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2010/11 Review of the Season: Everton

June 10, 2011

If David Moyes could find a way to get his Everton side to start the season well, they could easily be top four contenders. If you add together Everton’s points hauls from the second half of the 2010/11 and the 2009/10 seasons, the total is 75 points. Enough for second place this season.

Everton do not normally start the season well so this year came as no exception. Their first home win of the season came in October’s Merseyside derby win over Liverpool, and it was only their second overall league win of the whole campaign. In the new year, they hit a rich vein of form that propelled them up the league to their eventual finishing position of eighth.

They were of course many positives to take from the season such as the development of Jermaine Beckford into a solid top-level striker, Leighton Baines’ continued growth at left-back and the brilliant partnership developed by Seamus Coleman and Phil Neville down the right flank.

If only, they could get the start right.

Regular Starting Eleven

Game of the season Everton 2-0 Liverpool Ask any Everton fan and they couldn’t have picked a better opponent for their first home win of the season. The fact that it only arrived in October was momentarily forgotten as they heaped even more misery on Roy Hodgson’s underperforming Liverpool side.

Everton were sharp and composed against their bitter rivals. They looked constantly in control of what was John W Henry’s first game as the new owner of Liverpool. The result left the red half of the city languishing in 19th place in the Premier League. A perfect day for David Moyes’ side.

Player of the season Leighton Baines The fact that Everton’s number three played every minute of every league game this season is not only testament to his fitness levels but also a nod to the level of performance he produced throughout the season. He seemed to have an uncanny ability to pick out Tim Cahill with a pinpoint cross, defended the left side of Everton’s defence superbly and even contributed five crucial goals. Such has been Leighton’s brilliance, Ashley Cole is currently facing the biggest test for his England place of his career.

Season in a tweet

Biggest disappointment Diniyar Bilyaletdinov Having completed his second full season, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov continues to struggle under the weight of his near £9 million price tag. The Russian isn’t making the impact expected of him by the Everton faithful who don’t often get to welcome ‘big money’ signings. He’s proved to a decent player. The fans would just like to see more glorious moments like his goal against Wolves and less of the anonymous appearances that were so common.

Changes needed for next season? Since taking the Everton job in 2002, David Moyes has cultivated a comfortable sense of expectation amongst his supporters during the transfer window. The Scottish manager has only a shoestring budget to deal with in the transfer market and the fans know he will do his best to bring in players at premium. It won’t necessarily be a lean summer at Goodison Park but it will be cheap one.

Despite the progression of Jermaine Beckford, Everton are still likely to target more reinforcements up front. DJ Campbell and Demba Ba has proven they can score goals in the Premier League so are likely to be targets while there have been calls for the natural width of Everton’s play to be improved. Moyes will also have a job hanging to a handful of his players; most notably Jack Rodwell. If Everton can hang on to their prize assets for another season and improve up front, they should improve up the league.

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