Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a spectacular winner in the reverse fixture in October and returns to the starting XI as Captain today
Everton 0 - 1 Leicester City
Everton put on a terrible display to lose the first game of 2019 on a dismal New Year’s Day at Goodison Park.
Jonjoe Kenny makes his first start in almost two months in place of Seamus Coleman. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin return to the side as the Toffees revert to a back four with Mina and Bernard dropped to the bench, where Tosun replaces Niasse.
James Maddison drops to the bench for Leicester City, while defender Jonny Evans returns from Injury. Hamza Choudhury and Rachid Ghezza both start in place of Marc Albrighton and Demari Gray.
A session of head tennis in the Leicester half ominously followed Everton kicking off in the chilly 2019 sunshine as the players struggled to really get going. Walcott was first to show some intention, but it ended predictably as he was double-teamed and lost the ball. The early pattern of non-football resumed...
Gueye gave away an early free-kick. Vardy ran into Keane, Richarlson advanced and Digne had the first shot, while turnover after turnover riddled the 'game'. Sigurdsson played in a good early ball but no-one anticipated it. Vardy fired wildly at the corner flag. Atrocious stuff.
Sigurdsson was gifted a clearance and found Richarlison who shot into the chest of a defender. If the quality could get any worse... it did as they looked utterly dreadful — both sides full of schoolboy errors all over the park, too many to document. Gomes went long, and Walcott headed out.
Gueye defended well for The Foxes first corner, easily headed clear. Digne crosses through everyone and Keeny lashes a tremendous shot onto the angle and away. Richhaerlison tried to beat three men and fell over, wanting a foul of course. Digne fired in a meaty cross behind Sigurdsson. Richarlison was fouled but the free-kick was played backwards and ended up with Pickford.
Kenny picked up a loose ball and crossed for Calvert-Lewin to head well wide. Chezzal tries a shot at the other end. Kenny Gomes and Walcott tried triangles but it broke down at Walcott.
Richarlison went down in a tackle and writhed around clutching his knee for 5 minutes until Leicester finally put the ball out when he received extended treatment on his ankle. He limped back on still in pain. Then, with the ball, he scampered around a bit and then ran into Choudry, incredibly winning a free kick this time! Zouma headed the free-kick goalwards. Simpson dragged back Richarlison illegally.
The ball was worked slowly toward the Foxes area, but Richarlison's flick failed and Zouma decided to run forward, shooting from great distance, not that far off target. Slightly better ball movement almost saw Sigurdsson shoot... but he couldn't.
Some better pressing won the ball but a better sequence of passes ended with Walcott again being double-teamed. A Zouma up-and-under in midfield summed up the utter nonsense that the game had reverted to...
A couple of Leicester City corners briefly threatened the Everton goal. Walcott turned well and picked out Kenny who picked out a defender with his poor cross. At the other end, Ricardo fired over. Kenny and Walcott attacked but Walcott lost the ball. Walcott then crossed and Maguire may have handled it behind for a corner, punched out by Schmeichel.
More scampering around as Everton tried in vain to get the ball closer to the Leicester goal, Richarlison driving in without the ball and dropping to the turf as the half-time whistle mercifully blew. Welcome to the Premier League, 2019.
Puell made a change, bringing on Albrighton, who came in strongly on Pickford. But the football showed no sign of improvement, Leicester seeing a lot more of the ball in Everton's half. Pickford weakly palmed a high cross, almost causing a problem.
Everton finally got forward, Kenny crossing well to Sigurdsson. Gomes was booked for a late challenge from behind on Mendy, as Davies was readied to replace Gomes — a very early move by Silva. Gana gave Richarlison a chance to run in from the left but his cross was woefully overhit.
There was a moment of better play, Everton attacking better but still not close enough to the goal, winning a corner that was cleared. But another corner, the ball was cleared, a poor mistake by Keane, Vardy pounced and Pickford easily beaten. Unbelievable.
Davies was pulled back from the touchline, and Everton continued to probe but now with a toxic atmosphere enveloping Goodison Park. Kenny picked out Walcott brilliantly but of course Walcott lost it. Walcott did better to head back for Sigurdsson to fire over, and Bernard now replaced Gomes.
Everton looked to up the tempo with more tenacious play ut it ended being overhit past Richarlison and out. There was much more intent as Everton pushed forward, trying to break through the parked bus. Kenny played in a good cross but Sigurdsson could not reach it.
Richarlison was fouled but Digne wasted the chance, straight into the wall. Everton were trying harder but Silva decided to switch out Walcott for Tosun. Kenny roused the crowd with fine tracking and tackle on Chilwell.
Ricardo danced into the Everton area and forced an error from Pickford, but the corner was kindly played straight to Bernard. The play was switched to the right and Richarlison saw his shot blocked behind, a couple of corners ensued and the ball almost fell to a blue shirt but was eventually cleared from the crowded area.
Tosun got a chance off a mistake by Evans, leathering the ball at Schmeichel. Tosun was then fouled by Evans, booked, but Sigurdsson this time could not beat the wall. Vardy got free again but lamely crossed to Pickford.
The Blues set siege to the Leicester area again until it broke down and another counter was on, Choudry firing weakly at Pickford.
It became scrappy again as Everton got frustrated, and yellow cards came their way. A foul by Kenny saw a fantastic ball delivered to Maguire at the far post but he somehow missed an open goal, although 2-0 would have been a better reflection on the play in the second half overall, the Foxes sensing blood in poor Everton.
Bernard skipped into the area and drilled in a brilliant cross but somehow Calvert-Lewin just watches it fly by him. A free-kick from Digne is easily headed clear as time ticked away.
Tosun wins a corner as 3 minutes of added time were shown, and Tosun gets a chance to beat Schmeichel with a close-range header but he failed. Time finally ran out on an utterly dismal and desperate start by Everton to 2019.
Scorer: Vardy (58')
Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Zouma, Digne [Y:79'], Gomes [Y:52'] (62' Bernard), Gueye, Walcott (70' Tosun [Y:81']), Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Subs not Used: Stekelenburg, Mina, Coleman, Baines, Davies.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Evans, Chilwell, Mendy, Choudhury, Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira, Vardy (90+3' Gray), Ghezzal (46' Albrighton).
Subs not Used: Soyuncu, Maddison, Ward, Okazaki, Fuchs.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
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1 Posted 01/01/2019 at 11:34:22
2 Posted 01/01/2019 at 11:36:35
3 Posted 01/01/2019 at 11:38:22
4 Posted 01/01/2019 at 11:40:30
Hoping Dom gets a decent run in the team now.
Come on you Blues!!
5 Posted 01/01/2019 at 11:41:25
And let's hope the armband enlivens Sigurdsson. He is just too ice-cold for me... how about some passion from the great man, leading the Blues?
Happy New Year to all our readers — and especially the contributors of posts and articles!
6 Posted 01/01/2019 at 11:42:43
7 Posted 01/01/2019 at 11:46:08
8 Posted 01/01/2019 at 11:47:38
Kenny in for Coleman (even if it is just for rotation) - good.
Gomes selected again - a little concerning, as he looked fatigued against Brighton. I doubt he has ever played 5 top level games in 17 days as he has for Everton this Christmas period.
Sigurdson back - good.
Calvert-Lewin back as centre-forward - good.
Richarlison presumably back wide left - good.
Walcott in - bad! A toss up, admittedly, on who was the poorest last game, but Bernard maybe just edges it on being retained rather than Walcott.
Give us a show, Everton. We need it.
9 Posted 01/01/2019 at 12:03:01
That said, if Lookman was fit, then he would have started instead of Walcott.
10 Posted 01/01/2019 at 12:04:56
11 Posted 01/01/2019 at 12:08:20
Let's get a grip on reality, please!
12 Posted 01/01/2019 at 12:18:46
13 Posted 01/01/2019 at 12:21:02
How you can ever be tired on £50k+ a week is beyond me.
Having said that COYB
14 Posted 01/01/2019 at 12:21:49
15 Posted 01/01/2019 at 12:31:28
16 Posted 01/01/2019 at 13:13:39
17 Posted 01/01/2019 at 13:19:46
18 Posted 01/01/2019 at 13:21:15
Nice to see Steve Naismith in the crowd, still one of my favs of the past seasons, both on and off the pitch.
19 Posted 01/01/2019 at 13:24:46
I've seen many times Seamus bombing forward not expecting Walcott to give up possession so easily which then leaves Coleman looking stupid. Silva needs to sort this out. Bernard is a much better option on the wing. And also Lookman when fit.
20 Posted 01/01/2019 at 13:27:49
But since then, Everton have clearly been the better team with the more influential players.
Jonjo is having a storming game. Gueye showing how vital he is to Everton, not just in his break-up play, but his passing as well. Excellent in all he is doing. Zouma solid and has brought the ball out from the back nicely a few times. Sigurdson with some nice flicks and passes.
Where it has broken down nearly everytime is when Walcott gets on the ball. Gomes again looking a tad fatigued which effects the sharpness of his play and passing. Bernard in for Walcott has to be an option.
A bit more joined up football and clinical finishing when a chance comes, please Everton.
21 Posted 01/01/2019 at 13:32:10
22 Posted 01/01/2019 at 13:49:02
23 Posted 01/01/2019 at 13:54:09
24 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:00:54
We might as well just give the ball to Leicester as play it towards him.
1-0 down. Keep throwing strikers on. This is horrible yet again.
25 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:02:24
26 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:06:49
27 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:11:05
28 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:19:42
29 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:19:43
Is this what the people say we are better to watch this season?
Hull City played better than this when they were relegated.
30 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:20:53
Give Silva time? You having a laugh?
31 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:23:02
32 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:23:45
33 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:25:13
34 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:25:22
We never looked like scoring. Again!
35 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:25:48
36 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:27:58
Since the derby defeat, we've totally collapsed.Bereft of attacking ideas and creativity. What's our style?
At start of the season it was the high press. What were the tactics today?? I have no idea
37 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:28:53
38 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:28:55
Also, there was one ball that Bernard was able to hit across the goal and all it needed was a touch from someone, guess what, there was NO-ONE in the 6-yard box!!!
We need a Striker, surely it is clear for Brands to see?
39 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:29:10
Everton came for a kickabout and no clue. Bar 1 or 2 moves, by the time Everton had the ball outside the Leicester box they were already setup and waiting for us. Modern football is all about speed and we are still playing like statues.
40 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:29:49
Only Zouma did okay today. There are problems all over the pitch. Different manager and players but all too familiar story. What makes life worse is that the RS are a good team now and we are miles off an ordinary Leicester. No heart, no pace, no guts, no speed or creativity. No idea and no hope.
I've unfollowed the official feed on Facebook because I can't stand the positive spin on a football club that has lost its way and its sense of purpose. If we cannot get points at Goodison, then we have no chance of doing anything but making up the numbers.
41 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:30:14
Need to have better options within the squad. First 11, all firing, yes we are good, but the back-ups are decent at best.
Kenny looked no better than Coleman, no surprise as he is a developing lad, but really when we drop one player and his replacement offers no improvement we need to ask questions as to our priorities in the next transfer windows.
A quality forward would add more goals of course, but we need to stop conceding so many!!
Richalison needs a break. As does Walcott.
Ah fuck it. open another beer and crack on.
42 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:30:33
Leicester are awful but we are even worse. No creativity at all. Didn't even test the keeper. No Plan B from Silva either. I had my doubts about him but, after this last month, I have no doubt now. He is Martinez Mk II.
It's not working but he can't change it. Mid-table also-rans at best. Moshiri cannot pick a manager to save his life. Koeman, Fat Sam... and now this clown.
43 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:30:44
44 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:30:50
Special mention to Atkinson for his usual shitness as well.
45 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:31:07
Leicester so comfortable.
I like Silva's signings but he's clueless – naive tactics and team selection.
Inconsistent team selection; inconsistent performances. He's another Martinez.
I'd like Big Dunc to have a shot.
46 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:32:25
If that isn't Silva's fault, whose fault is it?
47 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:32:32
If I were Gana I'd be reassessing my position because he doesn't deserve to play with shower of shite.
Kenny 5 – tries hard but he's nowhere near the standard. Give it up.
Keane 5 – not bad generally but huge error for the goal
Digne 7 – quality player
Walcott 4 – Non event at the moment
Richarlison 3 - When he's playing poorly (and he has been for months) all you're left with is a whinging cheat
Sigurdsson 5 - probably my biggest disappointment today. He hid and I don't expect that from him.
Gana 7 - never stops.
Gomes 5 – disappointing today
Calvert-Lewin 5 – shame. I thought today was a big chance for him.
Silva 3 – does exactly what you'd expect him to do. Does exactly what you'd expect a 12-year-old Championship Manger player to do. No new ideas. No idea of any kind really. If we're winning he throws on more defenders, if we're losing he throws on more attackers. I've never witnessed a more basic manager. What do these blokes get paid so much for?
What must Moshiri be thinking?
48 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:32:53
We looked better during Sam Allardyce. Only Kenny is coming up to standards and Bernard that have a decent 20 minutes.
We cannot hit a simple pass or a crossball in the penalty area. We don't win a single header. The game forward is way too slow. Why is not Mina on the pitch??? The only player we have that can win a header?
Calvert-Lewin is never going to be the striker we need. Walcott... what has happened to this guy? He was brilliant last season. Gomes is loosing his form.
This was the wrong team selection 4-2-3-1 is simply not working for us – change formation. The selection and the strategy was flawed. Bernard and Mina should have started. Then we would have had dribbling skills and muscles that was much needed to lirk-up a strong Leicester defence.
Completely useless this.
49 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:33:11
50 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:36:39
Come on for fuck's sake. We always need a Plan B and a Plan C. Now we have one plan that does not work.
The players are not either good enough for the only plan we have. Then we end up not winning games. It is as simple as that.
51 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:37:29
Two nightmarish 'touches' from Walcott and Keane and once Vardy is running in on goal like that, there is only going to be one outcome.
After that, Leicester were very cute in how they managed the game. All credit to Puel. Allegedly, his job under threat after a narrow penalty shoot out defeat to City barely two weeks ago, since then, wins in the Premier League against Chelsea, City and now Everton.
Everton... the club that is always giving. The commentary said you have to go back to 1938 – 81 years! – since Leicester won an away game on New Year's Day. Happy to oblige, Foxes!
Silva in recent games has gone all 'gung-ho' on his substitutions when going behind. Today, he was too ponderous.
Gomes was evidently fatigued and needed substituting, but Walcott was gash all day and wasn't even the first man replaced. Silva cannot continue playing Walcott based on a long run of games now. That is a priority that needs addressing.
The saving graces today were Gueye, Zouma, Kenny and Sigurdson. The rest...? What can you say?
52 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:40:23
The man will not be here for next season. I will ask again – anyone want to bet on it???
There was just one taker last week... do you still want to bet??? Let's say £1,000???
Marco Silva relegates Hull, finishes mid-table at Watford.... What the fuck are you doing at Everton?????
53 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:40:58
The players today were a disgrace to all the Everton family members we've lost. The team played like they were still doing their remembrance. Spineless performance.
54 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:41:06
It doesn't look like the manager, staff and players are bothered.
Finish 12th and Silva will consider job done.
Embarrassing... and Silva is really running out of credit with the fans.
55 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:43:22
Walcott and Richarlison were passengers. Sigurdsson ran about a bit but produced no quality at all. And Calvert-Lewin barely touched the ball. Bernard and Tosun brought some energy at least, but not much end product.
We've got too many lightweight players who have gone missing. Bernard, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison – they've all been shite now for weeks.
I don't know what the solution is. A striker will help, but with our wingers and Number 10s all playing crap, Harry Kane wouldn't be scoring goals if he was backed up by that lot.
56 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:43:51
57 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:43:56
Happy New Year!
58 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:44:47
We've just gone from a guy who had a completely different idea to us of what success looked like.
59 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:44:48
A work in progress yeah, but it's not easy to stomach being tenth (or worse) in the table while smaller teams than Everton are doing well all around us.
We NEED a striker – URGENTLY.
60 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:46:31
Calvert-Lewin isn't a footballer and has regressed so much this season, it's unbelievable. That's the spine of the team plus a winger not performing to their best.
Silva selects the players, sure, but these players, and the others not mentioned, are all capable of playing better than they are. It speaks volumes about this club that one of our most solid players is a loan player in Zouma who is clearly playing for a contract at his parent club.
61 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:46:36
Moved on to talk about the Red Shite!!
And they don't play till Thursday!!
