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Here's some good strikers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZhysyhUL9k

Anyway, my point is, if we want to play 4-4-2 (which we do), we need 3 decent strikers to choose from.

We've got probably one and a half decent strikers.

Let's see the board back Moyes and get Darren Bent in. He wants out, he's got 20 goals in him, I think he'd do well.

It's not going to happen is it?

Most likely, if there is another striker coming in, it will have to be one of Moyes's shrewd puchases from the lower leagues.

How about that powerful striker who scored on his debut for Leicester at the weekend?


Dan Kemp, Bristol     Posted 17/01/2011 at 16:37:01

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Brian Price
1   Posted 17/01/2011 at 18:24:04

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Just read Darren Bent wants out of Sunderland. I think he would be ideal and the prospect of him and Jermaine would surely equal goals. Get that 24/7 search for investment notched up a gear of five BK - and pronto!
Liam Reilly
2   Posted 17/01/2011 at 18:26:22

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Darren Bent?

We can't afford Marcu Bent!
Gareth Humphreys
3   Posted 17/01/2011 at 18:29:06

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£19m for Darren Bent? Err no thanks.
Brian Waring
4   Posted 17/01/2011 at 18:46:24

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Bent supposed to be on his way to Villa, £18m, rising to £24m, with add ons etc.
Andy Crooks
5   Posted 17/01/2011 at 18:50:46

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Dan, we will not make a major signing in the foreseeable future. The boat has been missed. Our next signings will be lower league gambles or over the hill desperation.
Phil Martin
6   Posted 17/01/2011 at 19:20:13

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Gareth Humphreys, you say that in jest...but it's true. Sorry times....
David Barks
7   Posted 17/01/2011 at 19:51:52

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Don't care what anybody says, Keane would be perfect if we could get him. 30 is not too old and I think Moyes sees that with Neville. It looks as if Pienaar is going to Spurs, so let's make a deal. He has pace, is capable of playing out wide or up front, is an accomplished finisher and is good with the ball. He'll be hungry to prove people wrong and could teach Beckford a thing or two over the next year. He's for sale, Birmingham had a fee agreed at around 6 million, we should make it happen.
Sean McCarthy
8   Posted 17/01/2011 at 20:36:48

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".........He's for sale, Birmingham had a fee agreed at around 6 million, we should make it happen. ..."

We havent got a pot to piss in so how do you propose we make it happen???

Were broke and everyone knows it so expect low bids in the summer for the likes of Rodwell and we will struggle to say 'no'. And seriously how much longer can we keep hold of Fellani? He could run the show for any side in the Prem and probably most of Europe too and we simply wont be able to keep him much longer. Its sad days ahead I fear
Pat Finegan
9   Posted 17/01/2011 at 20:34:25

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Am I the only one who saw Jermaine Beckford score yesterday? It was an incredibly well taken goal. He made a smart run, good first touch, looked up, shielded the ball from a defender, and calmly slotted it home; textbook. I think he's going to end the season with at least 10 goals and be a key player for us.
David Barks
10   Posted 17/01/2011 at 21:22:26

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I like Beckford I just want Keane to help him. As for how we make it happen, we're selling Pienaar aren't we, for at least 3 million. Arsenal were interested in Jags for a hell of a lot more and now have an injury crisis in that area. I say sell him with Distin and Heitinga doing well and a couple of highly touted youngsters coming through. Now you have the money for Keane and maybe a cheaper CB for cover. That's how. Losing one player who's out of contract hardly means we'll suddenly lose Rodwell and Fellaini on the cheap. Get a grip.
Tom Bowers
11   Posted 17/01/2011 at 21:54:06

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Sorry but Bent would not improve the Blues and certainly not for 19million.
I would agree Beckford should be given a good run. Anichebe is a battler but lacks finesse.
Could not Moyes make a swap with Spurs -Pienaar for Keane or one of the others who cannot get a game at White Hart Lane Jenas or Kranzjar?
Maybe the wage bill is the problem
Brian Waring
12   Posted 17/01/2011 at 22:01:52

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Tom, Arry said he was looking for at least £9m for Kranjcar, when it came out that he may have to move on.
Michael Upton
13   Posted 17/01/2011 at 22:07:11

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Not sure exactly what Beckford's goals per minutes ratio is this season - sure someone on here has that to hand - but give the guy a chance.

He almost scored the winner in the derby - surely that counts for something.

