November 30, 2008
For any Premier League manager who was watching on Sunday, David Moyes and his Everton side would have provided plenty of clues on how to take all three points against Spurs. Earlier in the season, the likes of Sunderland and Stoke - teams with markedly inferior players - achieved victories thanks largely to their commitment and fight. While Harry Redknapp has undoubtedly remedied the malaise that seemed to infect the players under Juande Ramos, Spurs once again succumbed to a team playing "ugly" football. Everton strung five players across the midfield and Joleon Lescott snuffed out the threat of Aaron Lennon, who was so influential against Blackburn one week ago.
David Bentley was again ineffective, wasting a whole series of set-pieces, and surely the time must be approaching for him to be dropped. The fact that he cost a lot of money should not guarantee a starting place, and since Redknapp did not sign Bentley, he should have little compunction about leaving him on the bench. In doing so, the manager would also be giving the player an opportunity to show what kind of attitude he really possesses.