Like any great western, the retiring sheriff or gunslinger aims for a peaceful conclusion, in the sunset of their careers. A comfortable chair to sit on, having seen it all and with close companions alongside them. However, as any story goes, a final ride must foretell; whether spearheaded by personal vendetta or a sense of […]Read More A Tactical Review on Everton’s 2020/21 Season
Everton are heading towards a financial mess. Failed recruits from failed managerial stints has built a bloated squad, loaded with more misses than hits. Add the record losses of €125 million in the last financial year, it’s fair to say that their next steps in the transfer market need to pay off. The board seem […]Read More Can James Fill the Giant Breach?
“Imagine what Everton would be like with money.” The constant calls around the concourses, throughout the David Moyes era. A rampant team across Goodison’s four walls, built with zero net spend. Though Moyes’s team was far from perfection, Everton had players who connected with supporters, a style which appeased to its fans and a club […]Read More A Tactical Review on Everton’s 2019/20 Season
“When I was starting out, I was wedded to 4-4-2. I have now learned to be more flexible although I still believe that 4-4-2 is the outstanding defensive system. You have the best coverage of the pitch, it is simpler to press forward and press high, with coverage behind the pressing players.” An excerpt from […]Read More Should Ancelotti Stick with the 4-4-2?
With the Football Season on temporary lock down; Toffee Analysis has decided to go back in time. In this mini series, we will analyse some of Everton’s best ever matches, starting at what has been described as “Goodison’s Greatest Night”, 35-years to the day. Everton versus Bayern Munich. Goodison Park has been home to some […]Read More Vintage Match Analysis: Everton 3-1 Bayern Munich (84-85)
This article is supported by InStat. An underwhelming start followed by an Autumn resurgence is a fair observation on the opening stages of Marco Silva’s two-seasons at Everton. Judging by the fixture list – gruesome winter blues are too follow. Although The Toffees have seamlessly stalled and look tactical inept under Silva; there are positives […]Read More More Than Meets The Eye: Calvert-Lewin – Player Analysis
Do you like rollercoasters? They’re high speed, quite risky if you’re like me and full of ups, downs, sideways turns, flips… all before a steady, reassuring stretch to the finish. In many ways, this has epitomised Everton’s 2018/19 campaign, the first under Marco Silva. The course of the season has certainly been a strange one, […]Read More Everton: A Tactical Season Review
As the ball was bundled home from Mikel Arteta, you could sense Roberto Martinez’s Everton were really back in business. Seamus Coleman juggling the ball down the right channel, three goals up, now a point away with a game to spare from a Champions League spot. Five years (and a day) later, the same fixture […]Read More Everton vs Arsenal – Tactical Preview
Another immensely poor, disjointed, unorganised Everton performance under Marco Silva to make it 3 home defeats in the last four and just three wins since the end of November. The Toffees have offered nothing different over the past few weeks, the selection of the team today was more than odd with a 34-year-old Leighton Baines […]Read More Match Analysis: Everton 1-3 Wolves
A journey down South to the St Mary’s didn’t seem a bad prospect for Evertonians early on in the season, having already beaten them (quite comfortably) at Goodison and also containing a decent record against Mark Hughes teams. However, the appointed of Ralph Hasenhuttl is already looking like the best move the Saints could’ve taken […]Read More Southampton vs Everton – Tactical Preview