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02 Jan 2019 13:55:06
Whilst i'm not calling for Marco's head, when we are paying over £10m for a manager and coaching staff I expect clear signs of an improvement plan to take us forward.

What is not acceptable is the inconsistency surrounding tactics and team selection.
If you get your tactics right against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea and then get them woefully wrong against Spurs, Brighton and Leicester, then questions need to be asked of both Marco and his coaching team.
We already have a pool of players capable of finishing 7th in the table but we cannot afford to carry 4 players, against any team in the EPL, as has been the case over the last four or five games.

Siguardsson, Richiarlison and Walcott have turned in very poor performances, whilst Gomes after a really good start, when not fully match fit, has actually gone backwards and lacks a yard of pace.
This results in a very weak and ineffective midfield that leaves us vulnerable to teams on the break.

If would be futile trying to enter the transfer market for a striker simply because we don't have the creativity from midfield to provide the service and the telling pass necessary to open up defences. The best striker in football would struggle to score as a lone striker up against 3 or 4 defenders in our present set up
I accept players won't turn in 10/ 10 performances every game but I do expect them to put in 100% effort and at least make it difficult for the opposition to play.
I would certainly give DCL and Lookman regular game time and also play Bernard, who is skilful and has a change of pace but just needs to improve his final ball.

Fancy Smith

1.) 02 Jan 2019 16:12:57
DCL got a full game and had no real influence leading the line. Although opportunities were limited due to a lack of service, Bernard’s most effective run delivering a driven cross through the 6 yard box a natural striker would have gambled and hit that box but he and Tosun were nowhere near.
For me he is off the bench at this time, however I agree about the poor performances from senior players.


2.) 02 Jan 2019 19:02:19
Sat right by that cross Wakka, after all the floating ineffective crosses DCL had all game a combination of inexperience and naivety meant he was just not ready or expecting it, Tosun was still on his heels having just come on. As to Tosun, delivery had been so bad all game that when he came on they carried on the same. The bloke tried to make things happen, even coming out of the area for the ball, which was exasperating. Even so he had the two best chances and one if we had been quicker to react could have been the equaliser. As some others have said, I would persevere with him for a few games, the goals will come.


 

 

 

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27 Oct 2019 19:15:04
Frustration and disillusionment amongst the posters is both understandable and warranted and no matter what valid points and suggestions are made on this site unfortunately, as has been proven, it will make not a jot of difference.
Despite who has the say in who we sign, Silva must take responsibility for team selection and tactics.
IMO the deficiencies are obvious.
We have little or no pace throughout the team resulting in a fragile defence and midfield which give too many needless free kicks away, i.e Gomes and those who have speed have the no footballing brain i.e Walcott and the
We are desperately slow in our build up play which makes it very easy for the opposition to organise and defend.
Our movement off the ball and support for the player with the ball is poor resulting in most of our passes going either sideways of backwards.
We are one dimensional in our tactics and seem to lack fitness.
All of which can and should be addressed during training.
You only have to look at City, Liverpool and Leicester to see the style and tactics which bring success.
All move the ball quickly and attack and defend en bloc with pace continually stretching the opposition and forcing mistakes.

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1.) 27 Oct 2019 19:49:04
Are we criticising his team selection? Almost everyone on here said he must not change from the West Ham game, but for a Mina injury he kept it the same. Why is he being criticised for that?

I don’t think he’s a manager for our present or future but he wasn’t to blame for poor team selection. The team that started the game didn’t play to the standard they did the previous week. They are to blame for any poor performance, but let’s also not forget the shocking use of VAR and an OG scored by an almost blameless left back.


2.) 28 Oct 2019 21:59:54
Toffee ace,
The post was not a criticism of team selection based on the premise that you shouldn’t change a winning team but an overview of the real problems within the club.

Football coaches who have real tactical knowhow select their transfer targets to suit a specific style of play and who have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances encountered in the course of the game.

We in the past couple of years have bought adhoc without any idea how each player fits within a particular preferred style of play.

