While all is far from rosy in the Everton garden right now it’s fair to say there have been some extreme reactions from Evertonians over the last week. I have heard everything from, “He should never play for Everton ever again” to “Terminate their contracts” and even my first “Martinez Out” of the season. However, my absolute favourite has to be the bring Moyes and Stubbs back calls from a select few who seem to have no imagination or memory of how things were before Roberto Martinez arrived.
Now this is not me defending Martinez and the teams performances against Swansea last night or Crystal Palace, they were both horrific to watch and Martinez got it all wrong. However, since our impressive result against Wolfsburg there seems to be a hysterical attitude amongst Evertonians. The same team everyone was made up with has turned into one that is going to get relegated, all the players apparently need replacing and it’s a wonder we managed to get anywhere at all with a lumbering Romelu Lukaku up front. It’s strange really because I am pretty sure it wasn’t just me singing his name when he scored against Palace?
Everton are on a bad run, Martinez has made mistakes both in terms of tactics and the personnel he has used but contrary to popular belief there is reason for cautious optimism. These players are in poor form, they are not poor players. Games like Arsenal are an example of football being a game of small margins and at present the individual errors being made are proving costly. Martinez needs to get the team doing the simple t well again but much of the problem is something only the players can sort out on the pitch there is nothing like a Derby to bring focus and determination to underperforming players.
The start of this season has been a strange one across the league with no one stamping their authority as yet. I don’t think the issues we are having are particularly deep rooted and with the return of players like Oviedo likely to add more energy I honestly don’t think there is a need for as much doom and gloom as people are making out. A team that finished fifth last season doesn’t become bad overnight and prior to the last two games we have been playing well. Saturday is far from the foregone conclusion many seem to think it will be and if ever there was an opportunity for a turning point it could well be there.
Martinez and the players needs time and patience from Everton fans when we notoriously have very little. A few away games certainly won’t do any harm. It’s cliche nowadays to say, “Form is temporary, class is permanent” but never has a phrase been so apt for Everton right now.
Ask yourself this…is this a bad Everton team or is it just a team in bad form?
Mc Carthy Barry
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