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I have to admit that Peanuts has been the most improved Everton player over the last few weeks, so much so that only prima donna Ronaldo gets fouled more often. This I believe is a tribute to the trickery and speed of Peanuts and is now making a significant contribution to the Everton performances. We can hope that this continues into the final two games which could really make it a season of many plusses to carry over to next season.
Tom Bowers, CANADA     Posted 20/05/2009 at 09:49:41

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Damian Kelly
1   Posted 20/05/2009 at 14:32:11

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Agree he’s really stepped up recently with some terrific performances. SImilar to Ronaldo, I think one reason he is most "fouled" is that he usually goes down with (or sometimes without) minimal contact.
Pavel Ivanov
2   Posted 20/05/2009 at 14:57:29

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I’ve been saying all along that Pienaar is the player instrumental to us playing good football (when we do) since the winter of last year, even more so than Arteta. Where as Arteta is so aware of the limitations of the players around him that he often chooses not to play the ball to Neville, Hibbert, etc., whereas Pienaar always does the right thing regardless.

Having a natural left back in Baines playing with him has also helped a lot.

In terms of technique and physique Pienaar is very similar to Osman, but is millions of miles ahead of him in terms of his decesion making.
Ciaran MacGiolla Eoin
3   Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:14:18

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Credit where credit is due....The boy is cutting out the wayward passing and playing the way he did in Holland.
Ricardo Humphries
4   Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:21:04

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Great to see the skills and trickery displayed a few years ago in the CL for Ajax are resurfacing. Always said it?s just a matter of time before Steven ?Schillo? Pienaar starts turning up the magic. I?ve watched his progress for the last 10 years and I?ve got to tell you guys?He?s a brilliant thinker! (game awareness are just fantastic)

Fine, his doesn?t have the greatest physical presents, but the skill makes up for that. I still feel we haven?t seen the best of Peanut. Although use as a left sided player, but actually a natural central attacking player. At Ajax he was surrounded by brilliant players like Abrahimavich; Van de Vaart; Sneider; Chievo and this is what DM needs to start considering? getting brilliant thinking footballers that won?t cost a arm and leg.

Guys, this is the same player that claimed Rafael van de Vaart (Real Madrid) number 10 shirt at Ajax. I think Pienaar had earned the right to be given a chance in the centre of the park to show what he really can do.
Jason Broome
5   Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:38:36

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I agree. This is the wonderkid from Ajax finally showcasing his talent. When settled and enjoying his football the lad is a handful. All I hope is that his form doesn’t peter out and that he steadily improves beyond the next two games.
EJ Ruane
6   Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:26:34

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I really like watching Pienaar.

When you watch him, even if he?s not playing well, it is ingrained in him (absolute second nature) to move his arse the split second he?s passed the ball.

So many players now knock a ball forward/square/back and just stand there.

Whoever trained Pienaar must have been screaming "now go!" at him for years.

It seems like such a simple obvious thing, but so many players only do it now and then.

When you watched Roy Keane play, he also did it every time.

It?s not a spectacular thing but it gives the man receiving the ball another option.

When you looked at a lot of the individuals playing for (HOCCK-SPIT!) Liverpool in the 70s and 80s, on paper you?d have said ?average? about a lot of them (P Neal, S Lee, T Smith, J Jones, S Case, A Kennedy etc). They were certainly not ?wow factor? players.

But... they didn?t have to be.

They ALL passed and moved and as a result of playing a simple but high-tempo passing game, won a depressing amount of stuff.

Personally, I?d let Pienaar take training once a week.
Ger McNally
7   Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:37:36

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The combination between Baines and Pienaar works so well because Pienaar can come inside and yet we still have width because of the constant overlapping of Baines.

The pair have been absolutely brilliant and Pienaar especially has really stepped up the the plate since Arteta?s injury.

He is buzzing with confidence at the moment as can be seen with his new found shooting ability, ie, his goal against Villa, the shot in the early stages of the West Ham game that went narrowly over.

There is little doubt that the pair will be heavily involved in any goal that we score in the Cup Final.

If we could somehow replicate those two on the right in time for next season, we really would be some team. Glen Johnson would be a good place to start.
Mike Grundy
8   Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:56:43

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Does anyone else hate the way people use those stupid nicknames for players?

Peanuts for Pienaar, Barcodes for Newcastle etc...

No? Just me then!
Gavin Roberts
9   Posted 20/05/2009 at 16:34:16

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I agree grundies
Alan Clarke
10   Posted 20/05/2009 at 18:00:05

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Does that mean you won’t be cheering on notlob against citeh this weekend Grundy?

Mike Grundy
11   Posted 20/05/2009 at 23:24:00

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Haha, as long as Biffa Beattie scores at the weekend, and Manure Win the Champions League, I couldn't give a fuck.
Martin Berry
12   Posted 21/05/2009 at 05:44:59

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And how much did he cost?? Hats off to Moyes for another piece of transfer magic.

Now we need his twin on the other flank please...
Russell Buckley
13   Posted 21/05/2009 at 06:20:31

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When we moved Arteta into the Midfield he showed again what a brilliant puppet master he can be for our team. While at the time Pienaar was playing well he has gone to another level to fill the creative void left by Arteta.

When these two guys have been at the height of their powers we look a slick football side. If we can get them both to fire at the same time, add a creative player on the right and welcome back the Yak and allow Cahill and Mo to go forward, we are a scary prospect for any team.

Hats off to Stevie P for his recent form.
Andy Morden
14   Posted 21/05/2009 at 13:09:59

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I have a been in a long standing and fairly heated debate with one of my fellow toffees about Pienaar vs. Osman. My mate loves "Ossie" because of his touch and quick feet, but hates Pienaar because he "is frustrating and wasteful".

Oddly enough he has finally stopped trying to convince me he is right. Pienaar may be wasteful at times but I suspect that is because he actually tries to achieve something positive and can be too fast thinking for those around him. Ossie just wants too much time and space. Especially on the wing. Poor Ossie, it is his worst position and because he is so willing he gets shoved out there.
Ben Jones
15   Posted 21/05/2009 at 13:24:16

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I agree with you there Andy Morden, Osman?s best position is where Cahill is playing now, but yeah he?s shoved on the right because he is so willing. But saying that, Pienaar?s position is not on the wing either, I think he plays just behind the striker. But we?ve already got Cahill and Fellaini fighting for that place, and Pienaar is so effective in the left.

But hopefully we can have this front 6 next season:

new right winger Arteta Pienaar

Now, if we have all these players fit and hopefully Moyes will sign a class right winger, that frankly is a front 6 which can compete with anyone. COYB!!

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