01 January 1970
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1 Posted 11/08/2018 at 06:41:23
However, I think we have a tremendous chance of breaking the Top 4, call that over-optimistic if you like but if all these players gel quickly and I think they will do exactly that;we could see some Fantastic Football from Everton this season.
I live in Indonesia and the football coverage out here is great and the locals where I live have started to get behind Everton because they like an "underdog".
Now that I have explained the Everton History to them, they want us to win all the more. I just thought I would share that as it's great to see.
2 Posted 11/08/2018 at 07:11:54
It shows the reasons some of us are hopeful but at same time gives reason for caution and realistic expectations.
I think one of the main reasons for hope is the sign of proper planning and people working together towards that plan. We seem to have suddenly become more professional off the pitch.
I agree Bernard is an important signing. He could be the catalyst that speeds up the thinking and play of the whole team. Indeed I think the management may realise that the impact of a new player is not just their skills and game but the influence on existing players who need to be kicked up bum or maybe feel part of a confident, happy group.
The new defence looks a much more aggressive group and when they can read each others game, could be hard to beat.
But my biggest hope is we can bring a ball out of defence at speed and have players who can deliver that killer pass. That is the type of goal I love to watch.
Have no idea what will happen against Wolves. Maybe a bit early for the pychological positive impact on the existing group of players who mostly have zero confidence.
But give it a few weeks and as the days begin to shorten we may be smiling .and even keep smiling even with the X Factor back on our screens.
Now that is an achievement!
3 Posted 11/08/2018 at 07:45:27
4 Posted 11/08/2018 at 08:00:33
My opinion is one that splits both ways. I think we will get 7th minimum but hope that comes without a place in Europa League. Think we would be better of being the best of the rest with a point to prove the season after. The Europa league is a difficult situation for us because. Yes us fans want the midweek footy on. An the excuse to go stag do orientated city's without the backlash from the Mrs, ha! But we as a club just aren't experienced enough to handle both the Premier and the Europa league at the moment, though we will achieve that down the line. No Europe means more rest more training between games. That being said Champions League footy if available is a no brainer.
We haven't got a better chance to get top 4 than we do this season. Spurs and United are worried, transfer wise. Chelsea and Arsenal are going through change like us but more drastic and with a lot more pressure on the managers than Silva has. City and the shite will top the league anyone else has a good chance to steal the other two spots. Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea, United, Everton and Wolves for me, top 8.
5 Posted 11/08/2018 at 08:46:31
Who knows, maybe the force IS strong with this one.
6 Posted 11/08/2018 at 09:39:51
7 Posted 11/08/2018 at 09:45:34
We know that we will probably see another 5-6 players go out by the end of this month and January to reduce it even further. We have the nucleus in the squad of a very good team. The aim should be to bring in another CB in in January because we just don't see Keane changing the way he plays.
Then once this team has had a full season to a climates to the Premier League and Silvas style, we can then add 4 maybe 5 top players to add to what we have, which would essentially include a striker like a Giroud who can ease the burden on Tosun. We should then make a push for the top 4.
8 Posted 11/08/2018 at 09:46:46
I have been reading and re-reading so much about our 6 or 7 new signings. This article puts it all into context.
I have been well aware of Wolves strengthening their squad and the R.S. spending loads of money and of other big buys, but it will be interesting to see how Arsenal do without Wenger and how Spurs will fare. It should be a good season.
Top six + F. A. Cup will do me nicely!!
9 Posted 11/08/2018 at 10:09:02
I'm excited for the season. If Zouma and Mina can strike up a fearsome pairing then, with Pickford behind them, we will have a solidity that will allow us to really express ourselves. Suddenly we look strong on set pieces in both boxes. We now have pace and trickery in the team. We have strength on the bench and genuine options.
I'm dreaming higher than 7th.
10 Posted 11/08/2018 at 10:23:49
But I agree with Michael(#4), with Chelsea and in particular Arsenal is the top 6 nailed on? What we do know about teams with long-serving managers is that the next man on the oche throws a few loose ones to say the least. And with all teams strengthening, can we predict anything?
I must admit that after the feeling of anticipation that I had this time last season, my expectations are fairly low and small steps will do nicely thank you. An eradication of the collapses that we witnessed far too many times last season for example, and playing from the first whistle as opposed to shuffling round like you've just come in from a bender would represent significant progress.
We can only hope that the new signings do a lot better than than last season, but as Lyndon pointed out that Brands has been a lot more focused on the glaring weaknesses in the squad, that was apparent to everyone bar Walsh & Koeman.
One final word on Koeman; had could one of the greatest players that has ever played the game be such a poor judge of a player and squad requirements, surely we won't make the same mistake twice will we.
11 Posted 11/08/2018 at 10:36:56
However, I think there are also going to be a couple of wobbles among the Sky elite, and that will further open the the hatch in the glass ceiling, which will allow a team like ours to barge in if we step up this season.
12 Posted 11/08/2018 at 10:37:04
We are the eternal optimists at the same time worlds greatest pessimists all rolled into one.
13 Posted 11/08/2018 at 10:45:33
I especially enjoyed the title. Who knows maybe the force IS strong with this one ?
14 Posted 11/08/2018 at 10:57:14
Michael - I do understand your view however I also think we need Europa as a platform to boost our profile and get used to the demands of European fixtures again. If we have little experience and then did manage to get in top four it may be brief due to inexperience as a club. I think it would also be good for competition with the likes of Lookman, Dowell, Baningime getting more game time. Good thing is the variety of opinion I guess.
15 Posted 11/08/2018 at 11:25:40
If we, WHU, Wolves maybe, Leicester can put up a decent season then we could find Premiership A and Premiership B. The top sides with 60 plus points and the bottom sides coming down to the wire with a slew of clubs still not getting to 40 points until the last weekend of the season.