We are woefully short of pace throughout the team but especially in midfield and defence which makes us very vulnerable to teams with pace particularly on the counter attack.

It also results in a slow and ponderous support to the attack which again allows opposition defenders the time to effectively counter.

We need players with pace to burn at the right side and centre of the defence and a pacey creative midfielder to transform the playing style.


 

 

30 Sep 2019 21:05:24
Before the city game, being realistic, I was thinking more towards damage limitation and felt any result less than 1-4 would be a positive.
Our performance was therefore very good and offers many positives but there are issues, concerning basics, which should and need to be addressed on the training ground and at tactical meetings.
For instance, Coleman was a force going forward and received many plaudits, however, he was delinquent in his defensive duties and was caught out of position far too often and left acres of space down our right flank which, city exploited.
Digne also had a poor game from both a defensive and attacking viewpoint.
Against any EPL side we will struggle if our fullbacks fail to understand their first priority is to defend, going missing against the likes of city and our neighbours we will be severely punished.
Also, I was disappointed with Alex Iwobi who has the ability to commit and go passed defenders for fun but didn't try once to beat a city player and apart from the through ball to Siggy, which should have been converted, was purely on the periphery playing short 'safety' passes usually sideways or back.
I appreciate that performances cannot always be 100% every game but the coaching staff should, especially with the latest technology, see and be addressing
basic issues which are having a detrimental effect on the team and putting undue pressure on the performances in general.



Cole.

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1.) 30 Sep 2019 22:23:12
Spot on mate some fans are blind and accept a good performance 1ce every 7 games thw players are poor and not linking well and from what i have watched the last 5 games is terrible football sideways an backwards i'd hate to be a centre bk on r squad they have more possession that anyone in the team midfielders go missing.


 

 

17 Mar 2019 17:26:05
Marco wake up and smell the coffee!
Take both Gomes and Sigurdsson off and bring on either Davies or Snieds in defensive midfield, switch Bernard to AM and bring on Lookman wide left to interchange with Richarlison.

Fancy Smith

1.) 17 Mar 2019 18:37:59
Good job you’re not the manager!


2.) 17 Mar 2019 19:06:10
I'm glad he didn't take your advice Fancy. We could have lost if we did.


3.) 17 Mar 2019 19:54:55
What a difference in the 2nd half well done blue boys. I was one of the first to have a go at Pickford, sorry about that mate he might even play for England now.

{Ed025's Note - dont be sorry penysarn he deserved it for how he played against newcastle, he also deserves plaudits for today he played very well...honesty mate..


4.) 17 Mar 2019 20:12:17
MOTM Jordan for me Ed.

{Ed025's Note - certainly right up there mate..


5.) 17 Mar 2019 20:57:09
Like I said well done today blues and thanks Ed.

{Ed025's Note - no problem mate..


 

 

07 Feb 2019 14:37:48
Despite a much improved performance, largely due to the greater effort put in by majority of the team, I still have concerns with Marco's selection and tactics.
Zonal marking has been more than fully covered on this site so little more to add.
Apart from selecting Walcott I felt the line up was much better.
What I can't get my head around is the lack of tactical awareness surrounding the substitutions. My thinking is that subs should be made in order to change the game in our favour. So having rightly dropped Sigurdsson and Richarlison MS brings them on and guess what they continued to be totally ineffective.
It would have been smarter to switch Bernard to AM and brought on Lookman and Tosun for Gomes and Walcott.
Seems hope springs eternal through the eyes of both Silva and Moshiri.

Fancy Smith

1.) 07 Feb 2019 14:54:16
Lookman wasn't in the squad Smith but agree think there needs to be a plan b and as for Walcott if he starts on sat it will be a joke.


2.) 07 Feb 2019 17:25:20
Thanks Lee
Leaving Lookman, who has the ability to be a game changer, out of the squad only reinforces the point I was making.


3.) 07 Feb 2019 17:29:06
Lookman not in the Squad, yet does more in a 15 min cameo than Walcot does for 75 mins.

{Ed025's Note - i agree mate..


4.) 07 Feb 2019 18:51:41
Lookman injured, Maybe? I think we will see him and Ricky on wings to use for counter attacking on Sat.


