Cenk Tosun is a Blue at last and makes his debut
Everton are at Wembley for the Premier League fixture with Tottenham Hotspur, and a first outing for new signing Cenk Tosun, making his debut.
Yes, Everton's 'Fab Four' make their first appearance, Bolasie, Rooney, Sigurdsson, and Tosun leading the line in a whole new era for the Blues. Calvert-Lewin makes way.
The defence is the same that conceded two at Anfield last weekend, but Gueye replaces Schneiderlin in midfield. Michael Keane is out injured. Tom Davies, who has been poor, is not involved.
Everton kicked off and hoofed it straight out of play... Holgate then repeating the feat, putting the Blues on the back foot until they won the first free-kick. Kenny was then penalizes for a late foul on Son, setting up Spurs first real attack.
Aurier's cross flew off Martina for the first corner that Davies took, Jagielka glancing the ball away. Spurs were finding plenty of space as they surged at Everton's defence.
Bolasie's first chance to play in a cross was blocked by three defenders. Everton had some possession but chose to pass the parcel until Tosun was slow to profit from a decent first touch, fouling the defender.
Tosun showed some intelligent touches and a nice style as he got more involved in Everton's characteristically sluggish build-ups. Kane was allowed to cross after picking up the ball from a clear offside position. Gueye caught Alli, and Eriksen whipped in a wicked ball that Son glanced beyond Pickford's goal.
From the goal-kick, Rooney controlled it well but drove his shot wide, and Everton had to defend again until Rooney was fouled by Dembele but the free-kick came to nothing.
Tosun looked smart in getting a free-kick wide left that Sigurdsson curled in, Everton eventually getting their first corner, cleared by Alli, Kenny winning a corner that was powered in by Rooney off Tosun's smart header but the Everton man was called for offside.
Everton were immediately under pressure with Pickford fielding strong shots from Kane, a sign of the dangers investing too much in the transition from defence to attack. Kane tried to spin Jagielka who had done enough to weaken his third shot at Pickford.
Aurier was wide open on Martina's side and drove the ball low for Son to score with a soft tap-in, Pickford with no chance and Everton behind far too easily.
Rooney tried to break until fouled by Eriksen. Everton got three bites of the cherry but did not get the ball beyond Spurs' 18-yard line; however, Dier gave them another set-piece chance with his foul on McCarthy, this time delivered to deep, straight to Lloris.
Bolasie got forward and delivered a decent cross that Tosun got well underneath. Sigurdsson crossed in well from the left but there was no-one there to convert.
Holgate brushed aside Kane who retaliated with a reckless challenge on the Everton defender but any attacking intent was soon turned over despite Tosun's first touch. After showing signs of being a little more adventurous with the ball, Everton were now reverting to an all-too-familiar cautious style, Bolasie failing to defeat a high Spurs line, his run for a loose ball called offside.
Tosun galloped around the Spurs defense but surprised everyone with an early and deep cutback. Then, a clumsy challenge on Vertonghen led to a Spurs corner, Rooney heading clear. Some neat triangles down the left ended with the ball being driven past Martina and out of play.
Jagielka was booked for blocking Alli's run, Eriksen firing a wild ball well beyond the Everton goal. The half ended with a foul by Tosun, who had been well enough involved and shown some much-needed spirit and desire, but no shots on target again for Blues, disallowed goal notwithstanding.
It was a scrappy start to the 2nd half with lots of silly head tennis until Son far too easily turned Kenny and drove a gift into the offside Kane for another easy goal.
Rooney fired well over from distance before Son resumed his footballing lesson for the Jonjoe Kenny, forcing him back. Son played in Dele Alli but Kenny did enough and the Spurs man's shot hit the side netting.
Gana gifted a ball to Kane who turned and ran at Pickford forcing a wild parry back into play, that at least saved an almost certain goal. Everton were showing even less going forward, summed up by an awful hoof from Holgate. Former Spurs player, Lennon replaced Bolasie to a great ovation from the entire crowd.
Spurs swept forward, Son hitting the post before Kane fumbled a clever ball from Dier over Pickford and into the net for a third Spurs goal, Everton's defence looking as rotten as ever. Calvert-Lewin replaced Tosun, who had done nothing since the break.
Rooney won a free-kick on the right wing, Kenny finding Calvert-Lewin but no second ball retention, although an Everton corner resulted, but with no goal threat. An Everton attack bogging down in the right corner spoon turned into a surging Spurs attack that stopped with Dier, any pretence that we were witnessing a real contest becoming increasingly sparse.
A fall by Alli won a free-kick that Pickford punched clear as Spurs proceeded to toy with the Everton defence, McCarthy giving way to Schneiderlin for the last 20 minutes.
A clever flick by Rooney from Lennon's pass fell nicely for Calvert-Lewin but he could make nothing of it. Rooney saw yellow as he chased the faster stronger Vertonghen and clipped his heel.
Son danced inside inside again, firing straight at Pickford, the ball coming out to Alli who lashed it first time straight back to the Everton keeper.
Son looked to have the beating of Holgate after a horrible giveaway by Lennon but Holgate recovered brilliantly to thwart the Korean's shot. But the fourth was not long in coming, a fluid move of first-time touches finished with lethal accuracy by Eriksen.
Spurs continued to taunt the Blues with exhibition stuff as the final minutes ticked painfully by, and Big Sam looked on forlornly, all his good work rebuilding Everton's defensive prowess ripped to shreds.
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1 Posted 13/01/2018 at 16:59:45
2 Posted 13/01/2018 at 17:06:20
It's been a long time since I've seen a truly satisfying Everton away performance, one away victory in 12 months and we rode our luck in that one (at Newcastle).
Hard to see anything positive coming out of today's game; for that reason alone, I'd be delighted with a point but we have stalled again in terms of winning matches.
3 Posted 13/01/2018 at 17:13:07
4 Posted 13/01/2018 at 17:19:40
In one of the positions, the squad only has one player who can play there and even he is in the wrong position. Allardyce must be shaking his head at the way the club has been run.
5 Posted 13/01/2018 at 17:33:33
6 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:06:37
7 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:07:34
8 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:19:30
9 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:21:03
10 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:21:59
11 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:24:12
12 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:24:26
Subsequently, things got tighter between Martina and Sigurdsson, the threat diminished and we finished the half 'okiesh'.
Certainly nice to see 3-4 players in the box on attacks! Tosun is having a very impressive debut. Pity about Rooney drifting offside for our 'goal'.
13 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:26:38
14 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:33:29
15 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:35:54
Sigurdsson on the periphery and out of position, Rooney looking jaded, Bolasie doesn't ever look in control of what he's doing.
I feel sorry for Tosun.
Cenk, welcome to isolation spot mate!
16 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:45:54
Throwing money at the problem clearly isn't the answer as we seem to be further away than ever from winning some big away games.
17 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:46:24
18 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:48:00
19 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:48:47
This is truly frustrating to sit through.
20 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:48:50
21 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:51:09
22 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:52:07
23 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:54:59
The scoreline would suggest your first post wasn't far off...
24 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:55:14
25 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:58:14
Let's just concentrate on staying up. These are very bad times for the club I'm afraid, very bad indeed.
26 Posted 13/01/2018 at 18:59:35
27 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:03:03
If we reach safety, the minute we do, we have to say goodbye to this man. The lack of ambition is disgusting.
28 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:10:38
29 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:10:51
I would have Martinez back tomorrow at least we could score goals under him.
30 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:12:44
Woeful! I would rather follow my local non-league team.
31 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:13:19
Nobody stays up on 27 points and 13+ looks a hard ask for this shower!
32 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:13:44
33 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:13:46
34 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:13:53
35 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:14:07
36 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:14:48
Buying forwards and players for weak positions are not going to make a difference under this management.
I bet he blames players and pushes the project into next season. He is good at that and collecting the money. What's the difference to a Koeman???
37 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:17:16
38 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:19:19
Tosun promising but Kenny is an amateur player, he's semi pro like Hibbert should have been and, like Hibbert, he'll probably steal a living off us for the next decade.
39 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:22:23
40 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:22:40
That may be the worst I've seen us play. Ever.
Fat Sam was brought in to keep us safe and stop conceding goals. We can't score, and we just let FOUR FUCKING GOALS past us!
God it was AWFUL!
41 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:23:18
I saw some light after the cup exit, but I can see none tonight.
42 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:23:26
43 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:24:06
44 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:24:07
45 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:24:25
46 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:25:27
I just say, prepare for a relegation battle.
47 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:26:46
Special thanks to Morgan Schneiderlin. I haven't played a competitive 11-a-side match in 30 years but his performance has shown me that I'm still good enough to be paid a wage in the Premier League.
48 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:26:50
No way Walcott will join this dross so Steve Walsh will continue to buy more mediocre players.
The collapses in form are becoming appalling. We have gone into free fall after Bournemouth.
What the fuck do these lot do during the week?
Finch Farm must be a doss house of the highest order.
49 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:28:23
This club should issue an apology to its fans for another inept performance. Spurs still getting presents in January.
Does anybody at this bloody club give a flying fuck?!?
50 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:28:37
51 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:32:07
To think some of you think these cunts are capable of delivering a stadium... I've had enough.
52 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:32:42
Not looking for excuses as we really were crap. But the linesman in the first half gave us absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing. First close call, but offside for Spurs and hey-ho. 'Goal' no issues.
Dele Alli drawing fouls such that defenders can't go into his personal space bubble without being penalized, then Jags booked for sweet fuck-all.
I don't mind refs and linesmen being incompetent but do they have to be bloody one-sided all the time? Or is it just me?
Martina? Lovely body swerve to dodge the ball and create a chance / goal for them.
Sod it, I'm off to bed.
53 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:33:12
Big game next week.
Our salvation will be our home crowd if things get too close and the fact that there are probably just enough Championship teams below us.
54 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:38:03
55 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:38:13
1) At 0 - 0, Rooney goal correctly disallowed for offside, it was tight but correctly ruled out.
2) At 0 - 1 down, Kane goal incorrectly awarded, as he was clearly offside. It again was a close decision but the official got it wrong.
3) Dembele uses his body to knock Tosun off the ball preventing a one-on-one chance, referee imo rightly played on, no foul.
4) Holgate uses his body to win the ball and put Everton through one on one, referee blows up for the foul, no more a foul than the previous incident I refer to.
I don't believe it is bias from the officials, but it is these home team, 'big six' decisions that are going against us that does not help us at the moment.
Don't get me wrong once it went 0 - 2, we were hopeless, never looked like getting back in to the game. We need to improve and consolidate our top-half position and push on for next season.
56 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:38:32
As I posted previously, I would never ever accept him; we all knew what he is all about. The football is awful, get rid of him now. All this nonsense and cliche's about steadying the ship and so on is fool's talk.
57 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:38:39
It stood out a mile that Bolasie and McCarthy were not fit enough or sharp enough to compete with such good players on a pitch that size. Very poor that the first three goals were almost identical and the CMs gave no cover to the defence which was drawn into no mans land giving Spurs very simple tap- ins.
We have no midfield general what exactly does Sigurdsson do that someone thought it was worth £45m to sign him? If he is a great CM then for gods sake play him in that position and if it means Rooney on the bench then so be it.
We really paid for having no left sided player today. Their right-back could play well up the pitch without fear of being caught out on the break. Bolasie did absolutely nothing and only Tosun and Rooney showed anything up front. Tosun did well all things considered but we must sort out our left flank because Martina and Siggy are so out of position we carry no threat in that area.
Spurs have a physically big and strong midfield so quite why Sam introduced the tiny Lennon is beyond me.
This bad run has to be stopped quickly before we slip back into the relegation zone. Holgate looked a good player today despite the first three goals coming through a lack of marking in the middle. The rest were occasionally neat but otherwise seemed to allow Spurs to pick holes in our defence and as a creative force we were clueless.
58 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:38:42
They have developed players, Kane & Alli (I know he started at MK Dons), bought really well at a decent price, Son & Erikson and they know the system and what each other does. They are the best team we have played in a while and you have to put your hands up and say when they click we, if were not fully at it, will get nothing.
There are too many limitations to the way we are able to play and there are some decent players with good attributes but they are hardly all rounders.
A couple of positives. Tosun seemed fairly decent. The ball stuck up there with him and he is a presence. Should only get more effective. Holgate, although slightly at fault for losing Kane a few times, battled well and put in a decent shift. I would keep him at centre-back and pair him with one of the others we have.
Back at Goodison Park next for West Brom.
59 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:38:51
Expectations just get lower and lower. We can't hold on to the ball for more than two or three passes. Our possession stats must be one of the worst in the Premier League.
60 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:39:39
Plays Sigurdsson on the left again, you might as well play with 10 men; keeps him and Rooney on for the whole match when they were abysmal.
We needed a goal so he brings on Lennon who hasn't scored for two years. Then he brings on Calvert-Lewin who can't hold the ball up and doesn't score.
Then the crowning glory he brings on the worst player in squad in the hope he can stop the flood of goals.
Big Sam Allàrdyce tactical genius. Oh, by the way, have we got the worst left-back in the Premier League?
61 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:39:41
Spurs and Everton, for most of this century, have been very similar clubs. A mix of good and bad seasons. Similar finishing positions. Any genuinely top players sold for heavy fees. Hit and miss recruitment. Some homegrown talent coming through the ranks.
The big swing in their favour has been the appointment of Pochettino who has both sold and bought wisely to ensure a good fit of players that conform to the pleasing style of football he wants to play.
I long for the day to see Everton consistently play as fluently as Spurs do, capable of scoring goals like their fourth today. It was a thing of beauty.
There are some very good players at Everton. Sadly, there are also a lot of mediocre and ageing players also.
People worrying about relegation (again!) are just being silly. There are 10 clubs below us, many considerably so. We are going to comfortably glean enough points from those sides to be nowhere near the drop zone for the rest of the season.
So this season is now just about damage limitation. It may require a 'rip it up and start again' approach to redeem things for next season.
But having blown the largest single transfer budget in one window last summer, Everton is not a club flush enough to continue to spunk away such funds without a good return on investment every summer.
62 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:42:23
It seems that Sam Allardyce does not recognise that we have no creativity in the midfield. So how are we going to change for the better. Also where is our new left wing and left back?
63 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:42:31
64 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:42:48
65 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:43:05
66 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:44:44
He's great isn't he.
1 more draw and 4 more wins needed and we are safe. Then he can get the hell out of Dodge.
Altogether now, we found love in a hopeless place.
67 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:44:47
68 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:45:49
This is the lowest I've ever felt in all my years of supporting the club. Even in the dark days of the 90s at least there was a bit of backbone a bit of unpredictability there, and we could comfort ourselves with a good Merseyside derby record.
What do we ever get back from them other than spineless boring mind numbing performances???
We are horribly predictable to support, each year when the fixtures come out you know the fixtures we just don't, or can't win!!!
