One: Luuk De Jong is not even close to being good enough to be in the 1st team; I’d prefer to see Shola…at least he gives a shit for a little while.
Two: Vurnon Anita is not effective against an opposing midfield of other humans. When Gareth fucking Barry is winning balls off you and beating you for pace, you know there’s something horribly wrong.
Three: Paul Dummett is just Santon but with less defensive ability, less tactical awareness, worse at set pieces and worse going forward.
This utter ineptitude is rewarded with a starting place in the team against good sides. It also starts bleeding into our good players. No one had a decent game today and it took two goals and an hour to realise that maybe playing players like Ben Arfa, you know, who have ability and creativity might just be a good idea. Everton were nothing special but when they weren’t diving or wasting time, they were ripping us to ribbons. Coloccini had an off night and the rest of them looked like they couldn’t give a shit. I’ll leave out Cisse here cos he was making run after run into space but by the time the rest of them had looked up amd decided that maybe it was a good idea to pass, Everton had the ball and were running at our full backs. Tiote at least attempted tackling occasionally but no one else bothered following his example.
No wonder the atmosphere is fucking dead in SJP. What exactly have we got to be proud of?
The good bits: Ross Barkley’s swan dive for no apparent reason with no one anywhere near him (which went unbooked, just to rub it in) was truly beautiful to behold.
Ben Arfa. Our only creative player.
The bad bits: special mention to both of our full backs who were a true double act ‘Shit and shitter’
The sheer terror on the faces of our players when the other team had the ball.
Tackling helps in that situation, boys.
Imagine winning a game 3-0 without getting out of second gear. That’s what Everton did. They didn’t even have to try as we gift wrapped them each goal, they couldn’t believe their luck. It’s difficult to really blame Colo for his slip, as accidents happen – it wasn’t an error. However, Paul Dummett had an absolute nightmare. I always like to see some academy gets come through the ranks and stake their claim in the first XI, but I do wonder if he’s up to it at Premier League level. We’ve seen him a few times now this season, and he’s never really blown me away. He gets caught out of position far too much for my liking. I really like Haidara, but for a reason only our coaching staff will know he doesn’t get game time. It also baffles me how we can have obviously talented players like Ben Arfa and Marveux on the bench. Of course they will frustrate at times – but all flair players do. This probably isn’t a very popular opinion, but I want to see Mbiwa get an extended run out at centre back as a full back he is not. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, it’s just not his position. Now that we’re playing for absolutely nothing – we might as well try out different formations and give players like Mbiwa some game time in preparation for next season. I’m adamant that there’s a very good defender in him – he did captain Montpellier after all at a very young age. Instead of making a scapegoat out of players that are in and out the side as Pardew often does, he needs to take this time to take a good look at them before this so called big rebuild in the summer.
But yeah – in summary, this game was awful.