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Think Football fans preview pt 2: Everton to


Are you happy with the departure of Roberto Martinez and the appointment of Ronald Koeman?

“I’m happy to see Martinez gone, until Walsh came in I didn’t think Koeman was right for the job but now he has that support that he’s used to.”

Last season was quite a disappointment for many Everton fans; do you think that with a new manager and new additions you have what it takes to improve upon that poor display?

“I think they will improve. League position wise I don’t see a push for the top six, but with the right signings it’s a possibility.”

If there were one area you think Everton could improve upon this season what would it be?

“Improve drastically at the back. Additonally, as good as he has been Gareth Barry needs to come out of the starting eleven as he doesn’t cover the fullbacks for Everton to exploit teams enough.“

There has been some comparison between your new addition Idrissa Gana Gueye and Kante; do you think he will provide a similar sort of role for Everton?

“Not in the same caliber as Kante but a solid squad addition. I don’t see how he will push them further and I believe there were better alternatives.”

What one addition would you like to see at Goodison come the end of the transfer window?

“Ranocchia at the back for me would be an immense signing and one that is beyond them, as it looks hard to see him with a future at Inter Milan.”

Lastly, who do you see as the key player for Everton this season?

“I see McCarthy as the key man, he is so important to the team and we only seem to appreciate him fully when he isn’t there. “

Thanks to Michael Hawthorne (@scrabo04 and



With Bruce’s departure who do you realistically want to replace him?

“Realistically I would like us to look at Michael Laudrup, if not perhaps Gary Neville. I like the idea of a young manager especially if we are inevitably going down.”


Who do you think will be Hull’s key player this season?

“Our key player is Tom Huddlestone as his ability to move to centre half might prove key for us especially as we haven’t signed anybody.”

You haven’t made any signings yet, who would you like to see come through the door?

“I would like us to bring in Jimmy Hendrick from Derby. We need maybe two centre backs so I’d like to see James Chester back and try and sign free agent Martin Caceres. We need a keeper and I would look to Michel Vorm to be the ideal No.1. Ad Januzaj on loan would be good but would take Gnabry on loan from Arsenal and even Peter Crouch from Stoke.“

Lastly, where do you think you will finish this season?

“I think we will finish bottom as we have left it too late to make any decisive changes.“

Thanks to Michael Hawthorne (@scrabo04 and


How upset are you that Kante has left?

“It was always inevitable Kante would leave, he’s world class and I haven’t seen anyone able to do what he can. I just hoped it’d be a better club than Chelsea that took him.”

What do you make of your new additions?

“Hard to say thus far, but our recruitment has been excellent for a few years now so you don’t really question it. Musa looks an excellent addition. It’ll be hard for Mendy to replace Kante as he’s a different player. Gray is like a new signing and has really impressed in pre season.”

The big question everyone is asking is have you got what it takes to retain the title?

“I think we’d be foolish to say we could repeat last year – weird year last year and one we were able to take advantage of – I’d take a top 8 finish.”

How do you think you’ll fair in the Champions League?

“If we can get a decent group I could see us getting through, hard to say any further than that though.”

Lastly, who do you see as your key player coming into the season?

“Vardy is our key player as he sets the tone for everything we do.“

Thanks to Jack Holmes (@Jack_Holmes_3)



Are you happy with the additions that Liverpool have made?

“Overall, I feel apart from at left-back Klopp has addressed areas where we were weak last season. The addition of Klavan and Matip I think are excellent. Both are experienced and both have knowledge of what Klopp expects from their time in Germany playing against him. Additionally, in Matip’s case he has got room to grow and become a regular starter in hopefully a more solid and stable defence if we are considering making the top four.

Mane I think despite the price is a very good signing. He joins Liverpool on the back of a great season with Southampton scoring more goals from midfield than any other Liverpool player last season with eleven. Mane will bring pace and a desire to get in behind which was omitted from play last season when Sturridge wasn’t an option. The only worry I have with him is that despite scoring eleven goals he did have a five-month barren run.

Karius is a player we have needed for a couple of seasons now. Mignolet made a league high four errors that directly contributed to goals turning victories into draws. Karius is a calm composed youngster that should snatch the no.1 spot off Mignolet when he returns from injury.

Wijnaldum is another quality signing. Him and Mane have been dubbed as typical Liverpool signings. Famed for bringing in average players for large amounts of money, these signings don’t erase that fact necessarily. However, both are sure to bring something different to the table whilst also being content within the high intensity pressing and high work ethic expected.

Lastly, Manninger is a decent signing who brings with him a wealth of experience that all our goalkeepers can learn from.“


What one improvement do Liverpool need to make to improve on last season’s performance?

“I’m going to refrain from saying that we need to improve our left- back because that’s too easy. We need to improve our consistency. We failed to string together more than three consecutive wins last season, which just isn’t good enough.

Who do you see as the key player this season?

“I feel as though Emre Can is our key player this season. He was one of our best players last term and has really benefitted from Klopp’s arrival. He provides a solid foundation to build attacks upon and his occasional burst forward creates some unpredictability about our midfield.”

Klopp got Liverpool to two finals last season, winning neither; can he go one better this time round?

“It’s definitely not past our ability but I feel this season being Klopp’s first full season in charge the Premier League is going to be our priority. Last season we prioritised the cup competitions, but with the influx of top managers I’m sure he will want to show his worth as one of the best in the business by getting Liverpool into the top four. “

Where do you think Liverpool will finish this season?

“I think we could sneak fourth but I think 5th or 6th is a more realistic prospect. Hopefully building upon that the following season to get that illusive Champions League football that everyone at the club is desperate for.”

Thanks to Me (@Twist1Dan and


Man City

How do you feel Pep Guardiola will do in his first season in England and do you think he will win any silverware?

“I know Pep will be great in his first season and we are definitely going to win trophies (not trophy).“

Are you happy with the additions he has made since his arrival?

“I like the additions because he is the manager and knows what he is doing but personally I am not impressed.”

What one improvement do Man City need to make to improve upon last seasons performance?

“The only improvement we need is to keep our players fit. I believe we lost the tittle last season due to injuries.”

With the new additions are we going to see much of a change to the squad? What is your predicted started eleven for the opening fixture against Sunderland?

“I think we are not going to see much change to the squad, after all not much additions to totally change the squad.

For the line up I would go for the following:

Hart, Sagna Otamendi Clichy, Fernando Fernndinho, Silva Toure Sterling, De Bruyne, Aguero

I chose a three at the back formation as Kompany is injured and John Stones hasn’t been signed as yet.“ (Stones wasn’t signed when interviewed).

Who do you think your key player is going to be this season?

“I believe the key player for us this season is Kevin De Bruyne.”

Thanks to Derrick (@DerrickBonzoh)