Everton pre-season review
13 August 2008
I watched my first live game of the new season at the weekend, Everton v PSV Eindhoven
. It was the last pre-season game for Everton
and they played pretty well overall, I was suitably impressed with our performance considering PSV are the current Dutch champions and will be playing in the Champions League this season. It also wasn't a full strength team we put out, there were quite a few home grown players on show. Jack Rodwell
impressed me the most, he had a solid game considering his age and looks like he could be a long term replacement for Lee Carsley.
The rest of our results in pre-season have been pretty poor really but I don't pay much attention to pre-season results as I see the games as a chance to give the whole squad a run out and to try a few different formations.
Pre-season off the pitch hasn't exactly gone to plan though. We've let quite a few players go and not brought anyone new in, while I was quite happy to let AJ go
for the right money it looks like we didn't get as much for him due to a previous injury. Our CEO resigned
in mysterious circumstances, David Moyes still hasn't signed a new contract
yet and our plans for a new stadium have been called-in
by the government. Quite an eventful few weeks. At the moment I'm worried there is something going on behind the scenes at the club and that worries me more than anything else!
Having said that I'm still optimistic about the new season. There is still time to bring in a few new players before the transfer deadline to help us solidify our position as a top 6 six team this year and hopefully all these off the field issues sort themselves out.
Roll on another 9 months of football! :-)