Out of all the teams in the Prem, there is no doubt Everton had the toughest start to the season. After facing four of last seasons top six teams in the first five games it was expected that the blues could find themselves in the lower half of the table, especially with so many new faces to gel into the team and the inclusion of Europa League football, but an easier run of games were finally on the horizon and it was an opportunity to grab some valuable points.
But that was not the case.
2 wins against 2 poor teams, one being very lucky that Niasse came to save the day, a draw against some Cypriot team that I had never even heard of and another home loss – this time to Burnley. I mean no disrespect to them but these are teams that we should be beating comfortably and as I look ahead to next week’s away game to newly promoted ‘Brighton’, not one thing I have seen from Everton this season gives me any confidence we’ll get a result.
I’m no football manager and I don’t pretend to be an expert but the system the Blues have adopted is not working and everyone can see that – everyone except Koeman. Week after week the Dutchman assures the fans during his press conference that he sees there are problems and he will make the necessary changes but when it comes to matchday and the team sheet is finally revealed its just the same old story. Three no.10’s, two defensive midfielders, no width, no pace, no attack.. oh and Ashley Williams. Ashley bloody Williams…
Confidence is obviously a big issue for the players at the moment but the manager doesn’t exactly help the situation when he sticks out the same defensive, failing team every game and expects them to magically all find form. What he has to do is take advantage of the few players who are showing some fight and confidence, plan his team and tactics around them and drop those that are not performing.
Rooneys personal life has clearly taken an affect on his performances and it was somewhat expected so some time on the bench would do him good, and this would finally allow Sigurdsson to take up his natural position on the pitch and show what he is really about. Morgan Schneiderlin has also been a shade of his former self and would too benefit from some time on the sidelines. DCL needs to be our starting striker with crosses coming in from wide players like Lookman and Kevin Mirallas and when the game enters its final 20-30 minutes it’s time to bring on super sub Niasse who can continue to build on his partnership with Davies who has taken the empty spot left by Schneids. These changes brings both pace and multiple options of attack to the game.
Now the right-back situation is tricky because, until Seamus finally returns, the two options are Martina and Kenny. Martina has provided some good play moving forward and getting crosses into the box but defensively…well…he’s just a bit shit isn’t he…and sadly Kenny has not shown the same level that he’s shown in the under 21’s HOWEVER this is probably just down to such little game time with the first team so sticking with him is the better option. Drop Williams and stick Jags in.
That, in my opinion, is the team that we have to go with that will pick up points.
The fact the Ronald Koeman is so stubborn should be worrying to Evertonians as he seems to be a one-plan-man who is hell bent on playing some of the most boring football I’ve seen us play…even Martinez attacked.. Despite the lack of confidence I have in Koeman at the moment I do hold faith that if results and performances continue like this Mr Moshiri will know what to do.