Attack: I suspect that Moyes wanted Owen. But as soon as he signed for ManU, we immediately brought Jo back for a season. The work here seems to be done as with Yakubu, Jo and Saha (in that sequence) fighting for that what will mostly be a single striking position, we are well served in this department. Anichebe and Vaughan to cover, plus Fellaini and Cahill can also play here. We can probably afford to sell Anichebe and maybe even loan Vaughan out for some experience and first team development.
Midfield: We have some great talents here but not quite the balance. Cahill, Fellaini, Pienaar, Osman and Arteta are all best suited to play behind the lone striker, with each bringing a different element to the team. The way I see it, our best midfield will have Arteta playing deep, Cahill in the middle to harass the opposition when we are defending and when we have the ball, look to arrive late in the box. I will give the role of supporting the striker to Fellaini, with him and Cahill switching position during the game to give us some varieties. Pienaar already has a good partnership with Baines down the left and he should stay there. Which means, the one we really need is a right-midfielder. If we can do that, we will have Neville, Rodwell, Osman and Gosling as back up, so maybe one more pacy and creative winger (either an established player on loan or a permanent deal for a young player with potential) will do us good.
Defence: Either Man City or the press have lost interest in Lescott so that could mean that we will have him, plus Jag and Yobo in the middle of defence, with Rodwell deputizing if necessary. Baines is now first-choice at left-back and although Lescott can also play there, I would prefer if we sign someone else to cover that position as well. Doesn’t have to be a big-money buy though. At right back, it seems that we will sign Naughton and with Hibbert and Neville deputizing, we are again well covered.
Goalkeeper: I share the view that Howard is a very good goalkeeper, without being outstanding. We still have Nash to cover so we do not have to make any signings here, unless we can pick up someone young and with good potential. It appears that both Ruddy and Turner will not make it and surely we will let them go at the end of their current contract.
Summary: So there you are, one more big signing at right midfield (assuming that Naughton is signed), loan signings or young players with potential to cover left midfield and left back, and I feel that we will have the squad to again challenge for a European placing and a good cup run. But to break into the Top 4, it will be the spine of the team (the Artetas, Cahills, Yakubus, etc) that needs “upgrading”. Don’t get me wrong, these are very good players that I am happy to see in an Everton shirt but, let's face it, there has to be a reason why none of the Top 4 have shown any interest in signing them. Having said that, Arsenal’s position is the most precarious and if we stay largely injury free and with players like Fellaini and Jo possibly contributing more now that they are into their second season of English football... who knows???
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1 Posted 13/07/2009 at 07:30:42
Am excited about the new season, just hope we had all our bad luck last year with injuries and can maybe step up and shock everyone by winning the the league (extremely hopeful I know).
2 Posted 13/07/2009 at 07:39:00
That being the case we need 4-5 top notch players; lets be honest we don’t have the funds to get them all during this window. It will take several more seasons; and will DM still be around to get us there?
The best we can hope for is to maintain our position as a top-6 team in English premier league, and maybe get to the latter stages in the Euro-thingy cup. M-City, Spurs etc are our main rivals (I feel AV will fall away)
That being said I too am looking forward to the new season - but in a realistic light. COYB!
3 Posted 13/07/2009 at 08:43:29
I think we really need a strong, fast quality player on the right of midfield, plus some steel in the middle (Rodwell showed glimpses of a lot of what we are missing and maybe he could even be the midfield general we crave).
Moyes is doing way better this summer than last in this regard already (not a big ask!) and, finance permitting for the right mid berth, I think we will make BIG STRIDES this summer.
The top sides all seem to have match winning special talents ON THE FRICKING BENCH, that can come on and win a game... we are not there yet but I think Moyes is moving us there. Injury permitting, I think we have real reasons to be optimistic.
Optimistically, if we get very lucky, e.g. say with somelike like Jose Baxter living up to the hype (he was unlucky last year with injuries) that may even help just as much as a ’marquee signing’.
4 Posted 13/07/2009 at 10:06:12
5 Posted 13/07/2009 at 10:31:59
The left side signing should be Julio Arca, I can’t see the reason why not, he’s a very good player, experienced in the Premier League and can play defence or midfield. Surely wouldn’t cost much either.
Arca, Cana, A Right Winger (that Dutch guy? Quaresma?).
6 Posted 13/07/2009 at 11:22:06
Horrible bastards, with no morals, I’m glad they got relegated and I hope they get fuck all off West Ham.
7 Posted 13/07/2009 at 11:51:34
If there’s been a U-Turn, they aint saying
8 Posted 13/07/2009 at 11:59:16
9 Posted 13/07/2009 at 12:06:50
1. Everton consistently chasing Sky 4, probably the best chance of breaking into it.
2. We’re in the Europa League. Definitely not as glamourous as Champions League but, love it or hate it, it is European football.
