Given the fact that Everton started the season with five strikers ? Yakubu, Saha, Anichebe, Vaughan and Beckford ? the return to date of two Premier League goals has been pitiful. From recent comments, David Moyes is becoming increasingly frustrated, but it would appear that, due to a lack of money and the fact that Yakubu and Saha primarily are sitting on generous contracts, there appears to be little in the way of salvation.
Obviously without having the inside information concerning the specific details of wages and contracts, one would assume that Everton must be paying well in excess of £100k per week on the forwards' wages. The top earners, and previous proven goal scorers, Yakubu and Saha, are collectively taking the lion's share in this respect; however, their contribution this season (and for most of last) has been neglible at best.
On the evidence to date, it would appear that Yakubu is unlikely to rediscover his form or goalscoring prowess since sustaining his career-threatening Achilles tendon injury and Saha appears to have reverted to pre-contract extension type of being injury-prone.
Without Tim Cahill's contribution this season, we would seriously be listing near the bottom of the Premier League. Given the issue with both Yakubu and Saha, it leaves Everton with very little option other than the unproven Beckford being granted an extended run in the team.
One thing is clear, David Moyes has serious problems on his hands with both Yakubu and Saha. During the upcoming transfer window, he needs to consider his options and the issue of a fire sale approach to both players maybe what's needed given their evident drain upon the salary budget.
We may not have the finances to accquire a top class proven goalscorer but surely, with the potential to offer decent wages, a player can be found for at least a loan period?
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1 Posted 18/11/2010 at 15:06:06
Arteta's lack of form is a big reason for the dearth of goals from our forward line this season. He is our creator in chief but how many quality threaded balls do the likes of Yak and Saha get to feed on?
2 Posted 18/11/2010 at 15:13:22
3 Posted 18/11/2010 at 15:33:14
Saha is moving into good positions and has good ball control but our midfield is not providing much in the way of ammunition.
Beckford does have pace and maybe a run of a few games may bring results... I would try Beckford and Saha or Beckford and Yakubu in home matches to see if this brings results!!
4 Posted 18/11/2010 at 16:47:08
5 Posted 18/11/2010 at 16:24:55
If we play Tim, we can't accommodate Beckford in a balanced line-up. I love the bones of him but I don't think Tim can cut the mustard as an out-and-out central midfielder. The only way to solve the problem is by finding someone who likes playing up front on his own. Someone who will work his bollocks off, hold the ball up when its played up to him, give the midfield time to join in the attack, and be a regular goal scorer. There is nobody that even resembles that type of player currently at the club.
When you consider that Moyes has prefered 4-5-1 for some time now, you would think he would have found someone who fits the bill. You will need to find someone big and strong and not prone to injury. I know there is not many of that type around but if you can't find a player like that then there is no point in playing 4-5-1 ? no matter how good a player Tim Cahill is.
6 Posted 18/11/2010 at 16:50:57
Coleman, Baines and Pienaar are putting in the effort to help Cahill and the striker(s) but we need to up the pace more instead of being too timid and crab-like in moving forward. There surely must be some room at some stage for Gueye, no doubt buoyed by the victory of La Republique last night.
Against Sunderland, let Beckford play from the start, and bench either Saha or Yakubu (but play the other from the start) and let's see what happens, but at least let's involve Beckford and Gueye a little more!
7 Posted 18/11/2010 at 17:07:50
8 Posted 18/11/2010 at 17:09:40
9 Posted 18/11/2010 at 17:15:57
The secret is when he does play he'll be like a new signing, but don't tell anyone!
10 Posted 18/11/2010 at 17:15:53
What gesture was this?
11 Posted 18/11/2010 at 17:19:37
12 Posted 18/11/2010 at 17:17:08
13 Posted 18/11/2010 at 18:04:26
Just another Moyes mystery... not as if there aren't a shitload of them I can't get my head around!!!
14 Posted 18/11/2010 at 18:08:36
I agree about Gueye. I believe he is there to replace Pienaar eventually, but he must be bored shitless on that bench.
As for Steve's question in post 5, I think we should already know the answer who can play the lone striker role, and it will also solve your conundrum about Tim in midfield. The answer is Tim Cahill playing up front, either as a lone striker like he did a couple of years ago to great effect, or Cahill up front in a 4-4-2. He's got it all ? an eye for goal, strong in the air, roughs up the defenders, and never stops trying.
