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  1. To answer the original question, yes, Everton might be able to crack the top six: 1.) The main issue is about us, Everton. As some have stated above, we were collectively optimistic going into Koeman's second season. That didn't turn out so well. The big question: Does the finish to this season suggest Silva's system is beginning to click or a run of luckier than usual results? Secondly, on this point, can Everton find a right back, striker, and cover for Gylfi at the 10? Does Brands decide to roll the dice on DCL at striker? Can Brands find the Digne and Benards again this summer? If we can't sign Zouma, can Mina stay healthy for 30 minutes? And if Mina can stay healthy, can he be as good as Zouma? 2.) United are an absolute mess. They'll splash a lot of cash this summer, but I don't think their management has any idea what they are doing so those dollars may not be well spent. I think they can be passed in the table, assuming their transfer policy is as incompetent as it has been over recent years. 3.) Chelsea might get hit with a transfer ban. Hazard is likely going out and he has been one of the best, if not the best, player in the EPL over the past several seasons. That's not easily replaceable. I don't know exactly how they replace that and even though I love Christian Pulisic (I'm American), he ain't it. 4.) Spurs, who I hope play the best game of their collective lives on June 1st, are due for a dip. Their main guys play a lot of minutes and managers are a genius until they aren't. As someone stated above, Klopp left Dortmund in the middle of a season when Dortmund were in the relegation zone. Could we see a similar drop-off from Spurs? I seriously doubt it, but crazier stuff has happened. 5.) Arsenal: Still can't defend but I'd expect they do something in the transfer market to address it. Auba turns 30 next month and pacey strikers don't typically age well. Oh and he wore out his welcome at Dortmund by missing practice and generally being a dipshit. Also, are we sure Emery is a decent manager? (He probably is) 6.) Maybe Liverpool slips a bit. I can't see how Real Madrid doesn't come after Salah, but what do I know. They seemed to get every lucky break this year save the Stones goal line clearance. Don't see City slipping at all and in fact, they might even strengthen their side in an attempt to win a quad. Wolves, Watford, and Leicester will all be thinking the same thing though.
  2. Not sure I'd bring Gomes back after his layoff for a match that doesn't matter (or probably won't matter). Schniederlin has looked good the last few weeks; I'd stick with him. But I like the way the team has looked the last 6-7 weeks so no reason to change too much.
  3. Very solid performance today. Makes me optimistic for next season. But first, let's go to Spurs and beat them too.
  4. Hate that I was right about this. Miserable performance today.
  5. I feel almost overconfident about this match, which suggests doom. That means we should win 0-3 but will lose 1-0 on a set piece goal.
  6. I was proud of the effort the blues gave today. If I had to critique it, I'd say that we need to be faster on the counter attack. But the defense was solid and the subs came at the right times.
  7. That's right StevO, I wrote it incorrectly. Still a beautiful thing and I'm proud to call myself an Evertonian.
  8. 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.
  9. Anyone else spending Friday night listening to z-cars and becoming irrationally optimistic about this match? No? Maybe I'm the only one. Marco is faced with some challenges with the players available. I actually think it is a good test for him. He's not shown a great deal of tactical flexibility and when he's tried it hasn't been great. But he's going to have to come up with something here and Wolves are a decent side. So it will have to be savvy. It doesn't seem like we have three healthy center backs but we also don't have any available left backs. So my guess is Coleman, Zouma, Keane, Kenny, Davies, Gomes, Siggy, Richarlison, Walcott, and Cenk Tosun. Pickford in goal obviously.
  10. Absolutely appalling from top to bottom. The lack of a plan for set pieces is on the manager. If he can't adapt, and he hasn't shown any ability to do that, he needs to go. You hate firing managers every year but that was a disgraceful performance and that's saying something since most of the last two months have been disgraceful performances.
  11. At no point in the 80 minutes that have been played so far did I think Everton was likely to score. There is just so little going forward.
  12. I believe it is the latter. He had a few good games early but this is the real Gomes. For all his technical flair, he's slow and sloppy on the ball and inaccurate with his passes. This is the first match where I've really questioned Marco's plan. Starting the same side that looked so extremely average against Bournemouth has led to predictable results. I don't know what the fix is but what I do know is that the current set up is not working.
  13. That's right--we had about five days this season when we thought we might be top six quality. But other than that, most of the last five seasons have been mid-table futility. We lucked into a Europa league spot two seasons ago and flamed out fast. Doing more of the same will net us more of the same. Spurs are battering Cardiff as I type this and another thing we lack is player development. Two or three seasons ago we thought we were getting Mousa Sissoko but he changed his mind and went to Spurs at the last minute. I was actually happy about that at the time--I thought he was overrated. However, after a couple of seasons under Poch, he's improved his game and is a valuable piece for a top four side. Does anyone believe that he would have improved playing for Everton? Can you name a player in the last five years that clearly improved during his time in the first team? Something has gone wrong on that front as well and is something that can be addressed with proper prioritization and investment. Or at least more easily and cheaply addressed than "We need a striker that can score 20 goals."
  14. We are what we are: A mid-table side that is about as far away from the Champions League as we are from relegation. This is an opportunity to invest in process, not players. We absolutely shouldn't buy in-their-prime players in January. There are very few of those players that would actually lift Everton into the top six and even fewer that want to play for Everton and fewer still that we can actually afford. The ones that are for sale will demand exorbitant fees. The bottom line is that Everton is not in position to buy in prime players as a way to make it into the top 6. We can, however, invest in youth development and youth talent identification. We have very few players that have come from the Academy...off the top of my head DCL, Davies, and Kenny. All three of those are too young to make final judgments on, but they don't look (to me) to be Champions League quality players. Our academy has to improve. Further, club leadership needs to have a pathway/plan for the club. Are you confident that Moshiri/Kenwright have a vision for how to lift us into the UCL? I sure don't...so far Moshiri's plan has been to buy in-prime players and hope for the best. It is hard to say how much of that is on the previous coaches and directors of football but the owners are the accountable parties for vision and club culture. Maybe Brands and Silva have taken steps in that direction--it is hard for me to tell from where I sit. The bottom line is that we are not going to be able to compete with the same strategies as nation state supported clubs and plutocrat owned clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea. But even worse, I'm not sure Everton has a strategy to compete with those teams at all. Not even a bad one. A well run club doesn't buy Cenk Tosuns and Omaur Niasses in January. (And I like both of those players more than most people.) In neither case were we a striker away from the UCL or relegation. That's why I think we stick with Silva and Brands. The purchases we made this summer were much more savvy than in previous years. You'd hope though, that those purchases would be a reason why you'd expect to beat Leicester City at home. We didn't do that (and haven't beaten Newcastle and Watford at home either), which is disappointing but it shouldn't lead us to panic and bring in an overpriced and mediocre striker this January.
  15. It is frustrating because there are ideas and quality in the side. But to beat the big clubs away from home, we can't make stupid mistakes. And we made one or two mistakes this afternoon that cost us. (Walcott not getting back to cover on the second goal and Bernard not finishing his chance are the obvious ones.)
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