Most fans would agree that these were by far our weakest links in the squad based on their performances recently. It was inevitable that these players would leave, however it was pleasing to see that we didn't waste much time and offloaded all of them in the summer transfer window. I would suggest that offloading these players show the clubs 'ambition' to be progressive. Perhaps Van Der Meyde is the last player left in the 'deadwood' category.
This leaves us with the following team:
Jags, Yobo, Lescott, Baines with Hibbert, Stubbs, Neville and Valente providing cover.
Pienaar, Cahill, Neville, Arteta
with Carsely, Osman, Van Der Meyde , Anderson Silva and McFadden providing cover. To me, this gives a misleading appearance of having enough depth, with Van Der Meyde unlikely to play much, Anderson Silva being an unknown quantity, and McFadden being more of a Forward than a midfielder. I would expect at least one more addition before the end of the window.
Johnson, Vaughan with Anichebe and McFadden providing cover. This seems another area of concern, especially with Vaughan's injury. What surprises me is that we only have one true 'target man' type striker in Anichebe, who is still very young.
With an addition each to midfield and forwards, Everton can expect to field a fairly well versatile squad with good depth. So far we have spent 10 million pounds and received 5 million on sales, so our net outlay has been a mere 5 million. We may have freed up some wage budget as well. I see this as wonderful business. I am a whole hearted supporter of our policy of buying quality instead of quantity and the 'try before you buy' loan tactic.
Our fans should realize that we are setting a precedent here for other clubs in a similar situation to ours, on how to make sustained progress in this era of inflated prices. Kudos to the management so far, let us hope that they invest another 5-10 million pounds on two more quality acquisitions before the window ends.
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1 Posted 07/08/2007 at 06:03:30
Certainly another 2 or 3 signings would have me feeling a bit more confident. Gonzalez is still the interesting one......... Are we playing games or being legit?
2 Posted 07/08/2007 at 06:29:07
3 Posted 07/08/2007 at 08:01:04
Personally, i don’t expect us to persue the domestic cups with any great vigour. Might try out Vidarsson, Turner, young Lukas etc in these cups.
I more see Moyes concentrating his resources on maintaining our place in the league, and making as deep as possible run into Europe.
On that level, i think the squad is built right for that.
With the budget we have, we can’t have a squad with strength in depth, which means that we can’t compete in all competitions with ’A grade’ sides.
As long as we don’t try to dip our fingers in too many pie’s, and the injuries don’t srike too hard (worrying signs, already), then i think we’re up for a season of consolidating our place as a Eurpean regular.
Looking forward to it.
4 Posted 07/08/2007 at 08:48:47
I agree completely - the EFC management have done a shrewd job once again this year considering the availability of funds and the inflated transfer market.
I would consider this transfer window absolutely great if we manage to complete the signings of Vogel and the Barca striker we have been linked with recently - both of then free !
Looking forward now to the beginning of the season !
5 Posted 07/08/2007 at 09:31:52
I can’t wait for the season to start
6 Posted 07/08/2007 at 10:13:05
7 Posted 07/08/2007 at 11:05:27
8 Posted 07/08/2007 at 10:29:47
Certainly pleased for both club and the respective players (who were both struggling) to see Beattie and Wright move on and Pistone is irrelevant as he barely played. Thought we might have held onto Naysmith though, he was a useful understudy and not a terrible player.
In terms of incomings I think Jagielka and Baines are exactly the right sort of players - hard-working but not without skill - to help take our back-line forward in terms of quality and distribution (maybe they can teach Hibbert to pass!) With Howard signed up in nets too and decent options in Valente and Hibbert I couldn’t be happier with our defence.
Our midfield is strong and well-balanced in terms of the first team and both Pienaar and an acclimatised Silva Surfer look to provide us some options there. But I still think we need at least 1 more player who can hold the ball/pass and take pressure off Arteta, Vogel seemed like an interesting signing and obviously one of Gonzalez/Fernandes/Riquelme would be ideal too.
Up front Johnson is all-round excellent, Vaughan fast, Anichebe strong and McFadden as a back up plus maybe Lukas for Carling Cup, etc. BUT we absolutely need at least one more striker, preferably a target man foil for AJ. I’d have been happy with either Nugent or Smith at £6M myself, but I realise other views were mixed. Benni Mac would be awesome, but unlikely which leaves us with an unknown quantity like the fella from Barcelona or someone decidedly lower class like Roberts...hmm.
Overall I’m pretty happy so far. Get a decent striker and another midfield player of quality and I’ll be over the moon Brian.
9 Posted 07/08/2007 at 11:42:38
But and its a big but we need another midfield player who can break up attacks Jags is good but he could spend most of the season in defence, and cars is getting on, I think we should cough up the mill for Vogel who is quality, or the Porto Argentinian International.
I think we need another center back as stubsy is also long in the tooth and I think you need 3 dedicated centre backs at this level.
We need another striker as we have 2 with great potential plus Andy J, I would like the Barcalona forward on a free.
10 Posted 07/08/2007 at 12:19:43
Van der Meyde
With many of them inexperienced or injured we need now 4 new players urgently, Vogel and Gonzales in midfield a striker very urgently to replace Beattie and a centre back with Yobo not available in January.
