I’ll begin with the good news. Ramsey is back, with a chance of featuring today. It would seem slightly premature to start him, but you never know.
Ramsey’s importance is hard to overstate. To my mind we haven’t had a more complete midfielder since Vieira. His early season form was magnificent and as a result he still holds up statistically despite having been injured since December. How different our season might have been had he been available…
In recent memory trips to Goodison Park have held happy memories. The last time we lost to Everton was back in 07 – since then we have won 9 and drawn 5, our last 3 league meetings accounting for 3 of those draws if you wanted to know.
Perhaps something to do with having a young team, but Everton have a tendency to fall out of games. Against Fulham they started positively, looked as though they were going to dominate, only for the game to breakdown mysteriously. Fulham took the initiative, but as if often the case lacked the quality to do anything good.
Everton’s recent form has been good, but it hasn’t been as good as the scoreboard journalists might tell you. A 3-0 win at St James Park is always impressive, but it becomes less impressive when you remember Newcastle’s season has descended into a highly competitive battle for 8th place.
A draw wouldn’t be terrible, even a loss wouldn’t be the end of the world. Everton’s remaining fixtures are much trickier then ours, so I’d still be confident of finishing above them.
Sagna Mert Vermaelen Gibbs
Rosicky Cazorla Ox/Podolski
Recent results have been demoralising, but it would be foolish to dismiss this season outright. It hasn’t panned out exactly how we would have liked, but it feels different to me. Almost as though we have turned a corner and arrived at a place where we don’t have to fearfully refresh NewsNow assessing the summer damage. A few years ago Ramsey’s form might have aroused mixed feelings, with Spanish Giants inevitably scouring his genealogy. The shabby commercial deals agreed when scraping funds to build a stadium have been renegotiated. We can now spend 40 million on a single player. Perhaps the striker we’re looking for will become available? Perhaps injuries will be kinder…
We may even win a trophy, our first in 86 years.
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