Sure it’s only been one game but whose hearts didn’t melt at the sight of Duncan Ferguson, Everton’s caretaker manager running down the touchline and embracing not one but two ball boys as he saw his side score against Chelsea?
True Chelsea fans would have hated the spectacle as Everton went on to win the game 3-1 but anyone who simply loves the passion of the game which is seemingly buried deep under a mountain of business and investment but rose like a phoenix at Goodison Park must have loved what they saw.
The victory over Chelsea was Everton’s first in over a month and took the club out of the relegation zone and into 14th place. This was a match that at least on paper looked like it would be another loss for the club who have suffered greatly this season. Marco Silva was finally and inevitably sacked after a series of poor results ending in a 5-2 defeat to city rivals Liverpool. Enough was enough for the board, but with no manager yet ready to come step in the club had to turn to caretaker Duncan Ferguson to oversee the clubs fortunes for the next few weeks at least.
Ferguson’s appointment was great news for long standing fans. He is a club legend with Everton. But also he is an old school warrior so to speak. True he got himself in lots of trouble both on the pitch and off but he will always remain a club legend with fans, so to have him in charge of the club is, in a sense, a dream come true.
Of course one must remain with caution, Ferguson doesn’t have any first team experience and in the long term you would expect that to come back and haunt Everton. But for now there is sheer jubilation and it is clear that the players stepped up for Ferguson against a very good Chelsea side. Ferguson ticked every box in the dressing room and also believed to put Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front on his own with Richarlison sitting behind him as attacking midfielder. Whilst Silva was also prone to play Calvert-Lewin up front, he would also drop the player to the bench for no reason and his tactics seemed to be one of panic and shuffle.
Already some have suggested that Ferguson should be getting the job full time. This is a surprising thing to say after just one game. But what is refreshing is having someone in charge of a club that genuinely loves being there and sees it more than just a stepping stone and another job. Ferguson is part of Everton and Everton is part of Ferguson. How long the relationship will last is anyone’s idea, but right now having the Scotsman in charge feels like an early Christmas present for the fans.
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Newcastle fans have had something of a rough time of things this season – they have seen their side struggle to finish off the opposition, struggle to pick up the wins and all the while without the safety of knowing that their popular manager will be at the club for a great deal longer. With rumours surrounding the future of Rafa Benitez refusing to go away, the players have, at times, seemed unable to muster what was needed to get the job done. The quality in the squad can not be disregarded, but this has not always lent itself to fluent performances. As a result, when the Toon Army saw their heroes fall two goals down at home to Everton on Saturday, they could have been forgiven for expecting the worst.
As Marco Silva progressed through his press conference on Friday, a predictable question arose. The focus was on Richarlison could be the answer to Everton’s striker problem.
Of all the problems that the Portuguese boss is looking to fix at Goodison Park this season, their goalscoring issues are chief among them. Particularly the issue they currently have with their strikers. To say Everton’s centre-forward options have been lacking would be understating the problem.
Sitting in Sky Sports studio a week ago, former Everton manager David Moyes made an interesting claim. It was the Scot’s belief that his Everton team had been a striker away from being Premier League title contenders.
Five years, three managers and major investment later and the striker problem is one that continues to haunt the Toffees. After selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United a year ago, the Blues are still lacking when it comes to strikers.
The Belgian international was a player who received a mixed reception at Goodison Park. While many questioned his hold up play or first touch they could not deny he knew how to put the ball in the back of the net. Continue reading →
The Premier League train continued rolling in to the festive period with the latest round of matches, as we saw Big Sam Allardyce take charge of Everton for the first time, Man United beating Arsenal in north London and Man City leaving it late against West Ham. With that said, let’s see which strikers did the best job for their club over the past weekend.