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Demba Ba was set for Chelsea but he evidently wants more in wages than Chelsea want to pay.
s for Spurs, my gut is that they won't do anything except ship a couple of players out (Bentley again and Huddlestone out on loan) but the Moutinho thing could be interesting, though I'm not sure how AVB would mix and match the midfield with the Dembele-Sandro partnership working out so well. I'd rather they forked that money out for Damiao or another young, talented striker to push Adebayor and Defoe.
Agreed on Mirallas. I also think Jelavic has been pretty awful recently, the Merseyside version of pre-Benitez Torres. He gets so many chances but almost never puts anything home. I also think Everton has really been gypped by refs, both for penalties against (errr...City?) and penalties not called for.
I have to respectfully disagree Shooty. There are times when the club doesn't appear to be that far from a 4th place contending team and then I look at their roster. If I'm being brutally honest there are only two players on the team I really feel comfortable leading a charge to CL qualification. Suarez and Agger. The rest of them have too many problems. I'm not saying they don't have other players with some talent, but I'm saying Agger and Suarez are the only two they have that could walk into most top sides in the world.
Regarding the "US school" of passive, reactive goalkeeping: I do think there is something wrong with that unless you have an absolutely elite defense playing in front of you and you're exceptionally good at organizing it. Otherwise it just invites pressure from the opposition and puts your defenders in the position of frequently having to make awkward clearances when it would have been easier for the keeper to come deal with the danger. Which invites further pressure, etc, etc.
If you're bored...
This should keep you busy.
But I think there's more to the relationship of fans and boredom than just magic moments. I want you to like soccer if you don't already, so I probably shouldn't admit this. But the game gets in your head. Following soccer is like being in love with someone who's (a) gorgeous, (b) fascinating, (c) possibly quite evil, and (d) only occasionally aware of your existence. There's a continuous low-grade suffering that becomes a sort of addiction in its own right. You spend all your time hoping they'll notice you, and they never do, and that unfulfilled hope feels like your only connection to them. And then one day they look your way, and it's just, pow. And probably they just want help moving, and maybe they call you Josie instead of Julie, but still. It keeps you going. And as irrational as it sounds, you wouldn't trade this state of being for a life of quiet contentment with someone else. All you could gain would be peace of mind, and you'd lose that moment when the object of your fixation looked at you and you couldn't feel your face.
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Yeah, Mirallas has been a bit underrated because Fellaini has been so obviously excellent. Mirallas' underlying per-minute numbers are nearly as good as Fellaini's, and Everton look crazy dangerous when both are in the attack.
Everton look more than good enough to compete - they were just as good as Chelsea and a bit unlucky not to have come away with a point. It'll be interesting to see if anyone in the Everton/Arsenal/Spurs group makes a run. I am pretty much sure that West Brom will fall off this pace, and I'm reasonably confident that Chelsea are going to add talent and lock in a top-three finish, and I'm just about totally confident that Man City won't fall out of the top three.** But I don't really know how to evaluate the Arsenal, Everton, and Spurs, and they'll be fighting for just one spot. That should be exciting in the second half.
**And likewise while I think United are the class of the league, they are more than flawed enough that Chelsea or City making a run at the title wouldn't be at all surprising.
There's absolutely nothing that connects Suarez to the (quite strong) back half of the squad. Further, Suarez isn't a pure #9, but a wonderfully creative player, and he keeps setting up chances that his teammates aren't good enough to cash in. So he gets frustrated and starts taking too many shots in bad positions.
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