62 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:47:56
63 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:48:41
Keeping Sam for the remainder of the contract he was paid for – while taking the time to line up a proper, long-term manager – doesn't seem so daft now, does it?
64 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:49:02
65 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:49:06
We can simply keep changing managers, but nothing will change if we still have the same players.
Digne and Kenny were hitting first-time balls into the box, even Sigurdsson, that is where the answer lies, we do not have one centre-forward at the club who can get on the end of them, a Mitrovic type forward, even with corners, we have no-one to win the ball regularly; we may win the odd header.
We either get rid of Silva, like some are saying, not me by the way, or we allow him to build his own team. A winning mentality needs to be installed into the current squad, a leader on the pitch, address that and the rest will follow.
Getting rid of another manager will not sort out the disease that has spread throughout the team. We will be back to square one again 12 months down the line, unless we let Silva sort this mess out.
Getting that centre-forward in will be a big start, sooner rather than later.
66 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:50:27
We need to step back a bit, stabilize the club with an experienced manager who can get a tune out of this squad. Not a mercenary like Sam, but I wouldn't say no to Hughton or someone like that. A pro with tons of experience in the English game.
Problem is, all the money is going to be soaked up by the Bramley-Moore Dock project soon. We're not going to be challenging the Top 6 for at least half-a-dozen years.
Time to be realistic. We're still a lot more Moyes than Pep.
68 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:52:17
Shambles and a charlatan — yes, I've said it all along... and I know I'm right.
Joke — I am so annoyed right now.
69 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:52:45
Silva, please stop standing on the sideline with your hand over your mouth, it's getting irritating, start screaming at someone or do something... anything.
Silva, what would be nice is if you stop making excuses for these over-priced lazy players and start apologising to fans who work hard every week to afford a ticket to come and watch a club they actually care about, not make excuses about how tired they are.
70 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:52:56
71 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:53:27
I am almost at the end of my tether, I was prepared to give Silva time to turn things around but he doesn't seem to have a clue, no noticeable system or team plan, passing seems to get worse every game, what is he doing at Finch Farm during the week?
Walcott was again diabolical for the umpteenth game apart from Burnley away, yet he still gets picked week after week, could someone please explain why that is?
72 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:53:41
No application whatsoever and the lame excuse to blame tiredness.
Tiredness didn't stop Leicester taking 9 points from 12.
We are no further down the line in terms of shape, fitness or putting a decent team on the pitch than this time in January 2016 under Martinez and he had never had all the millions to spend that have since been made available.
Pathetic and limp, pretty much just sums up Everton Football Club nowadays.
73 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:54:03
I remember being quite proud of the boys after the Chelsea away game. I am currently feeling the exact opposite!
Shameful performance, Everton really are testing my interest level in football!
74 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:56:19
75 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:57:22
Looking all cool and debonair doesn't cut the mustard at this level, you have to be able to cajole and motivate your team during the match. Arms crossed and looking clueless doesn't help anyone.
76 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:57:57
Idiots reckoning we should give Calvert-Lewin a long run in the side, he's awful, offers no threat, his touch is atrocious and he's never a goal poacher.
Tosun, the sooner the better he's shipped off for some decent return financially the better, the lad is nowhere near good enough.
Vardy got one chance today and showed us what a striker is.
77 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:59:01
He could get some gum – just like Sir Alex. :)
78 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:59:49
I think it's too early for the "sack the manager" lark. But if feels like we can write this season off now.
79 Posted 01/01/2019 at 14:59:56
I'm as pissed off as you (watching that utter shite)- but we can't keep changing managers, we need to give him time to sort these fukin wankers out.
£10 he's still there next season?
80 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:03:41
81 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:03:44
Everton, on the other hand, look like they meet up an hour before kickoff and it shows with our truly pathetic passing and lack of fight.
82 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:03:44
83 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:07:00
However, unfair just to lay the blame on those two for that sorry, sorry, Walter Smithesque performance, with only Gana & Zouma coming out with any credit.
84 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:07:34
Walcott – terrible again.
Sigurdsson – poor again.
Gomes – poor again.
Keane – poor again, the weak link at the back.
Calvert-Lewin – the new Harry Kane... lol.
I really wanted Silva to succeed but he looks more clueless week by week. Brands saying we won't be buying in January beggars belief.
Puel, the Leicester manager, favourite for the sack – you really couldn't make it up.
85 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:07:41
He has no excuse now. We have winnable fixtures coming up so, if we don't start picking up points, he'll have to go. Go for Eddie Howe
86 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:08:30
87 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:12:23
I think Howe and Everton would be a recipe for disaster:
@OptaJoe "Bournemouth conceded more goals per game (1.78) than any other side within the top four tiers of English league football in 2018. Cherry-pick."
He's got Martinez/Silva written all over him. His team can't defend.
88 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:15:31
89 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:15:47
If it's like this in 12 months time, I'll take note of your comments. What job do you work in that changes overnight!
90 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:17:53
Harry's cane more like!
The lad doesn't even really run that much anymore like last season and when he's not doing his Marcus Bent Forrest Gump impression, he's just a very limited striker.
But it's not even his fault, it's the management for not signing a decent centre-forward.
91 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:18:40
92 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:20:14
On the day of the game, pass the ball to anyone preferably in a blue shirt unless you are playing away. If so, then confirm with you manager beforehand what colour shirt you need to pass the ball to. As you pass the ball to the player with the same coloured shirt as you wave him good bye. Do not worry about him losing the ball just funnel back to your shape the manager told you about; marking an opposition player is not a requirement.
You do not have to run too hard as you might be tired for the next game, just make sure it looks like you are putting in some effort and you will get paid at the end of the week.
At the end of the game smile at the opposition have a good chat with them, be friendly, wave at the crowd and remember, you are the most important professional on the field and the club should be happy to have someone of your standard playing for them.
Your working week is mainly 90 minutes, but you might be asked to work a little extra every now and then. Of the 90 minutes you can work hard for 15 minutes and the rest as you see fit.
93 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:20:37
How can you defend a manager by saying he's getting less out of better players than our most-reviled manager in living memory?
94 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:20:45
Team needs to knuckle down and get back to business again. I see no need for excessive pessimism but we need to be mindful. We could slip into an uncomfortable area of the table.
95 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:21:15
Couple that with a ‘favourites policy' and we are seeing players cruising. Pickford, Keane, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott all poor recently. All still in the team next game, and they know it.
GK - need someone to really push Jordan and threaten his place.
RB - sorry its not Kenny, good defender but not the ‘fullback' the modern game needs; we desperately need a new first choice.
CB - Keane needs shaking up. If Mina and Zouma can't play together give Jags a swan song for a few games.
LB - Okay for now, but Baines needs to be replaced as a backup in the summer.
CDM - Unbelievably lightweight, especially since Gomes seems to have lost his spark. Desperate for a general here to push Gomes and Gana and offer a chance of a 4-3-3.
LM - Okay for now, stick with Richarlison and leave him there. See if Lookman can push him more.
CAM - Bernard vs Sigurdsson whoever is playing better keeps the place. At this moment that's Bernard.
RM - Walcott has been awful. Loses possession so, so easy. We have no-one pushing him either. This for me Is a priority area.
ST - Vardy, one shot, one goal. Calvert-Lewin, Tosun and Niasse not good enough for Number 9.
So, whilst Marcel doesn't like January, we are a squad in trouble.
We desperately need a quality right-back, right-midfielder and striker. A midfield general would be a bonus.
Tosun, Niasse, Schneiderlin, etc need moving on ASAP.
96 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:22:31
97 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:23:58
We could change the manager again, but then there would be another honeymoon period, followed by the usual collapse when there's a bit of misfortune.
There seems to be a very serious problem, going a lot deeper than who the manager happens to be. We've got a group of players here who have shown they can play a very good high pressing game. What the fuck is happening?
98 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:25:25
I really did want Silva to succeed but I find him totally uninspiring. I would start to worry about relegation if we didn't have some awful teams below us. Unfortunately most fans have been reduced to numbness. Nobody really has a clue just what to do. I am now seriously worried about the visit of mighty Lincoln City.
99 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:27:06
I've given up now, we need to hide when the Yanks win the title.
100 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:28:22
He set the team up as you'd expect. Opted to change one part of a underperforming tandem in Coleman.
That's all I can give him. He failed to breakdown a very stubborn Leicester and they deserve credit for it.
In isolation, you could be tempted to say oh well just one of those days. But my views are not just on one game. His tactical nous, is being outwitted by too many opponents. The drive and tempo to dictate games just isn't there.
He simply cannot squander the next five games. It will put too much pressure on the games we have remaining, with the best coming at home and our horrible away record.
We've beaten no team of note and not dominated any game. Plenty to concern me.
101 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:29:14
102 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:29:32
103 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:29:50
We are just entering the 2nd transfer window for Silva and Brands, pretty much everyone was in agreement the 1st window was a success and I am sure the next window will be as well.
Patience very much needed (hard as that is as it is currently painful to watch currently).
ps: Hughton, Howe or Ferguson as replacements??? I thought we wanted to improve?
104 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:33:13
I recently read that the Mackem's could be in for the lad Shankland at Ayr Utd for the princely sum of 200,000 – maybe we could scupper that deal and be as shrewd as in the Coleman deal and bag ourselves a cheap Striker while Brands works out how to move on our many underperforming players.
A front three of Shankland, Tosun and Lookman might just give us the spark we need up front as we try to solve how to supply them all from Midfield... that is Silva's job, for which he is very well paid for as it is.
We need to gamble on something NOW or I fear our season will collapse completely.
105 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:34:25
106 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:34:26
I think I'd prefer him to do the interviews in Portuguese with a translator, at least I might actually learn what his excuse is for another pitiful performance.
107 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:34:31
Sides are a reflection of how their manager sees football. Martinez was all attack. Allardyce was all defend. Koeman was a bit of both. But Silva... I can't see how he wants his sides to play at all. At the moment we neither attack or defend as a side with higher ambitions should.
On to the next match, I suppose. I would expect to see a lot of changes though. Players need to rest and maybe reflect on whether they are doing enough.
108 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:35:58
Certainly, some players are much below the standard, but it seems more than just a case of individuals not performing – the morale of the squad seems low. There is a lack of confidence, a lack of ideas.
Maybe a new striker, or the impact of someone like Lookman coming in, could give us a boost. We have a run of 5 games where we should be aiming to go unbeaten, and take as many points as necessary.
Now is the time for Silva to learn and show his supposed potential.
110 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:38:22
Digne had a good first half, Kenny had a good game and Gana was our MotM; Bernard when he came on and Zouma were reasonable but the rest were atrocious. They talk about the lack of chances under Allardyce but what did we have here? Kenny hitting the bar and Tosun's late header.
The midfield consisted of Gana breaking up the opposition's attempts at attack and Gomes desperately looking for someone to play with and what does our "Supercoach" do? Takes him off to leave Bernard alone in midfield! Did anyone actually see any indication of any coaching as the players just didn't seem to know where they should be playing and what they were supposed to do.
Somebody said you can set your watch by the timing of Silva's substitutions and he did the same today, every hour, on the hour. Should we now be thinking, it's time!
111 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:38:33
There is nothing you can do to get them to work harder or play better, they get paid regardless of how well they play. If you bench them... so what, money for nothing. And there's always another club that'll buy them if you try to offload.
Sad to say but they hold all the cards, along with football managers. I don't know what the answer is, but Duncan Ferguson isn't it.
112 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:38:48
Stan, it's that same weird, cultural, in-the-fabric thing that seems to hold through all other shorter term changes. Like clubs having the benefit of previous European successes for example - years later, when all the players and staff are completely new people that weren't there for the past wins. Just what is that "History" or "Experience" anyway?
There is something culturally off kilter at Everton, I agree. It's a strange one.
113 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:39:30
Added to that, we were clueless going forward. What exactly is being done in training because nothing is evident on the pitch at the moment?
Before long, Silva will not only lose matches but the dressing room too because no-one seems to know what they are doing on the pitch.
115 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:41:21
"Scorchio"! Excellent stuff. Back from the days when I used to watch TV, when some of it was worth watching.
116 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:42:06
117 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:42:40
Case in point: everybody's favourite – Gomes. He was awful at Brighton and today. With a team with any depth he'd have been rotated out for a needed rest. Ditto with Sigurdsson. He's needed a break since busting a gut in the derby. All he's had is being dropped to the bench for 1 game, when he came on as a sub, so little actual rest. Today, I heard the alarming stat that Walcott has played every game for us this season which says everything really.
I said this weeks ago but we have the kernel of a top 6 team with about 8 players that are of that level. We've 3 positions that are weak – right-back, striker and arguably right wing – and need upgrading. We have depth that are either not there yet (Davies, Kenny, Calvert-Lewin), erratic (Bernard) or soon to be exiting the team (Tosun, Schneiderlin). Right now I'd say Lookman (when fit) is pressuring the misfiring Walcott and maybe Kenny because Seamus is struggling to get anywhere near what he was.
One of our 3 primary centre backs seems to be having a howler every week, which isn't helping.
We desperately need quality additions, but cannot splurge £25m in January on players who are not upgrades (see: Tosun). if we can't nail someone like Lozano, we should just look at young prospects. I thought at the time the panic buy of Tosun, a 26-year-old that had never played in a top league was a gamble and so it's proved.
Compare with Digne, for example, who at 25 had played in 3 top leagues (France, Italy and Spain) and all for major teams. Now he's England so it's only Germany he hasn't played in, out of the Big 5 leagues. And you can see the difference: almost always one of our top performers.
118 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:44:39
119 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:45:22
Also, I really do worry about the remaining home fixtures, five of the top six still to play as well as Bournemouth and Wolves who will play similar to Leicester and will nick a win.
Desperate, desperate few months coming up.
120 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:48:38
121 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:49:19
I'm sure the players haven't a clue what he wants. He's lost them and been found out again. Cut our losses and replace him for next season.
122 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:50:43
Our home form has become as gash as our away form.
Play like that against Bournemouth and theyll beat us too, likewise Wolves.
I get the feeling the next few months is going to be very arduous for Everton and Marco Silva.
123 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:51:48
The defence is okay, the midfield average but up top we are awol. The lack of replacement of Lukaku is still the problem and to be waiting all this time with stop-gaps and kids is totally unprofessional.
Brands needs to get somebody in in January for us to have any chance of climbing the league. Never mind the poor January window, we didn't get anyone in the summer, so we need to now.
124 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:57:03
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126 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:57:29
It is too easy to play against us. You just put high pressure on our two defensive midfielders. When they get under pressure, the whole 4-2-3-1 system falls apart. The problem is that this is easy to do, you can just put 3 players in the midfield and they will have a problem.
When the two defensive midfielders struggle, we are left to play on the flanks and long balls. This does rarely work. Since we do not have anyone in front that can win a header, long balls will never ever work.
The solution could be to add presence in the midfield. When Silva takes out Gomes and puts Bernard in, it just does not strengthen our midfield.
127 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:57:53
There hasn't been a manager since Moyes who has improved the players at his disposal. We can't keep throwing away money on mediocre players and managers.
128 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:58:14
I think our problem runs deeper than simply having a world class striker up front. Also, what world class striker would want to join us the way we're playing!
129 Posted 01/01/2019 at 15:59:31
Silva is trying to change the philosophy. Pep moved straight into a brilliant Man City team, made changes and additions on top of a strong foundation. What did Silva have in place? Pickford, Coleman, who sadly looks finished as a top fullback, a star player that had been criminally mismanaged in his debut season (Sigurdsson) and Gana. Everyone else were either recent additions (Walcott) or struggling (Keane). Plus a lot of youth that had either been thrown into the managerial merry-go-round and seen their progress stunted (Kenny, Davies) or been ignored (Lookman, Vlasic) and a squad full of old or substandard players. Into this add 5 major additions in the summer, all earmarked as starters.
When Spurs sold Bale and bought half a squad they struggled badly. And they still had the core of a good team. We, sadly didn't, through some criminal mismanagement of squad rejuvenation and long-term planning going back to the end of Moyes's time. This is a massive task for Silva and Brands.
If we finish 12th this season but integrate all the new players fully and get our style of play in place, then I'm okay with that. I don't want to spend £50m on short-term panic buys that help us secure 8th or 9th.
Then we need significant investment in the summer, to upgrade those deficient starting positions and provide serious competition and hopefully bring back in talents like Vlasic, Holgate and maybe Dowell that are (or hopefully will) benefit from playing time elsewhere. For example, the way he's been playing for CSKA, if Vlasic's loan suddenly ended, does anyone doubt he'd be a major addition to the squad now?
