Going through some stats on our favourite football team, I was struck by the parallels between this season and last.
Have a look at this season versus last season and see the dreadful start, the big pick up, the fall away and the excellent finish.
Why does this happen? Why can't we be consistent over the season? Any thoughts?
Jonathan Tasker, Posted 11/04/2011 at 13:16:35
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1 Posted 11/04/2011 at 14:55:27
2 Posted 11/04/2011 at 15:22:26
Little to do with a change in our form or fitness ? more to do with the way teams line up against us. Sadly the only surefire way to break them down earlier in the season is with a 'special' player the likes of which cost upwards £30m and £100k p/w in wages.
3 Posted 11/04/2011 at 17:02:13
As Mark above says, these players cost the earth and even then they don't always do the job, see Torres for example.
4 Posted 11/04/2011 at 18:04:46
But its a case of too many questions, not enough answers. Would we get more points with our top players fit? Or is the 'backs to the wall' showing more fruit?
One thing it does highlight though, is the potential of our team to put together winning runs season after season. The margins are very close. The one-goal losses we have endured this season could have been wins with some more bite up front. The troughs are times when we just can't put our chances away.
If Moyes can unlock a decent striker for next season, it can turn some of those draws into wins, and loses into draws. The problem is: What will Spurs, the Shite and City be able to bring in come the summer???
5 Posted 11/04/2011 at 19:17:00
6 Posted 11/04/2011 at 20:53:33
7 Posted 11/04/2011 at 21:07:04
8 Posted 11/04/2011 at 21:20:46
9 Posted 11/04/2011 at 22:08:52
10 Posted 12/04/2011 at 09:36:39
Even on Saturday after he scored he missed a sitter of a header. He is what he is ? prolific in the lower leagues ? but will get no more than 10-12 at this level if he is lucky and his first touch is awful.
In the Premier League, 1 goal per 2 chances is the required standard not 1 in 5. He's not a young lad, he's 27... not got much time left to improve his ratio.
Anyway I fear for his Everton future after his public spat with Moyes on Saturday... remember Jasper Blomqvist anybody? How much longer did he last after doing the same thing?
11 Posted 12/04/2011 at 11:24:47
I do agree his one-on-ones are not good and I still have nightmares about his last-second blaze over against Sunderland.
To be fair, Neil, if he did score 10/12 for us he would probably end up our top scorer.
12 Posted 12/04/2011 at 12:46:09
Neil, he doesn't need 5 chances to score 1; secondly, being in good chances at every game is sign of exciting and player with impressive movement. Chances are not just falling there for him, he earns them.
13 Posted 12/04/2011 at 13:48:10
1st game, came on after 55mins
2nd game, came off after 70 mins
3rd game, played the full 90 mins
4th game came off after 55 mins.
Apart from the 4th game, he was not substituted early at all.
Out of 4 games 360 mins, he played 250 of them. Not bad for a new signing from 2 leagues below.
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