Long suffering Everton fans aren't asking for a team like Barcelona, just give us something a little bit unexpected, shock us in games we don't expect to be shocked in. It's frankly become so boring watching Everton Football Club now, it's a chore going to watch us at Goodison. The atmosphere is dead because what we watch is dead in front of our very eyes, the Manchester United game was the quietest I've ever heard a Everton v United game especially under the lights at Goodison.
I've never felt such a “can't be arsed” attitude about Everton's games as I have done this past 6 months.
People slag off Martinez but even then at least we had a go at the attacking side of the game, not helped by the John Stones saga defensively but at least in his first year, Martinez dared us to dream, broke down mental hoodoo's at the likes of Old Trafford and a record points tally of 72.
This now is just apathy in front of our eyes it's predictable, it's boring, it's just quite simply horrible.
70 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:46:40
71 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:47:59
That performance, ladies and gentleman, should answer those who ask "Why aren't we in for the likes of Aubameyang?" etc etc.. "Why aren't we setting our sights higher than Walcott?"
I would be very surprised if Walcott came to us after watching that because playing in that side will NOT help his World Cup aspirations one bit.
72 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:48:43
As many said a couple of months ago, this season is simply about survival. Those calling on 6th and 7th finishes, well hopefully now we have seen all our squad options, realism might take hold.
73 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:49:05
Steve Alderson: "The players are not good enough and they know it. That's why we have no leaders in the team. No-one can set an example."
74 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:49:38
75 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:50:27
Never mind signing Walcott, please buy a quality left-back. Martina nowhere to be seen marking the Spurs right-back on the first goal. It's like playing with 10 men whenever he's in the side. Worse than useless.
76 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:53:26
No hiding place next week against West Brom after such a rebuke.
77 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:53:54
Allardyce has spent most of his career fire fighting with backs-to-the-wall performances and thats exactly how he sets us up. Sigurdsson is more concerned about tracking back than looking to get at Spurs.
I am hopeful that we will collect enough points to stay out of the relegation battle. Allardyce prides himself on surrounding himself with sports sciences, so he has Bolasie and McCarthy starting the last couple of games both have hardly played any football in the last 12 months. They should be getting no more than 15 minutes at the end of games not starting them.
I hope Moshiri sticks to what he offered Allardyce originally which was 6 months, and do your homework and find the right man to replace him. Finally, I can't understand why Lennon was preferred to come on instead of Lookman, Lennon hasn't scored a league goal in about 2 years. Bolasie also hasn't a great goal record.
Rooney is finished which is sad, so play Sigurdsson in Rooney's position against West Brom and for heavens sake work on the attacking game before next weeks game. And please can we look forward to some shots on target.
78 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:54:01
If you 'couldn't really care less about Everton anymore', seriously... why are you following the games still and posting on TW?
79 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:55:40
80 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:57:03
If anyone thinks the talent is there in the boardroom to turn this sinking ship around, then think again. It's clear to see there was no direction in the summer, with too many people having an input into our transfer strategy. No striker, and not even a player who can beat a man, what were they thinking?
Moshiri seems to be well meaning, and I think he has good intentions. That doesn't qualify him to make football decisions, but he's been extremely badly advised. And who is in his ear? Dear old Bill, of course.
Season ticket waiting list? Good luck with that come May. Imbeciles.
81 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:57:30
82 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:58:32
83 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:59:53
Barkley was never getting into that Spurs team, and I think you can see that the Chelsea bench looks a lot more attractive than starring in that set-up. Bad.
84 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:59:59
Second half was horrible to watch. 9th is the highest we'll finish ever under this one and that'll be more to do with how shite the other teams are.
85 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:01:42
From the most abject Europa League campaign ever to some of the worst ever performances I've seen (Tottenham twice, United away, Southampton away, Arsenal at home) .
They are a disgrace to the badge.
Farhad Moshiri making a show of us and patronising us with that ridiculously stupid “Fab Four “ statement.
We are a joke club.
86 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:02:04
I hate Everton at the moment but am still in love with them!!! Think I'm fucked up!!!!
87 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:04:46
Both full backs were continually exposed.
Bolasie is miles off match fitness and obviously isn't ready.
Sigurdsson gave no support to Martina.
Spurs are a good team but we didn't make them work hard enough for it. No saves for their keeper, Dembele in his slippers and smoking jacket. All too easy for them.
Not sure how Walcott is going to improve us. No left back, no left mid and not enough senior players in the first team helping out the youngsters. It's horrible to watch with a short term Marmite manager and then the owner comes out with the "Fab Four" shite.
Only an Evertonian puts up with shit like this. West Brom next week is a big game now. Just watch us play 3 defensive mids!
88 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:05:50
89 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:06:00
90 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:07:40
91 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:07:54
Tuson must be wondering what he has come to. I think he showed lots of ability when he was on. Not an easy game to start your Everton career. Whatever lad, you were not to blame for this result.
Ahead, we probably have an easier schedule than most of the other lousy teams. I hope we can take advantage of it. It is sad when my only potential football pleasure for this season is when the RS lose. Unfortunately even that is not often enough.
Always Blue but getting more difficult each day. Koeman did far more damage than anyone ever associated with our club.
92 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:08:46
93 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:09:34
From front to back we were shite. I don't know where we go from here but it's certainly not up the table. Give it a month and we'll be well and truly back in the brown stuff. We are a joke and this season has been the worst I can remember since we escaped against Coventry.
Allardyce is clearly not the man to take us forward and that's down to his shocking negative tactics and team selections. If you play to keep the score down and nick a goal from a set piece or mistake the your asking to get hammered.
We're in a mess and the sooner Moshiri stops talking shite and gets a grip of this sinking ship the better.
On another note you can't tell me we don't have a left back at the club other than Baines. Martina needs 8 touches to control the thing and looks like he's worth fuck-all oh, that's exactly what we paid... and we've been ripped off!
94 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:10:02
95 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:10:21
Was Moshiri watching that? Here for a "Years-Long" project is he now? Well if so I suggest he immediately finds a way of doing several things:
Get rid of all the off-the-field "Museum" keepers he inherited when he bought in. They're useless.
Find a scouting team capable of seeing that the top teams acquire players of a stature as big as their abilities. Today we fielded 5"-11" McCarthy, 5'-9" Rooney and 5'-10" Gueye in midfield against 6'-2" Dier, 6'-2" Dembele and 6'-2" Alli (Wanyama and Sissoko, their subs, are also 6'-2"). They ran the show whilst we were just embarrassing, trailing about like schoolboys.
Further we've just bought a 6'-0" centre-forward, not noted for pace either, to make an impression on the likes of Sanchez and Vertonghen today, both of whom are, you guessed it, 6'-2". So that leaves 6' Son to try to get around 5'-9" Kenny and 6'-2" Kane contending with 6'-0" Jagielka and 6'-0" Holgate. Brilliant!
It's a good job our three 6'+ players were playing, but what am I saying?!!!! Martina is out of his best position and clearly NOT a left-back; Sigurdsson is out of his best position and clearly NOT a left-winger; and Bolasie is as rusty as hell through no fault of his own.
And the bad news is that Spurs are nowhere near the only team of such statures. It's the norm 'most everywhere except at Finch Farm. Add to that the apparent disparity in fitness and heart between us and many other teams and I think Moshiri needs to get his head out of stadium design and accountancy and very quickly provide this manager and the next one with some footballers with the physical shape and mentality required to be drilled into competitors on the pitch.
Is that too much to ask?
96 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:11:02
Allardyce is no more than a journeyman manager in the mould of McClaren, Megson, Pullis... He has never played expansive football, or even clever football, he is a one-dimensional, one-trick pony who has not developed with the game.
We have some, just some decent players, certainly enough to put out a decent 11 capable of "competing".
97 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:11:05
98 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:11:59
We are still so unbalanced as a unit...
99 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:13:26
Not that this in any way excuses yet another total shambles of a performance by a 'team' that is anything but, and an insult to the once proud name Everton Football Club and its loyal supporters. If Allardyce has any semblance of decency, he would get out now along with those who gave him the job, as his vaunted 'Defence In Depth' approach collapses in ruins,
Christ only knows where we go from here as the only way we can go seemingly is down, barring a miracle. Tosun must be wondering what he has got himself into. After being an Evertonian for 75 years, I too am wondering is it worth it any more...
100 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:13:39
We could have been out of sight at half-time at Anfield if Mane had took the easy option and passed to make it 2-0.
At Newcastle we rode our luck with the woodwork our best defender.
We didn't become a good team under Allardyce, he came in and shored it up a little more but we have been grossly found out in the last six matches and it's back to what it knows best with this team abject shocking performances and results to match!!
Never have I seen a season where, over such a long period, Everton are so so damn easy to play against and, as someone stated, we are mere cannon fodder for the big guns these days.
101 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:15:28
Immediately need a left-back, left-sided centre-back and an actual left winger. All players basically out of position gifts the opposing team a weakened flank every game.
To make matters worse, Bolasie wasn't in this game and left Kenny badly exposed. Not just players, but tactically men and boys today.
I don't see how Walcott addresses any of these issues. Cannot be a priority until these gaping holes in the team are fixed.
Over to you, Mr Walsh... er, Mr Walsh? Hello... Mr Walsh?
102 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:15:59
103 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:16:04
By the way, David Johnson, are you related to Fat Sam?
104 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:16:30
105 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:16:38
List the players who are good enough for a decent Premier League side:
List the players who are past it or not good enough:
Jagielka (though I think he's holding the defence together at moment)
Players who are promising but not yet at the right level:
That's a really unbalanced squad.
106 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:17:00
107 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:18:02
Sam Allardyce v Alan Pardew
To be honest no disrespect meant here but how did it ever get to this at Everton Football Club??
If someone had told me that when Moshiri came in with the promise of great things Id never in a million years believed us to be in a position where it is now.
108 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:18:20
Well, the luck has ran out, the opposition strikers are not so profligate. Allardyce's anti-football is being cruelly exposed and we are sinking again.
We scored an average of two goals a game in the five Premier League games we played before Allardyce got here. That fact kinda blows claims that "we can't attack" out of the water... Now, we are averaging less than a goal a game under this fool. We are going through entire matches without troubling the opposition goalie with a shot on target.
Allardyce does not deserve this job. His damage-limitation mentality shames our club. That he has the fucking temerity to blame it all on the players would be funny if we didn't have so many people prepared to swallow it.
109 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:20:41
110 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:22:04
111 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:26:35
112 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:27:07
How does the Director of Football, failing with successive managers, defend the absolute gulf that was on show today?
Outside of the promise of some of our U23s, it's hard to be excited about the direction the team is headed in. I would like to know what will prevent the cream following Stones, Mustafi, Dier, Lukaku and yes Barkley out of the door. Funny, to Don's earlier point, they are all over 6'.
113 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:28:30
Who could, in their worst nightmares, have ever thought that our club, managed by Sam fucking Allardyce, would have been humiliated like they were today.
As Jay says, we will not be relegated, but by fuck, we deserve to be, because the coach and those fucking fraudsters in blue shirts do not deserve to be paid.
No MotD once more. Any Evertonian who went to that game should have every penny they spent refunded by the club. Not "our" club, "the" club. Gutless, spineless and shameless.
114 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:30:50
115 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:33:34
A combination of dubious player recruitment and manager appointments. The Decent news is there are a lot of other very mediocre teams in the league so we could well still make top ten. The bad news is we are further away from the top 4 than I can recall in the last decade.
Allardyce will likely not be here next season but I suspect Walsh still will be and he is surely deserving of some of he blame for our current predicament?
116 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:33:48
Kenwright's "yes man", Moshiri, is a spineless twat. To sit at the recent AGM and listen to Billy Blue Bullshit spout chunks about how Farad never says "No" is an insult to the thousands of loyal blues that pay every penny they have, week-in and week-out, following our piss hole of a club.
Enough is fucking enough!
No, this is not a direct reaction to the Wembley debacle. If it was, I would be more venomous. I simply cannot stand any more fucking corporate psychobabble from our so-called directors. The Club is a mess and it's getting worse week after week.
Somebody tell me things are better than I see them FFS, please!
117 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:34:52
118 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:37:41
Secondly, and it's been said before, Rooney and Sigurdsson should never be in the same team.
Thirdly, I have to ask: If the manager did not want Tosun, why was he bought?
Something is seriously wrong at the club. I hope Tosun wasn't bought on Moshiri's say-so because he watched him in a Monaco game and Allardyce has done a Koeman and said "Fuck it, I'll just wait for my payoff."
As soon as I saw the two Sams and big Dunc on the bench before the game, I knew we were in for a drubbing. Whatever had gone on, you couldn't see three more miserable faces.
119 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:41:08
He isn't even a poor man's Kante. He's just another medicore, middle-of-the-table player that can tackle a bit, but not much and can pass even less. In fact, he's even less effective than Schneiderlin.
Our fundamental problem is we have too many crap players. I used to argue it was principally a coaching issue, but really, most of our players are just woeful.
I know we like to imagine Kenny is a good right-back, but he was ripped asunder tonight and, as usual, posed zero attacking threat. Martina was again, as usual even worse. So we possess nothing in attack from our fullbacks.
I could go on but I'm tired... the team needs a billion invested in it but spent on the very players the clubs above us are vying for. I have a theory that there are just too many moneyed clubs in our league to make anything other than a takeover by a generous nation state a viable route to the top for us.
A final note as others have mentioned it: Player height is a non-issue really; Barcelona under Pep turned the world upside down with Xavi, Iniesta and Messie, none of whom are two hands higher than a duck.
120 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:41:43
Sam can only work with what he's got but what he's serving up is worse than anything I've seen in years.
Rooney has to be benched. The back four need a good kicking. A new controlling midfielder and left back are an absolute necessity. It will be an travesty If we leave this transfer without either of those.
Sam is on a short leash for sure...
121 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:44:15
This season has been coming for many a year and now this is the reality; it's the result of buying shit players, a complete lack of ambition by the money men, fans told deliberate untruths, has-beens being allowed to play on (check there have been dozens)...
Good players have heart we never buy these players because they would rock the cosy Everton Love Boat and Bill would never accept that. Everton's owners are complete control freaks and will not purchase players with balls complete wankers.
It's like a load of bullies in the play ground who only let tossers join there group safety in numbers. Get used to it; it ain't gonna change anytime soon.
122 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:47:14
Swansea, Burnley and West Ham got something out of their games against Spurs at Wembley by focusing on a defensive plan and strategy. Everton had neither.
For the first goal was pure school boy football, no left winger to cover for Martina who was exposed by having to mark 2 players. Their second and third goals were also comical schoolboy errors. Everton FC should refund Everton fans who had to watch an exhibition of schoolboy football from the away side.
123 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:51:17
A clearout from top to bottom is required where's the muesli... extra strong variety?
124 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:52:02
Spurs would've played two banks of four leaving Kane and Alli up there alone trying to use the occasional long-ball they were getting. Just saying like.
125 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:52:37
Everton, a team of talentless, inconsequential ratbags.
126 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:53:27
127 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:54:56
I wouldn't be sorry to see the back of any of em bar the goalkeeper. The buck stops with the manager but, quite frankly, the players take the brunt of my ire.
