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1 Posted 29/11/2018 at 15:03:38
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.
2 Posted 29/11/2018 at 19:34:09
One thing, though: would love to hear your thoughts on Bernard and the impact of Richarlison!
3 Posted 29/11/2018 at 20:48:13
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.
4 Posted 29/11/2018 at 00:05:25
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. :)
5 Posted 30/11/2018 at 10:11:46
6 Posted 30/11/2018 at 11:05:08
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.
7 Posted 30/11/2018 at 11:28:12
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.
8 Posted 30/11/2018 at 12:48:44
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.
9 Posted 01/12/2018 at 00:59:38
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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