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When will Denis be allowed to Menace?

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Why is Denis Stracqualursi not getting a look in at Everton? He was signed, presumably to play football ? what little we have seen of him so far I think has been impressive ? but David Moyes seems determined to keep him in the shadows.

When you look at his career in Argentina, he has as good a scoring record as Rodrigo Palacio who is now in demand by a number of top European Clubs, and a better scoring record than Mouche, who recently took his fifth Argentine cap. Going back to Hernan Crespo?s career in Argentina, Stracqualursi actually has a better scoring record than him at club level in Argentina.

Also, Stracqualursi played for unfancied Tigre, and so it?s likely he wasn?t getting a great deal of help from the players around him, which makes his top scorer achievement even more impressive.

Argentine players have a good record of adjusting to the Premier League, but of course you actually have to play to do that. As for fitness, you can only get truly match-fit by playing matches.

I don?t know of any other managers who repeatedly sign established players and then treat them like lepers. If, having seen him close up, Moyes thinks he?s incapable of playing at this level, then send him back to Argentina where he scores more goals in a season than we are likely to score as a team all year at our current scoring rate.

But as we are supposed to be so short of resources, why not give consistent playing time to someone who seems to know where the net is? I think the answer is that Moyes just doesn?t know how to work with strikers. He alienated Rooney, Beattie, Johnson and Yakubu; while the latter three all had their own serious failings, Moyes really didn?t know what to do with them. He even tried to shackle Rooney. He destroyed Beckford?s confidence and he refuses to play to Saha?s strengths.

On Saturday, Saha ? when he wasn?t back in his own penalty area as a defender ? was playing with his back to the goal with a plane ride between him and the midfield, hoping for an error to work with. That?s not his game.

Now Silva, who hasn?t ever been given a look-in, wants a move because he?s understandably tired of being ignored by a manager who claims he doesn?t have enough players. I?d want out too.

Drenthe and Stracqualursi are only here for one season. It seems a waste to only see Drenthe for a few minutes at a time, Stracqualursi barely at all and together even less. Let?s face it, it?s not the competition for places that?s keeping them out.

Peter Fearon, Liverpool     Posted 02/10/2011 at 20:12:06

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Martin Handley
1   Posted 02/10/2011 at 21:35:06

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Peter, it could well be a fitness thing, neither had had a pre-season. I'm sure the pair of them will feature strongly in the coming weeks.
Rob Murphy
2   Posted 02/10/2011 at 21:36:54

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Someone mentioned recently he hasn't played since April so most likely a fitness issue; another couple of weeks should sort that out.
Nick Entwistle
3   Posted 02/10/2011 at 21:34:05

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Imagine the English top flight with mainly English players but a thousand or so cherry picked to play abroad. That's what its like in Argentina. So take what you want from Staq's stat.
John Daley
4   Posted 02/10/2011 at 21:51:05

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Dennis the Menace? Does that make Saha Walter the Softy?
Tony Marsh
5   Posted 02/10/2011 at 23:36:44

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It's a joke Peter but it's something that stretches back to Big Dunc's days here. The fact is Moyes is a one-trick pony who hasn't a clue how to work with or utilise strikers...

To be honest, I hate what he stands for in a footballing sense and can't wait for the day he fucks off... Oh, sorry ? we will get relegated if he leaves, won't we?
Daniel Hutchinson
6   Posted 03/10/2011 at 03:58:41

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Established? He is not an established player. He needs time to adjust and learn and he will be given that. With Saha, there is no need to rush Denis.
Mark McDonald
7   Posted 03/10/2011 at 04:39:56

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I am sure in time he shall get his chance to impress once he gets his fitness levels up and starts scoring in the reserves.

Has anyone been to see him play for the reserves yet? Good or bad?

I think it is a waste of time signing (loaning) him if the club is not going to use him.

How much time did Moyes give Coleman when he had only been playing for Sligo Rovers? Ok he was sent out onloan to Blackpool but I think the Argentinean League is stronger than the Irish and Championship.

Yeah I would love to see what he can do and put his other countrymen to shame.

