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So Tired

By David  Barks :  03/08/2007 :  Comments (1) :
I am just so very tired of this summer. I just want the bloody season to start so that we can actually talk about football for a change. I am tired of the stadium talk. I don't think it is going to be the end of Everton if we move to Kirkby. I understand people's emotions regarding the move, but I in no way feel that the fan base will just erode if we move 4 miles. I am also tired of watching every other club in England spend without a care in the world while we sit and wait, and wait, and wait.

Worst summer ever, no, it is not. There have been far worse. But it has been pretty bad. I and others have mentioned that we have let go of deadwood players, but the problem is that those deadwood players were still with us because we had nobody to replace them. Now we have let them go but have still failed to replace them. Hopefully one of them will be Baines I and others have said. What the hell is the hold up. We knew what the price was, it had already been agreed between Sunderland and Wigan. So why haven't we completed the signing.

The problem is that many are viewing our activity through the expectations of past years. But we are not striving to just be that team. I've been backing Moyes and the board all summer thinking that they would have to eventually come out and do some serious business, but they continue to do nothing. I know we have more time in the transfer window, but the players don't stick around for the entire transfer window. The more time we let go by without signing Baines the more time we give Newcastle or City to come in and pay that little bit extra to snatch him away.

I will say this, many of the players that the likes of City and Fulham and Wigan have signed are not going to take the Premiership by storm. I know that we have a strong starting 11, but it is depth that is needed. We have just about none currently. The season is a week away and two of our starters are already out for months. What happens when the season starts and a couple others pick up small injuries like a sprained ankle or sore knee. Either the quality in the team will deeply drop or those players will be forced to play on these injuries causing them to worsen the injury.

So here is what I think will happen now that we have let it go this far without doing much business. I think we will probably sign a cast off striker from the likes of City, maybe Samaras. The guy did nothing for them last year, but I don't really blame him, I blame the poor team he played for. I would be pleased if we could sign him for a small price. He's tall, good pace, descent skills, and I think would provide descent cover and be good in European games.

I also still think we will sign Baines this weekend. But if we let it go more than this weekend he will go somewhere else. Think about it people, if you had two job opportunities and one just couldn't decide for weeks whether they wanted you but another company came calling offering you more money, what would you do? You'd take the money, in this case probably Newcastle or Wigan. But I think Moyes really wants this one and will pull it off.

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Greg Murphy
1   Posted 04/08/2007 at 12:10:35

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Summer of 85 gets my vote. And there are several similarities with this year. The bouyancy at the end of the previous season completely punctured. The helpless feeling of Blue sand slipping through the fingers. Even worse in 85 as there was no web then, or Sky Sports News. Just waitin for the "backatheyecko" every day to say that the ban was lifted after all. Still had hope right up to the draw ("stupid boy, Pike!") and it took me three days to find out who’d got who and which team had pulled the lucky "bye": cue Anderlecht. Remember cringeing at some of the 1st Rd scores on Sportsnight: Omonia 10 Rabat 0, Aberdeen 7 Ia 2, Juventus 9 Jeunesse 1. 1997 was pretty bad too as Bobby Robson, Andy Gray, John Toshack, Wim van Hanegem and Uncle Tom C were all flirted with to fulfil the promise of the "world class manager". As late as July along comes Howard MkIII bringing Gareth Farrelly with him (thank heaven he did!). At least we knew we’d get off to a home flyer against Palace. Doh! The season’s portents were writ large as Atillio Lombardo skipped through our "defence" on one of the hottest days ever. Oddly in the summers after the relegations nail-biters of 94 and 98 I was really optimistic (very naively in the first case as little did we realise the worst was yet to come!) and especially so the second time around as Walter came bringing Collins, Matterazzi, Dacourt and er, Clelland with. Doh, Doh! Best summer ever? Easily 84. The Cup in the bag. And we just knew that the season ahead could be really special (but that early wobble was shivery eh?). Unlike you David, I actually can’t summon up any enthusiasm for the Wigan game. Just hoping that I’ll suddenly feel "Christmassy" by about Thursday. It’s been like wading through glue hasn’ it?

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