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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The importance of Baines and Pienaar | Stats Analysis

The importance of Baines and Pienaar | Stats Analysis

How did the Everton centre backs fare in 2012-13

How did the Everton centre backs fare in 2012-13

Around eleven months ago when the Premier League season wrapped up, Everton held their end of season dinner in Liverpool. Saving the main accolade until last, the evening culminated in John Heitinga receiving the Everton player of the year award and few could dispute the decision after a string of impressive performances in 2011-12. Supporters were able to discuss the merits of their preferred centre back pairing as three players, each of them in fine form, competed for two central …
Tim Howard and Everton's need for reinforcements

Tim Howard and Everton's need for reinforcements

Finally, last week, after what felt like an eternity, Everton confirmed Roberto Martinez as the new manager. Following the completion of his press obligations, Martinez spent Wednesday night at Finch Farm weighing up possible transfer targets. Needing to bolster a paper-thin squad, each arrival and departure is sure to fall under intense scrutiny. Several areas need attention and the goalkeeping department is one of the more pressing concerns, with Tim Howard currently the only senior keeper at the club, therefore …
Seamus Coleman silences the critics | A look at his 12-13 Stats

Seamus Coleman silences the critics | A look at his 12-13 Stats

Kevin Mirallas impressing at Everton | Mirallas Stats

Kevin Mirallas impressing at Everton | Mirallas Stats

Top scorer in the Greek league last season, Kevin Mirallas is one of the many highly rated Belgians plying their trade around Europe. Able to play in a variety of attacking positions, Mirallas can fashion a chance from almost nothing. Unfortunately, hampered by numerous injuries, this mercurial talent has flitted in and out of the Everton side this season. Registering seven goals and six assists in 21 starts (all competitions); Mirallas has had a positive impact on this Everton side in …
Stats outline Everton improvements and failings | Comparison to 11/12

Stats outline Everton improvements and failings | Comparison to 11/12

The improvements are clear; unfortunately, so are the problems and a quick comparison between 2011-12 and 2012-13 highlights these areas. Continual defensive problems and sub-par finishing temper the obvious improvements in passing and creativity. Compared to last season, Everton are 11 points better off at this stage thanks to more goals, less failures to score and more wins. Defensively, clean sheets have dropped from seven to five and the defence has shipped more goals this season. Whilst the defensive differences are …
Everton 3 Reading 1 | Toffees use width to flatten Reading

Everton 3 Reading 1 | Toffees use width to flatten Reading

Following successive league defeats, a win here was imperative and Everton overcame a disjointed start to do just that. Disrupted by the early loss of Phil Jagielka, the home side were out of sorts for sections of the first half. Already adjusting to the pre-match loss of Tim Howard, the Toffees struggled to shift through the gears during the opening period. Fortunately, as the half wore on, David Moyes’ side began to assert themselves and took the lead with half …
Darron Gibson Stats: Manchester United Misfit to Merseyside Magician

Darron Gibson Stats: Manchester United Misfit to Merseyside Magician

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