Everton celebrate at Aston Villa
THERE’S something about Everton at the moment.
They go on to the pitch knowing that if they play anything like their best, then they are going to beat most of the teams in the Premier League.
Everton have always managed to do the ‘dirty’ jobs well. But now they are playing not so much with confidence, but with arrogance.
Not arrogance in a bad way. More a nice, footballing arrogance that suggests they know they are good and don’t mind letting everybody see that.
That’s what every good team has. And the table doesn’t lie – Everton are one of the Premier League’s most in-form teams, stretching back to the end of last season.
They earned a very good win at Aston Villa last weekend, which is a venue they tend not to do particularly well.
I always thought it would be a more difficult game than the one against Manchester United because of the expectation level. Fans were expecting them to win.
From the start, everything they did was at the same tempo with which they had finished against United and they were far too good for Villa.
David Moyes no doubt sent his players out thinking that if they played like they did the previous Monday, they’d be fine. They did, and they were.
Darron Gibson earned praise from Phil Neville afterwards, and there’s no doubt the Irishman has made a difference to Everton’s midfield.
When you buy players who have been at United since they were young, they have picked up some really good football habits. They are schooled in not only how to play with the ball, but also how to play when the team doesn’t have the ball.