There is no need for me to waste any time on the disastrous summer that all Evertonians have gone through. We are where we are.
The season starts tomorrow against a Blackburn side with their own problems. I expect them to be a pale imitation of Sparky?s Blackburn. Paul Ince reminds me of Graeme Souness in his approach to management. He is too caught up in his own ego and in proving to the players that he is the boss. Santa Cruz will move on and others might follow. Robbie Fowler is clearly past it and if talk of spending 2m on Keith Andrews from MK Dons is to be believed then Ince is allowing personal loyalty to get in the way of his responsibilities to Blackburn.
We are likely to have 5 players under the age of 18 on the bench. We are likely to have one or two youngsters starting. Let?s remember one thing?it is not their fault that we haven?t signed anybody. Tomorrow (and probably for the next few weeks at least) they will get the chance that all of us would kill for. Some will grasp the opportunity, others will be so nervous they will mess it up and some might simply not be good enough. Our responsibility as Evertonians is to get right behind them, encourage them and drive them on. We must give the team the benefit of the doubt for the next few weeks. None of the young players will thrive if thrown into a bear pit of discontented fans.
For some of these players this might be their only chance. Signings will come (presumably) and when Cahill and Vaughan return from injuries many of the younger lads will fall right down the pecking order. Some will never get a chance again. I know we are not a charity. I know what the club crest says. But the difference between this club and some of our near neighbours is that kids growing up on Merseyside and the surrounding area actually have a real chance of making it here. That still counts for something. With some notable exceptions players who come through the academy are more likely to stay at the club if they do make it. We all have a greater emotional investment in those players and any of them that make it save us millions in transfer fees.
This squad may be threadbare, it may be young but it has a higher percentage of true blue Evertonians than any squad I can remember. Let?s give them our support. Be patient. They deserve the chance the rest of us never got.
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1 Posted 15/08/2008 at 14:02:54
2 Posted 15/08/2008 at 14:14:21
3 Posted 15/08/2008 at 14:11:32
It’s our job to get right behind them tomorrow. It’s obvious that, as fans, we would prefer to have some experienced signings, but we have to show that we’re proud to see these kids out there. I’m sure they will respond by giving their all for the shirt. I bet there’s a few of them won’t get a wink of sleep tonight.
4 Posted 15/08/2008 at 14:23:39
The amount of spin that’s been coming out on the OS, is UNBELIEVABLE!!
5 Posted 15/08/2008 at 14:34:07
6 Posted 15/08/2008 at 14:35:10
7 Posted 15/08/2008 at 14:29:27
8 Posted 15/08/2008 at 14:33:45
The board are a disgrace and are running the club into the ground, I think we can all agree on that.
But ’staying away’ will not help our great club. It won’t hurt the board and it won’t help turn things around.
Boards, managers and players change...fans’ passion should be the one constant. I will be there singing my heart out for the lads. We all should be.
9 Posted 15/08/2008 at 14:38:33
10 Posted 15/08/2008 at 14:44:30
Everton from: Howard, Ruddy, Turner, Neville, Jagielka, Lescott, Yobo, Valente, Baines, Osman, Arteta, Rodwell, Gosling, Baxter, Yakubu, Vaughan, Jutkiewicz.
Jesus. We don’t even have 18 players. Teams are allowed to have seven subs now. Only 17 players to choose from. Three of them are goal keepers. We really are fucked for the season, if they don’t buy any players. Now i hope you understand why i’m PISSED OFF, to put it mildly.
11 Posted 15/08/2008 at 15:18:05
12 Posted 15/08/2008 at 15:48:54
Oh, and he has 37 caps for Portugal. That’s 20 more than Moutinho and 34 more than Manuel Fernandes. Yes he’s older but a similar type of player, with more experience than the other two Portuguese midfielders mentioned. A potentially great loan signing (and 6ft tall too).
13 Posted 15/08/2008 at 15:54:54
14 Posted 15/08/2008 at 16:27:46
Maybe he’s giving the youngsters 2 or 3 games to prove themselves ready for the premiership before he finally brings in the rumoured targets (Moutinho, Love, M’Bia, Smith, Ledley) that are waiting in the wings.
Or maybe not.
15 Posted 15/08/2008 at 16:19:15
Dont forget that Pienaar wasn’t exactly setting the bundesliga alight when he came here on loan. I think most of us agree he’s a good player and well worth what we paid for him.
I dont think we can complain about Moyes’ record in the transfer market. We haven’t lost out big on any players he’s brought in. Sure, some signings haven’t worked out(Kroldrup/Beattie), but we’ve recouped decent fees for them.
Personally if Moyes thinks tiago can do a job for us then we should be happy to go along with that.
As for the original post, I think its spot on. None of us really know who is to blame for whats gone on this summer, I’m sure it will all become clear in time.
Taking out that frustration on the team is going to do no-one any good. Fans need to support their team(even more) during the bad spells, not just when things are going great.
