Dominic Calvert-Lewin misses a second successive game with a abductor problem
Everton will be without top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin for a second successive game as they face a crucial Premier League clash with Tottenham on Friday night.
The striker missed the 0-0 draw at Brighton on Monday but Carlo Ancelotti was hopeful he would be fit to face Spurs, the Blues' immediate rivals for a European place as the season heads down the final straight.
However, Calvert-Lewin continues to be troubled by an adductor problem, although he is expected to be fit for the trip to Arsenal next week along with Yerry Mina who picked up a similar problem against the Seagulls.
Jordan Pickford, Allan, Josh King and André Gomes should be available tomorrow after all four sat out Monday's game on the south coast and, assuming they are all ready and able to play at full capacity.
They will give the manager much-needed senior options after he was forced to name a massively under-strength bench against Brighton, one that featured untried 18s players and U23s regular, Nathan Broadhead, who came on in the closing minutes to make his League debut for the Toffees.
The availability of Gomes and Allan will come as particular boost as Everton struggled to name a full midfield last time out. Mason Holgate acquitted himself well in the holding role but he is not a natural midfielder and Tom Davies was over-burdened as the “legs” in the middle of the park charged with pushing the team forward.
That's a role more suited to Allan while Gomes, who tweaked a hamstring against Crystal Palace 10 days ago, will hopefully add some of the craft that was missing from the midfield when James Rodriguez wasn't on the ball.
At the back, Mina's absence could be compensated for by Holgate dropping back and Ben Godfrey continuing in a central-defensive three that would allow Lucas Digne license to push forward down the left flank.
Up front, Richarlison will be charged with leading the line solo, perhaps supplemented more closely by James if Gylfi Sigurdsson drops back to the substitutes' bench.
This Friday night match brings together two teams struggling for form, inspiration and points and without victory both Spurs and Everton can almost certainly kiss goodbye any notions of qualifying for the Champions League.
Realistically, both clubs have passed up the opportunity currently being taken by West Ham to mount a realistic top-four challenge, leaving the Europa League as the carrot for the team that can drag themselves out of their recent funk and pick up enough points to finish in fifth or sixth to secure a place in the second-tier Continental competition. The Europa Conference League remains the fall-back but there are no guarantees for either Tottenham or Everton given that Arsenal and Leeds have hit some form and closed the gap behind them.
With Jose Mourinho under mounting pressure for North Londoners' poor results and his open criticism of his players, Spurs come into the game sitting one point above the Blues in seventh place but having played a game more. A convincing 4-1 demolition of Crystal Palace a month ago was followed by derby defeat to Arsenal and a dismal exit from the Last 16 of the Europa League at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb.
They won at Aston Villa but were pegged back by Newcastle at St James's Park before being convincingly bested by Manchester United at home last time out. Though they have lost to Everton twice already this, latterly in that rollercoaster FA Cup 5th Round tie at Goodison Park that was wholly out-of-character for a mostly subdued and shot-shy Toffees outfit, Mourinho's side remains blessed with hugely talented players like Harry Kane, Giovani Lo Celso, Gareth Bale and Son Hueng-Min.
If they come to Merseyside in the right mood they will pose a stern test for Everton but, just as they did in the cup, they might also coax an energetic display out of Ancelotti's charges whose top-four hopes will remain alive with a win given that they still have a game in hand against Villa hanging out there. Failure to win, however, and it will be a nervous grind over the remaining eight games to try and secure European qualification of some description.
Kick-off: 8pm, Friday 16 April 2021 on Sky Sports
Referee: Michael Oliver
VAR: Andre Marriner
Last Time: Everton 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Davies, Allan, Gomes, Rodriguez, Richarlison
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1 Posted 15/04/2021 at 16:10:13
2 Posted 15/04/2021 at 16:13:02
3 Posted 15/04/2021 at 16:24:45
4 Posted 15/04/2021 at 16:39:06
5 Posted 15/04/2021 at 16:39:51
6 Posted 15/04/2021 at 16:53:15
I wouldn't be surprised to see Sigurdsson up top tomorrow.