The other side of this coin is will any of the top 6 from last year not have European Football in 2019-2020? Europe is only guaranteed for the top five. 6th and 7th are only in Europe if a cup winner (or both) are in the top 5. I can see real competition in the cup for the major teams and no "lets give the first team a rest and play the kids" mentality. Do this and get knocked out and then finish 8th and there will be unrest from the fans of that team.
And then there is the "Leeds Scenario". I suspect European money is no longer critical for the financial survival of clubs. Consequently being out of Europe is not going to produce a 2004 Fire Sale scenario as we saw with Leeds, but given our difficulty in attracting world class rather than very good players, it is possible that next summer we are either going to see some clubs losing players who are no longer playing in Europe, failing to attract their targets because there is no European football or even more vastly inflated wages to entice players to a club in the hope of getting back into Europe for 2020-21.
Interesting times ahead and a season which after the dross of Allardyce caused me to have absolutely no interest in football over the summer, may just rekindle the desire. I am even taking my two kids to the match with Fulham. (The kids are 33 and 30. It will just be like old times). There is excitement in the air.
16 Posted 11/08/2018 at 11:33:26
As wrote at the time, I wanted us to ask the new manager how he will win us the league. Sure, the likelihood would be almost 0% but the manager should aim for it, were Everton after all. Managers like Allardyce or Moyes could never do a Leicester as they dont try to win games.
Sure, the chances of this team winning the league arent much above 0%. But if all the players are at their very best, and stay injury free, and we have a bucket load of luck, then its possible. This is the reason I wanted silva in. He will aim for no less.
I recall big Nev shocking Robbie Savage on stage at the Echo Arena at a live BBC event when Big Nev told Robbie that he went into EVERY season believing hed win the league. “Otherwise Robbie, whats the point?”.
Maybe these new signings arent quite the best in the league, but theyre all young, theyre hungry and they have a point to prove. So does the manager. I truly believe the club is in a great place and this could be a very special season.
17 Posted 11/08/2018 at 11:47:19
Burnley will likely struggle with the added pressure of the UEFA Cup (or whatever we are calling it now), but good luck to them anyway, how good would it be to see them at the pointy end of the competition?
The "surprise" team may come from one of the promoted sides, Wolves or Fulham, though I expect West Ham to perform much better this season and they could push for one of the top 8 places.
So what about us? Well we have to integrate late signings into the squad, so I'm not necessarily expecting a great start, which will be a shame as we are playing teams you could expect to normally beat. It will be fascinating to see if our young Portuguese manager could emulate the other "Special One" from Portugal. He has a job on his hands for sure, but he has the sort of players he wants and the better players from last season's squad are still here.
I think we could finish as high as 4th, but anywhere in the top half may represent progress if we are set up to score goals and try and win games. I'd rather we lose 3-4 to City than get either get twatted or lose by an odd goal with 11 players behind the ball. Whatever, in Silva I trust, I hope he gets our patience and support in that order. This might just be fun...
18 Posted 11/08/2018 at 12:52:33
19 Posted 11/08/2018 at 13:00:14
Everton have more players out than any other team except Chelsea.They have brought in suitable players and have been able to attract them to play for Everton. which is a change on previous seasons. Brands has brought a professionalism to established contacts and has shown himself to be more savvy than the competition. Silva has shown a ability to analyse the capabilities of players and clearly knows and can identify suitable players to put a team together to play according to his system.
Everton are still a work in progress, but appear to be heading in the right direction with a clear plan and goals. They have found a unexspect gear in their rebuilding plan. I haven't been this optimistic for years and this time last year thought I would never see it again.
I expect Everton to be challenging the top four this season as they gradually build up momentum. The first part of the season will be a getting to know period and will have its ups and downs.
There is definitely more realisable ambition about Everton.
20 Posted 11/08/2018 at 13:16:16
Although we are one of the teams, who has enjoyed a 'good window' it will largely be the team that finished last season, plus only two new additions, I suspect, who will turn out this afternoon. This may be in our favour, but will not be easy.
21 Posted 11/08/2018 at 15:03:03
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24 Posted 12/08/2018 at 18:38:29
The new order and master plan has been augmented. The future starts here.
25 Posted 13/08/2018 at 15:17:51
26 Posted 13/08/2018 at 16:25:14
Top 5 gives us a building block to retain this seasons additions. 7th will see the better players picked off. Top 4 is the dream scenario to give us a bigger draw for top players. Here's hoping - oh and a cup or two.
27 Posted 14/08/2018 at 09:19:50
I don't think we have the top class scorer to bring us there yet.
28 Posted 14/08/2018 at 12:31:01
It is wonderful to have the hope back, and after the Wolves match I dont think it is forlorn. The Everton FC mojo is back. There seemed to be desire and focus, an understanding that this team is on the warpath.
I too think that Bernard could be the catalyst to help us overcome top 6 teams . If he can approach the influence that Hazard or David Silva bring we are in business big time.
I think we have more about us the Leicester, West Ham, Fulham, Wolves, whilst they will do OK I think we will be a cut above them come May.
The next two are winnable games and will indicate whether top 6 is achievable this season. Maximum points against Saturday could see us on get on a run. Im backing us to be mixing it with 4 of the top 6, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Man Utd, will drop points .
We will have opportunities to make ourselves very noisy neighbours to that exclusive top six and toss a royal blue caber through their glass ceiling.
30 Posted 08/09/2018 at 20:23:47
there has been enough to suggest that this season there will be a lot more entertainment than last season.
I believe under Silva and especially Brand there will be a continuous improvement throughout the club each year these two are here and every transfer window will improve the playing side and I believe we will climb the league each season as well, it's nice to looking forward to each game and feeling relatively confidant of the outcome as well.
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