Blues need to find right blend of approach
We've seen top teams such as Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur concede some horrendous goals already this season.
And what Everton’s strike at the Etihad last weekend demonstrated is that the long ball can still be the right ball.
If you can play pretty football but have a strong centre-forward in your line-up, there’s nothing wrong with mixing things up.
Romelu Lukaku has already shown in his few games for Everton that if you get the ball up to him early when he isn’t surrounded by loads of defenders, then he is going to cause problems.
There’s nothing wrong with a ‘horses for courses’ approach, and Roberto Martinez is a manager who will field a team he thinks will win the game.
Everton’s problem last Saturday is that they couldn’t go longer without conceding an equaliser. City are still a bit nervy at the moment, and had the visitors retained a lead then the home fans – and players – could have started to get a bit jumpy.
But if the first game you are going to lose in a season is the seventh match away to City, then you’d take that all day long.
Everton missed Gareth Barry. He’ll be back in the side after the international break, but the same may not be said of Darron Gibson, who picked up an injury at the wrong time in pre-season.
The big issue with Gibson has always been keeping him fit. Is it his frame? Is it his lifestyle? Or is he just unfortunate? There must be some reason for his injury record.