I?ve just read an article regarding our best 11 this season, as well as two others regarding Cahill and Heitinga, two of the most passionate and battling members of the squad perhaps, and I just got wondering...
The main gist of articles concerning Johnny have always been about doubts over his best position, too small to partner Jagielka at centre back, too few slots to fill in at defensive midfield, it?s either Fellaini or Heitinga in the Moyes 4-4-1-1 (or however you want to break it down). And personally I prefer Fellaini at DM due to his height, but can you afford to drop Heitinga?
No, you can?t... so let?s jump to Cahill, his pre-season form has been good, a hat-trick against the canaries and plenty of opportunities for more in other games. But cast your mind back to last season, a lot of people were questioning Cahill?s form and even his starting place, but let?s face it he?s the best supporting attacker we?ve got to a lone striker, isn?t he?
Now I just watched the Leeds v Derby match and both teams lined up in the now fashionable 4-2-3-1 formation that was the only thing more constant than those vuvuzela?s at this year?s World Cup. I know that changing formation in what is our most important season in years (in my opinion, our make or break season) would be suicide but going off some people?s opinions it seems like a decent solution, with Cahill as our Duncan Ferguson carbon copy super-sub (circa our top 4 finish a few years ago), Johnny and Felli dominating the midfield to give Arteta, Pienaar and (Osman/Rodwell/Bilyaletdinov/or anyone from Gueye to Donovan) a licence to create chances and retain the ball.
(Personally though I don?t see a problem with Johnny and Jags at the back, and quite frankly would love to see Sylvain 'Dozy' Distin as far away from the pitch as possible.)
Tom Curtis, Posted 07/08/2010 at 19:23:12
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1 Posted 07/08/2010 at 21:11:27
2 Posted 07/08/2010 at 21:12:11
After watching today's game against Wolfsburg, it just clarifies that an Everton starting line-up from our current squad should not include Osman, Neville and Hibbert all playing at the same time. We had Fellaini, Rodwell and Coleman all sitting on the bench and consequently went 2-0 down with no creativity to pull ourselves back.
In the second half changes were made but as far as I am concerned the wrong ones. We actually finished the game with Hibbert and Osman still on the pitch. Hopefully Moyes learned from this and I am awaiting the line-up for Blackburn to see if he has.
3 Posted 07/08/2010 at 21:30:34
4 Posted 07/08/2010 at 21:32:47
I doubt his passion. At lease for Everton.
Don't forget he'd ride a bike with a flag to join Barcelona.
5 Posted 07/08/2010 at 21:40:46
6 Posted 07/08/2010 at 21:44:54
Regards Cahill, until someone else shows the same level of comfort in the position behind the striker, I dont see him getting droppedt
7 Posted 07/08/2010 at 21:55:13
8 Posted 07/08/2010 at 21:57:29
9 Posted 08/08/2010 at 00:57:25
10 Posted 08/08/2010 at 02:43:35
I reckon he'll start with Nev at right back. I could see Hibbo being used as a back-up central defender this season, as he has shown he can do a job there.
So no, Andy, he won't "continue with the safety first dross he has served up for years." FFS the season hasn't started yet and you are basing all this pessimism on one pre-season friendly.
11 Posted 08/08/2010 at 04:55:21
Point two - you cant DROP our captain, We can play a game without him yes,but hes our captain and always will be. Phil Neville is a good enough pro to realise if Moyes wants to start Coleman for a certain game then theres a reason for it, doesnt means hes 'dropped'.
12 Posted 08/08/2010 at 04:46:34
The other positions and players will no doubt rotate throughout the course of the season, what with form and injuries playing a part as well.
As for the centre halfs, it has to be Jags and Heitinga, not even open for discussion imo.
Dick, are you really still going on about that? Check out the interview on the OS and his message to the fans if you have any doubt about his commitment. I notice he's one of the few who talks of actually winning the league.
13 Posted 08/08/2010 at 11:12:49
Tim Cahill is still too important to us at the moment to keep him on the bench and you can bet your life he will bag a hatful now he wont have the burden of being slaughtered by his own fans for not being a pacey right winger.
14 Posted 08/08/2010 at 11:23:09
1. Play one of Gueye, Anichebe, or splash the cash we don't have and get Donovan.
2. Play Bily on the right side and let him support the attack and drift infield. Then play Coleman at full back to provide attacking width.
Osman or Cahill out there aren't even worth consideration.
15 Posted 08/08/2010 at 12:10:49
16 Posted 08/08/2010 at 14:32:58
2 def mids protects the back 4 and allows the full backs to bomb forward great for Baines but system would suit Coleman rather than the usual suspects. Also Heitinga could play def mid when Felliani picks up his totting up ban.
System suits the players we have.
17 Posted 08/08/2010 at 18:02:55
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