Everton

A Stroke Of Moyes’ Genius?

Not a striker

Or just sheer stupidity?

Having sustained an injury in the 0-1 home defeat to Belarus while on international duty with France, Louis Saha will undergo intensive treatment on a knee injury instead of leading the line against Manchester United in Saturday’s potentially crucial match. James Vaughan, Everton’s youngest goalscorer (in a twist of irony) has joined Crystal Palace on loan, the club against which he scored his first ever, record breaking senior goal.

Although many fans may wish to see Ayegbeni Yakubu in the starting lineup, manager David Moyes evidently still has his doubts. Therefore, a tried and tested solution may lie in wait, the controversial but previously effective 4-6-0.

In the run up to new year 2009, and a few weeks thereafter, Everton were without a recognised striker and had been forced to resort to this unprecedented formation. Their start to the season had been indifferent, particularly at home, and although they lay a comfortable 7th at the start of December, it was largely believed that the lack of a striker would be a problem.

This idea was however, disproved with aplomb as Everton went on a run of three straight wins, which boosted the season dramatically for the FA Cup finalists. It therefore appears likely that Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini will once again lead the line in a “little and large” combination, as the team look to atone for their lack of goalscoring prowess.

Cahill has established himself as a proven goalscorer when provided with the right service, and Fellaini possesses a mean shot – devastating if exactly on target. Some might say that Everton are in a false position in the league table, and while their footballing style may not differ greatly from the previous five seasons, the lack of goals speak volumes.

Ultimately, wins are impossible without goals, and goals are the only element which count for anything – in years to come nobody will care that Everton “tried their best while the other team parked a bus in front of the goal”, and they will see only the result and the effect it has on the club’s future ambitions.

Your humble writer is, for one, in favour of the Fellaini-Cahill partnership in attacking midfield – are you?

Answers on a fag packet please – or even in the comments box below will do.

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