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Everton’s new signing brings three good qualities from Man City

Everton stole Manchester City’s Fabian Delph for £9m, what he will bring to squad could make every penny worth it – and more.

Fabian Delph has never been a stand-out player, having only 19 goals and 23 assists in his 282 game-long career. However, this ex-England international knows the Premier League like the back of his hand. Having played 134 games for Aston Villa before playing 89 games for Manchester City.

Delph has two Premier League titles to his name, and is a perfect fit for Everton who are building to challenge the top six clubs in England.

Delph will sit in the centre of midfield, focusing on his defensive duties. And here are 3 things the Englishman will bring to the table at Goodison Park…

Experience

As mentioned, Delph is a Premier League man. At Everton, he has promised to give “nothing less than 100 per cent” and went on to say “Hopefully we can push together, fans and players, to do something special.”

By having a Premier League winner in the squad, he will expect results and a high table finish with Everton. His knowledge of the league and his expectations of winning will surely impact the Evertonians mentality and motivation.

Defensive Stability

According to last year’s Premier League table goal difference, for Everton to break the top 4 they would need to score 20 more goals and concede 10 less than their 18/19 campaign. Delph can certainly aid in the defensive department.

Everton having a defensive midfielder of Premier League winning quality and experience could prevent many goals against The Toffees in the upcoming campaign.

Trophies

That’s right. We could see Everton win something very soon. According to Delph, “Ultimately, the goal is to win something. I’ve not come here just to be here – I’ve come here with ambitions to win things.”

His winning mentality can be instilled into a side of players with little experience of holding up trophies.

It is clear that Everton have high hopes and are ambitious in their attempts to break the top 6. Everton has also been linked with Diego Costa and Moise Kean in recent weeks.

Man City are best off keeping Delph from Everton for these two reasons – Agree?

Earlier this week, the Sky Sports reported that Man City’s Fabian Delph could be leaving the Etihad this summer, with the possible destination being Everton.

Everton could be leading the race in signing the 29-year-old. According to Metro, Pep Guardiola’s side has given their player the go-ahead to leave this summer and he’s received a lot of interest, just not any bids yet.

However, more recent reports from Metro have claimed that Delph will have to ask the club for permission if he wants to leave. Guardiola doesn’t see why his player should leave or at least leave for a low amount. Despite the attraction from a list of teams, here are two things that Man City may consider when fighting to keep the England international.

Contract

Delph’s contract is still in date for 12 months. This summer has seen multiple reports about Pep Guardiola’s future. Some about him taking a sabbatical, others about him saying he will return to other teams soon. No one can really determine the truth behind those, although it is true that David Silva will be leaving at the end of the coming season.

With all this in mind, it could be a substantial season for Man City if next summer see’s them coming to blows with departures. This is why they should push to keep Delph on so that they can get the most out of him for his final year with the club, and then he could be one of the departures this time next year.

Back Up

Not only is Delph known as a midfielder, but he can also serve in defensive positions such as left-back. The signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid puts the England star in a harder position to try and gain matches. He only gained 11 appearances for the Blues in the Premier League last season, which is probably a factor he’s considering in deciding whether to stay or go. He’ll have to hope that Rodri doesn’t fit in as well as fans and the team are hoping, or just hope there will be some way he can break in the team as back up. With his ability to appear in different positions, it gives him more of a chance to be used as cover.

Everton seek to use Man City 29y/o to level up next season

It is being said that Manchester City’s Fabian Delph has a number of clubs looking at signing him before the transfer window closes. The Football Manc Cave are exploring the possibility of Everton being his next move.

The midfielder, who is also comfortable as a left back, still has a year remaining on his current contract with Pep Guardiola’s side. Although it is believed that he has been told he can leave this summer. Man City are yet to receive any bids for the 29-year-old but they are expected to come flooding in soon.

With Everton apparently being one of the clubs interested. The Football Manc Cave take a look at what he’s achieved so far, and how he will help the Toffees if there is a possibility of them signing him.

Youth career

He started his youth career with Bradford City and Leeds Utd before signing a professional contract with Leeds in 2006. In 2009 he joined Aston Villa where he spent the next 6 years signed to the club. However, in 2012, he went back on loan to Leeds. It wasn’t until 2015 that he signed for Manchester City. Delph has also been called up to the England team on 20 occasions.

Everton had a successful run last year as they finished 8th in the Premier League. Now it looks like they are trying to strengthen their squad with experience, so they can keep up in the top half of the table next season. Andre Gomes and Jonas Lossl have both already put pen to paper for the Toffees and now Marco Silva could be about to get one more signature.

With Delph evidently falling short of being favourited at the Etihad, it’s clear that he may be interested in moving somewhere that he can get game time. If he does receive bids from a number of teams, which I’m sure he will, he would have a hard choice to make.

Delph will be a welcomed addition to the ever-improving Everton side. His Premier League know-how can only aid Silva in his quest to better last season final position.

Everton with an unlikely move for Premier League winning goal-getter

Atletico Madrid man Diego Costa is being considered by Everton as an attempt to prove their eagerness to challenge at the top of English football.