128 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:57:09
129 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:57:25
But looking longer term, Moshiri's naïvity will see us down in the Football League before the 2020s are much advanced, with all dreams of a great new stadium abandoned as unnecessary.
Allardyce is proving to be the disaster most of us predicted with the quality of football the worst any of us have ever seen. Fortunately my season tickets went in the bin whilst Martinez was at the helm although, in retrospect, he was almost worth the money for the comic entertainment of his pressers alone..
130 Posted 13/01/2018 at 20:57:54
The sooner we get to safety, the better. Years of total mismanagement have brought us here.
I just pray we haven't yet bottomed out.
131 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:00:28
By that, I mean; fouls, dives etc, should be punished; but let's at least have it consistent for both sides; having said that, the scoreline may have been kinder; but we would still have been beaten.
I thought the new guy looked good but isolated up front; there were a couple of players who went missing for long periods; okay, they are coming back from injury.
I couldn't understand again the substitutions; all their attacks came down our left, and Martina held the door open for them on each occasion; it can be said he is playing out of position, but come on this guy shouldn't be playing for us at all.
To bring Schneiderlin on, when we needed goals, was also unforgiveable.
Apart from the score, the confidence will have taken another blow.
132 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:06:45
Hoof after fucking hoof and the ball just kept coming back.
I thought we were going to get spanked and we did. Hate being an Evertonian sometimes.
133 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:08:10
134 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:09:46
I know one thing: if I had any sense, I'd spend each matchday fishing, bungee jumping, sky diving, anything apart from supporting Everton.
Nothing is likely to change in the foreseeable future, the League is dominated by the usual top 6 clubs and the rest of us haven't the money or aren't attractive enough to sign the very best players.
To start blaming Allardyce now is pathetic; how many managers is it now that've failed to bring any success? The common factor is the players. They're not bleeding good enough and are never likely to be, that's the bitter truth.
135 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:10:59
136 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:13:20
That's good we don't need Turks of faint heart supporting us or indeed playing for us.
Not much staying power, have you? One bad day and off to the hills you go.
137 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:14:08
Cannon fodder club for the big bullies.
138 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:14:15
He was at fault last summer for negotiating with Swansea for nearly five weeks and paying £45M for a £12M player. By the time that was over, it was too late for the other signings we needed.
139 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:29:08
140 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:34:01
141 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:34:15
Spurs looked fitter, stronger and of course they were up for it much more than us.
Martina can't be blamed for everything; too many players are not committed enough to make the difference against the best sides in the league.
We are a very very long way from being a decent side and I predict chopping and changing will be the norm this next 12 months or so both on the managerial and playing side.
The only thing that will attract players to Everton FC will be the wages, so we must hope that these kids can step up and quickly, but I can't see it.
No centre forward when Lukaku left = criminal.
No left back cover for Baines = criminal.
No manager in place after sacking Koeman = criminal.
It's just mistake after mistake after mistake and this new owner who just doesn't think before he speaks just sets no example at all.
Fab Four, voodoo, can it get any worse? Jesus give me strength!
142 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:34:53
You can point the finger at many people players, managers and board. I actually think we as fans need to take a serious look. We are cowards to let this club manifest to what it is today. It's gross negligence.
Why have we not acted like kopites over the years and fucked off the garbage like Kenwright and Woods? These guys have got easy rides over the decades because us supporters have done nothing about it. They say you get what you deserve.
143 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:35:28
If you're going to post, talk sense. Don't come out with names we've let go. Every club lets players go only for them to surface elsewhere a couple of years later it's football.
144 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:38:16
How many Everton players actually hurt when we lose in that manner that we did tonight??
I ask that because we have lost in the same manner several times this season, surrendered meekly and half interested with the same lame excuses.
Do the players actually feel appalled, ashamed, embarrassed and feel angry and upset after another disgraceful showing in what has become a season of disgraceful showings??
It doesn't appear to hurt any of them, even the so-called young scousers don't appear to want it bad enough. I hate to say his name but look at Steven Gerrard at the age of 18, it killed him to see Liverpool lose even at that age.
I'd really really love to see that same hurt in our players, I'd love to see them desperate to be a hero in the Blue shirt and not just take it for granted but sadly, I see roughly the same shite week-in & week-out.
What happened to seeing an Everton team or even player with a burning desire to win?????
Haven't seen one since Tim Cahill.
145 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:43:58
146 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:46:01
147 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:46:53
You closed that post saying: "WE are a joke club."
What with the 'we'? Didn't you declare on TW just last week that you were no longer one of 'us', that you were done with Everton? And in this very thread that you are not concerned about Everton any more?
Or can we conclude you are revoking those claims, given you continue to post daily on here on all that is Everton, or that you are totally insincere, and that you were/are just grandstanding and playing the flouncing Prima Dona?
148 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:49:34
Unfortunately Moshiri seems to be as big a clown with a mouth he should keep shut. Fab four??? Taking the piss out of the fans.
149 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:50:12
We played so narrow and Sigurdsson kept getting dragged inside leaving Aurier with the freedom of North London down their right. There was a fair amount of gesticulating and arguing among our players even more from the stands.
Why on earth he brought Schneiderlin on was beyond everyone in the ground and quite a few of us left early. Blues were streaming out of the ground after 70 minutes.
It's entirely evident that Sigurdsson has to play in the middle. You can't shoehorn him & Rooney into the same 11, it just doesn't work. Also Bolasie was terrible today but he gets some slack what with the injury & all.
Tosun looks decent, he works hard, can jump well, gets stuck in and makes some excellent runs his movement is excellent and first impressions say he'll do okay in this league. The problem of course, is getting chances to him..
150 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:53:23
They earn too much to hurt. They are not Evertonians like us. They are hired hands and their money cocoons them from shame. From Kenwright down there is not a fucking one of them who deserves the loyalty they get from good folk who support them.
Not one of them, not a fucking one, from the useless coach and his back up team including the legendary, "thieve a living", Big Dunc, will give a flying fuck about the good people who went to London to support them. They really don't give a fuck and they showed it today.
151 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:55:26
152 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:56:54
Get off your high horse pal , how many years have you been suffering watching Everton? You a recent newcomer, mate? I will have my say here if I please.
I've been a long-suffering fan for decades and I think if we had more “militant” like fans then this club wouldn't be sitting there taking the piss out of its paying supporters like it does, sending season tickets renewal forms out a week after Christmas in the middle of a disastrous season expecting mugs to come back and be fed the same shit again and again!?
Moshiri bleating on, insulting knowledgeable fans' intelligence?
I'll decide when and if I come and go on here.
153 Posted 13/01/2018 at 21:57:16
None of them fit to lace his boots. He should be on the bench learning to be part of Everton's future and not the 'becoming slightly farcical' Duncan Ferguson.
154 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:00:35
"Unfortunately," he continued, "they made that many that it will not make very pleasant viewing for them."
Well, Sam, show them the mistakes three or four times a day, every day of the week and twice on Saturday before the West Brom game.
It might come as a surprise, Sam, but it wasn't very nice for any Everton fan who had the misfortune to watch that game today, especially the fans who went down to Wembley, in their thousands, to be sickened once again by another dismal, chicken-hearted performance. They deserve much, much better but rarely get it.
156 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:03:50
We had a team who were playing for each other, they were showing spirit and determination. They were fighting for each other. The games against Chelsea, Watford, Bournemouth and West Ham were some of the best performances this year in terms of fighting for one another.
The kids were given a chance, the likes of Schneiderlin and Sigurdsson and the rest of the overpaid prima donnas were benched. We looked like a team that would at least provide some excitement and could be moulded into something for the future.
We had the most unbelievable run of fixtures for a new manager and every man and his dog could see the revival starting with the West Ham game, no matter who the manager was.
We panicked. Got rid of a promising manager with the clubs future at heart and we're no better off.
We fans get exactly what we deserve. Lining up in numbers to slag Unsworth off, out of his depth, get him back to the Under-23s. Well it's happened and we're so much better off.
For Unsworth read Lukaku, Stones, Barkley, Coleman (remember that he was never going to make it as a defender), amongst others.
We'll never get anything, or never deserve anything, while we crave for multi-million-pound investment in foreign mercenaries while ignoring what's right under our noses.
We've got what we deserve... sod all.
157 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:08:17
158 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:09:46
He also said the following:
"I might have a bit of responsibility to take here. I was going to shore it up like Moyesy did because I watched the game and thought what a great job they had done on Tottenham defensively......
Maybe I have a bit of responsibility by playing too much attacking-minded players and not as many defending-minded players.
I should have got back to being a bit more boring and a bit less adventurous."
"Adventurous" and non-boring? Is that what we were, then?
Never mind the tag line "If adventure has a name, it must be 'Indiana Jones'", if Sam's idea of 'adventure' has a fucking name...it must be 'I didn't have a Go'.
159 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:12:26
160 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:12:54
I agree that something doesn't seem right. Allardyce keeps hinting the squad is too big which I agree with but I have a feeling it's a message he is relaying from the board.
I can't see us getting all the positions filled where we are short unless the board shape up. They know what we need.
If we get one more in, what position would you prefer it to be?
161 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:13:51
162 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:14:31
Martina & Kenny are not Premier League players, & please sign someone with a bit of pace, we are so fucking sloooow.
163 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:17:36
We never had the biggest squad but we had a solid core. Martyn and Howard were decent keepers if not the best. We had Tony Hibbert as a solid right back. Decent centre halves. Players who could compete to win the ball and Arteta to provide the magic. We always lacked quality up front but some were decent on their day. We played to a target man and fed off the second ball to get into the opposition half.
I look at the players we have now and wonder where has the Everton team gone? We have a poor right back playing at left back. An overage central defence. No-one who can win a ball in midfield and not a single player who can make anything happen in the final third. As for a target man?
I wonder what Pep, Jose and Arsene would do with this lot between them. Not much more than Sam me thinks.
Two to three years to get us back to best of the rest IMHO.
164 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:19:06
Everton FC should not be a retirement home for players to pick up fat salaries until they swan off to somewhere else, such as China.
165 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:22:21
We can and will blame manager after manager but, until the board realise, oh dear you really do need these top players to be a top team, the manager after Allardyce will go so far before he takes all the blame.
Season ticket renewals start next week. Mark these chats for a copy and paste because until we buy real quality it will always be like this.
Kevin (#156) definitely right about getting what we deserve. This plan or strategy was widely accepted with "Koeman and Walsh know better than your replies", while a few could see where we were heading.
166 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:22:58
Next successful manager, please; tell us something we don't know, or just keep quiet.
167 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:25:09
Well said. I feel exactly the same. Disgrace again today and people have the temerity to call you because you express an opinion.
168 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:26:56
Right now, I feel vindicated frankly, not that it makes me feel particularly good. Has our football got better? No – even more shite, unambitious, negative and gutless (and it's quite something to get worse from where we've come from). We are currently going through matches averaging 1 strike on target per match or something close to that.
Are we more solid? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Has he restored confidence to key players? Maybe Sigurdsson is marginally better but still played in the wrong position of course.
Basically, we are paying the guy a truckload of money for what? He's not improved us, he's not building us and we'll stay up no thanks to him. We'll stay up because there are still 4 or 5 sides who'll gather less points than us at home. I am horrified by the thought of Sam spending big in January. I wouldn't trust the bloke to spend a pound wisely.
Sam is not a short-term fix, he is a short-term mistake and we were better off under Unsworth in terms of spirit and invention. It's just another nightmare chapter in the EFC story that I'm looking to see out, hoping (as I always do) for better things in the future.
169 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:29:58
170 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:30:43
Moshiri must have zippo idea of how bad the situation is if he is allowing more cash going out on players mandated by Steve Walsh, when this current squad is unbalanced, lacks pace and physicality. It's his cash to burn but maybe clear out some of the deadwood.
Martina playing at left back is just an embarrassment the ball has come inside or backwards which slows everything down and we are so freaking slow already.
Even if Baines recovers, he is getting on in years... we need a modern left or wing back with wheels. Playing Sigurdsson, Rooney and the new guy, none of whom are blessed with pace what is the Manager thinking? They are setting themselves up for failure when playing a class team like Spurs.
The Manager's post game comments say a lot about his approach. Battling for hard earned points looks like the plan going forward- but while we are pissing away serious money on this group of players and maybe new additions in January shouldn't even this squad be better than that.
Today, with few exceptions, it was a spineless performance and I have a lot of sympathy for the away fans who had to be there to watch it in the flesh. I don't know what the end game is as far as the playing style this Management team is trying to get to, but it's obvious that we are some way away from anything other than a mid table team at best.
Sadly it's even tough to get excited about new players when the recent track record is so bad. It really is depressing.
171 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:32:21
172 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:34:19
I was at the West Ham game and i'm sure the presence of a new manager was a big kick up the arse.
As bad as it was today, had the Unsworth experiment continued, we'd be rooted to the bottom.
173 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:35:45
Some of them either don't care or they are fragile minded and need some professional help. Even if you're crap, you can still try Martinez is a perfect example of this. Sam needs time and his players brought in, then we can judge.
I never wanted him from the start but let's face it, who else could we have got? After all, the world class manager that is Rafa isn't doing any better at Newcastle. Massive clear out needed. Also I wish people would stop giving Calvert-Lewin stick, he is only a boy learning his trade in the toughest league in the world. So let's get some perspective here.
On that note, the new guy did okay and showed some real fight.
174 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:35:55
I didn't want Allardyce but who could have forecast the wretched season we are having?
175 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:36:22
It is your democratic right to "give up" on Everton.
But just do it, shut up and go away.
176 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:38:57
177 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:42:21
It's through no fault of Rooney's he's been one of the better players out of a very poor bunch. But this season, the midfield has been incredibly poor. No composure, no understanding, no creativity, no pace.
But Man Utd got rid of him way before he left them, because they knew as a team unit, he made them weaker. We need to get a team together without him being a starter.
178 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:42:25
We just have to hope the teams below us are worse...
179 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:46:01
Steve Walsh does not inspire any confidence. Has David Unsworth really produced a top Premier League player?
Moshiri has ploughed cash into the club and I do think he will make us better as a business.
We have laughed at the RS. Dismissed Spurs as a flash in the pan and expected to sail passed poor old man Arsene Wenger's has been team.
In truth we are further away from a trophy now than anytime in our history. We need a sea change from top to bottom at the club.
Sorry, I don't know the answer other than look at the 6 teams at the top of the Premier League and copy their plans, structure and mentality.
180 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:46:29
181 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:47:06
Let's be honest, since Moyes left, the playing side of the club has deteriorated.
All this talk of ambition and the basics are starting to go out the window.
182 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:51:50
Not riding any high horse, 'pal'...
Just calling you out for riding high on your own hollow Trojan Horse.
Safe to conclude then that your various claims about being done with Everton and not concerned about the club any more are insincere and false and so not credible, given all your pronouncements on this thread alone.
Carry on being indifferent to the club's fortunes, Jim, though you might need some practice in pulling that off.
183 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:54:49
Unfortunately due to years of mismanagement by our owner we are no longer a big player and this is now our standing. Forget Mersey Millionaires, School of Science, Holy Trinity...