Two goals in two games, admittedly against poor defences (arf arf), could be the start of a run, especially with West Ham's joke defence dropping by next.

Give him a run of games and plenty of game time and he may just keep sticking them in the net.

As for Pienaar, he's been good for a couple of seasons so it's fair enough he wants a more realistic punt at CL football (and, being a modern day footballer, a big pay day) But he might just regret it when he find himself as one of Spurs dozen midfielders with less chance of a game every week.
Gavin Ramejkis
14   Posted 17/01/2011 at 22:21:26

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David #10, apparently that tarmac spreading mercenary wants a fucking pay rise to go to Birmingham, he can whistle before I'd see him play for Everton. I'd take Krancjar off them but not Keane.

Michael #13 Beckford's stats from Leeds were 72 goals in 126 appearances which isn't bad even if it is lower league.
David Barks
15   Posted 17/01/2011 at 23:07:01

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The reports about Keane's wage demands came from Birmingham and they did not say he wanted a raise, just that it was more than they wanted to spend while saying they were fair demands for a player of his ability. I just love it, you ask for a certain salary to do your job and that's fine, they ask for a certain salary and they're mercenaries. Get over it. He's a quality player who would help us.
Andy Crooks
16   Posted 17/01/2011 at 23:17:52

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David, it's some time since Keane was an above average player. Yakubu is better, His offloading was a disgrace.
Mike Prendergast
17   Posted 17/01/2011 at 23:59:24

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We all know we need more fire power up front. We also know we are always skint? So I have been thinking about who is available, we would want etc...

We need a short term fix in the Kevin Campbell mould. So I came up with... Eidur Gudjohnsen.

He is 32 but knows where the net is. Is warming the Bench at Stoke. Worth a Punt?

Sam Hoare
18   Posted 18/01/2011 at 00:10:25

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A pity that ANichebe just doesn't look able to control or pass the ball. And Vaughan not much better.

Why do i feel that if they had developed at Arsenal their technique may have been coached a bit better.

Not sure where our Striker messiah is gonna come from this season. I'd be tempted to try Beckford with Billy just behind him. He's intelligent can hit the ball and is decent in the air. Maybe thats late night madness talking.
Sean McCarthy
19   Posted 18/01/2011 at 00:12:11

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Gavin what makes you call Keane a Tarmac spreading mercenary??? If he was black would you call him a spliff smoking rasta?? Jewish then he must be a unscrupulous jeweller.
Your own name doesn't sound very English maybe you'd like to share your heritage with us so we can throw some racist and bigotted shite your way. It's not ok to use such terms against Irish any more than it would be to use derogatory terms against distin for being black. And don't go all righteous and PC. Just don't stoop to racist slurs.
I'm Irish and never laid Tarmac in my life. Neither have the vast majority of us 'gypos'. Were all too busy getting pissed on Guinness in our little green suits and Ginger beards
Jimmy Hacking
20   Posted 18/01/2011 at 00:16:13

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Darren Bent is a bloody goal machine, can see him joining Villa maybe but not for less than £20 million.

the "Darren Bent opportunity" actually neatly sums up the problem with our board. if we were to take a chance on him and he fired us into the champions league, then his fee, wages etc. would instantly be paid for, and then some. but the chances of this happening are less than zero.
Conor Skelly
21   Posted 18/01/2011 at 04:21:36

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Well said, Sean. Gavin you're a clown. I thought I was seeing things when I read that, and that was only your surname.

For what it's worth, I think we need a Keane/Gudjohnson to play in the hole more than an expensive flop in the making £20 mill finisher like Bent. I'd take a ball player any day.
Andrew Laird
22   Posted 18/01/2011 at 10:46:00

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Darren Bent is marginally better than Beckford, certainly not worth anywhere near that ridiculous fee and it's no wonder that Sunderland are entertaining it. We need a striker with a first touch, someone who can hold the ball up, not another pacey striker who would be forever running towards the corner flags.
Richie James
23   Posted 18/01/2011 at 11:51:21

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This is hilarious. Are those of you speculating and pontificating over the signing of new strikers actually aware that the club has no money?

Have you been under a rock for the past year or two?

If Moyes can bring anyone in permanently, it will be with the £3m or so he can get from the proposed Pienaar deal - which in cash terms limits us to Championship signings.

On a loan front, he has just freed up the salaries of Yakubu and potentially Pienaar to spend on other strikers.

