MONDAY 27th July 2015
Well we didn’t have long to enjoy the impressive performance against Hearts (I know the standard of opposition wasn’t great) but the 3-1 win certainly lifted the spirits of this Evertonian. However overnight the Chelsea PR machine have released a story to the press suggesting a second bid for John Stones is imminent. The fact that the quoted offer remains considerably below anything the Blues would even consider acceptable does not seem to deter several newspapers running with the story.
It doesn’t get much better as the day progresses, with the Independent running with the must tenuous link of the summer so far. New Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has placed a message on social media suggesting he was looking forward to meeting up with his friend (Romelu Lukaku). Obviously this therefore means Everton’s record signing is all set for a move to Old Trafford. Has anyone told them that Manchester and Liverpool are only 35 miles apart and as good friends they will have plenty of opportunity to see each other without the need to play together at Manchester United.
Another name is added to the treatment table with Steven Pienaar seemingly unable to string any more than 2 injury free weeks together. The South African has damaged his hamstring and although the extent of the injury isn’t yet known Everton have confirmed that he will certainly miss the start of the new Premier League season.
Finally we have another fan group looking to campaign against the football club. @EvertonBoardOut are a group of fans looking to force the removal of the current board of directors. As I have said before anyone is entitled to protest, however with so many different campaign groups (they have a different focus to the Blue Union) we are in danger of having a very diluted approach to removing the board and an already fragmented fan basis, risk being pulled in yet another direction. I will wait to see their message, but I am not sure this is likely to have the desired affect.
TUESDAY 28th July 2015
It was all about Everton’s youngsters today as the Blues picked up another pre-season win, this time over Dundee. A 2-0 win was secured with goals from Conor McAleny and Ross Barkley, with Keiron Dowell another to impress.
Romelu Lukaku was forced to leave the pitch on the half hour mark with a suspected hamstring strain but Roberto Martinez was able to dispel any concerns, revealing that the big Belgium was simply suffering from a little muscle fatigue.
Away from the pitch Slyvain Distin has come in for a bit of stick after suggesting John Stones has always been destined for a ‘big club’. The former Everton centre back took to Twitter to explain his comments.
@sylvaind15tin: Will never have a dig at Everton, too much respect and passion for this club. Any of the lads will tell you that…
Transfer news and it is a player on the way out rather than in, with Academy graduate Chris Long on his way to Burnley after rejecting a new contract offer from Everton. Both clubs have reported the fee as undisclosed, with other reports suggesting Everton will receive £3m for the England u20 international. That seems a little steep but we will withhold judgement for now.
WEDNESDAY 29th July 2015
Another day dominated by the John Stones transfer saga. Chelsea have returned with a £26m offer which Everton rejected and informed the Londoners that the England international is not for sale. The written press, in their continued search for internet hits refuse to accept Everton’s clear message and are now linking both Manchester clubs with their own moves for John Stones. Everton have clearly drawn a line in the sand and only a transfer request from Stones is likely to change the situation.
The latest centre back linked with Everton if Dynamo Kiev and Austrian centre back Aleksandar Dragovic. The 24 year old is available for a reported fee of €14m, however the Blues face competition from Napoli.
Disappointing news emanating out of the club tonight suggests that long serving defender Tony Hibbert has suffered an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament which is likely to end his playing career. We would like to wish Tony a speedy recovery.
@EvertonArentWe: Hearing Tony Hibbert has done his anterior cruciate ligament. Wishing him a speedy recovery, and quite possibly, a nice retirement.
On the pitch the under 21s suffered their first defeat of the pre-season, going down 3-1 to a full strength Tranmere Rovers side.
THURSDAY 30th July 2015
Very quiet at Everton today…the phone lines are down! A new strategy from Everton to stop Chelsea from making a further move for John Stones perhaps?
FRIDAY 31st July 2015
The new third kit was launched today with the help of Marvel Evertonian Wil Sliney. For the first time in the clubs history Everton will wear a green outfield shirt and it certainly looks different, it will be interesting to see if this one takes off.
With Everton bottom of the summer transfer table rumours continue to fill the gossip columns. Brazilian and ex AC Milan forward Pato is the latest name to be linked with a move to Goodison. The enigmatic talent would certainly fill the number 10 void and if he can recapture his form from his days in Italy he would be an excellent addition. One to keep an eye on maybe.
SATURDAY 1st August 2015
The first of two games this weekend ends in disappointing fashion with the Blues slipping to a 2-0 defeat against Leeds United. Roberto Martinez choose to play a number of the u21 players but rather disappointingly it is the more established players who fail to shine.
SUNDAY 2nd August 2015
The football wasn’t great but thankfully we had Duncan Ferguson and Wayne Rooney to distract us from a rather disheartening Everton performance. Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial ended in a 2-1 defeat, with Everton getting on the scoresheet thanks to a late Tyias Browning goal. Potential injuries to Kevin Mirallas and John Stones are a concern with under a week to go until the big kick off, with both players hobbling off with ankle knocks.
Wayne Rooney received a fantastic reception and offered a glimpse of what Everton have been missing since his transfer to Manchester United in 2004 but it was Duncan Ferguson who rightly received the biggest ovation from the adoring crowd. Over 34,000 Evertonians packed into Goodison to see their hero return and his passion in his five minute appearance should prove an inspiration to the Everton squad for the season ahead.
After the match Roberto Martinez sought to reassure Evertonians over his squad building plans, confirming that the Blues stance remains that John Stones is not for sale under any circumstance and that he hopes to bring in three further players before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. A centre forward, a number 10 and a centre back are all mentioned and we are sure it will become four signings with Aaron Lennon remaining on the wish list.
Sadly the rumours over Tony Hibbert’s knee injury appear to be correct, with the right back appearing on the pitch at the end of today’s game wearing a knee brace.