Blues Learning From Past Mistakes
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It is no secret within English football that Everton don't seem to get going until Christmas. The season just past was no different. Early defeats at the hands of Queens Park Rangers, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle made for an excruciating opening few months.

However, with the January additions of Landon Donovan, Darron Gibson, Nikicia Jelavic and Steven Pienaar, Everton's second half of the season form was up there with the very best.

With this staggering season of two halves tale becoming a regular occurrence at Goodison Park, changes must be made to way the club approach a new season to avoid crawling out of the blocks and as a result playing catch up.

Bill Kenwright could always write a letter to the FA and ask that the league campaign starts in January instead of August. That way surely Everton would qualify for the Champions League every year.

In all seriousness, the reason as to why David Moyes' side always start so slowly has to be addressed. The superb performances in the closing months of the last campaign have led to many articles being published as to what should be done differently so that similarly impressive results can be achieved in the early stages.

Many have suggested that the Scot's pre-season regime asks too much of the players and that they are all too tired by the time the curtain raiser comes around. It could however, be just as easily argued that this very 'problem' is the reason as to why the Blues are so strong later on in the season - they are much fitter than everyone else.

Also, there have been times over the years when the morale in the squad has suffered due to dragged out transfer sagas, Joleon Lescott's switch to Manchester City being a perfect example.

The main reason as to why Everton repeatedly give themselves a mountain to climb after a faltering start must be down to a lack of new personnel.

For the players to return from their holidays to the news that other clubs have been spending large sums of money to bring in fresh faces in a bid to take their side onto a higher level must bother them.

Or at least it should.

Of course it is well documented that Everton do not have the financial muscle to compete with the likes of City, Chelsea, Manchester United and the likes. This article does not argue with that.

However, if the figures mentioned in the media are to be believed then to bring in the four players mentioned earlier in the January transfer window cost in the region of £5m.

In the modern game when crazy sums of money are thrown around to compete for silverware, £5m is not a great deal. Even so, the effect it had on the squad and indeed the crowd at Goodison Park was plain for all to see. Everybody connected to the club seemed rejuvenated and improved performances and results followed.

Everton have already moved quickly to complete the signing of want away Rangers man Steven Naismith, a player who linked up so well with Jelavic during their time together north of the border.

If certain sections of the media are to be believed, Steven Pienaar and Hugo Rodallega are set to become the latest additions to the squad by the end of the week.

In addition, keeping hold of Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini is of course of paramount importance if the club want to progress and make a return to European football.

If the board manage to fend off any interest in the pair and add a few more faces to an already talented squad, the season coming could be a bright one for the blue half of Merseyside - and not just the second half of it.

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Comments about Blues Learning From Past Mistakes
What about the thousands of fans who turn up with a negitive attitude if one or two games dont go to plan. We all know that a good crowd can lift a team. Goodison Park can be one of the quietest grounds in the country and yet with the right attitude one of the most exciting too. Dont just sit there and hope, be positive scream positive think positive and that collective thought will transfare onto the pitch.
Johnny Boy, Kirkby, 1:44 AM 12/07/2012
Moyes may have solved the problem already, by bringing in Jelly and co last year, and Naismith this year. Re transfers, because he needs to sell before he can hope to buy the likes of Peanuts, and a utility defensive player, doesn't it make sense for it to be Johnny H to be sold, and drop Rodwell back to centre half. This is a risk, but it has been touted for some time that he will eventually be a centre half, the lad's fit, a few pre-season games under his belt, who knows? Another factor that might help us get off to a good start. We have, on paper, a tricky start, this might just help.
Joe Dids, Bury, Lancs, 11:43 AM 11/07/2012
I feel more optimistic about this season than a couple of years ago when we all thought we might do well. The difference is Jelavic and Fellaini's maturity. I think top four is well achievable, especially if Pienaar returns. If we don't get off to a good start though it's back to square one.
Spectator, Crosby, 10:55 AM 11/07/2012
It is not necessary to break the bank to get quality players. Lescott, Cahill, Jags etc, all came from lower divisions .... going back a bit more, Sharpe from Dumbarton, tricky Trev from Burnley (I think) and Big Nev from Bury. The list could go on. A good scouting setup is priceless.
Terry. U., Gosport, Hampshire, 10:21 AM 11/07/2012
Transfer window should be end of season up to Christmas. That should end this wait until last minute to get the best deal senario. Season will be halfway through and it also may encourage clubs to get things done before start of each season.
Lee, Rainhill, 10:16 AM 11/07/2012
It doesn't help the morale of the players when the manager claims "We are not in a position to win games" as he did last year. It appears he is still sulking at not being given any money for the first few months of each season. As a fan I do not like to hear claims of "We will do well to finish in the top ten" early in September. Some POSITIVE comments at the start of the season from Moyes this year would not go amiss.
Slaz1966, Huyton, 10:13 AM 11/07/2012
It is all very well saying lets get players in before start of season and let's do business early, but unless you have funds in the bank you cannot do that. It is quite clear we operate on extremis of available debt, therefore unless we sell early we cannot buy early.
Will, Southampton, 7:33 AM 11/07/2012
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