Osman is out for 6 weeks. He may have become a bit of a scapegoat over the years, but I believe he is a very good player, albeit one who in his best position would not get into a fully fit Everton team (central midfield, where Arteta plays).
However, one other thing is for sure: When Everton play well, Osman is generally one of the better players (despite his often infuriating child-like weak shots that demean much good work). It is equally true that when Everton don't play well he goes missing. But at the moment we are playing quite well, and Osman has been one of the better players. The fact that he has been doing well in Pienaar's absence has made it all the more important.
Now the injury curse has struck again (proving that it wasn't all Baz Rathbone's fault), the time is for Bily to step up.
He is a totally different player, so one should not get angry is he doesn't do Pienaar's or Osman's chasing, but he does need to become an effective player. No more so than in the next game at Spurs.
I really hope he can step up to the plate, if he does then thisclub will benefit no end if he gets a good run of form. If not then we coulbe in trouble. Or will Moyes pump for Guaye ? a wilcard but one that rather weak Spurs defense won't expect either.
Fran Mitchell, Posted 22/10/2010 at 15:20:58
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1 Posted 22/10/2010 at 15:38:21
2 Posted 22/10/2010 at 15:52:42
3 Posted 22/10/2010 at 15:56:39
4 Posted 22/10/2010 at 16:12:57
5 Posted 22/10/2010 at 16:08:35
Rooney definitely pushed himself forward and to a lesser extent Rodwell has talent...But Coleman is the only true success we have at the moment.
I just hope we can muddle through for the next month or so until our injured first teamers fully recover.
6 Posted 22/10/2010 at 16:20:10
They will no doubt be knackered from their exertions midweek and we should be able to get at them.....hang on just realised half of our midfield will be missing.....ah well, there is always next season!!
7 Posted 22/10/2010 at 16:41:25
Personally I'd like to see Gueye given a run out at some point over the next few weeks, even coming off the bench.
8 Posted 22/10/2010 at 17:07:16
But I have a feeling that if Arteta doesn't make it, Hibbo will come in at RB to deal with Bale and double up with Coleman on him and Neville will go into midfield alongside Heitinga.
9 Posted 22/10/2010 at 17:16:18
10 Posted 22/10/2010 at 17:34:24
How the fuck else are we going to stop Bale?
11 Posted 22/10/2010 at 18:17:54
By attacking their left flank he kept them pinned back.
Lets hope we learned some lessons from that and do not sit back and try to defend.
Feed the Yak and all that!!
12 Posted 22/10/2010 at 18:51:27
13 Posted 22/10/2010 at 19:39:19
14 Posted 22/10/2010 at 19:51:18
It could be a big game for Seamus too. Bale's eagerness to get forward will leave Coleman with lots of space to run into if we can get the ball to him quick enough. I see a penalty or goal everytime he goes on one of his mazy runs.
15 Posted 22/10/2010 at 20:18:13
We are truly blessed with an absolute inept manager... Jesus wept, what fucking clown decided Ossie no feet and Hibbo should be getting contract extensions?
16 Posted 22/10/2010 at 20:19:29
Perhaps Mr Moyes needs to go back to the UEFA coaching school and learn about tactics such as playing to your strengths and not weaknesses, such as constantly playing time and time again people out of position.
I said, once the injuries pile up, it will benefit us, and oh look we are beginning to move up the table as those injuries begin to dig in... no coincidence, sadly.
17 Posted 22/10/2010 at 20:20:22
18 Posted 22/10/2010 at 20:27:18
Howard; Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Heitinga, Arteta, Cahill, Coleman; Yakubu, Beckford/
Spurs have a soft centre and need to be chased at the back following a hard game with 10 men against Inter on Wednesday and playing early Saturday. The home crowd will be expecting a win... so let's give them an energy performance to chew over with a bit of bite from Cahill and Heitinga and see how Van der Vaart and Co like that.
19 Posted 22/10/2010 at 21:09:51
Maybe now is the perfect opportunity for other players to stake their claim. From what I have seen this season, Coleman is perfect for the right side of midfield. He is young, quick and confident ? something Ossie is not. Without jumping the gun, several other players seem to be getting back to their best and hopefully it will produce a decent display at Spurs who, despite Bale's heroics, may be a little tired after the trip to Milan. Certainly this is a great opportunity for the Blues to make it 3 in a row.
20 Posted 22/10/2010 at 21:17:57
Because of injuries we need as many of our first team playing on sat. as possible playing and as far as i'm concerned the battle will be between Bales and Seamus.
All Moyes has to do is to tell Seamus to tell Bales that theres a dragon over the left hand stand. Bale (because he's a christian) will be out the game for good.
NOW THATS TACTICS
2-1 Everton win !!!
21 Posted 22/10/2010 at 21:35:28
It has to be Hibbo and Seamus on the right. Bale hasn't got a chance.
Great hatrick from Bale but you have to blame the goalie. Each goal was exactly the same. This will, or should not happen with Everton.
So, apart from all that, this is the day that our Yak forgets he was ever injured.
22 Posted 22/10/2010 at 22:16:20
I really hope he plays tommorow because if Yakubu holds the ball up the way he did on Sunday then Billy will be firing shots in from all angles
23 Posted 22/10/2010 at 23:33:25
I never was one of his admirers but his absolutely hopeless performance in the the cup final was the last straw.
I am very disapointed that he has been getting regular games where we could have been giving experience to young hopefuls.
I have long believed that in 99 cases out of 100 anyone worth keeping is doing the stuff before reaching age 20.
24 Posted 23/10/2010 at 04:15:39
25 Posted 23/10/2010 at 06:11:31
Can anyone honestly say there isn't a better player than Bily in the lower leagues who's English and would have cost a fraction of the price? We should get rid in January.
26 Posted 23/10/2010 at 06:42:07
An enigma wrapped up in an (up till now) crap waste of money.
A player in search of a position, just like his Scottish cousin McFadden, any position... just not with us. It's like playing with 10 men.
And should he (and Moyes by selecting him) prove me wrong by scoring a wonder goal to win the game, well of course I did (didn't we all?) know he was a class act.
But I doubt it.
27 Posted 23/10/2010 at 09:20:55
To those who say get rid !!!!! if we can get our money back ok, but i doubt it , i still think there's a player there and i dont think he's had a fair crack yet.
28 Posted 23/10/2010 at 10:15:23
Dont think Arteta will make it today , bloody hamstrings !!!
29 Posted 23/10/2010 at 10:56:29
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44 Posted 23/10/2010 at 18:48:02
I mean seriously I know we need to conserve what we have, but honestly you can't just make excuses that the lad Bily needs a run. We simply don't have the luxury nor the time to do it.
Alan Clarke I absolutely concur with you about Bily.
I know lots of people who really dislike Howard. He can't handle crosses and can't command his own box, so is susceptible to anything from corners. But the sad fact is, from what I've heard is we have an even worse replacement in Mucho Groucho..who knows. Howard really needs to stop having these small blind periods. I like Howard, and can make fantastic head on saves, but I also believe he really struggles with anything that is not head on in his perspective. Maybe some hard work needs to be put on his training from corners and crosses from the wing.
45 Posted 24/10/2010 at 03:59:31
46 Posted 25/10/2010 at 04:09:24
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