A ToffeeWeb poll on whether the new ground will happen would be interesting...
184 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:54:59
Rooney's eyesight appears to have deserted him, as well as his legs based on his passing.
Bolasie's clearly not fit yet. McCarthy's on the comeback trail, and we know we've got one player total between Jagielka and Williams now but neither the latter nor Keane were chosen, presumably due to fitness.
Spurs' right back Aurier marauded our left hind flank at will because of a lack of athleticism in our midfield and defense. This was the main focal point of their attack and the management team failed to address it, the solution being to introduce another centre-back and move to a 5-3-2, supporting our target man with a partner given we have no width and didn't create a chance with our ‘playmakers' in the middle.
Finally, introducing the regularly anonymous Theo Walcott in to a team which has demonstrated, not for the first time, a complete lack of heart, would be more money wasted, a la Koeman, in my opinion.
185 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:57:18
I am beginning to think we've made a big mistake by sacking Martinez!? At least we were being entertained when losing games, ffs!
186 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:59:59
So here we are, results have predictably turned, and we've done nothing to work on being dangerous. Instead, we are back to being easy to play against because we're like a wolf that has been declawed and had all its teeth removed. It may growl for a while, but it's incapable of harm.
There is talent in this team, but he won't set them out to display any of that talent. It's never about what we can do to our opponent only what we have to try to stop them doing to us. In short, it's cowardly shite. Just scared of what might happen, how we might give up a goal, instead of sending a team out to do damage. And he has the audacity to say he was too adventurous today. What a disgrace.
187 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:00:15
188 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:06:35
Yes, Sam has signed a striker but he and Bolasie will be useless if there is not a solid defensive system behind them and a creative midfield. It appears nothing is happening in that department yet despite talks of Nzonzi coming. Walcott is not the answer.
Everton have a midfield that is slow to close down and doesn't tackle well making it easy for other teams especially those like Spurs. With about two weeks left of the window it's obvious what needs to happen.
Sam doesn't appear keen on players like Lookman, Vlasic, Baningime or Davies and it surprises me that these youngsters are not making the progress expected of them. Looking at another ''prospect'' at Charlton will not solve anything for the immediate future if ever.
A lot can happen if they continue to spiral, so come on, Kenwright and Moshiri get the ship back on course!!
189 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:07:50
A team full of expensive recruits sent out week after week to hoof and concentrate on damage limitation. Never to work out how to attack an opponent and damage them.
This is not the Everton I know.
191 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:14:03
It all sucks.
192 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:17:24
193 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:17:35
194 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:19:12
I was really pleased to see the initial upturn that followed after Allardyce's appointment, but the wheels really have come off now and he must sort this out quickly starting with West Brom, who, like the also-previously hapless Palace and West Ham, will have their tails up after today (and who could have forecast that trifecta?)
This was my boy's first away game and it was very disappointing for him and the rest of the travelling blues as we watched another toothless 90 mins from a bunch of guys stealing a living. Like the rest of us, Hugo Lloris should and easily could have stayed at home for this one. At half-time my wife said to me, in all seriousness: "Isn't the new striker playing, then?". Quite.
After losing to the RS most thought our season was over but it isn't over by a long chalk. A few more performances and results like this will see us properly sucked back into the relegation dogfight trouble is, there ain't much fight in these dogs.
195 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:26:13
If Allardyce got plaudits for what I still believe we're fundamentally the shoots of Unsworth's work then he has to take responsibility for this steaming pile of shit. He's setting up like he's not bothered watching the mistakes Koeman made.
I can't believe how bad we are. After the first goal, we might as well have just gone home.
196 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:28:11
197 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:28:57
To me (which is just an opinion) that makes sense. Or, we could cross our fingers and hope that a Billionaire buys us out of our current misery. It's okay to have a different opinion; no need to be dismissive.
198 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:30:14
Unsworth was never given a fair chance. He would have taken us down? His record was won 2 (both home fixtures), drew 1 and lost 2, scoring 10 in the process.
Currently we have:
Kenny not good enough
Holgate Championship at best
Davies Headless chicken, shouldn't be anywhere near the team, ever.
Calvert-Lewin never going to be good enough
Keane liability (but won England caps already).
Do we ever wonder how the likes of Alli or Rashford make it at other clubs? Maybe it's because fans don't write them off after 3 games, they accept they'll make mistakes and learn from them. Not us though.
We'll clamour for Lookman and Vlasic to be given a chance, and Dowell to be brought back, then slate them after one bad performance and label them not good enough.
I used to think we had some of the most knowledgeable fans around; now it seems we're stuck with a load of knee-jerkers who don't know when they're into something good.
I'm not surprised Barkley, Stones and Lukaku left, the next lot will as we'll.
I'll say it again we've got what we deserve.
199 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:31:10
200 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:33:05
Far too late, I have finally arrived at the conclusion of people like Phil Walling (I have nearly done so on previous occasions but have always veered away) that we're just a mid-table side (at best) and we'd better get used to it.
We have been badly run for many years (and presently have several buffoons at the helm), and we have a self-indulgent, gutless culture. We do not have, and will not have, the money to make any difference.
We are no different from the mass of mediocre clubs, formerly big names of the old First Division and now cannon fodder. Sam Allardyce is the problem? We just need to get out and attack more? Bring back David Unsworth? Grow up, for Christ's sake.
201 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:50:17
It is debatable whether a KITAP1 approach would have been any more successful overall but I personally don't think that playing both Rooney and Sigurdsson against teams with more powerful and pacy midfielders is ever likely to yield much.
I am happy for them to be paired against the lesser teams, but would like to have as much pace on both flanks as possible against the better ones. I would have liked us to have started with Lennon, Lookman, or Vlasic on the opposite side to Bolasie.
202 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:51:55
Enjoy your carnival though. You'll be no stranger to tits I'm sure.
203 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:52:17
I make no apology for having the view that, had David Unsworth been retained, had the panic button not been pressed, we would be better off now.
It is what it is, though, and I will support our coach whilst still moaning when I hate what he does, and applauding when he gets it right.
204 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:53:57
In Allardyce's first 4 games and Unsworth last, we played Holgate and Williams at the back. Won 4, drew 1, conceded 2. We also had a midfield 3 of Gueye, Davies and Rooney starting for 3 games, and for half a game against Swansea (2nd half where we won the game). You'd think we were on to something.
Since then, we've tried these combinations a grand total of 0 times and won a grand total of 0 games, scoring 2 and conceding 10 in the last 4 games.
Halfwits blaming Allardyce? Shouldn't that be changed to "defending Allardyce"?
205 Posted 13/01/2018 at 23:56:49
3 U-Players, THREE, learning their trade in the hard school. Two of them starting 11 defenders. Incredible.
The third somehow the only resort to replace Lukaku's goals (As hard as the kid is trying, mind).
Southampton's 3rd string RB our starting LB, while we're hoping over-the-hill Baines hurries back to replace him.
Barry out - Schneiderlin in. I'd swap them two right now and we'd improve instantly. And Barry's 37.
The difference today was obvious. Yes, we got at them a bit in the first half. But over the 90 minutes the gap in quality is glaring.
And not just the talent. One a sputtering mix of mediocrity. The other a skilled, well-drilled and oiled, flying machine.
Mr Moshiri has clearly taken the financial side of the Club as his and we're moving right along there. Everything is looking up. More or improved sponsorship deals. The new stadium on the docks moving right along, too.
To his detriment, and it is his, he's left the player-side of things head-maned by a 72-year-old, musical theater impresario. That's not working and won't. Bill's not going to develop into a 75-year-old, savvy personnel man.
Being from the States, I've (We've) seen, and continue to see, successful businessmen buy professional clubs across many leagues. Happens in the Premier League, too. They think they can apply their business model to a profession where their workers, players, can be viewed the same as workers in their other business.
It rarely works that way. And so they fail. Moshiri has just tried throwing money at it. Nice try, but fail. Without a doubt, fail.
This guy's made his money specifically circularly in Putin's orbit. So, he's no novice. Or chump. Hopefully, he will get the financial end of Everton settled. And pay more attention to the real business-end of football; getting the right people in place to improve the play on the pitch.
Moving out Kenwright would make a great start.
206 Posted 13/01/2018 at 00:00:39
It's about an entire climate which has brewed over decades. But dream on, that's what I've been doing after all.
207 Posted 14/01/2018 at 00:13:40
Why not try and play modern-day football by attacking and committing players into the box and we may just win a few more games, Sam?
I don't know what this project is Moshiri has in mind but it's certainly not about the football on the pitch. Most boring Everton side ever to watch this is.
208 Posted 14/01/2018 at 00:46:56
Fireman Sam has a hole in his bucket and there are a pair of Neros playing the fiddle.
209 Posted 14/01/2018 at 00:48:06
I'm sorry but big Sam can't hide behind blaming Koeman now, that abject performance is down to Sam and his crew and no-one else. T
he majority of the players just give up, don't chase back and give far too much respect to the opposition like today with Spurs. Spurs weren't that good, we were just pathetic.
210 Posted 14/01/2018 at 00:51:40
211 Posted 14/01/2018 at 01:11:52
Staying up is one of them and, while Sam took the plaudits for the defensive solidarity in his first few games, well he has very quickly lost that and should rightly take some flak. He needs to get back to his basics and get some points on the board towards safety and forget about trying something he cannot do and eek some football out of players whose confidence is shot.
Secondly, we should be planning for our next manager. We all know there are very few top class managers out there and even less of those who would consider Everton. Money talks, of course, and that could persuade a well organised coach to come but I think we will need to look at a promising young coach who would build his team and the club for the long term.
Thirdly, our new owner (who does not fill me with confidence) should have a big clear out and show he is in control of the football, stadium and commercial issues. He is at the top and needs to show leadership that will trickle down through the club.
If those changes I am thinking about don't happen soon, then things are likely to get worse still (if that could be possible with the way we all feel right now).
212 Posted 14/01/2018 at 01:18:05
Some were just okay, many were awful. And we did give up at 2-0.
Tosun showed promise and I just hope he doesn't become discouraged. Very few of the posts even mentioned him. Fans should refrain from being critical of the lad. We don't need one more passenger.
213 Posted 14/01/2018 at 01:22:13
Maybe we should try and get their manager? Ahh, .err, .well...Yes!
214 Posted 14/01/2018 at 01:26:19
Bolasie was a spectator and Martina/Sigurdsson do not communicate. Kenny was skinned for their second goal but he played his heart out. The defence were left exposed the whole game.
I hope that either Garbutt or a new left-back plays next week and that Lennon starts. As others have said, Sigurdsson is no winger. Either play him in the middle or on the bench.
Tosun looked okay despite getting no service. He should do better when we figure out how to play the ball into the box.
215 Posted 14/01/2018 at 01:41:36
I know he's recently come back from a serious injury so I take that into consideration but he doesn't beat a man, he doesn't ever look like scoring, he doesn't take "dead balls", he doesn't play defence-splitting balls, he doesn't track back or create chances for others. And before someone suggests waiting til his fully fit, he didn't do too many of those things before his injury!!
Another (nearly) £30m waste of space.
Oh and obviously he wasn't the only player who stank Wembley out tonight. A totally gutless performance where once again the only tactic seems to be to twat it as far and as hard as humanly possible!!
216 Posted 14/01/2018 at 02:16:35
Now I sadly realise that that was oh so "us" though, and not the real world of professional football outside of Finch Farm. His scoring/assist stats are poor by any standards where he's not playing against us.
217 Posted 14/01/2018 at 02:23:45
There were plenty who expressed a genuine hope he could step up to the plate and make a success of his opportunity. There was plenty who recognized he had a really challenging and intense run of fixtures to deal with on his watch.
There were plenty who also acknowledged that he failed to address the most pressing issue, stopping the team from conceding 2, 3, 4 and even 5 goals a game.
Plenty of people also thanked him for his efforts and the dignified way he represented both himself and the club during his spell. But to continue to claim that David Unsworth radically moved us up the table in his 5 Premier League games he managed..?
Let's look at that a bit more closely.
This was the Premier League table after week 9, Koeman's final game in charge, the 5-2 tanking at him to the Arse. In addition to the bottom 10, I also include 6th placed Watford and 7th placed Newcastle because they are now below us. The 1st number shows goal difference. Newcastle is the only team in the list who, at that time, had a positive goal difference of 2. All other listed teams had a negative goal difference. The 2nd number shows the points total.
As the table shows, Everton were in 18th place, equal on 8 points with 3 other clubs but with the worst goal difference, with Swansea the best of that group of 4 in 15th. We were a single point behind Leicester, 2 behind West Brom and 3 behind Brighton. A mere 4 points separated us from Southampton in 10th and Huddersfield in 11th, both on 12 points.
There was a 9 points difference between Palace in 20th place with 3 points and Southampton on 12 points in 10th.
6 Watford -2 15
7 Newcastle 2 14
10 Southampton -1 12
11 Huddersfield -3 12
12 Brighton -1 11
13 West Brom -2 10
14 Leicester -3 9
15 Swansea -4 8
16 West Ham -9 8
17 Stoke -10 8
18 EVERTON -11 8
19 Bournemouth -7 7
20 Crystal Palace -17 3
Now compare the league table after week 14 and Unsworth's final game in charge, the 4-0 win over WHU.
Yep! We moved up 5 places compared to where Koeman left us, but look at the numbers. We were lying 17th before the WHU win and the 3 points moved us up to 13th, one of 3 clubs on 15 points.
There was an 8 points difference between Palace in 20th place and Leicester and Brighton and Leicester in 9th and 10th place on 17 points. So the points spread of the bottom end teams were even more squeezed than by the end of Unsworth's spell than under Koeman.
9 Leicester City: -1 17
10 Brighton -1 17
11 Southampton -3 16
12 Newcastle -6 15
13 EVERTON -11 15
14 Huddersfield -15 15
15 Bournemouth -4 14
16 Stoke City -13 13
17 WBA -9 12
18 WHU -18 10
19 Swansea -9 9
20 Palace -17 9
The bald statement of saying ‘yeah, well, we moved up the table under Unsworth' needs context. And as the comparative tables show, we were one of 4 clubs lumped together on 8 points after Koeman's last game and a mere 2 points off 13th place which is where we were placed by the time Unsworth handed over the reigns to Sam.
Considering in his penultimate game Unsworth's Everton got tanked 4-1 at Southampton (who have failed to register a single win in their last 10 Premier League games since) and the ‘move up the table' under Unsworth really wasn't a seismic shift or radical improvement at all.
218 Posted 14/01/2018 at 02:31:08
We are one of the worst run football clubs in this league and the only, but important I agree, thing to hold onto is we have somehow managed to cling onto our place in the top echelon. Failed ground moves. Lack of investment for 11 years under a manager who has never been given the funding enjoyed by Martinez, Koeman and now Sam and Co. We repeatedly mis-manage transfer windows but many fans rush to defend our transfer business and rejoice at us apparently getting rid of dead wood, like that's the way to win a title.
