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Yesterday - 1505: Mikel Arteta is standing over a free-kick at the Emirates... a chance of a debut goal for Arsenal? Yes... and no. He fires straight into the wall.
Today - 1718: Norwich boss Paul Lambert has revealed striker James Vaughan has been taken to hospital with a serious facial injury. Vaughan caught an elbow from West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas near the end of the Baggies' 1-0 win. Lambert said: "James has gone to see the plastic surgeon at the minute, and it is a bad one."
Things don't change just because they have left Everton ? just sorry for JV, as always
Phil Roberts, Posted 11/09/2011 at 17:28:33
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1 Posted 11/09/2011 at 17:57:30
2 Posted 11/09/2011 at 18:00:45
3 Posted 11/09/2011 at 19:34:00
Since joining Norwich he has been consistantly injured. He finally makes his debut and he picks up another silly injury.
Vaughan had exciting potential but injuries have slowed his progress and now it looks like he will never be the player we all thought he would be.
Everton made the right decision by selling him.
4 Posted 11/09/2011 at 20:16:10
5 Posted 11/09/2011 at 20:57:07
After watching us against Villa and seeing Rodwell and Fellaini playing direct forward passes from the middle into the front two players, Baines putting proper corners, in I realised that, as much as Arteta was and is a ''nice'' technically good footballer, he wasn't producing the goods which he used to do!
We were holding out for the form and the end product to return but it wasn't happening,. Seeing him on MotD, you can tell he's mustard with his touch and his passing but he looks laboured and struggles to get back. I'm not looking to get on the back of a player who's one of the best I've seen wear a blue shirt; my point is maybe it was good timing getting £10 mill for a 29-year-old and giving other players a chance to flourish, our attacks looked a lot quicker and direct without hoofing it!
The jury's still out with Rodwell; if he doesn't take his chance this year, I have no doubt Barkley will drop in and be a cracking attacking centre-mid.
Gutted for James Vaughan ? he's all heart... just hope everything gets sorted out for him; he must have the worst luck in the world!
6 Posted 11/09/2011 at 21:34:24
How is James Vaughan's injury today a silly injury? The lad got whacked with an elbow? Did you even watch the game? I agree he should have been sold but that injury could have happened to anyone.
As for Arteta, I had a lump in my throat the night we sold him but yesterday I don't even think he was missed. Best of luck to the lad!
7 Posted 11/09/2011 at 23:06:26
Ok I admit silly was not the word I was looking for.
But you have to admit James Vaughan has a history of picking up freak or strange injuries.
He comes back from injury and slashes a vein in his foot. He comes back from injury and in his first game finds himself consulting a plastic surgeon.
It just seems he's a player who its never going to quite happen for. Its a shame because he seems like a good lad and looked a far better prospect then Anichebe early on.
8 Posted 11/09/2011 at 23:20:23
One solution would be to penalise every instance in a heading duel where a player's arm is raised above shoulder height. How good it would be to see heading duels in which players rely on leaping ability, timing, balance and body strength and not dangerous flailing arms?
In JV's case, he should have been awarded a penalty and his opponent should have been sent off.
As for TBLSWK, I wonder if Wenger has more success than Moyes in finding a cure for those awful free-kicks.
9 Posted 12/09/2011 at 01:30:31
Meanwhile still left in the squad:
10 Posted 12/09/2011 at 02:09:11
11 Posted 12/09/2011 at 07:55:56
12 Posted 12/09/2011 at 08:09:16
yes completely unrelated... related.. couldn't believe they gave arteta free kick duty.. Van Persie is deadly.. Arteta.. didn't clear the first man.
13 Posted 12/09/2011 at 10:26:13
I thought at the time £10m was good business and trust Moyes knew how good is newcomers are.
John #6, sums up the Arteta debate perfectly.
Richard #9, a couple of valid points but way off the mark on most others.
Best of luck to JV, he certainly needs it. Always remember the lad's fighting spirit, it was still there on Sunday when he was trying to twat the defender at the end despite having a smashed in face.
14 Posted 12/09/2011 at 11:20:46
Meanwhile im actually pretty happy with things on the picth. We might not be fighting for trophies this season but have the makings of a young team. The midfield in particular.
Imagine. Drenthe(if we get him permanently), Fellaini, Rodwell, Barkley, Coleman.
With an average age of about 21. Pace, power, touch, strength and guile. Play them all together for a season or two and you might just have something special!
15 Posted 12/09/2011 at 11:53:09
16 Posted 12/09/2011 at 14:20:39
Hibbert is an outstanding defender in one-on-one situations
Jagielka is one of the best recovery defenders I can remember seeing in the Premier League. Yes he makes mistakes, but he gets himself out of jail most of the time!
Neville is a brilliant natural leader and brings the best out of his team-mates whenever he plays.
Osman is versatile, has brilliant feet and links well with many of our key players.
Fellaini reads the game brilliantly considering his age and has a genuine opportunity to step into the role of key-man in the Everton midfield.
Rodwell will get his much needed game time to step up.
Bilyaletdinov is capable of the spectacular and can produce a goal from anywhere.
Saha would be at Read or Man United if he stayed fit all the time, such is his obvious quality.
Anichebe has obvious physical attributes and an opportunity similar to Rodwell to step up.
Cahill is a brilliant on-field role model and the best headerer of the ball in the Premier League for the past 6 seasons!
Colemen frightens the life out of every opponent h comes across with his pace and direct running. He has no fear!
Barkley has enormous potential and a managememtn team with a track record of bringing through young players to support him.
Heitinga (a world class central defender) can't get in our side in his preferred position!
Drenthe is the fastest player I can remember seeing at Everton since Kanchelskis, and Stracqualursi looks like an ideal replacement for Beckford (based on his scoring record at a lower level) and is probably on a lot less money weekly.
We also have on of the top managers in the Premier League, Silvain Distin (lightening quick and reads the game brilliantly), Leighton Baines (the best left-back in Europe), Tim Howard (one of the best GKs in the Prem), an international goalkeeper on the bench, some of the most promising youngsters for years to come through in the next couple of seasons and Velios and Gueye have both impressed coming off the bench over the last 6 months!
I know things aren't all rosy, but they aren't all bad either. Let's get behind Moyes and the lads!
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