We’ve had yet another season full of trials and tribulations. The downs... too many to mention; and ups, few and far between. But I want to concentrate on the positives today. After a season like this I feel the need to ‘accentuate the positive’. Whilst we all feel that we’ve under performed this year, I’m keen to know what has been your silver lining to the dark cloud of 09-10.
Personally, I have a few:
- The growth of Fellaini into his proper position in midfield. Whilst many baulked at his enormous cost, he has worked hard and shown his great potential. I still have the skinning of Bellamy burnt onto my retinas. This not only shows that we have a great player on our books, but it gives hope to the likes of Bilyletdinov, to improve next season.
- The enigma that is Leon Osman. I can’t remember a season where I have witnessed such an improvement from a player coming out of the youth system. Whilst some my say that the jury is still out on him, I would propose that Leon is finally showing that he is a Premier League grade player.
- Mikel Arteta. When half fit/fully fit, the man is immense. If he had been fully fit all season, he would’ve been a shoe-in for player of the year for us.
- Our semi-maligned forward line. With Saha and the Yak we have two, very different, but very good strikers. I would hate to see either leave, in particular the Yak. Whilst he may have his detractors, he is a pure centre forward. Whilst we may not be able to afford the likes of Drogba, the Yak carries the same presence. I can’t think of an alternative that could replace him.
- (Tentatively) Big Vic on the wing. He seems to be growing into the position and it makes a nice change from the traditionally light-weight winger.
So those are my ‘silver linings’, what are yours?
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1 Posted 22/04/2010 at 15:46:24
Finally enjoying more than one Everton game on the trot.
2 Posted 22/04/2010 at 15:50:01
The 2 wins over City were also very sweet for obvious reasons.
Arteta is my Player of the Season. I know he only played a handful of games but he is the one player I would still pay to watch if he wasn't in Blue. He is a master at playing football the way it is supposed to be played. The best player we have had in years.
3 Posted 22/04/2010 at 16:01:23
4 Posted 22/04/2010 at 16:39:00
"If you close your eyes, it's just like watching Barcelona"
5 Posted 22/04/2010 at 17:03:25
6 Posted 22/04/2010 at 17:19:25
And, like Ciaran: the emergence of beautiful passing football. Even in games where it was touch-and-go whether we would win: The opening 10 minutes against Blackburn. Sublime.
7 Posted 22/04/2010 at 17:50:03
8 Posted 22/04/2010 at 18:08:14
Secondly, it’s been great to see Arteta and Jagielka come back from their injuries largely unscathed. Seems like it was too late to turn this season around, but it does give cause for optimism next year.
Thirdly, a bit of a guilty pleasure: I’ve been something of an Osman apologist over the years, so it’s nice to see him consistently perform at a level that has led to other people conceding that he may actually be an asset to the squad.
Fourthly, in common with many others I’ve enjoyed watching Fellaini mature as a player. Hope he makes a full recovery.
Finally, I was just reading this article on the Zonal Marking website...
...and it crossed my mind that Heitinga could play this role to perfection - which would give Baines and (perhaps) Coleman even more license to be deployed offensively. That gives me extra cause for optimism next season.
(Oh, and the silencing of Tony Marsh has been nice too)
9 Posted 22/04/2010 at 23:26:44
What we do know is that we have a fist eleven who can take on anyone.
Do we capitalise on this with a solid close season or have the usual shambles of close seasons past.
Again, over to Moyes and in particular Kenwright. We are so close to break through to the CL promised land and this Summer will tell much.
Oh and Big Vic is no answer to anything,
10 Posted 23/04/2010 at 00:58:34
11 Posted 23/04/2010 at 00:41:02
Dark clouds: Finance, finance and finance.
12 Posted 23/04/2010 at 02:17:19
13 Posted 23/04/2010 at 13:26:37
14 Posted 23/04/2010 at 14:16:41
Saha away at Bolton and West Ham and at home to Chelsea (2nd),
Rodwell's second at home to Sigma, Arteta's second at home to Hull and Piennar's at Arsenal are all highlights, but there is one that stands out for me - both in terms of quality and effect on the game.
Bilyaletdinov at home to Man U has to be goal of the season - it's a wonder strike within minutes of going behind!
Also enjoyed Fellaini's roulette at home to Man City.
15 Posted 23/04/2010 at 17:28:50
16 Posted 23/04/2010 at 17:31:05
Downsides: piss poor start, being beaten by a piss poor RS, but for me the worst was the home game against Wolves where we played 2 holding CMs in a piss poor game, I would rather have gone shopping in Tescos.
17 Posted 24/04/2010 at 00:06:02
18 Posted 24/04/2010 at 15:06:05
19 Posted 25/04/2010 at 13:38:05
Also having an ex-blue player who was a client of mine pop into our office and take the piss out of colleagues who are Shite fans
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