Just when we seem to be close to that elusive Top 6 place, along comes the transfer window and our hopes are elevated to the clouds, and whilst we buy some quality, we inevitably seem to lose our key players and we just have to start all over again, rather than building on. It’s been like this for years.
Lescott, Arteta, Stones, Barkley, Lukaku and this season Gueye and Zouma have all left us for taste of Champions League football or silverware from somewhere else and, whilst we’ve bought class like Gomes, Digne, Richarlison, Pickford and Sigurdsson, it’s never been good enough to push us into that Top 6.
If you look at last season, we bought well but, other than Digne and Zouma, the rest of the buys, Gomes, Mina, and Bernard, took an eternity to get used to Premier League football or were crocked when they came to us and took months to recover> Add Coleman after his double leg break and we only found form late on. We finally saw a team we thought was capable of challenging, in about March and, after a 17-day break, we then finished the season in Top 3 form, let alone Top 6. All we craved for was that 20-goal-a-season forward, retention of Gomes and Zouma, and keep Gueye from the clutches of PSG. We retained Gomes and we might, just might have a top forward, but lost two key players in Zouma and Gueye.
We all know and fear we will possibly have a problem coming up with the lack of a 4th centre-half, but we won’t know for some time, I’d imagine, whether we’ve truly replaced Gueye with Gbamin, and whether Moise Kean will get us those 20 goals which we desperately need. It will take Silva some time to find his best 11, his best formation with the players he’s got; it’s not going to happen overnight or in weeks, and I suspect we could well throw away the potential of starting well in this opening run of 10 fixtures with only one Top 6 opponent in it.
A good League Cup run can only happen with rotation and playing the likes of Holgate and Gibson, as Keane and Mina cannot play in every match we undertake – it’s just asking too much of them. The cover there is the weakest in the team now, and might cost us, certainly in the period before the January transfer window.
I don’t believe you can integrate more than 2 at most 3 players into a team per season; wholesale changes of 4 or 5 just can’t be accommodated to provide a successful season. Yes, I know you need depth, you need cover, but you can’t tell me that the likes of Delph, Kean, Gbamin, and Iwobi will not see themselves other than bang on 1st team choices. Sibidé and Lössl will probably know they are cover for now.
I’d like to believe that all our new players make it, become regulars, show they are capable of being part of a team that can challenge the top, but it worries me that it will take too much time and, just about when we start believing we are getting close, along will come the summer transfer window and we will lose Richarlison, Digne, Pickford etc and we will have to start again.
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1 Posted 11/08/2019 at 19:23:43
We have to accept that since the days of John Moores and after Johnson lost the bulk of his fortune, the club went into a twenty year period of decline and although not a small club, we are now in Premier League terms a medium club rather than a big club.
However I personally feel that since Moshiri took over, we are moving in the right direction. Mistakes were made obviously, but these have been corrected and we have entered a period where the intention is to improve each year, with money invested in the team until, with good fortune, we return to the big club status.
2 Posted 11/08/2019 at 19:31:34
3 Posted 11/08/2019 at 19:38:23
I don't know how you can say that after just one away game.
Yes, some players take time to adjust but some players hit the ground running.
In addition those players that took time to adapt last season may well fly now. Some of the youngsters have developed too.
Mina was probably our best player yesterday. Pickford looks to have matured somewhat and the back 4 looked immense.
If we can instill a sense of belief in our supporters and players then we will be flying this season and January isn't far away for reinforcements for the cup runs.
4 Posted 11/08/2019 at 19:43:45
5 Posted 11/08/2019 at 19:54:23
I think until we play a decent attacking team I doubt calling our defence immense" probably isn't accurate.
Palace can't score but yesterday they cut through our defence a few times and only Pickford saved us from an embarrassment.
It's not so much that the support needs a bit of belief it's more the management and players. There was nothing on show yesterday that was much different from our average of last season. Slow, pedestrian, no cutting edge, questionable formation and tactics.
We really need a true leader on and off the pitch.
6 Posted 11/08/2019 at 19:54:25
7 Posted 11/08/2019 at 20:09:02
Gomes is a nailed-on starter. Sigurdsson too. And Silva said himself that Delph is not Gueye and he would need to replace Gueye. Delph is not Gueye's replacement, Gbamin is. Delph should be used in place of Gomes, or hopefully Sigurdsson as we change formation and go with Silva's preferred formation and system, the 4-3-3.
The fact that silva was trying to stock up on central midfielders who go box to box like Doucoure and Delph tells you that he is very keen to get us to 4-3-3.
But no, Delph will not be starting in a 4-2-3-1 if everyone is fit and ready.
8 Posted 11/08/2019 at 21:27:41
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11 Posted 11/08/2019 at 23:51:49
You are right to be worried about players such as Richarlison and Digne leaving Everton on the back of another poor result against Crystal Palace; good players will not stick around at a club that lacks ambition and is not actually going forward. We were yet again impotent in pre-season and yet again carried this forward into the season proper, nothing changes.
We should have got either the Doucoure or the Zaha deal over the line to show a real and genuine statement of intent, only this reduces the possibility of top players leaving. Watford next is now an absolute must-win.
12 Posted 12/08/2019 at 00:42:23
13 Posted 12/08/2019 at 00:48:36
If we are expecting to beat the team who finished 12th, then we presumably expect to beat the other 8 below them. That's 8 always wins and top 3 form (is normally say champions form, but Man City and Liverpool have set the bar very high).
We looked solid, let's build from there. I'd rather draw 0-0 than 2-2 at the moment, as the majority of our signings, who should get better, are attacking. Get the foundations right and the goals should come.
14 Posted 12/08/2019 at 04:47:35
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17 Posted 12/08/2019 at 11:13:25
The good players we lost shouldn't have affected our game on Saturday, they were about adding steel, not goals. But the whole team just looks very flat. I don't think we can use the excuse that we've got loads of newbies coming in, cos that team on 'sat has been playing together now for a year, and right through pre-season.
We've got no goals in us at the moment. Not just this one game, right through pre-season. It aint gonna be solved just with swapping No 9s. I'll be blowed if I know why Digne, Bernard, Sigurdsson and Richarlison are devoid of spark at the moment, but the stats speak for themselves.
I also noticed with Martinez teams, if they started the season (pre-season) sluggishly, it took months to put right. I've got a bad feeling we are going to be experiencing an extremely frustrating next few weeks.
Look how full of vim Liverpool were on Friday, yet their season finished in June, and a lot of their players then went to tournaments. But nearly all our team have had a full preseason and rest behind them and look flat.
18 Posted 12/08/2019 at 11:21:02
Second half, without Gomes, wasn't great. Worryingly we let them in down the right twice for clear chances on goal. I'm concerned at what a good side would do to us if we play the same way.
All-in-all, a decent result, first game of the season and away from home – considering we didn't get the breaks with our attempts on goal, the Gomes injury or the Schneiderlin red card.
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