Leon Osman: 400 Not Out

Leon Osman: 400 Not Out

Practically a dying breed at the top level of English football, Leon Osman rose through the youth ranks at Everton FC, and bearing two short loan spells at Carlisle and Derby County early doors in his career, he has gone on to be an increasingly rare one-club-player. On Saturday 23rd November 2014, Osman notched 400 career appearance for the Toffees, topping off the impressive milestone with a characteristically smart goal in front of the home end to ignite passionate celebrations all …
Tactical Analysis: Everton 2-1 West Ham

Tactical Analysis: Everton 2-1 West Ham

It was a great Everton performance as The Toffees defeated a very in-form West Ham side. On his 400th appearance, Leon Osman slides home the winner in a 2-1 victory over The Hammers. Everton took the lead after half-an-hour, Romelu Lukaku scored from close range after Ross Barkley's shot was deflected. West Ham equalised after making two substitutes, Mauro Zarate's shot taking a huge deflection over the Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard. However, Leon Osman scored the winner to pick three …
Player Performance Analysis | Leon Osman vs Newcastle United

Player Performance Analysis | Leon Osman vs Newcastle United

Everton boosted their hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League after a ruthless 3-0 away win at Newcastle United on Tuesday night reduced the margin between themselves and Arsenal in the race for fourth. A stunning solo effort from Ross Barkley sent the Toffees on their way to their first away victory of 2014, with Romelu Lukaku doubling their lead after 52 minutes before Leon Osman wrapped up the victory soon after and helped push Everton into fifth place, …
Everton 2 Wigan 1 | Tactical Analysis

Everton 2 Wigan 1 | Tactical Analysis

Everton hosted Wigan at Goodison Park. Everton were 2-4-0 in their last six games, while Wigan posted a not-so-impressive 1-1-4. Formations [caption id="attachment_24068" align="aligncenter" width="336"] Everton Starting XI[/caption] Everton made one change from their game against West Ham. Heitinga dropped to the bench in favour of Hitzlsperger. Neville moved to right back, while Gibson kept his place with his red card appeal pending (now rescinded). The result was a relatively narrow 4-4-2 formation to allow Baines and Neville to overlap. …
EPL Players Of The Week | Man of The Match choices from Match Day 13

EPL Players Of The Week | Man of The Match choices from Match Day 13

Welcome to the Players of the Week for Match Day 13 (last weekend's matches). Please click on the page numbers below or use the easy navigation to find out who I've selected as the Man of the Match for your team! Sunderland 2 – 4 West Brom West Brom won their fourth game on the bounce to take themselves to within 4 points of top-spot. It has been the youthful bunch of James Morrison, Romelu Lukaku and Shane Long who …
Everton: Ten Game Player Analysis | Opta Stats

Everton: Ten Game Player Analysis | Opta Stats

Everton's 2-2 draw at Fulham signalled the ten game point of the season, generally the time managers and players finally deem it acceptable to begin judging their work. Sitting fourth in the table, the Toffees have started unusually well. They are playing some attractive football and dominating most games, although four consecutive draws have slightly checked their recent progress. In terms of performance, Everton's play has evolved into a more possession-heavy, pass-friendly system that has seen the Toffees become masters at carving out chances …
Everton | Midfield Dissected

Everton | Midfield Dissected

Whilst Everton’s overall squad portrait depicts a roster ominously stretched in several quarters, in central midfield, David Moyes is blessed with some truly optimum Premier League talent. For countless campaigns, Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill and Leon Osman have been continually producing the goods at Goodison Park, whilst Marouane Fellaini, and Jack Rodwell seem destined to eventually reach the upper echelons of the game. With the exciting Ross Barkley set to emerge this season, centrally, Everton’s midfield looks destined to become …
Everton | Who Replaces Arteta Best?

Everton | Who Replaces Arteta Best?

Since parting ways with Mikel Arteta, Goodison Park's chief creative threat for several years, Everton have struggled to find a player capable of replicating his high level of production. This season, the Spaniard's absence has clearly hampered elements of the Toffees' arsenal, with many attacking statistics on the decline. As is emphasised above, despite their recent upturn in form, the Toffees' creative nous has wavered. What has helped negate these attacking deficiencies and kept David Moyes' side competing  in games this season has …