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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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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.



27 Jan 2019 17:47:08
It really is time for a reality check.
We need to understand the level we are at to see what actions need to be taken to get to where we need to be.
Last night was woeful and to lose to a strugglng championship side missing 4 or 5 regulars is hard to take.
But it is the manner of the performance, from both players and coaching staff, which is both disappointing and frankly unacceptable.
After MS stating the players are angry with their performances lately I expected to see a desire, fight and determination in our play, all I saw on display was careless and unnecessary fouls which all led to goals.
The deficiencies in the team are evident and continually pointed out by posters on the site but MS and the coaching staff show no sign of seeing them and therefore are never going to address them.
We are desperately short of pace in both defence and midfield, with only Lookman, Zouma DCL and Bernard showing any change of pace, which results in total disconnnect within the team and slow ponderous back and sideways passes, which makes it easy to defend against and offers little support to either DCL or Tosan and leaves us exposed to counter attacks.
Sigurdsson, Gomes and Walcott have been awful for most of the season and should not be in the starting eleven and Mina has been a big disappointment lacking both pace and despite his size he is not a commanding presence.
Briefly analysing last nights individual performances:
Pickford - not commanding enough in his six yard area
Coleman - his best game for a few weeks but failed to find a team mate with clear crosses following good overlaps.
Keane - exposed by pace and bullying
Mina - poor and slow
Digne - not up to his usual standard committing two silly and unnecessary fouls which resulted in goal and when he had a clear shooting opportunity blasted the ball into Lookman which was impossible to control
Gana - covered a lot of ground trying to cover for Gomes and Sigurdsson
Gomes - slow and one paced offered nothing in attack or defence.
Sigurdsson - ditto
Lookman - most enterprising and tried to make things happen going forward our best player
DCL - tried his best with no support from GS and AG
Richarlison - battled well against some rough treatment
Zouma- very good
Tosan - similar to DCL and took his goal well.
Walcott - came on and did nothin
Silva - continues to pick out of form players and then substitutes our best player with another player offering nothing, . Astonishingly poor.
To improve our next performances I would bring in Jagielka, if fit for Keane. Give Baines a game at LB
To protect the back four, play McCarthy, again if fit, along side Gana to add bite, dropping Gomes and Sigurdsson, play Bernard at AM with Lookman, DCL or Tosan and Richarlison as the front three.

Fancy Smith

{Ed025's Note - hard to argue with any of that fancy mate..

1.) 27 Jan 2019 19:04:08
Good call.

2.) 28 Jan 2019 11:27:08
I don't get these get baines back in shouts? we replaced him for a reason and lucas has been our best player this year? yeah he made a foul, but it didn't really even look like a foul? if you're bringing bains back in I'd ant to see digne play on the left infront of him at least.



21 Jan 2019 16:46:37
Just read Marco Silva's comments on the Everton site, it's deja Vu with very similar promises and aspirations to Bobby brown shoes!
He wants the team to play with pace, how is that going to happen with the core of the team sorely lacking in pace and not having the ability to find a decent pass to Lookman, Bernard and DCL who have.
Delusional springs to mind.

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03 Aug 2019 13:51:04
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.

Fancy Smith

{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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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.}



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26 Jul 2019 17:20:55
With the need to trim the wage bill why did we decide to keep an under performing Walcott on £120k per week in preference to Ademola Lookman?
Oh, he had an attitude problem, not from the lad’s posting he didn’t.
So all the conjecture about him was a load of misinformed holiicks.

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09 Apr 2019 17:29:37
Simples - Marco didn’t know the best line up and persisted in chopping and changing creating instability amongst the players and continued to play players out of position and pick players who are now lucky to make the bench.

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