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Keith B last won the day on September 25 2016

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  1. Keith B

    Leicester City (Home) Tuesday January 1st

    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."
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    Leicester City (Home) Tuesday January 1st

    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.
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    Manchester United (Away) Sunday October 28th

    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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    Things to do in Washington DC

    Sorry I missed this, but glad you enjoyed your visit.
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    Arsenal (Away) Sunday September 23rd

    Honestly thought the performance today was decent. Finishing kept it from being "good." The second goal was appalling from the linesman--miles offside. Cech had a really good game, but our best opportunities didn't really test him. I don't think Michael Keane is a starter once Mina gets fit and I have some concerns about Gylfi. Gylfi seems to just disappear. If he's not delivering on set pieces, and he didn't do that today, he isn'tt that useful. Digne's free kick was better than all the ones Gylfi took today. One other criticism is that Silva is 5-10 minutes late making changes, but he made the correct ones. I wonder if it has to do with fitness in the case of Bernard. In any case, there were long stretches of the match when we forced Arsenal into looking terrible. In past years we have just sat back and let Arsenal boss us, so at least this was a different way to lose.
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    Marco Silva

    Mild criticism of Marco today is that I would have liked to see subs 10-15 minutes earlier. Overall I think he's doing well thus far. It's mostly the same players Sam had and it is a much better brand of soccer.
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    Rotherham (Home League Cup) Wednesday August 29th

    That lineup should be enough to win. Zouma got a few minutes today (certainly under terrible circumstances) but he looked okay. I'm a little worried about Digne but hope he gets some time to get comfortable.
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    AFC Bournemouth (Away) Saturday August 25th

    Felt like 2 points dropped to me. Referee was horrible. I think we've scored 3 goals with 10 men and 3 goals with 11 men...not sure what that says about us.We haven't had the most difficult schedule thus far so we are going to need to 1.) finish matches with 11 men and 2.) figure out the zonal marking stuff on corner kicks. I'm not necessarily against zonal marking, I'm against bad marking and we have been bad so far on set pieces. It's hard to tell if we are creating more chances offensively because we've played with 10 men for 1/3 of the season so far.
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    Valencia (Home - Pre Season)

    Absent a couple of new center backs, we are going to ship a lot of goals this season. But we will play attractive soccer and score a bunch of goals too. That in itself will be a huge improvement over last season.
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    Stoke (Away) Saturday March 17th

    The away form has been so terrible this season that I'm very happy with that. Cenk is quickly becoming one of my favorites; he was chasing in the 90th as if it were the 1st. Gana looked a bit rusty and Pickford should have been more aggressive on the goal. But other than that, well done!
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    West Bromwich Albion (Home) Saturday January 20th

    I honestly can't understand why I'm still watching this.
  12. I am at peace with the appointment as well. He's a proven manager and will ensure we don't get into a relegation scrap. I think he is going to surprise us and get us in the top half. It's not a simple job but he's got loads of experience to lean on and supportive ownership that will spend money in January. Best case scenario is we finish in 8/9/10 but our young players continue to develop, especially Kenny, Davies, DCL, and Benny. With some smart moves in January, that could equal a side that could attract a more ambitious manager this summer.
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    Southampton (Away) Sunday November 26th

    I haven't commented much this season because it has been so painful. But this feels like the bottom. No heart, no grit, effort not good enough, and folding like a tent at the first sign of adversity. What happened to our club?
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    Bournemouth (Home) Saturday September 23rd

    Bye Ron. Here's hoping Tomas Tuchel will take the job.
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    Manchester United (Away) Sunday September 17

    Same set up as Man City for me. Soak up pressure and pray for a lucky counter. That's a 5-4-1 for me.
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