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  1. Formby

    James Rodríguez

    I think point 7 is a nonsense. Most, if not all, top managers expect their players to attack and defend and run till they drop. Did you see Guardiola berating Grealish and Mahrez for not covering against Leipzig? Where's the evidence that Benitez wants a team of plodders? Absolutely none. I think point 9 is a nonsense, too. Top players may be different in terms of technical ability but they need to be integrated into the team. You hint at that in point 8. If a manager doesn't think a player fits into the team, then that player is expendable. I trust Benitez on that. The fact that no big club took James off our hands suggests he had nothing to offer them, either.
    4 points
  2. MikeO

    James Rodríguez

    So much dancing around the same often repeated opinions (stolen that thought) as well. Just let it go guys, he's gone and we've saved £600k a week, everyone's a winner.
    3 points
  3. Probably because he hasn't played for even longer than Rondon.
    2 points
  4. https://www.insidermedia.com/news/north-west/combined-authority-backs-up-to-45m-support-for-new-everton-stadium
    2 points
  5. dunlopp9987

    James Rodríguez

    Since the inception of TT, I doubt there's been a player who only played one season for us who has a thread that's 30+ pages long. He's nothing if not a polarizing figure!
    2 points
  6. Hafnia

    James Rodríguez

    The biggest issue the club has had over the past years is overpaid, lazy, uncommitted players. I fully agree with rafas approach. We need committed, professional players and a fully unified, strong dressing room. No space for passengers.
    2 points
  7. Btay

    Tom Davies

    Seriously though - if Gana isn’t getting time at PSG we should be all over getting him back on loan.
    2 points
  8. dunlopp9987

    Ben Godfrey

    For some reason I'm just not worried about Ben. He seems to have his head straight, he's a professional, I just think he's lacking match fitness.
    2 points
  9. 2 points
  10. Matt

    Tom Davies

    Then Gana on loan makes perfect sense!
    1 point
  11. Oh what a lack of punctuation can do!
    1 point
  12. dunlopp9987

    Rafael Benitez

    https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/everton-january-transfer-funds-benitez-21668552 I guess it's good news that he's optimistic we'll have funds to spend in January, but I just don't trust January signings. Sure there have been some that work out (Bruno comes to mind as most recent), but they just make me anxious. Although I guess with how paper thin our squad is, we may not have a choice.
    1 point
  13. Hafnia

    Ben Godfrey

    Struggling to play and not being at full fitness are two different things. He relies on his athletic edge and for me it looks to be missing.
    1 point
  14. Fully expecting a 1-0 defeat to a Kieran Dowell screamer , roll on January
    1 point
  15. Totally agree. I'd like to see Simms play since Rondon is unfit and ineffective right now.
    1 point
  16. MikeO

    James Rodríguez

    You've been a great crowd 😂
    1 point
  17. why not give Simms a go at striker to start What do thy have to lose when other option is out of shape rondon
    1 point
  18. dunlopp9987

    James Rodríguez

    This is one of my new favorite running gags
    1 point
  19. Palfy

    James Rodríguez

    Great post, the perception by some that if you didn’t want James in your team you lack ambition is ridiculous, personally I was tired of watching us play with 10 men and hoping 11th might do something now and then, and as the weeks went on that got less and less likely. It would seem that 99.9% of clubs in Europe could see that and weren’t interested, shame more on here can’t see he wasn’t a force anymore that had deserted him years ago. Or the other excuse why he should be here even though he’s weak on the pitch is he’s great for marketing, oh fuck off another ridiculous statement.
    1 point
  20. Sibdane

    James Rodríguez

    I like James as much as the next guy, but it was becoming increasingly obvious that he didn't want to be here. He showed flashes of his talent, and I'm thankful for that. He's given me some great memories. I don't buy into the villain/hero convo, or that he's been pushed out(at least not maliciously). This was the right move by us financially and for the style that our new manager wants to play. Don't bother coming at me with "but a good manager should know how to include him." I think he's a good player and Rafa is a good manager; they don't have to work together for both to be true. Hope he enjoys Qatar. He'll become a nice trivia question.
    1 point
  21. Btay

