Wayne Rooney scored his first Everton goal in 13 years with an accomplished header in first-half stoppage time to beat Stoke
Ronald Koeman admitted that his Everton side needs to "improve a lot" on today's performance against Stoke but he was justifiably happy to have started 2017-18 with a win.
The Blues notched a victory in their first Premier League game of a new season for the first time in five years when Wayne Rooney powered home a header in first-half stoppage time.
The returning striker's goal was a rare moment of class in an otherwise dull first period as Koeman's men struggled in a lop-sided system that had Dominic Calvert-Lewin operating as an advanced wing-back to the right of three centre-halves.
The Dutchman responded with a change in the second half which yielded an improved display after the break and while there were no more goals, Everton held out to claim the points.
“The points are really welcome," Koeman smiled after the match. "Always in the first game you don't know what to expect. Everybody will [say] they are prepared and ready for the start of the Premier League but it wasn't the performance that we like.
“I thought the first half was really difficult, the team looked nervous in ball possession. That's the reason why I changed the system at half time.
“The second half was better [after] we scored a great goaL. We kept a clean sheet, and that's all positive but we need to improve a lot and that's the conclusion out of this afternoon.
“I think with three points in the pocket, the new signings will be more comfortable. Without confidence you don't play your best.
Koeman was fulsome in his praise of Rooney who came up trumps after two comparatively disappointing performances in the Europa League games against Ružomberok.
The 31-year-old turned in a mature display reflective of his experience, dictating the play in midfield and helping out enormously defending set-pieces in his own box.
“[Wayne] showed that he is still one of the best in his position," his manager said. "I think he was different class today in ball possession. He was comfortable on the ball, he made good decisions and he scorted a gerat goal and you can't ask for more than that.
“You like to have players in the team with a lot of cleverness on the pitch and they know what to do at certain moments and he that showed today because that was his best game so far."
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1 Posted 12/08/2017 at 19:56:31
2 Posted 12/08/2017 at 20:36:59
3 Posted 12/08/2017 at 20:48:50
4 Posted 12/08/2017 at 20:52:54
5 Posted 12/08/2017 at 20:54:01
6 Posted 12/08/2017 at 21:05:14
Offensively though it's not really clicked yet. The number of new players is obviously effecting this.
Hopefully no more confusing line ups though. Calvert-Lewin was employed as a right wingback to try to exploit that area up to right wing. Fair enough Koeman had a plan but it was misjudged and led to a woeful first 45.
7 Posted 12/08/2017 at 23:14:15
We need an established striker and creative midfielder. Is Lookman crap??
8 Posted 13/08/2017 at 00:56:53
Calvert-Lewin up against Eric Pieters? The man is a brick out house and 'we' as in Koeman had us punting balls at Calvert-Lewin for the first 20 mins.
Baldrick has concocted better 'cunning' plans than that. Koeman got it totally wrong, spent the rest of the game trying put right what he had ballsed up.
Spare a thought for the unused subs who might have been needed to turn or save the game as Koeman needlessly used one on correcting his mistake.
Seen that before with this fella.
9 Posted 13/08/2017 at 00:58:26
Build up play was terrible at times too many mis-placed passes, and most of the team was guilty, Klaassen was particularly shocking!
Baines tried to force the issue on a few occasions but no focal point up front nothing going forward was working.
Having said all that though my attention was on what my 3-year-old was doing and not a lot on the game.
Second half played a lot better moved the ball around with purpose, Calvert-Lewin looked decent through the middle but perhaps could have looked up a little more.
Stoke are a good solid unit though and have a half decent team. I was expecting a scrappy game and glad we come out with the win.
Just watched the game again on MotD and we played better than what I saw at the ground but still not good enough.
Happy with the result but the team needs to click soon.
10 Posted 13/08/2017 at 01:20:17
We don't know what he knew or expected by fielding his starting eleven but whatever "punts balls to Calvert-Lewin" amounts to it was Dominic, to his (and Koeman's I suggest) credit, who crossed in a way any wide-man would be proud of for Rooney to score.
