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November 01, 2017, 04:18:48 AM
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I feel that I'm usually a pretty level headed blue, but looking at us I haven't seen a worse side in the league this year.

We look to me like a side in real, genuine trouble.
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November 01, 2017, 06:25:46 AM
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Palace and Bournemouth. They’re below us for a reason

I honestly think we're worse and in a worse position squad wise. My worry is as well is that in retrospect this won't be a shot out of the blue - this will be well they struggled with an aging side under Martinez, bobbled around mid table for a bit and then finally dropped to the bottom three. There are signs there and they aren't good. We look empty.

I think the next 5 league fixtures are season defining.

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November 01, 2017, 03:32:27 PM
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I fail that believe that the loss of solely Lukaku, as important as he was, means that we go from 15 points clear of 8th to the worst side in the league.

It’s stretching things pessimistically quite some way considering that we have actually signed players, half of them proven in the PL to improve the other areas of the pitch.

So based on that it must be taken into account that we are at the lowest possible ebb of our form and therefore, yes we do look awful.

But the other teams down there are like that every year. They’re not going to get any better across the season.

Some, if not all, like Burnley, that are doing well will get worse as the season goes on.

We’ve sacked a manager because he couldn’t get his points across to a group of players that should be doing better.

Anyone thinking that we’re the worst team in the league must surely not agree with sacking Koeman unless it’s based purely on a relative level of influence over not signing a striker?

I think losing Lukaku was massive, yes. I also think not replacing him was massive - two force multipliers in making us shite IMO and different things. We didn’t not replace only his Goals, but his threat, his strength, his pace on the break to stretch teams, his defending from corners which was oddly good. He did more for us than score and brought more than Goals to the side.

We’ve also lost Bolassie, Coleman and Barkley to injury with no clear idea of when they’ll be back or to what level - another £90m at least of talent not currently able to be utilised. Youth, athletic ability and creativity as well as passing from the midfield.

We then sold Gareth Barry, I’m sure you’re a fan and I don’t need to tell you what he brought.

And finally key players are another year older, and new players are not hitting the beats we need them to.

We are the worst side in the league bar maybe palace, and they look ready to turn it round.

Being completely honest - I thought sacking Koeman would do one thing which was alleviate pressure on the fans and on the players from the fans. It was time for a change and thats fine but it’s startling how bad we still look.

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November 01, 2017, 03:54:37 PM
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Barkley will be back or we’ve signed players to replace him, particularly Sigurdsson who hasn’t been good or being used now.

Bolasie missed all of our strong second half of the season so shouldn’t be a factor in the decline.

Coleman yes, obviously is a miss, but again he missed a good chunk of the second half.

And no one liked Lukaku more than me so I appreciate what he brought.

But that shouldn’t rule out being generally competent at everything else.

Not sure, appreciate the thought you give as a poster so this is giving me pause I admit but when I look it I’m only seeing trouble.
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November 01, 2017, 04:25:10 PM
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Gana and in particular Schneiderlin were bossing it 2nd half of last season. Schneiderlin's performances in particular have fallen  off a cliff but I don't think Barry would be the silver bullet he is currently being made out to be. He probably would have suffered from the awful system the previous manager was trying to employ. It's a weird situation because if you look at all the midfielders on our books we should be pretty solid.


Unsworth has hell of a task to rebuild the shape of the team and the confidence of the players but he does have some decent players to use, if used correctly. IMO he should be focusing on making that midfield a solid as possible and building on that.




One of the few things giving me confidence is that I rate MS and Gana both. Maybe both are misused at the moment but I think they can both be great in the right system.
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November 01, 2017, 04:55:46 PM
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Can’t believe some aren’t worried - can it see us winning a game anytime soon? Can you see us winning ten?

Haven’t won an away since January and we weren’t even that shit then. How many home games do we have left? What’s our record for home wins in a row?
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November 02, 2017, 08:38:55 PM
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Don’t think a single team in the side would swap our striker for theirs.

Why on earth can’t Wayne Rooney play upfront?
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November 03, 2017, 03:22:03 AM
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Players + Manager neither one are right.

My word Barkley can't get back soon enough. At least we can push Rooney up then and maybe he can score a goal.

I'm so flipping tired of trying to shoehorn DCL in as our main striker. He just isn't ready. I feel like I'm taking crazy pills, what are other people seeing as the benefits of repeatedly trying it, bar one half versus Man City?


It’s not because he’s good it’s just because he’s a certain profile of player that we don’t otherwise have. All first half balls over the top where bouncing off their cb’s kite and Gylfi couldn’t get near it. DCL knows the role of run run run jump jump jump so the idea is play a not that good but right type of player as a 9.

I think he’s a good player and if we were doing wel this year it would have been great to blood him and see him a bit... it the fact we are relying on him is a crime.
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November 03, 2017, 03:54:24 AM
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He lacks a lot of goal threat at the moment.

So at present he’s most useful if we need to play the ball into the channels.

If we need more control, plus a threat in the box then he doesn’t provide that at the moment.

We don’t have anyone who does do both, but I think Gylfi, Klaassen, Lookman, Rooney, Mirallas, Sandro are all, looking at their histories, potential goal threats in and around a number nine.

It hasn’t worked though.
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November 03, 2017, 04:02:23 AM
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Yes they’d all be better with a 9. Problem is that DCL doesn’t provide enough guarantee of basic hold up / link etc. He has flashes of great control which hint at promise.

The issue for me is that he’s hardly getting chance and then if he does, like Leicester missing the ball (or the missed header at the end vs Appollon), then he’s not guaranteed to score at all.

If a chance fell to Rooney or Mirallas etc I’d expect them to score.

I don’t disagree. Like I say, would have been nice to blood him but to rely on him is a crime.

I would have spent £30m+ on Rondon.
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November 03, 2017, 04:31:41 PM
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Regardless of how much shitter we get or championship football or fucking Big Sam....this is my team it always will be ....there is no other .
Everton for ever.

We’re Everton and we’ll be everton forever.
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November 03, 2017, 07:57:04 PM
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I feel we have a better squad now, than we have ever had, all we are missing is a couple of strikers..

but it looks worse than what it is, as we have no strikers, yes we need a new lb and a cb, but that is magnified as we can't keep the ball at the other end of the pitch.

our starting 11 is still lopsided, not Unsworths fault tho.

Not even close.

Stones Barkley Lukaku were all 40-50m rated players in the spine of the team a few years ago, all either playing CL or soon to be now.

Plus jags Baines Coleman Barry a year younger.

That team would fucking bum this one everywhere
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November 05, 2017, 06:08:51 PM
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The Rooney question is a right quandry
In a way, his playing 10 is totally negating Sigs, rendering our record signing almost useless
BUT
Wazza has been one of our best players when on the pitch and is our only source of goals so far!
So do u drop the one lad scoring goals, to fit it another who hasnt kicked a ball for us since he joined
I had way less tolerance for Rooney's roaming during the Koeman free-for-all than I do now. When the ball was sailing over his head repeatedly, it didn't make a whole lot of sense to accommodate him, especially given his physical decline.

With an actual plan in possession, we need Rooney on the pitch. He's our best passer and the player most likely to make something happen from open play. You saw it against Chelsea. When Unsworth took him off, it really loosened our grip on the game and allowed Chelsea to breathe a bit.

Not his biggest fan but he’s still head and shoulders above this lot and we need him.
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