After watching Everton?s performances this year and comparing with what I just watched with supposedly a ?poor? Arsenal team and an attacking orientated Spurs then I have to say Arteta made the right call, totally.
We truthfully are a poor team, capable of improving our performances only by the ?Dogs of War? philosophy ? if you can't match them with football then harry, chase, kick the living daylights out of them and we?ll call it passion for want of a better term.
Just where is our playmaker, our controller, our orchestrater? Well, we haven?t got one; he?s just gone to Arsenal. There is no way either Rodwell, Fellaini, or Osman can control the tempo, and please don?t mention the 17-year-old Barkley can do it. We have no footballers in the team.
I fear the rest of the season will be one of the long ball to Cahill and whoever else plays with him up there; Saha, Vellios, Stracqualursi, or even Anichebe when he?s back, and we pick up the scraps and hope for set plays. It really does beg the question where the hell are we going as a club? ? Financially broken, alehouse-type football. It will lead to a decimation of the squad when the likes of Baines, Fellaini, Rodwell and even Barkley decide enough is enough and move, à la Pienaar & Arteta, to better teams.
Can anyone really see a brighter future!?!
Mike Oates, Posted 02/10/2011 at 17:42:41
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1 Posted 02/10/2011 at 18:07:50
Out of them there's only Osman who's technically any good but is slow and lightweight. Cahill for me, doesnt play football very well, technically he's not any good and can only play the safe stuff, square, simple 5 yard passes.
Neville isnt a midfielder but can do a good job of spoiling but we want to see ball players with movement in there and he lacks in both. Heitinga is best at CB and is very comfortable at playing out from the back, long and short and for me, sooner rather than later, should be given a chance at the back.
Moyesy weeks ago said he would have to build a new team out of the players and youngsters at his disposal so why doesnt he be bold and brave and start playing a few of em?.
For me, i would start using Coleman at RB and have him and Baines offering an attacking outlet from the FB's positions. Deep in midfield i would have Felli and Rodwell paired up doing the "dirty work" shall we say, and then i'd have the likes of Drenthe wide left, Barkley or Ossie central and Gueye wide right.
With players in like Drenthe, Gueye and Barkley, we'd have movement, pace, energy and a fluency i reckon that would help our passing game, and add to that either Saha, Vellios or Stracqualursi uptop, preferably Vellios for me as im not fussed on Saha no more and i havent seen enough of Stracq, and i think we'd have the makings of a decent team.
But Moyes wont be as brave and will stick it out with the likes of ya Cahill's and Neville's which will see our play suffer and be slow and we'll end up going route one as always as we have no pace or energy, or technically sound footballers in the attacking third of the pitch.
2 Posted 02/10/2011 at 18:54:11
We're dining at the top table and the food tastes like shit. Lets just have a go and have some fun. We're not part of the Premier League anyway so what's the worst that can happen?
3 Posted 02/10/2011 at 19:05:34
It's no wonder we're not looking as 'pretty' as last year.
It's not rocket science.
You sell your best players then you're going to struggle.
Blame Bill Kenwright. Afterall he's the one looking for 'investment'.
What happened to the three buyers interested in EFC before the Villa game?
4 Posted 02/10/2011 at 19:21:08
5 Posted 03/10/2011 at 03:56:22
6 Posted 03/10/2011 at 08:17:45
Not long after Rooney, got into the side (er... ours), I remember him cutting in from the wing, into a central position. As opposition players tried to get the ball off him, he managed to keep hold of it while waiting for runs to be made, allowing him to play the ball through. From our (elevated) position, we could see where a couple of runs should have been made (coz it's a little easier from up high) and Rooney certainly could. However, those around him couldn't and Rooney stood there fuming and pointing at where the runs could have and should have been made.
I remember later thinking Rooney knows more at 16 than Unsworth at 34 (or whatever 'Rhino' was by then). It wasn't JUST 'ability on the ball', he read the game better.
My point? I would like to see Barkley given more 'responsibility'. No I DON'T think he's another Rooney, but I think he IS 'a footballer'. I think he has a better football brain NOW than Neville. I think his shooting, passing, strength and speed are better too.
Of COURSE there are a million reasons why this is a bad idea and yes it IS born out of desperation, but I'm now beyond giving a fuck. Without SOMEONE in the middle who can actually pick a pass, we are, in the words of Private Frazer...
7 Posted 03/10/2011 at 08:54:47
Jagielka has made at least 1 mistake in EVERY game this season leading directly to opposition goals/ chances = captain.
8 Posted 03/10/2011 at 08:52:50
Our chickens are coming home to roost. In a way im glad. We can talk all we like about tactics and use of players but I don't believe any manager can operate season after season like this. We just don't have sufficient quality on the team. Mid-table mediocrity beckons. I've completely written this season off other than to hope Kenwright gets a clear message.
If Moyes does his stuff again and we end up between sixth and eighth, it may actually now be counter productive. It allows Kenwright to continue to paddle water. He can then just retain the status quo under the illusion that all is well.
Much as I want us to finish as high as possible, Moyes can't carry on papering over the cracks. His style may be cautious but he gets results. This season the priority is to send a message to Kenwright.
Moyes's success has in part been covering up our deficiencies. They are greater than ever now. Time for a bit of reality.
9 Posted 03/10/2011 at 10:36:17
its not football we are playing its just damage limitation, yes the sending off wrecked the game and we were doing well at the time but who knows what would have happened?.
John Ford asks for reality, I agree but the reality just could be relegation, god how this hurts, does anyone realise there were tickets still available just before kick off on sat, thats a bad situation
10 Posted 03/10/2011 at 10:43:35
Where is the money to buy one?
11 Posted 03/10/2011 at 12:45:56
Give Cahill the armband and give Heitinga a go with distin. Would like to see us start having a go and attack but that wont happen under steady eddie.
12 Posted 03/10/2011 at 15:34:40
How many of you think, even with such a small squad that Moyes picks the best players, either on form or ability? Or do you think that the way he sets up; 4-5-1 or 4-6-0 is the best percentage over the course of THIS season?
13 Posted 03/10/2011 at 15:46:09
Coleman, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Barkley, Fellaini, Rodwell, Drenthe
Saha playing behind Vellios.
It's got to happen sooner or later. I'd do it against United. They are dodgy at the back.
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