11 Posted 07/08/2007 at 12:27:38
As much as he’s one of our key players, I do not see Yobo’s absence in January being a problem. First of al, Jagielka can play at centre half and so for the time he’s playing there, the void in midfield could be filled by Neville, Carsley, Anderson da Silva, Cahill, Arteta. If PN were to go in the middle, we could bring in Hibbert at right-back and use our versatile squad to maintain a respectable first XI without any major problems (injuries permitting, of course!)
12 Posted 07/08/2007 at 12:41:11
13 Posted 07/08/2007 at 12:47:30
I think of all we let’d go, Naysmith was a mistake.
I think dude did very well but he injured himself while trying to stop a definite stike-at-goal last season.
And he can score goals too, remember.
He would’ve at least provided a cover to the thin squad
But, this’s just my two-cents
14 Posted 07/08/2007 at 12:52:34
a.Andy Van De Meyde - He’s gotta do well cause this is his very last chance to shine. Otherwise, next stop, hell.
b. Lukas wasisname? - He’s young and he sees that DM appreciates young talent like Ani and Vaughn. If he shines this season, he’s gonna go far
c. Viddarsson - scored in pre-season so expect him to try to break into the first team
d. Da Silva - scored too and was thought to be potential
e. Ruddy - Did well the one time he became goalie, remember
f. Patrick Boyle - Dude should’ve broken into the first team long time ago if it wouldn’t for his injury
15 Posted 07/08/2007 at 12:51:11
16 Posted 07/08/2007 at 12:58:54
Howard, Jagielka, Yobo, Lescott, Baines, Arteta, Cahill, Neville, Pienaar Vaughan, Johnson
Subs: 5 from Turner, Stubbs, McFadden, Osman, Carsley, Anichebe, Hibbert, after that 18, we have Valente, VDM and Da Silva then 4 very inexperienced youngsters ie Ruddy, Justiewicz, Boyle and Vidarrson. Wafer thin or what
17 Posted 07/08/2007 at 13:20:02
Striker & a Centre Half, plus 2 midfielders, Gonzales or Fernandes plus get Vogel in with Carsley only having a year left. Stubbs is probably on his last legs also. David Weir was never replaced nor was Simon Davies and unless Steven Pienaar is Kilbanes replacment he wasnt either. Mind you having said that was the Dunc ever replaced.
18 Posted 07/08/2007 at 13:30:00
Is this all this ridiculous commentary the result of fantasy online football / computer games?...give the gaffer and management a chance will you?...you can judge them at the close of the trnsfer window in the cold light of day...
Like Tevez, both Fernandes and Gonzalez are both subject to 3rd party agreements - so you have to pay a lot to the agency who really own them and a also lot to their ’host’ club to find a replacement for them...their presences at West Ham, Portsmouth/Everton and Porto respectively has been a gamit to draw a huge bid from the likes of the Mancs or Real and make their ’owners’ - Kia Jorchabian (?) and the like - very, very rich on the back of silly sods like you...
19 Posted 07/08/2007 at 13:43:04
.....silly sods like you and me!!!
20 Posted 07/08/2007 at 13:41:23
21 Posted 07/08/2007 at 14:24:21
We definitely don’t need a centre half, as we have four experienced ones as it is, and I don’t think we need a striker, as given the tendency to use one out and out striker (Johnson, Anichebe, Vaughan) and one player supporting (Cahill, McFadden, Osman) we have six players for the two ’up-front’ positions.
We should pay the nominal fee for Vogel, and given I don’t believe Lucho Gonzalez will happen, sign a left winger.
22 Posted 07/08/2007 at 14:36:33
23 Posted 07/08/2007 at 15:26:58
It always stange with Van der Meyde. People seem to think he was injured all last season when he actually wasnt. Moyes just chose not to play him until we where short on numbers against West ham. This is also his first Pre-season with the club and hopefully he can show us what he is about. He is the only natural winger at the club and will come in useful especially in europe. He has lost weight, got himself fit and changed his attitude. So no I dont Think they are deadwood. Pistone was definatly deadwood due to the fact tat his career is finished whereas Naysmith came in useful he was a championship left back.
24 Posted 07/08/2007 at 15:33:51
Firstly, it seems strange to me that we’re willing to bid £11m for one player (a midfielder) - who despite looking very talented could come to the prem and be crap. Whats more we really need a striker.
That money could have bought Smudger and Koumas both of whom are good players with prem experience which I believe would have been better for us. Hopefully there’s a few coming through the ranks.
25 Posted 07/08/2007 at 15:44:16
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27 Posted 07/08/2007 at 16:22:20
28 Posted 07/08/2007 at 16:34:23
29 Posted 07/08/2007 at 17:10:32
I agree with Jof we now need a top goal scorer and good midfield general so we can rely less on Neville and stubbs to provide the driving force.
Not that we’re likely to get anybody else now that we spent the Beattie/Naysmith/Simon Davies money on Jags & Baines.
NIL SATIS NISI OPTIMUM - I wish.
30 Posted 07/08/2007 at 17:14:13
31 Posted 07/08/2007 at 17:21:16
32 Posted 07/08/2007 at 17:22:11
33 Posted 07/08/2007 at 17:57:15
34 Posted 07/08/2007 at 19:15:27
The only saving grace I suppose is that our midfield gave us goals last season and this could see us through to the January window if it needed to. If the lack of extra strikers was really apparent something could be done then.
35 Posted 07/08/2007 at 19:27:52
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38 Posted 07/08/2007 at 22:56:54
This is the bad news
39 Posted 07/08/2007 at 23:12:35
40 Posted 08/08/2007 at 07:34:29
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