In the pre-season, I have to admit I was one of many suggesting and hoping that Diniyar Bilyaletdinov was going to be a key player for us this season. While there is still a lot of time (and room) for improvement, I fear that we cannot really afford to have a £9M passenger who, if anything, has shown less in his second season than his first.
I have no doubt that Bily is a talented player and will do well somewhere but I'm not convinced it is with Everton in the Premier League.
The main problem is that I think it is clear he is not a winger; his pace of foot and thought is not quick enough. He could do well in the centre but is behind Cahill, Arteta, Fellaini, Heitinga and Rodwell amongst others for the central berths.
If we could recoup all or a lot of the £9M we paid for him, presumably by flogging him back to one of the rich Russian clubs, then we could buy a pacy winger or perhaps a goalscoring forward that we are screaming out for.
In no way would I be unhappy to see Bily stay; I do believe he has talent in those boots. But I also believe that, if we are to climb the table this season, we will need another player or two to come in in January. Perhaps a seasoned goalscoring Premier League winger such as N'Zogbia?
Sam Hoare, Posted 07/11/2010 at 13:33:18
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1 Posted 07/11/2010 at 15:54:27
2 Posted 07/11/2010 at 18:10:17
N'Zogbia would be a great addition but probably out of our league in terms of affordability.
3 Posted 07/11/2010 at 18:51:55
4 Posted 07/11/2010 at 18:48:04
Apart from the fact he's got a cracking shot on him, he's nothing but a passenger at the moment.
5 Posted 07/11/2010 at 19:58:37
What I don't know is whether the gaffer has decided he is another Krøldrup, or whether he will stubbornly persevere until Bily Ale comes good, or it becomes clear he will never cut the mustard. I would give it a while longer personally. It would seem sad if it transpires that we cannot harness such talent.
6 Posted 07/11/2010 at 20:48:01
Maybe, instead of castigating him, we should wonder why he isn't performing to his usual standard, and fulfilling his potential. And help him achieve that.
Personally, I think he has a great touch and an eye for goal. But his confidence needs a little work, and he needs a run of games. I am confident that given a run of games ? he'll be fine. We've been here before with Fellaini...
Its not easy for foreign players to settle into a new environment, different language, holed up in Liverpool...
7 Posted 07/11/2010 at 21:45:59
8 Posted 07/11/2010 at 21:54:46
9 Posted 07/11/2010 at 21:55:48
10 Posted 07/11/2010 at 23:15:24
Bily needs to make Moyes want to pick him. Coming on and looking like you're scared shitless / can't be arsed, really isn't the way to do that.
If we could get anywhere near what we payed for him in January (although I doubt that very much), I would be inclined to get rid, despite his undoubted technical ability.
11 Posted 07/11/2010 at 23:54:54
12 Posted 08/11/2010 at 03:38:26
13 Posted 08/11/2010 at 09:26:11
Ship him out in January!!
14 Posted 08/11/2010 at 10:46:48
15 Posted 08/11/2010 at 13:30:14
I would be happy to see him start for say 10 games on the bounce and then judge him.
16 Posted 08/11/2010 at 13:42:01
17 Posted 08/11/2010 at 13:10:06
I think if he didn't have the right attitude, Moyes would have dropped him in the middle of Siberia personally.
I hope he'll come good, cos we'd be lucky to get half a Hibbo in return for him at the moment.
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