Can anyone explain what has happened to Leon Osman? This also-ran footballer that suffered at the hands of TW, a favourite of Moyes yet not favoured by the supporters. The injuries to Fellaini, Arteta, Saha, Cahill and Rodwell with the departure of Pienaar, the team was too close to the relegation zone for comfort. It was a worrying times for Evertonians. The midfield ripped apart, no strikers, no hope.
Now, like a scene from Braveheart, out of the gloom came this little dynamo to transform the side's form. It?s as though the quiet man at the karaoke bar, too shy to sing so lets others have a go, has grabbed the mike and belted out hit after hit to rapturous applause.
When the stars come back, Leon can rightly stand head and shoulders above them and proudly demand that their standards reach his.
As Kipling could say (in a fashion) to our up-and-coming Blue boys:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And ? which is more ? you'll be an Osman my son!
David Price, Posted 12/05/2011 at 22:54:05
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1 Posted 13/05/2011 at 02:22:31
2 Posted 13/05/2011 at 02:40:05
It makes a huge difference to his game when he's not stuck out on the wing.
I expect him to remain a useful squad player for many years to come.
3 Posted 13/05/2011 at 03:35:43
Maybe because he isn't Spanish or French or Portuguese or something he hasn't been fashionable enough to warrant as much faith from the fans/manager.
Saha didn't score for over a year and was playing like shit for ages before he finally came good again. Anichebe played his best game last weekend, but otherwise has been fucking useless, yet he still gets a go. Arteta has been terrible for most of the season, and there had been all kinds of failings with Bily, Rodwell, Heitinga and the want-away Pienaar. Throughout Osman gets a run in varying positions, but it isn't until 90% of the squad is dead or dying that he gets a sustained run in a position that suits his game.
So where has this Leon Osman come from??? He could well have been here all along.
4 Posted 13/05/2011 at 03:44:57
Think he's always been a similar style player to Peanut, though Osman has added goals and is getting a game unlike the Spurs player who left for two European matches and a spot on the bench with a good chance of as much Europe as Everton next season.
I'm pleased for the lad, he's always had some good spells but has been given the tag of disappearing in big games. I think he's experienced enough now to know what its all about and hope that he makes he current form a standard.
Same we didn't have a couple more results that went our way in the early season as can't believe how close we've come to the top six! No regrets though but get the feeling of Déjà vu from the beginning and the end of last season.
I was positive that we could carry the end of season form into the next and with a few additions be right up there challenging the top four. Maybe next season we can learn from last season and actually do it from the start and see where that gets us!
5 Posted 13/05/2011 at 05:12:50
So like every other skint team, we`ve had to employ certain players in 2-3 different positions.
Ossie has always ALWAYS been a smashing little player and has ALWAYS been prepared to scarifice his personel game for the greater good by playing in another position.
This hasnt always been appreciated.
Ossie has shown himself to be a vastly superior footballer to Cahill, he has also shown that given his favoured position he too can score goals.
Perhaps his detractors will remember that when the superstars are back fit and this great little Evertonian is asked to fill in where others cant.
6 Posted 13/05/2011 at 07:02:32
I would also say Pienaar leaving has had a big say in it too and the little fella has realised its time he has to step up and he has gathered confidence and Moyes has to make sure he does not cock that confidence up by putting him back in thet Cup Final position we all hate to see him in.
7 Posted 13/05/2011 at 07:05:10
The header against Kompany underlines how hard he can try in games.
8 Posted 13/05/2011 at 08:12:39
In particular his total invisability in the cup final will forever stay in my mind.
9 Posted 13/05/2011 at 08:13:47
10 Posted 13/05/2011 at 08:33:42
Yes he's not always MotM - but very few players turn it on week-in, week-out. Many of those don't work as hard either.
As for Dick (No 8) ? there were others who didn't turn up that day. It's all about opinions and I like him.
11 Posted 13/05/2011 at 08:58:40
Now, I'm as glad as anyone that Ossie is having a good two months, but he isn't even our Player of the Season ? Baines or Distin for me. He wouldn't get into any of the 6 sides above us... so, if we're to improve, we have to get better than Osman.
My advice: enjoy his form while it lasts...
