More importantly however, I think that the delay in signings could prove to be a boost for us in a roundabout sort of way: Let's imagine (and pray!) that we do actually sign a couple of decent players:
- I am encouraged by the chatter about M'bia. I almost believe he will come but I won't hold my breath.
- Mouthinio I doubt very much, but I have faith in Moyes in the transfer market and, lack of funds or not, he WILL get some decent players in.
- Love would be an AMAZING signing.
- Smith would be a good signing providing he is no more than £2M.
- And I bet there will be atxleast one "who the hell is he" type of signing who will fit right in.
If we can get a good start to the season against probably quite average opposition (bar Portsmouth), we could give the likes of Gosling, Rodwell and Baxter some excellent experience and over the first five games ? maybe getting a few starting berths for them ? slowly introduce any new signings, keeping the seniors fresh, ease in the new boys (as Moyes like to do anyway), thus keeping the squad fresher for later in the season.
Cahill, Vaughan and Anichebe will be back later on, the staggered introduction of better players to the squad might just help us hang on this time round. Here's hoping.
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1 Posted 10/08/2008 at 14:40:17
2 Posted 10/08/2008 at 15:25:58
3 Posted 10/08/2008 at 15:25:03
However, there are no easy games in this League and if we pick up any more injuries we are in trouble.
Let’s hope that the signings are on their way very soon, although M’Bia being in Beijing means he’ll not be able to play for a couple of weeks.
I’m still hopeful, but we are sailing close to the wind. 4 very good signings, a loan goalie and the 3 youngsters would just about cover the 7 who have left and give us a bit more depth than last season.
4 Posted 10/08/2008 at 15:53:17
5 Posted 10/08/2008 at 16:08:30
Kenwright should walk the plank.
6 Posted 10/08/2008 at 16:05:35
7 Posted 10/08/2008 at 16:11:54
This week will be the longest effing 5 days of our lives me thinks and I just cannot decide whether come Saturday we will be looking back thinking what was the panic about or will we be pissed off, angry supporters with pitch forks at Goodison?!
8 Posted 10/08/2008 at 16:19:27
Or will it be Wagner Love on loan and a fee of £8m in a year’s time? Sounds like an Everton type deal! I can’t help thinking about Eddie Murphy’s Buddy Love in the Nutty Professor whenever I see this player mentioned for some reason! :)
Or Diego Milito?
And is Moutinho going to be prised away from Sporting Lisbon? At £13m it seems unlikely but we hope!
Is M’bia going to get his wish?
And what about Alan Smith? A bargain for £2m, but not if we pay him £60k a week like the Barcodes.
And there’s bound to be a goalkeeper, a defender we are interested in as well.
One other point is that if you look closely any of the Clubs around us have lost players as well as signed them..... Muntari, Mellborg, Keane as aew examples while some chickens appear to be coming home to roost at the Likes of Man City and West Ham.
We’ll just have to see......
9 Posted 10/08/2008 at 16:52:44
This summer, the lack of activity at the club has disgusted me. Who do these people think they are? It is not Kenwright's club, it is OURS. We demand they run Everton the way it should be run, with a bit of class.
Rumours may be just that. But if you want Moutinho, then you have to pay the money. Not just table bids that are basically an insult to Sporting (£13.5m?). We?ve seen it all before. As for the other rumours well, we?ll see.
Finally , surely the £3m aquisition of Alan Smith is a backward step, let?s face it he shite. If he can?t get in the Newcastle side, what do we want him for?
10 Posted 10/08/2008 at 17:03:33
I would like Bent and Moutinho at least to start the season with we can't put all the pressure on Arteta to produce the goods ? what if his stomach flairs up again? Now that Liverpool can only afford £12m for Barry what about a cheeky £13m bid for a laugh? COYB.
11 Posted 10/08/2008 at 17:26:34
We must be the most unprepared club in the league.
I dont know about "No plan B" there’s not even a Plan A.
12 Posted 10/08/2008 at 18:00:10
I have to say, we weren?t that bad yesterday, but I dread to think what would happen to us should the Yak get injured.
