I do honestly believe that this young man has all the attributes to become an outstanding player. He is already blessed with pace, athleticism, the necessary degrees of aggression and physical strength together with a developing ability in the air although as yet the attacking element of this in the box is perhaps the weaker aspect, and he has the ability to finish. All these attributes at present are, of course, in the "not yet the finished article" category and yet I feel that the only way they can become so is by him playing more consistently.
This also raises the very real dilemma faced by the manager in that he is in the fortunate position of being able to select from four different strikers each with their good qualities and obviously their limitations. What concerns me, however, is that James is reaching that age and stage in his career when sitting on the bench week-in and week-out will not satisfy the understandable desire to progress. I know it is a real problem for the manager and I sympathise with his dilemma, but I do so hope that we do not lose James if he decides that pastures new will give him the opportunities he may feel are not coming his way at Everton.
Clearly Yakubu brings his qualities, finishing ability, strength, and no little technical skill etc. Johnson brings his pace and unflagging commitment to a team effort but I do genuinely feel that the constant chasing balls down in the channels as he is called upon to do so often is taking its toll on that often instinctive feel for the six-yard box opportunity that forwards maintain only through being in there more often! This is something that he is not able to do consistently in the present style of play.
Anichibe also brings his physical presence to his role and with experience may develop the abilities to apply that to the various arts required of the striker.
Notwithstanding Victor's role and performances in the Uefa Cup games, I just feel that, of the four strikers, the one with the deepest pool of overall abilities and potential for the future well-being of the team is the one at present being denied those opportunities to let them develop and flourish. I do not know what the manager's view of this is of course, and I do not know if my fear of losing him is unfounded. Nor do I know how we might resolve my desire to see James included more frequently in the team. I just wonder how other Evertonians feel about this and, if they think he SHOULD be in the side, how do we accommodate him?
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1 Posted 14/02/2008 at 21:12:10
However ’in Moyes we trust’, and although if I was the Everton manager, I would probably play Vaughan and the Yak up front together, we must trust Moyes to do the right thing.
I think that there are two problems with Vaughan which maybe the reason why Moyes is not playing him.
1. His injury record, and that Moyes is being ultra careful so that he doesn’t break down again.
2. The Rooney factor. Moyes doesn’t want to unearth another teenage striking sensation just to see him tempted away again before he has really started.
Whatever the reason, unfortunately we can’t do much about it. If he doesn’t play, he might want to leave to get regular first team football, or if he does play, you may get a ’big’ club come in with an offer and turn Vaughan’s head.
All we can hope is that he is a true blue and just wants to play for the club and appreciates the opportunity that the club has given him and he wants to repay it, and that he does fulfil his potential that we know he can.
2 Posted 14/02/2008 at 21:19:50
I was a bit shocked to see Victor come on last night ahead of Vaughan. And to judge by his body language Vaughan was none too chuffed either. This guy, in my humble opinion, is an England player in the making. He looks like he has that something which no amount of coaching can produce; a natural football talent and brain, a bit like Linekar.
3 Posted 14/02/2008 at 21:45:47
Remember, before the severed artery last season, he was beginning to get a consistent run in the side. With Yakubu, he obviously moves down the pecking order a touch. But he’s still our 3rd striker. Not bad for a 19 year old at a top 4 club.
He’s getting more game time as the season moves on, and he will be fine. Just have some patience with the lad.
4 Posted 14/02/2008 at 22:17:16
5 Posted 14/02/2008 at 22:10:48
Moyes has probably told Vaughan to give Everton another 2 or 3 years at the very least.
Right now Everton are building two squads. One in their mid 20’s Cahill, Arteta, Pienaar, Yak, Johnson. The other group a lot younger Gosling, Fernandes, Vaughan, Anichebe, Ruddy. The younger group will come through together so I’m sure everyone can see the bigger picture at Everton.
