In the first of a new weekly series, Evertonian Tom Power takes a look at over the events of his beloved football club over the past seven days.
Saturday’s abject defending should not mean rearguard re-shuffle
The 6-3 home defeat to Chelsea last Saturday evening may well be in the past now, but it will no doubt be still causing some sleepless nights amongst Everton’s usually solid back five of Tim Howard, Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin and Leighton Baines.
There were severe lapses in concentration throughout the clash at Goodison Park, which was the last thing that was needed against a side that must surely be most people’s favourites to land this season’s Premier League title, as well as lack of composure or communication amongst Everton’s rearguard, and social media sites and forums have been a-flutter with opinions that various players within the Toffees’ defence need dropping or, even more strangely, replaced entirely during the last 48 hours of the transfer window.
There are certainly valid concerns, considering the third best defence in the Premier League last season has conceded ten goals in the opening three matches of the current campaign, but calls for players to be sold are ludicrous in the extreme.
The Blues kept fifteen clean sheets last season as they finished fifth in one of Europe’s leading leagues, despite having to draft in the unfit Antolin Alcaraz and inexperienced John Stones for Jagielka, Coleman and Distin throughout the 2013/14 season, and with ample protection from Gareth Barry and James McCarthy the Toffees’ defence will come good, and improve as the season goes on.
One bad result does not make for a bad defence, and casting aside experienced, seasoned league performers will not suddenly make Everton’s rearguard impenetrable.
Henen deal could benefit Blues
The bizarre deal concerning 18 year old forward David Henen took another twist early this morning with the news that Roberto Martinez had landed the former Anderlecht youngster on a season long loan from Olympiakos.
The Belgian striker had spent the previous month training with Everton’s Under-21 squad, with a permanent deal looking to be sewn up sometime before the transfer window closed, before the news filtered through that Henen had actually joined the Greek outfit much to the chagrin of Evertonians, who wondered how an almost certain signing had fallen through the net.
However, it’s a loan deal that could end up being another masterstroke from Martinez.
There is the possibility that Everton had splashed all of their available transfer cash on securing the permanent signing of Romelu Lukaku, meaning that there was no money left to bring in Henen permanently too. However, loaning in the youngster will give Martinez twelve months to keep a closer eye on Henen’s development, as well as weighing up the possibility of bringing the young striker to Goodison permanently next summer.
It isn’t ideal, naturally, but this loan move gives the Spaniard a better chance to weigh up his options over Henen.
Naismith form a leading light throughout opening matches
Has there ever been a better story of one player winning over an entire fan base in the history of football?
Twelve months ago, the thought of Steven Naismith entering the field of play would have left the most ardent Everton supporter shuddering in his seat, but now the 27 year old is openly lauded by all four corners of Goodison Park.
Three goals in three matches is reason enough to think the Scottish forward has finally become a pivotal player within the Everton ranks, but his work ethic, tireless running, ability to leap like a salmon and footballing brain are being just as applauded, if not more so, by the Goodison faithful.
Long may it continue.