COLUMNIST KEN BUCKLEY
Over a season where we are in 4 competitions there seems little room for manoeuvre and any more injuries of a serious nature early on could put us in a problematic position because even when our present injured players get back it is likely to be well into 2010 before they are fully ready.
If our new arrivals live up to their reputations on grass as well as they do on paper then once again we will have an excellent first team pool and we can maybe look forward to some success but how many of us will hold breath each time a player goes down and if they hold the finger aloft then all assembled will give that wry smile, shrug the shoulders and say ‘That’s him out for a fair while’. So it all boils down to luck on injury and suspension fronts rather than building a squad that can cope with both domestic and foreign ventures.
By nature I am supportive of the club and having no inside knowledge of the inner workings my perception is that manager and board are doing their best to take the club forward but year on year I get this frustrating nagging that as a club we are ‘nearly men’ replacing players rather than adding players albeit replacing players who have left with supposed better players but still never addressing the need to be able to compete on all fronts with a squad that will not need so much luck on injury and suspension fronts but instead be able to cope with such things.
When and how we will be able to deal properly in transfer windows I don’t know but it won’t diminish my enthusiasm for the coming season as I am now aware of what we go with and its inherent deficiencies. So I will take interest in things like — at what point will the manager start a game with all the new signings, who will be dropped for them, how will the team look when the injured four are back and firing, where will we be in the league and cups by then, will the football be more ‘joined up’ now, how will the entire season pan out? In fact just another Everton rollercoaster season!
For a club of Evertons traditions, standing and success over recent seasons — should it be like this? UP THE BLUES
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1 Posted 02/09/2009 at 14:25:39
2 Posted 02/09/2009 at 18:10:36
3 Posted 03/09/2009 at 06:30:58
4 Posted 03/09/2009 at 08:17:41
5 Posted 03/09/2009 at 09:34:42
"but still never addressing the need to be able to compete on all fronts with a squad that will not need so much luck on injury and suspension fronts but instead be able to cope with such things". Please name me 1 premiership club that would not be handicapped with the number of injuries we have had with key players. How would ManU fare without Rooney, Fletcher and Vidic/Ferdinand; Liverpool without Torres, Gerrard & Carragher ? I am not suggesting that Yak, Arteta & Jagielka are of the same quality as the above named Manu/RS players (although you could argue on that), but these players are as important to Everton as they are to Manu/RS.
Secondly, replacing Valente, VdM, Castillo, Lescott with Billy, Heitinga, Distin can hardly be termed standing still. In fact, 3 potential team regulars replacing 1 regular team player is an improvement.
Instead of looking back at what might have been, it would be interesting to speculate on how Moyes plans to rotate his squad of 19 outfielders given the amount of games we (hope to) have this year.
6 Posted 03/09/2009 at 09:56:37
We have definetly imporved the quality of the squad....but we’ve stood still or went backwards in terms of our relative placing in the prem..
I’m not exactly confident about the coming season..Billy is our most important purchase - but Arteta is our greatest chance of winning games and playing joined up football..
God, I can’t wait to see him back!
7 Posted 03/09/2009 at 10:39:37
See Ciaran, your thinking, it does eventually start to rub off!!!!
8 Posted 03/09/2009 at 10:42:19
9 Posted 03/09/2009 at 10:48:58
10 Posted 03/09/2009 at 15:53:58
11 Posted 03/09/2009 at 16:51:24
Apparentley, we were also close to recruiting Van der Vaart until Real Madrid relented and finally allocated him a squad number. That would have meant 2 Dutchmen in the squad which could have eased their entry into EFC. I accept all the arguments about cash etc and because of all that, I really don't see us doing any better than last year, but let's enjoy the Europa Cup as much as possible, and we still have the two domestic cups to go for. At least we have progressed further than Villa in Europe. COYB!!!
12 Posted 03/09/2009 at 21:13:57
A few years ago I was in London to see a friend and ended up in the company of the football agent (that’s definitely ex-agent these days) Eric Hall (remember him?). He was as much of a monster pain in the arse in the flesh, with a face you could just punch and punch, but sadly I had to be on my best behaviour. But he gave an insight into what agents do and it ain’t pretty — fabricating moves, leaking stories to the press, destabilising players... it went on and on. And remember, that was in the early days... what is it like now?
So when people come on this site badmouthing BK & DM (NOT that I’m a fan of BK) I always think back to the irritating weasly little bastard and think it's a wonder how any deal goes through!
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