Moyes did after all give Jo a go even though he blew his chance.
Richard Dodd
8   Posted 03/10/2011 at 06:58:17

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Perhaps the defensive aspects of his role need honing before he can be let loose on the Prem?
Matthew Lovekin
9   Posted 03/10/2011 at 08:00:49

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Peter, I tend to agree with you. Moyes has a history of ruining strikers. Beattie, Johnson and Yakubu were all top goalscoring strikers when they signed (at a total cost of 26m) but left with their reputation and confidence in tatters.

Moyes also lacks a tactical nous with creative players. Look at how Arteta was played in a defensive midfield role or Coleman's progress has now halted and even Ross Barkley can't get a game after impressing in his first three matches. Even Rodwell's progress stopped so much it stopped a 20m+ move to a bigger club.

The only winger Moyes has signed in nine years was Van der Meyde, and the less said about him the better!

Basically Moyes is not good enough as an attacking coach and therefore all players with ability get ruined under him.
Brian Waring
10   Posted 03/10/2011 at 09:39:56

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I'm sure I heard Moyes saying that he didn't know anything about the lad, and it was a last minute thing getting him in. Also, I would have Vellios in before him anyway.
Trevor Mackie
11   Posted 03/10/2011 at 09:30:28

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Moyes and creativity are a contradiction in terms, with the possible exception of Pienaar not a single creative player has he nurtured and forwards wither on the vine because of persisting with one or none up front, only "yeoman" utility players fit the flawed Moyes plan.

People say football has changed.

Well the best teams still have the 3 components of - defence, mid-field and attack - we don't.

This lad will go the same as the others.
Mick Davies
12   Posted 03/10/2011 at 14:04:28

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"Someone mentioned recently he hasn't played since April so most likely a fitness issue; another couple of weeks should sort that out. " When was the last time 'sick note' Saha played?
Tony Cheek
13   Posted 03/10/2011 at 14:35:33

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You are not the only one, I can assure you, absolutely pissed off with Moyes team selections. The man should be on the carpet, if we had anybody with balls in admin. Does he not realise that he is in fact in the entertainment business. That people dig deep into pockets to see the players and tactics he means are best for Everton.

WHERE is Barkley, WHERE is Drenthe, Where is Straqcalursi? Where is Vellios?

Get them on the pitch FFS!! and stop frigging about! Give us what we are dying to see, an Everton team that going for the win. An Everton team not frightened to lose. An Everton team that look like they believe in their managers tactics!! FFS!
Anthony Hughes
14   Posted 03/10/2011 at 16:06:45

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Is it possible Moyes's has seen him training and he might be the Argentinian Anichebe?
Tony J Williams
15   Posted 04/10/2011 at 13:01:22

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Ahhh, the old "Moyes destroys" strikers routine is out again, with the same 3 names being bandied about. The same 3 who had the highlights of their careers playing under Moyes.

AJ, played in Europe the whole time he was here then was injured and flogged.

Meattie got to play in Europe then got injured a lot and forgot how to actually control a ball and then flogged.

Yak scored the most he ever had in a season under Moyes then was injured, never to be the same and flogged.

Three strikers in 10 years??
Jimmy Sorheim
16   Posted 04/10/2011 at 20:20:43

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I agree fully, Denis should be playing to get to the fitness level he needs, plus he still knows where the goal is! Cahill does not.
Ian Tunstead
17   Posted 04/10/2011 at 20:31:50

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Silva who couldnt cut it against Southport, ye lets put him up front. Maybe saha was isolated on saturday because we only had 10 men.

Is this Argentine feller the same person who couldnt get in Leicesters team and didnt impress for our reserves?

How can he get a game if if we have Saha and Vellios and Cahill ahead of him
Martin Handley
18   Posted 04/10/2011 at 20:41:14

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Tony J how about the rest of the list Vaughan(he actually had the cheek to score goals!) got injured see a theme developing here,they all have one good season get injured then play shite because they have to run around like headless chickens.Oh Radzinski 1 good season then wanted to go,Nick Chadwick good prospect flogged off.
The only striker he couldn't handle was Big Dunc who basically told him to fuck off!
He doesn't know how to coach a striker so why not let Sharpy coach them he wasn't bad as a player was he?

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