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Striking at the Sharp End

Radio City's Alan Irwin, 5th December 2008 - 09:15

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Alan Irwin is the Voice of Everton for Liverpool's Radio City 96.7. An experienced radio journalist, Alan commentates on all of the Blues' matches and is well placed to provide insightful blogs on the progress of the team.

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Having sat alongside many an ex-footballer during my time in the Radio City commentary role, it goes without saying that they all believe they can still play a bit!!!

Maybe now is the time for Sharpy to don those old boots of his and prove your're never too old !!!!
 
Desperate times require desperate measures!!!!
 
Looking back to the start of the season it's difficult to believe we'd find ourselves in this position in terms of available forwards. We really are down to the bare bones.

Most clubs would probably feel they'd get by throughout the campaign with 4 strikers in the squad and I'm sure David Moyes thought likewise.
 
However it should be remembered that following the sale of Andy Johnson it was simply Yakubu and two youngsters, both relatively unproven on the big stage. Added to that mix was Louis Saha prior to deadline day.......an unfit Louis Saha who'd missed huge chunks of the previous 2 years, who arrived on the back of our manager's statement that "if we can get him fit for 20 games of the season, we've a much better chance of winning those 20 games". Well that premise still holds true. What we didn't account for was the loss of last seasons leading goalscorer!
 
It's easy with hindsight, although it has been highlighted in this blog previously, but our squad is simply not strong enough to sustain the long hard challenge of a Premier League season. We've already had to field too many youngsters this campaign.....Jose Baxter now holding the distinction of being our youngest ever player.    
 
Now, in all likelihood, we'll have a 20 year old leading the line alone on Sunday against Villa. Anichebe did a great job for the 20 minutes he was needed at White Hart Lane but to me he's always looked more effective joining the game later rather than starting it.
 
Hopefully, Louis Saha's hamstring injury heals quickly.........but there's no question (availability of money or not) we need at least one new striker come next month's window. It may well have to be a loan acquisition, and experience at the top will be a vital ingredient.
 
Whoever arrives at Goodison in the January transfer window, one thing's for certain........ none of them will be good enough to lace the boots of my expert summariser.

Graeme Sharp still stands head and shoulders above all who've tried to emulate his brilliant goal scoring record!!!

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Stewart LoweFor me, i think Everton are being coy about the financial situation. Lets face it, all premiership teams have gone out and spent upwards of 15-20 this summer. Everton have also spent that 15m on fellaini and as that was a result of the Johnson sale, where had the original pot of money gone that Moyes was given to spend? It could be that they just dont want to disclose how much they have because prices hugely inflate when this is made public? Personally i dont think Anichebe is up to the premiership and it is a canny thing Moyes has done by going public and saying how Anichebe should grab this chance to shine. I would like Moyes to go for Podolski this January. He is your typical no nonsense chase every lost cause German player, which is the style Moyes has instilled since his arrival. At a quoted 9m, he could prove to be a snip at 6m less than Fellaini and his value will only increase.

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