7 Posted 15/04/2021 at 17:02:29
8 Posted 15/04/2021 at 17:02:49
9 Posted 15/04/2021 at 17:09:58
WHU bring in Lingard in January we bring in King. Lingard who hadn't done a tap at MU and suffered mental health issues, is now a cert for England in the Euros, whereas King, who lets be honest hasn't had a look in, looks like he'll have his agent looking for another club as I type - so EFC.
Personally I want the season over and done with now - its like a party that has gone on for far too long. The buffets stale, the ales off and the DJ has reverted to playing Mendelssohns Requiem for Fanny.
On the other hand if we stuff Spurs...........
10 Posted 15/04/2021 at 17:14:30
11 Posted 15/04/2021 at 17:19:20
the problem with King is he doesn't look that he is working to get into the right condition to play.
12 Posted 15/04/2021 at 17:27:04
13 Posted 15/04/2021 at 17:34:36
14 Posted 15/04/2021 at 17:40:10
15 Posted 15/04/2021 at 18:13:30
Whats a 12 yard box?
16 Posted 15/04/2021 at 18:15:01
Our only hope tomorrow is KITANO. I only hope the club has big plans for the summer window, both incoming and outgoing.
17 Posted 15/04/2021 at 18:15:57
18 Posted 15/04/2021 at 18:19:41
19 Posted 15/04/2021 at 18:23:26
20 Posted 15/04/2021 at 18:34:12
21 Posted 15/04/2021 at 18:37:43
So what bearing would King being cup tied have on tomorrow's league game?
22 Posted 15/04/2021 at 18:49:18
Brian (21) - I eagerly await Dennis's response to this question.
23 Posted 15/04/2021 at 18:54:23
Which one of these 4 is not considered to have sat out the game? Although I'd argue there were a few on the pitch who sat it out too.
I give up guessing anything from Carlo's pressers, and would suspect DCL will be out for much longer than just this game (has he been tapped up while playing for Engerland?)
24 Posted 15/04/2021 at 18:55:19
Why so mate?
I wonder if it's for the same reason as me? :-)
25 Posted 15/04/2021 at 18:57:58
26 Posted 15/04/2021 at 18:59:49
Ahhhh I see. Far too subtle for me Michael.
27 Posted 15/04/2021 at 19:02:40
28 Posted 15/04/2021 at 19:05:03
Dennis: Is King cup-tied?
Brian: Uh, it's a league match.
I eagerly scrolled down to see the payoff and was bummed that there wasn't one, ha ha.
29 Posted 15/04/2021 at 19:07:15
My apologies, Brian - & Bill too. I didn't expect my comment to be taken so literally as it's been a bit of a recurring theme where King is concerned due to his lack of appearances since we signed him. I did wonder whether our fee for his signature is based upon appearances.
30 Posted 15/04/2021 at 19:14:42
31 Posted 15/04/2021 at 19:20:05
32 Posted 15/04/2021 at 19:38:15
33 Posted 15/04/2021 at 19:40:57
34 Posted 15/04/2021 at 19:46:46
35 Posted 15/04/2021 at 19:48:38
36 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:17:16
37 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:21:10
Everton have given me brain damage!
38 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:24:20
39 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:25:50
40 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:30:34
I know too many questions but, at the start of the season, we were told we had a big squad that needed trimming. We don't appear to have got rid of much deadwood, as the saying goes... and now we down to the bare arse bones of a squad.
Marcel... What The Fuck?
41 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:32:12
42 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:34:56
43 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:36:43
Surely it would have been better keeping this news until they had to release the team sheet to Spurs?
44 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:40:06
45 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:42:53
46 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:43:16
47 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:44:35
48 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:46:18
Meanwhile Duncan spends his 90 minutes reciting fish puns to the Assistant Referee.
49 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:46:19
50 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:50:41
It will be interesting to see how Everton set up tomorrow and the shape they start with, and whom will lead the line.
Lets hope it can be like the Friday night game when Gary Naismith scored the good free kick and Everton won 3-1, in 2004.
Old and ancient memories to stoke up the fuel for a an Everton victory tomorrow night.
Well over due a good performance by Everton.
51 Posted 15/04/2021 at 20:52:26
52 Posted 15/04/2021 at 21:04:55
53 Posted 15/04/2021 at 21:05:45
Everton bad for your health??
