So it looks like we're having a sniff around Joe Ledley. I dug up a "scouting" report that Steve Claridge did for The Guardian ? he looks like he'd fit in perfectly at Goodison (and bear in mind this was written in 2006):.
Ed Bottomley, Posted 07/05/2009 at 11:39:57
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1 Posted 07/05/2009 at 20:40:11
We need our wingers to take on full backs, comfortable on de ball and a eye for goal. Leadley is too much like Kilbane and Davies, always playing it safe and no trickery.
2 Posted 07/05/2009 at 20:58:02
3 Posted 07/05/2009 at 22:12:15
On topic, I agree with the above and we need someone with a little more je ne sais quoi than Ledley.
4 Posted 07/05/2009 at 22:57:02
5 Posted 07/05/2009 at 23:14:41
6 Posted 08/05/2009 at 00:18:49
7 Posted 08/05/2009 at 00:37:21
8 Posted 08/05/2009 at 01:32:54
Even though I love the guy, I’m tired of Arteta being our best player. We need to treat ourselves to a exciting, pacy winger while our premium is high!
9 Posted 07/05/2009 at 16:57:50
Anyway, I am not Liverpool born (my dad was in the army) so home was where I happened to be at the time. As the years rolled by and my hair turned grey, I thoroughly enjoyed supporting the Toffees and boasting about our wins and triumphs (1985 etc). It is also important for you to know that I am a Jethro Tull fan, that I like real ale, and that I am a supporter of the RSPB.
Oh, yes, I also have 3 children and I am divorced. I am 56 and can remember living in London and being a massive Bob Latchford fan. I also remember going to the Baseball Ground in January 76 in the FA Cup and losing!!!
Anyway, lets get down to brass tacks ? if we lose the FA Cup Final, will DM move on to Man U (if they lose to Barca)?? If he does, who will/would succeed him? I might be inclined to go for Gary Johnson, currently at Bristol City, or Dave Jones at Cardiff. If you want to look outside, would Frank Rijkaard be interested??
Assuming he stays, which will be the most sensible option, who will he bring in?? Don't want Owen!!! Would you go for Fletcher from Man U or Duff from Newcastle? Would you take both those riches, or would you add various players from Sporting, Bayern, Dynamo, wherever??? Just thought I would ask--- god bless you all!!!
10 Posted 08/05/2009 at 08:34:03
A must is Moutinho; he would then become our best player... and maybe we should look for a striker abroad with pace.
11 Posted 08/05/2009 at 08:59:00
Pace, pace, pace ? how many times does it need to be said! Joe Cole, Joe Ledley, David Bentley (scum).....they?re all good players, but not what we need! I would rather we took a punt on a Lennon-type player ? someone who can carry the ball over 40 / 50 yards, drive at the opposition and take people on.
Even if all they do half the time is win a throw in the opposition half, we have to inject some pace into the midfield. This is an absolute must: our biggest failing is our inability to counter attack and drive at people with pace.
The question is: is there anyone out there?
12 Posted 08/05/2009 at 10:39:42
Until recently I liked Pedersen at Blackburn, but he has gone off the boil, maybe Moyes could get him going. Similarly, if Damien Duff could retrieve his Blackburn form he would be worth buying, but I think he is on the downward slide. Hunt at Reading, again OK, but is he one to help push Everton up to the next level?
13 Posted 08/05/2009 at 11:14:06
I think a pacy right winger is needed, and hope they get an understanding with whoever is at right back. This would give us both balance and variety!
14 Posted 08/05/2009 at 11:26:56
But, I do agree that pace is a necessity. Downing I feel would be an expensive Ledley, Bentley doesn't have pace and is a arrogant tit (however, when at Blackburn, was one hell of a player, 15+ assists and 10 goals in 2 consecutive seasons, for a midfielder). I would go for Bentley, but only if we had spare cash (£10-12mil) ? which we don't ? so it's a no.
Two foreign imports who could be a bit expensive but could really improve the tem are Eljero Elia (FC Twente) and Ibrahim Afellay (PSV). Both have fantastic pace can play on both wings and attack, and would suit our formation perfectly, with Yak in the middle and them two out wide, with Mikel and Felli central and Nev sitting with pienaar, Cahill, Rodwell, Gosling etc all offering us room for rotation. That Dalmat is another, however I know him from 2 matches vs Everton, whilst these two cost maybe less and look like 2 new Dutch wonderkids.
