Defensive role requires balance from Bryan Oviedo

Thursday 27 October 2016  12 Comments  [Jump to last]

Bryan Oviedo has been performing at left-back as stand-in for Leighton Baines who is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

The 26-year-old Costa Rican says he has curbed his attacking instincts for the sake of team balance as he tries to ensure he remains in Ronald Koeman's plans going forward.

"[The Everton coaching staff] like to be very good on the defensive balance.

"It is very important for the team. When we have possession and are on the attack, you have to be a very clever full-back because we create the balance of the team."

"I like to play going forward but there are moments when I need to be more controlled," he said.

"If we are attacking on the right, then we need balance on the left and we need to work together as a team."

"Maybe I am not expected to play that differently, but I have to be more concentrated on the defensive balance," Oviedo said.

Quotes sourced from Daily Mail

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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 27/10/2016 at 19:36:31
Bryan did a nice job against Burnley. Well-positioned, no mistakes, good sharp passing, and an excellent header in the box against the much bigger Gudmundsson.

Tough assignment Sunday against Antonio, and then the following week against Willian. He'll have to be at the top of his game.

Michael Farrelly
2 Posted 27/10/2016 at 21:45:58
Yeah, yeah, whatever!

Hurry back, Bainesy, we so need you fit and playing well.

Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 28/10/2016 at 10:03:51
Nothing ventured, nothing gained. There comes a time when the odds, being in your favour, necessitates the gamble. Who dares has a chance of winning, he who hesitates is lost.
Dick Fearon
4 Posted 28/10/2016 at 13:44:19
Recently from an Everton point of view it has been particularly disappointing to see numerous teenagers getting extended runs in top echelon teams while our own kids flicker briefly then disappear back into the mists of youth football.

Jim Hardin
5 Posted 28/10/2016 at 15:48:15
Maybe Oviedo was subtly indicating he can't get forward on the left when Coleman goes because he has no cover (anyone with pace) on the left with Barry, Barkley, and Deulofeu in front of him at various times.
Jay Harris
6 Posted 28/10/2016 at 17:03:18
Or maybe hes just not good enough any more Jim.

He has had a long time out with injuries and the Premiership has moved on.

We need players who can do it now not 4 years ago.

Darren Hind
7 Posted 29/10/2016 at 04:30:15
Fuck me, Bryan lad, you learn this stuff when you are 12.

I'm stunned that a full international talks about this as being "clever" defending. He sounds like a boxer telling you its a brilliant idea to wear a gum shield

Oviedo may not be anything like he was before his injury, but he was always an intelligent player.

I sincerely hope whatever Martinez did to these guys is reversible...

Tim Greeley
8 Posted 29/10/2016 at 04:59:26
Bunch of jellybelly British queefs who cant handle Oviedo Baby's magnificent haircuts and vivacious wife. Step down, this man knows his craft.
His fukakta knees and emaciated shin bone may not know that same craft so here we are.
Phil Sammon
9 Posted 29/10/2016 at 07:25:48
Surely one of the more banal interviews of the year.

9 out of 10 times two people find themselves in a room with a microphone, they should exchange salutations and leave.

Sky's latest news story:

'Danny Rose wants Spurs to win next three games'.


Roman Sidey
10 Posted 29/10/2016 at 22:36:51
Yeah you try not to hold it against players as they are required to do pressers but are also required to keep their mouths shut as much as possible. Before the leg break, Oviedo was on his way to being our first choice left-back.

Baines is 32 in a few weeks and, as much as most of you will not admit it, is very close to being surplus. I'm not saying Oviedo is the answer anymore, but it honestly does not make that much difference if he plays or if Baines does.

Ernie Baywood
11 Posted 30/10/2016 at 08:50:15
There's a clear message being delivered in many interviews this year... Koeman is building from the back. They seem at pains to point out fairly obvious defensive jobs. That tells me the club is asking us to give Koeman time as he rights the wrongs from the previous regime.

Anthony Dwyer
12 Posted 30/10/2016 at 20:44:53
I've complained about Oviedo in the past, and I'm still not convinced he's good enough but, that said, the lad is improving each week and puts a shift in.

Fair play.

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