THE New Year started as well as the old one ended – a stunning victory at Newcastle following a win at West Ham, a comfortable victory against Wigan and a great performance against Chelsea.
If there has been any negative to a hugely impressive first half of the season, it has been a failure to score the goals the approach play has merited – and an inability to finish games off during spells of dominance.
That’s been a recurring theme in the poorer results we have had – at Reading, Fulham and against Chelsea when we could so easily have put some daylight between ourselves and them.
Even as far back as West Brom, when we didn’t play them off the park, Marouane Fellaini missed a great chance to open the scoring.
It is a stark reminder that missing chances will, more often than not, cost you dear – and that’s why strikers don’t come cheap.
Everton started the calendar year brilliantly with the signings of Nikica Jelavic, Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar on loan.
A similar transfer window this month would set us up nicely for the rest of the season.
Of potential concern would be the futures of Leighton Baines, Fellaini and Phil Jagielka.
Jags’ contract extension would have been great news at any time , but especially now going into the transfer window. Of added concern is that our losses went from £5m to £9m.
People get blase in football about figures because they are used to seeing ridiculous numbers. A top Premier League player can earn £5m or £6m in one year.
But a loss of £9m is a significant figure by anybody’s standards, especially set against a turnover of £80m. And at a club like Everton, which is run properly as a very tight ship. That represents almost 10per cent of annual turnover.