2 years ago he scored against Man City, Boro, Liverpool, Arsenal, Villa in a 7-game spell as a lone forward and broke the nose of a Hull defender and roughed up the other centre back in one of the games as well!
Either 4-5-1 with Pienaar, Fellaini, Rodwell, Arteta and Coleman as the midfield with Tim up front or 4-4-2 with Rodwell on the bench (for now) and Yak and Tim up front.
15 Posted 18/11/2010 at 18:45:05
16 Posted 18/11/2010 at 19:49:38
I don't think it would help with Beckford though. We would still have to go 4-4-2 to accomodate him and I can't see Moyes going for that. I really do think we have a very good player in Beckford but, because of Moyes's obsesson with 4-5-1, he is being wasted. But, leaving Beckford out of the equation, I think that Fellaini is well suited to play behind Cahill in the forward midfield / second striker role.
We need to try something different because we are just going around in circles at the moment trying to get our stikers to do something they incapable of doing.
17 Posted 18/11/2010 at 21:24:52
18 Posted 18/11/2010 at 21:26:33
19 Posted 18/11/2010 at 21:41:31
Ha! what's negative is Moyes and his anti-football. Let's have some positive play, from the kick-off, FFS!
20 Posted 18/11/2010 at 22:30:30
21 Posted 18/11/2010 at 23:47:00
Steve #5 alludes to the point that all the time Cahill is at Everton, we will never play two upfront in a 4-4-2 formation. Moyes will never drop Timmy, and Timmy does not suit playing in a four-man midfield.
I would love to see us try a 3-5-2 system with wing-backs as I think it suits our current squad the best. You could still stick Tim behind the strikers and sack off Pienaar who is clearly on his way out anyway (or play him central midfield and drop Arteta for a couple of games). Will Moyes ever try anything different (unless injuries force a re-think)? No chance, at least not until we're a couple of goals down and don't have a 0-0 to hang on to! 4-4-1-1 it is until our beloved Australian hangs up his boots!
Michael #7. I too find it astounding that Gueye hasn't got any game time. He's had some positive reviews and scored a couple for the reserves and I know it was only one moment of brilliance, but if you get a chance, look back at the cross he put in for Fellaini's goal against Huddersfield in the Cup. It was simply awesome!
22 Posted 19/11/2010 at 00:10:48
23 Posted 19/11/2010 at 00:22:16
24 Posted 19/11/2010 at 01:21:28
It was the Yak that put in the cross for Cahill to score a couple of games ago, as I remember, so it seems he's playing more in midfield??
To me, he has to be the guy in or around the box all the time that the rest of the team are looking to play the ball to so he can have a chance of scoring. More like that ex-United goalhanging Dutchman that I detested so much I can't even bring myself to try to remember his name.
25 Posted 19/11/2010 at 03:35:56
Not to mention Pienaar. That's P-I-E-N-A-A-R. How hard is it, really? Then there are those who can't even spell Moyes... I despair!
26 Posted 19/11/2010 at 06:39:37
27 Posted 19/11/2010 at 09:21:09
It is truly staggering that some of our own fans cannot or will not acknowledge what Tim brings to the club.
28 Posted 19/11/2010 at 10:32:26
You only have to look at Steve Bruce against Chelsea. He realised that Chelsea were used to some of the lesser teams playing a certain way against them, and he changed his tactics, and it worked. The problem for us though, is that tactics and Moyes don't go together.
29 Posted 19/11/2010 at 10:33:21
Sorry MK, couldn't resist it.
30 Posted 19/11/2010 at 13:14:37
Giving up the ball so easily has already cost us in terms of goals against, in several games this season ? perhaps Moyes sees the same thing from Magaye in training.
Hopefully they'll knock that out of him and he will get his chance to show what he can do.
As for your team selection, it looks pretty good to me but as it doesn't contain a certain Captain Pip and has 3 'strikers' ? you can forget about Moyes ever selecting anything like it.
31 Posted 19/11/2010 at 13:58:05
Fact is that he has 6 goals already this season, one of the top scorers in the league. So whether or not you want to call him a striker or a midfielder, he's scoring his fair share of goals, it's the strikers that are more the problem. Cahill scoring 6 goals would also suggest there's not too much of a problem with the supply line?
32 Posted 19/11/2010 at 17:08:58
33 Posted 20/11/2010 at 23:28:59
34 Posted 22/11/2010 at 09:32:40
Cheers mate, you made me laugh out loud this morn and that doesn't happen much on this site this season.
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