In a frenzy of newspaper activity bored journalists with no matches to write about have linked us to £18 million pound striker Jo and then write he?s about stolen form us by Man City.
I?m slightly cynical about this. We don?t have a bottomless pit of money to spend this summer. A striker is not our top priority by any means ? in fact we have four decent forwards for a team that often plays only one up front. Therefore spending all of our transfer budget on a player who plays in a position we already have filled would be mad.
Our top targets this summer are a holding midfielder to replace Carsley, a box-to-box player to compliment Arteta, Pienaar etc. and possibly a new right back. Given neither Jo, or for that matter Arshavin, play in any of these positions I won?t be too upset if Man City do ?steal? them from us. And even this seems media hype because City are about to sack their manager and so are they really going to spend almost £30 million on players the new coach might not want?
Moyes did go to watch CSKA but I think it was much more likely he was looking at Dudu than Jo.
Richard Watts, Posted 23/05/2008 at 16:47:26
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What we currently lack is a goalscoring midfielder with pace to frighten opposition defences... indeed, we've been missing that kind of threat since the last Andrei to grace the Goodison turf. It's a pity that Arshavin seems to now be beyond our budget in terms of transfer fee and wages because he looks like he fits the bill.
1 Posted 23/05/2008 at 19:22:35
As for right back forget it - we have Pip and Hibo and are more than well covered with Jag being able to fit there as well
2 Posted 23/05/2008 at 19:29:14
In view of the scorn I have heaped upon other people posting similar items the following is posted with a good deal of trepidation. However it is genuine and I post it to add to the discussion. Readers can make of it what they will.
Four weeks ago I attended a business dinner at a nice London Hotel, I sat next to a young lady who came from Russia and as we made small talk she asked me what my interests were and I said that my leisure time was mainly wrapped up in watching football, (I didn?t mention EFC thinking she would not have heard of them). She raised her eyes and said that she hated football but that one of her best friends from school played professional football for her home town club Zenit. I asked who it was and she replied Andrey Sergeievich. I said I had never heard of him and she said I might know him better as Arshavin ? she went on to say that three English teams had been offering him lots of money to play in England.
She said he wasn?t going to leave Zenit because they had just won the Russian Championship for the first time since 1983 and he wanted to play for the team he had supported all his life in the Champions League, so unless Zenit wanted to sell him he was going to leave in 2009.
I asked which English teams had made him offers but she said she didn?t know only that they were not teams playing in the Champions League, which was another reason for him not moving.
As I said make of it what you will.
3 Posted 23/05/2008 at 19:26:01
4 Posted 23/05/2008 at 20:16:22
5 Posted 23/05/2008 at 20:30:33
I wouldn’t say a rate Arsahvin as highly as alot of Evertonians but I’d like us to sign him. He’s shown me flashes of what he can do and if we can find him a position, get him settled then we could have a good player on our hands.
That position for me will probably be as a striker or more of a second striker. I wouldn’t say he plays in "the hole". He’s not a Zidane, Van der Vaart, Snidjer etc who are actually play in a position between midfield and attack. From what I’ve seen of he plays as a striker and just drifts everywhere. Left, right and centre aswell as linking play and running people. I think he’s more of a Rooney or Tevez in terms of positioning and style of play. Mabye not as robust but definatly as clever and technically gifted.
Even if he doesn’t make it there then he’ll be a useful winger. He’s certainly has a bit of pace and skill about him.
Centre midfield before anything is the key though. I’d like to see us bring 3 in. Fernandes on loan, Diarra and Bradley. All three would improve us in my opinion.
Diarra fits the bill defensively. He’s got the height and stature, he’s physically strong and mobile and puts his foot in. Distribution wise he’s simple yet effective. He’s not going to offer anything going forward but he’ll break up alot of play and he’s certainly not going to stand on the spot like Carsley and not offer himself to the defenders. Could be a good signing in my opinion. Not Patrick Viera but certainly not Sissoko either.
Bradley I feel has the right attributes to make it here. Tenacity and ability is what he has. He may not break into the team right away but he’d get enough games under his belt and would definatly improve us centrally. He can play the attacking midfield role aswell as the defensive midfield role. He has a good mentality and a will to succeed which is also improtant. He reminds me of Cahill in some ways.
Fernandes would be my loanee. I think we all know he has quality its just about him getting fit and confident. He’s also versatile which gives us another option.
