I think people saying we could mount a serious title challenge are misunderstanding fantasy with reality. I think we could do it in a few seasons with the youth prospects we have coming through but we also need an investor. I think Villa are a good example of what we need.
A chairman who isn?t waving money about and trying to buy every player that has a good game (Man City...). Also a chairman that doesn?t try to get involved with first team affairs and lets the manager do what he's hired to do.
Anyway I think our season expectation is to break that ?top 4? once again. We did it 2004/2005 season and in my opinion we had an average squad back then. I think this is our season to do it again. Providing we keep Arteta and Pienaar and maybe sign a pacey winger, as Donovan looks out of the question now.
We need to stay as injury free as we can, I know that?s obvious but it has happened for a while. Moyes is a superb manager, he will go down as one of our best ever managers. We need to win something this year. I think if we don?t get into Europe again this year or don?t win something Pienaar and Arteta will move on. As we are not in Europe this year we can concentrate more on the league cup, F.A cup and the league, As Tottenham did last year.
I think we are more experienced in cup competitions now as the current squad know how close we got; they will have that extra incentive to go one better. We showed last year that we can go to places like the Emirates and Stamford Bridge and give them a game. We beat Man Utd, Chelsea, and Man City last year. I think they are going to be the top three this year.
I think Moyes just needs to take a gamble at home when we are playing the likes of Wolves, Stoke, Sunderland, and Blackpool etc. Maybe go 4-4-2 as we know have Beckford, Saha, Silva, Vaughan and Anichebe. (I know I left Yakubu out that?s because I think we should cash him in).
We have a team spirit that every club wants, I think this is our year to break the top 4 and maybe win that elusive piece of silverware that has eluded us. We need to stay injury free and stick behind the team as we always have done.
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1 Posted 01/08/2010 at 22:24:45
Donovan is not so expensive as Fellaini and we have offers for the Yak to provide funds....plus of course the Gosling debacle.....we need left back cover and a decent right sided player (Donovan) to make us into a proper challenging side...
2 Posted 01/08/2010 at 22:31:11
3 Posted 02/08/2010 at 09:01:43
4 Posted 02/08/2010 at 09:12:28
5 Posted 02/08/2010 at 11:57:29
When you say you "don't believe Arteta's that vital anymore" it really depends on what he's vital for. Is he vital for finishing somewhere between 1st and 5th - absolutely. Is he vital for finishing somewhere between 10th and 17th - probably not.
6 Posted 02/08/2010 at 12:19:35
This season will be the big if; if we keep our players, if we keep them fit, if we learn how to win ugly again, who knows.
7 Posted 02/08/2010 at 13:51:49
8 Posted 02/08/2010 at 14:52:06
Ideally we need our present key players to be fully focused on football rather than possible transfers or wage claims as the latter can have a debilitating effect on the whole squad and the impetus for a good start lost.
With the whole transfer market very quiet I am expecting the last few days of the window to be hectic and my hope is non of our players are involved in the outgoing side of things and being disruptive.
Lets rack up the points early doors and if by the end of November we are indeed mixing it up there in a top 5 or 6 then maybe we will indeed have a very good season. ---- On the other hand!!!
9 Posted 02/08/2010 at 15:45:59
As for Arteta not being that important, can I just say... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
The formation can stay 4-5-1 or 4-2-3-1 every game, I don;t care as long as we keep the ball, score goals and don't let too many in.
10 Posted 02/08/2010 at 17:01:29
11 Posted 02/08/2010 at 17:25:28
12 Posted 02/08/2010 at 18:41:18
What??? Arteta makes the side tick.
"it seems like he's leaving though"
No it doesn't! There is nothing to substantiate that comment.
13 Posted 02/08/2010 at 21:04:13
14 Posted 02/08/2010 at 22:07:44
A local business holder who provides goods to the Everton training ground has been told by one of the inner sanctum at Finch Farm that Jags will be gone if Aresnal reach a pre determined price for him. Moyes does not want him to leave but the Chairman has said that he has to be sold. Jagielka also does not want to leave.
Like I said this is just a rumour albeit from a very reliable person but does it not yet again raise questions about the direction the club is drifting in generally, and the role of the Chairman in all this? This is especially pertinent in light of Kenwright's latest toe-curling rambling and the relevation that Liverpool have SIX offers on the table to buy them, a club haemarroging £60 000 every hour.
