All those points are valid. All those criticisms are appropriate. But they all overlook the biggest problem of all.
A team is only going to go as far as its BEST players will take it. And our best are playing very, very poorly. It?s utterly ridiculous to keep complaining about Everton?s weaknesses when the number one issue is that our strengths are nowhere to be seen. I see 20 mentions of Osman and Hibbert for every one I see of far greater disappointments, like:
Arteta ? captain? Spanish wizard? Outside of the magic moment against Man U, Mikkie has been just plain awful. His long passes have been short or wild, his decision-making poor, his inspiration and leadership nil. He?s still trying to pick out runners wide, but he either drops the ball on the defender?s head or sprays it into touch. Today, late in the game, he picked up the ball on the right side with a clear path to the center, but instead turned back outside to his right foot and walked into three defenders. Five seconds later, Newcastle were pouring back upfield with only the magnificent Distin to stop them. Arteta is supposedly Everton?s best. He has not remotely looked it.
Pienaar ? and where is the Toffees? tireless inspiration? He appears to be operating at three-quarter speed. His once-precise crosses are flying 20 yards long. He?s turning into traffic instead of choosing space. His relentless pursuit of the ball (remember when he could seemingly get the ball off anyone?) is now coming fruitless. And his by-play with Baines is nowhere to be found. Eight months ago, Pienaar with the ball at his feet, running at defenders, was cause for panic in the back. Not now.
Heitinga ? I really thought the Netherlands? crusading World Cup hero would displace Distin and pair with Jags to form the best central defensive partnership in the Prem. Foolish me. He?s a disaster. He was easily trounced for the goal today, acting as if he didn?t know (or care) that Ben Arfa was left-footed, and Newscastle midfielders repeatedly rampaged through his territory unimpeded. Heitinga?s endlessly surly visage and his scowls at his teammates for not providing him the ball (ridiculous, considering he does nothing when he gets it) help neither the team nor the game.
Jagielka and Howard ? England?s man in the middle? America?s shot-stopping genius? Yes, when there?s someone to stop. But they both suffer from the same disease ? call it Clearance Catastrophe. With the ball at their feet and pressure approaching, they frighten all of us. You just hope that the misdirected disposal will benefit from a happy accident and go to one of ours. Today most of them seemed to go straight to Barton.
Saha ? Saha? Anybody seen Saha? Even when he was healthy?
So... criticize Moyes and the rest of the usual suspects all you want. The fact is that, as long as our best players are (except for Cahill) bumbling like church leaguers, we?re going nowhere ? no matter who else Moyes puts on the pitch, or where.
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1 Posted 19/09/2010 at 07:07:12
I think the big elephant in the room that noone wants to mention except you Mike is Arteta. I would love to see the stats of how many times he picked the ball up of Heitinga and passed it back to either Jags or Distin for them to hoof forward. Arteta's most meaningful contributions were when he pulled out wide. He looks scared to mix things up too, probably as a hangover from his serious injury. He's dropping far too deep to avoid challenges and find space. Moyes needs to move him out to the right again. Coleman and Arteta on the right might just provide that attacking threat we need on that side.
Also, why the fuck has Moyes brought in Beckford and sent Vaughan out on loan? That is the dealing of a mad man who has finally been shown up for what he is.
2 Posted 19/09/2010 at 08:33:11
I wrote on another thread a less detailed analysis of this and apologised i may be on the wrong thread.
I had not seen this piece and totally agree with every word.
Questions need asking and not of the usual suspects-or dare i say - for people on here-the easy targets.
3 Posted 19/09/2010 at 08:45:49
4 Posted 19/09/2010 at 09:37:10
5 Posted 19/09/2010 at 09:43:37
6 Posted 19/09/2010 at 10:39:11
Or perhaps it was a `Bret Angel` moment? Either way, these `super stars` from the lower tiers helped do for the Cat and Mike Walker as they served to illustrate how far Everton`s standards had fallen. Perhaps, poor Beckford will do the same for Moyes. We can only hope!
7 Posted 19/09/2010 at 10:50:38
8 Posted 19/09/2010 at 12:27:31
9 Posted 19/09/2010 at 12:43:52
10 Posted 19/09/2010 at 13:17:41
Either play him in central defence or don't play him at all.
11 Posted 19/09/2010 at 14:14:22
Our best eleven could compete in the Champions League.
Moyes is not a good tactician. Understatement. The management team and senior players, however, are not proactive in arguing for their best places.
Firstly, Fellaini has been excellent. He will be one of the best players in the Europe.
Arteta is not a captain. When he first signed I was taking driving lessons. My instructor, a season ticket holder at Ibrox, sung his praises in terms of ability. However, he also warned that he may not have the psychological strength to cope with the nastier type of player. Proven yesterday. This wouldn't have been a problem if Fellaini was in his proper position. 'The Fro' is a nasty big shite on the pitch and I love him for it.
Heitinga is a centre back. Cahill, Howard and Jagielka have been good. Yakubu is coming back into form.
So those are our best players and the spine of the team. One of the best in the league.
12 Posted 19/09/2010 at 14:30:28
Shit tactics, shit team formation and shit attitude from the players; piss poor management and a Chairman that continues to fiddle whilst Rome burns. My heart is totally gone with Everton these days...
13 Posted 19/09/2010 at 15:04:45
14 Posted 19/09/2010 at 15:18:38
NOt a team player nor by the looks of it has he shown any willingness to muck in.
15 Posted 19/09/2010 at 15:26:22
16 Posted 19/09/2010 at 16:42:59
But we don't ever see our best 11 in the Premier League, so the chances of ever seeing them in the CL are pretty remote to say the least.
17 Posted 19/09/2010 at 17:11:54
Apologies , I have overstepped the mark - I usually give new players at least a season to bed in. My concerns are that a Jags, Heitinga combination just wont survive the ariel combats from the you know who teams of the league , let alone the true class forwards , like Drogba, Crouch (our nemesis), etc.
Distin had a bad game at Utd but I thought played well yesterday and he has done on numerous occasions and I just don't see a place for Johnny. At least Jags co-ordinates the back 4 , I dont feel Johnny can be as effective communicator.
18 Posted 19/09/2010 at 17:37:28
19 Posted 19/09/2010 at 18:22:39
Regardless of any valid points made about players collectively or individually, Moyes is failing as a manager. I hope he can turn things 'round swiftly, or that he'll do the decent thing if he feels it's beyond him to do so & quit.
20 Posted 19/09/2010 at 21:31:37
I don't think our confidence was unfounded. I think it's about a lack of confidence among the players.
A bad start against Blackburn, where they figured us out, and the rest of our opponents did the same. In my life, when I'm confident, things tend to go my way. Same with Everton.
I'm writing off the great season we were hoping for and settling for a regrouping soon which will make us a good team to watch, a hard team to beat and I'm looking to beating some of the top teams again, especially the Reds.
Hey, this Everton. This is family. Let's not get too down on each other. Pick up, dust off and look to cheer them on again.
21 Posted 20/09/2010 at 13:12:45
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