I have a fondness of Everton due to my 11-year-old son, Thomas, supporting them from the age of 5. We have travelled to watch them in numerous places over the country and have some wonderful memories. Roberto Martinez had the best win-per-game ratio and played exciting attacking football. We managed a 5th-place finish under his leadership.
Everton, undoubtedly have ambition under the guidance of the new owner, Farhad Moshiri. We have some quality players now, particularly in Sigurdsson, Tosun, Walcott and Pickford. Reliable, quality players like Gueye, Coleman and Bolasie. Youngsters for the future in Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman and Holgate. We have to be patient and employ a young dynamic manager who will get the best out of these players. Sam Allardyce's predictable, defensive, percentage football is not what the great Toffee fans deserve. They need a manager capable of unleashing these players and addressing our weaknesses.
On watching our performance against Burnley, both centre-backs are slow and have poor positioning. We desperately need at least one world-class centre-back. Mason Holgate has got the potential to be great under the right manager.
Most great teams have fast, quality wingbacks. We have Seamus Coleman but we need a similar player on the left side. Martina is reliable but he is no Coleman. With managers on our radar such as Fonseca, Simone and Enrique, it shows you our ambition. Remember Manchester City's transition took several years and just look at them now. We are in the process of planning for a fabulous new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock; we need a new manager on the horizon who can get that extra speed, commitment and belief out of our existing players and a few quality players in to improve our weak areas.
A few years from now, I believe Everton will be a vastly improved team and we will just look back at 2018 as a disappointing period of uncertainty in this great club's history. All you wonderful toffee supporters, wishing you all the luck and happiness possible for the future.
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1 Posted 05/03/2018 at 10:53:47
We cannot sign a world class centre-back. It won't happen. I agree Holgate looks a prospect. Can he be world class? Well he won't be if sat on the bench or in the stands. He needs to play. For me, perfection is always fast / slow, young / experienced, good on the ball / good in the air. A true partnership complementing each other.
Holgate has a lot of qualities, but there's flaws there too. Many due to his youth. So you compliment that with an older player. I thought Williams did well with him. They are supposedly mates. Williams played a lot harder with Mason alongside him. It was like he was trying to cover up for his mates flaws, or like he knew he had to be on his own game, or even that he did not want to be outshone by a kid so young. Without him, Williams plays his own game, and there's no partnership at all with Keane or Jags. He does his own thing and looks appalling.
I think Jags showed in the last derby that he still has enough legs. Still has enough gas in the tank. Why not let him walk young Holgate through games? Other than that, I'd give Funes Mori and Keane a chance to form a partnership.
Signing a left-back is a priority. For me, nothing else should be done until this happens.
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