Add to that a right back who can cross and we're good to go.
Unfortunately, it's so easy when your just spouting names of players you'd like to play for the club.
15 Posted 08/05/2009 at 12:57:02
16 Posted 08/05/2009 at 18:56:29
The lad is 22, already the captain of Cardiff and has played over 200 games for the club! He is said to be an extremely hard worker who covers all of the flank (so he must have some pace, and certainly abundant stamina), he can pick out a pass, rarely gives the ball away, and can accuratly cross it. But will he be up to the Prem?
With this in mind, consider the players brought in by Moyes, who initially were a step behind, think Jags, Bainesy, Fellaini, they have all got up to speed with the demands of the Prem, I see no difference in Ledley, in fact I am pretty sure his style will lead him to become a crowd favorite, wherever he goes.
I hear you cry, pace, pace, pace... yeh like Downing, SWP, Lennon ? headless chickens who couldn't produce a cross if Dracula was standing over there granny! I think I know which type of player I prefer.
I think Moyes has a knowledge of the Championship, second to none, his signings from there prove it, whatever happens in Moyes we trust.
Also, it's good to feel that this season the signings look like being concluded prior to pre-season, with no last minute fannying about like last, which cost us such a bad start.
17 Posted 09/05/2009 at 01:21:37
Arteta and Becham aren't exactly pacy when playing on the wing and still produce the assists. If we could get him for £3-4m he would be at the very least a good replacement for AvdM. Well will certainly need a big squad in the Europe league.
18 Posted 09/05/2009 at 10:09:04
Janko looks awesome though and think he’d be a better option than Jo and probably cheaper!
19 Posted 09/05/2009 at 12:50:27
I can see moyes taking him, Naughton (Shef Utd), and a couple of others that are up coming Championship players. It would have been interesting if Wolves hadn?t gone up as I think he would have gone for Banks-Blake and Kightly (this lad is worth a punt).
I would like to see Pienaar on the right, as I think he would be more effective on his natural foot. I'm surprised about comments on Downing ? I think this lad would kick on if he had a decent set of players to play around. He scores goals, good injury record, and creates. Forget Lennon ? he wouldn?t come.
I would keep Jacobsen, sign a young left back, centre mid, right wing and striker or two. I think we will have some money ? cup run, johnson cash. Let's wait and see ? please get them early to avoid a rubbish start for 09-10.
Everton for the Cup!
20 Posted 09/05/2009 at 13:35:16
It's a big jump from the Championship to the Prem ? look at Ben Watson at Wigan. He was a good player in the Championship and was behind the pace and couldn?t get into the game at Goodison. But if you want a young winger who can take people on, we could do worse than look at Victor Moses at Palace.
21 Posted 10/05/2009 at 10:45:26
If we are going to break into the top four he's the kind of player we need, lets just hope big bill can find the cash!
I think we need 3 new top class players so we can get the 70+ points we need for top 4 I'd go for...
Glen Johnson £7m
Come on you blues!
22 Posted 11/05/2009 at 11:57:04
I gotta admit, even if this kid will not be in the first team for ages yet, it is encouraging to see we are making signings early for a change instead of the last week of the transfer window... and also making signings for the future.
Long may it continue! COYB
23 Posted 11/05/2009 at 17:01:05
Everton are close to completing a deal for the teenage German defender Shkodran Mustafi, to the disgust of his present club, Hamburg. The 16-year-old, who was in the Germany Under-17 side who beat their England counterparts 4-0 last week, is believed to have agreed a three-year contract with the Goodison Park club.
"We really tried to keep Shkodran at our club, but when there is a club from England coming up we are unable and unwilling to compete financially," said Jens Todt, the head of Hamburg's youth academy. "It is tough to accept, but it will not destroy us. We are just hoping this is not going to happen too often again."
Good to see us bringing in young players that can back up the first team, give us some depth.
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26 Posted 20/05/2009 at 04:31:05