Well at the start of the season I suggested that it would be a transitional one. What I didn’t expect was such a roller-coaster of emotion as good news off the pitch was followed by disappointment on it time after time.
Our season is effectively over if you believe that 7th in the league is the best we can do (I think that by the way) but there is a lot of good news coming through about finances, stadiums, new signing,s ambitions, etc. Talk of ambition at winning stuff whilst seeing us knocked out of the cups by firstly Norwich and then Leicester (no away wins all season) reserves? It’s all very confusing at times.
The new faces through the “USM Finch Farm” door in the last few days has certainly been encouraging. I ran a Twitter poll last week which asked whether you’d like new signings now or for the kids to be played and for Koeman to wait for the Summer. The response was overwhelming, 89% of respondents wanting new signings now, be it to bed them in now or simply to provide some ‘good news’ following the end of our season in the cups.
Morgan Schneiderlin is certainly a very good midfielder and one that can have a fearsome pairing with Gueye when he returns from the African Nations Cup. In the meantime he can play alongside Gareth Barry and help the old man out against the movement of Man City on Sunday. He hasn’t played competitive football regularly for some time, and the risk is that his reputation has made him into something he’s not, but I certainly can’t wait to see him in a blue shirt at last.
Lookman is one for the future but he’ll be thrown into the squad for Sunday too it appears. He’s been playing regularly for Charlton this season – albeit “not trying” recently according to CAFC fans – and could be our wildcard to throw on and just run at players who know nothing about him in the coming weeks.
With the potential good news about the waterfront stadium (please, please, please make it happen…) these are exciting times to be an Evertonian. Saying that, any real success would take years of sustained investment before we got anywhere near the likes of Chelsea and Man City. The fact that the rumours about Usmanov investing in us are seemingly true makes for exciting times though. And that sponsorship of Fincha Farm, which we don’t even own, was simply brilliant. Although apparently it’s “not fair” which makes it even funnier.
The fact that Koeman stated in the conference today that he expects some of the players that will be in the squad for Sunday to leave as they simply aren’t up to it will be sending alarm bells through the team. Did he really mean it and is he looking for a reaction? Or are some of the players out there that we’ll see in a Blue shirt dead men strolling?
Niasse has gone (are Hull really paying all his wages?!? Bravo!) and Cleverley has gone to Watford which I personally think is a shame. Not that he’s gone, but that he couldn’t find his form and place in the team.
We can only hope that more of the dead wood is shifted out (Kone, McGeady, Besic for starters) and that we save plenty of money for a massive signing towards the end of January. Isn’t Lionel Messi still in contract talks?