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From My Seat: Everton Chile

By Ken Buckley :  05/08/2010 :  Comments (22) :

A good night out down Goodison way as almost 26,000 turned up to watch Everton play Everton and the visiting fans from Chile added to the occasion. It was a treat when we all joined together in chanting, "Everton, Everton" accompanied by the biggest drum I have seen on any ground. In fact looking at the away end, Chile seemed to have brought more than Fulham did last season.

From the off the Blues looked sharper than I have seen them for many a year at this stage of pre-season, with Cahill in particular getting about the pitch and his tackles as if it was Man U we were playing. Rodwell was forceful and cultured in central midfield and Beckford looking as though he wants to cement a starting slot from the off. Neville started at left back and looked quality thus making the addition of another left back less urgent in the short term.

Mucha was in goal first half but such was his lack of involvement it was impossible to make any sort of judgement.

Coleman raced up and down, Jags and Yobo looked solid and calm, Bilyaletdinov was his usual in and out whilst always looking as though he can become the real deal; Pienaar and Osman were busy but fell over a lot and so back to Cahill who, in that first half, was the pick until it came to finishing. He missed five golden opertunities and by his heading standards were sitters with one hitting the bar being his closest. I hope he his just saving them up for the season proper.

In that first half one of the biggest cheers of the night was when Fellaini jogged up and down the touchline suggesting he may get a run out.

Second half and plenty of changes: Turner for Mucha, Arteta for Jags, Baines for Neville, Hibbert taking over at centre back, and Gueye for Rodwell, plus the returning Fellaini for Cahill.

It started as the first had finished, all one way traffic toward our guests' goal. The game needed a goal and just some five minutes in new boy Gueye put in a peach of a cross from the left and another new boy Beckford met it 12yds out and headed powerfully across the keeper and into the net. By the crowds reaction and his celebration everyone would like more of that.

Then, wouldn't you just know it, within a minute of scoring we switch off with Arteta being culpable and allowed the visitors their first and only direct strike, but Turner went full length and actually held the ball rather than the more popular method of pushing it out. A very good save and one that saved a few blushes.

Fellaini was getting into the game now and it was if he hadn't been away with some x-rated tackles. I wondered how soon he might reach five yellows this term. Other than that he had a very satisfactory comeback and it was the Belgian who set up Bilyaletdinov for our second with half an hour to go. A good deep corner from Gueye saw the height of Fellaini pay off as he expertly headed the ball to Bilyaletdinov some 12yds out who hit it first time with power and accuracy into the net, leaving the keeper helpless. The power in the shot could be guaged by the fact it hit the net and rebounded to the six yard box. The game was over and the manager gave run outs to other players so the play became disjointed.

I thought the first half had been the better of the two to watch but with the opposition in truth being similar in quality to some of the teams we played in the Europa qualifying rounds it was hard to judge where we are in terms of the EPL. Perhaps the final friendly in Germany will give us a much clearer picture.

Just a word on Arteta as although he did pick some fine passes my overall impression was that his mind seemed elsewhere last night. Maybe it was just the fact he saw no reason to exert himself.

What might the team look like for our first league game? Well from what I saw tonight bearing in mind the likes of Howard, Heitinga, Distin, Saha and Yak played no part, keep your eye open for the starting line up in Germany.

A good night out topped off with us picking up our first silverwear of the season ' The Brotherhood Cup'. The first of a few I hope.

UP THE BLUES

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Keith Edmunds
1   Posted 06/08/2010 at 04:43:21

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Thanks Ken. Looking forward to reading your reports through the season.

By the wat I'm pretty sure Everton picked up a cup in Australia, so its at least the second trophy.
Dermot Ryan
2   Posted 06/08/2010 at 04:50:44

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Reading on other forums that Arteta seemed totally disinterested. Hope he stays but hope we have contingency plans if he leaves.
Kevin Gillen
3   Posted 06/08/2010 at 09:03:55

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Really good to see you back Ken. Rely on your reports because you are a sober voice. I'm depressed about the Arteta comments mind. I really do think this should have been sorted by now. Quite frankly it's not good enough. Liverpool, currently supposed to be in worse shape than us, have got Torres and Gerrard to commit and have recruited Joe Cole, Jovanovic and Wilson. I'd be really upset if I was Moyes.
Ed Staunton
4   Posted 06/08/2010 at 09:09:15

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Can?t agree I?m afraid, I thought we were very rusty, some of our bigger players, not so much the new ones. I think we need to sharpen up a lot in the next 8 day?s.
Duncan McDine
5   Posted 06/08/2010 at 09:11:15

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Thanks Ken, I missed the live streaming, so only caught the highlights. You can never really get a taste for the overall performance when its condensed to 10 mins (half of which are slow-mo replays of the chances).

I only manage to get to 4 or 5 matches, so your level-headed reports are priceless. Keep em coming please!