130 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:03:13
131 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:05:05
Another false Dawn I am afraid, the manager looks clueless and his team selections over the Christmas period have been poor.
The honeymoon period is well and truly over and the performances are progressively getting worse. The atmosphere at the ground is getting as toxic as ever too.
Only positive to this season is the fact that there are teams who already look like they are relegation bound after half a season.
I for one look at the upcoming fixtures that should be winnable but I am not confident of getting many points and can see the manager making wholesale changes for the Lincoln game which we all know Everton don't do very well.
It's going to be a long winter into the spring that won't be helped by our neighbours who look like they are indeed going to have their year.
Sack Silva or not sack Silva? I don't know the answer to that and there should be people at the club more qualified than any of us to make that decision but what I do know is it's not good enough.
Happy New Year, Blues!!!
132 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:07:40
In January? Almost no chance. Players we've been linked with (or bid on) in previous January windows – Tosun, Ramirez (now at Wolves, who I like but is not a 15-20 goal striker), that big lump playing in Portugal, Jannsen (bust at Spurs). All would have cost approx £25-30m. None would have been an obvious upgrade in terms of goal output.
If we can't somehow nail down a great buy in the window then we either take a chance on a talented prospect or hang on until the summer.
133 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:08:07
134 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:09:14
I think we are both singing from the same hymn sheet.
135 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:11:22
Struggling to take any positives today. Gana was on his own and Kenny done okay. The rest stunk.
I hope the excuses of too many games and fatigue don't get raised by the coaching staff.
Gonna be a long year to bear and grind at this rate. Perfect storm of EFC spiralling and the RS flying high.
Let's hope Lincoln have an off-day.
Another great start to the New Year!
136 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:12:05
You could see how it was going to go for him today with that terrible pass less than 1 minute in. Sigurdsson, badly in need of withdrawing himself, immediately was pulling the strings when Gomes came off and he dropped back to central midfield.
137 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:13:45
Silva comes on and says we were poor, very honest and commendable. Then picks the same players, uses the same tactics and makes the same poor substitutions in the next game.
As Einstein said, to keep doing that and expect a different result is madness.
138 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:13:55
I must admit apart from playing Walcott the team picked seemed to me spot on. However, after 5 minutes and seeing not one Everton player could pass to another, Gomes seeming to be the worse, general consensus around me as that things needed changing.
To be honest, Gomes should have been subbed after 15 minutes. It was quite obvious that he was completely non-existent.
Walcott played his usual 15 minutes and disappeared. Calvert-Lewin got absolutely no service whatsoever.
Again, we could have played all day and not scored. Totally devoid of any guile or inspiration.
Karen Mason wrote an article a day or so ago about patience being a virtue in which I mentioned the team needed to show more effort. Stan Schofield did not agree with me. Well, Stan, I wonder if you might change your mind after today's effort?
We can go back to Huddersfield when our movement without the ball, putting our foot in, winning 50-50s was abysmal. Too many games have been similar and today was no exception.
Just home and haven't seen the excuses after that crap but have no doubt it will be the same as the last few. We are an embarrassment and unfortunately the buck stops with the manager.
I'm off tomorrow for a bit of sunshine; the only game I'll get when on holiday is Lincoln and I won't be that surprised if we fuck that up too.
139 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:14:41
140 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:14:46
So what if we have to change the manager again. We spend far much more on individual players and they get the chop if they don't do the job.
141 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:16:41
We won't ever get another Lukaku, so forget a 20-goal striker. They won't come to us even if available, but we could get by with a target man who can hold it up and link play and get 10-15 goals (Premier League) a season.
142 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:18:43
Realistically, I'm sure that particular ship has sailed though.
143 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:19:33
144 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:20:21
We can't keep bemoaning service; Vardy has one chance and scores that's the difference.
The best strikers make the game come to them, Calvert-Lewin is a passenger, a paperweight.
I'm not bothered what he's going to be in four years, here and now he's not anything like the level we require.
He's not alone, Tosun is nothing and Richarlison picks and chooses the games he fancies playing in and today, like Brighton, was one he couldn't be arsed with.
145 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:22:31
146 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:22:46
Blowing a ton of money on players in January would be stupid, but sacking Silva would be a total idiocy. Jumping from manager to manager, particularly if changing playing style and making major changes to the squad is almost guaranteed to end in disaster.
Is Silva the answer? No idea, but he needs to be given a chance to fix the shit-show of a team he inherited from the previous clowns. So far we have:
1. He knows how he wants us to play;
2. He wants to play attacking, entertaining football;
3. The additions the new managerial team have made have been from okay to excellent, based on a half-season's evidence;
4. He's playing our best player (Sigurdsson) in the correct position.
What we don't have (yet):
1. A viable top 6 striking option;
3. Squad depth;
4. A good return of points (see 1, 2, & 3 above for a partial explanation).
147 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:24:12
However, this is where good teams get clever; the overview of the 70s-80s RS team and the Mancs is that they played exciting attacking football — but only 80% of the season, and the other 20% they found ways of scraping a point or 3.
At present, we seem to be incapable of this. The last 2 defeats have been defensive lapses ruthlessly punished.
148 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:27:36
It's a thing that football fans believe every young player is going to be something extraordinary in four years time.
Just humour it because if you try to argue it then you just get hit with “What evidence have you got to say he won't be a legend “
Errr, I just respond with “What evidence have people got to suggest he WILL be a legend”?
They must have Calvert-Lewin 3D World glasses that make him appear on the pitch like Lionel Messi. I need to get a pair of these glasses.
149 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:28:54
No use making to many excuses but Gana's workrate was fantastic, but obviously helped because he hasn't played as much football lately.
Same with Jonjoe, some say he's not good enough, but like Silva, I'd prefer to give him a chance.
Knee-jerk? Let's break the bank for Gomes, after he's played six games, just like I don't want to get rid of a manager, who hasn't really got a recognised centre-forward, after 20 games.
150 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:29:05
Calvert-Lewin was completely anonymous today and, although the service wasn't brilliant, the problem is that he is not a Premier League centre-forward and never will be.
He had a full 90 minutes today for no shots, no headers on goal, no forward passes. His movement in the box is dreadful and towards the end, he gave up trying to get on the end of crosses.
Tosun is not the answer, but at least got a couple of shots in when he came on.
151 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:30:00
152 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:32:32
Contrary to foolish claims made the service he received was pathetic. Vardy was put clean through one-on-one When was the last time that happened to Calvert-Lewin? We've got senior players underperforming all over the park and yet, after every game, he is singled out by the same fools.
The funny thing about it, they were moaning like fuck when he wasn't selected last time.
153 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:33:38
154 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:34:23
Walcott's selection is just embarrassing – he just can't be in the starting XI with such limited input. Gomes looks knackered again. And despite improved performances, Keane's mistake is something we have seen too often in the past.
I felt sorry for Gueye and Zouma, as the rest where woeful.
155 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:34:40
This was as bad as anything served up over the past 4 years. I thought all bar Zouma, Gana and Kenny had awful games with Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin and of course Walcott really dreadful.
Our results and performances over the past month have been those of a relegation side. I did believe that Silva, like any new manager, should be given time and patience but I think we should be really concerned that his Everton career is starting to follow a familiar trajectory seen at Hull and Watford – initial promise and improved performances tailing off into winless runs with some heavy defeats.
From what we've seen so far in terms of team selections, substitutions, tactics and team motivation, Silva doesn't look like a top Premier League manager. As the umpteenth free-kick and corner was placed unerringly on the head of a Leicester player, as passes went everywhere except to a blue shirt, and the paucity of the attacking play, one had to ask: Where is the evidence of Silva's much-vaunted coaching skills???
If Brands statement about little or no transfer activity this window is correct then I can't see where we go from here. The team is not good enough, the manager and coaches are not good enough.
156 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:35:17
He has made over 60 appearances and is 22 in March. How long should we wait? He is not going to make it.
157 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:35:35
158 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:35:42
I haven't seen the tv coverage of the game so can't be 100%.
I seem to remember one great ball across the 6-yard box by Bernard. You seem to think that was the opportunity that Calvert-Lewin should have made a name for himself. Maybe you're right maybe he should have been on the end of it.
Thing is for the other 89 minutes Calvert-Lewin got piss all service plus from what I can remember – might be wrong – Calvert-Lewin was the only player near that cross. Where were the others, Richarlison, midfield runners?
Like so many games last season, the youngsters were the only bright spots in another abysmal exhibition. Kenny and Calvert-Lewin at least put in a shift, how many others can truthfully say the same?
159 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:35:50
We are failing in the most basic move in football- pass the ball to your own player, control it then move it forward to your own player. Even our better players like Gomes, Sigurdsson and Bernard are constantly missing their passes and even kicking the ball out of play. I'm sorry Marco but this is not due to fatigue, it is rock bottom basics and we are failing in our attempts to do them properly.
Okay, Gomes does look jaded to the extent that I would think very carefully about lashing out a huge fee on him after so few games. Walcott must be dropped. Sigurdsson is not someone who can rouse a team from playing badly but looks good when the rest of the midfield plays well – I still have doubts about him and his set pieces are awful.
I thought Kenny had a good game and with someone other than Walcott ahead of him he would be better still. Gana and Zouma were decent and I thought Keane was doing fine until his error for the goal.
Having booked my West Country Blues coach ticket for Saturday, I am now wondering what I have let myself in for. A good walk with the dog has caused me to ponder on Baines in midfield. We seem to be trying to play short and sharp passes and maybe it is too quick and that is why our passing fails to reach the right man.
Baines is probably the best passer of the ball at the club in terms of short and sharp and maybe he would be worth a try against Lincoln either wide left or on the left of the middle three? On the one hand, I fear a much changed selection and an exit from the cup but on the other hand we will be dumped out anyway if we play today's team playing the same way.
I wanted Arteta as manager with Royle alongside him but will stick with Silva for now. As others have posted, he has a few games coming up which are winnable – lose those and we then have home games against five of the top six. His fate will surely depend on those winnable games.
And for those slagging off Calvert-Lewin yet again, Ronaldo would struggle to look good in that team today. The lad had zero support, Richarlison did sod all throughout the game and Calvert-Lewin needs help, not criticism. All game he had two men tight to him with no movement from midfield or wide men to create some space. Give the kid a chance.
160 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:35:57
'Silva is now overdrawn with me, his line of credit is under review.'
It's astonishing to think that as recently as 2 December – with the packed fixture list, just 7 fixtures ago – right up until the 96th minute of the game at Anfield that day, there was a majority 'good feel' factor among supporters. Even post-match, there was positivity about how well we played that day, and in previous games.
Contrary to the claims of some, we were looking a decent team and taking on the elite clubs in their own backyard. The performances were good, even if the results were just falling short.
Since Pickford's gaff, the solid defence, the guile in midfield, the movement and potency of the attack that was evident before then, has fallen off a cliff. And the manager himself has been unable to arrest it.
If someone is appointed Everton manager, or signed as a player, they initially get my support – even Sam Allardyce! What alternative do I have as a mere supporter who wants his team to win every game in great style?
As expressed by many, I had my doubts about Silva – his record in the Premier League, the number of goals his team conceded and evidence that he struggled to turn things around when his team went on winless runs. But, once appointed, it was in my club's best interests that he did well and I got fully behind him.
Like John Pierce, once the team settled into a rhythm early season, Silva built up further good credit in my 'bank'. Sadly for me, like John, the dreadful December we have just endured has seen a lot of goodwill and credit towards Silva dwindle. Such is the way of the world.
IMO, it is still way, way too premature to call for a change of manager. But Silva's line of credit with the fans is already overdrawn for some, and close to being so for many more.
Having said that, Moshiri, with 5 managers to his name in 3 years, will also be looking at the ledger book and weighing up the credit and debit columns. He has already shown he is not shy in pulling the trigger on a manager.
As Stan @ 97 (correctly, in my view) observes, we have good players who were showing good form. His morose cry 'What the fuck is happening?' is one repeated by many an Everton fan, over many a year, not only now on Silva's watch.
It defies logic that for nearly 3 decades now, with a constant change of personnel, of both managers and players in those years, every time you think Everton is on the brink of 'cracking it', the inverse happens: we crack.
It doesn't make sense that there is something inherently wrong at Everton that it permeates the team and manager, whoever is in situ, in whatever era. But it does appear to be the case.
Everton. Barely half a day into 2019 and you've punctured my New Year already.
What a frustratingly enigmatic club we are.
161 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:36:07
Calling our city centre store Everton 2, Shining blue lights on the Liver Building, calling ourselves ‘the People's Club'.
What a fucking joke.
162 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:38:18
Bug fixes; the developers have managed to cut out the over exuberant use of ridiculously positive adjectives but have made no progress whatsoever with defensive capabilities or midfield guile. Future bug fixes may include a striking option.
Guys, what did we expect? We took a manager that got relegated and had 10 good games with Watford and thought we'd sneaked Pep in through the back door.
Why do we always pick the wrong managerial option? This is truly dreadful fayre. The football is more attractive than fat Sam but we have fewer points.
"Give him time". To do what exactly? He seems bereft of ideas.
What a shambles; we're unwatchable.
163 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:40:38
There's a lot of truth in what you say. We lack players who want to win at all costs. That winning mentality cannot be bought by simply buying good players (but it does help); if they don't want to win every game, then you can have the spending power of a Man City but won't win anything.
A couple of talented leaders are definitely required who play and lead by example... nothing much will change otherwise.
164 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:40:53
The worst case of using a scapegoat is poor Tom Davis who gets the blame for most defeats.
165 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:43:33
People on here saying that Silva isn't going to work out for us after six months in the job then saying Calvert-Lewin should be given plenty of time in the side to get better really confuse me. Are we a Championship club blooding young players or a club aiming to break into the top end of the Premier League? The only teams at the top of the league that blood young, untried strikers are ones with more experienced, reliable strikers already playing.
Pat Kelly, at the end of the match today, there was a look on Silva's face that could suggest that Brands has already told him what the situation is. I don't think it will happen this month, but Silva had the same look on his face a lot of managers do when they know they're on borrowed time.
166 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:45:02
I don't need reminding the last time Calvert-Lewin was put through one on one (Arsenal away) and he nearly killed himself deciding whether to shoot or pass.
He doesn't get put through regularly because he doesn't make runs forwards, just runs into the corner flags and then doesn't move to go in the box.
He doesn't ruffle defences enough for me, even a big yard dog like Deeney or Austin would get involved and ruffle defences. Maguire could have been puffing imaginary cigars, it was that easy for him today.
Calvert-Lewin is not the only one guilty of that, I'm blaming all our forwards because it's painfully shite to watch us going forwards at times, and it's not helped by substandard quality that we possess in those areas.
Silva and Brands didn't sign Richarlison last summer to be a striker so that baffles me they thought what we already had would be good enough.
I had reservations last summer about Tosun regardless of him getting five goals he lacked physical presence and was not and is not mobile enough.
It's over to the management to sort it.
167 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:51:01
We were poor today, so excuses mean nothing anyway, but I've been reading this thread backwards, and Kevin Dwyer is someone I tend to agree with, although I'll probably be in the minority.
168 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:51:31
The only glimmer of hope is Spurs who were like this for a long long time but finally turned it around without relegation and near bankruptcy.
169 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:54:08
Everton are often undone by strikers at lower-end clubs (the likes of Deeney and Austin) because those players know their limitations and make up for them with effort and mongrel. Against any team outside the top 6, effort and mongrel are going to give a player a very good chance of succeeding.
170 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:55:06
This expensively assembled squad is absolute dog shite. Even worse than last seasons if that's possible. Even Gomes looks like he is a Championship player at the moment and not worth buying.
This lot need dismantling ASAP. At least 10 players need moving on and 5 or 6 class players need bringing in. Same old shite from the same old shitty run club.
We are a bottom-half club for certain and, if Silva doesn't sort these useless fuckers out, they will get him the sack... That's a certainty. The man has 2 windows to sort the mess out or he will be gone this time next year.
These players need a good kick up the arse and be told if they want to be around next season they'd better start getting their act together our they will be sold to the highest bidder... If there are any takers, that is.
What a bunch of wankers we have representing our club. They stink.
171 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:55:37
I thought Zouma had a good game, kept trying to get the team moving, looked like he was interested. He is the best centre-half on the books and he's not even our player!
