In this week's episode, Ell, Paul and Lyndon review the defeat at Southampton and the mental roadblocks that seem to afflict this Everton side, look ahead to the visit of Manchester City at the weekend and vote for something they'd bring back from football's past.
You can listen directly via the Acast player above or take us with you on your smartphone by subscribing to the podcast through the usual big players like Apple iTunes, Spotify, etc or, if need be, you can add it to a third-party app using this RSS feed link
Reader Comments (3)
Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer
1 Posted 23/02/2022 at 23:33:07
The in-depth review of the Southampton defeat highlights the poverty of our midfield play and the extent to which individuals' performances are dependent on everything functioning perfectly in the team. Too many of our players are adversely affected by problems around them.
The most obvious example is Gomes, described as an enigma. For me, the explanation for his inconsistency is quite simple. He lacks the pace and agility to be effective in a team which is not dominant in possession. This was the case before his injury, especially in away games.
I agree there is no point risking players returning from injury for the Man City match, most obviously Doucouré. The suggestion we use Townsend in midfield is, I think, a viable option. Benitez did so at home to Spurs, a game we drew but might have won only for a VAR intervention.
2 Posted 23/02/2022 at 23:40:00
Was any link and or comparison made with last season – away from excellent and home form poor? The opposite almost pattern? What's the link?
It's not down to one player's inconsistency. It's a team game and all are at fault.
A lot speculation about some players' mental health being the cause of overall team performance this season away. What goes on inside a professional and experienced players' mindset from non-players is different from observing poor form on the pitch. .
Last point: playing for draws away doesn't work. One away win won't fix the problems. Leaders on the pitch, real leaders drive the team on, home or away.
3 Posted 24/02/2022 at 15:34:20
I would also like to point out that, given the cost-of-living rises and the almost unbelievable hike in energy prices, which may even go higher given what's happening in Ukraine right now, that football clubs realise fans are going to have a lot less money to spend.
One other thing – I think we should turn Goodison Blue and Yellow on Saturday and show our support for Ukraine and of course our very own Ukrainian – Vitaliy Mykolenko.
Add Your Comments
In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.
Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.