I thought that was just the players!
54 Posted 15/04/2021 at 21:08:32
I find if you drink the two bottles of red before kick-off it helps
55 Posted 15/04/2021 at 21:13:23
Brendan I hope two will be enough, I fear a bore draw with both bosses playing safe and parking the bus
56 Posted 15/04/2021 at 21:20:48
57 Posted 15/04/2021 at 21:41:31
58 Posted 15/04/2021 at 21:47:04
59 Posted 15/04/2021 at 21:54:20
Is that the best Brand's can do?
There's lots of guys on ToffeeWeb who could have recommended better options than this.
60 Posted 15/04/2021 at 22:00:39
There's a guy who often comes on as a late sub for PSG who might have been a good option.
61 Posted 15/04/2021 at 22:22:49
Mosie Kean was loaned out for two, maybe three reasons.
Reason 1/His attitude wasn't the best, and Ancelotti like ALL managers wants players who are committed as part of a squad.
Reason 2/ He wanted out of the club.
Reason 3/ Good move for all concerned in terms of potential transfer fee, learning his trade.
I don't believe Kean would have got into double figures had he remained with us, he stills misses absolute sitters over there.
The French League is nowhere as tough as the premier league, one of the reasons for his 16 goal tally.
He's playing with some of the best in the world right now.
Regards another one of our MUST WIN games tomorrow night, i think the fucking wheels have coming flying off us in the last month and for me Spurs will get their own back for our win at their place.
62 Posted 15/04/2021 at 22:34:07
You're right of course. He didn't exactly set the world alight with us, and there appear to be some issues. I didn't like it at the time, but that RS mischief-maker in chief did make a few comments about the guy soon after he joined us.
Nonetheless, I'd rather have a highly regarded and high potential striker playing in a striker's role for us instead of, for instance Siggy, as happened a few games ago.
As for missing sitters, all strikers do at times (I guess you saw DCL in his last game).
Re. your final para, it sounds as if you are going into tomorrow's game as confident as me. But by tomorrow night I'll nonetheless as always be the wide-eyed optimist joining in the fun and games on the Live Form.
63 Posted 15/04/2021 at 22:43:41
DCL and EFC's season just like the Bader Meinhof have mysteriously disappeared with a not even a whimper.
Anyway, I doubt Jose will be having any nightmares about DCL being through one 2 one with his keeper.
64 Posted 15/04/2021 at 22:54:55
Don't you love how one little throw away comment is seized upon and dissected and attacked?
65 Posted 15/04/2021 at 23:05:23
Tony has had one well argued response to which he responded quite well..."seized upon and dissected and attacked?" Don't think so!
66 Posted 15/04/2021 at 23:09:03
I think it was the Scottish philosopher David Hume who said something like: truth comes about through disagreement amongst friends
67 Posted 15/04/2021 at 23:19:14
Maybe King will show us all a thing or two if picked!
Evertonian = forever the optimist.
And yes CL and Richarilson should be taking these chances.
68 Posted 15/04/2021 at 23:22:01
I know one good omen though, we have played them on a Friday night in April before, 2004 and beat them 3-1.
More of the same please!
69 Posted 15/04/2021 at 23:26:41
70 Posted 15/04/2021 at 23:31:00
71 Posted 15/04/2021 at 23:40:53
Brands, perhaps, convinced Ancelotti to take a punt on King. Carlo hasn't been persuaded...hardly the X Files?
72 Posted 15/04/2021 at 00:11:02
But must stay positive - we should finish higher than 12th place of last season, which in my eyes is an outstanding achievement.
73 Posted 16/04/2021 at 04:36:44
I'm bothered that 4 days after a snorefest where we didnt trouble the Brighton keeper once we now face Son and Kane together with shitface Hoijberg and we expect to win.
We are all seriously deluded but we live in the hope that our inconsistency may actually turn positive tomorrow as the pigs fly over the Mersey.
surely there is a huge slice of luck waiting for us somewhere.
74 Posted 16/04/2021 at 04:50:04
All out attack! No, thought not.
