So, the window closes and our squad is changed. Our fastest striker, and that isn't saying much, and our most creative player have gone. Is this part of the coach's plan? What does he know about the two new lads? Has he watched them and thought, "Yeah, they are exactly what I need to take us forward"?
It seems to me that Moyes is irrelevant as far as any future planning goes. He has been hung out to dry once more and if he wasn't over-paid and over-rated I'd feel sorry for him.
I look forward to seeing the new players, I hope they are inspired signings, I find it hard to believe that Moyes played any part in our transfer dealings. What I find harder to believe is his acceptance of his treatment. Sorry, I forgot about his salary.
Andy Crooks, Posted 02/09/2011 at 23:47:35
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1 Posted 03/09/2011 at 01:59:51
The players brought in did seem to smack of getting bodies in, certainly no links to them beforehand, and myself had not heard of either of them.
No matter what the circumstances of their arrival, we now seem to have a team better suited to 4-5-1. Pace on both flanks, giant striker up top and two holding midfielders, with Barkley or Cahill supporting the lone striker.
Really hope things turn out okay...
2 Posted 03/09/2011 at 02:14:13
3 Posted 03/09/2011 at 03:40:13
Sounds a lot like what was written after the Fellaini signing.
4 Posted 03/09/2011 at 08:39:22
5 Posted 03/09/2011 at 08:55:43
Having been at the club for so long he will know all about our great history and our passionate supporters and as a result he will feel Everton is the only place to be.
I really hope the new guys work out, Drenthe has been playing in the best league in the world-but did he cut the mustard? I don't think so! I watch a lot of Spanish football and quite frankly Drenthe was dreadful! Hopefully against the lumbering defenders in England he will realise the great potential he had before he went to Spain.
As for Denis we don't know. I love Argentinian footballers and anyone who scores three against Boca Juniors can't be that bad, so he should prove to be a good signing.
Sad to see Arteta go, he was the epitome of the Everton I grew up with in the '60's top class!
6 Posted 03/09/2011 at 10:12:59
I want Moyes to say he sanctioned the arteta sale and he will sort us out in his absence. He is the one paid 65k a week to lead, so start showing us some bloody leadership and stop sulking like my 5 year old.
Why not use the opportunity to create a siege mentality around the place. It's us (paupers) against the rest (millionaires) and we will not be moved.
This is the biggest test for you Mr Moyes and I want to see what you are made of.
7 Posted 03/09/2011 at 10:13:09
I would also like to wish Mikel the best of luck at Arsenal. A great player and a true professional. I think we were lucky to have him for 6 years, and we definately have his loyalty to thank for that. I hope he goes out and shows he has the talent to produce in the Champions League.
8 Posted 03/09/2011 at 10:32:20
9 Posted 03/09/2011 at 11:52:24
MOYES IS NOT A GOOD MANAGER !!
He is part of the problem...during his reign....Middlesborough and Fulham have reached the UEFA Final which Moyes has never got anywhere near....Fulham doing it from a far harder group than ANY we have been involved in.
Stoke, Millwall and Cardiff have reached the FA CUP Final and Birmingham and Portsmouth have actually won trophies...Portsmouth beating Man Utd at OLD TRAFFORD...something that Moyes has NEVER done.
In nearly 10 years Moyes has reached a semi-final and final and 'bottled them both' as he did in the !st leg at Fiorentina....In his whole Managerial career including his time at Preston he has won pecisely NOTHING...Please can someone explain how this makes him a good manager....PLEASE !!
10 Posted 03/09/2011 at 12:12:28
You cant go out and look to contain and not concede and look to defend what you've got from the off and not show enough ambition to win the game, you just cant!.
But what he as done for us is a very good job to have us challenging for European spots more often than not but that doesnt mean im 100% happy about the way he goes about games and his stubborness to stick to 4-5-1 and the way we play the game cos im not, i'd like to see some variation and an openess and freedom to our play sometimes.
And back to topic, i dont for one second believe Moyesy didnt know about the transfer dealings on deadline day. Moyes only said a couple of weeks ago that someone could possibly be sold to appease the banks and that none of the money could quite possibly not be re-invested in the squad, it could all go to the banks. And Kenwright said in that interview with the blue union that Howard, Baines, Jags and Felli would definitely NOT be sold, so everyone else had a price and it was Arteta to go, and after Arteta made it clear he wanted to go to be able to play champions league footy, Moyesy had no choice.
And with regards to the new boys, we have been linked to Drenthe in the past and Stracqualursi is an unknown but apparently we had him watched eariler on in the year and Moyes did say at the beginning of pre-season not to believe the tabloids cos the players we'd be linked to would possibly not be the players we'd be after and you could say that the new boys prove his point.
Drenthe was a promising talent that lost his way at Real and went on loan to Herecules and did well and i think he's a good signing and if we can get him back to the form he showed previous to joining Real Madrid then we'll have a player on our hands. Evertonians were pinening for N'Zogbia this summer and this lad can turn out to be better IMO if he finds his feet and hits the ground running.
As for Stracqualursi, I dont know much about him and have only seen clips of him on youtube and he looks handy, a big strong lad thats good in the air and will suit our 1 uptop formation Moyesy favours. And im pretty sure that after Hernandez's success at Utd, alot of clubs went scouting over in South America and weve come across this lad and watched him and no doubt Moyesy as seen plenty of video's aswell and thought that Stracqualursi could be an asset to us.
I hope now that the squad and Moyesy put this summer, the transfer window and the loss of Arteta behind em and re-group and show that we are still a good side and that we can compete again in this league and i think we'll be ok this season.
11 Posted 03/09/2011 at 12:10:07
Arteta wanted out so why keep him? ¬£10m for a player who has been very poor for last 2 years is fantastic business, regardless of the club's current situation. Those who can't agree have got the blinkers on, because he's not performed when given a place in the team.
Yes, he is a good player, and possibly with better players around him at Arsenal, will pick some form up. If he does, don't kid yourselves that he could be doing the same for us, as we don't have enough skillful players to compliment him. Exactly like Rooney, who has excelled at Utd for the same reason.
New signings: Moyes never declares interest until a signing has been done. End of. I'm sure these players have been watched for months. That's Moyes's way.
I'm not a fan of Moyes. Just wish a lot of fans take a step back and stop being negative about everything. We are where we are. Yes, it's not brilliant but let's move on and hope for better things and continue to back our team.
12 Posted 03/09/2011 at 13:01:30
13 Posted 03/09/2011 at 13:46:41
Having sold attackers AJ and McFadden then surely needing to 'get bodies in' we would have loaned/bought 3 or 4 players, rather than using all the money to buy a holding midfielder in Fellaini.
14 Posted 03/09/2011 at 14:47:15
This is 95% likely to happen. Following the loan, 3 year contract.
15 Posted 03/09/2011 at 15:34:15
16 Posted 03/09/2011 at 20:38:51
17 Posted 04/09/2011 at 05:44:22
(Have we had our annual Jason Koumas rumour yet this summer?!)!
18 Posted 07/09/2011 at 00:17:39
Yes I know they are not the best and Beattie is certainly getting on a bit but for free and I am sure a lowish wage they could be useful back up.
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