Last season was very enjoyable in the end and not just because of the FA Cup run. It was good because even after our terrible start, we pulled together and even after suffering some horrendous injuries to key players, we still managed to finish in a good league position and make it to Wembley.
Last season is the reason why, despite not making any signings so far, I am very confident and excited by what we can do over the coming nine months. Providing we can keep Lescott, I see no reason at all why we cannot once again seriously challenge for a Champions League spot.
Look at the teams around and above us, can you honestly say that they have significantly improved their squads enough to jostle us out of 5th spot and leave us behind points-wise? Looking at Everton for the upcoming season, these are the positives as I see them: Great goalkeeper, solid, dependable and consistent back four (Lescott, Jagielka, Hibbert and Baines) although we do need a new first choice right back. Awesome left side with Pienaar getting better game by game. One of the most pleasing aspects of our team is our midfield with a blend of artistry and simplistic football in respect of Arteta, Neville and Cahill. Fellaini will get better to add power and height to and already busy midfield system. Osman shows flashes of brilliance, if only someone would buy him some protein shakes.
Proven goal scorer Yakubu will begin scoring again and a fit Saha will always weigh in with his fair share, as will Jo.
Now, the negatives... Injuries always seem to hit us hard and the size of our squad is a massive worry, as is our lack of cash. We desperately need reinforcements at both full back positions after hastily letting Jacobsen and Valente leave.
Right midfield has been a problem area for years now and unless we sign a specialist in this area, our balance will once again be affected greatly.
Our first eleven is good enough to once again push for a top 6 place. However, if we really want to break into the top 4 then we need to make two signings, a right full back and a right winger. We are not too different from where we were at last season.
The key thing here to remember is that we had a shocking start. Besides this, think about where we would have finished had Yakubu, Arteta and Jags been fit all season. We would not have been far away, if at all, from that coveted 4th spot.
Take the three best players from any team in the Premier League and it is a fair comment that you could then delete at least 10 points from their final day points total. Terry, Lampard and Drogba from Chelsea, Ferdinand, Ronaldo and Rooney from United, Carragher, Gerrard and Torres from The Shite (Hurl)!!!! We know we have no money. Yet we are still punching above our weight EVERY season.
On the tube leaving Wembley, a Chelsea fan smirked at me and said “Fair result” I smirked back “Of course it was, how are we expected to compete with you when we have no money and no players” I replied. He started laughing and nudged his mates You having a laugh” he said “You paid £15 million for Fellaini”. I thought for a second “How much did you pay fro Shevchenko” I asked. “£30 million” he replied. I was joyful in responding “For £30 million, we signed Tim Howard, Lars Jacobsen, Leighton Baines, Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Phil Neville, Joleon Lescott, Phil Jagielka, Louis Saha, and still had nearly £10 million in change to help buy Yakubu”. He looked stunned and his mates smiled at him “Fair enough, I cant argue with that” he said.
It is things like this that make me realise why I am truly proud to be an Evertonian!!!!!
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1 Posted 13/08/2009 at 16:13:32
I’m not sure last year could be considered as a challenge for fourth. We never really came close to actually getting level with Arsenal..despite them throwing away points left right and centre...7 points I think was the closest we got.
2 Posted 13/08/2009 at 18:00:15
3 Posted 14/08/2009 at 05:56:40
4 Posted 14/08/2009 at 14:05:58
Our last 4 seasons count for nothing.
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