Everton played very well last night and showed Newcastle how to take their chances, and Everton have shown over the last 10 years or so that you don’t necessarily have to spend big money in the transfer market to be a top six side.
Roberto Martinez – a top young manager at Everton
Everton have had even less money to spend than Newcastle over the last decade or so, yet under David Moyes and now under top young manager Roberto Martinez, they have often finished in the top six in the Premier League.
Everton are currently 5th top of the league this season, and this is where they finished up over the previous six seasons:
2013 – 6th
2012 – 7th
20011 – 7th
2010 – 8th
2009 – 5th
20108 – 6th.
That’s not too bad a record at all for a club that hasn’t too much money to spend in the transfer market.
With Davide Moyes having left for Manchester United last summer, Roberto Martinez has come in and Everton haven’t missed a heart-beat, and they have been simply excellent this year – and they played very well last night and Roberto has them playing great attacking football – as we found out last night.
They were so quick on the break last night and that first goal by Ross Barkley was just heart-breaking, but it was also a fantastic effort from the 20 year-old England International.
Roberto is a great young manager at only 40, and to think when he was managing Swansea back in 2008, there were reports that Newcastle were interested in the then 34 year-old rookie manager.
Roberto would have been a great manager for Newcastle, but he left Swansea for Wigan Athletic in 2009, and he kept the unfashionable club in the Premier League against all odds until last season, and he has already shown this season that with better players he can make a team into one of the best in England.
There’s negativity on Tyneside at the moment – but Everton have shown clubs can still compete for a top six position and Europe without needing to spend vast amounts of money in the transfer market like Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea do almost every summer.
You never know – Newcastle could be fighting for a top six position next season – if we have a good transfer window this summer.
And don’t forget that this season we have beaten Chelsea at home, and Manchester United and Tottenham on the road – that’s not too bad.
Howay The Lads!!
Note: Sean Borland is a student in Newcastle and will not be at either the Man United (5 April) or Swansea (19 April) games – and he has tickets – £30 for the ManU game and £20 for the Swansea game – you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or sean4eva09 on twitter.