Let me introduce you to the the glorious treble winning Everton team of 2014:
GK- Ruddy (27yrs)
After another season on loan up north in 2010, an unfortunate injury to Howard and Mucha saw Ruddy get a chance for the 2011 season. He took it with both hands, soon becoming No 1 for Everton and pushing Joe Hart for the England gloves.
LB- Baines (29 yrs)
After being Capello's surprise pick at LB in the 2010 World Cup, Baines excelled himself and has continued to do so at club and country level ever since.
CB- Heitinga (30 yrs)
Everton captain. Mr Dependable.
CB- Duffy (22yrs)
Found renewed focus after recovering from near fatal freak training accident. A pillar of strength for reserves in 2010 and stood out as best player on loan for Championship Liverpool in 2011. He was given a chance in 2012 and rose to the challenge.
RB- Coleman (25 yrs)
After single handedly saving Blackpool from relegation in 2010 he came back to Everton in 2011 season to replace grandpa Pip. Once Moyes corrected a few positional faults, he went on to become one of the most feared right backs in the Premier League.
MC- Fellaini (26) and Rodwell (23)
The strongest midfield pairing in Europe. Kenwright almost had a heart attack when Moyes turned down a £120M bid from Mourinho's Real Madrid for the pair in 2012 and the decision looks vindicated. Class.
AMR- Baxter (22yrs)
With no money Baxter was asked to occasionally fill in the Pienaar hole in 2010. He struggled at first but grew in confidence. By 2012 he was looking like a premiership gem. The new improved Leon Osman.
AMC- Bilyaletdinov (29yrs)
Began to fulfill his potential in 2010. By 2012 he was being hailed as the new Frank Lampard. Scored 24 goals in all fixtures in the 2013 campaign.
AMR- Moses (23yrs)
Pinched from relegated Wigan for the 2011 season. His pace and power saw him soon established as a fan favourite. Has developed into a top class player.
Someone awesome and young who was found by Moyes around 2010 to help out Saha and Yakubu... Romelu Lukaku? Sturridge? Jutkiweicz?!! Suggestions welcome.
Areta (32) Still got it.
Jagielka (31) Solid as a rock.
Gosling (24) Still scores vital goals
Barkley (20) the new Jack rodwell?
Hallam Hope (20?) Very exciting young prospect.
Howard (36) God loves you T-Ho.
Cahill (34) Just because.
Squad player- Fernando Torres (30)
Picked up on a free when Liverpool went into administration in 2012. Useful for Carling Cup.
So there you have it. Implausible of course but not totally impossible... well, not all of it.
1 Posted 24/05/2010 at 14:23:07
2 Posted 24/05/2010 at 14:27:17
What were the derby scores?
3 Posted 24/05/2010 at 14:40:47
4 Posted 24/05/2010 at 14:33:45
New Everton Chairman, Sir Paul, spoke of his ambition for his recently-crowned FIFA Club World Champions...
5 Posted 24/05/2010 at 14:46:44
6 Posted 24/05/2010 at 14:50:20
Lord Justice Finbury stated that the defendant’s lawyer had failed to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Mr Gerrard was not fit to lace Mikel Arteta’s boots. So he got the job.
7 Posted 24/05/2010 at 15:03:35
Who's this Barkley kid?
8 Posted 24/05/2010 at 15:09:26
9 Posted 24/05/2010 at 14:34:07
10 Posted 24/05/2010 at 16:51:33
What happened to the FSW? I'll bet the stubborn bugger is still "coaching his squad" (with a bit of luck!).
11 Posted 24/05/2010 at 16:56:52
And I have a teammate from Leeds who insists that Garbutt is the real deal.
But what's all this age prejudice? Barca, Real, Inter all have mainstay players well up into their 30s. Personally, I believe that Arteta and Jags will still be in full command of the ship in 2014. 32 and 31 aren't old in this era of top conditioning.
12 Posted 24/05/2010 at 18:01:27
Does everybody else start copying the 'two right wingers' formation? I'm surprised no-one worked out a way of playing against it.
13 Posted 24/05/2010 at 18:29:57
14 Posted 24/05/2010 at 19:06:44
15 Posted 24/05/2010 at 20:47:26
I liked the 'squad player' bit.
16 Posted 24/05/2010 at 21:14:20
17 Posted 24/05/2010 at 23:10:40
18 Posted 25/05/2010 at 00:00:37
I'll go for the middle ground.
Not convinced by the selection but combination of a squad that's been together for years and introduction of youth talent, there's no reason we shouldn't be finishing in the top 4 at the very least.
19 Posted 25/05/2010 at 02:43:40
That must mean that Moyes is not our manager anymore then?
20 Posted 25/05/2010 at 02:57:51
21 Posted 25/05/2010 at 08:16:34
22 Posted 25/05/2010 at 09:17:36
23 Posted 25/05/2010 at 21:48:37
24 Posted 28/05/2010 at 22:24:15
Don't forget the huge multi-storey car park for match days. Right where the Kop stood should do nicely....
25 Posted 01/06/2010 at 22:03:29
26 Posted 03/06/2010 at 11:47:07
But you overlooked Rooney's return following ManU's demise after new Uefa debt rules came into play.