Moyes may ultimately play an extra defensive midfield player, but it would have an affect on Everton’s play going forward, which is much better than last year.
I’m sure Moyes will address those defensive concerns eventually, especially with Darron Gibson nearing a return. Sometimes, though, you just have to take it on the chin.
I don’t actually think Tim Howard has been great this season. He needs someone pushing him a bit more. It’s a bit like the Joe Hart situation at Manchester City.
That’s why top teams want two good goalkeepers who can constantly push each other. If you know you are going to play every week, you get a little bit in your comfort zone no matter how much you try not to be.
With injuries to Phil Neville and Kevin Mirallas, Everton’s squad is just starting to be stretched a little bit.
The return of Ross Barkley will show what standard the player is at. When Barkley first came in, he had so much time on the ball you thought he was another Wayne Rooney.
He’s had his injury setbacks since, and it will be interesting to see whether he can push on.
The size of the squad was always going to be a problem for Everton. You can’t be too excited when certain teams go on a run because you know that when injuries, suspension and loss of form kick in, the lack of options will see them slip away. Everton will hope they aren’t like that.
Having said that, I think going back for Tim Cahill would be a backward step. I can’t see that happening. When he left, Cahill’s legs were starting to go when he as everybody’s do. And where would you find him a place in the team anyway?