Saturday, 6 August 2011

What is the transfer window for?

The transfer window is a frustration time for an Everton fan.  In fairness, David Moyes must be even more annoyed. 

All the teams around him are spending cash, building squads what can last the pace in a hectic season, trying to get a group that can absorb injuries and suspensions.

He must often ponder what he would do if a wealthy American or an oil tycoon from the Middle East came to Goodison with a transfer budget.  He would almost certainly have more options at his disposal for the long season, for cup runs and Europa League campaigns.

As it stands, his options are slim.  He has a great keeper in Howard, two excellent centre backs in Jagielka and Distin.  On their left is Leighton Baines who last season, in my opinion was one of the best players in the premiership.  On the right, there is young Killybegs flyer Seamus Coleman. 

In midfield there is Arteta who makes them tick and the almost unmarkable Tim Cahill.  Fellaini does not offer enough and picks up too many bookings.  After that you have the workrate of the likes of Heitinga, Neville and Osman, but they lack a recognised striker.

They are relying on Beckford who is finding his feet in the Premiership and Saha who always struggles with injuries.

I was watching the Villareal game tonight.  Outside of a run by Baines, a similar burst from Coleman (before he was taken out) and a half chance from Saha.  It was like watching Champions League final, Man Utd v Barca, albeit on a smaller scale.  Villareal passed the ball at will dragging Everton around the park.  In contrast, Everton couldn’t keep possession.

The danger is that Everton don’t have the funds, so will have to reply on free transfers and bringing through youth, like Ross Barkley.  The problem is that Rooney was brought through, then sold, Rodwell tipped for a similar move.  What the chances someone snaps up Barkley?

So what would I do if I was Moyes? Without money and the attraction of Champions League it’s hard to recruit players, so it would be a case of offering out of favour players a chance of first team premiership football.

Here is my Everton team.
Tim Howard
Seamus Coleman
Phil Jagielka
Sylvain Distin
Leighton Baines
Mikel Arteta
Jack Rodwell
Tim Cahill
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
Daniel Sturridge
Jermain Beckford

Other options
Goalkeeper – Sorenson
Defence - Izaguirre (Celtic), Richard Dunne, Robert Huth
Midfield – Heitinga, Barkley, Osman
Attack-Saha, Shane Long, Craig Bellamy, Robbie Keane

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