12 Posted 13/05/2011 at 09:24:26
13 Posted 13/05/2011 at 09:02:02
Perhaps Moyes should have sacrificed one of them to the wing. Ossie would posed Chelsea more problems from midfield than those two put together.
14 Posted 13/05/2011 at 09:28:37
How about slaughtering Howard for his poor goalkeeping that day, or the piss poor marking for Drogbas goal?
At least Osman had some excuse in being played out of position that day. An as pointed out in previous posts,it is not just a few good performances this season, what about last season when he was thrown in the middle against Chelsea,Utd and City and was MOTM in all those games, the lad was the main reason we never got sucked into a relegation dogfight when we were only two points off third from bottom in January, so give him some credit eh.
15 Posted 13/05/2011 at 09:53:33
However, being slight of stature and not particularly quick does not help him against the more physical sides in the Premier League. Having said that being stuck out on the wing hardly helps the lad play his natural game. In terms of his ball control,mental sharpness and quickness of feet, there is nobody better in the Everton team - Arteta included.
It's a question of accommodation - needs to play cenrally alongside an enforcer who feeds him the ball.
Also, I do wish he was able to smack a ball harder sometimes!
Great player with physical limitations but a true professional and never one to hide..
16 Posted 13/05/2011 at 10:34:49
17 Posted 13/05/2011 at 10:39:10
If you ask me, Matt, it's sycophants who believe criticism should be banned that resemble kopites.
18 Posted 13/05/2011 at 10:37:54
19 Posted 13/05/2011 at 10:41:24
20 Posted 13/05/2011 at 10:52:12
The difference to me as well is he is playing further up the pitch. He has played centre mid before and he played OK, still better than on the wing, but had to be more defensive a bit often. But playing him further forward we have seen what he can do.
In the cup final though, I do remember Osman and Hibbert playing terribly. Ashley Cole and Florent Malouda tore us apart in that game.
21 Posted 13/05/2011 at 10:56:09
while your watching the video, count how many times Your hero Cahill actually touches the ball ?
you wont need to take your sox off.
No amount of Ossie bashing from you can disguise the fact that he stunk and is as culpable as everyone else.
No problem with criticsm, but you are allowed to be a little even handed about it
22 Posted 13/05/2011 at 10:42:25
As well as he's been playing for the last couple of months, he has played as well as that sporadically in the past when given the opportunity in his best position of central midfield. One game in particular I recall was against Bolton a few years ago. We were either getting beat 1-0 or it might have been drawing 1-1, getting nowhere and under constant pressure from the opposition who were just overunning our mudfield on the day. Osman was brought on as sub for the last 20 minutes or so and swung the game by just being able to hold the ball and provide a measure of impact in midfield and we ended up winning via a Gravesen free kick which arose from the pressure we were then able to exert on Bolton. Osman is a good player, not a world beater, but well worth his place in a top six or seven Premiership side.
As for the Cup Final, the problem that day were two disastrous substitutions. We took off Confidence and Adventure and brought on Fear and Trepidation. We learned in the first minute that Chelsea were not invincible but we forgot how to make it pay. Whoever's fault that was (two guesses anyone?) it certainly wasn't Osman's.
23 Posted 13/05/2011 at 11:35:42
Actually, the fans whose opinions I respect the most (largely those who regularly attend games) have continued to rate him highly. And let's not forget, he has scored some of our most memorable goals - each and every season for the last 8 or 9.
Personally, I can't remember a player at Goodison with feet as quick as Leon's. On this day, he's a delight to watch.
24 Posted 13/05/2011 at 12:24:57
25 Posted 13/05/2011 at 12:39:57
Great feet, never hides, always tries to do something constructive.
His goal against Larissa a few years back was as good as you will see.
26 Posted 13/05/2011 at 12:59:16
Theres a good reason Mikel has been lauded more over their careers and it has nothing to do with having a foriegn name.
Osman's a good footballer, no question, but i find that comment a little disparaging towards Arteta.
27 Posted 13/05/2011 at 13:25:06
Ossie is one of the best technical players we've had at this club for years. Without people like him we'd be dangerously close to being labelled in the same category as Blackburn & Stoke. But then I suppose you prefer the bulldosing style of people like big Vic! Chelsea were the better team in that Cup Final, and so they should have been. Get over it.
