Gareth Barry Stats | Everton's Midfield General

Gareth Barry Stats | Everton's Midfield General

Gareth Barry has often been treated unfairly by neutral fans, as they question whether he has the ability to play for Manchester City; but, this season the midfielder, on loan at Everton, has earned praise from critics and fans alike after an impressive start at the Merseyside club. Barry’s role in the side is a somewhat underrated one in football with acclaim normally landing at the feet of the more flamboyant attacking players. Without Barry in the team though, Everton …
EPL Manager Index | Wenger, Pellegrini, Villas Boas and Martinez climb

EPL Manager Index | Wenger, Pellegrini, Villas Boas and Martinez climb

Ok so Week 8 won't go down as a classic Premier League week but there are still plenty of talking points for the Manager Impact Index. Before I forget, i'd like to welcome Gus Poyet to the Index and we'll catch up with his performance later. The difficulty with the Index in the early weeks was that a manager could be in 20th place, have a good week and climb up to the top 5.  This was an unavoidable side …
Everton Stats Analysis | Assessing the Opening Months Under Martinez

Everton Stats Analysis | Assessing the Opening Months Under Martinez

With another mandatory international break now in full flow, every football fan across the country is enduring a painful couple of days without seeing their beloved side play regularly whilst the attention has been turned to England’s bid to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer. During the agonising wait for league action to be resumed, supporters will spend this period thinking, analysing and discussing how the first two months and a bit have gone for their sides in …
Man City 3 Everton 1 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Man City 3 Everton 1 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

A very open game at the Etihad saw the fall of the last unbeaten record in the Premiership. Everton held the lead briefly and created a number of clear opportunities in the first half before fading badly in the second half as City took control and the full points. Line Ups Pellegrini made six changes to the side that lost at home midweek against Bayern Munich. Alvaro Negredo made his first Premier League start whilst David Silva had recovered completely …
Can Roberto Martinez Solve Everton's Striker Conundrum?

Can Roberto Martinez Solve Everton's Striker Conundrum?

In virtually every single transfer window during David Moyes’ 11-year tenure with Everton, the club were constantly linked with bringing in a striker. The Toffees finished the 2012/13 campaign in sixth place and just nine points adrift of Champions League football. The biggest frustration for the supporters was that there was something about this season that felt like a ‘missed opportunity’ because once again, the profusion of draws was the difference of making it into Europe’s biggest club competition. There …
Roberto Martinez Eyes Youth Development With Everton

Roberto Martinez Eyes Youth Development With Everton

In the wake of his arrival as Everton's new manager, Roberto Martinez has already promised a lot to the supporters and breathed huge hope into those who doubted him as a candidate to succeed David Moyes at the helm. Martinez, according to chairman Bill Kenwright, has already set his sights on a UEFA Champions League place in the future, he has outlined that he wants to speak to the current staff, assess how they operate before he makes a decision …
Roberto Martinez & Everton (vs. Norwich) | Tactical Analysis

Roberto Martinez & Everton (vs. Norwich) | Tactical Analysis

Roberto Martinez’s Everton debut in the Premier League saw Marouane Fellaini take centre stage as he was often the trigger for Everton’s change of tempo, either through Fellaini himself dictating the tempo by keeping in line with the play with his lung-bursting running around the pitch or through the Belgian giant’s advanced positioning that would lead to a “fast-transitional” pass (not seen by Martinez as a long ball) being played into Fellaini that would come under his control regardless of …
What Would Roberto Martinez's Everton Look Like? | Tactical Analysis

What Would Roberto Martinez's Everton Look Like? | Tactical Analysis

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