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By Christopher Ashton :  28/11/2010 :  Comments (1) :
Right first things first: this opinion I accept will never happen. In fact, the opposite will happen... but looking at the facts it seems we have no other choice. Let me explain:

Whether we like it or not, we have hit our brick wall. We cannot financially compete with Tottenham, Man City, Arsenal or Liverpool. These are the teams we need to be finishing above to get into the holy grail of football these days.

As well as that, I do not wish to debate this but I think as a club we have no chance of investment or buyouts any time soon. Unless we find someone who wishes to throw their money away for no return, that is. So, on this note, I accept that financially it is not going to get any better.

On the tune of finance, I believe that we are crippling the club by offering the deals we have for our players now. £50 grand and above is stupid and it will only create more debt.

So here are my thoughts on the future. Why do we not just admit defeat? Admit that, in this climate of football, Everton cannot compete anymore with these other teams and start a fresh. If we keep competing with these teams in all honesty we could keep getting 8th place finishes whilst crippling the club even more keeping what we have away from other people.

Here's what I propose: a Fire Sale. Never mind the owner or the manager or anything like that, I believe the problem lies in the squad. In January, sell Pienaar for whatever we can get for him. In the summer, sell: Arteta, Bily, Heitinga, Yak and Saha. Now potentially we could make £20-30 million there to invest in the team. Here's why:

  • Arteta ? For all the flashes of genius, he will never be consistent for 20+ games a season; it will be better to sell at his highest stock than wait until his wages cripple the club.
  • Bilyaletdinov ? Doesn't play, don't know why though. There must be something there so cut our losses and sell him back to his motherland.
  • Heitinga ? Will ride his bike to Barca if they called, just get him an EasyJet ticket instead to somewhere else because to me he resembles what the club should not be about.
  • Saha ? Nowhere near good enough for Everton. Sits on his contract when he is injured and to be honest, he will never be a great striker here.
  • Yak ? This I do blame Moyes for. All the theories people have about him, put yourself in his shoes. He gets games, does well, and then gets dropped for Saha for no reason. I think he is already gone from here, but to some extent I think it is because he knows Saha will be picked before him, despite Yak having scored more Premier League goals than Saha.
    • So, after we sell these players, what then? Well how about if we bought in younger, hungry players on low wages. I have a shining example in Luke Varney. A Derby County player that they deemed not good enough, loaned him out constantly until Blackpool took him on because he would play for £10 grand a week. You wouldn't even think he, or most of their squad were not Premier League quality would you? They play with the hunger to succeed, and no fear of anyone. All for £10 grand a week as well which considering Arteta gets £75 grand and doesn't perform it makes you wonder. So, yeah, build a hungry team and play to our strengths of being the underdogs. Imagine this if you will:

      Howard
      Coleman, Jag, Duffy/?, Baines
      ?, Fellaini, Rodwell, Gueye
      Cahill/?, Jao Silva

      The team above is not the finished thing but build the team around Fellaini and Rodwell in the middle. A right midfielder who is young, a support striker or second striker for Silva and the team already looks a bit more exciting and energetic.

      I know I said sell 6 players but if you look at it this way, here are 6 players to replace them all with:

      Baxter
      Barkley
      Wallace
      Gueye
      Jao Silva
      Rodwell

      You might all think I am mad here for my views but I just think I may be on to something; rather than plan for next season, plan for the next five to ten seasons. Plus there must be a good few promising players that could be signed cheap for the future to fill the squad out.

      For a final thought, I don't think Varney is a good player for the record, I mean he is an example of how well someone can play with desire and hunger.

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      Neil Steele
      1   Posted 28/11/2010 at 15:47:56

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      What a load of tosh. I've got a better idea, let's just get rid of the ginger whinger and get a manager in who can actually manage a bunch of quality footballers ? as opposed to one who only excels in getting the best out of carthorse players.

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