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  1. Hey, I'm also a Turkish supporter and after reading the topic, I thought I could also inform you about Cenk and give you a general idea of what to expect from him. I'm a Fenerbahçe fan indeed but I've watched all of the Beşiktaş matches this year. (That's because my team appointed a scabies manager who loves defensive football and watching Fenerbahçe games was torture for me.) Anyway, Cenk was one of the players which I really respected from opposite teams. The thing you need to know about the Turkish league is, its a harsh league for players, especially offensive and creative players. You know, we don't have the most skillful defenders here and instead of using brain and guessing the next moves of the opponents, they tackle hard and use brute force to stop forward players. Cenk did well and made an impact in this league but that's not the only good thing about him. He came to Gaziantepspor (a lesser Turkish league team) from E. Frankfurt at the age of 20 and that was a questionable choice because he would easily stay in Germany and keep playing in German national team (remember, he was also in U21 Germany squad). He chose the hard way because he had prove himself again. He was doing good in Gaziantepspor and then he moved to Beşiktaş. Big teams in Turkey are player grinders -especially for the local players- as the supporters don't usually trust Turkish players, media doesn't pay too much attention to them etc. The spotlights are on foreign players. Cenk was the secondary option for most of the time but he never gave up and kept working. He played with Hugo Almeida, Demba Ba, Mario Gomez, Vincent Aboubakar at that time. Cenk made his impact with the goal he scored against Benfica. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs1b3dkwhZ4 and then the people/media started to show him more respect about his football. He kept scoring more goals last year by taking more time and this year, he was the primary option for his team, putting the star transfer Alvaro Negredo to bench. Youtube compilations may give an idea about a player but they're not completely definitive. In Cenk's case, I think he is better than he seems on Youtube. + He can hold and carry the ball forward and create his own shot. + He likes passing. + He's not too tall but he has a good timing and score with headers. + He has lots of finishing moves in his inventory, creative player. + He has a good attitude and work ethic. I can agree that he's still "unproven" and PL may be hard to adapt for a normal player but he always chose the hard way in his life and kept rising. I'm expecting him to be successful there. I hope Everton does better in League as well, as I will be watching your games from now on too
  2. And (believe it or not, where does the time go) today is the five year anniversary of my last treatment, which means I'm all clear. I still have one final check to come in May but it's just a formality, five years is the magic number so I'll be around for a while yet. Sorry.
  3. Decent old game of footy that. We won 2-1. Could have lost 2-1. Could have won 4-1. Could have lost 4-1. Might have been 4-4!!! So impressed with Coleman. He makes babies with a broken leg then comes back like he's played every week. When they do his autopsy, they'll find wires and circuit boards. If he gets cremated, there'll be no ash, just a stream of molten steel. 60 grands worth of the earths finest natural resource.
  4. Life changing. That was absolutely the most amazing sporting experience of my life. As a stateside fan I chose Everton because Tim Cahill embodied everything I want in a footballer and the club was known for its familial atmosphere. Having been a fan for 10+ years now of course I was concerned that the experience/club wouldn't live up to the expectations created in my head all these years. Live up to expectations? This experience confirmed everything I was hoping for and then some. Just a spectacular day I will never ever forget. Thank you to all the fans on this forum, and the entire fan base, for your commitment and passion to the club and your unwavering commitment to the ideals this club was founded on over 140 years ago. I have a deep appreciation for you and all of your family members from prior generations for making the club what it is today. If we don't win another trophy in my lifetime I will die a happy man because this club represents more than wins and losses. The identity of Everton Football Club is its most valuable asset. Always has been and hopefully always will be. I will be back to say goodbye before the move to the docks.