Walsh was kidded by Giroud and had no Plan B. The entire football world knows it. Koeman forced thru hugely expensive purchases for his fave players and they have all flopped bar the keeper. Rooney and Sigurdsson cannot play together in what is often a horribly unbalanced setup. Our younger players are always over hyped and our squad of defenders are simply amongst the worst you will ever see at a Premier League club.
We haven't had on the pitch leadership for many years and our players are amongst the most regularly injured in the league and often look the least fit. It's a systemic failure to understand that hope is not enough and always thinking that you are a plucky bunch better than your results suggests leads to complacency and the kind of season we are having.
Into all this arrives Allardyce. Mainly because several other managers couldn't be shifted and frankly because our friendly uncle of a majority shareholder, along with Bill Kenwright who honestly needs to bow out, couldn't sack Martinez when needed and got Koeman badly wrong. Added to which they fell for Steve Walsh's Media hype after two decent buys and the perfect storm resulted.
Some of the romantic stuff about Unsworth here is laughable. He's a lovely guy who just before the WHU game most of you were screaming at because he was taking us down. But lovely or not, he wasn't ready and may never be, let's see how many Premier League clubs chase him in the summer?
Before the AGM I wrote a blog about EFC Accoutancy versus EFC Football Reality. In essence I argued that we have got the finances all the wrong way around. Amortisation has become the big thing. Actual net transfer spend is ignored when it remains one of the most accurate measures of progress, or recovery. Our investment was high but it was abysmal in the way it was managed.
Moshiri has shown stunning naivety and cannot see that the ONLY investment that matters right now isn't his long term loan repayment and enabling spend for the new stadium. It's the immediate injection of money over and above “net spend” to shore up his, Koeman's, Walsh's, and Kenwright's poorly assembled squad.
All this gets us to today's shameful mess of a second half against a very decent Spurs side. Allardyce made a couple of poor setup decisions but he has inherited the worst Everton squad we've seen for decades. A squad that has a number of £25m players who, genuinely, look utterly incapable of meeting the standard needed. He somehow still doesn't have a left back, and again, has the worst set of defenders I've seen for nearly thirty years. We knew all this from 1 September 2017 to 1 January 2018 but two weeks in and we just have a possibly useful striker at a high price but none of the main issues have yet been really addressed despite four months to plan the strategy.
Allardyce wasn't my choice but he and, yep I can't believe I'm saying this, Sammy Lee are here to try and stop us going down and frankly, if they do that, I will be ecstatic. I think they are honest and hard workers. As fans we are getting straightforward feedback before and after games. But they have a shamefully poor squad to work with.
Apparently according to everyone here, or most of you, they will be sacked in five months time and replaced by Pep, or someone almost as good who can't wait to get to the top-to-bottom shambles that is our club. We've lost all perspective since we seem to have acquired some money to spend. We just can't cope with it. It's bizarre I know. But it honestly feels the case.
Just pray that the apparently already sacked management team can find three to five incoming and shift the same number out before 31 January 2018 and gather the 16 points we may need to stay up. After that it's back to thinking We Are Everton and because of our history it simply has to come good, doesn't it.
Depressing... but, after the last few results, I'm really struggling to see how we turn all this round but calling for the immediate removal of Allardyce just sums up how badly we've lost it as fans.
220 Posted 14/01/2018 at 02:56:51
We still need the reassurance of points to avoid a relegation fight. While that is the case, I would prefer to see us go 4 at the back with a line / ring of 5 protecting them, and seeing if, as the game progresses, we can get something going forward occasionally to produce some chances (the energy of people like Davies at least offer that).
221 Posted 14/01/2018 at 03:59:04
222 Posted 14/01/2018 at 04:22:44
We have managed to recruit perennial relegation fighters or kids just on their way up in the main.
There is only Rooney with that winner's mentality and he was shot years ago when Ferguson wanted to put him out to pasture.
When we go a goal down you see heads go down quicker than the Titanic.
To be fair we were still well in this game at half-time despite carrying Bolasie and Martina who were both having 'mares.
As soon as their second (offside) goal went in you could see the collective "let's give up now" feeling spread throughout the side.
There is no heart, soul or team spirit in this squad and I blame the recruitment of high-priced and high-paid nobodies that upset the harmony of a squad that Moyes laboriously built up with team spirit and lowly pay by comparison.
If nothing else surely someone at the club recognised that we needed a left-back as soon as the market opened.
Surely someone can see that defensive midfield just isn't working.
Surely someone can see that, if the kids are performing better than the senior players, there is something categorically wrong in the squad.
223 Posted 13/01/2018 at 04:52:09
I literally can't argue with anything Allardyce says 80% through. But he's insistent that we had too many attacking players and that has to change versus West Brom next week... we're literally going to go all out defence against West Brom. 😦
Sam says that he hasn't seen us play like this and guesses that it was like it before he came. Has he not bothered to watch our early games this season?! He's talking about showing the players their mistakes in the analysis room and yet he set up the team with a left side that hasn't worked A-FUCKING-GAIN.
Yes we have no pace... at very least in the setup he put out there. We do have Vlasic, Lookman and Lennon... even Calvert-Lewin if we're going to play players out of position.
If we're going to play an isolated striker, stick Niasse there. He can't play alongside others because he so erratic, but Unsworth was finding out what he can do because he had him in the U23s.
I'm really worried we're trying to emulate West Ham.
Why would Walcott want to come? So he can protect Martina? That wasn't his worst performance, but he's awful.
Sam's tactics are going to put players off. It's going to put everyone off... and then what? A new start in the summer? Another new manager to blindly grope his way round the squad? Or do we just keep the faith in Fat Sam and our ultra negative turd?
224 Posted 14/01/2018 at 06:19:46
Years of shite, mis management, average players etc etc and it aint going to get much better any time soon.
We have very little quality and that hurts us badly in most games at the top level regardless of if we play expansive or defensive.
225 Posted 14/01/2018 at 07:10:13
It's like a textbook example of a "folie à deux" (aka a "puff of madness").
It would be interesting to see if those very same fans are the ones who are calling for more of our homegrown younger players to be given first team game time. If so, it would confirm the cause of the underlying psychosis.
Yesterday's result wasn't so much the outcome of bad on-the-day management, team selection, formation or tactics as it was the effect of having crap players in most positions.
We can rant and rave all we like around that central point, but short of either a billion plus invested in the squad or the club withdrawing from the Premier League and joining, say, the French league (where there are fewer well financed rivals), we're never going to advance.
(That last suggestion was illustrative only and meant to show the enormity of our plight, and not to be taken as a literal strategy.)
226 Posted 14/01/2018 at 07:29:18
I could never have imagined such a situation ever taking place but sadly, this is the legacy of both the Martinez and mostly Koeman regimes. I hollered loud and clear against the appointment of Ronald Koeman, voting his team destroying failures at Valencia and AZ Alkmar, and couldn't believe how many were taken in by the thought we were getting a 'top manager' when a close look at his overall managerial record showed distinctly otherwise.
Moshiri, for all his millions allowed himself to fall for the same mistaken belief and we are now living with the consequences of his very naïve decision to hire a total fraud of a manager. The damage done by Koeman, his brother and team of hangers-on cannot be understated. They have systematically destroyed the infrastructure of the playing side of the club.
I fail to see how we can honestly blame Allardyce for the situation we find ourselves in. He can only work with what he's got, which isn't a lot, to be honest. Bright spot on the horizon? Cenk Tosun, who I made our man of the match up to the time of me bailing out. But that doesn't say much for our regular starters, does it? Tosun looked sharp, ready and willing to get stuck in and have a go, but without suitable support he was left pretty isolated.
Gueye just doesn't impress me. Yes, he runs around and does a fair bit of tackling in midfield, but lacks an end product and rarely contributes a thing in an attacking sense, never helps to get the forwards moving. I don't know why he is so highly regarded.
I could go on, but I am simply too disillusioned to say more. I'm totally gutted that it has come to this. This just not my Everton.
227 Posted 14/01/2018 at 07:44:41
228 Posted 14/01/2018 at 07:57:23
The people who attack Kenwright and Moshiri are right and wrong. Kenwright has always wanted only what was best for the club. Trouble is he's not a football person, really.
Moshiri has pumped a significant amount of money into the club and brought in quite some from outside too. Trouble is he's made some catastrophic appointments, namely Koeman who he was obsessed with. Steve Walsh has delivered practically nothing and that was a Moshiri desire too.
The only fairness I would offer to Koeman is that he did say right up until the transfer window shut in the summer that we needed a left sided defender and a striker. We got neither and he had to go to Niasse with his tail between his legs which he actually did with some measure of grace for a man as arrogant as Koeman. But he was let down badly by Walsh and the chairman who should be kicking down doors to address the most obvious two weaknesses in the squad.
I can even understand a little bit Koeman's assertion that the players looked “afraid to play” after seeing the same trepidation against Spurs last night as we saw many times under Koeman.
As for Allardyce, he's a pragmatist. Always has been. If you know you can't win then make damn sure you don't lose. This doesn't sit well with blues who want to see us have a go and seem to imply that they'd rather see us hammered having a go than humbled being pragmatic and boring.
These players under Roberto Martinez would have shipped 8 last night. You have to believe that. He would've had them drilled to pass the ball at all costs and with no one capable of looking forward from the midfield we'd have been robbed in the middle third repeatedly then punished.
Allardyce's mistake last night was that he thought we had enough now to play football against a very tough team. It may be that these players show that in training but we're incapable of playing football with this squad. We don't have any footballers in the midfield.
We have 16 games left. If we draw all 12 of those games against similar opposition (we are going to lose against Liverpool, Arsenal, City regardless) then we finish on 39 points and that should see us clear of relegation. That's our season. Next season we should be targeting a clear out of personnel and a comfortable mid table finish. Then we can build from there.
We had our chance to consolidate on good league finishes and we blew it. We have no left flank. We have no pace. We bought players who are not up to Premier League standards.
We are not going to replace Kenwright or Moshiri any time soon so there's no point talking about that. The best we can do is to get behind boring football from now until the end of the season, get our draws home and away and maybe snatch a spawny win here and there.
But for gods sake man, stop demanding that a team incapable of football starts playing football. That ship has sailed.
229 Posted 14/01/2018 at 08:27:41
Arnautovic is starting to look a real player, yes.
He might be labelled inconsistent but the last two months he's looked mighty effective and I believe we overspent the money on Sigurdsson who has been completely wasted and is looking more and more like a more expensive Diniyar Bilyaletdinov by the week, the odd top class goal but 80% of nothingness.
We don't have midfielders that can do what West Ham's can do, we don't have a Lanzini or Arnautovic that can run with the ball, running with the ball and shooting and scoring is a crime at Everton did you not know!!?
230 Posted 14/01/2018 at 08:29:17
Playing Wayne means Gylfi playing out of position. He isn't, never has been, and never will be a wide track-back midfielder. Either play Sigurdsson behind Tosun or don't play him.
My own choice would be to give him a run of games and leave Wayne on the bench. That would let a natural wide player play from the left. Gives us more balance.
231 Posted 14/01/2018 at 08:32:59
He had a well ‘organised' defence, conceding little, the footy was shite (but when hasn't it been?) and changed it, they didn't need a rest, if they did god bless their cotton socks, poor fuckers, Allardyce's decision, three defensive midfielders at Bournemouth? Schneiderlin? Sigurdsson left side? Calvert-Lewin chasing and challenging lost causes because nobody is within 19.5 yards of him. Need to bless his cotton socks too.
Why can't the non fit players get their fitness in the reserves or behind closed doors matches, yes I understand match fitness can only be gained by playing matches (see earlier suggestion), instead of throwing them in at the deep end at a the expense of the team.
At the end of the day ole melon head is the manager, first rule of management-everything is your fault. Your decisions, your tactics and you get paid very well to sort this type of shit out, that's why you took it on. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
232 Posted 14/01/2018 at 08:34:42
233 Posted 14/01/2018 at 08:51:27
Its as simple as that, we have a team full of mediocre players not sought after by the 'money clubs'.
How are we going to get the very best players to come to Everton, I don't have the answer and I cant see it happening anytime soon either. Our league realistically is 7th downwards, they are the games where we are on a level playing field so to speak with our opponents.
For all the poor displays we are lying 9th not that far behind Burnley in 7th who seem to be on their way down. Leicester will be a tougher nut to crack unless Mahrez moves elsewhere. Now if we could sign Mahrez, what a difference that would make, its not going to happen though is it.
We have players that compare favourably with 13 teams in the Premier League but playing against the other 6 we are outclassed.
234 Posted 14/01/2018 at 09:06:08
I know that we are awful again at the moment but aside from the top 6 and maybe Leicester, the Premier League is full of dross. Talk about a product eating itself alive. Financial Fair Play was designed to level the playing field - instead it seems to have made things far worse.
235 Posted 14/01/2018 at 09:06:29
Our players are not good enough and too soft. Shiny new stadium on the way... shit team to play in it. Very depressing.
236 Posted 14/01/2018 at 09:07:23
He is a poor second rate manager like a post above said we just need to get enough points to avoid relegation then get a new man in with proven ability and make the right in's and out's to get the squad up to shape!
All of Koeman's signing's look like a waste of money Pickford aside!
237 Posted 14/01/2018 at 09:17:39
Friend of mine, Saints fan (they were robbed yesterday by shite officials) is worried but I honestly think they will end the season above us. We share our disappointment together this morning but after that abject performance yesterday, disappointment is not the word for me. Depressing is more apt.
This season is offering very little to look forward to. The manager's going nowhere, we've got the players we've got – let's just hope Coleman's return could be the catalyst for a revival.
238 Posted 14/01/2018 at 09:18:36
239 Posted 14/01/2018 at 09:21:57
240 Posted 14/01/2018 at 09:22:28
Dogs of War days may well be gone with so many cheats in the league but at least be strong enough to put a block in, week-in & week-out... half-hearted defending.
241 Posted 14/01/2018 at 09:37:04
I want to blame Sam as he sets out the team, formation and tactics but I now believe we have a squad full of non-hungry, inept players. The biggest clear out ever is required and we need to buy in the best from the Championship and abroad to sort this mess out.
242 Posted 14/01/2018 at 09:39:48
Since he has arrived ,and the way we play with his inclusion ,there has been no pace in the side.
Take him out .
Have a midfield of 5 Vlasic or Lookman, McCarthy, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Bolasie or Lennon.
Concentrate on speed of attack , getting the ball to the wide men making runs.
Until we are secure in the full back department we will remain vulnerable. Left back is urgent and Kenny has a lot of work to do to get to Coleman's standard. For me the jury is still out.
Defensive leadership is a massive problem for us too. A Terry or Dave Watson type figure is sorely missing. Someone who directs the defence and demands organisation. Jagielka has never been a leader.
The more I think of it this notional leader, this Central Defender figure, is what we are missing.
Someone who holds other players to account and demands everything from them.
Can you imagine John Terry, Kevin Ratcliffe or Dave Watson allowing players to give up like yesterday?
There would be murder.
