Writer: Dominic Fitzpatrick
Date:Wednesday December 6 2006
Blessing in disguise? An old cliche i know, but the situation at bellefield presently could well help us in the long term, consider this.
David Moyes was full of praise for his team after their 2-0 home win over West Ham United. Admittedly, Moyes was quick to notice it was not the prettiest game of football, but the players who were available were a credit to the club with the attitude they did show. This can only mean good things for the players, a real sense of positivity after overcoming the odds.
T.S. Eliot certainly had a point when he said 'April is the cruellest month', however, he forgot to consider just how important a solid festive period can be for teams in the Premiership. There is no doubt that those teams who are still caught in the mixer come the end of December will be in the same place pretty much for the remainder of the season. Those scrapping for points to escape relegation traditionally will be doing the same come April. Similarly, those in and around the European berths (as we were last season) will be there there abouts come the season's climax.
With several injuries to contend with, and rumours that David Moyes will have to call upon the help of some of the club's younger players, it is not surprising Everton have signalled their intent to scour the market come the January sales. David Moyes' policy in his transfer dealings will only enhance what Everton currently have, which is honesty and determination for the cause which can only be beneficial.
As well as the imminent return of some of the club's more important players ie Cahill come the end of the festive period, we could well enter into the new year with a growing squad not only from players returning from injury but also from possible transfers and the blooding of some of the club's youngsters which so many people have called for.
Everton seemed to fizzle away last January and any European aspirations disintegrated also. This January could be quite different, the return to fitness of several key players as well as the possible addition of players in the transfer window could really enhance the feel good factor which is there for all to see at the moment despite the harshest of circumstances. In the mean time the club face a gruelling month ahead with a depleted squad, which will really test the character of David Moyes' players. The rest of the season should be relatively easier in comparison.
Date:Wednesday December 6 2006
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