Midifield is key.
6 Posted 23/05/2008 at 20:47:49
If we can’t afford this type of player then we over-achieved last year and should think ourselves lucky to be finishing in the top 10.
Message to the board, David Moyes has proved his worth, now it’s time for them to step up and prove themselves...!
7 Posted 23/05/2008 at 21:18:29
8 Posted 23/05/2008 at 21:27:36
9 Posted 23/05/2008 at 21:53:34
10 Posted 23/05/2008 at 22:26:28
11 Posted 23/05/2008 at 22:47:36
Although we desparately need quality additions to the squad it will have to be done in a balanced way.
First priority will be to get one or two Carsley replacements(we were lucky to get so many games out of him).
And I agree with Connor, Diarra and Bradley would seem a great starting point.
Then I believe the right side needs strengthening with either a more mobile and capable RB or a goal scoring winger, Kanchelskis would be great but he?s about 20 years too old now (but you get my drift).
I also cant see Pienaar lasting a whole season so maybe Joe Ledley as left side mid.
And if we really pushed the boat out BUY Fernandes who I think has real star material about him.(Even though I know they?ll end up failing with another loan bid).
12 Posted 23/05/2008 at 23:00:42
13 Posted 23/05/2008 at 23:02:00
14 Posted 24/05/2008 at 00:44:36
15 Posted 23/05/2008 at 19:40:44
16 Posted 24/05/2008 at 07:57:27
As regards Arshavin, I?m most definitely in agreement with those who want him. He?s an outstanding talent. I had deludingly hoped that Moyes would sign him back in January with the McFadden money. I?ll be exceedingly disappointed if we don?t sign him and devastated if someone else does.
As for Dudu, I know very little about him but would welcome some Brazilian flair. Of all the other links; either Cana or Diarra and Joaquin (along with Arshavin and Fernandes of course) would do very nicely.
17 Posted 24/05/2008 at 10:06:10
Dudu?s a holding midfielder Cindy so not exactly full of Brazilian flair - he?s more like Dunga was for Brazil.
The whole Arshavin thing puzzles me somewhat - I work in London and as a result work with lots of Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Man Utd(!) fans. Speaking to them about Arshavin and they have little idea who he is - I can?t help thinking that the only reason he?s on our radar is that we played against Zenit in the Uefa Cup. They all watched the Uefa Cup final but none of them thought that much of him. My suspicion is that had we not played Zenit then we wouldn?t know anything about him either.
I can still see Arshavin staying with Zenit, despite the reports of Advocaat saying he?ll leave. He has a young family, is a Zenit supporter and they?re in the Champions League next year - whats the rush? Financial maybe? Who knows but it makes little sense for me. I like Diarra myself.
18 Posted 24/05/2008 at 10:18:37
19 Posted 24/05/2008 at 10:42:00
DM has a history of buying players not just for their ability, but for their ability to integrate into the existing squad without rocking the boat - do we have room for any Brazilian players who infamously don?t travel well? LIkewise a Russian that's never played abroad? Questions that remain beyond ability I think.
20 Posted 24/05/2008 at 10:40:23
I?m not making things up when I talk about Michael Bradley. I?ve watched him a few times on Setanta Sports for Heerenveen as well as in the Under 20 World Cup for America. Let's just sat I?ve seen him enough.
When I say he?s mentally strong I mean he is a player who is very tenacious, determined, never gives up and always looks like he wants to win. Similar to Cahill in that way. Both players have strong mentalites in my opinion.
I also read an article about him. He overcome a lot of critisism in his youth by supporters who felt he was only in the team because he dad was the coach. He?s proved everyone wrong, got a big move to Heerenveen and is now the best performing American playing on European soil at the moment.
Like I?ve said I comment on players I have watched. Is there a problem with that? Just because I watch a lot of football outside of England doesn?t mean I?m claiming to be Everton's chief scout. I love football and I love watching all types of footballing matches.
21 Posted 24/05/2008 at 10:56:16
ps: Shame he got sent off early when Moyes went to watch him the other week... (still, same happenned when Moyes scouted Faddy but we still bought him).
22 Posted 24/05/2008 at 11:14:54
23 Posted 24/05/2008 at 12:38:53
24 Posted 24/05/2008 at 12:46:34
25 Posted 24/05/2008 at 13:38:57
26 Posted 25/05/2008 at 19:42:52