Now, since each striker we have at our disposal is in decent form, I have been puzzling to see who our best striker is:
Yakubu - Has the best goal scoring ability, incredible strength, brilliant finishing... but work rate is sometimes questionable.
Andy Johnson - Has undoubted class in him considering he's in the England squad consistently. Incredible work-rate, extradonairy pace but don't think he's scored enough for us this season.
James McFadden - The most inconsistent of the lot... but on his day, he is absolutely lethal, look at the Metalist game, his amazing goal at Charlton and does it consistently for Scotland. But again.. inconsistent.. doesn't show his great form often enough.
Victor Anichebe - the "New Drogba" apparently, according to the newspapers. His strength is phenonemal, and his all round play is impressive. Has tremendous potential.
James Vaughan - Quite similar to Victor except much quicker. Can't think of any weaknesses of him except maybe inexperience.. which will definitely dissappear in the future. Potential very, very good indeed.
Now, an overview of all the strikers. Maybe they were slightly inaccurate.. but that's my opinion of them. If I had to choose now.. it would probably be Vaughan.. just because his all round play is better than the other four.
Ben Jones, Posted 12/11/2007 at 22:48:06
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1 Posted 13/11/2007 at 04:04:22
Faddy is inconsistent to start with. He can score wonder goals like the one against Charlton last season and Fulham. But when he starts games, he goes missing especially against the so called "big" sides.
The Yak? Well, he can score goals but he needs to improve on his work rate. He is a good player and I think when he settle down a bit more with Everton style of play, he can become a great player for us.
AJ? Well his work rate is exceptional and he can score goals. What else can I say? Except that our midfield needs to supply the ammo for him to score.
2 Posted 13/11/2007 at 04:35:08
3 Posted 13/11/2007 at 05:26:41
Vic and Vaughan have still got an awful lot to prove. Have been impressed with some of Vic’s finishing of late, markedly improved in the last few months. Still have my doubts over his all round ability. Although he does cause a lot of problems to the opposition, up until the last few games he was as likely to stand on the ball as to get a shot in.
Vaughan, massive potential, too many injuries, not enough games.... if he is to develop into the player we all hope and believe he can be, he needs to play and soon, at such an important stage in his development.
Faddy - what can you say? Will he ever be a 90 minute player for Everton? Can he put a little consistency in his game? Can we afford a McFadden with the other 10 on the pitch covering for his weaknesses, for a momemnt of magic to score/create a goal? Who knows? Will we ever really know?
Yak is still to prove his worth. Again marked improvement in the last month, unsurprisingly coinciding with a return to form of the team. I reckon that when things are good, he’ll bang em in but I can see him going missing when the whole team needs to put a shift in.
So in summary? No idea who is the best... Yak, AJ and Faddy can’t be compared to each other. While Vic and Vaughan still have a lot to do, to call themselves proven class. But what I do know is that we have a nice array of attacking options. Hopefully, this is going to be a long, hard season of cup runs, a push for Europe and maybe even a shiny trophy if we’re lucky, in which all 5 of our strikers will play a significant role.
4 Posted 13/11/2007 at 08:18:52
Ben Jones, you mention Yakubu’s strength and finishing but I have been impressed with his touch, hold up play, vision and skill. Technically he is probably our best striker. Yes there’s Mcfadden who is also good in that department but he suffer from a severe lack of inconsistency. Yakubu also can finish and has decent pace and power.
Andy Johnson is far from our best striker. I would go as far as to say he would be third choice in my eyes. He gets top marks for energy and work rate but for me his touch, technique and finishing are championship level. He has all that pace and still cant go past a defender whereas slower players like Mcfadden, Anichebe and Yakubu can. People talk about chances created for him but when you look at the stats he actually has had a lot of efforts on goal yet has scored 1 in 8 or 9 games this season. In the games Vaughan and Johnson where paired last season Vaughan like the more accomplished striker. He scored more goals and generally offered us more. He has AJ’s pace but he also has strength, aggression and aerial ability. Johnson for me hasn’t been a consistent goalscorer since his honeymoon period and 13 goals in 43 games isn’t brilliant. Dont get me wrong I like the lad but I see more potential in the Vaughan and Yakubu partnership.
