“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
The transfer fee for the 21-year-old was one of the big talking points of the summer, with multiple pundits and Evertonians (including myself) slating The Toffees business once again. A great way to justify spending big was from Stats Bomb’s Mike Goodman (who wrote an article at the time of the transfer), saying “Pay for […]Read More Why Richarlison has to play on the left
Written by Samuel Scott (@SamuelScott5). Common football parlance says that you should only look at the table after ten games because it’s only by that time that the season has ‘settled down’. Only then will form have levelled out, and patterns are established for the season. So with it being twelve games down, and another […]Read More “You only look at the Table after Ten Games”
Everton’s transfer windows can either go one or two ways, filled with positivity like the 13/14 season when Lukaku, Barry and McCarthy came in; or completely baffling like 17/18 when we spent over £100m on a set of players that didn’t fit into a team. This season looks much more optimistic with Richarlison, Digne and […]Read More Can Andre Gomes be the solution to Everton’s midfield troubles?