After a dreadful season for one of the world’s most well-known strikers, Diego Costa is likely to leave Atletico Madrid this summer.

Last season, Costa endured an eight-match ban for abuse towards a referee. He has fallen out of favour with staff and teammates and only scored one goal, in his 14 La Liga appearances. Safe to say, both the Spanish national striker and the greatest underdogs in Spanish football, Atletico Madrid, would be happy for the two to part ways.

Everton is seemingly unfazed by Costa’s poor season. As the Brazilian born Spanish international has proven himself at a Premier League standard once before during his spell at Chelsea.

Premier League experience

Costa scored 59 goals in 120 appearances for Chelsea, having two Premier League titles and a League Cup to his name.

Everton looked a solid squad in the 18/19 campaign, losing out the European football by 3 points, finishing 8th behind Wolverhampton Wanderers.

However, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun are currently the only natural strikers in The Toffees ranks. Which stresses the importance of signing a prolific striker this summer should Everton look to move forward rather than backwards.

Since 2017, Everton has solidly placed either 7th or 8th in the Premier League. This demonstrates that the blues of Merseyside are capable of challenging the top end of the Premier League, and star signings such as Diego Costa could be what they need to prevent the side from stagnating into a mid-table side.

Winning mentality

By bringing in players with a title-winning mentality, as well as the shocking bigger clubs by pulling off a galactico signing. Everton can push to be higher up the table next season, further enticing other quality players to want to play for the club.

Diego Costa is evidently willing to depart from his current club. However, he would demand big wages from Everton should the two clubs agree on terms.

Forget Ake, Man City should be going for one of these 2 defenders instead

Manchester City is prepared to pay £40million for Dutch international Nathan Ake. Here at the Football Manc Cave think there are better options for Pep and his team?

24-year-old Ake currently plays for Bournemouth and is a highly thought of talent in English football. He joined the southern club from another southern club, Chelsea, in 2017 for around £23million after spending a season on loan with the club originally.

With the loss of Vincent Kompany at Manchester City, alongside the abysmal display in the Nations League from John Stones. It appears likely that the Citizens are in need of one or two world-class centre-backs.

There is no doubt that Nathan Ake is a class defender in the Premier League, having 117 games experience in the competition. But is he what Man City need to win the league for the third time in a row, and challenge for the Champions League next season?

Potentially. However, some would say that Ake isn’t the level of quality (yet) to be part of a squad aiming for the treble of trophies.

So, here are two alternatives for Man City to put their £40million towards…

Sergio Ramos

Ramos will turn 34 towards the end of next season, but would no doubt be one of the best defenders in the Premier League. He is also a renowned European Champion, winning the Champions League with Real Madrid 4 times.

He would give Man City the Champions League quality they need to progress further than they have in recent years. At 33 years old and two years left on his contract with Real Madrid, Man City could steal Ramos for two or three seasons and clinch a Champions League before the end of his service.

Michael Keane

It’s not unheard of for ex-Manchester United players to join Man City after being dismissed by their former club. The likes of Owen Hargreaves, Carlos Tevez and Peter Schmeichel have all made the move.

Michael Keane, similar to Ake, has 120 Premier League appearances but has been a starting feature for a very impressive Everton side. Keane would provide more quality selections for the back line of Manchester City, and the 26-year-old would cost around £30million.

Ex-Wigan Athletic manager linked to Newcastle Utd, what would he bring?

Newcastle fans here in the Football Manc Cave are hearing that the Magpies have identified, former Wigan Atheltic and Everton manager Roberto Martinez as a potential replacement for Rafa Benitez. Who left the club last week following the expiration of his contract.

The Magpies have yet to formally approach the Belgian FA to speak to the Spaniard. However, it’s expected within the next few days.

Newcastle Utd is still a sleeping giant. With spending money and a top manager, they have the potential to challenge for the top eight next season.

Although, The Toon fans are seething about Benitez leaving, blaming Ashley for not doing enough to keep him at the club. Ayoze Perez, as expected, completed a £30 million move to Leicester yesterday. While Salomon Rondon’s permanent move has been thrown into some doubt.

Patience?

Will the Newcastle fans give the new manager enough time?

They’re a very passionate bunch and had struck a brilliant relationship with Benetiz. Whoever comes in next, presumably won’t be as coveted as Benitez, therefore they’ve got a task in itself to create that connection with the fans.

Martinez has experienced that fan connection at Wigan Athletic. After winning the FA Cup in 2013, he will always be respected and loved in the town of Wigan. He brings an ‘easy on the eye’ style of football, sometimes very frustrating, others it’s a joy to watch.

The Spaniard is a manager that needs time. To play the style of football he wants, he needs the perfect players. That requires money. The season starts in five weeks, the two top goal scorers have departed, fans are completely disheartened. Is it an attractive job? Possibly not a risk worth taking.

Martinez still has that desire to manage in the Premier League, and an offer from Newcastle will cast serious doubt in his mind. Stay at Belgium or revive Newcastle?

