Every time he?s on the team sheet we see him huffing and puffing away for 90 minutes in a position that clearly does not suit his strengths. He's Moyes's loyal terrier, that's for sure, and probably follows the manager?s instructions to a tee. I can only assume that's why Moyes picks him. But he doesn?t complain to the press about being played out of position (Gosling anyone?) and we never hear about any kind of contract negotiations.
On a bad day, as well as easily being muscled off the ball, every move he makes has already been completely anticipated by the opposition defense. He doesn't have the pace to out-run them, he always runs inside and unless he receives the ball at pace, his shot is powder-puff. So despite his valiant efforts, his performances can seem laboured and lacking in energy.
Compare this to someone like Cahill who miscontrols just as many balls and is hardly the quickest himself, but is played in his favoured position. Cahill is less of a gentleman than Ossie and scraps and claws his way up the pitch to throw everything he has at the ball. His strengths are his head and his mentality and he is given an area of the pitch that allows him to use them.
Every time he plays, Cahill looks like he shouldn?t be able to walk for at least 2 days after the game he gives that much. But I wonder if we'd be so forgiving of his footballing ability if he was stuck wide right? We saw last week that even Rodwell's graceful style of play wavered when not in his preferred central position.
So maybe we don?t give our much-maligned central midfielder enough credit for sacrificing his preferred position for a place in the team. And just because he doesn?t win diving headers and constantly tussle with opposition defenses doesn?t mean he?s not as battle weary as those that do. I?m sure he could stake a claim for a central position in another Premier League team and be paid at least as handsomely as he is at Everton.
But I get the impression he?d rather be between the sticks at Everton than in his preferred central midfield roll at any other club. In an age where we?re quick to condemn the perceived lack of loyalty shown by Premier League footballers, it seems a bit ironic that we don?t equally appreciate those who are.
That said, I bloody wish we?d bought Donovan in the summer?!
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1 Posted 11/09/2010 at 22:20:39
2 Posted 11/09/2010 at 23:47:37
3 Posted 12/09/2010 at 01:15:13
Fuckin real sacrifice he's making for the welfare of the team
'I?m sure he could stake a claim for a central position in another Premier League team and be paid at least as handsomely as he is at Everton.'
I'd like to see that!! And which team would that be, Blackpool anyone??
4 Posted 12/09/2010 at 04:50:17
5 Posted 12/09/2010 at 08:43:11
And for your information, Blackpool are ABOVE us in the league table.
6 Posted 12/09/2010 at 09:28:04
7 Posted 12/09/2010 at 10:05:29
8 Posted 12/09/2010 at 10:36:36
Can you see Osman ever getting in the squad of any other top four (or top six) club other than us? If so name one please. Yes Osman has been serviceable for us but a squad player at best.
9 Posted 12/09/2010 at 11:59:10
10 Posted 12/09/2010 at 12:19:37
Is that going to count as more stick for Osman? Because it shouldn't.
He's been a good servant and in the days when we played consistently shite football he was one of the few brave enough to ask for the ball to feet and take some responsibility despite being made to look poor by a lack of anyone wanting a pass to feet from him. I'll always have a lot of time for Ossie and if he ever moves on would wish him every bit of luck in the world.
Still doesn't change the fact that he can't play right midfield and isn't good enough for a job in the centre of this team.
11 Posted 12/09/2010 at 12:45:44
12 Posted 12/09/2010 at 13:27:06
Agree with those advocating a role for Coleman wide right - probably the least worst option available at the moment.
13 Posted 12/09/2010 at 15:27:40
14 Posted 12/09/2010 at 15:44:22
15 Posted 12/09/2010 at 16:10:32
16 Posted 12/09/2010 at 15:59:25
17 Posted 12/09/2010 at 16:44:57
Someone made a point on this site a few months back about how if you watch a season review, its surprising how many of our goals he is directly involved in. You kind of instantly forget the part he played, time and time again.
Awesome player? no. Unsung hero? most definitely.
18 Posted 12/09/2010 at 19:18:56
If Arteta or for that matter somebody like Fabregas, Modric or Rrooney had played that ball to Pienaar for the goal yesterday, there would have been universal acclaim.
Osman is not perfect, but he's better than many of you think. For Christ's sake, grow up!
19 Posted 12/09/2010 at 19:36:23
20 Posted 12/09/2010 at 20:50:41
30k a week for someone who can't play on the right and in his favoured central position are at least 3 players better than him. Also he cannot head, has no pace, strength, does not have a left foot to at least offer a different dimension.
