If Saturday's performance demonstrated one thing to me, it was the fact that you can have all the skill and artistry of a Mikel Areta or Steven Pienaar as you like... yet, when it comes to guile and determination, Joey Barton was streets ahead.
Barton is quite rightly reviled for his off-the-field antics and his familial association with one of the darkest chapters in recent Merseyside history. He may have served time, assaulted more team-mates than one cares to mention, and seemingly possesses the charm of a serial rapist; however, on the evidence to date, when he plays Everton, we very rarely get the better of him.
Compare Barton's performance to that of John Heitinga who demonstrated all of the attributes of a bad "Rright, said Fred" impersonator, chest pumped out, macho approach, pumping fists to the crowd... yet completely inneffective.
David Moyes has stated that the team need to toughen up, yet, without the leadership qualities of a Lee Carsley or Alan Stubbs as in previous poor starts to a campaign, it's hard to identify who will pick up the mantle and rally the troops.
For all his personal failings, Joey Barton proved one thing on Saturday through his attitude and workrate: he wanted it more than any of our players. A quality that sadly seems to be missing these days amongst the fancy dans within our ranks.
Peter Laing, Posted 20/09/2010 at 13:17:53
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1 Posted 20/09/2010 at 16:20:05
2 Posted 20/09/2010 at 16:18:33
fellaini is a much better box to box agressive defensive midfielder but he is being messed about all over the shop by the way Moyes uses him.
I had a lot of respect for Fellaine on Saturday he was one of teh players that gave a fuck and tried but at time she just looked confused as Moyes was pulling him all over the shop.
Fellaini is being used up front too much because of our lack of firepower and te fact that his height causes problems.
If we had Barton in teh team hed be second striker or left back knowing Moyes.
3 Posted 20/09/2010 at 16:21:46
I bet Wolves and Blackburn were rubbing their hands.
4 Posted 20/09/2010 at 16:29:14
5 Posted 20/09/2010 at 16:35:06
Only difference between our pre-season and Premier League team is probably Gueye on the left actually attacking opposition full backs which we are severely lacking, and Turner in goal who was very precise with his distribution.
6 Posted 20/09/2010 at 17:01:08
7 Posted 20/09/2010 at 17:17:05
8 Posted 20/09/2010 at 18:27:38
9 Posted 20/09/2010 at 18:24:01
I agree with you about Barton's attributes but he just has too much baggage, could you really see him and Moyes seeing eye to eye... cigar to eye maybe.
We are far too easily bullied and I think liable to crumble when the going gets tough, especially away from home and especially in Europe when I've witnessed far too many times heads going down and the usual suspects hiding.
Flog "I'd like to play for a bigger club" Heitinga and use the money to try and balance the team!
10 Posted 20/09/2010 at 19:13:50
Some things are more important. We are better than that.
11 Posted 20/09/2010 at 19:28:54
12 Posted 20/09/2010 at 20:20:53
That may be the case. I wouldn't want him to date my daughter, or play for everton, though.
13 Posted 21/09/2010 at 02:29:00
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