"A good start is the main thing," he told evertonfc.com. "If we start well, I'm sure we've got the players to end well so it's just a matter of changing it around."
And the South African also has his eye on the possibility of winning a trophy after Everton went close last season with a run to the FA Cup semi-finals.
"We've got a strong team. If you see the way we finished last season, I think we were one of the best teams then. If we start like that, we've definitely got a chance of winning something and qualifying for Europe.
"It is important to get an understanding going as soon as possible, to make sure the team is functioning as a whole and get the points that will put us up there with the best teams."
Speaking of his move back to Merseyside from White Hart Lane where his future was complicated by the departure of Harry Redknapp and the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas, the midfielder said: "There's always complications with a new manager coming in and you don't know what he wants from you.
"But I made it clear to him when I went back. I told him that I wanted to leave before he was appointed. I said I would be a professional and train hard, but if the opportunity came up to go to Everton, I would take it with both hands.
"He understood and he wished me well."
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246 Posted 01/08/2012 at 17:22:48
Compared to the way Van Persie shit all over his club and, especially, its fans who waited patiently for years for him to finally fulfill his promise.
Happy you're back in the fold. Now let's get that fast start you talked about.
254 Posted 01/08/2012 at 17:33:28
I have heard a lot of mention about the small size of the squad, but given that the club isn't playing in the Champions/Europa League this year, does it really matter that much? It would seem to me you could get by with a small squad if you also don't have to worry about European competition. Am I wrong in assuming that? Can anyone provide insight?
263 Posted 01/08/2012 at 18:06:33
It is possible that the same 16(?) players (starters and subs) could get you through every minute of every game in all competitions, but it is unlikely despite improvements in fitness and healthcare. Even if they remain fit and injury free, some of your players will not be able to sustain their peak performance through the entire season and so you will need back-up players in your squad who can step in without reducing the overall effectiveness of the team.
Ideal is to have as much ability as possible throughout your squad so that you are not affected by the loss of key players. The smaller the squad size, the harder that is to achieve, and the bigger the risk that your season will be ruined by the loss of availability of players at some stage.
269 Posted 01/08/2012 at 18:31:32
272 Posted 01/08/2012 at 18:42:07
291 Posted 01/08/2012 at 20:20:07
299 Posted 01/08/2012 at 21:21:21
303 Posted 01/08/2012 at 21:46:27
We never missed him... you may remember he was playing like absolute crap when he left, and none of us was surprised to see him consigned to oblivion at Spurs.
And when he came back, he had obviously learned something,,, and he lit up our season.
Again, I have no problem with anything he did. And I definitely have no problem with welcoming him back.
320 Posted 01/08/2012 at 22:37:19
A drink-driving, woman beating convicted offender. Imagine the shit he'd get on here if he just happened to be a red!!! We should've sacked him last time after his drink drive conviction just as I and I'm sure many others on here would have been.
But no, we're Everton. Kiss and make up!!
God is great!! Not sure what god thinks of blokes who go around smacking their girlfriend. Little man syndrome!!
He fed us bullshit 2 years ago in the hope of getting a big fat pay rise when he knew how skint we were and fed us the line about "security for his family". I wouldn't mind giving my family the security of just £50k a week!! It would be tough but I'd give it my best shot!!
328 Posted 01/08/2012 at 23:13:06
I am not totally convinced he did leave us for the money. I have not seen any factual evidence on what he was being offered at Spurs as opposed to his last Everton contract. I have read all the internet and newspaper rumours so I suppose it must be true. Maybe, he fancied the idea of living in one of the most famous capital cities in the world and to play for a club who looked as though they had serious ambitions of playing regular champions league football. No, it couldn't possibly be that could it?
As a footballer, I am glad that he is back; as a person, he has shown himself to have faults and frailties that many humans are afflicted with. No excuses for drink-driving or wife-beating, but bloody hell, our average attendance would be about 300 if only perfect people were allowed to support our club.
330 Posted 01/08/2012 at 23:54:00
Luke 15:32 'He was lost, but now he is found'.
And good point Shaun, 300 is probably overdoing it though : )
332 Posted 02/08/2012 at 00:02:40
334 Posted 01/08/2012 at 23:44:26
339 Posted 02/08/2012 at 00:33:54
Unless someone knows better, he may not be as bad as has been claimed and it should be okay to applaud what he does on the pitch without it being assumed that we tacitly approving of his behaviour off it.
340 Posted 02/08/2012 at 00:56:25
I'm with you on these points you've raised,
how the hell do people on here side with rumours as if they are fact and then base a barrage of hate against someone who is going to play for a team they support?
You may get your season ticket every year, you may even be the first in the queue but that doesn't entitle you to join in with Tabloid born barrel scrapings as if to prove how good you are and the standards you keep, get a life and just support the team which is the reason your on here in the first place.
352 Posted 02/08/2012 at 04:17:47
Personally I'm very pleased that Pienaar is back, providing he continues the form he showed at the end of last season. For me, that Pienaar was even better than the one that left us for Spurs (more end product).
358 Posted 02/08/2012 at 06:29:55
Let's test this Mike.
Jelavic scores 30 this year and then leaves Everton for Liverpool and a big pay rise?
362 Posted 02/08/2012 at 07:12:09
399 Posted 02/08/2012 at 11:23:01
407 Posted 02/08/2012 at 12:51:34
408 Posted 02/08/2012 at 12:54:21
As SA are the hosts am sure they will want all their players in early to prepare for it......cannot remember clearly who played regulary at left mifield at the start of last season, other than it obviously didn't work!
437 Posted 02/08/2012 at 14:39:39
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