Everton FC supporters on the week’s big talking points.
Terry McAllister, Walton
WHAT is there to say now that the season is over?
Most supporters had tempered their expectations last summer, willing to be patient with the new chapter expected to start slowly after over a decade under David Moyes. How wrong we all were. Roberto Martinez has ushered in a revolution at Everton Football Club.
A new, cultured approach has seen the team go from well drilled grinders to one of the best possession based sides in the country. Ross Barkley and John Stones have gone from reserve team players to full England internationals. Bryan Oviedo has played his way into Evertonian’s hearts. Leighton Baines now has competition as the league’s best full-back from Seamus Coleman.
Next season promises much more to look forward to as a new crest will be complemented by the return of European footballas part of the new, Roberto Martinez era. The School of Science has re-opened at Goodison Park.
Chris Douglas, Old Swan
SUNDAY’S comfortable win brought up 72 points and you can’t be anything but very pleased with a great season.
In true Everton fashion it was the most points gained by a side that still wasn’t enough for fourth place and Champions League football. It would be fair to say most Blues, myself included, were sceptical of Roberto Martinez and his ways when he first arrived at Goodison Park but he has thankfully been a roaring success. Long may it continue.
He should be given the funds to improve the squad and the backing of the board to ensure none of it is cashed in on, you can almost see Kenwright praying that Barkley goes up in value during the world cup. This season has seen the emergence of Ross Barkley given free rein and game-time and he’s been a joy to watch. James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman have also been fantastic, but for me Gareth Barry has been immense throughout. Keeping hold of him is vital. A boring summer awaits role on august keep on keeping on.
Sam Carroll, Walton
ALTHOUGH it is a very real possibility that Barry, Deulofeu and Lukaku have all played their last games in an Everton shirt, it would be foolish to panic until the end of transfer window, judging by last season’s triumphant deadline day.
Lukaku would be the biggest miss. His goals have been so important, but even the lingering threat he posed was enough of a threat to unsettle defenders.
An Everton side playing the fluid, fearless football like we did against Hull next year will have an incredible chance of truly achieving something special. However, there has been this end-of-season-optimism several times before.
Under Moyes, there was a recurring theme of doing well one year and then not living up to expectations the next. We went from 17th to 4th and then back down to 11th between 2004-2006. Everton now have to cope with the pressure of being fancied; something that I think Roberto Martinez will relish.
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