Over the past five years, Everton lost a pair of Tims: Tim Howard and Tim Cahill. From a skill standpoint, it was certainly time for these servants to find a new place to call home. But from a leadership standpoint – Everton have struggled to recover from their absences.
Yes, we have our share of steady, workman leaders (ie, Baines, Jags) – but we have missed the player who is willing to be the emotional leader of the team … and of the crowd.
We have missed the player who is willing to get a red card in the final minute of the final meaningless game of the season after an opposing player pushes a ball boy (see Tim Cahill grabbing Yohan Cabaye by the throat in 2012); we have even missed the guy who just never stops yelling throughout an entire match (see Tim Howard … every match). What these Tims sometimes lacked in skill, they regularly made up for with work, heart, and desire. They understood the power of the Goodison and the people's passion.
Naismith in his short tenure showed glimpses and you can see it at times in both Williams and Coleman when their tempers flair. We like a hard runner. A hard tackler. Someone who is pissed when we lose. Goodison is still searching for that pitch leader who really seems to give a shit.
Over the past few years, Everton has been collecting and producing more “Captains”. Ashley Williams (Wales/Swansea), Seamus Coleman (Ireland), Phil Jagielka (Everton), and now our new boys Davy Klassen (Ajax) and potentially our new/old boy - Wayne Rooney (England/Manchester United). Organizationally, it appears that Everton value leadership in players. Now, it is time for one (or more) of these men to step up.
It is my hope for this upcoming season that one of these captains (or anyone in the squad) will see the void and become the emotional leader that Everton needs and that Goodison deserves. The People's Captain.
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1 Posted 06/07/2017 at 05:26:41
For Jags to keep the armband he must beat out Williams for the starting centre-back position next to Keane.
If he doesn't... it's anybody's guess. But from what I've seen, Schneiderlin is cut from the right cloth, Pickford has the fire, and Klaassen the experience at Ajax.
2 Posted 06/07/2017 at 05:57:38
3 Posted 06/07/2017 at 06:59:18
4 Posted 06/07/2017 at 07:12:02
5 Posted 06/07/2017 at 10:18:23
6 Posted 06/07/2017 at 10:23:05
7 Posted 07/07/2017 at 08:24:37
Now? Surely, if he comes, it'll be Wayne. Perhaps as club captain, given that he won't start all the time.
We have a hell of a lot of games this season and will need a lot of leaders. Thankfully we seemingly already have many.
8 Posted 07/07/2017 at 15:33:31
9 Posted 08/07/2017 at 11:06:07
10 Posted 08/07/2017 at 17:24:36
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