With Gary Judge
After such a disappointing result last weekend at Millwall, how important was it that Everton picked up 3 points on Tuesday at Huddersfield?
It was huge! The early goal definately helped settle the nerves and if we’re
honest, despite having a new manager, Huddersfield were pretty poor. A win is a win though and it was certainly much needed for all associated with the club! We can take a lot of positives from it as well; Tom Davies produced an assured and mature performance, Pickford kept a clean sheet thanks to some great stops and Tosun was refreshing in his aggression and willingness do the dirty work. Overall the most pleasing thing was seeing the lads dig in and show some resolve though. I’ve said it so many times; Evertonians will forgive a lack of quality if the work rate and desire is there, that was the case on Tuesday and I couldn’t have been happier!
Surprised by the changes on Tuesday? Notably Baines for Digne and Tosun for Calvert-Lewin?
I was surprised by the omission of Digne but pleased at the same time. Digne made some poor decisions against Millwall and the fact he was left out almost suggests that he ignored Silva’s warnings/ instructions in relation to not giving Free Kicks away. If Digne stayed in the team then I would have been more inclined to think that he hadn’t been warned against that and was therefore left out. I also think the Digne message would have sent a message to the other players that nobody is immune from the chop which is vital when the manager is trying to gain respect. Digne has been one of our best players this season and he was dropped for one poor showing. Baines was excellent up until he got injured though and I was gutted to see him go off. I actually forgot how good he was and hope to see him fit again soon! the Tosun inclusion drew exactly the same thoughts; pleasant surprise! He took his goal well at Millwall and deserved a start. He showed exactly what we’ve missed; an aggressive striker with a willingness and ability to get on the end of things. Okay he isn’t the quickest or the most technically gifted but he gives us a target and rarely gives centre backs an easy game.
How much of a different test will the next 2 games at Goodison be? – Wolves and Manchester City?
Huge tests for very different reasons. Wolves are an energetic team with bags of confidence and talent. Nuno Espirito De Santo has them playing with no fear and the steel they also poses in the likes of Cody/ Doherty and Boly means they have so much balance in their side. Fate will have it that Joao Moutinho has turned out to be an outstanding signing. How many times has that player been linked with us over the years?! Typical Everton! I fancy goals in that game, much like the one at Molyneaux, which is why I’ve gone for 2-2 again. Both sides will fancy they can win and both sides will want to try and get on the ball and show what they can do. As for City, as much as it shouldn’t be the case, it’ll be a weird atmosphere won’t it? No Evertonian wants to see the title go to anfield yet we all want to test ourselves against the best.... What will be will be in that one! If we win it’ll be massive for Silva and the new project, if we lose it‘ll be take City a step closer to catching Liverpool. As we have nothing to play for honours wise, it’s catch 22 if ever there was one!
Disappointed by no incomings on deadline day?
6I am but you’ve got to accept and respect that there’s a serious job to be done in balancing the books for the long term stability of the club. Brands is clearly out to prove a point and to gain the trust of Moshiri by spending his money more prudently and you have to respect that. With that said, not managing to get a striker in, even on loan (I.e. Batshuayi) has put more pressure on Silva to try and find a solution to his tactical dilemma. If Tosun doesn’t find some form he may have to face trying to shoehorn Richarlison back into a position where he’s not only uncomfortable but pretty ineffective. That isn’t good for anyone.