MONDAY 3rd August 2015
Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Gerard Deulofeu has returned to light training but he rates his fellow Spaniard’s fitness at approximately 60% and unlikely to make the opening couple of weeks of the new season.
Not a day seems to go by without an update on the John Stones situation. Rio Ferdinand believes that Stones should refuse a transfer to Chelsea where a season on the bench awaits, instead he should move to Rio’s former club Manchester United where the former Barnsley starlet would enjoy a full season in the first team.
Another quiet day on the transfer front and with the season kicking off on Saturday it looks increasingly unlikely that Everton will add to the squad before the season kicks off.
Former Everton skipper Kevin Ratcliffe, is the latest to wade into the John Stones debate. Speaking to Radio Merseyside Ratcliffe believes that £30m is far too much for the Blues to turn down and Everton should be cashing in on their star centre back and investing in the squad.
On the injury front it looks likely that Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and John Stones will all be available for the weekend opener against Watford after overcoming minor injuries.
WEDNESDAY 5th August 2015
With the new Premier League season kicking off on Saturday, Everton are adding the final touches to some summer refurbishment work at Goodison. The normal banners along Goodison Road are going up and a new roof added to the Main Stand.
THURSDAY 6th August 2015
Roberto spoke to the press this morning and admitted for the first time that John Stones has become unsettled by the constant speculation over a potential transfer to Chelsea. Martinez was also keen to stress that he still hoped to add a further three players to his squad before the 1st September deadline.
Rumours that James McCarthy was to sign a new Everton contract were well founded with the Irish international committing his future to the Blues. McCarthy has penned a five year deal which will keep him at Goodison Park until 2020. It would appear those rumours of a move to Spurs were considerably wide of the mark.
Another player set to extend his stay on Merseyside is Kevin Mirallas. The Belgium is in advanced talks over a new deal with Everton very hopeful of making an announcement in the near future.
FRIDAY 7th August 2015
The eve of the new season and it turns out to be a busy day. Firstly we receive confirmation that Kevin Mirallas has put pen to paper on a new three year contract committing his future to Everton until 2018. After a difficult season last year Mirallas has got his head down in pre-season, worked hard and deserves his new contract. The deal is a big plus for Everton who would struggle to replace his goals if nothing else.
As the day rumbles on, Twitter rumours of a move for QPR striker Charlie Austin continue to grow. There is very little in The national press but he is certainly a player who would improve the Everton squad, provide a genuine alternative to Lukaku in attack and give Martinez further tactical flexibility.
Austin isn’t the only rumour, as the day turns to night a few of the nationals are running with a potential loan move for Inter Milan number 10 Shaqiri and a permanent transfer for River Plate and Argentina defender Ramiro Funes Mori. Both would certainly fit the bill and seem genuine targets.
Finally some bad news with Leighton Baines aggravating his ankle injury which kept him out of the final few fixtures of last season. Baines is certainly out of the Watford game and we await further news from the club on the extent of the injury.
SATURDAY 8th August 2015
Hope, excitement and expectation, all are sucked from the pores of every Evertonian in a poor first half display. Everton go in at the break a goal down after a poor clearance from Jagielka presents a golden opportunity to Watford winger Miguel Layun and the Mexican makes no mistake, volleying the ball past Tim Howard. Boos rung down from all four corners of Goodison as the players sheepishly retreat to the tunnel.
The second half is infinitely better but it certainly couldn’t have been any worse. Everton seem to have found some hunger and urgency in the changing room and in the end probably did just enough to deserve the three points. Unfortunately more poor defending handed Watford a second goal through substitute Odion Ighalo. In between, Ross Barkley scored a screamer and late on Arouna Kone scored a second equaliser with a crisp finish into the bottom corner.
All in all a big disappointment!
SUNDAY 9th August 2015
Well today has further compounded the misery felt at Goodison yesterday. Shaqiri, who was to be our new number 10, is set for a transfer to Stoke! Pictured at the Britannia, the Switzerland international looks to have chosen the Potteries over a move to Everton and is a clear indication of how Everton’s standing has fallen in recent years.