NIGEL MARTYN: New striker would just cause Everton FC more problems

By Nigel Martyn on Apr 28, 10 07:00 AM in Columnists

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I HAVE to disagree with the fans who say Everton need to sign another striker in the summer. Even though there are times they could have been more clinical in front of goal this season, I don't think bringing in another centre forward is the answer.

In Louis Saha and Yakubu the Blues have two quality forwards, and you can see from this campaign that it's rare they start a game as a partnership.

Then you recall they have the goals of Tim Cahill, and two youngsters in Victor Anichebe and James Vaughan who have already proved they can find the back of the net when called upon.


I still don't think David Moyes has the personnel to start playing 4-4-2 regularly, and it is hard enough to keep two top strikers happy when they are not starting all the time, let alone three.

The only thing you could argue which is lacking from Everton's forward options is searing pace.

That's why you could believe reports that David Moyes really has been scouting Jermaine Beckford of Leeds. Beckford can make very quick runs off the shoulder of the last defender.

But there's another dilemma. Watching him, I don't think he could play as a lone striker, so you'd be asking someone who can hold the ball up to play alongside him.

It just causes more problems than it solves as far as I'm concerned. The competition for places is going to be very tough next season already - particularly in midfield where the manager has a lot of very talented players at his disposal.

It will be a perplexing task for David Moyes to find the right blend of players, especially when he has everyone, including Marouane Fellaini, fit.

For me, playing five in the midfield is still the answer. As Everton have proved so impressively this season, it is no longer a negative formation.

Moyes rumours won't go away

BILL KENWRIGHT understandably wants the rumours linking David Moyes with the Manchester United job to go away once and for all. He is probably fed up of the talk about his manager leaving straight away should Alex Ferguson ever retire.

Sadly, the rumours are inevitable, and Moyes will be linked with the job again. What's more, should United ever come calling, could you honestly say that Moyes doesn't deserve a crack at it?

Given the constraints he has worked under at Goodison, could David be blamed if he wanted to suddenly manage a club where money is no object?

It would be very difficult for him to turn such a job down, and whatever happens he will be one of the main contenders.

This summer, Everton will give him everything they can, and we just have to hope he picks the right players again.

* I WAS very pleased to be back at Goodison on Sunday for the game against Fulham.

I made the trip north with my wife, son and daughter in tow, and was reminded once again what a welcoming, warm club this really is.

I popped in to see the gaffer and Jimmy Lumsden before kick-off, and I was up on stage in one of the lounges beforehand predicting the score.

Having seen Fulham's team sheet and knowing their focus would be on the second leg of their Europa League semi-final, I guessed the Blues would win by three or four.

Unfortunately, it wasn't the greatest game I've had the pleasure of taking in at Goodison. When Bilyaletdinov had that early chance, there only seemed like being one outcome.

But Everton's momentum soon faded and we began to make hard work of it. Luckily, we got the result but it hasn't done much to improve our chances of European qualification.

The teams around us haven't faltered and even Villa, who I tipped to tail off, have had a fantastic run.

It looks like eighth place is probably as good as it gets, and by next weekend we'll probably be out of our misery. If Liverpool beat Chelsea that's that.

But even if Chelsea get the better of Liverpool, relegated Hull are unlikely to get a result against them.

Even without the prospect of Europe next season, there is an awful lot to be positive about.

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