We had a great season last time out, finishing 5th in the league and getting to the FA Cup final. We did this with a few long-term injuries to key players. After a decent season, we all want us to push on and try to break into the ‘big 4’ which has obviously got to be our next aim. To do this we all realise we need to improve the squad size and, in a couple of positions, the quality of players.
Since we’ve been very quiet in the transfer window, most people who comment on this website seem to think our season is already over, that we’ve no chance of finishing anywhere near last season and that the club is in total disarray. People have listened to the ‘rumours’ and are now panicking — without any real need.
If you look at the big picture, things aren’t as bad as some are making out. To gauge how we stand at the moment I think it’s a good idea to look at our main competitors for the positions 3 – 8. I personally think that the title is between Man U and Chelsea so I’m ignoring them. So how have the other teams fared this summer in the transfer market compared to us?
Liverpool’s main signings have been Alberto Aquilani (injured) and Glen Johnson. But they’ve lost Hypia, Arbeloa and Alonso.
Arsenal have only signed Vermaelen, but have had Adebayor and Toure go.
Villa have lost Laursen, Barry & Zat Knight to be replaced by Downing (injured and rubbish), Delph (severely untested) and Beye.
Spurs have gone with their usual revolving door policy, and will once again be hit and miss.
As for ourselves we’ve only bought in Jô, and released some players who could be described as squad players at best.
Then there’s Man City. It remains to be seen where their obscene amount of money will get them this year but, if they gel instantly, they could looking at a shot for the title. If they underperform and oversized egos start to get the better of them, City could just as conceivably finish outside the Europa League spots.
Other wild card teams like Fulham, Wigan and West Ham have not been adding to their squads too well either. Sunderland certainly have been but they are a long way behind and may be a team to watch.
What I’m trying to say, overall, is that it’s not all doom and gloom. We finished fifth last season and, City apart, no other team seems to have invested that heavily so as we should fear them too much this coming season. It’s going to be a tough season, but so is every other season when competing in this league. We’ve finished 5th twice, 4th and 6th in the last 5 seasons so that shows where we’re at. Let’s get some belief, get down to Goodison on Saturday and cheer our boys on to a victory over one of our rivals for a top 4 spot.
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1 Posted 13/08/2009 at 14:39:26
2 Posted 13/08/2009 at 14:58:34
3 Posted 13/08/2009 at 15:14:52
4 Posted 13/08/2009 at 10:21:26
It makes me wonder why the media continually hype them up...
5 Posted 13/08/2009 at 15:35:05
However this summer again represents a missed opportunity to push on, we got away with it last year - the early exit from Europe and the Carling Cup allowed us to concentrate on the league and FA cup.
But Moyes can’t be expected to achieve miracles year on year, he needs money fast. Otherwise Lescott will be first of many out of the exit door as the side re-bounds off that glass ceiling and tumbles down the league, with Moyes himself not far behind.
6 Posted 13/08/2009 at 16:24:00
I don’t think you need worry about that...
7 Posted 13/08/2009 at 16:42:31
8 Posted 13/08/2009 at 16:48:52
I feel we could challenge for fourth this season. I think our main rivals will be Arsenal, Tottenham and Man City.
If we had strengthened this summer, especially the right hand side, I’d be saying we are nailed on for it. Sadly that is not the case.
Regardless I think were going to give Arsene and the Arse a smacked arse on Saturday. COYB!!!
9 Posted 13/08/2009 at 17:48:54
None of the other teams worry me. I do expect Villa to renew their challenge, but I rate Moyes ahead of MON on almost every facet. We’re better than Spurs as most recent meetings have shown. The Sky4 all have some issues and challenges to overcome, so there’s a possibility of a surprise.
Then there’s Man City. A fine old club with great fans, some fabulous ex players and managers, now turned into a grotesque circus, with a manager who’s sadly had his own injection of slime & arrogance. If I were a City fan I’d actually be a little confused as to what to expect.
For all the forwards they’ve assembled (29 at last count) their defence looks very suspect as evidenced that Hughes is targetting not one but two top central defenders. They also have no real playmaker in midfield, all their purchases have been defensive midfielders & Elanio has left. So I expect City to flatter to deceive. They’ll probably spank a few teams along the way, and lose quite a few too. I’d say they’d be particularly open against Everton given our prowess at set play and their suspect defence.
And just for the hell of it, here’s what might happen next May...
5. Man Utd
6. Aston Villa
7. Man City
10 Posted 13/08/2009 at 18:55:37
Watch out for West Ham this season. They’ve got a quality manager and some good young players. They’ve strengthened a little bit too. They could push for the top 6 I reckon.
11 Posted 13/08/2009 at 21:56:24
I would like some information from the club like what the fuck is going on. Why is Moyes demented — is it because he has a chairman who bullshits his way through every fucking summer. I wish he would just give us some information. We know where needs strengthening, it doesn't take a genius to see that and I would have presumed that Moyes knows who he wanted. As to why it hasn't... watch this fucking space.
12 Posted 13/08/2009 at 22:32:26
Without mentioning any names, there are so many doom and gloom merchants who appear to overlook what I feel is a transparent answer to so many disappointments.
The answer is DK. We are not in receipt of vast wealth yet we simply must acquire some because of our recent success in the League.
Where is it then? I simply can only surmise most of is in a little hoard marked DK.
Why? No idea... but where else could it go? Not into the pockets of Bill and the other members of the Board. Maybe eventually but I feel DK will get the go ahead and then they will want to be able to lay their hands on as much cash as they can. Hence the vanishing profits.
As I understand matters, Kirkby is going to get resolved in the next couple of months and the consensus of opinion appears to be that it will be given the OK.
I do not intend to enter any opinion as to the rights or otherwise of a move to Kirkby. That issue has been very well aired by many more qualified than I to venture a firm decision.
However, whether in the best interests of the club or not, I do feel BK and the Board are stashing away all the monies they can lay their hands on in anticipation of Kirkby for the future.
Very shortly, I feel we will all be in a much better position to tell if I am right.
13 Posted 14/08/2009 at 02:32:00
5. The Arse
6. Man City
That’s if we hold Lescott.... and I hope Moyes digs in for the season and gives him his transfer next June/July.
I posted before and I’ll say it again: if we hold on to Lescott keeping the back 4 solid for the start of the season, there is no reason we can’t get 4th. None at all.
If he goes, I’m distraught. See Broome’s article for all the reasons why he should stay and why we need him. We can’t sell one of our brick-wall back 4 players to a direct challenger of a top 4 spot.
I can not wait for Saturday. Celtic buddy with his 3 sons picking me up with 4 of my 5 sons in a boat. Taking the boat 12 miles down the Intracoastal to St. Augustine (in Florida) to Anne O’Malley’s pub to watch the game. Weather supposed to be superb. Going to be a fantastic opening day!
14 Posted 14/08/2009 at 03:33:22
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