Definitely a case of two points dropped for the Toffees
A draw, stalemate, a point – whatever way you dress it up, we’ve seen a load of them lately. If you’re plotting you’re next big win at the bookies and thinking, “what team can get me some money by drawing or win me big on the goals galore” look no further than the Royal Blue of Everton.
It’s been a period of frustrating results for Evertonians, including myself. The feeling is that although we hold a very satisfactory league position, it could be so much better. Points have been dropped in games that many feel we should have got more from. The worrying trend of conceding goals also continues and leaves us fans craving a clean sheet. As I mentioned though, the position we currently hold in the league is pleasing and it is nice seeing us in the top 6 at this stage.
Injuries and suspensions have threatened to derail our threadbare squad – the likes of Thomas Hitzlsperger have come in to fill gaps where established first-team players have been out of action and David Moyes was forced to recall young Ross Barkley from an impressive loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday just to make numbers up.
Whilst the likes of Hitzlsperger have done a fine job, we simply don’t have the numbers or depth of quality that a Manchester City or Manchester United have. Saying this though, we still have performed well enough and with injured players coming back for key games, Everton can start looking for that winning formula again.
If this proves to be our ‘blip’ during the season, we can look back at this run of results and say we didn’t come out of it too badly – we now though have to start winning games to maintain a push for a European place next season.
I still don’t think we will finish 4th, but we are certainly worthy of being considered for being in the mix for it.
With the Manchester teams looking like they will be battling for first and second place, 3rd place down is up for grabs at the moment particularly with Chelsea struggling. Everton have to find consistency now and look to pick up wins. Up next is in-form Tottenham, followed by difficult trips to Stoke & West Ham, also in great form themselves.
Key players have come back and other will soon be into fitness. Tony Hibbert has provided defensive steel upon his return and Kevin Mirallas is nearing fitness and could provide a great boost with his skill, pace and trickery leading into the Christmas period. The one man who I feel we have missed the most has returned from injury at a key time of the season. Darron Gibson, who is still yet to lose a league game for Everton when he has been on the pitch, has added great composure and balance to the Everton midfield.
His influence is essential and his quality has not gone a miss. With the quality we have anyway with the likes of Baines, Pienaar, Jelavic and of course Fellaini in our side, we can hope to still progress and achieving something we can be proud of this season.
Here’s hoping it’s a Merry Christmas football wise and a very Merry Christmas to Evertonians everywhere. Let’s hope it’s a Blue Christmas filled with more goals, less draws and a surge into those European spots going into the New Year.
Nil Satis Nisi Optimum.