75 Posted 16/04/2021 at 06:59:27
Coleman Holgate Godfrey Digne
Allan Davies Gomes
James King Richarlison
SUBS: Olsen, Keane, Nkounkou, Iwobi, Siggy, Kid 1, Kid 2, Kid 3
If Allan and Gomes are fully fit, then this XI could test Spurs. Richarlison should replace the permanent scowl on his face and with a more determined, selfless demeanour that he had at the beginning of the season.
76 Posted 16/04/2021 at 07:24:03
When we signed him I watched his show reel and wasn't impressed and haven't been since. If he's the answer someone isn't asking the right question
77 Posted 16/04/2021 at 07:47:34
78 Posted 16/04/2021 at 08:07:30
I do hope you're right we might find a more suitable player with 40m and we can all chuckle up our collective sleeves at getting our dough back with interest.
79 Posted 16/04/2021 at 08:12:39
Perhaps when theres no chance of Europa League, we say a bit more effort.
Spurs at 23/20 looks like free money.
80 Posted 16/04/2021 at 08:26:23
81 Posted 16/04/2021 at 08:44:42
He had kidded everyone all season with his prematch interviews.
I expect to see DCL on the bench. A point will satisfy him and with our injuries a point is the best we can hope for.
King has possibly failed to impress in training. If he fails to make the starting eleven tonight then he has no future with us. I think it is a shame but at Bournemouth he did well in a team that played with a lot of tempo. Perhaps he is simply not used to toiling away closing down defenders all night. We will never know unless he gets 90 bloody minutes!
As for Moise Kean, you could stick Niasse up front with Mbappe and Neymar and he would get into double figures, so I would pray the lad gets a few more and we get top dollar as the kid ain't cut-out for the PL.
82 Posted 16/04/2021 at 08:49:48
83 Posted 16/04/2021 at 08:56:40
Osimhen scored about the same as Kean last season in France and was sold to Napoli for £63m.
Kean will do just fine without us unfortunately.
84 Posted 16/04/2021 at 09:11:52
We need a revolution at Everton to get out of this funk. Maybe its happening now and its happening slowly but can you see it cos I cant.
Sorry to sound so peed off but I sure most of you feel the same.
85 Posted 16/04/2021 at 09:55:39
The only worrying thing with this story is whenever a Moise Kean article appears in different publications for me the price attached to his possible transfer is always under £50 million. Now if you have 2 of Europe's biggest and wealthiest clubs after your player, shouldn't we be playing hard ball and not seemingly happy to get him off our books. We will need to get as much money as we can for Kean as very few of the saleable assets will bring in much money, and although FFP hasn't been rigorously applied the last 12 months the powers that be wont turn a blind eye to the likes of Everton after all we are hardly one of Europe's big clubs.
86 Posted 16/04/2021 at 10:19:29
87 Posted 16/04/2021 at 10:19:38
I reckon Kean selling price will be 5 million on top of what we paid with a decent sell on clause.
Is he worth huge money ?, only time will tell but for me he is not, he was worth a punt for us.
The other day Ferdinand was saying that Utd should go and sign CL who apparently is worth 80 million - crazy in my opinion whats Kane worth !
Eddie @ 81,
King surely has no future with us anyway , not if we are serious about CL / Europe - doesn't matter if he plays tonight or not .
88 Posted 16/04/2021 at 10:30:24
On Moise Kean - he's not very good. Still looks a lumbering kid with no footballing brain, even if he has scored a few goals for PSG. He's definitely no PL player. He might be great in a few years, but right now he's worth about ten million, so if we can get anywhere near 30 or 40 mill we should bite their hands off.
89 Posted 16/04/2021 at 10:36:42
Agree that King has to start to even appear to have any chance of salvaging his career, unless he is actually not near 100% fit. I am still hopeful he is about to step up and seize the opportunity. Otherwise it does seem highly unlikely that our attacking efforts will be anything more than hoping that Richy can latch on to the occasional punt upfield.
90 Posted 16/04/2021 at 10:52:03
Think it will be a case of sucking the life out of the game and hoping for a counter. If Spurs turn on the style though we can't match them.
