DAVID MOYES says he would pay money to watch Everton.
So would I. And so would a lot of people in the country.
And there’d be plenty of Premier League managers who’d want to have Everton’s first team.
I don’t see any team playing better in the league with what they’ve got.
With the chances made against Southampton last weekend, they could have won by more. They went a goal down but knew they were good enough to win.
The weekend trip to Wigan Athletic is in many ways now a more difficult game.
People will now expect Everton to go to the DW Stadium and win, and that provides a different pressure.
Everton coped well with it at Aston Villa in August having beaten Manchester United, but they came unstuck at West Bromwich Albion, although that game could have gone either way.
Moyes will be tempted to wrap his players in cotton wool and hope that nobody gets injured. He needs his best players fit.
Among them is Kevin Mirallas. A proper winger, some people have said he reminds them of Peter Beagrie. But he’s a better player than Beagrie, who had all the tricks but quite often forgot to then cross the ball.
Mirallas is an example of a modern type of attacker. He can play in all three roles right across the park – wide left, up the middle and wide right.
Players these days know the role expected of them and know how to play across the line. It’s a big change from only a few years ago.
In his pomp, could you imagine Michael Owen being asked to play on the right?
Players like Mirallas have played in a few different European leagues and learned different ways of playing.
Mirallas has been well coached and has a massive appetite for work.
Straight away the supporters have taken to him because he has got his head down and worked.
It’s not taken long for the penny to drop.