They should take all the ?Peoples Club? banners down at Goodison and replace them with ones saying ?No Plan B?, as this seems to be the motto which the club is run by.
How are we going to get 18 players for next Saturday? I can see Hansen et al laughing on MOTD now.
The most worrying thing for me yesterday was Moyes's lack of interest...
13 Posted 10/08/2008 at 18:40:38
The role of Defensive Mid is so important. Sweeping between the midfield and defense and picking up any loose balls. Also it helps our attack as Arteta and Cahill have more of an attacking mindset if they know that someone is there behind them waiting to help out defensively if they?re caught in possession. Arsenal did it with Flamini and Fabregas, Chelsea with Makalele and Lampard and United with Carrick and Nani/Ronaldo.
We will struggle next season and will be lucky to finnish in the top 10. Neville needs to improve his passing along with Hibbert. So for me unless no one is signed next week, we should start with Neville in the "Carsley" role and slowly break Rodwell into it by bringing him on as a sub for the first few games. He?s definitely one for the future, if not the present.
14 Posted 10/08/2008 at 19:33:41
The upcoming EGM could possibly be the platform when David Moyes and Bill Kenwright depart from the club. After all the dust has settled, there will probably be ground sharing with Liverpool and as Bill Shankly said there are 2 teams in the city of Liverpool, Liverpool and Liverpool reserves playing under the name of Everton with Everton paying rent to play there.
15 Posted 10/08/2008 at 20:01:42
Rodwell, Baxter and Gosling are too young, 10 games or so maybe but none of them are of Rooney?s ability, after 10 games with the big boys they?ll be shattered. They should be bled through in pointless Euro games, League cup and early rounds of FA cup with the odd sub appearance when were already winning.
Smith would be a good AJ replacement, hard working, persistent and will do a good job in a number of roles.
Vagner Love is not very good really, at £5, 6 or 7 mil then maybe, however to move to the next level having a Brazilian is not the requirement, having a good player is more necessary. He is over-rated and distinctly average and at a reported £16mil would be a serious error. A BIG NO.
M?Bia I know nothing of, never heard of him 'til we were linked with him, however have heard good things and this type of player is totally necessary. If he?s better than Carsley then we have improved on last season, which is all you can really ask for.
Milito has a good record in 2 very good leagues, and could play that target man role while Yakubu persists on dropping back. Could prove a good strike force.
Moutinho, would be next to Modric and Keane as best summer signings in terms of propelling a team. One thing Everton lacked last season was ability to build attacks from midfield, ability to hold possession in midfield and anyone other than Mikel to pass a ball accurately further than 10 yards. He would change that. It's a long shot, a very long shot but could be the difference between 5/6/7 or 4th, which on its own is worth £20+mil so a fee of £16mil. It is also the sort of signing that would have Lescott, Arteta and Yakubu licking their lips and staying at this club.
Yet we still require a RB sub, Left Winger, GK sub and ideally another centre mid (Fernandes?) to offer competition and give option of rotation.
I just cant see it and expect a season finish of 9th, 8th, or 7th which would be disastrous.
16 Posted 10/08/2008 at 20:46:15
I think we will get players in, I think they will be the players Moyes wants, I think they will improve the team.
I agree the timing isn’t great but with the Euro’s, the Olympics and the DK issue it has meant that it’s been a funny summer all round.
I don’t believe that the teams around us have improved that much. Man City seem to have problems of their own with players being sold without the managers knowledge, Blackburn have gone backwards, Spurs have too many new players and with Berbatov likely to go it’s too much to expect a new strike force and midfield to gel that quickly. I think they will be very good next season. Portsmouth, despite the signing of Crouch don’t look an awful lot better than last year - and Muntari is a big loss for them. Whether Barry leaves Villa or not it’s the end of him as a force for Villa and as for their signings they hardly put the fear of god up anyone.
West Ham, Fulham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Wigan and Boro will be satisfied with mid table and that leaves Bolton, Hull, Stoke and West Brom to have the interesting battle.
Oh and one more thing, no AFCON this season either so that will make a big difference in Jan/Feb.