243 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:01:41
Clearly Sigurdsson should be played in a central role and not on the left, where he fails to give Martina enough protection.
To me, playing Gueye (who looks far from fit) was a mistake, as he and McCarthy faded along with Bolasie, who looks a shadow of his former self , and looks a few games away from fitness too. The big Wembley pitch was a step too far for these players.
The lack of intensity was mentioned by Rio Ferdinand on BT, and Sam also claimed to be shocked at how we "downed tools" after the second goal. We were systematically taken apart by a bigger, stronger, fitter and more skillfull Spurs team.
The BT Panel bemoaned our lack of pace. However, Kane, Erikson, Dembele, Dier, and Vertonghen don't look like Usain Bolt either, but they all seemed to go from defence to attack seamlessly. Our lads looked like they were running in freshly poured ready-mix.
We now have a less demanding series of games coming up and have no extra cup matches to fit in. Sam should have some opportunity to do more work on the training ground and we, at last have a new striker, who looks to have the tools for the job.
Our first aim is safety. A few weeks ago I would have settled for that. No manager in the world would stroll in and sort out this squad in 5 weeks, or even 5 months.
We get a big slice of reality every time we play a side from the top 5 or 6. We are miles behind them and if we finish in the top half, we will have finished level par. It's clear that the squad is unbalanced and needs overhauling but it will be the summer before that happens.
244 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:10:12
I hate to say it but maybe being relegated to the Championship could be the best thing that ever happened to Everton it would certainly cause the kind of seismic change at boardroom level that the club needs to move forward.
245 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:12:09
Forget the thought of managers and players coming to Goodison the very first things that needs to happen is Moshiri needs to buy remaining shares and make a formal offer and buyout the the remaining shareholders. Then bring his own people in. People with strategic minds who know how to make an actual business successful.
The rest, ie, good managers and players will follow. Ultimately it starts at the top. There is plenty of garbage that need shifting from top
246 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:24:02
247 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:28:09
He did make out he was fooled. He made out we didn't get what we should for Lukaku but all these mistakes are fine because we don't like the players the top clubs like.
Stick to talking about grafters and forget we had the makings of a great side 2 years ago. Forget we could be up there with Spurs now if we built. Just go with the flow like an Evertonian does and stay patient mate.
Mark Wilson Fantastic post!@.
248 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:32:04
I am one who is advocating playing the youngsters. I want to imagine a time in 2/3 years where they are developing into a class team who are all committed to the club and know each other's games inside out. We're not playing for anything now so the pressure is off, maybe get a couple of wins first but then give them the experience they need.
Under Unsworth I could imagine a team in a couple of years containing:
Pickford, Connolly, Keane, Holgate, Kenny, Vlasic, Davies, Dowell, Baningime, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin.
Under Allardyce, I can't imagine half of these ever given a chance and in a few years time when we're slugging it out with Klaassen, Sandro and Schneiderlin Mark 2, we'll look back and think what we could have had if we'd have just given a little trust.
Instant success doesn't happen without billions let's not waste the chance to build it a different way.
249 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:35:18
You're just like everybody on this site critical of relevant points and no solution offered on how to remedy the problems.
250 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:43:17
Maybe I can't physically find a solution but I can highlight nonsense that is unhelpful to the fans or team. I can't change anything on my own but I won't be sat here pretending or being fooled by utter jargon from an AGM. Or sat in glee about a stadium there isn't even a drawing for.
Talk will never satisfy me as an Evertonian.
251 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:43:49
Relegation would be an absolute disaster. I've followed the Blues since 1961 and so have never experienced relegation. I never want to.
252 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:46:04
253 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:47:03
Arriving back at Goodison just after midnight, we could reflect on what will be 12 months with only one Premier League win on our travels. Summing up the root of our problems against teams in the top half of the table is simple.
We have some experienced players with quality but no pace. We have some experienced players with pace but no quality. We have young, inexperienced players who are exactly that: young and inexperienced.
It will take several years of team building to take us back to anywhere near the top six.
254 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:53:40
Some of the personnel needs changing. We need a settled defence. Holgate is our best defender and Allardyce needs to stop swapping defenders. Martina is being scapegoated by our fans whilst completely overlooking that some goals against Leicester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Man Utd and now Spurs have been down to Kenny. He needs dropping immediately.
We need two up front rather than the negative one forward with a midfield player allegedly in support.
We arent taking games to opposition. Just sitting back giving away initiative and trying to start attacks from very deep positions.
The tactics will just leave Tosun isolated like every other forward before him.
255 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:59:24
"Pickford, Connolly, Keane, Holgate, Kenny, Vlasic, Davies, Dowell, Baningime, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin." would get us relegated. It makes the current team look like Man City.
We have a 23-year-old keeper, a 20-year-old RB, a 21-year-old CB, a 35-year-old CB a RB playing LB, a bunch of unfit identikit DM's, a brand new striker playing his first game, A wide right player out of position, a wide left player who has been out for a year, and Wayne Rooney, although he plays more like Mickey Rooney.
Yet we expect this side to give one of the best attacking sides in the league a run for it's money at home. I'm amazed we are doing as well as we are considering the rubbish squad we have accumulated over the last few years.
Sam is right. We need to dig in and man the barricades. But also we need to drop Rooney. He's killing us and our most expensive/best midfield player is playing out of position to accommodate him into the side.
Move Sigurdsson into the middle and put Lookman, Lennon or Vlasic wide right to give us some pace and push back the oppositions FB's. We have bought a new forward and he needs support and Rooney is too slow to give it otherwise, like yesterday, Tosun will be ploughing his loan furrow just like Calvert-Lewinwas before him. BENCH ROONEY NOW!!
256 Posted 14/01/2018 at 11:04:11
You make a very good point which I agree with but... herein lies the problem. The only way to affect change is for the fan base to speak with one voice and unfortunately there is too much of a division for that to happen.
258 Posted 14/01/2018 at 11:13:16
If I am wrong I know some good has come out of it and I will always hold my hand up if proved wrong because again it will be for the better.
Plus it helps control disappointment.
259 Posted 14/01/2018 at 11:24:50
This team in 2 or 3 years could be onto something great. We'll never know under Allardyce though.
If we give a lot of them time now, we'll reap the rewards in the future. Expect some shoddy results, but let them learn and grow.
260 Posted 14/01/2018 at 11:29:28
261 Posted 14/01/2018 at 11:35:34
262 Posted 14/01/2018 at 11:41:40
All from relegated or relegation battlers. A good portion of our regular starters. Look where we are. Simple Maths. Do Burnley miss Keane, incidentally?
Now if this hadn't even crossed my mind I would be annoyed with myself for being sucked in by trend and forgetting I could see and think for myself.
When Lukaku rolled Keane at Goodison with ease and Burnley being where they where, I knew a top club wouldn't sign Keane. Man Utd were interested and he signed for us... blah, blah, hahaha.
263 Posted 14/01/2018 at 11:50:21
Either of them, Vlasic especially would be a big improvement, rather than persist playing Bolasie.
264 Posted 14/01/2018 at 11:55:31
All motivation for Everton has been ground out of me over the years as its one calamity to the next and guaranteed disappointments. I also agree about Gueye; this guy is hugely overrated for me. He runs round and that's about it.
I'll wait for the usual bollocks to be spouted from the players now, blah blah.
265 Posted 14/01/2018 at 12:04:52
Sam does not like players that can play football. He likes defensive and not creative players. Now we are certainly heading to the championship. He will never sort our biggest problem that is lack of creativity on the midfield.
Sorry but we need to get rid again.
266 Posted 14/01/2018 at 12:06:54
267 Posted 14/01/2018 at 12:14:48
It's a good point in the current climate we still struggle to sign the best players. They appear to simply not want to come to Everton. We're not a fashionable club, we're the so called 'second team' in our city, and nobody looks at us with anything other than a 'plucky outsider' tag.
Footballers today were all either not born yet, or tiny babies the last time we had a properly good side, let alone won anything. In their minds we're no more of a draw than Stoke. This is why we only ever buy players from bottom sides, or lower leagues, or cast-offs from upper echelon teams.
Theo Walcott would be a good player for us, a kickstart to attracting better players look at City when they got some cash, they still couldn't attract the best players until they bought Robinho and every laughed at them.
We're Everton, an upper mid table team with a shitty old ground and a rich history lacking relevance by the day. It means nothing to today's players that we won the league 30 years ago.
268 Posted 14/01/2018 at 12:26:53
While they wont be overjoyed with the results lately and the compensation paid when dismissing Martinez and Koeman they still have a full house at Goodison every League game, plus of course the TV money each season. As long as we don't get relegated their OK!
269 Posted 14/01/2018 at 12:38:39
Does anyone remember the brilliant Jay Jay Ococha ?
270 Posted 14/01/2018 at 12:59:40
He continues to do what Koeman did, and it will certainly NOT work!
Jay Jay was a brilliant player. We do not have anything like him in our team today.
271 Posted 14/01/2018 at 13:00:06
No, me neither.
273 Posted 14/01/2018 at 13:19:18
274 Posted 14/01/2018 at 13:26:32
275 Posted 14/01/2018 at 13:28:36
People are asking about solutions, so here are my ideas:
Left back. Now.
Sigurdsson in the middle every game and let him roam.
Someone left midfield able to cover the left back.
Find a big, strong midfielder with presence and the ability to keep the ball (Spurs had two on their bench in case Dembele got injured).
Rooney on the bench against the top six teams.
Lookman to start, give Bolasie 30 mins if necessary.
Promise Tosun he'll get some service before he gets hacked off. I liked the look of him yesterday.
Tell the manager to focus on beating the other team rather than stopping it. You get more of what you focus on and it's showing at the moment.
276 Posted 14/01/2018 at 13:30:10
I really do think that we have some promising youngsters and they shouldn't be too harshly judged for being thrown into an underperforming side and being unable to inspire confidence, movement and energy in their older team-mates. The new signings (Pickford aside) have not improved the team, and this failure has sucked more confidence out of the team (and the club).
There is so much deadwood at the club right now it's hard to know where to start. For me, great player though he undoubtedly once was, Wayne Rooney will be a cul-de-sac we are stuck in for as long as he is here and cutting ties with him would signal a real rebuilding effort. He has been unable to lead from the front in the way we might have naively hoped, and has often been a liability rather than a saviour.
I can't see it getting better his ability is in decline. The romance is over. Time for the club to wake up to what is happening and start making some difficult decisions.
277 Posted 14/01/2018 at 13:46:37
Godin joined from Villarreal who was tough not taking bullshit sort of defender and also had the knack of scoring goals.We also took Gabi from Zaragoza who single handedly helped them stay in La liga the season before he joined us and midfield general.Filipe came from Deportivo La Coruna with both defensive and offensive attributes and he did it single handedly without much help from right side just like Dani Alves but a much cheaper version and lot others as well and now we are constantly in title race and one of the UCL darkhorses every season,unfortunately not this one due to the new stadium where we didn't settle quickly enough.
Instead of Keane it should have been Ben Mee and then Gana was a DM in relegated Aston Villa,so why were they conceding so many goals?Why would get Ashley Williams when he is past his prime age? For me whoever got these players i.e Koeman and Walsh are to blame.
278 Posted 14/01/2018 at 13:49:19
But he's a structural blocker in the side as it's currently set up. I think he can still play a decent role for us, since he's on our books, but it should not be as a starter.
279 Posted 14/01/2018 at 13:49:54
I don't disagree that Sam's appointment was a 'panicked' one. But whatever the motivation, given the way the team played under both Koeman AND Unsworth, it was a necessary one. Not Sam's appointment, per se, but certainly a change of manager.
You and others inflate the 'improvement' we made in our league position under Unsworth. My post @ 217 highlights that. The performances and results were, in the main, appalling.
As for your claims about 'playing the youngsters' you list the following team you envisage playing for Everton in the PL under Unsworth in 2-3 years:
Pickford, Connelly, Keane, Holgate, Kenny, Vlasic, Davies, Dowell, Baningime, Lookman, DCL.
You then claim 'Under Allardyce, I cant imagine half of these ever given a chance'.
Oops Kevin! Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Davies and DCL have ALL been regular picks under Sam. Keane, Vlasic, Lookman and Baningime have also had game time under him. Connelly and Dowell aren't even at the club. So that quick analysis rather torpedoes your claim.
Just this week Sam spoke glowingly about Vlasic and Lookman, saying they both had great futures, but he needed to balance the team with experience as well as youth.
Sam Allardyce inherited an absolute train wreck of a club.
Initially, having stopped us conceding 2-3-4 and even 5 goals a game, we achieved lots of clean sheets. He expressed surprise as to why these players had been so incapable of doing this before he arrived.
Yesterday, particularly in the 2nd half, he learnt why the team had been so poor defensively before he arrived, as his after match comments revealed.
This team lacks professionalism and application. Good football - from defence, through midfield, to attack - such as Spurs swamped us with yesterday does not come 'off the cuff' at this level.
It comes from dedicated training and drills that create good habits as a natural instinct. Too many in the current Everton squad have lost, have yet to learn, or are incapable of learning and retaining such good habits consistently, game after game, across the entire season.
Throughout yesterday I chatted with 2 Spurs mates, one of them actually at Wembley. I conceded we were well beaten by them and that I long to see a manager such as Pochetino at Everton, playing the sort of football he sets his teams up to play.
They agreed that in the PL era we have similar histories, but the big game changer for them has been the appointment of Pochetino who has been the catalyst to lifting the team and the club to where they are now.
They go as far as to say he is the club's most important 'player' and the one they can least afford to lose.
I very much doubt Sam Allardyce is our 'Pochetino', but nor do I believe that it is Unsworth.
Who is and will be our 'Pochetino', I have no idea. But I live in hope we can find him.
280 Posted 14/01/2018 at 13:50:58
281 Posted 14/01/2018 at 13:52:33
282 Posted 14/01/2018 at 14:16:59
People take everything literally when reading so i understand it looks like - don't buy from a relegation side.
I am not saying there are no good players there but its another level. A level lower. We sign a crop from that level we become that level.
Atletico have a style and system that suits a particular player and they have bought well. Villareal are hardly Swansea's level though are they?
James Marshall. Thats true mate its difficult to sign the very best but we can do far better.
Recruitment has to be the managers job in my opinion. He has to grow with them and build a bond.
If we can't find a manager better than Moyes who can identify a player and have him scouted, hes not worth much is he?
283 Posted 14/01/2018 at 14:20:21
And spare me the "I thought Scousers were made of sterner stuff" jibe. This Scouser doesn't adhere to what you seem to think of as an inalienable right, the right to abuse others in the guise of being an articulate know-all.
I wouldn't dare compare myself to gentlemen like John McFarlane and others who've recently gone on record expressing their dismay at the abuse on here of other fans but they're the type of Scouser I'd be proud to be associated with.
284 Posted 14/01/2018 at 14:28:04
Moyes for all his faults, did know how to pick players with the right mentality in the main. Yeah he bought a few duds, but all managers do.
