However, the month of death is finally behind us culminating in a disappointing loss to Newcastle, who continue to ride the crest of a wave. The story of this game was the same as it has been throughout September and October, we are seriously lacking in the attacking department. I honestly don't believe we have been embarrassed in any match so far this campaign but we do not seem to have that killer pass or ability to find the space essential to scoring at the moment. Points on the board are what count in football and there are no prizes for having a darn god go, so in reality it has been a poor month.
Everton need to urgently start to pick up points from now until the turn of the year, when we are given a licence to attempt to strengthen again. From the next 7 encounters we should be looking to add to our points tally by a further 14, minimum. Names are already being touted around as possible acquisitions, at this time we need to assume that the loan market is where we will be scouring. Landon Donovan's return to Everton's right flank is real a possibility and one both the American and the Goodison faithful would relish. Steven Pienaar's occupancy of the Tottenham substitutes bench has led to rumours suggesting he is unsettled, with credible sources stating earlier this month he was lined up to replace Mikel Arteta in the final hours of the transfer window, however the player himself has insisted he wants to fight for his place at White Hart Lane, I for one would love to see the South African back we have missed his pace, guile and relationship with Baines.
If we are to raise funds in order to invest in the playing staff, it's time to cut our losses with Bilyaletdinov. I'm tired of hearing we are not playing to his strengths and he is out of position. I would suggest that the position he allegedly craves is not available in the current set up or maybe Moyes believes he is not doing enough in training to warrant giving him the chance to play off the striker, he's certainly not doing enough on the field when given the chance on over 50 occasions. Reports have surfaced over the weekend that he has made enquiries with Russian clubs about a return to their Premier League to help cement his place in their Euro 2012 squad, we will have to wait and see if any take notice.
One bit of good news during another frustrating start to a season is Jack Rodwell's international call up, he has really improved and settled into the task set for him. In his 90 minutes over two games for England he showed his strengths and qualities with good movement going forward but not shirking his defensive responsibilities.
I'll happily admit in the not so distant past I have stated that Rodwell could be sacrificed if a decent offer came in, in order to raise funds for recruitment in vital areas, I'm also happy to admit, based on his performances so far, I was wrong. He is by no means complete at 20 but he is definitely moving in the right direction again after two years where, perhaps, he started to believe his own hype a tad. He'd been sold to us by the management team as a centre-back in waiting, which may have confused the lad as he was trying to keep a grip of a starting berth as a midfielder.
He's had a more defined role this year, with the summer departure of Arteta freeing up availability in the middle of the park, personally I'm not sure about moving to Centre Back just yet as he needs to be more authoritative in certain aspects of his game, his heading for example should be a focus in my opinion, but let him gain a season or two as a first team regular before trying to work too much on his positional diversity, like Bilyaletdinov but in reverse.
Wolves on Saturday is a must win game and one we should looking for three points, we've had a tough month in regards to the fixture list so let’s take solace in that those games are behind us now and we need to push on.
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