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Vidarsson Good Enough?

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Now that Bjarni Vidarsson has been called into the full Iceland International squad the question is will he ever make the Everton first team?

Vidarsson is now 19-years-old and has yet to make his Everton debut. The youngster has risen through the Everton youth ranks, impressed at reserve level and even had a decent short loan at Bournemouth but so far the bench is as close as he's got to playing for the first team.

Clearly he has potential and Moyes is very good at giving youngsters a chance but will we ever see Vidarsson in the first team?

Is Vidarsson the midfield player the team clearly needs or just a not-quite-good-enough youngster who will eventually end up in a lower division (like Hughes, Clarke, Chadwick, et al)?
Dutch Schaffaer, London     Posted 13/11/2007 at 21:06:29

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Lars Eidissen
1   Posted 14/11/2007 at 02:48:20

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Moyes judgement on youngsters has usually been spot on - not a single one (of the cheaply sold or give aways) have come back to haunt us, in fact the last Everton player to do so must have been Gavin McCann (not taking into consideration kids we released at 16 or younger).

So I would guess right now he is not the midfield player the team clearly needs, and more likely by the day to get a move to what would then probably be his proper level - the Championship or League One.

Then again, there is the Leon Osman case of making one’s full debut aged 23, so I wouldn’t rule him out entirely before Moyes has moved him on.

I suspect the Icelander’s attitude and training morale (because on his nationality) is spot on, which gives him a better chance of breaking through in his 20s, even though the raw talent might not be up there with the very best.
Mark Pendleton
2   Posted 14/11/2007 at 07:33:06

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Whilst i agree with the example of Osman, his development was hampered by serious injury. I think for a youngster the midfield in the premier league is a difficult position to come in and mix it with the best. Alot of the kids who’ve come in like Johnson at City seem to be the slight but skilfull type. I think we already know that’s not really the type we need right now, we need a bit of pure strength and a good athlete, which more often than not means an african player. Has to be said though, the academy can sure produce strikers!
Dick Fearon
3   Posted 14/11/2007 at 08:50:52

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Is it Barny or Jarny?
Mark Stone
4   Posted 14/11/2007 at 09:12:07

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Ha ha is Bjarni - so a bit of both Dick
Mark Stone
5   Posted 14/11/2007 at 09:13:50

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Moyes was saying last week that he wants a tall midfielder. Bingo!
Terry Maddock
6   Posted 14/11/2007 at 09:53:39

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Da Silva............we stalked him for 18 months..finally get him, then play Phil(the fullback) Neville instead......mystery
Nick Entwistle
7   Posted 14/11/2007 at 10:43:39

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Chadwick was given a good run of games and I thuoght he was sold too quickly... but where is he now??? Gone from Plymouth presumably...
Mick Geoffroy
8   Posted 14/11/2007 at 11:32:11

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according to Wikipedia he?s still there but his stats tell us we were right to get rid.

Luke Brooks
9   Posted 14/11/2007 at 12:49:35

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Watched both Bjarni & Da Silva at Palace pre-season and both are lightweight and won’t cut it in the prem

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