You look at players like Phil Neville - not the most talented b any stretch of the imagination, but he had balls and took every game as seriously as if it was his last. You could see it in him standing in the tunnel before games and he cajoled players through games - who does that for Everton now? Not one of them has any balls apart from Rooney & maybe Jags but neither of them can keep up for long enough anymore.
We need some young steely players with talent - not a lot to ask is it!
The best players are the ones with ability and the right mentality to make that ability useful - we don't really have any of them anymore.
285 Posted 14/01/2018 at 14:29:05
However, we are fortunate that the teams below us are, in the main, worse and I reckon another dozen points will be enough to see us safe. This season.
But when history is writ, those Evertonians that remain will look back on the summer of '17 and muse' that's when it all went wrong.'
The 'saviour'that was Moshiri was providing our worst-ever manager with funds to provide us with our worst-ever team. We were never to recover from the damage as we morphed into Aston Villa Mk 2.
287 Posted 14/01/2018 at 14:36:21
We are going from one disaster to another and I have no confidence that this board can come up with the results as they all seem clueless on football issues.
The money we have paid for average players is incredible and this is obviously being given the green light at the top. It can't go on like this or we will go down sooner or later.
Moshiri needs to surround himself with the right people for the business we are in and get rid of all the wasters.
288 Posted 14/01/2018 at 14:55:43
This is the problems of a club who have built their new ground, play in London and generally finish in the CL places, but once the bubble bursts the rats all want to desert the sinking ship.
If all goes well, is this all we can aspire to?
289 Posted 14/01/2018 at 14:56:14
Tottenham where shit not so lucky no ago so there is definitely hope.
290 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:01:49
I tried to watch it with a couple of American friends over from Denver, with the vague hope of converting them to the ways of Everton - there is no chance!
Miserable performance - if the club has anything about it, it will refund the tickets to the fans.
What a horrible season.
291 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:04:15
292 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:05:44
78 Posted 13/01/2018 at 19:54:01
Flag this comment.
"Jim Bennings, for someone who declared to the world on TW last week that you were 'done' with Everton and wishing the rest of us luck, why have you hung out on TW every day since then like a bad fart in a lift?
If you 'couldn't really care less about Everton anymore', seriously... why are you following the games still and posting on TW?"
It has no purpose other than to demean Jim Bennings. There is nothing in it about our club. If there was a site called "BenningsWeb" it might have a place on there but until then I suggest you wind you neck in lad and concentrate your fabulous rhetoric on stuff that relates to the way Everton perform.
Other sites are available for football fans who want to denigrate Toffees. Why don't you join them?
293 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:06:23
294 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:09:06
Such is the reality.
295 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:11:26
Or did he say I can't do anything with this lot, you will have to put up with us playing shit until I've signed a load of new players. What do expect for a measly 6mil a year.
Because from what we have witnessed he hasn't got the ability to take us forward and cannot stop the rot.
296 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:21:38
Bournemouth winning means that we need to start worrying about the teams below us once again!
297 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:28:14
Born a blue, forever a blue ( but did support Tiverton Town when they won the FA Vase 2 years on the trot in 99 and 2000 so I have enjoyed some Wembley success). May be a very long time until that happens again. Tiverton and Everton !!
298 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:29:29
You cant take a game on isolation every game is different though there is some form. Thats just football.
You could say how would you expect us to beat West Ham 4-0 if they can go to Tottenham and get a draw.
299 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:36:49
Every other club goes into those type of fixtures with the capability of surprise element apart from Everton who go there knowing the obvious defeat is ominous.
300 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:40:18
The check is in the mail.
301 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:43:48
302 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:44:14
Can you imagine the mood of the supporters if we had a team that played like Tottenham, For one thing going to work on Monday morning would be something to look forward too,there would be no constant backlash of the team on forums and being an Evertonian would once more be happier
Not every team can win silverware but it would be far better to have a team that has the possibility ,than one who looks like relegation candidates with a big hoof manager.
303 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:46:45
I thoroughly respect the right of every contributor to express an opinion, it's the manner in which some opinions are expressed, that disappoints me.
If I felt strongly about an issue, I would pursue it as zealously as I could, without resorting to personal insult or foul language. I don't believe either course of action strengthens the point of view that is being conveyed.
I'm relatively new to taking an active part in debate on this site, and I must confess it saddens me that fellow Evertonians should be so inconsiderate to each other.
We all have our own view on what the problem is, and how it should be resolved, but unfortunately we can't all be right, a little tolerance wouldn't go amiss.
304 Posted 14/01/2018 at 15:55:49
The only way I handle this kind of thing is to disengage with anyone who makes personal insulting comments. They can either stick to the substance of the debate, or forget about getting any response from me. Asking them to act differently seems futile.
305 Posted 14/01/2018 at 16:05:06
306 Posted 14/01/2018 at 16:05:36
It certainly doesn't mean that we should stop trying, absolutely not, nor does it excuse the obvious failings of the club at several levels. But I have decided for my own sanity that it is right to regard us - given our history over recent decades - as a side which has no reasonable expectation to get much beyond where we are now in any given season. If we do better, then we should be pleasantly surprised and not regard it as an entitlement.
To change that will require a very big dose of luck or massive financial investment. I am not holding my breath for either.
307 Posted 14/01/2018 at 16:12:35
Kenny - played out of necessity and has already had his major asset curbed by Allardyce - that of going forward. Sam has repeatedly spoke about the return of Coleman so Kenny will be marginalised when hes back.
Davies - was playing at the start when we were doing well, has now dropped off. Now replaced by Schneiderlin, McCarthy and Gana.
Baningime - see Davies.
Vlasic - 1 start, overlooked for a half fit Bolasie since. Were also confirmed to be looking at Walcott so hell be even further down the pecking order.
Lookman - same as Vlasic, not exactly getting the opportunities apart from a cameo against Liverpool.
DCL, Holgate And Pickford have been picked, however, apart from Holgate, these again have been out of necessity.
Thats 6 players who are not, or will not be, getting game time under Sam. At the moment I cant envisage them getting the games they need to improve and this is where Unsworth would have been a better long term option in my opinion.
Sams on an 18 month contract with no affiliation to the future of the club, why risk playing these when you can spend £20million on seasoned replacements who will gurantee mediocrity?
309 Posted 14/01/2018 at 16:52:27
Lots of conditionals and presumptions there Kevin.
Also, what do you prefer: selecting what is best for the team, or simply playing young players on a hope and a prayer they will come good?
A fully fit and firing Coleman, or the still raw Kenny?
Ditto Bolasie compared to Lookman or Vlasic? Etc, etc.
Don't get me wrong. I am a strong advocate and supporter of the academy and the work they are doing.
I wanted Kenny to have more game time under Koeman and since he has come into the side he has done well. That said, he is far from the finished article.
Did you not see how Kenny was totally skinned by Son early in the 2nd half which led to Son have acres of space to set up Kane's 1st goal?
Did you not see how it was Kenny who kept dropping back ever deeper back into the penalty area when the rest of the defence was holding a higher line in the build up to the 3rd goal? Yes, Kane's finishing position from where he scored should have been called offside, but before that Kenny's poor awareness and positioning allowed Kane to advance and occupy the space between Jonjoe and Holgate from which he ran through to score.
Watch Jonjoe closely. This was not a one off. He has a tendency to do this in most games.
Similarly, by common consensus Tom Davies has not hit the heights of last season and plenty were calling for him to be rested. He is only 19, after all
Baningime looks a real prospect. But you have to accept he is well down the pecking order. He has plenty of time to come good. Again, he is only 18.
Vlasic and Lookman, as Sam himself said this very week, are good prospects with a future. Equally, they divide opinion among the fan base. Some don't rate them at all. Others want to see more of them. Have either of them really done enough under any of our 3 managers this season to be a must pick though...? I would argue not.
Finally, to claim as you do that DCL, Holgate and Pickford have been picked only 'out of necessity' is a head-shaker, quiet honestly.
To conclude as you do from your extremely speculative analysis that this equates to '6 players who are not, or will not be, getting game time under Sam' is:
1) simply false
2) extremely presumptious
They will get the games they need to improve you call for by being good enough to be selected, rather than requiring David Unsworth in the manager's chair as you desire.
310 Posted 14/01/2018 at 17:27:08
I think Rooney and Sigurdsson can play in the same team as a 3 in midfield with a holder, the same as Citteh play okay, can't compare like with like but think of them as a shitter De Bruyne and Silva.
Finally, Spurs' first goal was shocking defending, possibly the worst I've seen this season and that's saying something. It's about time that Walsh, who looks like a one-hit wonder, pulled a left-back out the bag.
311 Posted 14/01/2018 at 17:57:29
I wish Bill Kenwright would resign.
I wish Steve Walsh follows him.
I wish Sam Allardyce keeps us in the Premier League.
I wish Mikel Arteta is appointed to replace Sam next season.
I wish Joe Royal is appointed to mentor Arteta.
An analogy in respect of the current squad which despite serious misgivings by many TWs are quality.
Go back to the days when you could service/ maintain your car yourself. If you put the plug leads on in the wrong sequence the car misfired, and thats whats happening now.
Get the gap for the points wrong with the feeler gauge, result, the spark wont jump the gap, and the car wont fire up, and thats whats happening now.
Todays car engines are too complicated to do the job yourself, result, overpaying for what was a simple operation.
Until we go back to basics, and play players in their correct positions, nothing will change.
New car and new mechanic. We could do a lot worse than appoint Arteta!!!
I await the backlash!!!
312 Posted 14/01/2018 at 18:14:20
313 Posted 14/01/2018 at 18:14:23
From your reply I believe that you wish for the same as myself for the Future of Everton and for the record I started supporting Everton after playing at Goodison Park in 1952 for the school. As this gives a close idea of my age I agree with your last sentence of don't hold your breath, as if I try to do this for to long, id be worried about the consequences.
Being an Everton supporters has its ups and downs but unfortunately there seems to be more downs than ups and I don't see many more ups than downs in my future.
314 Posted 14/01/2018 at 18:21:52
I used to use a piece of a Bryant and May match box actually. The width of it, always seemed to be about right!
Wouldnt go anywhere near an engine today. Happy days.
315 Posted 14/01/2018 at 18:27:06
316 Posted 14/01/2018 at 18:27:56
317 Posted 14/01/2018 at 18:38:38
If you got it wrong, a quick look at the Haynes manual soon sorted it.
It will come good!
318 Posted 14/01/2018 at 19:10:51
A poor performance, poor tactics, poor substitutions from a poor manager who's getting six million pounds a year to get something out of the squad he's got.
So why are people saying it's the players he inherited from the previous managers, surely he knew what he had before he took the job.
But all of a sudden it's not his fault, he needs to sign a lot more players to do anything to justify his kings ransom of a wage.
I will repeat what I said about his salary incase you didn't understand, SIX MILLION POUNDS a year and I haven't got the ability to get the best out of this squad.
It beggars belief that people are still making excuses for him.
319 Posted 14/01/2018 at 19:26:34
Reading this thread, with the personal stuff arriving back in at a rate of knots, it all feels very familiar. But there is a new edge to this. Throughout some horrible jousting on here during the Moyes years, exchanges that at times bordered on the threatening, we could all fall back on the accepted lack of financial resources, punching way above our weight even tho it delivered little. But no more and reading this here you sense the extreme frustration, the dismay at the crass mis Mgt exercised now with no excuses.
The arrival of financial muscle has sadly (for us) happened at the same time as most are now able to find £20m-£25m for distinctly average players worth not half of that three years ago. We have failed to adapt to our better financial foundations. But our support still gets kidded by this newly found wealth. We got so excited by this summers “big spend” whilst right up until the season started ignoring the impact of not replacing the quality of £110m brought in, combined with the fact that despite all that spending there was virtually seriously .hardly any fans of this club not screaming that we had delivered a horribly unbalanced squad four players short of being able to effectively compete and avoid a crash and burn of surprising proportions. The board put its faith in the Koeman Walsh axis and have been shafted. But they have failed to act when the evidence was punching them in the face. Which is clear from the fact that News Years Day arrived and the club hadnt made the desperately needed progress putting right the abysml summer failures.
So we get frustrated and bitter and angry and sometimes “personal” because nothing breeds these emotions quicker than feeling helpless. The AGM left me scared for the future of the club. Our new benefactor is it seems a friendly Uncle who displays a frightening naivety aka trusting Jim White not to share transfer titbits after late night phone calls. Worse, he is pursuing a tunnel vision approach to our future and, even tho this cannot possibly be can it .I honestly believe he doesnt see the danger he has presided over in the post Martinez Koeman years which have produced the most spineless, poor quality bunch of players most here will have seen. I see a board room with too many yes men and one amazingly capable woman, and a reaction to the AGM “stuff” that clearly puts the playing side second to debt repayment “triumphs” and a shiny stadium which may happen or not if the naievity continues.
Allardyce and the other Sam are now the recipients of all of this crap. Years of it. Delusional stuff on a grand scale. No decent manager wanted our job. Silva ? Really? What on earth was he going to do with this shower of shite masquerading as professional premier league footballers?
The next eight games could see us firmly safe mid table, all bar one winnable but truth be told three wins and a draw or two and we can breathe again. It is going to be ugly. Horriblybdo. But we are not City, or Barca or PSG or yes, Spurs. We have to earn the right to fall back on our “history”. Screaming for all out speedy attack at our club wont get us anywhere. This squad can be improved enough by 1st Feb to see us grind out the results we need. Then maybe, just maybe, the realisation of just how badly we have failed may have some impact.
But the club desperately needs restructing off the field and wholesale changes in the way we manage development and transfers. Without new faces in the seats of power there is no sexy managerial appt that will make a difference.
And as for Steve Walsh, he has 17 days to do what he was brought in to deliver, which is not necessarily a clutch of £25m plus players but three or four rock solid decent quality players in those uncovered positions where frankly there are now performers in the Championship easily ahead of what we have at the club. Meanwhile can you imagine how good it would be to wander into this forum after weve won a cup or beaten the shite or just played like Spurs did on Saturday. Sigh.
320 Posted 14/01/2018 at 19:30:55
I did mean to say that 1 out of 3 of Pickford, Holgate and DCL were picked out of necessity, Holgate and Pickford have been there on merit.
We see players in other leagues hitting heights in their teens and early 20s, but not here as the jump from U23 to the first team is too big.
We have a chance to put that right now in an environment which is less risky, and will reap the benefits if we do.
Like you said, lookman and Vlasic divide opinion, Kenny got skinned by Son, Davies isnt hitting the same heights. This will happen with kids, but unless theyre played they wont overcome it. If we played more of them now and accepted their mistakes rather than getting on their backs or replacing them, we could reap the rewards in the future.
Personally - I dont think Sam will do that
321 Posted 14/01/2018 at 19:46:30
The Agm was the eyeopener for us all to see what buffoons are running the club with childish statements made about Lukaku and Barkley which should be kept private.
On the playing side it is a disgrace that we have allowed Galloway and Garbutt out on loan while not bringing in a replacement for Baines. If the lads are not up to it sell them but for gods sake get us some left back cover asap.
