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, Posted 20/05/2009 at 09:49:41
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1 Posted 20/05/2009 at 14:32:11
2 Posted 20/05/2009 at 14:57:29
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.
3 Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:14:18
4 Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:21:04
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.
5 Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:38:36
6 Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:26:34
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.
7 Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:37:36
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.
8 Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:56:43
Peanuts for Pienaar, Barcodes for Newcastle etc...
No? Just me then!
9 Posted 20/05/2009 at 16:34:16
10 Posted 20/05/2009 at 18:00:05
11 Posted 20/05/2009 at 23:24:00
12 Posted 21/05/2009 at 05:44:59
Now we need his twin on the other flank please...
13 Posted 21/05/2009 at 06:20:31
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.
14 Posted 21/05/2009 at 13:09:59
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.
15 Posted 21/05/2009 at 13:24:16
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!!