One of the main ways Moyes has achieved this strength-in-depth with his small but growing squad is by signing a number of decent all-round footballers who are versatile and can play in a number of positions; Phil Neville, Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka being the prime examples.
James McFadden is another of these players and while his consistency and ability have often been called into question, he is after all still only 24 years old, maybe 2-4 years away from his prime and can (most importantly for me) provide cover for strikers, in behind the striker/s and on the wing. He may not have been our first choice for some or any of those positions but in my opinion he was a valuable squad player who is still young, still maturing and still improving.
It may seem as though we have been waiting a long time for McFadden to ?come good? but when playing well he has contributed to a number of good results for us; Charlton last season (obviously) and Middlesborough on New Year?s Day spring to mind straight away. If I remember rightly Pienaar and Carsley were our only recognised midfielders available that day.
McFadden has been with us for 4 years, he was signed when he was just 19/20 years old. Leon Osman is now 26 and has become a very valuable and important player to us, but throughout his development it was constantly said by some that he would never be good enough, big enough, strong enough etc.
I for one am sad to see McFadden go, and although the £5-6m will come in handy and represents a good bit of business for player signed for £1.25m who is hungry for the regular first team action we simply cannot promise him, I am sure that we are yet to see the best from James McFadden and am disappointed that we won?t get to see that in an Everton shirt. I trust David Moyes to replace him and improve the squad further but I for one will miss him, often brilliant, often frustrating but always exciting to watch, whether through annoyance or joy.
Good luck at Birmingham lad.
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1 Posted 18/01/2008 at 13:17:23
"... He is the type of player you know you are going to get everything from for the entire 90 minutes of a game. ... When he has come into the (Everton) side, I am not so sure anyone has looked as good as him."
Er, what! Which Everton has he been watching? I know he has to convince his paymasters that their millions have been well spent, but I think he's bigging-up Jamsie rather too much.
I wish McFadden well. He's left us with a couple of good memories, but not much more. Sounds like we got circa treble what we paid for him, good business Mr Moyes!
2 Posted 18/01/2008 at 14:20:23
3 Posted 18/01/2008 at 14:16:38
Brilliant one minute and making awful decisions the next.
Spectacular long range shooting followed by abysmal passes to nobody but the opposition or sideline.
If regular first team football gets the best out of him then Birmingham have a player but more then likely he’ll continue to be inconsistant and struggle to find a permanent position in their side in which case it’ll be a great bit of business by Moyes.
4 Posted 18/01/2008 at 14:38:15
Is this the same player?
Maybe this just highlights the difference between his performances for us and Scotland.
5 Posted 18/01/2008 at 15:01:59
Decision making = poor
Passing = average
Pace = poor
Skill = good, occasionally
goal return = poor
£6m for the above.
Debate over really.
6 Posted 18/01/2008 at 15:13:33
Im sure Anichebe, Yak , AJ or Vaughn would suck playing left midfield also.
Will be depressing if faddy scores against chelsea tomorrow and then we fail to score agaisnt them midweek.
7 Posted 18/01/2008 at 15:34:13
I suppose my original point was, if I had the choice between the £5.75m and James McFadden (given his current ability, the fact that his best years are still to come and can cover in two positions), I’d rather have kept McFadden.
8 Posted 18/01/2008 at 15:50:45
Well done Jimmy Mac, I wish you well.
9 Posted 18/01/2008 at 15:53:17
Witness the comments regarding JM which are regularly aired on here.
I hope he clicks for Brum and leaves the boo boys with egg on their faces !
10 Posted 18/01/2008 at 16:08:10
Good point from Alex too, Carsley is pretty much the only player we don’t have adequate cover for (Neville and Jagielka don’t count yet, if ever) and although he’s been consistently solid this season I feel in a season or two (or three hopefully!) he will need replacing.
11 Posted 18/01/2008 at 16:12:47
Best of luck Jimmy, I’ll give you a cheer when you come back, but onwards and upwards. Come on you Blues.
12 Posted 18/01/2008 at 16:11:57
I think that he was never given a proper run in the side in his favorite position up front, on his day he can change any game and I hope he matures and turns into great player for Brum
Simply of the ROI we get we should respect him and wish him GL
13 Posted 18/01/2008 at 16:22:50
For all us poor sods that have watched his every move in a blue shirt, we know that we?ve just blatantly robbed Birmingham of a lot of money!
As for the player himself...Good luck to him, I genuinely wish him well as I am sure all Evertonians will, but I certainly won?t miss him as a player for us. And if he does a ?Beattie? and goes on to be Birmingham's answer to Ronaldo, then great, but even if he scores 30 goals a season and wins European player of the year, I?ll still be convinced that he was never going to make it with us and that getting rid was a job well done by Moyesy!
14 Posted 18/01/2008 at 17:24:26
Watching him for the past four years, I could count on one hand his "outstanding£ performances (probably on one finger)
People are saying he is still young and is still learning.......the problem is that he is not learnng at all. All the stupid mistakes he made when he first came here, he makes still. His disasterous decision making, his runs into blind alleys, his attempts to try and bum a defender when he hit the ball passed him and ran into his back, his weak shooting (which comes off occassionally).
I wish him well but I don’t think he will do a "Beattie" (Which is no great feat seeing as he is playing in the fizzy drink league) He WILL score goals but we won’t miss the few he does score.
15 Posted 18/01/2008 at 18:33:41
He does have flashes of brilliance, and may go on to become a consistent if not excellent player, but in fairness, the club is attracting a certain kind of player at the moment, and Faddy is perhaps a bit of a luxury right now. I hope, personally, that he is successful. He seems a decent enough bloke, and he’s never been a whiner and complainer, even though he was never first choice here. Good luck Jimmy Mack!
16 Posted 18/01/2008 at 18:46:56
1. His rats tail
2. Being "seen" in the Blue Bar with Will Young???
1 Mcfadden verdict
17 Posted 18/01/2008 at 22:41:41
18 Posted 19/01/2008 at 14:53:27
19 Posted 19/01/2008 at 21:02:22
20 Posted 20/01/2008 at 01:23:52
Now IF this lad was any good maybe he could do it all on his own. But he wasn?t that good. However HE THOUGHT HE WAS, and his stubborness and bullheadedness meant he would never change.
McFadden is one of those players. He is not as good as he thinks he is. He has not changed or improved in all the time he was here.We?ve done a good deal getting rid of the ball hogger.
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