Why is Bristol City’s Adam Webster attracting Everton, Newcastle and Aston Villa?

A number of Premier League clubs are battling to sign Bristol City’s Adam Webster, with Villa leading the chase as it stands. They will be looking for a fee of at least £10 million and hoping an auction sees the fee rise way beyond that.

Webster made 44 appearances last season and led a solid defence that narrowly missed out on the playoffs, finishing 8th.

Very interestingly, Bristol City fans are urging their manager to accept any fee around £10 million, suggesting he’s worth nowhere near that fee (it was a troll), great tactics from The Robins fans. Aden Flint is undoubtedly one of the best defenders in the Championship, and the general consensus is that he and Webster form a formidable partnership.

If a number of Premier League sides are chasing him for a fee north of 10 million, he must be a good player and one with plenty of potential. He’s a ‘ball-playing’ defender and can play left or right back, too, which will attract sides.

Maybe a move will push him to improve, and he’ll thrive on the pressure of playing top level football. I hope his move works out and he plays regularly, as we’ve seen moves similar to this not work out, resulting in a young player ruining his career by sitting on the bench every week.

OPINION: Wigan Athletic looks likely to bring Everton’s Antonee Robinson in, how good can he be?

Wigan have made a bid to sign Everton youngster Antonee Robinson on a permanent deal, following a successful loan spell at The Latics last season. Although they have a fight on their hands, with Bristol City and Brentford also interested in signing the defender.

The American international made 26 appearances for Wigan, particularly impressing towards the end of the campaign. Lucas Digne was outstanding in his first season at The Toffees, while Leighton Baines has recently signed a new one year deal, therefore Robinson will be looking for a move away to guarantee himself first-team football.

The 21-year-old initially struggled with the physicality of the Championship, using his pace to rectify defensive mistakes. Although very good at going forward, I doubted whether he’d ever been a good left back because of his inability to defend.

However, since returning from a leg break that kept him on the sidelines for a few months, he was outstanding. Almost looked like a different player. Much better defensive awareness, stronger in the tackle, read the game well while using his electric pace to attack up the wing.

It’s reported that Everton values him at around £2.5 million. I think that’s an absolute steal in today’s market, a couple of good years in the Championship and a Premier League club will sign him for £5 million+. Yes, I’m already thinking about the resale value, that’s the Wigan way.

The ambition of the new Wigan owners has been questioned, with us yet to make a signing. If we sign Robinson, that will be a real statement of intent. Brentford and Bristol City will both finish above us next season, can we tempt Robinson back? Get the war chest open.

‘Do well find a club with a worse preseason schedule than ours’ Wigan Athletic fans unhappy with pre-season plans

Wigan announced a pre-season friendly against Premiership outfit Everton, to be played on Wednesday 24th July. The Latics will also play host to Lancashire rivals Burnley on Saturday 27th July.

Both fixtures will give solid tests’ to Paul Cooks side ahead of their 2019/20 Championship campaign. Before the two home games, they will travel to Chester, AFC Fylde and Bradford as part of their preparations.

The fans were hoping for a sunny trip to Portugal or Spain. However, they will have to settle for a trip to Blackpool tower after visiting AFC Fylde… at least you can buy some Blackpool rock, silver linings and all that.

Let’s see how Wigan fans reacted to their full pre-season announcement…

Three Crucial Points Jutkiewicz Would Bring to Wigan Athletic

There’s been speculation today on twitter around Lukas Jutkiewicz and, whether or not he could be linked with a move to Wigan Athletic.

The Birmingham City striker had a great last season being named the best player in the league by Who Scored and Sky Sports Power Rating.

If all of this is not just rumours, what could the 30-year old bring to Wigan?

He’s Been Around

The striker certainly has been on a journey. He’d surely bring a lot of experience to the Latics. To give you an idea, here’s a list of the clubs he’s played for; Swindon, Plymouth, Everton, Huddersfield, Motherwell, Coventry, Middlesbrough, Bolton and Burnley. It seems he’s finally found his feet at Birmingham as he’s scored 21 goals since 2017 for the blues.

Goals?

When you look at Lukas’ track record for goals before he joined Birmingham, you may laugh, however, he was one of very few players to get double figure in both goals and assists in his league last season.

He has always been linked with injuries in the past, especially knee injuries and this could have been a set back for him throughout his career but when he’s at his best, he’s proved he can deliver. If joining Wigan is a possibility and he can keep his knees in healthy condition, the Latics could have a key goal scorer lined up.

Cheaper than Benfica

Then there’s one last positive that Jutkiewicz could bring to Wigan. It’s been rumoured this week that Wigan are in talks with Benfica over a possibility of Wigan loaning players from the side. Although that would be brilliant for Wigan, there are also a few problems.

What about money, Benfica would expect big fees for their players. There’s also the possibility that Benfica would only be able to loan their B side players as they have too much at stake themselves. So what would be a good option? Jutkiewicz. Cheaper, more realistic and with his recent stats, not a waste of interest, money or time.

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