In terms of players on the books ready and available to play then as we all know we are at least 6 down on last year, but you may be surprised that another 11 teams are also down in numbers but all between 1-3 , with only really Aston Villa ,Hull and Sunderland who have gone on recruitment drives ? each having about 4 extra players than at the end of last season . I have only counted ?Premiership or European equivalent? level players.
In terms of monies then again the ?Big spenders? (excess cash out than in) are AV, Bolton, Fulham, Man City, Chelsea and Sunderland ? all spent between £ 16m ? 25m. Spurs believe it or not have spent about £35m but recouped £40m (well managed business , one to which we should be learning from in terms of management structures and quality of administration management ) . The other 3 very small or non-spenders are Blackburn, Man Utd and us EFC. What does this tell us ? well I believe that the majority of the Big spenders (AV and Chelsea apart) have clearly gone for a policy which shows that they got it completely wrong last year and they need a complete change of personnel ? whether it works or not I don?t know but somehow I don?t think it will and we?ll see them still in the bottom half. Hopefully Spurs with significant Eoropean additions/changes to the main body of players are likely to take too much time to bed in and become effective in the pursuit of 4 or 5th place. Portsmouth and Villa could well be the main competition to us.
Well what about us - I think that we are in a most unenviable position in that the recruitment strategy originally and perhaps still now, of one of capturing only quality players maybe 2-3, ie those which will improve us has now failed as it is too late because we have too many players who could command 1st team places or immediately come in and perform but are out injured or suspended ? Cahill, Hibbert, Pinnear, Vaughan, and Anichebe. We had to capture the quality lads 3-4 weeks ago , we failed for whatever reasons. What to do now ? as I said last week Moyes has as a priority has to get 3-4 bodies in the next week already attuned to the pace and ferocity of the Premiership and still try to get 2-3 top quality imports, probably from outside UK by the end of the deadline. I don?t believe our main competitors to the 5th place will start well because of the changes they?ve made but the real crucial game is the one against Portsmouth were we must come away with at least a point and preferably 3.
I think our primary target of Top 4 will soon go if we don?t get the Moutinho?s, Loves, MBia etc and I also believe if we don?t get the 5-6 players we need by Aug 31st then we might as well stick the youngsters out in mass in the Carling and FA cups to allow the 16-18 experienced lads to concentrate of the Premiership and UEFA. Contingency planning already for what should have been the season to really push on and challenge the Big 4 ? what a complete letdown.
One final point ? I?m sure that I like probably thousands of other Evertonians are trawling the web, sports channels every hour of the day looking for that piece of ?Breaking News? . Why can't the club at least put us out of our misery and let us know every morning at 9am that there won't be any transfer activity today. Whilst we all recognise that there is secrecy over all transfers and we can?t be told in detail what?s happening the club could at least without naming names etc state that ?Everton wont be announcing any transfer news today? on their website.
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1 Posted 13/08/2008 at 07:32:32
It just amazes me how people -including Moyes-are so prepared to write off the early weeks of the season as if points gained then didn’t count as highly as those later in the campaign.
2 Posted 13/08/2008 at 07:33:45
3 Posted 13/08/2008 at 08:01:59
steam....reminds me of the taxi ride when Brando told Steiger "I could have been a contender"...so could we, last seasons improvement has been wasted by rank bad management, an absence of ambition and foresight.
4 Posted 13/08/2008 at 08:48:06
Thick and thin and all that... but this is just infuriating... I wake up every morning, check the websites and scream
"You fucking cunts!"
We deserve to be shite... at this stage I almost hate this club... and I?m no semi-fan...
My first son?s middle name is Everton and my second son?s are "William Ralph" ... count on the next one NOT being called "Kenwright"... they treat us like idiots.
5 Posted 13/08/2008 at 08:26:44
The fact is few teams have strengthened significantly and even if they have brought in bodies they haven’t improved the overall quality of the side. We have a solid foundation of a quality squad and I think with QUALITY additions we will push on.
