So, here we go again! Another chapter in the history of Everton entitled ?Shit start?. We get ourselves worked up into an excited, pre-season state, just for our expectations to be dashed.... and only 5 games in!
I?m going to try and refrain from lambasting our Manager, we?ve read plenty of posts and articles dissecting his pros & con?s, but it does raise some questions which are not easily answered. I mean, can we honestly say that this is not the best squad we?ve had in 15 years? Why are players, which look so good on paper, be so poor on the pitch? Yes, we?ve played some decent football, but it counts for absolutely naff all if we can?t get results!
I can simply put our current situation down to one thing..........no strike force! It?s simple when you look at it. If you don?t have a centre-forward that can bag you 20 goals a season then you ?aint gonna win things! Who have we got?
A classy striker called Saha, yep, he reminds me of Berbatov......last season! Lots of flair and pretty touches with as much goal threat as my Nan (and she died in ?86). Not to mention that he gets injured every time he ties his boot laces. What about the Yak. Well, he kinda reminds me of Jabba The fucking Hut, but with a weight problem! If you can?t get worked-up & fit playing in front of players like Arteta, Pienaar and Cahill, then you?ve got no right to pull on the blue jersey!
?Wait a minute?, I here you all protest, ?what about Beckford?? Yeah, what about him? He scores a goal against the Manc?s and that apparently qualifies him to be our main goal threat in a season when we should be pushing for a top 4 finish. No! We got him for free, he scored a couple in pre-season, against teams that would struggle on a Sunday morning, and disappears as soon as it matters.
That leaves Vaughan?? A decent player on his day, not 20 a season though! And in any case we apparently don?t need his services? Pack him off to the smoke, where he scores a hat-trick on his home debut!! Is it me or am I missing something? We need goals, and we need them now!
Maybe we?ll have another inchy moment and grab a scrappy goal which will kick-start the season? Maybe The Yak will spend more time in the gym and less on the X-Box? Maybe Saha will learn to play football without anyone coming within 10 yards of him? Or, perhaps Beckford will take off his excellent ?Clark Kent? disguise and reveal himself to be slightly better than my 3 year old Son?
We can?t rely on Cahill to keep scoring, or for Pienaar or Oman to find some adult size boots that can produce a decent shot! We need a goal scorer, we need him now! So, will the saviour please step forward and end this frigging nightmare?
Chris Bond, Posted 22/09/2010 at 21:01:42
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1 Posted 23/09/2010 at 07:51:33
But I look at it this way. Feed the Yak he will score. Give him no service or any of our strikers no service and they won't score.
2 Posted 23/09/2010 at 07:59:30
3 Posted 23/09/2010 at 08:01:12
Wasn't there a bid in from a Turkish club last year for Sicknote, we could have got rid of him and replaced him with a striker who will actually plays now and again
Agree with Shaun, give the Yak some service and he'll stick the ball in the net, he's a proven goalscorer at this level.
4 Posted 23/09/2010 at 08:02:54
To be fair to the Yak, he has never, ever, ever been of a slim build, so is never going to get down to 12stone. Ever. Was he a waif when we signed him? When Boro signed him? when Pompey signed him? Accept he's erm, "big boned" and play to his poaching strengths. In Vaughn we have/had a very quick player - remember Howard mentioning he was "like a gazelle" same with Beckford, but we don't play to their strengths either. Letting them run onto a ball outpacing their defender.
Moyes really should have addressed this last transfer window, especially when we have Billy sitting on the bench loosing value and moral, Pienaar off come the end of the season. What worries me is come the end of the season neither of these players will be at EFC and we'll have problems on the left and the right flanks as well as no cutting edge up front...
Depressed myself now.
5 Posted 23/09/2010 at 08:37:50
In my humble opinion, if Berbatov or any other striker got the service that our strikers get, they too would struggle. No Chris, put it down to the tactics that our manager employs. Ask Beattie, Johnson etc. Good players when they game, shattered players when they left.
6 Posted 23/09/2010 at 08:44:53
7 Posted 23/09/2010 at 09:26:49
8 Posted 23/09/2010 at 09:35:31
For gawd`s sake get with it ,will you-we shall be playing without any strikers again come Saturday-how modern is that!
9 Posted 23/09/2010 at 09:48:18
I'm a big Moyes fan and think he has done wonders for us since he came but does he hate strikers?! A lot of the strikers that have left us all said the same thing, that Moyes doesn't play in a way that suits them, which to me kind of means Moyes doesn't use me to score goals ? he uses me to defend from the front and if i get a goal fair enough but if not never mind!
10 Posted 23/09/2010 at 09:57:43
11 Posted 23/09/2010 at 09:57:29
12 Posted 23/09/2010 at 12:05:27
Slightly simplistic there I think. The fact we have yet to keep a clean sheet in any game this season, and look increasingly disorganized and panicky when put under pressure, suggests there are plenty of problems at the other end of the pitch as well.
13 Posted 23/09/2010 at 12:59:43
14 Posted 23/09/2010 at 14:34:09
15 Posted 23/09/2010 at 14:50:26
We need to put Fellaini in front of him.
And not hook players who are playing well - poor Hibbo last weekend.
16 Posted 23/09/2010 at 17:54:20
The midfielders are not good enough except Arteta and occasionally Pienaar. This area was not strengthened during the summer which was a real big mistake by Moyes.You can shuffle this squad around all you like but the lack of production will be the same.Barcodes picked up a loan player Ben Arfa who destroyed us. Do we have a proper scouting system these days? It's not rocket science but Moyes and Kenwright seem to be acting like it is.
17 Posted 23/09/2010 at 19:05:35
Play the best players in their correct position. Play a system that suits the players, ie if Cahill is fit you can play 4-5-1 but not if he isn't.
Above all, vary the attack: as others have said, if there is no decent service the centre forward won't score. So playing the ball sideways out the wing and hoofing high balls into the box will not bring goals.
Short passing to feet (of worse, to midriff) without any movement off the ball means no penetration and so no goals.
Unwillingness to even take a shot on goal means you're unlikely to score.
18 Posted 23/09/2010 at 21:30:09
Why would we play Anichebe up front on his own? When we are struggling for goals i can't see the logic of putting a player up front by himself who has not got a particularly good scoring record.
19 Posted 23/09/2010 at 21:57:34
The Yak is our best option up front. He appears unfit and not injured, which is a a disgrace and his wages should be docked.
We should have got rid of sicknote Saha, Anichebe is not intelligent enough player (he'd probably suite a Sam Allardyce team) and Beckford will need time to adjust.
20 Posted 23/09/2010 at 23:30:00
21 Posted 24/09/2010 at 20:34:27
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