  5. His bio on Twitter says he lives in Everton England instead of Liverpool. I love him already 😍😍
  6. Hello guys, Im a besiktas fan from Istanbul so let me give some info. First of all if he was playing at germany or any other euro country you would pay much much more. Euro has good value here so club needed this kind of money. We also earn lots from CL but still it was time to send him away. He is great player and also great person. He can do alot at premier league. We bought him very cheap, he was 2nd option for most of his career at besiktas but he keeps improve improve. he started his football career at germany then come to turkey. He never gives up and always looks to improve himself he also have very good character which i cannot say for many other good players. This year he was amazing at CL, he will add more be sure about it. Everton is also good place for him so im happy for Cenk, he deserved to play on better leagues.
  7. Carlo Ancelotti is fucking brilliant and is our manager. Stop talking about Bisto Tits for fucks sake, he's gone and I want to forget that cunt was ever here. It's an embarrassment that he was ever charge. Edit - Even more embarrassing is the fact that people are arguing over his time here!
  8. Didn’t mean it to be a downer boys n girls. Just thought I’d throw it in. After 00:00 the world is a different place. It’s amazing if you stop to think for a minute that we are all over the world. We all have our own things going on. Troubles, happiness. We fall out on this website from time to time. We don’t know each other but the thing that bonds us is the blues. We are a family. Whatever this club is the one thing I know for sure is we are a family. Love everyone on here and wish your loved ones all the happiness that 2020 can bring.
  9. For someone so inexperienced he handles himself brilliantly with the media; puts most established pros to shame. Whatever his future he's a credit to himself and the club.
  10. I’m with you mate , he is an absolute fraud. Some of his signings have been absolutely shocking Digne is our worst LB since Baines both fucking useless, and as for that other Portuguese pile of shite Gomes , he is definitely the most clueless midfielder we’ve had since Arteta He has to go we need to start bringing in more quality , proven players like Coco and Niasse
  11. 1. Win the league. 2. Win any other trophy. 3. Qualify for the Champions League. 4. Quality for the Europa Cup. 5. Finish as high up the league as possible.
  12. Talking about attack in relation to that period under Bisto tits is too funny, Pete. We barely had shots on goal, never mind shots that actually hit the target! Scrap that, we barely entered the oppositions fucking half of the pitch! You say you’d have liked him to have been given another season... I was so put off by another second of that dick head that I wouldn’t have set foot inside Goodison again until he was gone. I’m not even sure I could’ve stomached watching us on the tv/a stream. The attack was getting worse the longer he was here, the defence were shipping goals (he didn’t shore us up at all). He’d have destroyed us if given more time and more money to spend. I don’t know how you can dislike Silva because you think he doesn’t take any responsibility when we play badly but be on board with that fucker getting more time when he blamed everyone else but himself for us playing some of the worst football (if you can call it that) I have ever seen.
  13. Hey everyone, Really hope you don't mind me posting on here. I am the programme cover artist for Wolves this season & for each game have been painting a player from the away team as well as the home team, before both paintings are blended together to create the cover. My A2 watercolour painting of Richarlison, signed by the player, is one of ten (from my covers to date) available via a 10-day auction launching tomorrow at 9pm & finishing on Sunday 28th October at 9pm. All funds raised with be shared between Cure Leukaemia, Race Against Blood Cancer, YMCA Black Country & Good Shepherd Ministry Wolverhampton. I have included a photo for you. Please note that Limited Edition prints will be available later this month (as we recognise that the majority of fans are unlikely to be able to financially compete in an auction) with 20% of profit from the sales of these also being donated to Cure Leukaemia. You can view all 10 paintings & find out more about the auction here. Thanks so much for taking the time to read. Louise Cobbold.
  14. We have the Russians working on that. I mean if they can rig an election across all of America, surely they can fix this shit right in their back yard? Give us a waiver slot for being the only team in the world who has to play soccer against footballers. Plant dead mosquitoes in their luggage and quarantine the Costa Rica team for malaria. Invade Croatia and pin it on Serbia. Whatever, just make this shit happen so we don't have to have the FBI start indicting the entire governing body. See, we're not an unreasonable lot.
