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09 Dec 2018 14:14:13
Improvement has been pretty rapid under Brandt and Silva. A better recruitment policy, targeting younger players with potential and mainly focusing on improving the balance of the squad. The playing style has improved markedly, away from the dull style of last years managers to a attacking style easy on the eye. Players seem to better understand their role in the team and appear to be enthusiastic and committed to the Silva style of play.

We also now have an owner who is capable of moving us forward and that is not a criticism of Bill who did his best for us over many difficult years.
Some things however never seem to change. I am now 78 and went to my first game at 6 years of age. Of course we have had golden periods, too long ago unfortunately, but I would be a rich man if I had received a pound for every time it has been said that we would be a great team but for the lack of one or two players. Right now we need a top centre forward who can score goals and probably a right-winger who can also score.

It has also been said many times that if we could convert some of our draws into wins we would be more often in the top six. Well as of today we have five draws out of fifteen games, some against teams that we should have beaten especially in home games.

And then we come to playing at Anfield. How many times do that lot win at the last moment? It is so inevitable I can't stand to watch the end of the game.
So many things to rejoice about as the Holliday season approaches. Still work for Brands and Silva to do and unlike previous administrations, I have every confidence that they will correct the deficiencies as soon as practical and possible.
So for all fellow Blues and Eds I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year with thanks to all the Eds who do a great job on this site.

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07 Oct 2018 18:17:03
Their are at least four main attributes to have in a professional footballer, Pace/ Speed, Technical ability, Football related intelligence and Passion/ Desire. It would be great if all our players would have all four but only the very best fall into that category. Messi for example.
You don't have to have all four to be a great footballer, for example Siggy doesn't have pace but he has the other attributes. On the other hand Walcott has pace but some times like this Saturday I wonder if he has any brains. Schneiderlin on the other hand seems to be lacking all four attributes, always passing side-ways or backwards. Nothing wrong with that tactic, Barcelona does it all the time, however when they attack they do it with pace/ speed.
Over the foreseeable past we have lacked pace, and those with pace have either not been used or have been youngsters learning there trade. What we have now, thanks to Silva and Brands is a forward line with pace to spare. In Richarlison and Bernard we have players who have to varying degrees of all four attributes. These two supplemented by Walcott and Lookman have the pace and ability to open up any defense.
The defense also needed improving with younger and faster players with technical ability and in Digne we have found a very good addition. My hope is that Mina will also add pace as well as aerial ability to the side. In the mid-field in Gomes we hopefully have the mid-field general we have been lacking since Arteta left.
Silva does make mistakes, the Southampton game a prime example, but overall I think the additions we have made this Summer have definitely improved the squad. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.

BlueMike1

1.) 07 Oct 2018 18:41:00
I hope he proves me wrong but I don't think Mina is known for his pace to be honest. I think what I really want from him is someone who can lead the backline, and his aerial ability at both ends of the pitch.


2.) 07 Oct 2018 20:17:36
Agreed Tommy but at 6ft 5in or whatever he is his legs should be long enough to allow him to cover the ground quickly.


3.) 08 Oct 2018 10:01:50
Decent post Big smile, but "foreseeable past"?


4.) 08 Oct 2018 10:49:36
Yes a bit daft that one, I am 78 mate so prone to a few comments like that.


 

 

30 Jul 2018 12:40:16
I have a question for Ed002. Even if Usmanov still has shares in Arsenal I presume he, through his companies, can still provide the funds to build Everton's new stadium, obviously if it was a good business opportunity for him?

BlueMike1

{Ed002's Note - He could but why would he provide funds to build a new stadium for Everton?}


1.) 30 Jul 2018 14:40:05
Thanks Ed. I did say "if it was a good business opportunity". I have no idea if it would be or not. I was really thinking of the opportunity to build up the surrounding area for business, pleasure and housing and not just the stadium.

{Ed002's Note - Why would he want to go in to property development - something he is not involved with anywhere, let alone in England? I truly have no idea about your thought process here Mike.}


2.) 30 Jul 2018 15:02:19
Probably because I old Ed. My question really was about the legality of it and you answered that question thanks. No idea why he would want to do it any more than why he would want to sell his Arsenal shares and invest in Everton. All seems very unlikely to me.