That's his budget. Bent will cost £18m +. Keane will cost £6m. Both of these players will be requesting higher salary than Yakubu and Pienaar were earning combined. It's not difficult to work out.

There's no money as the club are not willing, or not able to borrow. In my mind that's fine. We can continue to perform as we are without putting ourselves in the perilous financial positions of other clubs who have stretched themselves beyond their means.

Be happy with what we have. If I want a new telly and I don't have the money for a new telly then I think. Do I need a new telly? My existing telly serves a purpose, it works but perhaps a bigger better telly would be good? However if there's no money for a new telly at the moment I'll wait until I have the money to buy it.

Anichebe, Saha, Beckford. Lauded one day, piloried the next. They'll do for me at the moment, until such a point that more money comes available.
Norman Merrill
24   Posted 18/01/2011 at 12:17:12

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It amazes me that some fans think that we can still shop in Harrods, when we just about make the £1 store!
Besides! Darren Bent in my opinion is not worth anything like the value been banded around.
I would imagine Moyes has somebody in mind, and if so, we will find out when the Pienaar money comes in.
Michael Upton
25   Posted 18/01/2011 at 12:08:03

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Richie James (22) talks a lot of sense. A lot of clubs are constantly chasing the dream with this constant credit card finance.

There's nothing to say that either Bent or Keane, even if the money were leveraged (ie borrowed) to pay for them, would prove any more successful than what we have.

The Yak arrived on a tide of goals, which have dried up since his injury, but a decent half season in the Championship could be just what he needs to get fit and find some form.
His pre-injury goals record, lazy or not, does stand up to scrutiny and there's no reason to suggest any striker you care to mention would do the business any better.

As I said in my previous comment, Beckford could do a job for us and has looked better lately. So let's give him a chance, eh?
Andrew Laird
26   Posted 18/01/2011 at 12:50:40

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Richie #22 I agree with you that we will not be able to afford anyone who is half decent but I would also like to add that we will not be buying anybody in the future either.

You state: "Have you been under a rock for the past year or two?" and then further on in your comments you add: " We can continue to perform as we are without putting ourselves in the perilous financial positions of other clubs who have stretched themselves beyond their means." mmmm. We are not in a perilous financial situation now then? Having to sell players just to be able to balance the books and pay employees. We have sold all our business assets except players and Goodison Park. Here is an example of forward thinking business savvy from Everton: A state of the art training facility was built to the tune of £10 million and we now rent it every year for £1 million for the grand sum of £25million (25 year lease). Like I said earlier it is folly to suggest we should buy this player or that but quite frankly we are in a perilous financial situation already because of the lack of foresight and business acumen at board level.
David Barks
27   Posted 18/01/2011 at 14:58:44

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Everton is not in a perilous financial situation. Operate on a very tight budget? Sure, absolutely. In danger of going bust, no. Having to sell star players to balance their books? Absolutely not. They're selling a player for 3 million pounds five months before his contract is up because he wants a lot of money and we don't value him at that level. They loaned out Yakubu because the manager saw Beckford and Saha as better options, with a younger Anichebe valued more going forward. So Yakubu is loaned out to save on wages which with our budget is necessary to bring in help. Then he will be sold in the Summer to bring in more money. Stop making the situation worse than it is. We loaned out one striker who hardly played the past 2 years and are selling one midfielder who is out of contract and won't agree a new one.
Anthony Hughes
28   Posted 18/01/2011 at 15:08:23

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Beckford and Saha better options than Yakubu? If you can get Saha on the pitch for two games in a row maybe, in my opinion Saha's finished as a top footballer, his body can't take the rigours of the Prem on a weekly basis. The jury's still out on Beckford so i'd have to disagree on both counts. As for our financial situation it isn't good. Quality players are leaving the club for whatever reason and are going to be replaced by loanee championship players. We are the sickman of the Premiership with practically every club being able to outspend us. Where are the transfer funds coming from to improve the squad in the summer without selling our better players? No sign of any investment coming into the club, no stadium improvements or news on the stadium move. On the football field if we say things are fine as they are we're kidding ourselves. Ok we might tick over in mid table if we don't bring any quality players in but eventually if we're standing still we will be over taken by clubs around us moving on and we will start to go backwards. The next 3-4 seasons will be difficult.
David Barks
29   Posted 18/01/2011 at 15:36:04