Cheers, Dunc.
Spragg Johnson
6   Posted 06/08/2010 at 09:39:31

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If we keep this squad we've got some depth this season... 3 internationally capped keepers, 3 good options at rb, 4 at cb, strong across the midfield and an excellent striking stable ... a back up left back and a quick winger would make us real threats to the big boys surely ... c'mon Billy boy ... get Donovan and a lb in and we'll be sweet as a nut!
David Thomas
7   Posted 06/08/2010 at 12:28:49

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Kevin Gillen 3

The club have previously tied Arteta down to a long contract which still has two years left to run. They have stated openly numerous times they want him to stay and they have offered him a new contract that would make him the highest paid player in everton's history. What more can the club do, its solely up to Arteta now whether he signs the contract or not.
Alasdair Mackay
8   Posted 06/08/2010 at 12:35:37

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Nice to have you back, Ken. Always enjoy reading your articles.
Kevin Gillen
9   Posted 06/08/2010 at 12:52:32

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Dave Thomas 7. Some transparency might help. What is Arteta's position? What is being offered by the club? Has there been any bids from other clubs? The communication with the fans is appalling by both sides (Everton and Arteta). I'm not naive enough to think that all details of commercially sensitive negotiations should be revealed but perhaps the club should come out and say if we don't get commitment by such a date then you will be either sold or forced to see out your current contract. How come Liverpool can get Gerrard and Torres to commit publicly? I would hate to lose Pienaar or Arteta but footballers and they're slimy agents need outing at some point. I'd like to hear how they can't face living on £75k a week when they could warm someone else's bench for an extra £10k. It stinks, don't you agree Dave?
Kevin Gillen
10   Posted 06/08/2010 at 13:01:07

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Sorry their slimy agents.
Chris Butler
11   Posted 06/08/2010 at 13:51:24

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Totally agree Kevin it seems to me that if he did want to stay he would openly state that. It seems to me we're suffering from Deja Vu. Remember last year Moyes Saying Lescott wasn't leaving and Lescott not dismissing the possiblity. Personally I don't want us to end up the situation of receiving a late bid then having no replacement. If he is going to stay get him to commit to us but at the moment he hasn't so therfore the rumours will persist.
David Thomas
12   Posted 06/08/2010 at 13:45:30

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Kevin,

I would certainly agree with you about the slimy agents bit. The problem is if the club was to come and "out" the players as you say it would most likely lead to those players pushing their agents to get them a move ASAP. The club are in a difficult position because if they do start "outing" the players and subsequently the players in question leave the backlash the board would face would be immense from the fans and if those two players left the quality of our team would be significantly reduced.
If the players have any respect for us the fans it's up to them and not the club in my opinion to tell us their position.
Mike Oates
13   Posted 06/08/2010 at 14:06:36

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I agree Ken re Arteta - I dont think he's had his mind on any of the pre-season games . He has hardly celebrated any goal we've scored, just a casual high five with Cahill once.

Its been rumours that he wanted to go back to Spain which I can fully understand (I spent 4 years working abroad and just wanted to get back to UK at the end), but last night Kenwright stated he basically wants to win things and Moyes also said that Everton will have to break their wage structure to keep Arteta and Pinnear. Well its all about monies and winning things - so at least we all know now.

I think Pinnear thinks the squad could well do things this year but I dont feel Arteta believes that.

Watch this space
Albert Dock
14   Posted 06/08/2010 at 14:21:28

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Anybody know how I can contact John Shearon of the Ruleteros?

I have some info for him comcerning a former Everton player with South Americam connections.

Thanks.
David Hallwood
15   Posted 06/08/2010 at 15:59:18

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Re Arteta: the fact of the matter is that his contract is up in 2 years when he will be 30. As far as we know, he hasn't asked for a move and there hasn't been a team that's come in for him. All we've had is tabloid musings that has so far told us last month that Fabregas is an Barca player, and that Arteta will replace him at the Arse.

Now if that's the standard of their 'exclusives' you might as well take notice of the bloke down 'the alehouse who knows someone that knows someone, who knows an estate agent etc etc.

This has rumbled on all summer and I've posted on numerous occasions that until they are being photographed with the shirt take no notice. One final word on Arteta looking disintersested-it's a pre-season friendly FFS
Kevin Gillen
16   Posted 06/08/2010 at 16:20:38

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I see Fabregas has just commited himself to Arsenal. If other clubs can flush out the players and their agents so can we.
Peter Warren
17   Posted 06/08/2010 at 16:51:46

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Not interested in pre-season friendlies, not many people are. I remember last year people getting about Jo in pre-season, so on the other side of the coin, do not fret about Arteta, Bily or whoever else not looking interested wait til the season starts
Tony J Williams
18   Posted 06/08/2010 at 18:33:10

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Kevin, I would say Wenger has a lot more to offer Fabregas than what we could offer Arteta.
Lewis Barclay
19   Posted 06/08/2010 at 20:33:14

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It think Arteta is class 80% of the time he plays. I really doubt he'd be as good for anyone else though. He was hardly an overnight success.
I don't see him playing for another PL club, I'd struggle to blame him for going to Barca though.
I think he'd kick himself for not giving it one more season with the squad we have this year though.
Brendan O'Doherty
20   Posted 07/08/2010 at 01:29:15

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Biggest plus from my viewpoint was Fellaini back and looking up for it. He looks like he's going to continue from were he left off from last season.

Also our style and formation. The passing was generally good and sharp, and we were able to change formation easily when the subs came on. I liked our 4-2-3-1 for the first part of the 2nd half, with Arteta and Fellaini deep. and Bilya, Pienaar, and Gueye in front of them.

Yes Arteta was not himself as everyone has said. He nearly cost us a goal and there were a few stray passes. I think his mind was elsewhere because he doesn't know himself what to do about his future. Obviously he has to make a decision soon, otherwise it will affect his form going into the season. Still believing he will commit to us before the window closes.

PS I hate the transfer windows more and more every year.
Kevin Gillen
21   Posted 08/08/2010 at 09:44:30

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I think it was my comments on Toffeeweb that convinced Mikel to sign. Thank you God!
Mike Owen
22   Posted 10/08/2010 at 14:52:39

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Albert Dock, go to www.theruleteros.com and the Contact Us page.
Cheers

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