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Was it the Champions League we were Destined For ?

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We must be getting pretty close to the fact that Mr Moyes now realise?s that he has wasted £15-18m of Lescott?s transfer fee on basically two useless footballers ? namely Heitinga and Bilyaletdinov.

Heitinga must qualify as the worst player ever to have played in a World Cup Final and also Bily as the slowest winger we?ve ever to appear in the Premier League. I would hazard a quess that their re-sale value would top no more than about £8M in total (Heitinga £5M, Bily £3M).

What else did Moyes learn today? Well Anichebe and Beckford will never cut the mustard as lone target men, Osman is basically finished as a Premier League footballer, Neville is not a leader and now should be replaced by Coleman at full back, and Fellaini has had enough of playing with the crap we have and will walk at the end of the season to join Torres at Chelsea.

Well where does this leave us? At least 10 players short for next season either in the PL or Championship (which if that happens will also bring with it a walkout by all and sundry). With Bill?s motto of ?You can Buy when you Sell and after we get our TV Monies? this will leave Moyes with about £30m (Fellaini £20m) to get 10 Premier League players in between August 15th to 31st.

And to think that this was our best squad ever, and destined for the CL ? or was that a dream by someone?


Mike Oates, South Coast     Posted 13/02/2011 at 22:06:20

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Jonathan Tasker
1   Posted 14/02/2011 at 07:05:38

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Bily and Heitinga sum up what I detest about so much of modern football ? they are paid a fortune yet couldn't care less. Bily yesterday may as well have been watching on the telly. Starting with him is like playing with ten men. Heitinga clearly wants to be somewhere else. I just hope we can recoup what he cost.

Please, manager, can we play two forwards. Anichebe on his own had no chance yesterday.
Danny Broderick
2   Posted 14/02/2011 at 07:28:27

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I don't know about 10 new players Mike, but I certainly think we need a couple of strikers, a couple of wingers, a centre mid to play alongside Fellaini and a Centre Half to replace Heitinga.
Bilyaletdinov cost £9 million and he couldn't even take a throw in properly yesterday...
Chris Perry
3   Posted 14/02/2011 at 08:11:40

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Bily is not a winger. It's Moyes and his insistence on playing people out of position.

We are Relegation candidates without a doubt and sadly I see no player motivated enough to do anythng about it.
Tony Waring
4   Posted 14/02/2011 at 09:17:51

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Touche Danny....but actually I saw him do a great imitation of Rory Delap in a recent game so he obviously is capable.
Michael Stevenson
5   Posted 14/02/2011 at 09:18:07

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"What else did Moyes learn today?"

That's the crux of the problem Mike. He never does learn. He'll keep trying the same things, week-in, week-out ? regardless of how patently obvious it is that they aren't working.
Anthony Millington
6   Posted 14/02/2011 at 11:29:19

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Can I just add something in here, Heitinga was player of the season last year at centre back and it was Moyes that messed him about playing him in midfield this season while we leaked goals. Can I suggest the £5 million we paid for Distin was a waste if not worse as has anyone else other than me realised that ever since we signed Distin to replace Lescott we never (hardly ever) keep a clean sheet!

Ok, it's not always his fault but Yobo and certainly Jags would do no worse so why is he always one of the first names on the team sheet? Undroppable? Why loan out Yobo and spend £5 million on an older centre back in Distin, when in my eyes Yobo is just as good? We could have used this £5 million to sign a winger or striker!
Chris Sillett
7   Posted 14/02/2011 at 12:19:07

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I think branding Heitinga and Bily as 'two useless footballer's' is a daft and unjustified comment.

Heitinga can have his bad days but then i would say out of 10 performances he will play well in 8 of them, and on his day he is just as good as Jagielka, his distribution is better for a start. You dont become a fans favourite at Ajax, play for Atletico Madrid and get 60 caps for Holland if your useless do you?

As for Bily, well get on YouTube and take a look at the goals he has scored for us, realise that he is not a left winger, he never has been (something he has told us a few times) and get off the lads back. Ok, he had an awful game yesterday but then so did Fellaini, Cahill...well almost everyone was awful. Bily has got more talent in his left testicle than possibly the weakest and most light weight player in the Premier League ? Osman ? has in his whole body.

John Daley
8   Posted 14/02/2011 at 14:02:39

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"Bily has got more talent in his left testicle than possibly the weakest and most light weight player in the premier league Osman has in his whole body."

Well, he's certainly doing a good job of spunking his Everton career up the wall.
Chris Lawlor
9   Posted 14/02/2011 at 14:25:41

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Chris Sillett #6,

I agree with you on this one fella. Bili and Heitinga are the main recipients of my fury lately but as you say they cannot have turned into bad players overnight. I have come to the conclusion that it is our mentality as a club/team that has these players playing in reverse gear.

Before joining us both Bili and Jonny played successfully in their respective leagues and were known names in the European game...within 18 months both have lost form and dont seem comfortable on the ball. Is it our workmanlike approach to games, dour, combative and negative that has drained their creativity and will?

Moyes may be highly regarded in the game for having Everton punching above our collective weight but he'll never be known as a Manager who's team's play attractive flowing football and this is where I thnk we lose a lot of potential signings and lose the patience / belief of our current ball players.

It seems we are going to be in this financial malaise for a while yet..if this is the case and Moyes walks in May then thats fine by me. Get a new man in who can at least get the side playing attractive football and see where we go from there.
Jason Lam
10   Posted 16/02/2011 at 03:27:10

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No. To join the Champions League club you need shitloads of money to continue financing your membership with quality players year in year out. Even if you have a blip and miss out, there are reserves (money) to draw from to get back in asap. So no, Everton are not a Champions League club.

Jonathan #1, playing 2 up front is not a valid excuse for Anichebe. In fact I want to put this 2 up front theory to bed. No decent side ever plays with 2 up front anymore especially against quality oppositions. Anichebe or whoever we have needs to adapt to playing up front alone, or as a Wing-Striker in the mould of Henry, Ronaldo, Messi. Dribblers would can cut in and shoot.

Otherwise shift Anichebe to the lower leagues where they still play 4-4-2 on cabbage patches.
Jason Lam
11   Posted 16/02/2011 at 03:34:39

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Take Arsenal as an example, even in the slight jeopardy of missing out of Champion League, up pops Arshavin (and blow their recruit-youth-policy-system out the water) and they were back on track. The Champions League clubs have the financial backing to ride out the tides.

Do you honest think BK can afford a Champions League club???

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