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Anthony,
Doesn't matter if you disagree, the manager sees them as better options and the fact is they are both suddenly scoring goals. And where are all these quality players who are leaving Everton. Again, one player who is out of contract and wants to move. It happens, AT ALL CLUBS, from time to time. Xabi Alonso wanted out of Liverpool because he wanted out. Tevez still wants out of City because he wants out. Again, business is always about raising funds to spend funds. The problem is football hasn't been like that for the past decade or more and fans have come to expect endless amounts of money spent with no consequence. Selling Pienaar now brings in some money, it's a smart thing to do. We will sell Yobo this summer, it's a smart thing to do as we have better. We will sell Yakubu this summer, the manager sees other players as better options. That will raise money, other players will come in. Maybe we capitalize on one big sale. I see Jagielka as someone we could sell for quite a high amount which would allow us to do a lot to this squad. We have a tight budget, but a little creativity (see Arsenal) can allow the squad to be strengthened.
Andrew Laird
30   Posted 18/01/2011 at 15:25:33

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David#26 Well, time will time David if I am talking nonsense.
"Operate on a very tight budget? Sure, absolutely. In danger of going bust, no. Having to sell star players to balance their books? Absolutely not." The "very tight budget" before the transfer window opened was £0, not really a budget is it? (Moyes said this himself). In other words we are at maximum operating costs and we cannot borrow any money as we are maxed out with the banks and also on future TV revenue! (I am sure you know this already). We can only sell/ loan out players to survive as we have no assets left. Not really rocket science is it?
I agree that they are doing the best business they can now with Pienaar to get something rather than nothing, that is obvious. I appreciate your view but for me the financial state of the club is perilous. Where exactly are the accounts for the last tax year? Up until this point Everton have been very straightforward and punctual about this but not now, coincidence? I doubt it.
Mike Prendergast
31   Posted 18/01/2011 at 15:44:47

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Eidur Gudjohnson
He is not getting a game at Stoke, knows where the goal is.
Short term maybe?
Anthony Hughes
32   Posted 18/01/2011 at 15:46:42

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Pienaar's a quaility player, Yakubu's a quaility player and Yobo is a proven established Premiership centre half. None of which will be at the club next season.
David Barks
33   Posted 18/01/2011 at 15:53:02

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Yakubu WAS a quality player. He has been put up for loan and went to a CHAMPIONSHIP club. He hasn't scored goals, at all. Yobo was passed by better defenders, we have at least 2 and in my opinion 3 better CBs now. And as I said we aren't the only club who has a player who has wanted to leave. Look at Sunderland with Bent wanting out to move to a much worse club.

As for the budget issue, when I say budget I'm talking about the business overall, not one single aspect in the transfer budget. Two separate things. Our budget includes locking up players to increased contracts, which with the single exception of Pienaar we have been able to do. That would include scouting etc, which again judging by the find of Coleman for next to nothing is working.

No we can't just offer silly money for any player we want, but who can other than City? Spurs shipped players out on loan and now bring in Pienaar. Do you not think that their people looked at the wages shipping out before bringing more in? Villa are going for a big money signing, six months after selling their key player for big money. Money in money out. That's the way it should work. You sell a player and bring some in.
Andrew Laird
34   Posted 18/01/2011 at 16:44:40

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David #32 I was also talking about the business overall not the transfer budget, just using that as an example. At Everton it seems to be money in money.... where has it gone? Anyway, Agree to disagree I think, but nice to have differing opinions about things.
Tom Bowers
35   Posted 18/01/2011 at 18:52:30

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We have a proven class striker at the club and that is Saha. Trouble is he is stricken with injurie woes and is not getting any younger. His conributions will be minimal because of that fact. Beckford is quick and is showing his poaching forte and should keep his place even when Timmie comes back.
Timmie should slot in just behind the front two. Hopefully this may be Moyes mindset too.
Vaughan and Anichebe have probably shown their best sides and I don't think they can play anything but bit parts whilst they are at Goodison which is a shame because they both promised a lot early and were set back by bad injuries. Luckily Coleman has an eye for a goal or two but we need more from Fellaini and Arteta who are both stilltrying to get back to their best. Osman is nothing more than a stop gap at the moment. Gueye and Duffy should both be given some playing time before the end of the season and if not then Moyes must not be rating them and should move them on.
In short what we have is what we have to live with as it appears that Moyes is making no moves to add to the squad depite many rumours going around and time running out.

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