Whilst we all now know that our form from December onwards would have given us 3rd place extrapolated over the whole season – you really need to understand what we have to do to cement a CL place: it means really playing at a level which can challenge for the 3rd place, and failing 3rd would hopefully cement 4th place.
The 3rd place means we have to score about 25 more goals, we have to concede about 15-20 goals less, and we have to win about 7 more games. We cannot accept the draws home and/or away against the likes of Wolves, Stoke, Birmingham, West Ham – they have to be won. We cannot accept the defeats against the likes of Hull, Bolton, Fulham and bloody Liverpool – they all have to be won AND we must not revert back to home defeats/draws against the Big 2. This is a tall order by any means.
What we have got going for us is that the likes of Spurs, City, Villa and Liverpool will have the extra European games, and the accompanying fatigue, injuries, and team disruptions the competitions tend to bring.
Can we step up a gear to do it? – Who knows... but for sure it's not getting easier and to me the real key is to find that 20-goal-a-season scorer – wherever he may be and unfortunately at a knock-down price. Is Beckford the answer?
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1 Posted 14/05/2010 at 05:58:52
2 Posted 14/05/2010 at 08:16:07
3 Posted 14/05/2010 at 09:25:23
We need the right and the left sorted first...
4 Posted 14/05/2010 at 09:08:37
All we needed this season to get 70 points was a little bit more concentration.
We threw 6 points away in the last mins against Arsenal, Villa and West Ham.
Had we got them, all we'd have needed to do is convert JUST two of our draws (specially at home) against shitty teams and that would have been us on 70, 71.
(Yes, I know they're 'ifs' but they're not 'big ifs'...)
5 Posted 14/05/2010 at 09:26:52
Loss of one or two won't help but there are enough rising stars to compensate, and of course we know that the money raised will be put to good use.
There are now 6 fighting for 3rd & 4th, so none can afford to spend as much as they used to get there (excepting City) as failure is a far more real possibility than it has been for a long time — this truely is a massive change.
There is more hope this summer than there has been for a long time. Top 4 is more than possible and that is the first time I have thought that for many years.
6 Posted 14/05/2010 at 09:33:45
For us the key, key component will be injury. If we can keep the likes of Arteta, Pienaar (if he stays), Fella, Jags and Heitinga fit all the season, then I don't see any reason we can't be in the mix.
Can Yak become a 20-goal striker again... I hope so because our budget gets you a 10-goal striker if you're lucky.
7 Posted 14/05/2010 at 13:09:23
Moreover, the assumption is that with more quality going in to the box the likes of Saha, The Yak et al will score more and I think they can... just don't bring Jo(ke) back.
8 Posted 14/05/2010 at 14:37:02
The reason the top 4 have 20-goal-a-season strikers is that they create lots of chances. We don't. End of.
9 Posted 14/05/2010 at 14:29:02
I also saw signs in the Man Utd match that Rodwell might be the attacking/goalscoring midfielder that we need away from home. We do miss some pace down the flanks to stretch teams and we need to be able to find a striker that can win us games on the break. King Louis can do it and I think he will benefit from having Beckford snapping at his heels.
I am surprised by the speculation regarding Beckford. I'm not sure if he has the touch we are looking for but give him some credit, he knows where the goal is. The goalkeeper and defence will be key. We need more clean sheets. We have got some top defensive talent but they did not perform last year.
10 Posted 14/05/2010 at 15:39:41
11 Posted 14/05/2010 at 17:40:32
12 Posted 14/05/2010 at 20:56:54
13 Posted 14/05/2010 at 21:36:21
With a fit squad we are a match for anyone and everyone knows it. Teams defend against us. Even Arsenal, United and Chelsea will show us more respect after this season's drubbings.
14 Posted 14/05/2010 at 22:32:27
What about the games where we profited from late winners. This year alone we have beaten Blackburn,Fulham and Portsmouth with goals either in the 90th minute or later.
The team does need pace on the wings as mentioned. When we break it is always too slow and defenders are allowed to get back into position.
To get to 70 points and above we are going to have to be a bit more attacking away from home and be more clinical when playing the flotsam and jetsam of the league.
15 Posted 15/05/2010 at 01:22:38
There were signs towards the end of the season that the Yak was getting his little bursts of acceleration back, so hopefully he will be back to his 2007-08 form next season. That would help a lot.
16 Posted 15/05/2010 at 07:04:52
The only team I don't see spending heavily is Aston Villa (though O'Neill has to also sell to buy — he'll sure have a starting pot bigger than us).
We may face danger from other teams (e.g. Birmingham) spending to "push on". Elstone said in the City interview, the Board very much depend on Moyes pulling rabbits out of hats.
The CL is a poisoned chalice in many ways. Spend a fortune getting there, spend big to stay there, and pray no-one else usurps you.
17 Posted 15/05/2010 at 10:19:23
We did throw away points at the end of games but we also won them as well. We were hopeless for half a season and consistent for the other half and at the end of the season you finish where you deserve.
As for next season, a RM with pace and keep the current squad. Maybe someone like Huntelaar on loan?
However, I think we are going to lose Pienaar — there is no valid reason for him not signing his contract other than he wants a big pay day. I have now accepted that he is a greedy bastard who is happy to sit on someone's bench to enhance his pay packet and CV. I say get the lad sold as quickly as possible after the WC as his value may increase, and move on — not another Lescott saga, please.
18 Posted 15/05/2010 at 13:18:25
If Beckford doesn't work out, the option will always be there to sell him on, at a tidy profit. Simples!
19 Posted 15/05/2010 at 19:10:28
1. We have created many chances and spurned them.
2. The real problem is in defence where we can't seem to keep a clean sheet in most games.
I really believe we need a top class CB to complement Jags and Heitinga because, Heitinga apart, we have too many lapses of concentration.
Felli's return will help with the goalscoring and so will Tiny's return to form. For me the main requirement of a forward is to ensure we retain the ball and link up with MF. Yak and Saha just need more consistency.
20 Posted 15/05/2010 at 23:31:01
21 Posted 16/05/2010 at 05:27:25
I'm not worried about what other teams do this summer because the main thing Everton seem to have is team spirit in abundence. The players seem to love playing for Everton, I get this feeling that it's like one big happy family. Having a settled team could give us a boost on others who blow loads of dosh on players who are unsettled and will need time.
If the Yak is back next season, he's gonna get a lot to feed on, I feel.
22 Posted 16/05/2010 at 14:09:04
23 Posted 17/05/2010 at 11:11:18
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