Kenny came in and did a good job, one or two mistakes... inevitable after being out for over two months. Digne, another who keeps going and tries to get others involved in the game.
And finally Gana, who never stops running, tackling and intercepting pass after pass. We would be much worse without him but, I've got to say, his 8 or 9 rating slips to a 5 or 6 because of his atrocious passing and I'm sorry about that, but it's the truth.
As for the rest of the team, less said the better, except for Bernard – there is a very good player there but it's not coming off for him. Maybe his brain is too fast for some of the players? They don't anticipate some of his moves; playing like statues doesn't help them either.
Another very sorry day at Goodison Park. I'm getting to the point where I think someone has blown out the light at the end of the tunnel...
172 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:58:23
Well, Michael Keane has definitely improved, massive improvement in fact, but he's always going to be a middle-of-the-road defender, imo, and not because of his mistake today.
He was actually one of our better players up until that point, but teams look to isolate him for a reason: it's because he's too slow down the sides and even slower with a ball that's hit over the top.
173 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:58:53
Not advocating that both of those mentioned would provide the answer long term, but if a striker is hard to come by in January, then why not? Worst that can happen is we revert back to what we have.
174 Posted 01/01/2019 at 16:59:41
Like I said I haven't seen the tv coverage of the game but when I say Calvert-Lewin got no service whatsoever in my mind it means at least a half chance.
Firing in balls to any centre-forward on the half-way line with his back to goal in my uneducated mind doesn't count as any sort of service.
Now if we are talking about half-decent crosses from either wing which gives him even a slight chance to get on the end of. Or, maybe even a bit of a through-ball like the one Vardy got to score then I would say that, in my opinion, is half-decent service.
Even the best strikers in the world d not score every chance they get. Thing is our inexperienced striker doesn't get hardly any chances.
Might be down to piss poor service and tactics rather than Calvert-Lewin being useless. Maybe??
175 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:02:31
176 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:04:47
Kenny did okay, Keane's mistake was awful, but that is the thing, every single mistake of ours seems to be getting punished recently. The derby goal, the Spurs gift goal, today's mistake by Keane.
I think Silva should rotate the squad more – rest Coleman, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Digne, Keane, Walcott.
I agree – replacing Silva is not the solution at this point.
177 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:06:45
The problem with your argument is they are all Premier League teams, awash with TV cash and with no incentive to sell, except if a player is disgruntled or the offer is crazy. I'll break them down:
Rondon – definition of inconsistent. 29, no upside. Never scored 10 league goals for WBA. Managed 5 so far this season. Better than what we have? Dubious.
Mitrovic – better than anyone figured. Looked like his erratic persona would hold him back, hence why Newcastle offloaded him. Doing well this season, clearly better than anyone we've got. Maybe a target if Fulham go down. Would he settle well with us?
Arnautovic – one that eluded us (and better teams). Massive talent, easily good enough for an elite side but a difficult character, which has held him back. I'd have liked us to take a punt on him last season, although it could've been a horrible bust (actually I'm sure Koeman and /or Sam would've wound him up). Not obviously a striker until last season. Now 29. No way West Ham would sell him anyway.
Vardy – turned down Arsenal so why would he sign for us? may have a chance now as doesn't appear to enjoy playing for Puel. All about his pace and if we signed him in the summer he'd turn 33 halfway through. Definition of a short-term buy.
Wilson – notorious crock. Would pay through the nose for him too (Transfermarkt has him listed at £22.5m as I type so no doubt he'd cost at least £40m. Did I mention he was injury-prone?
Deeney – 13, 10, 5 and so far this season 3 goals. Starts most games. Ridiculous money when he was linked with team a couple of years ago for what is an honest battler and not a prolific forward. Also, 30. Upgrade?
Murray – late-bloomer that nobody thought could hack it at Premier League level. Took him until last season to put up good numbers (12 goals). Has 8 this season. Is 35 so last hurrah. When would we have bought him exactly?
178 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:10:19
I remember a few good championship players we signed ie Jagielka, Lescott etc and – whilst I'm not saying we shouldn't be aiming higher than this – I'm sick of us spending big money and high wages on bang average lower Premier League players who seem content to go through the motions and pick up their golden pay cheque every week!
Sorry for the rant but that display today has really made me mad!!!
179 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:14:36
2 incidents today highlighted the fact that we don't have any team spirit or fighting instinct.
Evans leaving one on Richarlison. Not one player confronted Evans or gave the impression they cared less.
Vardy shouldered Zouma into the advertising at the street end. Again nobody backing their team mate up or even looking arsed.
The old saying about "It's not the size of the man in the fight, but the size of the fight in the man" applies to the entire team.
This squad are all good footballers, regardless of how limited we all feel they are. If you don't have the desire to win a game, tackle, score a goal regardless of ability, you will get beaten in this league. Give me attitude over ability all day long.
It's down to the coaches to spot this and rectify. Silva has put the noose around his own neck this Christmas. Without a change of attitude on the pitch, he could be gone by the end of the season.
180 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:16:21
Shit passing, shit crossing, shit control, shit tempo, shit closing down, shit concentration, shit dribbling, shit composure, shit heading, shit teamwork, shit vocal motivation, shit hunger, shit desire, shit defending, shit midfield, and shit attack.
One of the very few Everton players who was not shit was Zouma and guess what, he's not an Everton player.
I expect better; since the Divok Origi goal we have become a nonsense outfit. A bunch of clowns. Newcastle, Watford, Tottenham, Leicester at home have been very very poor, Brighton meek and ineffective... I am putting Burnley down as an aberration due to the 1st-minute goal. The train is definitely off the rails.
Gomes looks like his mind is elsewhere... has his agent lined him up with Juve or Inter already? His game has collapsed.
We need to get a grip of it right now, what we are seeing is unacceptable.
181 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:17:41
The crosses were provided, time and again, but Calvert-Lewin failed to outjump his markers. Him and Sigurdsson got in each others way a couple of times and Richarlison was static (when not rolling on the deck).
Not all down to Calvert-Lewin, who did put in a shift, but the team laboured again against a team defending deep. Not enough movement off the ball and too many passes overhit.
Sigurdsson was as culpable as any and Bernard brought on too late. I would have played him on the left and perhaps pushed Richarlison over to the centre or right, just to keep them guessing.
A poor quality game, a tired looking team bar Digne and Gana. Kenny did well, and if only his shot had gone top corner! It's going to be like this a lot more for the rest of this season.
Silva certainly will not and should not be sacked. What kind of message would this send out? He needs backing, which will help him control the players. At present, I fear he is losing his grip on them. He feels like he has to play Mina, Richarlison, and Walcott, despite obvious failings. Gomes is carrying a knock or is woefully unfit.
It is bad timing to have Lookman injured as Richarlison and Walcott need competition. I would play Bernard every time – the lad has such good feet and his cross should have provided the goal.
182 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:18:27
I worked a 12-hour shift on a busy NHS ward last night, got up after 3 hours of kip to watch that!!!
I can't even get angry anymore, Calvert-Lewin has no desire nor the acumen to make a top striker and Silva has neither the acumen nor the intelligence to make a top manager.
183 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:18:31
When you say "fucking idiots" are you referring to your Calvert-Lewin bashing partner, Jim Bennings? Because that is who I was referring to when I spoke about critics moaning he was left out last time.
You two are hardly the "hard-edged" critics you think you are. You don't give any thought to what you say — one whinge fits all.
Vardy was put clean through because one of our fucking lighthouse defenders let a ball bounce off him. That's not a luxury other defences are affording our strikers.
Why not moan about Sigurdsson's lack of combativeness? Why don't you mention Gomes walking around in a coma? Or the fact that our goalie and defenders seem to be taking it in turns to present goals on a plate for anyone who is prepared to take them?
Na, that's all academic... its all the fault of the young guy who may not be Aguero but who represents our only form of attack.
Breaking news: we know his shortcomings, but you two seem to be oblivious to that fact. And you two think you are in a position to come on here and call other posters idiots? Have a word with yourselves.
184 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:20:19
185 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:21:55
However, I would also include Silva and Brands in the same category. The latter, whose credentials were totally over-hyped when were looking for a replacement for Steve Walsh, comes out with ludicrous statements about no signings needed in this transfer window and the former's record as a manager in the Premier league is pretty patchy, putting it politely. Only Everton would have appointed Silva and Martinez with relegation on their CVs.
Silva's had long enough particularly as it's getting more and more difficult to see where the next 13 points are likely to come from. Fire him now, appoint a sound, competent interim manager who can steady the ship and prevent us being dragged into a relegation tussle. During the remainder of the season, carefully examine potential candidates along with the performance of the interim manager and then make a decision.
186 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:21:59
Now, we have 27 points from 21 games, giving about 49 points on that new points average.
We played very well in the derby, probably shocking a lot of people. We played a high-intensity press, something we've been after for several years but which had eluded us in previous seasons. We did similar against Chelsea and Arsenal, but it was particularly pleasing against Liverpool, because it was probably our best derby performance in a very long time, something which many of us have wanted so much. Of course, that's why the end result was so heartbreaking and why the opponents couldn't believe their luck and behaved like they'd won the league.
On this basis, and given the precipitous drop in points averaging from 64 to 49 since the derby misfortune, I would be extremely reluctant to be calling for Silva's head, or questioning the ability of our players. Something has gone wrong that has undone the cohesion of the team, that has made playing matches akin to climbing a muddy slope instead of the high-intensity pressing and cohesion we had up to the end of the derby.
Whatever it is that has caused this, the problem does not lie with Silva, nor does it lie with individual players, none of whom are setting out to play worse than they were.
Some claim that Silva's tactics have been found out, and that's why we're now struggling. I don't buy that, it's simply not plausible. If it were the case, he would have been found out by the time of the Chelsea game, and the derby.
We might need a witch doctor or a psychiatrist, but what we don't need is another change of regime.
187 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:23:08
188 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:26:30
So which Everton team will emerge in 2019? The one that matched the RS stride for stride, or the Christmas nightmare? If it's the latter, can we return it in the January sales?
189 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:32:53
We need to get rid of Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Niasse and bring in two strikers who can bloody challenge in the box and stick it in the back of the net.
190 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:35:25
Is it me or does Silva spout more shite than Bobby Brown Shoes? Fucking unbelievable!!!
191 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:44:21
Nothing like Martinez, he appears more Koemanesque to me. Uninspiring, inaudible, incoherent. He won't get the players' mojo back until he finds his.
192 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:47:22
"Sack Silva" seems to be the answer but just give a slight thought to the £20+millions Mr Mosh has forked out dispensing with the last 3 car crash managers do you think he is in the boardroom counting out another Lottery Win to pay Silva off.
I don't know what it is at Board, Manager, Player, Coach, Canteen Staff, Groundstaff level that suddenly turns decent players into a pile of shite that look like they've just walked out of a faraway jungle, seen other people, cars, planes and trains for the first time, and been thrown a football.
Obviously, if you can't eat it, shag it, or wear it, is kicking it the next stage? Apparently at Everton NO just put it on the pitch on a match day and let them get on with it as most of them look completely uncomfortable should the pill roll anywhere near them.
I think the only answer is a psychiatrist or hypnotist to get into their heads and explain the basics of football.
193 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:48:34
Still "Happy New Year" to all the patient Evertonians. Do such beings still exist?
194 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:49:16
195 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:49:57
Wind your neck in, or send me the rose-tinted glasses you have; either way, we'll get a bit of peace.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion. I'm not a fan of players that don't offer anything, regardless of age, position etc.
I don't rate Calvert-Lewin as a here-and-now performer and I don't think he can blame service because other strikers at least make it a hard afternoon for defenders by backing in, closing down, challenging for every header or loose ball – and that's how you lead by example from the front.
Calvert-Lewin is 21, soon to be 22, not 17.
It's not just him; the rest need to hang their heads in shame too regarding the lack of effort.
Gomes is either not fit (if so, then why the hell has Silva played him every game over this period???) or he's just starting to show his limitations, Schneiderlin-style.
As I say, collectively it was woeful today; same at Brighton and against Spurs, Man City, Watford, and Newcastle.
In fact, we could all blame Pickford if we want to share the criticism, for sticking the biggest pin ever in the balloon, at Anfield with that cock-up.
196 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:50:33
Also, is it pure coincidence that the only game weve won recently saw Richarlison dropped? Current lack of goals in the team is concerning. Always easy to big up whoevers out of the team. But I do think Lookman would add something, he scored and created goals in Germany.
197 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:51:54
198 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:54:09
199 Posted 01/01/2019 at 17:55:01
As for Walcott, sure why would he care? He hasn't had a good 30 minutes in the last 4 months but keeps being picked.
Coleman was the fall guy & while he hasn't being playing to his best, if he had put in the exact same performance as Kenny did today, he would have been lucky to get a 5 rating.
200 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:00:27
There's one fatal flaw to your numbers. We can't play at home to the bottom 8 teams every other week, for the entire season.
People hide behind the fact that we've played 5 of the Top 6 away, but ignore uncomfortable truth that we've had all the so-called 'home bankers' – with the exception of Burnley.
Even for a side in 'transition' It's not unreasonable for fans to expect a higher points return that we've managed so far. The amount of points we've dropped at home against average/poor opposition is ridiculous – regardless of who the manager is.
The majority of the remaining home fixtures will be tough and a lot of the teams we have left to play away will be fighting for their lives towards the end of the season.
Time for Silva and the players to step-up, start performing and prove their worth. No more excuses.
We've taken 7 points from 12 games vs Top 12 teams (W:1 L:7 D:4)
...and 20 points from 9 games vs Bottom 8 teams (W:6 L:1 D:2)
Remaining Home games: Bournemouth, Wolves, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Burnley.
Remaining Away games: Southampton, Huddersfield, Watford, Cardiff, Newcastle, West Ham, Fulham, Palace, Spurs.
201 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:02:44
I think it's a bit sloppy implying we've gone a bit downhill since the derby defeat. I think a draw there would have been a good and fair result and without doubt, unlike most seasons we did compete and more than hold our own.
However, if you really look at the season since the opener at Wolves, can you really say we have totally controlled a game or played joined-up football that some seem to think we have been playing?
We have failed to see games out, play a controlled 90-plus minutes, dominate teams, overall been unlucky – though some will mention the Arsenal game.
What we have been is mystified by tactics, or none, team selections and set-ups, substitutions, fitness levels motivation and basic things like effort.
Somehow implying the derby was a turning point is as sad as the present excuses, such as transition period and tiredness.
202 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:05:47
Silva has no clue how to motivate them after a defeat (or even a victory). They were useless after the shambolic late goal defeat at Anfield and, after beating a useless Burnley, show no intensity whatsoever in 2 games since.
What kind of manager's ploy has Jonjoe Kenny marking Maguire at a corner kick?
At this rate, it's freefall time to the basement as somehow Silva flounders and Brands says no money will be spent.
Who really gives a monkey's about a new stadium with these plonkers at the helm? The midfield is still a mess and the passing is woeful
203 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:05:47
I would suggest after the Lincoln game where, like it or not, he will use the fringe players, then he picks what he thinks is our best 11 and sticks to a set formation. Then maybe we will get back to being the side we were before the derby game.
I think Vardy underlined how important it is for sides to have a quality striker in the side. Today, he was feeding off scraps but, when the mistake came, he punished us. Our front 3 have been poor for weeks now, Richarlison has weighed in with goals but his general play has been pretty average. How Walcott is picked on a regular basis is a puzzle to me, mind his replacements haven't been that good either. I don't know whether Calvert-Lewin will make it but he sure isn't ready to lead the line at the moment, but he is better than Tosun who offers nothing.
I would think that, if we had Vardy as our main striker, his movement would help our midfield, and he certainly would have been on hand to tap in Bernard's cross late on. Any striker worth his salt would have put that chance away, yet our forwards just looked on as the very rare chance we created went begging.
I know some want Silva out but all that would do is send a message to every manager, if Everton come looking, then demand at least a 4-year contract as you will be gone in a season if you'rer not in the top 6. But, with a 4-year contract, you will walk away with between £10 and £15 million, just as Koeman and Martinez did – not forgetting the £6 million that Allardyce got. But that's not to say that Silva is bulletproof; we need to give him all of the next 2 seasons to see where we are.
204 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:08:03
205 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:08:24
To my mind, there's no coming back for Silva from this series of abysmal performances, pathetic – Burnley excluded – and that was mainly because we scored in the first few minutes.
A few more defeats at home in the league, could see the end of him and who would be surprised. Why Moshiri appointed him will remain a mystery to most of us, given his awful record.
