Why Hasn't Everton's Summer Spending Translated to Results on the Pitch?

Why Hasn't Everton's Summer Spending Translated to Results on the Pitch?

Eighty minutes into a tight affair at Old Trafford, Everton had kept their defensive solidity and held the score to just 1-0 against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. Seeking a goal to get back into the match, they instead conceded a further three to be handed their fourth consecutive loss. After a summer of promising signings and talk of new ambition from a club that qualified for this season’s Europa League, Ronald Koeman’s Everton have failed to kick on, instead passing …
Flurry of Late Goals See Manchester United Joint Top of the League

Flurry of Late Goals See Manchester United Joint Top of the League

Another 4-0 win for Manchester United, this time coming against an Everton side that had lost their last three games in a row in all competitions. After an early goal from Antonio Valencia, only their fourth out of 16 in total, inside the first 45 minutes, United huffed and puffed lacking the ruthlessness that would not have been out-of-place in 2016/17, only to add three more in the final ten minutes of the game. Here's my three snap thoughts on …
Manchester United vs Everton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United vs Everton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United host Everton in what is going to be one of the matches of the weekend, as it features a number of interesting sub-plots. It will be the first time Wayne Rooney returns to Old Trafford after leaving for his boyhood club during the summer, while Romelu Lukaku will be coming up against his former club for the first time. They were two of the most notable transfers of the recent transfer window and it will be fascinating to …
The Great Crash of English Football Around the Corner

The Great Crash of English Football Around the Corner

In 1997, twenty seven days after Tony Blair became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mohamed Al Fayed completed his takeover of Fulham FC. In the process, he became the first foreign owner of an English football club. Six years later, Roman Abramovich bought into Chelsea FC and his success then led to many others following suit. The rich had always clambered to get a piece of the action in previous decades, with clubs traditionally being owned by local business …
Chelsea vs Everton Preview | Team News and Key Players

Chelsea vs Everton Preview | Team News and Key Players

Chelsea host Everton on Sunday, hoping that they'll be able to further the momentum that they've built after their win against Tottenham, while Everton will hope to recover from their Europa League exertions in time to defeat the defending champions. Chelsea followed up their embarrassing 3-2 loss at home to Burnley on the opening day with an impressive 2-1 win away to Tottenham.  Chelsea stemmed the tide of criticism against them thanks to two goals from left wing back Marcos …
Has Neymar's move to PSG legitimised PL spending?

Has Neymar's move to PSG legitimised PL spending?

Older readers may remember the shock that reverberated around the British football scene when Trevor Francis' move from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest in early 1979 broke the £1 million transfer barrier (and doubled the British record transfer fee). Less than forty years later and £1 million would just about buy one one of Neymar's toes. Footballing transfer finances are spiralling out of control. £1 million in 1979 is equivalent to around £5.25 million today, so in real terms a …
5 Things We Learned From the Premier League's Opening Weekend

5 Things We Learned From the Premier League's Opening Weekend

The Premier League season officially kicked off on Friday evening with Arsenal's 4-3 victory over Leicester City and we have already been given an insight into what the 2017/18 campaign could bring. Hare five things we learned from the season’s opening weekend ... Top teams have leaky defences If last season was anything to go by, we knew there would be plenty of goals to celebrate in 2017/18 and after spending millions on new attackers, the top clubs were expected …
Everton 2017/18 Premier League Season Preview

Everton 2017/18 Premier League Season Preview

After three tumultuous years under Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman was appointed at Everton to steady the ship.  The Dutchman brought Everton from 11th place the last two seasons up to 7th last season and managed the Toffies to 14 more points than they won last season. This season could prove to be tougher for Koeman.  He lost his star striker Romelu Lukaku this summer and has failed to truly replace him, despite spending quite a lot of money. Lukaku was …
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