Confidence abound as Everton take on Liverpool


Robert Cutts from Bristol, England, UK, The Kop, Anfield, Logos and manager cut-outs added by Sean Lunt, CC BY 2.0

Robert Cutts from Bristol, England, UK, The Kop, Anfield, Logos and manager cut-outs added by Sean Lunt, CC BY 2.0

It’s a rare occurrence that Everton head to Anfield to take on Liverpool full of confidence and belief. History has taught them that is a foolish notion.

In the 52 Premier League games they’ve played at Anfield as they’ve managed nine wins. The last of those came 19 years ago. In their last five league visits, they’ve managed two draws and three defeats. Twice in the last four years, they’ve suffered 4-0 defeats there.

Travelling across Stanley Park has become a regular pilgrimage of misery. Even last year, when Sam Allardyce’s side earned a point, there was little joy to be had. Fans had to endure 90 minutes of watching their side defend deep and scrap for an undeserved point. Wayne Rooney’s penalty offered a moment to celebrate but in reality, there was little to enjoy. Continue reading

Assessing Everton’s start to the season

Watford manager Marco Silva

As the second international break of the season brings domestic football to a halt, the Premier League sides will be taking stock. For Everton, the assessment is a mixed one.

With a new manager and Director of Football arriving this summer to oversee a summer overhaul this season was always going to be a transitional one. The early days of Marco Silva’s reign have borne that out.

Sitting 11th in the table with three wins, three draws and two defeats the Toffees have been very middle of the road. The fact they sit six points outside the top six and nine from the relegation zone will mean they are feeling more positive than negative. Indeed, there have been plenty of plus points for Silva and his team. Chief among them is the manner in which the Portuguese boss has his side playing. Continue reading

Everton have a problem with Cenk Tosun

Premier League - Everton v West Ham United

When Everton finally secured the signing of Cenk Tosun in January, there was more than one fan celebrating. For half a season the Blues had been plagued by their failure to replace Romelu Lukaku. The Turkish international was a welcome addition.

When he finally became a regular in the team their optimism was well rewarded. Five goals in 14 games was a decent manner in which to end the campaign. In Tosun, Everton fans saw a striker who could hold up the ball as well as run the channels. He also, too, seemingly had an eye for a goal. There was plenty to be positive about.

Heading into this season optimism was high that Tosun would improve. With Marco Silva replacing Sam Allardyce in the dugout the belief was that he couldn’t do anything but. Continue reading

Theo Walcott ready for the fight at Everton


When Theo Walcott elected to leave Arsenal in January, it was a brave move to make. Choosing Everton as his next destination represented an even braver decision.

As an Arsene Wenger favourite, the club had become a comfort zone for the forward. Neither the board nor the fans were putting the pressure on. Walcott could have stayed and been fine, even picking up a trophy or two along the way.

Southampton provided a similar chance at comfort. Drafted in to aid a side in desperate need of something more, he could have taken up the mantle of returning hero with ease. Most players would have taken it with both hands. Continue reading

Wonderful deadline day for Everton shows board’s ambition

bernardThe transfer deadline has closed for Premier League clubs, and of all the clubs in the English top flight it could well be argued that Everton fans enjoyed the best deadline day of the lot. Signing not one, but three players in the space of 10 minutes saw some top quality players arriving at Goodison Park. Some arrived on permanent deals while others were loans, but in all the Toffees secured the services of the likes of Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes from Barcelona, Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk and by the looks of things Kurt Zouma will be arriving on Merseyside on a loan deal as well. Mina in particular is a real coup for the club, as he was also interesting Man Utd – Everton have done very well.

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