28 Posted 13/05/2011 at 13:37:22
29 Posted 13/05/2011 at 14:30:58
He was dire on that day and left Hibbert isolated so many times. My issue is that no matter that Hibbo and Ossie got skinned for their first goal, where was the marking on Drogba by Lescott? So many posters constatntly refer to how Hibbert was skinned so many times, yet it was only one cross that they scored from and then he went off. where was the rest of the defence?
Where was Neville for their second and again Lescott?, backing off Lampard and making his mind up for him to shoot. Why was Howard beaten so easily from distances...Noooo, it was Hibberts and Ossie's fault.
30 Posted 13/05/2011 at 14:54:11
As I said, two points off the bottom three in January, we where in real danger of getting dragged into a dogfight and Osman was the main reason we never.
As Paul Foster says, those matchgoers me and him see, tend to rate the lad highly.
31 Posted 13/05/2011 at 14:49:41
And that is my arguement. He is obviously good enough for a team placed 7th (as we are), but the reality is he would not get into any of the sides above us. Seriously. It's my opinion but could all those on here proclaiming they always knew Ossie was a great player answer me honestly and say he'd get into a side above us? And theirin lies the problem. He's great - for a team that is happy to finish no higher than 7th. To me this Osman praise reminds me of that time there was a call for Gazza to get back into the England side after a good cup game against some lower league opposition.
And a little off the topic, but as everyone here studys all things Everton, it often helps to see what outsiders think. In the case of the media, almost every player who ever has a decent spell with us gets linked to a move to someone else. I've never heard a rumour of anyone ever showing a remote interest in Osman? Not a strong arguing point I admit, just an afterthought.
32 Posted 13/05/2011 at 15:18:50
I probably hate Hibbo aswell.
33 Posted 13/05/2011 at 15:45:26
34 Posted 13/05/2011 at 15:47:07
35 Posted 13/05/2011 at 17:17:18
He's a local lad who is committed to Everton but those two facts don't suddenly make him a good player - would anyone seriously pick an on form Osman ahead of an on form Arteta, Fellaini or Cahill?. Indeed would anyone play him instead of Coleman out wide?
Get real folks!!!
36 Posted 13/05/2011 at 17:34:39
Now I've Googled, YouTubed, etc these bulldoser things and not once could I find a video of a bulldoser ambling up to the nearest defender, falling over at the slightest waft of his leg, looking up at the ref with a really upset expression and finally wandering off in the vague direction of "up-front" muttering to itself.
Could you clear this one up for me please?
37 Posted 13/05/2011 at 18:43:52
38 Posted 13/05/2011 at 19:27:43
39 Posted 13/05/2011 at 19:15:51
Osman has been in the first team for about 6 years and the reason he is still here is because EVERY season he has a good spell, wether it's beginning, middle or end of season.
This debate gets regurgitated every season either when he's on a good run or a bad run!! pointless really.
He'll be back next season, still working hard, getting a couple of goals, great performances, average performances.
He epitomises Everton and where we are, and he helps get us where we are,
7th, not 18th not 20th, but 7th.
So until the white knight arrives we should thankful for the likes of Osman, Distin, Cahill etc because they are, what EFC are.
40 Posted 13/05/2011 at 19:37:49
41 Posted 13/05/2011 at 21:24:42
Dave Wilson (5) is a bit harsh on Cahill I think. Cahill is another one who is good player with different strengths to Osman, but also short on pace, Again I would always try find a place for Cahill in any starting 11. Osman & Cahill both want to play for the shirt & offer more than more talented players who just go through the motions.
42 Posted 13/05/2011 at 22:45:33
43 Posted 13/05/2011 at 22:41:39
44 Posted 14/05/2011 at 00:02:50
The amount of chances he misses will always frustrate me though but then I can say that about a lot of players!
Great player to have in the squad but talk of him being better than Cahill is silly.
45 Posted 14/05/2011 at 06:34:12
46 Posted 14/05/2011 at 08:49:39
He epitomises Everton and where we are, and he helps get us where we are, 7th, not 18th not 20th, but 7th.
What about winning something! I know- there isn't a chance! No money!
By the way Osman is first class!
47 Posted 14/05/2011 at 10:36:38
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