the next fortnight will be critical
This. Plus a month. Up until August 31, I'll be teetering between optimism and fatalism.
Even more than its ravaging of our defense, the most depressing thing about last summer's Lescott fiasco was that it seemed to signal the end of the era when Moyes was building a core for a sustained run at better things. And the beginning of an era when key members of that core would be fuckng off -- not just to "the big four," but to the nouveau big clubs like Citeh -- for a chance at the glory they came to realize Everton would never achieve.
So if Arteta, Pienaar, Jags and/or some others go, then it will be hard to retain much belief that Everton can even sustain ourselves at Europa-contention levels in the years ahead. But if Moyes can hold the rest of his core together and find a bargain or two to bolster the squad -- and most importantly perhaps, get the players believing again that they are part of something special and not just Bill Kenwright's football owner wank off fantasy, then I see good, make that better things ahead.
If we don't sell any key players this summer, or get struck by another spate of injuries, we really do look like a squad that can compete for a Top 4 spot in the coming season. And it's been awhile since I thought that.