 

 

20 Jul 2018 14:27:17
One has to ask why Brands was recruited in the first place? It was not to recruit mediocre players, or over the hill players, at over inflated transfer fees and wages. Been there, done that. I also don't believe that he will spend much energy going after players who the top European teams seek to recruit since we have little or no chance of recruiting this type of players even if we offer overly inflated transfer fees and wages.
Brands was recruited to identify unpolished gems who can be purchased at realistic transfer fees and who will accept realistic wages. He was also recruited to work with the manager to identify weaknesses in the squad and recruit players who will improve the squad while transferring out those players who do not, for whatever reason, meet the managers requirements. The players Brands brings in do not necessarily have to be world class players but ones that can have a positive benefit to the team and squad and can play the type of football required by the manager. At the moment we have an unbalanced squad and Brands must correct that problem as soon as possible.
Silva on the other hand IMHO was brought in to get the players playing good, attractive, attacking team football rather than a bunch of individuals, most of whom had little or no idea of how they needed to play or what there role in the team was meant to be. Each player has to be instructed about their role in the team effort and what is expected of them with no ambiguity so that they know what to do in every facet of the game. They have to be well drilled in the type of football the manager wants to play and they have to be competent to be able to carry out the managers instructions. Those who are not capable or who are not willing to play his style will be transferred out.
Silva will work with Brands to bring in the players who can play his style of football and who can add balance and improve the squad. Again these new recruits have to be excellent team players who can improve the team/ squad and not necessarily top class players.
All of this is going to take time and patience especially from us supporters. I expect a few new players this transfer widow, maybe even a high cost one. Having watched the two pre-season games I was impressed and pleased by the way Silva has the squad playing already. Time will tell if Brands and Silva can get us were we all want the club to be, playing attractive football and playing in Europe on a regular basis.

BlueMike1

1.) 20 Jul 2018 15:10:35
Good post - only question is if we hired Brands to find unpolished gems as you say wasnt Walsh to do the same as he had previous success and what happened to him - maybe we should have kept Walsh and saved some money.


2.) 20 Jul 2018 15:35:04
Walsh for me was relatively weak and seemed to follow the instructions of the manager when it came to recruiting. I believe Brands is much stronger, time will tell if he is an improvement over Walsh.


3.) 20 Jul 2018 15:46:10
Walsh was a scout, a very good one I think but certainly no the a DoF. Brands is.


4.) 20 Jul 2018 18:37:37
How do we know Brands hasn’t identified the unpolished gems? We need guaranteed improvements to the squad short term, and the unpolished gems for the long term.


5.) 20 Jul 2018 19:26:44
Bit early to doubt Brands yet lads. Bearly through the door.


6.) 20 Jul 2018 19:51:58
Mr Walsh was a Scout, promoted beyond his pay grade precisely because that was his agents rate to hire him, the agent was not concerned with competence. Mr Brands is a proven DoF with pedigree and excellent contacts. Rest assured there is a plan and we will within days see the results.


 

 

 

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07 Dec 2018 21:38:29
According to reports he was very unhappy at Barcelona, but seems happy at Everton and now playing every week. Providing that we are willing to pay whatever transfer fees Liverpool or United offer I see no reason why we would not have a good chance of getting him. Sometimes being happy in your job is the most important consideration.

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{Ed025's Note - very true mike..


 

 

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18 Nov 2018 17:08:57
It's really up to us, players want to win trophies in their short careers. If we start winning cups and get into Europe on a regular basis then the best players will want to play for us and stay. Stay in mid-table then we will lose our best players to more successful teams. Interesting that three of our ex-players played for England today, Dier, Stones and Barkley.

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02 Nov 2018 21:00:36
Gomez seems a lot happier at Everton and that could be an important factor. A lot needs to be accomplished including his continued good form and Barcelona letting him go for a reasonable fee, but we can only hope that this works out to the satisfaction of all parties.

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07 Oct 2018 16:32:11
I don't know what game you were watching Lee, I thought Tom had a pretty good game. He is still only 20 and will only get better with more experience.

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02 Sep 2018 13:09:43
I'm very surprised that most of our last day signings are taking so long to get fit. Hopefully after the international break we will see more of them playing.

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10 Dec 2018 14:11:00
Pretty obvious that it is a must win game for us. A lot of teams breathing down our neck including Watford.

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09 Dec 2018 11:31:20
Spot-on Degsyp, no re-sale value either.

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02 Dec 2018 18:41:39
Gutted but it is typical. We are so much better under Silva. They just got lucky so let's move on and look forward to the rest of the season.

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30 Nov 2018 13:42:48
Not the Silva way, he will stick with an unchanged side.

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28 Nov 2018 17:12:24
Sorry meant injury time and I did have my normal pint of Guinness.

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