  15. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/03/06/jamie-carragher-meets-carlo-ancelotti-not-one-last-payday-going/ My allegiance to Everton ended over 25 years ago, but there is a moment during an hour with Carlo Ancelotti when the heart of the schoolboy within me beats faster. “Next season we have to qualify for the Champions League,” Ancelotti tells me. “I am here for this.” I pause. I have not heard an Everton manager speak like this since I stood on the Gwladys Street. “Is that really possible given the strength of the competition?” I ask. “I am sure this club has that ambition,” he insists. “The owner wants to be at the top. That is for sure. The idea is clear. I do not know how long it will take, but it will not take long. The spine of the squad is competitive. I do not know what the target will be this season, but next season we have to fight for the top four.” I tell Ancelotti how invigorating it will be for fans to hear a coach of his calibre talk so boldly. “Do you realise how many Evertonians loved seeing you get sent off at the end of the game against Manchester United last week?” I ask. Ancelotti sounds surprised. “You think the fans like it because I got the red card? That is why they clapped me?” “Yes. They want to feel the manager is out there fighting for them,” I reply, sensing an opportunity to ask the most blunt question. “When it was first said Carlo Ancelotti might come to Everton, people said you must only be coming for a final payday.” He laughs. “No, no, no. Fortunately, I do not need the money,” he says. “I see Everton like I saw Napoli. It was fantastic to be in Milan, Madrid and Munich, but sometimes you get the possibility to grow a good project. We have young players with quality – players like Richarlison, [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin, [Mason] Holgate and [Lucas] Digne. The base of the team is good. Holgate signed a new contract and Dominic is going to. We have a spine and want to improve the squad in the summer.” Ancelotti has spent his decorated career in Europe’s most exotic cities – Rome, Milan, Paris and Madrid. Today, in the office at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground he already calls home, he could be mistaken as a spokesman for Merseyside tourism. He tells me about his midweek trip to the Bootle Strand shopping centre (above), which prompted a surge of disbelieving selfie hunters. “Difficult to park, but full of Evertonians,” he observes. A few miles down the road are the leafy suburbs of Crosby, where he and I are near neighbours. Ancelotti adores Antony Gormley’s iron men scattered along the seafront. “I was at the beach on Monday. It is beautiful. I walked three miles and counted all the statues. There are at least 100,” he says “This part of England is different to London. It is more friendly. London is more cosmopolitan – there are a lot of Italians in London. Usually I stay in the centre of the city but I feel good here, and I have already found a good Italian restaurant.” It feels like Ancelotti has instantly absorbed his club and the city. As supporters like to put it – it seems like he already ‘gets’ Everton. There are those who patronisingly claimed he would be too sophisticated for the club, yet his advocating of 4-4-2, direct, aggressive football, chimes with Goodison tradition. When I suggest such tactics – certainly when employed by English coaches – are considered archaic, he looks aghast. There is no winning system. If I have different players I could play a different system. “Football has changed a lot – more intensity, more tactical knowledge and the rules. How many teams build up from the back now? Nearly everyone. “If you want to play long balls and fight for the second ball, that is football. If you want to play catenaccio and counter-attack, it is football. “There are some managers who organise the teams for themselves, not the players, so people can say, “Look how well he organises the team”. “A team with a clear identity is a limited team. It means they can only play one way. But you must choose the right style by considering the quality and weakness of the opponent and the tradition of your club. If you become the manager of Madrid or Milan, they have a history which says play a particular style. Here there is a feeling if you can get it forward quickly and fight for the long ball, why not? “They like the ball long and then to fight. This is important. I said this to the players before the Man United game, "Put in some long balls to fight, keep the crowd involved". If you do that in the Nou Camp? No. Not possible. Here is different.” “Why?” “You tell me,” I respond. “There is more than one way to play football. I like all styles,” he says. Such pragmatism comes with experience. Ancelotti winces recalling how – as a young manager – he failed to sign one of the