There is obviously something rotten at Everton that is demotivating every manager we have and consequently the players.
We are an absolute shambles as a club in contrast to the professionalism we expected when Moshiri came in.
322 Posted 14/01/2018 at 19:55:47
Give it a rest George 319, we all know by now that you did not want Allardyce.
So its all Sams fault is it, oh that it was that simple.
As I have posted earlier we can compete over a season with 13 clubs in our League but not with the other 6, how much evidence do you need.
We very occasionally get a result over one of the 'big 6', but most times we are outclassed.
How long has it been like this? Whoever is our manager they need players that match the top 6 players otherwise we will always be bridesmaids.
323 Posted 14/01/2018 at 19:55:59
Lets get something very clear: Unsworth inherited a far worse situation than Allardyce did. We were in freefall and nobody, but nobody, could predict where our next victory was coming from. It wasn't enough that we came back from being two goals down to beat Watford, nor that we missed two absolute sitters to make it five.
The only thing Sam's supporters can talk about is how lucky we were (oh, the irony). The players again showed their determination to fight for Unsworth when coming back twice against Palace but all we hear from Allardyce's acolytes is how lucky we were. Not once have I saw anybody take the circumstance at Southampton into consideration on here. Not once. We had no defence, FFS. Those who were not already injured got injured.
The players once again came back and murdered West Ham but all they talked about was the 15-minute period West Ham had, ignoring the score and the rest of the match.
If people want to put Rhino's performance into context, then they should have the good grace to acknowledge the situation he inherited. They should have the good grace to acknowledge he brought us five places up the table and despite the horrific situation, was able to get us seven points in five games. Hardly relegation form.
Sam Allardyce inherited a much different situation. He took over a team with much of the shredded confidence restored - see player comments. He benefitted (short term) from that new-found confidence, but has since had his limitations well and truly exposed.
Under Unsworth we scored an average of two goals per Premier League game. Under Sam we can't even muster a shot on goal. He still hasn't found a way of reaching Rhino in the goals-for chart despite the fact that the Evertonian was only in charge for five games. And those who thought Sam has sorted the defence are now being rudely awakened.
Under Unsworth we were heading north, now we are heading south. The appointment of Sam Allardyce was a reflection of the panic around Evertonia and we will/are having to suffer the consequences. When Unsworth's team battered TGT's West Ham he seemed to have established an unassailable lead over the Eastenders. Yet here we are a few weeks later and the guy we considered unappointable has got his West Ham team breathing down our neck. Who now in their right mind would bet against Moyes winning the battle of the spoilers and once again leaving his boring mate in his wake, despite being in a far worse starting position?
Allardyce was an appalling appointment, an absolute howler of a decision.
"We may have to become more boring"... I could weep.
324 Posted 14/01/2018 at 20:01:48
325 Posted 14/01/2018 at 20:05:14
Well put. As I have said many times. We keep buying players with this "one for the future" unfortunately the premier league is relentless.
We have to buy players who are good enough to throw in at the deep end. However, Lookman has looked every bit as good as Siggy. Holgate has been no worse than Jags or Williams. DCL has been our only option up front.
The major problem we have is we are shopping at Lidl while the top six have been at Waitrose for years.
Even with billions behind project Everton. It will take two to three years to have any chance of picking one of the top six off. That is on the basis that any of them have a bad spell.
Arsenal look the most vulnerable this season. Spurs could be if Kane and Alli fancy a pay rise.
We're way behind the Mancs and the RS have just spent what we sold a 25 goal a season striker for on a centre half. Chelsea were the first to buy all of Europe's promising talent. We don't have that luxury even with the money as ffp has put a stop to that game.
I agree with what you say with the young players we have. Throw them in. Give them the experience and get rid of the ones who drown in the ocean that is the PL.
Stop buying 28 yr old plus journeymen players who the top six no longer want. Start giving the 21 yr old. "Looked good enough to buy in the first place" a chance. Young players do make Mistakes. So do old ones.
326 Posted 14/01/2018 at 20:06:31
Still, in another way it gives us hope; one or two top players to emerge from nowhere and carry the team, a good progressive manager to join us, and we too could make a step up.
327 Posted 14/01/2018 at 20:15:36
Last week it was Burnley and this week RS.
No chance he will gift Everton one will he ?
328 Posted 14/01/2018 at 20:51:45
Terminal decline in the rest on and off the pitch.
329 Posted 14/01/2018 at 21:01:42
Koeman and Unsworth tried to get a tune out of them and largely failed.
We are 9th at the moment, which is decent but have a series of difficult looking games coming up so it might get worse before it gets better.
Theres no walkovers in the Prem. especially away from Goodison, but the same applies to all the other teams around us they face the same difficulties.
330 Posted 14/01/2018 at 21:08:04
331 Posted 14/01/2018 at 21:19:32
Surely he told the board he'd be able to work with what he's got, and that's why they gave him the job. But now, all of a sudden, it's "Poor old Sam, look what he's got to work with!"
332 Posted 14/01/2018 at 21:31:56
The problem we have is that when we do get rid of Allardyce it'll take 2 seasons to instil a passing game and get more players in to play that way.
I'd play 3-5-2 for now with Rooney in the middle with someone with legs and Siggy further forward. Need a left wing back urgently which might negate having to get two players in on the left. 3 at the back reverting to 5 when we don't have the ball.
333 Posted 14/01/2018 at 22:26:34
I vehemently and consistently defend and beat the drum for the young players at Everton. I frequently make the same point as you make: the very fact that they are so young inevitably means they will make mistakes, have bad games, and bad spells.
This season I have repeated on more than one occasion it is not the junior players letting the team down: it is the senior players not taking the lead, not playing anywhere close enough to their true abilities consistently or frequently enough, and not showing sufficient fight in the situation we find ourselves in.
But as much as I trumpet our academy and the young players, I also acknowledge there has to be a balance. And contrary to your claims, Sam is clearly playing the very youngsters you (erroneously) insist will not be considered on his watch.
Last season and this, no other club gave or continues to give its academy players as many minutes in the PL as Everton. Sam is continuing that trend.
And the young 'uns, all the more so in the circumstances, have largely played well. But as already stated, it is the senior players who are just not producing to the standards they are well capable of.
Yet you continue to insist 'Sam will not play the youngsters' when all the evidence, every week is...he does!
Your claim is clearly a false one, no matter how many 'yeah-buts' you contrive to argue they are only playing 'because'...add invented scenario.
335 Posted 14/01/2018 at 23:53:26
The pissed-off fans on here spout their views and much of it is negative, but remember in the summer when we suddenly started signing people early. The posts were full of optimism and excitement. We weren't to know that everything was going to go tits-up!
336 Posted 15/01/2018 at 07:55:14
337 Posted 15/01/2018 at 08:03:31
Heart attack apparently.
338 Posted 15/01/2018 at 10:34:22
Despite their unlimited money, City made some shocking decisions early on, before they started getting it right. It's only a few years since many on here were laughing at Levy at Spurs for his high turnover of managers. While we smugly stood still with the best bang-average manager in the business, Levy made mistakes, learned from them and started getting things right. That's why they're ahead of us now. Levy learned to play with his train set. Moshiri's going to go through that process a few years behind him.
That's the big picture. The here and now on the pitch is in our control. Play Sigurdsson in the middle and let him fly, buy a proper left back, a big strong passer in midfield, focus on our strengths and beating teams.
339 Posted 15/01/2018 at 11:35:09
We spent about £200M in the summer window. From the figures above, on the face of it we'll have to do at least this every season just to try to compete with the 'top-6'. The first attempt clearly wasn't a good one, and there will need to be further attempts, which after all is what the top clubs have done.
Notice that although the spend of Liverpool is about the same as Utd, Liverpool have won virtually nothing in that time period (the league cup), whereas Utd have won the league 4 times plus other trophies. This surely shows how difficult it is to win things even with a big spend, how difficult it is to be on a par with the 'elite' three of Utd, City and Chelsea.
We can only hope that the board have learned from the experience of spending £200M this time round, and that the spends will improve. But I think it's more hope than anticipation, judging by some of the stupidity that was apparent at the AGM.
340 Posted 15/01/2018 at 11:40:52
341 Posted 15/01/2018 at 12:05:48
342 Posted 15/01/2018 at 12:45:52
343 Posted 15/01/2018 at 13:09:11
Kenny was poor on Saturday, had his worst game, but other than trying to clip the ball into the channel, his only other real option until Lennon came on, was to turn and pass it back to Pickford.
Its poor we have a conundrum called Rooney, and its stopping Sigurdson playing midfield, and its stopping Lookman, or Vlassic playing out wide. Half-a-team Everton, is what we look like to me, and if the midfield players could learn one phrase, it would surely read, “NO TURNING BACK”.
344 Posted 15/01/2018 at 16:34:43
345 Posted 15/01/2018 at 16:51:05
347 Posted 15/01/2018 at 17:02:31
348 Posted 15/01/2018 at 17:36:28
Good insight Mark to highlight how painful it is, and has been for many years, being an Evertonian when we have the redshit across the park leaving us floundering us firmly in their wake, the media just demean and dismiss us, and the FA still treat the 'big 6' and Liverpool especially as protected species. How Lallana has escaped a ban for deceiving the referee just is beyond the pale.
Luvvie Bill has to go; he just has to or we will not recover in my lifetime, and Moshiri has to wake up and smell the hommus.
I had high hopes for Unsy but lost confidence when he reported that he speaks with BK every day? If he was as astute as he would need to be for the job of permanent manager he would have said "I listen to Bill . . . . ." or better still say nothing at all.
I believe we will survive this season, but only just, and meanwhile I will stick my neck out and say Sam and Sam may achieve stability and solidity. This may not be good enough for some supporters, but for me it would be a platform to build from. Sam's side (snide) comment regarding the continuation of boring football and slating us to be last on match of the day, was for me far more subtle than people realize. He was making several points which most media savvy people sidestep. He let the players, the media and the club's heirarchy know exactly what he thinks of them all and he will do things his way or not at all, in the time he has left.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, on top of Bill, we have had Martinez, Koeman, Walsh doing there thing and it has dragged us down further and faster than Moshiri or anyone else expected. Classic examples being why the left back cover was not just overlooked but was positively inflamed by the Garbutt / Galloway / Martina comedy of errors, and Siggy Starbust, our most expensive signing who has real quality, is played out of position (as he was at Spurs so it is no surprise) to accommodate Wayne. Every supporter and his dog have been howling out their concerns but the bloody management just ignored the reality as well as the alarm bells being rung out loud and clear by all and sundry! How the f**k can that have happened? How those responsible not be identified and be seen to be brought to account. Or is there a reverse agenda to undermine simple, logical, baby steps forward?
For now and the not too distant future, I am going to keep faith in Sam and Sam and look to see where it takes us. Options are; Up the table - great. Stay where we are - OK so what's next. Slip down a few places - expected. Relegation - wide awake call for all concerned with the well being of Everton and welcome to the footballing world of Yorkshire!
349 Posted 15/01/2018 at 19:22:22
I read some years ago that the old Wembley pitch was not much bigger than most club pitches, the fact that the terraces were sloped at a particular angle created an illusion of size.
Yesterday out of curiosity I Googled the dimensions of the following grounds,
Wembley 115 yds x 75 yds,
Old Trafford 116 yds x 76 yds,
Goodison Park 110 yds x 74 yds,
Anfield 110 yds x 74 yds.
It would suggest to me that the same illusion still exists, and that players have it in their minds that the Wembley pitch is somewhat bigger than the pitches they normally play on.
I would also add that if the figures quoted are correct, then the difference is minimal.
350 Posted 15/01/2018 at 22:47:11
Nowadays, with the grass pallet surfaces available at so many grounds, this is probably no longer an issue at the "new" Wembley stadium.
351 Posted 15/01/2018 at 22:52:13
"Even at 1-0 down, I know that whatever team we put out, we are not going to settle for that. From the first day I got this job, the team spirit and the team ethic has never been in question. I have honest lads who love playing for Everton.
“We got a deserved equaliser and then Antony has scored a fantastic individual goal. I'm delighted for him.
“When we are at our best, we press teams and we don't give them a minute's peace. We did that in stages in the first half and we were the better team. Tottenham were better in the second half, and it took us until they scored to start playing again.
“But once we started doing what we are good at, we scored two great goals and it was very comfortable in the end.”
Press teams and don't give them a minutes peace. At the moment we give them about 30 minutes peace camped on the edge of our box!!!!!
357 Posted 17/01/2018 at 10:33:59
Football isn't basketball or the NFL where the game is set up to be played by people of a certain size, thank fuck. The best DM the past 2 seasons (Kante) is about 5'-7". One of the best CFs around (Aguero) is 5'-8".
Of course you need height at CB and some overall to deal with set-pieces. (Though I've seen Rooney make more defensive headers than 6'-3" Lukaku ever did!) Depending how you want to play a tall CF can be necessary. But that's it.
The game is played with the feet! A good low centre of gravity is of more use than a bunch of tall fellas running about. It's not like Spurs were smashing in aerial balls all afternoon!
358 Posted 17/01/2018 at 12:09:22
Kenny loses ball in vulnerable position with no cover. 2nd goal but clearly off side as clearly as Rooney was for his. Bullshit linesman and even greater bullshit from Optus commentators who should be sacked for their bias.
Lousy CD work for third. Rest is equally as technical. Clear we need an LB plus strong and fast CD to replace Jags. Preferably about 6ft-3ins or more. Not rocket science. Best forget Forward purchases and concentrate on LB and CD.
Pissed off? Yes 100%. Why are these guys paid zillions when its all freekin' common sense that some amateur coaches understand clearly. OMG
359 Posted 17/01/2018 at 12:44:46
Allied to that we seem to rarely if ever sign a big powerful player, including in the personality department.
How many other squads have an entire defence comprising players of a stature like ours? None that I know of. How many have no forwards with ability to bully or dominate the opposition defence? None that I know of. And how many have a midfield containing so few able to run from box to box, play a penetrating pass or score? Ditto.
In the Spurs hammering I thought Tosun looked interested and interesting but I read a telling look on his face when he chased down their left back in the left back area and panicked him into a hasty pass to the centre-back just of the edge of the Spurs area. Tosun looked back with an expression of surprise, to say the least, that there was no Everton player anywhere near doing what he'd been doing. Only my opinion obviously, but I think it came as a horrible surprise to him and may well quickly induce him to think, rightly, that you can't chase down on your own so if the rest of this shower can't be arsed why the hell should I be?
362 Posted 17/01/2018 at 20:19:03
It's only fair, equal and balanced to ask wtf has happened to the defence in the last few games, where we've been as leaky as fuck!!
Some people on these pages expressed a hope of Sam Allardyce changing his spots regarding attacking play.
Some expressed doubt and concern that he wouldn't change a thing in an attacking regard.
He's essentially a fireman and scrapper. If the defence is still leaking, I fail to see how he can justify being here.
Let's see how he gets on, tactically, now he's signed some decent forwards.
I still have more than several doubts about him in fact, I have more doubts now, than I did when he arrived!
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