Archive for January, 2013

leroyfer

 

A lot has been said and written over the last couple of days regarding Dutchman Leroy Fer’s proposed move from FC Twente to Everton in a deal worth £8.6  million pounds so I thought I would add my viewpoint here. Evertonians were delighted when the club announced that a deal had been struck for the 23 year old box to box midfielder, although that rather bizarrely appeared to then lead to the questioning of where the money had come from to bid for Fer ?! The conspiracy theorists were out in force ‘Fellaini is off to Chelsea’ etc  In the somewhat ‘Bi-Polar’ way that Evertonians look at things ! It really does appear at times that Bill Kenwright and the Everton board appear to be damned if they don’t and damned if they do.

balotelli

Love him or hate him it seems that Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is about to leave the Premier League and return to Italy. Reports have emerged today from Sky Italia that the Italian is prepared to take a pay cut to force through a transfer to Milan. However, Manchester City remain in talks with Milan as they try to agree a deal for the unorthodox Italian.

coutinho

Phillipe Coutinho has edged closer to securing his move to Liverpool from Inter Milan , after the two clubs agreed a fee in the region of £8.5 million pounds for the Brazilian playmaker. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been on the trail of the diminutive play maker for most of this transfer window and now looks to have finally gotten his man with Coutinho already on Merseyside undergoing his medical and to finalise personal terms.

DMoyes

David Moyes is known for his last minute, shrewd signings. A tight budget at Everton has forced him to spend wisely, on good players which have been over-looked; Nikica Jelavic for example.

In recent interviews, Moyes has hinted at some late action in this transfer window. The club have just agreed a £8m deal for FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer.

Everton travel to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday for a 4th Round FA Cup tie which kicks off at 3pm and which will be played in wintery conditions if the weathermen are to be believed. Just that opening sentence is enough to make me nostalgic and return me to a time when football was honest, when it was great and when the FA Cup was considered to be an incredibly important cup competition.
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In recent times due to the media’s fixation with the European Champions League (even though you do not have to be Champions to play in it) the FA Cup has been devalued. Manchester United’s decision to not even play in the tournament in 2001  in favour of a World Club Championship was the biggest example that the importance of the FA Cup had somewhat waned in the eyes of the ‘Sky 4′ ! That coupled with some teams ridiculous decisions to play weakened sides has diluted the brilliance and the romance of the FA Cup in favour of more lucrative prizes such as finishing in the top 4 !

Newcastle United v Aston Villa - Premier League

 

 


I currently find myself in a position unique to me in my football supporting life – which in fairness , is all but 5 years of my life , per se . My conundrum lies in the fact that I have a mate whom is an Aston Vanilla fan . Thus , as his pain increases , as does my empathy for his situation . See … We , I , have been exactly there and know all too well that ,  Pit Of The Stomach feeling for a season , possibly two seasons .  Moreover , for 5 of the last 7 years , it was them and not either Manchester City or Tottenham whom were our major rivals in being Best Of The Rest . Furthermore , woe for the hours back I wasted on Forums over the fact that Randy Learner had taken over at Bodymoor Heath and the BK should ‘Koff once more .

sturridge

 

#milburnseasontheory

 

Well the acquisition of Daniel Sturridge for £12m saw my facebook page light up with jibes about the lack of value for money he looked likely to represent compared to the £7m Ba was purchased by Chelsea for.

Within a fortnight he has now matched Ray Kennedy’s record of scoring in his first 3 appearances.  Having attended Old Trafford and the Norwich game at Anfield the first thing that struck me was his mobility.  He has been characterised in the media to be a selfish player. 

evewig

 

 

A new start to a new year always brings new hope and aspirations, along with reflection on what the previous year brought. Everton can look back on a pleasing 2012, with a fantastic home record and an established top 7 finish, as well as a very good end to the year.

The good start we all wanted finally came our way at the beginning of the 2012/13 season, and apart from some disappointing draws in games we should have won, we can be happy with the points tally at the end of 2012. The Christmas period saw the Blues add to that tally and get some fantastic wins over West Ham and Wigan.