6 Posted 14/02/2008 at 22:15:10
In terms of potential then he’s got enough to be better than Johnson and Anichebe and possibly Yakubu is he flourishes properly. He is quick, aggressive in a good way and excellent in the air despite being of only average height. If he can work on his touch and technical ability then we’ve got a good striker on our hands. There’s no rush though. He’s got alot of time to develop and if he keeps impressing every time he comes on which he has done of late then he’ll have every chance of making it.
He won’t want to leave. I’ve met the lad in person aswell as Victor and both seem hungry to make it at this club. He’s very thankful that we kept with him through the dark days when he thought he was going to have to retire. Belive me he has the right sort of attitude to make it at Everton and I think we see that on the pitch aswell with his whole hearted style of play almost reminiscent of Andy Gray.
I think next season will be where we really see the real Jimmy Vaughan. A good pre-season under his belt will be excellent for him. You do have to take into account that he actually hasn’t had a proper pre-season before with the first team squad due to injuries. Get him at full strength and there’s every chance he could be starting next season.
7 Posted 14/02/2008 at 22:46:25
If Moyes gave im a run in the side like he has given to Johnson(shite) he’d deffo bang more in than Yakubu.
Vaughan is a cracker!!
8 Posted 14/02/2008 at 23:23:39
9 Posted 15/02/2008 at 00:49:30
10 Posted 15/02/2008 at 01:49:02
But, I do personally think another reason why he was not being used yesterday was to give Brann some element of surprise. I am saying this because, I believe that Brann will be watching us play especially our last game against Reading. They might expect the same tactics being used, but viola, its Vic who came and scored! Classic!
11 Posted 15/02/2008 at 02:02:00
12 Posted 15/02/2008 at 03:02:42
13 Posted 15/02/2008 at 03:11:17
14 Posted 15/02/2008 at 07:39:32
Our young strikers are the ones that need to make the decisions.
Do they hang on with EFC and develop with the club, hopefully winning things along the way even if it means they are not first choice team players?
Or do they move to a so called better team and end up sitting on the bench, because if they are not going to be first choice for us why would they be first choice for a "better" team?
Or do they move to a worse team just to get first team football?
Football has changed significantly over the past few years and I do not think that there are many players who actually expect to be first choice week-in, week-out.
Basically, stop worrying as they will be going nowhere. Leave it to Moyes to handle them, he?s doing a good job so far.
15 Posted 15/02/2008 at 10:09:13
I think DM is handling the young lads brilliantly and JV is not the type to spit out his dummy and think himself bigger than the club.
The future is very bright... it's Blue!
16 Posted 15/02/2008 at 10:32:09
17 Posted 15/02/2008 at 10:59:57
He basically said that Vaughn and Anichebe were given opportunities to impress while Yakubu was away on AFCON duty but neither seized their chance and Vaughn showed in the Oldham game that he wasn’t ready to start.
I’m sure Moyes will give him other opportunities in the near future but we’re in the fortunate position of having four good strikers in the squad and each one has to show enough in training or matches to warrant selection.
I’d like to see Vaughn get a run in the side as well but let’s trust Moyes to know when that should happen.
18 Posted 15/02/2008 at 11:08:46
19 Posted 15/02/2008 at 11:37:07
He did start one game not too long ago against Oldham and was garbage actually. Moyes is right in how he is using the both of the young lads but its up to them to seize the chance when it arrives and this season they lacked a little when they were given a starting chance.
20 Posted 15/02/2008 at 12:07:36
21 Posted 15/02/2008 at 12:25:37
He?s not as athletic as some and because he?s young, playing him week in week out with his injury proneness will only serve to burn the lad out. Look at Owen now - and turn the clock back 10 years.
The reason Vaughan is deployed from the bench is because at the moment he hasn?t got the stamina to last 90 minutes, and is best used against tired defenders because of his pace and aggression. Once he gets a consistent injury-free period his stamina will improve and he?ll be able to go the distance. I think a lot of people are now piling too much expectation on Vaughan and Anichebe because they?re 19 and Rooney was a first-team regular at 17. You only get one Rooney every 20 years, so to expect one so soon is extremely unfair on the kids.
