The ECHO held our first ever Royal Blue Live event at the Baltic Market on Wednesday night, with a special quiz and Q&A for Blues fans.
Hosted by experienced broadcaster Alan Myers, Everton correspondent Phil Kirkbride was on the panel alongside ECHO Head of Sport Dave Prentice, All Together Now Podcast host and former ECHO journalist Greg O’Keeffe, as well as former Blues left-back Michael Ball.
The panel told stories, answered fan questions and gave their thoughts on Sunday’s Merseyside derby, but there were many questions left unanswered.
So Phil has taken some time this morning to answer some of your remaining questions on everything from Marco Silva’s future to his ideal Everton footballer.
Look out for your questions below and be sure to tune into our Royal Blue Podcast special of the night, available later this evening.
Is Bramley-Moore dependent on Everton remaining a top-half club? And how soon would Bramley-Moore affect our transfer budget?
Everton are intent on building a new stadium, whatever their finishing position in the time it takes to construct it.
The success of the move, however, could be dependent on Everton’s league position, in terms of crowds and sponsors etc because playing regularly in Europe – and particularly the Champions League – is key to this.
As for the new ground impacting on transfer budgets, the hope is that it won’t. It’s partly why Farhad is not, simply, bankrolling the new stadium out of his own pocket.
He wants to retain the money to ensure the team is as strong as it can be.
Is Keane good enough? Because I prefer Jags and he is 36.
Keane is having a significantly better season than his first at the club where he struggled with a form and fitness.
Is he good enough? For our immediate aims of trying to get back into Europe, yes, I would say he is.
Beyond that, it remains to be seen but Michael deserves credit for the season he’s had which has, largely, been good.
A peak Jagielka is the first name on the team-sheet but he’s coming towards the end of his career now and his pace is not what it was.
In terms of being a pure defender, you could argue there is nobody better at the club and I could see the value in extending his deal by 12 months to retain his influence and know-how in the squad.
Whether he would accept another bit-part season is a different matter, of course.
Is Silva’s job safe until the end of the season?
Everything we hear and everything we’re told, says it is.
But modern football and recent Goodison history suggests that you can never be certain.
The sensible decision is that he stays and Moshiri made it known, through talkSPORT, that he wants to move away from the hiring and firing culture of his first few seasons in charge.
That has also been the feedback other people at the club have offered and Silva knows that Marcel Brands is a steadying influence at boardroom level.
He is not the sort of person who is trigger happy.
A few other factors make it the right decision to keep faith with Marco. The club decided not to add to the squad in January, because they have a long-term plan, and not forgetting that it would be somewhat embarrassing if the club, not long after paying £4m to Watford, decide to axe the manager.
The bottom line, as far as I’m concerned, is that Marco needs time and transfer windows to get this right.
When will we see Onyekuru and Vlasic in an Everton shirt again?
Everton are hopeful they can get a work permit for Onyekuru this summer but doubts remain about his suitability for the Premier League.
Everton have been keeping a close eye on him, so let’s see.
As for Vlasic, the impression we get is that he is not keen on a return.
He’s done well in Russia and the hope for many is that he is given a chance but it’s fair to say his Goodison future is far from certain.
Do you think Kieran Dowell will get his chance at Everton?
Silva may argue that he got his chance in the first half of this season but didn’t do enough in training, and in the few games he played, to earn a place in the team on a regular basis.
I’m really not sure what will happen with Kieran. It’s cut-throat at first-team level and, as a young player, he needs to play games.
He’s brilliantly talented but the Premier League also demands more from you.
And who would you most like to see score the winner in front of the Street end on Sunday?
Anyone in royal blue! Ha. There would be a delicious irony if Pickford came up for a late corner and hammered one in off the backside of Origi.
Do you think the fact that Silva has failed to create a bond with the fans hasn’t helped with people calling for him to go? I want him to succeed but eight months in, I don’t feel any connection toward him…
It’s always an interesting debate this one. Creating an understanding and having a situation where the fans in the stands connect with the manager on the touchline is important, for sure.
Especially so when times are tough, as they have been.
Marco, especially in front of the cameras, is not that forthcoming and can appear surly and reserved.
Away from the cameras, I can assure you, he is far more relaxed. I think some of that reservation on TV may come from his grasp of English which, although good, still isn’t perfect and I know some of his answers can confuse people.
Perhaps, as was suggested last night at the Royal Blue Live event, he needs that big win at Goodison and have that ‘moment’ to get the ball rolling in that regard.
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