world’s great players because he prioritised the system. “When I started as a manager with Parma I sacrificed the chance to sign Roberto Baggio,” he says, with a self-critical chuckle. “I did not want him behind two strikers. He said he did not like the system so he signed for another club. When I went to Juventus and I had [Zinedine] Zidane who wanted to be the No 10, I said, “Okay, I change the system!” You adapt to the characteristics of the player. “There are some managers who will sacrifice quality and creativity for the system. I had Ronaldo at Real Madrid. With 4-4-2, Ronaldo had to be one of the strikers. But he does not like to play there. He likes to play wide. What do you do? Sacrifice Ronaldo who scores every game? So I said to Ronaldo, ‘When we have the ball go wherever you want. But please, when we do not have the ball, do not come back so much. Stay in the position to keep the shape’.” Despite three Champions League wins and domestic titles in Italy, England, Germany and France, Ancelotti’s career is not without lows. I must mention Istanbul in 2005, of course, when Ancelotti says Liverpool ‘stole’ the trophy from his AC Milan team. “I remember you using the time up in extra-time – going down for treatment twice,” he says. “I managed in the Champions League final in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014 – and the best we played was 2005 and we lost. This is football.” Ancelotti won his second European Cup as manager with AC Milan in 2007 – when they beat Carragher's Liverpool side in Athens CREDIT: AP More recently, his reportedly informal man-management style was questioned. “Not a lot of people can judge my job. They cannot see the training, look at methodology or see how I talk to the players, or how my relationship with the players is,” he says. “Maybe if you stand with me for two weeks you can judge me properly. For other people to judge is more difficult. “My style of training is completely different to 20 years ago because I continued to learn. Football has changed. I was assistant to Arrigo Sacchi for three years. He was an innovator, first with the philosophy of training but also tactically. The Italian team used to defend backwards, he changed it so they defended forward. But the offside rules were completely different then. “When I joined Chelsea in 2009 it was a completely different style of training. I tried to combine it, not separating technical, tactical and physical training as I was used to in Milan. I needed to bring it altogether.” Ancelotti won the league and FA double at Stamford Bridge, where he returns this weekend for the first time since his sacking in 2011. There are no grudges. He is held in the highest regard by those he managed and is impressed by Frank Lampard's work. On the day Ancelotti was sacked – coincidentally after a game at Goodison Park – his players insisted he join them for a farewell dinner. “All the squad was there,” he recalls. “I knew it was going to be the last game and I had friends from Italy over. On the bus home, the players knew I was sacked and Ashley Cole said we must go out. I said no because I had ten friends visiting. We are having dinner at my house. “But Ashley was, ‘No, no, they must all come. I will send you a bus’. So he sent a minibus to get us. It was unforgettable. “I remember every day I was at Chelsea. It was a good time, a fantastic period with fantastic staff and unbelievable players. “I had and I still have a good relationship with Roman Abramovich. He gave me the chance to manage in England and it was one of the best teams I ever managed.” Can he really hope to replicate that at Everton? “In the last two games against Arsenal and Manchester United we competed well,” he says. “We made mistakes – sometimes tactical and sometimes we lacked a bit of personality – but I am sure it will not take a lot of time before we always compete with the top teams.”
  16. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/sports/everton-liverpool-merseyside-derby.html#click=https://t.co/BANmPuvGYI Everton made the New York Times today. A couple wonderful points: 1.) Everton makes its players sign an agreement to participate in community events; and 2.) At one point Tom Davies had to be reminded to leave an event but said, "I'm busy coloring unicorns." I love this club more than anything other than my wife.
  17. More tackles and more interceptions than anyone else on the pitch, despite us having more of the ball. Made more passes than anyone on the field and only Cenk had a better accuracy (only played 10 minutes). His job isn'tt to position himself correctly, his job is to press the ball and win it back as quick as possible, which he is one of the best in the world at. If he is so bad then why has he been first choice for the last 4 managers we've had? I can't understand this constant bashing of the poor lad!
