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Everton Must Up Their Game Quickly


While Liverpool’s shock defeat to League Two side Northampton may have gone some way to lighten the mood for Everton fans, it has done little to cover up what has been another disappointing start to the season for David Moyes’ men.

The Toffees have had their usual slow beginning of a season and their Carling Cup defeat at the hands of Brentford means that out of the seven games Everton have played this season they have just one win to their name, which its self came against League One Huddersfield Town.

It’s certainly not the start that Moyes would have invisaged after a summer which saw him hold on to his better players amid reported interest from Premier League rivals. But it is Everton’s current form in the Premier League which is now causing some great concern on Merseyside.

Everton captain Phil Neville admits that his side will have to go back to basics to dig themselves out of their early season rot. He told BBC Radio Merseyside: “It’s not a happy place at the moment; we felt we really climbed a mountain with our performances last season.

“Let’s forget last season as we’re second from bottom. We’ve started the season bad again and we need to give ourselves a kick up the backside very quickly. Let’s play winning football again and get back to basics.

Neville is quite right in thinking that Everton should not dwell on last season but they shouldn’t forget it. If anything I think they should be using it as motivation. They proved they can still achieve an impressive finish after a slow start campaign last year, and I see no reason why they can’t do it again.

But I don’t want to look over the fact that Everton should have had a better start than they have. While their extraordinary comeback against Manchester United was a high, the rest of their games have been notable for the underperforming Blues.

I think some Everton fans might have seen this as a year to kick on and push in to the higher reaches of the league, however once again a slow start might put pay to that. A positive result at Fulham on Saturday could be vital to Everton improving on their 8th place finish last year.

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  1. Hugin

    September 25, 2010 at 2:24 am

    The problem with Everton is their lack of decent strikers. They have some world class midfielders, but as long as all their goalscorers are midfielders the neccessary stability in their game is never going to be achieved.

  2. ToffeeAndy

    September 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Kenwright might be a fan; but his insistence of an investor instead of a buyer is costing his beloved club more and more as the years go on. Who wants to put in their money only to have Kenwright retain power? A fool that is who; most of whom don’t have the money to invest(aside from the lot across the park). We clearly needed 2 Premiership-caliber forwards, a right sided midfielder, LB cover for Baines, and a reserve GK; so we got a Championship quality striker, an untried forward in Gueye who Moyes wont play, and Jan Mucha. Moyes’ insistence on utility players is well and good with his budget; but you do need actual specialists at positions every now and then.

  3. EvertonfanKY

    September 24, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Two things that I think need to happen are :-

    1 Bill Kenwright needs to find new investment and that means that Billy Bunter is going to have to sell his train set. I think he needs too openly put Everton on the market rather then all the usual spin you get to hear. Yeah Bill loves Everton but he is a pauper. I think the board is to blame for some of the poor performance.

    2 I think its time for Moyes to go. Moyes has done all he can do at Everton. This is just one bad start for a season we have virtually no Transfer budget. We need a striker who can score goals. Beckford is not up too par. And I think Yakubu is past it. I am sick of 5-4-1 as well as Moyes picking players out of position. I think Coleman deserves a first team start. It seems to me that Moyes has lost the plot. We need someone new someone different with some new tactics before we end up in the championship. Pick your strongest team Moyes.

  4. norlfolk Enchants

    September 23, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I bleed Arsenal red, always will. That said I luv Everton. They will turn it around.

  5. Jacob

    September 23, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Not going to happen!!! Newcastle took ALL the wind out of their sails!!!!

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