It is dissapointing and worrying and a nervous time but every pre season is. If you trawl up comments from the last ten years most of us were moaning at the lack of quality signed or the lack of numbers or the fact that we let this player or that player go but for the last five years ( bar 1 )it has turned out alright and we have progressed. In my memory the only year I can think of when we were happy with the transfer dealings we brought in Nyarko, Matteratzi, Collins, Dacourt and Bakayoko in pre season ( or thereabouts ) and look where that got us.
It’s fine to vent your frustrations but remember where we were when BK took over and pre - Moyes. Most teams in the Prem would and do try to spend millions emulating what we have achieved recently in rising from the dregs to top six contenders every year. We may have a poor season we may not. A ball hasn’t been kicked yet so how do we know?
I can guarantee one way in which we can make this the worst season for years and that is if we start tearing shreds off the team if things don’t start well. Go the game support the team (What there is of it...) and hope that we can pull together to get 9 points from the first three games and steady the ship a little.
A hatfull from the Yak on saturday and we will all sleep soundly after a few beers.
6 Posted 13/08/2008 at 09:11:28
It won’t mate.
Unless there are quality players brought in we will disappear up our own arses as a club...
As Suede sung... "Where’s all the money gone?"
Gosling, Rodwell, Baxter, Agard, Irving, Jutkiewicz etc may be good youngsters... but so were Kenny, Cadamarteri, Jeffers, Allen, Simonsen, Jevons etc etc... and they didn’t exactly do much did they?
We are doomed!
7 Posted 13/08/2008 at 09:20:55
We have also improved the squad year on year despite the doom merchants predicting we will be relegated or scrapping for 40 points or mid table obscurity. I’m supprised alot of you are still alive as surely it was wrist slashing time when Rooney was sold and replaced with Marcus Bent.
In the same way that the Kirby call in was over hyped and the phrase ’the death of our club’ was overused in relation to that discussion the panic now is again over the top.
I’m not saying we don’t need players in we desperately do but five squad players of barely premiership standard or worse will not progress the club and will just leave us with 5 more Andy VDM sitting out a contract collecting money we can ill aford for at least the next three years. The best thing Moyes did for this club was get rid of alot of dead wood when he arrived and replacing it with quality but it took time as those players were on long contracts. We should not panic ourselves back into that situation.
We are not the RS who can waste 20 mil on a piss poor excuse for a player then spend another 20 to replace him. We have a budget that may be 20-30 mil or may be less. Whatever it is we need to spend wisely as we don’t have a billionaire backer who can make all our dreams come true (or nightmares in the case of Man City)
Look at it like this: the three promoted clubs will probably be relegated. Newcastle and Man City are in the shit again with ownership battles. Boro, Fulham, Blackburn, West ham, Wigan, Bolton haven’t improved. Villa have had their best player unsettled, Sunderland and Portsmouth have brought in quantity but who knows if they will be quality and Spurs have a hell of alot of players to bed in but I must admit look good at the moment. The sky 4 will probably be the top 4 whatever the rest of us do as the prem league won’t allow it to be any other way.
Panic in three games time if we have 0 points and no new faces but not before a ball is kicked FFS.
8 Posted 13/08/2008 at 10:19:47
The very most we will achieve based so heavily on luck is 5th. To get in the top4 you need more than luck. Proper team management, tactics and quality players. You need to be good to get in that group. Question is, is your Everton vying for top4 or simply an also-ran?
Teams like Liverpool and Spurs will eventually get it right. They add players every season, making an effort to improve. They keep pluggin away. Can they always be unlucky?
9 Posted 13/08/2008 at 10:34:56
10 Posted 13/08/2008 at 11:04:55
Howard, Jagielka, Lescott, Yobo, Valente, Osman, Rodwell, Neville, Baines, Arteta, Yakubu
bench: Turner, Gosling, Irving, Baxter, Jutkiewicz
and you say it?ll all be OK...
Mmmm.... not so sure... the bench is a Youth team! No other Prem club would even be close to putting out a side as young/inexperienced as this one
11 Posted 13/08/2008 at 11:27:12
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13 Posted 13/08/2008 at 11:18:55
The first SIX Games are VERY winnable, especially if we avoid further injuries. I am confident that we will bag key additions pre deadline of start September. With new additions bedded in, together with a fit again Cahill and others, in time for end of September and beyond things may be looking quite good.
