With fond memories and a warm heart I’ve noted the re-emergence of the name Andrei Kanchelskis on these pages. I think from the editor Michael Kenrick. It got me thinking of the circumstances around his signing. Nobody really expected Everton to get him; it was quite a shock. I’ve no idea where the money and influence came from but the effect on the pitch was disproportionately positive.
Call me superstitious but I think another signing, relative to Kanchelskis, could be on the way to Goodison. Why? Since Moyes's arrival it has generally been a progressive movement upward for Everton. I mean the quality of the team and league position.
Towards the end of this season many commentators will fatuously describe last season as the high water mark of Moyes’ Everton. I don’t think we will finish in Europe but the quality of the team, nonetheless, has continued to progress. That won’t matter to Kenwright the Machiavellian: he is more interested in his media profile than silly matters such as football. Finally, I predict we’ll get a £10-£15 million signing.
More tenuously, according to the fountain of knowledge that is Sky Sports and Jeff Stelling, Shaun Wright-Phillips is extremely unhappy at Sheik City. I think this lad would make us a Champions League outfit. Honestly. Not because he’s so much better than what we’ve got. No, because he would be the missing link in that position. Furthermore, wages aren’t his problem. He just wants a longer contract at a club where he belongs and feels appreciated. Now what club has the reputation of fostering that kind of atmosphere?
Apparently he is on £60k a week — the same as Saha. So come on, Bill, get him signed and give Pienaar a pay increase while you’re at it. Prove you’re not a bullshitter... Alright; prove you’re a bullshitter that can make things happen from time to time.
We certainly could use a Little Wing; and if that didn’t cheer you up a bit, well... it’s an awesome song.
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1 Posted 07/03/2010 at 13:47:52
If SWP leaves Man City, he will go to Spurs. Beacause there the only ones who will be able to afford the pricetag City will set.
As for next season, I see us finnishing outside of the top 4, but i would like to see how the summer plays out.
2 Posted 07/03/2010 at 13:38:46
3 Posted 07/03/2010 at 13:52:52
4 Posted 07/03/2010 at 15:27:46
5 Posted 07/03/2010 at 15:23:47
6 Posted 07/03/2010 at 15:32:10
I don’t think height is a problem anymore because Billy, Rodwell and Fellaini will surely continue to develop. Plus, Arteta and Pienaar are remarkably strong for their size.
David Hallwood:My initial reaction is surely we should be aiming higher than that but on second thoughts I haven’t seen enough of him.
Eugene Ruane: Jimmy would tear the premiership apart.
7 Posted 07/03/2010 at 17:21:37
8 Posted 07/03/2010 at 17:48:04
I think Big Dunc or Psyhco Pat would be the closest thing we’ve had to an enigmatic personality like that in recent years.
9 Posted 07/03/2010 at 18:03:14
10 Posted 07/03/2010 at 18:30:17
11 Posted 07/03/2010 at 18:35:18
12 Posted 07/03/2010 at 20:31:29
I was watching some clips on YouTube tonight with Dunc. Him throwing Paul Ince, grabbing Stefen Freud. I remember Tony Adams saying he was the most difficult player he ever played against.
Anyway, 5-1! Thanks lads, I won’t get any shit at work tomorrow!
13 Posted 07/03/2010 at 23:19:33
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16 Posted 08/03/2010 at 11:53:06
Eagles has got something you can’t teach, something Fletcher and Taylor will never have, so that’s where you start from. The issue then becomes can you toughen him up and make a man and a battler of him? This formula has been followed successfully with Arteta and Pienaar so far, and we all hope Bily will add to that list. If Moyes thinks he can do that with Eagles, then he’s worth signing.
17 Posted 08/03/2010 at 13:18:57
18 Posted 08/03/2010 at 13:53:23
I have indeed seen him a few times and he’s exactly the TYPE of player I want. An entertaining and effective winger.
But I would be warey of spending much more than £3 million on him.
Although I’m no expert on Scottish or international football it seems to me that there would be more of a buzz around him in the media etc if he was good enough for Everton. I think the class of player we want would be more obviously outstanding if you know what I mean.
Glad to be proved wrong if he’s a hidden gem.
19 Posted 08/03/2010 at 15:03:01
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