Another bad appointment could leave us rooted in the championship. Villa being the obvious example of years of Everton's type of bad mismanagement from owners with no idea of what is needed to provide stability, never mind success.
206 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:12:18
Fraser Hornby has been out injured for the last three months.
Ellis Simms has been brilliant scoring goals for the U18s. But on stepping up occasionally to the U23s, he really hasn't delivered. I can't imagine could do any better than Calvert-Lewin.
207 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:16:36
Kenny marking Maguire is down to zonal marking, mate!
208 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:23:20
I think Silva will be given another year. That'll see him and Brands get this coming transfer window plus the Summer.
If we are still seeing the same shit as we are so far this season, he'll be out, and quite rightly so. What we've been exposed to so far this season is for sure better than last but an improvement on that could have been obtained by Hibbo's dog.
What mystifies me more is something I brought up when Silva was appointed. Why was he given a 3-year deal?
We have been stung by Martinez, Koeman and Allardyce with long-term contracts and in comes the relatively unknown and unproven Silva with a 3-year deal.
A 2-years contract with a 1-year option I can understand. Not 3 though. Emery, a supposedly better and more known manager, only got a 2-year deal at Arsenal. We just seem to put ourselves in an awkward place with these contracts.
209 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:25:02
The challenge on Richarlison wasn't good but he doesn't help himself by going to ground every time an opposing player comes within 3 yards of him. Crying wolf too often and someone on the coaching staff needs to have a word with him.
Vardy to his credit, went straight to Zouma to check he was okay and several of our players did the same.
210 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:25:40
211 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:26:40
I won't be back until the board get rid of Silva, Big Dunc, Billy and half of that squad.
212 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:28:02
As the game progressed, the passing never got any better from either side. I'm not interested in stats but it would be nice to know how many misplaced passes were made by both teams, could possibly go into the Guinness book of records, whatever they were it gives no credit to both teams and their managers, disgraceful, and this is supposedly the best league in the world.
213 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:29:41
Of course, none of us know what results will transpire, particularly in the Premier League in which there are many utterly 'unexpected' results. So we don't know what effect there would be in playing the remaining teams, or what the effect of home versus away will be.
All we can do is look at results and the details of particular games, and if we do attempt any extrapolation, surely doing so purely on the basis of ongoing results is the one that uses least assumptions?
But, whichever way you choose to look at it, the fall in our form has been dramatic. You don't even need to have seen the games to deduce that, all you need do is look at the general tone of comments on ToffeeWeb and the dramatic change in this tone over December.
214 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:30:19
215 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:36:34
Where the hell do we go from here? Another manager? I don't think so – we've tried that one before, I seem to remember.
The only solution I can come up with is pray for an owner that has much more money than Moshiri and is willing to spend it. Other than that, I'm clueless.
216 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:41:05
"But whichever way you choose to look at it, the fall in our form has been dramatic."
I agree with you 100% on that, Stan!
217 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:42:23
218 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:44:02
It's probably the most competitive, definitely the most physically demanding, and after 4 games in 10 or 11 days, then a lot of the players were on their knees.
Paul T, I think Silva has got a look on his face that says he knows some of the players in his squad will never be able to grasp what he wants off them out on the pitch.
You made a great point the other day, saying that, if the players can't adapt, then maybe them rather than the manager should be the ones to leave the club, and that's the stage I think we're at right now.
219 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:46:13
I sincerely hope that Silva does not make wholesale changes, the team is desperate for any sort of win. If he does make lots of changes and we lose, it will really darken the mood.
220 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:49:19
221 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:50:20
First of all, those accusing him of jibberish in his post-match interview, give him a break! He's still learning the language.
I would imagine Silva sent them out today with specific tactics in mind. Most of these tactics would probably have assumed that the players have the ability to pass the ball to each other with a degree of success. They didn't.
Tactics and plans also don't allow for individual mistakes, as we have seen today and throughout the season. Since Jagielka's sending off on the first day of the season, you can say with some justification that we have been unlucky. I admired the ballsy effort against Man City, Arsenal and the red shite. The derby defeat was a kick in the 'you know whats' and we haven't recovered.
In short, I am happy to stick with Marco while admitting he has work to do to fully convince me yet. On the other hand, the players have to take just as much of the responsibility for the results lately. Surely as a coach I can assume his players can pass!
And finally, the element of luck of which we deserve and need a bloody large slice. Seasons change on small moments, on flukes, on a moment of brilliance. Today sucked but let's keep going, trust in this new management for now and see where we are in May.
222 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:53:16
223 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:54:29
I don't blame Silva as the drop in form and style is too similar. There must be the influence of Moyes types (Ferguson et al) and that dewey-eyed prat still on board and that "People's Club" shite.
To any kid, regardless of family, you would have to have learning needs to support Everton. Sad but reality
And if you think we represent reality on TW... dream on! How many of us are under 40?
Look back and enjoy the sparse memories... We just were unlucky to be born with our faith.
224 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:56:01
The concern for me is that he's brought in several good players, presumably with a view to playing his way, and it's currently not happening.
Does he really know what his way is and can he get his message across?
225 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:56:09
There is no stability. That has been lacking since the days of Howard Kendall as manager. It is always a nightmare supporting Everton.
How many days has this club marred for Evertonians? I do not think a new manager is the solution. There is something much deeper down that is wrong with this club.
226 Posted 01/01/2019 at 18:59:21
Also, if we do not have the players to do what the manager wants and requires, do you not think it might be an idea to modify those tactics, temporarily, to suit what the players can do?
Maybe in another couple of windows, Silva will be able to show us what his tactics are and what his players can do. Right now it seems everyone, including Silva, is confused.
227 Posted 01/01/2019 at 19:00:10
I'd still rather be unlucky with my faith than even contemplating inauguration to the other lot!
We need to look forward. Come on, Blues, ffs – give us some hope!
228 Posted 01/01/2019 at 19:12:08
What is wrong? Why has the powers that be not found the problem and started to sort it out? We seem to stumble from problem to problem to more problems with no answers or solutions.
Someone please please help this great club of ours. I cannot take much more of this shit play... shit everything about Everton.
229 Posted 01/01/2019 at 19:14:06
The guy is useless. He was in our half when most of the attacks started, can't win a challenge or trap the proverbial bag of cement.
And don't get me started on Walcott Why does he just run into a group of opposing players and lose the ball every time?
230 Posted 01/01/2019 at 19:14:23
For some reason, we have a mental fragility that seems to affect the club every season on a regular basis. If that can get sorted, maybe we can move on.
231 Posted 01/01/2019 at 19:15:04
Same names, nothing changes, for fooksake put at least one kid on the bench.
Bollox to this 'not being ready', none of the fuckin seasoned first teamers are.
Another shite display and I feel a lot worse to come.
232 Posted 01/01/2019 at 19:38:19
Silva needs to give us some hope, if we're not going to sign anyone, otherwise what's the point.
Future managers – I like Eddie Howe, but his teams do concede a lot of goals, but so do we!
I'd like to gamble on a young, ambitious, manager from the lower division, because at the end of the day, which top class manager would come here! We haven't had one before.
234 Posted 01/01/2019 at 19:41:55
235 Posted 01/01/2019 at 19:43:23
I feel that some supporters have been unfair in their quest to replace Marco Silva after half a season. You will recall that had Everton and Manchester United taken an early decision on their managers in the fairly recent past, then the achievements of both clubs may never have been realised.
I know that we all think we know a little bit about football, but that's just what it is, a little bit. I'm not sure that there are many ex-professional football managers who contribute to ToffeeWeb threads.
I believe that it's not worth the bother trying to change things I have no control over, that's not to say that I don't have the best interests of Everton Football Club in mind. I wish for every Blues fan to enjoy their association with Everton, just as much as I have in my lifetime.
236 Posted 01/01/2019 at 19:47:10
237 Posted 01/01/2019 at 19:52:56
I see a team that is looking mentally tired, possibly more than it's physically tired even. I see some good players brought in but not enough back-up in the squad.
Gomes plays a few good games and he's the saviour but, because he raises the bar, then there is a reluctance to replace him, keep him refreshed until he adapts to the physical demands of this very testing period, which can become counter-active.
I think it would be a good idea to modify in the short-term, John, it goes without saying really, and I think this is what I'm reading off Silva in both body language and words right now.
Will he change? Now that we're back to playing mostly once a week, I'm not sure. It depends on how much belief he's really got in this squad because I'm sure he really believes in himself, and it also probably depends on if we sign a centre-forward during this window...
238 Posted 01/01/2019 at 19:53:08
Now, after many years, I believe her.
239 Posted 01/01/2019 at 19:55:14
The lack of team spirit in not backing your mate up when he has been clobbered by the opposition is basic stuff.
Whether he dives or not, that lad is our best chance of winning football matches and his team mates can't be arsed even trying to back him up.
Centre-back gets fouled by the opposition striker. Centre-back's partner should at the next opportunity put one on the striker.
It's called backing up your team mates. You don't take one on you take the team on.
This current crop of players don't look arsed about each other, the results, or the performance.
Did anyone else spot our corner at the end of the first half where not one of our players went to get the ball off Schmeichel. No urgency, not arsed to even take a corner.
With 5 minutes to go, Pickford was taking his time taking a goal kick. Again a total lack of understanding the situation.
It looks to me that we have a squad of players who aren't arsed about winning football games, relying on Sigurdsson and Richarlison to do something.
240 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:01:57
241 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:04:48
And to believe Calvert-Lewin is some kind of Harry Kane just waiting to emerge is mind boggling.
In my opinion, of course.
242 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:06:45
Coming into that game, we were sitting 6th with a pretty respectable 22 points from 13 matches. Since then, we've had 5 points from 8 matches. Looks like a pretty clear turnaround in form to me!
Sure, there are many factors at play but it seems a bit of a coincidence that such a galling last-minute defeat happened as this downhill slide began.
243 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:06:57
A gutless clueless apathetic shower who wear the famous royal blue are pitted against a bunch of very fit motivated and hardworking lads currently top of Division 4 (old money).
What happens next?
244 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:13:53
245 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:16:31
You got me thinking though and I seem to remember our players being much more supportive of each other earlier in the season. I cant think of any specific examples though.
The corner at the end of the first half and Pickford taking the goal kick showed a lack of desire to me also. It could also be down to a lack of focus or confidence with players too scared to express themselves.
246 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:20:11
We are brilliant at selling off our best players to the top clubs and buying back second rate players past their sell-by dates. Why would they sell us players that were any use?
We used to have "winnable" games; I think those days are past. We get creamed by the top six and beaten by the teams around us.
It's always 'jam tomorrow' with this club; fine words... but the trouble is, I can't support anyone else.
As for a derby revenge? Pull the sofa away from the wall and put down some cushions for comfort for that one, or just watch through your fingers!
247 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:20:31
"There is no stability. That has been lacking since the days of Howard Kendall as manager. It is always a nightmare supporting Everton. How many days has this club marred for Evertonians? I do not think a new manager is the solution. There is something much deeper down that is wrong with this club".
He's absolutely right as far as I'm concerned but do we fans and supporters choose to put up with it, or ponder whether the club has a "hex" over it, or just get real, as the fans of other top clubs do after a season or three of mediocrity, not our decade or three, in taking whoever's been in overall charge to task in such a way that he's finally reduced to buying his own fucking season ticket even if he boasts of being the club's greatest fan?
With respect, folks, our supine attitude towards the boardroom and chairman as fans and supporters has allowed the club to regress to the alarming extent it has over the past 30 years and I just don't understand why Moshiri doesn't just cleanse the club of the Everton losers at every level.
Then he might start seeing an upward trajectory in his investment and our non-monetary fortunes.
248 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:24:16
Kenny and Gueye had good first halves but were anonymous in the second. We've got a squad of players that is riddled with mediocrity... bereft of pace, guile, creativity, heart, fight, passion – they possess none of those qualities whatsoever.
I keep reading on here that we've got good players Can someone please tell me who they are because all I'm seeing from where I sit is a crowd of very average footballers. I'll say this: if that whole squad was put up for sale tomorrow, not one club in the top 7 would bid for any of them.
And please don't anyone say Richarlison. A so-called winger who can't beat a man or cross a ball and goes down when anyone breathes on him. His antics are a fucking disgrace and have got no place at this club. Shocking!!!
Sigurdsson and Digne, who I keep hearing are cultured footballers (and what a joke that is) can't beat the first man with either of their deliveries.
I see a side that looks unfit who don't give a flying fuck about the fans and a side that's just going through the motions. If Lincoln's manager and his staff have watched that today, they'll be thinking "These are fucking shite; we can bully them" – and that's what they'll do.
At the moment, we don't look like we've got 13 points in us. I had them down to lose at Burnley and Brighton and draw today, so 2 points more than what I said. But the Burnley result was exactly what it was – a fluke!
I can take losing but losing when the players don't look like they care is another matter altogether. Their keeper never had a save to make all game – what a sad stat that is for a home side.
And to think there was some clown on here only a few games ago saying there's not much between us and Spurs... What do they watch??? Utterly laughable!!!
249 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:28:19
250 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:32:15
When I was asked how Everton had shown an improvement, I answered "They now lose games more attractively" – a tongue-in-cheek remark, but unfortunately the account of today's game suggests that it's back to business as usual, but it's part of my life ruled by the doctrine, ''Everton – right or wrong''.
251 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:33:39
Would you remove Big Dunc from the First Teams Coaching Staff? I cant help but wonder how he has kept his role as a First Team Coach through several First Team Managers sackings.
252 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:33:50
When you're mentally weak, you look for reasons to pull out of things, you're less likely to go the extra mile, you expect things to go wrong, you're more risk-averse.
I'd say that applies to most of the team at the moment. Their body language is shouting it.
Silva's job is to find a way of guiding them out of it.
253 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:37:27
This is the tough part of the season when a run of wins or losses can make a huge difference in such a short space of time and we have failed.
Not scoring at home is simply not good enough, once again we missed the target with some decent chances. But what has cost us a point is another mistake. The goal keeper and central defender's keep over thinking it. They have all had a bad game, made a mistake that had led to a goal.
Silva needs to choose his best centre-back pair and stick with them a while but they are taking it in turns to look good one week, and sloppy the next, so it's a tough call.
I just hope Holgate enjoys his loan with plenty of game time because for me he and Zouma could possibly be the best pairing in a season or two.
Yes we need a striker but is also new looking for a top class goalkeeper. Pickford's main asset is distribution but it's been poor for several weeks now. Time to change so new can refocus.
254 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:44:11
255 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:46:20
"Everyone is entitled to an opinion."
So what gives you and your Calvert-Lewin bashing partner the belief that you are in a position to call them "idiots" when they do?
Calvert-Lewin may not be top notch (you won't find a post from me saying he is) but you were bleating and whining when he was left out last time and now you are back to singling him out for the Benning pearls of wisdom.
Whining when he isn't picked and whining when he is... You're a little confused there, fella. Anyone would think you were whining for the sake of it.
258 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:46:40
Silva has got loads of belief I'm sure. He's also got some very good players but not enough of them and this seems to be the biggest problem right now.
His he strong enough mentally? I personally think he his but the chips are down right now and this is definitely the time when you learn if people are good enough or not. So let's get ready to rumble; it is the best I'm hoping for right now.
259 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:48:33
I think for all the early optimism that thank-god-he-ain't-Allardyce, the players are now playing for the future of their manager. The buck stops with him and if he can not get a tune out of this bunch of shitheels then he has to go.
I recall Man City being utterly ruthless when it came to dispensing of Eriksson and Hughes. But they didn't stop there. Both Mancini and Pellegrini had a win percentage of nearly 60% and a league title apiece but they were packed off for something better. That is how a club with ambitions operates.
260 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:49:03
261 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:51:55
Happens all the time with all recent managers and often at Goodison Park.
Someone tell me why with clear specs.
262 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:55:00
263 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:55:09
Hopefully he'll dig deep, get them out of it and well be laughing about it very soon.
264 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:55:10
I'm all for giving young players time but how much time does Calvert-Lewin need? He's had around 60 games and is nearly 22. He just doesn't have that striker's instinct of being in the right place at the right time and this was clearly illustrated by his complete failure to anticipate Bernard's gift of a cross. I'm afraid he's never going to make a top six striker however much we all hoped he would.
Walcott's continued selection is baffling. He has good movement but the end product is never there and hasn't been all season. Some have suggested he's the reason Coleman has been off the pace all season but I don't buy that. Seamus has struggled in all aspects of his game despite always giving 100%. Benching him was long overdue.
