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  1. I remember there was a load of hype around him at Bayern, probably because he was their youngest ever player at the time I think. Seemed a bit of a coup Southampton signing him but I got the impression he hadn't really lived up to the early promise, although he's Saints' captain now at 24 and must be doinfmg sonething right as their turnaround this season has been impressive
  2. www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/everton-make-southamptons-pierre-emile-21348561.amp
  3. Despite the cluster fuck that is UK politics atm, I'm glad we don't have a TT cabinet in charge. No one here seems to get the idea of collective responsibility! No point singling out individual players, or saying it was all down to Ancellotti's subs - we're looking at repeated collective failings that will take time to work out. Swapping Silva for a decorated high profile manager was never going to be a cure all, the capitulation against Liverpool and spaffing away three points like that last night prove that. Ancellotti has to learn how to get the best out of these players, the players have to adapt and in many cases improve, Brands and the board have to working on raising the quality in the squad. In other words, more shit like this will probably happen before it gets better!
  4. I didn't see the game so I haven't got a view on which players fucked up and what kind of lack of bottle/leadership/basic footballing intelligence was shown on the pitch. We all know from experience that pretty much all of our players have been guilty of all of that at one point or another. But on the subs - I've never liked preemptive defensive subs, the whole 'take what we've got' mentality. It goes wrong so often, not usually from 2-0 up in injury time granted, but the amount of teams you see throw away a 1-0 lead late on following negative subs instead of trying to win the game tells its own story. If a team is all over you and looking odds on to score, sure, make a tactical change. But to make subs that change you're shape and approach when you're cruising, I just don't get it. Keep doing what is working and win the game. On fitness levels and whether we had to make the subs for that reason - well I hardly think Bernard has completed 90 mins for us yet and that's a problem. But he was taken off at 83 minutes, not 70. Surely he could have managed another 10, or if you must replace him go like for like with Gordon? Kean - well you'd have thought at 19 having just scored his first PL goal he'd have been buzzing enough to play a full 90, but it doesn't sound like that was much of a problem anyway as Walcott did OK up top. As much as different personnel and change in shape/tactics, negative substitutions make affect mentality. This group of players need a fire lit under them, the games Big Dunc was in charge showed that. We were complacent against Liverpool's kids and we took our foot of the gas thinking we'd won last night. That's something Ancellotti has to get a grip of, he's not at Real or AC Milan anymore with a squad of proven winners who motivate themselves to see out games. The signals he sends from the bench matter here.
  5. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/34887539 Some differences but just as galling! I remember wanting Martinez's head on a spike that afternoon. I'm not quite so pissed off at this because I accept we're an average team atm and this season hasn't got anything on it for me.
  6. Well on the bright side if we'd held on we'd have been a point behind Sheff Utd and everyone would have been talking about Europe. We are nowhere near being ready for a a European campaign next season.
  7. Just because you have three subs to make doesn't mean you have to use them all.
  8. What the fuck?? I stopped following the text assuming we'd won and was just about to come on and congratulate Kean... What other club does stupid fucking shit like this?? Reminds me of the Bournemouth disgrace under Martinez.
  9. Klopp mostly used him as a midfielder. You don't play in midfield under Klopp if you don't have a good engine and mobility.
  10. When I started following Everton we had a guy called Kevin Sheedy playing for us. Best left sided midfielder we've ever had imo, won two league titles, an FA Cup and European Cup Winners Cup with us. Played for Liverpool before us. The way I see it, not signing a player coz they have previously played for your local rivals is the very definition of a bitter small club mentality. If you want to be the best, petty shit like that shouldn't come remotely into who you do or don't sign. Back to Can - he would improve our midfield because he can has the athleticism to press properly, something I don't think any of our current lot do. Not sure about £30m though given his injury record.
  11. No, he plays for Juventus. And why would we not sign players from Liverpool anyway if they could improve our team?
  12. He's had us playing out from the back since the Burnley game when he had hardly had time to take a training session yet. Why would he change for an away game against West Ham? If you put the horror show against Liverpool aside, we've won 3 drawn 1 and lost away at Man City in the league under Ancellotti. I'd say we're playing as well as can be expected five games into his tenure with a sub standard squad.
  13. I was only listening to it on the radio but there was no mention of an injury. That said has he ever completed 90 mins for us? His conditioning seems very poor, even when he plays well we only get 45 mins out of him.
  14. What's on him? That half our squad is shite and we've got a load of injuries?
  15. You must have seen something in the Liverpool match I didn't to think Schneiderlin would do any better. I've quoted the stats elsewhere - 11 Prem appearances for him this season, 2 wins. Keep him well away. If Gbamin isn't back soon, and the silence on him suggests he's not, I'd be looking at loan options this month rather than play Schneiderlin.
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