Anichebe is still raw but is improving all the time. I dont personally see a future for Mcfadden at Everton. He just hasn’t shown his talent on a regular basis. He had a great game when we beat Boro 2-0 and then against Newcastle he was awful. He’ll be gone either by January or next season.
Yakubu followed by Vaughan for me.
5 Posted 13/11/2007 at 09:14:30
The rest are all close though, although ALL the strikers AJ included have something to prove:
Anichebe - That he can be consistent and a threat from kick off
Yakubu - That he can contribute more when not scoring
Vaughan - That he can avoid niggling injury
AJ - That he can find his shooting boots again
MacFadden - That he can be consistent and not over-elaborate
The really brilliant thing is that they all offer something different (raw power/awareness/pace and finishing/dogged pace and skill respectively) and provide options for Moyes at kick off or from the bench.
The even more encouraging thing is that whereas other clubs have players that resent being on the bench, I genuinely think that due to their differing skills, their need to prove something and our awesome club spirit we’ll be able to keep them all happy in a rotating squad for the next few years at least (until Anichebe/Vaughan become v.established).
Now if we could only add another two/three midfielders in January to create similar competition/cover in the centre (I’m thinking a sound left-winger in - with shandy out -, someone strong in the centre who can hold ball and pick a pass and cover for Carsley in defensive mid) we’ll have a genuinely brilliant squad.
6 Posted 13/11/2007 at 09:26:27
7 Posted 13/11/2007 at 09:25:46
Personally , I am not sure where McFadden will fit in , I think he might be off to Scotland in the near future !
I also think it will be interesting to see how these 4 good strikers fit in when they are all fit , as Cahill seems to play best with one striker up front. And I can?t see Moyes dropping Tim.
8 Posted 13/11/2007 at 09:51:48
However, the other 4 all have something good to offer and isn’t it great we have them?! What is really pleasing is that they all work hard and don’t grumble if they are dropped, just concentrate on getting back in the team. We’ll need every one of them this season if we are to win anything, just like we have needed Valente in the last couple of tough away games.
Makes you realise we didn’t really need David Nugent and although he’s one of us and desperately wanted to play for Efc, Moyes head ruled his heart and so far it seems the right decision.
9 Posted 13/11/2007 at 11:01:13
10 Posted 13/11/2007 at 11:36:41
11 Posted 13/11/2007 at 13:11:03
My ratings out of 100
1. Vaughan 90
2. Yakubu 85
3. Johnson 82
4. Anichebe 80
5. McFadden 75
12 Posted 13/11/2007 at 13:27:48
Yakubu’s record is better than all of them but i would only put him at c65% the ’real deal’. Johnson’s return is modest in the extreme and as a goalscorer merits c40%.Faddy only really turns it on for Scotland and would merit anout 25% whilst the other two are kids who may or may not make it.
13 Posted 13/11/2007 at 13:33:47
Lone Striker long ball - Anichebe
Playing off a target man - McFadden, Vaughan.
Long Ball channels - AJ
All very good strikers with potential, none are the finished article.
1. The Yak
4. AJ and The Yak
14 Posted 13/11/2007 at 13:52:33
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?
15 Posted 13/11/2007 at 14:09:30
Mc Fadden has scored a few good goals-mostly for Scotland-but is usually crap whilst the other two have the POTENTIAL to be the real deal.
Cahill is our deadliest finisher,bar none!
16 Posted 13/11/2007 at 14:34:43
17 Posted 13/11/2007 at 14:48:04
18 Posted 13/11/2007 at 15:03:37
19 Posted 13/11/2007 at 16:21:09
20 Posted 13/11/2007 at 21:32:45
21 Posted 14/11/2007 at 05:44:53
We know he’s a decent striker, but at the start of the season he hit a patch of low confidence, which very unsurprisingly coincided with the team playing awful football.
I’m sure that if we’re still playing the same style of football, when he returns, as we are now he’ll be far more prolific. Dixie Dean would have struggled to score in the pre-Derby team this season.
I wait to see you doubters all proved wrong.
22 Posted 14/11/2007 at 12:50:36