91 Posted 16/04/2021 at 11:05:32
I would think that if fit and ready to go that Pickford, Allan and Gomes will come back at the expense of Olsen, Holgate and Siggy.
Hopefully, we will show a lot more ambition than Monday night. It's not a crime for a team to go out and try and entertain every now and then. Entertaining is not a dirty word!
With regards to yesterday's press conference, the manager was bluffing or we are in for more of the same next year. Kean will be sold and if we get 45 million we should take it and invest in younger and hungrier players in order to bring down the age profile of the side inject some needed pace into the team.
92 Posted 16/04/2021 at 11:15:40
93 Posted 16/04/2021 at 11:18:45
94 Posted 16/04/2021 at 11:22:49
95 Posted 16/04/2021 at 11:31:45
ToffeeWeb. Give this headline coverage. A great news story at last.
Better still, put 5 or 6 of them in tonight with Pickford, Keane, Godfrey and Seamus. A team that will play for their lives. Can't remember when that last happened ( not even the Cup game v Spurs).
97 Posted 16/04/2021 at 11:40:30
98 Posted 16/04/2021 at 11:44:33
I suspect that you have perfectly encapsulated the mood of many of us.
It is sad and depressing.
99 Posted 16/04/2021 at 11:48:20
I never understand why over many years striking options at Everton is neglected. Which or without a DOF.
However one thing I will always thank Roberto for is bringing in Lukaku.
100 Posted 16/04/2021 at 12:05:28
101 Posted 16/04/2021 at 12:09:01
102 Posted 16/04/2021 at 12:12:56
103 Posted 16/04/2021 at 12:22:27
My optimism however has taken a major dive to a new low point, which started before the Crystal Palace game but that performance pushed me down the road to ruin. The Brighton game pushed me over the edge and any optimism I had left was drained when one of my recent EFC faves Coleman, thought it was a terrific point!
As for tonight? I've got me Bombay Sapphire to keep me from slitting my proverbial throat!
104 Posted 16/04/2021 at 12:33:40
105 Posted 16/04/2021 at 12:52:44
106 Posted 16/04/2021 at 12:59:12
A win tonight and against Arsenal will be some achievement toward Europe, even though I am an eternal optimist, I just feel we just won't have enough depth to get over the line.
107 Posted 16/04/2021 at 13:02:20
If Spurs turn up and are up for it, it doesn't matter what team or formation Ancelotti picks, we will revert to type and park the bus, with lots of slow sideways and backwards crabs in the team.
The result is dependent on Spurs, because we'll struggle to influence it, sad!
108 Posted 16/04/2021 at 13:05:11
109 Posted 16/04/2021 at 13:14:18
We no longer sell our best players coming into their prime, or shouldn't be doing, otherwise we'll be staying midtable for the foreseeable future.
Forget the defeatist attitude, we've already beaten Spurs twice this season.
110 Posted 16/04/2021 at 13:20:30
I can't remember the last time we did the treble over Spurs.
111 Posted 16/04/2021 at 13:59:26
112 Posted 16/04/2021 at 14:03:18
113 Posted 16/04/2021 at 14:07:18
This would possibly generate a positive discussion after the game and save spending money on old end-of-career players from Europe.
114 Posted 16/04/2021 at 14:27:16
Have you forgotten the abysmal away defeats to Southampton and Newcastle?
115 Posted 16/04/2021 at 14:29:59
"I think the plan will be to cash in on Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin."
And the plan is also to cancel BMD, and for Moshiri to get out of the club. Just as likely.
What do Everton plan to do with the money from the sale of Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin?
116 Posted 16/04/2021 at 14:45:12
I have no doubt King is a good Premier League striker / forward and, other than Richarlison, we have no-one else that can or will try to go forward with the ball, beat a man, or get into the box.
Richarlison hasn't been on form of late.
Nkounkou just needs game time to learn and develop. He's a talent and needs experience.
A win would be fantastic but...
117 Posted 16/04/2021 at 15:02:55
1-0 to someone borefest... please surprise me (in a good way preferably).
118 Posted 16/04/2021 at 15:07:49
I don't know why the owners don't want us to succeed but all we are there for now is to make up the numbers.
As for the new ground, it's far from a fine deal as it needs to be financed and then actually built. It's at the very least four years away.