Only Digne, Gueye, Zouma, Kenny and Bernard (for 20 minutes) came out of the game with a modicum of credit. The rest were woeful.
Which brings me to Silva's use of substitutes. It's usually too little, too late and often a case of desperately throwing on strikers in the last 20 minutes. Against Brighton, and again today, it was painfully obvious that at least one change needed making at half-time but he delayed and delayed until we, inevitably, went a goal down.
The Lincoln game now takes on a huge significance for us all – fans, players, management and the club. Failure to win will be catastrophic, not least financially. I hope Silva doesn't make too many changes because Lincoln won't be a pushover but I would like to see one of our young, free-scoring, strikers on the bench, either to give a run out to if we're comfortable or, as a last resort, if we're desperate (more likely).
Where do we go from here? Well, there's a lot of TWs a lot more tactically aware than I am so I'll pass that to them. Silva and his coaching staff certainly don't appear to have any answers! A half-decent striker may help as would some basic passing practice.
Next Tuesday's AGM should be interesting. At least Bramley-Moore Dock won't be the only issue raised!
265 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:58:42
To be honest, they were not that wonderful against Burnley despite the scoreline. They seemed to have responded well to the new gaffer early in the season and now have gone off the rails.
Gana and Gomes do not make a strong holding midfield pair and that was so evident again today. The link up with whomever is supposed to be the next link to the frontmen is very poor.
Gomes seems to be going backwards all of a sudden and doesn't seem to be 100% fit.
Perhaps a fully fit James McCarthy may improve things so maybe the cup-tie will be an opportunity for some others to stake a claim.
266 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:58:56
If Everton were ever used on a Spot The Ball Coupon, there would have been thousands of hexes put on them.
267 Posted 01/01/2019 at 20:59:23
I think our players might be having ‘keep possession and build play up patiently from the back drilled into their heads so repeatedly, that they have forgotten how to drive the ball forward at pace.
268 Posted 01/01/2019 at 21:00:48
269 Posted 01/01/2019 at 21:07:54
Brands doesn't appear to like the Jan window so maybe the best we can hope for is a loan player, someone like Barbosa coming in as a replacement for the exiting Niasse. That also aligns itself with the 1 player in, 1 player out strategy Brands has spoken of. Personally I think that would be good and also realistic business. We won't splash crazy money out on a striker this winter.
But going back to Calvert-Lewin, his goals-to-mins stats have improved this season. He's not nearly as bad as some make out on this forum.
270 Posted 01/01/2019 at 21:08:52
Richarlison and Walcott offer absolutely nothing to the team if they don't score. They continually lose possession of the ball, fail to track back at crucial times and disappear for large parts of the game.
I've yet to see Sigurdsson win a tackle or a header. What a shame Calvert-Lewin doesn't get the same breaks from the fans as these three do.
271 Posted 01/01/2019 at 21:20:41
Of the players you name, only Richarlison has the class required to help our Team progress. He spends far too long with his arse to the pitch whinging; but that should be easy to coach out of him. Over to Marco Silva.
272 Posted 01/01/2019 at 21:23:10
273 Posted 01/01/2019 at 21:23:15
Someone on an earlier post said you need to have special needs to support Everton? I think by the end of this season I will be sectioned because of watching this shite.
I have said it before that we lack the basics in playing the game; you know... passing, controlling the ball, corners etc. I swear I see kids kicking it round a school yard better than these overpaid clowns.
At the end of the day, it's not rocket science or brain surgery... but football. These pricks all need pulling to one side. If I was Silva, I would make everyone of these bastards go in The Oak or The Brick right after the game for a proper wake-up call. Job would soon be sorted
274 Posted 01/01/2019 at 21:25:05
275 Posted 01/01/2019 at 21:44:08
But by all means continue to keep faith in our latest chancer if you truly believe he has what it takes to keep Everton mid-table because that's what so many seem content with these days. Personally, I'd have a new manager every season if, like Chelsea, they kept us in the Euro Champions elite. Hand on heart, wouldn't most of us? Really?
Oh, damn it, I forgot. We are Evertonians and like to keep faith in no-hopers like the present incumbent. That's what we do. We're not like mere mortals – they support lesser clubs who merely win things.
276 Posted 01/01/2019 at 21:47:24
Everyone else is a bit shy and retiring; no leaders of men there. No on-pitch organisers or motivators. Who is there to give out orders and bollockings? No-one.
We have too many players who are of the passive and subservient type. It is just their personality. No leaders or Eye of the Tiger winners. We need one.
We look like a team of disparate entities, forced to work together. I can't feel the team spirit or willingness to fight together and improve together. It feels like a team of individuals with their own agenda always somewhere on their mind, rather than full focus on improving the clubs standing.
The only player who comes close to being captain material is Zouma... has a loanee ever been made Everton Captain?
277 Posted 01/01/2019 at 22:23:19
Johnny Carey was appointed and he began to assemble a decent looking team in the late 50s, bringing south the likes of Alex Young, Jimmy Gabriel and Tommy Ring. He was, seemingly, one hell of a nice bloke.
After finishing 5th in 1961 he got the arse and collar in the back of a taxi. Not good enough for Mr Moores.
Cue the arrival of the miserablist Catterick who introduced steel and a will to win. Hence the pretty wonderful 60s. Ruthless. And effective. Compare to 30 years of transition and mediocrity.
Forgive me if some of my points are incorrect. You get my point.
278 Posted 01/01/2019 at 22:25:12
It's as if, for the derby, EFC had said to us, right you Evertonians, we're going to play the best football against Liverpool that you've seen for a long-time, we're going to really rattle and shock them, show you what we're capable of achieving against the top teams, show the rest of the world that Everton is on the rise, that we've finally turned a corner, and that we're on our way back to the top.
But in the last minute of the game we're going to ruin all that by giving the opposition two extra points by making a daft mistake, and then, after the derby, we're going to mentally collapse and revert to being shite, just to piss you lot off and bring you back down to earth with a thud.
That's what it feels like.
279 Posted 01/01/2019 at 22:38:24
The evidence is indisputable in that he achieved far more than the current and two previous charlatans have managed.
With Moyes, we qualified for the Champions League. With the present incumbent we will be fortunate to avoid the Championship which is where we would have ended up with Koeman and Martinez if they hadn't been shown the door.
Silva is proving to be a disaster.
280 Posted 01/01/2019 at 22:51:33
Silva has been totally exposed, but the signs have been there since the start of the season, and nothing has been done to address them. Things are beginning to snowball as a result.
Silva was the only candidate for the job; Brands had to start a week before his contract started so he could talk to Silva before he was selected. . . but the deal for a 3-year contract was already done.
Silva is the problem. A better manager would have got a better result from this squad, because he would have addressed these signs of weakness. Silva still doesn't know the signs.
281 Posted 01/01/2019 at 22:55:03
No leader, or leaders on the pitch, Digne seems to be the only guy who shows any emotion when we lose. He must be wondering what the fuck has he got himself into!
282 Posted 01/01/2019 at 23:01:39
That said, just about everyone in charge of Ferguson at every club he played for before us said his attitude stank, but then Kenwright employed him as a coach, devoid as he was of any qualifications! What a Chairman!
And yes, Ferguson's served since under several managers during which I've failed to spot any notable development in any forward we've ever had, Lukaku aside in terms of goals, but even he's shown himself to still be a serial shirker, a la Ferguson, by acknowledging that Eden Hazard's public bollocking of him as such in the World Cup was fully justified. Those now in charge at Man Utd seem to concur with Mourinho's opinion of him too.
Maybe, just maybe, the coaching staff there at Finch Farm throughout several managers are culpable of serial failure. Harsh as it may be I'd sack the lot and allow M&M to appoint those of their own choice. If any of them go on to another club and excel, we could always try to re-employ them couldn't we?
It'd be a helluva lot cheaper than Moshiri's futile expenditure to date, that's for sure.
283 Posted 01/01/2019 at 23:11:17
We're not going to get Jack Butland to play 2nd fiddle but there's Tom Heaton and Fraser Forster who aren't getting games at Burnley or Saints. Now these are good keepers who will challenge Pickford and keep his head on the ground.
284 Posted 01/01/2019 at 23:15:36
I don't honestly see what system, tactics ets we are trying to play it just looks like 11 strangers thrown on the pitch. To be honest, it's looked like that since the end of Martinez's first season.
I keep getting told we are in transition and the football's so much better to watch but I can't honestly see anything different – it just looks the same old crap to me.
We must surely have the worst strikers in the league: Tosun, Niasse and Calvert-Lewin shouldn't be anywhere near a supposedly half-decent Premier League team. The fact that Calvert-Lewin is starting games for us and that he is the best of our 3 options is, in my opinion, a disgrace.
Everton must be the only club who could be bang average with no money and continue to be bang average once they have spent a shed load of money.
The club is still just treading water, like it has done for years.
285 Posted 01/01/2019 at 23:22:55
Is it the fans no probably the most loyal fans around, is it the ground no ground has lots of atmosphere and history. Is it the owner well, question mark seems to be doing all the right things but thought he could buy success rather than build it.
Training facilities no Everton's up there with the best, talent coming through the youth teams and U/23 being questioned but plenty of English youth internationals who have reached semis and won youth World Cups.
So it only leaves the players who have been at the club for a long time, as new players seem to be good players at other clubs but come to Everton throw the towel in and forget how to play football.
Moyes was a good fit for Everton at the time because he was not very technical but a fighter and he took no crap, and his teams reflected that it's only when he tried to be the technical manager he stuffed up. Moyes and Brands would have been the perfect match, so to me, the only way to correct the present is to get rid of the old and start afresh.
That doesn't mean we just go out and buy new player after new player; first, we have to get rid of all the deadwood and that won't be easy given the wages they are on at the moment. It means to give the youth players extended runs and if we lose or play badly, don't panic and drop them after the first bad performance. After all, the current squad don't play that good football and lose quite often. Sure, this won't win us the Premier League but will keep us in the Premier League until we can offload underperforming players and build recruiting programs around the globe that will put us in a position financially. Hopefully by then, we will have a clear pattern as in how we want to play and only recruit players who fit that pattern.
Then finally, our Club theme song is lame compared to others; I wish it was like You'll Never Walk Alone. Sorry but it is one of the lamest around and does not inspire passion for the Everton badge. And last of all, it doesn't matter the style but Everton's home kit should be royal blue top, white shorts and white socks no matter what.
286 Posted 01/01/2019 at 23:31:39
I appreciate that Unsworth has done really well with U23s but none of those players ever seem ready for the premier league. Likewise with U18s, many seem to struggle when stepping up to the U23s. I dont care about winning Premier League 2 if the first team is performing well and would rather have coaches that will make this happen.
As many have said, what do many of them even contribute?
So, as you suggest perhaps we need a full clear out - regardless.
287 Posted 01/01/2019 at 23:35:03
Thank you Everton.
288 Posted 01/01/2019 at 00:05:15
Around the same time, Sílva was saying much the same thing but adding a bit of what felt like uncomfortably pre-arranged anxst that the press keep asking him about his team badly needing a striker, which he tries to suggest is wrong.
In late December, the club issued its transport survey which I think many of us found a strange enquiry, and very negative, almost pursuing a scare strategy that was designed to condition us all that getting to and from the new stadium would be a bit of a nightmare and don't you dare try to get your car any nearer then Widnes.
As for disabled supporters who have rather less choice travel-wise, well, there were no requests for our contribution... which was disappointing.
Then today's there's another bit of stadium conditioning by a Keith Harris, managing expectations about the great capacity debate and somehow managing to turn a reasonable discussion into another strange and unsettling bit of commincations that hinted, at least for some of us, that 52,000 might actually be at the top end of the final figure
Before all this, the annual accounts and further evidence of the damage done by Mr Moshiri, Steve Walsh, Bill Kenwright and Ronald Koeman, Allardyce in just three transfer windows with the crazy Lukaku sale and no replacement and a handful of vastly over-priced players arriving on absurd salaries.
Put together, there's a feeling for me that the lack of squad building “net of sales” money is actually very real now, and the salary-to-income ratio is dangerously high. There's little money and a few concerns emerging around the stadium which are regularly denied but progress remains slow: a year behind schedule, and I'm guessing two years in reality.
What's this got to do with another pathetic, embarrassing defeat against a very average Leicester, despite their win vs Man City? Well, take a look at the contributors comments on that Brands thread. It's a stream of folk applauding Brands for his “reasonable” approach, his pragmatism, his good stewardship, his balanced take on things after a short time in post and the dreaded words “transition” and “patience” and that nonsense about “going in the right direction”. It's how we are starting to respond as we are treated to something that's got bugger all to do with transition and development etc etc.
We are in another mess. I'm not shouting “Sack Silva” but those of you getting all high and mighty about any, and I mean any, criticism of Silva – his tactics, his approach and his players – should have a word with yourselves. With just one win at a relegation-threatened team aside, we are pretty much in free-fall. Losing to both strong and weak teams, giving poor lacklustre performances home and away. It's starting to stretch beyond a bit of a bad spell.
The squad feels like it should be much, much, better than this. I'm not suggesting top six and apparently that's something the manager now says he never said either. But we are chopping and changing, throwing away any chance in the League Cup, never seeming to know our best team and frankly looking tired, dispirited and lacking any sense of urgency that an entire season is just folding into a mediocre mess of almost disinterested failure... but it's okay because it's 'transition' and we were simply bound to be this dire – so shut up and accept it.
Not me, sorry. It's Year 1 of a new managerial team but, far from going in the right direction, I'm not seeing any genuine signs that we can become a team that wins games, regularly. I don't give a monkey's about the pretty football argument, as you will have gleaned from earlier posts. Winning is the only progress.
So all those carefully placed comments about “money” need to be read and seen for what they are, basic conditioning that we now must sell to buy... and anyway buying seems unlikely. Well if that's the case, then the rest of the season will see more of this rubbish in December or worse.
Struggling teams rarely attract the best quality players, even if we try to bribe them with OTT salaries. Teams whose momentum is backwards, not forwards, are not seen positively by those we need and the coming fire sale of returning loanees and those here now who are just painfully not good enough, well, it creates a picture of a struggling club... and – in our case – it's accurate.
At least in terms of the playing side, which these days comes a poor third to Bramley-Moore Dock and Everton in the Community where “focus” is concerned, I just don't see the urgency or the acceptability of the club meandering thru this season whilst the RS win the title and promoted clubs and others make more progress then we look to be doing.
Forget this proud boast of clearing all our bloody loans. The January risks are well known but we clearly need two, probably three positions vastly improved – and quickly. If we don't at least make a professional effort to put right the kind of toothless, gutless, leaderless showing we saw against Leicester, it will have huge repercussions at the end of this season and into the summer. Who wants to come to a club going in the wrong direction-?
289 Posted 02/01/2019 at 00:43:44
Anybody watching today could see the difference between the teams. Vardy had one chance and took it, we don't have anyone worthy of the name striker.
However much it costs, we simply have to buy a 1-in-2 or 1-in-3 forward. Walcott, Bernard, Richarlison have 1 or 2 nice moments during a game before losing the ball. Calvert-Lewin is an impact sub only for his heading ability.
Tosun should just do one. I'd rather see Niasse & Mirallas in there. At least they try and make up for their obvious deficiencies by never giving up.
290 Posted 01/01/2019 at 00:44:20
Other teams, like Leicester today, take those mistakes and turn them into goals. And today was the third that I can think of recently where one of our players has had a ball bounce off his legs and lead to a goal – Coleman vs Watford, Gomes vs Brighton, and now Keane vs Leicester. It's just purely bad football to be so unaware of your surroundings and not be able to trap or kick at short notice.
291 Posted 02/01/2019 at 00:44:48
292 Posted 02/01/2019 at 01:27:36
It's the way it is, and being totally honest and no sugar coating, the first team and what goes with it needs, EFC, needs to take a real stoke of where it is, and plans to go, as the current lack of any genuine and sustained momentum, is eroding all potential and goodwill, elsewhere, in terms of business planning and sponsorship.
The club doesn't get paid for best supporters, if so, they'd be doing very well.
I'd like a 12-, 24-, 36-month plan, to be shown to the supporters, but there's sweet fuck-all chance of that.
Very, very tough times, and another season in purgatory and no sign of ever escaping as the market forces are playing against us, and won't be good business sense, bar a Lazarus turn around in the second half of this season, which won't happen.
