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1 Posted 09/09/2018 at 22:08:17
I am very optimistic too. I am especially looking forward to seeing how Bernard slots in. He can be the key to unlocking organised defences like Huddersfield had.
Also, the introduction of Mina into the team will give us something extra with his aerial strength and goal threat from set pieces.
A win against West Ham will set us up nicely for having confidence going to Arsenal. For the first time in a long time, I would feel that we could hurt them, win or definitely get something out of that game.
I too think the substitutions were misguided against Huddersfield. Dowell should have been used.
I suspect there will be more teething troubles as the team coalesces into a consistent force. But I think we will get there, and by November, we will causing a few upsets.
I don't think it's being overly optimistic to say we can make the top 6. We have a strong squad, strong kids pushing for places, and a strong manager with first-class backup from the Director of Football.
In short, I think we can get on a roll, and keep it going.
2 Posted 09/09/2018 at 22:52:28
100 days? We should get rid of this manager. He's crap, we should be in top four and have won a trophy by now.
3 Posted 10/09/2018 at 04:32:07
I'm not calling for him to be replaced but I would hope that he is better than just hoping that the unplayed signings are the answer or that injuries and sendings-off are the sole cause of the problem.
4 Posted 10/09/2018 at 05:25:17
Even if his team did not set the world on fire and he himself did not kiss the badge enough for our liking, he improved visibly on the previous two years, where Martinez wantonly squandered arguably the most talented teams we have had during the Premier League era, sacrificing them on the altar of a quixotic "philosophy".
Lest we forget too, for perspective, Everton averaged around 15th place through the entire first decade of the Premier League, bettering 12th only once. Now that was "abysmal."
5 Posted 10/09/2018 at 08:16:28
6 Posted 10/09/2018 at 09:17:50
Acid test will come in the shape of arsenal away, and the other tough away games in the run up to Christmas.
I know it's been done to death, but we need to sort the defence and this zonal marking. Hopefully Mina coming in, and partnering Zouma will go along way to sorting it. Coleman needs to get back to near his best as well, cause he's been poor so far.
Early days though, and hopefully better to come.
7 Posted 10/09/2018 at 10:00:57
Steve Ferns called it correctly some months back. He told us on TW that Silva would play two giants at centre-half (Mina and Zouma signed after Steve told us).
Let's give the manager a chance to get his own centre-halves in before he is condemned as not having a clue defensively on set pieces.
8 Posted 10/09/2018 at 12:11:07
9 Posted 10/09/2018 at 13:04:41
One thing that is not really addressed in this article is Tosun. I am just not convinced hes going to be what people think he is. He gets his head down, makes good runs. But hes just not the answer. I hope Marco finds a good system for him, otherwise we need a striker in January. Again.
10 Posted 10/09/2018 at 13:41:14
Huddersfield, was a nap really once we saw the team, but the three players Silva, has brought in all look good, and if the other signings can be equally as good, then this Everton team is only going to get better, or even much better, hopefully.
The set piece defending is a major worry, but the overall picture, is something that should only be looked at around Christmas imo, unless things suddenly go downhill rapidly?
11 Posted 10/09/2018 at 16:04:17
My hope is Bernard, the most likely to be fit soonest, will, despite his size, prove to more of a concern to the opposition than our defence.
12 Posted 10/09/2018 at 16:22:29
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