16 Posted 15/08/2008 at 17:09:03
17 Posted 15/08/2008 at 17:07:28
That’s what our board rely on - that unlike other supporters we will follow EFC through the good (and mostly the bad) times. There must be fundamental change at the top if we want to move forward. For this season it may even be about not falling backward. Players are high paid and should be highly skilled. If they can’t take the heat when the going gets tough then they should try living in the real world like the rest of us. Many people have hassle in their work and get far less in a year than a very average Premiership player gets in a week. If I don’t shout my head off in support when the team are playing badly then that doesn’t make me less of supporter.
18 Posted 15/08/2008 at 17:07:37
19 Posted 15/08/2008 at 18:22:46
This summer has been hell ! We have been linked with nearly every player sold from the kid who went to Arsenal right up to this joker Tiago and still we have nothing.
However my faith in Moyes is strong I am confident that he would not start the season if he thought the kids Gosling, Rodwell and Baxter were not at least worth a run out. If one of these kids holds his place and turns out to be either a blue version of Walcott, Bale, Bentley or indeed our Osman then we have saved a few quid. Couple this with a few key signings towards the end of August before the window shuts and the optimists might out number the suicidal lemmings. Lets remember a side about 25 miles away that started a season with a number of kids you might remember their names Scholes, Beckham and Giggs. Some old RS said they wouldn’t win a thing with kids!
20 Posted 15/08/2008 at 19:02:30
But he must be confident that - I guess - Rodwell can do the job. And if I was a gambler, I’d bet that we’ll see Baxter sooner rather than later.
21 Posted 15/08/2008 at 19:30:21
Now back to the real world. They’re young and inexperienced. They will have lessons to learn, and that will be at Everton’s expense. Normally those expenses are minimized by older players in the team so that they don’t have drastic consequences. You get a few younger players and they can get a pasting now and again. Pragmatically, the current performance of a football team is the measure of success, not potential future success, which you might point at with having a younger team. If you look to the future too much, all of a sudden you can end up in trouble all to easily.
If this was 2 or 3 seasons down the line and the likes of Rodwell et al. were proven players, I’d be rubbing my hands and saying bring it on even though we would still have a small squad.
I don’t know what the situation at the club is, but I think it is an outstanding sign of mismanagement from the Chairman, right through to the manager that this has not been rectified. I though Moyes has had a bad hand dealt to him until now. But if he cannot be blameless after this period of time. His refusal to sign a new contract will soon have, if it doesn’t already, a destabilizing effect on the club and ability to bring players in, and keep those already here, here.
I am at a point were I am losing hope with the blues. I was so confident at the end of last season with on field performances and promises of team strenghening... and now... I just feel very let down.
Anyway. C’mon Everton. I’m sure the kids’ll do their best. Let’s get behind them. Maybe in a week or two I’ll be writing about how great things are. I hope so.
22 Posted 15/08/2008 at 21:43:46
This club is an absolute disgrace. The ’bring your boots’ idea is great. I’ll be watching in New Zealand - (even though the big All Blacks game is on) and I WANT TO SEE THOSE BOOTS waved.... let these pricks know that this is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
How can Moyes state that he needs "5 or 6" new faces - and conspire with his boss to get NONE - after losing Wessels, Carsley, Johnson, Fernandes, Carsley and Gardner... as well as having Hibbert, Van der Meyde, Cahill and Pienaar injured and Anichebe unavailable.
23 Posted 15/08/2008 at 21:57:10
24 Posted 15/08/2008 at 22:35:55
However, this can only be for tomorrow and that’s it. We cannot put such pressure on kids, no matter how promising. If things start going wrong, each one of those kids will slog their guts out for the club but the pressure on them would become unbearable. It’s happened before at Everton, usually when we’ve been trying to avoid relegation.
No, no-one will get on the kids backs tomorrow but its not right to expect them to take the place of seasoned premiership players.
Bring them in when the time is right, not when we’ve no bugger else to play.
25 Posted 16/08/2008 at 02:36:35
Last season we had a squad good enough to win the league in 1993.
Imagine if our current group of kids turned out to be world beaters.
I think that there’s a chance we might have the licking of Blackburn Rovers FC
I’ve been described as a ’danger to myself and others’ but I really believe we have a chance.
Jutkiewicz to start.
26 Posted 16/08/2008 at 03:23:29
27 Posted 16/08/2008 at 05:21:34
Well i hope not against blackburn. For those out there that think we are playing the kids because they are ready....well we’re not. We have no plan B.
For those that think that a loss will inspire a sudden difference to the way we handle transfers (wait till all the others have done their business then spend against this years tv money that arrives MID AUGUST)....then we can’t. We have no Plan B.
But for all those that think Moyes should sign up for ten more years of being lied to by his paymasters and pull ’rabbits out of hats’ just because it may make things a bit better for the club’s PR....then think again. Because i reckon that David Moyes does have a Plan B.
And who could blame him if he uses it?
28 Posted 16/08/2008 at 12:30:53
Hopefully the team will stand together and fight for the points.