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Lenny Kingman
1 Posted 29/11/2018 at 15:03:38
Goodness, that is some ringing endorsement of where we are and where we may be heading. Give the trophy cupboard fellow a ring and tell him to prepare the cabinet, ready for important deliveries in the next year or two.

Thanks for taking time to relay your thoughts, and I hope you are proven correct on the direction of the club.

Just need the spades digging in the dockland and we will be set to rise like the sun to a new dawn.

Wesley Coles
2 Posted 29/11/2018 at 19:34:09
Thanks for the article, warm and fuzzies for all Evertonians! I'm really proud of how things are going at the moment and yes we should be optimistic.

One thing, though: would love to hear your thoughts on Bernard and the impact of Richarlison!

Matthew Parry
3 Posted 29/11/2018 at 20:48:13
Thanks for the comments, Lenny and Wesley.

As for your question, Wesley, I've been quietly impressed by Bernard so far. He is similar to Walcott in that he frustrates as much as he impresses, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and hope he adapts to the league's style over the coming months.

I think it goes without saying that Richarlison has been our stand out performer this season. However, moving him to a Number 9 role just points out a massive weakness rather than exploiting a strength.

He's a natural winger, and, contrary to many people's beliefs, I don't think he'll follow in Henry's footsteps and become a number 9. In my opinion, he's played his best football out there so far, so once we have a striker worthy of starting he should return to the left wing.

David Pearl
4 Posted 29/11/2018 at 00:05:25
Whether or not Walcott is a fixture for years to com,e I think it was his signing that turned the corner for us. He was a step up when other players might've looked at our situation and how our season was going and then run in the opposite direction.

The fact is that we needed to get younger players in this season to take the pressure off the board as we look to finance the stadium. And finally, replacing the ageing defence and finding a midfield balance, something that Walsh completely failed to do (even though some signings are now looking like they are part of our future).

So yes, Matthew, things are looking up. But I'd prefer you waited till after the derby to post this. :)

Dean Johnson
5 Posted 30/11/2018 at 10:11:46
Quite a nice summary of things so far.

Thanks, Matt.

Jim Bennings
6 Posted 30/11/2018 at 11:05:08
A handful of tweaks are still needed in the next two transfer windows.

We do still need a proper centre-forward.

Richarlison is the best we have and he's done well for that position at present but when the only other options are Calvert-Lewin, Tosun and Niasse, that's not saying much.

If we are going to move on to the next level and beat the top six, then we need better than our current squad striking options.

Daniel A Johnson
7 Posted 30/11/2018 at 11:28:12
We need a striker maybe two for next season.

The fact we are playing Richarlison upfront out of position is a damning indictment of Tosun, Niasse and Calvert-Lewin.

Compare our strikers to the top 6 sides and its laughable. We need £100M spent on this position, easy.

Chris Gould
8 Posted 30/11/2018 at 12:48:44
We won't spend £100 million on a striker or two. That will not happen. Richarlison is developing into the role and, by the end of the season, we will be fending off £100 million offers for him. He is wasted out wide. He has all of the attributes to become a great striker, and he will.

Richarlison wants to be the main man, you can see the determination and belief in the boy. He wants to be the league's top scorer and believes he can be.

He hasn't done a lot wrong up front, in fact, he's done a hell of a lot right. I don't recall him missing many chances. Nobody scores every game, and when he doesn't score or get a chance, he's working tirelessly to unsettle defenders.

Everton have won more ball in the opposition's third than any other team this season. That's due to Richarlison and Sigurdsson working their arses off.

He is the striker we need. We just need to improve the final ball into him, and he needs time to continue learning the role.

Terence Leong
9 Posted 01/12/2018 at 00:59:38
Richarlison is more likely to develop along the way Ronaldo did. Excel from coming in off the wings. Ronaldo did that for a good few years before he started playing centrally. Moving him centrally in a permanent way so early, will stunt his development.

I think we need a striker who can, and is prepared to do that target man role to lay it off to Richarlison, and let him shine.

Notice that this is what Benzema does well for Ronaldo I still think that Tosun can play that role.

Bernard is probably our most skillful player. He has been inconsistent, in my opinion, primarily because he is playing in the wing, and our players are not on his wavelength. He makes spaces for himself, but our players are not playing the ball early enough to him.

Also, see the way he brings the ball down and then evades players on the move. There is a lot of skill and intelligence in those movements. He is prepared to work for the team, and that's good.

I hope we can accommodate both Bernard and Gylfi centrally, much like how City is able to accommodate the two Silvas.

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