This time around we take a look at the fantasy relevant assets of Everton….
The toffees always seem to run on a familiar set of patterns. Pattern a: They start the year horribly then come home after Xmas with a run of wins and clean sheets to end up mid table or maybe even challenging for a euro spot. Pattern 2: They seem to have one good year followed by one poor one. By my reckoning this year should be their good one! Either way they always seem to tighten right up in the second half of the year and that’s when I grab their discounted defenders!
Gaffer Moyes does it tough… working on a shoe string budget he does wonders with a sometimes threadbare squad and budget that wouldn’t buy a bag of mixed lollies. I sometimes wonder if he would be successful at a richer club, and the answer is probably no, I reckon he thrives in this situation, anyway enough about the boss.. how about the team!
The incumbent here is the ever reliable american Tim Howard (5.5) He scored 151 last year with 12 clean sheets and that one most memorable goal! You Can pick and feel safe that he will do a job for you.
As i say 12 clean sheets last year, but i would expect slightly more this term, Who are the defenders worth looking at? Obviously Baines if still there is tough to pass up. He is 7.0 but has free kicks in his locker and seems to be behind most of Evertons good attacking play. The likes of Distin, Hibbert and Hertinger are solid at 5.5 but Jagielka at 6.0 is a more desirable option as he often finds himself in the midfield. Hes usually good for a couple of goals and assists most years.
With the departure of Cahill the likes of Osman and particually Felliani look appealing. At 6.5 both could be good shouts, Felliani loves to get amongst it and get his big afro on the ball in the box, loves a card too! Both players usually return around 5 goals and assists each per year but Osman looks partically good this pre-season. Although the best shout would be Pienaar should he get his dream move. Unfortunatly Coleman is now classed as a mid so his maurading runs dont also come with clean sheet bonuses… 5.0 is probably a fair price. Rodwell 5.0 scored a couple of goals last year but still needs to come on… Barkely 4.5 shows heaps of potential but again we need to see more before a buy, and Neville 4.5 is a decent shout as a year long bench cover that will score you 2,2,3,2,2,3,2 each week.
The name on the tips of our lips here is Jelavic (8.5) He came in January and made an instant impact with 9 goals, he shows the goods, can he reproduce it this time? Time will tell… he does have the fixtures to flourish, its just a matter of beating the Everton early form curse! Naismith (6.5) is his former strike partner from their former club and already have shown they have a great understanding… i reckon this is the guy at a cheaper price who will score as many points if not more. Around the 5.0 price are the likes of Gueye, Vellios and Anichebe, they will score the odd goal when needed but there are far better options at other clubs.
I’m bullish about the toffees this term… i think they will be solid at the back and may have a few suprise performers in the middle and up front. Dont discount the ugly blue duckling from Merseyside!