If one thing can hold back Everton from becoming a real force in the land it`s sentimentality. The news that Carsley is to be offered yet another one year deal says it all for me.
Worthy servant though the little man has been, he ? like Gravesen ? is well past his sell-by date and should soon be moved on.
Can you imagine one of the Big Boys re-signing such a limited player? Of course not, but Moyes has a soft spot for bald headed old `uns and just can`t pull the plug.
At a time when he should be moving us on with a dynamic midfield signing he clings to the past. What's the betting AJ will still be running up dead ends in 2015?
Brian Noble, Posted 21/02/2008 at 17:59:04
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1 Posted 21/02/2008 at 19:09:38
I do agree though that we need to find a class replacement this Summer assuming we can afford it.
2 Posted 21/02/2008 at 19:12:18
Comparing him to Gravesen is an extremely lazy comment, theyre both bald, there the similarity ends.
3 Posted 21/02/2008 at 19:19:19
4 Posted 21/02/2008 at 19:23:02
5 Posted 21/02/2008 at 20:06:44
6 Posted 21/02/2008 at 21:48:42
7 Posted 21/02/2008 at 22:17:13
8 Posted 21/02/2008 at 22:28:33
Cars has been brilliantly consistent for us over the last few seasons and is exactly the sort of player that can play on till their late 30s so could easily have another couple of years in him yet.
Naturally we’re going to need to find a replacement in the next season or two, but we haven’t got them yet so it’s only common sense to keep the existing player on until we find someone new to ease into the squad.
As the boys across the park show every year, even pricey signings take an age to settle.
Then there’s the whole idea about having a squad in the first place, you know with cover for different positions.
Finally, there’s a difference between sentimentality and loyalty and Moyes strong but fair attitude to the players is helping to build what surely must be one of the best examples of genuine team spirit in the league.
9 Posted 21/02/2008 at 22:53:10
As long as Lee keeps playing like he is now, it would be foolish to let him go.
10 Posted 21/02/2008 at 23:16:54
He is a useful and hard working player but his limitations are very obvious when we play against the top teams.
He was very ordinary against Chelsea in the League cup and was definitely one of our weak links. If we want to challenge the best teams in the Premier League on an even footing then we need better players than him in our starting eleven.
11 Posted 21/02/2008 at 23:25:03
12 Posted 22/02/2008 at 00:21:02
13 Posted 22/02/2008 at 00:30:50
Until we have a genuine replacement (and even when we do) then he has to be retained. He has been superb for us this year and such performances must be reward or what signal would we be sending?
14 Posted 22/02/2008 at 00:35:54
He was everywhere picking up the ball spraying SIMPLE ACCURATE passes around the pitch.
Legs gone? You?re having a laugh.
Who did Moyes talk to consistently once he was subbed. Lee is a consummate pro ? end of!!
15 Posted 22/02/2008 at 01:19:45
16 Posted 22/02/2008 at 03:38:52
Own up.............that posting was really set for April 1st !
Everybody has the right to be wrong sometimes, even very wrong but you have truly abused that right here!
17 Posted 22/02/2008 at 04:55:09
One of the key tasks of football management is fostering, and maintaining, a great team spirit. What sort of message does it send the rest of the squad, and indeed the fans, if we ’cash-in’ on our best players, and ’let-go’ players who are performing well but are simply getting old? Do we not reward good performances and effort? David Moyes is working hard to keep the current squad happy, and selling off bits of the squad willy-nilly would completely destroy that. Why do some fans insist on discussing players we should let go, when we’re doing so well? The mind boggles...
18 Posted 22/02/2008 at 09:15:42
19 Posted 22/02/2008 at 09:15:38
20 Posted 22/02/2008 at 10:06:34
Also I suggest you watch AJs performance from last night and see how many dead ends he ran into. Rubbish.
21 Posted 22/02/2008 at 10:12:44
22 Posted 22/02/2008 at 12:19:58
I think that berth might be being saved for young Rodwell? One more year out of Carsley - teach Jack the ropes etc.
I?m happy to wait and see
23 Posted 22/02/2008 at 13:18:11
Carsley is excellent in his role and deserves a new contract, regardless of age, although I do agree ideally we will bring someone younger in to replace him, but we’ve got a thin enough squad as it is.
24 Posted 22/02/2008 at 13:40:31
It seems to me that if he has a bad game, then because of his age he is "past it" whilst other younger players may have a bad game and it’s just put down to a "bad day at the office".
Most suceesful teams are a blend of youth and experience, I suggest Brian that you take a look at the ages of some of Man Utd’s squad.They have several players that are over 30. I don’t think Moyes would offer a contract out of sentiment.
Basically I think your comments are criticism just for the sake of it - my Dad used to have a season ticket next to a bloke a bit like you Brian. This guy didn’t like Bob Latchford - he went to the match at QPR in ’77 when we won 5-1 and big Bob got 4 goals. My Dad asked him if Latchford had played well - he replied " he scored 4 but he should have scored 10 !!!" There is just no pleasing some people is there.I dread to think what you would have moaned about if we had lost to Brann.
Presumably though Brian you think we should replace Howard because he conceded a goal !!! Get real please - we are doing well and Carsley is playing his part.