Castillo to play; Lynch pin of the Ecuador team and a quality player. Antonio Valencia, the ?new? superstar of Ecuador, is up the road at Wigan, so hopefully Castillo should settle in quickly as he has a fellow countryman nearby.
Obinna?s work permit is delayed so he probably will not play but a great move by Moyes & Jose. Bring him in to learn from his fellow Eagles including the ?Chief? Yobo and main striker Yakubu. Victor has already praised Yakubu regarding how much he learns from him on a daily basis. Obinna will learn as well and has pace to burn and cuts in from the left. Plus Vic has just been away with the Eagles without Joe and the Yak to hold his hand so hopefully has come back a better and more mature player.
Saha in ? lots saying he is a crock etc. Is Moyes that stupid? Saha may need a change of environment to get back to his best. Yes, it may be a gamble but to compare him to Andy van der Meyde is not on. AvdM had a track record before he came to us of being a wide boy. Saha has an impeccable record and just needs to get fit. He has always been a goal scorer.
Try before you buy is an excellent policy. Yobo, Arteta, Pienaar, Cahill, and Lescott were all untried in the Premier League. And as for laughing stock of the league(!!)! Look across the park ? Keane £20M [hahaha], and the off-and-on Barry saga. £8M for Reira ? is he that good? (Ask City fans) ? I personally do not think so. Espanyol needed to get rid as they are skint. Also look at other clubs ? lots of strife...
At least Moyes has a plan. Whether we are now on Plan B or C is neither here nor there. He is not an amateur and who knows what restrictions have been put upon him.
M?Bia may still come ? seems like he wants to use us as a stepping stone but hey if we achieve what we want to achieve and his price rockets then we would be in a position to sell on at a big profit and bring someone else in. But by then would he want to move if we have achieved and EFC has now got under his skin?
Moutinho is the big one but even if we do get him his work permit will not arrive in time for Portsmouth. No worries on that score. We can wait for this boy. Possibly more signings to come. The international break will give all new signings time to settle in...
So on Saturday, full-on Goodison roar required. Portsmouth will be on fire after 2 defeats and we have to kick them when they are down and keep them bottom. Plus we have to start Fortress Goodison now. 6 points out of nine would be a very good start considering all that has happened throughout the summer.
As for Liege - so what ? weeks away ? all new players in plus some back from injury. If we have hopes of winning anything this season we have to turn over teams of this calibre. Let us not build them up into something they are not just because they gave the Dark Side a game. So what? Liverpool simply proved how shite they. As hopefully will be properly proven this season.
Come on you blue boys, Saturday is a massive game. 3 points is a must regardless of performance then we can all chill out and get ready over the next 2 weeks for the season to start properly in a very good position in the league. United we stand, divided we fall.
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1 Posted 29/08/2008 at 15:29:36
No, but he’s desperate enough.
Think AVM, think Gravesen.
2 Posted 29/08/2008 at 15:44:05
3 Posted 29/08/2008 at 15:53:59
I get the impression the only other time Paul writes is in text speak or sent that in via morse code.
4 Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:00:10
5 Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:05:18
6 Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:04:02
7 Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:05:45
8 Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:23:34
9 Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:35:47
10 Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:18:44
I was compelled to try and pass on my optimism at once.
It has just been reported on another thread that no fee was paid for Saha.
3 points vital Saturday.
11 Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:43:48
Got to say I do have faith in Moyesy but this summer has been frustrating to say the least. All the exciting names we have been linked too have turned out to be red herrings and we are now operating a scattergun policy that sounds a bit worrying.
Ultimately, we’ve still got a very good squad which has a Carsley shaped hole in it. Perhaps Castillo is the man to plug the gap, perhaps not! We’ll wait and see.
I for one would be a very happy man if we got at least one of our main targets before Monday night instead of watching them all sign for other clubs or telling us they are not interested (very sad).
But hey, I’m an Evertonian of knocking on for 30 years and I’m accustomed to disappointment!
12 Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:48:12
13 Posted 29/08/2008 at 17:05:50
It will be great if we do win and I see no reason why we shouldn?t.
However, I don?t expect any of the new players to feature much, except probably the Dane; Saha maybe if we need the extra fire power late on.
They need to bed in and get fitness levels nearer where I am sure Moyes wants them. In this respect the International break has done us a favour as the new players will get two weeks to get settled in.
14 Posted 29/08/2008 at 17:20:04
An unmitigated pleasure to read a very well constructed piece of work.
15 Posted 29/08/2008 at 17:53:26
16 Posted 29/08/2008 at 17:50:26
17 Posted 29/08/2008 at 18:57:01
No matter what you think of the signings, things are looking a lot more rosy than some of the posters on here a week ago were expecting.
18 Posted 29/08/2008 at 19:31:22
19 Posted 29/08/2008 at 19:39:55
20 Posted 29/08/2008 at 19:53:35
21 Posted 29/08/2008 at 20:51:02
Lets hope we get the benefit of the only class player we have signed so far.
22 Posted 29/08/2008 at 22:23:46
Went on holiday last year in Majorca and did the same thing as we again shattered our transfer record for the Yak.
Going to Portugal tomorrow and I’ve a funny feeling that it’s going to be a hat-trick..... There’s a big signing on the way.
Delighted that we’ve signed a few palyers. Think Saha could be an inspired buy..
23 Posted 29/08/2008 at 22:53:22
24 Posted 30/08/2008 at 00:01:46
Seen it somewhere that Saha is having his medical in the morning, but has a calf strain and hasnt played any pre season games , so we should look forward to having him as an option after the 2 week break.
25 Posted 30/08/2008 at 03:06:38
26 Posted 30/08/2008 at 11:55:57
Though I have to say, we were awful v Blackburn save for 15 minutes in the seond half, and woeful v WBA, again, save for a short spell in the second half. This does not bode well. Let’s hope its just a case of early days.
27 Posted 30/08/2008 at 12:59:29
28 Posted 30/08/2008 at 13:28:17
Just on my way out to the boozer for a few swiftys before going to the game.
Here’s hoping for a good win and a straight pass or 2 from PN.
Got that churny feeling in me gut, no better feeling in the world.
29 Posted 30/08/2008 at 15:14:20
30 Posted 30/08/2008 at 15:46:08
31 Posted 30/08/2008 at 16:45:58
32 Posted 30/08/2008 at 17:04:39
Thank fuck for the 2 week break before we the trip to Stoke...3 points a must!!
33 Posted 30/08/2008 at 16:57:04
One shining light was Baines. He looks like he is getting back to his best.
We have got to get our shit together.