I caught up on MOTD2 from last night over lunch today, with a couple of things catching my attention. Obviously it’s important to remember that every highlights show doesn’t show the whole match and so my thoughts on individual passages of play may be horrendously far of the mark!
Firstly, I’ll start with Everton and our fantastic victory over Sunderland. I was ecstatic to come off work yesterday and find out that Kone had scored 3 goals, he’s been through injury hell at Goodison Park and he didn’t deserve the abuse he got from our fan base on twitter. Yesterday he showed why Martinez forked out so much money for him. On match of the day at least, he looked unplayable.
Now, moving onto Deulofeu. Firstly, that dive in the second half was disgusting. Someone needs to kick that out of him – he was through on goal, as a player you should always want to score rather than try and winning a penalty. It didn’t matter today, but another match down the line it might be the difference between 3 points and 1.
On a more positive note, his overall play looked excellent. I think he’s still getting back to full fitness, mainly because he still looks like he’s a step behind where he was two years ago. It’s not a surprise, given how poorly his year at Sevilla went. But apart from that, his vision, composure in front of goal and passing ability looks as good as it did before, if not better. He’s clearly enjoying his football here and we have an incredibly gifted young player on our hands.
Garth Crooks didn’t put him in his team of the week, favouring Ross Barkley instead. We all know Crooks knows nothing about football but even by his standards that was a shocking decision. Barkley didn’t look bad, but Deulofeu was out of this world. Just because he’s English, doesn’t mean Barkley is permanently outstanding. Maybe someone should tell Garth Crooks that!
Bournemouth lost 2-0 to Southampton in the day’s other match, and in that ex-Everton players Slyvain Distin and Dan Gosling played for the Premier League new boys. Gosling was as busy but unspectacular as ever but Distin looked a shadow of the player he was a few years ago.
He was at fault for both the goals, the first showing his lack of awareness of players around him, the other showing how poor he is in the air. He’s no longer premier league quality, but he won’t drop down a division (or at least that’s how it seems). It’s a shame because he was the best defender I’ve ever seen at Goodison for a number of years. We all saw it happening last season, now it’s confirmed.
Overall, Bournemouth looked excellent in the second half without a cutting edge. That is going to hurt them over the course of the season. Looking at the sides around them, Sunderland, Newcastle and Chelsea all have players who can score goals – Bournemouth (and probably Villa) don’t – and will that be the difference?
Hopefully they sort it out, I say this a lot but teams who come up from the championship and play good football deserve to be rewarded for that. It’s the English way to defend and hoof but it’s a better way to try and play football while fighting relegation.