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Give It Time

By Tim Luke :  18/10/2008 :  Comments (13) :

Much has been writing about the problems Everton have faced this season, so I won?t bother to re-hash all these points again. I am more interested to look forward and assess what we have to do to move this club to the next level, working with what we?ve got now. The key to this must be to change the whole footballing attitude of Everton Football Club.

I believe we have a trio of among the best forward midfielders in the country ? Cahill, Pienaar, and Arteta. We also have one of the best goal-scorers in Yakubu. In defence, Lescott, Yobo, Jaglieka, and Howard are solid. We have all the makings of an excellent spine for this football club. What we need is to build the club around this spine. The current pool of players are more than able to fill the gaps around and between this spine. Fellaini, Castillo, Osman, Neville, Baines, Vaughan, Anichebe, Rodwell, Hibbert are all good club players who can play this filler role.

The burning question for Mr Moyes is what style, pattern and attitude must Everton adopt to take full advantage of the spin we have. The answer in my mind is attack. The whole spirit and ethos of Everton Football Club should be to attack, attack, attack!

The spine we have allows for this game-plan. This team can score goals. It also has a defence that can stop goals at our end. The problem with our current tactics is that it?s neither here nor there. We try to hold teams, hoping for a break to score a goal, and then defend to hold on to the win. The trouble with this approach is that we never seem to take the game by the scruff of the collar and put pressure on the opponents. We give the other side too much respect, and in the process, invite wave after wave of attack on our own defence. Eventually, the defence cracks, confidence drains, and we lose yet another game.

But if we go into games with the attitude to attack, we immediately put the other team under pressure, score goals, and demoralize the other side. Playing the attacking game also fits into the strengths of our spine. Based on what I?ve said, I would line-up the team as follows:-

Goalkeeper			- Howard
Right Back			- Neville
Left Back			- Baines
Centre Back			- Yobo
Centre Back			- Lescott
Defensive Midfield		- Castillo
Right Midfield		- Arteta (with licence to roam down the wings)
Attacking Central Midfield	- Cahill (with license to partner Yakubu in attack)
Holding Central Midfield	- Fellaini
Left Midfield			- Pienaar (with license to roam down the wings)
Attacker			- Yabuku
In this formation, the back four play the traditional defensive role. Castillas sits in front of the central defence and prevents anyone from exploiting the gap between defence and midfield. The midfield has a holding player in Fellaini, whose job is to get the ball from the back, sides and front and re-distribute it to create attacks. Arteta and Pienaar tuck in closer to the centre to feed off Fellaini and to carry the ball forward, either through the middle of down the flanks. Cahill operates from the centre circle all the way to the front to support Yakubu.

Sounds no different from our formation today! Yes, the team sheet may be the same, but the approach to the game will be different. This team will attack from the first whistle, put the opposing team under pressure, score goals, and concede less because the opposition will be battered from beginning to end.

Once we have the pattern of play and game-plan set, Mr Moyes needs to buy players to fit this system.

How does this sound?

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Brian Waring
1   Posted 18/10/2008 at 18:59:11

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Tim, I can see one huge flaw in your piece, you have to actually have a manager whose mentality is to have a go, and in Moyes, well....
Chris Jones
2   Posted 18/10/2008 at 19:20:15

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Tim, are you taking the piss mate?
Jake Gordon
3   Posted 18/10/2008 at 19:24:11

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In fairness I think the point that much of it is about our approach is spot on. As many have no doubt stated the personnel isn?t hugely different to the period of last season where we were playing some nice football and winning most of our games.

It?s really time for Moyes to put his (now rather substantial) money where his mouth is and lead & motivate this team to start playing and winning again, because whatever they are capable of it?s certainly something a lot better than the season so far. Whether this happens remains to be seen, I just hope the damage done by the summer, the delay in Moyes?s contract etc. doesn?t turn out to be irreversible, because if it is then we?ve taken several giant strides backwards.
John Milligan
4   Posted 18/10/2008 at 19:30:26

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Before you can attack attack attack, you have to have the ability to also defend defend defend. At present we cannot defend.
Obviously you would like us to become the new Newcastle of many a year ago now and hope to outscore our opponents 5-4 or 6-5. The present team for sure have the ability to score but we really need ? quickly ? to sort out our major defensive problems. Individually and on paper our defense sounds pretty good but in practise the number and type of goal we?re shipping in is a disgrace.

Let's sort the defensive side of the team first and then we can look to attack attack attack.

Stephen Stuart
5   Posted 18/10/2008 at 19:57:47

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"Give It Time"

What, like another 5 years....????????
Richard Dodd
6   Posted 18/10/2008 at 20:11:35

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Tim, if only Blue Bill had known! He could have employed you on twenty quid a week to bring us all the success we so crave. In the meantime, whilst you await the call, don?t give up the day job!
Anthony Jaras
7   Posted 18/10/2008 at 21:53:54

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With as much respect as I can pay you after reading this article...... Are you on drugs?
Ste Dunne
8   Posted 19/10/2008 at 00:08:32

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Get back on the playstation.
Tim Luke
9   Posted 19/10/2008 at 05:27:27

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My point is that if we attack, we relieve the pressure on our back four. Our current midfield, if well-trained and given the right pattern of play, can take games to the opponent. We don?t have to always play like we expect to lose!! Just because I say attack, it doesn?t mean that I expect our defence to become invisible. The point is, and Arsenal showed this to us yesterday, attack is the best form of defence!!
Chris Masey
10   Posted 19/10/2008 at 20:21:52

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Congratulations, Tim, a pleasant read. However, you are naively bewildered with your views. If only football management was this easy.

Type in your starting XI to your latest version of Champ Manager. You?ll soon realise, we are still crap.
Dave Lynch
11   Posted 19/10/2008 at 21:24:15

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Bless your little cotton socks. The term. "Well trained." Had me in stitches. We will have to sack the 2 useless bastards, Moyes and Round, and get someone in that can train properly. The both of them are shite. Moyes does not adapt and never has. He is one-dimensional and trains the team the same way.
Paul Gladwell
12   Posted 19/10/2008 at 21:17:24

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Give it time! out of two cups and will be in the bottom three soon I have not watched MOTD yet and it’s nearly November, I am sick of shit like this, I am going this saturday and like EVERY game this season have looked forward to a funeral more, is that Right? I wonder if the people who right these threads actually visit Goodison or any of our games because myself and everyone else who I speak to who do go the game feels like strangling these people who write shite like this, our manager has been here 6 years, do you think he is all of a sudden going to totally change his negative ways to the ways you state?
Ste Jones
13   Posted 20/10/2008 at 03:52:30

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Fair weather fans?

Not interested when things dont go right?.

Sack the manager....he?s useless.

They said that about Jol at Spurs after he took that bunch of average overpriced lumpers to 5th spot twice. Look at them now.

No, really, look at them.

Thats what some of you halfwits want is it?

Moyes put this team together. Last season you were ready to build statues to him - we were knocking on that top-4 door. We got some bad luck with injuries and couldnt keep it up.... shit happens.... we still finished with our best ever prem points tally.

Close season went badly wrong, we lose a player that was a keystone to our defence and we replace him with someone who doesn't know the job Carsley used to do, that situation will get fixed as the new lad learns what is expected. Should?ve happened close season but didn't for many reasons not least the small matter of a major international tournament!

Things will get better as the defence firms up. Once we?re confident at the back we can move forward and there ARE goals in this squad from all over the park like I haven't seen in 20 years at Goodison... when the confidence is there.

Wise up, quit moaning and get behind the manager and the team.

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