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1 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:29:05
Could have been a brilliant signing if hed been ok off the field but injury and other problems meant we rarely seen him on the pitch at all.
2 Posted 17/01/2020 at 11:58:19
A professional Footballers playing life is relatively short, but with a bit of self control, it can set them up for life, with Finances that most people could only dream of.
What's up these guys? Are they arrogant, on a self destruct mission or what?
3 Posted 17/01/2020 at 12:12:20
4 Posted 17/01/2020 at 12:24:47
5 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:12:16
Tony, having watched his “Andy in the Car” interviews, I disagree that he attaches any blame to us. He blames himself and the temptations of Liverpool nightlife.
Van Der Meyde was once a really good player. I saw him a few times for inter and for Holland.
Even at Everton he had a few decent games when he first arrived. He was said to be unfit and needing to get back to his best. That was the best he ever played for us. His crossing was great and he had a load of tricks to beat a man.
I recall when he played against Boro (could be wrong) and he sold the defender the wrong way, got the half a yard he needed and he went for the afterburners. You could see in his mind he was going to race away and get to the byline and whip it in. Only, he was fat Andy now, the afterburners were gone and he got tackled when he tried to get into his stride.
I still think that at the time, it was a risk worth taking as if we “fixed” him, then we could have saved a fortune.
I believe the man has little to show for his career and he has nothing but himself to blame.
6 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:37:44
It didn't take long to realise why we'd picked up this "bargain". Moyes seemed to learn his lesson as we took a similar punt on Pienaar and it worked
Oh hang on, Royston Drenthe.
If you combined the professionalism of a Phil Neville with either of our errant Dutch wingers, just think of the player you'd have.
7 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:42:06
Moyes made the same mistake again signing, who could also be great on his day, I remember being disappointed when he didnt make the team at Wembley when we needed him.
8 Posted 17/01/2020 at 17:14:28
9 Posted 17/01/2020 at 17:30:41
10 Posted 17/01/2020 at 17:43:39
These comments shows that hes obviously a bitter man. He needs to remember that he was on the slide before he joined Everton and his career going down the toilet would have happened anywhere he went. He was in a self-destruct mode. He cant blame us for that.
11 Posted 17/01/2020 at 18:22:23
I found him to be a really nice bloke, friendly and far from hating Everton he was complimentary about the club and indeed Moyes. He blamed himself for the demise in his career and the advice to avoid Everton seems to me to be something he said about avoiding a Liverpool as a City because there were too many temptations there.He seemed happy with life and certainly not bitter about anything.
Speaking as I find - nice guy and good company.
12 Posted 17/01/2020 at 18:34:54
13 Posted 18/01/2020 at 08:48:26
14 Posted 18/01/2020 at 09:09:43
Hard to tell from the written word but I would imagine it was said in jest. I saw an interview with him a couple of years ago and he was absolutely clear that he was the only one to blame for his career going down the pan.
Hes be legendary at Everton for all the wrong reasons, unfortunately. He seems a decent bloke these days though.
15 Posted 18/01/2020 at 10:20:42
16 Posted 19/01/2020 at 02:38:36
I see the same mind set with some present day heros who can spend an entire match avoiding the hard work while the likes of Tom Davies who always tries hard but gets dogs abuse for misplacing a few passes out of a great many he makes.
17 Posted 20/01/2020 at 15:49:05
18 Posted 20/01/2020 at 18:02:46
20 Posted 20/01/2020 at 19:52:09
As in most walks of life, talent is not enough; you also need determination, willpower and a good character.
21 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:22:43
Buchanan understood, that a huge 'dollop' of natural talent, had been injected into MR, who was just not mentally or psychologically, equipped to deal with it. Although he never fell into drink or drugs, he never achieved what his talent suggested.
By the way, your man wasn't known as 'Shandy' Van der Meyde for nothing!
22 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:35:47
23 Posted 29/01/2020 at 23:14:06
24 Posted 05/02/2020 at 10:30:28
Most of us know the players and tactics more than any boss, Or so we think, we all know who should be playing and screaming at players not playing, Lookman springs to mind.
What we do not know is what goes on, behind the scenes until years later.
As a parting shot Koeman saw right through Niasse, although he could and should have handled it better, he knew something we did not.
25 Posted 07/02/2020 at 21:34:07
Sob stories about his sick wife and daughter was a flimsy cover for his peccadillos and that whole episode alone was more than sufficient reason to cancel his contract without recompense.
Why did Everton not do it?
26 Posted 07/02/2020 at 21:46:26
Just watching an interesting possible example in the 'mistake' column: Lukas Jutkiewicz, once of this parish and on his 8th side since leaving Everton, scoring a lovely dinked finish to seal the win for Birmingham City tonite at Bristol City – the 100th goal of his club career.
27 Posted 07/02/2020 at 21:59:42
Hell, whilst Boys Pen Billy is still there, why doesn't he just turn up begging for a job?
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