  18. So, he gave an interview to one of the biggest and oldest newspapers (Milliyet) in Turkey. Let me try to translate the relevant parts of it; P. S. Please excuse typos and grammar mistakes if there are any. P. S. #2 Oh I've missed some parts at the end. Below;
  19. The more I think about his comments after the Arsenal game the angrier I get How can he complain about consistency when he doesn't pick a consistent side? Or a consistent formation? What fucking idiot decides to change from a back 4 to a back 3, which is a formation we just don't look comfortable playing? Not only that but away at fucking Arsenal! Furthermore, who then decides that as part of that 3 we should play a CB that has only been at the club a matter of days?! Never mind that even the established players would have found this a tough ask because we had limited time to work on it having played on the Wednesday. Then you find out that the reason he did it was because Swansea fucking City did it and got the win. Does someone want to inform the stupid cunt that Swansea have different players than us? Because you can't just copy a tactic that worked for one team and just expect it to work for your team. We do not have the players for the formation. He talks about himself being a good tactical manager... Fuck. That. Shit. He's a clueless shitehawk. He also spoke about getting to the 40 points mark as quick as possible so that he can try things in preparation for next season... If this horrible bastard is allowed anywhere near us throughout the summer and into next season then we are royally fucked, and Moshiri needs to take a chair to his own face. It doesn't bear thinking about the (further) damage that will be caused by keeping him on for longer.
  20. Guys i am a besiktas fan, and you guys just singed and amazing player. I believe you ll sell him in a better price anyways but he will do amazing in your team... well i wish him and everton a good luck for the leauge! You guys will love him
  21. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/what-future-hold-loan-everton-14061445 Just leave him where he is. The odd appearance for us until the end of the season will do him no favours whatsoever. Leave him where he is, playing every game, learning more. Then get him back here for pre-season and let him show the coaching staff what he's made of.
  22. Just a quicjk thank you for what has been said to me recently i appreciate it all i am out of the hospital now and i hope to stay out for a while now and also i want to thank the folks who sent me birthday wishes too thanks to you all i anm so proud to be a toffee COYB
  23. Allardyce was toxic to this club, if he had stayed do you think we would have signed the players we did under Silva? Do you think Brands would have been able to work with him? I don't. People complained about Moyes coming back and rightly so, both are footballing dinosaurs whose tactics and methods do not suit the modern game. At least Moyes loved the club, Allardyce saw us as a gravy train he could slurp from, he showed contempt to the fans, our tradition and to the kind of football we love to see with his negative dour tactics. Marco failed, badly but at least he wanted us to play aggressive, progressive football, even if he couldn't deliver it, plus we got players like Richarlison and Gomes. Under Sam we would have got Davies and Nolan mk 2, and hoofball. Fuck that shit!
  24. Wow.... we win and guarantee Delph doesn't play next game..... Result.
  25. Should have stuck with Allardyce the press said. Get back in your box the press said. Don’t aim too high the press said. 43 shots on goal in two games! Break the fucking box and aim high!
  26. It is utterly ridiculous the amount of headers he wins. He's a player I really want to do well. He never puts anything less than 100% in and he comes across as someone that genuinely realises how lucky he is to be playing for Everton and wants to repay the faith shown in him.
  27. Dunc said he wants his players to fight for everything and never stop running, he did neither and so got hooked, ruthless maybe but I’m absolutely fine with that
  28. When you haven't won anything since 1995 I don't think you can have the privilege of calling any trophy "Mickey Mouse". I get what you are saying don't get me wrong but as someone who was 2 years of age the last time we lifted something I'll take whatever I can get. A Carabao Cup would be fantastic and let's not forget that going all the way guarantees the Europa League, albeit from the qualifying rounds.
  29. Officially discharged 😁. I got quite emotional actually which I wasn't expecting.
  30. We have just beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd and got a very creditable draw against The Shite Given the fact the Gana has been instrumental in all of the above games can we now safely put to bed this notion that he can only perform against the lesser sides?
