Okay, so we’ve been hearing calls for Lookman to get a run in the starting line-up since... well, since the first game of the season really. Finally, I am in agreement. Sometimes he comes on for his 10 or 20 minutes and looks good and other times you can’t tell he’s actually come on. The only way, I conclude, that he can make his mark is to make a start. The game against Cardiff does look like the ideal opportunity. If Richarlison, Gomes and Sigurdsson do recover from knocks, I’m not so sure Silva will change anything but, if he does... then whose position should he take?
Most shouts are saying he should take the place of Walcott who does drift in and out of games. However, l think, if he does come in, it should be at the expense of Bernard. The reason for this is the full-back playing behind him. If he plays on the right, then I feel it would hinder Coleman getting forward and doing what he does best. We all love to see Seamus marauding down that right-hand side as opposed to his defensive duties. I feel it would then leave us very exposed having Lookman on that side. Therefore this ToffeeWeb expert would like him to come into Bernard’s place on the left, where he can benefit from a closer working relationship with Digne. I think the left-hand side as is has potential but hasn’t caught fire just yet. Digne is also more aware and capable of fulfilling his defensive duties. So there you go... if Lookman starts, I think it should be on the left.
Silva has made some great strides this season so far with the help of course from some astute Brands signings. So, as the season progresses, I'm sure certain players, young as they are, will hit form at different times. At the moment, we seem to have a settled line-up with a few players chomping at the bit for a chance. This is exactly what we should have if we want to both bed in new players and still keep room for a few players to develop during the season. That’s not saying I’d turn my nose up at a new striker... but what team wouldn’t?
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1 Posted 14/11/2018 at 23:05:18
2 Posted 15/11/2018 at 15:42:10
However, where I would differ is that for me it is Walcott who should make way. Theo, as he has done for ever, flatters to deceive and too often too much of a game passes him by. By giving Bernard a "free" role, akin to David Silva, I believe the set up then puts him, Ademola and Seamus in the right positions to cause damage to any opposition.
3 Posted 15/11/2018 at 20:27:52
For me, it's right and proper that Silva is making him earn his way into a starting spot.
4 Posted 15/11/2018 at 23:09:27
Digne is defending much better the last couple games but going forward hes got a lot to learn from Baines, too slow to cross and when he does... its not that great. Baines is fit now Im surprised now soon he was dropped.
Both our flanks are struggling to gel as they should. I'm not sure Walcott and Coleman feed off each other as well as they could and the same on our left. I'm hoping Silva will start to use his squad a bit better. I'm still predicting 3 at the back sooner rather than later.
5 Posted 18/11/2018 at 14:11:43
If Sigurdsson is fit, Bernard and Lookman can take the flanks and they can actually switch around.
When Cardiff come to Goodison Park, we can expect them to park the bus. That means that we'll need as much trickery as we can; that's where both Lookman and Bernard can do, that Walcott can't.
When teams park the bus, it's unlikely that we have a lot of space for our speed merchants to run into. And that means that Walcott is likely to be less impactful as those who can dribble with the ball close to their feet.
If Sigurdsson is out, then we can fit all three players. Lookman and Walcott on the flanks and Bernard through the middle.
6 Posted 18/11/2018 at 18:09:46
Sigurdsson's reputation for being a good striker of a ball also means the opposition are more inclined to rush to limit the space in front of him and to block him, so leaving free space for others in the side to take advantage of.
7 Posted 19/11/2018 at 15:07:42
Good article, I see you reminisce about Baines... don't look back. Baines is just squad support; we move on with new impetus and new personnel – irrespective of Leighton's standing as a blue
8 Posted 19/11/2018 at 15:37:15
9 Posted 20/11/2018 at 07:21:11
Walcott's pace, regardless of his performance, dictates the way the opposition sets up and ergo how we play. We should find a way to play without him because his performances can and have dipped but dropping him for the inclusion of Lookman asks more of Lookman than it does bringing Lookman into a side where Walcott is making the space and I think that's too big of a risk when we are still building our pattern, partnerships and systems.
Bernard's performances have been comparable with Walcott's anyway recently. Both players have fluffed their lines when in position to win us games but the difference in fans' viewpoint seems to be a willingness to let Bernard make mistakes, as he learns the English game, in the hope he will improve.
Here and now, for the purpose of blooding Lookman in a game against one of the Premier League's lesser lights, playing him on the left with Walcott in the team is the selection which provides his best chance of success.
10 Posted 21/11/2018 at 15:33:00
I'm pleased with the progress of Digne, especially his defensive work which has really improved. I've just been annoyed at his crossing on occasions when we needed better. It wouldn't do Bernard any harm to sit out a game and access a few things.
Walcott? He works hard for the most part. That little bit of class and swagger has been missing though.
11 Posted 22/11/2018 at 12:54:24
He has always been a headless chicken, rarely an end-product from him, although he has on occasion created something out of nothing for us.
To be fair, to him, we do not play to his strengths, he requires the ball between him and goal, to use his pace. He gets pretty cramped on the right wing with him and Seamus. They have been working well together, but I'd prefer to see him get a ball over the top to run onto rather than played into his feet with his back to goal.
12 Posted 22/11/2018 at 13:07:41
He stated he wasn't injured and Everton just said that to allow him to have a rest.
Hopefully, if that has any semblance of truth, it means he will be fit and raring to go against Cardiff.
13 Posted 22/11/2018 at 13:14:33
But jeez how he is frustrating. Misses when he should score, but occasionally scores a blinder. Makes a great run, but controls with his shin.
He's the eternal 'nearly' player. If he could just play consistently, he'd possibly be the best striker in the league, but he came to Everton for a reason.
Despite his flaws, I feel him and Lookman on the left will create better balance. Bernard will grow, will improve, but for now I think is better suited to the bench.
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