17 Posted 10/08/2008 at 20:53:31
18 Posted 10/08/2008 at 21:05:43
Moyes might well be playing his poker hand re transfer strategy - ie" poor clubs cant expect to pay too much for players ", but for goodness sake if we want to be a top 4 club at least act like one, in respect of displaying a proud,ambitious club, one of which wont pay over odds and will wait for right player , right price etc - but actually lets its supporters and media know that !
All we have displayed to the world is a club which internally doesnt know what the right and left hands our doing and one of which continually says we are broke..ish.
Onto this season - if we manage to get the promised 4-5 players of quality I can see us challlenging for 4th again and hopefully doing well in Cups , but if we dont get enough players in ,we’ll rely on our defence to get us 7thish but unfortunately deprioritising the cups and exiting asap, to save our meagre squad for the Premiership.
19 Posted 10/08/2008 at 21:53:32
All to be shit this season.
I like us only buying a couple of quality players.
20 Posted 10/08/2008 at 22:09:58
The reason for that is they are now getting a massive squad together, to pull them through a long season.
Sorry to go on about them but I think that they illustrate the gulf bteween us and (I was going to say the top four but it could well be the top eight.)
If we get two or three players in, no matter how good they are, our squad will be to small. If we haven’t got the money, fair enough, we will have to cut our suit according to our cloth and go for loan signings and car boot bargains.
We were supposed to have around £20million, before AJ was sold. Personally, I think that was bollocks. A couple of weeks back, I was writing that we shouldn’t be panicking. Now; I feel a bit like panicking!
21 Posted 10/08/2008 at 22:19:02
We have a first team squad of 21 players, 5 of which are made up of 2 reserve goalkeepers amd 3 youngsers with very little (if any) experience of sitting on the bench let alone taking the field in a prem match. Of the remaining 16 players, 3 are injured with no indication as to when they will be fit and 2 others are either suspended or at the Olympics. This leaves available 11 players with first team experience for Saturday. Now that is what I call depleted.
22 Posted 10/08/2008 at 23:17:19
He?s paid £60k a week to do a bloody job? not keep going on about what he would like to do. Some fans on here need to wake up and realise he plays the dream games along with his pathetic boss!
23 Posted 10/08/2008 at 23:38:55
24 Posted 11/08/2008 at 12:37:49
You are a cheery little Fella aren?t you? Struggle for 10th? Well I?m glad you?re not in charge. No dount things will be tougher this season (Spurs look decent, City have spend some money, etc.), but we finished 5th last season. I know we?re low on numbers, but hopefully we?ll have a few signed by the end of the week, plus we have some decent young players, backed up by all the quality we have at the club (Arteta, Cahill, Yak, Lescott, etc, etc.), decent manager, good fans. So let?s have a go. As for finishing 12th or somewhere around there, forget it. Aim high and you might get somewhere high. COYB.
Yanni, what?s all that shite about? Do you want him to hand in a list with players such as Dwight Yorke, Nick Bramby, maybe a few from the conference? Some seasons we get players in early, like when we got AJ, and Lescott in early doors. Other seasons it takes time. We offer Sporting 11 million, they say 20 mill. Now let?s say we end up getting him for 16 mill the day before the sason starts. What would you prefer 1) Costing 20 million, signed 4 weeks before the start of the season 2) 16 mill, signed at the last min?
Moyes won?t buy any old shite. He?s trying to get it right. Would you rather he rushed in and bought cheap shite, would you? We don?t know what will happen, but hopefully we will end up with some of these players that you said he was ?dreaming? about.
Here?s hoping we beat Blackburn, see you at the match! COYB.
25 Posted 11/08/2008 at 18:08:05
in case you havent noticed we’re not the only ones being "cheerful".
But I do wish you’d get your facts right before criticising others.
Wessels actually played 7 games not 1
And here are the official stats for the others who are no longer with us:
Johnson 29 (10 goals)
McFadden 14 (5 goals)
Carsley 48 (1 goal)
According to my calculations that’s 123 man games and 16 goals.
If you dont think that’s a significant loss then I dont know what it will take to convince you.
26 Posted 11/08/2008 at 23:31:43
I?m not saying its his fault as I?m sure he was promised cash for replacements, but that for me puts this bloody farce more into perspective.