Everton’s Strategy Leaves Them Exposed Against Liverpool’s Lively Attack

Despite Ronald Koeman’s post-match claims that he was proud of Everton’s effort in their 3-1 loss to Liverpool over the weekend, there was no escaping the fact that, in a tactical sense, he got it wrong. In a tough and occasionally even dirty Merseyside derby, the Dutchman asked his players to line up in a […]

How Gerard Deulofeu’s New-Found Team Ethic Is Driving His Improvement At Everton

Last season, Gerard Deulofeu was stuck on the margins at Sevilla. He only featured 17 times in the league, and only 10 of those appearances were made as a starter. His coach at the time, Unai Emery, loved his quality but couldn’t warm to his attitude. “He has incredible qualities but lacks others. Put him […]

West Ham: A look At Why Manuel Lanzini Can Replace Dimitri Payet

In the days prior to the international break, West Ham hosted Everton at Upton Park. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, but before the match meandered towards its conclusion, Slaven Bilic’s men were brilliant in the first half. In attack, especially, they seemed to have found an impressive level of balance. Dimitri Payet drifted […]

Everton-Sunderland: Deulofeu and van Aanholt Trade Blows in Entertaining Encounter

In football, there’s nothing quite like an individual battle. The rest of the game, of course, is also great, but a player-on-player stoush is pretty tough to beat. This is even more apparent when that fight within a fight goes some way towards deciding the final outcome, and in Everton’s recent clash against Sunderland, there […]

Ross Barkley Now Poised to Turn Promise into Production

For Ross Barkley, last season was one of disappointment. On the back of a breakout campaign in 2013/14, where he scored six goals and made 34 appearances in midfield, he seemed poised to take his game a step further. The dynamic attacker had positioned himself as one of England’s most talented prospects, and with his […]

John Stones’ Tremendous Body of Work Vital in Everton’s Win vs United

All it took was 21 seconds for John Stones to exert his authority in Everton’s massive clash against Manchester United. He did so by leaping above the colossal Marouane Fellaini to emphatically head the ball back towards the direction of its origin. This action set the tone wonderfully for the performance that followed, as Stones […]

James Ward-Prowse Shows Improvement in Movement against Everton

Last week, England’s under-21 side hosted Germany on a rain-soaked pitch at Riverside Stadium. The conditions seemed tailor-made for the long-ball football that many associate with the English game, but under Gareth Southgate, this team is a different proposition. The familiar fighting spirit might still be there, but there’s also been an adjustment made, one […]