4th Of September
After the dust settled after the excitement of the transfer window, parts of the press in this new post Sir Alex Ferguson era decided to carry on kicking United after their “shambolic” performance in the transfer and the Daily Star even seeing fit to run this article.
After the endless mis-quotes from Fellaini when on international duty (ironic there weren’t any when he was ACTUALLY sold) it was fun to see United and Moyes being shown up a bit. There are of course no direct quotes from Van Persie himself, but I reckon there is no smoke without fire.
I doubt United will struggle at all this season, but the recent PR disasters are fun to watch, also, this one prompted a denial, which I reckon probably means the truth is somewhere inbetween. Though giving Nani a new 5 year deal won’t help any speculation regarding Moyes’ mental state.
5th Of September
With it being international week, there isn’t much Everton stuff happening. The state of TV these days meant there wasn’t much on so I ended up watching the England U21 game against Moldova U21.
It was a decent game and could have easily been more than just 1-0 and the commentators seemed to be impressed with John Stones whose reputation seems to be rising, along with Ross Barkley.
Hopefully this is the start of the youth acaedmy at Everton starting to bear fruit and producing some serious first team players. Could save a lot of money in the long run.
6th of September
New FA Chairman Greg Dyke made his first speech as FA Chairman complaining about the number of foreigners in the Premier League which is making the national team less competitive.
When I say I don’t care about England, it is not that I want them to lose, I just don’t care if they do or not. Plus there is no way I am cheering on “Stevie G” in any circumstances.
Anyway, I am not going to claim I know the key to making the England team better, but I would say players being picked on sentiment and reputation rather than form.
Ashley Cole is a great left back, and if push came to shove, if Cristiano Ronaldo was running down a wing, I would rather have Cole there defending than Leighton Baines. Even so, I think Baines allround game merits a start, especially against opposition like Moldova.
As it was, there were 3 Everton players on the pitch playing for England for the first time since 1986 after 60 minutes when Ross Barkley made a fairly impressive England debut. Baines had come on for Cole at half time and Phil Jagielka started at centre back in a routine 4-0 win.
Speaking of Baines, Roberto Martinez held a press conference stating that Baines will be offered a new deal by the club.
I really hope things are pretty much done and this isn’t going to turn into a saga. I suppose Baines owes Everton nothing and taking off my blue tinted glasses, this is his last chance of guaranteed Champions League football.
On the other hand, it is also a World Cup year, he has to think about how much actual game time would he get at United behind Patrice Evra, if of course United even come back in for him. He seems pretty level headed, so I wouldn’t be suprised if he did sign a new deal.
I only pretty much half watched the England game and didn’t see any other home nation games, but there were plenty of Everton players in action all over the world. New signing James McCarthy played alongside Seamus Coleman for the Republic of Ireland in a 2-1 defeat to Sweden.
There were more Everton players involved in the game between Scotland and Belgium. Kevin Mirallas and loan signing Romelu Lukaku started on the bench for Belgium and former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini started while Steven Naismith was an unused sub for Scotland.
Belgium won the game 2-0 with Everton man Mirallas scoring the second goal to seal the result.
Nikica Jelavic started on the bench for Croatia in their 1-1 draw against Croatia. I hope Jelavic finds his shooting boots again soon as I genuinely think he is trying but can’t seem to hit a barn door with a banjo at the minute. Perhaps the arrival of Lukaku will spark him into form.
The last involvment of this round of internationals saw Bryan Oviedo and his Costa Rica team beat Tim Howard’s USA 3-1 in a game that shouldn’t really affect either teams chances of appearng in Brazil next year, although Costa Rica will see it as revenge having had to play in these conditions in March…
And so, that is that for this round of fixtures. No Premier League fixtures during the international break leaves a bit of a lull so early into the season. Especially with so many clubs having new signings eager to impress.
It is however Non League Day which is a good idea, non league clubs trying to maximise their exposure and maybe expand their audience a bit while there is no shiny Premier League football for people to stare at. If it wasn’t raining and I wasn’t skint I might have gone down to a game.
Just a week to go now until the Chelsea game………