I think today we can look back and say, yes it was successful. Leighton Baines is actually the only player who has disappointed me, but then again I had very high expectations. Phil Jagielka has done good and looks a solid squad player. Pieenar looks better than we could ever have expected, Yakubu is a top class striker that no one can argue against in my opinion ? a shrewd signing by Moyes I have to say. Unfortunately my fellow country man "mad dog" has proven that he is just not up for the task, sorry.
I was very optimistic back then and I still am. Breaking into the top four was always going to be difficult, but what I hoped for then was a decent top 7 season and not least a trophy! I have been supporting Everton for a long time, but because of my relative young age I can only look back at one trophy ? The FA Cup 1995. Oldham made sure that great day wont repeat itself this season, but who really cares if we win another cup? Fellow toffees, we are in the League Cup semi finals, cheer up - a long with Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea ? not bad if I may say. We are two games away from a Wembley final and I for one believe we can achieve just that and who knows maybe even lift the trophy.
I think we can all be really pleased with the season so far, but one major problem is starting to show and it could ruin a great season. I'm talking really great season..what about a cup win and a top four? The lack in numbers are showing now. It is not immense but there is no question about it, we need to add one or two players to make sure that we stay on course for major honours. A Central midfielder in the 6-10 million pound bracket is needed badly and I for one hope and think that Moyes has someone lined up. Manuel Fernandes would be welcome by me. I think the blue colour suits him and if Moyes takes him back on loan or sign then I think all evertonians should welcome a player with his abilities. I'm not saying his world class, but surely he is good enough to play an important role in the remaining games. I think this lad has something to prove and if given the chance could become a priced asset for years to come. Knowing Moyes we also have a guaranty that he is not going to pay silly money for him...
Fernandes though is just one option, there are other players out there and I'm sure Moyes is looking around. One think that I like about Moyes is that he doesn't just look at the obvious reinforcements. He is surely not a spender but likes to do a good bargain. If a player is to expensive he walks away and move down the list. Over the years that list has proven to be a good one. I think Steven Pienaar was a class signing and hopefully Moyes will find something alike if Manny stays with Valencia. The press keeps naming players like Hunt, Downing...who knows maybe one of those will sign, but I think Moyes has something else in his mind. He is starting to look more into Europe and I for one expect him to sign a player from abroad â?? the Pienaar deal must have opened his eyes for all the talented players out there. That player could be Kim KallstrÃ¶m, Tranquillo Bernetta, Gaby Mundingayi, Pablo Aimar...just to mention a few from different leagues around Europe...All players we haven't been linked, but has potential....So many players could turn out great if coached and taught under the Moyes reign. That is one of our biggest assets right now - look at Arteta, The Yak, Lescott, Cahill, Osman...
All we can do is wait and see. If Moyes brings in a top midfielder and maybe a squad player like Vogel or even better Van Buyten then I am sure evertonians will look back at this season with a smile on their faces. The reason is quite simple ? we have a very strong team/squad who is hungry for success.
Good luck, Oldham! Now bring on Chelsea and get that special player signing before the end of the transfer window. Hopefully the money is still there...? Come on, Billy ? open the safe!
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1 Posted 07/01/2008 at 19:56:58
2 Posted 07/01/2008 at 20:38:46
On the subject of the ANC, although its shit timing for the premiership we did al know about it. I think had we not had the injuries and suspensions we might have been able to cope with the loss of 3 players albeit important players as it is only going to be for about 5 weeks (although we do play some very big games in that time). Pienaar should be back for the Reading game as I cant se South Africa getting past the group stages however, Nigeria coud go on and win it meaning we only get Yobo and Yak back for the 2nd leg of the UEFA cup game. Heres hoping (form a selfish EFC perspective) that Nigeria get no further than the Q finals, losing to probably Ghana who are favourites.
And yes, if you were wondering, I have been off work today leaving me time to study the permiatations.
3 Posted 07/01/2008 at 20:55:29
4 Posted 07/01/2008 at 22:32:45
Even Cech is showing erratic signs lately.
We can only hope that their nerves get the better of them.
5 Posted 07/01/2008 at 23:15:12
Also, remember Bremen home and he tried the diamond 4 in the middle? I thught it was crap then and I think irts crap now sp hopefulyl he doesnt do that... Neville on the right of midfield good grief.
Talking of Neville - very good right back, crap midfielder.
If i was picking the team id go
BACK 4: Nev-Joey-Jags-Joleon
MID 5 : AJ-Cars-Cahill-Grav-Faddy
Graveson is way past it, but either Graveson or Hibbert simply has too play. Of course, he wont play this team haha.
6 Posted 08/01/2008 at 11:33:49
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