focus on your job, improve or this is gonna be your last season as our #1. The carrot is Carlo speaking about him with some level of confidence to the media. The stick is signing a keeper when we hadn’t planned to previously. Jordan’s real competition isn’t Olsen, it’s next summers transfer window and every keeper we might be in for then.
    2 points
  16. Bailey

    Ben Godfrey

    This forum is meant to be for the thinking Evertonian! Nothing wrong with a good debate
    2 points
  17. London Blue

    Thierry Small

    This kid looks amazing!! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/54438727
    1 point
  18. Aidan

    Robin Olsen

    His distribution seems to have gotten worse. It was good the first season he was here much like most of his performances. He's completely lost his head.
    1 point
  19. MikeO

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    Now there's a blast from the past, used to go there as a kid and also watch kart racing there!
    1 point
  20. Aidan

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    10 goals in 7 so far this season. Who would have thought we'd see him be this prolific?
    1 point
  21. badaids

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin, England International, has a better international strike rate than Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele, Maradona...
    1 point
  22. Aidan

    Gylfi Sigurðsson

    Scored a first half brace against Romania and has had one disallowed too.
    1 point
  23. Sibdane

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    Get in Dom. He can't be stopped!
    1 point
  24. Cannot be stopped. I have to say, I continue to be impressed with how he bounced back after the restart through to the end of last season. Was afraid that was going to hinder his confidence going into this season, but so glad to see how he is progressing. Really exciting times now, friends
    1 point
  25. Aidan

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    Get in dom!
    1 point
  26. He used to be when he first came onto the scene. I’d love to see them square up to him and call him Bambi now; can just imagine his infectious grin making them squirm!
    1 point
  27. Matt

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    just look at how much he’s developed physically. Crazy in such a relatively short period of time
    1 point
  28. markjazzbassist

    James Rodríguez

    article said friendlies in both americas, so we're good
    1 point
  29. Aidan

    Sergio Romero

    He's been left out of the United squad for the CL squad group stages. Bet he's furious!
    1 point
  30. StevO

    Robin Olsen

    I wish that was true, but my coach keeps saying the problem is my follow through going too far right to left. 😂
    1 point
  31. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/oct/07/crisis-may-lead-to-premier-league-b-teams-in-efl-says-citys-soriano Sounds horribly like a big boy taking advantage of the smaller clubs being in a shit position.
    1 point
  32. pete0

    Robin Olsen

    “We know that Jordan has made errors,” Southgate said. “Nick actually made errors at the weekend. I always go back to the fact Jordan’s performances for us have been excellent. I am not oblivious to his performance at Everton but there can be lots of factors within https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/football/2020/oct/07/a-moral-maze-gareth-southgate-tells-young-england-players-the-party-is-over
    1 point
  33. Bailey

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    I just hope he does himself justice and they play a way that suits him. He might be getting loads of positive media attention now but it will quickly turn if he doesn't do well. I do feel for any young lad getting into the England side. It really is a circus.
    1 point
  34. pete0

    Longest Thread For Sport Talk

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/sport/amp/football/54440357 Good on Ozil, but very poor from the arsenal board. How can you make a mascot redundant after spending £45m.
    1 point
  35. Hafnia

    Tom Davies

    Personally as much as I don't believe he is good enough - this stems from watching him try and play with footballers who were hiding when the team needed them to show courage. For his courage and commitment to the shirt I want to see us patch him up. Playing with better players may help him get back to something like we thought he was. I think his attitude and everything he brings from an application is an example to players who are looking to step up. We shouldn't be casting him off as that sends the wrong message, be brave, be committed and you will get looked after.
    1 point
  36. Romey 1878

    Robin Olsen

    That's not boding well for me if you're asking for your own number 👀
    1 point
  37. 🤣🤣🤣 brilliant that made me laugh out loud, and now I’m getting strange looks, love it mate still fucking laughing 😂.
    1 point
  38. I think they are and that's why the fall from grace can be hard. In some ways there is a macho confidence in keepers. If you start doubting yourself in general its not good for your game but in goal its likely to cost points. Its worse if you have such a high opinion of yourself to start with. A lot of people weren't happy with how he reacted to mistakes in previous seasons but that was his coping mechanism, rightly or wrongly. That has gone now and to me it doesnt look like he knows what to do for the best.
    1 point
  39. Sibdane

    Imam Jagne

    Just realized I fucked up his name, and the pun doesn't work.
    1 point
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