Thursday, May 24, 2018

What now for Everton?

David Moyes Everton side were hammered 3-0 at Goodison Park

David Moyes’ Everton side were hammered 3-0 at Goodison Park by Wigan in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday

I couldn’t believe my eyes as I watch struggling Wigan hammer Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park, it was so unbelievable.

Three goals in quick succession put the Latics through to their first ever FA Cup semi-final and they truly deserved it.


The Evertonian’s in Goodison Park seemed to be shell-shocked by what was happening in front of them, I certainly was.

I just couldn’t believe a team of international players could put in such a shockingly inept performance and in an FA Cup quarter-final.

Those players really do need to start looking themselves in the mirror and asking themselves if they still want to pull on a blue shirt. If they don’t then they should leave in the summer.


One of those players that looked distinctly unmotivated to win yesterday’s game was Blues talisman Marouane Fellaini. His performance was lacklustre and his attitude truly stank. His gestures towards the crowd when substituted were simply unacceptable.

Fellaini may be a key player for Everton, but I for one wouldn’t be disappointed if I didn’t see the Belgium international in an Everton shirt again. He has been agitating for a move elsewhere for some time and I think the summer will be the right time to give him what he wants.

Everton won’t miss the midfielder if he keeps putting in those sorts of displays and keeps showing such contempt for the people that pay his wages.


Prior to the last few games the Everton players have been producing flat performances. The likes of Steven Pienaar, Fellaini and Leon Osman to name just a few haven’t been at their best in the last couple of months.

They haven’t looked like the same players as the ones that made Everton so attractive to watch in the opening few months of the season.


It’s common knowledge that Everton don’t have much strength in-depth. The first choice starting line-up when everybody is fit is very good. Unfortunately the rest of the squad can’t compete with the first choice ones.

They are simply not good enough, so Everton can’t afford to rotate the squad. That has meant David Moyes relying on the same players and it looks like they have now run out of steam.


Everton boss David Moyes already looks as if he has accepted the fact that he is leaving the club at the end of the season. He was dejected on the touchline, as his team were beaten by the better side on the day.

Take nothing away from Wigan, they were fantastic, but Everton on the day were awful and the manager has to take a slice of the blame. Moyes picks the players, he motivates the team and he chooses the tactics.

Moyes has done a decent job at Everton in his 11 years at the club. He hasn’t had much to work with financially and has moved the club forward. However, it looks as though he has taken Everton as far as he can.

The Scot has been linked with moves to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, but I currently don’t think he is ready for those sorts of challenges. However, he has gone stale at Goodison Park.

Maybe a fresh start is what everybody involved needs, including Moyes himself who at times in recent months has looked a frustrated man.


Ironically the favourite to replace David Moyes at Goodison Park is Wigan boss Roberto Martinez. The Spaniard has turned down moves to Liverpool and Aston Villa in recent summers.

However, Wigan are in yet another relegation battle. Martinez is similar to Moyes, in that he has achieved decent results on a small budget. Martinez has crafted a team on a far smaller budget than even Moyes has at his disposal.

He has kept Wigan in the Premier League for the last couple of seasons against the odds and his team can play superb football on their day. I don’t think many would argue that Everton are a bigger club than Wigan.

Martinez has shown great loyalty to Wigan and in particular chairman Dave Whelan, but maybe the time has come for the Spaniard to move on.


I just hope that the cup defeat to Wigan doesn’t lead to Everton’s league campaign falling apart. The Toffee’s have had a very decent season, but the team now look to have ran out of ideas. I have a feeling that this summer could see a host of changes at Goodison Park and maybe that won’t be a terrible thing.

What next for Everton?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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You nearly got there when you mentioned the size of the squad, but failed to progress to the reason the squad is the smallest in the Premiership. St Domingo Kenwright who sat legs akimbo on Uncle Cyril’s handlebar moustache on his way to the match all those years ago… sold off the family silver, failed despite searching 24/7 for several years to find an investor / new owner, media luvvy who manages to pull the wool over a ridiculously large number of Evertonian’s eyes over where the responsibility lies. Articles like yours point the finger at the nearest suspect but… Read more »

Moyes has to balance his meagre squad’s fitness, virtually every one of them looks spent… personally I’d trust Moyes judgement over that… if he was given the resources he’d have options… he doesn’t, and that’s through no fault of his own… miserable weekend for us blues…

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