  31. “I just wanted to be a professional soccer player in Europe, lo and behold Manchester United offered me a contract so I grabbed the nearest pen and I signed it," Howard said. "Things didn’t work out there for me, so it was time for me to move on. Little did I know, the single greatest thing to happen to me after my children was to sign for Everton Football Club. Who would have known that? I spent a decade there, Everton has a piece of my heart that can never be relinquished.” Nice that.
  32. The one thing that excited me about this signing when we bought him was he always scores against the shite. It was a shame the lad got injured and I hope he does well at.Villa and gets a move. He was always respectful and positive towards the club so I hold no animosity towards him.
  33. Bollocks to it we can play the statue at CB if needs be, couldn’t be any slower than the ones we have currently
  34. Seamus may make my heart grow back
  35. On a positive note, sitting at Mr. Dennehy's in NYC with JoeQuince watching the match.
  36. Much respect to Unsworth for stepping in. Took over with us in the bottom, stands aside with us in 13th. Some nightmare results in there but he gave it a good, honest go. Evertonians appreciate that.
  37. Fair enough it’s all about opinions and all that but I really don’t get the mentality of anyone who would rather we finish 7th than win a domestic cup and in so doing continue our long, long barren run without a trophy Personally I’m desperate for us to win every game we play. I even get pissed off when we lose a preseason friendly . If you are not in it to win it what’s the fucking point?
  38. That’s not what it’s about for me. It’s another game to go to, another day out, another trip to Wembley. If we get to Europa, it’s a chance for a trip away with the lads or my dad to watch the blues. I’d love nothing more than a trophy, that’s what the game is about, and making memories while you’re there. We might never make the top four, so enjoy the ride trying to get there. Picking up any trophy helps the club grow, and enjoying playing European football is a good thing regardless of which tier for me.
  39. For me this season has delivered exactly what it promised. A season of transition whereby we’d have a rough patch or two and also get some brilliant results. Our football would improve but there’d be teething problems and we’d struggle implementing some of our plans. This was a season of learning - finding out which players would work in what Marco (and Marcel) wants this team to be, finding out what problems we need to fix to make it all work. I’m pleased with the season when taken as a whole and can see the progression. I hope for a bigger progression next season though and I’m excited to see what we’ll do this summer.
  40. What I've loved about the last two games (Chelsea and West Ham) is that after the devastating collapse at Newcastle, it would have been so easy for the team to just give up on the season and cruise the last 8 games. And in my opinion, a team that wasn't playing for the manager would have given up. But they've bounced back in style. There's an aggression to their play. They want to win. That's down to Silva in my opinion. They're playing for him and for the pride of the shirt, and that's brilliant to see. I'm really optimistic about the direction of the team. The reaction to the Newcastle result could not have been better, and I think that's down to Marco.
  41. He's struggled as of late, but his attitude is exactly why I like him. Can't see him getting back into the squad on a permanent basis, but at least he wants to fight for the shirt.
  42. Player of the Season Young Player of the Season Players Player of the Season. Think someone had a top night at the Dixies! Deserves it aswell. The only player who can say he gave it his all game after game. Really pleased to have him here.
  43. This is a good article and manages to summarise why many of us feel the way we do. http://www.espn.co.uk/football/club/everton/368/blog/post/3467125/sam-allardyceeverton-need-to-do-more-than-just-avoid-relegation I'm sure many of us agree that Sam was a panicked appointment after we were warned off Silva, who I feel the Board, led by Moshiri, arrogantly thought could be 'bought' in with ease. And I'm sure many of us can agree that Moshiri and Co have to shoulder a good portion of blame for how this season has ended up being so chaotic. Just as the players have to shoulder a portion of blame for many heartless performances. Where we might differ in opinion is whether we were in relegation danger to start off with. And we might even differ on how quickly we 'escaped' such danger. But I think there can be no doubt that after a few wins, we were away from it all, and we were back on for a 7th place finish. Yet Sam kept chatting about avoiding relegation, even several games after we were away from all that. He kept chatting about getting to 40 points, safety...even though we were only a few points off 7th! For me, this was a big game changer in my opinion of him. No doubt about it, as people have said, he banged on and on about safety and relegation in order to falsify the great job he has done. Any manager worth their weight, after that initial run of wins, would have said 'right, we are out the shit now...lets go for 7th...then 6th...' and the whole mindset of the players and fans would have been different. No one can convince me that these players, who are in a way a result of the chaos and in some ways a cause of it, don't have the collective ability to have put pressure on Burnley in 7th. We should have had that spot.
