Are Everton heading for an average season yet again?

There has been lots of talk within Everton about bringing in new players and improving on last season, but as it stands Marco Silva’s team look like they are stalling with just 4 days of the transfer window left.

There has been talk about splashing the cash. It started with the possible transfer of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace but that seems to have fallen apart. Palace are holding out for £80m for a player that has not scored more than 10 goals in any given league season. While Zaha has many good qualities about it, but the price tag seems too much but there lies the problem and why the price is too much. Palace would have to give Manchester United his former club up to 20% if any deal went through, and that is why his price has been inflated.

Everton are offering around £55m for Zaha but Palace look like they won’t budge. It did look at one point that Zaha would go to Arsenal but that fell through again over money, but then Arsenal signed Nicolas Pepe from Lille and the rest is history.

Everton’s next choice seemed to be Juventus forward Moise Kean who looks impressive. Kean was given a chance in the team when Juventus had in theory wrapped up the league and for the last 2 months he played well, scored goals and looks very promising. His price tag of under £30m also looks like a stunning bargain. But the talk has gone quiet and this is not a great time to be an Everton fan.

Also Everton were hit with new signing Fabian Delph getting injured in a friendly match only five minutes into his career with the club. The injury is not thought to be serious but he could still miss the beginning of the season- and he has a history of getting injured.

Truth is for Everton that when it is all said and done the only real signing of merit the club have made is Andre Gomes for £22m who was already at the club on loan last season. There has simply been no progress in the transfer market for the club. Yes Tottenham have got away with that for a few windows, but they had and have a quality team, Everton don’t.

Also let’s not forget how the club let Idrissa Gueye join PSG for only £26m. Gueye had proven to be a stalwart in Everton’s midfield last season, and the feeling is that they have let a very good player go for too cheap.

There is still until the end of the week for something to happen, and Everton fans will be hoping it does, because it does not look good for the club next season who might end up having a very average one if the board don’t act quick.


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Why Fabian Delph’s exit leaves a sour taste in the mouths of Aston Villa supporters

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph today made an extraordinary U-turn on his decision to stay at Villa Park this summer, with the 25-year old having signed for Manchester City despite days ago reaffirming his desire to stay with the Midlands outfit. He’s a player that would have had the fans’ blessing to leave had he not made a speech about loyalty, so his exit on Friday leaves a real sour taste in the mouth of Villa fans.

“I’m aware there has been intense media speculation surrounding my future in the last 24 hours and I want to set the record straight. I’m not leaving. I’m staying at the football club and I can’t wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club. I am a loyal person and committing my future will hopefully show everybody what type of guy I am,” said Delph just days ago.

The former Leeds United midfielder came on City’s radar due to his form and international showings in the last 12 months. He is a highly industrious player, who will certainly give the disappointing Fernando/Fernandinho competition in the middle of the park, so Delph isn’t just there to make up the number.

As for his playing style, the Englishman covers a lot of ground in matches, and is very versatile. He’s sure to have the fans on his side due to his excessive work rate, and improving passing & shooting ability. He explained the reasons why he left Aston Villa, saying: “My decision (to stay) was purely down to the love I have for Aston Villa and their great supporters, rather than looking at the football opportunity that had been placed in front of me.”

It will be a big insult to Aston Villa supporters alike, as Delph was mad their captain for the new season – he’s hardly led by example. To  lose such a key player for his £8M release clause could prove costly for Tim Sherwood, who was hoping to have his spine intact for the new season.

His new manager Manuel Pellegrini was full of praise, saying: “Delph is an excellent player, and I am looking forward to working with him. He has made a huge impact in recent seasons at Aston Villa, and is now one of the brightest young midfielders in the Premier League. Fabian has tremendous skill and energy, and the fact that he has become a regular member of the England squad is further evidence of his progress.”

However, the manner of Delph’s departure is the biggest problem, as the England midfielder bent the truth to seal his dream move away this summer. He’s in for an interesting beginning to the new season, as the supporters will be desperately waiting for their reunion with him.