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Hallam Hope's goals needed?

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With Everton having no money for a top quality striker and goalscoring strikers being a rare breed, are Moyes and the coaches at Everton expecting this lad Hallam Hope to step up to first team duties the coming season? Hope has gained himself a reputation were the coaching staff at Everton are expecting big things from him in the future and, with the strikers currently on the books needing improvement, could he burst on the scene and get us goals?

Over the years there has been a long list of the Next Big Thing with most disappointing; however, I do believe in the saying "good enough, old enough". Everton have to be sensible and not rush young players in but, if their strength and physique will hold up, then these players should be judged on ability.

I would like to think Hope looks at the players above him in the pecking order and believes he is ready to compete for their places. Youth, hunger and having it all to prove go in this kids favour and the time should be right to have him being around the first-team squad. It will only be of benefit to Moyes to have a look at him in pre-season against more experienced players surely with no risk involved.

Hope may not be good enough to make the step up but, at a time when the need for a goalscorer is a concern, let's take a look at what we have without age being a barrier.
Karl Meighan, Liverpool     Posted 16/07/2011 at 09:14:33

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Trevor Lynes
1   Posted 16/07/2011 at 15:12:13

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' HOPE ' you are right !!
Brian Waring
2   Posted 16/07/2011 at 16:38:40

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Karl, there is more chance of Bob Hope starting up front for us this season, than the lad...
Rafizi Ariffin
3   Posted 16/07/2011 at 16:55:30

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We live in 'hope'... How about that Conor McAleny lad? Heard that he scored twice against Dynamo Moscow.
Jamie Barlow
4   Posted 16/07/2011 at 17:02:41

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No chance. He isn't as good as Beckford, Saha or Yakubu. He's probably further down the pecking order than Velios and Anichebe so I wouldn't expect to see him anytime soon.
Peter Laing
5   Posted 16/07/2011 at 17:07:34

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The big 'hope' Karl is that both Hallam Hope and Ross Barkley emerge from the youth system this coming season. However, we know that if either, and in the case of Jack Rodwell showing improvement there will be little chance of keeping hold of them.
Alasdair Mackay
6   Posted 16/07/2011 at 18:00:45

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Hope's not ready yet. The striker to look out for this season is Vellios. I think he could push Backford and Saha for a first team berth.

On a slightly related note ? did anyone else see the size of Yakubu at Bury yesterday? He's gotta lose some serious weight if he wants to play in the Prem for us this year. No wonder no-one wants to buy him!
Karl Meighan
7   Posted 16/07/2011 at 18:28:16

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Brian Waring@2 ? I haven't seen much of him, just a few clips which tells me nothing really, but could he give as little as Anichebe?

Beckford isn't rated by many here; Anichebe is useless, so imo Hope and others would have to be poor not to get a look in. It looks like we're not going to sign a striker so why not have a look in the friendlies.

If these young players are going to make it in the Premier League, they will show signs and glimpses at worst at a young age which would be on par with what are strikers showed last season.

Moyes has hardly been linked with any strikers so he may be looking for someone to step up. The Yak has just returned from a Championship club and it's going over old ground and not the positive forward move most of us want to see. I like the Yak but is he likely to give everything after how he feels he was treated?
Tony Cheek
8   Posted 16/07/2011 at 19:24:02

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Remember how long it took for Seamus to get a game, or Leighton to get a look in at left back!
Mr. Careful will not be rushed..Hallam will get a couple of cameo appearances at most.
Joe McMahon
9   Posted 16/07/2011 at 19:44:25

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Karl has nearly 10 years of Moyes told you anything? Mr Keep it tight/safe won't risk anything.
John Daley
10   Posted 16/07/2011 at 22:37:45

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Going off his past record, I would wager Moyes would be more likely to revert to his 'no forwards' formation rather than give either Velios or Hope a start.
Dick Fearon
11   Posted 17/07/2011 at 00:12:05

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When we have 40 points in the bag Moyes might unleash his full range of fire power, perhaps by playing two up front.
Hee, hee, I'd like to see that!
James Flynn
12   Posted 17/07/2011 at 08:02:08

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All I've seen is that we do well everywhere but the final 3rd. Into the box, more accurately. Behind that, we're no different then the usual suspects above us.

They have finishers. We don't. At best we play on a level pitch. Teams with finishers tilt the field in their favor.

Finishers. The missing ingredient. Not a single thing but finishers do the teams above us have.

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