I will preface these words with a simple thought. I, like everyone else, could not care less about the game. I couldn’t care less about the rest of the season, and right now, I couldn’t care less about Everton Football Club.
So, I invite you all to sit alongside me and join in not caring, if you so wish. Many are seething after the weekend’s proceedings, many are extremely sad, and many just don’t care.
I’ve spoken in great detail about Everton’s relationship with apathy over the past few years, and it is only getting worse. We thought that going to games was going to be better under Marco, and it has not been the case. Walking the Goodison way still remains a chore on any given day against any given opposition, and it won’t change at least for the next few months.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Mr Silva recognises our issues unlike his predecessors and recognises that he is not perfect. Ridding Everton Football Club of a cancer that has manifested over the past decade is not an easy task, in fact, it is one that a manager would be stupid to take on.
But Mr Silva has, and he, alongside Mr Brands, will sort the football club out in due course. This season is gone, let’s look forward.
GK- Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford is becoming a problem. Even with a shambolic defence ahead of him, his issues are becoming unavoidable and must be remedied very quickly.
RB- Jonjoe Kenny
Seamus Coleman continues to be more hassle than he’s worth, so in a pointless run of months, it’s time to groom Jonjoe Kenny for the starting spot next season.
CB- Kurt Zouma
Kurt is probably the least problematic centre-half that we have, now that Mason Holgate has been inexplicably let go, and we should be moving to make his stay at Goodison permanent.
CB- Michael Keane
Yerry Mina is a victim of Marco Silva’s defensive system, at least so far. He isn’t a bad centre-back, by any means, but until we have a solid defensive unit, trying to slot in a new player is pointless, and will lead to more Millwall situations, where we quite easily conceded three goals from set pieces.
LB - Lucas Digne
Lucas Digne is possibly the only defender who will come out of this season with dignity intact, as he is consistently the best amongst the five deeper players. He has been a shrewd acquisition by Mr Brands, and a kind of buy that we will need plenty more of if we are to transform the football club.
CM- Leighton Baines
Idrissa Gana Gueye will hopefully be leaving very soon, which leaves James McCarthy as our only defensive midfield option, and while I think McCarthy still has plenty to offer, I’m not so sure Mr Silva is of the same mind.
However we all know what Leighton Baines can offer, and he cannot remain out of the team.
CM- André Gomes
André has not been in a good run of form, that much is obvious. However, we simply do not have another player at the club with the abilities that he possesses, so he remains in the side.
It’s time to stop assuming Gyfli Sigurdsson should be a shoo-in at the #10 role. He simply isn’t good enough, and as we need to be planning for the future, Bernard should be given his chance as the playmaker in the middle, a role he has occupied frequently at other clubs.
RW- Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott’s stock has risen with the sharp decline of Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson. With those two enduring horrid runs of form, absence has made the heart grow fond of Theo once again, as he returns on the right.
LW- Ademola Lookman
Ademola Lookman remains our strongest winger.
There’s nothing more to it, to be honest.
ST- Cenk Tosun
Cenk Tosun, after DCL’s failure to capitalise on the opportunities he has been given, deserves another run in the side. His loyalty to the club and willingness to fight for the shirt should not be easily cast aside, as some grit and desire are what this sorry football club is sorely lacking.
Cenk Tosun has that in spades and this, as well as being a very good striker on his day, is why he remains a fan-favourite.