Limited chances forced Long to leave

05/11/2015  11 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton Academy striker, Chris Long, who signed for Burnley in the summer, has revealed why he had to leave the Blues in order to get first-team football he craved.

The 20-year-old Huyton-born forward after being at Everton for 15 years throughout his schoolboy career.

Long admitted to feeling disillusioned after pre-season in 2014 when he scored a stunning volley against Paderborn, but then failed to get the first-team chance he felt his displays deserved.

Speaking in Burnley's programme, he said: "In pre-season I felt I did well and I even started the last game before the Premier League season kicked off.

"I scored what I thought was a very good goal and thought 'this is me'. I could be starting against Leicester.

"Lukaku had just come back from the World Cup and he wasn't fully match fit, so I convinced myself even more.

"I came in the next day, after we got back from Germany, and I was back with the Under-21s."

Quotes sourced from Liverpool Echo


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John Keating
1 Posted 05/11/2015 at 09:17:29
I must admit I was surprised we didn't use him a bit more.

I also see he alludes to the training regime at Everton and how he is benefiting from what he is getting at Burnley. More pointers to a possible reason we cannot seem to keep a steady pace throughout 90 minutes

Harold Matthews
2 Posted 05/11/2015 at 16:22:08
Good luck to the lad. He made the right move. Burnley are a fine club and Sean Dyche is definitely one of my favourite managers. An astute brain and a good knowledge of how to avoid common football injuries. What this man achieves on a shoestring is quite amazing. Forever losing his best players, he just shrugs his shoulders and rebuilds.

Don't know what to make of the U21s. I certainly don't like it but those who make the International U21s get really good exposure. Unfortunately, with lads out on loan, we have to make up the numbers with 16 and 17yr olds. Little wonder Long felt dejected when returning there from first team training and the Europa Cup.

As for our first team training. It's not something I've witnessed but judging by our performances, there are plenty of things we don't practice. eg.Set- piece attacking and defending and my biggest complaint, closing down.

Scott Bosworth
3 Posted 05/11/2015 at 16:49:10
I've been following him since the transfer, and I guess in a technical sense he's getting "1st team football" at Burnley, but in reality he's been coming on as a 89th minute sub every match so the hero-of-the-day can get an applause. Nothing impressive, though it's early days still.
John Raftery
4 Posted 05/11/2015 at 20:45:17
He was the outstanding player in the squad which reached the Youth Cup quarter final in 2013. I thought he had a chance of making it but the fact he is not a regular starter in the Chamionship suggests he was nowhere near ready to cut it at PL level.
Tony Abrahams
5 Posted 05/11/2015 at 21:10:32
I don't know if it's a dig at Martinez, comparing how much more they run in training at Burnley, but it certainly got me thinking. Watched Liverpool in the second half tonight, and as much as I hate to say it, I thought it was both impressive, and refreshing the way they all wanted to run. Imagine if our current team, started playing with a much greater tempo? I think we would be a match for any team.

Remember reading Andy Cole's book, and he was saying how Brian Kidd, used to regularly run the bollocks off them in training. That's another one in the bank, was his favourite saying, and it can't be a coincidence United scored so many late goals.

When Kendall's Everton, got to three FA Cup finals on the bounce, I remember reading Howard say, that we might lose a cup tie, but whoever beat them would definitely know they had been in a game.

Football might have moved on but I just don't get this impression under Martinez at the minute. It takes a lot of bottle to walk away from a top club, at such a young age, so good look to Chris Long, because his actions have shown how hungry he his to succeed.

Patrick Murphy
6 Posted 05/11/2015 at 21:39:03
I'm not sure that Kendall's methods were all about running Tony, Derek Mountfield commented how he was ready to be running around on the sand-hills when he first turned up for training with Everton but found that everything was based around ball playing.

Professionals should be naturally fit and no matter how much running they do or don't do if they can't play the game they won't be much use to anyone. But of course everybody sees the game differently.

Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 05/11/2015 at 21:56:00
Agree that everyone sees the game differently Patrick, but I remember reading Peter Reid's Everton Winter, Mexican Summer book. He says pre-season was mainly based around the ball, but it didn't mean they didn't work hard. They used to have little groups, and all put money in the middle, for the best team to take the pot at the end.

He said because of the banter, and training with the ball, the players never used to realise how hard they had worked, and were always ready because of these methods.

I always get the impression that Martinez is all about conserving energy, rather than expanding it, and although I never said that Kendall's methods were all about running, nobody could ever deny how hard his team of the eighties worked.

Tony Abrahams
9 Posted 05/11/2015 at 22:27:42
Patrick I wanted Martinez. He seemed like a very clever tactician to me, even if I was mostly basing it on watching Wigan, when they played Everton.

I just don't feel like he his evolving, and I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting Everton, to play with a greater tempo. Look at the pace we now have in our squad, I just want us to use it more, because I feel it would make us a much better team.

A stat before last years champions league final, said Juventus had six players in their team, who ran further than Barcelona's, Neymar. Who was Barca's hardest worker.

I always want to see Everton play good football, but we haven't got the players to play like Barca, but I'm sure we could play like a Dortmund or a Juve. All except maybe Gareth Barry, save him for the games when the pace will be a bit slower.

Harold Matthews
10 Posted 05/11/2015 at 00:52:11
Klopp didn't invent football perpetual motion. Various coaches were trying it way back. Recently, Bielsa has become renowned for it. Unfortunately, it earned him the nickname, "Mr Six Months", because his teams rose like the Phoenix from the ashes but dived into the dust when their legs could take no more. Pity Klopp didn't arrive in the summer.

Actually, Dortmund were much more than perpetual motion. Klopp was always the crazy muletrain driver with the big whip but they unearthed players of huge talent at bargain prices and played fantastic football.

Have to agree with Tony on the Martinez way of doing things. He's all about conserving energy. Has said so on many occasions. Bringing players along slowly so they'll be ready for the last three months. Getting an extra year or two out of the veterans. Already he is talking about Barry playing till he is forty.

According to Gibbo, "On our day we can beat anyone". He also said he was the best penalty taker in the squad but is never on the pitch to take one.

Right now my only problems are Coleman and Stones. Seamus hadn't quite recovered from his illness the other day but reckons he'll soon be back to his best. Fingers crossed on this one.

Stones is the main worry. The lad was just going through the motions against Sunderland and may still be carrying the knock he received during the Reading game on the 22nd September. A couple of weeks later he called off his England stint, eventually returned for a few games but has never looked himself. Unfortunately, with Jags out and Browning a bit lost at CB, we're in a desperate position. Hopefully he will soon be back up to speed.

Eric Myles
11 Posted 06/11/2015 at 11:16:21
"Have to agree with Tony on the Martinez way of doing things. He's all about conserving energy. Has said so on many occasions. Bringing players along slowly so they'll be ready for the last three months"

Saving energy for the relegation dogfight with Wigan is one thing, but he should realise he's dealing with a much better squad of players and lost points early in the season can't be recovered.

Harold Matthews
12 Posted 06/11/2015 at 13:28:02
No Eric, it doesn't work like that. Conserving energy for the last three months is the Martinez method of finishing the season with the same level of performance as when we started.

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