Moyes says that he has pleaded with Kenwright to give him money for Donovan but no success. We will spend less than every Premier League club this summer. No one can tell me that Bill Kenwright is a force for good at our club.
15 Posted 02/08/2010 at 23:21:07
Can't see anyone leaving now, so expectations are rightly high.
Player for Player, is there a team significantly better than us?
This squad can maintain a 38 game season with a great chance of 75 pts plus.
Hard to judge on Kenwright, Moyes would not take any messing so he must feel that Bill is doing all he can to run the club well without putting us at risk for severe debt issues.
16 Posted 02/08/2010 at 19:36:57
If we lose 1 player from Yakubu, Pieneaar or even (heaven forbid) Arteta before the end of the window, but have time to strengthen/replace, I would not be too worried. More than one, or very last minute and it's a bit more worrying... Especially if it's Mickey who goes.
17 Posted 03/08/2010 at 02:05:30
If that is true it is fucking criminal. Is this goods supplier a kopite by any chance?
"how can we rely on a player that may not want to play for Everton anymore?. I didn't mean in terms of his ability I meant his mental state. Yes it would be wondeful if he stayed but as yet I've not heard anyone say he definately staying."
There is no indication whatsoever that Arteta does not want to play for Everton. The only 'question' is whether or not he will sign an extension to his contract which has 2 years to run. I'm inclined to agree with a post on a recent thread by Jay Harris, who said that he may just wish to see out the rest of his contract with us, and then head back to Spain. Hence his (possible) reluctance to sign an extension.
I am sure that 1) Arteta still wants to play for us, and 2) he will still be an Everton player next season.
There is no indication from him of anything to the contrary.
So I'd refrain from comments like "it seems like he's leaving though" and "I've not heard anyone say he definately staying," and stop worrying yourself.
Then again, if you say "I don't believe Arteta's that vital anymore," you may not be worried at all.
Of course there is always the possibility that Bill might decide he has to go anyway...
18 Posted 03/08/2010 at 13:09:09
19 Posted 03/08/2010 at 13:04:33
Clearly, negotiations are ongoing. Garber's nonsense statements notwithstanding. I can only guess, that garber was so stunned by having mainstream media coming at him for comment, he just couldn't help himself and spouted that "Landon . . long-term . . league growth, etc".
He well knows LD has gone out on loan the last 2 years, not just this season past with EFC.
Plus, MLS is run by very smart people. Yeah, the level of play is inferior. The intentional suppression of wages causes that (You get what you pay for, right?). Once they get the stadiums built, then look out.
My point is, they don't need DM to explain how LD's age and lack of big-league experience are the keys at affixing a transfer fee. They well-know this. 10 million pounds is bullshit and they know it.
The thing with Landon is that he's this hybrid. A respected international with almost no major league experience. A player worth more than he's done on the field to justify. Like a mini-Beckham (although he's better than Beckham).
Anyway, Garber's posturing aside, MLS knows they have to adjust the number down as far as LD's worth on the field. Now the endorsement money? There's the sticking point. That gets worked out, the x-fer fee money shouldn't be to high.
All that aside, the season's on us. Going to be very exciting. Hope LD's a part of it. He fits right in and well. With him or not, it still looking good for EFC.
20 Posted 03/08/2010 at 20:18:44
FACT........we have no money(according to moyes !)....whats new.
FACT........the majority of premiership managers wold love a squad with the talent and potential of everton.
The question is......Everton have been simmering for the last few seasons and shown that they can get to the final of competitions and put together fantastic runs in the league so can they do it starting with Blackburn ?
I think they can and I believe that they think they can..........lets see !!!
21 Posted 04/08/2010 at 01:42:16
22 Posted 04/08/2010 at 05:18:21
Watch out for the odd grenade though mate thrown your way when writing from the heart.
Again well done .
23 Posted 04/08/2010 at 09:17:10
It's been coming for a while now, the form of the second part of last season plus the way we are passing and moving in pre season, I think we are on the verge of a very special season.
Optamism not Pesamism is required. Let's get behind the boys more than ever this season.
If it all goes turbo - we're Everton after all, we very rarely do happy endings. (Please God we change that though!!)
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