Highlights of yesterday’s web chat with Everton reporter Greg O’Keeffe
TK: Hi Greg,what is big Duncan’s role at the club?
Greg: He is an assistant coach with the U-18s and has been helping out – particularly when Kevin Sheedy was off ill. It’s not a formal role yet as he hasn’t got his full set of coaching badges.
Blueboy: What are the chances of us going back in for Vadis Odidja-Ofoe? We’ve looked a little light in midfield with recent injuries.
Greg: Moyes has said he’ll re-assess it next month. Personally I agree he’d be a good addition.
Domefc: If Jelavic gets 20 PL goals this season, is he the type to look for a move?
Greg: Interesting one. He’s 27 and I think, inevitably, if he scores 20 plus goals he’ll want to play in the Champions League. If Blues get there then great. If not that could become an issue - let’s hope not.
RazorRay: Will Moyes ever play a 4-4-2? especially at home?
Greg: Maybe. He has before. But what does it matter? 4-4-2 isn’t the only attacking formation. 4-4-1-1 or at times 4-2-4 (!!!) are very attacking ways Moyes has deployed his team lately. They’re playing more open, attractive, exciting football than ever.
If he had a striker to perfectly complement Jelavic then maybe he would use them as a traditional pair, but he doesn’t.
LeDonk: We are certainly playing better attacking football this season, how much of this is down to players available, or has DM really changed his philosophy?
Greg: Bit of both. Tim Cahill’s departure was arguably influential.
He was the type of player you’d never drop because of his various qualities, but passing and pace were not arguably his best weapons. Add Mirallas – who thrives in those areas – and the peaking of Pienaar – and you’ve got a potent attack.
MT: Thoughts on ossie getting a call up and starting tonight? 9/1 to score anytime, gotta be worth a punt!
Greg: Made up for him. Glad he’s starting.
Will be weird to watch him in an England kit and didn’t think I’d see him in same team as Sterling anytime soon.
DBoyle: Is it right to assume nothing will happen in January transfer-wise?
Greg: Only loans/frees unless someone leaves.