The passing of the deadline left Evertonians frustrated and with no Premier League football to distract everyone from the lack of a new number 10 we all so badly desired, it was left to the international fixtures to fill the footballing void.
MONDAY 31st August 2015
Today was meant to be about new incoming players but with little happening it is the u21s who take centre stage. An impressive performance sees the Blues romp to a 4-1 win over a good Spurs side in the Premier League International Cup. David Henan, Sam Byrne (2) and Conor McAleny were on the scoresheet for David Unsworth’s Toffees.
TUESDAY 1st September 2015
Deadline day is finally hear and Everton are expected to be very active with the Blues looking to bring in three players, a centre back, a number 10 and possibly a winger.
The centre back arrives early in the day with confirmation of Romero Funes Mori’s move from River Plate. This deal has taken a while to get over the line but with a work permit and international clearance now received the Blues have got their man. The fee comes as a huge surprise. Originally thought to be in the region of £5.5m, Everton confirm the deal totals £9.5m making him the most expensive defender in the history of the club.
As the day meanders on, it become evident that Everton are unlikely to sign the number 10 that Martinez has craved throughout the summer. One move that does happen is the permanent transfer of Aaron Lennon from Spurs. The former England international impressed on loan last season and Everton complete a £4m transfer.
With Everton finished in the window they rebuff an offer (£7m) from Norwich for Steven Naismith which in my opinion is the correct decision with the Scot capable of scoring important goals.
WEDNESDAY 2nd September 2015
The closure of the transfer window allows us all time to reflect on the summers activity and Everton certainly finish the window stronger.
We know all about Gerard Deulofeu and he adds much needed creativity and electric pace on the counter attack. Tom Cleverley has made a very good early impression and has the potential to become a mainstay in the Everton midfield for years.
Aaron Lennon is another who fits in very well at Goodison and will be expected to hit the ground running. Pace, energy and workrate will ensure Lennon remains popular with the Everton crowd. Romero Funes Mori is an unknown quantity but has an international pedigree and will provide competition and cover at centre back.
Leandro Rodriguez was a surprise signing and will provide an option from the bench and due to a lack of number in the centre forward position will likely get opportunities to impress as the season progresses. The other two summer signings, Mason Holgate and David Henan will start with the u21s and look to force their way into the first team picture.
THURSDAY 3rd September 2015
Rumours emerged overnight to suggest that Everton might make a late move for out of contract French international Yoann Gourcuff who would be available on a free transfer and allowed to sign outside of the transfer window. The former Milan and Lyon attacking midfield player would fit the number 10 void although his recent injury record would be a concern.
On the international front Romelu Lukaku played for Belgium against teammate Muhamed Besic. The Belgium ran out 3-1 winners with Kevin Mirallas remaining on the bench as an unused substitute.
FRIDAY 4th September 2015
A quiet day at Goodison, however the internationals fixtures continued with Steven Naismith starting in Scotland’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Georgia. In the same group James McCarthy played for Ireland as they defeated Gibraltar 4-0. Seamus Coleman missed out with a tight hamstring but Aidan McGeady did appear as a late substitute.
SATURDAY 5th September 2015
Everton took centre stage as England qualified for the European Championships. Three Everton players (Stones, Jagielka and Barkley) in the starting eleven, two academy graduates in the starting eleven and Ross Barkley topped his impressive performance with his first goal for his country.
Elsewhere Romero Funes Mori played the full 90 minutes in Argentina’s 7-0 win over Bolivia. Elsewhere Tim Howard returned to the USA squad after a years sabbatical but he was an unused substitute in a 2-1 win over Peru.
SUNDAY 6th September 2015
With a week to go until Everton take on Chelsea at Goodison it was a relief to see Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas left out of the Belgium team as the Red Devils won 1-0 away in Cyprus. In the same group Muhamed Besic was sent off as his Bosnian side won 3-0 against minnows Andorra. The Everton midfielder saw red for using foul and abusive language towards the match officials!!!