Having astutely made his half-time change Dominic was then able to meld well up front with Sandro and with a little more experience may have presented a second goal for Rooney.
Rooney epitomised the benefit of having a player able in a blink to play in different roles during a match. Today Calvert-Lewin may well have taken a stride in gaining the same aptitude, but let's not give any credit to Koeman eh?
11 Posted 13/08/2017 at 01:34:23
I have to agree. Quite a naive plan from a manager on £6m a year. I am actually within the pro Koeman camp, not completely though, but today's starting line up was wrong.
There is so much work to do. We have lots of talented new players but it's difficult to work out where they all fit in. I didn't recruit them though. It's up to the management to justify the recruitment.
It'll take time to blend and patience is required but currently we still seem to be several key elements short of major improvement despite the new signings.
12 Posted 13/08/2017 at 01:56:56
Credit to him that he changed it up at half time, and I never thought i'd ever be happy to see Martina coming on like I did. I was reasonably happy with the 2nd half overall, thought we played some decent stuff at times.
Happy with the result of course. Davies for Klaassen, a normal right back (should be Kenny although Martina's crosses where decent yesterday) for Williams (as per second half) and that's probably our strongest Xi right now.
Work to be done Ron. Mainly by you, and let's never pick that starting line-up in that formation again eh? You muppet!!
13 Posted 13/08/2017 at 01:58:45
Klaassen, Rooney, Sandro...all like to occupy the same space. And god knows where Sigurdsson fits into that. Calvert-Lewin on the wing? One recognised wide man in Baines, completely isolated.
I can't even have a go at the players. I don't think anyone played too badly. It's just a system that had no chance of working.
Very worrying indeed.
14 Posted 13/08/2017 at 04:25:11
15 Posted 13/08/2017 at 05:53:43
I envy you.
He''ll be all eyes and ears in 3 years and will see us win the league.
I got maybe 30/35 years to go, I Hope to celebrate the league with your 10/20/30-something son.
16 Posted 13/08/2017 at 06:02:25
Sandro seems to be the opposite of Lukaku in that he puts in far too much effort. In that I mean, that at the start of the second half he seemed to spend rather a lot of time helping out the defence and by the time he was substituted he had about run himself out.
Gana was probably our best while Schneiderlin was awful. He seemed to break into a run (wouldn't call it a sprint) only twice in the game and every pass was sideways and usually to a teammate in just as bad a position as himself and without moving to take a return. Koeman needs to look at him playing in both halves of the pitch rather than being permanently parked in or just in front of the back four.
Nice to see Keane telling Martina where he should position himself and how many times in the first half did he stand with the ball at his feet and arms outstretched asking for someone to give him a pass.
Three points, next please.
17 Posted 13/08/2017 at 06:50:21
Our forward options are more worrying Rooney, Sandro, Calvert-Lewin, Mirallas, Lookman that's it. We need at least one more main striker - I see we are being linked with Kalinic, I would be happy with him, Benteke, or Dzeko.
Our only wide players are Bolasie (injured) and Lennon (not good enough, IMO).That maybe something to build next year.
18 Posted 13/08/2017 at 07:00:09
19 Posted 13/08/2017 at 07:18:31
Based on today's performance, I'd be more than willing to bring in a journey man striker to show Calvert-Lewin the ropes. The lads got talent, but we can't expect him to lead the line. And definitely not play right-wingback.
Great performances from Pickford, Keane and Rooney. Great goal and great to see him score.
Don't know wtf is going on with Schneiderlin, but he needs to get his finger out. If Ron insists on two defensive midfielders, I'd pull either Davies or Klaassen in there until he either got his shit together or they kept him out of the team.
Klaassen. Give the lad time, I can see him becoming a legend, Sandro too. Think marathon, not sprint.
20 Posted 13/08/2017 at 07:30:54
21 Posted 13/08/2017 at 07:36:11
22 Posted 13/08/2017 at 07:44:52
Couldn't agree more, they don't compliment each other and from what I've see, Gana is streets ahead; fittest player on the park.
