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It's a full house on the TW pod as Adam, Andy, Ell, Lyndon and Paul look back at the 3-2 win over Crystal Palace that lifts Everton into 14th going into the international break.

They discuss how much the team has improved over 12 months and then assess their chances against faltering Manchester United before picking their players of the season so far.


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Danny O’Neill
1 Posted 16/11/2023 at 11:38:38
Well. What a day out for many different reasons.

But a sound performance and great result in front of a relentless and passionate away Everton support that I was proud to be a part of.

Mykolenko, despite the criticism of his attacking prowess will get goals and assists.

Gueye does what he does. At 34, he plays with the energy of a 24 year old.

The manager is stabilising us. Where I want to be? No but he is what we need for now. I don't want another Moyes as that isn't my Everton. But let's ride this out.

I would add that in some ways, it is reminding me of City. Not a direct comparison, but when we do go forward, we do so with meaningful intent. Maybe Dyche is our Mark Hughes stepping stone?

Player of the season to date. It has to be Tarkowski for me. Leader, captain and mentor to Branthwaite. They are developing a promising relationship.

We are approaching mid table and in the quarter finals of a cup competition as well as about to enter another. Keep believing blue boys because I and thousands of others will.

Next up Manchester United. No fear, just belief. And bring on Lucifer's children.

Spirit. Always Everton. Forever.

John Raftery
2 Posted 16/11/2023 at 18:29:31
Most certainly we have been in top half of the table form since beating Brentford. As Lyndon says, our play isn't perfect but the improvement compared with last season's nadir is beyond many expectations.

As regards our prospects for the Manchester United match, providing the players don't start thinking they are a good team, we should be confident of getting a positive result.

I agree with Danny about Tarkowski being the player of the season so far. The fact that there are several candidates reflects the progress made.

Robert Tressell
3 Posted 16/11/2023 at 18:35:31
Tarkowski has gone up massively in my estimation this season. Last season great, lots of last-ditch stuff but the defensive unit was chaotic.

This season keeping the defence under much better control so we're not so reliant on desperate blocks to keep the ball out of the net. Tarkowski is marshalling all of this. Very impressive.

Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 16/11/2023 at 18:55:40
Robert, his defensive abilities and those far post knock-ons aside, what I like about Tarkowski is how he confronts opposition players after an incident. He fronts them, but smiles and laughs at them.

Some would say wind-up merchant, but he does it well.

If you watch closely, his relationship with Pickford reminds me of Reid and Ratcliffe, narking at each other continuously but with mutual respect.

That silver kit has grown on me. I like the simplified Prince Rupert's Tower and the traditional 70s-style diagonal EFC on the back of the shirt.

Robert Tressell
5 Posted 16/11/2023 at 19:54:14
Too right, Danny. We need more arseholes at the club.

Great players, but used to drive me mad how accepting the likes of Baines and Jagielka were of injustice. None of that with Tarkowski.

Ian Bennett
6 Posted 16/11/2023 at 20:47:25
I'd be interested in views on the first position to prioritise strengthening any transfer kitty.

For me, it remains right-wing. I like Harrison, but I am not convinced by him playing on the right, when we have a problem at right-back.


Danny O’Neill
7 Posted 17/11/2023 at 07:42:31
Yes Robert, he takes no shit, but knows how to give it!!

Ian, I'll give that one a go.

Harrison is promising although no spring chicken, at 26, he's got a few years in him. From what I've seen of him, fast and direct. With him and Patterson we'd have a very attacking right side, although it may scare the daylights out of some. Interestingly though, he seems to be left footed. I think that's a thing in the modern game of playing wide players on their opposite side. I prefer them on their natural side.

I too like him. I guess if we're going to be adventurous we need to get forward.

Attack is the best form of defence as the saying goes.

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