119 Posted 16/04/2021 at 15:27:11
“Those of you taking issue with my view that the club plan to sell Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin, do I need to list all of the players the club has sold since Wayne Rooney to prove my point?”
No, don't list them. It wouldn't prove your point.
120 Posted 16/04/2021 at 15:33:41
Slight difference between our current strikers and Lukaku, as an example, the current two are nowhere near as good.
I still don't rate Calvert-Lewin. He had a purple patch but he's really not very good
121 Posted 16/04/2021 at 15:35:53
Spurs have more big guns and will probably shade it.
122 Posted 16/04/2021 at 15:38:38
123 Posted 16/04/2021 at 15:40:32
It seems Spurs supporters are even more defeated than us, even forecasting a 2-1 win for Everton.
Let's hope 2 of the worlds most successful managers do not produce another borefest and we come away with 3 points.
I can dream, can't I.
124 Posted 16/04/2021 at 15:42:03
Under Carlo I expected a whole lot more especially thinking we would be putting away Newcastle; Fulham; Burnley; Crystal Palace; Brighton and RS with ease. Only one of those has come up trumps.
125 Posted 16/04/2021 at 15:47:41
126 Posted 16/04/2021 at 16:07:44
Had to apply the arl common denominator to that and, having just got up, it took a while.
Basically a tenner will get you 26 quid. Good odds? I thought they were stingy at first, but I look at how Spurs have been and think there may be an opportunity to buy 26 quid here for a tenner.
I'm on. There are a few mistakes in this Spurs team and I think we will beat them.... and I haven't even had a bevy yet!
127 Posted 16/04/2021 at 16:35:30
128 Posted 16/04/2021 at 16:37:45
They have a stronger team out and Mourinho is already in last chance saloon. So I think they will be trying harder than us.
129 Posted 16/04/2021 at 16:52:07
130 Posted 16/04/2021 at 16:54:54
"However, Spurs still have something to play for."
Point ahead of us having played one more game.
Have we not got something to play for?
131 Posted 16/04/2021 at 16:57:49
I hope you come up trumps.
We have been defying the bookies all season especially at home.
Let's hope for once it is in our favour.
132 Posted 16/04/2021 at 16:58:55
Yeah. Difficult to see where our goals are coming from, but I think we will get opportunities against this lot. We need to take at least one of them.
Expecting Richie to step up to the plate tonight. We desperately need him to carry the fight.
133 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:04:55
Anyway I will keep banging the drum, for Nkounkou to be tried on the left of midfield, maybe, one day.
134 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:06:21
135 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:19:19
That's an interesting point. Moyes survived 11 years lowering expectations to an all-time low. Any away victory was seen as bonus points towards the magic 40.
Having Ancelotti as a manager has raised expectations on his past performance alone. He comes across as an extremely level headed humble person considering the success he's had.
Are we expecting too much too soon from him given the players that he has at his disposal?
136 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:22:37
137 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:23:57
138 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:28:46
I'm really sad to hear you say that. He's had a bad spell as many in the side have had this year but otherwise he's been monumental. He'll go for sure and there'll be many who'll pay top money. Many of us will regret this deeply.
139 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:30:44
I have zero confidence in this team/squad at the moment, with or without Calvert-Lewin.
My view is that we'll be lucky if we finish in the top 10, never mind the European places.
Cue everyone shooting me down for being negative – I just don't see anything in the last few games to suggest we have it in us to challenge higher up the table now. Slow play, lack of goals, conceding silly goals, where's the reasoning behind thinking we'll win tonight? I just don't see it.
The team doesn't appear to have much of an attacking plan, we're very one-dimensional & predictable/easy to play against. I can see us getting turned over to nil tonight.
140 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:31:58
Everton 1 Dulux FC 0
141 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:34:05
142 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:35:24
It's criminal that he has not been playing this role as much of late because he gives us an extra midfielder and striker in one. He's not a centre-forward in the same way that Holgate is not a right-back and Sigurdsson is not a centre midfielder.
Even considering selling any of Digne, Godfrey, Allan, Doucouré, James, Richarlison or Calvert-Lewin would simply show us up to be the selling club that we have been.