23 Posted 13/08/2017 at 08:22:17
Not the first time he has had to abandon a plan at half-time as half-baked and ill-thought-out.
From my seat, Schneiderlin and Klaassen looked slow and somewhat clueless. Maybe time to give Davies a full game at centre midfield alongside Gueye.
Really pleased with Calvert-Lewin's energy and effort.
24 Posted 13/08/2017 at 08:30:59
That said, Koeman seems to act like he has no memory from one game to the next, as if he doesn't really learn from his tactical errors. He seems to learn mid-game, and then correct it, or partially correct it, but then the next game seems equally disorganised. It seems weird.
25 Posted 13/08/2017 at 08:41:21
Rooney was excellent all over the pitch. We still look off the pace. We have already had competitive games but look really rusty compared to some of the teams. Striker is a priority
26 Posted 13/08/2017 at 08:46:06
How to accommodate Sigurdsson and Davies? Using Davies as a match-saver is Koeman's likely answer.
The Genius is creating a 'buggers muddle' if yesterday is anything to go by!
27 Posted 13/08/2017 at 08:50:08
Half time tweaks to 4-4-2 and a totally different team.
I feel Ron is struggling to accommodate his current players,certainly a big target man to help Calvert-Lewin, wide man another another defender is needed. I thought Gana, Keane and Pickford were very good and Rooney ran his socks off.
Let's see how we fare against Man City then we will know a bit more. A win is a win against a tough physical side.
28 Posted 13/08/2017 at 08:52:58
Jags and Williams not up to the 3 at the back I don't think their ball playing skills just not good enough for that system. Maybe when Coleman gets back and Bolasie it could work.
Still missing that striker that's going to make things tick.
I thought Calvert-Lewin was sharp in the second half and with a bit more experience could be a good player, in that system the striker we need is someone who can hold the ball up and allow all them midfield minded players run in behind the defence.
Rooney ran the show yesterday some of the balls he played where immense; I was impressed with Pickford as well looked solid in goal and I felt like if they had any chances to score he was there to save us.
It was a bad performance especially first half but it's always tricky first game of the season and not many teams score a lot against Stoke.
29 Posted 13/08/2017 at 09:00:56
Klaassen doesn't look good enough. How much better we looked with the energy of Davies. Mirallas might do better this seaon now that he won't have Rom making the same runs.
I want to see fluid football. Wtf was that yesterday? Seriously. Last season, Koeman subbed McCarthy after 22 minutes. I'd like to of subbed Koeman after 3 minutes yesterday for a manager who doesn't confuse his players. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. 3 right/wing backs on the bench and non on the field. Calvert-Lewin kind of a wing back with license to go forward with Gana covering him? That was his plan... a misshaped turnip!
30 Posted 13/08/2017 at 09:21:52
31 Posted 13/08/2017 at 09:27:30
Schneiderlin put in perhaps the worst performance I have seen from an Everton centre midfield player for decades. He had no energy, passed the ball a max of 5 m to the nearest player, who was often under more pressure than him, and then did not move into space. On one occasion he lost his mind and ran forward 15 m, cacked himself and ran back twice as fast, with the bloody ball, passing it back to Williams.
Obviously Koeman made a mess of the first half, changed it for the second, and admitted we need to get a lot better... Seems fairly balanced for me.
I think we need to try Lookman and Davies in the same team, take out Schneiderlin and maybe Klaassen on Thursday night, or else it will be a long evening
32 Posted 13/08/2017 at 09:34:29
We looked like a team that had absolutely nothing to offer until we scored a really good goal, and then the manager finally changed the system.
Besic, should have definitely started in this formation,because it was really horrible to watch Jagielka, with the ball at his feet during the first half. He's a defender who likes to defend, and this forward, sideways, backwards football, kept ending up, with the ball at his feet, which is something he just doesn't need!
We looked better second half, agree with Joe Clithrow, on another thread, who said for twenty minutes we looked quite decent, but the house has been gutted, but only half has been repaired up to now. The next few weeks in the transfer market are going to be really crucial to how this season is going to pan out?