So, just gotta get the new boys (and Moyesy) signed up then!!
14 Posted 13/08/2008 at 11:53:34
If things don’t happen then by Christmas we are likely to be way down the league, out of Europe and managerless. And I can’t see how it’s going to get better.
15 Posted 13/08/2008 at 12:16:39
Whilst we may not land Moutinho et al (though I very much hope we do!), it is hardly nailed on that we’ll not add some much needed depth to the squad prior to 1st September.
If worst comes to the worst and Moyes does do one, I am at least confident that BK can afford a large bottle of malt to tempt Howie back to work the oracle just one more time!
At least it’s never boring being a blue is it!!
16 Posted 13/08/2008 at 12:47:14
17 Posted 13/08/2008 at 12:52:44
18 Posted 13/08/2008 at 12:57:29
19 Posted 13/08/2008 at 12:53:38
20 Posted 13/08/2008 at 12:56:22
21 Posted 13/08/2008 at 15:44:36
Realy my point is I would rather wait than accept second best on the transfer front. I’m worried too but it’s not brown trouser time for a few games yet.
22 Posted 13/08/2008 at 17:25:14
23 Posted 13/08/2008 at 20:53:07
so who is left? Kissock and Agard or how about Ruddy to play outfield... ooh, such impact off the bench... good planning BK and DM!
24 Posted 13/08/2008 at 21:45:25
You need to calm down mate. 30 years supporting means you’re old enough to understand the realities:
Premier League Football is business - pure and simple, and if you were entertaining bids for your star players, from a club who are not rich, and have a depleted squad 2 days before the season starts - what do you reckon would be your starting point at the negotiation table? I doubt the other fella would even qualify for a reach-around.
Of course we’re getting squeezed now, but the fact is, that players who openly express a desire to leave are not much good to clubs - M’Bia, on that basis, and my opinion is 95% certain. Moutinho, on similar logic, is still a distinct possibility and if the chatter about smith is to be believed (I for one think it is) then he will be an Everton player soon enough. Would that stop you from screaming ’cunt’ every morning? Or would you rather we drop our drawers and think of England while opposing clubs take us to the cleaners on player prices?
Because, despite EFCs general silence over transfers, of which I hope I do not need to explain the benefits to you, Moyes has always maintained that he knew his targets and would not be buying a player who could not improve the FIRST ELEVEN.
Do you think that Wyness making those comments about Moutinho days before he resigned was a PR blunder? Did it not strike you as odd, especially given his convenient silence since his shock departure....
Grow up man, players have spoken openly of wanting to play for us and I cant think of many clubs who’ve managed to keep a player in those circumstances. Of course we have the damn money - in which previous pre-season have we not had the money to break transfer records and buy selected quality players AT THE RIGHT PRICE? plus the Johnson, Mcfadden etc cash, where the hell do you think they spent it?
Its unfortunate that this season will go right to the deadline, but who cares about what you cannot change?
As for the probable line up on saturday, it is what it is, and if it happened like that in April rather than game 1, I doubt you’d be quite so upset.
We WILL get signings, and Moyes record of plucking talent stands for itself, so get off your high horse son, or at least do it with some charm. Goodnight ;-)
25 Posted 14/08/2008 at 11:54:53
Yet again we’ve blown an opportunity to build and take things to the next level. As an Evertonian I’m absolutely f**kin livid everytime I think of the club at the moment.
Average attendences of 37k a season, SKY money, squad reduced every season (So reduced wage bill) and still we have no money. Liverpool is capital of culture and Everton have reduced its commercial output in the city, the clubs run by idiots.
EFC is an embarrasment, simple as that. We are in no way equiped to challenge for a top ten place never mind fourth. We should have improved the squad in January to push for fourth last season.
From what was laready one of the smallest squads then Since we’ve released first teamers, McFadden, Stubbs, Carsley, Fernandes and Johnson.
EFC and the people who run it are a joke.
26 Posted 14/08/2008 at 13:48:38
I too am frustrated by the transfer situation but have no doubts that DM is doing everything in his power to get people in and only wants players that will improve us. With the money we have that takes time. Unless all these armchair pundits have anything constructive to say we should remember how far we come and give DM our unquestioning support.