So what exactly does he offer?
A few goals a season perhaps.
He has lived off the back of 2 good goals and has hardly had a good game since.
While we may have had worse players than him before they were usually fogged off in a heartbeat. How many games did Bernie 'the bolt', Brett Angell, Glen Keeley and Carl Tiler play between them exactly?
All dire and all bombed off once the realisation that they were shite kicked in.
Why does Moyes continue to persist with Osman?
I wholeheartedly believe that Leon Osman has overstayed his welcome as an Everton Player. The sooner Moyes finally realises this the better!
21 Posted 12/09/2010 at 21:29:04
22 Posted 12/09/2010 at 21:29:12
Ossie is a real workhouse. Remember Sunderland away last season he never got knocked off the ball and was a rock.
Very under- rated his goals at Fulam away before the FA Cup final.
I also believe he was really sick before a game but we were down to the bare bones and he played. Would Ladyboy Torres do thet?
23 Posted 12/09/2010 at 23:01:52
24 Posted 12/09/2010 at 23:34:37
Good squad player to bring in to the centre of the park against the likes of Huddersfield and give some of our big guns a rest. But first choice right midfielder for a club with Champions League ambitions? I really don't think so.
The fact that he is Everton through and through, and always tries his best (reasons why I still like the lad)should not cloud judgement. He simply isn't good enough.
25 Posted 13/09/2010 at 02:25:18
That doesn't mean to say he is good enough to play out of his position as a first choice though.The strength of our central midfield will and should limit his starting appearances but without a right winger the team is unbalances and we are trying to play anyone there to make it work.. Rodwell, Coleman Osman, Big VIc.. its obvious.
Every team needs an Osman, and we should be pleased that there are loyal servants, but it has to be temered with reality, stepping up to the top four means improving individually, something that not all our squad can do on a consistant basis.
So would I play him every week? No not with a fit squad. Would I sell him? No.. I would rather have Osman than a journeyman with no alligence except to money.
The same can be said for Hbbert.. they usually fall short or are exposed (Still hurts to think about the FA cup final) when playing the top four teams, but then, we don't play the top four every week.
They don't all need to be stars, just heroes
26 Posted 13/09/2010 at 04:56:01
Like it or not, many people believe that Everton do not "need an Osman" even though we already have one.
You are right that he does possess certain qualities that we do need. However, being very very good at football is the most important one of all, and unfortunately this is the area where he is most lacking.
27 Posted 13/09/2010 at 06:09:19
Being good at football helps, and as the team develops the gap between the realy good and the not bad, widens. Effectively making the not bad player look bloody awful. I suspect thats where we are now. Some players can step up, some reach the peak of ability and peformance which falls short of what is required.
BUT.. Moyes cut his cloth and we have a few holes yet in out team that players will have to step up too or step out.
We are a team in transition, those who were first choice become squad or sold. Thats Osman and Hibbert. Their 100% may not be enough to give them a place in the team on a regular basis. I said at the end of the season that there should have been a clear out of some of the squad including Osman and Hibbert, because it was time to do so.
28 Posted 13/09/2010 at 06:18:36
29 Posted 13/09/2010 at 08:08:20
30 Posted 13/09/2010 at 11:23:23
The ball for Pienaar's goal was a beaut, and a direct assist for that goal. This doesn't mean he had a great game, but I'm afraid he had no part to play in the 3 goals conceded, for which Distin, Baines, Pienaar, Heitinga and Arteta must all take a share of the responsibility. Yet many on here have the opinion that playing Osman and Hibbert was to blame for what in the end was a creditable draw! Un-fuckin-true!!
31 Posted 13/09/2010 at 12:52:42
32 Posted 13/09/2010 at 13:07:44
33 Posted 13/09/2010 at 14:22:57
34 Posted 13/09/2010 at 16:27:17
35 Posted 13/09/2010 at 18:53:57
36 Posted 13/09/2010 at 21:34:56
37 Posted 14/09/2010 at 00:18:13
38 Posted 14/09/2010 at 12:16:31
I dont want to go into the strengths and weakness of players, its just my opinion that as other fans have also commented on, I dont think Ossie would be in my first eleven.
39 Posted 14/09/2010 at 12:41:17
40 Posted 14/09/2010 at 16:38:39
The boy has to be given a go, and hopefully he can give Moyesie, a good performance, in a position that needs sorting.
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