It's Diablo, beyond words, the last 6 weeks, the basic fight has gone out the team and mentally I fear it's worse, and will end up soon where they don't want to be playing at Goodison Park, due to natural crowd reactions to very bad results.
Please, someone tell us that, in 12 months, it will be good.
293 Posted 02/01/2019 at 01:47:30
With additional players added in the summer to the quality we have, I can see just that a top 6 finish. But that's next season and not this season.
We don't need any panic buying in January; were not in a relegation battle. And calling for Marco's head it's bloody stupid. Give the man a chance.
Has for scoring goals, what about having Lookman on the right wing (when fit) and Richarlison back on the left with Walcott playing Number 9, similar to when he was at Arsenal.
You want to get one thing straight in your heads, Gomes, is on loan, he isn't ours and he might never be ours. And if the unthinkable happens, he'll have to be replaced. With someone his equal. So Marco's task is anything but plain sailing. So give the man a break.
294 Posted 02/01/2019 at 02:20:36
Fail to win both, confidence will undoubtedly be low and the pressure on those consecutive home games against the big sides will huge.
Our away record, even at the most modest of sides is horrible. So I can't just let Silva have another 2/3 windows blah blah blah. Progress and results need to go hand I hand. The very best coaches regenerate teams quickly and development is obvious.
This point of the season is pivotal and the short-term goals need results. Five league games until Man City. We really need to win 4 of them.
295 Posted 02/01/2019 at 02:28:23
I don't believe the problem lies in which manager or which players we have; the problem 9 times out of 10 is the "support".
We must have the worst home crowd of any current premier team, year after year, nay, decade after decade when the inevitable lack of form bestows itself amongst the players, as is normal for most teams, our "support" sits, arms folded with the dour scowl of a scolded child!
"Support" is singing the songs whether we're winning or not; it's urging the team onward, being that 12th man. But no, oh no not for Everton, we moan and sulk and groan at the players, where are the chants? The songs?
Oh sure, they perk up when we score... not for long, mind, just a chorus or two... then back to that pathetic self-pity that plagues us.
The sooner we ALL realise this, the better, stop feeling sorry for (y)ourselves, and show your support!
Jesus — I hate this shit!
296 Posted 02/01/2019 at 02:38:21
297 Posted 02/01/2019 at 07:02:04
298 Posted 02/01/2019 at 07:24:10
299 Posted 02/01/2019 at 07:34:40
Back row of the Upper Gwladys Street, and one of them said how cozy/comfortable he felt, and I said it's too quiet because maybe we are not really used to this patient football?
Maybe the players can hear loads of individual shouts when they make a mistake? I don't know, but the only time the noise went up in the first half yesterday, was when the play got scrappy, but some people might say I'm talking shite, because the whole game was scrappy.
300 Posted 02/01/2019 at 07:39:49
301 Posted 02/01/2019 at 07:46:29
Goodison Park is very quiet and I can understand why, the players do not seem to be bothered and have not been for years. Even when new players arrive they seem to get their mojo sucked out of them, not even able to pass to another blue shirt.
I have no idea what the answer is but someone must have an idea, a plan, a vision?
Please, Everton, get this sorted out, give us something to cheer about, just try hard, make us proud to be Evertonians again.
302 Posted 02/01/2019 at 07:51:37
I like your posts, John – intelligent and thoughtful – which is why I'm scratching my head when you say we have got to win 4 out of our next 5 games.
303 Posted 02/01/2019 at 08:38:52
Don't get me started on the overpriced, overpaid and certainly overrated midfielders who ponce about to little effect.
The Goodison crowd has always been discerning and they can spot poseurs as soon as they appear. Cheer if you like but don't blame us payers for the sins of the obscenely paid!
304 Posted 02/01/2019 at 09:38:40
Cast your minds back to preseason when Bernard, Gomes and Mina where not available. The squad was threadbare. These guys have contributed at times. Gomes started very well, but looks to be carrying a knock. The absence of another of his quality means that he has been played too much.
Bernard will, I am sure, become a valued addition when Silva can work out where to use him. To me, he looks hungry and I like his directness.
Mina is a colossus and is still adjusting to this league. We now have three big centrebacks – something we have been calling for since Distin left.
Digne is proving to be one of our best players. The system sometimes leaves him exposed upfield but he is proving to be a good buy.
Zouma has been solid and would be a fine signing. These guys have improved the squad but remember why they are here and not at Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea etc. They are a step down from the very best.
Of the rest of our squad, I would include Sigurdsson, Keane and perhaps Walcott in the same category. The rest of the squad is very ordinary, and I include Pickford in that group.
Silva's additions are better than what we had so I feel he should be given time to bring in more faces. Whether he is getting the maximum out of the rest is another matter, but it would have been the same for any incoming manager.
What is clear as day is the difference between us and Leicester: Jamie Vardy. We need a striker.
305 Posted 02/01/2019 at 10:14:38
306 Posted 02/01/2019 at 10:30:25
307 Posted 02/01/2019 at 10:31:49
Some have even blamed the quietness of the crowd at Goodison, while the continued loyal support is unquestionable in my estimation. The crowd are not going to applaud poor passing, and burst into song when witnessing a shambles on the pitch.
At the end of the day we all love Everton, but also they are, these days, more than ever in the entertainment business. If they are not entertaining, it hardly enthuses the crowd to be vociferous.
I can only hope and pray for an improvement, but I feel there has to be more commitment from certain players and the coaching staff for this to be visible on the field of play.
308 Posted 02/01/2019 at 10:46:07
No coincidence that our best performance this season was at Burnley without the headless chicken that is Idrissa Gana Gueye.
Strikes me that there is a general impression among Everton supporters that, if a player runs round a lot, that makes him a top player. Some obviously never saw the quality of Colin Harvey, Peter Reid etc who could actually pass accurately to a teammate.
310 Posted 02/01/2019 at 10:46:26
Brands saying we won't be buying in January... well, he'd better think again or we will get sucked into a relegation battle.
311 Posted 02/01/2019 at 10:48:06
I am as pissed off as anyone at the results and the manner of football we have been playing lately, but to get rid of another manager at this stage is the season is crazy and just throwing money away as we have been doing year after year.
Let's wait to see where we finish in the Premier League come May and then decide whether we think M&M deserve another season! COYB
312 Posted 02/01/2019 at 11:02:12
Gueye was our best player and was probably the best player on the pitch. He certainly covers more ground than anybody else but he is hardly a "headless chicken".
He wins the ball back more than anyone else and makes more interceptions and was one of the only players (Zouma probably the other) who actually tried to speed the game up and get us going forward.
As for giving the ball away, consider the performances of Sigurdsson, Gomes, Keane and Walcott. You might be able to make a more informed comment then.
314 Posted 02/01/2019 at 11:07:57
However, having had time to reflect on the shambolic displays vs Brighton and Leicester I reckon we're mentally and physically shattered. Gomes, in particular, looks drained and probably hasn't ever had to contend with such a demanding schedule in his career.
So, I've changed my mind on not making wholesale changes for the Lincoln game. The recognised first team should be given a complete break from all involvement for a few days and, hopefully, they'll come back refreshed.
We have plenty of players who should be able to step up and get us through; Baines, Mina, Jagielka, Kenny, McCarthy, Tosun, Schneiderlin, Niasse, Davies, Lookman (if fit) and Baningime.
315 Posted 02/01/2019 at 11:39:32
Id like to see Gomes rested for McCarthy and Bernard played as ‘the 10 behind Richarlison. Id bring Mina in for Keane and would give the Portuguese kid a chance to prove his worth in goal.
316 Posted 02/01/2019 at 11:49:45
However, I'm now going to contradict myself and ask how Walcott retains his place in the starting 11?
317 Posted 02/01/2019 at 11:58:41
I'd like to think it's purely because Lookman is unfit – but then Bernard started on the bench yesterday, before being switched to the right wing late on in the match.
318 Posted 02/01/2019 at 12:07:12
He's great in training?
319 Posted 02/01/2019 at 12:18:36
Gueye was our best player yesterday, arguably the best player on the pitch, and he most certainly was not the one constantly hitting stray passes. I recall just a couple of misplaced passes by him early in the second half.
Other than that, not only was he busy doing his day job - time after time after time, getting in tackles, intercepting the ball, breaking up Leicester's attacking play - but he, more than any other Everton player on the park, looked to carry the ball forward and demonstrated an accurate and varied range of passing to the heart of Leicester's defence, switching play out to the flanks and little give-and-goes.
Whatever the current issues are with the side, Gueye comes way, way down the list of players or tactics in need of remedial treatment.
320 Posted 02/01/2019 at 12:34:13
321 Posted 02/01/2019 at 12:47:29
Brilliant attitude, top class tackler, covers a massive amount of ground, never runs out of steam. His passing can be poor but not yesterday.
322 Posted 02/01/2019 at 13:01:02
However, his passing is dreadful: two in the first five minutes when not under pressure. He did make plenty of good passes as well but they were in-between many bad passes as well.
Maybe it is because he so busy, he doesn't give himself time to relax, make sure his passing goes to an Everton player, or possibly needs better players with him in midfield to take some of the pressure off him.
323 Posted 02/01/2019 at 13:10:40
Gana has looked a better player with Gomes next to him, despite the fact that Gomes has struggled the last couple of games. With Schneiderlin next to him, he looked a bit crowded; it looks like he has thrown the shackles off this season.
324 Posted 02/01/2019 at 13:13:04
"I don't believe the problem lies in which manager or which players we have, the problem 9 times out of 10 is the "support".
Agreed, the intimidation a home crowd at Goodison could generate is seen and heard too infrequently these days. Silva could not these days pull a Howard Kendall trick, as Howie did away to Stoke in a tricky FA Cup tie, when he opened the dressing room windows to allow the fans singing to come through and said: “That's your team talk today. Don't let those fans down.”
But we, the matchday support, are '9 times out of 10, the problem'..?
Tad exaggerated, don't you think?
Let me share a wee anecdote with you. I lived in Portugal for a good number of years and adopted Sporting as my team. I attended many a game in the company of one of my very best Portuguese mates, an avid Sporting fan, who I cursed for all time by converting him to making Everton his English team.
Under Moyes, the season we played both Benfica and Sporting in the Europa League, we attended both games in Lisbon. Now my mate is not a couch-potato fan: he attends games and knows his football.
At the Benfica game – tanked 5-0, heavily weakened side, Seamus making his debut at left back for the injured Baines – he was in awe of the sheer number of travelling Blues for a mid-week Europa League away game. We took more away fans to that game than most teams (outside of the top 3 in Portugal) get in total for their own home games.
He was in awe of the volume they generated during the game, even whilst getting tanked. He was in awe how they continued to defiantly sing the club's praises on leaving the stadium.
He summed it up thus:
"Isso é loucura!" – "This is madness!"
It was the Everton fans that night that cemented the link for him to be a Blue. He was electrified by the passion and devotion and sacrifice of those thousands upon thousands of travelling fans.
Whatever our current problems our, our match-attending support is not 90% responsible for them as you write, Pete.
One final end note. My Sporting-Everton mate and I had a long video chat New Year's Eve and inevitably football formed a large part of our conversation. He still decries the stupidity and maliciousness of the (now evicted) Sporting President for inventing a pretext for sacking Marco Silva. "This is so typical of Sporting. We always get rid of good people, and retain the bad".
My mate insists: Marco Silva is a great coach. Smart, intelligent, innovative and who, in particular, creates a great working environment at a club. He truly believes Silva can turn things around at Everton and that, in time, he will be mentioned in the same breath as the very best coaches in the world.
Hard to credit for some, I'm sure. But I'm just the messenger transmitting what another knowledgeable fan shared with me about our manager.
325 Posted 02/01/2019 at 13:16:47
Not that you would want to, but play yesterday's game back and watch Gueye carefully.
He was head and shoulders our best and most innovative passer of the ball yesterday, besides also doing his 'day job' as I previously listed.
326 Posted 02/01/2019 at 13:20:57
"No coincidence that our best performance this season was at Burnley without the headless chicken that is Idrissa Gana Gueye."
And I'm sure it's a total coincidence that he was absent for our worst performance this season – the 6-2 thrashing by Spurs – where we were completely overrun in midfield without him...
327 Posted 02/01/2019 at 13:35:01
I keep saying Silva, will eventually play three centre-backs, but that's because the biggest problems I see, is that his teams can be a bit too open defensively.
I know you don't agree with this, but let's leave this discussion for a better time, hopefully, because my head is hurting with Everton, and the kids are also still off school!
328 Posted 02/01/2019 at 13:48:18
329 Posted 02/01/2019 at 13:57:28
"Big statement off your sporting mate Jim..?
No wonder yer head hurts, Tony. That's one helluva hangover lad, two days on, mixing me up with (presumably) Jim Bennings!!!
ps: The solution for the noisy kids? Pack them off to grandad! I'm sure Dave would welcome them with open arms...
330 Posted 02/01/2019 at 13:57:29
I like to think I take notice of the games we play and the performances of the players. Gueye stands out in every game for his terrific work rate, interceptions, tackling and keeping Everton on the move but his poor passing is very noticeable as well.
331 Posted 02/01/2019 at 14:03:00
Our Tammy (joke) has scored quite a few goals, but not many in the Premier League.
Here's a better joke (to you): Calvert-Lewin will turn out to be a better player than Tammy.
332 Posted 02/01/2019 at 14:06:33
333 Posted 02/01/2019 at 14:07:41
334 Posted 02/01/2019 at 14:08:04
335 Posted 02/01/2019 at 14:14:12
Rubbish basically, yet he gets all the "works hard, gets stuck in" type comments a lot of the time but is generally a pretty useless passer of the ball.
336 Posted 02/01/2019 at 14:16:02
It would be interesting to see what the percentages were if you discounted backward passes made between a holding midfielder and a defender.
338 Posted 02/01/2019 at 14:20:46
I knew someone would say that. From some of the comments on here, you'd think he is incapable of even the simplest of passes – which is clearly not true. Yes, he gives the ball away sometimes but he's not the only Everton player guilty of that.
339 Posted 02/01/2019 at 14:23:04
Also interesting to compare, in those stats provided above, the "thrusting" Davies's percentages with Gana.
340 Posted 02/01/2019 at 14:24:50
341 Posted 02/01/2019 at 14:34:12
342 Posted 02/01/2019 at 15:00:33
Along with Gueye, Zomoura and Sigurdson (for me), Kenny was one of the few players who came out of the game with some credit.
How so? Quite a novelty: a defender who timed and didn't flinch his tackles beautifully.
You can confirm maybe what I thought I heard on my dodgy internet feed: Kenny's crunching tackles were well appreciated by the match day crowd and represented some of the very few moments they had a chance to cheer and show some appreciation yesterday.
Don't know if you saw it from your seat in the second half, Dave, where a ball was played over the top into Kenny's full-back position as he was near the half-way line supporting the midfield when things broke down, and he chased back like a mad man, whilst waving to (Keane..?) to come across out of his centre back position to cover him.
The centre-back didn't oblige, but still Kenny got back and put in a clearly angry challenge on the Leicester player to knock the ball into touch. kenny turned to his fellow defenders and gave them a mouthful then shook his head in exasperation to himself.
I would humbly suggest it is that kind of 'Everton 1980s attitude' we need to see more of from our players, not less. That it came from one of our greenhorns rather shames the more seasoned pros around him, IMO.
343 Posted 02/01/2019 at 15:21:25
As someone who has been to every game, bar one, I can assure you that, although Burnley was our best score, it was far from our best performance.
Gueye has to be one of the first on the teamsheet as he has one of the best interception percentages in Europe. Yes, some passes do go astray... but most reach a blue shirt.
344 Posted 02/01/2019 at 15:35:55
Granted, we could interrogate the ‘2018/19 Percentage of Premier League Passes Completed' data that Marcus presented above all day and beyond.
I think Gana's will and work ethic are ‘second to none' and I believe him to be best in the league at breaking down the opposition's play. If I was Marco Silva, he would be my deepest-sat midfielder ‘week-in & week-out'.
IMO, the only reason why Gana isn't ‘the' complete holding midfielder is that he doesn't hit the vast majority of his passes and shots with the correct weight plus trajectory plus direction.
Dave @ 341,
Jonjoe Kenny played better than I expected him to yesterday. IMO, the highlights of his game were his will and work ethic; the heavy, legal tackle he made in the first half (I'm not sure who it was on, but it was by the Family
Enclosure/Gwladys Street corner flag); and the run and shot which he hit the crossbar/post angle with (obviously, this was also in the first half).
