I'm a fan of Bilyaletdinov to be honest. As Rhys says, you can tell he has all the skill, vision and awareness to make it at Everton; I don't think that's in doubt. It's mainly just a fitness and a confidence thing with the lad and again, as Rhys says, we'll start to see the best of him next season. He's where he should be for the moment, in terms of contribution in games and goal-scoring records etc.
He looks a tremendous asset and a very dangerous player to be honest. He strikes me as the type of streaky player, that when he gets going, he'll be a terrific player for us. I called him a Beckham/Giggs type winger when he first come and I go along with it. He's not the Ashley Young/Aaron Lennon tricky customer that we thought he may be. He won't take many players on and doesn't have a massive array of tricks, what he can do is create a few yards of space and put a dangerous ball into the box. Couple this with his positional awareness and attacking tendencies, and he's easily one of our most creative players. This will all come to light next year.
As to where to play him, it is a tricky one. Although he was rather anonymous yesterday, he did make some nice contributions to the game which further showcased his abilities. I thought he may end up on the right anyway, where he can cut inside, but I think we need a better right back if we're going to play him there. Maybe someone like Heitinga who is more comfortable on the ball would benefit Bilya', but at the minute it's just needs-must. We don't have them options.
Hibbert would make most wingers look shit because he's not good going forward, at all. Heitinga is a more intelligent player than Hibbo and I think Heitinga/Bilya would be a decent combination down the right. For now, I think we should keep him on the right, but Donavan will give us the option of changing it. He can start with Donavan playing behind the frontman and switch him and the Russian. I think the Russian would excel behind Cahill, but I also think Donavan would. Donavan, like Bilya, Pienaar and Osman, is not a natural wide player in the true sense of the word. It's like square pegs and round holes again.
One last thing. I think we'll see the best of Bilya, and most of our players, when Arteta returns because he will offer the rest of our players more space. Give him time though, is the underlying theme of this thread. On another Everton forum, which will remain nameless, they were getting the lube out after his debut against AEK at Goodison and now refer to him as "Bilyaletdownov". Fickle to say the least.