3. It is Everton who need a right back, not Tottenham. Thus, more likely to get some first-team action next season.
10 Posted 13/07/2009 at 12:10:27
Catermole — donkey if he came from anywhere but England everyone would accept he is shite.
Defour — I would put serious money on the fact that he will not leave this window; however, in January Standard may well be out of the CL, so definitely worth waiting for if we do have the funds.
Who’s the Dutch guy? — Narrow it down, there is quite a few of them you know and I cannot remember us being linked with any.
Quaresma — Wages, did fuck all at Inter and Chelsea, is a playboy, the Portugese Jermaine Pennant in my opinion, even Nani gets a game ahead of him for the national team.
Arca — would provide decent cover provided the price was right (as Bruce says) but Naughton also played left back a number of times last season and we still have Lescott so I don't see much pointwasting money when any funds availible should go on players to improve the 1st eleven.
Hence get scouring for Arteta Mk2; I like the look of Xabi Prieto at Sociedad an Suseata at Athletic Bilbao.
11 Posted 13/07/2009 at 12:25:19
2. What prevents a club from deciding they suddenly want to reject an accepted offer and then coincidenly they recieve a more substantial offer two minutes later? of course this is within their rights.
3. Thats why I stated that the conspiricay theorists will be out in force, are Sheff Utd really that morally deficiant, especially after the Tevez saga? Fingers will no doubt be pointed at the board of EFC, and I hope this news is not true.
12 Posted 13/07/2009 at 12:43:13
13 Posted 13/07/2009 at 12:52:15
I agree that we are covered with forwards. We will need Arteta to play in the midfield schemer role to unlock teams (so no Dafour unless we have them both), so with Neville and Arteta in the middle it may be difficult to work the Cahill/Fellaini combination, which may give us one of them as a match winner on the bench, along with two of Yak/Jo/Saha/Vaughan, Rodwell, Yobo, Gosling, Osman, Hibbert etc, assuming all are well.
Not that bad compared to recent years.
14 Posted 13/07/2009 at 13:38:08
This statement will come back to bite you on the arse Gary. I don’t want it to, but it will...
15 Posted 13/07/2009 at 14:06:59
From the Rumour Mill...
Blues in race for Elia
Everton, Bayern Munich and half of the Premier League, it seems, are vying for the signature of Dutch winger Eljero Elia, according to Sky Sports.
The FC Twente winger is hot property in the Eredivisie and recently won the Johann Cruyff award as the top young player in Holland this season.
21 May | Source: Sky Sports
I wasn’t going to be as harsh as you about Cattermole but I’m thinking along the same lines. The reason I don’t offer a firm suggestion as a right winger is that there doesn’t seem to be an outstanding candidate. The likes of Pennant, Bentley and even Nani also came to mind, but I can think of good reasons not to sign all of them.
I’m sure about Arca though, would bid £1-2M for him. Lescott will be needed to play CB for at least a couple of months, and he should stay there all season anyway.
16 Posted 13/07/2009 at 14:39:05
Also pretty sure Julio Arca was released at end of season. If he wasn't then good, it means we wont get him. He is a desperately average player, who looked ok 5-6 years ago. Slow, can't defend and doesn't have much strengh.
I would like to see Ledley come in, a versitile defender; hopefully this Naughton deal will be concluded soon and a wide midfielder.
I know nothing of this Defour, but apparently he has taken Moutinho's and Fernandes's place of the ’must-have’ signing this summer. Why? Who has actually seen him play? (1-2 games against us 1 year ago don't count.) I can't honestly remember him or any Standard player apart from that winger who terrorised us with his pace.
A player in the Bentley mould would suit our team I think. I know we want pace, but I think our style of play currently requires someone with better final ball than pace. In the long run I’d like to see us with 2 fast wingers and counter-attacking football where defending a corner turns into a shot on goal in 4 seconds, but we aint at that level yet, and it will take more than 1 player to get there.
A defensive mid would also be useful, but not necessary. Heard good things of this Cana, but again not seen him for myself.
There is room for improvement all across our team, but for now we only really need 2-3 players and we're good to go.
17 Posted 13/07/2009 at 15:14:10
Can’t say how many times I read on numerous Everton sites about how Micah Richards was in Goodison Park with Leon Osman, despite the two being ill with Swine Flu in Cyprus, and training with the squad in Scotland, respectively.
18 Posted 13/07/2009 at 15:28:53
Also: [On BBC] Tottenham want to sign Sheffield United full-back Kyle Walker - but they would allow him to stay with the Blades for the next year to continue his development. (Daily Mirror)
19 Posted 13/07/2009 at 15:30:09
Is ’arry trying to get a monopoly?
20 Posted 13/07/2009 at 15:58:18
Unfortunatly wishful thinking, people do ’really have an idea’ and it is not all ’bollocks’. The story is spreading albeit slowly.
21 Posted 13/07/2009 at 16:10:24
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