143 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:37:06
144 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:38:08
I have noticed you have been unable to warm to this lad from virtually day one. That seems a little out of character for you. I suspect its his antics which grate.
I personally swing with the wind as far as he is concerned. He drives me nuts, but just when I want to write him off he comes up with the goods.
Big game for him tonight.
146 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:40:51
147 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:41:08
However, on the flip side, apart from early season, I have been disappointed with the type of football we are playing, so the optimism in me has dissipated to the point where my expectation is no more than that of the Moyes era.
149 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:43:31
150 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:45:07
It's a bad sign when people start agreeing with me on here!
151 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:45:36
152 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:50:01
Like you I've posted on how weak the team's position is but, unlike you and other negative fans, I say why this is and what we need to do to recover. I also believe we won't win tonight but I understand why not just on the basis of being irrationally negative.
I desperately hope they win tonight, not because I feel irrationally positive but to help silence fans like yourself. Nothing personal and no malice meant in that, I just feel that fans like you a burden on the club not a boon to it.
153 Posted 16/04/2021 at 17:50:20
Arteta, Coleman, Lescott, Jagielka, Cahill, Pienaar, Baines, Stones etc etc. Those were the days.
He's doing the same now at West Ham, repeatedly playing down top 6, let alone top 4 and it's getting results once again. It's almost as if it's a deliberate ploy by him – something called reverse psychology. Way too sophisticated that though eh.
154 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:00:31
Yeah, to be honest I'm not always negative - in fact I'm usually pretty optimistic about football. The older I get though, and perhaps partly as a consequence of current living conditions, I've lost the will of late.
I would suggest the true burden as a supporter of Everton, is the reliance on our 'istory to keep us relevant.
155 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:06:54
156 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:13:26
Great shout. The Stranglers were my favourites as a teenager in the 80s (along with The Clash). The first album I ever bought was Black and White, that came with a white vinyl single of 'Walk On By'. Rattus is the best LP by a bit.
Hopefully tonight we won't be 'Hanging Around'. Winning 'Ugly' is okay. We will really be 'Down in the Sewer' if we lose again. So it's got to be Hello to Win and 'Goodbye Toulouse'.
Sorry for this twaddle, I need to get a grip on myself. COYB.
ps: I suggest turning the picture off as well as the sound.
157 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:18:10
Despite our football being currently dreadful we can sense (if we want to) that things are going in the right direction. BMD, USMFF, improved shirt deals, appointment of Ancellotti, saving the Liver Building, improved revenue streams, bigger international presence etc...
The building blocks are slowly being cemented in place to secure a brighter future. We just need to start winning games to put a smile back on our faces.
159 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:21:59
160 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:22:41
Yeah, largely I agree with you and I certainly agree the club as a whole is doing good things and trying to move in the right direction. I guess my ire is at recent performances, and of course there's circumstance to take into account - namely injuries which have hurt us big time since Christmas. We haven't had a settled side once from week to week, or so it seems.
As I say, my negativity is really only aimed at the the current displays we're seeing, and not the wider picture. I don't feel I'm a burden on Everton.
161 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:46:07
162 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:46:41
163 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:48:05
164 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:51:42
165 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:54:17
166 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:57:35
167 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:58:33
168 Posted 16/04/2021 at 18:59:14
We hope for them to fight for every one of them.
Towels getting thrown in here
169 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:00:33
170 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:01:23
171 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:02:14
172 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:02:49
173 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:02:52
174 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:03:03
175 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:03:15
176 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:08:08
Two teams who are inconsistent and unpredictable.
Its for now or never tonight for me, in the quest to stay in contention for Europe.
177 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:08:57
178 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:09:22
179 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:09:58
Who knows what sort of performance awaits us ? Ashamed to admit that not sure that I am especially bothered.
COYB. Surprise me and thousands of others too.
180 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:11:14
But you will get no opposition from me during the 90 minutes. You may not have noticed, but I don't criticise during the match. I've got all week to do that.
Playing time is blind loyalty time
181 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:13:07
182 Posted 16/04/2021 at 19:17:58
I hope Richarlison is here next season, if he goes, in my opinion it's a step backwards.
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