The future’s bright, the future’s blue
We take a look at what is going right at Goodison
On Sunday we saw Manchester City being ripped apart by Everton at Goodison Park, with the cash-rich Mancs now looking dead and buried in terms of overthrowing Chelsea and winning the Premier League title.
Much has been made in the Monday morning papers of Pep Guardiola’s future and the crisis at the club, but few experts took the time to stop and really appreciate what was an incredible effort by Everton. Man City didn’t beat themselves, they were undone by a talented opponent who wanted it more, and one, it would appear, with a big future ahead of them.
The stats were there, as shown in our big-match preview elsewhere on this site, to prove that Everton were capable of beating Man City to nil, with the trends and past results at Goodison supporting it, but few punters saw that total annihilation coming.
Well done Everton, well done
So, going against the grain, we tip our hat to Everton and take a look at just what is being done right at The Toffees.
Manager Ronald Koeman has put a real emphasis on youth this season and, although it took his kids a while to find their feet, he now has a squad filled with running and they are hungry, no make that starving, to make a name for themselves and carve a future at the very top of the game, both for their team, and themselves.
Four of Sunday’s starting 11 were under 24-years-old, but you wouldn’t have guessed it when seeing them dominate their more illustrious, and better paid, opponents in every department. Mason Holgate, who did show a rush of blood when being carded, academy graduate Tom Davies, Ross Barkley, who also came through the Goodison apprenticeship scheme, and Romelu Lukaku all fall into the category of wonderkids, hinting that the future is bright at Everton.
Blues building for the future
Sunday’s victory not only made headlines, it has Everton seventh in the table, with their last four wins including the scalps of Southampton, Arsenal and champions Leicester. With three of that four seeing them keep a clean sheet, it shows what Koeman is trying to achieve. Difficult to break down, with the legs to take teams apart on the counter-attack.
There’s still plenty of football to be played this season but, on recent efforts, it would be a brave punter who could put a line through Everton’s chances of a top-four finish, while a top-six would go some way to proving they’re here to stay.