I?m not going to slag my team off. I?m really disappointed with our form in the last month and a half, but we have had a great season and for the first few months we played teams off the park. Some of our play was the best I have ever seen from an Everton side.
I think it?s a sign of how far we have come that we are pissed at not nailing 4th place and getting knocked out of Europe. A few seasons ago I wouldn?t have given us a chance of being in Europe or playing for 4th place. I think we have some real class in our squad, and we some good young players coming through to back up the big names, BUT, we have got to get rid of the deadwood in our team. Carsley, Neville, Hibbert? and I know a lot of you we disagree, but also Johnson has got to go.
They are not world class, they are not even top flight players any more. We need to bring in 4 or 5 top players, no shite to sit on the bench (why does Davey never use his subs, he makes the big players work for the full 90 minutes and hardly ever brings on fresh legs?), but class players who can turn a game.
I know this is early to talk about transfers, but I think our season is pretty much over. No way we will get 4th, be lucky to get 5th with our run-in and current form, so lets start getting ready for next season and build a team around the Yak, Cahill, Pienaar and Lescott etc, players who have talent. But please lose the dead-weight we have! I want to see us play with some quality in our team not Carsley and Neville doing fuck all and boring the shite out of me. They have had their time and we have to move on? and next season is our time to really get up there and break into that top 4? and stay there.
Yes, I know Johnson works hard, he really works the channels etc etc, BUT HE CAN?T SCORE FOR SHIT. We need a 20 goal a season striker to play with the Yak.
Yes, I know Carsley has been great for the last couple of seasons, BUT HIS LEGS HAVE GONE AND HE CAN?T FUCKING PASS.
Yes, I know Neville has played at the highest level? 5 YEARS AGO, NOW HE IS JUST SHITE, simple as.
Yes, I know Hibbert can tackle, BUT HE CAN?T FUCKIN PASS AND HE JUST HOOF?S THE BALL LONG EVERY BLOODY TIME.
Bring in some fresh players so at this time next season, we don?t draw against shite like Birmingham and lose to crap like Fulham.
James Elliott, Posted 12/04/2008 at 17:14:29
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1 Posted 12/04/2008 at 19:39:48
I was saying last year that Johnson ain?t gonna score the goals, of his 10 this year, one off his elbow another off his belly. £8.5 million, he had a clear shot on goal today that barely had the legs to reach their keeper.
And Yes, Carsley is a liability, can?t pass, and nearly gets sent off every match. I felt sorry for Lescott, Howard, Fernades and Yak today, as they all tried - but it?s difficult when you are surrounded by shit!
What do we always say- "Feed the Yak" will someone please feed him, all it takes is an accurate pass!!!
2 Posted 12/04/2008 at 20:08:01
Is it just me or does Yakubu look half the player he has been this season at the moment?!
3 Posted 12/04/2008 at 19:50:14
AJ plays off the shoulder of the last man and if we had any quality in the midfield he would getting balls played in behind the defenders ?TOWARD goal ? not the fucking corner flags. If he isn't running his bollocks off down the channels for the team, he is having to compete with 6?3 defenders for mindless hoofs into the air.
This season he has been injured and he has also been selected to play in 4-5-1 formations, so he has his back to goal and chases lost causes. Cahill benefits from this ? Johnson does not. We play 4-5-1 because our midfielders cannot compete in a 4-4-2 against most of the teams in the Prem. When we do try to play 442, the likes of Derby County comfortably out-pass us.
The defence is sound, Johnson and the Yak up front are one of the best pairings in the Prem. The problem is the midfield ? always has been. If we get some decent creativity in the middle next year, Johnson will do the business for us. Until we can get some players with pace, power and quality in the midfield, the strikers will always feed off scraps.
4 Posted 12/04/2008 at 20:22:08
Losing out on 4th and a possible Uefa Cup quarter-final place have been very disappointing but if the players aren?t careful then they could loose out on European football completely next season.
So far it's been a great season with a somewhat disappointing ending; let's hope the players pull themselves together and avoid a truely awful ending by holding on to a European place.
5 Posted 12/04/2008 at 20:58:09
6 Posted 12/04/2008 at 21:01:36
7 Posted 12/04/2008 at 21:02:18
Fck off sellin AJ, he?s one of the best players we?ve seen. Yeah, I might agree with Crsley and Nville but they are good for the rest of the team. Sell AVDM and Manny as they have done fuck all and we can use their wages to pay for other players. FFS get a reality check we are fuckin 5TH!!!!!!!!!!
8 Posted 12/04/2008 at 21:19:47
9 Posted 12/04/2008 at 23:27:53
10 Posted 13/04/2008 at 03:02:40
Let’s bring in Ronaldinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and friends next season. Nil satis nisi optimum
11 Posted 13/04/2008 at 04:01:09
PRO : He Scores, he’s rock solid, whether a jumping header defence or offence.