33 Posted 13/08/2017 at 10:03:19
34 Posted 13/08/2017 at 10:09:33
35 Posted 13/08/2017 at 10:37:25
Dad and uncle had a lot of whiskeys but even through our alcohol induced haze we were underwhelmed by the fare. The Goodison tribe in where we were sitting in the Main Stand were respectful - first game of the season, players need to gel etc.
However, my take from the game was :
- Martina is a disaster waiting to happen
- Klaassen was off the pace in the helter-skelter of a Premier League game
- Davies bossed it for 5 minutes after coming on but then Stoke pressed and he sank bank
- Michael Keane was a dominant Centre Half, exactly what was required against Stoke.
- Pickford was excellent
- Sandro needs to improve
- Gana Gueye was Gana Gueye i.e. everywhere
- Wayne was poor first half although his goal was very good. Second half he was class.
- I don't get the criticism of Calvert-Lewin. He was played out of position first half but got an assist. Second half he did a better job than Sandro of occupying the Stoke Defence. He does not have the pace to outrun the opposition but his touch when played as a CF was pretty good.
The team is a work in progress for sure, and I am sure Klaassen and Sandro will come good.
However we need a good CF urgently. And if we play with formations that suit the players perhaps we can produce more entertaining stuff for the home faithful.
36 Posted 13/08/2017 at 10:55:48
37 Posted 13/08/2017 at 11:01:30
Coyfbtwl (Come on you fantastic blues that we love)
38 Posted 13/08/2017 at 11:07:49
39 Posted 13/08/2017 at 11:09:53
40 Posted 13/08/2017 at 11:12:48
41 Posted 13/08/2017 at 11:26:02
42 Posted 13/08/2017 at 11:39:19
However, the amount of times Koeman has to change things after basically getting his tactics or formation wrong is becoming a slight concern.
At the moment he keeps selecting unbalanced sides that don't stand a great chance of being effective or productive in ball possession, as he likes to say.
I took one look at the side yesterday & knew he'd have to change it. As another example, I thought his tactics, team selection, & formation at Spurs last season were a joke. He is constantly fanning Calvert-Lewin around as well. Thankfully he is a young player with a great attitude.
Koeman has brought a lot to the club that I like. He's raised standards, and brought a refreshing no bullshit attitude and hard headed realism that we needed. The signings are generally good, a couple of duds aside.
But start selecting a balanced side & get some pace & verve into the squad, please.
43 Posted 13/08/2017 at 11:54:58
The only really weak looking team I saw was Brighton who look still like a Championship side, (only just) they haven't really invested for the step up, and it shows.
Great Stadium though, and very passionate fans, though will be surprised if they stay in the Premier League.
Yet to see Man Utd, West Ham, Spurs and Barcodes.
45 Posted 13/08/2017 at 12:35:12
One thing is becoming clear, we don't commit enough men forward. The entertainment factor is sorely missing from this squad. What I would give for a Mahrez or Payet type player, but the manager seems intent on packing the side with hard running midfielders. We will have spent an absolute fortune, but we don't have one player who will get you off your seat.
If the plan is to build from a solid defensive base, then let the players express themselves a lot more when we are up and running, I can live with that. If we carry on like this though, Koeman will soon have the fans on his back.
That felt precisely like a typical Moyes game yesterday, not good enough when you have spent £150m (when Siggy signs) the manger is also paid £6m p.a. to serve up that turgid rubbish.
The only consolation was the 3 points, but my eyes are still hurting.
46 Posted 13/08/2017 at 12:42:04
“The most important word in football is balance." "4-4-2 is the best defensive system that exists and our intention is to defend with a 4-4-2 and attack with a 4-3-3”.
"4-4-2 is the best defensive system that exists and our intention is to defend with a 4-4-2 and attack with a 4-3-3”.
48 Posted 13/08/2017 at 13:22:40
Jay Woods - I have noted your stoic defence on Martina on several posts and I commend you for it, although your zeal is a little curious.
