Time and time again, we are being told by various contributors on this site we have moved moved forward as a football club since the dark days of Walter Smith et al. But, whilst results have improved, from a pure football perspective we have gone backwards.
The current swashbuckling, up-and-at-'em style simply does not cut the mustard anymore in the modern game. In fact, it's plain prehistoric and does the present crop of players no good at all. Players neither develop into better individuals and the team suffers as a result.
In stark contrast, Arsenal — from it's youth team up — seem to have it drilled into them to pass, pass, pass. They may not always get the results their play deserves, but I unashamedly drool when I watch them play; if only I could witness my own team attempt to play like that just for fifteen minutes each game?
I watched in despair as the whole of the Everton backline (bar Baines, who I thought had a great game) repeatedly 'hoof' it upfield to a waiting Benefica player who calmly fashioned an opening in midfield, always looking for the killer pass.
Before I get accused of being another 'dreamer', I don't think it's about money or the lack of it, it's about having the right ethos to play the game in a more intelligent way. The days of the long ball up to the centre forward with his back to goal are long gone, particularly in Europe. Although not the force they once were a couple of years ago, Villarreal (average gate around 18,000) were a good example of what can be achieved with a 'progressive' type manager and a small budget. Even when our main source of creativity is fit again, Arteta, don't expect too much to change. Despite our current manager having ALL the Uefa coaching badges under the sun, the team still struggle to string together more than a couple of passes at any one time. In fact, they look rather ill at ease whenever they do attempt it. The reason being, that they don't play that way in training. Moyes always strikes me as an intelligent individual; if so, doesn't he realise that you simply cannot sustain this high-pressure, close-'em-down-quickly style of play over the long period? Players become knackered or disallusioned or both, just look at Cahill — he looks worn out.
I AM grateful to Moyes for improving the overall position of the club in league terms, but has his own ability improved with it? When we are in a position to buy players, particularly with the recent Lescott windfall, we never buy players who can put their foot on the ball or dictate play. It always seems to be ordinary defensive types who can 'sit in front of the back four' and break things up.
I can't believe there is a dearth of players in Europe who couldn't fill this role? The £9M spent on Bily looks at best dubious for a player with no pace who can't tackle. I have to agree with many fans who simply don't get too excited about going the game anymore.
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1 Posted 06/11/2009 at 00:15:12
2 Posted 06/11/2009 at 00:50:26
Tonight’s hoofball was shocking and Moyes must approve of it otherwise the same players wouldn’t do it time and time again. I would tell Yobo in particular if you do that again you are coming off!
3 Posted 06/11/2009 at 06:53:58
4 Posted 06/11/2009 at 09:55:34
5 Posted 06/11/2009 at 11:04:17
He went on to say that Moyes didn’t believe Everton could get the results against the big 4 playing possession football because they do it better, so he goes for this defensive style. So that would indicate that the style Everton play is basically down to how much confidence he has in the players. Interesting.
6 Posted 06/11/2009 at 13:07:53
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