Why are we still doubting Faddy? Hasn?t he started to prove the critics wrong? Am I the only one who thinks that, apart from Manny v Utd, Ossie v Larrisa, Rooney v Arsenal, the lad?s gifted us with some utter brilliant finishes?
For me, James McFadden is maturing into a big-game player ? probably one of our most reliable 'big game' players 'un all. Arguably, had it not been for what we all know *was* the real goal of last season v Charlton, we'd probably not be in Europe. Add to that other moments of inspired, creative brilliance (the goal v Metalist away, the second-half display v Chelsea, Old Trafford a few seasons back, having the temerity to spank one in from close range infront of the adoring Stretford End) the boy's finally coming of age into a top class player.
Oh don't get me wrong, I haven't always had this opinion. Indeed, my last viewing of Faddy at a game was our last ever game at Highbury when I bemoaned that "he just won't cut the grade. Too lightweight. No pace. Always picks the wrong ball/trick too many." How I was wrong! He may frustrate at times but I'm finding these moments less and less consistent ? more often replaced with "fuckin' get in there Faddy!" moments.
Seriously, I think we have a gem here, buffing up to shine... so maybe we should cut him some slack? I mean, just taking a look at the forum... talk of swapping our mercurial wonder for an inept player, a so-called winger from the Boro. Do me a favour! Let's get behind the lad!
Seriously, I can see big moments on the horizon from him: maybe a cameo in Manchester next spring? I think for his exploits over the past year or so, he probably deserves a fairer crack of the whip.
And that was my first, and last rant! COYB!!!
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1 Posted 13/11/2007 at 05:00:35
I seriously think that Faddy has matured and the best thing about him is his "unpredictablity". He is confident and he "dares" to shoot.
This season he will prove to be a very important player for us. I dare to say this.
2 Posted 13/11/2007 at 08:46:35
Out of the 5 strikers that we have he would be my 5th choice!. We have had him long enough now, its time for him to move on and prove himself to be a more consistant performer elsewhere.
3 Posted 13/11/2007 at 09:14:41
4 Posted 13/11/2007 at 08:59:08
Last season until that goal (or piece of genius) against Charlton I would have gladly paid the fare to transport him back from wherever he came, however this season he seems to have changed his game or more to the point Moyes has changed his game.
Prior to this season Faddy believed he could beat every player in every team, generally he seemed to believe that he could do this all in one easy movement.
This season Faddy has been a bit more of a team player and it is starting to show.
That goal a Chelsea was product of McFadden vision, first time I saw it I thought he had gone for the shot because he hit it so hard, but after watching it again and again and watching where Victor tracked in. I realised the move; he hit it so hard so Tim could pass it back to Vic by just putting his foot out, Vic would receive the ball 10 yards away and take a shot probably even score, however, the ball took an unexpected bounce slowed down and the Chelsea defender took all the sting out of the ball, well, the rest is history. The summary of this is; With vision like that shown are we seeing McFadden develop into a great player? the jury is out here, but I do hope we witness an Everton legend in the making. It was said amongst Evertonians of a certain vintage that Alex Young went missing for long periods and then would pop up out of nowhere and score or provide the killer pass. Who Knows what Faddy may offer
5 Posted 13/11/2007 at 09:36:27
6 Posted 13/11/2007 at 12:35:39
7 Posted 13/11/2007 at 13:30:44
Faddy is one of those players for whom the phrase "Horse for courses" could well have been coined.
8 Posted 13/11/2007 at 13:41:28
He?s a superb finisher, but he lacks pace
He?s got great dribbling ability, but is easily knocked off the ball. etc.
The Yak is strong, but can?t head a ball, he has good close control and first touch, but is lazy.
AJ has pace, lacks a finish.
Anichebe has strength, lacks ball control.
Vaughan - Maybe he?s the shining light. What doesn?t he have in the locker?
9 Posted 13/11/2007 at 17:33:34
10 Posted 13/11/2007 at 20:22:57
11 Posted 14/11/2007 at 00:51:47
I believe McFadden has now been at Everton for four years in which time he has shown next to nothing.
He had 29 games to show us something the season before last and didn’t.
Get rid and the sooner the better !
12 Posted 14/11/2007 at 10:31:26
I dont know all the stats but how many times has he been played up front, how many games ina row has he started up front. You cant slate the guy when he has been mismanaged. Also he scored the goal that got us past Metalist. Anichebe scored and rightly so has taken some praise. But MacFaddens excellent strike put us through. Beatie and AJ both had long scoring droughts but played regardless. MacFadden has never been given a decent run up front. The Charleton goal wouldnt have been attempted by any other striker on the books. He is a huge talent that has been played out of position, been turned on by the fans and had his confidence eroded to the point where his whole demeanour seems different when in the scotland team set up where he is accepted as the talent he is. You dont score against France in Paris and against the Ukraine if your shit.
13 Posted 14/11/2007 at 13:35:43
14 Posted 14/11/2007 at 14:14:17
15 Posted 14/11/2007 at 14:42:32
He is as immature as Anichebe in terms of playing style. He’s good at Goodison or from coming off the bench but if its an away game then he’s so infuriating. He touch is poor no matter what the pass, his shots are wayward and his decision making is awful. But the difference between Victor and Faddy is one’s 19 whereas the others nearly 25. Anichebe has the right to do this whereas McFadden should be experienced enough not to.
A big game player for me is someone that puts in a big performance in a big game. Mcfadden has never done that. Against Metalist he scored but his general performance was poor. He couldn’t control a ball, he gave it away and his decision making was poor.
It has nothing to do with Moyes tactics. Mcfadden is a player that likes to drop deep and collect the ball from midfield so really he should flourish more than the likes of Johnson, Yakubu and Vaughan. To get the best out of these three you need through balls but faddy is not that type of player. And to my knowledge he hasn’t started a game on the wing this season. He’s filled in in the latter stages of the game but for the majority of the games he’s played in his natural position.
International football is completely different to the Premiership and just because your are successful in one does not mean you are going to be successful in the other. David Healy scores lots of goals for Northern Ireland yet he couldn’t get into the Leeds team struggling in the Championship a few months ago.
I dont want to see him leave now as we need him for a backup but I’m not going to wait for this so called special talent because up to now he looks an average player with a few skills. He’s fifth choice for me until he starts showing it on a regular basis when he’s given a go. The Beattie-Mcfadden partnership was frustrating. Every pass had to either be to there feet or a cross because they just didn’t have the pace to go behind. Yakubu is twice the player Faddy is and I have seen this in about 8 games.
Moyes tried to buy a midfielder and his name was Manuel Fernandes. Yet we had problems and it was called off which leaves Moyes with three days to sign a midfielder which isn’t long enough to get quality in. Thomas Gravesen has come in until we have the time to get this man.
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