  44. In today's market, 4.5M is a steal. I'd rather give him another chance.
  45. Booing fellow TT members is unacceptable behaviour.....unless someone isn'tt putting maximum effort into their posts. We all have off days where our syntax is suspect (and when we're inebriated) but as long as the post has passion we shouldn't be judged!
  46. I have managed to watch the 90 minutes back again. A few things I noticed: 1. I think Siggy playing left offers the team a much better balance than anyone else on that side. He spends most of his time inside, like Pienaar did, finding little pockets of space and even trying to get in behind. Walcott on the other side does the same so they dovetail really well. In respect of Siggy, by coming inside the opposition fullback doesnt know whether to follow him, the CM's dont know when to drop back and the CBs dont know when to push up. You can see that from his goal, and the shot in the first half. He drifts in, no-one follows and he gets the shot off. If he plays no 10 he is easier to mark IMO. The average position map is really interesting: 18 = Siggy, 19 Niasse and the 2 you can see is Davies. 2. Controversially bar a couple of big fuck ups, I didnt think Mangala was that bad, in fact I thought he got through a lot more important work than Keane. Mangala was more aggressive, he showed great recovery speed and even for one of his fuck ups, he did a great job of covering Cuco who got badly sucked in, only to under hit the back pass (which Pickford should have knocked into touch). The second fuck up which probably resulted in their second best chance was when he was given a nudge just before he went to clear and if you have ever played football you know how stupid that can make you look. He should have just shovelled it into touch making sure that any nudge didnt stop him from clearing the ball but unfortunately its one of those things. Ironically their best chance came just after he came off and Williams was in no mans land and Cuco lost his header. Generally I thought Williams was a bit all over the place when he came on. 3. Keane still concerns me as his use of the ball is bang average. Like Mangala he gave away a couple of really sloppy balls but the difference was that he wasnt under as much pressure when he did it, in fact once he wasnt under any. He didnt have anyone tricky to play up against, just big lads so he should have had his perfect game. For the Benteke chance he gets dragged into the middle of the pitch but is nowhere near making a challenge and that left Kenny v Benteke where there is only one winner. To his credit the next time that happened, he did get his toe in, but if he is going to follow a striker in he has to make a challenge. 4. Gueye showed that once again he is a far superior player without Schneiderlin sat alongside him. Lots more forward passes combined with simple layoffs to and from Rooney or Davies for them to earn their wages. 5. It was a shame to see Coleman go off but that was as good of a performance from Kenny as I have seen for a few weeks. He played a big part in the 2nd goal, racing forward, latching onto the loose ball and putting the original ball into the box. For the third goal, he made a great overlapping run to allow Walcott more time and space to put the ball in and then got the rub of the green as the ball rebounded into the space he had just run into. If he doesnt make that run, the move breaks down to nothing. 6. Rooney and Davies ran the show but in very different ways. Rooney was patrolling, making sure Gana was in check and organising from deep, picking the ball up and getting us going forward whereas Davies was buzzing around everywhere. Linking the play, getting in behind, putting challenges in etc. It was Davies buzzing around that got him the goal. 7. Walcott... Different class. I honestly didn't think he would have this type of impact. He really is class, first touch, technique, dribbling, finishing. He just causes problems and all the time we are on the front foot he is big threat and outlet. Even defensively he is working really hard to help his full back which is something he didn't have to do at Arsenal. He must be staking his claim to be England's most in form winger?
  47. Nevermind a locker, poor Niasse can't even keep his own thread!
  48. Was gonna say "didn't know he had that in his locker"..... then again koeman took his locker off him.
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