Luke O'Farrell

Write about Everton for ESPN and EPL Index. Evertonian with a keen interest in the tactical and statistical. Twitter: @lukeofarrell

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Player Performance Analysis | Gareth Barry Vs Hull City

Player Performance Analysis | Gareth Barry Vs Hull City

Doing the bulk of the unsung work in front of the Everton back four, as others grab the headlines, Gareth Barry usually slips under the proverbial radar. This was not the case against Hull on Saturday, however, as Barry found himself at the centre of a number of potentially game-changing incidents. Danny Graham and Sone Aluko found themselves on the floor after Barry intervened, although neither tackle warranted the intense scrutiny demanded by Steve Bruce. Barry also played a telling …
James McCarthy Impressing at Everton | Stats Analysis

James McCarthy Impressing at Everton | Stats Analysis

More than a few cursory glances greeted the news that Everton had spent the princely sum of £13 million on James McCarthy. Questions surrounded the transfer policy as Roberto Martinez added another player to the ranks with ties to his recently relegated former club. Doubts may exist over the other one-time Wigan purchases, but McCarthy has quickly dispelled any of the question marks accompanying him to Merseyside. Eased into the first team picture by a manager who knows his abilities …
Player Performance Analysis: Leighton Baines Vs West Ham

Player Performance Analysis: Leighton Baines Vs West Ham

Everton fought back admirably at Upton Park on Saturday, although at half-time, three points looked little more than a dream. The Blues were lethargic in the opening period, with several players seemingly running through cement, and West Ham deserved their lead at the interval. Needing swift improvement, a brace of half-time substitutions revitalised Everton and provided the platform for victory. James McCarthy plugged the midfield gaps alongside the impressive Gareth Barry, while Romelu Lukaku offered the attacking threat lacking beforehand. Nonetheless, …
Encouraging signs for Martinez's Everton

Encouraging signs for Martinez's Everton

The search for a first league win enters its fourth week on Saturday, with Jose Mourinho and Chelsea the visitors to Goodison Park, but the signs in these early stages offer plenty of encouragement. Combine that with the deadline day influx and the squad is primed for the remainder of the campaign. Everton's Defence When Everton announced Roberto Martinez as manager, the doubters pointed to a Wigan defence boasting more holes than a tramp’s blanket. So far, however, the added …
Player Analysis: Ross Barkley | Player Stats Vs Norwich City

Player Analysis: Ross Barkley | Player Stats Vs Norwich City

Roberto Martinez recently described Ross Barkley as ‘something special’ and an ‘incredible football diamond’. Those doubting the hype received a glimpse of his undoubted potential against Norwich on Saturday. Nevertheless, despite announcing himself to the Premier League, Barkley has been a name on Evertonian lips for years. Overcoming a severe leg break, Barkley first arrived on the scene in August 2011. A man-of-the-match debut hinted at his promise, but any hopes of a prolonged spell in the team evaporated following an …
Importance of Martinez continuing familiar Everton setup

Importance of Martinez continuing familiar Everton setup

Taking charge of an Everton side regularly battling for a European place, Roberto Martinez has no need for a comprehensive overhaul and the order of the day should be an occasional tweak here and a subtle change there, as the squad builds towards the new season. Intent on implementing a studious passing style, this fresh approach can help Martinez get the best out of his creative players. Everton found themselves in eleventh place on the pass percentage list last season …
The rise and fall of Nikica Jelavic | Stats

The rise and fall of Nikica Jelavic | Stats

Everton need indispensable Baines to stay | 5 Year Creativity Stats

Everton need indispensable Baines to stay | 5 Year Creativity Stats

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