    James Rodríguez

    It seems Benetiz wants to play with dynamic, hard working athletic players. Which is okay and I think our fans will get right behind a hard working and combative team. The problem is we have been somewhat of a retirement home for “decent” players to pick up one last lucrative contract.
    1 point
  22. Btay

    Tom Davies

    Allan seems like the kind of player that will come back from a pre season and just no longer be at the level required. Gbamin is just an unknown, after this long i just can’t see him being a reliable option. I hope we are looking at options for the summer window however.
    1 point
  23. Btay

    Marcel Brands (DoF)

    Iwobi was young with PL experience, whist it hasn’t worked I can understand the logic behind it. Right now I’m just disheartened at how little quality we have throughout the squad. I am big fan of Brands but I am concerned he hasn’t found a replacement right back and let our back up LB go.
    1 point
  24. Well we are looking very thin for this one. Rondon doesn’t seem like the player who relishes 3 games in a week. RB, Godfrey was terrible against Villa, Kenny left no impression against Burnley. If we don’t get a win here I can really a spiral coming, especially with some tough fixtures around the corner.
    1 point
  25. Palfy

    James Rodríguez

    Not with me mate you need to look a bit closer I was more than happy with him in September 2020 before the end of October 2020 I was having my doubts, I’m no fool mate I’m not completely taken in by someone who shines in his 1st 5 league games then does very little in the next 19. It’s becoming more clear that he wanted to leave even before Ancelotti left, and if we do finish in the bottom half of the league how do you attribute that to Benitez, he’s just got here this isn’t his mess and Rodríguez was most definitely not going to change it. For me he was never a hero and he isn’t a villain, he came here started well and finished poorly wanted to leave and got his wish, I’d rather he was prepared to take a wage cut and went to Porto before transfer window closed, to give us a chance of getting someone in who wanted to be here. If you’re such a James fan and pissed with Everton then you know where he’s gone so enjoy your time watching the Qatari league I’m sure you’ll be much happier.
    1 point
  26. c1982

    James Rodríguez

    In simple terms, it’s lunacy for a team not (nor have been for a number of years) in European competition and benefitting from the extra millions this brings, to have such expensive assets (not just James) with little to no resale - in a time where expenditure is regulated through FFP. James is an unbelievable player and, when on the pitch, he was our best player - I’d happily pay to watch him play every week but also understand that, because of years of poor management and underachieving in the transfer market, we need to make/save money to progress. Our squad is awful and in dire need of investment - we won’t sign anyone as good as James but if we can sign 3/4 young hungry players who make our squad better then that’s what needs to happen - we probably need to sell Richarlison or Digne next summer - I don’t want either to go but it’s probably what we need long term.
    1 point
  27. Walcott and Tosun were both January signings in 2018, Walsh didn’t go until the following summer so they are nothing to do with Brands Also tbf I think everyone was highly delighted when we signed Gomes and Bernard, and most saw the Delph signing as a Gareth Barry 2.0 so for me the only bad one was Iwobi who was a poor panic buy
    1 point
  28. StevO

    Marcel Brands (DoF)

    @plaidharperthey all don’t work hard enough anyway, not one of them can defend. 😂
    1 point
  29. Palfy

    Rafael Benitez

    I’m more concerned that we don’t lose to Norwich now that would put the skids under the team’s confidence, Rafa didn’t have much to choose from but put players out who have played in the the PL a fair amount of time’s, they should be doing better against the likes of your QPRs to be fair. He held back Gray Doucoure and Allan to give them a rest, and put Iwobi Gomes and Davies in they should be doing better than they did against that opposition same as Holgate and and Godfrey. I won’t be blaming Rafa for the lack of good options due to 5 years of miss appropriation of funds, it’s like we are relying on the same 11 players to be fit and play every single game, take 4 out due to injuries and we are fucked really after spending over 500 million since Moshiri took over, yet we blame Rafa who’s had nothing to spend and we call the 2nd round of the league cup our final, Christ we are in a shit state.
    1 point
  30. Romey 1878

    Ben Godfrey

    This lad is nowhere near fit.
    1 point
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