So, Moyes went to Man Utd’s training ground today as the season finished yesterday and now effectively has become their manager. What will this mean for the current Everton players? Who will benefit from Moyes going? Who might be worrying about their squad status as a new manager comes in?
Obviously this all depends on who the next manager is, if the rumours are to be believed about an internal appointment, then not much could change at all.
Players that will benefit from Moyes’ departure
It is known that under Moyes’ management, players are given a season to settle in and are used a lot more during the second season. A new manager might look to use Oviedo’s dangerous attributes of pace and good delivery a lot more next season. He could even see himself fighting for a first team place.
Many an Evertonian will know that young Ross Barkley hasn’t been given a chance too often under Moyes. When played at the start of last season, as soon as he made a mistake he was dropped, not to be seen again. In this last month Barkley was played in two of our biggest Premier League games at Tottenham and Arsenal, and did reasonably well in both. Again though, as soon as Osman was back, he was dropped. The next manager may be willing to give the 19-year-old a longer run in the side.
A lot of Everton academy players have felt they have waited their time to be given a chance but that chance has never come. The majority have left to seek regular football. Duffy has stayed loyal to Everton and has stuck around on the bench. When thrown in due to injury problems, he hasn’t been anything other than solid and dependable. Yet those few appearances when the squad is down to the bare bones is all he has been given. I’m not saying he should be playing in the prem, but the two early rounds in the two cups, depending on opposition, would be fair.
The old argument of whether Moyes ruins strikers is for another day. The fact remains though that Jelavic has been a completely different player to the one of last season. He can only get better under a new manager, and if not will have to be moved on.
Another youngster that many an Evertonian believe should be involved more over the season. Whenever he’s come off the bench in games where Everton are in a poor situation, he has chipped in with a goal or an assist. The brilliant 2-1 turnaround against Tottenham at home is a great example. Although we haven’t seen him on the field since. There are rumours of him not training too hard, but he does score or assist when he’s on the playing field.
Now, before you have a go at me, I know Heitinga is a very hot and cold player. Sometimes he can look brilliant and others the complete opposite. But for Heitinga, he and everyone knows that Moyes always preferred Jagielka and Distin at the back. When Heitinga has games under his belt, I’d argue that his better form has always come out, which is not really a surprise. He might get a lot more games if a manager with a complete footballing philosophy came in.
Players that might worry after Moyes’ departure
Believe it or not, Baines might suffer from Moyes leaving. Baines has grown and grown in Moyes’ tenure and has always been given the licence to fly forward. If you look at his England appearances, he has often been ignored when going forward or been told to not really cross the half way line. If the next manager has the same feelings, the Englishman might, just might, not be the player we’ve seen.
Naismith is the player Evertonians love to put down this season. Personally I’m still not sure on him, he’s scored a few goals while being in and out of the team. I also don’t think he’s a right winger. Maybe this is a case for him to be a player who might benefit from Moyes leaving, but overall it’s not hidden by Evertonians that his passing, touch, runs and general play is very poor. If a new manager sees what we see, he could be shipped out after just one season at the Blues.
The midfield man is a player that causes many a debate between the Everton faithful. Some believe that he always gives 100%, he’s better than what we’ve currently got and has been a large part of Moyes’ success at Everton. Some believe that he only turns up for 5 games a season, that his pace is a constant factor in midfields overrunning ours and that we need to move him on in order to progress. It’ll be interesting to see what the next manager thinks, because Moyes was certainly a believer in Osman.
Even with Moyes’ constant defending of Anichebe, the Nigerian striker has nearly left the club numerous times due to injuries and being out of favour with Evertonians over the years. This season he has largely been a revelation, racking up an OK goalscoring record, trying harder in games and holding it up with more success. If he falls back to his whinging and whining ways under the new manager, he might last nowhere near as long as he did with Moyes at the helm.
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