I?ve trusted Moyes with his usage of JV and VA so far so I see no reason to stop trusting him now. He?s one for the future, not the present.
22 Posted 15/02/2008 at 13:27:08
23 Posted 15/02/2008 at 13:54:50
Has anyone ever seen AJ hit a ball cleanly from distance?
Get rid in the summer West Ham can have him for £9 million and play the 3 strikers as and when required.
ps Let's get a truely great left sided player and melt down Neville for glue ? he is truely crap!
24 Posted 15/02/2008 at 15:11:18
With reference to Stephen?s comment about him looking tired after 25 minutes, he?s only been getting occaisional sub appearances of 10-15 minutes so it?s impossible for him to be match fit. Get him on!
25 Posted 15/02/2008 at 15:07:34
26 Posted 15/02/2008 at 16:23:03
27 Posted 15/02/2008 at 16:52:13
28 Posted 15/02/2008 at 17:43:23
29 Posted 15/02/2008 at 17:29:30
30 Posted 15/02/2008 at 17:15:00
31 Posted 15/02/2008 at 20:22:08
32 Posted 15/02/2008 at 21:41:33
33 Posted 16/02/2008 at 04:15:54
I would personally class JV as second striker ahead of AJ as I rate JV very highly.
34 Posted 16/02/2008 at 10:49:51
Hes quality as he showed last season and he know s how to finish but a bit of experience ha your laughin then JV and VA!
35 Posted 16/02/2008 at 12:32:27
I think VA and JV are both brilliant , both better than Johnson and should both be playing more. Cahill and Johnson should not play up front when you have VA or JV available.
36 Posted 16/02/2008 at 15:06:37
37 Posted 16/02/2008 at 23:42:01
I too have met the lad and off the pitch; he seems extremely grounded and a credit to those around him if not mostly to himself. I do get worried when I see him take off like a greyhound and I think he needs to work on decision-making in that should he or shouldn't he beat the defender or pass. 9 times out of 10 he will beat the defender but then the only way some of them can cope against his pace is to chop him which brings out a little of over-agression.
I'd say in 2 years max, this young man will be one of the best strikers our great club has seen since Gary Lineker and if Big Vic stays too, I would say it'll be like Lineker/Sharp or even Cole/Yorke.
I do hope that the start of this article doesn't bode for the future, because I think we have the makings of a good old-fashioned title-contending squad in the next few years. That wil attract the investment. Goodison will be redeveloped and we can all still stand in the Lower Bullens to get our Chang and hot-dogs while watching the screens to see the red shite get hammered!!!
So in conclusion, while Beneathus takes the ship Liverpool beneath the waves towards mid-table mediocrity and the Americans look at who they should've invested in, we can all look back and say our lads have come from the club they've always been! Vaughan for 20 goals next season with Big Vic hitting 15 (in the Champions League!!!)
38 Posted 17/02/2008 at 12:40:06
39 Posted 17/02/2008 at 16:32:47
40 Posted 17/02/2008 at 22:12:24
41 Posted 17/02/2008 at 22:53:08
Vaughn before Anichebe for me.
He must start games in order to develop.
42 Posted 17/02/2008 at 22:59:01
43 Posted 18/02/2008 at 09:11:24
44 Posted 18/02/2008 at 12:03:44
I too feel Jimmy is a top class striker in the making and we need to be careful how this is handled. Problem is, you can?t say Victor doesn?t deserve his chance because that boy works bloody hard and he does the job. I honestly do salavate at the prospect of Jimmy+Vic together in a few years, all the strengths of Yak+AJ, non of the weaknesses.
Let?s face it, AJ is a quality striker and a top team player. However, he is far too unselfish with the ball at times. So many games he?s been clear to go on and have a crack and he?ll hold back and miss the chance, it frustrates the hell out of me because the man has the pace to burn and the quality to finish it off.
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