31 Dec 2016 08:10:32
I really don't understand all this bickering between fans at the moment. If I paint a picture as I see it, it goes something like this: We were making slow but signifficant progress under Moyes. Martinez came in and decimated our squad with a succession of poor signings and one saving grace (Lukaku) . He was sacked and Koeman came in. He tried to make some significant signings but failed for a number of reasons. He did make 3 good signings that immediately helped strengthen our 1st team squad and without them we would still be dropping down the table and probably around the relegation places. He was unfortunate that one of his signings picked up a career threatening injury and has now been ruled out for at least this season. We are coming up to his 2nd transfer window and are in 7th position. We have just drawn with Man Utd (who have spent billions on their squad) , lost unfortunately to Liverpool (ditto re spend) and beaten Arsenal (ditto again) . We have just beaten the Champions 2 nil away and got a draw at the bottom club who were fighting for their lives. Yes it was not the most entertaining of games and we played poorly. but although the manager might be to blame for tactics a little. why are people getting on his back? He is playing catch up and people who read my posts in the past will tell you that under Martnez, I was predicting relegation within a couple of seasons. He made our squad older and inferior. We went backwards. Why is Koeman being blamed for that when all he has had is 1 transfer window and made some progress?
31 Dec 2016 08:32:16
No argument from me degsy. Good post that.
31 Dec 2016 08:34:41
Not even one transfer window to be fair Degs. At least not a full one. It will take a while to get right.
31 Dec 2016 08:39:01
Good post Degsy. its about improving every season and at the moment we are higher up the league, have beaten arsenal which we never do, beaten the premier champions and drawn with hull away, a game we lost under Martinez. I think we need to all calm down until the end of the season and then judge how good or bad a job Koeman has done. The guy deserves at least a season to improve us.
31 Dec 2016 08:42:58
Spot on Degsy.
31 Dec 2016 09:34:43
Good post degsy. a lot of fans expected to spend like real when farhad came and play like Southampton when ronny was appointed.
I see it like we've got and old squad that can't play the way he wants so he's playing a basic style they can cope with and grasp. he needs the windows to ship out dead wood and bring in the new.
When he has his team then we'll see how he wants to play.
31 Dec 2016 09:43:14
Nice post Degsy. We are all frustrated and angry when we don't win because we are Everton and expect success. However, you have to look at the bigger picture and what we are trying to achieve.
You summed it up perfectly.
31 Dec 2016 11:02:30
Thanks for the poitive responses guys. I thought some would think I was building up Moyes again. which I was not. but we certainly went backwards under Martinez. and how bad could it have been if he didn't get Lukaku on the books? That scares the proverbial grit out of me! But now it is time to give the club and it's individuals time to embark on a complete rebuild a little bit like when Moyes took over from Walter Smith. I like the fact we are signing all these kids who are obviously not the short term answer, but give it 2 or 3 seasons and at least 2 or 3 will probably be first team regulars. maybe even 4 or 5? Who knows. Then we need to sign the creative players and goalkeeper and probably a couple of young center backs. I see we are being linked with the Burnley center back who has a great reputation. he would be a great signing in my view. But to give up now at this important time of change in my eyes is foolish. This could be a time of change for the worse. but it could also be a great time of change for the better. but why give up before the change has happened? That's what gets me.
31 Dec 2016 11:27:04
Well said Degsy, it will get better we just have to give him time cheers, GuernseyBlue.
31 Dec 2016 12:05:21
Degsy I am in full agreement with your post. Analysing the last three games highlights the real issues.
Against Liverpool Baines tracked Sturridge across our 18 yard line without making a tackle and allowing Sturridge a shot which resulted in the goal. In last nights game he tracked Snodgrass diagonally from just inside our half for 25 yards and then decided to grab his shoulder just outside our area conceding a needless free kick, which again resulted in a goal.
Too many senior players concede too many silly free kicks in dangerous areas due to lack of pace and poor positioning. Contrast that with young Davies who seeing the team caught on the break and a dangerous attack developing grabs Snodgrass, the difference being the youngster saw the situation developing early and committed the foul on the halfway line nullifying the danger.
Ronald, without doubt, would have warned the players of the danger in giving away silly fouls in goal threatening areas because of Snodgrass's prowess at dead ball situations.
Rest assured he will be as frustrated as the supporters by experienced international footballers who are unable to follow instructions and do the basics.