CON : Fair amount of hoofball in recent times when he should keep it down.
Yakubu 9.4 (KEEP HIM)
PRO : Strong, quick and able to ALMOST put away anything this season!
CON : Failing to put the ball away in late part of season, and falling over.
Pienaar 9.3 (SIGN HIM!)
PRO : Our new playmaker this season. Able to work the flanks and set up our strikers.
CON : Injuries, of late, but can’t blame him. Also falls down a little too easily.
Jagielka 8.5 (KEEP HIM)
PRO : Able to get to the ball when it counts, and stop the goal chances.
CON : Not best up forward, or any other position. Stop hoofing it too!
Howard 8.4 (KEEP HIM)
PRO : Solitary figure sometimes in games, and a saviour of the match on several occasions.
CON : The typical keeper hoof, which ends up 20% of the time in the other keepers hands.
Fernandes 8.3 (SIGN HIM)
PRO : Slow start to season 2, but showing signs of his greatness, needs more time.
CON : Has great passing, but tends to play on the ball too long and lose it, will improve.
Baines 8.2 (KEEP HIM)
PRO : Fantastic down the left, great speed and skill. Hasn’t had enough game time.
CON : Not too many to speak of, our left side USUALLY keeps possession of the ball!
Yobo 8.1 (KEEP HIM)
PRO : Still a top player at Everton, and still regarded as one of our top centre backs.
CON : No longer at his best, but fairly decent. Not really that many bad things to say.
Cahill 8.0 (KEEP HIM)
PRO : Injuries aside, his speed, position and jumping kicking skills are top of the line.
CON : Lack of ability to play in any other formation on many occassions, but still top class!
Johnson 7.9 (KEEP HIM)
PRO : Insane speed, and ability to be there at the right place at the right time.
CON : His recent positioning, mainly down to the balls that are hoofed to him.
Arteta 7.8 (KEEP HIM)
PRO : He’s more of a leader I believe than Neville, and his old form was great.
CON : His injuries or whatever have turned his season into a nightmare.. hopefully fixes!
Osman 7.7 (POSSIBLY KEEP)
PRO : Great little goal scorer. Has recently impressed and improved his rating!
CON : Just hasn’t shined for long enough, only comes out of the woodwork now and then..
Carsley 7.5 (POSSIBLY KEEP)
PRO : Great stopper. And whenever you need that header out of the penalty box he’s there.
CON : Takes too many long range shots, fairly ineffective. Should play the passes.
Hibbert 7.3 (KEEP OR REPLACE)
PRO : Sliding tackles are extremely good, and has the legs and ability to defend.
CON : His offensive side, or what is lacking of his ability to play with the team.
Valente 7.1 (POSSIBLY KEEP)
PRO : Does a decent job of the left back position, but is second string to others.
CON : Hadn’t been all that fit of late, hasn’t had the games to excell with.
Anichebe 6.8 (POSSIBLY KEEP)
PRO : Great speed, agility and strength, and crucial knack of getting around defenders.
CON : His ability to leave all these traits out of his Premier League game.
Neville 6.6 (KEEP OR REPLACE)
PRO : Great captain, great thinking, probably one of our best right backs.
CON : His ball skills, his crosses, his passes. Has perhaps a great mind, needs footwork!
12 Posted 13/04/2008 at 06:36:20
13 Posted 13/04/2008 at 11:28:58
If Johnson plays off the shoulder of the last man as you suggest please can you explain why he spends most of his time running into the backs of them??
14 Posted 13/04/2008 at 13:10:35
Yesterday, one incident summed it up perfectly - Jags passed the ball to Carsley, who was in about 15 yds of space, and Carsley immediately passed it straight back to Jags ? Carsley always plays the way he is facing and has got no awareness of who is around him (or not around him). Then Carsley has a go at Jags for passing to him. The game carried on but even a couple of minutes later, when they were close to each other, they were still obviously arguing about it. Needless to say, Jags was right!
As for Neville in midfield, well if he has one of the most successful pass rates, then it shows that you can prove anything with stats. Don?t get me wrong, I don?t think we have much choice of who we play in midfield ? Gravesen obviously hasn?t got the legs (otherwise he would be playing), although he did play the only quality pass that we did all day.
I just think it would have been better spending the £6m that Baines cost on getting a half decent midfield player. I am not completely convinced about Baines ? too often he gets beaten. Quite often it seems like a lucky ricochet that takes the forward past him, but it happens so often. Also his height is a bit worrying, especially with the other midgets that inhabit out team. People have a go at Hibbert, but defensively Hibbert is sound. Yes his distribution is perhaps suspect (okay it?s shit), but often there is a lack of options available. That?s why the big hoof is so prevalent.
Anyway must order my season ticket for next season, whilst it is still only half the cost of last season. Roll on the deal of the century, I?ll be so much richer and won?t have to watch a team concede 11 corners and win just one (MOD stats ? it seemed worse than that!).