5.) 08 Feb 2019 11:46:10
Lookman should be on the bench but for once I agree with not starting him, not against city. If uninjured he needs to be there against Watford and starting imo.


 

 

29 Jan 2019 19:02:40
Just seen the team for Huddesfield game.
Quite frankly Silva's lost the plot!

Fancy Smith

1.) 29 Jan 2019 19:14:29
Well if Macca can’t get a game then something’s not right. Either he is fit or he is not. Thought this would have been an ideal game to get him back in.


2.) 29 Jan 2019 19:24:44
I agree Woburn but also good to see Tom get a chance and tosun up top, I saw a report saying we should just recall Joe Williams if we gana, and to be honest I forgot about him, looked top draw for r 23s and while I haven't watched him a lot over the last 18 months if u watch him on YouTube at Bolton and Barnsley he reminds me of a young Gerrard, what's the point of loaning these lads out to get experienced if wer not gunna give them game time eventually.


 

 

 

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03 Aug 2019 13:51:04
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Pronounced Bowman-silent G.

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27 Jun 2019 18:03:32
It’s all about personal preferences but I would certainly have played Lookman ahead of Walcott.
Which raises the question why it appears we are prepared to part with Ademola but little mention of shifting Walcott who at £120k per week is certainly not value for money.

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08 Mar 2019 21:10:49
I appreciate that Ed but SA came with a set objective and therefore wouldn’t risk his £millions by playing youth, whilst RK bought so many players there was never going to be any room for the youngsters to get a fair chance.

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{Ed025's Note - they are fair points fancy, im just looking for a reason why he is not on the field a hell of a lot more i suppose mate..


 

 

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08 Mar 2019 20:56:41
Whilst everyone is entitled to their opinions as far as the Walcott Lookman discussion you only after look at the facts.
To say Lookman was dropped because of tactical reasons is absolute rubbish. Each time he has been introduced from the bench, especially at Anfield he has made a big difference, in our favour, causing LFC defence problems with his skill and direct running FACT.
He should be ahead of Walcott in the pecking order and should be afforded much more game time NO BRAINER.
And that view is based on his performances in EPL games and not on the training ground.
Which is more important performing in training or where it actually matters, under the pressure of a league game?
No prizes for the obvious answe.

Fancy Smith

{Ed025's Note - on the face of it fancy you are totally correct, however we dont know what goes on behind closed doors and silva is not the only manager who has failed to give ademola a decent run in the side mate..


 

 

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07 Mar 2019 17:26:23
Including bankrolling Liverpool.

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28 Oct 2019 21:59:54
Toffee ace,
The post was not a criticism of team selection based on the premise that you shouldn’t change a winning team but an overview of the real problems within the club.

Football coaches who have real tactical knowhow select their transfer targets to suit a specific style of play and who have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances encountered in the course of the game.

We in the past couple of years have bought adhoc without any idea how each player fits within a particular preferred style of play.

We are woefully short of pace throughout the team but especially in midfield and defence which makes us very vulnerable to teams with pace particularly on the counter attack.

It also results in a slow and ponderous support to the attack which again allows opposition defenders the time to effectively counter.

We need players with pace to burn at the right side and centre of the defence and a pacey creative midfielder to transform the playing style.

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31 Aug 2019 19:55:00
Let’s hope the penny drops and Marco realises that you cannot play two luxury players with no pace in the midfield and selects Delph, in preference to Gomes, and hopes Siggy has one of his better games.

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18 Aug 2019 17:10:36
Walcott has the football brain of a gnat! After using his only asset to leave the lb for dead he nearly found St Luke’s main aisle with the cross.

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{Ed047's Note - no change from his Arsenal days then


 

 

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30 Jul 2019 13:53:32
Sa90 we’ve just let Ademola go who fits the spec for your? player.

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29 Jul 2019 19:46:51
Totally agree with Ed3333 and his views on Ademola, big mistake to sell him.

Fancy Smith

{Ed002's Note - He has wanted to go for a year.}