I saw some terrible defending from Martina. Two things in particular stood out for me which lead me to believe he will cost us a goal or two and is a disaster waiting to happen: a couple of poor headed clearances which required interventions from Gana to prevent a shot on goal, and two straight forward passes in dangerous areas that almost led to a break for Stoke.
We got away with those errors and yes several other players made mistakes too. But it seems to me that the boy cannot head a football.
He did well with his crossing, and had we had more men in the box he could have had an assist. This suggests to me he is not a Full Back but more of a wing-back or deep lying right midfielder.
In Koeman's mis-shapen formation he was not suited. He may have done better as a wing back with license to bomb forward when we played 3 at the back.
But he was brought on as an RB in a back four, and for me, can't play there. Especially as there was no natural right sided player to cover for him.
49 Posted 13/08/2017 at 13:26:01
50 Posted 13/08/2017 at 13:28:31
PS (#49) too brief.
51 Posted 13/08/2017 at 13:30:26
Terrible tactics from Koeman though, he looks clueless at the moment.
52 Posted 13/08/2017 at 13:32:10
Dennis - 39. The whiskey hangover has been overcome by pleasant feeling sharing a wonderful personal experience with fellow blue noses.
53 Posted 13/08/2017 at 13:38:14
What is up with him, he looked a good player last season; he's not worth or earning his place up to now, lifeless.
54 Posted 13/08/2017 at 13:45:27
Trying to keep it short for John Wilson and cocked it up.
55 Posted 13/08/2017 at 14:29:35
A consistent error in judgement to get things so wrong you have to make tactical substitutions at half time. Paul Tran eloquently outlines it leads to a waste of resource that will be required later in the game.
Last season posters would counsel give him time etc. but perversely now I'm reading it's only one game or we've won our competitive games etc.
You cannot have it both ways. judge over the whole piece. Confused tactics, often ill thought out leading to football which is formulaic and horrible to watch.
Everton have won 3 games, all 1-0 with only fleeting momemts of decent football. I should expect more.
Many hope it will just click, click?! I see no development in performances which is a better indicator and a continuation of disconcerting trends.
I always have a humble pie in the freezer, but see no reason to defrost the damn thing any time soon.
56 Posted 13/08/2017 at 15:09:30
57 Posted 13/08/2017 at 15:12:48
58 Posted 13/08/2017 at 15:16:41
59 Posted 13/08/2017 at 15:25:46
60 Posted 13/08/2017 at 15:39:22
61 Posted 13/08/2017 at 16:04:37
It is one who admits that that has some wisdom and admits something he tried didn't work.
62 Posted 13/08/2017 at 16:10:57
Watched the game with a friend who supports Man Utd who was anaesthetised and shocked by our negativity. It was as poor as last seasons game against Stoke, I can't see any progression whatsoever. Tactics and formation are fucking hopeless .
63 Posted 13/08/2017 at 16:26:35
Rubbish. Koeman has repeatedly made the same errors in selection and formation in his tenure.
He aint backwards in coming forwards yet he is mute when it comes to being accountable for his errors.
His reason for changing the system yesterday? Nervous in possession!?
Utter rubbish. He got it wrong and acknowledging that would at least show that accountability I bamg on about.
Off to watch Rom be lazy, and slack and score a hat-trick. Chortle!
64 Posted 13/08/2017 at 16:33:53
"I expected to get space on the right so put a winger there instead of Davies, Holgate or Cuco. That wasn't how it went but that wasn't Dominic's problem. That was my fault... I decided to change and we were much more comfortable".
Those two quotes don't seem consistent. But there is admission of fault in there.
And as I write, Lukaku does what...?!
65 Posted 13/08/2017 at 16:35:54
66 Posted 13/08/2017 at 16:42:10
Hope we find another goalscorer as 'shit' as him.
67 Posted 13/08/2017 at 16:54:12
I agree we should give Martina a chance. However my view is based on having watched him live twice and not based on anything else. He is Championship standard. He is a natural right back though. He lost the ball more times than he found his pass. He isn't a good defender but gets up and down the line.