IMO, he did enough yesterday to warrant a place in our starting 11 on Saturday. That said, I think that at his peak he will be a lot more ‘peak Hibbert' than ‘peak Coleman', and I would like to see us bring in a top right wing-back; either this month or in the Summer.
345 Posted 02/01/2019 at 15:41:57
I noticed also that when Keane miscontrolled the ball that led to Vardy's goal, instead of busting a gut to get back he ambled back towards the area. I like Keane and was pleased when we signed him but the attitude from him and some others is concerning.
Can you imagine Klopp accepting Keane's lack of effort after his mistake? He would be screaming at him. Yet Silva is as apathetic as his players. Attitudes have got to change.
346 Posted 02/01/2019 at 15:46:21
Gueye and Kenny had very good first-halves but faded in the second. Maybe Kenny did suffer from lack of game time recently...
Zouma was the only one who had any fight in him and was actually willing the team forward. Not sure about Zoumora though.
348 Posted 02/01/2019 at 15:52:56
349 Posted 02/01/2019 at 15:53:57
But Seamus has long enough to lose the shirt and I think barring any complete disasters JJK should be given the same chance.
His age gives him a higher ceiling to grow into, his crossing of which he did plenty yesterday is much better than Colemans.
He did get shredded in transition yesterday, often when he and Walcott contrived to cough the ball up he was treading water.
You could also see the lack of game time catch up with him after 70minutes, he looked cooked. That match fitness should come.
He was perhaps unlucky to loose the shirt at the start of the season. However he has to improve quickly or Everton will pass him over for an import come the summer.
350 Posted 02/01/2019 at 15:55:41
Sure we can say Gylfi played well today and Gana was great in the last two games etc.etc. etc. but as a tight knit unit they are all at sea in most games and therein lies the problem.
Those playing in the middle third have to be dominant otherwise all other teams can and will take the game to you and as we have seen in many games always look dangerous against Everton from the word go.
Yes, individually, players that we have look good on paper but they have to perform every game.
It doesn't matter if you get eleven men behind the ball if they are not tackling well or at least closing down quickly.
I have noticed that Everton are very poor in that area compared to other teams.
What I don't see is Marco Silva showing enough passion or intensity on the touchline which worries me.
351 Posted 02/01/2019 at 15:56:05
352 Posted 02/01/2019 at 16:13:39
I thought Kenny was OK, but he's still very naive and gets flustered. Coleman hasn't been great recently in view and appears to have lost some pace (naturally), but Kenny doesn't convince me either.
To be honest, the whole team was pretty rubbish/slow/lifeless, although Bernard showed some guile and both Digne & Gana were decent. I still think they look like a team without a plan, and Silva is beginning to look a bit like Martinez stood there appearing to do bugger all when things are looking bad.
He has the look of a man who doesn't know what to do to fix things when the team is struggling, so does nothing (at say half time for example) and that bothers me. Throwing on loads of forward players isn't going to make a difference when they don't have a plan bar lumping it forward in hope.
If we go a goal down we're basically fucked.
353 Posted 02/01/2019 at 16:19:54
I think Pete 295 was wrong to blame the fans for whats happened over the last few years, but were I do agree with him is the atmosphere inside Goodison is the worst I can remember for a long time. I don't know why its become so quiet, but its not what it used to be thats for sure. I am just glad we no longer sell cushions to put on the seats as we did back in the 60s/70s otherwise I could see the ref having to take the players off the park in some games.
I have never thought booing players achieved anything, but as the saying goes they have paid their money so they can do what they like.
354 Posted 02/01/2019 at 16:26:08
355 Posted 02/01/2019 at 17:21:12
concerned Im biased in his favour, so I thought he
played very well, considering it was his first senior game for nearly three months, he also hasnt played a lot of football at any level in that time.
I dont think Seamus is finished at the top level yet, there is hopefully plenty left in his locker but I think
Kenny can make that position his own in the future. Jay
(342), yes I noticed him give Keane a few words, and I think when he eventually gets established in the first team he will give a few players a piece of his mind when they deserve it, a captain in the future or is my bias
showing itself again.
Sometimes the younger players have to take seconds
when it comes to incidents with the senior players, one young lad, not Jonjoe, took a smack ( punch) off a senior player after the recent Spurs game, its been noticed,
think the older player will be going in January.
Allardyce was right on to two players when he first came, in a training session they made it obvious they
didnt like each other, Allardyce told them to sort it out,
the young player didnt take seconds in this case, it had been going on for a few months, the older player was told in plain English that he was the cause of the trouble, which he knew, and he could one in the future,
this kid was no mug, but he isnt a trouble causer either.
356 Posted 02/01/2019 at 17:24:23
You are clearly ‘in the know. Name names please.
357 Posted 02/01/2019 at 17:29:31
358 Posted 02/01/2019 at 17:33:44
This is no joke, but it is a massive opportunity for Dave to gain ‘ToffeeWeb-cred.
359 Posted 02/01/2019 at 17:45:04
The second story came from someone I trust and it came from the horses mouth, its a true one but the players names will stay with me, Im afraid, I like a bit of
gossip myself but my shawl has just come off.
360 Posted 02/01/2019 at 17:47:44
Surname starts with D? Or the young lad Baines?!
361 Posted 02/01/2019 at 17:51:32
362 Posted 02/01/2019 at 17:52:50
363 Posted 02/01/2019 at 17:54:26
364 Posted 02/01/2019 at 17:58:54
remember you taking hours to pick the cheapest bunch
of flowers for your beloved, no wonder she gives you a
crack over the head now and again.
Oh and keep guessing, even if you get it right I wouldnt
365 Posted 02/01/2019 at 17:59:37
366 Posted 02/01/2019 at 18:05:57
We need some stability after going through four managers in recent years and sacking another manager will just make us look like an even bigger laughing stock. We arent going to be relegated so lets see out the season and see where we are.
I think it would be suicidal to continue with this sacking sickness. If Brands and Moshiri chose Silva then they need to hold their nerve and stick with him till the summer at least.
367 Posted 02/01/2019 at 18:07:40
368 Posted 02/01/2019 at 18:09:12
369 Posted 02/01/2019 at 18:27:26
Anyway, sacking Silva is not ideal - he's had one transfer window and a pretty good one. The squad is ok, barring a striker and we can't seem to play 4 at the back without Gueye.
My faith in him was shaken after to Tottenham result however and the poor results are piling up now. I can't blame him entirely but honeymoon period is over now I reckon.
370 Posted 02/01/2019 at 18:40:03
I have yet to see any of your posts criticise any senior players and the 2 mentioned are worse than most.Goals apart Siggi has been woeful,Walcott even worse.But lets just blame the kids eh?
371 Posted 02/01/2019 at 18:43:42
I have yet to see any of your posts criticise any senior players and the 2 mentioned are worse than most.Goals apart Siggi has been woeful,Walcott even worse.But lets just blame the kids eh?
372 Posted 02/01/2019 at 18:57:28
373 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:00:12
10. Give your head a wobble.
11. End of.
374 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:12:53
The cryptic "gone in January" makes me think the puncher was Niasse given we have been told he will be "gone in January" and that last summer he was apparently bullying Tom Davies. With that being said, I don't really care if they punch each other as long as they perform. When I was in college we had this pretty good six-a-side team and myself and this Liverpool fan used to go at it all the time, fighting etc. Eventually the team became pretty good and we got to the semi of a local tournament against some pretty high level opponents on the way . wait a minute, come to think of it, that was after the RS fan quit the team and started a rival side, so maybe there is something to be said for team morale and not punching each other. Hmmm
375 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:15:27
376 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:16:28
12. We're going backwards.
377 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:20:23
Plus, there is lots of footage - in-game, at Finch Farm - where there appears to be genuine affection between Niasse and Davies.
Whoever Dave alludes to (assuming it is even true...), whilst one or the other may have been one of the two players involved, I very much doubt it was between each other. They look like real 'bros' and have done for some time.
378 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:24:09
I hope you wasnt bullying that poor Liverpool supporter, By the way are you still playing, best days ever playing football, even, in my case, if it was only in the street, literally played for hours and nobody ever seemed to get tired.
379 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:25:27
13. Please can we keep No.s 1-9 our little secret.
14. I hope there is no 15.
380 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:25:50
381 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:27:06
I remember. I was being somewhat tongue-in-cheek and assuming maybe Dave was regurgitating that particular piece of innuendo.
With regard to the youngsters though, I've seen Mason Holgate more than once with a look of annoyance on his face when he has say gone surging forward and his senior team mates have failed to drop back and cover. I think part of his problem is that he has a footballing brain, but some of his older team mates (e.g. Ashley Williams last year) don't. So he ends up looking like the fall guy for going out of position but he is operating on a different wavelength. He is kind of the opposite of Ross Barkley.
382 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:29:27
I had to pack it up. Broke my heart but my knees gone. I think it is from years and years playing football 24/7 on concrete, parking lots, playgrounds, fields, anywhere a group of people were assembled and something resembling a "ball" (coke can, tennis ball, etc) was on hand.
383 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:29:30
16. Who deleted 15?
384 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:31:27
Funnily enough Graeme Le Saux was talking about that incident with David Batty during match commentary the other week. If I recall, the flair up happened during a CL game while they were at Blackburn. May have been against Rosenborg. I think the Bowyer/Dyer fight also happened during a match.
385 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:34:16
386 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:38:56
Infinity minus 1 - thought I'd save us some time - your go.
387 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:45:41
By mid November we had covered the third most ground in the league after Arsenal and Spurs. And had done so with relatively little rotation.
I do think we have struggled in the last month with not being able to exact the high press and successfully. Not that this is an excuse. It's up to the manager to work out other ways to play and win or to rotate the squad when tired. I do think though the results and performances may improve when we go back to one game a week. Let's see.
388 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:47:33
Tony and my other son Michael started a fruit and veg
business a few years ago, they had to pack it in after a
few months, Michael said “ I cant work with him, every
time he sees a game of football on the round he joins in and leaves me to carry on.
389 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:48:19
390 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:51:15
The coach would say, "No, the quickest way is player A to pass the ball to player B, but player B has to be smart enough and want the ball to make space for player A.
Football is a very simple game when played right: make space, receive, pass and then make space you don't have to be the best players in the world to do that you just have to be committed.
391 Posted 02/01/2019 at 19:56:31
392 Posted 02/01/2019 at 20:03:00
393 Posted 02/01/2019 at 20:04:31
Having had time to reflect on the game I have come to these conclusions. 1/ Andre Gomes is not that effective. 2/ Gana can pass more than 5yds. 3/ Gylfi does nothing once his planned pass has failed. 4/ DCL does too much work away from the penalty area. 5/ Zouma is pretty decent with the ball at his feet.
That's the players. As a team I thought we were unlucky to have not taken a lead in the first half. I would have taken Richarlison off at half time (for Tosun) gone two up top.
Leicester came with a well rehearsed plan. Defend, soak up what pressure comes and wait for the opportunity to hit us on the break. They did their bit perfectly.
I'm not so sure most of you would have been happy to see Tosun replace Richarlison though. As I started. Silva did get his tactics wrong in the second half. We do need a top class finisher in the Roy of the Rovers mould as none of our midfield/ wingers would have supplied enough even anything for them to finish.
Gana and Zouma two best on the pitch for me. The rest were either poor or below average.
394 Posted 02/01/2019 at 20:19:59
This is the story of the last 25 years more or less, but the lack lustre and lethargic displays this season, with a massive lack of fight and care, ( was the first half v The RS) such a unique showing the team, have since forgot how to play?
Its the lack of care that to me, shows some basic traits in the tempo and psyche of this team and squad.
As an example surely JP is coached by MS to hit it the ball as far as he can clear it, with. More and more slices out, and to the opposition? I cant see it and it makes you wonder, who takes the training.
DCL works hard but in my view his positional sense to set pieces and crosses, is generally wrong and rarely can he get a run and attack the ball.
This thread has highlighted more or less the whole team,every player with flaws, but these two above in vital key positions, what will happen this season, if the team doesnt learn?
I can take the RS verbals but the increasing worry is EFC, will by results and form, become a lower, very low priority for any potential Stella transfers.
All views welcome on how the plight of EFC, can be fixed.
Its the, half way house this season, but Saturday surely, is a great chance to reignite the spark for this season, and then build game by game?
I hope that the strongest available team is picked for Lincoln, and lessons from past games is learnt, - Soton, Norwich etc.
Im sure weve only won back to back games only v Palace and Leicester awayback in 10.2018. This shows that whilst theres potential which every player, and football squad has, but based on results this season and for so many seasons bar BBS first season, weve been very, unreliable and generally poor. The results dont lie, so whats wrong?
Clearly the end of the road age, for many of the current squad, and also many not being good enough, for EFC, but to replace these players is gonna one hell of a challenge.
Not the time to sack the manager, but results must improve now. The negative effects of this bad form will hamper all development of the club and that includes BMD and new players coming in.
Lets hope Marcel has found some diamonds and gold nuggets, via his scouting network, and his new chief coach will have his work cut out for sure.
395 Posted 02/01/2019 at 20:43:41
On the upcoming Lincoln game I also agree that we need to play our strongest side. Too many times in recent years have managers played second string lads who have come up short, only to have to throw on the very players he had hoped to rest, and into a fevered finale much more likely to create injuries.
For me, get the best 11 on, get the game won and then pull off the three most weary, like for like.
A Cup defeat would only further erode what little confidence this lot have left.
Confidence is at a premium and this coach and his staff need to work on that as much as the fitness and skill.
396 Posted 02/01/2019 at 23:03:35
Just 2 observations: I honestly believe that, if Seamus had put in the same performance as Kenny did against Leicester, he would still be slated.
Second comment relates to the rumour that McCarthy is going out on loan. If this is true it's a disgrace. I'd prefer to see Schneiderlin or Davies go. McCarthy is exactly what we need now, somebody who will give 100% and is fully committed.
Looking at Everton at present reminds me of one of those charity teams pulled together having retired years earlier. Everybody taking it easy and avoiding any potentially damaging tackles for both sides and not really concerned about losing.
397 Posted 03/01/2019 at 05:09:57
In the same way, he might have noticed Leicester at halftime moved another man over to cut off Digne getting forward as much as he was. It took until Bernard came on to switch to the other wing.
398 Posted 03/01/2019 at 09:25:00
Kenny along with Zouma were probably our best players on the day.
399 Posted 03/01/2019 at 10:19:40
We need one. Getting in a quality center-forward would lift the entire first team and bring the belief flooding back. The sooner the better, and I am 100% sure Marco Silva is telling Brands to get a move on. As with all these things they seem to go down to the last day, but I really think we need to do some good business sooner.
Look at Lukaku last night, one glimmer of a half-chance and he is on it and the ball is in the net. He is a hungry goal hound, with many, many faults, but so what if the goal monster scores 25?
We need one, someone whose mere presence at center-forward makes Leicester, Brighton etc defenders say to themselves, "Oh Fuck! this twat will give us a nightmare today."
Think what Jags and Williams thought processes were when Diego Costa turns up. He gives a relentless display of desire to score, by whatever means, opposition defenders can't stand the sight of him. That quality inspires the players surrounding him to produce the goods.
At the moment it is a walk in the park for such average opposition defenders. That lack of stress gives confidence in abundance to the opposition and we get picked off from mistakes or set pieces.
Marcel and Marco will be fully aware of it and will be full on now 24/7 to get something done about it. Don't listen to the ''No players in January'' comment, they will be going hell for leather to get the right man in. More likely on an initial loan.
400 Posted 03/01/2019 at 12:49:12
401 Posted 03/01/2019 at 13:19:40
What you get in January are either: players who are not getting game time, or youngsters/lower division players.
I see that Tammy Abraham may well be available. He's young, but prolific in the Championship. Faltered at Swansea, but they were a terrible team. Worth a punt maybe. Would Calvert-Lewin be as prolific in the Championship?
402 Posted 03/01/2019 at 17:05:02
403 Posted 03/01/2019 at 17:13:44
404 Posted 03/01/2019 at 19:30:19
405 Posted 03/01/2019 at 19:50:39
406 Posted 03/01/2019 at 21:48:15
But he might not turn out to be a good one.
Anyway Ill agree to disagree. :)
407 Posted 03/01/2019 at 22:01:33
408 Posted 03/01/2019 at 22:21:09
Just switched the laptop on and looked at the footy results through my fingers!!!
409 Posted 03/01/2019 at 22:26:17
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