He also headed the ball back across our penalty box yesterday. Did you see that? What professional footballer doesn't know that you don't do that? I will support him while he plays in blue. But he isn't good enough, we already had better.Man City spent £100 M on full backs this year... No target man. No pace up front. No creativity. No width.
Keane and Pickford are great additions, the rest of them... not so much. And I still can't get over what a complete fuck up that formation was. We play 3 at the back and have no width. 3 at the back and still only have 1 up front. Unbelievable
68 Posted 13/08/2017 at 17:17:47
69 Posted 13/08/2017 at 17:23:21
70 Posted 13/08/2017 at 17:30:51
71 Posted 13/08/2017 at 17:36:26
Absolutely the English could be an issue. But he is pretty wily, so it cuts both ways I guess.
I'm desperate to see us play some decent stuff. I think our recruitment has been decent, with a bit more to follow. We are comfortably better than most teams, so surely attacking more won't compromise that solidity since we 'dominate' the ball in most games?
72 Posted 13/08/2017 at 17:38:21
73 Posted 13/08/2017 at 17:41:29
The problem with that is Gana is not a real attacking threat. He doesn't possess a shot or can take a man on or particularly good passing. What he can do very well is break up play, make tackles and get the ball to a player who can do all those things that are not part of his game.
It just makes no sense to play them together. Pick one and let him do that job. Whoever partners him, whether it be Davies or Klaassen can provide support when needed. It just clogs the midfield without attacking outlets and continues to be far too defensive of an approach, especially when at home against the likes of Stoke.
74 Posted 13/08/2017 at 18:09:13
According to the official Prem stats, Schneiderlin had the best all-around defensive game of any midfielder in the Prem yesterday -- four tackles, six interceptions, seven recoveries. He was all over the field shutting down attacks and winning balls. That's hardly "lifeless", as Dave #54 put it.
Yes, his passing has been very poor, but I think that's partly because he's bedding into a new deeper-lying position. Last season he often got to the top of the arc and made passes, but that area is now occupied by Rooney and Klaassen. Morgan hasn't found his role in attack yet. He's quality, he'll come good.
The question of both Schneids and Gana playing together and doing the same job is a really good one, and I don't think Koeman has an answer for that yet. It worked well last year when Schneids was 20 yards in front of Gana, but now he's beside or behind him, and it's not working.
75 Posted 13/08/2017 at 18:10:15
76 Posted 13/08/2017 at 18:24:48
Things could change soon enough if results go wrong and Everton do have some decent alternates waiting to jump in although I am sure Koeman doesn't want to leave anyone out especially his signings.
Macca, Barry and Besic are three experienced stand-bys with Holgate, Kenny and a fit Seamus ready to step in in the back four. Added to all this in midfield of course is Gylfi (if it ever happens).
I think overall the picture looks more promising than this time last year so fingers crossed.
77 Posted 13/08/2017 at 18:26:25
And that my friend is the crux of the matter. He may be used as more of a box to box player, as in yesterday's match. Fine, we could put Jagielka in that position. Doesn't mean he'd be effective. Gana has so far not been able to control his shot at all, he's not a threat. And his passing has not been good enough in that role where there is much more pressure being applied to him, similar to what he does to the opposition. So yes, if only he could shoot, and make that decisive pass.
78 Posted 13/08/2017 at 18:59:49
80 Posted 13/08/2017 at 19:13:22
I looked back on the FourFourTwo stats for the last 6 games they were partnered together and in all of these Gana is placed ahead of Schneiderlin on the pitch. They place a player based on his touches in a game.
If you check this link Link and look up matches in which they played together, click on Team Stats. I have so far looked at Arsenal, Watford, Burnley, Hull, Leicester and West ham.
81 Posted 13/08/2017 at 19:30:18
Dave (#78), my eyes saw the same thing as the stats did. I saw Schneiderlin all over the field, picking off passes and regaining lost possessions. I was starting to doubt my own eyes with all the negative reviews of his play, so I watched the game again this morning and saw it again... and then got support from the stats.
David (#77), no argument there. Gana might just be the best ball-winner in the world I believe he was #1 in combined tackles and interceptions in all of Europe last season but his great passes are rare and his shooting is flat zero. So we just have to appreciate what he does and hope other players pick up the slack for what he can't. Unfortunately Davies doesn't have much of a shot either. Hope Klaassen does. Would love to see a goal from 25 yards once in a while.
82 Posted 13/08/2017 at 20:25:58
Burnley match SchneiderlinLink
Leicester match Schneiderlin Link
Mike, Could you direct me the site where you got yesterday's stats for Schneiderlin as the FourFourTwo site seems to have discontinued this feature.
Schneiderlin does such good work in retrieving the ball so hard to leave him out. I thought Gana was MotM yesterday for the same pressing, covering, tackling work, but as David says above, his passing range and shooting are ordinary. If they were of similar quality to his game when we don't have the ball, I expect he would be playing for a team who would give him a greater challenge (challenge is apparently a slang word for pay packet in the football world).
83 Posted 13/08/2017 at 20:59:52
He was brought to replace Barry is that not correct? Unfortunately he will never reach Barry's best level but he will get better than he was yesterday and all pre-season.
To suggest this is a new position for him is absolute nuts.
84 Posted 13/08/2017 at 21:17:20
85 Posted 13/08/2017 at 21:23:28
Although that can change and its early days as we often hear, all I see so far is that one speed tempo and nothing dynamic enough to beat a top side often enough to get champions league. Comparing to Stoke last season isn't the answer but I do get where your coming from. Man Utd v West Ham today will have been far different from last season and they have built well and early.
We are still waiting to replace the most important man we lost and our run of fixtures are up there with the toughest of starts. Is that doing things the right way (that's the new trendy one) I'm not sure it is?
86 Posted 13/08/2017 at 22:23:22
After getting out of the gate early with some excellent signings, and the foreknowledge that Lukaku was going to leave, I am disappointed we have not been able to replace our main offensive weapon from last season with anyone. It feels like we were waiting for Arsenal to drop a striker that we could pick up on the cheap. And now what? We still need more offensive pieces to crack the top 6, methinks.
Not the answer to the question above but I would like to see Everton make a run at Van Dijk. If we cannot score goals, let's have two top young centre-backs and a goalkeeper making it hard for opposing teams to score.
87 Posted 14/08/2017 at 03:51:59
Here's the one you requested from me, the official EPL stats page: https://www.premierleague.com/stats/top/players
88 Posted 14/08/2017 at 04:53:51
89 Posted 14/08/2017 at 07:36:29
90 Posted 14/08/2017 at 09:14:46
91 Posted 14/08/2017 at 10:28:20
92 Posted 14/08/2017 at 10:37:33
93 Posted 14/08/2017 at 14:37:20
It is criminal that a replacement for Lukaku hasn't been sourced yet. We are going to be totally overrun by any reasonable team. Get your finger out blues coz things look bleak.
94 Posted 14/08/2017 at 15:34:51
The stats were deffo misleading on this occasion re Schneiderlin. The worst game I have seen him play in an Everton shirt.
95 Posted 14/08/2017 at 18:54:57
Klaassen really was instrumental in it. If he hadn't taken that big defender with him Rooney would have had a much tougher job. You can see from Klaassen's reaction he knew exactly what he was doing.
That gives my a feeling this guy will become just the kind of thinking player we need.
96 Posted 14/08/2017 at 21:41:48
The issues of the lopsided first half formation and the negative selection of too many defensive players against a very poor Stoke team are of Koeman's making. Acknowledging the mistake he made and changing the system at half time is all well and good but I don't understand why is he experimenting with systems and trying to shoehorn square pegs in round holes in the first game of the season as this is what pre-season is for, to work out your best system and best starting 11.
From what I can see so far this season Koeman in the 3 competitive games played so far only seems to me to want to pick players for the starting eleven that have been purchased during his tenure even if they are not in good form or the right player for a particular position/formation.
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